Many people use phrases such as “subtle energy fields” to refer vaguely to as yet poorly understood fields used in healing modalities. However, in Living Systems Medicine we prefer to be precise and use the scientific terminology of information fields as distinct from energy fields. This idea is a core aspect of LSM and warrants explanation.
In ancient Greece, the idea of the “atom” was proposed. This was the idea that everything in the universe might be composed of indivisible, basic units of matter. Towards the end of the 19th century, electromagnetism was defined and so modern science recognised a second domain that was within these atoms of matter: energy fields. It was then thought by physicists that there are two domains of substance: matter and energy. (This dichotomy was also later reflected by the famous “wave/particle duality” in physics research).
However, in the twentieth century, a third domain became recognised in physics, that is separate from matter and energy. This third domain is information.
Matter, energy and information all interrelate (as shown, for example, in the wave/particle duality experiments), so it is not that they exist in separate locations, but, rather, that they comprise different perspectives or aspects of the substance of everything.
Information, or information fields, represent the patterning of an underlying substrate. Author Rupert Sheldrake (in his book, “Morphic Resonance”) has likened the difference between matter, energy and information to a house construction project, in which matter is the bricks, energy is the construction workers, and information is the house design. The latter can be encoded in a carrier medium (e.g. the house architect’s drawings can be set to paper) but essentially comprises the shape or form that things will take. Even if the construction workers place the bricks together, they will not form a functional house without the element of design to shape the project.
In the same way, our internal organs require information to grow and function. Think of this like a template. Did you know that every organ in your body contains cells that have the exact same DNA, and yet the structure and function of cells in different organs are vastly different? Have you ever wondered how that takes place? How on Earth do all the same undifferentiated cells, with identical DNA, differentiate into such an array of different cell types around the body? Furthermore, when researcher Robert O. Becker MD (author of “The Body Electric”) grafted a salamander’s tail cells onto its leg stump, he wondered if a tail would grow on the leg stump – but instead these tail cells mysteriously transformed into leg cells! Dr. Becker concluded that the only plausible explanation is that there is an informational template in the area of the leg, or otherwise that would not happen, and there would not be a functional leg.