The Enigma of Energy


The Enigma of EnergyWhere Science and Religion Converge, New York: Crossroad, 1999.

The Enigma of Energy by Vidette Todaro-Franceschi is a carefully researched study, originally a PhD thesis, that treats an unusual subject. The author has accomplished a Sisyphus task with this seminal work that represents a remarkable scientific achievement.

The book is not an easy read, but for the serious researcher, it’s an invaluable resource. The author reports that her study took her much farther than she had believed at first, and that the deeper she researched the phenomenon of energy, the more she found a connection of her research with religion. She writes in the Introduction:

The more I worked on this project the more I became aware that somehow science and religion were converging. It was never my goal to merge these two seemingly disparate areas; in fact, when my search led me into religious realms of thought, I tried hard at first to stay clear of them. But it was impossible to do so. Anytime I came across literature that was related to an idea of energy there were implicit or explicit spiritual overtones. Most surprising was the abundance of spiritual ideas found in physics./4

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A Practical Guide to Vibrational Medicine


A Practical Guide to Vibrational MedicineEnergy Healing and Spiritual Transformation, New York: HarperCollins Quill, 2001

A Practical Guide to Vibrational Medicine by Richard Gerber is an excellent book, carefully written, very well put together conceptually, while I have to put a question mark behind one conceptual matter that I will discuss further down.

Let me first comment on the general conception of the book and the author’s unique contribution to a novel subject, that only increases in importance over time. Dr. Gerber’s main quality is his detached and careful approach to a matter that really is controversial. Let us not forget that Paracelsus who was perhaps the first in our culture who came up with energy healing had to stand trial before the Inquisition.

This being said, the book is perhaps not as practical as the title suggests it to be, not as practical as for example Donna Eden’s book Energy Medicine, which I will review further down in this volume. This is because this book is conceptual in the first place, and practical in the second place, and because it’s paradigmatic, and cutting-edge in its overall perspective. It’s well practical when you consider the abundance of references and the resource section of the book that comes with pages and pages of organizations that can lead you further in your research project. But the overall style of the book is academic, which is for me not a negative characteristics at all but may be for some other folks.  Continue reading

Energy Medicine


Energy MedicineDonna Eden, with David Feinstein, New York: Tarcher/Putnam, 1999

Energy Medicine is a quest book, the final outcome of a quest of the authors, a real voyage, and realization of a dream, with all the obstacles that this implies.

From her book and writing style, Donna Eden appears to be a very strong character, and she probably needed to have exactly that quality in her wisdom quest as when she started, more than a decade ago, modern medicine was really hostile toward the idea of integrating any of the many perennial healing concepts that it discarded as vitalistic. The authors introduce their book in very comprehensive terms:

The return of energy medicine is one of the most significant cultural / developments of the day, for the return of energy medicine is a return to personal authority for health care, a return to the legacy of our ancestors in harmonizing with the forces of nature, and a return to practices that are natural, friendly, and familiar to body, mind and soul./2-3

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