Eileen Day McKusick
Biofield Tuning & Anxiety Research
Biofield Tuning is a modality that I have been practicing and refining for 25 years. Over the course of thousands of sessions, I’ve collected ample consistent, anecdotal evidence from both practitioners and receivers of Biofield Tuning’s efficacy. As a practitioner, I am constantly amazed and humbled by how powerful this modality can be. My first book, Tuning the Human Biofield, offers a detailed account of the hypothesis and research that informs this method. My new book, Electric Body, Electric Health offers a more in-depth analysis of the patterns of material I have observed, and where they are located in different parts of the biofield--or what we call the Biofield Tuning Anatomy Map.
In the early years of Biofield Tuning I was so busy facilitating sessions, teaching classes, and running a business that I didn’t have the opportunity to collect research on top of it all. Given the ground swell of interest in Biofield Tuning the last few years, I am now in a place to begin attending to more official research studies, including a current study on the efficacy of distance tuning for treating stress and anxiety.
While I am skeptical about quantitative analysis being perceived as more “real” or valuable than people’s lived experiences and knowledge of their own bodies, I also recognize that these types of studies do have their merits for bringing more people to the modality, and for generating the possibility of more resources allocated in order to understand the benefits of so-called “alternative” health approaches such as sound therapy and energy medicine.
Our first attempt at research manifested in a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The purpose of this study was to explore the hypothesis that our memories are stored in standing waves in our biofield and asked the question: would 3 different practitioners find the same areas of perturbation in the fields of volunteers?
While the study was not statistically significant - we all found different areas in different people - what it showed (to me anyway) is that we exist in the space between each other, and different people bring out different parts of us. The biofield is not a static thing but rather a living, dynamic, constantly in motion bioplasmic fluid that responds magnetically to our interactions with others. We all know that some people bring out parts of ourselves that others do not.
The purpose of the study was not to prove the biofield anatomy hypothesis but rather to investigate it, and for that purpose, we learned a lot. We concluded the next step was to do a study to assess the efficacy of the practice and so once again we have teamed up with my friend Dr. Shamini Jain and her team at the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI) to conduct a research study of the effects of Biofield Tuning sessions on anxiety. Participants went through a screening process to determine they fit the criteria for the study, namely that they are 18 years of age or older, physically healthy, new to Biofield Tuning, not currently taking or prescribed an antidepressant, and who experience anxiety.
The study began at the end of November 2020 and wrapped up this past week. Each participant was paired with one practitioner and received a series of three distant tuning sessions, once a week, over the course of three weeks, from the team of practitioners who work in the Biofield Tuning Clinic, myself included. After each session, the participants filled out a questionnaire regarding their experience, then followed up with two voice message check-ins later in the week reporting on their current physical and emotional state. After the completion of the three sessions, the study concluded with a more in-depth interview of each participant.
The data from the anxiety study will be ready for review towards the end of January, as we are currently working to analyze and collate the findings. What I can share now, from my personal experience working with folks with anxiety, in both this study and my many years of practice, is that this work can have a very profound effect in shifting people's perspective and consequent experience of themselves and life around them. We anticipate that the data collected here will also reflect that.
Stay tuned for more updates.