When we examine subatomic particles, we actually don’t find any solid or static building blocks for matter. All we see are dynamic interactions, more similar to a wave than what we think of as a solid object. As counterintuitive as it is, we now know that ALL MATTER IS ENERGY. Physicists weren’t initially setting out to prove this, it’s simply what they observed through repeated tests and experiments. As confusing as this is for our mechanistic, dualistic worldview, it is reality!
The mystics from ancient times up through modern day in most Naturalist and Indigenous cultures agree on this point as well: All physical matter is in fact an animated, dynamic event; an inseparable web of Great Spirit, or the Infinite Void.
There are no fundamental building blocks of matter: On the smallest sub-atomic level there’s only dynamic, moving energy!
There is no such thing as inanimate, static physical ‘things,’ and conversely there’s no separate energy or spirit. It’s all one interconnected web, one unified event unfolding. Science and mystical experience agrees on this! Some vibrations are relatively more Yin (dense), such as rocks, bone, blood and tissue. Some are more Yang (light) such as brainwaves, consciousness, light and sound. The important point is that the universe is one dynamic, interconnected field.
So when we wear a face mask, we are using an energetic barrier to protect our Wei Qi (protective energy), Lung Qi and Zheng Qi (upright energy) from Covid-19. A mask can effectively block this viral pathogen because it is more similar to the vibration of the COVID-19 proteins which are relatively more Yin (solid) than brainwaves or consciousness. There are more subtle energetic barriers which we can cultivate as well, through diligent qigong practice, meditation, and use of herbs or ritual. These are important as well, and help to inform us when something feels out of balance, or when an exterior pathogen is invading our space. This gives us a chance to ramp up our defenses and get rest, or whatever else is needed based on the specific energetic quality of the pathogen or the internal imbalance. But simple measures such as wearing a mask when we know we are dealing with a respiratory virus which transmits primarily through breath is an easy and wise thing to do.
A quality, well-fitting mask with a filter effectively blocks the energetic wave of the COVID proteins from being inhaled, exhaled or swallowed where they bind to our organs ACE-2 receptors, blocking or interrupting fluid metabolism. Fluid metabolism is also a more solid, Yin event relative to Yang brainwaves or thought patterns. So again, a mask is a more direct and immediately effective barrier against a viral pathogen than thoughts and intention, but how you feel and where you direct your intention is also vital.
Interventions such as Acupuncture, Self-Myofascial Release, Qigong, Meditation and a balanced, moderate diet including gentle adaptogenic herbs can help to harmonize Yin and Yang balance. We can use these methods to balance out any negative effects that may happen from the vaccine, to de-stress from the reality of living during a global pandemic, to strengthen our overall immune response and become more aware of our somatic self, which has infinite wisdom to help keep us well.
This is what we mean by Integrative Medicine, as opposed to Alternative Medicine. We can apply the knowledge and tools available to us through modern science, in synergy with natural healing methods instead of creating an artificial division.
Health, and homeostasis is really homeodynamics, because health and well being are in constant dynamic flux; nobody is too healthy to catch a viral pathogen all the time. We can do a lot to boost our immunity and tune in somatically, which is absolutely crucial, but it’s not the whole picture.
The term ‘Alternative Medicine’ is kind of a misnomer; there is really only Integration, and Integrative Medicine. The very term ‘Alternative’ indicates dualism and separation which is artificial and limiting.
The physical IS the spirit; all matter IS energy.