Synaether: The Big Picture

Space, whether inter-planetary, inter-material, or inter-organic, is filled with a subtle fluid or gas, which we call, as did the ancients, Aether. This subtle fluid or gas, changeable in composition, invisible, yet pervades everything and all matter. Metal, mineral, tree, plant, animal, man; each is charged with this Aether, in varying degrees, which can be vitalizing or morbid to humans. All life on the planet is charged in like manner; a world is built up in this fluid, and moves through a sea of it. This Aether, which the metaphysician might term astral light, determines the constitution and even temperament of bodies. Subtly hardness and softness, solidity and liquidity, and more tactfully texture, taste, smell and sensation; all depend on the relative proportion of ethereal elements and ponderable matter of which they are composed.

Synergy is the interaction of multiple elements in a system to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects. Syn- a word-forming element meaning "together with," with Latin aether "the upper pure, bright air," I made the new word and conceived of synaether. Synaether: the interaction of several agents or forces, Qi and Prana in the East, and Aether of the West, so that their combined understanding is greater than the differentiated meanings and interpretatons, both East and West. Synaether is the bridging concept between Oriental Medicine, Western Alchemy and Homeopathy.

In general, the noun synthesis (from the ancient Greek σύνθεσις, σύν "with" and θέσις "placing") refers to a combination of two or more entities that together form something new, thus synaether. Syncretism a
"reconciliation of different beliefs," will only add to our therapeutic potentials. Syncretism involves the merger of several original and discrete traditions, especially in theology and anthropology, asserting an underlying unity and allowing for an all inclusive approach to all faiths. Syncretism also occurs commonly in expressions of arts and culture known as eclecticism, which refers to those physicians who employed anything that was found to be beneficial to their patients (eclectic being derived from the Greek word eklego, meaning "to choose from"). Practically speaking, our best physicians both East and West throughout the 20th century have essentially been Eclectics, clinically and therapeutically, results count, and only count! I have met and known dozens of talented doctors of medicine over the last several decades.

According to ancient and medieval science aether (Greek αἰθήρ aithēr), also spelled æther or ether, is the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere of manifest existence of the normal five senses or sensations: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. The word αἰθήρ (aithēr) in Homeric Greek means "pure, fresh air" or "clear sky". Aristotle added aether to the system of the classical elements of Ionian philosophy as the "fifth element" (the quintessence), on the principle that the four terrestrial elements were subject to change and moved naturally in straight lines while no change had been observed in the celestial regions and the heavenly bodies moved in circles.

In traditional Chinese culture, qi (also chi or ch'i) is the active principle forming part of any living thing. Qi is frequently translated as "natural energy", "life force", or "energy flow". Qi is the central underlying principle in traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. The literal translation of "qi" is "breath", "air", or "gas".
Concepts similar to qi can be found in most ancient cultures, for example, prana and cit in Hindu religion, mana in Hawaiian culture, lüng in Tibetan Buddhism, ruah in Hebrew culture, and aether in Western philosophy. Synaether posits that elements of qi and prana for westerners can be better understood in the term aether used by scientists, writers and practitioners of various esoteric forms of spirituality and alternative medicine.

The Dilemma

There are vital energetic terms, central in the field of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that causes considerable difficulty for modern practitioners: Wind, Cold, Heat, Dampness, Dryness, and Summer heat. These are considered "evils", are external in origin, and can penetrate deeply into the body through the skin and meridians, forming nearly the entire basis of acupuncture known to the ancients. They are also described as "entities" with their physical hand-shake thought of being electromagnetic phenomena of weather patterns and of "pathogens". However, "cold" is not an "entity" since it is only an absence of a radiation phenomena measured by science as part of the electromagnetic spectrum. These issues are only vaguely resolved in current TCM literatures or entirely ignored altogether. Most practitioners of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) ascribe them now in modern terminology as "heat pathogens" and "cold pathogens" implying their hand-shake with microbes and viruses. This does not do justice nor bring the westerner to the essence of Chinese and ancient thoughts, let alone, acupuncture therapeutics.

A thorough understanding of the subject of vital energy is also a necessary foundation for the study of homeopathic philosophy, if the student is to understand the principles upon which the practice of traditional homeopathy is based. Energy is posited as a three-fold dimension: spiritual, dynamic (aetheric), and physical. In practical application we think of the source of energy as being a thing upon which we can draw upon for therapeutics. We draw upon spiritual energy (especially by Hope), upon dynamic/aetheric energy (for therapeutics), and upon physical energy (chemical and electric, e.g. herbal and nutritional). Because I speak of three forms of energy I do mean that they are essentially different in that they are layered. The different forms of energy (qi), layers insensibly into each other. Hope invokes spirit, so vital to life on earth. Vital energy is a store-house of vitality which exists in all nature and it shall be our special effort to so train you so that you may avail yourselves of the power which we call therapeutics. Physical energy is supported by dietary reform, relaxation and breathing, yoga, nutrition, etc. The astute doctor invokes all three-fold dimenions into his or her practice.

The Solution

In acupuncture and homeopathy we are more particularly concerned with the dynamic/aetheric energy. This dynamic energy Hahnemann called the dynamis, the spirit-like as in many cultures, and in Chinese medicine the vital force, qi, in Ayurveda prana, etc. animating the material body. These are the core issues of therapeutics. In the human body we have present all three forms of energy, the physical/chemical in the tissues which today's science recognizes; the dynamic/aetheric in the aetheric body and anchored in the nervous system which theosophy, osteopathy, TCM and other ancient cultures recognized; and the spiritual in the mind which religions and new thought recognizes. This dynamis of the human organism inter-penetrates each and every physical tissue of the body, but it does not sit apart nor superintend all the actions of the tissues and organs. It is however, the power, the force, upon which we depend for metabolic reactions to move forward. The vital force is anchored in the body with the right nutrients as well as righteous thoughts (spirit). This brings us down to the practicality of taking advantage of this dynamic and vital energy in acupuncture therapeutics, bodywork, and our homeopathic prescribing. All energy, in its essence, consists of action and reaction, and this action and reaction are crux of energetic therapeutics. Granted, chemical energy in the form of nutrients will do much to invigorate the organism as they form the anchor for the dynamis, but add to that aetheric therapeutics and hope and all is potentiated.

Similar concepts in other cultures
The concept of a life-energy inherent in all living beings is a fairly universal archetype, and appears in numerous ancient religions and systems of healing and metaphysics:

The Code

A code is a system of words, letters, figures, or other symbols substituted for other words, letters, etc., esp. for the purposes of secrecy, or for purposes of enlightenment, which refers to the "full comprehension of a situation". It is commonly used in Western cultures in a religious context but it also translates as several Buddhist terms and concepts, most notably bodhi, kensho and satori. Related terms from Asian religions are moksha (liberation) in Hinduism and Kevala Jnana in Jainism. In the Western world the concept of enlightenment in a religious context acquired a romantic meaning, becoming synonymous with self-realization and the true self. The use of the Western word enlightenment is based on the resemblance of bodhi with Aufklärung, the independent use of reason to gain insight into the true nature of our world.

The Link

In Hindu philosophy, the antahkarana (Sanskrit: the inner cause) refers to the totality of two levels of mind, namely the buddhic, the intellect or higher mind, and the manas, the middle levels of mind which (according to theosophy) exist as or include the mental body. Antahkarana has also been called the link between the middle and higher mind, the reincarnating part of the mind. The Science of the Antahkarana is connected with the entire problem of energy, but peculiarly with the energy handled by the individual and with the forces by which the individual relates himself to other individuals or to groups. The Science of the Antahkarana deals, therefore, with the entire incoming systems of energy, with the processes of intake (breath, nutrition); usage, healing, transformation and fusion. It deals also with the outgoing energies and their relationship to the environment which is the basis of the science of energy medicine.

Energy medicine or spiritual healing is a large branch of complementary and alternative medicine, recognizing that a healer can channel healing energy into the person seeking help by different methods: touch therapies, massage, acupuncture, or even distant (or absent) where the patient and healer are in different locations. There are various schools of energy healing both ancient and modern. It is known today with such names as acupuncture, tui-na, biofield energy healing, spiritual healing, contact healing, distant healing, therapeutic touch, Reiki, radionics, or Qigong. Spiritual healing is largely non-denominational: practitioners do not see traditional religious faith as a prerequiste for effecting a cure but many of its practitioners by definition are religious. Faith healing, by contrast, takes place within a determined religious contex.

The Therapeutics

Central to understanding the full concept of synaether, is to translate that into demonstrable therapeutics. There are many forms and modalities of therapeutics that one can choose. The physiological and mechanical sciences such as mechanotherapy, articular manipulation, corrective orthopedic gymnastics, neurotherapy, psychotherapy, hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, thermotherapy, phototherapy, chromotherapy, vibrotherapy, and nutrition and dietary reform; and the herbal use of essential oils, dehydrated and pulverized fruits, flowers, seeds, barks, herbs, roots and vegetables uncompounded and in their natural state is certainly central to physical medicine.

Central to aether therapeutics are the great and ancient arts whose names are legion. Synaether posits that elements of qi, wind, miasms, Od, pneuma, and prana for westerners can be better understood in the encompassing term aether used by alchemists, earlier scientists, writers and practitioners of various esoteric forms of spirituality and alternative medicine. That is the objective of this site to elucidate.



The Author

An experienced medical practitioner on Nevis Island: H.E. Prof. [Dr. of Med.] Charles McWilliams. Under the tutelage of internationally esteemed Dr. Nguyen Van Nghi, Dr. Reinhold Voll, and others; has written scores of materials on acupuncture, electroacupuncture, astrology, and homeopathy.

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