Graphing the Spirit: Evidence for Shen 5/5 (38)

Hello Friends,

Today, I’d like to share a very interesting case study I happened upon. I must admit, I’ve never seen anything quite like this.

First some background:

Any holistic approach to health must necessarily include the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the patient, together with the recognition that all these aspects are intertwined. Each affects the others. Today, I’d like to focus on the spiritual.

The Chinese concept of “Shen” literally translates as “Spirit, God, consciousness, awareness” and includes the spiritual aspects of the patient. Western religious traditions include a similar concept referred to as the “spirit” or “soul.”  Of course, the harmony of the patient’s Shen must always be considered when forming a diagnosis and treatment plan. Shen disharmony may be responsible for a variety of mental, emotional and physical symptoms. Treatment that includes Shen balancing often helps to resolve many issues.

But what if the treatment is purely spiritual? What if it involves no needles, no herbs, and indeed no practitioner? We’ve all heard stories about miraculous healings brought about by spiritual means. But are they real?

Take a look at the following case. This long-time patient comes in frequently for maintenance and balancing treatments. She has a variety of health issues, and generally responds well to treatment, though lasting balance has been elusive.

The following 4 consecutive graphs show her typical condition (note the dates):



Now look at the following graphs (again, note the dates):


So what changed?

Simply put, she had a powerful and deeply personal experience with prayer. She has always been a prayerful person, but this experience was unlike anything before or since. It was an important enough shift that she reports feeling somehow different inside since the experience; more at peace, more filled with light.

Clearly, this experience shifted and balanced her Shen in significant ways. I’m amazed at the lasting effects

I’m equally amazed that the graph so clearly illustrates the pattern change. Who knew you could objectively measure Shen? Do the inner spirit, soul, and consciousness relate to Qi? I think so. In fact, the only real difference between a living person and a corpse is this Qi life force energy that organizes and animates the body. Many religious traditions echo this same sentiment.

I hope this is a reminder of the importance of caring for the spiritual dimension of our patients—and ourselves. If you’re not practicing some form of spiritual enrichment like prayer, meditation, or study, perhaps this is a good time to start.

Have a great week!

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Dr. Adrian Larsen

Adrian P. Larsen, D.C., F.A.S.A., C.Ac. Dr. Larsen is President of Miridia Technology Inc., and one of the developers of the AcuGraph Digital Meridian Imaging system. He currently divides his time between research, product development, and teaching. Dr. Larsen also holds certifications in Applied Kinesiology and CPK, and has specialized training in SOT and craniopathy. He, his wife, and 7 children reside in Meridian, Idaho.

8 Replies to “Graphing the Spirit: Evidence for Shen

  1. I had tested using acugraph last year something similar.

    I had come across this retired MD in Mumbai, a simple man, who has spent time studying mantras and had healed to a great extent one of my graphed patient’s brain tumor – by giving her sessions where he would recite mantras in her presence.

    Later on I had paid him a visit because he and I were interested in the impact on the meridians of his therapy. So we had a new person as the test subject. We did her graphing first, then he recited the mantras for an hour in our presence in a closed room. By the end of his recitation a scent of roses started emanating within the closed room (a phenomenon that I had read about, but never practically experienced till then).
    Anyway, so I did the acugraph again – and sure enough the energy was balanced like the above graphs.

    Though to my experience, this perfect balancing is a temporary phenomenon which exists in active presence of the stimulus. The graph reverts back to it’s original nature quickly if the stimulus is stopped. (rather the next day itself the graph will be seen to be reverting).

    So spiritual practices require extensive disciplined exposure for having permanent benefit.

    The effect of herbs and acupuncture is more long-lasting, however it does not balance the graph so quickly.

    The prayer practices are quick to balance the graph, but are quick to wean (similar to how alcohol raises the spirits).

    1. I can’t disagree with your experience, but I do think that this case study shows that the graph changes manifested for a full month. The graphing didn’t happen right after a specific prayer sessions. In fact the graphs were even taken at different times of day.

      Well done Dr. Larsen! This case study is worth quoting over and over. It is my opinion that there are multiple ways to shift the energy in our bodies. As acupuncturists–we typically use needles as our tool, but patients can be taught lifestyle choices which can dramatically shift the energy in the body also. This is a FABULOUS break through!

  2. This is trully fantastic as I believe the spiritual ‘self” needs our attention too. (Healing the spirit consists of simply ceasing to be an
    enemy to ourselves)

  3. This is a fascinating case report as is the second one reported in the comments section by Chetan.

    In the first case, the woman healed herself by healing her spirit. “She had a powerful and deeply personal experience with prayer.” She initiated this change by asking for it herself through prayer. She literally changed her heart’s resonance which led to a change in the resonance in all her cells as you then demonstrated in the AcuGraph. She now reports feeling filled with peace and light. She was transformed.

    In the second case described by Chetan, the subject was in the presence of a Master whose personal energy field was powerful enough to create resonance within the subject — in the manner seen when a particular string is plucked on a violin in a room full of violins and all the other strings of the same tone begin to vibrate. But in the case of the violins, the vibration will ultimately stop once the stimulus has been stopped. When the subject left the presence of the Master, he left the presence of the healing vibration. The vibratory frequency of his heart (and the rest of his cells) reverted back to its old pattern. He was not personally transformed. The AcuGraph demonstrated this.

    In the first case, the vibration did not stop because the stimulus did not come from outside the person. Rather, the woman initiated the changed vibration within her heart via the help of prayer. She carries it within her now and the electrical circuitry of her heart broadcasts it to all her cells.

    I believe a spiritual Master, Guru, Teacher, whatever name you prefer, can indeed assist another aspirant to spiritual healing if that person is ready to fully surrender to transformation. Full surrender to Spirit is the challenge and that state can only be initiated by the person him/herself.

So, what do you think about it?