Experimental Reports:

Experimental Report 4:

Mapping the Energy Body

by Heliognosis

The idea that an energy body surrounds the human form has endured since ancient times. The Tibetan Book of the Dead1 refers to it in a ritualistic speech made to the dying to prepare them for the states they are about to encounter. Carlos Castaneda discusses it at great length in his famous apprenticeship to become a warrior and to sidestep the destruction of his awareness at the moment of death2. Wilhelm Reich described an energy he called Orgone, which pervaded everything and was concentrated in living organisms3. Despite having been described by many cultures and researchers an objective method to observe the energy body has remained elusive.

Energy Body Theories

The Chakra system of interpretation identifies the primary energy concentrations in the body. These are defined as the crown of the head, the third eye at the center of the forehead, the throat, the heart (comprised of a center, left and right side), the solar plexus, the navel and the genitalia or root 4. This system originated in Asia and is not perceived directly by the practitioner. In contrast, Carlos Castaneda claimed that he was taught to actually see the energy body by following the practices carried down from the Toltecs. Castaneda depicted the energy body as being shaped like an oblong egg encased in a cocoon that stretches seven feet above the ground and four feet wide5. According to his descriptions, the energy body could potentially escape through the crown during moments of intense stress. The head was considered to be the center of reason and talking. The tip of the sternum was the center of feeling. The center below the naval was the will, and the genital and anal region were final energy concentrations in the lower body. In addition, the left side of the ribs was considered the center for seeing and the right side the center for dreaming6. Castaneda mentions a total of eight energy centers as opposed the nine within the Chakra system. As well, Castaneda stresses that the energy center of the body is also the geometric center of the body. Another feature of the energy body unique to Castaneda is the presence of an assemblage point where awareness is manifest, located on the back over the right shoulder blade7.

To contrast Reichian energetic theory, the proper flow of energy is from the core to the periphery and back to the core cyclically. The pulsation of the body Orgone is associated with deep breathing and oxygenation of the tissues as well as orgastic charge and discharge. The primary energy centers for a Reichian energy perspective is the solar plexus and the heart/lungs for breathing and the genitals for orgastic potency8. These three regions together form the core with the center around the solar plexus area.


aurascanTechniques such as Kirlian photography have been used to visualize the portion of the energy body which emanates from the fingertips or hands. This technique has been used to evaluate the overall health of the person by analyzing the strength and quality of the electric field patterns around the fingers. Although Kirlian photography will remain a valuable technique, it remains limited to indirect measurement of the quality and shape of the energy body.

The Orgone Field Meter of Wilhelm Reich employed a similar sensing field to the Kirlian method. Using an optically coupled galvanometer, Reich was able to sense the decline of vitality in plants and fish as a function of time after death. His device however was limited to the observation of the overall energy and was not able to provide an energetic map for the body. The Orgone Field Meter principle and the Kirlian principle are both based on the ability of living tissue to differentially absorb and radiate electric displacement currents. This same principle has been improved upon and has been built into a scanning system that can detect the energy body up to a distance of 60cm. By employing this scanning method, a profile of the energy body may be created from head to toe. A picture of the scanning apparatus is shown at the left.

The scanner is composed of a plastic tubular frame with a low speed motor drive. The motor allows the Experimental Life Energy Meter to descend or ascend at a fixed speed of 1ft/sec. The sensitivity of the meter is selected so that the subject will be 6 inches to 1 foot away from the tube sensor. The optimum range is x100 and the zero is set to zero when there is no subject present and the meter is midway through its travel. Switches at the top and bottom of the frame stop the meter travel as it arrives. Because these switches are connected inductively to ground, the meter reading increases quickly as it approaches them. In order to avoid such effects, all extraneous objects should be kept at least 18 inches away from the scanner during the procedure.

The subject stands facing the scanning frame and the operator activates the Life Meter to descend. The data is collected by a data acquisition system and plotted graphically on the computer display. The image is then saved into an image-processing program. The subject then stands facing away from the scanner while the operator scans the energy profile from behind. These two images are then composed with a picture of the subject on the computer to form the complete energy profile.

Typical Male and Female Scans

In figure 1a a 32 year old healthy male exhibits a typical energy pattern. To the left of the male figure is a graph of the data collected from the rear of the body. To the right is the plot of the energy from the front of the body. The graphs are coloured to show the regions of interest. Each graph has a scale for the energy intensity from zero to eight. These areas are coloured in the following way:
  • Purple: Crown of the head and the region immediately above the head
  • Sky blue: Eyes
  • Dark blue: Throat and upper shoulders
  • Green: Heart
  • Yellow: Solar plexus
  • Orange: Naval
  • Red: Genitals or root

Figure 1a

32 year old male

Figure 1b

32 year old male
This subject is a healthy young adult male that will be used to compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of the energy pattern of other male subjects. This will be done by comparing the intensity of the energy at each level as well as its direction, forward or behind. The coloured bar graph in figure 1b shows the combined average of the front and rear readings at each of the above levels. Again the maximum reading is eight.

Referring now to figure 1a, we can see that the energy begins to expand starting 6 inches above the head. A local peak in the energy field is then observed at the level of the eyes. Around the throat, the energy field begins to expand gradually into the heart region. This peak is most noticeable at the rear of the body. The energy field then pushes forward to a peak at the front of the body at the solar plexus region while drawing in slightly at the rear. The energy field then reaches a second major peak at the rear of the body at the pelvis. At the front the energy field begins to close in on itself gradually below the solar plexus. The field then draws inward around the genitalia reaching a minimum around knee level. Below 1.5 feet from the ground, the influence of the earth causes a sudden increase in the energy reading. Looking at the average energy of each level we can see that the heart has the strongest emanation followed by the naval and solar plexus. 

Figure 2a

29 year old female

Figure 2b

29 year old female
A healthy female, 29 years old, is shown in figure 2a. Looking at the energy body from the front, her field begins to expand 12 inches above the head. A noticeable peak can be observed at eye level. The throat region shows a gradual increase with a peak at the base of the neck as seen from the rear, roughly corresponding to the "assemblage point" described by Carlos Castaneda. The female field expands forward at the heart while the energy is drawn in slightly at the rear. Forward expansion continues peaking at the solar plexus while, at the rear, the energy peaks at the naval. The energy body then draws inward around the genitalia and reaches a minimum in the mid thigh. From the average energy data, we can see that the female has her highest energy level at the naval followed by the solar plexus and heart. All of the following female subjects will use her scan as a reference for comparison.

The male energy above the head has an average value of 1.8 compared to 2.4 for the female. The female energy above the head is also visible 6" higher than the male. The female energy is also greater at the eye level at 4.4 compared to the male at 3.2. The same trend continues at the throat with the female at 5.5 contrasted with the male average reading at 4.6. This trend begins to reverse at the heart where the average male reading peaks at 6.3 vs 5.9 for the female. The female again averages higher at the solar plexus at 6.4 vs 6 for the male. At the naval, the female has the highest average at 6.7 vs 6.1 for the male. Around the genitalia, the female is 5.5 vs 4.5 for the male. Around the legs where the energy is lowest, the female is 4.8 and the male is 3.4.

From the above numerical analysis, it can be seen that the male energy is on average strongest at the heart. The energy is evenly distributed around the solar plexus and is located at the centre of gravity for the adult male. The male exhibits two major peaks at the heart and naval regions. Looking only at the front energy, the peaks are at the eyes and solar plexus. From the rear, the peaks are at the eyes, heart and naval.

For the female, the strongest average energy is at the naval level. The naval is the only average peak for the female. This also corresponds with the natural centre of gravity for an adult female. From the front, the female exhibits peaks at the eyes, heart and solar plexus. From the rear, the peaks are at the heart and naval.

From a Reichian perspective, the core of the organism would contain the greatest amount of Orgone energy. For the typical male, the energy is concentrated in the heart and lungs in contrast to the female, whose energy is strongest in the diaphragm and womb areas. The main forward energy peak of both male and female corresponds to the physical center of the body in agreement with Castaneda's assertion as well as the conception that we are connected to the world by an invisible thread of energy emanating from our solar plexus region. It is possible that the energy peak that everyone exhibits around the shoulder blade area may correspond to the "assemblage point". Men's enhanced heart area would indicate that they have a natural affinity for feeling, seeing and dreaming. The naval peak in the female energy body may be due to a concentration of energy in the womb. The aura around the body is affected by various lifestyle, health, vitality and psychological conditions and the scans may be used to help identify these conditions.

Subjects for Comparison

The average data for each male subject was subtracted from the average data of the typical male of figure 1 to yield a second bar graph to the far right in addition to the Aura strength scans (left) and the average energy data (center). This final bar graph shows how the energy at each level for the subject is either greater or less than the typical healthy male. 

Figure 3a

Figure 3b

In figure 3a a portly male subject is shown. The average energy data indicates an overall low energy for this subject by 20%. Energy is particularly subdued above the heart and below the solar plexus. Specifically, there is a particularly strong reduction in the energy of the naval and genital regions. 

Figure 4a

Figure 4b

Figure 4a shows a portly female subject. Her average data is subtracted from the average data of the typical female in figure 2a and displayed in the bar graph figure 4b. As with the portly male, the average energy data indicates a generally reduced energy of about 15%. The naval and genital regions are close to normal but the throat and head regions are weak. From the front and rear energy chart, the forward energy can be seen to be concentrated exclusively at the solar plexus. 

Figure 5a

Figure 5b

Figure 5a is a 37-year-old mother of two. Her overall health is good but she has a minor digestive and growth disorder. Comparing her to the typical female, her average energy pattern is virtually the same above the heart. Her heart energy though is stronger than normal by 10%. This is also evident from the heart peak from her frontal energy scan. She has a reduction in energy at the genital area of 15%. In this particular case, the overall energy is normal and strong. The elevation of energy from the lower part of the body towards the heart may be due to a highly relaxed state. Evidence for this will be illustrated in figure 13a. 

Figure 6a

Figure 6b

Figure 6a shows a second, 45 yr old, mother of two who has suffered from a digestive ailment but is otherwise healthy. Her average energy pattern is almost identical to the previous woman and exhibits a slight reduction below the heart. Organ damage in the solar plexus and naval region may be responsible for the 15% reduction in energy in that region. It is interesting to note that the reduction in energy in the lower part of the body is almost exclusively at the rear. 

Figure 6a

Figure 7b

Old age does not dramatically effect the aura if the health is good. As can be seen in the male of figure 7a, the energy around the heart is projected predominantly backward and the root energy is drawn towards the front of the body. Head and solar plexus energy remains normal. From the average data, it is clear that there has been a significant reduction in the heart energy with the maximal peak now for the solar plexus/naval regions. From the front energy profile, it is apparent that the overall energy of the body has shifted downward towards the naval. There is about a 10% reduction in overall energy. 

Figure 8a

Figure 8b

In figure 8a is shown an elderly female subject. The average energy profile is very similar to the typical female except for a 20% reduction in the above head and eye energy levels. The front profile also confirms that the energy body has become more concentrated around the solar plexus and naval region. At the rear of the body, the energy at the solar plexus level is almost equal to that of the heart and naval areas. 

Figure 9a

Figure 9b

In figure 9a is the energy profile of a spiritual healer. It is interesting to note that her frontal energy is concentrated in the solar plexus area exclusively. This in confirmed by both the average data as well as the front scan data. This would be in agreement with the shamanic will emanations from this region for healing. 

Figure 10a

Figure 10b

Figure 10a shows a woman who is under great psychological stress. Her centres of reason (head) are over stimulated and emanating with a particularly strong projection. Her heart and throat energy have been borrowed for this task. Her solar plexus energy resembles that of a healer, being focused intensely. Her entire energy field is compressed overall by about 20%. It is likely that this energy compression is a form of spiritual defense. 

Figure 11a

Figure 11b

In figure 11a is shown an 11-year-old boy. His weight and health are normal but his personality is dominated by sports and aggressive behavior. The aggressive child has a diffuse frontal energy shape almost uniformly projecting from head to root. Overall his energy is very strong, 10-15% higher than normal, especially from the head. It is interesting to note that children, with a smaller frame than adults, yield a more intense energy profile. 

Figure 12a

Figure 12b

In figure 12a, another 11-year-old boy is shown who avoids physical activity and invests his energy predominantly on computer and video games. The virtual child has an enhanced eye energy with an intense projection of reason and intellectualization of almost 30%. There is a corresponding reduction in the heart, naval and genitals. The overall energy of his body is normal. 

Figure 13a

Figure 13b

In figure 13a, a woman is shown who had just received a Shiatsu massage. It is interesting to note that her energy from the solar plexus has been elevated and that her predominant forward energy band is from the heart emphasizing her feeling and dreaming centre. This is confirmed by the average data that shows the heart region has increased at the expense of the solar plexus, naval and genital regions. Her overall energy is normal. 

Figure 14a

Figure 14b

Figure 14a shows an adult male subject who has a predominant emanation from the head. It is also fascinating that this subject also shows a distinct forward emanation from the crown unlike most subjects. The average energy data also reveals an unusually high energy from the head region. This gentleman is active in environmental issues and exhibits a burning curiosity.


For a healthy male, the solar plexus region has the highest concentration of energy. For the healthy female, the naval is the strongest level. For overweight subjects, the overall energy of the body is reduced by 15 - 20% especially above and below the body centre. Elderly subjects show a 10-20% reduction in overall energy where as children exhibit an increase of 10-30%. Psychological stress or overemphasis on intellectualization tends to focus the forward energy of the body at the eyes and solar plexus. Relaxation tends to draw the energy from the lower body to the heart region.

In addition to these general factors of health, specific conditions such as organ damage, stress, childbearing, aggressive behavior and other physical and mental conditions influence the distribution and strength of the energy in the body.


1 Tibetan Book of the Dead, Instructions on the six yogas of Naropa 
2 Journey to Ixtlan, Carlos Castaneda, page 139 
3 The Cancer Biopathy, Wilhelm Reich, page 96 
4 The Tree of Life Within All Humans 
5 The Eagles Gift, Carlos Castaneda, page 46 
6 Tales of Power, Carlos Castaneda, page 96 
7 The Eagles Gift, Carlos Castaneda, page 168 
8 The Function of The Orgasm, Wilhelm Reich, pages 293 - 294