What is Energy Medicine?

Energy Medicine is based on the understanding that any physical, mental or behavioral problem has a counterpart in the body’s energies and can be treated at that level.

Every conceivable health problem, psychological challenge or dysfunctional habit can be improved, if not overcome, by intelligently shifting the energies in the body that are maintaining that condition.

This extends from treating cancer or multiple sclerosis to losing weight to increasing your vitality to improving your performance at something that really matters to you.

And in the process, you become more consciously, intimately and joyfully involved in the deepest workings of your physical body, a journey that extends down to your soul.

– From Donna Eden, David Feinstein, and Ben Hart.

Transforming into a healer

The lives of traditional and modern healers, mystics, and shaman are  “. . . lessons in physical, emotional, and spiritual bereavement and disempowerment, followed by rebirth into a new relationship to power.  Behind closed doors, through anguish and ecstasy, mystics gain access to the spirit, access so profound that they become capable of breathing an energy, like Divine electricity, into ordinary words and acts.  They become able to heal others through acts of genuine love, forgiveness, and faith.”

– From Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss.


“Most of us are living at the periphery of our consciousness. Intuition invites us to the center.”

– Willis Harmon

Chakras Part 2

My original post on Chakras (July 2011) was written based on a book published in 1990, click on the link to go to that post.  Since then I have worked extensively with the Chakras and have discerned many more things about them.  Below is a summary of the Chakra numbers, colors, and associations that I perceive and have found most useful.


My perception of Chakras 1 – 8.  Original photo by diez-artwork, modified by A. Buckley.

In the pictures I have put a small black circle for the umbilicus and a small x for the third eye position.  The most notable difference I see with other Chakra pictures is with the 6th and 7th.  Most pictures show the 6th Charkra as indigo and the 7th as violet. I perceive the 6th as purple and the 7th as white.  (I have also seen that these are just the most common color associations and that the Chakras actually change colors.  But let’s keep it simple for now).

The other difference with my pictures vs most others is the existence of the 8th Chakra! I perceive the 8th Chakra as being 18″ above your head and 18″ below your feet, so I have designated these two points as 8+ and 8- in the chart below.  The 8th Chakra creates a complete Maroon colored sphere around you.  I believe this Chakra has two main purposes: (1) It is a form of energetic protection and (2) The position of 8+ and 8- ‘pull down’ the next set of Chakras into place.  More on that below the next picture.


Chakra Colors, Numbers and Main Associations (that I have found most useful).  Original picture by diez-artwork, modified by A. Buckley.

Chakra 8 continued:  There are actually thousands (or potentially an infinite number) of Chakras.  In my experience, once you have gained a certain amount of lessons from your current Chakra set (#1-#8 to start with) and energetically cleared them enough, then you can pull down the next ‘set’ of eight.  In this case, Chakra 8- would pull down Chakra 16- bringing with it (and putting into place) Chakra 9 where Chakra 1 is located, Chakra 10 where Chakra 2 is located, and so on.  In my experience all previous chakra sets (and their lessons) remain available to you.

If this is the first time you have heard of your 8th Chakra then some clean up will be needed!  Imagine the maroon bubble around you.  Now take a closer look.  Is the maroon color very dark?  Does it have black spots in it?  Is part of it missing?  Is it misshapen?  These are all common issues.  See if you can change or fix these things.  Ideally, the 8th Chakra should be a deep maroon color but not too dark. If you can’t figure out how to fix it (or if you can’t imagine the 8th Chakra but would like to) then click here or on the Contact tab above and make an appointment with me, I can help.  And if you live far away from me, don’t worry, we can work together remotely over the phone.

The Science of Energy

E = mc²

Don’t let this equation scare you – it just says Energy is equal to Matter. Let’s step through it together…

E = Energy, also called: Qi, Prana, Ki, Vital Force, intangible stuff

m = mass, also called matter, Yin, tangible stuff

c² = a constant squared, in this case the constant is the Speed of Light: 299, 800, 000 meters/second.  Yes, 300 million meters per second.

What if we rearrange the equation?   Then  matter = Energy/speed of light².

You are made of matter.   So you are Energy divided by the speed of light².


So you are made of energy and you are made of matter.  Which part of you – the matter side or the energy side is easier to change?  Let’s think about it this way:  A 250 pound football player stands in a room.  That is quite a lot of matter standing in the room.  And how easy is it for you to change or move the football player?  It is not easy.  Now put that football player in a room with a martial arts master – some one trained to use energy to move his opponent.  How easy is it for the martial arts master to move or change the football player?  Very easy.

Now let’s put an injured or sick version of you in a room with a Medical Doctor (MD), trained to heal you by changing your matter – bones, muscles, cells, etc.  How easy is it for the MD to change you?  Not easy, the MD needs to run tests and put you in a specific category (diagnosis) in order to know which drugs, surgery, or physical therapy to use.  Instead let’s put you in a room with an Energy Practitioner (me, Amy Buckley) trained to heal you by changing your energy.  How easy is it for me to change you?  Very easy – no tests are needed, just your symptoms and feelings about what is wrong.  Additionally, I am trained to feel your energy (no special equipment needed).  I can feel areas where your energy is blocked, stuck, slowed, or nonexistent.  And then I use energy (qi) and light touch on your body’s energy points to change your energy issues.  Essentially I have an energy conversation with your energy.  I am trained to ‘speak’ in the language of energy to explain to your energy what is wrong and how to change.

You are energy, so changing your energy issues changes and heals you.

The Energy of Food

In my experience I found food to resonate with certain emotions or actions.  Below is a list I compiled.  If you are eating with intention, eating for healing purposes, or just curious… try eating a food below and see if you agree with my assessment.

Food Description
Apples Surprise
Beans – all Despair
Beef Contemplation
Beets Humble
Broccoli Expansive
Brusselsprout Mysterious
Butter – all Love
Cabbage Lonliness
Carrots Happy
Celery Clarity
Cherry – Dark Death/Chaos/Yin
Cherry – Light Life/Order/Yang
Chocolate Yearning
Chocolate – Dark w/Carmel Orgasm
Cocoa Satisfaction
Dill Softness
Eggs Renewal
Fish – dark Truthfulness at rest
Fish – white Truthfulness in motion
Ginko Tea Qi (energy) for Chakras 4 and higher
Gliadin Frightened
Gluten Fear
Grapes – dark Passionate stillness
Grapes – light Passion in motion
Italian parsley Clean
Kale Firm
Kumkwat Cheerful
Lemon Denial
Lentils all Insulting
Lettuce Heavenly/The Dao
Molasses – Blackstrap Piqued
Molasses – regular Mildly interesting
Olive Oil luscious
Onion Strict
Pineapple Interesting
Pork Wisdom
Potato – red Sex with sensuality / Yin Energy
Potato – white Sex w/out love / Yang energy
Potato – white w/skin Balanced Sex/Kundalini energy/Yin&Yang energy
Potato red w/skin Sex w/love
Rice Joy
Salt Tonify
Sauerkraut Togetherness
Strawberry Satisfaction
Sugar – refined Mind-blowing
Sugar – whole Intriguing
Tree sap Life
Whole Wheat Afraid
Wine – dark Bitterness
Wine – light Overjoyed
Yams Love

Sex Education for Kids

My sister asked me what books I found to educate our kids about their bodies and the many changes we go through in our lifespan.  While I didn’t do extensive research; I got a few recommendations from friends and browsed the sex ed section at a book store, I feel this is a solid list for the different life stages a child goes through.  I also couldn’t find any lists on-line, so I’m posting mine here!

  1.  For young kids (0 – 5years) – “How you were born” by Joanna Cole, 1993 – No mention of sexual intercourse, and awesome actual pictures of a fetus in-utero!  The family photos are multicultural, heterosexual only, and from the 1980’s.
  2. The book cover says ages 7 and up – “It’s so Amazing!” by Robie H. Harris, 2002- Our 6 year old read it too with some things going over her head.  The 8 year old understood it though.  Fun comic-like pictures.  75% pictures, 25% words.  Lots of detail and pics: circumcised vs not, tampon vs pads, different kinds of love – for your dog/grandmother/parents/girlfiriend/etc., gay/straight/lesbian/etc. all explained, alternative methods of joining an egg and sperm, twins/preemies/etc., adoptions of many types, chromosomes, ok vs not ok touching, sexual abuse defined, illustrated naked pics of male and female progression from baby to “old” age.The annoying part of the book is that they want to be all inclusive on every sentence in the book so the sentences have multiple nouns and are repetitive. There were a few sentences I rearranged into my own words to better fit the message I wanted to get across, but overall a great book.
  3. The book cover says for pre-teens and teens: “What’s happening to my body?” Book for Boys (and there is one for Girls) by Lynda Madaras (with help from her daughter starting when the daughter was 11years old, mine was updated in 2007) – I feel like it’s for a mature pre-teen or needs to be read with parents, good for teens.  Lots of words, hand-drawn diagrams and pics which could be better.   Topics covered:  Masturbation, orgasm, child abuse, pics of adolescents with the 3 main body types (ectomorph, endomorph, mesomorph), a few pages on homosexuality/bisexulaity; detailed different stages of growth in puberty, etc., etc.  We have the book for boys and it shows a few pages of girls’ anatomy, and the growing fetus, and a whole chapter on Girls’ Puberty. In total the boys’ book is over 200 pages! Suggestions for further reading on different topics are given at the end of the book.
  4. What do people look like without clothes on?  I wanted to show my curious child, (11 years old), respectful, fully nude, non-photoshopped, actual sized bodies (ie. not super-skinny, or women with outrageous sized breasts, etc.), non-sexually suggestive, multi-aged, multi-racial, photos.   Instead of getting all his information from internet/YouTube sensationalism.  The best thing I came up with was this series of books: “Art Models 4; Life Nude Photos for the Visual Arts” by Maureen and Douglas Johnson.  If you know of something better please tell me.  Of course all the models are adults, for better or worse, I don’t expect I could find any books with kids at different ages, except those hand drawn, and that’s understandable – to protect the kids. includes a disk with 100’s of poses of the models.  Watch out some of these ‘books’ are now for sale only on disk!  This volume 4 includes; 2 white female pregnant models, 2 male and 2 female black models, a female model of unknown origin – mix of white/black? hispanic?,  a white skinned red-haired female model, 3 white male models aged ~70years, 40 years, 30 years, and about 3 other white skinned/female models in 20’s, there are interacting male/female posses (eating dinner, leaning on each other, etc. – for the most part more artistic than sexual).   There is some sculptured pubic hair and tan lines – otherwise, all natural!  And lots of different body angles – rear shots, side shots, bending over shots, etc.
  5. For an introduction to Anatomy for kids this book is good and shows pictures of a plastic dummy’s interior parts and organs (instead of a real cadaver):“Inside Guides:  Human Body” by Dr. Frances Williams from DK Publisher, 1997.

Help! Something is (still) wrong with me!

Feeling like something is wrong with you?  Been to many ‘doctors’ or ‘experts’ and still feel not quite right?  Don’t let people try to convince you it’s in your head!  Below is some collective wisdom from my 5 and a half year journey back to being 100% healthy.  According to regular medical doctors I was ‘doing everything right’ – exercise, eating healthy, taking vitamins, sleeping well, etc.  Yet I was still massively sick!  It turns out western medicine, the only kind I knew when I got sick, is only looking at one aspect of our (very complex) bodies.  Read below to see if you have covered all these ways to investigate your body.

Here are the layers of the body that can be contributing to a problem and who can help:

  • The MD‘s (medical doctors) will be checking your physical body organs to see if they can diagnose anything.  Very often, if you don’t fit a commonly accepted diagnosis or disease category they can’t help you.
    ND‘s (Naturopathic Doctors) also diagnose physical body organs but can offer alternatives when you don’t fit into any medically accepted disease category.
  • Call a Chiropractor to see if any of your bones are out of alignment and causing the trouble ….ask me if you don’t know why this could cause digestive distress, emotional issues, muscle aches, behavioral problems, etc.!
  • Fascial Planes – someone who is trained in Cranial Sacral Therapy or Reiki can check this important structure which is all over your body. Fascia is the way your body maintains it’s physical shape and is your body’s communication highway.  Communication problems within your body equates to physical problems that you can feel.  Often if chiropractic changes ‘won’t stick’ then a patient is sent to get their fascial planes worked on and then the chiropractic changes stay in place.
  • Energy – Energy Medicine Practitioners, Acupuncturists, (some) Massage Therapists, and Shiatsu Practitioners, work with your body’s energy systems (which have been used and documented for over 3000 years) to fix the body, mind, and spirit. To be more specific:
    • the body = all items listed in 1. – 3. above
    • the mind = emotions, thought patterns, behavior, etc.
    • the spirit = how balanced and connected we feel in our lives

As you can see, to save yourself time and money, you may want to start with a practitioner in this Energy category – since they can work on all body areas at once.

Does Acupuncture work?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared, in 2003, that it does – in valid clinically controlled trials.  They have posted some of those scientific studies on their website as well as an 87 page report detailing their own findings on Acupuncture.

Click on the link below to see for yourself.   (2018 update – WHO changed their website and I can not yet find where they moved the report; but I’ll put the WHO link below anyway).

Here is an opening to one of the WHO report pages:

“Over its 2500 years of development, a wealth of experience has accumulated in the practice of acupuncture, attesting to the wide range of diseases and conditions that can be effectively treated with this approach. Unlike many other traditional methods of treatment, which tend to be specific to their national or cultural context, acupuncture has been used throughout the world, particularly since the 1970s”.

WHO website link.

Straight from the website are 27 diseases/disorders that WHO found scientific evidence which supported/”proved” that Acupuncture was good for (see below).  And on their site this list is followed by another list of 63 conditions which scientific studies have shown benefits for, but broader studies are needed before WHO will call those diseases/disorders ‘proven’ to be effectively treated by acupuncture:

1. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment:

Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Biliary colic
Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
Dysentery, acute bacillary
Dysmenorrhoea, primary
Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Hypertension, essential
Hypotension, primary
Induction of labour
Knee pain
Low back pain
Malposition of fetus, correction of
Morning sickness
Nausea and vomiting
Neck pain
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
Periarthritis of shoulder
Postoperative pain
Renal colic
Rheumatoid arthritis
Tennis elbow

NCNM Study Abroad

NCNM offers trips and study opportunities abroad.  China, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda are just a few countries that have recurring trips.  Here is a link to the African countries information:  NCNM website

Here is an example of a study abroad class, the class currently counts for credit in the NCNM ND, MSiMR, and MSOM degrees.

NCNM Tanzania Trip Description (Tentative – subject to change a little)

Week 1 (July 7-11) – Portland. Reading, videos, discussion.
Students will spend 9 a.m. to noon each day with Dr. Zwickey preparing for the trip. There will be readings, videos, and discussion about international public health, tropical diseases, and cultural topics relevant to Tanzania. Students will start their projects which will be presented the last week of the trip.
July 12 – Fly to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
All students will fly to Tanzania on the 12th of July. Students may fly whatever airline they choose. However, because we will need to pick them up in Dar Es Salaam, it’s important that everyone arrive on the 13th.
July 13-15 Orientation; Basic Swahili; Jet-lag recovery
Students will arrive on the 13th or 14th (often flights land at 2 a.m. the next day). We’ll stay at Kigamboni, on the beach. Student will have the opportunity to sleep, swim, and will complete some local orientation.
July 16-17 Muhimbili University Institute for Traditional Medicine and CDC
Muhimbili University has an Institute for Traditional Medicine, where they study some of the 10,000+ plants that grow in Tanzania, analyzing them for activity against HIV, cancer, and malaria. We’ll tour their facility and talk to some of the scientists who work at Muhimbili. We’ll also spend some time talking to a public health expert from the CDC who works in Tanzania.
July 17 Fly to Moshi/Arusha
July 18-19 Orientation to Moshi, Mowo, Arusha
Located at the base of Kilimanjaro, this area is where we have relationships with researchers and some smaller villages. All students will visit Mowo, a village outside of Moshi.
July 20-22 Off (Ngorogoro Crater (optional safari) /Massai Village (optional village stay)
A popular safari takes place in Ngorogoro crater. Students will have the option to go to Karatu, and complete the Ngorogoro safari. Additionally, an herbalist who has lived with the Massai will provide herbal medicine history, and arrange a village stay with Massai villagers.
July 23-27 Activities in Moshi, Mowo, Arusha (optional village stay)
Students will alternate between 3 activities, a clinic day in Mowo village, visiting the herbal medicine research center on Mt. Meru, outside of Arusha, and completing public health activities.
July 28 Drive to Lushoto / Hike
July 29 Free day (or hike to waterfalls)
July 30 Drive to Tanga
Tanga is a coastal city that is primarily Muslim.
July 31-August 2 Tanga (Mama-Baby Clinic; Bombo Hospital; Bongo)
Students will alternate between three activities, including visiting a Tanzanian hospital, spending time with a traditional Tanzanian herbalist, and helping with a Mama-Baby clinic. Students will also deliver public health lectures at a local elementary school.
August 3 Boat to Zanzibar
August 4 Off
August 5-7 Stonetown; Spice Farm; Wrap up classes; Presentations
August 8 Leave
Course information will be distributed and discussed at breakfasts and dinners. Daily reflections will occur with faculty during drives to various locations.
After August 8th, students are welcome to fly back to the US, or to stay in Tanzania to travel and explore. Students may also want to spend time in other parts of the world on their way back to the US. Note that the last night of paid housing is August 7th.