Development of an Embryonic Energy System

In the illustrations of my ancestral form, I had trouble recognizing what I had grown to think of as “myself.” Blechschmidt’s (2004) pictures of the growing embryo reminded me of a science-fiction novel about the evolution of an extraterrestrial species. I found the unidentifiable early growth both fascinating and alarming. I’ve seen comparable photos throughout my life but studying the intricacies of embryonic embodiment has given me an entirely new perspective on what it is to be “human.”. Because these images were shown in 2D, I found the interactive 3D atlas from the Carnegie Collection of embryos consisting of digital images of over 15,000 stained tissue slices to be an additional useful resource for understanding what I was looking at (Atlas contents, n.d.).

Likewise, Maxwell (2009) proposed that the chakras and associated energy systems may also be tied to embryonic development, which broadened my understanding of what is inherent inside the human body. As an energy worker, I realized that the establishment of the chakra and meridian systems was indeed part of the bodily structure.  Nerve cellular structures, such as synaptic gap junctions, may be the forerunners of such energy channels. This may help to explain why they are often regarded as non-physical entities (Maxwell, 2009).

Consequently, Boadella (2015) concluded that when energy practitioners engage with a client’s chakras, they are operating inside the embryonic stages of growth. It took me some time to think about this theory and compare it to my own actual experience. By logical reasoning, if an embryo already has the chakra system inside it, and that system is intrinsic within it as it grows both inside and outside the womb, I can see why there may be a link between the energy field and the prenatal structures in a fully formed person.  In my own clinical practice, I have not specifically assisted clients in accessing these levels and I am curious to know what might result if I gave space for that exploration.   I’m left in wonder at the human being’s ‘construction’ and how dependent we are on the conditions of our upbringing in order to access these fundamental mechanisms for self-transformation.


Atlas contents. (n.d.). 3datlas. Retrieved November 3, 2022, from

Blechschmidt, E. (2004). The ontogenetic basis of human anatomy: a biodynamic approach to development from conception to birth. North Atlantic Books.

Boadella, D. (2015). Lifestreams: An introduction to biosynthesis. Routledge.

Maxwell, R. W. (2009). The physiological foundation of yoga chakra expression. Zygon®44(4), 807-824.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9744.2009.01035.x

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Reiki and the Notochord

Here is an excerpt from my Somatic Psychology class exploring the spinal developmental structure known as the notochord.

Even though the sensation of the spinal pattern is subtle and invisible, in my experience, the energy that goes through moves at the speed of light. Since I have channeled Reiki energy through this structure for a long time, I am familiar with and comfortable exploring this movement.  I have often connected to this inner channel through the passing of what is called “attunement”, which is equivalent to the giving of a blessing, that is offered to each student in a Reiki class.  The attunement permits a student to access their own inner spinal channel. Following Ayurvedic practice, I have referred to this area as the Sushumna channel; nonetheless, I view it as being identical to what is also called the notochord.

When I align with my notochord, I gain a deep sense of embodiment. Because of this dropping in, I can merge my mind and body and tap into the boundless well of cosmic consciousness. When I tune into this primary conduit, I am able to let go of any vestiges of dualism and instead experience a profound sense of the unity that underlies my entire existence. Conversely, when I focus on the activity in my stomach and brain tubes, I experience them as more material homes for the systems that maintain my physical integrity. I perceive those tubes as very defined in form.  The notochord, however, feels to me ethereal and energetic.  It appears to be able to communicate information, sensation, and feeling in much the same manner as a fiber optic thread can carry light. It’s a repository of potential for my transpersonal self. 

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