Biophotonics – The Science Behind Energy Healing

Biophotonics - the Science behind Energy Healing

By Katrin Geist

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

I’m in a wonderful position: I may witness people’s wellbeing improve, sometimes dramatically, while practicing Reconnective Healing. Watching them come in with pain and leave without it, dance through the room trying out movements they couldn’t do in months, or get up saying: “I’m not depressed anymore!”, move on the massage table so much in response to frequencies of energy, light and information that I feel compelled to hold the table in place, speak what seems another language fluently without conscious knowledge of it, heal from a severe accident a lot faster than predicted — it makes you wonder what exactly happens to people experiencing this, and what the Reconnective Healing phenomenon is based on.

This holistic process engages frequencies of energy, light and information which tangibly and visibly interact with a person, helping them to allow a healing to occur. It is wellbeing centered, powerful, compatible with other approaches, as good for prevention as for healing and recovery, offers benefits without risk, and can be life-changing. It addresses causes rather than symptoms, while creating no dependency on the practitioner – I don’t see clients more than three times per life situation. Reconnective Healing is also experiential. No article, book, or live presentation substitutes for a direct experience of this process. However, these are good beginning points.

While applied in some areas of current medical practice, light frequencies as curative agents enjoy comparatively little use. Yet, I believe that frequency and information based healing is the way of the future. Reconnective Healing and other energy healing modalities exemplify this already, and have been for centuries in some cases (e.g. Qigong, Tai Chi – there are c. 1000 energy healing modalities). Light frequencies directly impact biology on a systemic level (Levin 2003, Popp 2006, Barbault et al 2009, Han et al 2011), while also being targeted, compatible with conventional therapy, harmless, effective, and lasting (Pearl 2001, Barbault et al 2009, Zimmermann et al 2012). How do they do that? And isn’t this a favorable approach to invasive methods? No needles. No pills. No side-effects. Only feeling better. Brilliant! Is this kind of healing really possible? The answer is YES. Light frequencies hold a key to wellbeing, and this article explores why and how.

What is light?

Before going into how light interacts with biology, it pays to revisit some basics. What is light? What is this phenomenon that we’re so familiar with we almost forget it exists?

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Fig 1. Light wave. Source:

Light is electromagnetic radiation. It exhibits what’s called wave-particle duality: it possesses properties of both waves (frequency, energy, information) and particles (= photons). Light waves combine two waves in one (Fig.1): an electric wave forming an electrical field, and a perpendicular magnetic wave forming a magnetic field. Both these fields feed off each other, creating a self-propagating light wave in the process. Light has a frequency (cycles per second, measured in hertz), contains energy, and carries information.

The speed of light is defined as 299.792km/s. In other words, a photon (particle of light) travels 8.3 minutes between the Sun and your skin while basking on a sunny day. That’s 150 million kilometers in under 10 minutes (by comparison, the Earth’s circumference is c. 40.000 km)! Another way to think about this: imagine sitting in an airplane, and traveling around the world seven times in a row – in one second. Wouldn’t that be fantastic! Let’s just say that light travels very fast indeed. This hints at why healing modalities that effectively employ it tend to work fast and do not require a person to come back regularly, week after week, sometimes even years. In Reconnective Healing, 90 minutes of interacting with frequencies of energy, light and information is more than enough to know whether this works for someone, and felt health differences may occur within minutes.

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Fig 2. The electromagnetic spectrum and its technological applications. Notice how narrow the visible spectrum is, allowing (and confining) us to perceive the world through our visual sense. Left scale: frequency; right scale: wavelength. Source:

The visible spectrum of sunlight which informs and enables our visual sense represents but one small portion of the entire frequency range coming from the Sun (Fig 2). One could say we’re literally blind to most solar radiation, as we only perceive a narrow spectrum of what’s emitted. However, we invented numerous technologies that use light and “see” within other ranges inaccessable to our senses, thus artificially extending our perception (Fig 2). Use of this light technology influences (dictates?) our every day experience: TV, radio, GPS, supermarket scanners, X-rays, and most prominently, cell phones and the internet. All of these technologies use light frequencies to encode or decode information, and thus to communicate. And it’s everywhere, without getting esoteric or religious or spiritual. Just scientific will do. Electromagnetic fields surround us all day every day.

Light as carrier of information

One of the most important properties of light is carrying information. What does this mean? Light waves can be changed in different ways to encode information. AM and FM radio means amplitude and frequency modulation, for example (amplitude is wave height, see Fig. 1). One can also vary the pulse of waves (as in on-off). That is what Morse code uses. It is only important for the recipient to know the code in order to understand the message, otherwise they will only see seemingly senseless signals and miss the communication. Or take sending a text message: you punch in letters that make sense. Then you press ‘send’ and your friend on the other end receives your message, also in letters on their display. What happens in between? Your phone converts letters to an electrical signal which it then transmits as a pulsed microwave pattern carrying your information, until the recipient phone decodes that pattern and, converting it back to letters, displays it as words on the screen. This, then, is an every day example of using frequencies of energy, light and information to communicate. The internet uses fibre optic cables to relay packets of information across long distances. Same principle: your email is converted into electrical signals and transmitted via digital light pulses until the recipient computer decodes your message for the other person to read. It’s all about encoding and decoding information carried by waves. That’s what our five senses do, too. That’s all they do! We are expert translators of vibration. Only it is so normal and so fast that we’re hardly aware of participating in it.

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Fig 3. Wave interference patterns contain information. Source:

When waves interact, they form interference patterns (Fig. 3). And these patterns contain information. For example, in the case of pebbles tossed in a pond, the resulting waves carry information about the pebbles, their size, the time of the event and point of origin, and their speed. When colliding waves amplify each other, we see larger peaks and troughs (information addition); when they interfere destructively, they cancel each other out (information loss). While interacting in this way, both waves share their respective information while simultaneously maintaining their integrity: after the interaction they look just as before. For example: wave A has amplitude A and wave B has amplitude B. Both travel toward each other. When they overlap (interfere), the resulting amplitude is A+B during the interaction, and then again A and B afterwards, once both waves continue on their individual paths (as in A, B, A+B, A, B). They just passed through each other, and it’s as if they never met. Yet the temporary interference patterns resulting from interacting waves play an important role.

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Fig 4. Light interference and information. Source:

Light waves, too, produce interference patterns that contain information (Fig. 4). Notice the semi-circular wave patterns resulting from light passing through two pinholes. If you would put a detector or light sensitive film somewhere in the plane where both light waves cross (grey bar), you would attain an interference pattern resembling a barcode. This barcode contains the information of both light waves. Look familiar? That’s right: every supermarket item shows a barcode with product specific information. And a scanner (i.e. laser beam) retrieves the encoded information when you check out. Jumping ahead just a little bit, figuratively speaking, you can think of biological light fields as barcodes holding specific information. Each cell has one, each tissue has one, each organ, and each person. And they are changeable, not static. That’s where the analogy ends. The importance here is that overlapping waves create patterns that allow for information storage, flow and exchange.

Waves constitute a near endless potential to encode, store and exchange information. The greatest such medium is what physics calls the Zero Point Field (ZPF), and Eastern philosophy terms “the field of all possibility”: a quantum sea of energy and information that is omnipresent and connects everything with everything else in this Universe – a possible explanation for why distance healing works (a ‘quantum’ is the smallest amount of something, e.g. a photon is a quantum of light). According to physicist Richard Feynman (1918 -1988, Nobel Prize 1965), one cubic metre of space (zero point energy) is enough to boil the oceans of the world. A wonderful book summing up some 30 years of research into the ZPF is Lynne McTaggart’s “The Field” (2001). It is written in plain English, so one needn’t be a physicist to enjoy it.

Now that we laid the foundation of light properties and wave interactions, let’s see how all of this relates to living systems – us!

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Fig 5. Mitosis (celll division) in broad bean root cells. Chromosomes (DNA): finger-like structures at the cells’ center. Source: Katrin Geist.

One of the fundamental questions in biology is how organisms self-regulate. How do cells manage to carry out some 100.000 biochemical reactions per second, and how does the body know to manufacture 10 million new cells per second, and to also let go of an equal number in the same time frame? And how do cells know when to stop growing? How does the body know to produce what protein when and where, and how does that protein then know where to go? And why is it that cell division (mitosis, Fig 5) usually runs error free? Statistical chance alone would have c. 100.000 errors occur per event. Yet this does not eventuate. What controls this process so precisely, and how? To illustrate what a feat it is to divide DNA into two exact portions for each daughter cell to inherit, imagine a big truck filled to the brim with peas. Your job is to sort these into two exactly equal piles. No mistake allowed. If only one pea rolls back crossing into the other heap, you lose. And you have to be quick. Cells usually take anywhere from a few minutes to under 24 hours for completing their (perfect) division.

Understanding the regulation of this process represents the holy grail of biology and medical research. Why? Cancer cells enter into cell division for unknown reasons, and if one could solve that, cancer therapy would benefit immeasurably. It would open new avenues of understanding, prevention, and treatment.

How light interacts with Biology: Biophotons and the work of Prof Fritz-Albert Popp

Fritz-Albert Popp shared the fate of many an ingenious person: he got fired and ridiculed for a revolutionary re-discovery: cells contain and emit light. And what goes for cells also holds true for whole organisms, including humans. Everything living constantly emits an ultra-weak radiation. Popp called it biophoton emission, indicating its biological origin. To illustrate how weak this light is: it would equal still seeing a candle flame at a 20 km distance. This highlights a major challenge in science: it can only ever measure phenomena detectable by current equipment. Popp had long worked on developing a machine sensitive enough to detect single photon events. Beginning with cucumber seedlings, he measured low level light emissions (biophotons) coming from these plants when put into his photomultiplier machine (Fig. 6), a technology based on work by Albert Einstein who received the Nobel Prize for it in 1921. Popp noticed that any organism he tested emitted a weak light, and it is well established today that this pertains to all life forms (Bischof 1995).

What did this light emission mean? What could its function be? And could anything of such low intensity really matter to organisms?

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Fig 6. Left: leaves in daylight. Right: biophoton emission of same leaves as detected by a photomultiplier. Source:

One clue came from his own previous work studying two forms of almost the same thing: 1,2 benzpyrene and 3,4 benzpyrene. While their structural difference is tiny, the former is harmless to us, and the latter is a highly carcinogenic substance (e.g. in cigarette smoke and coal-tar). When shining UV light on 3,4 benzpyrene, Popp noticed something baffling: the substance would not radiate back light at the same wavelength, but rather emit a different wavelength. Normally, and like the harmless 1,2 benzpyrene, things emit back the same frequency they were exposed to. This didn’t. Instead of radiating back the same UV wavelength, 3,4 benzpyrene emitted light of a different kind. It absorbed one light form and gave off another. It scrambled light frequencies. Popp was amazed to learn that 380nm, the wavelength at which his test molecules reacted as light scramblers, is part of the light spectrum at which DNA photorepair – a well known and accepted yet not fully understood mechanism – operates. One can next to destroy a cell with strong UV light or X-rays, for example, and then expose it to a weaker dose of UV light to induce cell repair. Cells recover almost completely within a few hours. This amazing ability is termed DNA photorepair or photoreactivation, and it depends on light exposure between 310nm and 400nm. Popp thought nature was too coordinated for this to be a coincidence – could it be that frequency scrambling substances were at the root of causing cancer? Had he even discovered the mechanism behind carcinogenic effects? What if light scrambling molecules interefere with and disrupt or prevent DNA photorepair, thus leading to mutations? He felt on to something.

Presenting his results at a conference, he was met with much skepticism and resistance. His results did not fit the mould and stretched attendees’ imagination too far. Despite this disappointing experience, Fritz-Albert Popp persisted with his inspiring research. Studying 37 more substances (some harmless, some carcinogenic), a pattern emerged: without exception, every frequency scrambling chemical turned out to be a carcinogen, absorbing at 380nm, and then emitting a different wavelength. Popp wondered about the implications of this for cells: the light absorbing property of carcinogens at 380nm with subsequent scrambling would block light of that wavelength, thus withholding it from photorepair, and eventually preventing it altogether. Consistent, long-term exposure (e.g.smoking) to carcinogens, then, would deprive cells of their repair mechanism and render them vulnerable to damage. It would also mean that, in order to carry out photorepair, cells naturally contain UV light (as it does not penetrate skin very deeply, and all cells use it), and that DNA interacts with it. Measuring his cucumber seedlings confirmed that organisms not only emit light, but coherent light at that (see below). Question remained: where did this inner light come from?

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Fig 7. DNA as barcode: by analogy, a temporary summary of current cellular processes.

Popp mused it must come from the live food we eat. Green plants harness sunlight and convert it into biochemical energy. When we enjoy a fresh salad, we also ingest photons currently held within the plant tissue. There is good experimental evidence that DNA is a lot more than just a blueprint for building proteins. It seems to hold and emit photons (Rattemeyer et al 1981), allow for coherence (see below) (Popp 1984), and, recently, was used as digital information storing device, akin to a flash drive. Church et al (2012) stored (and retrieved) an entire book: 53.426 words, 11 jpg’s and one JavaScript program. Also, what has been termed “junk DNA” (some 95% of it), turns out to be anything but: remember the barcode? Figuratively speaking, it’s a temporary description of what’s going on in a cell, regardless of sequences coding for proteins (genes) or not (“junk”). Popp believes that DNA is a light storing resonator molecule that uses light signals to coordinate intra- and inter-cellular processes. (Resonators either generate waves of specific frequencies or select specific frequencies from an incoming signal. They temporarily store light.) DNA acts as an antenna sending and receiving light signals. Popp’s research, and that of others, certainly points in that direction (Popp 2006, Blank & Goodman 2011, Garo & Haener 2012, Meyl 2012).

Since every biochemical reaction requires energy for activation, photons make perfect sense to provide that, especially because they act like catalysts: without being used up in the process, they initiate a reaction, and then return to the light field, ready to repeat the task. In other words, a cell carrying out 100.000 reaction per second (!) does not require 100.000 photons to kick them off. A handful could do, since they are reused, and, as light, travel very fast. It’s similar to a honey bee visiting hundreds of flowers instead of only one. In a cell, everything is in constant flux and exchange, in a most coordinated way. And you consist of some 50 trillion cells. Imagine what’s going on at all times!

Also interesting in this respect is that every atom (basic unit of matter) functions as a resonator for a specific wavelength, and this translates up the scale to molecules (which consist of atoms), cells, tissues, and organs. What does this mean? Essentially, that everything is in motion in response to light waves which excite atoms at certain wavelengths. This excitation has atoms form molecules and molecules aggregate to larger structures like cell membranes. Photons provide the impetus for anything to happen. Everything vibrates. Why is this important? Every atom, molecule, cell, tissue, organ and person resonates with certain frequencies and not with others. That’s why we like some vibes or people, and not others. That’s what different tastes are, and different smells – different perceptions. When something resonates with us, we fell really good, in love even. We can resonate with people, places, foods or ideas. It generally just feels very good. It also means that every molecule and every cell serves as a potential light source, due to the nature of resonators as temporary light traps. This allows for the formation of three-dimensional light fields throughout the body. One could say that light glues the body together, as every cell emits and aborbs light in communication with its neighbours. Biophotons prefer spaces of constructive interference (amplified light fields) and interact with charged particles (e.g. electrons, atoms, proteins). Therefore, they influence the body’s charge distribution, and thus its energy field.

Coherent light as ordering principle

Coherent light (e.g. a laser beam) is light that originates from a very small source (e.g. a photon, or by passing through a pinhole, see Fig. 8). A word of many definitions, in
the world of biophotons, coherence denotes 1) a high degree of order and 2) the ability to form light fields through wave interference (amplification & attenuation), where biophotons from spatially different sources interact to weave an ordered (coherent) light field. It is these standing waves that enable information exchange in biological systems. A standing wave keeps the same form over time. It is subject to boundary conditions (as given by a cell membrane or a river channel) which maintain and determine its shape. Change only one boundary condition, and the entire wave (system) changes: light fields are holistic. That is why coherence is so important, as it buys cells time to carry out tasks until coherence erodes, thus changing the quality of information exchange possible. For example, healthy people emit coherent biophotons with periodic patterns, whereas ill people show little coherence and disturbed or no periodicity (Cohen & Popp 1997). The ability of biological systems to achieve coherence exceeds that of modern lasers by orders of magnitude (Popp 2006).

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Fig 8. Coherent vs incoherent light. Source:

So by analogy, think of a packed rugby stadium. Photons are like people: they spontaneously and temporarily connect and cooperate as one to create order and meaning while keeping their individual identity. La ola, the wave, goes around the stadium with people participating in a cooperative pattern that carries meaning: that’s coherence. No single person could bring it about. But cooperative interaction can. Likewise, photons weave a tapestry of information in biological systems, thereby transmitting and communicating information about the state of the system. Forget the barcodes: think la ola! It’s more like a dance anyway.

Popp’s brilliant move was to calculate possible resonator wave patterns (light fields) for cells. The trouble with research of this kind is that one cannot directly measure cellular light fields – cells are too small for inserting probes directly, and that very act would also immediately alter the boundary conditions (by disturbing the cell membrane), and thus the result. So scientists resort to indirect approaches which involve measuring biophoton emissions to infer standing wave patterns (light fields) present in cells, and to theoretical calculations such as: what biophoton wave interference patterns (light fields) are possible within cellular boundary conditions? In cells, boundary conditions largely depend on the cell membrane: its shape, molecular composition and electrical charges, for example. A standing wave in a river may depend on channel width and depth, log jams and water flow. If only one boundary parameter changes, the resulting wave changes, too, whether that’s water or light. Fig. 9 summarizes Fritz-Albert Popp’s genius and the foundation of his life’s work. This, surely, should see the Nobel Prize, as far as I’m concerned. Amazing to think that this knowledge is… at least 35 years old. People all too often die over their great contributions without recognition. One can only hope that “they” make up their minds soon.

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Fig 9. Popp’s revolutionary discovery: mitotic pattern (left) and biophoton light field (right) match perfectly! Source: Popp (2008).

What do we see here? The left side shows a light microscope image of a classic mitotic pattern (called anaphase, see also Fig. 5) of a fish cell, where the dark double band at the center is DNA, and the bushy bits that radiate out from each side are microtubule proteins that attach to DNA and eventually pull it apart to separate chromosomes (DNA) into two equal portions (like pea sorting, only much more elegant). The right figure shows the corresponding, calculated light field (resonator wave). They are a perfect match. So an immaterial, standing electromagnetic wave pattern (light field) directs physical molecules towards their respective sides. Notice the central line: this hinders molecules to transgress. They literally cannot cross that boundary, as their own charge, which interacts with the light field’s electrical forces (indicated by single lines and arrows), prevents it. Molecules literally get repelled and “sent back”. This is mind-blowingly beautiful. To think that cells – life! – resonate with sunlight. And once you see it like that, it seems so obvious! Popp, and by now many others, as pioneers before them (e.g. Gurwitsch, Prirogine, Froehlich), provides a theoretical framework to understand and explain the fundamental processes of life. And of course there’s more to it still, yet I will spare us the mathematics here, which are readily available from the literature. Suffice to say that Popp and colleagues verified their findings, for example by matching calculated light field patterns such as that from Fig. 9 to film footage of dividing cells and to spectral colors emitted by cells undergoing cell division – the light field pattern in Fig. 9 emits biophotons at a wavelength of 350nm, for example, and cells undergoing mitosis emit light at that wavelength, thus confirming calculated values. It all added up.

A summary of what we know from biophotonics today

(All points sourced from Popp 2006, unless noted otherwise):

  • All organisms emit biophotons (light fields). Their importance and intensity vary with the level of organisation: humans radiate less light than algae, and the more complex a life form, the more important biophotons seem to be (more complex organisms tend to retain their biophotons, as they need them to activate metabolic processes and to maintain order within the system).
  • Biophoton emissions occur within the visual spectrum of light (from ultraviolet to near infrared, 200-800nm) and range between a few biophotons to a few thousand biophotons per square centimeter surface area (e.g. skin) per second. They also seem to be species specific, e.g. species exhibit characteristic biophoton patterns.
  • Biophoton emissions differ from the bioluminescence of fireflies or deep sea fish (which is much stronger and not present in all life forms).
  • Organisms exchange biophotons.
  • Biophotons within cells likely originate from DNA. DNA absorbs and radiates light between ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths. It is thought to function as a resonator.
  • Biophotons carry information within & between cells, between body parts and organisms, and between organisms and the environment (e.g. Galle et al. 1991, Fels 2009, Dotta et al 2014).
  • Humans emit most biophotons through their hands (A. Popp 2011, video presentation available from the HHG/Reconnective Healing youtube channel), which is very interesting in regards to energy healing.
  • Stress usually increases biophoton emissions (van Wijk 1992, Slawinski, et al 1992).
  • Biophoton emissions show periodic rhythms (e.g. daily, seasons) (Jung et al 2005).
  • Meditation decreases biophoton emissions (van Wijk et al 2006).
  • Healthy people emit 8-10 biophotons/s/cm2 coherent light with periodicity.
  • Sick people emit incoherent light and lose their periodicity: cancer patients shine less than normal (are too dim; tumors absorb light); MS patients shine too bright (one could say this degenerative disease causes patients to lose photons as the body increasingly struggles to keep an ordered state); stroke patients lose their left-right balance between both hands (Han et al 2011).
  • Some carcinogens scramble light at 380nm, the wavelength of DNA photorepair – could this explain their detrimental effects to the body through disrupting cell repair?
  • When cells die (e.g. through centrifugation, toxins, heat, ionizing radiation, or freezing), their light emissions increase, sometimes dramatically (factor 1000), before ceasing altogether at point of death.
  • Coherent light fields connect everything with everything else, and there is no single, separate light source as such; while light fields direct biochemistry (molecules), molecules in turn influence the light field in a constant, dynamic feedback loop. Both levels (light & biochemistry) are essential, and neither exists without the other in the
    life process.
  • Consciousness influences biophotons: it is the transformation process between potential information and actualized information (Akin to tossing a coin: when it flies in the air, it has the potential to land on either side; once landed, the actualized choice is apparent, and gives meaning to a toss-preceding question – as when asking questions of the I Ching).

Implications of biophotonics

The above invites to rethinking a few well engrained definitions. Those of health and illness, for example. Viewing illness as a biochemical imbalance or sick molecules of sorts falls incredibly short of identifying the real issue: disturbed or distorted light fields (i.e. regulation systems), as measurably expressed by incoherent and elevated or reduced biophoton emissions. That is the basis of illness, not biochemistry. We even call it so-and-so “disorder”. Exactly! One could say illness is scrambled or distorted information. Remember, biochemistry carries out what light fields guide it to do (as in DNA photorepair or the cell division example, Fig. 9). If the light field is disturbed, biochemistry follows, and the body functions at sub-optimal levels until the light field rights itself again. I believe that any physical ailment has an energetic (information) component as its root cause, and that when the energy field is helped by offering access to the correct information, the physiology follows. It has to. Remember that standing light wave? It is holistic. So when the wave changes back to normal, it allows the body to express normally, too. I believe that that is part of what I witness when people show dramatic (and often lasting) improvements of their ailments during and after Reconnective Healing.

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Fig 10. Pill-down-man and the old paradigm: improving illness through biochemistry to regain health. While warranted in acute situations, regular long-term pill consumption may not be the best choice. Source:

Human health, then, is a coherent light field with low biophoton emissions. Health is being in synch: we feel very well when light fields and biochemistry resonate in harmony and quantum communication flows freely throughout the body. Essentially, biological systems represent quantum mechanical processes: every atom, every molecule, every cell, tissue, organ, and person possesses a signature frequency. As does our planet and the Universe at large. We’re all linked in. As Nikola Tesla (1856-1943, 20th century genius inventor) said: “If you wish to understand the Universe, think of energy, frequency and vibration”. Everything is energy. All things exhibit wave-particle behavior.

Now imagine what this new definition means to how we live: all the technologically created electromagnetic pollution everywhere in form of wireless hotspots/modems/appliances, smart meters, cell phones, etc – it is part of why I’m not fond of wireless access points everywhere, nor of using a cell phone. Nice idea, unforseeable consequences. In light of what we just said, people need to be aware of where technological developments may lead and how they potentially affect them (Becker & Selden 1998, Blank & Goodman 2011). Without getting paranoid, I tend to limit my exposure to electromagnetic radiation of technological origin where I can, as it certainly interferes with biofields (Cifra et al 2011). And since I believe that the energy field is primary, it pays to look after it.

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Fig 11. Cell phone use and radiation. Source:

If frequency scramblers exist, are there substances that reinstate order? Popp wondered whether plant extracts could change light emissions of cancer cells, so that they would again communicate with the rest of the body. He examined a number of non-toxic substances purported to be successful in cancer treatment. All but one increased biophoton emissions, thus making matters worse rather than better. The one exception: mistletoe, which seemed to guide tumor cell emissions ‘back to normal’. Experimenting with tumor cells of a so called terminally ill patient and a variety of mistletoe extracts, he found one that induced coherence similar to that expressed by the patient’s body. Within a year, this woman (a ‘lost case’ by conventional standards) healed fully through taking an herbal remedy that restored her light field (McTaggart 2001).

Popp is convinced that thoughts influence biophoton emissions, and thus the body’s regulatory systems (i.e. our health). This isn’t exactly new. Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor, said “Our life is what our thoughts make it”. Many others before and since adhered to similar view points, as reflected by the readily available literature. Only Popp is among the pioneers who provide an explanation of the mechansim behind this notion in regards to the body. His laboratory also documented people consciously changing their hand’s biophoton emissions (A. Popp Youtube clip, 2013). To me, the mind-body connection is a fact. Try this: think about something very pleasant or joyous or funny. Put all of your attention on it and make it vivid in color and sound. Then just notice how your body feels. There is a direct link between thoughts and feelings. Good thoughts feel good, not so good thoughts feel – well, not so good…imagine loving each and every one of your thoughts!

Another aspect I won’t go into detail here is that of water memory & homeopathy, which directly link in with biophotonics: light waves as a means to imprint water with a message. We are 70% water. Our cells swim in light and water. It pays to remember that. What message does your (tap, drinking, city, river, rain) water carry? And what do your cells make of it? And what do you make of it, by virtue of your thoughts? Are you helping or hindering? Big questions. Care about the quantity and quality of water that you consume. Your 50 trillion cells will thank you for sufficient hydration with high qualtiy (clean and structurally intact) water. They also appreciate healthy, life affirming thoughts. I point you to the works of Dr Masaro Emoto, Dr Jaques Benveniste, Dr Bernd Kroeplin, and Viktor Schauberger.

Applications of biophotonics

Food quality

Whole foods show higher coherence than processed foods, including effects of cooking and freezing (Fig 12). The quality of eggs from free range hens eventually exceeds that of caged hens by 100%. That is, the hens’ experience matters and translates into the quality of its egg, and thus its offspring — or your omelette.

Biophotonics allow to predict the germinating ability of grains, and enable a quality check of agricultural produce in terms of freshness, contaminants, origin, sun exposure, fertilizer type, and more. A positive development is that Rewe, a supermarket chain in Germany and Austria, now uses Popp’s machines to measure the quality of their produce. Great trend! While I’m not sure to what degree they do this, it seems an excellent start down the right track.

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Fig 12. Kirlian images of raw (top left) and steamed (top right) broccoli & raw and briefly cooked tomato (bottom left & right). Sources: and

Another note on food: its real value to us is not the molecules and energy content: rather, it is the information content! The light storage capacity of a food equals its nutritional value: the more light (information) is stored, the more can also be transferred to another system (e.g. you). Human beings constantly seek to maintain order (i.e. a coherent system), as the natural tendency of anything in this Universe is falling into chaos. So we need to constantly expend energy to counteract that tendency, and to keep order. Live foods help us do that. And dead foods don’t. Throw out your microwave and potato chips. Time to get gardening and to eat fresh! Or at least buy organic whenever possible.

A word on the above image: while Kirlian photography does not measure intrinsic light alone (as it applies a high voltage source to objects), the images are still in line with illustrating biophotonic principles and findings. In other words, biophoton emission measurements yielded results similar to those shown in Fig 12, which serves as a nice visual to illustrate a difference in ‘shine’ between raw and cooked foods.

Estimating health status

Apparently, by using a biophoton scanner, one can easily evaluate the state of one’s health and the likelihood of developing diabetes, cancer, macular degeneration, and heart disease. Wow! This totally harmless process is based on the excitation of carotinoids (plant pigments) in your skin and measuring the subsequent biophoton emission. The score informs about where on the scale of healthy eating – and thus sufficient carotinoid/ antioxidant content – you fall. You are put into the position of changing dietary habits and monitoring the effect of your action through harmless and informative biophotonics. No prickly blood tests. Another harmless yet effective diagnostic tool comes from real-time infrared (IR) measurements. Brizhik et al (2009) found that a person’s physiological and psychological state of health reliably reflects in their IR readout. The system also distinguishes between acute and chronic disease. As with the biophotonics machine above, this allows for easy evaluation of a person’s state, including monitoring the efficacy of a particluar treatment.

Popp also found a way to evaluate the efficacy of a treatment by measuring the experience of the patient, say while receiving energy healing. If the experience registers logarithmically, the healer influences a patient’s light field in a meaningful way. If it registers as a random distribution, the healer created some ineffective noise that passes right through without beneficial consequence. This method is based on the Weber-Fechner law which states that our perception is a logarithmic (not linear) experience of reality: our senses buffer reality down to a bearable degree, otherwise we would be overwhelmed by the intensity of stimuli around us. In other words: environmental signals are a lot more intense than we perceive them to be. This law comes in very handy, as it allows to detect whether or not a person responds to a process. Skin conductivity testing also uses this principle. In that case, it is a way of testing for coherence without even measuring biophoton emissions.

A new point of view

Viewing ourselves and the wold largely as naturally interconnected and interdependent expressions of energy, frequency and vibration represents a totally different perspective from the solid, separate subject/ object world we’re so used to operating in. Re-interpreting our world as a vibrant, harmonious, resonant, energetic, frequency based phenomenon is very exciting. It puts us back in the driver’s seat of our lives. Don’t like the vibe? Change it! It’s up to us, not someone “out there”. Effective energy healing practitioners, then, help people to change their frequency and information field. However, I believe nobody needs a practitioner of any sort! We have the power to heal ourselves – it’s just that we’re so used to giving it away, not to mention the societal conditioning that suggests we need something outside ourselves to deal with illness. Doctors, healers, pills, tinctures and crystals are all just props we think we need to heal. In truth, we need none of that. In my view, their only function is to allow people to come into alignment with their own beliefs about healing: “If I have ____, I’ll feel better.” The healing agent is not the thing or person they turn to – it’s the belief in that thing or person and the conviction that it helps. This engages the body’s self healing capacity. Your BS (belief system) is vitally important in your life. Remember the mind/body connection. You can direct your light field (i.e. your body’s regulatory systems) by virtue of thought. That is the real secret and key to regaining wellbeing, vitality and joy in your life. Electing people, books, DVDs and other resources as props along the way is totally fine. Do whatever you have to do in order to line up with an honest conviction of “I can”, or better still, “I am” this and that. When you’re getting really good at this, you don’t need anything outside yourself to accomplish anything. And until you get there, enlist people, pets, methods, anything or anyone you feel contributes positively to your journey.

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Summary and Conclusion

Biological systems resonate with light. Light orders and coordinates life processes. It does so through coherent light fields which orchestrate biochemistry. Molecules in turn influence light fields through a constant feedback loop between biochemistry and electromagnetic (light) force fields, which themselves depend on (changeable) boundary conditions. Coherent light fields connect everything with everything else. They allow for communication within cells, between cells, between body parts, and between organisms by performing different functions at different frequencies. Thus, biology is a quantum mechanism, rather than the biochemical machine it is still commonly thought of.

Effective energy healing does nothing more – nor less – than helping a person to reset their light field by providing access to the right frequency-based information. Once received by the body, it knows exactly how to process this information. And that is also why effects last and no recurring sessions are required: the root cause is addressed, not some symptom patched up, which indeed would require ongoing treatment. Not the case. Few people give back their healing. Most continue joyously, fully appreciating their newly gained perspective of a partial or complete healing and the knowingness that one can affect change outside the confines of our medical model, either in addition to or in lieu of it (consult with your physician before making drastic changes).

It is time for a paradigm shift in biology and medicine, away from life defined as randomly interacting hormones and enzymes, and towards understanding it as a complex, highly cooperative, ordered exchange between immaterial light fields and physical molecules: both light and biochemistry are equally required in this perpetual, versatile interplay of resonant frequencies orchestrating the dance of life so perfectly expressing as – YOU.

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Katrin Geist loves exploring the mysteries of life. Initially doing so as a biologist, she now devotes her time to helping people regain and maintain their wellbeing through Reconnective Healing and holistic health coaching. Biophysics taught her the importance and far reaching implications of a truly holistic approach to wellbeing, and to life at large. More and more, she begins to understand how energy, frequency, and information shape our lives – knowingly or not.

Katrin holds a BA from the University of Montana, U.S.A. and an MSc in biology from Berlin University (FU). This science background enables her to communicate scientific subjects in an accessible way, so that everyone can benefit from information otherwise often confined to technical experts.

Katrin has held international wellbeing clinics in several countries and currently works from her New Zealand office in Dunedin. She feel privileged to serve in this capacity and invites you to experience something different. Take back the reins of your health and discover more!

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  • Patrick McGean

    Where is t;he sulfur in this discussion? Sulfur is middle C yet middle C has not been in our available for biophotonics. Everything resonates at a certain frequency, where is the sulfur.