The Energetics of Food: An Exploration through Kirlian Photography

“But why should I eat like this?”

This is a common question that I get from my clients when I recommend organic, vibrant and whole-foods options. I find it incredibly difficult to answer that as every person is biochemically unique and presents with their own issues and challenges. I know on some innate level that the quality, state and the vibration of the food you are consuming is so important. I found myself wishing and hoping that there could be a particular methodology that would explore the ins and outs of organic eating in a very clear and illustrative way. Lo and behold, let’s give a warm welcome to Kirlian photography.

I know that this topic is widely debated. Kirlian photography has been denounced as quackery and has been the subject of much contention since its conception in the 1930’s. I’m going to use it as a lens to explore the benefits of organic vs. non-organic foods, so I think it’s important that you have a general understanding of what exactly this is. Please bear with me as I dive down this rabbit hole!

What is Kirlian photography? 

Kirlian photography is a collection of photogenic techniques used to capture the phenomenon of electrical coronal discharges. This method was officially invented in 1939 by Semyon Davidovitch Kirlian and purports to film the “aura” around a subject. A sheet of photographic film is placed on top of a metal plate. To create exposure, a high voltage current is applied to the plate. The Kirlian photo then shows a light glow around the object photographed. The Kirlian’s themselves believed that it was possible that what they were capturing was the “life-force” of an object. Of course, this was incredibly exciting for new age enthusiasts who took the concept and ran with it. He posited that people who are in the middle of healing crises seem to do better when they eat these high-energy foods with frequency. You can explore some of these amazing photos here.

Red Kirlian Photography of a Female hand

Dr. Gabriel Counsen used a similar idea to establish the Tree of Life Center in Arizona, where live foods are used to assist in the healing process of people with various health conditions. He posits that “every plant has a specific energy pattern, just as does every human.” He refers to the energy fields as Subtle Organizing Energy Fields or (SOEFs). I like this concept as it highlights the subtle yet profound changes that can arise when you are eating high frequency foods.

How do we utilize these SOEF’s to our advantage? There are a couple of different ways I can think of from the top of my head. Utilizing foods that have shown to contain large amounts of life-force energy are a quick way for us to supercharge our vitality in a world of processed junk.

How do we incorporate high-vibe SOEF’s?

The issue is that we don’t really eat very many fresh foods at all. This is problematic because we are eating foods that have travelled a long amount of time, or are processed, or are filled with chemicals and utterly devoid of nutrition. These foods contain very little life-force energy and the consumption of these over time can lead to a dulling of our own “spark”.  We start to feel fatigued, look fatigued and lack that crucial “spark” that is necessary for ultimate vibrancy.

So, step one – eat fresh foods! Go to the farmers market and ensure the foods that you are eating have travelled the least amount of distance to get to you.  I live in Calgary, Alberta and we are often exposed to long and cold winters, so fresh local produce is not always an option.

Other ways I can think of to increase the energetics of the food you are eating are:
    • Increase your exposure to superfoods. These are things like raw cacao, goji berries, maca, bee pollen and acai. These foods all contain a “high-voltage” of life-force energy and are excellent for stimulating prana or chi in the body.
    • Eat more raw foods
    • Tone harmonic notes through music or humming
    • Chanting
    • Gratitude
    • Incorporate spices
    • Incorporate herbs
    • Be intentional with what you’re eating!

Food is a touchy topic for many people, and that’s entirely okay. Every person will resonate with specific foods differently but a common mantra applies to us all: you are what you eat. It’s up to you to make sure that you are consuming foods that you feel connect you to energy, vitality, health and happiness.


Ralitza Alexandrov, C.H.N.C.

As your Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant at Naturmend, I am committed to creating healthy communities. I believe in honouring the 
unique biochemical individuality of each person who walks through my door and in the amazing benefits of a whole food diet. A healthy body and balanced mind are the cornerstones of a happy existence.


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