Ryan Smith – a student of the body’s most mysterious forces and energies.
I wanted to interview local health practitioner Ryan Smith (www.santesmeth.com) since an observer during one of his presentations told me, with more admiration than contempt, “He’s like a mad scientist”. Smith himself has likened his calling to that of Papa Smurf – an assistant and investigator with a strong independent streak who works outside the mainstream paradigm. His Californian cool does not hide his contagious enthusiasm for his subject: the mysterious forces at work in a balanced, vibrant human well-being. He takes the invisible and subtle aspects of the human organism seriously, even though he uses far-sounding equipment – biomodulators, tuning forks, scalar energy pendants – in his ministries.
Sitting on a bench in the town of La Mesa, Smith told me how his explorations into the alternative world of health convinced him of the existence of energy fields that can be monitored and harnessed. He impressed me the most when at one point he offered to give me a demonstration of “muscle testing”. As shown, I formed a circle with my ring finger and thumb, holding them firmly together. “Be strong,” he encourages me. “You are strong. You are like a rock. Perhaps invigorated by this flattery, I was able to keep my finger on the thumb as he tried to pull them apart. Then he asked me to hold my other hand over. my navel, two fingers outstretched in a gesture of “scout honor.” For some reason, using no more force than before, he was suddenly able to pull my fingers apart with ease, despite my best efforts to resist. He called it a simple demonstration of how the body’s energy flow can be manipulated.
Smith is big on energy; one of the central concerns of his practice is the electrical tension that we all carry in our bodies. He explained this by invoking an important triumvirate: tension, alkalinity and oxygen. Cell voltage, he explained, is related to alkalinity – “pH is a measure of voltage” – and “alkalinity dictates how much oxygen can be dissolved in the system.” . Smith also noted that tension levels vary within us and we need a certain amount of it to rejuvenate our cells. Optimal blood pressure, he argues, will ensure optimal cell replacement, part of the constant job of staying alive. Suboptimal tension will force our bodies to recreate cells in a less powerful and less vital way.
My interest is not scientific, but there is just something appealing about the idea of electricity in our body. Even a person reluctant to worry about practical applications here can still appreciate the poetic dimension: the idea that the energy within us somehow connects us to lightning, to the shock we receive while walking. on a carpet, at the power that powers a Tesla and keeps an iPhone running. I can feel him expanding my sense of myself as I write this, at least a little. Our electricity reminds us that we are connected to the world around us. We are not just individuals; we are current conductors.