Energy Medicine: Keeping Your Energies Humming
The good news about understanding your body as an energy system is that you can learn skills for keeping your energies flowing in a vibrant harmony that fosters your good health. The bad news is that modern life assaults you every day with conditions that tend to drain your energies and push them out of balance.
Much in our world today contributes to these disruptions. We are continually exposed to radiation and electromagnetic fields that scramble our energies in ways never dreamed of a hundred years ago. Medicines that give short-term relief may disorganize our energies, creating long-term problems. The pesticides killing off the insects that threaten our crops wind up in our bodies and bewilder our energy systems. The disorienting effects of many such influences, combined with the complex stresses we routinely encounter and the fast pace at which we live our nonetheless sedentary lives can have the cumulative impact of leaving a person’s energy field disrupted. Even the energies that naturally work in harmony can become antagonistic.
There is much you can do to reverse these problems. Throughout history, people have devised exercises and techniques that bring the body’s energies back into balance. While we are each as energetically unique as a thumbprint, we all share a similar physiology. You can literally weave your energies so they become stabilized, strengthened and harmonized as you move through the turbulence of modern life.
Energy medicine begins with a focus to reestablish positive energy habits in your energy field. The Three Thumps are three simple yet potent techniques that offer many cumulative benefits. Just as you may take vitamins each morning to supplement your diet, certain energy techniques — “energy vitamins” — can help you become healthier, more vibrant, and more resilient against illness and stress. Do them daily and you will be doing much toward keeping your energies happy and healthy. Remember to breathe deeply and deliberately with each activity, always in though your nose and out through your mouth.
The Three Thumps
Certain points on your body, when tapped with your fingers, will impact your energy field in predictable ways, sending electrochemical impulses to your brain and releasing neurotransmitters. By tapping three specific sets of points, a technique I call the Three Thumps, you can activate a sequence of responses that will restore you when you are tired, increase your vitality, and keep your immune system strong amid stress. Do not be too concerned about finding the precise location of each point. If you use several fingers to tap in the vicinity described, you will hit the right spot.
Thump Your K-27 Points
Acupuncture points (also called acupressure points with procedures where needles are not used) are tiny energy centers arranged along the body’s fourteen major meridians or energy pathways. The K-27 points (the paired 27th acupressure points on the left side and the right side of the kidney meridian) are juncture points that affect all of the other meridians. Tapping or massaging your K-27 points also sends signals to your brain to adjust your energies so you will be more alert and able to perform more effectively. Tapping or massaging your K-27 points is a simple exercise that will:
• Energize you if you are feeling drowsy
• Focus you if you are having difficulty concentrating
To tap your K-27 points, do the following (time — about 30 seconds): 1. Place your fingers on your collarbone (clavicle). To locate these points, place the pointer finger of each hand on your collarbone and move your hands toward each other until you reach the two inside corners of your collarbone. Drop straight down from these points to about an inch below your collarbone. For most people, there is a soft spot or indentation there.
2. With the palms of both your hands turned toward your body, cross your hands over each other, with the middle finger of each hand now resting on the opposite K-27 point. Crossing your hands is not essential, but it does assist the energy in crossing over from the left-brain hemisphere to the right side of the body and from the left hemisphere to the right side.
3. Breathe slowly and deeply as you firmly tap or massage your K-27 points for two or three deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth. If your situation doesn’t allow you to use both hands at the same time (such as if you are driving), use your thumb and fingers to tap or massage both points separately.
Tapping the K-27 points “flips” your energies around if they have started flowing backward. “Flowing backward” literally means that you are going one way and your energies are going the other way. It is so simple and unobtrusive to tap or massage your K-27 points that you can use this technique in a classroom or a business meeting. Or suppose you are driving late at night and you are drowsy. If you take one hand off the steering wheel and tap or massage K-27, you will probably feel the energy come up into your eyes and wake you up a bit. If you do not feel an immediate response from tapping the K-27 points, your body probably isn’t going to let you override your exhaustion much longer. You should immediately pull over and rest.
Tapping the K-27 points not only can keep you awake, but also can help you think more clearly. Countless times I have seen children in school, sitting at a desk, looking first at what the teacher is writing on the blackboard and then looking back to the desk. By the time some children’s eyes reach the desk, their mind is blank or the information has become totally muddled. Their energy circuitry has been disrupted by this up-and-down movement of the eyes. By tapping K-27, however, the energy circuitry will hold strong even as the child’s eyes move up and down. This technique is also helpful with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, as well as any situation, such as tennis or reading, where your eyes are rapidly shifting from one spot to another.
Thump Your Thymus Gland
Tapping the area over your thymus gland (think of Tarzan) is a simple technique that will: • Awaken your body’s energies
• Boost your immune system
• Increase your strength and vitality
The thymus thump can help you if you are feeling bombarded by negative energies, if you are catching a cold or fighting an infection, or if your immune system is otherwise challenged. Your thymus gland supports your immune system. If you keep making choices that are not in harmony with your body’s needs and design, the surveillance mechanism of your thymus becomes confused. Thumping the thymus helps stimulate and reset it (time — about 15 seconds).
1. Place the fingers of either or both hands in the center of your sternum, at the thymus gland, about two inches below the K-27 points in the center of your chest.
2. Using your thumb and all your fingers, tap firmly, breathing slowly and deeply, in through your nose and out through your mouth, for two or three deep breaths.
Many people automatically tap their thymus point when under stress. Have you ever noticed how people tend to hold their mid-chest when an emotional shock comes their way, or how, if they are feeling faint, they pat this spot? So picture Tarzan and thump your own thymus before moving into a challenging situation.
Thump Your Spleen Points
Once, after running on empty for far too long, I found myself teaching a class to 120 people in another country and feeling extremely ill, as if hit by the flu. I felt like I was about to pass out. Without thinking, I instinctively marshaled whatever energy I had left and tapped my spleen “neurolymphatic reflex points.” On the stage, in front of everyone, and with no explanation, I began tapping hard and furiously. Suddenly I could feel new life stirring within me, climbing up the trunk of my body, and pulsing outward. As I watched the class watching me, I realized how ridiculous I looked and I began to laugh. I continued to laugh and tap, tap and laugh. All at once I knew I was going to be all right. The class saw my recovery with their own eyes as I changed in an instant from looking white, pasty and shaky to centered, vibrant and full of color.
Tapping the neurolymphatic reflex points on your spleen meridian is a quick way to:
• Lift your energy level
• Balance your blood sugar
• Bolster your immune system
As contrasted with acupuncture points, neurolymphatic points are part of the lymph system. Because the spleen is central to the functioning of the immune system, tapping your spleen’s neurolymphatic reflex points serves to synchronize your body’s rhythms, harmonize its energies and its hormones, remove toxins, fight infection, combat general malaise during or after stress, counter dizziness, modulate blood chemistry, and better metabolize food. To do the Spleen Thump (time — about 15 seconds):
1. Find the points by moving your fingers down from your thymus, out to your nipples, and straight down to beneath your breasts. Then move them down over the next rib.
2. Tap firmly with several fingers for about 15 seconds, breathing deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth.
These techniques don’t take a great deal of time and are a good tool kit for keeping your energies humming as well as for correcting energies that are stressed, scrambled, or running backward.
Excerpted and adapted from Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine (Revised Edition). New York: Tarcher/Penguin, 2008.
Donna Eden is among the world’s most sought after spokespersons for energy medicine and her abilities as a healer are legendary. Her bestselling book, Energy Medicine, is the authoritative text in its field and recently won U.S. Book News “Book of the Year” award in the self-help category. Learn more about her books and classes at www.LearnEnergyMedicine.com. Donna Eden will be a keynote speaker at the Natural Living Expo Sept 26-27 in Sturbridge. See page 3.