Lately I’ve found myself waking at 5am. I’m not just a little bit awake where I can roll over and go back to sleep – I’m wide awake and getting up to do yoga. Yesterday I gave myself a balance. 5-7am relates to the large intestine, common emotions found here are grief, guilt and letting go. The emotion for me was grief. I’ve been aware of the grief, but was not able to release it. The point that tested up was large intestine # 6 Side Passage. This point relates to dryness (I’ve been very thirsty) and feelings of loss and grief. It is also the luo point to the lung meridian and can be seen as “providing an external vent through which lung stagnation whether it be emotional (grief) or physical (phlegm), can exit one’s being”. (Jarrett, The Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine, p596)
The energenetic symbol that sits at this point is blue/amber, the other side of the coronavirus symbol amber/blue which I’ve written about here. ”With this experience you will be required to master the strength you carry so your authority and authenticity will have to be controlled with balance…The passing of this fear associated with past learnings will close out the shadow that walks with you, and allow new strands of hope and aspiration to rise up within you.”
After two years of living in limbo due to the virus and the restrictions we have been placed under, there is a lot of grief in need of release. Grief for the people we couldn’t visit, for the funerals we couldn’t attend, for the loss of our dreams, our jobs, our inclusion in society. For the people we are unable to talk to because our understanding and experience of this time are so vastly different. Grief for those affected by flood, war and now the constant sound of ambulances as more people succumb to the harm caused by a medical trial.
So, I’m back to placing my attention on The Key of Faith and trusting that “another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. “(Arundhati Roy). Part of me is already there.
It’s almost mid winter and we should be taking some time out in front of the fire and slowing down. My Winter post from last year can give you more information on the Water Element and the kidney and bladder meridians. Nurture yourself with warming winter soups and stews. Allow yourself to relax and regenerate, don’t keep pushing on when you are tired. Resting now will enable you to be ready for action in Spring.
This very simple technique is also very powerful and it’s something that you can easily learn to do for yourself and others. Quite simply, the points in the picture below are gently held, either with the whole hand (easier than exactly locating the points) or with two fingers on each point.
For your own personal use you can hold these points while focusing of any situation that you are finding stressful. Call the situation to mind, think of how it makes you feel, any colours, smells or sounds associated with the issue. Remember to breathe while you are holding the points. You could also put an essential oil on your fingertips for greater relaxation.
You could now imagine how you would like the situation to be. Continue holding the points until you lose focus on the issue.
Now revisit the original stressful situation and see how it feels. Has it changed? Has the emotional charge reduced?
I once did ESR for my small niece when she fell off a swing. I held the points (whole hand over the forehead) and said to her “what happened”, she gave me a blubbery, incoherent answer. I continued to hold the points saying “what happened” a few times, then she took a deep breath, calmed down and went back to playing. The stress of the incident had been released. It is great to use with stressed children.
The points we are working with here are Gall Bladder 14. This is a neuro vascular point for many muscles in the body, including muscles that relate to the Central, Stomach and Bladder meridians.