– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Biochemist and Nobel Prize Winner.
Ultimately, for many years, The energy body (aka Meridians) were not scientifically proven to be in existence. However, recently science, research and studies have been conducted using the proper instruments that have led to completely different results. As it turns out, according to science now...energy systems DO exist. (Go figure)
We learned about the Meridian System in Massage Therapy School so I'm not unaware....
A quick review:
This vital life force or chi, is composed of two kinds of forces, yin and yang, and flows along a sophisticated network of energy pathways, or highways, circuiting the body. Over 2000 years ago ancient cultures knew of the existence of these energy channels. They were called ‘sen’ in Thailand, ‘nadis’ in India, ‘meridians’, ‘channels’ or ‘vessels’ in China and Japan, and ‘channels’ in Tibet. In India, where many eastern healing arts developed, there were said to be 72 000 nadis or energy pathways. Disease is believed to be a blockage in the energy flow of these channels. A range of healing traditions, including acupuncture, acupressure, massage and yoga, are founded on the principle of the existence of energy channels or pathways, known as meridians, or nadis, running around the body in an expansive network.
Within a few seconds the pinch/burn subsided. Many of the needles I felt nothing. Which I was happy about. But then there was the occasional pinch/burn that subsided very quickly. Once she left the room and I was laying in the darkness, I began to feel a pulling in my left ovary. Similar to the sensation of ovulation only slightly different. As soon as that ended I felt a similar sensation running down my left shin. Next thing I know I feel something moving up my right side but it moves quickly until it began to enter into my chest area. When it did that I could feel a very pleasant swirling moving all through my chest but it wasn't a pulling. It was more like a beautiful soft tickling that felt very nice actually. Just as my body began to feel cold, she came back into the room and it was time to take the needles out.
When I got up off the table I felt so good. She prescribed two things for me. One is for blood and chi and the other is for energy. She said "you're going to love the energy medicine" so I asked her if it would be okay to take it now and how long before I would feel the energy. She said probably on my bike ride home. She said 2 a day but I'm only going to take one because the energy this little pill gave me was A LOT!!!! And I think I only need to take it that one week a month. I will see how that goes for me.
All I know is I felt amazing and my energy was good to go. Then I slept deeply and woke up feeling totally refreshed and ready to go! I did my morning rituals, practiced hula, and got a few other things accomplished before 7 am. Now that's how I like my mornings to go. Also when I did some yoga moves, it's still not my favorite but I didn't feel like a dense piece of meat while doing it.
I explained to Francesca that my writing requires me to be at a certain level of consciousness in order to be able to write what I want to write in the energy I want to be writing in. So I really do not have the time to be all blocked a few days a month because I have things I need to do now. When I shared with her all the sensations that happened during my alone time with the needles, she was very pleased, as what I experienced was exactly how the liver meridian works. Ah ha!
The other thing is, when she asked me to share with her what my books were about and I began to share with her, she really loved it and said that she loved the words I was using and how eloquently I was sharing. As soon as she said that I thought about how I've been using the word "ass hole" for a few days now and I had to laugh because, well there isn't much that's too eloquent about that and it's also another indicator to me where my consciousness needs to be for my writing. Although, there is humor behind my use and in working intimately with many women, they can hear my tone and laugh vs hear my tone and be easily offended. It's just not the state of consciousness that will work for the books and I'm feeling very "behind" with these monthly pulls away from the book to handle these hormonal shifts. SO it's just better all around for me to find things that work to keep me humming. I'm talking energetically. What my energy is when I'm writing because writing is different than working with live humans or little ones in front of you and the energy behind my words needs to be congruent throughout. It can't be like this blog, which is my personal on-line journal and one of the points of this journal is to write the other stuff so my mind is free.
Chinese medicine isn't all that different from Ayurveda.... and if my favorate Marma body worker lived here, I would be seeking him out because it's just as effective as acupuncture...In fact, I'm trying to convince him and his crew to come here to Honolulu! We shall see how that goes.
In all things, keep in mind it is my goal to feel incredible and not live by the motto of "getting old sucks" if I can do something about anything, I will.
Interestingly, on Wednesday, my friend taught me how to make a Chinese version of lettuce which you dip in boiling water for just a minute and add just a little bit of oyster sauce. Only a little is needed because the lettuce is wet and it blends nicely. And don't you know, when I was talking to Francesca, she said one of the masters she was working with while in Asia was adamant that she was to cook her lettuce and she thought that was the weirdest thing ever. I got what she was saying because honestly, when my friend handed me the cooked lettuce I didn't even know it was lettuce. How funny is that? I didn't even recognize LETTUCE? I just used my chop sticks, put it in my mouth and said "This is really good, what is this?" When she said lettuce, I'm like WHAAAAAAAAT?
Long story short.....