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Intermediate System Theory

When you start to view the body as
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interconnected systems, you unleash the power of the subtle. Sometimes the most subtle intervention is all that is needed to transform an unsurmountable obstacle in the path. With Western medicine, we try to pulverize that obstacle with various drills and sledgehammers. With Eastern medicine, we simply point the path in a new direction and the obstacle is no longer an obstacle.

Systems consist of inter-related sub-systems comprised of any number of individual units. I am not advocating the end of focusing on units. In Fu Xi Wen, the tissue-angles are the units and, as you can see, the main focus of this course of study has been on effectively treating tissue-angles. Instead, I am advocating a mixed approach where we combine system theory with “unit theory”.

A house is a system and each room is a sub-system. In Fu Xi Wen Feng Shui, I discussed how the energy in a room impacts our own energy. A system-level treatment for physiological and/or emotional disease can be as subtle as changing the location of furniture in a room. The entire field of Feng Shui focuses on this principle.

A family is a system and each member is a unit. When one person is ill in the family, the entire family is imbalanced. Treating the imbalances of other members of the family to the one that is ill is a system-level treatment that can result in the improvement in the health of every other unit. For example, a parent may be suffering from stress-induced migraines. A Western unit approach is to medicate the migraines away. A family system approach may be to help a child in that family that is suffering from low self-esteem who is acting out. Changing the family dynamic may take the edge of the parent's stress enough to stop the migraines. Can you truly treat the family system in this way? Absolutely. I have successfully employed this technique in my practice.

When you treat at a system-level, the problem may resolve without you necessarily knowing the actual agent of improvement. When the sledgehammer pulverizes the disease away, you can easily point to the hammer as the agent of change. But when you treat a system, the healing is the result of shifting of innumerable sub-components. This shift can also take long periods of time to manifest (which is why I also treat the units to speed up healing).

Anatomy and Physiology

In this skill level, I discussed anatomy and physiology. Tissues have various “dependencies”. A muscle can be viewed as a primary tissue or it can be viewed as a dependent tissue on other tissues such as bones, tendons, nerves, and more. Dependencies are where sub-systems interconnect via their units. Dependencies are also another way in which the system generates and controls itself. Muscles can be dependent on bones or vice versa. They also control bones. Tendons can be dependent on bones or vice versa. Bones generate tendons. Tendons and muscles share dependencies. Tendons also control muscles. And so on.

Recharging The Battery

As discussed in “Apprentice System Theory”, the Recharge the Battery technique takes the sub-system-level Paint the Box technique and applies it to the entire body as a whole. Every part of the body is a sub-system or unit to the whole. Balancing the entire body as a single system shifts all of
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the sub-systems and can balance away numerous physiological complaints. I highly advocate this method as a preventative medicine technique to be utilized regularly. (I envision the day when Fu Xi Wen sounds are plugged into our showers giving us a preventative medicine bath every morning).

Tissues Within Tissues

Every tissue is a sub-system. Every tissue within a tissue is not only a unit within the primary tissue, it is also a sub-system of its own – as every tissue regardless of magnification contains another 360° of energy. This is also true for tissues within tissues within tissues, and on and on and on.

Every time you treat a tissue or a tissue within a tissue, you are treating not just that tissue but all of the units and sub-systems within its domain. Each sub-system that you treat receives the force of your treatment. That force is then divided throughout all of the inherent units and sub-systems within it. When you take a tissue-angle and utilize Painting the Box, the energy that is sent into that tissue-angle is distributed to every sub-system.

The implications of this unit-distribution of treatment force is as follows: the closer the sub-system to the actual problem, the greater the amount of force that is applied to the problem tissue. The closer you approach treating the entire system, such as with Recharging the Battery, the less force reaches the problem tissue itself as most of it is discharged throughout the rest of the sub-systems. This is not necessarily a bad thing because the whole point of using system theory is to cause a balancing shift in the sub-systems rather than to cure the root of the problem.

In fact, if you want to get philosophical about it, every Fu Xi Wen treatment is a system-level treatment. When we treat tissue-angles, we are simply focusing the treatment on one small sub-system, sending as much energy as we can into that sub-system. When we treat the system as a whole, we are doing the exact same thing, but but treating a wider net.

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