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Your anatomy can be broken down into many interesting spiritual components. My interest today is to introduce you to components that can be used to influence or control your internal emotional life when your emotions become imbalanced.
Remember those energetic structures called Extraordinary Vessels? They play an important role in maintaining the structure of the body. These structures are the fastening rods of your life experience.
For emotional treatments, we use the following heuristic. Previously, in the chapter “Extraordinary Vessels”, I presented you with the Fu Xi Wen definition of the these lines of force. For the sake of simplicity, we shall use the following loosely conforming to the traditional Chinese theory:
I'm only going to focus on these Extraordinary Vessels because they bisect the body. By no means do I wish to exclude the importance of the Chong, the Wei and Qiao vessels. But in the clinic, the Du, Ren, and Dai are the ones I use the most for treating the emotions.
When people have emotional imbalances or upsets including everything from a passing “negative” emotion to deep rooted depression, those emotions resolve around three possible foci: the past, present, or future. The Ren Mai relates to the future. The Dai Mai relates to the current situation. The Du Mai relates to the past. A person's emotions always have some relationship to time.
When I say: “relationship to time”, you can understand within the context of specific emotions. For instance: “I am excited about a future event.” “I am angry because he said that to me.” “Watching this makes me sad.” As you can see, our emotions are tied to time very specifically.
relationship to time is an excellent indicator as to the location of
the body that needs balancing. Perhaps an easier indicator is
diagnosing these channels with a teishin. With my teishin, I diagnose
The Ren Mai relates to the future and is broken down by segments as follows: the feet relate to the effect of the past on the future, the ankles to the hip line relates to the basic emotions (love, trust, integrity, confidence, growth) being held about the future, the abdomen relates to the complex emotions being held about the future (unconditional love, power, expectations/judgment, willpower, and strategy/transformation), the chest relates to the story one is telling oneself about the future, the neck relates to belief systems one has about the future, and the face is about future experiences.
The Du Mai relates to the past and is broken down in the same segments as the Ren. The feet relate to the physical feelings of the past, the ankles to the hip line relate to the basic emotions one holds about the past. The low back beneath the ribs relates to the complex emotions one harbors about the past. The upper back relates to the story one tells oneself about the past. The neck relates to belief systems about the past. The face relates to the raw data of past experiences.
The Dai Mai relates to the present. And you can extrapolate the various meanings of the body segments from above, simply use “the present” in every case.
It is remarkably easy to diagnose one's emotions and imbalances using this methodology. All you need is a teishin and a tacit understanding of how the Five Elements relate to specific directions. Please refer to Emoteishin™ for a detailed analysis. However, a basic shortcut is as follows: North relates to confidence, East relates to growth, South relates to love, West relates to integrity and center relates to trust. Diagonals relate to both emotions that connect at that intersection (ie. the SE nerves relate to love and growth together) as they relate to the energetic segment in which they cross. As another example, the NW nerves in the chest relate to confidence and integrity in one's life story.
The first segment at the feet relates to the physical experience of these specific emotions in the past, present, and future. The ankles to the hip line relate to experiencing these basic emotions themselves. The abdomen and low back relate to the experience of the Yang aspect of these emotions (for instance the Yang aspect of growth and action is transformation and strategics). The chest relates to the stories one tells about these emotions (ie. “I won't ever find someone to love.” “I fell in love easily.”). The neck relates to the belief systems one carries around these emotions (“I'm a good person so I will easily find love”). And the face relates to the raw experience of these emotions (“So-and-so is kissing me.”) .
In the clinic, I take my teishin and turn it in semi-circles in the middle of these segments and at the lines of force and sub-lines (see next chapter) along the Ren, Du, and Dai. If I feel cold, I know there is imbalance. Cold is a sign of fear, and fear is a sign of emotional stagnation. If I feel cold, I then use any Element combination that ends with Earth Qi (such as Wood, Fire, and Earth Qi) or Earth Qi alone and move the treatment tool it in every direction in an horizontal, side-to-side motion as I turn the tool in a circle East to West and another circle South to North in the middle of the affected segment (or only in the directions where I felt the cold). I can do this in a systematic way very quickly and easily as illustrated by the accompanying video (on The Official Fu Xi Wen Website).
The effect of this treatment is near-instantaneous relief from emotional burdens. And when I say “instantaneous”, I mean it. Now this does not mean it is permanent. We live emotional lives and life is a ship on unsteady waters. So we are bound by nature to feel all of our emotions that can return these areas to imbalance. But all it takes is another quick treatment, et viola! Peace and contentment. Treating with the Multi-Dimensional Technique significantly increases the benefits of treatment and decreases the frequency required for maintenance.
The Extraordinary Vessels treat the emotions and spirit in a very robust, albeit inexact manner. We can improve upon our spiritual treatments another level of complexity.
When emotions arise, we experience them in any of the following ways: physically (ie. Butterflies), emotionally (feeling our feelings), communicatively (the need to talk to someone)/visually (ie. Seeing ourselves doing things), analytically (ie. thinking about feelings/events and their implications), and impulsively (ie. Eating the bon bons).
It just so happens that these methods relate to specific organs. The kidneys relate to our physical experience of emotions. The spleen relates to the emotional experience of our emotions. One feels compelled to express liver emotions to others. The liver can also relate to emotions expressed though visualizations, day dreams and night dreams. The lungs relate to our analytical emotions. The heart relates to our impulses.
People tend to feel their emotions in two of these sectors more than others because we all are born with a basic constitution (see chapter “Consitutions”) – Water\Wood, Wood\Fire, Fire\Earth, Earth\Metal, or Metal\Water. Water relates to the kidneys and Water people tend to feel their emotions physically. Wood relates to the liver and Wood people feel happiest talking to people about their feelings. Fire relates to the heart and Fire people act impulsively about their emotions (and are therefore more likely to have addictions). Earth relates to the spleen and Earth people feel their emotions very strongly as emotions. Metal relates to the lungs and Metal people tend to cycle through thought patterns based on their emotions.
Regardless of your constitution, you can experience all of your emotions in any of these domains. How your express your emotions points directly to where the emotion is being experienced in your body.
I do not believe you should treat every emotion you feel just for its own sake. We are meant to experience all of our emotions and it would be unhealthy to balance every emotion. That is to say, if you have a bad day, you shouldn't immediately try to balance yourself back towards bliss. You have to live life not run away from it. The emotions are an essential tool for generating all of the Five Elements. To turn off our feelings is to wither away and die. The problem is when we get into emotional ruts. Moving through a myriad of emotional states is healthy. Emotional stagnation, however, leads to diseases or is a sign of one.
Yang Organs Versus Yin Organs Versus Meridians
So far, I have only discussed Yin organs, but we also store emotions in Yang organs. These organs relate to the same Elemental relationships described above, but the difference is that we store emotions about ourselves in the Yin organs and emotions about other people in the Yang organs.
It all gets very complex, doesn't it? Simple principles add together to become extremely complex.
treat the emotions inside an organ, place the teishin above the organ
at the T° for that organ. Then place the treatment tool in every
angle in a circle East to West and another North to South as
described above for the Extraordinary Vessel treatments, or in the
So, as an example, if you are experiencing disturbing visions of yourself, treat the emotions in the liver organ. If you are stuck in thought patterns that will not abate, treat the emotions stored in the lungs. If you are finding yourself acting impulsively when you are emotional, treat the emotions in your heart. Also, if you want to end an addiction, treat the emotions of the heart organ.
By the way, as the liver relates to visualizations, it also relates to your dreams. So, if you are having disturbing dreams, treat the liver. If you have no dreams whatsoever, look to see if your liver emotions are lacking energy.
Autonomic Nervous System
Another place to look for emotional imbalances is your nervous system. In addition to the nerves that tell you information about what is going outside your body (South East nerves) and those nerves that tell you what is going inside your body (South West nerves), you have two important nervous systems called the parasympathetic system (North West nerves) and the sympathetic system (North East nerves). These parasympathetic and sympathetic systems are collectively known as the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS).
The ANS connects to every organ and gland of the body and essentially works to regulate all of your body processes in a coordinated way. The parasympathetic system is all about rest, relaxation, sex, and digestion. The sympathetic system is all about fight and flight – turning off any bodily process that might interfere with survival during an emergency and gearing up for action.
In the clinic, I find that most people have a nervous system imbalance. All you need is one frightful experience to cause an imbalance. So you can go years happy as a clam but still feel stressed and uptight for no apparent reason. With the power of Fu Xi Wen, you can restore balance to the nervous system so that you can truly relax without holding on to a baseline of tension. It is fairly common that when I balance my patients' autonomic nervous system, they fall asleep.
I tend to find autonomic system imbalances expressed throughout the entire body, so that treating the entire body becomes necessary. Balance any imbalanced energy you find there in every multi-dimensional level in which it resides.
Regardless of the cause, I make sure to restore Fire in the Heaven level, Earth Qi in the Man level, and Water in the Earth level, through whatever means necessary. I tend to treat the entire body, but there are times when treating specific organs is all that is necessary.
Oftentimes, insomnia is caused by one of two possibilities. The first is that the ANS is not working at peak efficiency and is not relaxing the body. The second is that the person is caught up in logical left brain thinking (Metal) and won't allow the creative right brain to start visualizing (Wood). Metal is controlling Wood in this case. So, for insomniacs, strengthen the liver if it is weak and resolve cold in the ANS if it is present. Finally, you might consider diagnosing your melatonin levels.
One more word about depression. Many people who are depressed find themselves expressing negative belief systems and life stories. “I'm not good enough.” “Nobody likes me.” These stories are the result of imbalance in the neck, chest and upper back. If you find yourself stuck in these painful stories, you now know what you need to do. You must treat the belief systems (neck) and stories of your life (chest and upper back). You don't have to say affirmations. You don't have to self-flagellate yourself. Just give your life story a good bath with healthy Qi and the sun will rise again.
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