This auricular (ear) ‘acupuncture’ point can be used to produce a relaxed feeling all over the body, reduce anxiety, reduce stress, become more grounded, and produce clearer thinking. It is excellent for situations where you know you get stressed – presentations, tests, flying on airplanes, etc.
The energy point is easily accessible and can be activated by pressing on it or massaging it (no acupuncture needle needed!). Massage this place on both ears for at least 30 seconds for best results. For on-going stress relief place a seed at this point as described below.
Know any one that wants to stop smoking but can’t? Consider telling them about this ear point commonly used to stop or seriously reduce the body’s addiction to cigarettes (chewing tobacco, pipe smoking, cigars, etc.).
Buy a sweet red pepper at the grocery store, cut out the seeds, dry them on the counter and they are ready to use. Wear one seed on each ear at the yellow dot location 24/7. The seed provides pressure on the acupuncture point and activates the point. This is a more subtle way to activate the point than having an acupuncturist put a needle there, so it could take up to 6 hours before you notice an effect. If it does not work for your body then I would suggest going to a Chinese Medicine Practitioner or Acupuncturist for more insight on your specific situation. Every body is different and no treatment works on 100% of people, 100% of the time. If the seed(s) are aggravating to you or you feel they produce an unwanted effect (for example nausea or dizziness) simply remove them and throw them away. Your body should recover from having the seed on within 10 minutes.
If you are taking any prescription drugs or have any health issues talk to your doctor/healthcare provider about this idea and before trying to activate this energy point on the body.
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The most well known Energy Medicine used today – Chinese Medicine has many specific body points and herb formulas used to support all stages of pregnancy. Two of the most widely used points for pregnancy are located on the feet. The first point is found at the base of the toenail on the little toe of the mother. If the baby is Breech then activating this point will cause the baby to reposition itself. This point has been used for thousands of years in China, just for this purpose. The point can also work if one twin is not positioned correctly.
The little toe point is best utilized for breech presentation in week 34 – 37 of the pregnancy. And using heat (from an herb called moxa) on the point daily is the best way to activate the point to get the fetus to turn.
The second pregnancy foot point is located behind the exterior ankle. This point on the Mother’s foot can be used to start labor or progress labor if it has stalled out. No drugs are needed – just pressing the foot point or applying heat to the point will start the labor process!
Interested in finding out more about these gentle birthing techniques? Click on the Contact tab and request a consultation at Silver Mountain Health or talk to any Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Acupuncturist, or other healthcare professional trained in Chinese Medicine.
Yes its safe! I have several patients in various stages of pre-pregnancy/pregnancy/post-partum and they all wish they had started Energy Medicine sooner because of how much it is helping them. Energy techniques are gentle and non-invasive. Besides inducing a feeling of relaxation (that lasts for days after the treatment), Energy Medicine can help resolve issues at all stages of this unique and challenging time. Fertility problems, pregnancy back pain, fatigue, breech presentation, inducing labor, postpartum depression, lactation issues, baby jaundice, failure to thrive – no issue is too great or too small for Energy Medicine.
Pregnancy is a huge time of growth for the Baby and the Mother. There is no better time to get extra help keeping both Mother and Baby balanced and healthy. This post is the start of a series of blog posts on Energy Medicine in Reproductive Health. Follow this blog to be notified of new posts.
My favorite translation of Namaste:
The Spirit within me honors and respects the Spirit within you – that Spirit within you that resides in the place that is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace. When you are in that place in you I can more readily be in that place in me. When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me – we are one.
A friend and I were almost 5000 miles apart, one of us was on vacation. The prose below is adapted from a text I wrote to that friend:
The friends are separated by a great distance…but really they are not separated at all…
Because they can never again be apart,
Because they have each given a space in their heart for the other to reside.
And while it appears to others to be a small space,
Upon closer inspection, it’s so large as to be incomprehensible…
It gives them all the room to be anything and everything they want to be…
As you move closer to the space to inspect it, it expands again, just like a fractal in motion…
It is, in fact, infinite.
-AMB, July 2016
In Chinese Medicine the Shen is energy located in the center of the chest. The Shen is said to be the equivalent of the Emperor or Empress and as such he/she is in charge of all the other organs in the body (which also have ‘jobs’ in the Emperor/Empress’ Court). When the Shen is present in his/her Palace – located over the physical heart, then the Shen can be seen in a person’s eyes and in their face. The Shen indicates the overall health of the body.
Through energy balancing the Shen (and the body) becomes healthy and happy and the ‘face’ a balanced person shows the world can be strikingly different than the face they had when they were ill/imbalanced. To illustrate this concept I’ll share here an email I wrote to a friend that I was doing energy balancing with:
I wanted to make sure I mentioned this before we got too far away from yesterday…
But I saw what I would describe as your Shen being fully in your body yesterday – and it is so amazing.
You’ve said in the past you can’t see or feel the difference but to me it is so striking, so amazingly different. So much so I feel I have to tell you about it.
What does it look like? I’ll try to explain…
Mostly I see it in your face. And it is definitely like how seeing people’s Shen has been described in class. Your skin tone has more color, more yellows and pink tone rather than blue and beige. Your smile is much broader and wider. Which then makes a difference in your cheeks and the overall shape of your face…being rounder/softer shapes.
And your eyes are the nexus of it all. They are so alive and full of joy. They seem to be so many colors at once. And actually when I see this in you and look in your eyes it’s so captivating I loose track of what I am saying;
And the feeling you emit is open, inclusive, and warm. Other times you lead with your boundary layer but at these times it feels like your heart and compassion are shining out from beyond your boundaries and that’s what greets people in the world. Your boundaries are still there, but underneath.
It’s really incredible. And I’m so reminded of the line in that Chinese poem I showed you…. ‘When there is light in the Shen, there is beauty in the person’.
When I see what I feel is your Shen in you, like yesterday…..You are so beautiful.
And I mean that in the most celestial way.
It’s that Universal beauty you may have seen when you look at the night sky, far away from city lights…the beauty of thousands of stars forming the Milky Way….a beauty so great that it fills you with awe and wonder. And you are immediately captivated and speechless.
That’s what I saw yesterday when I looked at you.
In its broadest sense, qi can be thought of as the vibratory nature of reality: how at the atomic level, all of manifest existence is energy – an intelligent, luminous “emptiness” appearing as this form and then that, like waves rising from and then dissolving back into the ocean. Our perception of solidity – of forms as fixed and lasting “things” – is just that: a perception, based upon habitual ways of conceiving of ourselves and our world.
In 2012, while at school for Chinese Medicine, I started to pick up on patterns of energy ‘clearings’ that appeared to affect many people at the same time.
How I discovered the patterns: I would start having physical trouble – a headache or pain somewhere in my body, for instance. So I would figure out what acupuncture points to press or flower essence to hold (this puts the energetic signature of the flower essence in your energetic space and can cause changes in you without ingesting the essence) to get rid of the pain. I then noticed members of my family (there are 5 of us) would start to have trouble with the same acupuncture channel or have the same symptom. And doing what helped me get rid of the problem also solved their issue(s).
A few days later I would be in school and multiple people would mention similar problems to me. I would ask them to try what helped me and voila! they would immediately get relief from the issue as well. This happened enough times with different acupuncture channels or Chakras that I got the idea that there was something similar affecting multiple people in a definable pattern.
So I used my own ‘ways of knowing’, as we call it in Chinese medicine, to further discern what was potentially happening. And here is what I found out:
What the patterns were: I discovered quite an organized system of affected energetic systems. I created an Excel sheet to hold all the data:
The chart illustrates the patterns I found. For simplicity I have only shown the affected systems from Dec 2012 – April 2013. I perceive that the overall patterns I was picking up on were part of clearings that began in September 2010 and ended January 15, 2014. After January 15, 2014 a new set of clearings began but I have not taken the time to discern their patterns (for reasons given below in ‘For further study’).
The pattern details: For the dates, these clearings followed a pattern more similar to the Mayan Calendar than our current calendar system. So there were 5 day blocks of time that would be equivalent to a ‘week’. There were 5 ‘weeks’ in a ‘month’. The months are designated by the different colors in the date column. There were 7 ‘months’ in a ‘year’ – whereupon the colored months repeated. This whole block of clearing therefore went on for 7 ‘years’, ending January 15, 2014. (I perceived there to be no clearings on the final ‘week’).
Two Chinese Organs (and the Shen) were affected in a repeating 13 week pattern as shown above in yellow. The Emotions did not display a discernible repeating pattern in the time period that I observed them. Other emotions that were cleared but not shown in the chart above were; Grief/Sadness/Depression, Despair/Optimism, Fear/Fright, Joy/Scattered, Happiness, Worry/Focus, Anger/Patience, and Love. Clearly these ‘Emotions’ very closely follow those ascribed to Chinese medicine organs. The Chakras were also cleared in a repeating pattern with one Chakra clearing per ‘week’. There was a 19 week pattern that repeated. Note the ‘Special’ Chakra sub-category was whatever Chakra needed extra clearing at that time. So ‘Special’ could stand for any Chakra 1 – 7 (Red – White). The Body Fluid category consisted of Chinese medicine sub-categories; Blood, Jing, Meridians, Qi, and Essence. Meridians cleared for 5 ‘weeks’, Qi cleared for 3 ‘weeks’, Essence cleared for 4 ‘weeks’, Blood cleared for 9 ‘weeks’, and Jing cleared for 5 ‘weeks’. Then this Body Fluid category of clearings would repeat in it’s 26 ‘week’ block. The final repeating pattern that I picked up on concerned the Chinese Phase Elements. Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood repeated in a mixed block of 21 ‘weeks’ and then this mix would repeat.
Effects of the patterns: From the perspective of the Earth itself being thought of as a living and breathing organism, then this Excel sheet is a log of the Earth’s cycles. I feel these patterns show what subtle energy the Earth was clearing and when. This idea can be extended to show its impact on the human population in two ways. 1. Perhaps the Earth calls upon it’s inhabitants to help with the clearings. So humans would feel extra stress in the energetic parts listed above. This extra energy moving through a human’s subtle body might over stress it, causing new physical issues. Once the human cleared the issue/blockage the subtle body part would be more open and the extra energy could pass through easily and unnoticed. 2. If the Earth was clearing it’s subtle body parts listed in the chart and the energy went from the Earth’s core outward to space then those Earth energies would travel through the dirt, plants, and animals on its surface. We, humans, would then be affected by this energy passing through us. If we had a blockage or issue with that particular area then we would feel the pain from the extra energy trying to get through but getting restricted. If we cleared our own blockage then we would stop feeling the pain. If we refused to help our selves then we would continue to feel the pain or problem until the Earth clearing was over. In either of these scenarios the result is the same – an opportunity to further clear our own subtle body parts.
Other ‘Evidence’ of patterns: Sometime after I had established my Excel chart and began to share it with other people an instructor at my school unintentionally offered up support for my patterns. He shared with the class a website that used to monitor patterns in Chinese medicine organ systems! The site was no longer kept up but he showed us some screen shots he had taken. I looked up the date he showed on my chart and the organ system the website listed was one of the organs on my chart for that day! The idea of the website was to let practitioners know which Chinese organ systems were being stressed on which days or weeks of the year. Additionally many of our instructors would mention how they would see patterns in the type of illness that ‘walked in their door’. That is to say, one week 5 new patients would show up – all with liver issues. Some weeks later everyone seemed to be having small intestine issues, etc. If you asked any aware healthcare provider if this phenomena happens to them I’m sure they would say yes.
What did I do with the information?: Besides initially finding ways to help myself and those around me after the clearing was already underway – I started to be able to work ahead. Once I had the chart and saw that the patterns I had predicted were happening ‘on-time’, I started to discern if there wasn’t something I could do ahead of time to prepare for the clearing. To my relief there was. I established and performed energy clearings ahead of time (I couldn’t work too far ahead, just a few weeks). And then I intended for the clearings to be done on those around me as well. If I ran into someone with the ‘issues of the week’ then I let them know about the clearing I figured out.
For further study: Once I saw these 5 day week, 5 week month patterns that were going on for 7 years….I began to wonder about longer term patterns. Were there 1 year patterns? 10 year patterns? 10, 000 year patterns? (we are talking about the 3.5 Billion year old Earth). And, as you may expect, I found the answer to be yes. So I intended clearings for all those times as well. I won’t write all the clearings I found here but I will say, as with many other types of clearings…when I had found ‘enough’ clearings and performed the clearings ‘enough’ times…my intention of always clearing these additional patterns was solidified. And I no longer had to clear these items daily or weekly, it was done automatically.