Horrible Headaches and what to do about them!

How many of you know A.A. Milne’s wonderful collection of stories, ‘Winnie the Pooh’?. I grew up being read those stories and have loved reading them to my children. One of our favourites is when Pooh and Piglet try to trap a Heffalump. Poor little Piglet gets terribly frightened in the Hundred Acre Wood and in the dead of night runs away shouting, ‘Help! Horrible Hairy Heffalump!’ at the top of his tiny little lungs. Well today I want to write about what to do when you are wanting to shout, ‘Help! Horrible Hairy Heachache!’.

Headaches are always due to congestion in the head area. Not one of us has ever experienced a headache when we feel wonderfully relaxed and delighted in our lives. We experience headaches when we are stressed, off balance, feeling like we are overwhelmed and juggling too much. In other words, headaches are our whole-body system telling us something is off-kilter and out of balance.

One of the big factors in headaches is the level of toxins that we have in our body. The liver, kidneys, and large intestine are the primary organs that deal with the processing and elimination of toxins from the physical body. The lungs are also involved in the way in which they move carbon dioxide out of the body. Energetically, the aura and the chakras are the most important systems for removing toxins from the whole-body system.  And it is this aspect of balancing toxicity to prevent and treat headaches that I want to concentrate on in this article. We will explore other ways to work with headaches in subsequent blogs.

The most common reasons for having too many toxins in the physical body are;

  • eating food not suited to our body’s nutritional needs
  • side-effects of medication
  • hormonal imbalances
  •  drinking more alcohol than our detoxification systems can manage

The most common reasons for having too many toxins in the whole-body system are

  • 1st and 2nd Chakras too congested to be processing effectively
  • Being un-grounded
  • Stress creating Triple Warmer emergency response
  • Compromised connection between the head and the heart

So,  headaches are the symptom of imbalance. Mostly this imbalance is in the chakra system and the meridian organ systems that manage toxicity, they can be closely linked to hormones and stress, and (the good news), you can do something about them!

Because they are the yang support partners to Liver and Kidney, (elimination organs), Gallbladder and Bladder are often working hard to keep the balance when Liver and Kidney are struggling. Think about those times when the wife in a relationship has just got too much to do….the husband comes in to play a bigger role in the relationship with family/work/home. He has to pick up the slack. But meanwhile, the wife is really struggling, totally overwhelmed with what she is trying to manage, and it just doesn’t stop, the workload keeps piling up. At this point the stress in the situation begins to affect the husband and whereas at the start, he had been able to manage the situation really well, with a bit more work, now he is feeling stressed and strained too. This is exactly what happens within the relationships of yin/yang partners in the meridian system. When Liver or Kidney are overwhelmed with trying to process toxins, Gallbladder and Bladder step up and try to hold the balance. But this wonderfully wise energetic solution should only be a short term measure, and if Liver and Kidney continue to struggle (perhaps we continue to eat food that isn’t good for us, or to have that extra glass of wine) Gallbladder and Bladder begin to really feel the strain too. With the Gallbladder and Bladder meridians encircling the head (and especially the scalp) then when they feel a sustained strain one of the physical symptoms we experience are headaches.

I should specify at this point, that for most people it will be EITHER  the liver/gallbladder relationship OR the kidney/bladder relationship that mostly shows up for you. If you experience headaches then as you do the exercises below you’ll notice that one of them simply feels better to you, you will resonate with it more than the other exercise. That one is the one that you will use most often. There are many videos on my YouTube Channel that show you ways to help shift your headaches. If you click on the links below you will be taken to them.

For Liver/Gallbladder headaches

  • First, work the neurolymphatic points under both breasts and either side of the sternum and either side of the clavicles (Liver and Gallbladder neurolymphatics)
  • Do a crown pull to create space for the energy in the head to rebalance
  • Massage the scalp above the top of the ears as deeply as you are comfortably doing so (Gallbladder 7 and 8). I call this one the Gallbladder buzz!
  • Massage the sides of the breasts (GB23)
  • Massage the place on your outer thighs where your fingers touch if you are standing with your   arms straight alongside your body (GB31)
  • Massage the place between the first and second toes, but an inch or so towards the main section of the foot (Liver 3).
  • Finish by slowly raking up the insides of your legs, through the groin creases and up the front of the body, crossing your hands over your heart and taking a few releasing breaths here.

For Kidney/Bladder

  • First massage the area underneath the clavicles (Kidney Neurolymphatic Reflex points) and across the pubic bone (Bladder Neurolymphatic Reflex points) as deeply as is comfortable
  • Do a crown pull to create space for the energy in the head to rebalance
  • With one hand gently hold the  neurological processing point ( middle finger and thumb either side of the bridge of the nose and index finger on third eye) and with the other hand gently hold the power point (the indentation where the neck vertebrae meets the skull)
  • Take three breaths here.
  • Place one hand flat on your forehead and the other hand flat on your abdomen below the belly button. Take several breaths here until you feel your headache shift.

You can watch me doing these exercises by clicking here ;

Liver /Gallbladder balancing for headaches

Kidney/Bladder balancing for headaches

They can be wonderful to do when you have a headache, but also remember to do them when you feel like the pressure is building for you. Doing them regularly can help balance the systems to prevent headaches.

We will look at other ways to work with headaches next time.

With love, Prune

The Thyroid and Digestion, by Tara Beck

If you’re reading this article, it is likely that you are one of the millions of people who are currently struggling with a thyroid disorder.  Thyroid disorders have reached near epidemic levels in recent years, yet we still know very little about proper diagnosis and treatment.  The lucky few who are succeeding in healing thyroid conditions, seem to be doing it mostly on their own through research, trial and error, and often a leap of faith.

If you find yourself with any type of thyroid disorder, (Hypothyroid, Hyperthyroid, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Thyroid cancer) it is vitally important to study and learn as much as you can about this beautiful and complex gland yourself.  Modern medicine often falls short of effectively treating the root cause of the thyroid condition, and there are some excellent books written about incredibly helpful alternative approaches and treatments.

One interesting point that has surfaced in my own research and experience is the frequent correlation between thyroid disorders and digestive disorders.  If you have a thyroid condition, it is very likely that you also have a fairly long-term digestive disorder.  It’s one of those “Chicken or the egg” questions about which came first: the thyroid imbalance or the digestive imbalance?

Thyroid health is largely determined by a proper balance among the brain, the thyroid and the gut.  Long ignored and minimized, the gut is now being understood as an important foundation for our immune system, our overall health and a requirement for optimal thyroid function.  For example, one of the frequent symptoms of Hypothyroid and Hashimoto’s is constipation.  And constipation can likewise contribute to a sluggish thyroid.  Which condition came first is really a moot point because both require our attention.

The large intestine is the last stop for our food before exiting the body.  After our food has been broken down and processed, it goes through the large intestine to be removed from the body as waste.  With a thyroid condition, however, our colon can become sluggish and leads to constipation.

Depending upon the severity of the constipation, our large intestine can get backed up even further, and waste can actually move back up into the small intestine, interfering with the illeocecal valve that normally only allows waste to move downward and out.  Regular constipation can eventually lead to a failure of the illeocecal valve, and waste can back up even further into the small intestine.

At this stage, your health can begin to deteriorate rapidly, because the role of the small intestine is absorbing and assimilating.  If waste pushes back up into it, the small intestine will absorb waste toxins into the body, which can cause rashy skin, bloating, and a number of other conditions.  If the situation persists, the intestinal lining itself can eventually be compromised, allowing waste to enter the blood stream and cause even more severe problems.

The blood will recognize this foreign matter as a danger and develop antibodies to fight it off, but if the lining of either intestine is damaged, the flow of waste into the blood stream will continue unabated.  The body will then be in a constant state of alarm, producing endless quantities of antibodies against what?  Well, against whatever food you happened to eat that day.  In theory, any food, no matter how nutritious it may be, could then be viewed by our immune system as a threat, leading to chronic autoimmune conditions.  If you suffer from constipation, diarrhea, bloating, or pain in the abdomen, the above scenario may be relevant for you.

In these situations, the typical advice is to add more fiber to your diet (in the form of whole grains or a fiber supplement usually composed of psyllium husk), but this can actually make things worse since grains can be difficult to digest, and our digestive system is usually already overwhelmed with a modern diet high in grain.  Making matters worse, today’s grains are not grown nor prepared anything like they were in ancient times.

Our ancestors, even up to our grandmother or great grandmother, would soak, sprout or ferment grains, often for days before consuming them.  Our fast-food world has used science to shorten the preparation of grains, but they have done nothing to make the food more digestible.  The food industry really has little to no incentive to properly research the impact of modern production methods on the nutrition and digestibility of the food products they sell, so very few studies have ever been published on the topic.

Even though we have been here less than 100 years, our immune system has been developing through the numerous generations that came before us, and it evolves far more slowly than our technology does.  With all of these foods and food-like products (genetically modified, chemically treated, packaged, processed, and stripped beyond any remnant of a living, whole food) that are so common in our food supply today, it’s no wonder our digestive system is struggling.  But once we understand that our digestive system is the key to our immune system, and how incredibly important that is to our overall well being, we can begin to make choices that will forever impact our health.

Below are a few of my favorite tips to support and heal your digestion.  If any of these tips sound vaguely familiar, it may be because this is how everyone ate 100 years ago.

  1. Add fermented foods to each meal.  Think of sauerkraut, kimchee, whole milk plain yogurt, lacto-fermented condiments such as chutney and homemade lacto-fermented dressings.  Condiments were created as digestive aids, and before modern mass production, they were always fermented in some way.  This came from ancient wisdom that our digestive system needs a little help digesting the food we eat.  By adding small amounts of fermented foods to each meal, we are giving ourselves living enzymes, probiotics and prebiotics that help the food to be broken down, enable the nutrients to be accessed, and give our digestive system a boost.  Here’s a recipe for flu-prevention kimchee that is easy and delicious.  Sadly, in order to produce these condiments quickly and cheaply, manufacturers today have dropped fermentation from the process and added sugar (or even worse, high fructose corn syrup) as a sweetener to trick our brains and taste buds without any redeeming nutritional value.
  2. If you don’t have a fermented food to add to each meal, consider taking a probiotic and digestive enzyme.
  3. Before, during and/or after eating, give your spleen meridian a thump by vigorously thumping the sides of the rib cage at about the level of the bra line.  The spleen helps metabolize all we eat and experience, so thumping here gives a surge of energy to spleen to help compensate where our diet or digestion lacks.
  4. To stimulate digestion, do the daily energy routine.  Also, for a quick support to the intestines, rub the lymphatics deeply with as much pressure as you can tolerate on both the inner and outer thighs, beginning from the upper thighs working all the way down to just above the knees.
  5. Take a stainless steel spoon and rub the rounded side of the spoon on the inside of the cheeks, on the inside of pursed lips, and then flip the spoon over and gently rub it on the gums.  This is great for TMJ as well, and helps support digestion.
  6. Use a stool in your bathroom….aka squatty potty.  Before modern toilets, we would squat which is the ideal posture for bowel movements.  By simply having a stool in the bathroom, you can have the convenience of tall modern toilet, with the good posture that opens the root chakra and allows for easier movement.
  7. Lastly, imagine that it is 100 years ago and enjoy a great meal with family or friends while expressing gratitude for the food and for all those who participated in bringing that food to your table.  Feeling gratitude and pleasure in a meal, creates an energetic synergy between your body and your food, assisting in digestion and allowing the food to truly nourish you.

 

With love,

Tara

 

About the Author: Tara Beck is an Advanced Energy Medicine Practitioner and founder of Energy Passage.

EM priorities for a healthy, happy pregnancy

This blog is in response to many Mums who have contacted me requesting a simple EM to-do list for priorities during pregnancy. In the previous blogs we explored the importance of grounding, hydration, and balancing the yin meridians in order to nourish the whole-body system. (You can view them in the index on the right of the homepage)

Priorities :

1.Rest well, love well, be happy. I know, I know, this is not really an EM technique, but it is of primary importance for you as you move through your pregnancy. Spend time with your partner, look after yourself and don’t try to be superwoman; it really doesn’t benefit you, your baby or your family. When you feel like things are too busy or you are losing that balance then work with the heart exercises suggested in my recent blog  ‘Supporting your yin energies during pregnancy’.

2. Keep Penetrating Flow activated. Our penetrating flow wraps the uterus, carrying emotions and energy deep into our whole-body system. Our thoughts, feelings, sexuality and vitality depend greatly on the health of the penetrating flow. You can watch how to trace the penetrating flow here.

3. Keep the Spleen organ meridian system strong. You can flush spleen, regularly tap the acupoints at the end of the Spleen meridian (Spleen 21), hold the Spleen strengthening points and do exercises such as Connecting Heaven and Earth. Focus on supporting spleen in some way at least 5 times a day. It is great to do when you begin to feel tired. There are videos in my youtube channel that show you how to do all of these exercises.  For an overview of spleen support you can watch this

4. Hook up several times a day. Your governing and central meridians go all the way up the front and back of your body, forming a loop that encircles your body, your chakras and where the baby is growing. When they cease to operate as a connected loop then all of this area is less protected and more exposed energetically. This can cause tiredness, emotional upset and even dizziness.

5. Do the Daily Energy Routine. For the 6 or 7 minutes it takes it is so worth it. This routine keeps all of your energies connected and really smoothes out the kinks that daily living can through our way. As the pregnancy progresses, if you can find the time then do the DER 2 a day.

6. Womb weaving. This exercise  deeply nourishes the energy of the first and second chakras as well as activating the Penetrating Flow. It really charges the lower dantien so that Mum has more energy and the baby is bathed in loving, grounded, health. Fabulous! You can do it with me on my YouTube Channel here

I hope this is useful. Enjoy your pregnancy,

with love, Prune

Clinical approaches to supporting birth

One of my biggest delights is working with energy medicine to support the entrance of a baby into this world. I have worked with several births as an apprentice midwife, a doula and as an Energy Medicine Practitioner, some have been very straight forward and others have been intense and complicated; Energy Medicine is wonderful in both situations.

There are a few priorities for a positive birth (for parents and baby).

  1. Both parents are relaxed and feel empowered
  2. The support team are skilled and supportive of the parents.
  3. The baby is in the correct position
  4. The Mum’s body is able to work within its own rhythms
  5. The baby is ready for birth

As an EM practitioner, there are of course, a myriad of techniques that you have in your toolkit in order to work with supporting the parents and the baby. In this article, I want to share some of the ones that have been most useful in the majority of births.  (They aren’t necessarily in order of priority as this will depend on the situation).

  1. Neurovasculars.  In order for the physiological birth process to progress, stress hormones must be at their lowest possible level; we can’t produce oxytocin and prolactin, in the amounts needed when adrenaline is coursing through the body. Our natural ability to counterbalance pain by producing endorphins relies on the absence of adrenaline. This is why techniques such as breathing, hypnotheraphy, and hydrotherapy work so effectively, because they bring relaxation into the system allowing the birthing chemicals to be at their most effective.  Gentle holding the neurovasculars during birth can keep the Mum relaxed, empowered and in her strength. It can also help remove any fear that she is experiencing concerning how she will cope with the pain. Birthing is a momentus process! It is perfectly natural to have fear about it, especially with the institutionalisation of birth, when often the doctor/midwife/nurses are unknown to the parents. As a practitioner, work can be done with NVs prior to the birth to help alleviate any fears around the birth or parenting.
  2. Brazilian Toe Technique. This is a beautiful way to support the process of dropping energy down into the floor. When a woman is ready for birth, her entire energy system drops to the root chakra and below. That is why it is so important for the support team to allow the mum to birth the baby and not have to be answering unnecessary questions that force her to come out of the birthing energy and into the logical/rational. I feel the primary job of a support partner/doula etc is to handle all the practicalities of the situation so that the mum can be deep in her birthing energy. The more primal place she can go to, the easier the birth. The BTT helps keep the energy dropped into the lower chakras and the earth. It is an amazing experience as a practitioner, giving a BTT to a birthing woman, it will feel more electric and charged than at any other time in your practice, as you connect into the thick, primal energy of birth.

Be aware that sometimes, in a birthing situation, a woman will not want to be touched at all, in which case the NV and BTT are not an option at that time. If she is in her primal place she will simply move her head or feet away from you, without language. Be attentive to these ques, and have spoken before hand to ensure she knows you are very comfortable with the non-verbal. If a woman has to come out of the birthing place to say, ‘I’m really sorry, but could you stop holding my head’, or worse still, say nothing because she doesn’t want to offend you, then at that point you are interrupting the flow of the birthing energy and bringing discomfort to the woman. It is simple to plan something before hand, ‘If you don’t want me to touch your head, just move your head away from me, there is no need to say anything, I’m here to help you in whatever way you need and I know your needs are going to be changing with every moment’. It may be that holding NVs or BTT really helps when she is working with a contraction, it may be that she needs no contact at that time time, or for you to shift into a different position/technique. There is no greater time to be following the energy than during birth, but the good news is that the energy is so thick, palpable and present that it is very easy to be following!

  1. Chakra clearing over the 2nd and 1st chakras. This is especially powerful if there are times when the labour is really slowing, or if the baby is stuck. There are very few immediate emergencies in birth. It is a myth purported by television shows and the media in general, but nearly all situations in birth have plenty of time. There are of course, exceptions to this, but really, they are very rare. Most midwives will tell you that once they start feeling something isn’t quite progressing then there is plenty of time to be observing and supporting the birth before any need for intervention or action. During this time, it can be very powerful to do a chakra clearing over the bottom two chakras. And usually I find that I do one clearing over the two chakras together, as during the birth process they really are operating as one energetic entity. During one birth I was supporting, the Mum was 4 centimetres dilated and despite strong and regular contractions, was not dilating any more. Her first child had been born by caesarean section and the nurses were nodding that this one probably was going to have to be too. The mum was beginning to lose faith that she was able to birth her baby as she wanted. I began clearing the 2nd chakra, sitting on the bed beside her. Sometimes talking, mostly silent. I could feel the energy in that 2nd chakra thick and resistant, as I gently moved my hand in an anticlockwise direction.  It took 20 minutes, at which point the mum suddenly cried out as a pain moved quickly through the area, the energy in the 2nd chakra erupted like a fountain of colour and within 30 minutes she was fully dilated and ready to begin to push her beautiful little girl into the world.
  2. Hook up. Always a central piece in every situation. The more that the governing and central meridians are connected, the more strength, stability, power and connectivity the mum is going to feel. Also be attentive to the Dad/support partner and ensure that his/her hook up stays strong (yours too!).
  3. Sedating the Circulation Sex meridian. This is a wonderful thing to do in the weeks leading up to birth and during the birth as well. it is so important that the energy in and around the pelvis is able to move in it optimum way. With CS governing the Gluteus muscles then keeping CS balanced keeps the pelvis flexible, aids the ability of the cervix to dilate, and allows the uterus to do its phenomenal job of pushing the baby down the birth canal.
  4. Smoothing the energy off the body. This is such a simple technique but so very powerful. Because the Mum’s energy needs to drop down into a primal birthing place then it is very important that her energy isn’t get stuck anywhere else. Simply smoothing the energy down towards the floor can bring relaxation and transformation. This can be done on the body or in the field, depending on her preference.  And it is also something that the Dad/birth partner can easily and lovingly do. Note that the Penetrating Flow really activates during this smoothing down of the energy, and a strong Penetrating Flow is essential to an easy birth.
  5. Gently raking fingernails over the arms and /or back of the mum. This is deeply relaxing, activating all of the radiant circuits  and relaxing the nervous system.
  6. Vortex revival. This is a really powerful technique to do during the last few weeks of pregnancy, to really keep the yin energies strong in the Mum’s system. During birth, I use this technique if a mum is getting really tired. Sometimes with long births, the energy of the body begins to become depleted (especially when some hospitals still don’t allow the Mums to eat during birth).A vortex revival will bring increased energy so that she can continue the work. Massaging Stomach 36 is also effective, but generally, if she is that tired then she doesn’t want the extra discomfort of deeply massaging Stomach 36.
  7. Gentle pressure downwards on the sacrum. Much as when doing a sacral rock, it can be incredibly supportive for a birthing woman to have someone holding and pressing down on the sacrum. Usually this is when she is standing, kneeling or on all fours. It activates the Penetrating Flow, helps the opening and movement of the pelvic area, keeps Mum grounded and so provides comfort and stability.
  8. Holding the feet or the ankles/heels of Mum when she is standing. Again, this is to drop the energy really deeply. Just to have your hands over the tops of her feet as she is standing, or to have your hands wrapped around the back of the heel (over the Achilles tendon area). This stabilises grounding, brings safety, helps the root chakra open and activates the radiant circuits.
  9. Figure 8s. I do a lot of figure 8s during the birth. Although not so much on the mum! Figure 8s into the room, between the mum and the dad, around the dad, between the nurses/doctors and the parents. I will do figure 8s directly on the mum if she is feeling frustrated with the baby. Sometimes during the birth, as the hormones and pain begin to get really intense, I have seen it when the mums energy and the babys energy separate. The mum is usually moving into stress at this time and out of the primal birthing energy. This is a great time to hold the second and 4th chakras together for a few minutes and then to begin to figure 8 between these two chakras. Usually it is enough to rebalance the Mum. This is another excellent time for the BTT…Dad can do the BTT while you do the chakra work. Or have mum hold her own chakras as you do the BTT.

And aside from these technique, follow the birthing energy and your intuition to do whatever is called for to best support the mum, baby and partner 🙂

I hope that you have the joyful experience of supporting a birth, and that you will feel empowered to do so.

With love, prune

Supporting your yin energy during pregnancy

In our last blog we looked at the importance of grounding and hydration when pregnant, in this article we are going to explore the yin energy that supports all of the hormones and the life of the baby. There are three meridian organ systems that are primary in the maintenance and balancing of the yin energy in the whole-body system.

  • Kidney
  • Spleen
  • Liver

All three of these meridians start in the feet and move into the area of the body where the heart resides, and this brings us to the fundamental and most important yin energy in the whole-body system; responsible for overseeing our physical, spiritual, emotional health, our vitality, our hormonal health and is also intimately related to the health of the baby; The Heart.

The heart is the most electrical organ in our body, with an electric and electro-magnetic field that is easily measurable. Every day in hospitals hundreds of thousands of ECGs are taken, reading the electrical energy of the heart. Your baby grows within the rhythm of your heart beat and will know your heart beat and be calmed by it for many many months after birth; as babies developing in the womb it is a sound we know through every physical and energetic system we have, even before we have the ability to hear. Like all sound, the heartbeat is a vibration and one that we can feel every second of the day if we attune to it. Take a moment as you read this to notice your own heartbeat.

The electrical energy of the Earth is brought by liver, kidney and spleen to our heart and carried deep into the human electrical system. In fact, even writing the term ‘human electrical system’ is a little misleading as we cannot have an electrical system that is separate from the electrical system of the earth. We draw electrons from the earth, into our body and in doing so bring in our ‘chi’ or vital life force. There can be no such thing as a separate ‘human electrical field’, and when we think of the baby then he or she has an electromagnetic field that is inside the electromagnetic field of the mum, who is within the electromagnetic field of the Earth.

From  the dense electrical heartfield, electrical, electro-magnetic and subtle energy are dispersed throughout all of the system. In Chinese medicine understandings the Heart is known as the Emperor. It is not only the primary power of the whole-body system, but the primary yin organ too, regulating all functions and organ systems. But for the heart to do its incredibly wise regulatory job, it needs to be nourished by the yin energy that is brought from the earth by Kidney, Liver and Spleen.

Within our hormonal system, the Kidney, Liver and Spleen meridian organ systems work with a myriad of jobs to produce, regulate and support the endocrine system. And of course, all three meridians travel through the area that the baby is growing within. But there is also another, and deeply important meridian that connects the heart with the uterus and baby: the Bao Mai, also known as the Uterus Vessel.  So hopefully we are building a picture here (both incredibly complex and beautifully simple);

The heart needs to be strong to help the baby and mum during conception, pregnancy, birth and afterwards.

For the heart to be strong, Liver, Kidney and Spleen must also be strong as they are the primary sources of nourishment of Heart’s yin energy.

So how do support Liver Kidney and Spleen?

  1. Regularly do Nourishing the Mind, and end by tracing figure 8s from the heart to the baby and back again. Take time to sit with one hand on your heart and the other on the baby.
  2. Trace your meridians each day
  3. Work the yin/yang loops for Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. This connects the yin energies into their partnering yang energy which can be deeply supportive.
  4. Do Connecting Heaven and Earth
  5. You can also do the Peaceful Heart exercise regularly to connect you to yourself and your baby.

Enjoy,

With love, Prune

 

 

 

Energy Medicine for Pregnancy

A few of my beloved students are pregnant at the moment and so I decided to write a series of blogs on how energy medicine and consciousness energetic approaches can help during those wonderful, challenging, intense 9 months. It is a topic close to my heart, having trained as a pre-natal educator, a breast feeding councillor, spent 2 years working with homebirths as an apprentice midwife in the highlands of Nova Scotia , Canada, and then several more years as a doula at the local hospital.

I love the vastness of the process of pregnancy and birth, it is sacred, powerful and beautiful. At the same time, for many parents, it is a time of confusion, conflicting emotions and advice, physical challenges and overwhelm. The purpose of these articles is to help parents navigate through the months before, during and after the birth of the baby, using energy medicine to be balanced, healthy and empowered. I will also write a separate article for practitioners who are working with EM.

For many women, the first that they know of their pregnancy is either when they realise that they haven’t had their monthly bleed, or they start getting hit with waves of nausea. Being pregnant brings immediate hormonal, chemical and physiological changes in a woman’s body, and these in turn bring about marked emotional and cognitional changes. Oftentimes, tiredness and nausea are present during the first few months of pregnancy as much of the bodys resources are given to the creation and nourishing of the developing fetus. At this time it is of vital importance that the woman daily nourishes her own energy in order to be able to give all of that necessary life-force to the baby.

Be grounded and hydrated

Be grounded and hydrated. I know, I know, so many of my blogs stress this as important, and that is for the very very simple reason that it is! There really is nothing as important in our energy system as our ability to be grounded. When we are, we are continually bringing in the electrons that blanket the earth and provide our life-energy or vital-force. These in turn, enable our electrical and magnetic fields to operate at their optimum, as long as our cells are well hydrated. So, for me, hydration and grounding go together as one concept. It is almost impossible to be well grounded without being hydrated. So, if you are someone who struggles with grounding or if you aren’t sure, then regularly do simple techniques like Connecting heaven and Earth, or Spooning the Feet.

If you struggle to drink enough water then fill a litre water bottle and commit to drinking it by lunchtime. Once you have done that, fill another and commit to drinking it before bedtime. Quite quickly, your body will become used to being well hydrated and you will really notice if you begin to dehydrate, feeling more tired, befuddled, and listless. Using a water bottle is a great visual prompt as you can see how well you are doing and how much more you still have to drink in your allocated time. During pregnancy, a woman’s blood volume increases by 50%. Blood  is 92% water, and carries oxygen to all the cells of the body, in fact, to both the body of the baby and the mum’s body. Good hydration is vital.

We will continue to explore energetic understandings for pregnancy next time by exploring how to nourish the yin energies of the body.

With love, Prune

The Microcosmic Orbit

Some meridians are both organ meridians and extraordinary meridian. Donna Eden calls these the Radiant Circuits. I have chosen to call them by one of their original TCM names of the Extraordinary Channels, as they really are extraordinary. Yes, they carry radiance, but they also carry the wisdom of the Energetic Core out through all of the body, into and through the biofield and then out into the greater energetic matrix of the universe. They are the Penetrating and Belt channel, the Yin and Yang Bridge channel, the Yin and Yang Regulator Channel and the Central and Governing Channels. The most extraordinary attribute of the Extraordianry Channels are that they can go anywhere. They hold a deep wisdom and radiant consciousness that can carry through all of the aura, the chakras, the energetic core…everywhere. They transcends any one single system.

In this blog we are going to explore the magnificence of the Central and Governing Channels. Central runs from the pubic bone up to the mouth and it is the meridian we activate when we ‘Zip up’. It is a yin meridian. The governing runs from the sacrum up the back and over the head to the mouth. It is a yang meridian.

In reality the energies of the Central and Governing meridians continue to form one continuous loop, meeting deep inside the lower dantien and also in the back of the throat. Thus, rather than thinking of them as two separate meridians, we can understand that they are a beautifully balanced yin yang loop running around our energetic core, holding the energy of the chakras and helping to seal, nourish and protect our whole-body system. The governing meridian brings energy and vitality into the brain, while the central meridian helps hold the heartfield strong and coherent, allowing us to experience our place within the world in safety and wisdom. One of the unique aspects of the Central and Governing meridians is that as well as flowing in the direction  I described above (central up the front of the body to the mouth, and Governing up the back of the body to the mouth) they actually flow in both directions at once, with the yin of central also continuing the yang flow of governing around the body from the mouth back down the front and under to the sacrum. The Governing meridian likewise allows the yin energy of Central to flow up over the head, down the spine and around to the pubic bone. Such movement along the yin yang channels enhances communication through all of the organs and organ meridian systems.

Even at this point, they seem pretty wonderful don’t they! But this is still only their functions at the superficial level.  As Extraordinary channels they also create the heavenly orbit which is also known as the microcosmic orbit. It is through this microcosmic orbit that the energy of the governing and central meridians is carried out from the superficial right through the aura to the auric membrane. It is magnificent to see. When the microcosmic orbit is active everything within the whole-body system is more active and vibrant. It is both a shield of loving protection and a beacon of loving radiance, attracting all that is beneficent.

So, how to work with the central and governing meridians.

  • Tracing Central and Governing meridians
  • Doing the Zip up regularly
  • Doing the Hook Up regularly

The way that I love to activate the microcosmic orbit is to

  1. Hook up the central and governing meridians by placing them middle fingers of each hand in the belly button and the third eye. If those places don’t resonate with you then try alternate hook ups shown here. Continue to hold the hook up while you work with the instructions below.
  2. As you inhale, breath up through the energetic core from beneath the feet, up the central Taiji Pole, to the crown of the head.
  3. As you exhale, send the energy of the breath out of the central and governing meridians, visualising breath and light moving from the superficial meridians right out through the aura to the auric membrane.
  4. Continue to hold the hook up as you work with several rounds of breath. The more you do this, the more resilience and enlivened your microcosmic orbit will remain.

Enjoy! With love, Prune

 

Self-Testing: Muscle test

As we explored in our last blog there are three main ways that you can self-test your own energy systems. It is important to ensure that you are grounded and hydrated prior to testing and it is good practice to get your energies balanced and cohesive before you start testing by doing the Daily Energy Routine. (You can read more about these pre-checks here).

In this blog we are going to be concentrating on using specific muscles, testing the flow of energy through your muscle in order to determine whether the food is beneficial, neutral or detrimental for you.

All of the muscles in our body are governed by specific organ meridian systems. So, for example, the muscle that runs either side of the spine (sacrospinalis) is governed by the bladder meridian system. If we have tightness or pain in this muscle then working with the bladder meridian can release, relax and balance the meridian, which in turn balances the muscle. And this is true for every muscle within the musculature system. When we use muscles as a self-testing tool, we are assessing the overall balance of the muscle and then placing food within our energy systems (usually on the Solar Plexus because of its relation to the digestive system organs) and retesting the specific muscle, to ascertain if the energy of the food is in resonance with our system.  Remember that our energy fields are dynamic; ever changing to the environment, our thoughts, the vibration of the colours around us, electro-magnetic currents…and many many more change factors. When we place food within the centre of our energy system then our body’s energy fields change.

  • If the vibration of the food enhances the energy in our system then the muscle test will show strong.
  • If the vibration of the food is neutral for the energy in our system then there will be no change in the test.
  • If the vibration of the food is detrimental and cannot be assimilated or metabolised by our body, the muscle test will weaken.

So, first, we need to choose the muscle that will be reliable for us. Click here to watch the video of me demonstrating the various muscle based self-tests.

  • Identify which muscle you want to work with.
  • Keep practicing self-testing with Yes/No truths. For example, ‘My name is (your name).’ Test. ‘My name is Mickey Mouse’. Test
  • Don’t be worried if you at first you are not 100% accurate. Keep practising the self test until it becomes much more accurate.
  • Always make sure you are well hydrated when you are energy testing.
  • If you are someone who is often ungrounded (or if you are feeling a bit ungrounded/flighty/stressed) then rub your feet with a spoon before you energy test in order to have the correct polarity in your body.

When we are working with self-testing in this way, we are communicating with the energy of the muscle that is being tested, in order to attain information about the specific food/energy system. This means that it is important to remain non-biased as you test, or the powerful energy of your intention can affect the accuracy of the testing. If you are testing a piece of chocolate cake and you are determined that the cake is going to test strong for you, then guess what, it is probably going to test strong! And not because the muscle really is holding its integral strength, but because you are not listening to what the muscle is telling you. If you were to meet someone for the first time and after the initial handshake all you did was talk about yourself, you would come away with very little information about that person. It is the same with self-testing. If you are already talking yourself into one understanding (I am going to eat that cake) then your ability to listen to what your energy system is telling you will be very limited.

When we use self-testing to determine which foods our body can digest and metabolise, usually there are big surprises when we discover what we can eat on that specific day, and what we can’t eat effectively. Donna Eden and David Feinstein regularly advise, ‘Test before you ingest’. We can feel so much more energised and healthy when we are fuelling our body just as it needs rather than taking up precious energy resources trying to digest food that isn’t suited to our body.

Good luck, bring the spirit of curiosity and play into your energy testing practice, and enjoy the results of eating to the needs of your body, mind and spirit.

With love, Prune

Self testing: The Sway test

One of the greatest empowerment tools that you can have in your daily life is to be able to test your own energy. You may want to find out if you are grounded, or whether you are fully hydrated, you may want to test a specific energy system, or test to see what food your body best resonates with. Over the next few blogs, I’m going to be concentrating on tips and techniques for ensuring that your energy testing is easy and accurate. For ease and most common (and essential) application I will concentrate on using self-testing for food for the first explorations of self testing,  looking at deeper ways of working with self-testing in a later blog.

The first and most important understanding is that energy testing is a process of communication. Self-testing is an art that, in most cases, you acquire through practice and developing a language of communication with your body.

Our energy fields are continually changing. They are a marvellous dance of dynamism. When we think of something joyful our energy fields shift and change, when we think of something saddening our energy fields shift and change; we are essentially dynamic. And it is exactly this dynamism that we are working with to communicate the overall needs/balances/imbalances of our energy system when we are self-testing. Thus, if my overall energy is doing OK and I bring some food into my biofield that is detrimental to me (i.e that my energy cannot assimilate or metabolise) then my whole energy system will fluctuate and actually become less-energised. If I self-test at this time with focused and non-biased intent then this will be communicated by the energy test indicating a weakened energy state.

There are three general ways to self-test;

  1. Using a sway test
  2. Using a muscle test
  3. Dowsing

In this article we will be concentrating on how to self-test food using a sway test, but first it is important to energetically set yourself up so that there is a greatly reduced chance of inaccuracy in your testing. There are a few key things that can seriously compromise our energy systems

  1. The first is not being grounded so if you are learning to self-test or if you are someone who struggles with being grounded then bring in a simple energy correction by spooning your feet. I explain this more fully at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hY2ZBfrp6k
  2. The second situation that can compromise our energy system, and thus the effectiveness of the self-testing, is if your body is dehydrated. We are all aware of how water conducts electricity (precisely the reason we don’t balance an electric radio on the edge of the bathtub!), well, we need good conductivity of our electrical energy systems in order use energy-testing.  It is a good idea to drink water prior to self-testing so that you rule out dehydration as a possible negative influence on the accuracy of your testing

It is also a great idea to do the Daily Energy Routine (DER)  before you test as that way you’ll be in your tip-top energetic shape whereby communication with your energy systems is going to be more enhanced than if you are feeling quite discombobulated.

So, once you know you are grounded and hydrated, get into a centred and balanced standing position.  Do not be right against a wall as, with this test, your body is going to sway either forwards or backwards depending on the results of the self-test.

  1. Take a few breaths in this position so that you can really feel your balance. Have the intention of being really grounded and yet really light within your own centre of gravity. Self-testing using the sway test can be difficult if you are feeling ‘rigid’ within your body frame. Doing the DER can be a great way to lighten yourself if you are feeling a big stiff and rigid.
  2. Take the food that you are wanting to test and hold it on your solar plexus.
  3. Bring your consciousness to being open to whatever information your whole-body system will show you. Do not bring a bias into the testing (‘Oh, I really want to eat this and want the test to be strong’ or ‘I know I’m allergic to gluten so this bread is bound to be weak’). Keep your focus on your breath and your centre of gravity as you allow your energy fields to interact with the energy field of the food.
  4. Observe which way your body moves:
  • Forward sway (towards the food); the food is beneficial for you
  • Backwards sway (away from the food); the food is detrimental for you
  • No sway (no movement); the food is neutral for you

As mentioned earlier, this technique can take practice to learn how to deeply listen to the communication from your energy system. There will be some of you who do it and from the first time it is easy and accurate. There are others who may have to practice for a while to feel confident about the results, and there are still others of you for whom this test won’t resonate (don’t worry, there’ll be two other forms of energy self-testing that we’ll explore in the next blogs).

To watch me demonstrating the sway test on video you can click here

Let me know how you get on,

with love, Prune

Thyroid Disorders: Finding Resonance by Tara Beck

In June of 2011, my eyes were opened to the modern epidemic of thyroid disorders.  I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis that month, and I didn’t even know what that meant.  Researching further, I discovered that thyroid conditions like Hashimoto’s, Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer have all been growing at exponential rates in recent years.  Thyroid cancer, in fact, is now the fastest growing type of cancer.  Studying this condition in both myself and in my clients, I now understand that the thyroid gland is a dynamic, vital and beautiful part of our anatomy.  Although the thyroid is amazingly complex with numerous chemical and biological functions, it can also be surprisingly simple to work with using the proper balancing techniques.

There are many contributing factors that can lead to a thyroid condition.  Direct links to the small intestine, adrenals, triple warmer and spleen, pituitary, hypothalamus, thymus gland, stomach and throat chakra are all relatively common. The throat chakra in particular is unique from the other chakras because it has 7 chambers running vertically up the length of the throat, while other chakras are shaped more like spiraling disks. Each of the 7 chambers of the throat chakra correlates with one of the other chakras, and these chambers are where the information from each chakra is metabolized, sorted, and assimilated with the other chakras. The throat chakra chambers continually seek resonance with each other, and with us. When resonance cannot be attained, chambers can become blocked and trap energy. This trapped energy can significantly interfere with the health and vitality of the thyroid, which sits like a fragile butterfly within these chambers. These blockages also prevent us from fully accessing our wisdom and experience.  We can only speak freely from unblocked chakras, so blocked chakras can severely limit our ability for full and complete self expression.

So what is resonance, and how do we achieve this optimal state?  To answer these questions we need to first understand the relationship between our chakras and our soul.  As our soul progresses, all of our experiences are stored within our chakras, and each time we begin a new journey, we build upon the wisdom of those previous experiences that are already encoded in our chakras. We’ve all known a baby or child who has been called an “old soul” or “wise beyond their years”. Some young people just seem to have an adult-like knowledge and an understanding of concepts that they haven’t learned but just seem to know.  These old souls and the great wisdom they carry are incredibly important during trying times when the world needs experienced individuals to lead us through change.  In fact, we are currently approaching an apex in our human existence, and this is a very challenging, powerful and critical time.  Fortunately our planet is currently loaded with old souls, who can help us navigate toward solutions.  It’s like we’ve been here before, there are better ways of being, and our chakras hold that information.

With the information stored in our chakras, we all come pre-equipped with the skills and knowledge to help change the course of our existence, and we only need to tap into ourselves to access these resources. When we achieve this internal connection, and are able to realize what we know, feel what we know, and move with what we know at a very deep level, then we create resonance within ourselves. We somehow know, see, hear and feel our inner drumbeat, the driving force inside that compels us to study certain subjects or draws us to certain people, places or animals.  When we tap into our inner soul path, it is like something inside of us suddenly comes alive. This is resonance, and it feels mighty. There’s a power, a knowing, a wisdom and our soul truly sings when we finally lift the veil of what we’ve forgotten, and begin to remember who we really are.  We feel alive and complete.

Maintaining resonance can be challenging in a world where traditions, norms and conformity are sometimes valued more than individual self-expression.. Our schools, religions, politics and communities each play a part in defining and reinforcing what is true or not true, right or wrong, moral or immoral, acceptable or unacceptable and good or evil within our respective cultures   However, the knowledge stored within our chakras provides each of us with our own personal compass to navigate our life. This internal compass carries the wisdom of our past and will inevitably conflict with some of the cultural standards and opinions.  Conflict with our inner voice is typically the instigator of activism, or on a more subtle level, simply choosing the road less traveled.  It is also this inner voice that moves us to engage with ourselves and with our community in more meaningful ways. Think of what it felt like when you suddenly became inspired to take up painting or photography, or resolved to leave your comfort zone to join a social group or take singing lessons, or completely changed careers, or decided to have a child. There’s often an internal impetus in our life choices that push us toward resonance with our chakras and our soul.

Often thyroid disorders are associated with a lack of “speaking up for yourself”. But it’s so much more than that. Speaking up doesn’t necessarily have to come through your words.  It can be expressed in choices that you make in your life that bring harmony to your inner voice.  Finding peace within ourselves and living comfortably within the set structures of our community is a delicate dance where heart, mind, intuition and compromise all play together. Given the location of the thyroid at the intersection of all these paths, it is not surprising that thyroid problems can manifest as a result of these struggles.  When we find peace within ourselves, the thyroid will thrive. When there is congestion and a lack of true expression from your soul, it is difficult to keep our thyroid gland healthy regardless of diet, medication or supplements.  The thyroid will be a lot more forgiving of our diet, lifestyle and stress level if we are truly walking the path we were destined to walk.

If we are able to find resonance where we can live and love peaceably within our culture and in harmony with head and heart, it provides a protection to overcome other factors that might otherwise provide a challenge to the thyroid. Finding our resonance within ourselves can activate our body’s natural ability to heal and feel more joy. We won’t be so easily triggered by outside circumstances when we have peace within. It doesn’t require meditation, but it provides a similar result. Having clear channels through our throat allows us to access all of the wisdom from our chakras, so we experience our life in a more connected, complete way.  Also, when all of the chambers are open and unblocked, we are able to speak and move in a way that reflects the awareness of them all. We feel more whole, because we are accessing the totality of our experience.

Here is a simple and fast exercise that can be done daily to immediately help clear congestion in your throat chakras:

  1. Starting in the center of the throat over the thyroid, use the index and middle finger of both hands. Stretch gently one set of fingers going up to the jaw, the second set of fingers stretching down to the collar bone.
  2. Following the diagram of the chambers, repeat this for the 6 remaining vertical columns.
  3. End by using your thumb and middle finger to do a very gentle butterfly pinch right on top of the thyroid gland to reset it
  4. Repeat daily to help heal the throat, the chakras and the thyroid.

Support your thyroid gland by making a choice today that resonates all the way down to your soul. Maybe for you that means saying “no” to something without feeling a need to give an explanation. Maybe it means starting to write that book that’s bubbling up inside you. Maybe it means clearing some time for a walk or a visit with a loved one. Maybe it’s learning something new that’s always called to you.  Maybe you have always dreamed of visiting a place, and now is the time to bring that dream into life. Whatever makes your heart sing, your body leap and your soul delight. Let it begin.

With love,

Tara

About the Author: Tara Beck is an Advanced Energy Medicine Practitioner and founder of Energy Passage.

Do you experience learning difficulties?

This blog is exploring a conscious energetic approach to working with learning difficulties. You have all heard the adage that there is no bad weather, only people with a bad understanding of how to dress for the weather. Well,  I firmly believe that none of us have learning difficulties, but rather we are in an educational system that makes learning difficult for some of us.  Everyone of us can learn. We learn to crawl, walk, and talk. Nothing that we ever have to learn at school is more complex, so we all have innate and magnificent ability to learn, we simply need to be supported in a learning environment that suits our specific style of learning.

There are a few different learning modalities;

Visual, Aural, Verbal, Kinesthaetic, Logical, Social and Solitary http://www.learning-styles-online.com/overview/

Many of us learn kinaesthetically or through the creative arts. I am a visual learner: I cannot remember a person’s name until I have visually matched the energy of the name to the energy of the individual.  Stories of great deeds played out by heroes only become relevant once I have watched  the living story unfold in my minds eye/ imagination. Despite studying the theory many many times over, I simply could not understand how the earth/sun/moon moved until my friend and teacher, Dr Cheryl Bartlett first showed it to me with an orange, a tangerine and ping pong ball, and then, because it was still hovering on the edge of my understandings, walked me through it on the floor with her representing  the earth,  me representing the moon and a willing passerby representing the sun. At that point I understood it and have never lost that understanding, because it bridged from the head knowing/the brain knowing, into the whole-system knowing. The relationship that I have with that piece of information is now fully embodied.

We cannot underestimate the extent to which we need to have a whole-system approach to learning . I know children who have to tap on their bodies or drum their fingers on the table while they are in a classroom or learning environment; they are trying to bridge the gap between the non-kinesthetic and kinesthetic approaches to learning. Others need to doodle to bridge the left and right hemisphere of the brain. Others sit with their arms crossed and their legs crossed over like a noodle, attempting to hold the cross-over systems strong and resilient in the face of a difficult learning style. When I am writing these articles I love to be surrounded by noise (like a busy cafe or a train station), and if I don’t have that then I have very loud music playing. Again, the external stimulation and the vibration of the music weaves the left and right brain hemispheres together allowing me to access information in my consciousness, subconscious, the collective consciousness and higher consciousness. It takes me much longer to write when I don’t have that stimuli and my writing is more flat/less vital.

Most of the approaches within the mainstream educational system appeals to left brain learning. Logical, rational, sequential, linear.  This is a great way to learn if that is how you learn. And an almost impossibly dull, rigid and flat way to experience your ‘education’ if that is not the way in which you learn.  For many of us (children and adults), we need creativity within the learning process.

When I sit in a classroom (of adults or children) I observe a few energetic facts: many individuals are energetically and neurologically disorganised before they enter the classroom. Poor quality sleep, the effects of being around screens, foods with sugar in for breakfast, stresses at home, stresses at school; all of these greatly affect our ability to stay energetically organised and thus our ability to learn. But even when there is good energetic organisation prior to being in the class, if the style of learning is not suited to that individual then the individual’s energy patterns first move into  homolateral, and then into neurologically disorganisation (the cross over patterns of the brain lessen).

So, what can you do about it if you are in an educational environment that works with left-brain models of learning?

(Please note that all the exercises below are shown on my Imaginal Health youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ImaginalHealth 

Before you enter the learning environment:

  • Full Daily energy routine

More regularly you can do any of the below: (several times a day)

  •  Wayne Cook exercise (standing or sitting version) or/and the exercise to enhance neurological processing
  • Crown pull
  • Celtic weave
  • Homolateral repatterning
  • Hook up

Remember, you not only want your energy system to be organised and coherent, you want it to be resilient as well; able to keep the patterns of health and vitality even when under stress such as trying to learn in a non-supportive learning environment.

When you are in the learning environment

Figure 8s: An effective energy technique to help you in this situation is to visualise figure 8s horizontally across your body as you are listening/watching the educator. If you are not someone who finds it easy to visualise then draw small figure 8s with your finger ( this can be in the air, on your hand, on your leg under the desk if appropriate). Make it so that one else can see the movement.

If it is easier for you, you can bring a very slight weave into your body, allowing the energy of your body to move from side to side in a figure 8 pattern. This movement should be imperceptible to anyone else in the class.

You can also smooth big figure 8s around the eyes. This is such an easy and natural thing to do that others in the class either don’t k notice it, or don’t think anything of it.

Breath: a really effective way that i have worked with people who struggle with dyslexia/dyspraxia/dysgraphia etc is to teach them the Dragon Breath. They do it everytime they do the DER and especially the Wayne Cook/Crown Pull and Hook Up. I tend to find that people either resonate more with the standing wayne cook, the sitting wayne cook or the neurological processing exercise. Once it is apparent which one most affects change and balance in their energy systems then that is the one that they work with. So, each time they do that exercise, they work with the Dragon Breath. After only a few days the whole-energy system picks up the pattern that when working wth Dragon Breath, the neurological processing abilities cross over and come into balance. We can use this repatterning when in the classroom situation. There is no need to do the exercise of wayne cook etc, you can simply move into Dragon Breath and have the energetic patterns remain vibrant and able to process the information.

After you leave the learning environment:

  • Ground: if your energy is scrambled or disorganised then it is most important that you ground. This may be through any of the grounding exercises discussed in earlier blogs  (see tab on side menu) by running around, stamping your feet or being outside in nature. That is why having children play outside in the playground between lessons is so very important.
  • Hook up

If you still don’t feel you have organisation or clarity in your whole-body system then:

  • Wayne Cook or Neurological processing exercise (with Dragon Breath)
  • Crown Pull

( And if you are someone who feels very frustrated or deflated after being in a learning environment then can do Activating the Cells as soon as you leave the classroom. And then the exercises mentioned above).

Two more things to mention:

Sugar greatly increases the likelihood of becoming neurologically disorganised. I’ll write more on this in a later blog.

I have often seen children who are very neurologically disorganised come into clarity and organisation when they are around animals. The Horse Boy Foundation has some amazing research to support this. A great reason to have an animal friend in your life or your child’s life.

With love, Prune

The Root Chakra by Jyotish Patel

The first of the seven major chakras is the “root” chakra. Its physical location is at the base of the spine in the perineum. Our basic foundations and personal sense of security, instinct, survival and basic human potentiality reside here. It serves as a conduit for sexual energy and for the creation of new life.

Within this chakra lies the dormant creative energy of the coiled serpent, the jewel maid, the kundalini. In The mythic image, Joseph Campbell says: One may think of the kundalini on this level as compared to a dragon; for dragons, we are told have a propensity to hoard and guard things and their favorite things are jewels. They are unable to make use of them, but just hang on and so the values of their treasury are unrealised, lost to themselves and the world. On this level, the serpent queen kundalini is held captive by her own dragon lethargy. She does not know, or can communicate to life that she controls, any joy; yet will not relax her hold and let go. Her key model is a stubborn here I am and here I stay, which can be seen simply as condensed, or gross consciousness. The challenge, lessons, healing and growth then is to evolve at this level the cold dragon grip of your own spiritual lethargy and release the jewel maid, your own Shakti (energy) for ascent through the energetic core to those higher spheres where she will become your spiritual teacher and guide to the bliss of pure consciousness.

Muladhara or root chakra is symbolised by a red lotus with four petals. It’s during the first seven years that we learn about where we fall in our relationships with siblings, parents, our community, and how we relate to them. A healthy root chakra connects you with vitality to your family of origin, your immediate society and to the global community. It is a place where our tribal instincts reside, where we preserve our lineage, where we derive our sense of identity with all of humanity and nature.

Therefore, thoughts and experiences filtered through the root chakra, that influence your perception may include beliefs inherited or learnt from family, unfinished business between you and your parents, limiting beliefs about personal survival and money, personal boundaries that you maintain, difficulty to bonding with others and often sick or suffering from illness. It is also responsible for the fight/flight/flee when survival is under threat, often bringing balance to the root chakra involves harmony through conflict.

The root chakra resonates with the primordial force of the earth serving as a receiver for the earth energies. It propels energy both up from the earth deep into the energetic core carrying life force and down the legs providing grounding, stability and strength. Prune reminds us, an important piece in this understanding of your energy anatomy is that the first chakra acts as the pilot light for stoking and firing up the energy through the whole of the chakra system. The chakra system holds the movement and fluidity of energy through the energetic core, so when the root chakra is congested and compromised one of the places that gets especially congested is the crown chakra.

The rising flame through the ignition of the pilot light in the root fires the person with a kind of excitement, they are both grounded and filled with a dynamic upward moving energy. This robust kinesthetic energy leads to a sexy, earthy quality that empowers, providing a drive for a huge YES to life.

As you learn about chakras, you’ll discover that balancing them is a practice you can develop, especially if you think of it as a process of not just living your life, but actually loving your life.

AFFIRMATION:

I love my body! I trust my body’s wisdom! It is safe for me to be here! I have a right to be here! The earth supports my needs!

Clinical approaches to ME/CFS

This blog is part of the Practitioner Series

For more general EEM and CE approaches for ME/CFS or if you have ME/CFS then start with reading ME/CFS; steps to full recovery

TW and Adrenal Health

The deepest key to full recovery to health and vitality for those working with ME/CFS is adrenal health. In fact, I would go further to say that the onset of ME/CFS is all about the adrenal health. We know that the adrenal glands are governed by TW, and they can drain all of the vitality in the body if they are becoming exhausted or burnt out. Adrenal fatigue or burn out is also symptomatic, as the adrenal glands only become highly compromised when TW as a system is also highly compromised. This then means that the immune system is no longer in a place of effectiveness, which can be the reason why so many people take the final step into ME/CFS after a bout with flu/a bad cold/glandular fever/mono etc. It is not that the flu or cold caused the ME/CFS, but rather than the adrenal glands, TW/Sp and thus the immune system was already so compromised that when challenged by a new virus or bacteria the whole system shows itself as being unable to work cohesively or efficiently and spirals into ill-health.

 

Energetically sensitive

Most clients are super sensitive to being worked with because they have been ill for so long. In fact, one of the reasons they got ME in the first place, is because they are very energetically sensitive people. As with any chronic illnesses, there is a need to go really slowly with any work. Often the first few sessions may only be 30 minutes or less. Especially when working with TW, it is essential to work very slowly and gently and often it takes weeks of strengthening TW before the whole-body system can adjust to changing. I always take an approach of nourishing the whole-body system, rather than ‘taking down TW’.

 

Initiating Trauma

I have yet to work with anyone experiencing ME/CFS who did not have a trauma 1-3 years before the onset of ME/CFS.  Often this can be a single incident that was the initiator for the ME/CFS, although it can also be sustained stress such as abuse/fearful experience/shock that began the spiral into ME.  It will be essential to work with this initiating trauma during the progression of the treatment, although (and this is of great importance) not until there is enough trust between you and there is enough strength within the client’s system to start working with this initiating trauma. It was big enough to knock out their whole balance, they have been ill for months or years, and you can’t simply introduce it early into the treatment plan, as it will be working in such a deep place. Much better that you build up the strength and resiliency in the whole-body system and then address the original trauma through very gentle exploratory work such as NVs.  While working with the initiating trauma it is essential that there is ongoing work to support TW and the adrenal glands,  for chemicals and hormones support our thoughts and if they aren’t coming into balance,  then the thoughts can’t come into balance or expansiveness.

Spiral in the woods

Changing the story

Another key is that the client begins to feel that health is a possibility. We need to find how to empower them to have the ability to change the story of their health and their illness. More than any other type of illness I see ME/CFS clients holding onto their story for dear life and a lot of this is because of the way in which their illness was initiated by a TW and whole-system decline after an originating trauma. I so often see that tipping point back to health is when they begin to believe they can be well again. Unless it is your personal experience that you have had ME/CFS and are now well, then have examples of people who have had ME/CFS and have recovered back to full health and vitality.

 Dragon breath 

Dragon Breath (you can read more here) is also a great way to change habits because it supports the TW/adrenals and connects them into the energy of the Earth. This in turn has a big effect on supporting the mitochondria/spleen/kidney). It also gives the client something to do that they can physically and cognitively manage and complete. This begins to repattern their expectations from ‘I can’t do it’ to ‘I can do this’. The Dragon Breath also works with to strengthen the aura from deep within the energetic core , bringing safety and a vehicle within which the energetic patterns of health can be carried.

 5 Rhythms

Most ME clients also have had to minimise their life to the barest existence. Working with the 5 rhythms corrections can make deep shifts, although it can often take time for the shifts to begin to hold. I usually find imbalances in metal, regarding letting go of the original trauma and of the trauma of being ill, and in the control cycle it is often the earth to metal flow that is really stuck. But obviously your testing will show where your clients specific needs are.

Using colour

Colour therapy is so gentle and nourishing that it can be wonderful for people who are working with ME/CFS. It can also be effective to test the client for various colours that strengthen them and invite them to start to wearing the colour that they resonate with, or one that they love. This helps bring the radiance back in tiny bit by tiny bit which in turn begins to open the whole-body system to health. Radiance has been so absent from the client’s life for so long, it is like a light that their cognitive aspect can’t handle. Often I don’t work with RCs until many sessions into a treatment plan as they can invite too much change too quickly. The exception is TW RC, although it is usually necessary to check for TW Reactivity regularly if working with the TW system.  It is important to note that  ME/CFS clients will probably have tried every supplement/diet/regime as they try to make sense of the situation and bring their health back  by controlling what they put into their bodies or how much they sleep. Many create a real regime around the illness which of course thoroughly supports TW in its fear and habit holding.

Patterns

As a practitioner, one of the big differences that I see when working with clients who have ME is that is it a continuous dance to work out what specific key can unlock the situation and begin to spiral health and vitality back into the whole system. It is of great importance that any exercises that the client is doing, in fact any regime of any kind, does not become overly structured. For example, if, at 10am every day your client faithfully does their energy exercises in a set routine, then in my experience, this will not be of much benefit to them.

As patterns are ruled by TW , it is determined to keep the balance or imbalance of the whole-body system exactly as it is. This is because TW believes that (because you are alive) the existing pattern works. What we need to do is to bring TW onboard with first considering and then allowing the changes that will so greatly improve the health, vitality and therefore the life of the client. .  Thus, when bringing in exercises to help evolve the energy systems beyond the limitations of ME/CFS, it can be necessary to introduce them in a way that is unstructured. Think radiance! But such lack of structure can only be embraced by the client once metal imbalances are addressed, so until that time, then it can be helpful to choose a few exercises and encourage the ME/CFS client to do them at different times of the day, or in different rooms, or sometimes with music and sometimes without. Just changing it up so that TW is asked to allow the repatterning.

Electrics

Because of their effect at healing imbalances at the cellular level (especially at the mitochondria level), the Electric system is an incredibly powerful system to work with for those experiencing ME./CFS

At first it may be necessary to do revitalising electrics for a very short time (2 or 3 minutes) until the client is strong enough for deeper electrics work. The Brazilian Toe Technique can be a wonderful way to work the electrics and of course, an easy, gentle and powerful homework can involve the client holding the electrical connection between the heart and the root chakra.

In summary, what EEM practitioners can bring to ME/CFS clients can transform their energy systems from holding extreme patterns of limitation into holding patterns of health, radiance and expansion. It is slow dance into gaining the trust of the TW system, and especially in working with the cognitive restrictions that being so ill has placed on the whole-body system, but it is an honour to assist in such deep and life-claiming transformation.

With love, Prune

 

 

ME/CFS: Steps to full recovery

Last week we explored a little of my personal experience with CFS/ME.  In this blog I want to explore energy medicine and consciousness energetic approaches to working with CFS/ME. It is perfectly possible to become fully well, vibrant and healthy after an experience with CFS/ME. This is true whether the CFS/ME was for 9 months, 2 years or several years. (I mention those three time frames as they are the most common time frames for the illness). I have seen several clients who were housebound for many years now returning to full, active and delighted participation in life.

So, if you are working with CFS/ME then there are a few key energy approaches, but before we get to the details of them, one point that is really important is that with CFS/ME it is all about doing the exercises frequently thoughout the day. If you simply  do them once a day it often isn’t enough to start changing patterns of ill-health and limitation into patterns of health and expansion. You don’t have to do all of the exercises at the same time, but it is important to do them regularly throughout your day. You can make it easy for yourself by always doing one of two exercises when, for example, you eat anything, or when you walk through a certain door…..Or perhaps when you go to the loo! Anything that helps you start building the energy correction techniques into your day. And the great thing is that you’ll very soon start feeling the positive effects of the exercises and then you’ll be even more encouraged to do them often.

So, to the techniques. Firstly of course, it is essential that you begin to bring balance and co-ordination in the overall organisation of your energy systems. Donna Eden’s Daily Energy Routine (DER) is your foundational place to begin this. Of especial importance within the DER are the homolateral repatterning exercise and the neurolymphatic massage. Most people with CFS/ME benefit from doing these regularly throughout the day.

Another big factor in recovering full health and vitality is the relationship between Spleen and Triple Warmer.
As the sympathetic and parasympathetic arms of the immune system, Triple Warmer and Spleen are always involved in autoimmune illnesses and chronic illness. The Triple Warmer meridian holds the habit of chronic pain and requires frequent sedating to get it to let go of that habit. For the most part when working with  CFS/ME, Triple Warmer is nearly always overenergized and spleen is bearly always underenergized. You can watch my video on balancing  Triple Warmer and spleen  and is a great way to work to start rebalancing the relationship and energy within TW and Spleen. This exercise needs to be done several times throughout the day for maximum effectiveness.  In my Practitioner Series blog on CFS/ME next week, we’ll look more deeply at ways of working with TW  and SP as there may be occasions when it is necessary to strengthen Triple Warmer when working with CFS/ME.

The third area of great importance when working with any chronic illness are the the valves in the body; the diaphragm, the sphincter, the Houston valve, the illeocecal valve and the heart valves. Although each valve has a very important and specific physiological and energetic purpose, they also work synchronistically  to hold the rhythm of your body, (and thus your life). When you have been working with chronic illness such as CFS/ME, you have been knocked off your natural rhythm, and thus the valves can become very compromised in their efficiency. Keeping the valves balanced and active can be done through two exercises, the Diaghram Breath and Balancing the Valves and because of the synchronistic action it is often the case that by working with either or both of these exercises you balance all of the valves in the body. You can see me do both of these exercises  in the Daily Energy Routine video

The next exercise that is of great importance for recovering from CFS/ME is the Hook Up. I would recommend always hooking up immediately after doing any other of these exercises. When we hook up we are deeply connecting the Central and the Governing meridians, and the more we do it, the more the newly created patterns of health are able to be held by the whole-body system. When we are working with chronic illnesses the needs to be frequently reinforced.

Lastly (for now), the form of breath (known in yoga as Ujiya breath), pulls up energy from deep within the earth and opens many of the energy channels in the body to move with more balance and flow. I have written extensively on it in The Dragon Breath blog.

(In a nutshell,) it involves sitting or standing comfortably, and breathing in through your mouth while gently constricting the breath. When you are doing it correctly, you’ll be making a gentle rasping sound in the back of your throat. Breathe out while making the same sound. Even if you are able to do only one of these breaths, it can start to repattern your energy fields, from your energetic core to the very reaches of your biofield. Most people who have ME have very compromised auras and this breath is a great way to strengthen and build it up again.

Next week I’ll write more about how to work with CFS/ME from the practitioners perspective, but know that if you are currently working with your own experience of CFS/ME, there is every reason to feel hopeful and empowered about your ability to fully heal, and to look forward to re-engaging in every aspect of your life with health and vitality.

With love, Prune

Clinical approaches to ear pain

I’m excited to introduce a new thread to these blogs. I will regularly be posting articles specifically aimed at Energy Medicine practitioners. In these blogs I’ll assume a level of competency with Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) language and material and as such can explore clinical methodology deeper than in the broader interest blogs. Usually the Practitioner Series blogs will relate to a general interest blog that I have already posted.

Please be aware that although much of the information will have been covered in EEM , there will be information on material that is specific to my understandings and experiences. I don’t want to imply that this site content is EEM specific as my work blends EEM, Touch For Health, and Shamanic understandings as well as my ability to see the energy systems of the body and planet. It is this way of working that I call Consciousness Energetics (CE).

If there are specific topics that you would like to see covered in this practitioner section then let me know.

This first Practitioner Series blog will follow-up on the article that I wrote earlier in the week regarding ear pain in children. If you haven’t read it then that is where to start for the broader overview (Earaches in children)

  • Electrics are an excellent way to work with ear problems and in most situations a deep electrics session will greatly reduce or eliminate the pain in the ear. When working with children with ear infections I will do a deep electrics session until the pain has left and then show parents how to do 2 or 3 revitalising electric sessions in the same day. The parent would continue to do the revitalising sessions over the next few days. All the revitalising sessions would be in the main electric points rather than any secondary electric point.
  • If the eustacian tube is very congested (Glue Ear) then holding a 3 fingered notch over the heart electrics and a three fingered notch on TW 17 (directly behind the ear lobe), and letting the electrics cycle run a few times can often start shifting the congestion.
  • Children with Water constitutions have a greater propensity for recurrent ear aches due to the relation with Kidney as their primary organ system. One way to deeply work with Water is to test every one of the acupoints on the kidney and then the bladder meridians. Check each point for polarity before checking it for effectiveness. Balance each point and continue doing this protocol regularly until all the points in Kidney and Bladder show regular and effective energy.
  • I also teach parents how to do the vortex revival and ask that they do it weekly. Children are usually deeply perceptive and can let their parents know when the energy has moved all the way up from the feet to the head, but even if they can’t then weekly vortex revivals keep the kidney energy topped up in the child’s system. I also teach them to do it if the child seems very tired or has a shock or trauma like a big fall or an upsetting exerpeince. Shock or fear hits the kidney energy really strongly so a vortex revival on those days keeps the kidney energy balanced and much less likely to result in ear problems.
  • Being guided by the child you can also work each of the acupoints around the front and back of the ear. (GB 2, 10, 11, 12.)( SI 17, 19)Some of them will be very sore so often I’ll ask the child to massage them directly, or to press them deeply depending on what feels best for them. This is covered in the ear-rubbing technique but you can work more directly with testing the points for balance and clearing them as appropriate.
  • I teach the parents the Brazilian Toe Technique. Most children love it…especially if there are several renditions of ‘This little piggy went to market….’ or any similar toe song! Remember that BTT is an electric treatment. It can really help with ears, kidney, grounding and pulling up that earth energy through the yin vortex as well as bringing any energy down the legs that may be stuck in the torso/head.

Hope you find these approaches useful in working clinically with ear problems in children (and adults of course).

With love, Prune

The Heart is loved by Spleen

How is your spleen energy?

One of the most important relationships within the meridian and organ system is between spleen and heart. In my recent blogs we have been learning of the complex and dynamic energy of the heartfield and how it is the governing energy of the body. We have also explored how to help stabilise that heart field.

So now we are turning our attention to one of the key energy systems that nourish the heart; the Spleen. When we think of Spleen energy we should think of nourishment.

The Bai Hu Dong tells us ‘the spleen is the essence of the element earth. The highest function of earth is to nourish all creatures so as to give them form.”

Powerful, gentle and nurturing, Spleen is the yin aspect of the Earth Element. When our Spleen energy is balanced then we are in a place of natural abundance, we are able to receive the abundance of the earth, knowing we are nourished and provided for. Spleen needs to be in balance to integrate or metabolise the activities, experiences and thoughts of our daily life, and its relationship with Heart is central to such integration.

Because Spleen is also responsible for giving form, it works in keeping the physicality of our body elastic and ‘bouncy’…if you have bits of your body that are getting saggy then you know that you need to give Spleen energy some help! With its relationship within the collateral system, Spleen 21 as the Great Luo point is also responsible for nourishing the blood which is of course vital for the energetic and physical health of the heartfield.

When we look at the picture of the horary cycle below we can see how Spleen energy flows into Heart energy.

Donna Eden notes how many people who have heart attacks do so within the hours of 9-11am, which is the hours in which Spleen energy is at its height within this horary cycle. This is because of the vital role that Spleen plays in feeding its nourishing energy into Heart. If Spleen isn’t vibrant and balanced then there is very little juice to pass onto the Heart system and depletion of the heartfield occurs.

So, how do we keep Spleen vital and balanced? Spleen energy, more than any other energy in the whole-body system, is impacted greatly by stress. We see that Spleen sits across the horary wheel from Triple Warmer, and Triple Warmer governs our fight, flight, freeze response system. Because of the relationship between Spleen and Triple Warmer they are hardwired to draw energy from each other. In traditional Chinese medicine understandings, such relationships that sit across the Horary wheel are called the Wife/Husband partnerships because each needs to be in continual balance with the other.

When our Triple Warmer energy is triggered into high alert due to stress, then the very first place that the Triple Warmer system draws energy from is Spleen. And Spleen gives its energy willingly and in abundance. This generous giving helps marshall Triple Warmer in its defence of the whole-body system, or it simply reassures Triple Warmer thus bringing the system back down of alert and into harmony. Spleen and Triple Warmer also are the energetic components of the immune system with Spleen being the parasympathetic (nourishing) and Triple Warmer the sympathetic (defensive). So, hopefully, you are getting a good picture of how vital it is to keep your spleen energy balanced.

This video shows a few ways in which you can keep your spleen energy balanced. Do the exercises regularly to keep spleen vital and juicy, helping your integration, your immune system, your ability to thrive and your heart nourished.

With love, prune

 

 

 

The Chakras: Bridging physical and spiritual worlds by Jyotish Patel

Your physical, psychological and spiritual evolution is reflected in your chakras. Every thought and experience you’ve ever had in your life gets filtered through the chakras. They are an energetic imprint of your personal story as well as the template to realise the clear light of bliss.

In yogic tradition, the theory of the chakras is related to the belief in a universal soul with which the individual’s soul can unite. They reflect how the unified consciousness of humanity is divided to manage different aspects of earthly life. All of your senses, all of your perceptions, all of your possible states of awareness, everything that is possible for you to experience, is mapped in your chakras. Beyond the specifics are elaborate pictorial and mythological associations which have developed over the centuries. These poetic statements and myths share the visions and experiences yogis have encountered as they have activated the specific chakras. The body is considered to be “the Shrine of the Spirit” where the power of nature dwells. An understanding of each chakra will suggest that knowledge of the yoga system enables access into the rich and ancient reservoir of the body’s natural wisdom.

The human experience can be demanding and often damaging to our true nature. How have you designed yourself to function, that you are not honouring? Has your uniqueness felt misplaced? Why did you go so far out of balance? What did you lose sight of?

The normal, unstimulated awakening or energising of the chakras follows a natural progression in human growth, often considered in seven year cycles.  This is the inherent order of progression, although in all the chakras, the layers are acting and overlapping each other all the time. Their functions are with us throughout our lives, although each one prevails or leads the dance at different times depending on our life process. Energetically the path through life may be seen as a spiral, where we perceive life issues from the different window of perception of the seven chakras. We interpret our personal history and our relationships through these portals. The same issues, the same questions come up in each period of our lives as we spiral upwards but have different implications as our vantage points change.

Insights into the challenges you have chosen to overcome and living in conscious partnership with your chakras will empower you to experience the pure consciousness that lies within each one of us. We need only learn that we already posses the required energy to live our highest destiny.

Time to honour you, time to regain balance within self and refer within to know yourself and your connection to the web of creation.

_________________________________________________________________Bio; Jyotish Patel EEM-AP. Jyotish’s Energy Medicine Journey began in 1996 when he met Donna Eden, building on his life long fascination with energy, he has been feeling the love and energy ever since. Delighted to be part of the Year 2 teaching team.

Founder of Inspiring Energy an enterprise created to empower and inspire individuals, families, communities, and organisations to live in conscious partnership with their body’s energy systems to ‘connect’,’ create’ and ‘grow’.

 He has pioneered the application of Eden Energy Medicine into the world of business, creating and delivering innovative programmes designed to bring a new awareness to individuals, leaders and their teams to optimise their health and performance within orgnisations.

Jyotish is a certified Advanced Eden Energy Medicine practitioner, certified Zero Balancer, Touch for Health Practitioner and an Aromatherapist. Drawing on his diverse background and over twenty years of experience in the Healing Arts, he is a able to offer an integrative approach with intuitive insight to help facilitate client’s optimum health and radiance.

He collaborates with Prune Harris on various engagements including creating new approaches to client work and practice, co teaching ‘The Illuminous Chakra” workshop and in bringing EEM to Charitable Foundations.

Jyotish maintains his primary practice in Lewes close to where he lives in rural E Sussex with his partner Lianne, daughter Anousha and Leela the spaniel. He is inspired by shamanic practices, consciousness studies, loves cooking, yoga, being in nature with family and having fun.

www.jyotishpatel.com  contact: energy@jyotishpatel.com.

The Wise Heart

‘The heart has reason that reason cannot know.’ Blaise Pascale, 17th Century

The energy of the heart is one of the most complex that we have within our energy systems. All of our human energy systems play into the heart field so that it is a rich, complex, every changing weaving of information, processing and wisdom. As we move through these next few blogs I am going to try to do so  in a logical step-by-step process (!) so you are able to build your knowledge base for how the heart regulates and commands the entire function of the body, (You can read The True Heart here for the first blog I wrote on the heartfield), and also how easy it is to balance and influence the heartfield.

So what do we know about the energetic anatomy of the heart?

  • The heart meridian runs bilaterally from deep inside the armpit, down the inside edge of the arm and off the inside of the little finger. Because of the electrical component of the heart, the heart meridian is one of the most electric of all of the meridians. This is why it is such a powerful component in the Earth Electrics exercise that I have already written on.
  • The heart chakra spans the length of the sternum and surrounds that area on the front, sides and back on the body. Jyotish Patel is going to be writing regular guest posts on the chakra system so I won’t leap in with too much info here, but the heart chakra has a very special aspect to it within the chakra system as it acts as the central chakra. There are three above it and three below it. The energy from the earth is pulled into the first three chakras, the energy from above us is pulled down from the 5th, 6th and 7th chakras into the heart chakra. From this place of centrality, the heart holds and moves the relevant energy throughout the body and the other energy systems.
  • Within the heart field is the Anchor Point, a minor chakra, that anchors the Assemblage point into the energetic core. The Assemblage point determines how we perceive ‘reality’, or we could say it is where our inner perspective of the world meets the world, thus informing and reinforcing more about our internal perspective of the world. (This is a vast and fascinating topic in its own right so I’m not going to spend more time on it here but we return to this in future blogs.)
  • The golden hearts are also in this heart field. A portal into and out of the body, they are closely linked with the radiant circuits and the energetic core. I have written about them in http://imaginalhealth.com/blog/?p=28
  • The electromagnetic energy of the heart goes out from the chakra several feet from the body. When we meet another person it is the electromagnetic field of the heart that envelops us. Someone with a strong heartfield can fill a whole room with the grounding, loving energy that the heartfield emanates. When we are in the presence of someone with this heart energy then our own heart energy finds a deeper resonance.  It is possible for everyone to experience existing within this heart field as it is our most natural ability, but many of us have learnt patterns of being that prevent us experiencing this deep resonance. It is a primary objective of Consciousness Energetics to empower you to rediscover it and to know how to evolve your energy patterns so that more and more you live within this resonance of health, vitality and connectiveness.

Below is a simple exercise that you can do to affect the heartfield. It helps to ground and centre the heartfield, aiding it in finding the deep coherence necessary to govern the body. It is great to use to help evolve your heartfield in general or to use specifically when you are feeling disparate or emotional. If you have the image in your mind of the heartfield being beautiful pulsing music moving from the heart centre out around you by several feet. Like an incredible symphony, all the notes flow in harmony to create the overall piece. If this is not how you feel..if you feel that one part of the orchestra is a little squeaky or that then percussion is banging too hard, or perhaps the brass is playing a different piece of music completely! Then this exercise can bring the orchestra back into its cohesion.

  1. Place your left hand over the sternum in the centre of the heartfield
  2. With the fingertips of your right hand tap the back of the left hand between the little finger and the fourth finger which are the second and third points on the Triple Warmer meridian. Find the rhythm that is most settling to you and continue to tap for as long as you need to begin to deeply settle. You will notice that although this may take 30 or more seconds at first, as you use this exercise more and more it may only take a few seconds for your heartfield to make the necessary adjustments and find its resonance.

Enjoy!

With love, Prune

The Golden Hearts

Earth Energies Rising (part 3): The Golden Hearts

With each breath we are gifted abundance. Breathing in through our nose and mouth, we bring the energy of the breath in through many other places in our energy bodies; our chakras, our aura, the mingmen point and our kidneys, the Wellspring of Life acupoint on the ‘souls’ of our feet (yes, I know it is not the correct spelling for ‘sole’, but it is so appropriate. A future blog will be about the magical Wellspring of Life, which I see as an exchange point between our soul and the Earth).

And just to go off the beaten path a little…..I would offer that another place we breathe in deeply is through the area known as the raglan sleeves…the seam where our body meets our arms. An area of very powerful and sacred energy. I used to wonder if this energetic opening was some kind of  vortex, a weakness in unity of the energy field, but it never felt to me that it was anything that was at all problematic or challenging. It looked somewhat similar to a vortex, but rather than the spiraling/tornado-like energy represented by a vortex, these openings look shimmery, more gentle, more beautiful.

 

Imagine smearing that part of your body and aura with a little swirly honey and then throwing gold dust on it…if you are seeing that in your mind’s eye then you are seeing what I see when there is energy moving in and out of those raglan sleeve areas. Again, much like the K1 point (The Wellspring of Life), I perceive it as an exchange point, a portal, this time between our spirit energy and the universal energy within which we exist. There are times when this area is not at all active or open…and that feels right for those times, but when it is active then there is an open-ness, a beautiful vulnerability that we experience.I call these openings the Golden Hearts or the Spirit Hearts.

When we take our attention to these areas where the body meets the arms (front and back) there are many understandings that we can call upon. Within this area are:

• Neurolymphatics for the Central Meridian (Traditional Chinese Medicine: TCM)
• Neurolymphatics for Kidney Meridian(TCM)
• Alarm point for Lung merdiian (TMC)
• Start of Lung Meridian (TCM)
• Start of Heart Meridian (TCM)
• The outer edges of the middle Dantien that resides in the chest and transforms Qi energy into Shen (spirit) energy (Qigong/TCM)
• Minor chakras that reflect the associated Major Chakra of the heart (Hinduism/Buddhism)
• The left side of the chest houses the Qalb Lata’if (energy centre of the heart), the right side of the chest houses the Ruh Lata’if (energy centre of the Spirit). (Sufism)

As well as these direct associations listed above, many of the Meridians and Radiant Circuits pass through this area. In short, the Golden Hearts are amazingly powerful and sacred.

I have so much more to learn about these areas, but ever since I have been conscious of energy (as a child), I have seen this beautiful golden shimmer, gentle and magnificent. It is not a constant. There are plenty of people in whom I rarely see it, others in which it is very prominent. When a broken heart is healing, the Golden Hearts are open and sweet, beginning to reach out to the world again.  When an unexpected act of kindness has caught someone by surprise and moved them from a habitual state, the Golden Hearts ease open, unsure but delighted. During a healing session clients often find a sense of trust and peace within themselves and, as this is connecting, the Golden Hearts open and shimmer. They are intimately linked to the Radiant Circuit and are truly humbling to experience. And yes, remembering how I began this blog, they are also centres through which we the energy of breath can move in and out of our energy bodies. Interestingly enough, they are also where we absorb much of the sun’s energy. Sometimes, when I am on a beach or in a park where people are sitting and lying around in the sun the Golden Hearts are so vibrant that people’s faces can be obscured as those areas drink drink drink up the goodness of the sun energy.

I recently attended an Energy Psychology workshop on Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT), an EP system founded by Asha Clinton. AIT has the client holding energy centres such as the chakras, rather than tapping meridian end points, and included working with the centre of the heart chakra and then holding what Clinton calls ‘the left heart’ and ‘the right heart’. Working from the Energy Psychology intention of treating trauma, she perceives that the left heart holds the energetic imprint of what emotions come into the heart/ whole-person system because of a specific trauma etc, and the right heart holds the energetic imprint of how we responded to those emotions/trauma. Thus, showing the yin (receptive) and the yang ( responsive) aspects. This very much fits with what I have experienced with the left and right Golden Hearts over the years, although, of course, as with all of our energy systems there are no absolutes!

So how can you work with them? As you are reading this, try placing your hands flat over these areas. It feels protective, enabling, healing, nourishing. How many of us find ourselves with our arms crossed over our chest with our own hands flat over the Spirit Heart areas…maybe when we are lying in bed or while lying flat meditating? Even, if you will, think of the fetal position and how our palms protectively lie over these Golden Hearts. Supporting these areas can be deeply important for where we are in our spirit/soul/body interplay, as we connect deeper and deeper to our divine self. Figure 8ing the area can also be supportive and nourishing. I have never been inspired or guided to do a chakra clearing on these areas for, although they are chakras, it feels like they work within their own wisdom and balance and don’t need me to ‘clear’ them. However it is an area in which I will spend some time to allow Reiki energy to flow into them as they seem particularly receptive to healing energy.

If these understandings resonated with you I hope you find a way to further nourish your own Golden Hearts and my biggest encouragement is for you to love them; caress them on yourself, blow them kisses, murmur how much you love yourself into these sacred areas….such messages will be carried deep into your spirit and soul and make your radiant circuits flow flow FLOW!

With much love, prune

 

Practitioner Advancement and Mentoring Program

Prune has created this program with the objective of helping students of EEM develop their skills and provide a bridge from student to confident practitioner.

The year program costs £260 ($420) for the year, or 12 monthly installments of £22 ($35) per month.

The fee includes:

  • 12 articles on Clinical Methodology relating to specific energy medicine topics
  • 12 videos (approximately 1 hour) with Prune demonstrating clinical approaches to specific energy imbalances. This will be in the format of a session so that you can see in real time how Prune would approach and explore the presenting issues.

During the course, we will be exploring specific themes that may present again and again in your practice. These will include:

  • Competence and confidence with body work
  •  Energy Testing those difficult clients
  • Working with clients who have experienced sexual abuse
  • What to do when a client’s health no longer improves
  • Tools for Trauma
  • Working with loss and bereavement
  • Working with clients with chronic illness
  • Understanding reactivity
  • Exploring Adrenal fatigue
  • Self-care for the practitioner
  • Working with children
  • How to choose the most appropriate homework for the client

For more information and to register contact Prune at info@imaginalhealth.com