Lets Focus on Meridians22 Dec 2017
The aim of this Blog is to bring some clarity and logic to the understanding of the energy distribution system, and is specifically related to the term meridian. Meridians have been chosen describe channels or even vessels, referring to specific pathways in the body and tends to suggest the idea of carrying, holding and transporting energy. So meridians are a system of energy channels that conduct life force or Qi/Prana throughout the body and influence many aspects of it.
By far the most well known of the energy systems of the body, they are the one of the primary systems used for influencing the energy. There are 12 bilateral Organ Meridians, which have profound influence on the organ it flows through and is named after. Balancing the meridians can therefore help to address many problems within the related organ. Then there are 8 extra ordinary meridians or reservoirs which are used to balance the over all energy levels and fluctuations in the entire system.
Traditional health talks about them as an network connecting the interior with the exterior, or the internal organs with the surface of the body which provides the circulation of energy through the body nourishing the tissues and linking the whole body so as to keep the internal organs, as well as the muscles, the tendons and bones intact and make the body and organic integrity.
The meridian system can be best understood as a process rather than structure. A useful analogy is often used to describe energy flow as that of a river. This can be quick flowing or slow, open or blocked, while always following the most natural part. Chinese philosophers believe that Chi (Qi) or energy permeates everything in the universe there is nothing that is not a manifestation of the energy. There will however be varying concentrations of this energy and it is perhaps useful to consider the meridian system as representing areas or pathways of higher energy concentration.
Pressure points along these meridians are where this energy is more accessible to the surface. In acupuncture they used needles to stimulate these points, where as with yoga or Chi Kung you use movement, pressure or the mental attention.
Therefore as you move away from the given channel you do not suddenly reach an edge but it is more a matter of moving energy from areas of high concentrations to ones of lower. This is similar to the way in which you move from the centre to the edge of a river, as you do so the water becomes progressively shallow. Then even when you move beyond the obvious physical boundary of the river, there is still moisture contained in the soil, the water is therefore present beyond the limits of the river boundary. So it is with meridians, hence we have the picture of the body being permeated by an energy system but which concentrates around areas of high-density, which are termed as channels. This is where this energy is in constant dynamic movement, like the tides of the sea it has highs and lows, depending on the time of day the organ and meridian are most active or resting (the body clock). It also explains why the Chinese focused on a few deeper meridians and the Indian system referred to there being 72,000 Nadis (energy pathways) over the body. Breathing effects the vital energy flow, the more powerful our breath the more powerful the flow of energy through the meridians.
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