The Living Matrix Pt.2: Meridians and Points

October 24th, 2016





“Energy is liberated matter, matter is energy waiting to happen.”

― Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything





Energy lines






Lines of energy in the body are not a new concept. There are many systems from early Ayurvedic models to traditional Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese medicine that use the concept of energy pathways called meridians that carry the software/consciousness of the individual to affect various physical, biochemical, mental, emotional and even spiritual functions.


The concept is so fundamental to this approach that health is defined as a “free flow of Chi (bio-energy)” through the meridians while disease is, literally, a lack of ease in this flow. Therefore, the primary aim with diagnosis and treatment in the energy-consciousness model is to identify which level energy-consciousness is stagnating and to then catalyse a better flow through the meridian system.


Of course the concept of energy lines are not confined to the body or energy medicine. We have a meridian system of longitude and latitude that defines location on the sphere of the earth. This is sometimes extended out into space to form celestial coordinates as well.
In addition there is the concept of ley lines (coined by Alfred Watkins in 1921) traveling through the earth. Various points or nodes were deemed to have certain qualities upon which (consciously or otherwise) structures like standing stones or ‘sacred sites’ were built. These structures were said to be part of a connected network of ley lines transversing the globe.



The meridian system of traditional Chinese medicine






In traditional Chinese medicine energy points (more on these later) are grouped into meridian ‘families’ that share certain qualities. For example, within the Metal element, the Lung and Colon meridians form its Yin and Yang pair. These form the ‘software system’ counterparts to their physical organs in the body.


The meridian system provides a non-local aspect to physical structure and function. One could say that they provide the general energy guidelines that direct the more specific functions of the points that lie along them.





What are energy points?





Energy points are considered to be local vortexes or gatherings of more concentrated energy along the meridian lines. They perform more specific functions and are often used in combinations or ‘point formulas’ with other points to create a synergistic effect. That is, the skillfull combination of points (often from several different meridians) are stronger than the effect of single points alone.




Points versus meridians



There is an old argument among therapists using the energy-consciousness model. What are more important: points or meridians? That is, can we isolate the function of micro regions like points from the response by the system as a whole?


Those in the ‘point school’ tend to develop an almost superstitious belief in the ‘magic’ properties of points in the same way that some homeopaths or herbalists stand by certain formulas or remedies. “This point is good for ‘x’, ‘y’ or ‘z’ symptom or problem.”


This is understandable to a degree. One can parrot learn point locations and functions. It bestows a certain fools gold of security that we will know what to do in a given clinical situation. Short courses for nurses, doctors and physiotherapists feature such ‘cheat lists’ of the major points and what symptoms they are good for.


The trouble with this can be summed up using the old adage: “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” If we do not learn the systemic context of energy we can catalyse effects we did not intend.



Use and misuse of point knowledge


Take the well known point (in acupuncture/energy work circles at least), ‘Hegu’ (a.k.a. Colon 4). It has multiple functions. On one hand (no pun intended, acupuncture cognoscenti) it disperses ‘Wind, Cold and Heat’ (descriptions of negative energy states in the body) from the head and face.



'Hegu' Colon 4

‘Hegu’ Colon 4



As ‘Wind in the head’ is a classical Chinese description of one type of headache one might presume that this point would be good for (some types of) headache – and you would be correct. It commonly features in point formulas where headache is a dominant symptom – along with other symptoms in the same area like sinusitus, Bell’s palsy and blocked nose.


Hegu’s other features however include ‘dispersing stagnation in the lower heater’ – covering the low abdomen and therefore the lower intestines, uterus and so on. As such it is also used in point formulas where anything from constipation, to PMS feature.


Removing stagnating blood from the uterus might be very useful in menstrual cramping. It would not be recommended where the woman was pregnant however. One does not want to remove the ‘stagnation’ of a baby in the womb just because one is treating an expectant mother for a headache.


If one has only parrot learned that “Hegu is good for headache” then such systemic nuances would have been missed and the health of both mother and child put at risk. Without a greater, systemic model of energy, the very idea that a small point on the hand could influence contractions of the uterus would seem preposterous. Well of course it would if one’s training only recognises the anatomical model of the body.


Yet the above example comes from an actual case by a doctor with only basic acupuncture training which led to his patient miscarrying her child. Ironically, he was a member of the now defunct Australian Medical Acupuncturist association. Their association claimed that only medical doctors could perform acupuncture safely – because they were trained in the anatomical model of Western medicine. One would think the best way to perform acupuncture safely would be to learn acupuncture properly.





The spiralic nature of points


I performed a seemingly harmless experiment many years ago that led me down a rabbit hole of discovery that continues to this day. I was investigating the concept that points were spiralic in nature. That is, they function like small vortexes spiraling inwards and outwards even beyond the physical body.


energy spiral vortex



If this were the case, then the energy spiral of a point would become progressively larger the further one moved away from the surface. I experimented to see if I could feel and maintain contact with my client’s energy even when lifting my hands off the body and continuing into the air space around them. I reasoned that, if energy spirals outwardly then the points should be larger and easier to contact as one travelled outwards. This led to…


Two discoveries


  1. One could indeed keep energy contact with a client even when one had ceased physical contact with them. This paralleled our relatively recent technological leap from wired to wireless devices.
  2. Once one had travelled sufficient distance the point areas became so large as to make the point (and indeed the meridian system itself) irrelevant. A new model would be needed to explain and work with this.




Disappearing into Solid Air



Now that I had gone beyond the meridian and point system – and also crossed over from physical to non-physical contact with the client – new possibilites opened up. What comes next after points and lines?: Why, fields of course.



And that, in a commonly recurring theme in the Monday Conscious Health blog, will be the subject of the third and final installment in this short series on the living matrix of energy.1





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Till another Monday fields the important questions about energy-consciousness
1 By an equally remarkable coincidence there is a workshop in how to work with energy fields in the Solid Air this coming weekend in Stockholm for details click here.




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