Rivers of Light – a fresh look at meridians

April 3rd, 2017


“Give light and the darkness will disappear of itself.”


– Desiderius Erasmus

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The energy meridians of traditional Chinese medicine may actually be a narrow bandwidth network of low-level light pathways interacting with external and internally generated light energy using the superficial fascia as a relay point to the rest of the body.



OK, that was a lot to digest in a single sentence so let us break it down a little. It is only recently that we have been able to confirm that our bodies generate low-levels of light radiation – the most easily measurable being infrared light.


Conversely, the body’s healing mechanisms respond well to low-level doses of this spectrum. We also respond to different bandwidths of light (such as monochromatic light) and even different coloured light of the same frequency. So what might be going on here? Specifically, what might this tell us about the meridian system and human health and consciousness in general? All good questions but first…
A little context about the meridian system


It is easy to become attached to our own views of reality, while forgetting it is only a view. Reality is so large and multi-dimensional that our very human nature simply ignores masses of information – and that’s just the information we already know about.


What we do to navigate this daunting jungle is to create explanatory models or stories that make it more simple to grasp and communicate them to others. In the field of energy medicine one such model is the meridian system.


The concept of energy pathways that animate a living body has been around for thousands of years. The relative newcomer of Western medical science lacks a software metaphor that might otherwise include the possibility of animating energy-consciousness. As a result it tends to marginalize or even dismiss the energy model while simultaneously making token attempts to research it.


They are only token because they are viewing this software system through the prism of hardware – anatomy and biochemistry like the nervous system. Unsurprisingly then, the results are inconclusive. But what if we viewed the meridian system in a different, err, light?


Some therapeutic applications of light have made it into Western medical practice however. The use of lasers in delicate surgery, UV light for sterilization, the blue light of humidicribs to facilitate the breakdown of bilirubin in prematurely born babies are some examples.


Blue light being used to help a premature baby break down bilirubin.
The undeveloped liver cannot yet do this by itself.



Acupoints as light receptors


The points on the main meridians are actually simple light receptors, mimicking the primitive development of our own eyes, that could only percieve and react to the presence or absence of light.


As such they are highly reactive to light. This has spawned non-needle meridian treatments like ‘colour puncture’ which applies low-level doses of coloured light to point combinations.



The meridian system – a narrow bandwidth interface


The meridian system itself operates on a fairly narrow bandwidth in and around the body. If one presses or needles more than a centimeter or so we begin to leave the influence of the meridians and to mechanically affect the muscles and connective tissue.


While there is nothing wrong with that, it becomes the provenance of other therapies – from deep tissue massage to surgery – and nullifies the specific utility of the meridian system.


Likewise, the points themselves spiral outwards beyond the body. At a relatively short distance away however they become so large as to overlap each other making traditional point and meridian protocols meaningless.



Again, this is not a negative thing but at that point, another explanatory model needs to account for the therapeutic effects of working off the body. Indeed, many healing methods, including some light therapies do exactly that.


There are already people investigating just this connection between the meridian system and light:


“The Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine in Novosibirsk, USSR, in a research project lasting several years, sought to explain how the human body conducts light. They found that the light conducting ability of the human body exists only along the meridians, and can enter and exit only along the acupuncture points.” (click here for the complete article)
The fascia and the ‘living matrix’
Dr. James Oschman has long been a supporter for the scientific basis of energy medicine. He makes the connection between the body’s collective response to stimulii and the vast, interconnected webs of fascia throughout the body encompassing muscles, connective tissue, nerves and beyond.


What many consider muscular or even joint pain can actually turn out to be distortions in this fascial web.


What is even more fascinating is that the fascia can be therapeutically affected by multiple means:

  • Mechanically: myofascial massage and chiropractic adjustments
  • Energetically: acupuncture, meridian based therapies like shiatsu and non-physical healing
  • By light frequency: light and colour therapies


At different times it is prudent to use one over the other. For example, light therapy to an inflamed area may be a better choice than physical massage or manipulation.


Although Dr. Oschman’s proposals need more widespread investigation it is possible that the fascial network acts as a mediator/conductor of the energy pathways we currently know as the meridian system. It’s ability to collectively respond to physical and non-physical touch, acupuncture and light frequencies seems to confirm this.




A case in point


While visiting Australia this year I was fortunate to both attend and present a lecture at the Australian Light Association’s (A.L.A.) inaugural conference.1 As it turns out, I inadvertently became a test subject for light therapy.


The sudden change to warm weather flip-plops for many kilometers of walking after a Swedish winter spent in heavy shoes lead to an inflamation of the tendons in my right foot. Having experienced this before, I knew it would take about a week to subside.


I was given a green light ‘pen’ to shine on the affected area (green coloured light in particular is used for inflammatory states). I became immediately aware of the affect of the light, not only on the inflammed area but a series of shooting sensations to connected points and meridians around the foot, ankle and lower leg.


After around ten minutes or so, I could move the toes freely without pain or inflammation. By the early evening I was symptom free. This provided for me a very clear connection between the programming frequency information of light, the meridian system and the connective tissue network.



Light, energy and consciousness



We have referred many times here on the Monday Conscious Health blog to the connection between energy flow and conscious awareness. How might this apply to scientific principles?


While scientific laws, like the second law of thermal dynamics, demonstrate how energy is lost as an object or system disintegrates it says nothing about energy-consciousness entering a conscious, living system.


Would it not be logical to assume that when this happens a higher level of integration occurs? In terms of conscious awareness we would say that we experience a higher level of consciousness.


At the physical level we would achieve a higher level of intergration and improved function. The chaos of ‘dis-ease’ would also lessen and correct itself.



The future of medical technology


Here is a prediction for the future of the technological side of medicine at least:


We will see a shift away from overly intrusive and side-affect producing interventions like biochemical medicines and surgery towards more software-based methods for diagnosis and treatment of physical and psycho-spiritual disorders.


One of these will be the use of light and colour. There will be others. To fascilitate this we must incorporate a software metaphor into our medical model. We have already taken it for granted in so many other technological fields.


In the body however it becomes the programming language that connects the body-mind and opens up an exciting new world of exploration.



Till another Monday shines the light on another week of discovery,



1. For more details and information on the work of the Australian Light Association click here




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