Author: Kimberly Fitzgerald, MA.
The Meridian System
The young man sitting with his friends in my office oozed skepticism. Inwardly, I smiled. I was oozy once, too. What was this so called Meridian System? It was such a foreign concept to him that what I know I spoke in English he heard in Chinese. (That is an ironic comparison). He likened this so called system of energy to some Old West Snake Oil Salesman offering some cure-all elixir. Yet, science, in more recent years, has confirmed that this complex system of energy does exist.
What it is?
In its most basic definition the Meridian System is a distribution network connecting all of the different areas of an individual together. This complex “map” connects the Mind, the Body, and the Spirit together. Western thinking and philosophy, and more specifically Western Medicine, has approached and treated these various aspects of an individual as separate while Eastern thinking and Medical approaches see them all in connection to one another.
The connection to the Meridian System took place over 2000 years ago. (I do not have a typo). Science, thankfully, is now catching up and giving us data and empirical back up to what has been studied and utilized for eons. China is given credit for being the country, and more specifically the physicians and healers of that country, to first use the Meridian System for health and wellness. It is a highly complex system that contains 12 Meridians, or individual energy channels, that pair up (no one likes to be alone), and intersects with every vital organ or function in the body. These meridian pairings flow in a circuit, with half of that flow moving energy into the system and half of the meridians moving the flow of energy out; not unlike the concept of a pair of lungs taking in and then expelling out the breath.
There are some star players in the modern discovery and research of the Meridian System. We have Korean scientist Kim Bong Han to thank for discovering that microtubules are the pathways for the Meridian System. (Think about an AWESOME waterslide tubing system). These are the pathways that carry the flow of energy, or as it is often called, Chi. It was the photographs of radioactive isotopes injected into meridian and non-meridian sites that gave us additional evidence of the existence of that energy within the Meridian System. The injected isotopes remained intact and “flowed” at meridian sites. They were contained, cohesive, and following the pathway. The isotopes at non-meridian sites dissipated due to the absence of the pathway. This major achievement was accomplished by Dr. Jean Claude Darras and Dr. Pierre de Vernejoul. A particularly pertinent piece of evidence, in direct relevance to Energy Psychology and clearing trapped, negative emotions, comes from Hiroshi Motoyama, PH.D. He developed the AMI, or the Apparatus for Meridian Identification. This gizmo measures the electrical conductivity of the meridians. When the measurement is distorted the energy flow within the meridian is being disrupted. And what do we have going on there? Negative emotions and thought; both energy producing experiences. They affect the free flow of electromagnetic energy. That alone has incredible implications concerning our thought life, doesn’t it? And in this collection of amazing brains and brilliant research we have the inventor of the PET scan and the MRI, Zang-Hee Cho, PH.D. With the MRI he was able to trace the effects of an acupuncture treatment at the baby toe upon the blood flow to the brain; where no direct nerve, blood, or other connection existed. (I may have to rewrite the lyrics to “This little piggy went to market”).
As we turn our thoughts towards Energy Psychology the basic starting point begins at the understanding, or at least at the possibility, that this system exists. (And listen, I was right there oozing skepticism but willing to “go-with-it” initially. Acceptance and genuine respect came later). Allowance of the existence of the Meridian System gets us connected to the practice of those ancient, brilliant others who worked diligently with this system of energy. In the 2000 plus years of utilizing, developing and building understanding about the Meridian System, a body of information grew in order to understand better the Mind/Body/Spirit connection. Out of that collection of information we learn that emotions can and do store in vital organs. Those early Eastern physicians and healers were scientists in the sense that they used the method of Scientific Observation and Inquiry. Over and over they tracked and traced, observed and documented physical ailments and the corresponding emotions and psychological conditions. “As a man thinketh, so is he.” Thoughts are energy. Emotions are also energy. Thoughts and emotions are linked together as they flow through those microtubules. Microtubules pass through every vital organ in the body. Emotions and memories can store anywhere. South African Scientist, Dr. Caroline Leaf, has done extensive research on the brain for 25+ years. Her work (and the work of other Neuroscientists) corroborates the effects of thoughts on the body. She has been quoted to say that “75-95% of all sickness and disease is due to our negative thought life.” And the transport system carrying that thought life and the energy it creates to every nook and cranny of the body is the Meridian System.
The meridians are an intimate part of our amazing design and are an invaluable resource. That Meridian System, your Meridian System, contains information about your specific mental, physical and spiritual health. Where there is balance there is health. Where there is imbalance there is dis-ease, toxic build up, and lack of function. So how do we access this information? How do we utilize that information? Where do we go from here?
Stay tuned and in upcoming posts I will begin to introduce you to some answers to those awesome questions.
Thank you for being here.
(Header Photo: Goose N Lightening by Emily Stauring).