to work on a cool and damp spring day, the commuter coughed
several times on the way to work and then sneezed just before finding
his parking place. Thinking he might be getting a cold, he decided his
immune system needed assistance. He had slept well enough, had a good
breakfast and had taken his vitamins that morning. But that might not
have been enough. Coughing, sneezing, muscle tension, aches and pains
can mean that all is not well with the body’s energy system. In
Chinese medicine, acupuncture is one of the tools for restoring a
healthy balance in the chi (qi) system, the flowing bio-energy that is
our life force. Links of interest:
instead of worrying about getting a cold and visualizing the negative
consequences of having a cold, which would generate negative emotion
and likely suppress the immune system, our sneezy commuter gave himself
an imaginary acupuncture treatment. For just a few minutes, he stood
upright and visualized an unseen expert acupuncturist placing needles
at various points on his body. Not being an acupuncturist himself, but
having had some treatments, he trusted that his body would know where
the flow of chi was impaired and where the imaginary needles would have
to go to assist.
That was the end of the coughing and sneezing.
this prove anything? No. But it suggests a tool we might use to give
our energy body a tweak when we aren’t feeling our best.
If one were to do this as a meditation, it might go like this:
a comfortable position. It can be sitting, standing or lying down. The
important thing is that your spine be erect, so that all forms of
energy in your body can flow unhindered. As you would unkink a hose to
allow the water to flow through it, put your body in a position where
there would be minimal restriction in the flow of blood, lymph, or
yourself emotionally by inviting a state of mind that is calm and
confident. Health is natural. It is your default state. Release any
fear thoughts about your health by turning your attention away from
them to images of your preferred state of wellness.
a few slower, deeper breaths and become aware of the sensations in your
body. Notice where there might be tension, pain, congestion, coolness,
warmth, dampness or dryness. Maybe in your mind you sense areas of
light or darkness in your energy field. There might be differences in
color in your mental image of your body. Perhaps you notice that some
parts of your body are just not part of your usual awareness and are
faint in your mental representation of your body.
Form the intention in your mind that all parts of your body share in the flow of good health.
you might imagine that you are receiving an acupuncture treatment from
a highly skilled acupuncturist. Even though you may not know a great
deal about Chinese medicine, this wise and highly skilled acupuncturist
you are imagining is the heir to thousands of years of Chinese medical
knowledge. He or she will know where to place the needles. You need
only imagine that the needles are placed and that they will enhance the
flow of your vital force.
we vividly imagine, our body/mind treats as real. If you imagine that
energy is flowing and harmony is being restored, perhaps it will be.
An Introduction to Acupuncture at National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NACCAM)
MedlinePlus on acupuncture
Barrett is not a doctor and is not trained in acupuncture or any other
form of medicine. He does not give medical advice. If you have a
physical problem, consult a qualified medical practitioner for
treatment. The ideas expressed here have not been tested scientifically
and are offered as speculation and invitation to personal exploration.
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