Everything is Energy
We are all electrical beings. Every part of our bodies is made up of trillions of cells that contain positive and negative charges. Everything that we are and everything that we do is controlled by the electrics running back and forth in our bodies from the time we were conceived. Life and non-life, we are all made up of an essential particle that is atoms. These atoms are made up positive, neutral, or negative charges. The flow of these positively and negatively charged atoms that are linked together is what produces the electricity that forms electromagnetic field. This is the fundamental process that happens which allows the communication to every cell and every organ system in our bodies. Even in our anatomy, the yin and yang comes at play.
The concept of yin and yang is defined as opposing but complementary energies that make up the existence of all things, including the human body. Health is said to be dependent on the balance flow of these energies in the body. When there is block or disharmony within these positive and negative energies, there is illness and diseases. According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine, yin is related with the lower parts of the body, while yang is related with the upper body and back. Additionally, Robert O. Becker’s work brought awareness to the study of electric field potentials and the concept of electrotherapy and electrochemically induced cellular regeneration. The renowned scientist claims that a living bone has the ability to generate electric potentials which can be used for treatment of fractures.
We are vibrational beings. The vibrations we carry are sent out to the universe which connects with everyone. Thoughts, feelings, and emotions are all energies. A daily practice of loving kindness, appreciation and gratitude toward self and others help us all raise universal vibrational frequency. Why is it crucial to know that we are electrical beings that carry vibrational frequencies? Awareness that we can be in control in balancing the positive and negative life forces in our body is essential in maintaining a well-balanced life that can harmonise the experience of dis-ease into ease and wellness rather than experience the struggles with chronic, serious illness and dis-eases.
The Chinese Meridian System
In the principle of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), if the flow of qi, the body’s energy which flows along several channels of the body, is blocked or unbalanced, it can cause pain or illnesses. The network of these several channels of the body is called the Meridian System. According to the concept of TCM, as long as the qi flows harmoniously through the meridian system, your body can remain in good state. This means that to stay in good health and harmony, the body’s meridian system should function well.
The Meridian System of the body is a web of inter-connected pathways. There are said to be 12 main meridians in our body that corresponds to Zang Fu, or the set of yin and yang organs. Zang organs include Yin organs which helps regulate the qi and blood: Heart, Spleen, Lungs, Kidney, and Liver whereas Fu organs are set of Yang organs that transmits and digest nutrients without storing them by excreting waste: Stomach, Small Intestine, Large Intestine, Urinary Bladder, Gall Bladder, Pericardium, and Sanjiao. TMC believes the meridians found on the said 12 body organs are the most important pathway as they are the main channel that corresponds to the digestion and the qi. These meridians are located on both sides of the body, mirrored and connected with each other, which makes the meridians of the left also on the right. The Traditional Chinese Medicine also believes that the yin relates to the interior while yang relates to the exterior which is why yin organs are believed to have more internal functions whereas the yang organs have more external functions. TCM analyses these functions of the body based on the harmonious relationships between yin and yang organs on which the interior and exterior relationship theory was further developed.
The knowledge of the relationship between the 12 main meridians and Zang fu is the foundation in understanding how the Traditional Chinese Medicine healing works. Acupuncture was first used traditionally in China over 2,500 years ago to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases, as to improve overall wellness. Traditional Chinese Medicine explains that the imbalance flow of energy in the body will be corrected by inserting needles into specific acupuncture points along these meridians where energy could either be in excess or deficient, stagnant or blocked. Other forms of balancing Qi flow in the body is through meridian stretches as practiced in Shiatsu, Yoga, and other forms body movement, exercises like Tai Chi, Qigong etc.
According to Hinduism, there are 7 main chakras where energy flows through the body. Chakras are specific points in the body that is used in meditation and old traditions. Similar with the concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that the block of flow within the chakras lead disharmony which causes various illnesses and diseases. These chakras help us to be healthy and in optimum condition. Chakras are believed to resemble a swirling wheel of energy which starts from the base of the spine up to the crown of the head. Chakras relate to different nerves of the body, as well as our spiritual, psychological, physical, and emotional states.
The first chakra is the root chakra which is associated with the first three vertebrae, pelvic floor, and base of the spine. All of which is responsible for an individual’s sense of security and survival. When open, one feel secured and stabilized. It is believed that when the Root Chakra is blocked, one may feel threatened, panicked or anxious. The second one is the sacral chakra that is related with creativity, sexuality, sensuality and capacity for change. It is responsible for our desire for pleasure and creative energy and is located at the lower abdomen. One may feel emotional problems and lack of passion if this chakra is blocked. Solar Plexus Chakra on the other hand is located at the navel or upper abdomen in the stomach area. It is believed that this “lustrous gem” is responsible for the feeling of individual power often related with autonomy, self-esteem, and determination. If there is a healthy flow within this chakra, one feels in control and confident to accomplish his or her dreams. Fourth one is the heart chakra which relates to kindness, affection, and love. It is located just above the heart and is in control of feelings of being open to give and receive love, as well as one’s relationship with the people and nature. Blockage in this area may manifest through feelings of being less compassionate and other physical manifestations such as high blood pressure and weak immune system. The throat chakra which is located in the area of the throat corresponds to our communication and expression of feelings and truth. When aligned, one may feel the power of being authentic about how he or she conveys feelings to the world. The sixth chakra that regulates our intuition and alignment with the universe is the third eye chakra. This chakra is said to be located between the eyebrows. When the third eye chakra is open, you will feel a good sense of insight about the world and have an ability to create the right and balanced decision. If blocked, you may feel trouble trusting your inner guidance. The last, highest, and most powerful chakra is the crown chakra which is located at the very top of our head. It is related with spirituality, enlightenment, and connection to our higher self. If the highest chakra is aligned, you will attain peace and you will be in tuned with the universe.
Aligning, opening, and unblocking chakras require a lot of work. You must first know which areas are blocked, so you know where to put your focus on. Blockage on the areas can manifest through emotional troubles and physical illnesses. Awareness and practicing balance are two of the most powerful ways to align the 7 chakras. Meditation and yoga also helps clear the mind to be present at the moment which gives you an opportunity to receive and interpret the signals your body are sending you.