Energy Alignment, Part 1: The Three Thumps
by Gwenn Bonnell
For the next few weeks, this newsletter will focus on aligning your body's energies. Today you'll learn my favorite routine to get your energy flowing: The Three Thumps.
Donna Eden, author of Energy Medicine and a medical intuitive who "sees" the body's energies, consistently has all the attendees stand up and do the Three Thumps throughout her workshops and trainings.
Why? Everyday stress immediately affects our energy system. This routine gets your energies flowing and balanced. If I only do one energy exercise during the day, this is the one.
Although you will probably feel an immediate surge of energy, the effects of the Three Thumps are cumulative. Over time, you will find yourself more focused, energized, and optimistic.
Many of my students report that doing the Three Thumps upon waking changes their 'sluggish stay in bed' feeling into a 'jumping to greet the day' feeling. As a quick pick-me-up, this is invaluable. Just don't do it before going to sleep!
Do-It-Yourself Energy Alignment Part 1: Awaken Your Energy With The Three Thumps We are beings of energy. Our energetic anatomy interacts with our physical body, governs its functioning, and extends out into the world around us. This exercise tends to our energetic anatomy and keeps our vital energies circulating.
Our human energy anatomy includes three major interacting systems: 1) pathways that circulate the energy through our body (meridians and related acupoints); 2) centers of vital energy (chakras); and 3) the biofield in and around the body (aura).
In this series, you will learn how to cultivate and sustain your vital energy. Performing these exercises daily keeps you healthy and energetic by balancing the energy patterns of your body, your mind, and your emotions.
THE THREE THUMPS The “Three Thumps” is a quick exercise that will help boost your immune system, stimulate all of your energies, and increase your strength and vitality. Practice it in the morning and for a quick pick-me-up whenever you feel stressed, clumsy or "under the weather."
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1) Thump the K-27 Points Stress can reverse the energy flow through the meridians. Even walking will tire you if your energy is flowing backwards. Stimulating the K-27 points, the end points of the kidney meridian, gets the energy flowing in a forward direction through all your meridians and jump-starts your energy system so you feel more alert and energetic.
The K-27 points are just under the clavicle, or collarbone. To find them, place your index fingertips on the U-shaped notch at the top of the breastbone, right about where a man knots his tie. Then move your fingers down over the collarbone, out to each side about an inch, into the soft tissue under the clavicle to the left and right of the sternum. Most people have small depressions there.
Crossing your hands while thumping on the K-27 points emulates the body's energies crossing at the neck. Keep thumping the K-27 points with your fingertips of your index and middle fingers, while taking three deep breaths, in through the nose and out through the mouth.
Thumping the K-27 points has the added advantage of making reading easier by improving oxygen flow and increasing the blood supply to the brain. Doing this exercise before reading reduces eye strain and may even help with "dyslexia" and other learning difficulties.
HINT: Trace sideways figure 8's on the wall with your eyes while performing the Thymus Thump. This improves coordination between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
2) Thump the Thymus Gland According to Dr. John Diamond, author of Life Energy, the thymus gland monitors and regulates the body's energy flow. The Greek word thymos actually means "life energy!" Any imbalance in energy flow through any meridian will be corrected and rebalanced with the Thymus Thump.
This gland lies just beneath the upper part of the breastbone in the middle of the chest, and it plays a vital role in the body's immune system. Because it is the link between the mind and the body, the first response to emotional or physical stress is shrinkage of the thymus gland and a reduction of life energy.
Stimulating the thymus rebalances life energy and supports vibrant, positive health. Think of all the energy Tarzan has after he thumps his chest!
The thymus also controls healing. True healing power comes from within, and keeping our life energy high supports any healing process. Without life energy and vitality, medications and other treatments have no value. John Diamond explains, "The true wonder drug is the power and the vitality that is within us, our will to be well."
You know your thymus is activated when your life energy is high and you dwell in the positive.
To perform the Thymus Thump, thump in the middle of your chest with either your fingertips or your fist while repeating the affirmation "My life energy is high, I am full of love," and taking three deep breaths.
HINT: Thumping the thymus in the waltz beat, a one-two-three count, with the emphasis on the first count, really activates this energy.
3) Thump the Spleen Neurolymphatic Points In Chinese medicine, the spleen organ-energy system interacts with the pancreas, stomach, small intestine, kidneys, lungs, and circulation of the blood. Spleen energy controls extraction and assimilation of nutrients from food and fluids.
The Spleen Neurolymphatic Points are part of the lymph system, which aids the immune system by removing toxins from the body. Thumping these points removes toxins, fights infection, modulates blood chemistry and hormones, counters dizziness and stress, and helps metabolize food.
Find the Spleen Neurolymphatic Points by moving your fingers under the center of each breast, under where a woman's bra would end. Then go down a rib and out about an inch or so to each side. Find the depression between the 7th and 8th rib.
Ideally, you want to thump these points with the tips of your fingers. Bunch your fingertips together, and use the left hand to tap the left side, the right hand to tap the right side.
Sometimes these points can get sore, which means you have some toxins built up in your lymph system. If these points are really sore, it might be more comfortable for you to rub them instead. After a few days of rubbing the soreness should disappear, and then you can begin to thump them.
Stimulate these points for two to three minutes, breathing deeply and repeating, "I have faith, trust and courage as I face the future. I easily assimilate all change in my life."
If you ever find yourself feeling like you are coming down with something, or dizzy like you are about to pass out, massage these points for a good 3-5 minutes until you feel the energy surge back into your body and head.
HINT: Massaging these points also helps boost your metabolism, since the spleen energy is so involved with the digestive process. Especially if you are watching your weight, massage these points for a few minutes before and after any meal.
Keep tapping for health and vitality!
Love & light,
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