How the Triple Warmer Meridian can mess up your life and emotions, in a nutshell:
How to defuse the fight or flight response: work on Triple Warmer
The easiest, fastest, most effective way to tackle your bad traits and negative emotions, and to reduce your levels of fear, anger and stress is to approach the problem holistically, body and soul.
The soul approach: is to get G-d involved in the problem ASAP, and start trying to talk to Him every single day about what's bothering you. The more you talk to G-d, and the more you actually believe in Him, the safer you start to feel (yes, really! Try it for yourself) - and the less Triple Warmer feels threatened and goes beserk.
The body approach: is to talk to Triple Warmer using it's own language, ie energy, to get it to calm down and come off high alert.
So how do we do that? 'Energy Medicine' has a whole bunch of techniques, but I'm going to bring the two fastest and easiest ones here.
Technique one: tap the 'fear' points on the hand
When you tap on the outside of the hand, between the joints of your ring and pinkie finger, you are sending an energy signal to your nervous system that all is well, and that it doesn't have to be scared.
Start tapping when you are actively feeling the fear - ie, the siren is going off, they are making cuts at work, your mother-in-law is coming to stay for two months - and keep going until you feel the fear subside.
You can still think about the 'problem' or issue afterwards - it didn't zap it out of your memory banks - but you've disabled the stress response that makes you over-react or react unhelpfully.
Technique two: the Triple Warmer 'smoothie'
This is working directly on the Triple Warmer Meridan, which goes from the temples, up behind the ears and down both arms to the ring finger (yes, THAT's why you get so many tension headaches…)
Put your fingers on your temples, and take a deep breath in. Exhale, and take your fingers up behind your ears, using some gentle pressure. Trace down behind your ears, down your neck, to your shoulders. Hang your hands on your neck for as long as it feels good, then drop your hands away.
Mentally, it helps to imagine yourself throwing all the worries away, when your hands drop.
The more you do this, the more you'll calm down Triple Warmer, energetically.
(You can also get Triple Warmer to calm down by working on your neurovascular points, but that's a post for another time.)
In the meantime, try these two techniques as much as you can, and feel free to email me if you have any feedback or questions.
If you've ever learned about Chinese meridians, the 14 main energy pathways in the body that are used to anticipate, diagnose and cure illness in Chinese Medicine, then you'll know one of those meridians is called 'Triple Warmer'. (Sometimes, it's called 'Triple Burner', just to confuse things.)
Together with the spleen meridian, Triple Warmer is responsible for taking care of your immune system.
Where spleen meridian takes care of your health by encouraging you to feel happy, nurtured and cared for, Triple Warmer is like the body's police force: whenever it identifies something as 'the enemy', it can mobilise energy from every part of the body, except the heart, to deal with the emergency.
Triple Warmer causes the 'fight, flight or freeze' reaction
Whenever you have a 'fight, flight or freeze' reaction, that's Triple Warmer kicking in. And we're not just talking about physical or physiological reactions, although feeling hot, shaky, headache-y, stressed (and a few other hundred things besides) are all physiological 'Triple Warmer' reactions to perceived danger and stress.
Triple Warmer is also pulling the strings psychologically.
When you get into a rage fit - that's Triple Warmer, telling you that you need to go into 'fight' mode to be safe. When you have a big decision to make and you're paralysed with anxiety and worry - that's Triple Warmer. When you have to face something, or someone, or take responsibility for something difficult or unpleasant - and instead you run away - that's a Triple Warmer reaction.
Kabbalistically-speaking, the Triple Warmer appears to be the energetic home or the 'evil inclination', that in-born propensity to act in less than ideal ways, which Carl Jung and other therapists tried to define as 'the shadow self'.
The more you understand how your Triple Warmer works, energetically, and how to calm it down, the easier you'll start to find it to keep your temper, overcome your fear, and to stop reacting from a place of instinct and merciless self-preservation.
How the evil inclination and the Triple Warmer are similar
Judaism teaches that we have our evil inclination from birth, but we only start to get our inclination for good at the age of majority, which is 12 for a girl and 13 for a body - and even then, it takes years for this more mature 'good' side to really develop.
Physically, our primitive survival functions, like breathing, food, sleep are all taken care of by the hypothalamus - the same part of the brain that controls Triple Warmer.
This 'lower brain' of ours is in the driving seat from the moment we are born. If we receive the right nurturing, love and care from our parents, Triple Warmer calms down, and learns that the world is usually a safe place. It's not so reactive, or so primed for danger, which means that the person is much less angry, impulsive and scared, amongst other things.
But when a person doesn’t receive adequate love and nurturing from their caregivers, and G-d forbid, even has the opposite - then Triple Warmer is on the mega-defensive, practically from day one.
Triple Warmer can also get hyped-up be environmental 'threats'
Let's also add into the mix that Triple Warmer also reacts to environmental 'threats', like chemicals in food, chemicals generally, electromagnet energy (ie, the vibes your mobile, PC and microwaves are emitting) and stress.
When you take all this together, you can see why most people's Triple Warmers are so over-reactive today. In fact, Triple Warmers that can no longer differentiate between 'friend' and 'foe' are a key factor in why so many people today have allergies and autoimmune illnesses that were practically unheard of a century ago.
There are things you can do to start taking Triple Warmer off alert, and I'll hope to share some of them with you over the next few posts.
Continuing on from yesterday's post, let's see what else weakens the spleen meridian, making it much harder for people to 'feel'...
4) Electromagnetic smog - As I've written about elsewhere, the human body is one big, complicated network of electrical connections. Your body produces bioelectricity, and those bioelectric signals regulate a whole bunch of processes in your body, from healing, to hormones, to thought processes, to emotions, and a few other billion things besides.
The electromagnetic vibes coming off your laptop, i-Phone, microwave oven, fluorescent lightbulbs and fridge, to name but a few, are all sending an electric signal that can seriously disrupt the human body's own bioelectrical network, and cause some big physiological problems, especially regarding the immune system.
Now, guess which meridian is most involved in trying to process these outside stimuli? Spleen! You got it.
Personally, every time I spend more than a couple of hours online, I feel completely wiped-out emotionally, and like I have no time or space for anyone else in my head. I have to 'decompress' for at least a couple of hours to start thinking and functioning like a human being again.
If my kids, or anyone else, tries to talk to me, or require a caring response from me after I've been on a computer, I kind of blank them or react like an unfeeling zombie. It was only when I started pulling all the information together for these posts that I realized that my spleen meridian, ie, my energy of compassion, empathy and caring, is getting completely zapped by my PC.
If I spend too long online, I start acting like someone with a personality disorder, unable to connect to those around me and trapped in my own head. This was a huge 'Eureka!' moment for me, and I'm still chewing it over.
For now, let's put it like this: watching videos, spending time surfing, even staying plugged in to MP3 players and i-Phones - this all takes out spleen energy, in a very big way, and makes it that much harder for people to feel their own emotions, and to respond to others with compassion and empathy. Clearly, these activities should be minimised as much as possible.
5) Stress - The stress response, aka fight / flight or freeze, is mounted in the body by the Triple Warmer meridian (aka, the energetic home of the evil inclination. [I wrote a whole big article about Triple Warmer over on Emunaroma, including tips on how to get it to calm down. Click HERE to read it. ) The first place the Triple Warmer takes its energy from in the body is - spleen meridian! I'll explain more about this phenomenon, and particularly how it relates to tackling personality disorders, in a separate post.
In the next post: how negative emotions and negative people are seriously affecting your Spleen, and your ability to feel empathy and compassion.