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.