Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for 4000+ years. It is growing in popularity in west, partially due to the general attitude of its approach… preventing illness before it occurs, as opposed to fixing problems once they pop up.
So what’s it good for?
Health. Adding years to your life and life to your years as the saying goes… Deeper awareness. More youthful energy/vigor… Increased martial prowess… spiritual growth… extended perception/psychic abilities… enlightenment… etc.
So how does it work?
It works primarily through the practice of meditation and working with your own energies…
You can actually do the entire process through seated meditation… but it is easier to begin noticing energy through self massage, accu-pressure, flushing/tracing meridians, and other exercises… not to mention it is more challenging to get people to do seated meditation in the first place…
If you are curious about TCM, I encourage you to take the easy way and study Donna Edens materials (Innersource.net, Energy Medicine, etc.)… they are created by a very well educated, skillful, intelligent, and insightful Westerner, for Westerners. Donna Edens materials draw on cross cultural energy methodologies from around the world (Chinese, Hindu, Gaelic, etc.). They are easy to follow, and invaluable.
If you’re super hardcore… you can check out YMAA.com… this is Dr. Yang’s site… He is an absolutely brilliant gentleman from the East (China), who has also written a number of books for westerners… but his materials are not for the faint of heart. The combination of PhD perspective and Eastern perspective can create products that take some time to really grasp and understand. He has variety of video and written material on Qigong (Chi Kung) for health, martial arts, spiritual growth, etc.
Both of these approaches to health through energy have a focus of maintaining well being to live a long, healthy life, and to avoid sickness. There are definitely methods included for addressing a variety of illness… but that is not their primary focus.
But how do we fix ourselves if we are already broke?
The easiest (and by far most cost effective) method of helping yourself heal mental and physical illness…. is EFT.
The basic theory of EFT, or Emotionial Freedom Technique, is that all challenges involve an emotional element… for many challenges, this is the primary element. The challenging emotions that we feel can be described as a short in our energy system (or perhaps our resistance to the ‘challenging emotion’)… by working directly on this ‘short’ or increased resistance, EFT balances both the energy field and the emotion in this area… and it often has broad reaching benefits into other areas as well.
EFT gives you a simple way of gaining some of the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine without the long years of practice and study!
EFT involves tapping on a variety of accu-pressure points around the body while using phrases to keep to problem in mind. Holding the problem in mind while doing the tapping is the primary meditation built into EFT… it helps to develop a certain amount of focus. When you hold the challenge in your awareness and tap on specific points on your meridians… it brings your energies back into balance… specifically in the area of the challenge, but you will benefit from the balance in many areas of life.
EFT has been used to effectively to
- Eliminate fears and phobias
- Heal physically
- Relieve early life (and past life) trauma
- Heal emotionally
- Improve relationships
- Relieve Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Grow spiritually
To learn a little bit more right now, check out the following video…
If you have never done EFT, it is incredibly easy! Take a few minutes to practice some basics right now…
- Find the karate chop point on the side of your hand
- Tap it with three fingers of your other hand (index, middle, and ring held together)
- Breathe deeply as you tap
- Repeat a goal/intent/outcome as you continue to breathe deep and tap (e.g. “Every day in every way, I’m getting better, better, and better!”, “Every day, I awaken more fully to life than I ever have before!”, or “I absolutely Love my Life!”).
The more you practice… the better you feel.
And as you feel better and better, you will be able to take every aspect of your life to the next level, more and more!
So Practice Every Day!
It just takes a few minutes…Enjoy!
P.S. Thank you to L. Michael Hall, Tony Robbins, and the late, great Jose Silva for helping to transform my understanding of affirmations… and for providing examples!