Energy Medicine techniques are based on the body's energy systems: meridians, chakras, and the energy field. Donna Eden has devised a Daily Energy Routine that will help to fine tune your body's energy systems. Donna's website, Innersource.net, has a variety of books and video training on this subject.

Daily Energy Routine

I. The Three Thumps

A. K-27 Points (just below center of collarbone,)


• Energize you if you are feeling drowsy

• Focus you if you are having difficulty concentrating

• Flip your energies around if they are flowing backwards


Place fingers on collarbone. Slide them inward toward the center and find the bumps where they stop. Move your fingers down about an inch. Most people have a slight indent here that their fingers will drop into. Cross your hands if you wish; tap and/or massage K-27 points while breathing deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth. Continue for about twenty seconds. If using one hand, tap on both points with thumb and fingers.




B. Thymus Gland


• Stimulate all of your energies

• Boost your immune system

• Increase your strength and vitality


Move your fingers down a couple of inches and into the center of your sternum after tapping K-27. As you breathe deeply, firmly tap your thymus point with the four fingers of each hand for about 20 seconds. 




C. Spleen Neurolymphatic Points


• Lift your energy level

• Balance your blood chemistry

• Strengthen your immune system


Move your fingers down from your thymus out to your nipples, and straight down to beneath your breasts. Then move them down over the next rib. Tap firmly with several fingers for about 15 seconds, breathing deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth. Move fingers laterally to the side of the body, underneath the arms on the bra line. Tap with several fingers for 15-20 seconds.

II. Cross Crawl

• Feel more balanced

• Think more clearly

• Improve your coordination

• Harmonize your energies


While standing, lift your right arm and left leg simultaneously. As you let them down, raise your left arm and right leg. If you are confined to a wheelchair, lift your knees to the opposite elbows, or twist your upper torso so your arm passes over the midline of your body. Repeat, exaggerating the lift of your leg and the swing of your arm across the midline to the opposite side of you body. Continue in this exaggerated march for at least a minute, again, breathing deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth.




III. Wayne Cook Posture

• Untangle inner chaos

• See with better perspective

• Focus your mind more effectively

• Think more clearly

• Learn more proficiently


Sit in a chair with your spine straight. Place right foot over left knee. Wrap left hand around right ankle and right hand around the ball of your right foot. Breathe in slowly through your nose, letting the breath lift your body as you breathe in. At the same time, pull your leg toward you, creating a stretch. As you exhale, breathe out of your mouth slowly, letting your body relax. Repeat this slow breathing and stretching four or five times. Switch to the other foot. Place left foot over right knee. Wrap right hand around left ankle and left hand around ball of left foot. Use the same breathing. Uncross your legs and place your fingertips together forming a pyramid. Bring your thumbs to rest on your “third eye,” just above the bridge of your nose. Breathe slowly in through your nose. The breathe out through your mouth, allowing your thumbs to separate slowly across your forehead, pulling the skin. Bring thumbs back to third eye position. Slowly bring hands down in front of you, holding them in a prayer position while breathing deeply. 



IV. Crown Pull

• Releases mental congestion

• Refreshes the mind

• Opens the crown chakra to higher inspiration


Place your thumbs at your temples on the side of your head. Curl your fingers and rest your fingertips just above the center of your eyebrows. Slowly, and with some pressure, pull your fingers apart so that you can stretch the skin just above your eyebrows. Rest your fingertips at the center of your forehead and repeat the stretch. Rest your fingertips at your hairline and 
repeat the stretch. Continue this pattern with your fingers curled and pushing in at each of the following locations: a) fingers at the top of your head, with your little fingers at the hairline. Push down with some pressure and pull your hands away from one another, as if pulling your head apart; b) Fingers at the center of your head, again pushing down and pulling your hands away from one another; c) Fingers over the curve at the back of your head, again using the same stretch. Repeat each of these stretches one or more times. 



V. Neurolymphatic Reflex Points and/or
VI. Spinal Flush


• Energize you

• Send toxins to your body’s waste removal systems

• Clear stagnant energies from your body


Congested neurolymphatic reflex points feel sore when massaged. For that reason, they are easy to locate. Massaging them is a way to clear them and allow the energy that has been blocked to flow again. Do with a friend or on your own, finding as many points on the trunk of your body, both front and back, as you can. If working with a partner, focus on the area close to the spine, massaging between the vertebrae. Complete by sweeping the energies down your partner’s body (“credit card swipe”) from shoulder to sacrum or feet two or three times.




VII. Zip Up/ Hook-Up

• Feel more confident and positive about yourself and your world

• Think more clearly

• Tap your inner strengths

• Protect yourself from negative energies that may be around you


Briskly tap your K-27 points to assure that your meridians are moving in a forward direction. Place your hand at the bottom end of the central meridian, which is at your pubic bone. Inhale deeply as you simultaneously move your hand with deliberation straight up the center of your body to your lower lip. Repeat 3 times. Place the middle finger of one hand between the eyebrows, and the middle finger of the other hand over the belly button. Gently press in, pull up, and hold for about 20 seconds.


Qi Gong Breathing Exercises


Always done with tongue on the roof of mouth, breathing through the nose.




Feet straight ahead, shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent.



1. 2-handed opening: Right hand on left shoulder, left arm extended, shoulder height. Swing left arm forward, sliding right hand to tip of left hand while extending right arm as left hand slides to right shoulder.




2. Gathering: Inhale, raising arms laterally, bring hands to front with thumbs extended toward third eye. Exhale while slowly lowering hands.




3. Single Push: Left arm extends, hand in flexed position, Push to left while looking left. Look right and lower left arm while raising right arm, push to right.




4. Loose Fists: Loose fists at waist, palms extend forward & upward, turn palms down.. Arms extend laterally then back in, then back to waist.




5. Palms Inside Out: Loose fists forward & upward,, turn palms inside out, forming circle. Turn left, center, right, center. Rotate arms, loose fists with palms upward back to waist.




6. Ward Off: Left hand, palm down, to R shoulder. Lead left with left elbow, extend arm. Change to right arm.. Then rotate, left and right.




7. Palm to Face: Left palm to face, lower arm & extend while rotating arm. Left arm first, then right, then both.

8. Forming ball: Cupped hands in front, fingers forward, Turn left, then center, then right, then center.




9. Expanding ball: Hands in front, fingers forward. Inhale as hands move out laterally. Exhale, moving hands back to center. Then open hands at 45° angle, right and left.

10. Reaching across body: Reach across body at 45° angle just above opposite shoulder; right then left.

11. 6-in-1: Bend forward at waist, up; squat; up; bend left, swing to straight ahead, up; bend forward at waist, up; squat; up; bend right, swing to straight ahead, up.




12. Windmill 6-in-1: Like 6-in-1 except moving hands in long circles.





One foot forward, opposite foot at 45° angle.




1. Shoulder roll: (forward and backward)




2. Elbow figure 8: Make a fist with RH, pull across body, sit down and draw across leg and forward while swinging forward and back.




3. Row Boat: Palms down, both loose fists forward and back.




4. Hand forward, tuck at hip: Hand forward with palm out, then bring back, tuck at hip and bring forward with palm up. Bring back behind ear and forward with palm out again.




5. Dropping Fists: Body forward, loose fists forward, body back as arms extend laterally, forward again with fists and back to sides.




6. Back of hands together: Draw up Liver meridian on left side, then put other foot forward, change hands, and draw up Liver meridian on right side.

Heels together, toes apart




1. Sweeping chi: Fists at waist, inhale up palm facing away, exhaling reach across body to floor and sweep back, grap chi, inhale up, fist to waist and exchanging hands reverse the process. 


Both feet straight ahead, wider than shoulders

1. Pulling chi: Left hand over right hand, raise upper hand up, then lower lower hand down. Then reverse process. 


2. Chakra wash: Arms to side, figure 8 with flexed hands, bring hands up to 3rd eye area (forward with palms to face). Turn palms in, facing each other, and slowly move down chakras, ending with figure 8. 


3. Baby greets the Buddha: Bring arms out, bring left leg behind and to the right of right foot and bow down, hands in praying position. Reverse. 


4. Kidney Breath: Exhale down, inhale up, compress, grab more chi, compress, etc. Exhale, placing hands along side of nose and blowing out.

5. Dispersal: Inhale, gathering up, reach down between legs, pulling out to sitting position, push exhalation with fists pushing forward, inhale while rising and drawing fists to waist, exhale, palms to parallel earth.



Five Tibetan Rites

The Five Tibetan Rites is a yoga routine based on a ritual of exercises discovered in the early 1900's, by a British army colonel, Colonel Bradford, who was living in a Himalayan monastery. They are practiced around the world and are said to prevent aging. In 1939, Peter Kelder published "The Original Five Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation," which helped spread the rites in the western world.

The rites are comprised of five different movements, with each movement performed up to 21 times. It is best to start with 3 repetitions of each exercise and gradually increase the repetitions. The entire routine can be completed in less than 10 minutes.

For thousands of years, medical practitioners have maintained that the body has seven principal energy centers which correspond to the seven endocrine glands, also known as chakras.
Chakras are essentially energies within spinning vortexes. As a vortex is increased, the life force becomes stronger and more directed.

Recent medical research has uncovered convincing evidence that the aging process is hormone-regulated. The five ancient Tibetan rites are said to normalize hormonal imbalances in the body, thereby holding the key to lasting youth, health, and vitality. The rites stimulate the energy system in the body, wake up the
chakras, and get energy moving from your core outward to your extremities. The theory behind the rites is that your Kundalini (spiritual energy) is stored and lies at the base of your spine and that these rites access that energy in a very efficient, fast, and user-friendly way.

An important part of the Tibetan exercises is a conscious synchronization of breathing while performing physical activity. Before beginning the exercises, practice the basic
4 - stage breathing technique.

  • Inhale.
  • Hold filled lungs.
  • Exhale.
  • Hold empty lungs.
No exercise should be so intense that it makes you feel exhausted. For example, if you are "losing your breath", it indicates that your body is in an anaerobic (low oxygen) condition and that you should slow down. If you can not talk normally after performing an exercise, you should slow down. When performing the exercises, the main emphasis should be on breath synchronization and fluency, rather than on speed and number of repetitions.

Some call these rites
isometric exercises. Although they are helpful in stretching muscles and joints and improving muscle tone, this is not their primary purpose. A slow vortex causes that part of the body to deteriorate, while a faster one causes nervousness, anxiety, and exhaustion. Abnormal vortexes produces abnormal health, deterioration, and old age. The rites normalize the speed of the spinning vortexes by keeping them spinning at the same rate and working in harmony.

Here are the Five Tibetan Rites and how they work on the body (remember to breathe deeply using the diaphragm during the movements).

 
 
 
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Rite 1

The first rite is the practice of spinning, which effects the emotional body by speeding up the vortexes. Children naturally spin while playing. As one spins clockwise, Lamas say that negative residues are flung out of the body and the bridge is strengthened between the left and right hemispheres. Spinning stimulates the body's energy system and wakes up the chakras.

Spinning:

Extend your arms out to the sides and spin (in a clockwise direction). Go as fast as you can without losing control (slow down or stop if you get dizzy). Try to do 21 revolutions.
Follow your right arm so that you spin around to your right. As you begin to spin, focus your vision on a single point straight ahead and continue holding your vision on that point as long as possible. Eventually you have to let it leave your field of vision as your head spins with the body. As this occurs, turn your head around quickly and refocus on your reference point as soon as possible. Using a reference point helps prevent dizziness. Stop spinning as soon as you feel slightly dizzy. Lie on the floor and breathe deeply before you begin the next rite. Raise your hands above your head to stretch the back.


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Rite 2

Rite two is similar to Western abdominal exercises. By raising the head to the chest, you create an extra stimulus to the solar plexus chakra and the "Conception Vessel" moving through the center of the trunk.
Use a thick rug or yoga mat to protect your back as you lie on the floor.

Leg Raises:

First lie flat on the floor, face up. Fully extended your arms along your sides, and place the palms of your hands against the floor, keeping the fingers close together. Then, raise your head off the floor, tucking the chin against the chest. As you do this, lift your legs, knees straight, into a vertical position. If possible, let the legs extend back over the body, toward the head; but do not let the knees bend. Then slowly lower both the head and the legs, knees straight, to the floor. Allow all the muscles to relax, continue breathing in the same rhythm. Breathe in deeply as you lift your legs and breathe out as you lower your legs.
Upon sitting up, stretch your legs out in front of you. Starting at the thigh area, stroke down the outside of your legs with your hands until you reach your feet. Grab your feet on the outside, pulling your head as close to your straight knees as possible.

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Rite 3

Rite three opens the solar plexus and heart. We begin life by drawing energy in through the umbilical area. Lamas believe we continue the habit of sucking into the solar plexus, which is the seat of the emotional body, without being aware of what we are taking in. All kinds of emotional energies enter in this way. Psychically, we attract negative emotions that relate to those we ourselves are carrying. Thus, fear or anger inside us acts as a magnet to people who are carrying the same kind of energies.

Contraction interferes with the functioning of the solar plexus ganglion that relays messages to the brain relevant to our sense of safety and stimulates the "fight or flight" reflex. This rite provides an extension and a powerful lifting of the entire trunk, which is the opposite of a defensive, contractive stance. By performing this motion, you are reversing the energy flow and raising the energy to the heart area.

Camel:

This is a classic back bend. Kneel on the floor, knees under your hips, toes flat, with the body erect. Place hands on back of legs just under the buttocks. Tilt the head and neck forward, tucking the chin against the chest. Then, tilt the head and neck backward, arching the spine backward, and look upward. After arching, return to the original position, and repeat up to 21 times.
Inhale deeply as you arch the spine, exhale as you return to an erect position. This rite opens up the front of the body and spine. Establish a rhythmic breathing pattern. Breathe in deeply as you arch the spine. Breathe out as you return to an erect position.
When you are finished with this series of motions, extend your arms at shoulder level straight out in front of you and lean back without arching your back. You will feel this stretching the fascia latae at the outer thighs.

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Rite 4

This rite causes a pleasant stimulation throughout the sacral area which stirs the meridians and the energies going to and from the groin and down the legs. This rite strengthens and tones the legs and glutes.

Tabletop:

Sit on floor with your legs extended, body erect, feet flexed and about 12 inches apart, palms flat on floor next to your hips, fingers pointed toward your feet. Tuck the chin forward against the chest. Now, tilt the head backward as far as it will go. At the same time, bend your knees and push up to a "tabletop" position, arms straight. Let your head fall back gently. The trunk of the body will be in a straight line with the upper legs, horizontal to the floor. Then, tense every muscle in the body. Finally, relax your muscles as you return to the original sitting position. Rest before repeating the procedure.
Breathe in as you raise up, hold your breath as you tense the muscles, breathe out completely as you come down. Continue breathing in the same rhythm as long as you rest between repetitions.

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Rite 5

Rite five brings an immediate change in the energy currents of the body. It makes one feel strong and invigorated and brings a happy glow to the face. This is the most powerful rite in terms of speeding up the chakric vortexes.

Up Dog & Down Dog:

Begin on all fours, toes flexed, palms on floor, weight distributed evenly among your knees, your palms, and the balls of your feet. Throughout this rite, your hands and feet should be kept straight. Start with your arms perpendicular to the floor, and the spine arched downward, so that the body is in a sagging position. Slowly lift your buttocks toward the sky, with a flat back, lowering your head, so your body makes an inverted "
V." Tuck your chin to your chest. Pause, then lower your buttocks while pressing your palms into the floor, until your legs are in a plank position (parallel to the ground), moving your chest out and shoulders back. Inhale on your way up; exhale on your way down. Repeat, up to 21 times. In the rite, your body is moving in concert, moving energy up the spine.
Follow the deep breathing pattern used in the previous rites. Breathe in deeply as you raise the body, breathe out fully as you lower it.