Finding Freedom from Fibromyalgia with Energy Work
By Carol Ann Rowland, MSW, RSW, DCEP
Characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain and achiness, chronic fatigue and insomnia, fibromyalgia affects 3-6% of the population, and is more common in women than men.
Mainstream western medicine has found fibromyalgia frustratingly difficult to treat. By many, fibromyalgia is considered to have no cure. The goal instead is often to assist those with fibromyalgia in learning to cope with and accommodate their difficulties.
Luckily, effective treatment for fibromyalgia does exist. Best of all, this treatment has no side effects, and is extremely amenable to a self-help approach.
The energy meridian system has long been identified in Eastern medicine – it is the energy system that is treated when acupuncture is used.
In her book, “Energy Medicine,” Donna Eden identifies the role that the triple warmer meridian plays with fibromyalgia. The triple warmer meridian is the meridian that governs the body’s fight/flight/freeze response.
It is believed that during times of acute stress or trauma – and particularly when these experiences are repeated over and over again – the body becomes locked into a state of chronic triple warmer meridian overenergization.
Interestingly, clinicians and researchers have long reported a correlation between fibromyalgia and a history of trauma.
When the triple warmer meridian becomes overenergized, it draws energy out of the spleen meridian, which supports the immune system. If it stays overenergized long enough, our immune system becomes compromised and we begin being more susceptible to even everyday illnesses like colds and flus. This is one of the reasons that when we are under stress, we tend to get sick more often and more easily.
If the triple warmer meridian stays overenergized long enough, eventually the immune system begins to attack itself, and finally auto-immune disorders such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, develop.
Other symptoms and experiences which tend to co-exist with triple warmer meridian overenergization are anxiety, hypervigilance, PMS, thyroid difficulties, and adrenal system fatigue.
There are two main self-help energy techniques for sedating the triple warmer meridian.
1.) Donna Eden’s Instructions for Physically Sedating the Triple Warmer Meridian:
a) Take the fingers of your left hand and hold them just under your left knee. At the same time, take the fingers of your right hand and hold them just above the left elbow. Hold those points for up to 2 minutes. You may be able to feel a pulse in each of these places.
At first the pulses will not be synchronized. If you hold them long enough they will start beating in a synchronized way. This will tell you that you have held the points long enough. If you can't feel the pulses just hold for a couple of minutes.
Repeat this pose on the right side of the body (right hand below right knee, left hand above right elbow) and again hold until the pulses are synchronized, or up to 2 minutes.
b) Take the fingers of your left hand and hold the indent at the outside of the left baby toe. At the same time, take the fingers of the right hand and hold the point between the base knuckles of on the left hand, between the baby and ring finger. Again you may feel
pulses in both points – hold till the pulses beat in a synchronized way, or for up to 2 minutes.
Repeat this pose on the other side of the body (right hand at right baby toe, left hand at base knuckles of right hand).
2.) The Zensight Method for Sedating the Triple Warmer Meridian:
With Zensight we use our intention in order to heal our concerns. We also address the chronic nature of the concern and set the intent that we will heal the overall pattern. In using Zensight in this way, it is sometimes possible to treat the overall pattern in just one or a few treatments, rather than having to keep treating the same issues again and again.
Zensight Healing Symbol
Zensight involves the use of a healing symbol to assist you in focusing your intent. Begin by choosing a word, image, or colour that you will focus upon as you begin healing yourself. Any word, image or colour is fine, as long as it has no negative emotional connotations for you. If you can’t think of a symbol to use, use “ocean” and you may either picture the ocean or think the word “ocean” – whatever feels right to you.
You will now focus upon your healing symbol for 10-15 seconds, after either thinking or saying out loud each of the following statements. During this process, most people begin to feel increasingly relaxed, both physically and emotionally. If the triple warmer has been overenergized for some time, a sense of sleepiness may occur.
I now heal any and all triple warmer meridian concerns, for all of the different parts of me.
I heal all of the reasons my triple warmer first became overenergized.
I heal any and all past traumas or upsets of any kind that are being held by my triple warmer meridian.
I heal all of the ways and reasons that my triple warmer meridian has had any pattern of responding with excessive force.
I heal all of the reasons that it takes my body, emotions, and energy systems a long time to settle after I’ve been startled or upset.
I heal all of the ways all of these issues have been being held in my body or energy field, or at the DNA, cellular, or molecular levels.
I heal any and all remaining energetic imprints connected with having an overenergized triple warmer.
I heal any and all of the patterns, emotions, behaviors, habits and thoughts connected with all of these issues.
I install new patterns of feeling calm and relaxed.
All of the different parts of me are now able to distinguish when I need to be “on alert” and when I do not.
My triple warmer meridian is now sedated.
My spleen meridian is now strengthened.
My triple warmer meridian and spleen meridian are in perfect and natural balance.
All of the different parts of me receive all of this healing now.
All of this healing is completely effective for all of the past, all of the present and all of the future.
Whenever I focus on my healing symbol, my subconscious mind will immediately sedate my triple warmer meridian according to my highest good, whether I tell it to or not.
Following this, notice and experience the feelings of being deeply and calmly relaxed that arise. Picture yourself being able to maintain this sensation. Focus on how it feels in your body now that you are in this state, and ground the feeling by using your healing symbol.
Notice as you picture yourself being able to maintain this feeling, that any of the concerns you have had before - such as feelings of anxiety, insomnia, and hypervigilance – are not present in this moment. As you take yourself through this visualization, at different points reconnect with your healing symbol and allow the experience to deepen, so that all of the different parts of you can now fully realize that they are safe in the present day.
This will go a long way towards decreasing the heightened reactivity of the fight/flight/freeze response.
If you find that symptoms still persist, you may wish to repeat the triple warmer sedation regularly. Often it is enough to simply tell yourself “I now repeat all of the triple warmer meridian healing I did before” and focus upon your healing symbol. If you do not feel sufficiently relaxed after doing so, you may wish to repeat the entire exercise.
Alternatively you can use Donna Eden’s physical method of sedating the triple warmer meridian, together with the Zensight method, simultaneously.
Ideally fibromyalgia treatment will consist of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes energy balancing techniques; the healing of past or present traumas, conflicts or upsets; nutritional support; and consultation with your physician and other professional caregivers.