Creating conditions for Qi to flow
Meridians provide “boundaries” for Qi in the same way that riverbeds provide boundaries for water to flow. It’s easy to see water flowing in a riverbed. When the pathway is clear, the water flows. If the pathway is blocked by a damn or fallen log, the water backs up.
Meridians can also be blocked.
Blocked meridians slow the flow of Qi. A primary intent of Meridian Massage is to clear the meridians so that the Qi is free to flow. Plentiful Qi is required for all physiological and psychological functions. Any experience of less than harmonious function of body and mind is a symptom of inefficient Qi flow.
Mindset affects the flow of Qi
A primary way that meridians are blocked is by our self-limiting thoughts. A limit in thinking is no different than a limit in Qi flow. Self-limiting thoughts are often repetitive, negative loops of challenging memories or emotions.
As stated above, any experience of less than harmonious function of body and mind is a symptom of inefficient Qi flow. Our patterns of self-limiting thoughts and feelings, are both a sign of blocked meridians and a way of blocking the meridians.
Happiness as a path toward flowing Qi
Knowing that negative patterns of thought lead to blockages within the meridians gives us the clue that positive, self-accepting patterns of thought and emotion create the conditions for Qi flow. That experience can be referred to as happiness.
In our work as practitioners, we are using methods to create the conditions for Qi to flow for others. As individuals, we can use our experience of happiness as a direct point of focus to create the conditions within ourselves that encourage the flow of Qi. A simple premise with great healing potential.
Our happiness signals to us that our Qi is flowing. This, in turn, tells us that our physiological and psychological functions are being nourished by fresh, vital Qi.