360 Meridians: The Highways and Byways of the Body

360 Meridians & 72,000 Nadis

We are all connected to the Oneness of Divine energy, frequency and vibration. Although we may vibrate on different frequencies, our energy is always on the move. There is no stopping on the highways and byways of the human body. Electromagnetic current flows from the sun, through the circuitry of the human body, into earth’s atmosphere and back out into the vastness of space. Our primary chakras and nadis (Sushumna, Ida and Pingala), process and transmute this energy while the 360 meridians serve as intersections and channels for traveling life force energy.

You can read The 7 Layers of the Body or Aura in my earlier writings, to learn more on how these components come together. On the physical level, we are made up of trillions of atoms working cohesively to maintain molecules that make up our tissues, organs and other parts of our anatomy. The etheric body contains our chakras, nadis and aura, which is the energetic layer where Qi, Chi, or Prana travels as life force energy. The 360 meridians are points of this body where there is an increase in electron and proton activity. We can liken them to energetic portals. 

Isis and Seti I

Our ancestors knew more about Ka (life force energy), and the Ba (body) than previously known. This is proven by the Edwin C. Smith and other medical papyri, recently found in Kemet (Egypt). Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is as ancient as 3500 years, and has become more mainstream in the Western contemporary world. This culture maintained the knowledge of life force energy through the teachings of Taoism. The Prophet Muhammad encouraged fellow Muslims to take a trip to China, if necessary, to acquire this knowledge.  

Yin & Yang

The dualistic principals of Yin and Yang and those of Wu Xing are applied to healing practices. Yin and Yang principals operate in recognition of metaphysical opposing forces (Acupuncture & Massage College, 2018). Acupuncture and acupressure are healing modalities that utilize the 360 meridians known as acupoints. There are 12 pairs of meridians for each major organ. In addition, two more sets unite the physical and etheric bodies. Wu Xing on the other hand, applies the elements, wood, fire, water, metal, and earth. These elements are associated with the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Note, the continuity of culture and cosmology in the number 12. 

Whenever there is an imbalance in the body, it is made manifest on the energy level first, then outward to the physical body. The ancient Chinese obviously used the Law or Principal of Correspondence and the Law of Polarity to address issues of imbalance and blockages of Qi or chi energy. That is not to say the other Hermetic principals were not applied. Wu Xing honors the cyclical nature of the cosmos. 

Zang Fu matches yin and yang organs, which produces Qi energy, to one of the five elements. Qi then travels through the body’s highways, byways and meridians, known as jing lou (Acupuncture & Massage College, 2018). Any blockages or sluggish energy flow will show up as health problems in that area or particular organ. Applied pressure to any area of meridians work to promote healing just like acupuncture. 

Acupressure is a practice which can be performed inexpensively without tools or equipment. A quick example is the application of pressure to both sides of the thumbnail. Just one minute of slight pressure will instantly relieve anxiety and stress. A DIY foot massage to corresponding organs will relieve unrest in that part of the body. This is the nature of massage and reflexology. These healing modalities incorporate our meridians, and have been proven to relieve a whole list of ailments. Here are a few:

  • Pain Relief & Management
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Nausea
  • Migraines
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ

Our meridians are not visible components of the human body. They are much like chakras, nadis, and our aura. They are essential; however, to maintain homeostasis in the communication of information between the body’s systems. It is the information highway for its host. Working with the 360 meridians of the body is only advisable for minor conditions, and not recommended during pregnancy, according to many practitioners. 

Always seek professional help for more acute or chronic conditions. We can avoid the onset or progression of ailments with good nutrition, physical activity, and stress management. Traffic jams are not tolerated on these highways and byways. Meanwhile, as the meridians work on the energetic level, in the physical, protons and electrons dance on the cellular level, and as they do, there’s no parking on the dance floor. They simply, keep it moving.

Sheila T. Zimmerman ‘22

References

Acuhealing.”Dr. Li Answers Acupuncture FAQ”. http://www.acuhealing.com/acupuncture/acupunctureFAQ.htm. Accessed September 18, 2022.

Acupuncture & Massage College. (5, June 2018). Understanding the Acupuncture Meridian Model. https://www.amcollege.edu/blog/understanding-acupuncture-model-florida. Accessed September 21, 2022.

Cosmic Core. Article 200: Human Spirit-Chakras Part 1-Energy Fields & Intro Into Chakras.https://www.cosmic-core.org/free/article-200-human-spirit-chakras-part-1-energy-fields-intro-to-chakras/. Accessed September 18, 2022.

360 Jasmine Acupuncture. “Acupuncture Meridians”. https://360jasmineacupuncture.com/acupuncture-meridians/. Accessed September 18, 2022.

Images. Pintrest.com

Published by EarthtoneS

My love for writing extends back to the early years as a form of expression when my vocabulary was limited. I needed a way to validate my thoughts and feelings. I began with poetry which led to journaling, and songwriting. Ultimately, I began writing as a subcontractor in '08 for a freelancer who supplied articles to businesses. This is where I learned SEO content, keywords, and density. By the time I had written hundreds of articles of this nature, it was time to move forward in my quest to learn internet marketing as I honed my creative writing skillset. I began writing academically in 2015 so I could tighten up on how to cite my research. Now it's time to apply what I've learned to my body of work. My desire is to complete the book for which I've researched and compiled information, in addition to my personal experience. As I sojourn towards having my first full body of work published, I am available for writing projects to support my objective. I am grateful for the day you discover, acknowledge, and appreciate the passion in my words.

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