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Energy Medicine: activating your “inner mom”

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” ~ Christopher Reeve

Today, we’ll look at simple ways to turn on your “inner mom” to help all your organs and energy systems work in a more harmonious and coordinated way.

This is the third article in my series on Energy Medicine.  If you haven’t done so already, you might want to take a look at Part One, an overview of Energy Medicine and the invisible energies that flow throughout your body.

In Part Two we explored Energy Medicine and the Immune System – allergies, autoimmune disease, chemical sensitivity and other immune dysfunctions.  We  learned that the triple warmer meridian – an energy pathway and one arm of the immune system – can be reprogrammed with  the self-help techniques of energy medicine to help it relax, be more discriminating, and back-off when other energy systems can kick in to do the job.

This series is based on the book Energy Medicine, Balancing Your Body’s Energies for Optimal Health, Joy, and Vitality by Donna Eden. [Just follow the link to learn more about Donna Eden.]

Activating your “inner mom”

Onto easy ways to kick-start the “radiant circuits” (strange flows) – another invisible energy system and the second arm of the immune system.  These circuits mobilize your “inner mom” to support, strengthen, and encourage all your organs and energy systems to work together like a closely-knit family.

Unlike the aggressive approach of the triple warmer meridian, the radiant circuits employ a strategy of cooperation. They quickly redistribute energies where they are most needed in light of whatever the body encounters.  Unlike meridians, the radiant circuits are not limited by specific pathways.

The spleen meridian is the leader of the radiant circuits, although like the Triple Warmer it’s also a meridian.  It is sometimes referred to as ‘spleen-pancreas’ because it corresponds roughly to the pancreas function in Western medicine rather than the function of the spleen.  The spleen-pancreas meridian greatly influences all aspects of digestive function.  According to Donna Eden, it is also “involved with the thymus, lymph, nodes, tonsils, and bone marrow and oversees the blood supply, metabolism, homeostasis, production of antibodies and the distribution of nourishment throughout the body.”

When the triple warmer is at war and the immune system has gone wacky, it conscripts energy from the spleen-pancreas meridian in particular, depleting the digestive functions and all the other activities listed above.  As you can see from a glance at the list, the magnitude of potential impact is enormous. It’s no wonder that people with overactive immune systems, often have digestive issues and acquire other co-occurring conditions.

Your chemistry follows your thoughts

Here’s the key point:

  • The spleen meridian and radiant circuits are greatly impacted by your thoughts, images, and beliefs – more so than any other energy system of the body.

Therefore, to strengthen the spleen-pancreas meridian, the other radiant circuits, and all the adversely effected functions listed above you simply need to speak to them with kindness, empathy, and understanding.

It’s true!  Your body chemistry follows your thoughts. Where you mind goes, the energy flows.

This is not hocus-pocus. Scientific research has repeatedly confirmed the beneficial effects of a positive, optimistic attitude on health and healing.  It has also documented the gains made from using visualization in the healing process.  And, all the ancient wisdom traditions of the world tell us that mind has a powerful effect on the body.

Here are just three scientifically demonstrated examples of the healing power of mind from Donna Eden’s book.  You can find many more in the research literature:

  • Cancer patients with “optimistic explanatory styles have a significantly greater survival rate than others whose styles were less optimistic.”
  • There’s a a heightened immune response after watching an inspiring film as opposed to violent one.
  • Humor reduces the physical impacts of stress.

Shower your body with empathy and understanding

There are many ways to shower your body with a positive, life-affirming force. These are a few mentioned by Donna Eden.

  • self-hypnosis
  • guided imagery affirmations
  • being in nature
  • laughter
  • pleasure and delight

In addition to several easy physical exercises for supporting the radiant circuits and improving health, Donna also provides the following exercises that use visualization and the imagination:

  • Sending joy through your body
  • Sending color through your body
  • Sending forgiveness through your body
  • Sending gratitude through your body

Take a moment to consider this – How do you feel when someone gives you love and appreciation? It almost always boosts your mood and energizes your body.  This is precisely how you turn on the radiant circuits:  with love, joy, appreciation, understanding, and positivity.

Let me be clear that this is not the same as saying that “illness is all in your head.”  Rather, it’s using the mind to heal the body.  A positive attitude is not necessarily a magic panacea on its own, but it can be a powerful element in any treatment program.

Illness comes about due to a complexity of reasons.  In the same way, healing often depends on the coming together of several different causes and conditions.  For some people, healing may occur quickly.  For others, it may take much longer.  There is no “right” way to heal.  There is just “your” own way – the route you discover on your own healing journey.  Physical healing is not always the outcome or even the main point.

The Triple Warmer – Spleen Archetype

Donna Eden believes that some of us are genetically predisposed to a Triple-Warmer-Spleen imbalance.  She says that “no energy pattern can yank a person around as much as a triple warmer-spleen imbalance.”  An overactive Triple Warmer robs the spleen of all the energy it needs to do it’s job:

“This throws off the balance in every other system of your body.  It ensures metabolic, chemical, and hormonal disarray.  It particularly affects the nervous and immune systems, and it leaves you with the feeling that you body’s reactions make no sense and that you are powerless to help yourself.”

She sees a triple warmer-spleen imbalance as responsible for:

  • food-cravings
  • a yo-yo weight situation
  • obsessive eating
  • anxiety
  • foggy thinking
  • mood swings
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • allergies
  • most autoimmune diseases
  • chemical sensitivities
  • recurrent infections

Let’s face it, modern medicine is somewhat at a loss when it comes to effectively addressing allergies, autoimmune conditions, and immune deficiency – all of which are dramatically increasing as our environment becomes more polluted.

But all is not hopeless! Amidst all the confusion and suffering, the explanations provided by Donna Eden are lucid and the tools she offers effective.  However, they are just one approach to Energy Medicine – there are many others for you to explore.

Energy Medicine is not a “quick-fix.” It requires patience, diligence, the courage to take responsibility for your own health, and the guts to work with your own mind and imagination.

It’s a whole new world of possibility and healing waiting to be discovered.

I would love to hear your thoughts about Energy Medicine and your own experiences.

Please be aware that I am not a medical practitioner nor offering medical advice.  I am only sharing research and information on approaches that have worked for me.  Also, I am not receiving compensation for recommending this book.

If you liked this article, please share the link with others.  Thanks very much! Sandra



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  1. > Where you mind goes, the energy flows.
    I like that.

    One of the surprises Martin Seligman brought to the world of positivity is that the key to optimism isn’t positivity, but rather non-negativity.

    • J. D. That’s a really interesting point from Martin Seligman. I’ll have to look that up to find out what exactly he means! Thanks for adding that interesting perspective.

  2. Great post! i really need to maintain a positive attitude.

    • Thanks, Lisa. Being a Virgo, it’s something I also need to actively cultivate! I’m finding it makes a big difference, but I know it’s not always easy.

  3. Thank you for providing a unique, energy-medicine basis for the cultivation of sincerely positive thought.

    For some reason, henever I consider the positive biological consequences to exercises in positive thinking and meditation, my enjoyment of those activities increases dramatically. It feels as though I’m giving a gift to my body.

    Conversely, when I approach it from a selfish perspective and think, “I am meditating to be happier and achieve clarity,” it just doesn’t work.

    Authenticity is necessary for positive thinking to take effect, and one of the best ways to do that that is to understand it from this level- to recognize one’s whole being, you might say.

    Great content!

    • Hello Travis,

      Thanks so much for sharing your insights. I agree – it’s always best to meditate wishing to benefit all beings and not just oneself. Authenticity is indeed so very important. All the best for you and thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

  4. Your term, “inner mom”, brought a smile to my face. We each have an inner mom and an inner dad to turn to.

    • Kathleen,

      I’m glad that you mention the “inner dad” too! I was afraid he might feel left out. 🙂 Oh, “inner mom” is a term from Donna Eden, BTW.

  5. I love that “inner mom” idea. I think mine took a wrong turn and got lost. LOL

    I know I have a chronic “spleen” deficiency. It’s interesting that thoughts and beliefs are so related to the “spleen.”

  6. Jennifer,

    Sounds like she’s resurfacing though! 🙂 Yep, the old spleen 1-2 punch. In traditional Chinese – Medicine this type of sensitivity is sometimes seen as a Lung – Spleen diagnosis. Donna sees it as a Spleen – Triple Warmer archetype. I love her take on this. It has really encouraged me since she has the same challenge and has worked with it beautifully.

  7. Hi Sandra Lee,

    I am a big believer in energy medicine. Caroline Myss’ book “Anatomy of the Spirit” changed my life and is my guide whenever my body acts up. I believe that every physical ailment is due to some imbalance in the body. A happy person who feels at peace is less likely to have physical issues.

    My mother died from cancer some years ago and I was her caregiver. Watching what she went through convinced me that if we do not face our crap, our bodies will feel the impact. My mother realized the same thing too. So it was a great (albeit painful) teacher.

    Mind and body and spirit must be one and at peace. Life is too short to waste away on drama.

    I love what you are doing here, Sandra! You got me hooked with the lotus picture in the corner!

    Many blessings to you! 🙂

    • Welcome Nadia,

      I appreciate Caroline Myss’ book too. There are so many wonderful possibilities in the world of energy medicine. Caring for a dying parent is truly a life-altering experience. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I’m sorry it was so painful for your mother, but encouraged to hear that she was able to learn and transform from the experience.

      Thanks for your positive words about my blog. We do have a few things in common starting with the lotus! 🙂 I’m loving your blog, your spirit, and your authenticity.

  8. I always remind myself and others that physicians are practicing medicine-meaning no one has all the answers. I loved that you pointed out “There is no “right” way to heal. There is just “your” own way – the route you discover on your own healing journey.” This is so true. We each have to follow our own path and discover what works for us. What works for you may not work for me. Thank you for providing ideas for alternatives to western medicine. We are so fortunate that there is so much out there. It is also wonderful to be reminded that we each have an inner feminine and masculine side to tap into when we need it.

    • Lori,

      Your first line gave me a chuckle – I never thought about the implication of the word “practicing” medicine! Perhaps we should all keep that in mind. Allopathic medicine definitely has it’s place. I just wish doctors were more aware of and honest about their own limitations. There have always been healers in all cultures. I don’t think that will ever change, but there is so much we can do to help ourselves. Thank you for highlight how fortunate we are with all the alternatives that exist these days! Thanks very much for your comment.

  9. Hi Sandra,
    I’m going to practice sending joy, gratitude, forgiveness and color through my body. I think it would be good to do in the shower. Include it in a routine helps. I’ll let you know the results.

    I’m also sending this to my friend Lori who has MS. Thanks for doing the research…penguin steps for me;)

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