4 Energy Clearing Strategies
There are a variety of ways to approach energy clearing.
When we feel pain in the body, we instinctually know it’s an indicator that something is wrong. Whether you just stubbed your toe or accidentally touched a hot pot, it’s typically quite obvious why you’re experiencing that pain. But what if you have unresolved pain, for example in your liver and gallbladder, for months or even years? What if doctor after doctor assures you that nothing is wrong and even makes you feel like you’re imagining it?
[Read: “All in Your Head: Are You Just Imagining Your Chronic Pain?”]
Allopathic (Western) medicine generally focuses on the treatment of pain symptoms and not the root cause of the pain. And while this approach is imperative in an emergency situation, chronic pain requires a more complex, multi-faceted approach. And so, understanding the spiritual meaning of pain in the liver and gallbladder, namely from a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) perspective, can help alleviate it.
TCM supports the idea that qi (energy) flows along 12 main pathways in the body. These meridians or “energy highways” are responsible for carrying, holding, and transporting qi, blood, and other fluids around the whole body. Because the meridians are so receptive to energy, it is believed that illness can occur when there is stagnation or a blockage of qi along these meridians. But what can cause such a disruption?
Every organ in TCM is associated with particular emotions, and the liver and gallbladder have a very energetic, synergistic relationship. The liver is responsible for the flow of qi, blood, digestion, and emotion. But when there is stagnation (usually caused by unfulfilled desires), this can create heat which gets transferred to the gallbladder. This heat can lead to anger and frustration.
According to licensed acupuncturist Robert Keller, the liver is responsible for planning and organizing, while the gallbladder is involved in decisiveness and execution. In other words, the liver creates and plans and the gallbladder implements and executes.
When the gallbladder is balanced, it acts like an anchor that provides a safe place to make clear and concise decisions that resonate with your soul. (On a soul level, if you feel safe enough to make sound decisions, you probably feel safe enough to trust yourself.) But when your unfulfilled desires get energetically transferred from the liver to the gallbladder, it will show up as procrastination and hesitation. Suddenly, the courage and bravery you felt to make sound decisions turns into fear about the potential choices you might make.
When you can’t trust yourself enough to make decisions that fulfill your soul, this can certainly lead to resentment, if only on a subconscious level. Nan Lu said, “Everything that appears in the physical realm is always connected with energy flow at the invisible level.” As a result, you might make decisions that are not aligned with your spirit. This could eventually show up as anger and irritability, and you might find yourself overreacting to events. It can be challenging to stay centered and grounded while dealing with life’s everyday stressors, and even more challenging when those stressors start to affect whether you make the right decisions for yourself.
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