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Acupressure for Anger, Worry & Self-Doubt




Excerpted from
Acupressure for Emotional Healing: A Self-Care Guide for Trauma, Stress,& Common Emotional Imbalances
By Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., Beth Ann Henning, Ph.D.


Transforming Anger

Most people associate anger with its negative attributes: unresolved resentment, outrage, and hostility. Repressed anger can cause numbness, apathy, and depression, inhibiting your desire to strive toward your highest dreams. Excessive anger turns to rage and even fury. When mixed with jealousy and boundary issues, anger can result in violence. But through deep breathing, determination, and positive thinking, you can learn to transform anger into an empowering, creative force that supports your life's purpose.

When your willpower is directed toward healthy personal goals, this motivating force can boost your spirit and help you create what you want in your life. As we'll see in chapter 7, anger thoughtfully expressed and balanced through a program of self-acupressure, exercise, and diet, produces the energy to initiate change. Channeled in a creative direction, the spirit of angers willful force can fuel your aspirations and visions.

By teaching you to channel anger creatively, acupressure can enable you to grasp some of the greatest spiritual teachings. Anger is a powerful driving force for expressing your inner-most needs and increasing your spiritual awareness. Balanced anger enables you to stand up for yourself. Next time you feel agitated or irritable, instead of repressing or venting your anger inappropriately, hold your middle finger firmly to stimulate the emotional balancing energies of the Pericardium meridian. Taking several slow, full breaths as you hold your middle finger can direct this assertive force within you to articulate what you need.

Several months ago Nathan, an acupressure student, hat! a revealing insight about his anger. While receiving acupressure from a fellow student, Nathan realized that his ordinary shoulder and neck tension was reflecting not only his frustration about his work but also his anger and resentment for the way he was being treated there. Even when he thought everything was fine, acupressure uncovered perceptions and emotions that he was then able to address. Behind his mask of happiness, several anger issues were stored within his mid- to upper back region, shoulders, and neck. By expressing his anger, Nathan was able to be assertive, stand up for himself, and reclaim his aliveness. To sustain the results, he gave himself daily acupressure using the following emotional balancing points on the chest, shoulders, and neck.

Spiritual Practices for Transforming Anger

Sit lip comfortably in a chair and begin breathing deeply to hold the following points for balancing anger:

Press B 10 (Heavenly Pillar, located on the back of your upper neck one finger-width below your skull and one finger-width our from the center of the spine on both sides): Breathe deeply while you hold B lo on both sides of the neck. To make sure you are on these points, curve your fingers and place all of your fingertips on the thick ropy muscles on the back of your neck. Apply firm pressure on these muscles as you move your head up and down for one minute. Inhale as you raise your head up slowly and gently back-exhale as you let your head come forward. Maintain firm pressure as you repeat this movement five more times while breathing deeply. Heavenly Pillar is a spiritual point for heightening self-expression and the relationship between mind and body.

Press CV 17 (Sea of Tranquility, located on the center of the breastbone, four finger-widths up from the bones base): Bring the palms of your hands together at the center of your chest. Use the back knuckles of your thumbs to press CV 17 (in the small indentation of your breastbone). Close your eyes, and breathe slowly and deeply into your heart for two minutes to calm yourself.

Transforming Worry & Self-Doubt.

Worrying and overdrinking suppress your energy system and many body functions: your breathing gets shallow, your stomach becomes acidic, and your blood sugar levels fluctuate. In addition, chronic worry leads to eating disorders, especially sugar cravings. Over time these metabolic imbalances can cause debilitating conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, immune system deficiencies, and fibromyalgia. When you worry, you lose touch with the present moment. How can you be in touch with your spirit if you are fatigued, unable to cope with the stresses of the day, and preoccupied with myriad physical problems?

Trust is the basis for emotional and spiritual growth. Worry strangles your spirit and depletes your vital energy. Acupressure, deep breathing exercises, and practicing the techniques of positive thinking are effective measures for trusting yourself and counteracting worry's harmful influences.

Spiritual Practices for Transforming Worry

Hold Sp 16 (Abdominal Sorrow, at the base of the ribcage): Certain points become blocked when you worry excessively. For instance, worry can create abdominal tension in the diaphragm. To release the tension in these points, interlace your fingers with the palms of your hands on your stomach area. With the rips of your thumbs together, place the base of your thumbs against the base of your ribcage.

Connect with Sp 16 gently for two minutes as you focus on taking slow, deep breaths. Holding this point can reinforce a positive sense of self and cultivate your spirit.

Third Eye Meditation on Gratitude
The following meditation counteracts worry focusing on gratitude.

Sit lip straight, close your eyes, and begin long, slow, deep breathing. For the next three minutes, focus on what you have to be grateful for... Place your middle fingertip gently on the Third Eye point (GV 24.5, in the indentation between your eyebrows). Imagine you are free of worry, self-doubt, and emotional pain. Holding the Third Eye point fortifies the pituitary gland, which activates the spirit, counteracts worry, and can transform guilt. Return to deep breathing and focusing on what you have to be grateful for as you slowly release your hands onto your lap. Rest for one minute with your eyes closed, taking deep breaths, to discover the benefits.



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