Ever wondered what the “energy” is that we work with in Eden Energy Medicine? Donna Eden is able to “see” or clairvoyantly read the body’s energies. She sees nine primary energy systems in the body, which have an impact on both the mind and body. These are:
4. Triple Warmer
5. Radiant Circuits
6. Celtic Weave
7. Five Rhythms/Elements
9. Basic Grid
The exercises in the Daily Energy Routine were brought together by Donna specifically to help balance these nine energy systems. In addition, much of the work that an Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) practitioner and a client do together will involve bringing into balance one or more of these systems. A summary of the nine systems is provided below. Some of the names may be already familiar to you, such as the meridians, the chakras and the aura.
The meridians are pathways or channels through which energy flows throughout the body. According to Donna Eden, the flow of energy through the meridians is as critical as the flow of blood; your life and health depend on both. We can think of the meridians as being connected to each other like a web or a network of roads. As well as being connected to each other, the meridians also connect to the organs, tissues and cells, and they affect all the major physiological systems in the body. There are hundreds of tiny energy “hot spots” along the meridians, located along the surface of the skin. These are called meridian points, or acupoints, and they are the places where the energy within a meridian can be accessed and its flow influenced. In acupuncture, this is done with needles. In EEM, we use methods such as holding, tapping or applying pressure to the points. Working with acupoints is just one of a range of methods that can be used in EEM to restore balance to the meridians and ensure the smooth flow of energy. When energy is flowing well through all the meridians, we feel more balanced physically and emotionally.
The seven major chakras are energy centres located at one of seven points, from the base of the spine to the top of the head. The chakras are vortices of energy that swirl simultaneously inwards and outwards, transporting fresh energy in and stagnant energy out of the body. They influence the hormones and are processing plants that register, sort and store energies that contain information about your body, your emotions and your life history. Each chakra plays a specific role in supporting and governing the functioning of the physical body and its organs. In addition, each chakra has its own associated life theme. Assessing imbalances within the chakra system can therefore be a useful indicator of where someone needs to bring more balance into their life. Clearing and balancing the chakra energies, as we do in EEM, helps strengthen your physical health and restore emotional balance. The chakras directly feed energy into the meridians and the aura, and their overflow goes into all the other energy systems. Thus, working with the chakras helps support all the body’s energy systems.
The aura (also called the biofield) is an energy field that surrounds and permeates the body. The aura has two main functions:
i) as a filter to protect the body from toxic or disruptive energies;
ii) as an antenna bringing in beneficial energies.
The aura also sends out signals into your environment that communicate information about you and that attract specific types of energy to you. The aura is influenced by numerous factors, including physical health, emotions, thoughts, moment-by-moment activities and the outer environment. One of the ways you can help strengthen and keep your aura strong is to do EEM exercises such as the Celtic Weave and making Figure 8s all around you. This will help you feel less vulnerable and more protected as you go about your daily life and when you face going into difficult situations with difficult people.
4. Triple Warmer
Triple Warmer is a powerful energy system within the body, whose main function is to keep you alive. Triple Warmer acts as a gatekeeper: it governs the body’s stress response (fight-flight-or-freeze), it is involved in the body’s immune function (deciding what to let in and what to block or fight) and it is the keeper of the body’s habits. Triple Warmer energy becomes activated in the face of any perceived threat and it will mobilise and coordinate all the other energies in the body to respond to that threat. With our stressed lifestyles, Triple Warmer is continually on alert, responding to the slightest threat by taking energy from the other energy systems. Consequently, out-of-balance Triple Warmer energy can lead to a range of physical, emotional and psychological symptoms, for example, autoimmune conditions, adrenal exhaustion, anxiety and feelings of overwhelm. Unsurprisingly working with the Triple Warmer energy system is a priority in EEM and there are several ways you can learn to calm and support your Triple Warmer.
5. Radiant Circuits
The Radiant Circuits (called the Strange Flows or the Extraordinary Vessels in Chinese medicine) connect and harmonise all the other energies of the body. Unlike with the meridians, which are fixed pathways of energy, the energy of the Radiant Circuits can jump to wherever it is needed in the body, attracting vital energies from the environment and activating healing from within. Activating the flow of these circuits and keeping them strong and healthy strengthens your immune system, calms the emotions, increases your resilience to stress and taps into deeper joy. Working with the Radiant Circuits can also help Triple Warmer to relax and to release its grip on maintaining habits that do not serve us.
6. Celtic Weave
The body’s energies run in patterns. A particularly important pattern, as identified by Donna Eden, is the crossover or figure 8 pattern. Donna refers to this pattern as the “Celtic Weave”. These crossover energy patterns can be found throughout the aura and within the body, in the body’s energy systems, and at the level of the organs and the cells, right down to the DNA, where it appears in the shape of a double helix. According to Donna, crossover energy patterns create optimal functioning of the body. Encouraging crossover patterns in the body is therefore a fundamental part of EEM work.
7. Five Rhythms/Elements
The Five Rhythms is the name Donna Eden gives to the Five Elements, as they are known in ancient Chinese philosophy and are referenced as a model today in Chinese medicine. Chinese Five Element theory refers to the five elements in nature: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal. The elements are to be understood as metaphors for understanding all of life’s phenomena, including our own human experience. Everyone has the energy of each of the Five Elements within them, but there will be one element that is the most predominant (their primary element), and the person will exhibit certain characteristics that correspond to that element. For example, a person who has the primary element of Wood is likely to react with anger or frustration when under stress. They may be assertive, strongly work-oriented and a natural leader. They may also be prone to storing tension in tight muscles. The Five Elements can be used as a framework for understanding people’s characteristics, emotions, behaviours and health, as well as the reasons why we get along with each other, or don’t! Since the energies of the Five Elements have an influence over all the other energy systems, restoring balance to the Five Elements within the body has a far-reaching overall balancing effect.
The Electrics (the body’s electrical system) interconnects with and acts on all the other energy systems. Every cell in the body has a positive and a negative charge; the Electrics are responsible for holding the correct polarity of all of these cells. The Electrics “carry the flow of energy round the body and determine our available vitality or life-force.” (Prune Harris). The nervous system and the heart both affect and are affected by the Electrics (the heart is the strongest electricity generator in the body). The Electrics are accessed through points on the body that can be touched and held to activate specific electrical circuits for the purpose of healing. In EEM, we can work with the Electrics to bring electrical energy to a specific area of the body, or we can work at the whole body level (through a deep Electrics session); the energy of the Electrics goes to where it is needed in the body. Working with the Electrics can be deeply revitalising to the whole body and can help with a wide range of symptoms. In particular, it can help if someone is feeling ungrounded, disoriented or lacking inner connection, when someone has had a recent accident or surgery or if someone has a problem with their nervous system, such as neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease, or Multiple Sclerosis.
9. Basic Grid
Working with the Basic Grid is unique to EEM, since this energy system was identified by Donna Eden herself. The Grid is the innermost energy system, sitting deep within the body, beneath the chakras and the aura. It forms the foundational structure of the energy body and supports all the other energy systems. Donna describes the Grid as looking like lines on graph paper and we can think of it as being similar to the steel infrastructure of a building. Severe trauma can cause part of the Grid complex to become damaged or broken. This has a knock-on effect on the physical body and all the other energy systems, which adapt themselves to the damaged grid. If there is a break in the Grid, people cannot fully thrive and may find it difficult to heal completely, physically or emotionally. Grid work may be indicated for people who have tried many different forms of alternative therapy and have found that nothing has worked. Grid work is deep and sacred work and only Advanced EEM Practitioners are trained and qualified to offer this to clients (there are currently only two such practitioners in the UK). Nevertheless, much of the work we do in EEM will help support the Grid, even if we are not working with it directly.