Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Holiday Stress

How do I maintain my center while interfacing with family and friends during large holiday gatherings?

Sparky is preparing to host Thanksgiving at her house tomorrow and is in search of how to keep her energies humming and triple warmer calm.  Sparky reached out to Donna and some EEM Certification Program graduates for advise on how to get through the holidays and keep her cool.

Donna Eden wrote back saying:

"Above all, stay out of fear.  If you find yourself there, blow it out.....and then zip up with grand affirmations.  Stay hooked up, do a Celtic Weave as many times as you want during the day.  Do Faerie Flows and also do Blow Outs if something hits you, then zip up  with confidence.  Do not forget the 5 minute routine 2 or 3 times a day or any part of it that especially affects you.
If you get on overload, sit down and do a crown pull & hold your neurovasculars.  Hook up again."

Sparky's friend, Kelmie Blake, EEM Advanced Practitioner said:

"Get your energies solid before you get there - ground yourself (gaits, hook-up, belt flow), strengthen your aura (celtic weave, darth vader breath, more hook-ups), make sure people that zap you are not seated on your left (more vulnerable side), & cross over as much as you can (ankles, Tibetan prayer pose, etc).  The Triple Warmer/Spleen hug is good too - and if people ask what you are doing, you can just pretend you are cold.  ; )"

So what is Sparky going to do?  Lots of hooking up, weaving my energies and figure eights ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ all over me, the turkey and the whole house!

Another favorite that Sparky will include is the Mellow Mudra, it helps to calm triple warmer and cool down the heat.  Elsie Kerns, EEM Certified Practitioner, has a great video on YouTube demonstrating the Mellow Mudra.

What other things do you do to keep your cool during the holidays?
Happy Thanksgiving

~ Sparky!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Energy Psychology on PTSD in Psychotherapy Networker

Psychotherapy Networker
2010 Issue
David's recent article on Energy Psychology in Psychotherapy Networker has resulted in an unusual number of letters.  Here is a snippet of the correspondence:

"I read with skeptical interest your article on Energy Psychology. You present evidence for the psychological effectiveness of physically stimulating certain points on a patient’s skin, and you propose a mechanism for this involving signals transmitted to the amygdala. But as a physicist, I am interested in your wife’s claims to “see” energy fields associated with those points on the skin. You asked her, "What energy … Electrical … Kinetic, thermal, magnetic, chemical, nuclear?" Did you ever get anything pointing to the possibility of an answer to this central question?

The evidence you present suggests that these so-called “energy” healers have tapped into a physical mechanism for alleviating unwarranted psychological distress. Excellent! But is there any reality to the “energy” they claim to see and “move” through the body?


Thank you for your "skeptical interest."  That is more than fair.   My best attempts to answer the question you underline are included in the article at, with some of the references building the empirical case more than the paper.  Western science and Eastern healing traditions are just starting to meet around the issue, and the evidence so far is persuasive to those who are already bought into the "subtle energy" paradigm and less persuasive to those who are not.  The book that most persuaded me from the science side was Vibrational Healing, by Richard Gerber, M.D.  James Oschman's books might also be of interest.   The book that most helped me understand the paradigm from the Eastern perspective was The Web that Has No Weaver:  Understanding Chinese Medicine by Ted Kaptchuk.  The Field by journalist Lynne McTaggart surveys some of the most interesting studies.

Best regards,


Monday, November 8, 2010

Scrambled Energies & Time Change

Does the time change have your eN3rGiEs sCr@mBLed?

Sparky here, was trying to plan in advance for the time change so I wrote to Donna Eden, Dondi Dahlin, and some EEM Certified Practitioners asking what to do help my energies and meridians adjust to the time change on Sunday.

On Thursday, Kelmie Blake, EEM-AP wrote to Sparky saying "What I like to do is, a few days before the time change (as in, I should start this today [[Nov. 4]] ), I trace my meridians with the new time, to get my system used to it. So, if I were to trace my meridians right now, at 9 am, instead of starting with Spleen, I would start with Stomach.  I also usually do them another time before bed with the new time." 

The EEM Certification Program Halloween
Party Winner "Scrambled Energies"

Well, Sparky failed to heed Kelmie's advise, zoomed through the beautiful, sunny fall weekend with my family and woke up this Monday morning with scrambled and confused energies compiled with "a case of the Monday's."  On the way to take the kiddo to school, scatter brained, I stopped at the warning sign that tells you there is a stop sign ahead, I drive this road every day! I shut my scarf in the door, I asked the boy three times if I gave him lunch money,  and turned down the wrong street.  I did a hook up and found a little relief, at least to drive the right direction. As I drove down the road I was thinking "gee, I should have followed Kelmie's advise on Thursday." As I sit down with the laptop for work, I come to my email and find a wealth of solutions for my scrambled energies! And, not so coincidentally, pictures from the EEM-CP Halloween Party with the winner being "Scrambled Energies."

Donna wrote to Sparky saying "After making sure that your energies are going forward, unscrambled and crossing over, hook up for at least a minute and trace the meridians from the new time of day.  Should be enough! If not, go to Energy Medicine and follow the tapping protocol ....but not waiting anytime in between. Tapping the ends of the meridians would be sufficient as well. And probably EFT tapping. But the suggestions other than EFT should work fabulously and they have in the past.  One particularly scrambled-energy person I know needed to do the 5 minute routine after tracing. Love, Donna"

Excited about that email, I start by doing the three thumps for a minute each and move on to read the rest of my emails.

Jyoti Rawlinson, EEM-CP wrote to Sparky saying "This is good when you're going through any kind of transition and is about letting go ...


For any kind of transition, e.g. coming down from a flight, if you're having a hard time ending things or feeling stuck. This exercise works with TW (Triple Warmer) to break the habit, as TW fights change:

  • Place hands behind the head, thumbs behind the ears. Drag thumbs (Lung)* up and around the ear crease line and end at the temples. Slide hands over Neurovaculars (frontal).
  • TW gets in alignment and helps you let go.
*Lung – this deals with letting go."  

And Sue Powell, EEM-CP wrote saying "I agree with Kelmie - that is the most straight forward thing to do."

Sparky having her meridians traced
at the San Diego 5-Day.
Here's what I did to get the "Spark" back in "Sparky" on this scrambled Monday following the time change.
  • Three thumps, again, for a minute each
  • Homolateral Cross Crawl
  • Wayne Cook
These got my energies unscrambled and crossing over as Donna suggested.  Now to get them flowing with the new rhythm.
  • Hook up, holding it for over a minute and experiencing deep sighs of breath and alignment
  • Trace Meridians
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth
  • Figure eights all around
  • Transition exercise as described by Jyoti, above
Whew! Sparky found her spark through a jolt of Energy Medicine.

Figure Eights & Radiant Energies to all.  ~ Sparky!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Eight Energy Systems Upgraded to Nine Primary Energy Systems

Donna Eden used to teach that there are eight primary energy systems.  When her revised edition of Energy Medicine and new book Energy Medicine for Women came out in 2008 they reflected her new teaching that there are nine primary energy systems.  The electrics is the additional energy system that Donna uses in the "upgraded" teaching.

The nine primary energy systems are discussed on pages 28 - 33 of the book Energy Medicine for Women.  You can also read about them in the article The Principles of Energy Medicine on the Innersource website.

The Nine Primary Energy Systems
  1. The Meridians
  2. The Chakras
  3. The Aura
  4. The Electrics
  5. The Celtic Weave
  6. The Five Rhythms
  7. The Triple Warmer
  8. The Radiant Circuits
  9. The Basic Grid

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Note From Donna Eden On Following Instructions Precisely

On Following Instructions Precisely

By Donna Eden

When I cooked my very first meal for David's parents in 1977, his mother, Edith, wanted the recipe. This put me into a stressful dilemma. I have always been considered a very good cook, but I've never stayed with a recipe. I may on rare occasions consult a recipe, but I never follow one. Why would you follow a recipe when your instincts tell you what to do at each choice point for the substance and taste you want for these guests for this meal? Being asked to describe the exercises used in Eden Energy Medicine presented the same kind of dilemma as Edith's request for my "recipe."

I recognize that it is necessary to lay out the procedures. And it is necessary to have a way, such as energy testing, to know what effect they had. But I never do the same procedure in exactly the same way twice. I always follow the energies and let them and how they are responding dictate my work. The procedures are useful. Remembering what has worked in the past when coming up against something like a stubborn Triple Warmer response kept me from having to keep re-inventing the wheel. But I always let my body and the energies of my client's body speak to me and influence how I do the procedures.

In mastering a system, you do need to learn the established procedures before you can move beyond them. They are the "default," and you can always come back to them and wind up with generally good results. But even early on, trust your instincts more than what is written. If it says "Hold the Neurovascular points for two minutes” and you feel that is not enough, or if you feel what is needed has been accomplished after a minute, trust that and verify with an energy test. The energies are talking to you. Learn their language and learn how to listen to them. That language is more important for mastering Eden Energy Medicine than any words I have written.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Crown Pull:

The Crown Pull:
• A great deal of energy is processed in your brain and skull, but it can become stagnant if it doesn't release and move out through the energy center at the top of your head. (Called the Crown chakra in yoga tradition.) The Crown Pull is a physical stretch that literally opens this chakra so energy can move through it. The Crown Pull clears the cobwebs from you mind by calming your nervous system and stimulating blood flow to your head.

Other benefits of this exercise are:
• Releasing mental congestion.
• Helping overcome insomnia.
• Strengthening memory.
• Opening the Crown chakra to higher inspiration.
• Refreshing your thinking ability.

Here is how it works…

To do the Crown Pull (time - about 15 seconds), breathe deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth and:

1. Start with you thumbs on your temples, fingertips resting at the middle of your forehead.
2. Apply pressure and slowly pull your fingers apart, stretching the skin. Breathe deeply, in through your nose and out through your mouth Repeat as feels good.
3. Place your fingertips at your hairline and repeat the stretch.
4. Repeat this pattern starting at the top, center, and back of your head. Continue until you reach the base of your neck.
5. Move down to your shoulders and push your fingers in and hold. Then pull across your shoulders towards the front. Hold your hands there until it feels right, then release and drop your hands/arms.

Quote: “Never confuse motion with action.”
--Benjamen Franklin

Exercise found on pages 89-90 in Energy Medicine.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Rhythmic Eights

Rhythmic Eights
(time about 1 minute)

Where the Homolateral Crossover addresses large patterns within the Celtic weave, doing Rhythmic Eights brings all of the energies, from those that surround you down to those of individual cells, into a crossover pattern. If you are having difficulty relaxing, are caught up in your daily troubles, or are just feeling the blahs, Rhythmic Eights are fun to do and are always a good energy boost. It adds a touch of joy to do them to music that makes you want to move.

1. With your hands hanging, sway your body shifting your weight from one hip to the other, moving to music or moving as if you are moving to music.

2. Let your arms sway with your body. You will notice that there is a natural figure eight movement in both your arms and body as you sway from side to side. Let your arms move out farther so they are swinging wide.

3. Stretch your hands out in front of you and make a sideways figure eight with your arms. Go up and over on the right, circle down, and then again up and over to the right. Twist at the waist in the direction toward which you are reaching, allowing your body's rhythm to move with your arms. It is more like a free-form dance than a tightly patterned exercise.

Several Rhythmic Eights will help get the left and right-brain hemispheres into better communication. This technique is used in "Educational Kinesiology," an application of Energy Medicine that helps children with dyslexia and other learning handicaps.

This exercise can be found on page 70 of Donna Eden's Energy Medicine for Women book., and page 201 or Energy Medicine 2008 edition.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010


When your energies are moving straight up and down each side of your body, like parallel lines, the pattern is referred to as homolateral. (Definition: pertaining to or situated on the same side.) If you are homolateral, you are operating at less than 50% efficiency. You cannot get well if your energies are homolateral. It is that simple.

Do this routine each day until the new pattern becomes established. (If you can, do it twice!)

1. Begin with the Three Thumps and a full body “reach for the stars” stretch.

2. March in place, lifting right arm with right leg and then left arm with left leg.

3. Breathe deeply throughout the entire routine.

4. After about 12 lifts of the arms and legs in this homolateral pattern (right arm with right leg and left arm with left leg), stop, pause (take a deep breath in and out), and then change the pattern to a normal Cross Crawl (lifting opposite arms and legs) for about 12 lifts.

5. Repeat the pattern twice more.

6. Anchor it with an additional dozen Cross Crawls. End with the Three Thumps.

Note: These instructions can be easily adapted so the exercise can be done when you are sitting or lying down.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

The Brazilian Toe Technique

The Brazilian Toe Technique uses acupressure points to promote deep relaxation and activates the release of toxins. This simple method can help reduce emotional stress and imbalances, and overall physical pain and achiness. This technique also reduces side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, including restless leg syndrome, insomnia, nausea, and edema.

NOTE: Unless you are a yoga master, you will need a partner for this technique!

Brazilian Toe Technique.

With the person you will be working on lying on their back, position yourself at their feet.

1) Place your thumbs beneath their middle toes and your middle fingers on top of the same toes, on the toenails. Hold lightly for two to three minutes. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.

2) Slide your thumbs to the bottom of their fourth toes, then slide your fourth (or ring) fingers on top of the fourth toes. Hold lightly for two to three minutes. Continue the same breathing.

3) Slide your thumbs beneath the little toes, then slide your little fingers on top of the toenails. Hold lightly for two to three minutes.

4) Slide your thumbs beneath the second toes, then slide your index fingers on top of the toenails of their second toes. Hold lightly for two to three minutes.

5) Slide your thumbs beneath their big toes, then place your index fingers and your middle fingers so that one is on each side of the base of the toenails of the big toes. Hold lightly for two to three minutes.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Spinal Flush

Spinal Flush (Neurolymphatic Massage)

Strengthen your immune system!
Reduce built up stress!

How? Find a friend and:

1) Lie face down or stand three to four feet from a wall and lean into it, your hands supporting you. This helps stabilize your body while a partner applies pressure to your back.

2) Have your partner deeply massage the notches between each vertebra, about an inch on either side of your spine, from the base of your neck to the bottom of the sacrum. (If you are too gentle or tentative, this procedure can be counter productive.) The thumbs or middle fingers should be used to apply deep pressure in a circular motion for at least three seconds on each point.

3) After reaching the sacrum, repeat the massage or complete it by "sweeping" the energies down their body. (With an open hand, sweep from shoulders to feet two or three times.)

This exercise is located on page 93 of Energy Medicine by Donna Eden and also in the Energy Medicine Kit Tracks 9,15 of the DVD.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

The Neurovascular Hold

OMG! Post holidaze stress got your knickers in a twist?

The Neurovascular Hold

When you are stressed or feeling blue, this technique releases tension from your body as well as from your mind. Your body still reacts to threat and stress as our ancestors' bodies did millions of years age. Running away or fighting required that the blood rush away from the brain and into the body to support quick action. You are designed to act in an emergency, not to think. The Neurovascular Hold interrupts the fight-or-flight response, bringing blood back to your forebrain so you can think more clearly.

1. Sitting or lying down, tune in to a stress you are feeling or focus on as stressful thought, memory, or situation.

2. Place your thumbs at your temples and the pads of your fingers on your forehead, on the bony area above your eyebrows.

3. Hold here softly for up to three minutes, breathing deeply, in through your nose and out through your mouth.

Alternative: Place the palm of one hand across your forehead and the palm of your other hand across the back of your head. Again, hold softly for up to three minutes, breathing deeply.

This exercise can be found on page 151-152 of Donna's Energy Medicine for Women book.

This exercise can be found on page 103 of Donna's Energy Medicine book.

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