Are you in an energy slump? Here’s what Starbucks and energy drink manufacturers don’t want you to know: You can tap four points on your body for a quick energy boost! But don’t take my word for it – try it for yourself (and don’t blame me if coffee sales plummet)!
Hi from Gwenn,
Can you relate to this question I received via email?
“Hi Gwen, “I’m recovering from surgery… and I have never been a caffeine drinker, but I am finding that I have to have caffeine each day to get energy. I prefer not to have it, so let me know if there is a quick tapping point for energy I can use.”
My answer? It makes sense to find your energies in a slump after a traumatic stress such as surgery. Sometimes your body’s energy system will reset itself after stress – whether it’s a daily stress or a trauma. But often, you need a little help.
And Yes! There are a few acupoints on the body that will help reset your energies.
These points, when tapped vigorously, will give you an energy boost in the moment, and when stimulated regularly on a daily basis will boost your overall energy level.
If you’re an EFT tapper, you will recognize a couple of these points as part of the popular tapping protocol. Plus there’s an additional point that is very important in boosting your immune system and your energy level.
This technique, called the “Three Thumps,” is one of the first things I learned many moons ago from Donna Eden, author of “Energy Medicine.” Since then, another point has been added so it’s now called the “Four Thumps.”
WHY DO THE FOUR THUMPS?
We are constantly under stress, and doing the Four Thumps a few times a day rebalances your energy system and helps you:
• Feel more alert, alive and vital
• Fight infections and illnesses with a stronger immune system
• Boost your energy level – immediately and long-term
• Find it easier to overcome obstacles, and
• Tap into your own natural rhythm.
This quick energy tapping routine offers many benefits, and has numerous positive side effects. I practice it every morning and for a quick pick-me-up whenever I feel my energy “slump.” It’s so quick and yet so powerful – try it for yourself and see!
THE ENERGY TAPPING POINTS: WHERE ARE THEY AND WHAT DO THEY DO?
1) Under the Eyes on the Cheekbones: Grounding, connecting with your rhythm
Often what knocks our energies out of balance is the fact that we just can’t march to our own drummer. Society sets our schedules. We often have no choice when to awaken, when to eat our meals, and what hours we work. Not being able to listen to our natural rhythm leaves us stressed, worn out, and short-tempered.
The acupoints directly under the eyes on the cheekbones (both sides of the face – see the chart) affect the stomach meridian, or pathway of energy, that flows up around the eyes and down the front of the body and legs, and off the second toe.
Energy flowing smoothly through this meridian connects you with the earth’s energies and helps your body find your perfect rhythm. Tapping these points along the stomach meridian grounds your energy, helps you find that natural rhythm and helps your hormones support your natural rhythm.
Psycho-energetically, helping your body find its natural rhythm helps it metabolize what it can’t metabolize, and helps you adapt to what you find it difficult to adapt to. You feel more grounded and stable, and stress no longer knocks you off balance – you find it easier to adapt and go with the flow.
2) The Collarbone Points: Get all your energies flowing in a forward direction
Especially if simply walking forward tires you, pay attention to these points just under the clavicle, or collarbone.
To find them, place your fingertips on the U-shaped notch at the top of the breastbone, right about where a man knots his tie. Then move your fingers out to each side and down about an inch. Most people have small depressions there.
These are the end points of the kidney meridians, the pathways of energy that begin under the ball of each foot, travel up the inside of the leg, up the front of the body, and end at the collarbone.
Stimulating these points – aka the “K-27 points” – gets the energy flowing in a forward direction through all your meridians (pathways of energy in the body) and jump-starts your energy system so you feel more alert and energetic.
3) The Thymus (center of chest): Your life energy!
According to Dr. John Diamond, author of Life Energy, the thymus gland controls the life energy of the body.
This gland lies just beneath the upper part of the breastbone in the middle of the chest, and it plays a vital role in the body’s immune system. Think of all the energy Tarzan had after he thumped his chest!
The thymus also affects your will to get well, and thumping on a regular basis helps override any self-sabotage.
4) The Spleen Neurolymphatic Points: Removes toxins, assimilate change.
These points are part of the lymph system, which helps the immune system remove toxins from the body.
The spleen neurolymphatic points are the depression between the 7th and 8th rib, just below the level of the breastbone, or sternum. Find the points by moving your hand beneath your breasts, straight under the nipples, then move them down over the next rib. (Don’t go all the way under the ribcage, that’s going down too far).
Thumping these points helps remove toxins, fight infection, modulate blood chemistry and hormones, counter dizziness and stress, and metabolize food.
Spleen meridian energy helps assimilate change in your life. Is there anything you are trying to change?
DO THE FOUR THUMPS ENERGY TAPPING – WITH AFFIRMATIONS
For each set of points – except the thymus at the center of the chest – you want to tap on both sides of the body. And don’t just tap lightly – thump energetically to wake up the energy and get it moving!
If any points are really sore, start by massaging or rubbing them. The soreness should disappear in a few days. While stimulating these points, take deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth, if possible. Take about three breaths at each step, or more if you feel the need.
1) TAP UNDER THE EYES, breathe deeply and repeat the affirmation: “I am connected with the earth, feeling grounded and finding my own natural rhythm.”
Imagine the energy moving from the point you are tapping on the cheekbones, up around the eyes, down the front of your torso, down the front of your legs, and off the foot at the second toe.
2) TAP ON THE COLLARBONE POINTS, taking deep breaths and imagine the energy travel up from under your foot, up the inside of your legs, up the front of your body and ending at these collarbone points, repeating: “I am centered and balanced and moving forward with my life easily and gracefully.”
3) MAKE A FIST AND THUMP THE THYMUS (think of Tarzan and the great apes thumping), breathe deeply and repeat, “My life energy is high. I am full of love. I have love, faith, trust, gratitude and courage.”
4) BUNCH YOUR FINGERTIPS TOGETHER AND TAP UNDER THE BREAST IN THE RIBS – if these points are sore, you can massage them deeply instead until the soreness disappears.
Take a few deep breaths and repeat, “I easily assimilate change into my life,” or “Change is good and I easily and gracefully go with the flow.”
HOW OFTEN DO YOU NEED THIS ENERGY TAPPING?
This is not a “take an aspirin and call me in the morning” cure. Since you are facing lots of different levels of stress on a daily basis, you need to continually help your body’s energy system reset and re-balance.
How often? At first, you may need to tap many times through the day – upon waking in the morning, around meal time (remember, this helps your metabolism) and whenever you feel your energies slump.
With energy medicine you are teaching your body new habits and more effective ways to deal with the effects of stress. As your system learns these new habits, it stabilizes and learns to reset on its own, so you may not have to tap as often.
Still, it’s like brushing your teeth – some sort of daily regimen is needed. Use your common sense and learn to listen to your body. When you need a quick pick-me-up, this quick routine will give you a boost. If you’re under a lot of stress, or have a big-time stress arise, know you need to help your energies cope.
Try it for yourself – to get the thrills you must do the drills. Let me know how this energy tapping works for you – and don’t blame me if coffee sales plummet!
Love & light,