When we encounter a potentially stressful situation, the way we react is conditioned by what occurred when we faced that same situation before. We might be aware that our response is not appropriate, but we can’t help repeating the same destructive pattern over and over again.
Ninety per cent of our lives are ruled by our subconscious, which is often working against what we are trying to achieve.
We are told to be positive, to believe in ourselves, and to visualise success in relationships and career, but we will not succeed unless the negative and destructive stuff lurking in our subconscious is deleted.
Basically, the old pathway has to be levelled before digging a new one.
From the time we were born until the age of six, our brain was functioning with Theta brain waves. It is a state of high receptiveness, also achieved in meditation and hypnosis. Young children absorb everything that’s around them like a sponge. This explains why kids can learn so quickly. They believe everything they're told, and their major influence is their family.
Then from the age of seven, a different neural pattern emerges, with the arrival of the Beta brain wave. Our way of thinking becomes less intuitive, we develop the ability to make conscious decisions and, as our circle of influence becomes broader, we start developing our own sense of right and wrong.
But our subconscious remains a major influence in our behaviour until the end of our lives.
A lot of beliefs that rule our everyday lives were deeply ingrained in our subconscious when we were very young. Some were very useful, like learning not to place our hand close to a flame, but we also collected limiting beliefs that can prove very destructive later on. I will give you an example:
My father was brought up during the Second World War. He left school at the age at 14 to start working as a delivery boy. He developed an inferiority complex towards anyone with a higher education than he had. According to him, medical doctors were a money-hungry bunch of crooks, and he would never go near them.
I grew up with that belief and when I became an acupuncturist, I struggled financially for many years. I kept working on improving my clinical skills, I tried to market myself, and I practised positive thinking and visualisation, to no avail. Something was clearly holding me back. I wasn’t aware that the subconscious belief I held that “making money by treating people was wrong” was literally poisoning my life.
Then I discovered a wonderful technique called meridian tapping. It uses meridian acupuncture points to clear the subconscious of limiting negative beliefs, before implanting positive ones.
The nine acupuncture points manually stimulated with the fingers are: SI3 on the edge of the hand, BL2 on the corner of the eyebrows, GB1 on the side of the eyes, ST2 under the eyes, DU26 under the mouth, KD27 under the collarbone, SP21 under the arm, and GV20 in top of the head. All the selected points are located at the beginning, or the end, of their meridian pathway where the Qi energy is the most powerful.
According to American doctor Jan San Juan, who is an expert in this technique, “Tapping these acupuncture points creates an electrical and chemical interruption of the stress signals in the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for long term memory.”
When we vocally express the negative beliefs that hold us back; (eg making money is bad, I am not smart enough, I don’t deserve to be happy etc.), while tapping these points, we disconnect the automatic stress alarm response associated with these thoughts. We immediately feel a lot calmer.
We take a few deep breaths, then repeat the same tapping routine while we speak out aloud several positive affirmations related to what we aim to achieve in our career, relationships, or personal development.
In my case, I discovered that loudly affirming “making more money in my practice would make me more available to my patients” cleared a lot of the subconscious guilt, which had been holding me back for decades.
It is a very powerful technique with almost instant results, but to succeed it is important to be clear about your goal first, and to write down your own tapping script expressing in your own words the two biggest obstacles that stop you from achieving what you want. Once you have cleared the negative stuff, use your own positive affirmations to create a new path.
While there are many other techniques, which reach into the subconscious, meridian tapping is something we can do ourselves without any cost and in our own time.
Why don’t you give it a try?
Olivier Lejus BHSc.MHSc. is a registered acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist practising in Sydney. A former casual university lecturer and tutor in Oriental medicine with over 15 years experience in clinical practice, Olivier specialises in Japanese- style acupuncture for the treatment of male and female infertility, migraine, pain, and insomnia.www.olejusacupuncture.com