Together with the spleen meridian, Triple Warmer is responsible for taking care of your immune system (and with all the ridiculous hype about Ebola going around the planet, it's really important to start learning how G-d designed your immune system to really work.)
Where spleen meridian takes care of your health by encouraging you to feel happy, nurtured and cared for, Triple Warmer is like the body's police force: whenever it identifies something as 'the enemy', it can mobilise energy from every part of the body, except the heart, to deal with the emergency.
Whenever we have a 'fight, flight or freeze' reaction, that's Triple Warmer kicking in. And we're not just talking about physical or physiological reactions, although feeling hot, shaky, headache-y, stressed (and a few other hundred things besides) are all physiological 'Triple Warmer' reactions to perceived danger and stress.
Triple Warmer is also pulling the strings psychologically. When you get into a rage fit - that's Triple Warmer, telling you that you need to go into 'fight' mode to be safe. When you have a big decision to make and you're paralysed with anxiety and worry - that's Triple Warmer. When you have to face something, or someone, or take responsibility for something difficult or unpleasant - and instead you run away - that's a Triple Warmer reaction.
I haven’t seen this written anywhere, but Jewishly, it seems like a no-brainer to equate Triple Warmer with our yetzer hara, or evil inclination. Which is where things start to get very interesting.
We know, because our sages teach us, that we have our yetzer hara from birth, but we only start to get our yetzer tov after bar / bat mitzvah, and then it takes it years to really develop. This exactly mirrors the physical reality: our primitive survival functions, like breathing, food, sleep are all taken care of by the hypothalamus - the same part of the brain that controls Triple Warmer.
This 'lower brain' of ours is in the driving seat from the moment we are born. If we receive the right nurturing, love and care from our parents, Triple Warmer calms down, and learns that the world is usually a safe place. It's not so reactive, or so primed for danger, which means that the person is much less angry, impulsive and scared, amongst other things.
But when a person doesn’t receive adequate love and nurturing from their caregivers, and G-d forbid, even has the opposite - then Triple Warmer is on the mega-defensive, practically from day one.
Let's also add into the mix that Triple Warmer also reacts to environmental 'threats', like chemicals in food, chemicals generally, electromagnet energy (ie, the vibes your mobile, PC and microwaves are emitting) and stress.
When you take all this together, you can see why most people's Triple Warmers are so over-reactive today. In fact, Triple Warmers that can no longer differentiate between 'friend' and 'foe' are a key factor in why so many people today have allergies and autoimmune illnesses that were practically unheard of a century ago.
There are things you can do, with G-d's help, to start taking Triple Warmer off alert, and we'll discuss some of them today. (There is SO much to say on this subject, and this is only a very brief intro. If you want more information on Triple Warmer ASAP, I highly recommend buying the book 'Energy Medicine' by Donna Eden.)
But for the purposes of the 'Year of Fear', this is what you need to know:
- Triple Warmer is the seat of your yetzer hara, and was hard-wired in from birth
- It gets you to do a whole bunch of 'bad' things as a response to feeling threatened in someway - blow up in rage (fight); lock yourself in your bedroom when your spouse wants a serious conversation (flight); break out in a cold sweat and be unable to think when you have a deadline to meet (freeze)
- These responses are the foundation of every single one of your bad middot, or character traits. Once you understand where the impulse to do 'bad' is coming from, in every sense of the word, then you can start to deal with it.
- The easiest, fastest, most effective way to tackle your bad middot, and to reduce your levels of fear, anger and stress is to approach the problem holistically, body and soul.
- The soul approach (covered in part 1) is to get G-d involved in the problem ASAP, and to talk to Him every single day. The more we talk to G-d, the more we believe in Him, the safer we feel, the less Triple Warmer feels threatened and goes beserk.
- The body approach (although really, it's all connected) is to talk to Triple Warmer using it's own language, ie energy, to get it to calm down and come off high alert.
So how do we do that? 'Energy Medicine' has a whole bunch of techniques, but I'm going to bring the two fastest and easiest ones here.
Technique one: tap the 'fear' points on the hand
When you tap on the outside of the hand, between the joints of your ring and pinkie finger, you are sending an energy signal to your nervous system that all is well, and that it doesn't have to be scared.
Start tapping when you are actively feeling the fear - ie, the siren is going off, they are making cuts at work, your mother-in-law is coming for two months - and keep going until you feel the fear subside.
You can still think about the 'problem' or issue afterwards - it didn't zap it out of your memory banks - but you've disabled the stress response that makes you over-react or react unhelpfully.
Technique two: the Triple Warmer 'smoothie'
This is working directly on the Triple Warmer Meridan, which goes from the temples, up behind the ears and down both arms to the ring finger (yes, THAT's why you get so many tension headaches…)
Put your fingers on your temples, and take a deep breath in. Exhale, and take your fingers up behind your ears, using some gentle pressure. Trace down behind your ears, down your neck, to your shoulders. Hang your hands on your neck for as long as it feels good, then drop your hands away.
Mentally, it helps to imagine yourself throwing all the worries away, when your hands drop.
The more you do this, the more you'll calm down Triple Warmer, energetically. There is a great deal more to write on the subject, and Bezrat Hashem, we'll come back to it again from a different direction when we talk about neurovasculars.
In the meantime, try these two techniques as much as you can, and feel free to email me if you have any feedback or questions.