The energy pathway of the Central meridian travels up the front of the body, from the crotch to the lower lip. (When we 'trace' a meridian, we simply trace the flow of the energy pathway with our open hand.)
Central and Governing meridians are often paired together, because unlike the other meridians, they relate to the overall energy and wellbeing of a person, as opposed to a specific organ and / or function in the body.
Chinese Medicine and Energy Medicine uses 'meridian metaphors', to describe the emotional and spiritual functions of each meridian.
The meridian metaphor for the Central meridian is:
- Release and letting go of an idea, emotion, thing, truth, belief etc that has served a purpose in the past, but has now outlived its usefulness; and
- Receiving, taking in and accepting.
Practically, energy medicine works with the Central meridian to help implant a new 'global' belief in a client, as it's connection with the brain makes it the best meridian to use for self-suggestion.
In the energy medicine technique called 'The Zip Up', for example, the client is encouraged to trace the Central meridian with their hand three times, from bottom to top, while repeating a positive belief, or statement.
(When I do the Zip-Up exercise, I usually like to tell myself that 'G-d loves me', or that 'G-d is looking after me.')
Each meridian usually has it's own 'peak time', a two-hour slot when it's flow is particularly strong, or particularly weak. As Central meridian is a 'global' meridian affecting the whole person, it's peak time is generally at night, particularly around midnight.
Indications that the flow in the Central meridian might be out of balance:
- People who do a lot of thinking, or spend a lot of time in their heads;
- Brain fatigue
- Learning difficulties
- Feelings of anxiety and stress
- Feeling very vulnerable, especially in social settings
Simple ways to balance it at home:
- The easiest thing to do is the Zip-Up, where you use the flat of your hand to trace up the meridian three times. Pair it with a positive statement or new belief (as above), to get the maximum bang for your buck.
- You can also massage the neurolymphatic points for the Central meridian to release blocked energy, emotions and toxins. These are located either at the base of the skull, on either side of the top of the spine, or along the seam where your arms meet your shoulders.
(A word of warning: it's probably going to hurt! If it's tender, that's just a sign that the energy is blocked. After a couple of days' massaging these points, the tenderness should start to alleviate, as the energy starts to move and the blockages break up.)
Weird factoid about the Central meridian:
In Eastern martial arts, at the beginning of a bout competitors traditionally 'raised' their own Central meridian, (boosting their self-confidence and feelings of capability and success) by passing their open hand up over their Central meridian; while at the same time, they would use their other hand to 'zip down' the Central meridian of their opponent, to leave them feeling vulnerable and weak.