Self-Healing Points for Body, Mind and Consciousness (Soul)
Self-Healing Points in traditional Yoga and Ayurveda practices are based on Vedic knowledge. Its main focus is on the opening and strengthening of energy channels for healing the body, mind, and consciousness (soul). In this Healing Technique, your Health and happiness is at your finger-tips. This technique is believed to help sustain the flow of energy throughout the body. According to Sushruta Samhita (Classic Text of Ayurvedic Medicine) there are 108 Healing Points in human body including Soul (Atma).
These Points are specific sensitive key junctions on the human body which are essential for its healing. These are areas in the human anatomy where consciousness connects with body and intelligence transforms into matter. Several meridians or Nadis merge within a main or Central Healing Point, the reservoir of energy. Here, life force Prana resides in concentrated form. These Self-Healing Points (hereinafter referred to as Points) elsewhere are also referred to as Acupressure, Marma and Acupuncture Points. For healing by Acupuncture, in the strategic points along the lines of energy, fine needles are inserted in the skin which can hit a nerve sometimes causing pain. There are many additional smaller Healing Points spread in the entire body.
This Healing Technique aim at maintaining or restoring balance in three Doshas which reside in these Points themselves. Any blockage or weakness in flow of energy in Doshas will directly influence the functioning of Healing Points. When in balance there is physical and mental harmony resulting in health and happiness. Stimulation of Healing Points is said to affect everything from the health of your organs to the production of hormones and more. These Points work as junction points, switch-boards or cosmic control panels for our mind, body and consciousness. They minutely and internally affect various organs of our body, brain and conscious. This Technique harnesses the energies in the Points for healing in a simple and natural way, without any side effects, by bringing inner tranquillity and by influencing organs of the body and consciousness.
Inherently, this Healing Technique and Yoga Practice are interrelated and have the same roots. Seven Central Healing Points on which all the Points are based have their seats at the Centres of seven Yoga Chakras respectively. These seven Centres are used for balancing body, mind and consciousness. Yoga Postures provide flexibility and strength to body by connecting with Self (Soul) wherein the Healing Points get enlivened with enough breathing-space. Mudras (Gestures), Meditation and Pranayama strengthen and harmonize Prana and bring energy to these Points and Nadis (Meridians).
Meditation, the 7th Limb of Ashtanga Yoga, effectively charges the Healing Points with Life-force energy Prana for the strength and health of mind and body. Secret Healing-Sound of Mantras used in the Meditation, have a direct calming and healing effect on these Points.
Divine in creation, is addressed by bringing in touch our conscious-Self (Soul) in Yagya-Ceremony, a sacred Prayer in Silence and Meditation, that creates a healing, protecting and balancing influence specifically for the Person and the Activity for which it is performed. It retains and restores harmony between us and the laws of nature in this pious ritual of a priest in front of altar. These Healing Points representing Divine principles of action, a law of nature, Devta Healing-Point, which hitherto were charged with negative emotions, are now healed and restored by Yagya to positive path of progress and peace.
Meditation and Yoga Postures come after 1st and 2nd Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga (eight-limbs union) Yama and Niyama which are about our ways of living. These require peace in thought and action i.e. not harm anyone in anyway, be truthful, not claim other’s goods, excellency in conduct and work without worrying about its fruits with faith in yourself, creation and divinity. Then you are at peace and free from any greed, fear, worry, anger, desires and ego. Now you are ready to attain your righteous aims of life.
Nature, cosmos and humans are treated as ‘ONE’ based on traditional Vedic knowledge and classical Ayurvedic Texts. “Yat pinde tat brahmande and yat brahmande tat pinde” – humans, nature, planets, deities, cosmos and everything in this universe are made of same five universal elements – earth, water, fire, air and space in different forms and proportions equally influenced by environment and cosmic bodies. Accordingly, this Healing Technique and its diagnosis include living environment, social life, external forces of nature and cosmic influence of planets and galaxies. As a great ancient healing secret of Ayurveda, this Self-Healing Technique has potential to detoxify and revitalise the human body by removing the energy-blockings and stimulating the functions of internal organs of the body. It is effective in smooth functioning of our heart, redress headache and tensions, digestion system, eye-sight, spinal problems and many other routine ailments.
Prana, the Life-Force and Healing Energy
Subtle natural healing Prana-energy of fingers and palms is essential for life. It manifests as Pranic-vibration of vital breath and expression of consciousness sharing love and emotions using numerous Healing Points in our hands in daily life. This vital force Prana resides in Healing Points in concentrated form and flows through these channels. Healing Points like the main Sthapani Point work as 3rd eye and power-centre sensing future and share with us the aura of another person like antennae connecting to external world. Healing Points are covered under many areas of subtle treatments like Yoga, Breathing or Pranayama (Prana – the healing energy), Meditation, Yagya, Mudras, wearing of Gemstones, Herbs, Massage. All five senses are linked and act directly to all Healing Points and its response to sound and music (sound and vibrations for creation). Senses are gateway to consciousness and vital in this Self-Healing Technique. Sound and melody are the divine music of nature and subtle basis for human physiology. Gandharva Veda gentle melodies even for 5 to 10 minutes can bring us back the rhythm to the Self by calming and charging the energy of Marmas. Similarly, each Healing Point is like a special instrument with its own sound that plays the symphony of life like vibrations in Hridaya (Heart) Marma create enjoyment and peace.
Hands and Feet
Healing Points in hands and feet represent the Healing-Points of entire body. Centre of palm and sole of the foot represent Heart Points or Talahrdiya (tala means hand and hridaya means heart) and solar plexus. Wrist Point Manibandha coordinates activities of many sub-Points. Small Points along energy lines – lung (thumb), pericardium (middle finger) and heart (little finger) meridians are controlled by wrist Points.
Remarkable correlation of 108 Self-Healing Points
Co-relation of 108 Healing Points and Moon as a satellite of earth is significant. Prana an essential energy of Healing Points and Meridians is remarkably influenced by Moon. Prana is powerfully influenced by the Moon, a satellite of the Earth; and the Earth, a satellite of Sun. Prana is essentially an energy of Healing Points and meridians. Healing-Point as a lake of energy whose tides are influenced by Moon like the sea-tides and the maximum influence is on the deepest points in Centre of Healing Point. At shores Healing Points lake is shallower. With moon’s waxing, there is increase in energy as the lake expands (at Full Moon/ Purnima). With moon’s waning, energy recedes as the lake again shrinks (till the next New Moon/ Amavasya). During start of lunar month each Healing-Point is sequentially charged starting from right feet (left feet for women) rising through the waist to the head at full moon (Purnima). This cosmic circle always goes on.
An Astrological Fact
Moon passes through Constellations in 27 days dividing Ecliptic into 27 Lunar Mansions or Segments known as Nakshatras. It corresponds to 27 Cell Groups in the Brain Stem which are clusters of neurons having a wide range of functions linked to the entire nervous system.
Each of the 27 Nakshatras or Lunar Mansions is divided in 4 time periods or Padas making a total of 108 (27×4) Padas. These 108 padas are equivalent to 108 Healing-Points (107 + 1 Atma or Soul as a Basic Ancient Healing Point) also described in Sushruta and other Classics. Thus, each Healing-Point can be assigned to one pada each.
Self-Healing Technique is based upon principles of Yoga & Ayurveda
‘Self’ or ‘Soul’ as Primary Healing-Point is the overall Ruler that controls the human body through its main Centres – Basti, Hridaya and Sthapani together named as Central Healing-Points which have their seats in the middle of body at the Abdomen, Heart and Head respectively.
The regions of above three Central Healing-Point are principal seats of Ayurvedic concepts of Tri-doshas as bioregulators of five elements namely Vata in lower abdomen, Pitta in solar plexus and heart and Kapha in the head.
i) Basti (pelvic) Healing-Point
A form of instinctive consciousness, seated at Abdomen is the seat of archaic intelligence (Chhandas), connecting us to earthly things in life, has concept of Vata Dosha (Space + Air).
ii) Hridaya Healing-Point
A form of sentient awareness, seated at Heart is the seat of soul where we directly point with our hand “me” and place of emotional intelligence (Devta), has concept of Pitta Dosha (Fire + Water).
iii) Sthapani or Head Healing-Point
A form of individual consciousness, seated at Head is the seat of analytical intelligence or third eye (Rishi), has concept of Kapha Dosha (Earth + Water).
Other four root Healing Points centrally located alongside three Central Healing Points to assist them are:
Guda at the root or pelvis, Nabhi at the navel, Neel & Manya at the neck and Adhipati at the top of the head. Remaining Healing Points are along the channels around these seven Healing Points.
Based on principal energy centres, there are five physiological regions of the body – pelvis, abdomen, heart, neck and head. Each region has its central and peripheral power centres on the arms and legs. These are also the locations and main centres of five pranic energy expressions with their own Central Healing Points:
The seven Central Healing Points are linked to seven Yoga Chakras, seven planets, seven body tissue types or bio-regulaators named Dhatus in Ayurveda and seven layers of aura.
All information present in one Healing Point is also present in every other Healing Point.
All Yogic and Ayurvedic principles are present and function in each Healing Point including – three doshas as bio-regulators, the five elements, seven types of tissue Dhatus or basic structure pattern, three mental characteristics (Tamas, Rajas, Sattav), seven Yoga Chakras, seven planets, metabolic energy fire or Agni, the happiness or nutrient substance Ojas, toxins substance Ama, Consequences of Injury, the Life-Force Prana and seven layers of aura. These help us in classification of Marma and its healing.
The three Ayurveda Dosha as biorelators and their Subdoshas
Vata Dosha:It is primarily associated with nervous system and its nature is lightness like the air and space from which it is created. It is the force that moves, changes and communicates including any type of animation – speaking, thinking, flow of breath, moving of fingers, rhythm of heart, transportation of substances between cells, communication with environment and communication between Healing Points.
In some persons Vata is predominant in Healing Points located in joints. Their job is to coordinate and control motion and orientation in space.
Significant function of Vata is excretion. Subdosha of Vata is Apana or downward movement with main seat in lower abdomen.
Apana in Guda or Root Healing Point regulates elimination of faeces and wind whereas in Basti Healing Point it regulates urination, menstruation, process of giving birth and letting-go mentality realized in lowest energy centres.
It produces energy, heat, transformation and metabolism. Symptoms of persons with Pitta Dosha are purposeful, passionate and emotional fire, energy and dynamism.
Pitta element is fire with a little water. Healing Points with dominant Pitta are responsible for production of metabolism, energy and heat.
They are the seat of emotion like Heart Healing Point and Talahridaya, the heart of hand.
Healing Points ruled by Pitta are responsible for generation of metabolism and the generation of energy and heat.
Subdosha of Pitta: Seated at Heart Healing Point is called Sadhaka or Prana. It also has its seat in the heart of the hand called Talahridaya and in the heart of head called Sthapani. Heart is an area where we experience our feelings and present in all Healing Point due to the role of heart in all Healing Points.
Sthapani is where we worry and speculate. Prana Vata besides being energy and intelligence, is also mental activity or process of thinking.
Kapha Dosha: It is the structures of body and basis of fluid and solid parts of body.
Symptoms of persons with Kapha Dosha are calmness, persistence, uniformity, steady nature, mentally stable and physically heavy and strong. Healing Point with dominant Kapha mainly controls Kapha functions.
Kapha Healing Points provide stability, endurance and maintenance of physical structure.
The five elements as components of a Healing Point
Generally, all five elements are represented in each Point, but depending on nature of type of Healing Point, one or two elements are predominant.
Fire Healing Points warm or heat up. They provide a sensation of warmth or heat during healing, which spreads along the corresponding energy channel.
In Cooling Healing Points water element is predominant.
Where Earth element predominates, it provides stability.
When element of air or space is predominant in a Healing Point, like joint Healing Point, it controls movement due to its sensitive and alert nature.
The seven body tissue types or bioregulators
These are seven basic structures of body called plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, marrow/ nerve and reproductive tissues.
Some Healing Points have more effect on plasma and lymph whereas others on blood, muscle, fat, bone, special reference to brain or reproductive organs and the supporting tissues of the body.
Three Mental qualities Sattva, Rajas and Tamas
These mental characteristics shape human personality with spiritual outlook reflecting purity of mind and heart besides areas for ruling and servicing.
Central Healing Points at Hridaya or Heart, the Forehead or Sthapani and the Supreme ruler Adhipati are of spiritual significance.
Rajas Healing Points Vitapa and Lohitaksha in the areas of groin and pubic bone ignite energize and ignite passions.
Conservative Tamas Healing Points like Amsaphalaka tend to preserve and restrain being of materialistic and insensible nature.
Prana, the Life-Force and Healing Energy
Subtle natural healing Prana-energy of fingers and palms is essential for life.
It manifests as Pranic-vibration of vital breath and expression of consciousness sharing love and emotions using numerous Healing Points in our hands in daily life. This vital force Prana resides in Healing Points in concentrated form and flows through these channels.
Healing Points like the main Sthapani Marma work as 3rd eye and power-centre sensing future and share with us the aura of another person like antennae connecting to external world.
Healing Points are covered under many areas of subtle treatments like Yoga, Breathing or Pranayama (Prana – the healing energy), Meditation, Yagya, Mudras, wearing of Gemstones, Herbs, Massage.
This Self Healing Technique is through five senses and its response to sound and music (sound and vibrations for creation). Sound and melody are the divine music of nature and subtle basis for human physiology.
Similarly, each Healing Point is like a special instrument with its own sound that plays the symphony of life like vibrations in Hridaya (Heart) Healing-Point create enjoyment and peace.
Aura of seven layers
Your aura is the energy field that surrounds your entire body.
Everything has its own aura, and often we can sense the auric field of a person when we pick up their vibes.
One can feel one’s energy field by simply rubbing hands together for about 5 to 10 seconds and then slowly separating them apart.
One’s aura is connected to the seven energy centres of the body or Yoga Chakras and is composed of seven different layers. Each of these layers will vary in depth and size, depending on the person and where they are at in their lives.
In a healthy state, the entire aura can extend several feet and is very bright in color. In an unhealthy or weakened state, the auric field can be small and dull.
The layers of the aura pulsate outwards from the body, with the first layer being closest to the body and the seventh layer being furthest away from the body. Each layer also increases in vibration as it moves outwards, with the seventh layer carrying the highest vibration.
The odd numbered layers tend to be more structured and carry a yang type energy, whereas the even numbered layers are more fluid and carry a yin type energy.
This helps us to achieve balance and harmonises our energy