HTPA Axis in Energy Medicine
In the 1990s, the progressive topic for doctors and holistic MDs was thyroid problems, re-discovering the work of Broda Barnes from the 1930s.
In the early 2000s, the progressive topic for doctors and holistic MDs was more subtle adrenal issues affecting heart; and, adrenals and thyroid affecting each other and heart in ways only now being understood.
In the twenty-teens, the progressive topic is the HPA Axis; and finally, the HTPA Axis. This is a clumsy name for something physical, the glands in our gut and the glands in our head.
This idea is so clumsy, for many clients especially, the elegance of ‘an internal, vertical column of light’ will appeal much more.
Our internal, vertical column of light is an easy way to conceive of our healthy internal integration Top and Bottom, between head-brain and gut-brain.
The more associated, integrated our two lower selves are, the more internal harmony an individual has.
Conversely, the more associated, integrated our two lower selves are, the fewer adrenal and thyroid problems we have.
Q: Why is HTPA Axis worth knowing for Energy Medicine practitioners?
A: It’s the physical level anatomy of our internal, vertical column of light.
Q: Isn’t this going backwards if you can already work productively with invisible energy?
A: No. Best Practices in Energy Medicine are, wherever appropriate and invited by the client, to uncover the unresolved mental-emotional issues disturbing organic function.
HTPA Axis can be used as a handy thumbnail sketch-framework for the range of unresolved mental-emotional disturbances you wish to get at and release to restore healthy physical function.
The recent addition of the Thyroid to the “HPA” makes even more clear medical people are approaching (backing into) what in Energy Medicine we have been addressing for decades as our internal, vertical column of light.
Mental-emotional functions of glands
In no particular order and with notes, from our neck-up we have:
– Hypothalamus, mental-emotional function unclear so far
– Pituitary anterior, mental-emotional function unclear so far
– Pituitary posterior, mental-emotional function unclear so far
– Thyroid – Operates on mental-emotional axis of “woe, is me; nothing for me” (UNDERcharge) and, “All about me, drama queen, all eyes on me” (OVERcharge)
In our gut brain we have:
– Left adrenal – part of Kidney yin. Operates on mental-emotional axis of emptiness concerning self, others, world, God or any combination (UNDERcharge) and feeling embraced, feeling loved, feeling cherished and feeling adored as an wanted newborn can feel (heathy charge)
– Right adrenal – part of Kidney YANG. Operates on mental-emotional range of purpose and appropriate aggression (healthy charge), OVERaggression as OVERcharge, no purpose and deficient aggression as UNDERcharge.
Instrumental music of UNDERcharged adrenals: Cut: “Tierra Azul (Nordlight Remix)” Band: Nordlight Album: A Deep Dive. On Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JHzROIcy0E
The above begins to suggest the unresolved, disturbed mental-emotional states we can check for if a physical-organic problem exists.
Let’s add heart and lungs
To make the HTPA Axis more effective for students of Energy Medicine, let’s include heart and lungs.
I think a general approach here works best. If we ask which disturbed emotion is likely to be held in one or both of heart and lungs, multiple sources since the 1950s suggest: “grief.”
Adding “grief” we have a more complete body-based anatomy of which disturbed emotions might be held where in the body.
Q: Isn’t the above a simplified version of the body-emotion charts from the 1990s, a human outline with one word for each emotions held in each part of the body?
A: No. If you tracked the development of this tool, body-emotion charts, you know they have fallen out of favor and are now little-used. Why? Because assigning one word to each body part, one word for all the emotions one body part can hold onto–over-simplifies.
In a word, it’s “artless.” Worse than “artless” it encourages dogma about which emotion should be associated with which body part. When we argue this, we are back with the Scholastics in the 1200s arguing about how many angels can fit on the head of a pin.
Best Practices in Energy Medicine tells us:
– Each clients can and should be approached as an individual,
– Each client heals somewhat uniquely. It’s necessary, not optional, for practitioners to customize their modality and what they know to the individual before them.
Given the above, the HTPA Axis, with only general indications of which body part holds onto which disturbed emotion–without making this into dogma, is a step forward for self-healers, practitioners and anyone looking for solutions to chronic, stubborn organic disturbances.
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