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According to Dr John Thie, author of Touch for Health,
“The flow of energy through a meridian may be stimulated by using the hands to trace the meridian line in the proper direction on the surface of the body…Using the flat of the hand…, it is only necessary to come within 2 inches of the meridian, either off to the side or even above the skin and over clothing, for it to be effective.”With this technique, each meridian is traced in its normal flow direction from its start point to its end point. As quoted above, you do not have to actually touch the body for this technique to be effective but you can make contact with your body if you wish to do so.
Before starting to trace the meridians, first energise your hands. If you are used to working with energy this can be done by visualisation but if you are not, rub your hands together briskly until you can feel a warm, tingling feeling in the hands and fingers.
The meridians are worked in the following order: central, governing, spleen, heart, small intestine, bladder, kidney, pericardium (circulation), triple burner, gall bladder, liver, lung, and large intestine, finishing off with repeating the spleen, central, and governing. This meridian tracing routine is demonstrated by Donna Eden in the YouTube video below. Donna Eden is a well respected healer and author of many books on energy medicine.
If you are good at visualisation, you can perform this technique by moving your awareness along each meridian with your minds eye instead of physically doing so with your hands. The intention alone is enough to help balance and strengthen the flow of energy around the meridian system.
Once you have got used to where the meridians start and end and the order in which the meridians are traced, this technique can be done quite quickly taking about a minute and is a great way to start the day!