Lion’s Gate

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The implication of a portal is a doorway that leads to such a journey that if you choose to enter will leave you transformed. ♾

Today in this Lion’s Gate it feels a fitting day to talk about two gate acupuncture patterns. Needled in an infinity loop these point combinations were taught to me as the inner and outer 4 Gates.

The Inner Four Gates

Lung 1 & Liver 14 A looping of the meridian cycle, these points are both Mu points, located over the organs they reflect. When we accept life and swallow the mud pill, that first breath energizes the collarbone, the area of Lung 1. Central Warehouse is an area of reception of life, with each breath we are accepting this life. Liver 14 is the Cycle Gate, the character combines the moon in its phases with a basket. It is here at the bottom of the diaphragm that we learn about ourselves in relation to the cycles of the world we live in as well as our own cycles. The wood element is the great initiator, so with each breath we try again. It seems no mistake that we begin and end with the filling and emptying of the breath.


The Outer Four Gates

A well known and used point combination in the acupuncture world for moving energy. These two points mirror each other anatomically, Large Intestine 4 on the high point of the webbing between the thumb and index finger and Liver 3, just below the bone on the webbing between the big toe and the second toe. Both points are Source points, containing a connection to Source Qi, the Jing we were given from our parents and cosmic essence.

LI 4 Union Valley is the union of Da Qi (the great air of the lungs) and Gu Qi (the Qi of digestion). As a command point it relates to the face and it’s strong energetics of clearing wind heat make it a great point for clearing excess. LI 4 is an outermost level of protection for Yuan Qi.

Liver 3 The Great Penetration moves the Qi of the body. As the external Liver meridian ends at the diaphragm it is applicable for stuck emotional energy, the internal meridian travels to the crown chakra making it equally effective for energy rushing to the head. As an earth point it helps clear dampness and has a strong effect on menstrual or sexual issues.

When you need to move and open the energy and meridians in the whole body, these two points needles in an infinity loop really open people up.