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April 2018

The Uterus is like a second Heart.

Women’s Inner Axis

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The Heart Uterus connection

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is an inner axis that aligns the energy of the Heart with that of the Womb. It’s called the Bao Mai or the Heart-Uterus Meridian.

In my experience, it is from this axis or center, that women discover the true power of creative energy:

feeling what you love

and loving what you feel.

Between the energetic centers of chest (Heart) and the pelvis (Uterus or the prostate for men), there is another center responsible for human action. It’s called the Dan Tien and a lot of attention is paid to that point in martial arts, because when your movement comes from there, it’s quite difficult to stop you!

Materializing your objectives through decisive action comes from the belly (the Dan Tien), but when your action is aligned with love and you have a good feeling for what you are doing, or you “follow your gut,” the most likely result is that it will be aligned with your purpose and mission in life. I call this compassionate action, that has a more wholesome, integrated-with-life effect.

We could be talking about a project, a masterly performed task, an object, or having a child, which is the non plus ultra of materialization: where there was nothing, a new life appears.

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For Women and Men

Over a period of more than 2 decades, I have observed many women carrying a disharmony at the Bao Mai that affected many aspects of their lives. Men are more accustomed to dissociate love and sensation in our culture, but for women it’s a lot harder to do without paying a price at an emotional level.

It’s usually involved in reproductive issues including some types of infertility, difficulty to conceive, sexual disorders, inability to connect with the child in pregnancy or after birth, abortions, depression, insensibility, insecurity, low self-esteem, anxiety, repressed creativity, lack of identity, inability to enjoy (in any sense), indecision, lack of purpose or direction in life and recurrent unhealthy choices, amongst other disharmonies. These imbalances can be passed down to the following generations if not looked at and resolved.

It’s from Ayurveda (the traditional medicine of India) that the Heart is energetically associated with love (Fourth Chakra). The pelvis is where the Uterus, prostate, sexual and reproductive organs are and is associated to sensation or feeling, for example pleasure or pain (Second Chakra).

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Harmony between them assures a healthy balance between feeling love and loving what we feel.

Too much loving and no sensations to account for it (Platonic love, for example), or too much sensation without love (sexual addiction, for example), interrupts or distorts the flow.

According to how this interruption of energy flow between the Heart and Uterus manifests itself (not everybody does it in the same way) we can understand the specific qualities of the imbalance. That gives us the key to understand how to bring about the necessary changes for restoring it, in a short time.

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Blood (in TCM blood is an organ and has many functions)also connects the Heart and the Uterus.To picture this, we can see the uterus as a little heart; a cavity made of thick muscle, where blood is received, contained and pumped out every 28 days, instead than in a heartbeat.

The good energetic quality of the Blood regulates the proper functioning of both organs. The nutritive function of Blood also contributes to the balance needed between the Heart and the Uterus, and it is vitally important. If the blood is too dense, the pumping takes more effort and slows down. If too liquid or runny, the heart needs to pump faster to move it around.

*When the uterus organ is physically missing because of hysterectomy, it is interesting to note that it’s energetic functions can be performed by other organs that restore the flow of energy in the Bao Mai meridian.

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How do you discover if your Heart-Uterus meridian is balanced?

Make yourself comfortable and follow this visualization to assess what’s going on with your own Bao Mai connection. (If you are not “visual”, we’ll see later are other ways to do it)

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THE HEART-UTERUS CONNECTION EXERCISE

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Step 1- Feel the space of your chest and your Heart.

Step 2- Feel the space of your pelvis and Uterus/ Prostate

Step 3- Visualize a channel of light between the heart and the uterus. Notice in your picture how is that channel (thin, wide, straight, wavy, dense, light, etc.), what color, what texture, structure and any other quality that comes to mind.

Step 4- Imagine doing the journey from the heart to the womb and as well as paying attention to the image of how the route is, note the feeling or sensations that come up for you.

Step 5- Now visualize the journey from the uterus to the heart and also note the feeling or sensations that come up for you. Is it different than before? You may feel some differences between both journeys.

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If they are more or less equal and sensations are pleasant, your Heart-Uterus meridian is balanced.

If not, let’s look at some options below:

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CAUTION: If at this point you’re wondering if you felt or did not feel anything during the exercise, stop for a moment.
If you got to read everything carefully up to here, YOU ALREADY DID THE EXERCISE!

Perhaps you thought you wouldn’t have the time to do it now, or you were going to leave it for later, when you could close your eyes, be quiet and have a moment for yourself, but the chances are that if you leave it for later, you’ll not make it. Try it now! It only takes a short time and you don’t need to be in any special position or place.
If you did not feel anything, then that is exactly the information that your body is giving you. It’s fine to feel nothing.
Please consider that this is an exploration of subtle factors of your energy system that can reflect important things about how you are standing in the world and how you relate to life. In no way implies a judgment of something that is unchangeable, or that you need to “fix”. It helps you become aware of a state of things; this is the first step for any work you may want to undertake with yourself, but it does not necessarily mean there is a problem, much less a problem at the physical level of the organs.

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INTERPRETATION OF THE FINDINGS

1- If it is more difficult to visualize in the direction of the Heart to the Uterus/ Prostate:

Many times we do not love what we feel; I can love another, but my senses are not activated in the encounter with the loved one, or maybe my feelings reveal or generate a conflict. My heart goes in one direction and my body in another. To judge if what I feel is right or wrong, whether it is beautiful or ugly, immoral, low, unworthy, etc., does not allow me to recognize my feelings as mine. It might mean that I don’t recognize or allow my anger, my sadness, my pleasure, my hope, my joy, my fear or my impulsiveness and I cannot integrate them. Compassion for oneself is a good way to neutralize that judgment and to change this dynamic.

2- If it is more difficult to visualize the direction from Uterus towards the Heart:

Sometimes we do not feel what we love; love is more expansive and subtle than sensations, and it is not always so clear what the Heart tells us. It is the case of the person who feels and enjoys at the level of bodily sensations but fails to rise to the vibration of love, or allow herself to be loved, or love another. What the gut tells us (Second Chakra), sometimes helps to anchor what the Heart tries to tell us and also helps us to integrate love in our feelings and our actions. Feel the love, act from the Heart or materialize the fruit of love in our actions and in our body.

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In this dynamic, the Third Chakra located mid-way between the Heart and the Uterus, also plays a role because it is the great materializer. The demands of working life (where the masculine qualities of women are rewarded), some aspects of our education, the confusion between women and men’s roles, resistance to maturing, harmful messages from the images we see of women in advertising (sexual and body related), traumatic experiences, failures and disappointments of past love experiences are some of the reasons for the disconnection between loving and feeling. In fact, the list is endless, because each person has their own specific reasons.

Healing the relationship between the Heart and the Uterus create a communication channel that not only binds the parts together but it transforms itself into a sort of compass, antenna, or gyroscope that a woman can rely upon. It guides, maintains balance and gives direct, immediate and accurate information of all processes of the body-mind. It is a centralizer of a woman’s power in her inner axis. An axis that connects her also to Earth and to Heaven and from where her loving power can be extended to every action, thing, or state of self she aims to materialize.-

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Should you need to further explore your findings about the Bao Mai, there’s more training available, as well as individualized guidance through a distance healing session with Diego Sanchez.

More information and bookings at info@diego-sanchez.com

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* – Meridian is a channel that conducts energy flows (also called Chi, Qi, Prana, etc., according to different traditions). There are 12 Main Meridians which are called, for example; Stomach, Spleen, Kidney, etc., because somehow they are related to the organs but are capitalized to differentiate them from anatomical organs. In Asian traditions, organs have emotional, mental and spiritual functions, in addition to the physical functions we know in the West.

The Heart-Uterus Meridian is one of the 8 Extraordinary Meridians, apart from the main 12 and in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is known as Bao Mai.

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** Zen Shiatsu is a Japanese bodywork therapy that uses finger pressure on the body surface to stimulate functions at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. It is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine and its theory and practice was extended by Shizuto Masunaga in Japan in the 1970s and was known in the West in the 1980’s.

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Diego Sanchez is an internationally recognized practitioner and instructor of Zen Shiatsu. Besides Zen Shiatsu and his Active Meditations system based on techniques from various traditions, he has helped thousands of people reconnect with their inner selves. He did Zen Shiatsu for open-heart surgery patients at the Integrative Program of Columbia University Hospital in New York City, supported rescue workers and military staff at Ground Zero during 9-11-2001, taught at schools and universities worldwide. He is the father of two daughters and lives in Uruguay where he gives workshops, retreats and individual healing sessions. More information at www.diego-sanchez.com.

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