Susan Brooks on SEL 18

As we continue our review of issue Number 21, Summer 1998, Susan Brooks shares her experience of Safety Energy Lock 18:

Lately, when I’ve wanted to know more about the Safety Energy Locks, rather than open my notes and study, I’ve simply held the area in question and allowed the wisdom within each vital center to surface. With respect to number 18, when my mind is filled with layers of thoughts and I’m unable to sleep, holding the base of my thumb with the other thumb lets the accumulated tensions swirling in my head melt away.

I feel my body relaxing as I imagine Dorothy might have in the poppy field in the Wizard of Oz as she was overcome by a deep, peaceful sleep.

The sequence in Mary’s Self-Help Book II for unlocking 18 has a profound relaxation effect as well. She suggests first holding the 18’s, then the little fingers, and finally the shoulder area with the same side 25.

As someone whose sleep cycles have been disrupted since my baby was born a year and a half ago, I have found the 18 to be a key lock for addressing insomnia, especially in helping to fall asleep after awakening in the middle of the night.

As part of the 17/18/19 trinity, 18 represents the Mind and is responsible for helping sleep disturbances of any kind due to the inability to slow down our thoughts.

18 lives along the circulation pathway of the Diagonal Mediator. Whenever we observe fullness in the thumb pad area, it can indicate a need for Mediator harmonizing, emptying our stuck attitudes which prevent us from feeling rested and happy. Additionally, as the energy pathway for the Lung Function is ending, it travels through the 18 area.

Mary used to talk about 2nd Depth as the “breath” of life, and with 18 as an exhaling helper, it allows our breath to return to its deep and natural rhythm.

On a physical level, 18’s help chest congestion, distortions in the rib cage area, stiffness and tension in the back, and feelings of bloat in the body

I’ve often pondered the symbolic meaning of the 18’s – “body consciousness; functions affecting human personality”. According to Webster’s Dictionary, consciousness means “the knowledge of what is happening around one”. Personality means “personal identity or individuality”. Perhaps then, through the involvement with the Mediator as part of our personal Trinity, the 18’s help us become aware of who we are. Ultimately, then, they harmonize our Main Central which contains the essence of our individuality, allowing each of us to be all we are intended to be in this lifetime.

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Thank you, Susan.

Gassho, Namaste, Blessings


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