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The stomach meridian runs it energy to the fullest from 7 to 9 AM. That's often when we have breakfast. It is a good time of day to imagine how we want our day to play out. The stomach nourishes the whole bodymind and spirit, much like a mother nourishes her child.

There are twenty-two sets of muscles that make the electrical energy the stomach system needs to function well, and all of them in the neck, shoulders and arms. The function of the stomach and its supportive muscles are linked together. When the stomach is dysfunctional, look to the muscles of the neck/shoulder and arms. When we have neck/shoulder problems, look to the stomach.

Ripening Our Thoughts Ripens our Food

On the physical level our stomach churns our food while secreting four different kinds of hydrochloric acids into the mixture, ripening it before releasing it into the small intestine. By making the food acidic enough, the bile and digestive enzymes become nine times more potent. If the stomach contents are not acidic enough, the small intestine keeps rejecting it back into the stomach. Medically, that's diagnosed as "Gerd," or "acid reflux."

As the stomach releases the mixture into the small intestine at a controlled rate, bile from the gallbladder and digestive enzymes from the pancreas are released so the intestines can digest all the nutrients. If our stomach does not acidify (ripen) the food adequately, the bile from our liver is unable to break down the fats and proteins we ate. Enzymes are similarly ineffective. Digestive problems begin with not ripening our food. 

Ripening our food has a powerful anchoring effect for our body, mind and spirit. The direction associated with our stomach is downward, grounding us to Earth. When our stomach system is strong and healthy, we have a profound sense of balance and equilibrium. We feel safe and loved.

Our stomach, like all our organ systems, exists on all seven dimensions and, through our heart operating system, interfaces with our spirit. In the higher dimensions of our consciousness, food represents our thoughts, feelings, attitudes, principles, values, and beliefs. Food also represents all our relationships, work, religion, politics and our philosophy of life. To our stomach, all that is food.

Neither our stomach nor the rest of our digestive system works efficiently until we think our thoughts through well. That’s the equivalency of chewing our food well. When we become aware that something needs our attention, that’s when we need to think through how it affects all our relationships, our work and all the other important relationships of our life. We also need think about how it affects our values, principles and beliefs, and how that shapes our life. Until we make a habit of actually thinking things through, most of us don’t really know what our values or principles are. 

Persistent or long-standing digestive issues show us that we are weak in this area. Our instincts are so effective at waiting until something happens and then reacting to them that we can become spiritually lazy about thinking our thoughts through. We often try to fast forward through the more mundane aspects of life because we don’t think they are as important as the “big issues.” This distresses our stomach.  

The instant we commit to thinking everything through, all the pressure/inflammation in the stomach meridian releases within a twentieth of a second. Then the pressure in the stomach organ immediately starts to release, similar to how a hydraulic jack lets the car down. Within about twenty seconds, all the stomach pressure is gone. We discover that digestive issues we thought were so permanent simply fade away. Even though I observe organ systems release their stress and come back to normal within 20 to 30 seconds many times daily in my office, it always seems like a miracle.

We have seven senses, not just five. Intuition comes from our kidneys. Imagination comes from our stomach. When we were playing make believe as children, we were actually training ourselves to be CEOs. 

We ripen our plans and dreams by imagining them as if they currently exist. Our spirit, soul and bodymind are completely literal. Clearly visualizing the end result in our imagination makes it real. It shifts the paradigm from, “Oh my gosh, how am I going to get there?” to “I’ve already seen it, so I know I can do this,” or “this is doable.”

Playing in our imagination—as if our goal or dream currently exists—lets every part of our incredible bodymind participate in the manifestation process. The part of our consciousness that resides in our liver immediately starts drawing up plans that make the goal happen in the most effective manner. Our gallbladder's job it to make good discernment about everyone and everything involved. Good discernment allows the liver’s plans to have integrity. 

Our heart provides the unconditional love, warmth and guidance our goal needs to come into fruition. Our heart’ attention brings the whole process into being in the most loving graceful manner.

Our pancreas figures out how to get the sweetness out of it. Our spleen maintains good boundaries, good distribution and helps us to know when is enough as we are imagining the end result.  

Our lungs breathe in the higher truths from the spiritual kingdom. It also breathes in enough life force to make it happen. The large intestine lets go of what no longer serves us to make room for inspiration. 

Our kidneys—our higher mind—develops the vision. Our bladder releases all the negative feelings (by feeling them). When we don't feel our fears, they become monsters that sabotage our dreams. Once the fears are gone, it is easy to maintain the joy or gratitude that attracts our desires to us in record time.

With our whole bodymind participating in the visualization process, manifesting desires is fun and takes a lot less effort. Remember, we create our own unique reality by what we are focusing on—whether it's what we want or what we would never want. Creation is easy when we single-mindedly focus on what we desire.

Moment by moment we heal our stomach and bring it into harmony by focusing our attention toward ripening the life our heart desires and thinking it through. 

Empathy vs Sympathy
Empathy, the action of our stomach means: The ability to understand and share the feelings of another. The core essence of every person is a powerful spiritual being, a Christ in training, a Buddha. We can empathize with a loved one who is going through a difficult time by becoming a “fair witness” to this powerful spiritual beings’ travail.  

Later, when they have triumphed over their trial or tribulation, it’s so good that someone accurately saw them for who they were, a spiritual warrior that stood tall through a difficult experience. In this way, we hold them in the power of their true self. We truly see them. This is empathy.

When you catch yourself being concerned, worried or feeling sorry for a loved one, breathe out strong to interrupt the unconscious pattern. Then go over a check-list of that person’s admirable traits, their strengths. If you find yourself concerned twenty times a day, go over their strengths and assets twenty times a day. Then you really do help them. This is empathy.

“Empathy” does not mean being concerned about them, feeling sorry for them, worrying about them or making excuses for them. That’s sympathy. 

Sympathy is the unconscious default of our brain operating system. Sympathy is defined as: I suffer with. If you think it through from a spiritual perspective: Being concerned about others assumes the other person does not have what it takes; that they are going to screw it up; and that somehow it will fall back on us. Worse, the power of our attention collapses all the possibility and probability waves that do not agree with what we believe. Because we are creators, our assumptions usually makes it so.

When we are concerned or feeling sorry for someone’s trial or tribulation, we are actually ripening their pain in our body, while souring that relationship. But the worst thing about sympathy is: We are not seeing them. We have reduced them to some kind of second-class citizen in our world. This is sympathy.

Empathy actually helps our loved ones. Sympathy is like throwing a blanket of gloom over their already difficult situation. It's like doing voodoo on them. Because most of our civilization is still spiritually asleep, it is assumed that you don't have a heart if you don't feel sorry for people. But that's the way a person thinks when their brain is still in charge.

How “Unfelt” Feelings Affect Your Stomach

From early childhood, we may have stuffed anger, frustration, fear, anxiety, sadness, and any number of difficult feelings into our stomach by sympathizing with others. We also stuff happy positive feelings that we didn’t actually go inside and feel. And they build pressure too. The build-up of unfelt feelings cause myriad symptoms:

  • Thinking you have too much to do and not enough time 

  • Dizziness and nausea. Stomach pressure is the number one cause of dizziness

  • Recurring bouts of anxiety 

  • Migraine headaches. Migraines almost always have a digestive component
  • Wanting to withdraw from life 

  • Long-term depression 

Feeling the good feelings cause them to expand inside us, giving us great fullness of joy and happiness. As good feelings expand they can fill our life to overflowing. We can allow the feeling of peace and contentment to fill up our bodymind, radiate out into our energy field and go out to our people. This can be a good meditation.

Healing Things You can do for your Stomach:

  • When you find yourself dwelling on some issue, ripen it by thinking it through. Reflect on how it fits within your values, principles and beliefs; on how it affects the rest of your relationships.
  • Use your imagination to ripen your dreams and desires as if you were experiencing them here and now. 
  • Breathe out strong from your lower abdomen and sit up straight so you are not compressing the area around your stomach and contributing to its distress. 
  • Feel all feelings or body sensations—positive and negative—as they come up. 

Food as Fuel
Seventy percent of our food needs to be vegetables and fruit, the more organic the better. Fruit and vegetables are alkaline and everything else, like meat, grains and dairy is acidic (exceptions: millet, quinoa and amaranth are high-altitude alkaline grains). 

Eating five to seven servings of vegetables or fruit per day is our greatest insurance against all diseasesA serving is the size of our closed fist. As a general rule, when we observe our meal, three quarters of the plate should be vegetables.

Eating this way makes our blood sugar levels rise slowly then fall slowly, allowing our digestive processes to work efficiently. Stable blood sugar levels allow for stable internal environments. We have more physical, emotional and mental endurance and stamina. Food is fuel.

All the bi-products of metabolism are acids. If we don’t eat enough vegetables and fruit, our blood becomes acidic. Our joints swell up, which is our body’s attempt to reduce the acidity. It is easy to tell if we are too acidic because the swelling makes our first few steps in the morning, or when we have sat for a while to be painful.

Without the modulating effects of alkaline foods (vegetables and fruit), our blood sugar levels rise up to quickly, then crash below acceptable levels between meals. Milled grains are pure sugar. They make our blood sugar skyrocket upward then crash just as fast. 

Initially, we experience elation, big plans, the sky's the limit. But when our blood sugar plunges to the sub-basement level, we crave coffee or some kind of a snack. We experience low-grade depression and all kinds of negative thinking. By mid-morning and mid-afternoon, our low blood sugar levels fall below the ability to handle stressful situations. But because we still have to perform our duties, even though our low-blood sugar does not support our efforts, all our pains descend on us. Currently, this is how most people eat, and how they handle life.

Blood sugar levels equal energy levels. Low-blood sugar equals low energy levels.

Most breakfast foods are way to acidic to support high energy levels. Because of this, I do a blender drink every morning that is mostly powdered vegetables in a good tasting formula. It starts my morning off with an alkaline rush—high energy. Then a salad, soup or a mainly vegetable meal keeps my energy levels stable for a good five hours until I can get home for dinner. When I ate mostly carbs, I felt awful most of the time. Now my energy levels remain stable enough that I can sustain a high energy lifestyle. I love how I feel eating this way.

Also, our bodymind also reacts to every thought, feeling, and belief as if they were food. In essence, they are. Positive thoughts are alkaline. Negative thoughts are acidic. Just as with our food, we need a certain amount of both.

A small amount of fear (from 10 to 30%) is a healthy range. If we have no fear, we might naïvely step in front of a bus, give our Social Security number to a scammer or do any number of things that get us into trouble. The trouble is, most people's fear levels are more in the 70 to 80% range. Fear of death shows up as being shy, not wanting to stand out, not thinking our perspectives matter, not wanting to be pushy, wanting to fit in and other limiting thoughts.

Examples of nurturing (alkaline) thoughts are:

  • I am safe and loved 

  • The universe loves and supports me
  • Life happens for me
  • I have enough time and resources to do what I want to do 

  • I love what I’m doing 

  • I am appreciated 

  • I am respected 

  • My family, friends and life are supportive
  • Life is good

Excerpted from Body Intelligence, A New Paradigm by John L. Mayfield, D.C.

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