Gateway Initiation Procedure | extra meridians TCM


Intro to the Gateway Initiation Procedure

Five Elements Impression (TCM)

Meridian Clock Representation (TCM)

I already wrote about a procedure called: Gateway Initiation Procedure (GIP).  It was presented to me by Richard Holding. Now, what he brought was nothing new – as one might expect from any idea – for just one thing. Curious? More about that later.

GIP – the way I use it – is performed with acupressure.  This is correcting an indicated state while holding the acupuncture points.

The essence of GIP

First let us explore the essence of this GIP. In Traditional Chinese Medicin ( TCM) we are used to work with 12 meridians presemted in the five elements (fire, water, earth, wood, metal) and the two elements of Tai Chi (yin and yang). All arranged in the well known circle with the five elements on top of that circle (going clockwise presenting the Sheng direction).

There is also another approach to these 12 meridians as in the meridian clock. It is said that at a certain moment of the day for two hours (24/12) a certain meridian is at its peek of activation.

This latter presentation is the basis for GIP. It shows what meridians relate to each other in a way different from the five elements circle. This otherwise linking is key to the success of GIP.

The pure beauty of GIP is that it offers ways to handle various states of disturbance in the meridian system, being …

  • Chronic: Activate defensive Chi
  • Acute: Tonify yin organs
  • Subacute: Inefficient handling of Chi
  • No proper defence

Holding certain points related to these various states on a certain meridian and the related meridian, we UNLOCK the indicated state (chronic, acute, subacute, no defence). Ending the sequence with holding a specific point. Hence the Gateway Initiation Procedure. (That … and a certain way of testing legs and arms. So be it! In fact this is the reason why my muscle testing procedure consists of testing arms, legs and feet!)

As a result of this technique I find myself massaging the calves and Achilles tendon more frequently.

Eight Extra Meridians (TCM) express themselves

The Gateway Initiation Procedure has opened the doors for me to explore the Extra Meridians deeper, because – I found – these are the cause for me massaging the calves and Achilles tendon more frequently.

The Eight Extra Meridians 1) are:

  1. Directing Vessel / Conception Vessel (Ren mai)  <> (5)
  2. Governing Vessel (Du Mai) <> (6)
  3. Penetrating Vessel (Chong Mai) <> (7)
  4. Girdle Vessel (Dai Mai) <> (8)
  5. Yin linking vessel (Yin Wei Mai) <> (1)
  6. Yang linking vessel (Yang Wei Mai) <> (2)
  7. Yin Heel Vessel (Yin Qiao Mai) <> (3)
  8. Yang Heel Vessel (Yang Qiao Mai) <> (4)

It all comes down to the vessels with numbers 5 to 8 – when I am to explain this massaging of the calves and Achilles tendon – and the Xi-cleft points 2). For these points on these meridians reside just there!

Working with muscle testing – as a means for dialogue with the body – I sense the correction with GIP as very powerful. Corrections go fast. Very fast! and strong!

I know I only explained a little bit of GIP, and I hope just enough for you to sense what is possible.

Huib Salomons, Practitioner Specialized Kinesiology . Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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  1. Another exploration into Extra meridians is available in Tensegrity-tensional-integrity-Anatomy-Trains-Myofacial-Meridians
  2. Wiki: Xi-cleft point is the point on the channel where the qi and blood gather and plunge more deeply. These points are indicated in acute situations and for painful conditions.
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Practitioner of Specialized Kinesiology, The Netherlands
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