## on points, acupoints, cuns, and our working charts – introductory matter

### December 23, 2008

Ok, this has come up a few times and I’m going to try to explain why

our very wonderful image that Crow made and our very informative and frankly invaluable correspondences charts must still be tempered with intuition and “other vision” when it comes to administering (and receiving) points.

The points chauds do NOT map one for one onto acupoints, and the

little red dots you see are NOT “the one true place the point will

always be.” Let’s take an example by way of illustration.

Let’s take a simple one first to get us used to thinking about how

stuff gets measured in acupoints work. Let’s take point 4. Our chart

says Upper Forehead, and our acupoint column says Du 24 at the top of the head on the midline, .5 posterior to the hairline.

This one is pretty damned close to a matchup in an overlay. If you

are new to acupuncture stuff, .5 posterior in this case means half a

cun below the hairline. A cun is a unit of measurement that is

derived from the body of the patient herself. A cun on YOUR body is

considered to be about the width of the bit of your thumb that you

would wear a ring on, or about the distance between the second and

third wrinkle on the inside of your middle finger. My cun is not your

cun and there is no ruler for this, hence (part of) the importance of

“seeing” or “feeling” the points. Acupoints on the human body are

measured by other landmarks on the human body (I’m oversimplifying measurement in acupuncture work a bit, but this is an attempt at a start – if I have stepped in it anywhere please correct me).

But all in all, the little red dot on the chart gives us a darned good

idea of where to start looking for point chaud number 4.

Now let’s take what we have labeled as point 35, which I am picking

because I have twice experienced it as a very important point in the

body of the recipient, a point that seemed to “connect” or “finish” a

circuit and thus something I took note of. Our chart tells us point

35 is the second of 2 points on the left thigh. Our little red dot

suggests we look on the inside of the thigh, some distance below where our leg meets our torso, and probably closer to our genitals than to the front center of our thighs. Our acupunctcure column groups points chauds 35, 36, and 37 together (but not 34! I’ve been meaning to ask Zeitz about this), and gives us the following correspondences:

Bladder 31

Gall Bladder 32

Bladder 37

Stomach 32

Stomach 33

Stomach 34

Six acupressure points on three different meridians. In other words,

these are very different things for an acupuncturist doing work on

you. They are on three different lines of chi in teh body and they

work on three different systems in the body. Needless to say, none of

them are on teh spot that the red dot is in in the picture. The

important thing is that these acupoints seem to *correspond to* the

points chauds in the working papers – and in some cases it might be

useful to think of these correspondences as similar to the

correspondences between tarot cards and perfumes in 777. That they have to do with each other does not mean they are interchangeable.

Now, if you look at an acupuncturist’s model, you will not find ANY of

the above named points in the same spot the dot is in. In fact, some

of them are nowhere near the dot, nor are they actually very close to

the inner left thigh. Stomach 34, for instance, is very close to the

knee – is in fact located by measuring 2 cuns from the edge of the

patella.

And then, of course, there are the points chauds that don’t correspond to an acupressure point at all – like at least four of the genital points.

And to top it all of, points move. Not only are they not in the same

place exactly on every single person, they are also not in precisely

the same spot on every person every time. Sometimes they even wiggle a little while you’re trying to get at them.

Now PLEASE understand I am not dissing anybody’s work, far far from it. The chart we have to work with is a great aid and a great

starting point and has in fact led us to some discoveries that we

might not have come upon yet if it weren’t for these guidelines. But

it’s not dogma, and I encourage everyone to take good notes when they receive points, sketch where the points were given ON YOUR OWN SKETCH rather than just circling the points on the pre-made chart, and see how stuff lines up for you. Every human vehicle is going to be slightly different, and in fact the “sets” or “connections” – ie, what poitns complete a set or plug something in – may even differ from person to person, depending on a number of factors.

So I hereby encourage everybody to make notes about the points they receive in relation to other places on their bodies instead of just

circling dots – if we’re ever going to really grok this system, we’re

going to have to get away from that chart to a certain extent – or at

least be willing to.

And now that I think about it, we really ought to get ourselves an

experienced seer and adminstrator of points and a willing model, and

actually DRAW points on a human being some time for people to see

(those who can’t see the points). If we were to begin somehow getting

a better record of where points are on individual people, where they

are almost always the same and where they are almost always different etc, I think it would be a great benefit to our knowledge base as we continue to work with and theorize this material.

Cheers,

+ Naamah