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

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