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The Ten Most Commonly Used Five-Point PBA Circuits
Stimulating the psycho-bio-acupressure circuits rebalances our energy, allowing for self-treatment of a variety of emotional issues. Each circuit consists of five points, which, with the assistance of the following illustrations, we will learn how to locate on our body.
To stimulate the circuit, apply firm pressure to each of the five points, then, without pausing, apply pressure to each point a second and third time. The pressure should be firm but not painful. The objective is a simultaneous stimulation of the points, so we want the tissues to keep the memory of the pressure. In other words, even after you have stopped pressing on the five points, you (or the person you are treating) should feel the pressure lingering for a few moments. This is crucial: the pressure must be firm enough for the tissues to keep the memory of it. This is how a “printed circuit” is produced, allowing us to activate the desired energies.
Tips for Stimulating the Circuits
- If there’s one acupressure point that you have stopped feeling after you have finished stimulating the circuit, don’t hesitate to reapply pressure to it; you may want to apply pressure a little longer this time.
- Despite the accuracy of the sketches, you may not feel very confident when you begin. Don’t hesitate to feel around for the correct point; the points vary slightly from person to person. Place your thumb or index finger on the spot depicted in the illustration. (Your other fingers are not strong enough to stimulate the points.) While keeping your finger on the spot, apply deeper pressure a bit to the right and then a bit to the left, slightly above and then slightly below. Explore the area until you hit a sensitive zone: this is the point you want. When you have located the correct point, maintain firm, steady pressure for about five seconds.
- If you don’t find the sensitive zone, don’t worry--sensitivity varies from person to person. You can’t go too far wrong; the surface of your finger largely covers the area you want to target.
For readers who are familiar with acupuncture or shiatsu, each point will be given its identification number as indicated in the standard referencing system used by professionals.
Before you begin, remove your watch and any magnetic jewelry and empty your pockets of mobile phones, remotes, and the like, as these objects can interfere with the action of PBA.
Circuit Number 2
Against Negativity and Doubt
Negativity is easy to recognize: it is a state of mind where everything is perceived and experienced as negative and gloomy. Being affected by negativity does not mean being truly depressed, though negativity may well be a sign of depression if it lasts for too long.
Basically, being negative means invariably and exclusively seeing the negative side of events and people; it means feeling antagonized and criticized all the time as well as exasperated by everything around you; it means seeing the empty half of the glass in all things; and it means feeling separated from the rest of the world, which is experienced as hostile.
Systematic doubt is part of negativity: you start your day feeling that nothing is going to work, you have stopped believing in anything, and you have the impression that you are just wasting your time. You are unable to visualize a horizon that could be free from the feeling of separation and loss. You begin to distrust your usual ethical values and the system you used to believe in. If we let doubt invade all aspects of our life, we are obviously in a negative state of mind and possibly on our way to depression.
This circuit is extremely important, as it will be found in practically every protocol we’ll be studying a bit later (these protocols help us manage all the destructive emotions that weaken and destabilize us).
First Point: SP6 L (Left)
On the inside of the left ankle, locate the protuberance (the medial malleolus); proceed along the side of the tibia for about 5 centimeters, then press firmly on the posterior border of the bone; this point is often sensitive.
If you are working on yourself, place the little finger of your right hand exactly on the internal malleolus of your left ankle: the point will be situated just under your index finger. Make sure you press on the posterior border of the tibia and not upon its anterior border.
If you are working on someone else, place yourself on the left side of the patient and put the little finger of your left hand on his malleolus; the point will be right under your index finger.
Second Point: LI4 R (Right)
The second point is located between the first and second metacarpals, on the radial aspect of the middle of the second metacarpal bone, at the highest spot of the muscle when the thumb and index fingers are brought close together. Separate your thumb from your index finger and exert pressure right in the middle.
(Special Point on the Right Foot)
This point is located between the extensor tendons of the third and fourth toes, about 2 centimeters from their base.
Fourth Point: LU7 L (Left)
This point is located 3 centimeters from the most distal skin crease of the wrist, proximal to the styloid of the radius in a depression between the tendons of brachioradialis and abductor pollicis longus. It is located a little above the left wrist crease in the spot where you feel your pulse.
Fifth Point: GV23
This point is located in the depression that corresponds to what remains of the anterior fontanel you had as a baby. Start at the hairline and make sure you follow the axis of the cranium; as soon as you feel the little depression, you know you are there. Look in a mirror to make sure you follow the sagittal line of your head.