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The Microcosmic Orbit

Some meridians are both organ meridians and extraordinary meridians. Donna Eden calls these the Radiant Circuits. I have chosen to call them by one of their original Traditional Chinese Medicine names - the Extraordinary Channels - as they really are extraordinary.

These channels carry the wisdom of the Energetic Core out through all of the body, into and through the biofield and then out into the greater energetic matrix of the universe. They are the Penetrating and Belt channels, the Yin and Yang Bridge channels, the Yin and Yang Regulator Channels and the Central and Governing Channels.

The most extraordinary attribute of the extraordinary channels are that they can go anywhere. They hold a deep wisdom and radiant consciousness that can carry through all of the aura, the chakras, the energetic core… everywhere. They transcend any one single system.

This article is going to explore the magnificence of the Central and Governing Channels. Central runs from the pubic bone up to the mouth, and it is a yin meridian. The governing meridian runs from the sacrum up the back and over the head to the mouth, and it is a yang meridian.

In reality the energies of the central and governing meridians continue to form one continuous loop, meeting deep inside the lower dantien and also in the back of the throat. Thus, rather than thinking of them as two separate meridians, you can think of them as a beautifully balanced yin yang loop running around your energetic core, holding the energy of the chakras and helping to seal, nourish and protect your whole-body system.

The governing meridian brings energy and vitality into the brain, while the central meridian helps hold the heartfield strong and coherent, allowing you to experience your place within the world in safety and wisdom. One of the unique aspects of the central and governing meridians is that as well as flowing in the direction I described above (central from the pubic bone up the front of the body to the mouth, and governing from the sacrum up the back of the body to the mouth) they actually flow in both directions at once. Such movement along the yin yang channels enhances communication through all of the organs and organ meridian systems.

Even at this point, they seem pretty wonderful don’t they! But this is still only the way they functions at a superficial level.  As extraordinary channels, they also create the heavenly orbit which is also known as the microcosmic orbit. It is through this microcosmic orbit that the energy of the governing and central meridians is carried out from the superficial right through the aura to the auric membrane. It is magnificent to see. When the microcosmic orbit is active everything within the whole-body system is more active and vibrant. It is both a shield of loving protection and a beacon of loving radiance, attracting all that is beneficent.

So, there are a few ways you can easily work with these extraordinary central and governing meridians.

  • Cleansing and tracing the central meridian

  • Trace your governing meridian - start with one hand behind your back on your sacrum, trace up the spine as far as you can reach, before bringing the other hand over one shoulder to meet it (as close as possible, your hands don't need to touch) and tracing the rest of the way over the back of the head, down the front of the face to the top lip.

  • Doing the Zip up regularly

  • Doing the Hook Up regularly

If, when you do the Hook Up video above, holding those places don’t resonate with you then try alternate hook ups shown here. Continue to hold whichever hook up feels best to you while you work with the instructions below.

  • As you inhale, breath up through the body from beneath the feet, up through your abdomen, chest and out through the crown of the head.

  • As you exhale, send the energy of the breath out of the central and governing meridians, visualising breath and light moving from the superficial meridians right out through the aura to the auric membrane.

  • Continue to hold the hook up as you work with several rounds of breath.

  • The more you do this, the more resilience and enlivened your microcosmic orbit will become.

With love,



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