By Donna Eden ©2007
The body’s energies spin, spiral, curve, twist, crisscross, and weave themselves into patterns of magnificent beauty. I call these crossover energies the Celtic Weave pattern. The equilibrium of this kaleidoscope of colors and shapes is maintained by an energy system known by different names to energy healers throughout the world. In the East, it has been called the “Tibetan Energy Ring.” In yoga tradition, it is represented by two curved lines that cross seven times, symbolically encasing the seven chakras. In the West, it is seen in the caduceus, the intertwined serpents on a staff—also crossing seven times—associated initially with the Greek god Hermes, messenger for the gods, and later used as a symbol in alchemy and then medicine.
The Celtic Weave
I use the term Celtic Weave to describe these crossover energies not only because I have a personal affinity with Celtic healing, but also because the pattern looks to me like the old Celtic drawings of a dynamic, spiraling infinity sign, never beginning and never ending and sometimes forming a triple spiral. Like invisible threads that keep all the energy systems functioning as a single unit, the Celtic Weave networks throughout and around the body in spiraling figure eight patterns. It is a living system, continually weaving new crossovers, ever expanding and contracting. The double helix of DNA is this pattern in microcosm. The left hemisphere’s control of the right side of the body and the right hemisphere’s control of the left side is this pattern writ large.
These crisscrossing energies permeating your body are the “connective tissue” of your energy system. They support it and hold it together. I see figure eights that are as tiny as my eyes can see, and I know they go down all the way to the cellular level, and finally to the DNA. I sometimes call the tiny patterns “Fairy Flows.” I also see figure eight patterns that are larger than the person is tall, permeating the aura that surrounds the body. The Celtic Weave is, in fact, the cloth that weaves all the energies together, expanding beyond the aura and also containing the meridians, chakras, and other energies, tying them together with one another and with the physical body.
The Tibetan Energy Rings:
A special type of figure eight pattern that sits within the Celtic Weave is distinguished by large, pronounced movement with greater luminescence. Where much of the Celtic Weave energy is weaving together other energy systems, this energy seems to follow the body’s physical anatomy. I believe that this is the energy referred to as the Energy Rings, spoken of in ancient healing traditions emerging from Tibet.
When someone is on my table, I may literally see the components of this pattern, and I can watch it form. I see points of light that stay as points of light. I see points of light that spin. And I see points of light that spin and expand into circles of light. As these circles move in space, they are drawn to one another and some of them find and bond with another circle of light. When this happens, the two circles become a figure eight. Some of these figure eights are brighter than others. The brighter ones have greater energy and they grow larger. They will often fix themselves over a part of the body, and you can see the figure eight pattern there, stationary yet within itself full of movement.
When I am working with a client, I will often move my hands along these patterns to support and strengthen them. The most characteristic places of these Tibetan Energy Rings include:
- over the top of the head
- over the face
- from shoulder to opposite hip to other hip and back to opposite shoulder
- from hip to opposite foot to other foot and back to opposite hip
- on the bottom of the feet
- on both the front and the back of a person
The healthier the person, the more figure eight patterns you will see and the brighter they will be. Occasionally, there is variation in the pattern, such as when three or four circles of light have bonded and the energies cross among all of them, resembling a three-leaf or four-leaf clover. While the six areas named above are the places I most frequently see Tibetan Energy Rings, as a person becomes healthier and more integrated in body, mind, and spirit, these rings can appear over any part of the body. The next ones that become pronounced are usually:
- on the sides of the body connecting front to back and back to front
- over the throat
- from hip to opposite knee to other knee to opposite hip
- on the insides of the ankles
- on the outsides of the ankles
Three Differences between the Celtic Weave and the Tibetan Energy Rings
The Celtic Weave is a web of woven energies with many figure eight patterns, large and small, weaving together the body as an energy system. The Tibetan Energy Rings, on the other hand, are patterned around the body’s anatomical structure. Like all the body’s energy systems, the Tibetan Energy Rings sit within the Celtic Weave.
While all the body’s figure eight energies have some light and color, Tibetan Energy Rings, in comparison, form an extraordinary light show.
People can activate and strengthen their own Celtic Weave by tracing small and large figure eights all over their bodies and by moving their bodies in crossover patterns. Strengthening your own Celtic Weave helps hold the habit fields of healthy figure eight patterns. It is breathtaking to me to see how quickly the Celtic Weave responds and allows itself to be woven more tightly and appear fuller and more invigorated. Where the Celtic Weave patterns are fluid and readily influenced, the Tibetan Energy Rings are more fixed in their movement, so the energies of an outside practitioner may at times be required to impact them. When activating the Celtic Weave, you follow your intuition in tracing all kinds of figure eights. When activating the Tibetan Energy Rings, you trace figure eight patterns over the anatomical areas described above.