Recently, my assistant brought an episode of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory to my attention, entitled “The Decoupling Fluctuation.” For those unfamiliar with the show, it chronicles the ups and downs of a group of socially awkward friends and how they interact with the world around them. It’s a very funny program and one of the most popular sitcoms on television. If you haven’t seen it before, I definitely encourage you to check it out — laughter is good for you!
In this particular episode, Sheldon discovers that his neighbour, Penny, is considering breaking up with Leonard, his best friend and roommate. In his own way, Sheldon is deeply troubled by this news, because in a world that is so overwhelming and chaotic to him socially, Leonard and Penny’s relationship is a constant that he can rely on. It creates a state of homeostatic balance that allows him to function better and he understands that if that relationship were to end, life would become uncomfortable and confusing to him. He would be experiencing homeostatic imbalance and he knows that it’s not “right.”
Although Sheldon’s reasons for trying to explain this to Penny are purely selfish, his discomfort at the thought of experiencing homeostatic imbalance is akin to someone with seasonal allergies staying inside all summer because they know if they go outdoors, they will start sneezing and experiencing other unpleasant symptoms. They know they should be able to go outside, that it’s normal for people to be out there enjoying the weather and spending time in the sun, but the discomfort of homeostatic imbalance (e.g. reacting to pollen) prevents them from doing so.
In the body, homeostatic imbalance occurs when there are “blockages” in the bioenergetic pathways, or meridians. These blockages result in the body recognising stressors, like pollens, as harmful — resulting in unwanted symptoms such as sneezing, congestion, or hives. In my practice, I use the BioEnergetic Rebalancing, or BIE, technique to stimulate certain points along the meridian system, allowing the body to return to a state of homeostatic balance and thus alleviating suffering. The technique itself takes about 20-30 minutes to complete, and is completely painless. For more information about how this technique works, please see the BioEnergetic Rebalancing section.
So, to quote Sheldon, “I’m a big fan of homeostasis,” but I’m an even bigger fan of helping you achieve and maintain it!