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REVIEW OF FRANK HERBERT'S DUNE - the book and what has a KIDNEY CLUSTER MASSAGE got to do with it?

Move over book worms (how apt as we are talking about Dune),

here comes the BOOK DRAGON!

click on link to know what I'm talking about .....

Some of you will remember I mentioned that I was re-reading Dune - well, after over 600 pages, here are my PERSONAL thoughts ...

I first read Dune about 50 years ago, in my 20's and romped through; this time round, is it me? is my age? is it my memory? but I found the first 30-40 pages I had to keep reminding myself who was who. I had to persevere to get in through the front door of the book .... that is not Herbert's fault, as his writing is gripping as the story and characters unfold ..... I suspect it's my little grey cells.

However, once I was in through the door, I was off and running and loved it, finding perhaps a bit more depth in it than I did all those years ago.

Perhaps the most famous quote is .....

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

I also like ...

“Survival is the ability to swim in strange water.”


For those unfamiliar with this work .....

"Dune" is the first book in the series of 6, it introduces us to a complex universe dominated by interstellar politics, intricate alliances, and a precious resource known as spice melange.

Set in a distant future where noble houses vie for power under the watchful eye of the Padishah Emperor and the mysterious Bene Gesserit sisterhood (I fancied myself as one of those!), the story centres on young Paul Atreides.

Sent to the desert planet of Arrakis, Paul must navigate treacherous politics and the enigmatic desert-dwelling Fremen while uncovering his own latent abilities and destiny as the Kwisatz Haderach, a prophesied saviour with incredible powers.

As he gains the Fremen's trust and becomes their leader, Paul's journey becomes intertwined with the future of Arrakis and the fate of the universe itself.

"Dune Messiah," the second book (at San Diego airport I bought both books in one binding), continues Paul's story as he struggles to maintain control of a galactic empire rife with political intrigue and rebellion.

Facing the consequences of his rise to power and the weight of prophecy, Paul grapples with the ethical dilemmas of governance, the repercussions of his decisions, and his own internal conflicts.

As his visions of the future grow darker and the forces arrayed against him multiply, Paul must confront the limitations of his abilities and the price of his leadership.

Herbert's exploration of power, religion, and the human condition unfolds through vivid characters and thought-provoking narrative. It has become a classic in it's genre. There are more books, but this little 'book-dragon' is going to take a break from intergalactic politics for something lighter BUT yes, I like it enough to go onto the next book at some time in the future.


I love this genre of Fantasy/SciFi but not all the time, I find I need to connect into other parts of my brain and emotions, so indulge in different authors .... one might say I'm a fickle old crone!!!

Right, I'm now off to watch the two 'new' films that have recently been made. I always prefer my imagination but there is no getting away from the fact that with technology today, visual effects on films now add a whole new dimension. I suspect the fact that Javier Badam plays Stilgar has something to do with the attraction of this Book Dragon to the screen version! Here's a wee taster (not of Javier) ....

Being an energy worker, I often associate a particular energy technique with a book .... I know, bear with me!

Key to Dune is the subject of WATER - or the lack of it. In the ancient 5 Element philosophy Water includes Kidney and Bladder and I'd like to share one of my favourite techniques that is perfect to do when you are in bed, sitting watching TV on your sofa ..... shoes off and relaxed. Do the KCM - Kidney Cluster massage. ...

WHAT YOU NEED: your favourite cream, lotion or essential oil mix. Turn the phone off, find a comfortable, quiet place and five minutes where you can indulge yourself in this KCM. 

Choose your essential oil to match your need. For example, if you've been travelling and could do with some extra 'grounding' use an oil such as Patchouli, Cedarwood, Oak Moss - something that will anchor you to the Earth. Feeling a bit 'down' - use an uplifting citrus mix. Trouble sleeping - Melissa and Lavender. Want something simple? use a good quality, organic, cold pressed Olive Oil from your kitchen cupboard. 

Massage both feet firmly for a couple of minutes .Cover the whole foot and up the ankle. In addition to it feeling good and improving your grounding, you will be activating lots of important acupoints, including: 

Kidney 1 - Wellspring / Bubbling Spring. It's the first point on the entire meridian system, so you want it open and inviting for Yin energy to enter the body from the earth. Surging upwards to cleanse, revitalise and rejuvenate - clearing stagnation. - Imagine the point and open it up in all directions. 

If you are an EEM therapist, this is a point to ensure is open, if Water freezes, nothing is going to move through it and you will compromise the whole flow of the meridian system. 

(Look at all the points you are covering! If you are interested in studying specific points an amazing resource is PETER DEADMAN's manual, either online or paper.   

Kidney 3 - Greater Mountain Stream is a true 'master point': source point for the meridian (i.e. provides a fast track of energy direct to the organ). It's the Water's Earth point it can help contain and stabilise the flow of water as well as stabilise a person when they feel tired or anxious; a definite point to massage if you are busy busy! 

Kidney 4 - Great Bell - junction point. Kidney is married to Bladder in the 5 Element philosophy and this is the point they connect so very useful for bringing harmony to this relationship of Yin Yang. It is the balance of Yin Yang that is an essential foundation of energetic health.

Kidney 5 - Water Spring (Xi-Cleft point) gives a powerful general stimulation + for menstrual issues or when fear and depression has you in their grip.

Kidney 6 - Illuminated Sea -  don't you just love the names of these points! but they are not just pretty names they really do give you a hint of the point's function. In this case the point gives you access to a sea of energy and fluid - a sea should be calm, so when your inner sea is going crazy with panic or fear and getting out of control - this is the point for you.

Kidney 7 - Returning Point (2 cun above the Medial Malleolus). Energy must ebb and flow in a natural rhythm to avoid stagnation or overflow. So this point is perfectly named. This point helps ebb and flow, freedom from rigidity of any kind - it helps you 'go with the flow'.


Kidney 7 Exchange Pledges (on the other side of the Medial Malleolus 2 cun up). It's also called the Junction of Faithfulness and that is one of the things it will support: faith in yourself (or others). Massaging this point will help regain fluidity of attitude - expanding vision and enabling connection with others.

You can explore these points in more detail or simply take my word that my massaging your feet and ankles you will be bringing a whole new harmony to your Water element balance!

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