Quince – my new favourite.
Quince – my new favourite.
The apple trees in my garden are blossoming now.
Apple is my favourite blossom.
My first flower essence workshop was held on the weekend. Each participant made their own soul medicine and did a terrific job of tuning into the energy of the plants. I hope to hold more workshops in the future.
With our rainy Spring my garden has been full of weeds.
I did my best to have it looking nice for the workshop,
but there is still a lot to do.
After a time of withdrawal and rest in Winter, we enter Spring – a time of new growth. In Spring, seedlings push up through the earth demonstrating the power of the Wood Element, its Yang energy giving us the vision, drive and initiative to change and grow.
The Wood Element corresponds to the colour green, the taste is sour, the sound is shouting and the emotion is anger. Anger is often seen as a “negative” emotion, but the energy of anger is necessary to bring about change, it forces the Qi to rise, pushing us into activity.
Anger or frustration become a problem when they turn into either depression/apathy or rage, both of these extremes shut down the possibility of finding an alternative way to proceed. Here we may slip into chronic patterns of overactive or underactive Qi. “Balanced Wood, however, usually manifests with the ability to express frustration, assert one’s needs, consider alternative plans, go to higher ends, and not move too strongly towards rage or apathy.” (Hicks, Hicks & Mole, Five Element Acupuncture)
The Liver and Gall Bladder meridians sit in the Wood Element. The Liver produces bile which is then stored and secreted by the Gall Bladder; they are dependent on each other. The Liver has the function of a military leader who excels in strategic planning; the Gall Bladder occupies the position of an important and upright official who excels through his decisions and judgements. (Nei Jing) Any disruption to the flow of the Liver will affect how the Gall Bladder secretes bile. In terms of our activity in the world the Wood Element organs influence our ability to make decisions and will lead us towards either rash decisions or timidity and indecision. As discussed above we need the ability to see alternatives paths of action in order to maintain flexibility.
The archetype of the Wood Element is The Pioneer. “Metamorphosis is the organising principle for the Pioneer…Inexorably drawn to travel roads not yet mapped, she treks wild mountain ridges, explores star-clustered heavens in an astronaut’s suit, launches a business from scratch, or embarks upon research in yet unrecognised fields.” (Beinfield & Korngold, Between Heaven & Earth) The Pioneer reflects the drive inherent in the Wood Element.
Nutrition for the Wood Element includes eating liver and other vitamin A rich foods such as yellow and green vegetables, leafy greens, green pepper, carrots. It is good to reduce or avoid fatty foods and alcohol – things that the liver has to work hard to process.
Spring is a great time for a cleanse. You could drink green smoothies or green soups. Get up and get active again, shift the sluggishness of Winter hibernation and move into an energetic Spring.
There are only a few places left in the workshop so please book soon if you are thinking of attending. And a reminder that the Early Bird special expires at the end of August. It should be a fun day.
When: Sunday 25th September 2016
10am – 4pm
Where: Golden Square
Cost: $130.00 ($110.00 early bird before 31st August)
You will learn how to make a flower essence and create your own remedy to take home.
All materials provided.
Vegetarian Gluten Free lunch
Follow the link to the shop to purchase your place with paypal http://lifekeyessences.com/product/spring-flower-essence-workshop/ or contact me via the contact page for more information or alternative payment methods.
As we enter Winter life slows down and nature rests. Animals go into hibernation and seeds lie dormant, but beneath the surface is hidden activity that will bring renewal in Spring. In Winter, if we live according to the seasons, we should go to bed early and reduce our activity. By slowing down we preserve and conserve our Qi so that it is there when we become active again in Spring.
Winter brings us into the Water Element, the most Yin of all the Elements. This is the realm of the personal and collective unconscious. “It is the primeval ooze out of which form materialises as life. It links our past and future, ancestor and descendant, and is the source of our inherited intelligence.”(Beinfield & Korngold, Between Heaven & Earth) Water is also the most prevalent Element in the human body.
The Water Element corresponds to the colour blue, the taste is salty, the sound is groaning and the emotion is fear. While fear is mostly seen as a negative emotion it’s positive side is the caution and also the motivation that allows our survival. Fear protects us from predators by keeping us aware and our fear of not being able to survive drives us to work and find ways to support ourselves. Out of balance we may suppress our fears or become overly fearful.
The Kidney and Bladder meridians belong to the Water Element. The Kidney meridian holds our essence or Jing, the source of reproduction, development and maturation. Jing enables conception and growth to maturity. It declines as we age. The Kidneys sort fluids into clean and turbid, the clear part is sent upwards to the Lungs, while the impure goes to the Bladder and is excreted.
The archetype for the Water Element is the Philosopher. The Philosopher is on a search for truth and meaning, looking underneath the surface for hidden gems, dispelling ignorance. The Philosopher is able to see what is possible and so may be disappointed with what is. “The Philosopher yearns for meaning that transcends the rudderless meandering of human affairs.”(Beinfield & Korngold, Between Heaven & Earth)
Nutrition for the Water Element includes salty, purple,black and blue foods. Vegies such as kale, mushrooms and seaweed; buckwheat; aduki, black and kidney beans; black sesame seeds, walnuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds; pomegranate, blueberry and mulberry to name a few.
This Winter try to find some time for sitting by the fire, going to bed early and just slowing down a little. This will enable the Qi to be ready for the Spring.