Time to slow down…

It’s almost mid winter and we should be taking some time out in front of the fire and slowing down.  My Winter post from last year can give you more information on the Water Element and the kidney and bladder meridians.  Nurture yourself with warming winter soups and stews.  Allow yourself to relax and regenerate, don’t keep pushing on when you are tired.  Resting now will enable you to be ready for action in Spring.

 

ESR – Emotional Stress Release

ESR – Self help with kinesiology

This very simple technique is also very powerful and it’s something that you can easily learn to do for yourself and others.  Quite simply, the points in the picture below are gently held, either with the whole hand (easier than exactly locating the points) or with two fingers on each point.

For your own personal use you can hold these points while focusing of any situation that you are finding stressful.  Call the situation to mind, think of how it makes you feel, any colours, smells or sounds associated with the issue.  Remember to breathe while you are holding the points. You could also put an essential oil on your fingertips for greater relaxation.

You could now imagine how you would like the situation to be.  Continue holding the points until you lose focus on the issue.

Now revisit the original stressful situation and see how it feels.  Has it changed?  Has the emotional charge reduced?

I once did ESR for my small niece when she fell off a swing.  I held the points (whole hand over the forehead) and said to her “what happened”, she gave me a blubbery, incoherent answer.  I continued to hold the points saying “what happened” a few times, then she took a deep breath, calmed down and went back to playing.  The stress of the incident had been released.  It is great to use with stressed children.

The points we are working with here are Gall Bladder 14.  This is a neuro vascular point for many muscles in the body, including muscles that relate to the Central, Stomach and Bladder meridians.

 

Further information on Black Eyed Susan

I made this essence with a friend who has sent through more information about its application:

  • Understanding the Root Cause / Heart of a problem and what is needed to attain a desired outcome. Going beyond using positive affirmations to manifest change from within.
  • Seeing clearly what is within ourselves and others – either negative or positive. (For example – seeing beyond an apparent positive or friendly facade).
  • Creativity – the ability to create from deep within

This is similar to my description, but gives further understanding.

Chakra Clearing and Balancing with Life Key Essences

Over the last year I have been developing a chakra clearing and balancing technique for the major and minor chakras.  I work with the chakras that relate to my essences, clearing the front and rear of the chakra and supporting any work with essences, tinctures and colour.  This technique allows for greater groundedness, more connection to spirit and better flow of energy around the body.  It is nurturing and relaxing.

 

I am now offering these sessions to clients.  Please allow 1 1/2 hours for each session – we may not work for that long but I prefer to have ample time to work deeply and slowly.

Nectarine Leaf Essence

I made this essence last September and was reminded of it when I noticed that my nectarine tree was losing it’s leaves.

If anyone has been finding the energy of the last week or so difficult, then I think this essence might be relevant.  I found it very relevant for me.

My message is one of strength – the strength of a unified auric field.  I act as a container for your mind, body and spirit as great change occurs.  I hold you safely within an auric egg that shields and protects you as the world evolves and you prepare to meet it.  Your personal inner transformation needs this strong shield in order to foster your own transition to the new.  It will allow you to grow at your own pace, while the chaos of the outer world is kept at a small distance.  It will enable you to remain true to yourself through turbulence and attack as you give birth to the new you for the new era.

 

 

A New Essence for 2017

On my recent holiday in Queensland some friends and I made a new essence

Black Eyed Susan

The Freedom to Travel Alone

Black Eyed Susan supports you on your individual journey.  It helps you stand strong against outside influences and stops you being swayed by the opinions of others.  The black eye, inside the orange creativity, gives you the ability to express your feminine/inner truth in your own unique way in your own unique time.  Stand tall on your path.

As we move into the energy of 2017 and leave behind the heaviness of 2016 I think we could all benefit from the Black Eyed Susan’s gift.

 

 

 

 

Flower Essence Workshop

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.

Grevillea
plant-drawings
Plant drawing
Bottling up

 

 

 

 

 

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My garden

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.

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Daisy
bendigo-wax
Bendigo wax

 

 

Spring

spring4After 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.