Seriously one of the biggest themes in my sessions right now, The Five Element Theory that is touched on in Chinese Medicine is one of my favourite areas in BodyTalk, it is seriously all-encompassing!
The easiest way to explain the Five Elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood) are that: they are a representation of the frequency of the energetic movement within the body/mind, as well as nature. It's a representation of the microcosm (your internal environment), as well as the macrocosm (your external environment).
Okay maybe that's not clear unless you're a BodyTalker. Basically, there are the frequencies of these elements at all levels, they are a natural flow and cycle, from the breathing cycle, to the life cycle, to the cycle of an idea, or a season. They aren't "things found in the body", they are more a frequency that helps keep cycles in a healthy flow. Too little of something? You could see deficits somewhere in the body/mind complex. Ever heard of too much of a good thing? Too much of any element in the body (or the frequency of) can definitely throw things out of whack.
So... now that we've explained them.. what the heck do I mean when I talk about the Wood Element?
If the Wood Element could have a personality... it would be the shaker. The mover. The changer.
The Wood Element governs the Liver and Gallbladder, as well as their respective meridians. It governs the sense of sight (as well as the eyes themselves), and tears. If you were to compare Wood to a season, it's all about springtime, (what a coinkeedink that I chose to write about this now then!) and what happens in the spring? New growth, changes, blossoms, and the wind; which is the climate that this element is in charge of. Where do you think the term "the winds of change" comes from?
The consciousness of the Wood Element is all about the Soul, the storage of all experiences. Are you SEEing how these are so far all connected? We often say the eyes are the window to the soul! The Wood Element is also in charge of the muscles, the ligaments, and the tendons of the body, as well as the emotion of ANGER. Anger in a healthy amount provokes movement, and in an unhealthy manner provokes explosiveness; so when stimulated by anger, the liver is responsible for the planning, and the gallbladder for execution.
So let me paint you a picture...
An example of this is someone is who is just plans and plans, but never executes. When my Wood Element is out of balance, I often find myself making to-do lists, but never actually going forward. (It wasn't until my Wood Element came up in a session that I actually sat down to write this blog!) It is such an important element to have in balance during those pivotal moments of transformation, shifting from the old to the new.
There really isn't enough room in one blog to talk about this amazing element, but I'll finish with an interesting story. Anger is the emotion right? So when anger is repressed, or not dealt with in a healthy manner, I've talked before about it getting locked up in the connective tissue. But what happens when the emotion is so strong, so repressed, so unhealthy? Have you, or anyone you've known had gallstones? The frequency of energy just builds up, builds up, and forms little stones. Then, what did I say was the unhealthy way? Explosiveness! Boom goes the gallbladder. You can also see this in "Oh man I blew my knee at soccer! or "Oh I tore my muscle!" Explosiveness, people. Deal with your anger.
Interesting stuff hey?
Now that my Wood Element is balanced, I'm off to execute all of those to-do lists of mine!
Until next time,
...It could have to do with the Ear Chakra!
I think one of my favourite little quirks of Scout (I have many...) is that her ears are just way too big for her cute little frame! She's so expressive with them, one is always flopped, and she has these wild little tufts that fly in the wind. Fun little fact, did you know that Scout has a tattoo of a heart in one of her ears? I knew the amazing techs that did her spay really well, and they offered to do a little heart while she was getting her registration tattoo!
Anyway. I'm totally getting sidetracked.
It was actually one of my little furry friends that inspired this blog! I've recently learned more about the other Chakras in our bodies (YES! We have more than just the seven major ones!) and found it interesting that one in particular came up in a session for one of my furry coworkers.
This particular pup that I've been working with has had some, to put it bluntly, issues with listening. She is a rescue pup, and although her mom is one of the most amazing pup trainers, having an unknown past like that does make things more difficult. One of the first things that came up as a priority was... drum roll please... her Ear Chakras!
So, along with the seven major Chakras in our body, we also have twenty-one minor Chakras. Some are little extensions of the major ones (the Chakras in your hands, for example, are an extension of the Heart Chakra!), and some have their own unique, wonderful qualities.
The Chakras that are found in our ears are quite interesting, as they are responsible for the sense of hearing, but also your clairaudient abilities (Clairaudience happens to be my strongest sense- when I'm in session I don't "see" things, I "hear" them!). When your ear Chakras are in balance, they help you perceive messages how they were intended, keep your clairaudient abilities strong, as well as support the physiological function of hearing.
However, in the case for our little furry friend, her Chakras were out of balance, making it difficult for her to hear, cause her to misinterpret information (or selectively hear), and have a poor understanding of what is being said. Having this tapped out took a huge load off her fur-mom as well, knowing that there was a reasonable explanation to the lack of communication with her pup.
From a human perspective, I know you've all heard it. You're in an argument with someone, and it seems like you both hear completely different things. "You said this!" "No I didn't!" and it goes on and on... Sean certainly does NOT know what this is like! (Ha...ha...ha...)
If you feel like your ear Chakras need some love, you can also look in to traits of the Throat Chakra, as the two are connected! (Read more here, I just love her blog!)
Until next time, Happy Hearing!
Okay. Before I say anything. No. The planets do not MAKE you do anything. You can't be a dick and then blame it on Mercury being in retrograde. You are responsible for your own actions.
Okay. Rant over.
So back in the Greek and Roman days, astrologers studied the planets, and their archetypal energies. They believed that those shiny, bright things in the sky were Gods. The planets carry both good qualities, and bad qualities.
In my course over the weekend, we learned all about the planets from an archetypal perspective! Just like anything else, what the planets represent are: a way of picking up information, so that we can use it to our advantage to change. Depending on where the planets fall in your birth chart, and under what Chinese Houses, they can provide a lot of insightful information for you. I am a believer that you can't change your destiny, but you can make the trek a hell of a lot easier by the choices that you make! (That's a story for another day).
In the meantime, I thought it would be cool to write a little bit about the Moon, since I am often intrigued by the qualities that each Full Moon brings every month!
The Moon! The Moon was named after the Goddess Luna, or Selene. With a strong feminine energy, she governs the subconscious femininity of our personalities. She represents fertility, emotions, our mood, and our romantic side. Another aspect of the Moon, is she has a very strong representation of maternal aspects. With the being said, she governs our protective instincts, emotional security, and nourishing behaviour.
The Moon also governs the body parts like female parts: the womb, the breasts, as well as the pituitary gland, the skin, and the stomach. When the moon is working with us, and is in proper balance, it carries properties like: interpretation, protection, balanced feminine energy, healthy emotions, intuition, imagination and healthy fertility. However, if you have any negative attachments, or pathologies associated with the Moon energy, you could find yourself feeling insecure, needy, and have a strong emotional charge to memories.
So what does all of this mean? Depending on what sign your Moon is in, or where the Moon falls in your chart, you may have a harder time with your "Moon properties", or an easier time. The only thing that distinguishes the two, are your emotions around them.
Isn't our world amazing? How wonderful it is to have access to some pretty neat stuff. And like I said at the start, the Moon doesn't make you do anything. It's just another tool to have, to help yourself grow, let go of emotional attachments and belief systems, and learn more about yourself each day!
Just for fun, you can google "free birth charts", and as long as your know the exact time of your birth, you can read up on your Moon properties! According to my birth chart, my Moon falls in to Sagittarius, (not surprisingly as I have a ton of Sag in my chart!). I also have the Moon in my 4th Chinese House (I'll explain Chinese Houses in another post- a story for another day!)
Feel free to share your "Moon traits!" And as always, if you find yourself stuck, or emotionally attached to any aspect of the Moon, give me a shout, and let's chat!
(P.S. Could I say the word Moon any more in one post? Moonmoonmoonmoon...)
When I used to work as a personal trainer, I heard this all the time, "I can't do that, it hurts my knees!". It would get pretty irritating trying to modify exercises, work with the Athletic Therapist, all for no real answers of why this person had knee pain.
I even struggled with it myself! My knees would give me grief doing any form of lunging, especially while wanting to grow a boot-ay, that wasn't exactly fun.
I used to get SO frustrated... why wasn't I getting answers?
I'm young, I'm healthy, I've never done anything that has injured my knee. Why were my knees in so much pain? Sure, I did as much as I could physically. I strengthened my quadriceps, I stretched my hamstrings. I went to physio, chiro, massage. It would help, but only temporarily. It got to the point that the pain was starting to effect my hips, and then my back.
...And queue BodyTalk.
I started working with a practitioner who worked with releasing stuck emotions from the connective tissue. Low and behold, the pain went away! That's what happens! When we don't express our emotions in a healthy manner, the body has no idea what to do with the "emotions molecules" that are floating around. So it sends them away for storage, and usually that's the connective tissue. The connective tissue then gets dense and tight, limiting your range of motion and even triggering a minor inflammatory response!
Interestingly enough, the knees have a funny pattern to them. Often, knee pain represents: an inability to cope with life (do you fear change? Handle your stress well?), excessive or not enough willpower, (do you allow people to walk all over you? Or are you overly stubborn?), flexibility (can you keep an open mind? Or are you rigid in your thinking and beliefs?), and fear.
The kidney meridian, which you may know from some of my previous posts, runs through the knee. It is an essential meridian in Traditional Chinese Medicine, responsible for sexuality and sensuality, as well as your foundations in life, fear, survival, and coping. When your kidney meridian is in balance, you may feel level headed, determined, and rational.
When I was experiencing a chronic, and debilitating pain in both knees, I was also going through a huge transition period in my life. Sure, I was working as a personal trainer, and it did make me happy. However, I was being challenged with my beliefs on spirituality and was constantly finding myself secretly searching for ways to start practicing it. It wasn't until the emotions were addressed, and I truly started to stand my ground when it came to, well, skeptical assholes, that I was able to address my pain.
Wishing you all healthy, happy knees!
Until next time,