Updated: Mar 29
This dried up Vine and new Leaf represents a process happening in all of us.
This Vine looked dead all winter (it's a grape vine right outside of our healing center so we see it pretty often). Everything dried up, fell off and died. And then all of sudden a fresh green leaf appears as though out of nowhere!
That's us! Throughout winter we retreat. We withdraw and we go inward. From the outside it looks as though we are inactive, disinterested and lazy. It's not really as it looks. Inside we are nourishing our essence and protecting our very life.
Now all of sudden it's time to go out. It's time to find the sun, to find the green and feel our energy re-born!
According to Chinese tradition each of the seasons correspond to one of the five elements. The elements, also referred to as the five phases are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. The Spring is related to wood energy.
Each Phase or element corresponds to the organs in our body. Spring - Wood is correlated to Gallbladder and Liver. Each organ has a set of points along a meridian of energy. Within the meridians lie acupuncture points or acupoints, which are stimulated by acupuncture, pressure or heat to resolve a clinical problem.
By observing nature we can see these five energies in the world around us and also see how these same energies are reflected within our own bodies and personalities.
The ancient Chinese knew that observing and understanding Nature was one of the ways for us to understand ourselves.
Wood likes to moving forward, a direct assertive energy making no apologies for pushing things out of its way. Wood encompasses anything that grows from the earth; grass, trees, flowers, food etc. No doubt these things are around all year long...so what connect spring especially to wood?
The rate of growth during Spring is accelerated. The greenery of earth blooms, blossoms and grows almost over night.
Disharmony in the Wood element can manifest as depression, indecisiveness, frustration, irritation, anger, joint pain, digestive upset, stiff muscles, migraines, poor vision and more. These symptoms are a result of blockage to the wood energy resulting in qi stagnation. At this point we look back to the tree. The plants around the houses, in the yards all over the forest, they all grow upwards (with the exception of some bonzai which are artificially prevented from reaching their normal size. ). No matter what obstacle, be it a house, your neighbors fence... the plant finds a way through the obstruction and grows upwards.
The acupuncture meridians for wood in the body is associated to the Liver and Gall Bladder.
This is the energy that brings forth new growth, that pushes the new grass through the snow, the new branches out from old wood, produces new leaves. It does this so nature can take in the nourishment it needs to flourish.
During the autumn and winter, the seeds and workings of the plant stay inward, dormant, but not dead. As though the buds are conniving and just waiting to pop out and grow into their full potential, so too our potential blossoms in in the spring.
Spring is the beginning of the season cycle, a time of birth and new beginnings. Spring is also the time of hope; this season bursts forward with optimism, offering change after the quiet, still time of Winter.
These Wood meridians give us the energy... to have new ideas to move forward, to have plans
to make changes to be assertive, to make decisions, to have vision, to have hope for our future.
The job of the Liver and Gall Bladder are to set into motion the plans that have been laid for all the body parts. The liver directs the flow of blood and qi (energy). The Gall Bladder commands the sinews, tendons and joints, so the body can physically do the actions planned by the mind.
Going forward, being decisive, acting on initiative and reaching goals; this is the essence of the wood element as it pertains to us humans.Think of the wood of a tree, it gives nature structure and shape but does not let anything hold it back as it drives forward.
Each seed and sapling is following its own essential part of nature's plan and so are we.
Acupuncture helps the body circumvent the stagnation within to improve the free flow of liver /gall bladder qi. Lifting the blinders from the eyes so that confident decisions can be made and you can follow though on your envisioned plan.
Use these precious spring months to set into motion your plan for your emotional and physical health, Blooming, transforming and growing upwards..
from winter to spring
From the Water Phase to the Wood Phase.
What great big things do you plan on growing in your life?
We can help you do the transition to this new phase...
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