Not only that, you also realise that you can regulate your emotions, your hormones ~ virtually every aspect of your bodily functions ~ because through this knowledge you learn that ENERGY controls the body. So working with it and knowing metaphysically what is happening means you are empowered to do much, if not all, of your own healing.
"Metaphysics" - means 'other than physical' or non- physical. In this context it refers to Qi and how it expresses itself both in the body and in nature.
Here in Australia, Spring is emerging. Flowers are beginning to bud and bloom; new shoots are appearing on Winter trees; birds are beginning their courting. How do all these things know to do this now? What is it that reminds them? Do they have an alarm clock that was set last year to remind them to do it all again? Are they genetically encoded? Well, maybe that's close. With our sciences we have searched for the meanings and have come up with several answers.
However, there is one thing that seems to be overlooked, and that is how human beings are affected by this Energy that awakens the rest of nature. What does it do to us? Do we bud and bloom? The sages of ancient China observed these things and passed on what they learned.
According to Taoist thought, the energy of Spring aligns with the Wood Element [one of the 5 Elemental Archetypes] which expresses through the Liver/Gall Bladder Energy Network within the body. So if your LiverEnergy is out of balance it is not unusual to experience problems with any of it's associated functions during the months of Spring.
So what are
Liver Energy functions?
It is well understood that the liver relates to digestion and that diet has a strong impact on how well the liver can function, however, the liver also stores and filters the blood, making it susceptible to becoming clogged. So it is necessary to cleanse the liver occasionally and Spring is seen as an ideal time to do this. Just as you would do a Spring clean of your home, you can do a Spring clean of your Liver and thus your body.
Some ways you can do this are by increasing the amount of water you drink [try to get in 2 litres/day]; lemon juice in warm water before breakfast; barleygrass or wheatgrass drinks both cleanse and recharge your Liver and your cells; if you are not too weak, convalescing, pregnant or otherwise unwell, you may like to do a short fast or go on a Liver cleansing diet [check with a natural health practitioner or doctor if unsure]; eat lots of green leafy vegetables; drink green tea, or peppermint tea; add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of warm water and drink before sleep, this really helps to cleanse your Liver and keep the Energy moving.
Limit your intake of alcohol, coffee, excessively spicy or fatty foods.
Hot baths with Epsom salts are also good cleansers. Do a dry skin brush first or use a Japanese skin scrub cloth after soaking in the tub for about 10 minutes. Increasing the blood flow to the skin and exfoliating are excellent cleansers and rejuvenators for the whole body!
Liver maintains free-flowing Qi
It is imperative that the LiverEnergy system be able to maintain an unrestrained condition for free-flowing Qi, and once you have cleansed your Liver physically you may need to also get the LiverEnergy mobilised. Exercise is excellent here ~ walking, swimming, jogging, Tai Chi Chuan, Qi Gong, Yoga are all helpful to this end.
However if you find that you are still feeling stuck, sluggish, moody, have headaches, tight shoulders, PMS or are just plain unmotivated to do anything, then I advise seeing a practitioner of Chinese medicine to get help with mobilising your LiverEnergy, as it readily seems to get stuck and thus cause the above problems.
LiverEnergy affects the head, neck, shoulders and all tendons in the body; it controls vision. So tension headaches, some migraines, stiff and tight joints, blurred vision and dizziness can all result from stuck or sluggish LiverEnergy.
Liver is the seat of emotions
Each of the different organs in our Energy Anatomy has an associated emotional expression, for balance and imbalance. However, the LiverEnergy is affected by ALL emotions! And negative ones can cause much damage to LiverEnergy function.
The emotions of an out of balance Liver are primarily anger or depression. There may also be frustration, irritation, moodiness. All these indicate that your LiverEnergy is in need of help. Even if you can identify an external reason to give you permission to be angry or depressed, in this system of Energy Anatomy allowing that emotion to run your life is paramount to creating sickness.
Any of the symptoms mentioned earlier can arise due to emotional stuckness or turmoil and lack of resolution of emotional feelings. Spring is the time of new birth and rebirth. It is a time to let go and move on, so if you have some old emotional trauma, it may be a good time to decide to free it, and yourself at the same time. Your Liver will love you for it!
This Newsletter is not the place to tell you how to deal with your emotions. Only to let you know that you don't have to keep reliving them. If they are negative & destructive or cause you to be destructive to yourself or others, then they will ultimately bring you sickness, because they cause the LiverEnergy to stagnate and fester internally. This is very unhealthy.
Therapy and counseling are both useful and important tools, and there are many others. I do and recommend taking Vipassana Meditation retreats. I find them to be most beneficial in this regard. They are also a good opportunity to do a cleanse.
Liver is the home of the Higher Self
In Taoist Spiritual Anatomy, LiverEnergy aligns with the Crown and Third Eye Chakras. In fact, it is said that the "Liver is the home of the Higher Self". This means that if you want to open to a greater sense of spiritual connectedness, or just simply want to have greater self-awareness, you will be greatly benefited by taking care of your liver and it's associated energetic network.
In other words, healthy, free-flowing Liver Energy allows the inflow of higher vibrational energies, allowing for access to intuitive and psychic realms.
Liver controls vision
Liver controls vision at all levels ~ physically through the eyes and non-physically, through clairvision, or the ability to see the finer levels of vibration. This is the result of LiverEnergy's connection to the Third Eye Chakra.
Again, when your LiverEnergy is healthy and free-flowing, your ability to see clairvointly is heightened.
Green is the colour of LiverEnergy
is the colour vibration that aligns with LiverEnergy. The green of Spring,
of new shoots and leaves. The vibration of this colour balances, cleanses
and regulates LiverEnergy.
Also try visualising or imagining your liver being surrounded and permeated by green light or liquid. This is an ancient Taoist healing visualisation technique.
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For the most part, clinic times during August and September are as per usual:
October Sally will be less available due to a couple of other commitments.
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CHI CHUAN [Supreme Tai Chi Chuan]
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