Change of season, change of being. The sun is dipping lower on the horizon in this part of the world and with the change of summer flowing into the fall, our bodies naturally flow and prepare with the tune of nature to become more introspective in preparation for the transition from the summer sun and fiery activity to the winter tranquility and coldness. Autumn becomes the time of in between, a parenthesis filled with warm days and cool evenings, sweet scents of abundant harvests and the earthy smells of the decay regenerating the soil. A season filled with activity of a different nature. In Classical Chinese Medicine, the season of autumn is associated with the lungs and large intestine. It is through the lungs that one connects with the concept of Ch’i. What is Ch’i? Ch’i is the breath of heaven. The ancient Chinese believed that heaven initiated life. Ch’i is energy, an energy underlying life. It is the awareness of this energy that forms the basis of Classical Chinese medicine. It is this basis in partnership with sound vibration and music theory that has evolved Soundtouch therapy. When the flow of Ch’i is disturbed, there can be imbalances in the body leading to dis-ease. This autumn take the time to nurture your Ch’i by bringing awareness to your lungs and large intestine. The lungs receive inspiration, connect with spirit and discover what inspires you. The large intestine allows you to let go the inessential. What is it that you need to let go of in order to act upon your inspirations? Practice breathing. Pay attention to the process of breathing without judging it, just be aware of it. The purpose is to clue into the state of our well-being through the breath. Are we calm? agitated? distracted? focused? Continue this awareness, feeling the rhythmic flow, notice that the heart centre and the mind become steady and more calm. Finding balance in the midst of a transitional season.
The word Chakra is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning "wheel," "circle" and “cycle". It is described by many as a spinning wheel of light. Although many people are familiar with the word Chakra, ancient cultures worldwide have similar conceptions of energy wheels or vortices. The “Circle” is used in a variety of senses, symbolizing the endless rotation of primordial source energy. The chakra therefore is an energy centre, a cosmic self generating and regenerating battery. In the yogic tradition, seven chakras (of the 88,000) are considered the major chakras and are embodied within our physical bodies and are connected to different nerve plexuses within the body. All of the acupuncture points (Energy Release Points) also act as chakras.
Chakras as invisible, rechargeable batteriesChakras have the ability to recharge and regenerate through their spin, and work together through their connection to your centre channel. The centre channel is a shaft of energy that runs vertically from the top of your head to the base of your spine. This energy is both masculine and feminine. Masculine energy spins in a counter-clockwise direction, feminine energy spins in a clockwise direction. When these two energies are in perfect balance, they create the flower of life.
Chakras connect your spiritual bodies to your physical one.Chakras regulate the flow of subtle energy throughout the network that runs through the physical body which in turn influence our physical, emotional and mental states. Their health and integrity are maintained through grounded and balanced lifestyles as well as positive thoughts toward the self and others. Sometimes chakras become blocked because of stress, emotional or physical problems. If the body’s ‘energy system’ can not flow freely it is likely that problems will occur. The consequence of irregular energy flow may result in physical illness and discomfort or a sense of being mentally and emotionally out of balance. Essential oil blends such as those found in our chakra healing mists help activate subtle energy, serving to regenerate and balance the chakra system. For whole body balancing choose Balance Vibrational Healing Mist.
What is self healing? It is generally considered that self healing is a phrase applied to the process of recovery that is motivated, initiated and directed by the self. The value of self healing lies in the ability of the individual to access health giving forces within the body as well as to make choices that lead to wellness and wholeness. It takes inner responsibility and motivation as well as information and knowledge. It takes a willingness to learn and grow. It takes a belief that one has the capacity to be well. The process of self healing can be accelerated with techniques of introspection such as meditation, journaling and art as well as active application of vibrational healing and sound. Through active application of sound, the following effects have been noticed:
- Stress reduction
- Reduction in muscle tension, which usually compliments stress reduction.
- Improved sleep, which allows the body to regenerate.
- Improvements in emotional conditions such as depression, anger or anxiety - leading to feelings of being more centred, grounded and balanced.
- Improvement in mental clarity
Music making, whether it is singing, chanting, dancing, playing an instrument or attending musical events is a powerful transformative energy capable of healing the soul. Scientific research confirms that our body, brain, organs and cells vibrate in measurable frequencies. Music is a healing art. So how does one make music physical? In the search to answer this question, as well as looking at ways to improve bodily health and well being, the fascinating journey into Chinese Medicine became the medium for the application of sound via the acupuncture point system. Hence Soundtouch therapy was born. Acupuncture points are little vortices of energy that when blocked restrict the flow of energy through our physical being. Blocked energy creates disharmony which can lead to disease. It is appropriate to call acupuncture points, Energy Release Points. A Soundtouch therapy session is very experiential. Initial consultation and medical history determine the treatment plan. Specific sound frequencies are then applied to the body on the appropriate Energy Release Points and vibration begins to flow into the meridian pathway allowing the body to relax into a receptive healing state. In this state, healing begins as the whole body system communicates within itself. Sound has the ability to build bridges within our emotional, mental, spiritual and physical body that brings to our conscious selves the awareness necessary to walk the path to wholeness and health. Writing the book Spiritual Portraits of the Energy Release Points, became a natural extension of this healing modality. The purpose of this book is to bring forward the messages of each acupuncture point (Energy Release Point). In Classical Chinese Medicine, the power of healing is drawn not only from unblocking the energy of the point, but also in understanding the spirit of the point found within the name itself. Reading the message consciously connects one to the root of the issue. Isn’t it wonderful to know that our body holds the key to our own ability to become healthy? Spiritual Portraits of the Energy Release Points is a valuable resource for any bookshelf, not just an acupuncturist or for a patient of acupuncture. It can be used as an oracle, with random opening for the message that you need to start your day, or to deal with a problem that you have been wrestling with in your mind. Reading the message can bring balance and help reclaim your centre for a more joy filled life.
January - a great month to start things that are new and inspiring. Whether it is goal setting for a healthier lifestyle, relationship with self and/or with others, career or creativity projects, remember that the driving force behind the success of these goals are your individual passion, motivation, enthusiasm and inspiration. Ask yourself questions that address the concerns that you have and the changes that you think that you can make. Do your goals truly reflect what you want for yourself, or are they reflections of what others expect or want? Once that your goals are identified the next step is to ensure that you keep things in balance. So through the process, how does one stay balanced and in centre? Being centred means having a reference point, a place to come back to when life and emotions and stress push you off balance. Being ‘centred’ is about finding the perfect point of balance. It is from this perfect point of balance that allows us to observe the action around us and stay detached from the chaos of it all. The blend of essential oils in our vibrational healing mists work synergistically with the whole body system to create a space for balance, enhancing the small changes that you are already trying to incorporate in your life. What is it that you do to stay in balance? Regardless of what it is that we observe in our own behaviours and lifestyles, it is usually the little changes that can make the most impact. The little changes become the goal and as we realize our success in being consistent, our resolutions are strengthened from within and much easier to maintain throughout the year. So thought for the day....how do you get in centre? How do you stay in balance? How does this practice help you commit to your goals? The winter months are a time for inner reflection and building the fires of potential that will burst into busy activity of springtime. Now is the time of building inner stores of vital life energy. Explore what brings you joy and connect to your individual vision. It is this vision which will fuel your desire and passion. Then the steps on the path fall more easily. With consistency you can nurture your dreams and you will see that the goals are achieved with seemingly little effort. Vision unfolds exactly as it supposed to in the time that it takes to connect with purpose. The Centred Being
It seems that busy-ness is all around us. Events flowing from one to the next with little room to breathe before the next thing happens. If one thought that summer was busy with outdoor activities, fall and winter provide other types of busy. So how does one cope with the constant demands of everyday life? First of all understand that everything in the universe reflects Divine law and order, our life is not based in chaos or trial and error. Universal laws are the extensions of physical laws that are applied to spiritual laws. Learning about these laws provide us a foundation of self governance so that we can keep in our own personal flow while flowing with the ALL that is. When we are in this flow, we create a sense of centre, harmony, balance and peace. All of the Universal Laws are interrelated and by understanding how they work together we become more conscious of our creation, take responsibility for our lives as well as the pace of life. We flow, we allow, we breathe. So what are some what are some tools to feeling this sense of balance and harmony when we are navigating these Universal laws? The most simple is to follow our breath. To be aware when we inhale and when we exhale. How is the body feeling? Is there tension and constriction? What is the mind doing? Is it chattering, obsessive and noisy? Give the mind something to do, ask it to observe the breath. Then allow the inhale to reach into every part of the body. This creates mindfulness and presence. On the exhale of the breath, allow yourself to release. Release tightness in the musculature. Allow your bones to hold you up instead of working so hard to keep it together. Over a relatively short amount of time, you will notice that you will feel less rushed, more present, more engaged in your activities. You will notice the flow. _The Centred Being