Last weeks of Autumn. The multi-colored patchwork of the early fall is now a straggling of gold leaves rattling on bare black branches.
In Chinese Medicine, this is the season of the Metal Element. At the time of Metal, yang energy wanes and the yin ascends. The veil between the worlds grows thin and we feel the night come closer. Nature invites us to slow down, to look within, to reflect on who we are.
It’s paradoxical that at this sacred season of introversion, refinement and rest, our consciousness is being bombarded with a torrent of alarming media fractals, fear-mongering messages and polarizing arguments about who and what will guarantee us safe passage through the challenges of the coming years.
As a collective, we have lost our connection to Tao, to an organizing principle that could actually guide us gracefully through the approaching rapids.
So how do we find our way when the way is lost?
The Taoist wisdom of the Metal Element suggests that we begin with a pause. We begin by remembering that out beyond the fog, beyond the static, beyond the fear, there is the spaciousness of our own breathing …
… and that every single conscious breath we take brings another moment of peace to the planet.
Lung 2 – Cloud Gate – Yun Men
This Metal point opens our lungs and allows us to breathe more freely. On a spirit level, it opens a passageway in the clouds so that our souls can see what is actually needed.
When we dip the needle into this point, the spirit relaxes back into the spaciousness of time and we rediscover our faith in surrender.
The character yun, meaning cloud, is closely related to the ancient character for word, say or speech. A hidden power of this point is its capacity to open the gate of the throat so that we can speak from our truth, so that we can give voice to our authentic nature. Speaking in this way brings clarity, light and inspiration back to our world.
Consider this point when a person has forgotten his or her own preciousness or the preciousness of others. Consider this point when the world has forgotten the preciousness of life itself, the preciousness of each moment.
Through this point, the po soul’s tendency towards turbidity, stuckness and tenacious gripping is lightened, lifted. We remember that the world is wide and the unexpected may at times be miraculous. Clouds part and the gates of inspiration open to reveal a sunlit sky, infinite in its grace.
Essential Oil: Ravensara
This oil clears oppression and also protects strongly against toxic influences at a physical as well as a psycho-spiritual level. It supports the resilience of the immune system. It opens the lungs to the breath and the soul to new possibilities. Ravensara is enlivening and invigorating. It is useful for allergies and bronchitis on a physical level but also for when a person can’t see through the film of their own phlegm, the accumulation of their life thoughts and experiences.
Needling Lung 2 clears away the clouds that block us from our Tao. Moxa to this point warms our spirit. And Ravensara applied here will protect us from toxic influences.
We can offer this point as a gift to our selves and to our patients this week as we continue the work of healing the body, soul and spirit of our planet.
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