May 2013: Earth Your Wood

Earth Your Wood

“The only thing constant in life is change.” This quote was first attributed to Heraclitus, an ancient Greek philosopher, and was later repeated by Francois de La Rochefoucauld, a French philosopher. This phrase has become like a mantra for me in these days of rapid evolutionary change. Some aspect of my life or our business has been in constant flux for the last six months. Each time I think things are settling out, something else changes. Two steps forward, one back. Then repeat. I feel my ground, my earth, destabilizing. I’m constantly bringing myself back to center, and reminding myself to take care of myself. One of my favorite ways is sharing a hug with Mama Earth. Then swoosh, boom…and something else happens. Anyone else having this experience?

Hugging Mama EarthThe Spleen and Stomach systems embody the Earth Element, and relate to changing seasons (and times). The Earth Element supports and nourishes the Wood Element (Liver and Gallbladder systems), and relates to the season of spring and to new growth. When the Earth Element is destabilized or ungrounded, it can destabilize the Wood Element. This makes discerning priorities and embracing new growth more challenging. The Spleen and Stomach Organ Energy Meridian Blends continue to be wonderful allies during this evolutionary process. A few weeks ago Osoberry Flower Essences was remade to better support us during these chaotic times. It is a key essence in the Spleen and Stomach Blends, and is the featured essence for May.

OsoberryOsoberry Flower Essence

Osoberry is a US Pacific Northwest native bush that grows to 18 feet tall in partial to full shade. It is the first harbinger of spring. In February, the lance shaped leaves and hanging white flowers begin to unfurl, providing a display of bright color in the dark brown woods. By May the purple bitter “plums”, a favorite of birds, are ripe. Osoberry bushes have many trunks from 1 inch to 2 inches in diameter. They frequently propagate by branches falling over. The branches root wherever they touch the ground and send up shoots, creating new plants.

On the flower essence level, Osoberry Flower Essence helps you feel rooted in your body during the press of busy days. It helps you to understand how your daily responsibilities integrate with your larger vision and soul purpose, and assists you to set priorities to accomplish what is most important. This may involve letting go of some projects so others may grow. Osoberry Flower Essence encourages self-care to maintain your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing during this process.

As Osoberry Flower Essence says of itself:

I AM insight and integration of my soul purpose with a healthy daily life.

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Earth Element: Transition Between Seasons

Earth is soft, nurturing and fertile. It is the food we eat that nourishes our bodies and souls. It is our muscles, our center and grounding stability physically, emotionally and mentally. As the earth is fertile, so the earth element rules fertility in humans. With a balanced earth element our relationships are warm and nurturing. The color of the earth element is yellow and it relates to transition time between seasons.

People with earth out of balance may have digestive issues, emotional instability and a difficult time being embodied. Excessive energy in the head – repetitive thinking, planning, worrying or obsessing – is a characteristic of earth element imbalance making it challenging to handle day-to-day mundane tasks.

Spleen Flower Essence BlendSpleen Organ Energy Meridian Essence Blend

The spleen/pancreas organ energy system (spleen system) is the yin to the stomach’s yang. It is known as the “source of life” for the other yin organs since it separates the life force energy (chi) from the food the stomach is processing, and sends this chi to the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys. The spleen system itself uses this chi to create blood, circulate it and keep it within the blood vessels. It circulates chi to muscles to keep them strong, and circulates information through out the body supporting memory, concentration and will. The spleen regulates the center; when the center is not stable, excess energy expresses as unproductive repetitive thinking. Since it draws energy up from the body of the Mother Earth, it regulates fertility cycles. The physical spleen/pancreas regulates blood sugar, produces red blood cells and supports the immune system. The spleen meridian is most active from 9am to 11am.

Use Spleen OEM Essence Blend when you have blood sugar regulation issues such as diabetes or hypoglycemia. Obsessive thinking, foggy headedness, poor memory, fatigue, lack of will, feeling deep emptiness, swelling edema, challenged immune system and fertility issues are all symptoms of spleen imbalance. A person with spleen system imbalance often has lots of ideas, but lacks the motivation or groundedness to implement them.

The Spleen OEM Blend works through the energy circuits that surround the physical spleen and the meridian that feeds spiritual energy to it. This blend activates balanced blood sugar regulation, healthy immune responses and fertility. Structurally it supports strong, flexible muscles. Mentally, it calms excessive and obsessive thinking by rerouting that energy back into the body for life energy. Emotionally, it uses this life force energy for motivation and will to put ideas into action. It provides a deep sense of inner home, of living in your body.

For more information about the Spleen Organ Energy Meridian Blend and the drusy quartz, fire agate, Inca jade, malachite, peridot, red jasper and sunstone crystals that energetically charged it, go to the link below.

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Stomach Flower Essence BlendStomach Organ Energy Meridian Essence Blend

Stomach is the yang to spleen’s yin. The stomach system digests food and experiences, provides nourishment, a sense of stability, center and place on Earth. How you were received at birth and nourished by your mother impacts your ability to feel safe and to nourish yourself. A balanced stomach system supports stepping out into the world with centered confidence, creating nourishing relationships, and facing the challenges of life with balanced emotions. The meridian is most active from 7am to 9am.

Use Stomach Organ Energy Meridian (OEM) Essence Blend when you have digestive issues like nausea, reflux, eating disorders or ulcers. It is effective with sinus problems, headaches in the forehead, and TMJ. Works with surface skin issues like minor rashes. Emotionally, the Stomach OEM Blend addresses worry, anxiety, feeling unsafe, ungrounded and codependent relationships.

he Stomach OEM Blend works through the energy circuits that surround the physical stomach and the meridian that feeds spiritual energy to it. It balances your appetite for food and stimulates your appetite for life. It encourages self-nourishment and gracefully receiving abundance. The stomach OEM Blend supports emotional and mental stability, and confidently stepping into the world.

For more information about the Stomach OEM Blend and the drusy quartz, fire agate, Inca jade, malachite, peridot, red jasper and sunstone crystals that energetically charged it, go to the link below.

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During this spring of constant change, take time to review your priorities and nourish yourself. Tend your garden, take a nap on the ground, or meditate. In short…earth your wood!

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