Tuesday, 7 May 2019

happy new year of the earth pig



happy new year everybody, the chinese new year began on february 5th 2019.



It's the year of the 'earth pig' and chinese folk astrology says that people born in this year will show themselves to be honest, reliable, thoughtful, home-loving talkative people, though they easily tire when overdoing things. Beware of the earth pig's manipulative nature, and they can be very self-centred!

master acupuncturists know this year as a 'chi hai' year.

Chi relates to the yin of the Earth element and so in this new year there is a deficiency of organic energy, and the quality of this energy is slow and patient. If you were to look for an example of this kind of organic energy in nature then you need look no further than the turtle.

Hai relates to the symbolic energy of the pig, a creature lazy by nature but prone to bouts of excessive activity.

So, putting these two energetic scenarios together - slow and patient with lazy and intense - results in a relationship that produces a phlegmatic nature that is occasionally punctuated with periods of intense activity.

Alchemically, as all master acupuncturists know, deficient earth energy will produce excess wood energy according to the ke cycle of five element theory, and in so doing strengthens the grasp on physical and conceptual movement, ameliorating the seeds of lethargy and apathy.

So, in this new year, the advice on health, wealth and happiness might well be:


Health

The missing organic energies in this new year are the lung, colon and gall bladder energies. With the Earth element deficient there's an obvious need to strengthen the Metal element as according to the sheng cycle of the five element model 'Earth feeds Metal'. Strengthen the lungs through exercise and perhaps have a colonic irrigation (or at least have a detox diet for a few days every season). Keeping active will also help to stimulate the gall bladder energy (a function of gall bladder energy is to 'gather and nourish the tendons and ligaments').

Physical activity needs to be planned in a 'chi hai' year. It helps in strengthening the missing Metal element and the missing Metal deep energy for the year. The best exercise of all in this year is walking.


Wealth:

So, this is a new year in which the energetic seeds for financial success are being sown.

Whatever the enterprise,provided it is properly planned and managed, there is a greater chance of monetary success in this year than almost any other in the alchemic sixty year cycle!

Excess Wood energy for this year suggests increased growth for the year over previous years.


Gold and silver increase in value whilst land and property values stagnate.


 Happiness:

For master acupuncturists happiness is achieved through harmony, both within and without.

Stimulating the 'four gates' using acupuncture on the eight auspicious days of the new year is
one way to harmonise in any year.


For this new year we can all help to harmonise ourselves by taking on some of the above mentioned characteristics for someone born in an earth pig year.


Then there is an acupuncture point that is 'the gathering point for nourishing tendons and ligaments' and that happens to be a gall bladder energy point, a missing organic energy in this new year. We can all stimulate it by using fingertip pressure at the point:











This acupuncture point - GB-34 - is the celestial stem energy balancing point for an earth pig year.




The Climate in a chi hai year is naturally much wetter than average. 

To begin the year, there will be increased wind and flood events, with a cooler than average beginning to summer. Summer ends warmer than average and the warmth extends into autumn. Winter begins with more extensive flooding, cold slowly increases but this is not a harsh winter. 

The 'chi hai' year brings a degree of stability not experienced for some years, and prepares us for the tumultuous year to come: the year of the metal rat.




HAPPY NEW YEAR






Tuesday, 13 February 2018

happy new year of the earth dog




happy new year everybody, the chinese new year begins on february 16th 2018.





it's the year of the 'earth dog' and chinese folk astrology says that people born in this year will show themselves to be affectionate, generous, communicative, home loving though serious workers, and full of energy. Beware of the earth dog's barking nature, though this is a dog who's bark is worse than it's bite!

master acupuncturists know this year as a 'wu hsiu' year.

Wu relates to the yang of the Fire element and so in this new year there is an excess of organic energy, and the quality of that energy is excitable and demanding. If you were to look for an example of this kind of organic energy in nature then you need look no further than a wildfire.

Hsiu relates to the symbolic energy of the dog. Any dog owner knows that a dog can be very affectionate and loyal if it's needs are met; equally, they soon let you know when they feel neglected.

So, in putting these two energetic scenarios together - excitable and demanding, emotional and needy - results in a relationship that produces a dramatic nature that is steadied through being centred/balanced/grounded.

Alchemically, as all master acupuncturists know, excess fire energy will produce deficient metal energy according to the ke cycle of five element theory, and in so doing weakens the grasp on physical reality and the things of the physical world, only to increase an intensity of being.

So, in this new year, the advice on health, wealth and happiness might well be:


Health

The missing organic energies in this new year are the lung, colon and gall bladder energies. With the Metal element deficient ther's an obvious need to strenghten the lungs through exercise and perhaps have a colonic irrigation (or at least have a detox diet for a few days every season). Keeping active will also help to stimulate the gall bladder energy (a function of gall bladder energy is to 'gather and nourish the tendons and ligaments').

Physical activity needs to be increased in a 'wu hsiu' year. It helps to burn off excess fire energy and it stimulates the Wood element and Wood deep energy, which are both missing in the alchemical chart for this new year.


Wealth:

So, this is a new year in which, to be on the safe side, you need to try and hold on to what you have!

However, it's also a year that tempts one to try one's luck!!

Investing in currencies and mining should be avoided (metal energy is weak throughout the year).

Excess fire energy indicates that communication sectors will do well, especially communication infrastructures.


Happiness:

For master acupuncturists happiness is achieved through harmony, both within and without.

Stimulating the 'four gates' using acupuncture on the eight auspicious days of the new year is
one way to harmonise in any year.
For this new year we can all help to harmonise ourselves by taking on some of the above mentioned characteristics during an earth dog year.
Then there is an acupuncture point that 'harmonises the interior and the exterior' and that happens to be a gall bladder energy point, a missing organic energy in this new year. We can all stimulate it by using fingertip pressure at the point:


Stimulate by rotating clockwise pressure using a fingertip, crystal etc.

The Climate in a wu hsiu year is naturally much hotter than average, especially in the high summer season and throughout the autumn. Famine through crop failure is likely to increase. As will wildfires. 
The best case scenario is a wet spring, a great long summer, virtually no autumn followed by a hard winter.
The worst case scenario is catastrophic fire due to volcanic activity etc.

The 'wu hsiu' year brings an abundance of vibrant, passionate energy that moves forward, with an intensity, the fruits of the previous year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

change and master acupuncture


 

Welcome everybody,

I am currently working at a retreat - www.amchara.com - in the mediterranean, where the strap line is "change for good". 

Retreats are great places for making lifestyle changes, both short term and long term.



Getting away from the habitual, from the everyday routines and responsibilities that shape our lives, is a sure way to begin the process of change, whatever those changes might be. 
Of course, it's not the only way, but more often than not we do need support to make those changes that matter to us.

It's so easy for us to get into 'ruts' in our lives, to accept the status quo or to indulge in the 'comfort zone' that we might have spent a lot of time and energy (not to mention money) in creating for ourselves. But after a while, perhaps even a long while, there comes that niggling feeling that this is not enough. We could be bigger and better, and we know it!

Sometimes we just know that without a break, a change, our lives are in danger of unravelling, whether from exhaustion or being under pressure or simply by not being selfish enough. And a holiday is not the answer, it wont do it for us, something more radical is needed!

At the retreat this help is straightforward. Our guests have already made the decision to change.

Being primarily a detox retreat, master acupuncture supports the cleansing process by firstly offering the 'four gates' treatment. This treatment works on tonifying the large intestine and sending energy down to encourage toxin elimination. It also tonifies the liver, which has to work hard in the first few days of detoxification. Together, needling these four acupuncture points increases yang energy  and in so doing reduces the pain of change!

Secondly, master acupuncture treats any health issues that our guests may be experiencing. These may be as a result of the detoxification process e.g. there are two acupuncture points that when combined together reduce the cravings from giving up comfort eating; there is an acupuncture point for increasing willpower, lessening the agony of change; there are acupuncture points for increasing energy levels should lethargy set in, etc. Quite often guests will bring with them other health issues, ranging from pain conditions such as knee pain to more systemic problems e.g. high blood pressure, asthma, etc. Master acupuncture can help by initiating treatments that focus on such conditions that can then be continued to be resolved on returning home.

Thirdly, master acupuncture offers balancing treatments, balancing the five elements as a preventative measure when it comes to maintaining a healthy and harmonious body/mind/soul. According to oriental medicine, dis-ease and disharmony result by increased degrees of imbalance. The master acupuncturist is able to work out everyones five element imbalances from birth and is able to restore a degree of balance, thereby promoting health and harmony.

Here at amchara the emphasis is on detoxification and weight loss. However, whatever your situation, when it comes to making changes, master acupuncture can help.

Master acupuncturists know that the organic energy responsible for determining what's good for you and what's not good for you is the small intestine energy. Often people will unconsciously tune into their small intestine energy when mulling over whether to go ahead with a particular action or choice! The last point on the small intestine energy meridian is SI-19, with the name 'listen to your heart'. It is found on the face, just in front of the ear. See how many people rub this area up and down with their forefinger when contemplating something put to them. 

The small intestine, in oriental medicine, is intimately connected with the heart energy (indeed it is referred to as the yang of the heart). Using the point SI-7, with the name 'gate to the heart', is a powerful tool for the master acupuncturist, promoting a deep change in the personality that encourages 'change for good'.

A course of acupuncture treatment can make the all the difference between succeeding or failing in your heartfelt desire to ring the changes for your own health & harmony.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

happy new year of the wood goat








happy new year everybody, the chinese new year begins on february 19th 2015.

actually, master acupuncturists know that there are 3 chinese new years every year!

the first is on january 20th 2015, and is known as the celestial new years day. it always falls on the 20th or 21st january every year, when the constellation of aquarius is at 15 degrees to the earth.

the second, known as the terrestrial new years day, always falls on february 5th. this is the first day of spring according to the cycle of the four seasons.

the third, known as the human new years day, is the one we all hear about, falling on the second new moon after the winter solstice. this is the one that affects each of us as individuals and all of us as a race.

so, in a nutshell, there is a new years day in heaven (the celestial sphere); on earth (the terrestrial sphere); and in man (the human sphere).

what all three new years have in common is the same vibrational quality and quantity, determined by the cycles of life. the cycles of life repeat every 60 years (a sexagenary cycle) and they are the basis for master acupuncture practice.

so, let's have a look at the vibrational quality and quantity associated with the year of the wood goat. by doing this we can gain an insight into what to expect over the coming year, and how we might be affected!


the chinese name for a wood goat year is 'yi wei'. yi relates to the yin of wood and so in this new year there is a deficiency of organic energy, and the quality of this organic energy is calm and flowing. if you were to look for an example of this kind of organic energy you would do no better than to observe the flow of river currents. the flowing strength of the river symbolises the energy of yi in nature. wei relates to the symbolic energy of the goat. now any goatherder knows the tawny strength of the goat, able to climb surefootedly in hostile terrain, able to digest anything edible, calm by nature until provoked!

so, in putting these two energetic scenarios together - calm, powerful, flowing energy and strong, nourishing energy - results in a relationship that produces a calm, pleasantly enjoyable and benign strength of nature, with the odd flare up from time to time!

a closer look at the deficient energy of 'yi' shows that, in the cycles of life, it is trapped within a ring of metal energy.

alchemically, as all master acupuncturists know, deficient metal energy allows fire energy to increase along the five element reverse ke cycle, and in so doing creates energetic heat and the occasional flare up.

if this is the energetic nature of the host 'yi wei', the wood goat year, then we as guests would do well to harmonise with our host. as each of us has our own unique enegetic nature (our personal energy signature) this action can be easier for some than others! if you don't know whether you're a water dragon or an earth dog etc. then follow the link and simply key in your date of birth www.birthdayoils.com and find out.

it can all be worked out i.e. the relationship you already have with the new year, energetically speaking. and as we know (it's a universal law) energy creates, controls and sustains our forms i.e. our body/mind/soul/spirit forms. all this knowledge creates a possibility for master acupuncturists to harmonise the guest and the host, throughout their time together, by practicing the four 'change of season' treatments. you can access this treatment protocol at www.masteracupuncture.co.uk

medically speaking, in this new wood goat year, the missing organic energies of the water element mean that the kidneys and the bladder are at greater risk during this year. this is especially so for the kidneys in the autumn i.e. the metal season in a deficient metal year. so, hydration is going to be particularily important then, and to a lesser extent throughout the whole year.

the climate in a 'yi wei' year is naturally drier than usual, summer being hotter than usual with the occasional heatwave. volcanic activity increases whilst earthquake activity decreases, however those earthquakes that do happen are likely major events.


The 'yi wei' year brings a welcome relief from the turbulent 'chia wu' year just past.


HAPPY NEW YEAR



Sunday, 26 January 2014

happy new year of the wood horse

happy new year everybody

the chinese new year begins on january 31st 2014. actually, master acupuncturists know that there are 3 chinese new years for every lunar calendar year!

the first is today, january 20th 2014, and is known as the celestial new years day. it always falls on the 20th or 21st january every year, when the constellation of aquarius is at 15 degrees to the earth.

the second, known as the terrestrial new years day, always falls on february 5th, the first day of spring according to the cycle of the four seasons.

the third, known as the human new years day, is the one we all hear about, falling on the second new moon after the winter solstice. this is the one that affects each of us as individuals and all of us as a race.

so, in a nutshell, there is a new years day in heaven (the celestial sphere); on earth (the terrestrial sphere); and in man (the human sphere).

what all three new years have in common is the same vibrational quality and quantity, determined by the cycles of life. the cycles of life repeat every 60 years (a sexagenary cycle) and they are the basis for master acupuncture practice.

so, let's have a look at the vibrational quality and quantity associated with the year of the wood horse. by doing this we can gain an insight into what to expect over the coming year, and how we might be affected!

the chinese name for a wood horse year is 'chia wu'. chia relates to the yang of wood and so in this new year there is an excess of organic energy, and the quality of this organic energy is exuberant and forceful. if you were to look for an example of this kind of organic energy you would do no better than to observe the crashing of waves upon the shore. that tube that surfers are forever searching to ride through is the energy of chia in nature. wu relates to the symbolic energy of the horse. now any horserider knows how spirited a horse can be. this is a very sensitive animal, so peaceful at rest and yet highly spirited when cajoled. we have to tame them, break them in, before they will do our bidding.

so, putting these two energetic scenarios together might seem like a recipe for a disastrous relationship - the forceful nature and the wild at heart nature - that could only produce mayhem and danger. fortunately though,
there is a saving grace to a 'chia wu' year and that is to be found by having a closer look at the excess organic energy of chia. in the cycles of life it is organised, contained indeed, within a field of earth energy.

alchemically, as all master acupuncturists know, earth energy destroys wood energy along the five element reverse ke cycle, gentling and slowing the flying horse, who gallops with the wind at his back. to be sure, the wood horse year is still a year of moving forward with pace and can we keep up, can we surf the wave, be at one with the flying horse?

if this is the nature of the host, the wood horse year, then we as guests would do well to harmonise with our host. as each of us has our own unique enegetic nature (our personal energy signature) this action can be easier for some than others! if you don't know whether you're a water dragon or an earth dog etc. then follow the link and simply key in your date of birth www.birthdayoils.com and find out.

it can all be worked out i.e. the relationship you already have with the new year, energetically speaking. and as we know (it's a universal law) energy creates, controls and sustains our forms i.e. our body/mind/soul/spirit forms. all this knowledge creates a possibility for master acupuncturists to harmonise the guest and the host, throughout their time together, by practicing the four 'change of season' treatments. you can access this treatment protocol at www.masteracupuncture.co.uk

medically speaking, in this new wood horse year, the missing organic energies of the metal element mean that the lungs and the colon are at greater risk during this year. this is especially so for the lungs at the beginning of the year i.e. february. so, be aerobic and keep thos lungs warm and dry to prevent illness. and then catch up with that flying horse!

HAPPY NEW YEAR





Thursday, 21 November 2013

destiny becomes you







are you on a path, a trip with a destination, or are you travelling through life meeting whatever comes your way, wherever you may be, with whatever comes to hand? in other words, how much of your life seems to be down to you and how much seems to be random?

the chinese view on this matter gives us an alternative to Shakespeare's famous line on our lives, "all the world's a stage, ours is not to reason why, ours is just to do and die". if Shakespeare had been chinese that famous line would have read "all the world's a movie, we are it's star, acting out who we are".

for the chinese, this analogy with life being a movie starts before we were born. apparently, we helped to script the storyline and create the scenes that go to make up our own personal life movie before we were born. why? for the chance to become 'bigger & better'!

and because, basically, you are the star and co-director of your own life movie, what you choose to think and say and do either increases or decreases your chances of living a life that,  a) has a positive meaning to it and b) has a happy ending to it!


the royal families of ancient china - kings and emperors and their kin - mainly used acupuncture as a way to achieve their destiny. back then the understanding was that the four dimensions of life were represented in us i.e. as the body/mind/spirit/soul aspects of a human, according to the principle of macrocosm/microcosm ('as above/so below'). these four aspects of living were named 'the four pillars of destiny'. the nature of each pillar of destiny could be discovered by examining the quality and quantity of organic energy composing it. adjustments could then be made, using acupuncture techniques, which would allow the opportunity for one's destiny to be realised.


when you go to see a master acupuncturist he/she will be able to see your four pillars of destiny. they will resemble a four dimensional holographic chess board, the chess pieces being the organic energies for each level of being. the base, foundational pillar is known as the constitutional pillar that rules the body. it will show, upon analysis, the strengths & weaknesses of the physical body. balancing this pillar leads to a healthier constitution and more likelihood of being around for those climatic scenes when destiny is realised! similarly with the other three pillars - the mental pillar that rules thinking...the spiritual pillar that rules consciousness...and the soul pillar that rules personalty...energy balancing adjustments lead to an increase in the potential for health & harmony and ultimately, of course, for realising one's destiny. when it comes to balance, well we are all born out of balance. it is the price we pay for being individuals, separate from the one yet united by the one!


 or, as that master of poetry and philosophy, Goethe, put it:

"when you to the world were born, the sun stood still, greeting every star, 
and ever since you have striven to grow by the laws that rule who you are.
and in all of time no power can undo the living form that life created of you."

each of the four pillars of energy created at the moment of your birth are set to determine 
your physical, mental, spirit and soul make up and also determine how you will grow as an individual.

the master acupuncturist can use this knowledge to make sense of your past history, 
discover how you are doing on your path to mastering your destiny, and help you to achieve this ultimate goal. 

if the role of the shaman is to assist in mastering destiny then all master acupuncturists are shamans!


visit www.masteracupuncture.co.uk to realise your destiny

may we all become what we came to do...may we all become our destiny!























Saturday, 9 November 2013

mastering meditation for health & harmony


meditation is a proven method for 'growing younger and living longer'. the press often highlight (e.g. daily express  Sept. 17th 2013) the beneficial effects of meditation. my last blog  mentioned how most ill health is created from the stress that leads to distress, disharmony and then on to dis-ease. so, wouldn't it be wise to put a little meditation into our lives, a bit of back up to all the other ways we try to relieve the twists and turns of modern living? i know what you're thinking..."i don't have the time/patience/inclination...to sit around doing nothing" and that's fair comment. but what if you could meditate anytime, anywhere, without having to put precious time and beliefs on hold? that's what the rest of this blog is about. 

i have been privileged to have been taught meditation by many masters over the past 30 years, and there are two key meditation techniques that they all use, and that can be practiced anytime, anywhere! 

'place the tip of the tonge to the roof of the mouth' 

this is the most simple meditation technique there is, and paradoxically, the most profound! why, because it shuts up the internal dialogue (to an extent!) that prevents a peaceful mind.

this is how it goes: stick your tongue straight out of your mouth so that the tip is pointed...then retract your tongue back into your mouth, placing the pointed tip as far back as possible 
to the roof of the mouth...close the mouth and focus on the sensation at the tip of the tongue...
continue to keep the tip of the tongue touching the roof of the mouth...what do you notice?..
can you keep the tip of the tongue gently touching the roof of the mouth or does pressure build up 
against the roof of the mouth?..does the tongue become rigid, even 'poker' rigid?..
does the root of the tongue become sore or tired?..in other words, maintain awareness 
of the meditation practice by observing the sensation of the tip of the tongue to the roof of the mouth...
the tongue is a muscle, so use the thoughtform "soften, relax, release tension" whilst in this practice. 

how simple is that?

so, if that is the practice, what is going on and why do it?

well, the master acupuncturist knows that every sensory organ is connected to a specific visceral organ. 
in the case of the tongue, the connection is to the heart (the nose/lung; the eyes/liver; the ears/kidneys; the skin/spleen). 
each of the visceral organs are connected to a specific energy. in the case of the heart it is the fire elemental energy. 
by touching the tip of the tongue, and by correspondence the tip of the shen/spirit, upwards towards the seat of consciousness, 
a bridge is established between the lower consciousness and the higher consciousness, between the mental plane and the spiritual plane. 
meditation is about going beyond the mental universe and meeting up with the conscious universe. 
going beyond the mind (which is where all our issues lay), going beyond the pursuit of happiness to a state of bliss.

touching the tip of the tongue to the roof of the mouth creates another bridge, an energy bridge in the main orbit of energy 
that fuels all the living processes in us. this energy orbit is known as the 'microcosmic orbit'


                                    

the master acupuncturist recognises this orbit as being composed of the two main energy meridians of a person - 
the Ren Mai (Sea of Yin) and the Du Mai (Sea of Yang). improving the smooth flow of energy between these polarised 
energy meridians results in a healthier, harmonised organism. bridging the gap in the energy orbit by placing the tip of the tongue 
to the roof of the mouth is probably the easiest and most efficient act that anyone could do in order to increase their health and happiness! 

it doesn't take much practice of this key meditation technique to find that the mouth begins to fill with a sweet fluid. 
we call this saliva, the yogis call it the sweet nectar of the soul, and master acupuncturists call this a 'pure fluid' (as opposed to the 'impure fluids' of the body such as urine). 
so, this is a good sign, a sign that the practice is going well.

the other automatic change that becomes very noticeable after a little practice is the rhythm of the breath...
it begins to slow down, becomes long and deep, and after reaching just 8  breaths per minute, this slowing in internal resonance has an effect on the glandular system, most noticeably stimulating  pituitary gland secretion...after reaching just 4 breaths per minute pineal glandular function is affected.  

this leads us nicely on to the second key meditation technique ...

'the breath itself!'

there are many schools of meditation, and when it comes to breathing there are a multitude 
of different breathing techniques that are recommended. but they are all unanimous in one respect...
they all emphasis how important it is to become aware of breathing!
breathing is something that is 'not of the mind' (we breathe when we are unconcious etc). 
like the tip of the tongue to the roof of the mouth, it acts as a bridge; 
between the material and energy dimensions, between the lower self and the higher self, between the mind and the spirit.
if all stress is 'of the mind' and is the major player in causing ill health, then being able to retreat from stress (mind) 
and enter a state of calm (no mind) can only be good for our health & happiness

here's how the breath goes:

with the tip of the tongue at the roof of the mouth (of course!), place a hand just below the navel, breathe in through the nose and feel the belly expand...as you breath out you naturally feel the belly contract beneath your hand...after a while you can take the hand away and focus on this 'belly breathing'...next, slow your breathing in so that the first part of the in breath expands the belly, the second pary expands the sides of the ribs and the final part of breathing in raises the chest...breathe out through the nose in exactly the same order 
e.g. relaxing the belly, then ribs, then chest. that's full yogic breathing! now, all that is needed is the awareness of that microcosmic orbit...so with the tongue acting as a bridge, allow the breath to circulate your awareness around the orbit thus: from the belly moving down to the perineum and then up the spine to the top of the head as you breathe in, only to fall down the spine and back to the belly as you breathe out.

how simple is that?


so, if that is the practice, what is going on and why do it?

well, the master acupuncturist knows that alchemy is the mother of physics and the father of chemistry, and that the quality and quantity of energy circulating in the  microcosmic orbit  affects the healthy functioning of the organs and glands. the twists and turns of life are reflected in the misalignments and blocks that occur along the microcosmic orbit. these resistances create tension where there was calm; affecting the mind/body/spirit/soul being. giving the microcosmic orbit a workout is like any other exercise regime. the more you practice the more you benefit!
putting these two simple but key meditation techniques together and practicing on a daily basis brings about 
immediate rewards in terms of healthy living. and these techniques can be practiced without the need for any 
ritual or even setting aside any precious time.  they can be done anytime, anywhere...and no one else need know or notice what you are doing...this is meditation in action!