Alchemy During A Pandemic

With the inflow of Autumn this year in the Southern Hemisphere, came the COVID 19 Pandemic. Clearly there is an intensified global sense of vulnerability around the respiratory area. As we deepen into the journey of social distancing, with less distractions and noise in our lives, we may become more present to our inner worlds and deeper themes. Each season holds themes and connects us to an archetype, as previously discussed, (Autumn Alchemy). In Autumn the gifts are in letting go and finding the gold in our lives.

Themes of Metal

The domain of the Metal Element/Lungs and Large intestines. On the Five Element wheel Metal correlates to the precious minerals that come from the Earth. The energetics have moved us from the Earth/ Mother connected to the Stomach and Spleen of late Summer to a sense of higher connection/ creator/ Father energy.

It is a time of connecting to the power of breath, inspiration, and release. Letting go is mirrored by nature in the dropping of leaves which take trace nutrients back to the Earth.  This allows new life, seeds & rebirth in Spring

Breath, Inspiration & Letting Go

Our breath offers us connection to life, ‘inspiration’ and let go of what is not needed, as waste through our bowels, and that which no longer serves us.  It is through Easter that we can relate to symbolic themes around the Christian connection to the Easter passage. The death of Christ can take us to the aspiration for higher truth, grief around impermanence, letting go along with the calling for ascension and reverence to Heavenly father/ God energy.

Finding the Gold

  • Appreciate the value in ourselves and others on a daily basis. 
  • Appreciate the gift of life itself
  • Find Companionship with family and friends to reinforce what’s unique in you and to reinforce self worth
  • Accept imperfection and accept ‘what is’
  • Respect yourself, seek connection with those you respect and feel respected by
  • Let go of regrets
  • Be in Integrity without fanatacism
  • Avoid Spiritual materialism; the fruitless accumulation of things to feel special
  • Seek what inspires, higher purpose, wonder and awe

9 Tips to Energise Your Lungs

1.Excercise  Yes.. and we have better quality air than ever right now as there is less traffic and industrial pollution. Keep up the rigorous exercise to oxygenate your blood and massage your colon.

2. Spend time in nature, revering the sublime beauty in the seasonal change.

3. Breath practices are an essential part of any self-healing programme. Conscious breathing connects us to the embodied process of inspiration and of letting go as key seasonal themes and the energetics of Autumn.

4. Follow a good qi boosting diet, as quality Lung qi comes from the air we breath combined with the energy off what we eat and combines to create our defensive or immune energy. Read Boost Your Lung qi for further insights

5. Have a cry as grief can sit in our chest area or over the back of our hearts. Weeping is the sound that connects to the lungs so a good cry shifts so much.

6. Tap with your index finger over the sternum can help shift stuck energy. Move up from the spot that lies directly between your nipples and up slowly till you find the sweet spot!

7. Clear, reduce and refine your environment as Metal appreciates what is of value which extends to our home environment. 

8. Reach our and communicate as our inner metal loves to hear and be heard. 

9. Yoga generally….and this specific stretch for opening your Lung and large intestine channel

 

9. Acupressure over a few key points can improve the strength of your Lung energy. It is one of the main points used to help release tension cause by emotional stress. Holding it can relieve difficult breathing, asthma and supressed grief.

Lung 7: 2.5 cm from the wrist on the line
formed on the ridge up from thumb.
One of the main points used to help release tension cause by emotional stress. 

Lung 1:  found on the outer part of your chest about 2.5- 5cm beneath the collarbone. Holding it can relieve difficult breathing, asthma and supressed grief.

Essential oils

  Essential Oils:

Here are a few key oils that can be useful to support the lungs. Use appropriately in accordance with aromatherapy guidelines.

Frankincense: strengthens the defensive qi and greatly supports and protects the immune system. It contains expectorant and anti-catarrhal properties so it’s ideal it’s ideal for asthma and bronchitis as it can relieve tightening of the chest. It also calms and helps deepen breathing and slows down respiration. It’s ideal for asthma and bronchitis as it can relieve tightening of the chest.

Pine: Is similar to Eucalyptus in that it is excellent for fighting off colds and lung infections. It can help strengthen weak lung energy and offers protection. It goes well in blends and baths.

Tea Tree: contains supreme antifungal, antiviral and antibiotic properties. It can strengthen weak lung qi and eases symptoms of shallow breathing, chronic weakness and general immune disorders. It can increase our resistance so it’s perfect for individuals who are prone to catching common infections and can boost morale after debilitating illness.

Thyme: an extremely ‘hot’ anti-infectious oil that has a very invigorating effect on both the physical and mental plane. It uplifts, tones, strengthens weak lung energy, opens the chest, improves shallow breathing.  Emotionally it lifts melancholy and grief through enhancing heavenly qi.

Clary Sage: Strengthens lung energy and soothes a constricted chest. It can restore our inner reserves when feeling weak and vulnerable.

Cypress: It strengthens and support the soul and heavenly qi. It relaxes breathing and encourages to flow on an emotional level, taking in the new and releasing the old. It helps in times of change and upheaval

Essential Oils:

Here are a few key oils that can be useful to support the lungs. Use appropriately in accordance with aromatherapy guidelines.

Frankincense: strengthens the defensive qi and greatly supports and protects the immune system. It contains expectorant and anti-catarrhal properties so it’s ideal it’s ideal for asthma and bronchitis as it can relieve tightening of the chest. It also calms and helps deepen breathing and slows down respiration. It’s ideal for asthma and bronchitis as it can relieve tightening of the chest.

Pine: Is similar to Eucalyptus in that it is excellent for fighting off colds and lung infections. It can help strengthen weak lung energy and offers protection. It goes well in blends and baths.

Tea Tree: contains supreme antifungal, antiviral and antibiotic properties. It can strengthen weak lung qi and eases symptoms of shallow breathing, chronic weakness and general immune disorders. It can increase our resistance so it’s perfect for individuals who are prone to catching common infections and can boost morale after debilitating illness.

Thyme: an extremely ‘hot’ anti-infectious oil that has a very invigorating effect on both the physical and mental plane. It uplifts, tones, strengthens weak lung energy, opens the chest, improves shallow breathing.  Emotionally it lifts melancholy and grief through enhancing heavenly qi.

Clary Sage: Strengthens lung energy and soothes a constricted chest. It can restore our inner reserves when feeling weak and vulnerable.

Cypress: It strengthens and support the soul and heavenly qi. It relaxes breathing and encourages to flow on an emotional level, taking in the new and releasing the old. It helps in times of change and upheaval.

Enjoy letting go and finding the gold this Autumn.