Earth Element: Support During Transition

Earth provides the support for all the other elements to function. Seasonal transition is the primary domain of Earth Element in Chinese Medicine. Earth Element is also designated to late Summer/early Fall, a period when all of the Season’s seem to be present at the same time. In honor of the Autumnal Equinox, we would like to share some simple ways to help support you during the transition from the intense activity of Summer’s Fire Element to the more sober, get-down-to business Metal Element energy of Fall.  
  • “Earthing”:  “Earthing” or “Grounding” is the process of reconnecting to the energy of the Earth surface through our feet and is proving to have many health benefits. At the Heart MD Institute, Dr. Sinatra recommends that we “go barefoot for forty minutes outside and see what a difference that makes on your pain or stress level. Sit, stand, or walk on grass, sand, dirt, or concrete − preferably wet, for greater conduction of the Earth’s electrons. These are all conductive surfaces from which your body can draw the Earth’s electrons. Wood, asphalt, and vinyl are not conductive.”
  • Mindful Eating: Earth Element governs Stomach and Spleen. Pay closer attention to what and how you eat during this time. Here is a great video of Thich Nhat Hanh discussing the process of mindful eating. For the adventurous, this is a good time for short term fasting and cleanses. Smoothie Feasts are a great alternative to fasting, it gives your system a break and you get tons of nutrients and phytochemicals. Feast on as much blended fruits and vegetables as you like for 1-7 days.
  • Nurture Yourself: Participate in activities make you feel nurtured in mind, body & spirit in whatever form that takes for you. Get a massage. Invite family and friends to dinner. Attend a retreat. Take a vacation from electronics. Curl up on the couch and read a book. Take time for you. Do you have any other suggestions? Share them on our website or FB page.
  • Meditation: Many of you are familiar with the Zen Proverb, “You should sit in meditation every day for twenty minutes, unless you're too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” Earth Element beckons us to sit still and center ourselves. Take what time you can, clear all distractions, set a timer. Relax your body and just breathe naturally. To really connect with Earth energy, bring your focus to the space directly behind your navel and imagine the Earth in that space. Use this image to bring your attention back in line when your thoughts drift. When done, take a moment to journal your experience.
    Much Love, Shannon & Julie   P.S. With every purchase of The Secret Oracle of the Spiritual Orchid inspirational/oracle cards receive free shipping and 1 year membership to  

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The Secret Oracle of the Spiritual Orchid: Part 1

Welcome to Ride the Wave: An Interactive Journey with the 5 Phases of Energy. Thank you for joining us! Our mission is to provide the first truly interactive program of educational materials, products and community support, which allows people to easily integrate the ancient wisdom of Classical Chinese Medicine into their lives. While there are other writings on Chinese Classical Medicine, few are as easily accessible or more often written about than… The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine or Huandi Nei Jing is considered the bible of Chinese Medicine. This Classical Chinese text has been credited to the Yellow Emperor, Huangdi, who lived around 2600 B.C.  Known as The Nei Jing, it is the foundational text and earliest known writings of Chinese Medical Arts. The Nei Jing is based on a dialogue between Huangdi and his physician Qi Bo.  This dialogue is split into two parts, The Su Wen (Plain Questions) and The Ling Shu (The Spiritual Pivot).  The dialogue found in the Su Wen portion includes everything from anatomy and physiology to our interconnectedness with nature and the universe. The Ling Shu covers the nuts and bolts of Acupuncture points and treatment techniques. This material is believed to be compiled around 305-204 B.C., and subsequently annotated over the centuries to give us the significant body of Classical Chinese Medicine we have today. Enough of this boring background stuff! Although, it is helpful for you to understand where all this amazing material comes from, we are busting at the seams to share with you something that we literally discovered while working on content for our website and book. While doing research and planning a way to break down this information into bite size, more easily digested chunks we discovered something hidden, locked away for centuries, within the pages of the Yellow Emperor’s Classic. This thing that has been hidden for centuries can be found in… Chapter 8 of the Yellow Emperor’s Classic, otherwise known as, The Secret Treatise of the Spiritual Orchid. Chapter 8 of the Huangdi Nei Jing Su Wen is entitled The Secret Treatise of the Spiritual Orchid.  This section, although it is rather short, it is very rich in meaning. Within the Secret Treatise section of the Nei Jing, Huangdi asks his physician, Qi Bo, about the ranks and duties of the Twelve Zang (or Twelve Officials).  Here the Twelve organs that relate to the Twelve Meridians or pathways of energy within body according to Classical Chinese Medicine are spoken of in terms of Twelve Officials of a Kingdom.  These Twelve Officials have specific roles that contribute to the functioning of the Kingdom (the body) as a whole. These Twelve Officials finally have the chance to share their wisdom through a brand new medium. We present to you for the first time ever… The Secret ORACLE of the Spiritual Orchid: A guide to interacting & harmonizing with the subtle energies that influence every situation through the wisdom of the 12 Officials.    So here we begin to blog into existence this unique tool, a deck of 52 Oracle cards based on Chapter 8 of the Huangdi Nei Jing Su Wen.  Albeit a little unorthodox, this format allows for deeper inquiry into the energies at work in our lives that is not readily available through reading a book. The Twelve Officials of the Secret Treatise of the Spiritual Orchid are an analogy of our internal wisdom that is available to anyone with a desire for self inquiry.  Please take a moment to click the yellow button at the bottom of the page to receive updates and get a sneak peak as we bring the ancient wisdom of Twelve Officials to life. We look forward to sharing this journey with you. Much Love, Shannon & Julie For a limited time, for those who register for email updates, will receive FREE access to our Metal Element Boot Camp, Cut Through the Clutter.  In this FREE 21 Day on line workshop, you are guided to Cut Through, Clear Out & Let Go of what no longer serves your highest purpose.   21 Day Metal Bootcamp  

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