Thursday, December 20, 2012
The days are increasingly getting shorter and colder... For many, this may be a difficult concept to grasp...DARKNESS. However, each day after this one will in turn grow longer and warmer. To me, this is the beautiful symphony and cyclical way of Mother Nature. She is constantly changing and evolving, yet remaining in tact within herself, there is an unfolding going on underneath her surface...so in essence an opening and closing that never ceases to end. As within, so without... As far as Chinese Medicine goes, we are now immersed in the YIN time of the Yin/Yang cycle. Being in the dead of winter we are specifically in Yin within Yin, meaning that there is very little Yang. We are in the WATER element of the 5-Phases. Water is the element of winter and is associated with the Kidneys and Bladder. When you think about it, the Kidneys and Bladder are the most YIN in terms of anatomical location on the body. They are the lowest, closest to the ground. YIN time is dark, cold, inert, withdrawn, inward, deep, closed, quiet, feminine, wet, slow, to name a few. The color associated with the WATER element is black which is pretty reflective of it's dark and deep nature. The emotion that is most commonly associated with the Water element is FEAR. KIDNEYS play a very integral role in Chinese Medicine Theory. They are the seat of creation, essence, new life, passion, and zest for life. The KIDNEYS store our pre-heaven essence and our post-heaven qi. Anatomically they excrete what no longer serves us fluidly speaking. They house the MINGMEN which is like a little fire deep within us all. FIRE is the opposite of WATER and can balance out too much saturated WATER in the body, mind, and spirit. During this time of year it is important to warm up your Kidney Yang and nurture your Yin by keeping it warm. Also during this time of Yin and time of Water, it is crucial to embrace the stillness and maybe even the dark moments, as this can give rise to new journeys and experiences of creativity and passion for life. When we take note of the simple, flowing nature of Water, there is simply no need to discern it, there is no need to define it. It is enough to just watch it and be present to it. This is the same in your own body and life. Just savor it, give it room to be and just do it's thing. Allow the freedom to be. Water is unrestricted and everlasting, it is sensitive and very intuitive, susceptible to negative vibrations as well as positive ones so be conscious of this within your own self. A very beautiful SOUL:::Stice to YOU
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Yang Organ Malfunction When Mind reduces to mind, the functions of the Small Intestine, Gallbladder, and Bladder become compromised in the following ways: first, the Small Intestine begins to incorrectly sort experience and distort messages coming from the body, e.g., anxiety and pain are framed as bad instead of being understood as useful information emanating from the body's energy field. In reality, anxiety is merely raw unfocused energy, and pain is simply energy that is stagnant or not moving for some reason. Neither of these states should in any way be regarded as bad, although they may well be unpleasant to experience. Secondly, the Gallbladder makes poor decisions with regard to energy management, either aggressively attacking the symptoms or containing and then retreating from them by dissociation, instead of more flexibly softening and allowing the energy to move. Such decisions inevitably lead to Qi and Blood stagnation, or depending on the degree of self-directed aggression, may actually materialize as an autoimmune disease.12 The Bladder, using the "will," institutes fear-based, self-destructive actions such as inappropriate acting-out behaviors, drug ingestion, or even surgical procedures to eradicate unwanted symptoms instead of redirecting the will internally to facilitate Body-Mind-Spirit integration.
Officials The Heart (Heart Yin) function involves the integrated function of the Yin organs, specifically the Heart, Liver, and Kidneys, which rule the Taoist treasures of the Shen, Qi, and Jing.11 The Heart stores the Shen, the Liver regulates the flow of Qi, and the Kidneys store the Jing-Essence. In contrast, the mind is mediated by the Yang organs of the Small Intestine (which sorts), the Gallbladder (which decides), and the Bladder (which acts). Meanwhile, the integrity of the Heart (Heart Yin) is preserved through the Pericardium and Triple Energizer energies, which form layers of defense against insults directed at the Heart (Heart Yin). The Pericardium is responsible for regulating the flow of energy to and from the Heart center, especially with regard to intimate and interpersonal relationships. Meanwhile, the Triple Energizer takes care of homeostasis, social interactions, and intercompartmental integration.
Oriental Medicine and the Heart-Mind Split In Oriental medicine, the Heart (Heart Yin) is likened to the emperor of a kingdom who resides in the imperial palace and functions as the spiritual figurehead of the country. In the poetic language of Oriental metaphor, this statement might be understood to imply that the Heart is the prime energetic field-generator. To further the analogy, in the ideal situation, the emperor does not actually do very much other than to comport himself regally while performing the various rituals and functions pertinent to the head-of-state. This is the state of "wu-wei" or effortless mastery in which nothing is done, but everything in the Body-Mind-Spirit functions harmoniously. It is a problem-free state of optimal health. When all is well in the kingdom, the people are happy and contented, the country functions without friction or turbulence, and there are no enemies. The spirit of the country is in fine shape. In a reflection of this kingdom analogy, the Heart is said to hold the spirit or Shen of the individual. When Heart and Mind dissociate, sooner or later, the mind wrests control away from the Heart and assumes the job of "head-of-state." In the early stages of this dissociation, there are usually no clues that anything is out of balance. But without access to the Heart's intuition, mind has no option but to operate using its powers of reason. It may do this quite successfully for a while, but feelings and intuitive hunches become increasingly ignored as the mind moves further away from Heart. Eventually, all calls of distress from the body are viewed with suspicion, pathologized, and treated antagonistically. Such a process inevitably leads to anxiety and depression or as Oriental medicine defines it, "Deficient Heart Spirit." In Western culture, anxiety and depression are common diagnoses, but since they are usually treated mechanistically, the loss of the Heart spirit is rarely appreciated. While antidepressant drugs can change brain biochemistry and help people's day-to-day functioning, a drug dependency is often created while the pre-existing split remains and may become even more entrenched.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Osho on “The Tantra Attitude about Sex” The Tantra attitude about sex is that sex is not a need. It is a cosmic experience, it is an experience of meditation. It is an instinctual return to our ultimate reality, one of the highest forms of meditation. In fifteen minutes to an hour or more of uninterrupted coitus, Tantra seeks a complete loss of the ego. Just see the difference. Freud says it is a gratification for the ego. And that’s how it has become, and Freud is not wrong. If you see the modern man, he is right. People go on making love just to prove that they are males or females, or what charming people they are, beautiful people they are. People go on finding new women, new men, just to prove that ‘I am still attractive.’ My observation of people is that they don’t fall in love. Their joy is not love, their joy is conquest. Once they have achieved a woman they are no more interested in her. It is not love. Now they are seeking new pasture, now they want a new woman. Now they want to prove again that they are still young, looked at, they still have charisma, magnetism. And the more women they can make love with, the more their ego is satisfied. This is not love. And Freud is right that sex gives ego-gratification. But look at Tantra. Tantra has a totally different idea. Tantra says: The appeal of sex is because it gives you a moment of egolessness, timelessness, meditation. Because of ego-gratification, sex has become very very superficial, it only scratches the skin. It does not go deep, it has no depth. So many people are worried about premature ejaculation. The reason? They don’t love. If they love, then naturally they can make love for longer periods — the more you are in love, the longer the period will be. For hours you can be in love, because there is no hurry, the ego is not controlling.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Life of the human is as life of the universe, there is an integral order and movement to it. The organized body is the external force of the living strength of the living power, and it would be impossible to have the living power without a place for it. The spirit is given by heaven and results in the appearance and continued presence of a human body. Earth within the human is qi because it is that which forms all being, Heaven within the humsn is virtue just as outside of HEAVEN is the virtue of all virtue. The oversoul is always streaming down upon us through the virtue of heaven, it is the gift that never runs dry. Our heartbeat is the response to the life that is offered to it. The existence of "I" is virtue expressed. As a human, one is free because we originate in HEAVEN, and we are limited only because we are of the physicality of Earth. This is not seen as contradictory in Chinese, it rather sets a stage for the very nature of our existence. We have 4 directions and 4 seasons which create the dimensions of space and time. The number 5 is the dimension in which these permutations have an action. A human being is seen as a crossing of the energies of east, west, north, and south, of the seasons, and all of the space and time between Heaven and Earth. This is why 5 represents the knot of life, 5 flavors, 5 Elements, 5 Zang, and why the spirits within each one of us spread themselves in 5 ways in order to manifest ones being, expressing themselves throught the 5 Zang. Zang are the receptacles for ones spirit and the way to govern ones life in the deepest part of their being.