We see this Metal/Wood imbalance all around us as we mow down forests all over the world to fuel our metal and plastic conveniences – computers, cars, planes, satellites, air-conditioning, refrigeration, heat. We all know this, but who can step away from this world of convenience and the economy that drives it?
We can treat these symptoms with a vaccine, a new drug, and slathering on sun-blocking lotions that destroy already endangered coral reefs and other water beings. None of these solutions will bring us to that perfect world we desire – living like royalty – never needing to lift a finger. Depending on others or machines to do all the “essential” work of procuring food, clothing, and shelter.
We see this striving for perfection – the whiteness of purity – in our political systems which have erupted in Black Lives Matter protests around the world – just like the pandemic. White resonates with Metal energy as well, and in China where this 5-Element Theory of healing originated, the color white also represents death. Can you see a pattern developing here?
Our Conscious Universe is screaming out to us to wake up and literally smell the roses. Yes, smell helps us connect to the Conscious Universe by directly affecting the way we remember, feel, and digest – our food, as well as our thoughts and feelings. Would you rather smell roses or gasoline fumes? Aromatherapy, which uses the volatile oils of plants (Wood energy) has some proven effects – Lavender eases anxiety for example. Huffing gas or paint fumes on the other hand will put you in your grave, but often not before robbing you of the ability to use your brain to remember, think, and even move in a coordinated manner.
The Conscious Universe always works for the greater good, not yours or my whims and fancies, not the whims and fancies of governments, economies, or their leaders, either. We need to listen closely to the messages we are receiving on a daily basis. This is a moment of transformation. There will be many others ahead, until we get our lives and our communities back into harmony with Wood energy.
What can we do to get back into harmony with living and growing?
- Stop pursuing perfection. Find inspiration in "mistakes".
- Smell the roses, cut grass, rain, the scent of those we love.
- Listen to your intuition, not your logical mind for a change. Intuition comes in dreams, meditation, and prayer – not logic and definitely not through the news or social media.
- Sit quietly with a cup of ginger-mint tea. Watch the wind blow through the trees and listen to the birds sing to each other.
- 5.Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.
To leave something of value to our children we must celebrate the rainbow of color all around us. Black lives matter. All life matters. Whiteness may resonate with purity, but it also resonates with death. We get to choose how we act. We get to choose the beliefs that foster the thoughts that lead to those actions. We get to choose a healing path. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.
A Recipe for Ginger-Mint tea
Find some fresh ginger. Asian markets always carry it. So do many grocery stores. If you plant a root in a tub of dirt right now, you can harvest your own fresh ginger sometime in the fall before the nights get cold enough to frost.
Find some fresh mint (peppermint is best). Go to a garden center. Buy some mint plants. Put them in a pot and you will have plenty. Put them in your garden and watch the power of Wood energy as the mint takes over – S/he will.
- Cut some slices off of the fresh ginger (2-3 slices/cup of tea) and put them in boiling water. Or add a couple of teabags of dried ginger. Let them simmer for 5 minutes. Or grate a tablespoonful to put in each cup of tea. Ginger root grows in the Earth so it has energetic power to heal the stomach, spleen, sore muscles, fever blisters, and anxiety.
- Chop up some mint. Or use a couple of teabags of dried mint. Use your sense of smell and taste to determine how much. Try differing amounts until you get the flavor (and smell) you like. Mint has strong Wood energy (as does ginger) so it has energetic power to heal the liver, gallbladder, tendons, eye problems, and stress.
- Add some honey or brown sugar to sweeten the tea – add enough to taste just right.
Practice breaking and bending the rules with this recipe and all recipes. Find your inner balance.