After the completion of the resting phase of Winter, the burst of energy in the Spring demonstrates the expression of potential that lay dormant and waiting, preparing for its day in the sun. Wood is a simple word that holds a great deal of Sacred energy. All civilizations and religions have a foundation in trees. The Tree of Life, The Tree of Knowledge, The World Tree, Totems, the Bo Tree of the Buddhists, etc.
A tree represents our ability to connect deeply to the earth, receiving strength, stability and nurturance. The branches reach to the Heavens, connecting us to God, Spirituality and purpose. The branches provide homes and protection to creatures and ideas. Within the tree, we see the parts of ourselves that long to climb, climb and feel larger than we thought possible.
When the winds blow, as they must, a tree shows us how to bend and submit without breaking. There are many trees that are unable to withstand the storms of life. What can we learn about resiliency from these teachers? There are many trees that have stood for lifetimes, many under extreme conditions. We can learn from those old, wise ones that have withstood the tests of time.
When a tree is pruned or broken, there is an inner vitality that shows itself. We see the new shoots, the efforts at repair. Life is exerting itself and proves that we must continue, in spite of the setbacks. Like the trees, we can survive the inevitable breaks. We can submit to the careful pruning that may feel invasive in the moment, but will lead to greater beauty, strength and fulfillment.
“The Five Element Cycle uses an elaborate system of correspondences to bring order and rhythm to a host of life experiences.”
Wood Becomes Water
Looking at the Elements as symbols of how we move through life is a powerful way to see archetypal influences at work in our lives, as well as in the larger world around us. The pattern of an archetype contains a context for us to place understanding of what is happening, and what the potential outcomes might be. When we compare ourselves to the pattern, which contains many stories, we can make informed decisions. We can see how we are acting out scripts which have been played out from the Beginning. We are bit players, and we play the leading roles. Sometimes we’re in charge of scenery, sometimes we Direct the action. We can also be the Audience. We can have a front-row seat to our own unfolding drama. Lights, camera, action!
Each New Year brings new hope along with some surprises. We have a fresh start: To resolve to become a better person, accomplish goals, and to just do better in life. I find that in wintertime, many clients have difficulty getting that start off and running without frustration and discouragement.
For yourself and for your clients, consider the seasons. In the Western world, the winter has been chosen as a new year, when in reality, spring is much better suited for new starts and fresh goals. So, in honoring the seasons, wintertime is still time to reflect, rehearse, re-evaluate, and warm the center. Those who ignore the seasons and push for the activity of spring, often get frustrated when pushing hard against nature.
Thus, I like to take a fresh view in January by first looking at the past, viewing it with some nostalgic energy and deep appreciation. Valuing the past is honoring the winter season. Embracing what is and what was allows the soul an opportunity to heal.
Then, after embracing, reflecting, and reviewing – I take the energy of these and start the process of renewal. For example, I want to be more proactive in my physical exercise support. During the last few months of last year, it really went to pieces because of many events that happened in my life that were beyond my direct control. I decided I wished to recommit to physical re-charging everyday.
As a part of my evaluation of why I stopped, I took the time to honor myself with a reflection of what replaced my exercise and why. I took the time to do energy kinesiology on myself and asked others to also work on me. There was a lot of “stuff” that came up and in this way, I was able to identify major shifts and transformation.
In other words, instead of pushing down the blocks that stopped my exercise program last year – I did meditation and energy kinesiology to help me work through those blocks – instead of simply pushing myself into any New Year’s resolutions.
How many of your clients just want to push away their problems, and desire for you to fix them in order to get their goals accomplished? How many clients want to ignore the past, justify the present, and fantasize about the future?
Those who truly embrace the past, then transform it with energy work, have a much easier path to accomplishing their goals. Clear the path, then walk it.
All day long, our bodies are working to remain in balance. On every level, we must find homeostasis. It happens mostly on an unconscious level, as our blood and fluid levels, hormones, organs and glands do an elaborate dance to keep us functioning as optimally as is possible. In a more observable manner, we balance ourselves against gravity. If we have an injury or postural irregularity, our muscles still manage to keep us from falling over. Even if we end up with distortions, we will still compensate in order to stay upright.
We do the same thing on an energetic and emotional level. If we could feel, all at once, every one of the emotions our body is storing, we could not possibly function! Our wonderful and wise bodies store our trauma and emotional pain until that time when we are ready to deal with it.
The work of Energy Kinesiology is about finding stress; be it in the physical, emotional, biochemical or electrical systems of the body, and to employ methods to assist the client to release, unwind and find a more balanced place.
Debbie Luke, LMT, CeNK2
What does it mean to be healed? It could mean that we are released from a major illness. Maybe it’s an injury that has healed, or an emotional trauma that has resolved. Healing generally means that our body or spirit has recovered a state of wholeness and is able to resume normal function.
As an Energy Kinesiologist, can we heal people? Does any human have that ability?
We don’t claim to have that kind of power. What we do have is willingness, a set of tools, and the desire to hold a neutral space of possibility, so that the client’s innate intelligence can enable them to heal themselves. We use powerful formats and acupoints to stimulate the body’s abilities to move blocked energy. We support the process with many methods and procedures. We guide the client to a place of understanding and release. We coach them with techniques to support new patterns in their lives.
Does it mean that all their problems disappear and they no longer experience pain and suffering? No, but with new understanding comes new and better ways to cope with the ups and downs of life. When we are stuck in a pattern of behavior, we keep repeating our reactions as if we were experiencing the initial insult. Releasing old stress on negative patterns can change how we deal with future incidents. When we are able to really see our patterns and our story, we are more likely to move through our issues with more patience and grace, and that is healing.
Debbie Luke, LMT, CeNK2