Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

This is the year of the yin-Earth Pig (Ji Hai). In classical Chinese medicine symbol science, yin-Earth (as opposed to yang-Earth) represents the soft and fertile quality of earth-soil that nurtures and allow living things to sprout. Pig-hai refers to the daily time period between 9-11pm (just before midnight), and in the seasons of the year, the 10th month of the year. Symbolically, this is time period is also associated with the Triple Warmer channel in our body. (see Organ Clock below). This represents a period of returning to the Source. A time of rejuvenation and self-care. Together, the yin-Earth Pig (Ji Hai) year can be thought of as an opportune time to focus on self-nurturance, a time of resting as to gather one’s resources, and to feed oneself spiritually and emotionally by going back to the Source.

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In ancient times, the act of going back to the Source is usually associated with the element of water. Take for instance, the rejuvenating imagery of bathing under a waterfall, or floating in a pool of water. In fact, the best time to take a bath at the end of day would be Triple Warmer hour between 9pm-11pm, where you can let the power of water wash away all that is not essential to your true nature and partake in the age old ritual of reconnecting to your Source and re-centering yourself.

But while Hai is associated with water, in the Chinese medicine holomap, it is also associated with the element of Fire. The four organ networks associated with the element of Fire are the Heart, Small Intestine, Heart Pericardium and Triple Warmer. Triple Warmer therefore, is the image of Fire within Water. Whereas the outer image is one of rest and rejuvenation, this does not represents laziness, but a deep storage of vital forces that is stored for later use. Kind of like the fat bauble found whales, which in ancient times were used to light a flame to illuminate the darkness of long winter nights. This flame-fire represents the Heart. Therefore, it can be said that the Triple Warmer’s rest and storage is in service of generating the warmth and unity principle of the Heart organ network.

In line with this Chinese new year’s yin-Earth Pig (Ji Hai) mandate, how are you planning your self-care and nurturance to connect with your source daily? How are you doing this not from the perspective of laziness and indulgence but from a deep wisdom of knowing that rest can be in service of your Heart? Here the Heart represents your higher self, your mission or calling in life. Take the opportunity to flow with the qi (influence) of this year and take the leap to making 2019 yin-Earth Pig year a wonderful and nurturing year.

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