Monday, March 15, 2010

Cultivating Energy

Last week, a few friends and I attended a weekend Qigong workshop. We couldn’t pass it up. Thirty-two hours of continuing education class for under $100 – unheard of! If that wasn’t enough, Green Smoothies and food healing were on the agenda. I was sold.

Qigong, a system of self healing encompassing gentle movements, breathing, and meditative practices, was part of my master’s in Oriental Medicine curriculum. Last weekend’s workshop taught the same movements as I learned in school but I understood and could perform the movements better/more fluidly this time around. Qigong works and to be honest I don’t exactly understand it and I’m ok with that. I’m a pretty accepting person. I believe “Each to his or her own”. And, I will try just about anything without question, well sometimes with a slight raise to the eyebrow.

I didn’t feel the energy flow during the class way back in school, but I did experience symptoms of cultivating energy. The world was much more vivid when I left class at 8 pm, I experienced amazing clarity, and I was wide awake all night energized. Not the best use of energy, but still yes it works. In last weekend’s workshop I experienced the presence, the density, the movement of energy emanating from my hands and moving within my body. It was a remarkable feeling to know where I had blockages and which side was more receptive. And, yes, I was wide awake at night for 3 days and the exercise prompted other physical symptoms of flow as well. I now engage in qigong exercises only in the morning so I have that clarity and alertness all day instead of all night!

What's Bugging You?

Do you experience any nagging repetitive thoughts? Run through past events over and over with alternative dialog? Seem to be stuck in negative emotions or complaining? Something’s bugging you!

ese mental and emotional tendencies are what I like to call mental and emotional parasites - mentally repeating events or hanging onto destructive emotions and thoughts is unproductive and depleting to your energy. This is how I like to approach a parasite cleanse.

You can cringe and deny it all you want but we all carry around parasites. Yes, actual creatures. There’s a healthy balance of organisms and then there’s a whole slew that proliferate where they shouldn’t be. These organisms feed off the food you put into your body that is meant to give you energy, not them! When we cannot process or use what we feed our bodies, natural medicine practitioners see a correlation in the inability to focus or process events and thoughts mentally and emotionally. It’s completely linked from our perspective.

Spring is the time to awaken from the slowness of winter. Our metabolisms slow, weight accumulates, maybe our activity level slows down, and sleep increases in winter. Two weeks in spring using the protocol of extra strength Black walnut hull tincture, and capsules of wormwood and clove is all that is required to rev up the body. No diet change is necessary, but it’s a good idea to refrain from sugar, wheat, yeast, alcohol and caffeine. You will rid your body of the accumulations from winter, maybe
some parasites from your gut, and most definitely the mental and emotional parasites.

I was able to put to rest a past event that kept creeping into my mind as well as make peace with a relationship. I certainly didn’t enter the cleanse with any expectations of this sort, and I was very excited by the outcome. Would these have happened without the herbal protocol? Maybe, but I don’t know if I would have resolved them within the two week cleanse.

Here’s one version of a protocol of dosages for a parasite cleanse. If you tend toward sluggish intestines or seem to during this cleanse, add in a laxative tea like Smooth Move or senna powder or visit a
holistic practitioner who can provide an herbal supplement for you.

Black Walnut Hulls (from the black walnut tree - juglans nigra)
anti-parasite, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal remedy with active ingredients j
uglone, tannin and iodine

Wormwood (from the Artemisia shrub - artemisia absinthum)
Its known for its vermicidal properties and helps those with a weak and underactive digestion. It increases the acidity of the stomach and the production of bile. It reduced abdominal bloating

Common Cloves (from the clove tree - eugenia caryophyllata)
has anti-parasitical, anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. It also removes pain