You don’t have to become an acupuncturist to benefit from this profound and beautiful philosophy. All you need is curiosity, humility and the desire to live a better life.
The fundamental principle of Five-Element acupuncture is that human beings are a part of nature and therefore subject to the very same laws. Just like the natural world, if something within us is out of balance then the entire system begins to break down because everything is connected. Five-Element theory enables us to identify the cause of our struggles, be they physical, mental or existential, and illuminates the path to healing.
There is no greater teacher than Nature herself. She explains the seemingly infinite complexities of life with beguiling simplicity, revealing all to anyone who cares to listen and observe. Once we understand our intrinsic connection to nature, our relationship with life inevitably becomes more harmonious, enabling us not only to be the best that we can but also to be more compassionate towards ourselves and others when we fall short.
The key is to develop 'awareness' and wake up! Many of us are sleepwalking. But once you truly open up your senses and begin to see, to smell, to hear, and to feel, all of life is revealed to you.
Let's look at how you can practically achieve this.
Step 1. Step outside to experience and acknowledge the season! How does everything look, how does it sound, what are the smells and how do you feel?
Step 2. Pay attention to what each season is showing you. For example, rest more in winter, draw up a plan and be proactive in spring. Enjoy the warmth of summer, the abundance of the harvest season and the shedding of everything old in the autumn.
Step 3. Awaken your senses! Practice receiving all of the sensory information around you. Colours, sounds, odours and emotions. Everything tells us something.
Step 4. Finally, look inwards. Now that you have woken up to the world around, you will see it mirrored inside yourself. You will feel 'at one' which is the essence of the Five-Element philosophy. As without, so within.
Awareness unlocks our purpose and gives rise to change. You will never look at yourself and the world around you in the same way again.