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Way of the Five Seasons: Living with the Five Elements for Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Harmony

by John Kirkwood Singing Dragon
Pub Date:
03/2016
ISBN:
9781848193017
Format:
Pbk 384 pages
Price:
AU$54.99 NZ$56.51
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A guide to living the seasons in harmony, the Chinese wisdom tradition way, the book deeply explores the connections between the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual levels of human experience.


 


Here is a comprehensive and practical guide to using the Five Element model in your daily life in ways that can improve your physical health, foster mental ease and clarity, create more emotional balance, and bring you closer to spirit.


 


Having introduced the philosophical and practical principles of the Five Elements, the author invites you to 'live the book', immersing yourself in the many aspects of each Element during its corresponding season. He offers a range of methods of doing this, including activities such as movement, cooking, gardening, journaling, visualisation, meditation, dialogue and self-acupressure. In working with each Element, he


explores the three levels or expressions of human life - the physical (structures, organs, tissues and systems), the psycho-emotional (thoughts, beliefs, self-images, emotions and reactions), and the spirit.


 


Detailed information is provided on each Element's specific attributes, associations, resonances and gifts, and anatomical illustrations are included for further guidance. An invaluable reference book for practitioners and students of Chinese Medicine who hope to become better practitioners to others, the book also provides the means to become a practitioner to yourself.


 


Market: Practitioners, students and patients of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), general readers interested in healing themselves with natural methods or for healing beyond simply physical symptoms.


 

Author's Preface.  


Introduction.  


Part One - Preparing for a Journey.  


1. How to use this Book.  


2. The Five Element Model.  


3. The Landscape of the Elements.  


4. The Levels of the Soul.  


5. Activities & Practices.  


Part Two - The Journey.  


6. Water.  


7. Wood.  


8. Fire.


9. Earth.  


10. Metal.  


Afterword.

This book challenges us firstly to find our own true self and then to walk our unique path through the Five Seasons, rather than simply tell us about them. The Five Seasons extends to the value of the Five Elements providing robust resources to understand seasonal changes and how best to use the Five Element associations to benefit our own health and that of our clients.
John Kirkwood has been working, living and playing with the Five Elements for 30 years, first as a practitioner and teacher of Jin Shin Do® Acupressure, later as a graduate of the SOPHIA program of the Traditional Acupuncture Institute of Maryland, and now as a practitioner and teacher of Five Element Acupressure. He lives in the beautiful Adelaide Hills of South Australia.