This is the third season in a row that I slipped into some sort of “Fall Funk.” My body is so consistent that I can almost set my calendar (if there was such a thing as setting a calendar) to my body getting thrown off balance. The first time it happened I just suffered through it, counting down the days until I go away to Mexico to escape the end of a Maine winter. Nothing cures all of my physical issues like that remedy! Works like a charm every year.
The second time it happened (last year), I decided that I need to take action. So I started digging into possible imbalances. I even did a lot of private work with a much more advanced Eden Energy Medicine practitioner. Together we found all sorts of energetic causes for all my symptoms, which included: insomnia, severe constipation, excessive dryness (skin, hair, eyes, mouth), not to mention painful sores on my fingers. We discovered that I had a major elemental imbalance in my Metal element and worked for months to try to fix it. I was completely fascinated by the clues that my body was giving me to explain what was going on “under the hood.”
Last year I managed to control the symptoms pretty well, but I still suffered from insomnia and constipation and it lasted from Oct until I got to Mexico in late February. This year the entire process started all over again and, with my new knowledge of the problem I declared that my ‘Metal imbalance’ was starting again and I worked hard on balancing both my Lung and Large Intestine meridians. Just so you know, imbalances in these meridians will keep you awake from 3am – 7am. I tried all of my usual tricks but was still forced to take sleeping supplements that sadly never really totally worked.
Here’s where the story gets crazy. Last week I taught Part 3 of my “Intro to Energy Medicine” class. During this class, I was introducing the concept of trapped emotions and how they can wreak havoc on the body. Just for demonstration purposes I found and released one emotion from my own body. I always explain to clients that the body is infinitely intelligent and it will always pick the emotions in a prioritized order, meaning the most detrimental emotions will come up first. So during my demo, my body identified Grief as the emotion that it wanted to release. My first thought was, “That’s odd, I don’t think I have any grief.” I am quite a happy person and was not consciously dealing with any grief. But hey, I never question Universal intelligence.
As I’m going ahead with my demo, I discovered that it was a recent emotion that I was dealing with. While I was releasing the emotion it occurred to me that Grief is processed in the Lungs and the Lung meridians are in their “high tide” during 3-5AM. This was always the timeframe in which I awoke every single day. I shared this tidbit of knowledge with the class and thought nothing more of it.
Until . . .
I woke up the next morning to the sound of my alarm. I actually slept like a baby!!! For the first time in over a month, I slept all night. It was glorious, but was it a fluke? It has been almost a full week since releasing that one emotion and I have slept straight through the night every single night with no sleeping aids what-so-ever.
And then it really hit me. The Grief that I suffer from every Fall must be because I don’t want Summer to end. I hate “letting go” of Summer (which is a major Metal element thing. Metal is all about Grief and Not Being Able to Let Go.) This Fire Element is all about the Summer and she really hates to see it go. Watching my husband put away all the outdoor furniture and winterize our yard has been really hard on me. As much as I love the beauty of fall I can’t handle the end of summer. And this explains why all my symptoms go away when I get to Mexico . . . where it’s always summer.
Never underestimate the power of one single emotion!
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