|1||Start of Spring|
|Start of Summer|
|Start of Autumn|
|Start of Winter|
|Limit of Heat|
|3||Awakening of Insects|
|Grain in Ear|
|5||Clear and Bright|
In this edition of the newsletter we explore the dominant quality that arises in nature during Grain Full and consider how you can awaken that same quality to empower your day-to-day life. Then, further below, you will find Practice Guidelines for the Grain Full Empowerment, a special Qigong exercise designed to help you boost your vitality by absorbing the Qi energies overflowing during this seasonal phase.
In the last edition of the newsletter we considered the meaning of summer and described the theme of summer as booming growth and the joy it inspires. Now, let’s consider the unique contribution Grain Full makes to the fulfillment of that vision.
Over the next fifteen days, nature will undergo a noticeable burst of growth. Grains in particular will puff and become fuller, though they will not yet ripen. The theme of “fuller but not yet ripe” characterizes the quality associated with Grain Full.
Maybe you have an old high school yearbook gathering dust in a closet somewhere in your home. Let’s imagine that you find it and show your high school portrait to a friend. The natural reaction would be for both of you to chuckle. Seen through adult eyes, our teenage personas are comical. But why should we be amused? Laughter often happens when we expect one outcome and another unexpected outcome happens. The distance separating you as a “green” teenager and a “ripened” adult is funny.
Now, let’s imagine that your high school portrait stepped out of the yearbook and sized you up. What would your adolescent self think of your current self? Well, what does the average teen think of the average adult? Boring. Predictable. Domesticated. Chances are that your high school self would use similar adjectives to describe you.
Adolescence is wildly curious and unpredictably foolish (from the adult perspective), and those qualities serve an essential developmental function: They hurl us into the complexities of life with an open mind and allow us learn from our mistakes. As we move through this process, we mature. We ripen.
Legally we become adults when we’re either 18 or 21, but psychologically, there is an aspect of us that remains adolescent forever—the part of us that is perpetually curious and open to new experiences. Grain Full favors that aspect of your personality. During this seasonal phase, you are encouraged to awaken your “inner teen” and explore and experiment, even if activities lead you to make “interesting” mistakes. Later this year, you may look back at yourself now and chuckle. But the irony is that unless you exercise your curiosity and give yourself permission to make mistakes and learn from them, you might remain perennially green behind the ears.
Doing the Full Grain Empowerment on Saturday, May 20th between 4:30 PM EDT and 6:30 PM EDT will boost your energy to another level. (Remember to adjust for the time difference if you live in another time zone). I encourage you to channel that energy into any enthralling new possibilities manifesting in your life right now. Grain Full continues until Monday, June 5th at 7:36 AM EDT when Grain in Ear, the third stage of summer begins. Until then, let your hair down and go a little wild.
The spine is made up of five segments including the coccyx, the lower back (sacral and lumbar spine), the middle and upper back (thoracic spine), and the neck (cervical spine).
The vertebra associated with this empowerment is Thoracic 7 (T7) in the middle back.
Thoracic 7 (T7) is the vertebra that is level with the lower angle of your shoulder blade when you are standing up.
Find T7 now.
Enjoy your practice!