Thanksgiving makes me thinking of giving thanks or gratitude. I started wondering how gratitude related energetically to acupuncture. Was it heart filled gratitude so it was fire? Did it relate to metal for preciousness? In an article on 5 Element acupuncture the practitioner wrote about a gratitude as a factor of Earth. I had to consider that in some way this was appropriate to the US celebrating Thanksgiving by eating–although as in so many things the eating is over done.
If gratitude falls under the earth element, wouldn’t that mean that being grateful strengthens the earth element? I think of people with so many digestive problems and issues and wonder if just by being thankful they can heal, at least a little bit.
As I read more, I realized that the Yi is often our ability to focus on our life path and to continue down it despite the obstacles that inevitably come into our lives. It struck me that a strong spleen allows us to focus on our goals and stick to them and make them manifest from our thoughts. Does the law of attraction require a strong spleen?
One way of attracting that which we want is to be grateful for what we have. If I practice gratitude to attract those things I want, does it strengthen my spleen? Does it strengthen the earth element so that we can more clearly focus on our goals and stick to them when obstacles come up?
Certainly all elements are used when attracting desires. Does it mean that as we practice using our mental energies to envision and manifest that we are actually strengthening the elemental energies in our bodies? Does this mean that as we get more balanced in our energies we are more able to manifest the dreams we have?