The Journey of Ice Caps and Tears

Meandering along the water’s edge, fire and water kiss the earth in a resplendent dance between sun and wave. A deep internal resonance emerges in my being. My heart, like a moving mandala flowering outward, expands to meet the sunlight shimmering in the water’s reflection.

When the heart opens to the outermost edges of its blossoming, there is a threshold where joy and sadness meet and intermingle- like how a flower in full bloom reaches its completion and naturally moves toward its waning. Both are necessarily included in the wholeness (yin and yang) of the heart.

One way in which fire and water relate in the body, is though the heart/kidney axis- a foundational connection that nourishes the seeds of one’s potential by connecting with the shen spirit/divine consciousness. Together, they provide a central axis around which one’s growth and transformation is supported throughout one’s lifetime. Sometimes the vital connection between the heart (fire) and kidneys/adrenals (water) is weakened. One can become frozen and unable to move forward. Great care is needed to attend to this place of frozenness. Fire and water can re-establish connection by bringing enough warmth (fire) to the frozen water so that it can once again flow. Just as the sun warms and nourishes all life on earth, one’s inner sun (the heart) warms and nourishes the body and soul.

As I continue to walk, I notice how the water ebbs and flows in a steady eternal rhythm around my ankles, providing a template for the organic rhythms of the fluids in our bodies- ebbing, flowing, connecting, nourishing. Our hearts make salt water though tears of joy or sadness, and the sun melts snow capped mountains to fill rivers, lakes, and seas.

Whether through trauma, shock, prolonged illness or stress, or any kind of profound loss one can lose connection to the nourishing warmth of the heart. Yet, like the sun, the warmth and the heart is always there. Sometimes it is hidden behind blankets of clouds. Sometimes it is only seen in its reflection in water- or in the eyes of loving kindness- or in a warm embrace- or in beauty, art, nature, or music. Sometimes, the light of shen/of the heart, is only visible in the dark the way the sun is reflected by the moon at night, or by the light of shen/consciousness coming from deep within the body like lava from the earth’s core.

By working slowly, patiently, steadily, and with great compassion, one can rejoin fire and water- encouraging their mutual support and harmony within. In this way, one is able to contain all the joys and sorrows of the human experience, and bit-by-bit, in the ever-present moment, bring the light of one’s full potential into bloom.





About the Author: Monique Gaboury is a licensed acupuncturist, in Freeland, WA, specializing in Alchemical Acupuncture. She loves sharing her passion for natural healing at her clinic and through writing her blog ’Nourishing Change Through Connection’.

Juniper Medicine Alchemical Acupuncture serving the greater Seattle area on Whidbey Island. To schedule an appointment call 360-672-1506 or email contact@junipermedicinewhidbey.com.


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