The Autumn Equinox: preparing the body to harness its potential – by Kirsten Chick
Equinoxes are a time of great potential for change, but they can also push us into a healing crisis, and feel like a tidal wave sweeping us off our feet. To really harness the equinox’s potential, we need to stay clear, focussed and connected. Kirsten Chick offers a nutritional approach to help you find a clear way forward.
Autumn is a beautiful season with copper leaves swirling around us as nature prepares to settle down for the colder months. We are very much a part of nature, and have an innate drive to respond to these seasonal changes.
Starting in the spring and early summer, our environment has been experiencing a distinctive upwards thrust, as plants shoot and flowers unfold. We too can use this energy to unfurl from our winter contraction, and gather momentum as we spiral outwards to match the blazing energy of the sun.
Now it’s time to start drawing ourselves into our centre again, spiralling gently inwards. We breathe in, gather ourselves in to reflect, and protect against the harsh winter to come.
Many of us are not so responsive to the seasonal cycles, however. We may not open fully as we uncoil in the spring, but stay a little contracted. It’s a natural, protective stress response to stay coiled, ready to spring into action – to fight or to flee. It accompanies the modern state of living on our adrenals: depleted and bombarded by ongoing stresses. Perhaps a difficult relationship or a stressful job; added to toxins in our water, food, medicines and air, and electromagnetic interference all around us.
As we hold on tightly our very cells contract, and we gradually become more toxic and stuck.
It is at this point that the extraordinary energy of an equinox can create the shift we need to free ourselves up and move forward again. The autumn equinox, which falls this year at 11.09pm on Thursday 22nd
point at which that seasonal change in direction occurs: from spiralling out to spiralling in. As such, it is a moment of infinite possibility.
There’s something special about the pause between the breath out... and the beginning of the next breath in. It’s a pause filled with potential, an opportunity for change like no other.
As we discover from Bird & Tompkins in “Secrets of the Soil”, when you stir water first in one circular direction and then the other to create an energising vortex, the true magic occurs at the point when the direction is changed and brief chaos ensues. Within that turbulence, hundreds of tiny vortices are created, energising the fluid with the vibrancy of as many little tornadoes.
So when we notice the energy of the seasons spiralling first outwards and then inwards, we can start to understand how the equinoxes, those moments of directional change, can bring us the energy of a multitude of vortices to help us shift stuck emotions, patterns and toxicity.
We know from millennia of experience that the force of this shift can often lead to a healing crisis. A healing crisis is what happens when toxicity – be it toxins, waste materials or unresolved emotions – is suddenly released from the cells, and quickly overloads the body’s routes of elimination.
September, is the fulcrum
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