Wednesday, March 12, 2008
The upwards rising energy of spring has reached a critical mass. Today I saw a few trees in bloom, tomorrow I'll see more and the next day more still. Within a week the landscape will be completely transformed, from stark and wintery to a pale pink, white and yellow poofy goofy Fairyland. Just like every year, but still it amazes me. I'm in awe of the power of spring energy. It takes some serious umphh to push plants above ground, open flowers that have been so tightly wound, push up grass, etc.
There's so much gathered energy just underfoot, I'm surprised you can't feel the ground trembling from it. Spring is explosive here in DC, dynamic, like a big sneeze. In fact, my shamanic dance of alignment includes frequent bouts of explosive sneezing. It is thematically perfect, but so unpleasant.
This year, Chinese medicine is going to be a big part of my annual sinus-centered war with tree and grass pollens. Every year I fight, and every year I lose. But maybe not this year. Today I pledged not only to cook the herbs and drink the vile tea that results from the process, but to wrap the cooked herbs in hot washcloths and lay them across my eyes twice a day. My exact prescription is to let some of the tea from the washcloths drip into my eyes, and to keep sipping the tea throughout the day, even when I'm using the herbal compresses. The Sufi acupuncturist wants me to "continually meet the environment" in alliance with the herbs. It's like herbal armor, herbal guardians who have my back. It's so extreme, so shamanic. I'm intrigued.
Chrysanthemum and honeysuckle are two of the herbs I'll be working with. Both of them are lovely plants I have friendly contact with later in the summer, right around summer solstice, after my allergies subside. I'm wondering if these herbs can in some way move my sinuses forward in time, past the season of my unholy congestion.
Who knows? It could work. At least I'll give it my best shot. Vile tea, poured into the eyes etc. is a small price to pay to enjoy spring in the midatlantic. Well worth it, if it works. Believe me.