First, let’s look at some definitions:

Purify = to remove dirty or harmful substances from something, remove contaminants from, make ceremonially clean, extract something from.

See = perceive with the eyes; discern visually, discern or deduce mentally after reflection or from information; understand.

In Chinese Medicine, Purify is associated with the Metal Element and refers to Cleaning Out Old Negativity.

Nature instructs us about our own cycles of creating and letting go: Trees in autumn don’t stubbornly hold onto their leaves because they might need them next year. Yet how many of us defy the cycle and hold onto what we’ve produced or collected – those decayed leaves, that old negativity? How can we hope for a harvest next year unless we let go of the old and start afresh?

As you let go of the waste, the old and stale in our lives, it leaves you receptive to the pure. The Lungs enable us to take in the pure, the new. It grants us the inspiration of a breath of fresh air. It’s the receiver of the pure Qi from the Heavens.

Persons with a Metal imbalance (someone who hasn’t actively sought out purifying and getting rid of negativity and things that don’t serve them) end up

seeking respect and recognition from the outside because they feel the lack of worth within. These are people who have difficulty “letting go” because they identify their own worth with “things” – achievements, attachments, collections, possessions, attitudes stored in the cluttered attic of the mind – which then allows you to not see clearly.

Purifying What We See.

And as we let go of what we thought was ourself-physical waste, old habits, beliefs, assumptions, and identifications-we are supported by a new vision of who we are because of this clarity, this new awareness, this pure vision.

There is an Acupuncture point: LI-4 , also called He Gu. Each point has a nickname and this point is called The Great Eliminator: It removes blockages of rubbish, things gummed up and encourages the release of toxins, negativity and poisons in the body, mind and spirit.

The energy from the Lungs enters the Large Intestine meridian here as it’s what we call an Entry Point in Acupuncture. The functions of receiving (Lung) and letting go (Large Intestine) are joined.

In Taoism, the image of the valley is a symbol of emptiness. The virtue of emptiness is that it empowers one to be receptive to the essential nature of life.

It’s a tall order, but we MUST embrace new perspectives. We must make room for the NEW… So your homework is to let go of anything that doesn’t serve you. This includes food, people, thoughts, emotions, etc.

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