Your body is not only anatomically and physiologically complex, it is also energetically complex. Further, your vital energy flowing throughout all parts of your body is an intelligent communication linking your visible body to the invisible energetic fields that also comprise your being.
The energetic blueprint you received at birth from the cosmic and telluric energies that prevailed at the moment you were born were added to the energies inherited from your parents (ancestral energies), and like everyone else, you are affected by a number of cyclical energetic patterns.
There is a daily flow of energies within your body and a yearly flow of energetic seasons.
There is also the cycle of life with the sequence of five 15-year phases that start with the Wood element at birth and the other five 15-year cycles that start with the element of the biorhythm of your birth.
All this can be utterly overwhelming, yet in practical terms, it simply boils down to maintaining a balance of your vital energy.
Learn to read your skin and body shape and to draw appropriate conclusions. (See our blog posts of April 11 and August 1 for learning to read your skin; see also our blog posts of September 14 and September 2 for information on body shape observation.)
Reading your skin and body shape should lead you to select the balancing skincare products you need along with appropriate balancing treatments whenever you can. Lifestyle adjustments may also become necessary however this can be journey of self-discovery. Make it so!
It is important to note that our skin is not only an organ, it has important and useful reflective properties which are the by-products of the energetic network that connects our skin to all internal parts of our body.
We can learn from our skin and respect it for the tell-tale signs it gives us. Consequently, it cannot be excessively stripped–mechanically or with acids–injected with chemicals, cut, stretched, and sewn, without consequences.
Likewise, what we eat, drink, breathe, and how we exercise our bodies or not will have consequences on our health as much as our skin.
Our thoughts, emotions, and intent, affect our energetic system, and as a result, our physical being.
Skincare is not only caring for our body but for our entire being. This is why skincare must truly be a holistic proposition. Anything else is either neglectful or a shortcut with potentially undesirable consequences.
With knowledge comes the opportunity to take charge of your wellness. The exigencies and circumstances of modern life are very destabilizing, but with knowledge, our ability to maintain balance—mental, emotional, and physical— becomes that much greater.
It’s entirely up to you. Make sure you enjoy the process!
In your body, you have an interconnected system of subtle lines and vortices of energy that both emanate from and support the denser molecular matter of your physical body. These lines or channels of energy are called nadir in the Ayurvedic system of medicine of India. The vortices where the energetic channels converge to support the internal and external structures of the body are called chakras. All forms of non-Westernized medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy, and indigenous cultures around the world acknowledge that a vital life-force energy creates and sustains physical life… there is an invisible force that ebbs and flows within all living things and is the animating force of creation, sustenance, and destruction.
–Kamm, Laura Alden. Intuitive Wellness: Using Your Body's Inner Wisdom to Heal. New York, NY: Atria, 2007. Print.