The Metal Element
In early Autumn, we reach the apex of life’s manifest glory. In late Autumn, the extravagance of Autumn’s early pageant yields inevitably to a spare landscape, revealing the essential and eternal structures beneath life’s extravagant outward displays. Autumn is the time of reckoning: What really matters to us? Through loss of what we value, our value system is revealed; through the inability of all our philosophies to answer the question, “Why?” we are left face to face with the mystery.
The gift of Metal is letting go of outward display in favor of cultivation of inner space and solitude, because it is in our solitude that we commune directly with Heaven’s Breath. Solitude is not loneliness; it is the communion of the self with our own inner landscape and our own inner rhythms–particularly the rhythm of our own breath as it find its natural accord with the rhythm of the Heavens.
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Metal: Living the Elements
Intro to Metal
Intro to Metal 1: The Name on the Box (PDF, 12pp)
Intro to Metal 2: Downbearing and Pacification (PDF, 6pp)
Intro to Metal 3: The Western Chamber of the Heart (PDF, 7pp)
Intro to Metal 4: Grief to Impartiality (PDF, 5pp)
Strategies for Treating Dryness: Reverence and Ancientness in New Mexico (MP3, 28:17)
Praise: From Above or Below? (MP3, 9:33)
Metal: Whole Heart Acupuncture
Lung and Colon
FREE – Lung 5: Meaning Yields to Mystery (MP3, 16:46)
Lung 6: Regulating Interior and Exterior (PDF, 7pp)
Lung 10 in the Context of LU 11 and CO 1: Truth and Beauty (PDF, 11pp)
Intro to Colon and BL 30 (PDF, 6pp)
Metal: Spirit of the Herbs
Mai Men Dong Tang (6 MP3s, 38:29)
FREE – Mai Men Dong Tang Videos (2 videos, 26:30)
Xie Bai San: Defender of the Sacred (4 MP3s, 54:28)
FREE – Zhe Bei Mu Fritillaria: Heaven Entering a Small Personal Space (MP3, 10:15; PDF, 4pp)
Metal: Arts, Media and Culture