HEALING WITH THE SEASONS.
One of the most important conceptual tools in macrobiotic practice is the FiveTransformation Theory (also called The Five Element Theory) which comes out of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Five Transformation Theory:
The illustration shows the relationship of the five paired organs to one another inrelationship to the seasons. There are two cycles, both moving in the same direction. Theouter cycle is called the mother-daughter or nourishing cycle and the inner one, thecontrolling or destructive cycle.In essence the Five Transformation Theory is the result of observing the events in nature asthey change throughout the course of the year and attributing the outward manifest changestaking place in nature (seasonal changes in the vegetation and weather patterns and thebehavior of animals etc.) as resulting from the activities taking place in the atmospheric chior etheric world. The poetic imagination necessary to come up with this tool states that theSpirit of The Seasons creates the state of transformation of the etheric forces or chidesignated by the name associated with those seasons.We are going to begin our study with the WATER season as this begins around the WinterSolstice. The essence of macrobiotic practice is to harmonise ourselves consciously withthe rhythms of the earth, simply because this is what the state of health for the human