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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
 
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being- physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually - is understood to be founded upon.Thus, we need to understand the relationships that pertain the human being and the earthduring the course of the year so we can center our eating habits in the course of theseasonal rhythms in harmony with the seasonal changes.According to the Five Transformation Theory, The Spirit of Winter creates the state of transformation called Water and it says:"The NORTH creates extreme COLD; COLD creates WATER,The Forces of WINTER create COLD in Heaven and WATER on Earth.They create the KIDNEY organ and The BONES within the body...And the EARS, and the BLACK color, and the SALTY flavor...The emotion FEAR and the ability to make a GROANING sound."This is from the Nei Ching (Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine) as reported inNaboru Muramoto's classic, "Healing Ourselves". It goes on to say about the KIDNEY;"The kidneys strengthen the bones and the marrow, and the bones and the marrowstrengthen the liver; the kidneys rule over the ears.""Extreme fear is injurious to the kidneys, but sympathy can overcome fear.""Too much sweet flavor in food endangers the kidneys, and 'the bones ache and the hair onthe head falls out'"
 
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Classification by The Five Transformation Theory:
WATER:
Yang Organ
 
Kidneys
 
Yin Organ
 
Bladder
 
Tissue
 
Bones
 
Indicator
 
Hair
 
Sense Organ
 
Ears
 
Sense
 
Hearing
 
Body Fluid
 
Urine
 
Direction
 
North
 
Adverse Climate
 
Cold
 
Season
 
Winter
 
Time of Day
 
Day
 
Planet
 
Mercury
 
Number
 
6
 
Emotion
 
Fear
 
Expression
 
Groan
 
Manner in Time of Excitement & Change
 
Trembling
 
Faculty
 
Will
 
Taste
 
Salty
 
Grain
 
Beans
 
Fruit
 
Chestnuts
 
Vegetable
 
Watercress
 
Domestic Animal
 
Pig
 

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