The doorbell chimes, you open the door and a mysterious messenger hands you a scroll sealed with a luminous shimmering wax. As you unroll it, fiery words flicker and leap from the page, forming an invitation to an imperial luncheon. The messenger takes your hand and within seconds you are ascending through the heavens. The mystical Kunlun mountains materialize out of the clouds and perched on the highest gleaming peak is a golden palace. As you glide towards it, a set of massive jewel-studded doors swing open to reveal interior treasures; precious silks and jades and richness that takes your breath away. The messenger guides you to a banquet table, laden with fragrant foods; steaming rice that hisses ‘chi’, brilliantly-coloured succulent vegetables, meats that melt in your mouth. And there is the emperor, seated in all his shining benevolence, radiating wisdom and love and ready to reveal the secrets of your soul, but you check your phone for messages and ask if a sandwich to go is a possibility, as you’re in a bit of a hurry.
There’s something wrong with that picture but, from the mystical chi-cycle perspective, this is what most of us do every day at lunchtime by working through, eating on the run or worse still, skipping lunch entirely. ‘Skip’ is far too frivolous a word in this context because lunch is another mystical ‘make or break’ phase of the day. A destiny gateway is before you and it’s critical to pass through this one so that the rest of the day works for you rather than against you. Cosmic yang has been slowly building throughout the morning and by lunchtime this has peaked. The cosmic switch has now been thrown over to yin, and if you consciously acknowledge this, sit back, let go of business and ‘doing’ and have a warm nourishing meal, the gateway opens. Your internal mystical processes continue smoothly, you are on track to destiny and a step closer to finding your cosmic self. See, yang is expansion, it rises, and if your actions have been aligned so far – a breathing and chi practice, followed with a nourishing breakfast and four hours of working purposefully – information about your cosmic self has risen with the yang. Sitting back now allows you to become consciously aware of this and to experience a profound sense of peace.
Energetically, the qualities of your small intestine are prominent now and your task is to ‘digest’. Digest and absorb both food and the awareness of your real mystical nature. But, because lunchtime is the most yang time of the day, and often the busiest part of the day and we are all addicted to yang (go, go, go) and unaligned, we all want to keep moving. We can’t stop, we don’t want to stop, we don’t have the time or space to sit down or we are so wound-up that we can’t even eat, let alone digest. So we ‘skip’ lunch or grab something on the go. But blow-off lunch and you are going against the flow, you are dissing the emperor and your orbs, the divine consciousness of your organs, can’t escort you to the palace, or set the table or serve you up your internal treasures. The system breaks down, there’s chaos in the mystical catering department, the awareness of your cosmic self gets returned to the cosmic kitchen, untouched, and everything is now in place for a health and/ or identity crisis.
I’ve been a therapist for decades now, and the most common thing I hear is ‘I don’t know who I am’ or ‘I’m nobody’. In our culture society is responsible for the construction of the self. This keeps therapists in business and will do for a long, long time because, from the Daoist perspective, the chi of society is toxic. It creates an ‘acquired’ version of yourself. This is the opposite of cosmic because you end up identifying yourself by your profession or belongings, or how others perceive you and this is the road to misery. We don’t come from society, we come from Dao. The mystical gateways allow the Dao to come through to us, they return us to source. So the solution to not knowing who you are or feeling you are nobody, is to align your daily activities with the chi-cycle let the chi of Dao bring your cosmic self forward.
You need to make a conscious effort to build chi too, as you need strong chi for a strong sense of identity. What you eat for lunch is a critical part of this because certain foods, sandwiches for example, are chi-vampires. They feed your acquired self and contribute to a life of misery and confusion. This might sound a bit dramatic, but have a sandwich for lunch and before long you’ll be craving something, like a sugar hit or a snooze, to counter the imbalances the sandwich created. Snoozing and snacking are small things but they set up lots of other small imbalances that keep you on the surface, and keep you seeking yourself via physical experiences. This contributes to an ever-more unaligned lifestyle and loss of identity, but also to the big pathologies such as heart disease.
If you eat incorrectly and / or work through lunch you’ll stay in yang mode, you’ll be out of alignment, that mystical destiny gateway slams shut in your face, and now you are on your own. You’ll be building momentum that will get increasingly difficult to stop so you can’t wind down at the end of the day, you can’t sleep, you spin further off-centre, lose contact with who you are and all sorts of symptoms arise. In my rehab I treat plenty of people who have been told that they are ‘alcoholics’ and diseased because they have to drink several bottles of wine every night. But all of these clients have unaligned lifestyles. They get up and straight into work, skip breakfast, grab a sandwich or skip lunch and work late. Yang runs out-of-control and they end up needing the alcohol to be able to switch over from a yang to a yin state otherwise sleep is impossible.
Instead of focusing on giving up the alcohol, which goes nowhere, I work with these clients on aligning, and on evolving their switch-over method to a chi practice. This allows them to embrace yang while being in a state of patience (yin) – which is what the alcohol is doing. Eventually, the urgent need for alcohol goes and they are able to enjoy a glass of wine or a drink for its social function or taste. Initially they do the chi practice around 5.30pm before they drink (as trying to change your lifestyle overnight is never practical) but then work towards shifting the chi practice to the morning and doing a conscious yin ‘handover’ at lunchtime. I always do a lunchtime meditation to get into an altered state, and allow a smooth transition from the yang of the morning to the yin of the afternoon, and I teach this to my clients as well.
A lot of people don’t stop for lunch because they feel that if they do, they ‘won’t get everything done’. But if you’re stressed about ‘getting everything done’, you’ve already got a yang rising imbalance. Getting your lifestyle cosmically aligned will slowly correct this. It will also make you healthier and more energetic so you’ll automatically be more productive, you’ll get plenty of things done, but things that take you towards your destiny. Also, as being aligned allows you to find your cosmic self, you won’t waste time doing acquired things like making other people’s lives miserable or buying into other people’s attempts to make your life miserable. If you’ve had the fully acquired boss / colleague / relative or partner experience, you know how much time is wasted on the massive emotional dramas and conflict acquired behavior can create. Even just entry level acquired behavior wastes time. I recently moved out of a rental property. Jumped though all the hoops with cleaners and gardeners and left the place in better shape than it was when I moved in, but the career oriented property manager, decided to do the old white glove dust test under the house – and decided that until a ramshackle shelf in this area was dusted the bond would not be released. Being a traditional elevated QLD house, underneath was basically concrete and dirt, it was like asking someone to dust the road. The ‘profession’, the physical, the need to impose control over others, had taken too much prominence. It led to hours and hours of discussion, paperwork, phone calls and emails; all of which could have been turned towards more productive activities.
We have to do our physical jobs here, and do them well, but if we do them (and everything else in life) with constant reminders of our cosmic selves, the cosmic part of us becomes more real and we are less likely to get into acquired behavior. The cosmic self is disinterested in gossip, disinterested in having opinions or judgment. It is free from reactive emotionality and accepting of everything. The cosmic self doesn’t look for value outside itself. The cosmic self doesn’t eat sandwiches and it doesn’t work through lunch. It understands how critical it is to roll with the cosmic flow of yin and yang. So have a warm meal and some cosmic awareness for lunch tomorrow. Follow yin and yang, dine in the palace, sit back and listen to the secrets of your soul and lick the cosmic-self awareness plate clean. This will change the rest of the day and your future. Your orbs will cheer up, they can then clear up the banquet and prepare for the afternoon’s yin slide to the grand finale of cosmic-self awareness at kidney time. And then you’ll really know who you are and what you are here for.