The Fall is associated with the Lungs and Large Intestine according to Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy. The predominant emotions at this time are sadness and grief, when the organs are out of balance. The Lungs are about taking in the new. Each time we breathe, we are bringing into our inner world something from the outer world. When this organ is out of balance, change and especially loss can be overwhelming, drowning with water in your lungs. The Large Intestine – the Yang partner to the Yin energy of the Lungs – is about letting go of what is not needed. On the physical level, the Large Intestine absorbs the water from what is indigestible and releases this matter to the next phase. On other levels, this can be seen as mining the gold of each situation, no matter how rough and tumble, and allowing the rest to leave, but not throw the baby out with the bathwater.
The ability to be open to the new and letting go of what is not aligned with us is crucial to the quality of our lives, on all levels. This is however not an area many excel at. What many of us believe is static and have trouble re-defining or refining is our identity. Perhaps once we question one thing, then it leads to another, and soon, our whole sense of self is endangered. And then who are we? And what is the point? Being open to different concepts and continually reworking the sense of Self is not to undermine us, though it may do just that, before we build stronger foundations for truth.
In this Issue, we explore several aspects and questions relating to Identity and the Self. I hope that these promptings will allow deeper reflections and allowance for less rigidity in our beliefs. We lock up tremendous energy to keep structures in place, to reinforce our sense of reality, and to keep vigilant against anything that may threaten who we think we are. We stop breathing fully. We are afraid of the parts of ourselves that we have locked away, in shame or fear, and also in disbelief that we could actually be that amazing.
We have interviews with two yogis, one about to embark on motherhood and one who has faced unexpected emotions and found healing after a difficult birth, people with unconventional jobs and lifestyles, as well as topics different ways to approach the question of identity. Within this issue are also two beautiful and thought-provoking poems.
Some of the questions we raise may be probing and uncomfortable. For some people, it may not be enough. We are all at different parts on our journey and I invite you to slow down, breathe, and allow the words that follow to trickle into the deep recesses of your being.
SANDRA TONKINSON, EDITOR + WRITER
ISSUE 11 CONTENTS
Fall | Letting Go of Grief
The Age of the Guru Has Passed
Where Are You From?
Ashley Chen | Sit. Stay. Go Crazy
Who Are We?
The Enneagram | Personality to Essence. Journey to Wholeness.
Paly Seabrook | Quito. London. Singapore.
What’s In a Name?
Dog and Cat People
Amber Sawyer | Yogi. Meditation Teacher. Mother
The Single Woman
Who Do You Want to Be?
Leah Kim | Rediscovering Self After Pregnancy
Their Blood Runs Through My Veins
Poetry | Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell, Virginia Ball
Photographs | Rui Luz, Maria Soldi, Valia Efstathiou
Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell is the Principal Consultant and founder of Co3 Consulting, which mentors individuals to collectively move toward a dynamically different way to interact. Gerry has a Master’s Degree in Whole Systems Design and is a certified trainer of the Institute of HeartMath’s Resilience Advantage Program. She believes that through systematic thinking and daily resilience practices, we are able to move towards cultivating an environment of coherency and synchronicity.
Gerry has worked with prominent NPOs such as Parker Palmer’s Centre for Courage and Renewal. She is also a Martial Arts Instructor in the Wing Chung Kung-Fu principals and she holds Graduate Certificates in Integrated Skills for Sustainable Change and Permaculture Design. www.co3consulting.net
This Issue | Their Blood Runs Through My Veins
Virginia Ball became interested in her health after a CFS diagnosis at 15. Further challenges and experiences spiritually and with her health throughout her late teens and 20s sparked an insatiable need to understand what was going on and why. She pored over books and did courses across a range of subjects including health, healing, astrology, science, and spirituality.
Virginia currently lives in Germany with her family and spends most of her spare time painting mandalas, writing, and advocating for the environmental and human rights causes. She is the co-creator of Mandala Code.
This Issue | The Age of the Guru Has Passed
Rui Luz is a photographer/digital artist from Portugal who takes an experimental approach. He uses mainly black and white in his work, and aims for atmosphere and concept, sometimes in an abstract manner rather than beauty. He believes the true essence of the picture must be stripped to the fundamental points; this way there are no unnecessary distractions, and the main subject is completely preserved, a sort of purification and discipline as he perceives it.
Maria Soldi is from Italy and has loved taking photos since she was 18. When she was 40, her friend bought her a Barbie doll to use as a subject and model, something she could move and direct for her photographic ideas. 15 years on, Maria now has 48 Barbie dolls which she finds beautiful and can work 24 hours a day! Her photography has wonderful detail and mood through the use of lighting and composition. Maria also explores other styles such as landscapes and portraits. She has two accounts on Instagram | marso1107 | mssolobarbie
This Issue | Photographs for Barbie
Valia Efstathiou lives in Greece and is a translator by day, jewelry designer by night, and a sea-loving shutterbug in between. She loves exploring the Greek islands and being in water. She goes by her nickname Laliou – find her on Instagram and Etsy under that name.
This Issue | Letting Go (photograph for the poem Their Blood Runs Through My Veins)