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Dear Ana_maria,

Happy Holidays! Many of us in the field of Energy Medicine have been hearing for years that December
2012 is a crucial time for our planet in terms of major energetic shifts in our global awareness. In this
month's newsletter, we will talk about what the global shift may mean for each of us and how we can best
utilize these changes.

We will also learn how the Rhythm or Element of Water which begins December 21st with the Winter
Solstice is an important time to understand the emotional and physical aspects of our Kidney and Urinary
Bladder and learn some Energy Medicine Balancing Quick Tips for the Winter Season.

With thoughts of health and wellness for you and your family during this very special time.

Be Well Within,
Dr. Melanie
Is there an Energetic Shift Happening on the Planet?

It has been written and talked about for decades and it is finally here. Beginning on December 21, 2012
at 12:12:12 we are moving into the 5th Dimension, the
Age of Aquarius, the shift of the Mayan Calendar, the
cosmic change into the Divine Feminine ending a
13,000 year old Masculine cycle and welcoming in the
New Year of 2013. The old paradigms are falling away
which may have stirred up some deep emotional and
physical experiences for you.

Just know that this is one of the most powerful times we

will ever experience in this lifetime on this planet Mother
Earth. This is an excellent time for introspection,
reflection, clearing, cleansing and letting go as we move
according to the Chinese 5-Elements and the Laws of
Nature - we are leaving Metal Time and moving into
Water on 12-21-12. The Winter Solstice and the Water Element mark the beginning of the New Year,
New Time.

This SHIFT will be unique for each person. You may feel a change in your energy, your consciousness,
and your overall health. You may feel your entire vibration has changed as the doors open and you begin
to assimilate the stream of Light and Love. And for many it will be a subtle change and may even go
unnoticed for some time.
Wishing you....
The Water Element....Are You in The Flow?

Water is vital to our existence. The human body is comprised of 60-70% water and it decreases as we
age. It is the ONE thing we need the most and the best thing we can do for ourselves on a daily basis -
drink more quality water. It is used in almost every bodily function including cellular metabolism and
nourishing the brain. It is also important to know the body does not recognize other fluids in the same way
as pure water.

Water Element is the beginning of the 5-Element cycle and represents both birth and death in the cycle of
life. Those with Water as their primary element will be childlike, curious and endearing. They also are
truth seekers and search deeply for the meaning of life. Other correspondences associated with the
Water Element are the color blue, season of winter,
cold climate, north direction and a craving for salty

The Water Element reminds us to be in the flow of

life having faith and trust to be in connection with the
natural flow of all that is, letting go of our potential
resistance and need to control. The Water Element
brings us full circle. It is a time in nature to go inside
and meditate, quiet the mind and rest. It is a cycle
for reflection and restoration and to strengthen our
will power and adaptability. If we allow ourselves this
rest, we have the ability to gain much wisdom and
move forward in a more powerful way. Connection
and community are fundamental to our growth
during this time as we gather with those we love.
Energy Medicine Quick Tips to Balance Water Element
Learn how to Balance the Water Element

The Power and Energy of the Kidney

On a physical level, the Water element is associated with the Kidney and Bladder organs. While both the
organs have numerous functions, here are a few to be aware of for improved health and wellness. Each
organ has an associated meridian. Kidney is the Yin meridian of the Water Element and Urinary Bladder
is its Yang meridian partner.

Kidney stores the Essence or Life Force Energy that is inherited from our parents. Your Kidney Essence
is dependent on their energy at the time of conception. K1, the first point on the meridian, is called "The
Well Spring of Life." Essence is the foundation of the body and the root of the mind and heart. In Oriental
Medicine it is believed that once one has depleted their Kidney energy through age and over activity, it
cannot be replenished. However, I believe using Acupuncture and Energy Medicine tools on a daily basis
to balance our energy and strengthen our Kidneys we are able to restore this energy and replenish the
adrenals for greater health. We truly can change our energetic profile.

Kidney is the most Yin of all of the organs and meridians and thus it requires the most nurturing and
nourishing. Kidney Essence dominates reproduction, growth and development. The Kidneys' produce the
marrow for the bones and help form the brain known in oriental medicine as the Sea of Marrow. Kidney
energy governs the bones, teeth, eyes, ears and the hair on your head. They physically reside in the
lumbar region and can be the cause for low back pain. They dominate Fire at the Gate of Vitality the
Mingmen point. This Fire is necessary to warm the Spleen to promote transportation and transformation
of nutrients and fluids.

The Kidneys' dominate water metabolism by regulating the flow and amount of water in your body. It is
this flow of water that enables the body to collect and excrete waste and toxins to its partner the Urinary
Bladder. The pure water is sent to the Lungs. The Kidney receives Qi and helps our Lungs with

Kidney houses Zhi, will power, and the mental aspects that pertain to focus, concentration, thinking,
memorization and long-term memory. Will power is the basis for the mind and the mind directs will power.
If the mind (Shen) is confused, will power will lead to confusion, lack of drive, and poor initiative causing
one to be discouraged. If the mind (Shen) is strong, then one will have the will power, drive, ambition,
determination and clarity to pursue their goals.
Emotionally Kidney Qi is depleted most through fear, shame, dread, insecurity, phobias, anxiety,
paranoia, insecurity and suspicion. Physical signs that Kidney energy is out of balance include: low back
pain, hip pain, edema, frequent urination, osteoporosis, tinnitus, ear infections, hair loss, early graying,
infertility, enlarged prostate, eye problems, irregular menstruation, adrenal fatigue, impotence, heart
diseases, asthma, poor memory, chronic fatigue syndrome, painful knees and ankles, cold hands and
feet, hardening of the arteries, vertigo, teeth and gum problems, stomach - pain, swelling or bloating, and
a lack of energy or life force.

The Urinary Bladder

is the Yang organ and meridian of Water. It is the longest meridian in the body beginning at the inside
corner of the eye, running up over the head and down the entire backside of the body. Its primary function
is eliminating fluids and waste. It is essential to life as it helps to release potential toxins from our body
and works closely with Kidney to managebodily fluids. It also governs our nervous system. Emotionally a
Bladder imbalance may show as an inability to cope, deep depression, hopelessness, feeling inadequate,
fear of change, lack of faith and trust, paralyzed will, terror and futility.

Physical signs that Bladder is out of balance include: incontinence, burning or frequent urination, difficulty
urinating, arthritis, back pain, tooth loss, urinary tract infections, nervous system problems, foot pain,
occipital headaches, and sciatica.