I am no scholar of the Five elements or the Five spirits models of Chinese medicine. I have read about them and integrated them into my acupuncture practice. I remember...
“From the Great Above she opened her ear to the Great Below.
From the Great Above the goddess opened her ear to the Great Below.
From the Great Above Inanna opened her ear to the Great Below.
My Lady abandoned heaven and earth to descend to the underworld.
Inanna abandoned heaven and earth to descend to the underworld.
She abandoned her office of holy priestess to descend into the underworld.”
Translation by Wolkstein and Noah-Kramer.
The powerful Sumerian myth of Inanna. The goddess that willing submits herself to seven gates of the underworld, to be reborn as queen of both heaven and earth.
I think about this often, she went through seven difficult gates, each subjected her to more fear and humiliation. She did not think she was going to survive. But she did! She was helped by those that she did not think would help her and forgotten about by the people that she thought would come to her aid.
This is the true story of growth and empowerment. It will take everything from you and it will hurt like hell itself. But you can be reborn anew.