With Guest: Lillian Bridges
We often think of emotion as one thing. That we are sad, or angry, or frustrated, or joyous. But often it’s more complicated than that. Many times there will be an entanglement of emotion. Love and anger, grief and guilt, or excitement and anxiety. It’s when emotions get entangled people can really get stuck as it is hard to sort work through one emotion when it’s intimately connected with another toward which you’re not attending .
In this conversation with Lillian Bridges we explore our emotional makeup, how it shows on the face, and how we can use the dynamics of the five phases to better understand and sort out these deep internal influences that can so dramatically effect our physiology and relationships.
Listen into this conversation that goes into our “internal weather,” the right use of Will and how our feelings can strongly influence our perceptions and perspectives.
In this conversation we discuss:
- The problem of overusing or underusing emotion
- It is the nature of emotion to seek expression, for it to go out and come in
- Emotions are often tangled together, which is what makes resolving some difficult at times
- Sadness may reside it the Lung, but it can come from the Heart, or the Liver for that matter
- Dread is a combination of worry and fear
- Wood goes to the past, Metal looks toward the future with ideas and ideals
- How to tell if someone is introvert or extrovert
- Opposites tend to look alike
- After the age of sixty you can’t use your Will in a way that goes against your higher good
- Be careful with your metrics for comparison
- Chinese medicine is amazing for adapting to new circumstances
- Wood and Fire have a difficult time with isolation
- How to use face reading if you don’t know how to face read
- To love someone else is to forgive them for not being you
- If you find the emotion underneath the action, you’ll know what element it is
- We have exactly the right body we need to express the unique gifts we have
- Nothing is missing
- The importance of fulling your worldly obligations
I learned about Daoist Philosophy, which includes the ancient science of Face Reading and the ancient art of Feng Shui, from my Chinese family, most specifically from my Grandmother, Mary Chien Lowe and from my uncles. I was taught in the apprenticeship method from the time I was 5 years old until I was in my early 20’s. I actually thought that every family knew such things and when I discovered that it was not common, I decided to write a book about my family’s teachings. It took many years as I had to connect the things I learned in the holistic Chinese way with the Western need for details. My first book, Face Reading in Chinese Medicine came out in 2003 and the 2nd Edition was published in 2012.
I have spent many years traveling around the world teaching Face Reading and Facial Diagnosis to Doctors, Acupuncturists and other Health Practitioners at conferences and schools and to Business Management teams. I have also taught and practiced Five Element Feng Shui, working with developers and individuals utilizing the principles of Daoist Design to enhance the “outer body” of homes and offices. In addition, I’ve read thousands of wonderful faces and enjoy helping people recognize more about who they are, what’s wonderful about them and where they can potentially go, and they can do in the world, which I call their Golden Path. It makes me very happy to help people and encourage them to become their best selves and live their best lives.
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Acupuncturist, Podcast Host
I've always been more drawn to questions than answers. And the practice of medicine seems to more lively when infused with a sense of curiosity and inquiry. It's been delight and honor to be able to discuss our medicine with so many thoughtful and skilled practitioners.