A couple of weeks ago, I took a course titled “Chinese Medical Insights into Death + Dying” with Dr. Jeffrey C. Yuen, a highly respected teacher of Chinese medicine and an 88th generation Taoist Master. In the class, he emphasized the idea that death is considered a “rebirth” within the context of Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM). It is a rebirth because the soul does not “die” with the body. Instead, the soul leaves the body upon death with the potential to return to a new body, thereby experiencing a “rebirth.” This reborn soul has a new body, new surroundings, and a brand new curriculum in life. This class had me thinking: why do we, as a collective society, experience such a deep fear of aging and death if we are to be simply “reborn” again in our end?
Growing up Hindu, the idea of being “reborn” was not new to me. Reincarnation was an idea that I grew up with. At times, I felt protected by this lifelong knowledge that my soul would not die with my body and that I would be reborn after death. My CCM studies re-confirmed this notion for me later in life. However, even with this security, I felt I had, I have always experienced many fears about aging, even more so as I get older. I, like most people, struggle with this all the time.
In Chinese medicine, there is a specific treatment for imbalances in the body that arise due to resistance to aging. These imbalances manifest both physically and emotionally. Emotionally, the person may experience deep fears about what the future holds. They may wish that they still had the same looks that they did when they were much younger, and they may experience severe anxiety regarding the inability to overcome the past.
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There are specific energetic meridians deeply embedded in our bodies that contain a substance called Jing in Chinese medicine. Jing, roughly translated, means our “constitution” or our “essence.” These meridians inform our bodily structure as well as how we perceive ourselves and our place in the world. Think of it as similar to DNA. These precious meridians hold valuable information about our genetic blueprint, and they hold the keys to how we relate to aging and our life’s unfolding.
Imbalances that may arise in the body due to a fear of aging would be treated with one of these constitutional meridians called the Wei channels. Wei means linking. In Chinese medicine, it is understood that our bodies are energy and interwoven with nature around us; our bodies are also linked to space and time. Treating one of the Wei channels would help us become more present with our bodies as well as our present life experience so we don’t see ourselves and others as stuck in time. The Wei channels help bring light to the pain that keeps us fixated on the past or obsessing about the future.
If you’re afraid of aging or long for how you looked in your youth, know that you are not crazy or wrong. The wisdom of the masters of Chinese medicine knew about this hundreds of years ago. It’s simply pathology. It is a widely popular belief today that we should preserve our youth at all costs with things like plastic surgery, Botox, or other similar means. However, the ancient Chinese medical masters believed that life is a constant unfolding, and the goal is to move from one cycle of life to the next with the will to integrate wisdom gained from life experiences during the previous cycles.
Discomfort with aging is an imbalance in your energetic body that is asking you to be present. So go get treated with acupuncture, meditate, eat clean food, take flower essences, or all of the above—whatever you need to do to stay in the moment. It is an unavoidable law of nature that we have to navigate our life moving, inevitably, towards death. We don’t know the details of our “rebirth,” so it is natural to be afraid of this unknown. We are constantly inundated with products that promise to restore purity, cultivate beauty, and “clean” us. But the most restorative thing we can do is cleanse our minds of the pathology of fear and learn to be at home with aging. This is the real purification process.
Priya Ahuja is a licensed acupuncturist and feng shui consultant living in Los Angeles, CA. She practices in Los Angeles and New York City.