The Week of the Xióngmāo (Giant Panda) is one of the most disruptive in the entire chronology of The Kalendar: it shakes, it ships, it shivers, it shifts, and it shimmies. Like a constipated person seeking desperately to take a shit, it works with the misshapen shame or shapeless shavings to generate something that is polished shiny new.
So now isn’t it fitting that the Chinese word for new, 新 Xīn appears at this station today (pronounced like the English word shin, meaning the front part of the leg beneath the knee or the Hebrew word shin, the 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet (associated with the /sh/ sound) and Šīn, also representing /ʃ/, the 13th letter of the modern Arabic alphabet.
Since I’ve written twice on Shame so far on my blog this week (“A New Story About Shame: The Transition of Yin-Being into the Aim of Shifting”) and (“Shame and Chivalry: A Personal Path to Shifting Out of Pain”), you are probably aware that I’m looking at the subtle-body and the connection of emotions to the language in which we describe them. Therfore, it’s worth looking at the station in Lingua-U which is yin to its yang. If Shame (𝌤𝌂) is yang, and it is at the Fifth Mark, what stands at yin at the Fifth Mark but 𝌤𝌃, which is associated with words such as shin and shimmy and shill.
If you’re still reading this, good for you. You probably already understand or at least be open to the notion that the energy we express through our language can take different forms, including some that get processed through our bodies. I think that much is beyond dispute, although not everyone is interested in looking at it.
But there’s also bad news: there is no lineage of embodiment practice (neither Yoga nor Tai Chi) which uses the insights from Lingua-U, a meta-linguistic look at mantra and sacred words, in order to fine-tune and optimize embodiment practices. Therefore, to learn what Lingua-U is suggesting to us, we need to take an experimental approach and be willing to look at both language and embodiment in a new way. Only then can we bring whatever gifts we have been given from these investigations into harmony with established lineages of embodiment wisdom.
What I think we are learning by paying attention to this energetic shift from shame to shimmy or shin as yang energy turns yin is a glimpse at the possibility of reshaping shame through embodiment. Whether you take this as a injunction to move your body in a certain way to explore your physical energy sense or as a mental analogy is up to you.
If you want to look at embodying an energy that is yin to the yang of shame, try something like this (“How to Shimmy”):
Or if you are wondering what idea might be suggested by the shimmy/shin, it could be the feeling of reverence that a Knight owes to a Lord or noble. The suggestion, I think, is to prostrate yourself by laying your shin flat on the ground before the object of your worship.
Interestingly, the Japanese religion of Shinto is devoted to ritual practices that seek to cultivate an attitude of reverence for ancestral higher powers. In our bodies, we need to become a shill (an accomplice) to the gods. Try devotion (div-o-ʃun) to a ennobling moral code and the higher power or powers that reinforce it.
To shimmy your way free of shame, practice dropping into the energy of your lower body (lower than your knees, higher than your feet) and allow them to take on the negative active force (yang), shake and let them bounce and go up and down. Allow the light present in your body to shimmer (shine with a soft tremulous light).
What should you expect from this? If the yang is shame and the yin is shimmy/shin, then the yung is 𝌤𝌅)… One word comes to mind: the Romani word Shil, meaning cold. After metal has been heated for shaping, it needs to cool down. Reshape your shape by allowing the misshapen parts of yourself to cool into a healthier form. Take a bowel movement. And then let your mental thoughts and spiritual self-sense remove (shit out) the bad stuff and let a cleaner, shinier, healthier You emerge out of it. Nothing could make your inner Polisher more ship-shape.
And in the longer term, after you’ve cooled down into a new shape? … שָׁלוֹם (shalom, “peace”).