On one level tea helps heal the everyday niggles such as poor digestion, disturbed sleep and erratic energy levels that are common features of day-to-day life, especially within the modern workplace where too much caffeine is consumed, jobs are more sedentary and more stressful.More importantly tea helps people reach that level of health where they truly thrive. In China, they call this state 'Yuan Chi', translated as 'youthful vigor'.
Cha Dao means 'the Way of Tea' and is an ancient Chinese spiritual practice still used in China today by Daoist practitioners. It is a way to use tea and its associated rituals, as a doorway into accessing our own spiritual evolution.
The Chinese have long understood the power of the Tea Plant as a teacher, but here in the West we are only just beginning to open up to this idea.
I will briefly mention at this point the work of Dr. David Hawkins, as it has been key to putting this idea into some context. It is based on the underlying idea that everything is a vibrating energy system and the higher the frequency expressed, the higher the power within.
In brief, his research established a guide to the different levels of human consciousness based on a calibrated scale of 1-1000, mapping our resonant frequencies to our state of being. i.e. how our emotional state changes the frequency we resonate at. When we resonate below 200, our primal emotions still rule- shame, pride, apathy, grief. But as we raise our resonant frequency through the scale, we start to experience courage, acceptance, reason, joy, peace until we reach above 700 and then we experience 'enlightenment'.
When we measure the resonant frequency of the 5 Chinese teas we offer, they hit the scale at around 980, they are, in effect, true enlightenment energy in a cup.
And this is where things get interesting, in 'TEAVOLUTION', how can we take a cup of tea and begin to access this divine energy stored within its leaves as a tool to transform us? How can we take its wisdom and let it activate our true potential?
To begin to answer this question, we take a sideways step and briefly look at plants that can affect our neural networks.
Psychoactive plants are defined as those that induce psychtropic effects, that is, affect mental ability, behaviour, perception and mood. Tea has its own individual psychotropic effects because of the totally unique combination of caffeine, antioxidants and theanine contained within its leaves. Their synergistic effect raises levels of serotonin and dopamine, hence affecting brain functioning.
By altering your consciousness, even only slightly, there is a gateway created for a different type of communication, interpreted away from usual human thought. Here, we harness the power of quiet, of intention and reverence.
We work with the amazing energetics practitioner, Jane Alexander, who has been created meditations or more accurately, journeys, that you can take with each tea to help learn from its individual teaching, channelled through the tea plants themselves. They are all available to listen to on each individual Chinese tea page.
It is our desire to change the way you relate to the humble tea plant, by highlighting its incredible hidden ability to help us reach our true potential, as individuals and as a culture. It is what is at the heart of ATTIC Teas. We hope you enjoy the journey.