Our organs reflect, they reflect our relations in society!
Life is organized in a hierarchy of units from cells through organs, organisms and organizations. The hierarchy expands both ways, but we will only look at the levels under and above humans.
A human is at the level of an organism and we can easily relate to the closest levels in the hierarchy, the level of organs under us and the levels of organisations above us. As we move further down or up it becomes more and more distant and hence difficult to relate to.
We can relate to our organs, know where they are, what they do and things that are good or bad for them more easily than minor structures like tissues or cells. The last are already so far away that it becomes more distant or abstract.
We an also relate easily to our family or the neighbourhood, or any organization we are a part of. Relating to the whole country or the whole world is more challenging.
We will focus on the reflection between the levels above and under us. One step down reflects one step up and two steps down, to steps up. It is like a mirror on a table the higher levels are reflected up side down.
One level under is the level of organs and one level above us is the level of groups of people. One level under reflects the level of animals from an evolutionary perspective. Animals are a step under humans but a step above plants.
Animals represent the ability to move or be moved e.g. e-motion and feelings. They also have the ability to sens and have senses as well as digestion.
As a phenomenon we can say that motion, emotion, sensing and digesting are tightly related, or more or less the same thing.
You can imagine the mineral level as a dot or stuck spot. The plant as growth or a line, or even a plane as represented in leaves, then animals becomes a sphere. Most organs are like a sphere. In other words as life reached the level of animals, it reached the level of turning lines and planes into a sphere like formation as well as developing senses, digestion and emotions.
Imagine a sphere as a unit of life moving about, it need senses to survive and relate to the external environment. The senses are like the external environment, flowing into the sphere and being processed or digested. You could say the sphere is influenced by things from the outside streaming into it as it moves towards them or they move towards it. This creates internal reaction of pulling and pushing, of negative or positive feelings.
So we start to see how motion, emotion, senses and digestion can be regarded as the external world entering the sphere and creating internal reactions.
Let us then look at how this reflects the level above us. It is mainly in the relation with other people that we find our emotions, strong sensations of attraction or dislikes, where we get experiences we need to digest.
Let me give some examples. The functions of your organs reflect your relation with people in your life. Let us look at it from the perspective of oriental medicine.
The Liver – gallbladder system is related to your ability to assert yourself or how strongly you move into the circle of people around you. A strong Liver – gallbladder is reflected in a outgoing, self-assertive relation to others.
The Heart is related to being centred or grounded, the ability to be present in yourself in the here and now. It reflects your ability to adjust to other people as regards being active, giving, performing, lecturing or being one of the group more passive and receptive. It is a question of circulation between you and you crowd.
The Spleen is related to structure, holding things or controlling while the Stomach relates to the ability to related to your needs, being caring and mothering. How responsible you are towards others or needy and dependent is reflected in the Spleen and Stomach.
The Lungs are related to grief, sorrow and finishing relations. Your ability to let go of people and letting them go.
The Kidney is the organ that transcends these levels, and connects you to the deeper, to your ancestral roots, to the themes of your family and the trauma of your parents and grandparents reverberating in you.
All these are horisontal relations, when you go down to the next level or up to a higher level you enter a whole new theme where things are about vertical relations, but that will be another article. The reflection continues.
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