We work with the energy of Metal and what it means to us emotionally, physically and spiritually. Working with gentle folding and side opening, we focus on the front and back of the organ body, and unfurl slowly and patiently.
For the Chinese, there is no way to separate the mind and body. Accordingly, we balance emotional imbalances with the Metal Element by addressing emotional issues associated with this element.
The Yang organ associated with the Metal Element is the Large Intestine and the inability to ‘let go’. In your life, the power of the Metal Element allows you to efficiently let go of what is not necessary, and store only what is needed for winter. Physical symptoms that occur with a Metal Element imbalance include:
- Asthma, COPD
- Chronic bronchitis
- Constipation, IBS
- Colitis, diverticulitis
- Lung disorders
- Sinus problems
- Skin disorders
- Large intestine disorders
- Lowered immune functions
Working with the emotions of metal. Turning Grief to Courage and darkness to light. METAL is the energy of autumn; it gives us our sense of quality and value, and our capacity to look at what lies beyond ourselves. It gives us the power to let go.
Forgiveness is a powerful tool of growth. Forgive yourself and others for all the things you think you should have said or done. Even forgive yourself for the anger and guilt you experienced while grieving.
Five Daily Recollections
I am of the nature to grow old; I cannot avoid aging.
I am of the nature to become ill or injured; I cannot avoid illness or injury
I am of the nature to die; I cannot avoid death.
All that is mine, dear and delightful, will change and vanish.
I am the owner of my actions; I am born of my actions; I am related to my actions; I am supported by my actions; Any thoughts, words or deeds I do, good or evil, those I will inherit.
We work with the transition of Late Autumn to Winter, focusing on the interplay of Lung and Kidney energy. The intimate relationship between Lung-Kidney is the Mother and Child relationship that nourishes us and protects us to witness and experience life fully.
The Kidneys belong to water and Lungs belong to metal, and they depend on each other physiologically, and influence each other pathologically.
The relationship is in Leizheng Zhicai (Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases): “the lungs are the master of qi and the kidneys are the root of qi; the lungs exhale qi and the kidneys absorb refined qi; smooth respiration is the result of the harmony between yin and yang.“