The Liver | The Teacher
LIVER –Transmutation, Transformation, Change
“Hello” I ventured. “Who are you?”
“I am a warrior, my name is Hun I am part of a tribe, a vast tribe of millions and my voice must be heard. My word is law but it is not always heard. I can reach through time to the lands of my forefathers and all the records of creativity contained there.”
I didn’t know how to respond.
He continued “If you are a pianist and you want to play like Mozart I can help you. I am Spring; the endless stream of creativity bubbling over in the minds of all poets, philosophers and musicians.”
I could tell he had acknowledged me, but only just.
His eyes had looked my way but his head was fixed, like a tree trunk stuck in the earth. In fact where his neck would be looked gnarled.
Tendons and veins, hardened by time.
He opened his mouth and breathed out fire which would have burnt me had I not stepped back.
As I did I stepped off the entrance to the cave and stumbled backward into the blackness. I had to move my arms to float back level with the cave.
It seemed easy and I looked along the length of my left arm to see what looked like a cross between bird feathers and gills hanging down from it. It was the same with my right arm.
He/She was laughing at me, a loud, malicious laugh that made the cave vibrate. I fixed her gaze with a scornful stare and looked away ambivalently.
“What’s the matter with you?”
“None of your business” she thundered.
“Look I don’t know what I’m doing here, but I have been sent here, so can you please give me an idea of what’s happening and what to expect. What’s going on?”
“What’s going on is slavery, what’s going on is imprisonment.”
The voice was deep and impactful, I immediately shared her sense of injustice even though I didn’t know the reason for the complaint.
“There is nothing new being created, invention, imagination, creativity is dead.”
“Why’s that”, I asked.
“It’s been outlawed.”
“Outlawed by who?”
“By the leader.”
“Where is the leader?”
“In his walled chamber”, his eyes looked up. “ He determines what is and isn’t possible.”
The Liver is part of the tree/ether element and is the teacher.
Healing is through the word.
A bridge between the spiritual and material realms it is the capacity to bring the hignest ideals into existence. It is the force of our creativity,
Like the tree let us have strong roots to move past obstacles and reach for the sky.
Key themes; Regeneration, transformation, flexibility & embracing change.
Key thought; I am not a woman, I am not a man, I am not a person, I am a teacher.
The Liver holds the office of “general of the armed forces. Assessment of circumstances and conception of plans stem from it” (Nei Jing Ch 8)
The Liver is linked to the Tree element so I will use the analogy of a tree here:
Like a tree that is supple and can move with the wind we also need flexibility. It is important that we find the right environment and conditions for optimising learning.
This is the process of learning how we learn best which is called self-directed learning.
This is about having ‘both feet on the ground’ and yet being able to materialise a vision of something beyond us that is in service of others and the planet.
This requires an ability to sacrifice; at times to go beyond immediate needs, to drop ideas, revise plans and to be assertive when necessary.
Like the emerging plant pushing past or going around a rock there is direction and determination without the need to see too far ahead.
This requires flexibility, meaning we don’t get overly attached or upset if our original plans do not work out. Trust in another way is implied.
A trees rising sap and outward reaching branches is mirrored by us wanting to reach up and out. This gives us a sense of expansion and domain.
When we feel blocked, our energy stagnates, we lose our initial impetus and find it harder to initiate change.
Whether through yoga, meditation, herbal medicine, acupuncture or lifestyle change working with the energy of the Liver makes us adaptable and expansive even under challenging circumstances otherwise we feel sluggish and over- burdened with an impaired ability to detoxify.
The Liver is involved in stabilising blood sugar levels and removes toxins and waste from the blood so it has a profound effect on the clarity of our thought and our ability to react effectively.
You are not discovering yourself but creating yourself anew. Seek therefore not to find out who you are seek to determine who you want to be