Minister of Heaven
Vitality. Ki-Intake. Self-Worth. Protection. Boundaries. YES to Life
I Key Points
Lung System, Lung Channel, Tai Yin Lung Channel of Hand (手太阴肺经) or Hand’s Major Yin Lung Meridian, o. pulmonalis
Phase of Change
Yin oder Yang Quality
Greater Yin – Tai Yin – 太阴
Large Intestine (Yang)
inwards and downwards
Po the corporeal soul
Appreciation, recognition, illuminating intuition, limiting to the essentials
I How to Support?
Breathing exercises are of great benefit to both meridians of the Metal Element and are the first choice for an imbalance in the Lungs or Large Intestine Energy. While attention should be paid to inhalation in Lung Meridian, in the Large Intestine Meridian attention is on exhalation and letting go.
All holistic natural healing methods, such as Acupuncture, Homeopathy, psychotherapeutic bereavement support, Chinese phytotherapy or similar
Makko Ho Exercises
Yoga, Tai Chi
Breathing exercises (!)
Every kind of exercise and sport
at chr. Respiratory problems: steam inhalation with essential oils
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of your own being!
I Spiritual Potential Po the corporeal soulRead More
Po has its root in the Lung Ki and is the bodily aspect of Shen – for this reason Po is also called the corporeal soul. It reflects our physical existence into our consciousness. Po mirrors Hun. While the etherea soul Hun (Wood Element) is of non-material, spiritual nature and is assigned to the Yang, the Yin part of Shen is embodied by the corporeal soul Po.
Just as there are three Hun souls, according to ancient Chinese tradition there are also seven corporeal souls. These in turn are closely related to the “seven passions” (anger, joy, fear, sorrow, hatred, love and desire).
7 is the number assigned to the Po. Joy and lust in excess damages the Po soul. In very horrible accidents, through surgery and medication, parts of the soul can get lost and cause parts of the body to lose their vitality. Po souls can be brought back through body awareness and breathing (e. g. Shiatsu treatments, breathing exercises, Makko Ho exercises, Yoga. . . )
Po represents the realm of physical, emotional and instinctive forces in the human being that have a close relationship with the body. These forces correspond more to the animalic level, since one reacts reflexively via Po.
Our innate ability of Ki exchange with the universe via breathing is given to us by Po. Breathing can also be understood as the pulsation of the corporeal soul. Po sets the limits in space and the rhythm in time. Po collects its experiences through our senses (e. g. sense of smell or touch). These experiences are extraordinarily vivid and alive because through them we make a connection between the inherent Ki and the Ki of the universe.
Also the tactility of a person, any pain or itching on the skin is the experience of the Po-soul; also the ability of the kinaesthetics – to move, to keep the balance and to coordinate the body in its movement.
Po souls belong to the earth and die with physical death.
I Emotion Grief and SorrowRead More
In the Chinese view, the feeling of deep, persistent grief is associated with the functions of the Lungs and Large Intestine (Metal Element).
Like any other feeling, grief is a natural, healthy process. If the Metal Element is weakened, grief can depress a person and it will be difficult for him to let go of feelings of grief and loss. Also an inability to mourn indicates an imbalance in the Metal Element.
A balanced Metal Element is adaptable and able to absorb changes and allow losses – to create space for new things in our lives. A grief lived through can give a person the valuable experience of self-knowledge and maturation of personality.
I Other Aspects of the LungRead More
The Corporeal Soul Po assigned to the Lungs is responsible for the body’s ability to react. This includes our reaction to physical perceptions and sensory impressions from our environment.
One of the body sensations that our Corporeal Soul absorbs is pain. In order to protect us from injuries, this sensation is (survival-) vital. Anaesthetics, whether under general or local anaesthesia, can have negative effects on the Lungs and/or the Corporeal Soul (e. g. in the form of “feelings of disembodiment”).
The Lung is called the “tender organ” or “delicate organ.” It is the only Yin organ with direct contact to the outside and is therefore extremely vulnerable to attack by external pathogenic influences. Therefore, many diseases with an external cause cause cold symptoms.
According to the teachings of TCM, the self-defense system (defense Ki) of the body belongs to the functional circle of the Lungs. Masunaga (Zen Shiatsu Theory), on the other hand, held the view that it belonged more to the functional circle of the Triple Heater.
If there is no certainty about one’s own value, we may be looking for perfection beyond our limits, an ideal that we then ceaselessly in order to balance our sense of inner emptiness and worthlessness.
Dr. med. Leon Hammer lists the following topics in his book:
I The Transformations of Bonds
while the energy of the Earth allows bonds to mature into relationships,. . . the Phase of Metal is at the service of the individuation process.
Whereby the Metal Yin provides the energetic threads that we need to make connections to others. If these “threads” are cut when bonds are loosened, sadness sets in.
The Metal Yang, on the other hand, supports the expansion and detachment tendencies and helps to give up the attachment to thoughts and views, as well as emotions and people. Here, instead of grief over what one gives up, joy over the newly won life takes the place of grief.
II The Self
Testing your own possibilities
To filter the best out of society and culture and to use it wisely
With disharmonies it can lead to
an inability to shape relationships -> Isolation
the attachment to relationships
a lack of substantial personal development
I FunctionsRead More
The Lung is the main source of our postnatal Ki because it absorbs the Ki of heaven.
Together with the Heart, it forms part of the Zong Ki, the “big Ki of the chest,” which controls the circulation of Ki and blood throughout the body.
The most important task of the Lungs is to facilitate the process of Ki exchange between the individual and the environment. The Lung-Energy connects body and mind via the breath.
The absorption of the universal Ki from outside our boundaries through the breath requires the willingness and openness to make new experiences. New Ki brings new vitality, which is needed for our growth on a physical and psychological level.
As soon as there is an imbalance in the Lung Ki, we try to protect ourselves from painful feelings by restricting our breathing, but this further weakens our connection to the Ki of heaven.
The gas exchange in the lungs symbolizes the Ki exchange that takes place across boundaries, boundaries that define man and distinguish him from the rest of the universe.
In relation to our destiny, our first and our last breath mark the boundaries of our life span.
Our skin is assigned to the Lung System and represents a further aspect of exchange with and boundary to the environment.
The Metal Element creates the density, the strength and gives the necessary structure to give stability to our body and our life. We know that life is a precious gift and gain the ability to form strong yet flexible belief systems to support and align our lives (see Metal Element).
A person whose energy is unbalanced in the Metal must be supported in the reconstruction of the network of conduits which connects all processes within the Body-Mind-Soul- Unit (see the corporeal soul Po).
A balanced Lung Ki is able to cope with changes (job, relationships. . . ) in our life without any problems, we can “take our space”, express our feelings and have a balanced relationship between closeness and distance.
If we have a redeemed Metal-Aspect, we do not live rigidly according to any rules imposed on us by society. We have a very fine sense of justice, have integrity and set ourselves rules according to which we want to live (our own inner authority).
We can feel our own self-worth and gain clarity about what gift we can offer life.
I Organ Functions
Absorption of Ki – main source of our postnatal Ki
Process of Ki-exchange between individual and environment
creates density, strength and gives the body the necessary structure -> stability (physical / mental)
Forming flexible beliefs -> aligning life
Energy distribution inside and below
Skin, nose, throat
Power of the voice
to become aware of the inner gifts
I Physical RelationsRead More
Lung and Large intestine
External, Physical Expression
Skin and body hair
Ability in Times of Change and Excitement
to cough – figuratively, coughing is the rejection of something undesirable. The ability to eject something unwanted – both emotionally and physically
the free breathing
I SymptomsRead More
Respiratory diseases – colds, asthma, bronchitis, coughing
chr. complaints of the paranasal sinuses – hay fever, sinusitis, etc.
tightness in the chest, laborious breathing, flat breathing, sigh breathing
dry throat, hoarseness, loss of voice
chr. skin diseases e. g. neurodermatitis, psoriasis, eczema
tension and pain in the upper back, stiff shoulders
paleness, tiredness, cold hands and feet
Feeling of lack of vitality, extreme exhaustion
Feeling of Overload
I Harmful InfluencesRead More
Dry climate – central heating, air conditioners