So here’s this principle, life. It’s like overcoming obstacles to assert itself, affirm itself, to be, not as a victim but as an active, changing thing. Again, it overcomes itself because when you say overcoming, it means that the seed becomes a sprout. The sprout becomes a sapling. The sapling becomes a tree, right. It keeps becoming greater than that which it was before.
An organ energy system includes the organ and everything that shares an integrated unity of purpose and function with that particular organ physically and energetically.
For example, the stomach organ energy system includes the stomach, the stomach function in every cell in the body, and all the bodily aspects related to the set up for and first stage of actual intake of food, air, nourishment and experience for the whole body: the set of muscles that supports and helps position the head, neck, and upper chest; the set in the hands and arms that helps bring food to the mouth; the jaw, teeth, throat, salivary glands, and esophagus; nerve, vascular, and lymphatic reflexes directly connected to the above; and the meridian through which the stomach qi flows. It also includes features to ward off and protect us from foreign bodies and problematic intakes – features such as the sense of taste, cilia and capillaries of the nose, mucous membranes, sinuses, cough and vomiting reflexes, upper lymphatic drainage, etc.
All these diverse parts of the stomach organ energy system are manifestations of the operation of a basic universal principle, exemplified in our body as the ‘stomach principle.’ In large part our psychological relationship, consciously and subconsciously, to this principle conditions how well we are able to handle and assimilate intakes, inputs and experience of all kinds and at all levels – chemical, structural, emotional, mental, and spiritual.
Our attention will be focused on learning how to practically work with and strengthen all the organ energy systems and align ourselves with their associated principles within our own bodies and lives.
The gallbladder is viewed very differently in Western and Eastern medicine. Eastern medicine views it as highly important and significant as an energy system. The gallbladder meridian is the second longest acupuncture meridian in the body containing more acupuncture points than any other system except the bladder. And because of this an incredible number of problems can be treated from the gall bladder meridian.
However, in Western medicine the gall bladder is frequently removed when there are problems. This is because the gall bladder is deemed as a non-essential organ since the liver and the gall bladder share a job in common – release of bile into the small intestine, which is essential for the digestion of fats and the neutralization of toxins.
One important question to ask is why, given that it has one of the same functions as the liver, does the gallbladder exist? The body is one of nature’s most perfectly planned creations, and why does nature, and the intelligence that moves through creation, deem it necessary to even have a gallbladder? That’s a key question to ask, understanding that every part is essential to the whole and every part must be there for the whole to function properly.