“I am exhausted!” How many of us have said this? With the busy lives that we are living these days, running our battery down to the point of depletion is practically standard. Thank goodness there are thousands of options, in addition to holding our fingers, for supporting proper energy movement on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and all-encompassing.
To begin this series, we will look at one of the 12 major organ function energies. What are those? If you have been following along through the discussion on our fingers (to read them again go to our website: www.exquisitehealing.com, and click on the “blog” tab at the top), the following list will look familiar.
7. Large Intestine
9. Small Intestine
The spleen is an amazing organ! When any of the others are burdened, or blocked in some way, we can call on the spleen function energy (FE) to boost the system. Tait and I like to say it is the “backup generator”. This organ FE is revitalizing the entire system, and literally bringing energy into a tired body/mind/spirit. This is where the energy from the light of the sun enters our bodies in the form of our food. The spleen FE is translating the things we eat into energy to be circulated and used by the entire system. In this way, we can imagine how closely this is tied to our digestion.
As a general overview, there is also a connection to the element of Earth (grounding), the planet Saturn (structure/boundaries/limitations/our container/skin surface), the color yellow, the attitudes of peace and calm (harmonized) or stress and worry (disharmonized), and of course our thumbs. For most folks, balancing the spleen FE can be accomplished quickly by holding the thumbs while focusing on the breath. There are a variety of reasons, however, that this might not be the path you choose. Practicing a quickie in the form of the “anchor step” is an alternative to holding the thumbs. In other words, we are practicing the first step in a series of hand positions we call “flows”.
Above all else, the goal is to be comfortable and as relaxed as possible. When we are practicing these various hand positions, if there is any discomfort (physical or otherwise), we can stop, and switch it up; place our hands someplace else, change the quality of our touch, add a pillow or bolster for support, or take a break and return to it later.
The anchor step for the spleen FE flow is using both hands in different spots on the body at the same time. (Mary Burmeister would say our hands are working like the jumper cables we use to restart a car battery.) One hand will be on the tailbone, also known as the coccyx. Again, with your comfort in mind, you can decide which is best: palm up or palm down. The other hand will be on the same side, inside of the ankle. For example: the right hand will be on the tailbone, and the left hand will be on the inside of the left ankle.
Our bodies/experiences are all a little different. What works well for one might not be the best for another. Be gentle with yourself as you begin this new relationship. I prefer to practice lying down, but it is just as effective when sitting or standing. For myself, I end every single day with a spleen flow. It helps me to “digest” the day, and brings in the energy my body needs to shut down for the night. The morning and afternoon are also perfect for connecting with the energy of our spleen.
Do what is right for you. Play around with this a bit, and see what happens. After at least 3 nice, full relaxing breaths, reverse your hands. If you started with the example I suggested above, you will move your right hand onto the inside of the right ankle, and the left hand will come to the tailbone. Take at least 3 more deep and relaxing breaths on this side. Remember: more is better. This is a cumulative art. It’s like putting coins in a coin jar. Every bit counts.
With love and gratitude from Exquisite Healing,
Amy & Tait 💚🙌
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