I am pear shaped and act like a little pouch. I love liver, and am sometimes removed. What am I?
The gallbladder function energy is supporting our vascular and blood systems, while preparing and storing bile until the liver is ready to use it in the process of digesting. It is balancing the attitudes of anger and frustration, as well as the body, mind, and spirit when those scratchy feelings are invited in, and it is relaxing the mind, head, and brain as well as our nerves.
It is not uncommon for us to hear our clients saying they are having “trouble” with their gallbladder, or the gall- bladder has already been removed. As a practitioner, it is relatively clear when these are the projects a client is working with. To have a better understanding of this energy, we can look towards the heavens.
There are two planets governing the gallbladder function energy: Saturn (tradition, boundaries, limits, discipline), and Uranus (sudden change, revolution, shock, awakenings, originality, individuality). From these descriptions, the natural friction of the gallbladder function energy is apparent. Friction is necessary for a lot of processes. Often times, the emotion of anger has the capacity to bring us into a position of seeing a situation in a new light, more realistically. Anger and frustration can be viewed as more powerful and seemingly more empowering expressions of sorrow on the soul level.
Physically and physiologically, the gallbladder function energy is offering the friction that is essential for breaking down foods higher in fat, grease, and fiber. When the physical organ is removed, the liver is continuing to produce bile, but when it needs more for breaking down these heavier foods, there is no longer a storage space for that bile. The liver is continually producing and then secreting generally the same amount of bile regardless of what the digestion is calling for. When there is no gallbladder and the bile is used up, there is no more until the liver produces more. This leads to physical discomforts because the digestion along with the filtration system (liver and kidneys) are having to work overtime when compensating for the physical gallbladder being gone or not working properly.
Since the kidneys are responsible for cleaning the blood as it is circulating through the body, it is important that they not be burdened by imbalances in the gallbladder functions. It is no surprise that when Lumbar 4 is speaking to us, we can use gallbladder quickies described below to harmonize that energy of the spine in that location.
Additionally, blood is the key (chi, ki) to our physical existence. It is the binding element of our life force energy found in the breath. Our blood is supplying every single cell in the body with life supporting oxygen, balancing the pH, and supporting the release of carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere. This is then taken up by plants through photosynthesis, processed, and released once again into the atmosphere as oxygen for all animals to breath, including humans.
It is a beautiful symbiotic relationship, one that must not be taken for granted. The gallbladder function is also representing Aquarius energy, or the air carrying the water back to the earth so that new seeds can grow. This is infinity, eternity, the everlasting life force energy that cannot be destroyed, but rather transforms into what is most needed for the greatest good of all BEings.
As we move further into this discussion, it can be helpful to know where the energy of gallbladder function is flowing in the body. It comes up the back of the neck, over the head, and does some zigzagging around the skull above the ear area before crossing into the front of the face, just below the eyes. As such, when gallbladder function energy is disharmonized, we can experience migraine pain and headaches, trouble concentrating, or hearing projects. The color associated with gallbladder energy is green, just like its energetic partner, the liver. So when somebody says something like they are green with envy, or they are experiencing greed, jealousy, or excessive amounts of green mucus coming out, these can all be indicators of an imbalance in the gallbladder function energy.
A wonderful way to invite the harmony back in is by simply holding the middle fingers. If you want to know more about that, go to our website and scroll through the blogposts until reaching the one on the middle finger holds: www.exquisitehealing.com.
As we are all unique in our life experiences, some may discover another option more pleasing for their situation. We can find a comfortable place to relax, take a few nice, even, slow, thoughtful breaths and begin to calm our mind. Placing the left hand on the left center of the neck (where the neck bends when we nod “yes”), while placing the right hand on the right side of the forehead just above the eye can allow the body, mind, and spirit to settle into a harmonious rhythm, bringing balance back into the flow of gallbladder function energy. Receive the breath. Feel the body and mind relaxing.
After a few moments, or longer, switch to the other side, and place the right hand on the right back side of the neck with the left hand on the left side of the forehead. Continue receiving the breath, and being aware of what your body, mind, and spirit are saying in this now moment. Many thanks to Mary Burmeister and her teacher, Master Jiro Murai for sharing this profound Art of Living, and helping us all to Know Myself.
With love and gratitude,
Amy & Tait
What do you know about your liver? Have you ever thought about the way it is spelled: LIVE-R? Liver function energy is just that, it is how we live, and the binding force, the key or chi keeping everything else moving smoothly. It is governing the fluids in our body; not just the water but also the blood, secretions of the digestive system, oil on our skin, and any other fluid you can imagine. It acts as the lubrication for our entire being holistically speaking; physically, emotionally, mentally, energetically.
The liver has the highest capacity for regeneration of any internal organ. As such, when we want to regenerate something in our life, we can come to the liver function energy. This energy is connected to our ability to filter out toxins (again physically, emotionally, mentally, and energetically) by way of our circulatory system. Liver function energy works with the vascular system: the circulation of the blood, as well as the distribution of our hormones, and anything related to reproduction (regeneration). The energy that we get from the food and water we consume is transported by the blood to every single cell of our body. According to Wonderopolis at https://www.wonderopolis.org/.../how-many-cells-are-in..., we have on average, as adults, “approximately 37.2 trillion cells”. Can you even begin to comprehend that number?
We previously discussed the middle finger as being connected to the liver function energy (go to our blog and scroll down to the post on the middle finger if you missed it: www.exquisitehealing.com). It is associated with anger and frustration, or things that are green: envy or mucus. This is the liver function energy expressing itself when it is out of harmony. Think about things that can be scratchy: experiences, thoughts, or inflammation in the body. This scratchy feeling is speaking to a need for lubrication. Whether we are “inflamed” about an argument, or our joints are inflamed, we can work with the liver function energy to bring that back to a state of balance.
We are also dealing with flexibility (in body, mind, emotion, spirit), changing our perspective, or our position; maybe that is referring to our position in life, or simply our position on the couch. This is also about projects of abundance. Any time there is too much or too little of anything the liver function energy can help to harmonize that energy. Some examples to consider:
-Tumors are an abundance of rogue cells.
-Being overweight or under weight: too many cells or not enough cells.
-High blood pressure and low blood pressure.
-Addictions: too many toxins in the system (toxic substances, thoughts, habits, etc).
-Dry skin: not enough oil.
To bring it all back: liver function energy is about the vascular system, which literally touches every single cell in our body. It is delivering nutrients, oxygen, and energy while clearing out the trash, removing the carbon dioxide, carrying away anything that is not serving the greatest good of the system anymore. In this way it is also protecting our system, and strengthening our ability to function properly.
In addition to holding the middle finger, we can help balance the liver function energy by placing one hand one the back of the neck at the base of the occipital bone, right where the head and neck join. (Place your hands there, and nod your head “yes”. You will feel the hinging motion of the head as it moves back and forth over the very top of the neck.) Your other hand will be resting just below the collar bone, on the front of the body. Ideally, we begin with the hands touching these areas on the left side of the body, while receiving at least three full and relaxed breaths. Then switch sides, and place the hands on these areas on the right side of the body while again receiving three full and relaxed breaths. Exhale fully, and make space for the inhale to come in. Smile, and drop the shoulders.
With gratitude and love from Exquisite Healing,
Amy & Tait
FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real
We have some rather valuable protective mechanisms in place, that perhaps were serving a very good purpose at one point in time. However, when the energy supporting those safety switches gets out of balance, we can find ourselves living a fear-based life.
What about the "voice of reason"? Tait likes to remind us that the very first voice we hear is our intuition, or source energy guiding us. Everything after that initial thought is coming from fear.
Fear is an aspect of the kidney and bladder function energy. The main job here is elimination. If you followed our post about the index finger then you know how they support one another. To be brought up to speed on this index finger/ bladder/ kidney connection, you can go to the blog page on our website: www.exquisitehealing.com.
Our bladder is storing the waste produced by the kidneys, on a physical level. The energy of the bladder function is also holding onto the waste produced by our unhealthy thoughts, habits, actions, and beliefs. Perhaps it would be helpful to consider our "waste" as something that once served a purpose, but is now simply occupying valuable space.
Imagine your closet is full of clothes you wore when you were an infant. There is no reason to keep them. They are accumulating dust, and cluttering your space, literally preventing you from being able to put new clothes that fit you in your closet. The old clothes themselves are not bad. It is the action, or the habit of holding onto them that is causing the disharmony. In this example, the mind is intent on keeping something that the body has outgrown.
Mary Burmeister believed fear to be the attitude at the root of all other attitudes. Thus, when we harmonize the bladder and kidney function energy, we are balancing the attitude of fear. This, in turn, is harmonizing the attitudes of stress, anxiety, sadness, grief, anger, frustration, pushing to make things happen, and pretense.
When we are in the position of holding onto that which is no longer serving the greatest good, we are being motivated by fear. "What if I need that someday?" "What if I fail?" "What if I get hurt/sick?" "What if…?"
I used to say that was the "what if" monster talking. Now I believe it is the energy of my unbalanced bladder and/or kidney function energy expressing itself. This experience can trigger certain hormonal reactions, leading to a kind of high, a rush, a buzz, which can be fairly addictive.
By bringing awareness into the moments when we are acting from a place of fear, we begin seeing how often this is happening. When this is occurring frequently, there might be other indications of this energy imbalance appearing on the physical level (for example: leaky bladder, bladder infections, or possibly bladder cancer, just to name a few).
Let us stop here and be thoughtful about the spectrum. On one end we have fear, but on the other is courage and faith, or Fear Absent In The Heart. Ideally, we are existing somewhere in the middle of these extremes.
If we are habitually over confident, and reckless with ourselves and/or others, this can also be an indication of kidney and bladder energy out of balance. Better that we are cautious when it is necessary, and confident when it is warranted.
To practice this quickie on the left side of the body first, we are holding our left little toe in between the big and index toe of the right foot. At the same time, crossing the right hand behind the neck, and holding the area where the left side of the neck meets the very top of the arm/shoulder.
If you prefer the traditional quickie, instead of holding your toe, you will be holding your left sitz bone (cheek of your bum) with your left hand while holding your neck. Another variation is to hold all three areas at once: the little toe, the sitz bone, and the side of the neck. Look at the picture and see where my hands/feet are.
After resting in this position for at least 3 full breaths, we will switch sides. Hold the right little toe with the left foot, the right sitz bone with the right hand, and the right side of the neck with the left hand. Again, be with your breath for at least 3 full cycles. More is better. Smile, relax the shoulders, and enjoy the time spent getting to know yourself.
With love and gratitude from Exquisite Healing,
Amy & Tait 💚🙌
“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 💚🙌
“Does it matter if I hold the left finger or the right finger first?”
This is a question Tait and I get often. The correct answer is yes and no. Let’s explore this a bit more.
The body is a tool, and will adapt to how we are using it. In a previous post, we talked about how our energy is constantly flowing up the back (the inhale) and down the front (the exhale). Another interesting thing to consider is working with the left side versus the right side.
On the left side:
-energy of generation
-projects dealing with our inheritance, our DNA, our family's
story (addiction, abuse, illness, etc)
-people may say things like, "it runs in the family", or "she's
just like her mother/father/grandmother/etc"
The energy is imprinting itself onto the cellular matrix of a being, and continually being passed on to the following generation. It is conscious energy, with its own innate intelligence. It has a strong desire to be expressed, whether that be in physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual aspects. We could even say, “where there is a will, there is a way”.
On the right side:
-energy of regeneration
-projects reflecting our lifestyle
-energy of the Now moment
-What am I doing with the cards I was dealt in this life?
-How are my life choices showing up in my body, my
emotions, my reality?
Taking this conversation a little deeper, we can understand that the “symptom” often shows up someplace other than where the cause is located. For example, when we injure the left ankle, many people will experience pain in the left knee, hip, or along the spine. Others might find that they develop pain on the right side.
Now, going back to the question about which is better to hold first, left or right. Following this discussion, it becomes clear that we have the capacity to harmonize our energy efficiently. There are a lot of options. However, in the end, the energy will go to the place of need. There is a theory about the power of the mind, and how our thoughts are impacting our reality/experiences. For this reason, I strongly encourage everyone to relax the mind if possible, and hold whichever finger you are drawn to hold first. If it feels good, continue. If it is uncomfortable or unpleasant in any way, stop, and do something else.
Read the posts pertaining to the finger/fingers you are most curious about again, but this time, add in the information we shared here today. Do you find that you now have additional insights to your projects? While you are thinking about this, hold your fingers, and breathe. Take at least 3 full breaths, beginning with the exhale. Every little bit counts. Drop your shoulders, smile, and get to know yourself.
With love and gratitude from Exquisite Healing!
Amy & Tait 💚🙌
The little fingers are anything but small. They are directly connected to our habits of “trying” verses allowing. Here in the US, we use the word “try” A LOT, but what does it really mean?
Do a quick experiment for me:
We are saying we are going to do something and then not doing it, or it can be an indication that we are “pushing” to make something happen as opposed to being open, and allowing it to unfold naturally. Our “trying to” attitude has to do with our heart and small intestine function energy. How many of us have said, “My heart just isn’t in it”, or “I’m not really feeling it”? We are verbalizing an imbalance in the heart and small intestine energy flows.
What about being challenged when it comes to making decisions? Our little fingers are speaking to us. Do you hear folks around you saying, “Everybody’s getting sick”? If you want to stay well, balance the heart and small intestine function energy, and help the body in deciding what gets assimilated into the system and what gets released. On the level of spirit, this is working with balancing out our judgments of self and others.
These organ function energies are also responsible for the structural aspect of our bodies: the bones. If it has to do with our bones, it can be harmonized with the little fingers. Indeed, this is also working to balance our circulatory system; think blood pressure, Renault’s syndrome, or high cholesterol. When we wake up in the middle of the night, and cannot get back to sleep? You guessed it: the little fingers.
Anything to do with the heart is connected to the little fingers.
The next time we need support opening our heart during a challenging situation, we can hold our little fingers. In the previous posts we talked about holding each of the other fingers, left side first, then right side, and taking three nice full breaths for each one. Again, more breaths are always better. It is the same here, with these little fingers.
With love and gratitude from Exquisite Healing,
Amy & Tait
Today is all about the ring finger, our lungs, and large intestine. If you’ve spent time in our office, you probably have heard Tait and I talking about the hierarchy of importance for food, water, and the breath. For those of you who have yet to grace us with your presence: I ask you three questions:
Of these three life supporting things, the breath is clearly, without a doubt, the key to existence. Our lungs are speaking to us about relationship: how am I meeting the world? How is my internal self relating to my external self? How are my red blood cells working with the white ones? How am I getting along with my partner? How am I communicating with my team? And anything else you can imagine having to do with relationships.
The air we breathe in mingles with every aspect of our internal system. Each breath takes approximately 20 minutes to circulate through the entire body before being released in the form of an exhalation. In those 20 minutes, that breath is making the exchange of oxygen for carbon dioxide, and carrying a ton of impurities out of the body from literally every single cell that creates the physical self; on average humans have 37.2 trillion cells!!! By simply breathing, we are helping our system to “take out the garbage”, we are cleaning our “house”.
Here’s the really cool part: our large intestine is doing a very similar thing! It’s deciding what gets to stay in, and what needs to be released in the form of solid waste. Any time we let go of something (the exhale, old habits, old relationships, an old house, old ways of relating to others, digested food, etc), there will be a grieving process. Maybe you aren’t necessarily sad about leaving that job that you didn’t like, but the change in your routine inspires the expression of grief on an energetic level.
This imbalance, when left unchecked, can lead to disharmonies on the physical level. How many of you get constipated or have diarrhea when you travel? Energetically, the body is processing “sadness” and “grief” resulting from changes in the environment. This doesn’t mean we are sad about being on vacation, but rather, our bodies are grieving the loss of the familiar (foods, time zones, routines, thoughts, habits, people, etc).
Thankfully, we have our ring fingers to reestablish balance, and harmonize the lung and large intestine energy. Holding the left ring finger first will clear/clean the past. Like we discussed in the previous posts, take at least 3 nice full deep breaths (more is better), before moving on to the right ring finger (the present moment) for three more breaths. Exhale fully. Imagine you are wringing out a sponge, and really push it all out. Mary Burmeister said, “We are never in disharmony because of what we lack, but because of what we have not let go of.”
With love and gratitude from Exquisite Healing,
Amy & Tait
What’s the first thing you think of when I say “middle finger”? If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably thinking about being really angry with somebody. This is no coincidence! The energy of the liver and gallbladder functions are flowing through our middle fingers, and when they are out of balance, we can experience the attitudes of anger and frustration. So instead of flipping somebody off, take a moment and realize that the body is literally screaming at you to hold that middle finger.
Physically, the gallbladder is storing bile to break down food, especially fats. The liver is filtering the blood as it travels from the digestive tract, to the rest of the body, and detoxifying any chemicals and/or drugs in the system. Our blood reaches every single cell in our bodies. When it’s clean, it has the capacity to carry fresh oxygen/life to those cells, supporting proper relationship, and overall general harmony. We can also look at the reproductive functions, and specifically anything hormone related when discussing the liver and gallbladder.
What happens when your sink gets clogged? It can get pretty nasty, right? When the gallbladder is not doing its job, larger particles are attempting to pass through the liver, and can essentially “clog the sink”. When our filter is clogged, everything down the line has to work harder to clean out that extra gunk. When we hold our middle fingers, we are helping to keep our filter nice and clean.
But wait! There’s more! We are also balancing projects of abundance (good, bad, or otherwise). Think about a tumor: an abundance of rogue cells; inflammation: an abundance of information being passed through our nerve endings; anorexia: an abundance of weight loss; addictions: an abundance of substances in the body; acne: an abundance of oil/bacteria on the skin surface; indecision: an abundance of thoughts; etc.
This energy is dealing with anything “scratchy”. When we are being stubborn, or we are having a flare up from arthritis, or somebody made us mad, or we are insisting that we know everything, we are “rusted shut”. That’s the liver and gallbladder function energy acting up. When it’s harmonized, we call this our “oil can”. It can provide lubrication for our bodies (skin surface, joints), thoughts (change our perspective more easily), emotions (not be as affected by circumstances around us), etc. This is energy of rejuvenation!
When the liver and gallbladder energies are in balance, we can experience love and compassion. To allow more of this in your life, hold the left middle finger first, for at least 3 full breaths. Then switch to the right middle finger, and hold it for at least 3 full breaths. Remember to exhale fully, and really clean out that filter. As Mary Burmeister would say, “Drop the shoulders. Smile. Relax.”
Sending you love and gratitude from Exquisite Healing!
Amy & Tait 💚🙌
Hello friends! Our last post was all about the thumbs. What about the index fingers? Do you have a sore spot there, or maybe a slight deformation of those pointers? Let's take a minute to look at that, and see what we come up with.
Our index fingers are the connection to our feelings of faith and courage. When this energy gets all wack-a-doodle, we can experience fear. Or as Mary Burmeister would say: False Evidence Appearing Real. Physically, the first finger is all about our kidneys and bladder. The body has a few different methods of filtering out all the junk we put in there, and the kidneys are on the front line of that task.
Once they clean the blood, the waste is stored in the bladder until it's time for elimination. Our bodies are funny. If there's any question about whether or not something needs to be eliminated, it gets stored. (Personally, I tend to be the opposite. Living in a tiny house inspires me to embody the motto "when in doubt, throw it out". Hahaha!)
We're not just talking about our urine, and the other lovely things that come out of our bodies as waste. We are also talking about thoughts that need to be tossed out, habits that are no longer serving us, ways of emotionally relating (or not relating) to other beings. You name it. If it's something that can be released, it can be stored in the bladder energy until that magical moment.
Now, let's connect these dots. What if somebody has an overactive bladder, or their kidneys are always aching, or maybe this is a person who is afraid of everything, or maybe they have a hard time letting go of stuff? What can this person do to bring balance back into this part of their life? Hold the index fingers, and take at least 3 nice, deep, relaxed breaths. Remember to exhale all the way, and really support that elimination process. Do this at least once a day. More is better.
Sending you love and gratitude from Exquisite Healing!
Amy & Tait 🙌💚
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