Anita Willoughby tells us about Diaphragm and Umbilicus Function Energy: Power and Connection in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 47, Winter, 2005:
Diaphragm, action, pump bellows, the father of all flows, is the power which gets it all moving. But the Diaphragm, besides being an energetic flow is a real, physical muscle or sheath, which separates the organs of the chest cavity, from the organs located in the pelvic girdle (separates the 13s from the 15s).
The heart, surrounded by the lungs, nestles atop the diaphragm. And with every breath the heart and the lungs are gently massaged. The abdominal organs, the liver, the gall bladder, the stomach, the spleen, the pancreas, the kidneys and the intestines all reside below the diaphragm. Thus the diaphragm divides and keeps intact the organ manifestations of these different realms and at the same time the esophagus, the aorta and the inferior vena cava, pass the breath of life and the food of life from the realms of heaven (manna) through the diaphragm to the domain of earth. The dictionary definition of diaphragm is: “a septum or partition, esp. the muscular partition which separates the cavity of the chest from the abdominal cavity in mammals, the midriff, any membrane or partition that separates one thing from another.” The meaning of dia, a prefix, is through or across, and phragma means a fence. So, diaphragm is through or across a fence. The diaphragm sheath or muscle, right at the level of the 14s, on the MAN level, supports heaven and brings heaven, the 13s, down to connect to earth, the 15s, through man, the 14s. The diaphragm truly brings it all down, and at the same time is a partition which keeps the separate realms intact.
Umbilicus, invisible, intangible, mother of love, the mother of all flows, the nurturer, the connector, the warmth in our life, love, relationships, and yet once we are born, there is no material umbilical organ. Once we are born, we are cut off and knotted and then we have the navel as the symbol of our invisible cord and connection to the universe. The dictionary definition of umbilical cord: “a cordlike structure joining the fetus to the placenta of the mother; the cable connecting an outside astronaut or aquanaut to his or her ship; a power supply line to a rocket or spacecraft preceding takeoff.” Once we are born, we are seemingly devoid of an umbilical organ. I say seemingly because although there is no umbilical organ per se, the Umbilicus energy is all powerful and is, to my mind’s eye, an invisible feeding tube which is connected to the universe and then is connected throughout the body. My visual image is similar to the one in the movie the MATRIX, when the characters, Trinity, Morpheus and Neal, are hooked up to machines with long tubes, which look like material umbilical cords. I see invisible umbilical cords everywhere, connecting the microcosm to the macrocosm. How else would we humans have created this cordlike structure for material purposes – unless on some deep level, we understood its power and its invisible presence in our daily lives?
To be continued…