Lynne Pflueger writes about: “Late Summer” in The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, issue Number 78, Fall 2012:
Late Summer, the hottest part of the season, is First Depth. The Order of Transformation, also known as the Order of the Supporters, follows sequentially the order of the seasons of a year on earth. The body itself is earth, Main Central is primordial fire, Supervisor is air and Mediator is water. It is the heat of late summer that brings on the Autumn harvest or the ripening for harmony. Late Summer in the body is Stomach Function Energy and Spleen Function Energy, each one harmonizing our capacity to be both nourished and nourishing.
“First Depth worries will inhibit receiving.” – Mary Burmeister
Our Stomach Function Energy enables us to receive nourishment. We are sustained on many levels, not just by food. Friends, family, things we read, hear, see, smell, touch, and invisible fountains of energy all serve to sustain us during this life. Individuals who are unable to accept the help or comfort that they need would benefit from a Stomach Flow.
“What is the use of all this teaching, preaching, and helping others if I am not taking care of myself?” – Mary Burmeister
Spleen Function Energy, known in ancient anatomy as the Sun God, will harmonize the vital force enabling us to nourish others. It is possible to forget ourselves and give all of our precious energy away. Years ago I observed my yellow lab going through a serious illness. At one point, during a physical crisis, he withdrew and retreated into his own world to conserve his own energy for healing. He did not engage or interact with anything or anyone that did not feed his own need. Barely moving, he spent several days lying in the sun or shade out on the lawn. While it appeared to some that he was on his last legs, I saw that he was simply harmonizing, absorbing energy from the earth, conserving each precious breath to heal himself rather than frivolously spending himself on others. He did recover fully and lived quite a bit longer. At the time, I thought to myself, “It would be good if we humans were so wise.” Spleen is depleted by running around trying to BE.
“When the sun rises I go to work. When the sun goes down I take my rest. I share creation Kings can do no more.” – Ancient Chinese Saying
“The word LISTEN contains the same letters as the word SILENT.”– Alfred Brendel