Wings Of Joy - Lightness of Being
2. Metal - Wings of Joy
Element of Air or Metal, uplifting, opens up creative expression, throat and sacral chakras, relating in a playful way, flexibility with a strong sense of self.
METAL is seen symbolically as a White tiger.
- Colour -white
- Direction- West
- Dynamic energy-vital
- Fluids- mucus
- Nature –descend be clear
- Orifices- nose
- Perverse climate-dryness
- Psychic- instinct (Bo)
- Season- Autumn
- Senses- smell
- Smell- rotten
- Sound- crying, weeping
- Symptoms – body hair problems
- System- respiratory
- Taste- pungent
- Tissues –skin, body hair
- Yin organ- Lungs 3-5am
- Yang organ – Colon 5-7am
Lungs (Metal) are the vehicle for the kidneys (Water) to release their fear, dampness in the lungs is water releasing out of the body. If the lungs are not releasing this fear properly then the spleen (Earth) is overloaded to create anxiety. (Earth creates Metal which creates Water, Earth controls Water, so if Metal is deficient Water becomes out of control and Earth has to work to contain it)
Through the creation of the essence WINGS OF JOY simply introduce the Balanced Energy of the element METAL, and harmony naturally reintegrates throughout the system.
The balanced energy of Metal is to be strong and flexible, aesthetically inclined, a holder of deep wisdom and lover of true beauty. Accepting, disciplined, calm the balanced Metal type has a deep interest in searching for higher wisdom, philosophy and spirituality.
Metal is also ambitious, has strong ideas and is able to sustain prolonged effort to achieve goals even through hardships, drawbacks and failures. Preferring to sort things out on their own and often aloof, they are however a conduit for electricity which influences those around them to bring about the transformation they seek. With a desire for opulence, luxury and power they can achieve much in life.
Perfectionism, rigidity and dogmatism, order and discipline to the extreme. Unable to relax unless everything is perfect, deviation from the routine causes intense distress. The religious convert or political extremist Metal is self righteous, hardened, inflexible and unyielding. Anyone who differs or challenges ideas is judged and resented. Obsessed by physical possessions, power, people and relationships this creates a huge grief due to obsession with perceived loss and becomes envy, jealousy, greed and clinging possessively to all they own, unable to let go or grieve.
No boundaries, energy and power pour away. Need for approval, no self confidence and oversensitivity to criticism. Tendency to cling on to loved ones, giving too much and putting them on a pedestal leads to disappointment. No sense of inner wisdom. Surface behaviours mean more than the inner quality and gross or coarse behaviour brings feelings of repulsion.
The organs associated with Metal know when to take things in and to let them go.
The lungs provide the body with the ability to take advantage of the air that we breathe into the respiratory bronchioles, through cells enabling oxygen to be picked up by the bloodstream. Oxygen is a necessary ingredient for healthy functioning of the whole body. Lungs have a rhythm as they breathe in (inspiration) and breathe out (expiration) and relate to the concept of time (having enough of it) the ability to pick up and make use of opportunity, and the understanding that for every end there is a new beginning. The lungs oversee the relationship between heaven and earth, exterior and interior world. They are responsible for ching chi (energy needed to supply organs) and wei chi (defensive/immune energy). Wei chi protects from invasion by pathogens and prevents internal energy being lost through the skin (the third lung) whilst also allowing toxin elimination through perspiration, hence the relation of Metal to skin.
The Colon, or large intestine, is responsible for absorbing water from food and fluids and, through the action of peristalsis, for containing and moving out all the remains of our food that is considered to be of no further value to us. Known as the Drainer of Dregs it is able to distinguish between the harmless and the harmful to keep the clutter moving out and clear the way for new chi coming in from the lungs. The large intestines represent the ability to let go of what is no longer needed to allow the new to come in.
- Rigidity, stiff muscle movement, clumsy, stiff posture.
- Spine, neck and joint problems
- Chronic sinus with headaches
- Short breath, chronic dry cough, tight chest, asthma
- Constipation, diarrhoea, colitis, IBS
- Dry skin, hair, nails, lips, nasal passages and mucous membranes
- Nasal polyps
- Lack of perspiration
- Environmental oversensitivity, i.e. allergies
- Shallow breathing
- Food allergies that disturb bowel and intestines: colitis, Chron’s disease
- Congested nose, throat, sinuses
- Dry skin, hair, lips, and nasal passages
- Moles and warts
- Loss of body hair
- Cracked, dry or soft nails (mineral deficiency)
- Headaches due to loss or disappointment
- Bowel problems: constipation, loose stools, IBS
- Depleted immune function manifesting as persistent colds and flu, sinus congestion, postnasal drip, chronic fatigue, Lupus.