January 9, 2014 at 11:05 pm #41800
Just curious what some thoughts are on the consequences of having an organ removed, in terms of shen. I had my appendix removed when I was a boy. My dad has had his gall bladder removed. This can’t be good? Does this affect the shen in anyway?January 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm #41801
The shen are distributed throughout the body and are not located in any one specific organ. The organ is just the shen’s home address.
If you are biologically still alive without the needed organ, then the shen are still functioning together as a unit. Otherwise, you would not be able to keep living.
Moreover, each five element organ system typically has more than one associated organ, so it is not a complete loss:
In the case of gallbladder, the Hun spirit still has the liver it can reside in.
In the case of the spleen, there is still the pancreas and stomach for the Yi spirit.
In your case, appendix is but one small part of the large intestine. The rest of the large intestine and lung are still available for the Po spirit.
So, in any case, if an organ is removed, it does not affect the shen drastically.
However, if you do have such an organ removed, it instead reflects an inherent imbalance in that element in your constitution. It could be a strong biological message to try to put extra effort to harmonizing/healing that element, so that further problems do not arise down the line.
StevenJanuary 10, 2014 at 8:02 pm #41803
Thank you for the reply Steven. In the case of the gall bladder, would that indicate excess wood?January 10, 2014 at 8:40 pm #41805
It could be excess; it could be deficiency.
My dad also had his gallbladder removed, and he was constitutionally only 3% wood with an overactive metal (which cuts wood even more).
Others burn out their gallbladder from too much wood energy, too much yang push-push, trying to do too many things.
Gallbladder also stores the negative emotion of resentment . . . too much of which can harm the gallbladder.
So there are a number of different possible causes. There is no one answer. Each situation is unique. The main point is the fact that there is *some* kind of imbalance. The nature of the imbalance is variable.
StevenJanuary 13, 2014 at 8:45 am #41807
I read that if you get an organ transplant, that you take on a portion of the shen from the donor. Michael wrote it about one of the senior HT instructors that had a transplant, I can’t remember who or what the organ.January 13, 2014 at 11:23 am #41809
Senior Instructor Minke de Vos from Vancouver, Canada.
She had a heart transplant some years back.
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