favourite tipple …
… then he was
up the wrong tree.
For there’s no bloodier place to hang out
… than the liver
“the liver is an expandable and contractible reservoir of blood“
“The liver is a major blood reservoir“
“The Liver “stores the Blood,” and is responsible for maintaining a smooth and even flow of Blood, Chi, and emotions through the body…“
Nor did this internal blood bath go unnoted by bygone people who noted things;
“The liver has always been an important symbol in occult physiology. As the largest organ, the one containing the most blood, it was regarded as the darkest, least penetrable part of man’s innards. Thus it was considered to contain the secret of fate...
… and was used for fortune-telling. In Plato, and in later physiology, the liver represented the darkest passions, particularly the bloody, smoky ones of wrath, jealousy, and greed which drive men to action. Thus the liver meant …
… the impulsive attachment to life itself.“
Our “Livers” are indeed attached to life in a way that puts our modern comatose approach, to shame.
For they have the power to regenerate.
“The liver is the only internal organ that can regenerate itself.”
“About 75 percent of the human liver can be removed, and it will regenerate into a functional organ“
They are the sublime Livers of life.
Yet today’s world gives them the briefest of brief nods.
“The liver is one of the largest organs in the body, yet it gets very little respect. The brain, heart, and lungs are always described as essential to the body’s health. Without the liver, though, the physical body could not operate.“
While good ‘owl Doctor
Hoot Who …
… that famous regenerator, has been shining in the lime light for seven & forty years, the liver has laboured on in the dark;
“… very little attention has been paid to the one organ in the body that plays the biggest role in our health and length of life- the liver.”
“The liver is … most often ill-treated, abused, unappreciated, overworked and ignored.”
This modern blinkering-out of such a vital organ …
… is most curious.
Long ago in a far, pharaohway place …
… it was quite the norm to tip the brain down the drain.
The liver, on the other hand, was a keeper. And it was keep’d in its own pickle jar under the
sink, no horse spices no sorry, auspices of Imsety;
“One of the Four sons of Horus … associated with the canopic jars, specifically the one which contained the liver. Unlike his brothers, Imsety was not associated with any animal and was always depicted as human.“
Myth also pointed pointedly to the potency of the liver;
“In some legends in Greek mythology, Prometheus made man from clay, in a godlike shape. In other myths, however, he is not the maker of man, but … the benefactor of mankind.”
“Prometheus was the son of … one of the Titans. He tricked the gods into eating bare bones instead of good meat. He stole the sacred fire from Zeus and the gods … In punishment, Zeus commanded that Prometheus be chained for eternity in the Caucasus. There, an eagle (or, according to other sources, a vulture) would eat his liver, and each day the liver would be renewed.”
“… And him [the Kaukasian Eagle] who devoured the liver of the protector of mankind”
Well what did you think it was about?
“Prometheus [was] chained to the mountains where an eagle would eat his liver daily (the liver being associated with the heat of the solar plexus and the ‘fire of living’ and perhaps the symbolism of Christ being stabbed by the soldier’s lance during the crucifixion …)”
“Triclavianism … held that three nails were used to crucify Christ and that a Roman soldier pierced him with a spear on the left side. Pope Innocent III declared this to be a heresy and maintained that four nails were used and Jesus was pierced on the right side“
“the lance appears in artworks that it would pierce the liver in the body“
Long before CSI were l-eagle-y lancing livers to check on time of death, the redoubtable Thomas was in on the case.
Oh speaking of Holes, I guess we mutton forget …
that flocking Wooded place.
Why was it, that of all the tasty anatomical morsels available in
Quiet Sheep, Tongue Tied Ewes, Silence of the Lambs Fry, Meister Lecter elected to tell his listeners that he dined on soul;
“I ate his liver with some fava beans.”
The ever-interesting-internest tells us;
“This is Lecter’s most famous quote”
“In Italy, broad beans (fava beans) are traditionally sown on November 2, All Souls Day. Small cakes made in the shape of broad beans (though not out of them) are known as fave dei morti or “beans of the dead“.”
Yet Hannibal was not as devilishly original as you might think.
For nigh on 20 years earlier, Holy Wood brought another
nibbler actor home for to tea.
This Sundancing dinner guest …
…was also very partial to soul food
“Jeremiah Johnson is a 1972 American western film, directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford as the title character … The movie was said to have been based in part on the life of the legendary mountain man Liver-Eating Johnson“
This hepatic pecker’s name begs for a little artistic licence –
“ford (n.) O.E. ford “shallow place where water can be crossed”.“
Just what was Moses’ parting gesture all about?
Lets recap on ‘that which lives‘ …
“The liver is power … fuse box of the human body …. it stores all patterns and codes for living … all relationship exchanges … food … fluids … touch, are recorded in the liver … pls remember the soul sites 2-inches to the left of the liver …. it can be said that the souls sits in the liver … hence the name “liver” … The liver transforms / transmutes chemical and molecular structure …. re-codes … writes new code … redesigns …“
Ah yes I remember, I remember …
We are digestive creatures.
We seek constant nourishment …
… of which food is a mere
piffle truffle trifle.
We absorb & digest our whole wor(l)d –
Each & every experience we are part of.
Each sight, sound, touch
Each taste. Each smell.
In the beginning was the word & it must surely have been … digested.
What we are looking at, here & now, is the organ that protects us from that which we, too often, haphazardly ingest.
It is our sacred guardian.
And not one of those …
… wishy-washy-flippy-flappy-touchy-feely types either.
is one of those …
… “I eat flippy flappy angels for breakfast …
… Burp” … types of guardian.
… And as such it is a wild, wild place.
“As the largest organ, the one containing the most blood, it was regarded as the darkest, least penetrable part of man’s innards. Thus it was considered to contain the secret of fate“
At last, at last, we reach the point where we can set sail to the place that has filled my thoughts for so many weeks.
You are so welcome to come along, but you’re going to have to leave your ‘learning’ behind – it’s far too weighty for this trip.
Just pop it over there in the corner…
Ahem … all of it.
Marvelous, you look taller already.
When I connected to the liver many weeks back, a part of the world seemed to connect back to me.
Well that’s how it felt.
Staring out map from map or globe, I can’t quite remember which now, was a land formation …
… that mirrored the liver so well, that I was awed.
Because of it, my view of the world has changed.
Are we are haphazard creatures
or bodily divinity?
I choose divinity.
However religiously we might have been taught
to endorse spirit,
life streams from the body.
So let’s allow divinity of the body here, in this place, on this day & in doing so …
… we must also allow divinity for the larger body that is our hEarth.
Myth tells us that once earth & sky were clasped in an exclusive embrace.
Until that is,
the children born in the no-space between them between,
tore them apart.
Does this tell us that once upon a time, the body of the Lady Earth was ruptured, & her innards were spewed outwards?
… we have the capability of performing an Egyptian sex-change …
… with a sky mother & earth father. In this version, the tale of the sliced & diced Osiris makes quite literal sense …
a green man
who’s body was
chopped into pieces
& dispersed over the globe.
Is it a living body that sprawls across the globe?
Living, breathing weavers of the liquid fire of life?
So let’s remember who we are,
how to live
& get on with the work of healing our hearth.
“…the liver being associated with the heat of the solar plexus and the ‘fire of living’.”
Here’s your question.
Could South America be the ‘liver’ of this world?
“As the largest organ, the one containing the most blood, it was regarded as the darkest, least penetrable part of man’s innards“
“The liver is the most complex and metabolically active organ in the body …
… It performs more than 500 vital functions“
Descriptions of the Amazonian Rainforest found in the world-wide web-forest read thus;
“The Amazon rainforest is a sprawling ecological complex of wonders“
” …the world’s most diverse ecosystem”
“… primary stabilizing factor in the world’s climate”
“… incredibly important to the planet’s health because of its water supply and its plant life”
“One-fifth of the world’s fresh water is in the Amazon Basin.One hectare (2.47 acres) may contain over 750 types of trees and 1500 species of higher plants.”
“… contains about 50% of plants and animals on the earth“
Yes, but give me more proof woman!
Oh ye of little faith & too much luggage.
“The liver pertains to wood and the color of wood is green. … Liver wood has a preference for water and mist”
“The Tao adept saw human body as a microcosm of the natural world. Its anatomy was a landscape with mountain, river, streams, lake, pool, forest, fire, stars a natural harmoniously landscape … LIVER SPIRIT LUNG YIEN ALSO CALLED CONTAINING WISDOM represents the liver, the largest organ of the body as a forest. In Taoism we regard the liver as the controller of the Chi flow.”
“South America is home to the world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls in Venezuela; the largest river (by volume), the Amazon River; the longest mountain range, the Andes (whose highest mountain is Aconcagua at 6,962 m [22,841 ft]); the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert; the largest rainforest, the Amazon Rainforest; the highest capital city, La Paz, Bolivia; the highest commercially navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca”
“There is no way that the blood can be purified except by the liver in the body.”
“Thus, the Amazon forests are the Earth’s air purifiers”
“I wanted to be rid of a fear I was carrying. In this ceremony each person runs around a circle stating the thing that that they wish the earth to rid of them of. Then after some time we lay on the ground in the exact middle of the circle with our belly buttons pressed into the earth and feel what ever it is we are getting rid of the flow into the earth. As I lay there feeling the earth take my fear I began to feel my self enter the ground and Mother Earth wrap her arms around me like a mother would do for a child. As my fears left I felt the intense love that Mother Earth has for each us. This experience made me realize the earth is a living breathing soul.“
“During the past decade, Lugovenko’s experimental data has revealed not only that the Earth breathes – with striking similarities to the breathing patterns of human beings – but that her breathing is dynamically affected not only by events in the Cosmos but also by human thought.“
Yes, I too heard of the Amazon described as the the earth’s lungs, but try as I might the liver/South America image would not leave me.
So let’s continue.
We’re playing you know, though its serious play.
Let’s be re-reminded;
“The eye represents the orifices of the liver. When a person closes his/her eyes & falls asleep, the blood returns to the liver. From there it is transmitted to the eyes, & the ability to see results from this.”
“…besides this, there is the animus in which the spirit shelters.The animus lives in the daytime in the eyes; at night it houses in the liver. When living in the eyes, it sees; when housing itself in the liver, it dreams.”
If there be a land of dreams, it surely must be South America. The very plants themsleves ooze dreams.
“Ayahuasca is revered by the indigenous people of South America as a sacred medicine and a master-teacher, capable of transporting the drinker to other dimensions of space and time, where past, present and future are all equally accessible, both one’s own life path and those of others”
“When we lose our story, we lose our dream and
when we lose our dream, our spirit dies”
(Song of the Stone)
“… in our dreams the spirit of the plants presents itself to you“
“Dream-like scenes where personal messages from spirits are received…”
“The boundary between sleeping and wakefulness becomes more fluid and dreams become more colourful, richer, and more potent than before.”
“For over a thousand years South American indigenous peoples have chewed the leaves of Erythroxylon coca, a plant that contains vital nutrients as well as numerous alkaloids, including cocaine. The coca leaf was, and still is, chewed almost universally by some indigenous communities.
But what about the blood?
How does blood travel to the liver?
“The hepatic portal vein is a major blood vessel … acting as a collection point for blood from the digestive tract and routing this blood into the liver. Almost all the blood passing through the digestive tract ends up in the hepatic portal vein before being circulated back into the body, allowing the liver to filter the blood and remove toxins and begin metabolizing substances absorbed through the gastrointestinal tract.”
“The complete flow of blood from the digestive organs to the heart is unusual. Normally, arteries flow into capillaries, which flow into veins. In the hepatic portal circulation, no arteries are involved. Here, capillaries merge to form veins, which branch into capillaries that merge again to form veins. This strange route is necessary so that blood may be altered by the liver. Nutrients may be stored or changed and possible poisons … transformed into less harmful substances“
Introducing the Portal vein to the Liver of South America…
“… acting as a collection point for blood from the digestive tract and routing this blood into the liver.”
The Aztecs of Central Mexico were the supreme masters & commandeers of …
… blood collection & channeling.
“Blood held a central place in Mesoamerican cultures. The Florentine Codex reports that in one of the creation myths Quetzalcóatl offered blood extracted from a wound in his own genital to give life to humanity. There are several other myths in which Nahua gods offer their blood to help humanity”
“… central Mesoamerican belief: that a great, on-going sacrifice sustains the Universe. Everything is tonacayotl: the “spiritual flesh-hood” on earth. Everything —earth, crops, moon, stars and people— springs from the severed or buried bodies, fingers, blood or the heads of the sacrificed gods.”
“The Spaniards who first met the Aztecs explicitly stated in their writings that human sacrifice was widely practiced in Mesoamerica.”
“... the victim would be placed on a sacrificial stone. Then the priest would cut through the abdomen with an obsidian or flint blade. The heart would be torn out still beating and held towards the sky in honor to the Sun-God”
“The Aztecs were particularly noted for practising human sacrifice on a large scale; an offering to Huitzilopochtli would be made to restore the blood he lost, as the sun was engaged in a daily battle … In the 1487 re-consecration of the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan some estimate that 80,400 prisoners were sacrificed … Michael Harner, in his 1997 article The Enigma of Aztec Sacrifice, estimates the number of persons sacrificed in central Mexico in the 15th century as high as 250,000 per year.”
“The authors of our being, remembering the command of their father when he bade them create the human race as good as they could… placed in the liver the seat of divination.” Plato, Timaeus 71D
“As the largest organ, the one containing the most blood, [the liver] was regarded as the darkest, least penetrable part of man’s innards. Thus it was considered to contain the secret of fate“
Those most famous of fate sealing yarn spinners, the My Yarns also holed up in the
Venus veinous portal …
… where they set up a roaring trade in Divining-Dates & Sealing-Fates, calendars.
They also opened new wounds;
“The Mayans engaged in a large number of festivals and rituals on fixed days of the year, many of which involved animal sacrifices and all of which seem to have involved bloodletting … auto-sacrifice could also be an everyday event, with those passing by an idol anointing it with blood drawn on the spot as a sign of piety“
According to history
crooks books, the wider-westerly-world awoke from a deep, dark slumber in the 1500s.
With a very serious case of Consumptive Colon(y) Disease.
Nevertheless, they s-ailed away for a year & a day …
… to the land where the bong trees grow …
And there in the wood … (& on the beaches & the landing grounds & the fields & in the streets & in the hills) began a virulent assault on the liver.
Symptoms included an insatiable appetite for land, a murderous lust for gold
… & highly contagious Catholic dysentry.
I am wondering now if this liver invasion was absolutely essential for the progression of the consumptively dis-eased Western World.
I have also been wondering if Catholicism targets the liver (Sorry Ryan). I was brought up a Catholic – the crippling side-effects I equate with that religion are self-sacrifice & the fear/guilt of living passionately.
So what if religions target specific bodily organs?
Is there a little more spice to The Lord’s Prayer than previously pondered? Certainly there is a word-twist tucked in there, that’s devilishly clever.
Deliver us from evil.
Deliver / De-liver / Live / Evil
Deliver = “To bring or transport to the proper place or recipient” or “To set free from restraint” …
Or then again … de– liver – could be to read as the removal / disempowering of the liver.
Our livers are our guardians – de-livered would = de-ad – aka not aLIVE.
In order to take-over & over-take the body of the world, was it necessary for its liver need to be in-toxic-ate-d?
In New Zealand, a new history has been presented to us by a tribe known as the Waitaha. After hundreds of years of silence they said the time had come to tell their story.
Mostly it’s been ignored.
The reason I bring this up will shortly become clear.
“In 1995 a book by Barry Brailsford, Song of Waitaha: The Histories of a Nation, claimed that the ancestors of the “Nation of Waitaha” were the first inhabitants of New Zealand, a pale-skinned people who had sailed there from Easter Island more than 2000 years before Polynesians arrived. It was claimed the “secret” Waitaha story had been suppressed for 200 years and the evidence of their occupation and existence, such as stone structures, had been mistaken for natural formations or Maori artifacts.”
The Waitaha are deeply connected with Pounamu – the Stone of Peace (New Zealand ‘greenstone’).
“The Pounamu (greenstone), helps to set us free. It is like a mirror, it reflects back what we are, feel, etc. Instead of the worry, we need to bring up the feeling, call up the fear. When we can name it, see it, then we can deal with it.”
Barry Brailsford, who recorded the Waitaha People’s story also undertook a mission to take 12 of these stones of peace to North America.
He also planned a trip to South America. Twice he received messages from others, that if he traveled to the south he would surely die.
With the gifting of the last of the 12 stones in North America, he sought advice from the Hopi elders on his way ahead
“I was told my trail was not to South America. The words were …
“That land is like a reptile devouring its own tail. It writhes in such pain it would kill you, even though you go with love.”
In 2001, famed NZ yachtsman Peter Blake undertook an “environmental exploration” trip in South America, “monitoring global warming and pollution“.
While anchored on the Amazon & directly upon the equator, he was shot in the back & killed.
If we look sideways from South America we find something interesting – Easter Island;
“There are several hypotheses about the “original” Polynesian name for Easter Island, including Te pito o te henua, meaning “The Navel of the land”
“In the oldest legends, Easter Island was called “The Navel of the World.”
“The oldest known traditional name of the island is Te Pito o Te Henua, meaning ‘The Center (or Navel) of the World’.”
If you are still playing attention, then the siting of the world’s navel in the vicinity of the world’s liver is a wonderful touch is it not?
Also take a look at this.
Does Easter Island look just the tiniest bit liverish to you?
In the interests
it’s time for a break.
Come back for part III…
… when you’re ready
Welcome back traveller.
You did take a break didn’t you?
We’ve still got a’ways to go.
With so many interesting echoes between the liver & South America, what say you to looking at North America.
Actually … I’ve already done so.
‘Twas a wee while ago.
Back then I incorrectly applied logic.
I went clutching at straws & wondered if North America could be the ‘heart‘ of the world – seeing how centrally powered it is – how much revolves around it.
But it didn’t feel right.
In the end it was my son who saw it.
So damn obvious that …
… you could’ve knocked me down with the left-over angel-feather from a jaguar’s hearty meal.
Of course, of course …
America is the stomach of the world.
She lies at the very heart of every possible type of consumption.
“Americans constitute 5% of the world’s population but consume 24% of the world’s energy.”
” ... eat 815 billion calories of food each day – that’s roughly 200 billion more than needed – enough to feed 80 million people”
” … daily consumption of water is 159 gallons, while more than half the world’s population lives on 25 gallons”
” … buys 53 times as many products as someone in China and one American’s consumption of resources is equal valent to that of 35 Indians”
” … 32,000 elective breast augmentation surgeries performed monthly in the US in 2006.”
This is no attack upon America or Americans. Some of my dearest friends hail from there.
Yet whatever America has become …
… it was so damnably,
That which we swallow, take down into our stomach, is destined to become a part of us.
“… stomach chi is closely related to nutrition … All levels of nourishment of the body/mind are to be considered here. If we are properly nourished on all levels, we will be strong enough to deal with the invasions of vicious energies in our life (viral and bacterial attacks, the natural seasonal shifts, environmental poisons, emotional drain, other forms of stress, etc.) …”
“… in Nietzsche digestion is a principle of permeable openness to the world, and moreover if the distinction between physical and aesthetic taste is a false and fragile one, it is no wonder that the failure of his digestion is what causes the whole edifice to fall”
“Gurdjieff taught that man takes in three different types of ‘food’ … The grossest form is food and water, taken in through the mouth. A subtler form of ‘food’ is air, taken in through the nose. The most subtle form of ‘food’ is sensory impressions, taken in through the senses. In each case, the organism must ‘digest’ what is taken in … we can see that all three forms of ‘food’ have become polluted in the present age“
Perhaps we can begin to see a reason why America has been so perfectly crafted into this particular shape.
“The stomach is responsible for receiving and ripening food. The stomach functions as a cauldron…“
“The stomach is a seething cauldron of emotions, and is intimately connected to the Gastric Center, or chakra … which governs energy flow and distribution throughout the belly and gut”
“ …( from Latin caldārium hot bath, from calidus warm) …
a large metal pot (kettle) for cooking and/or boiling
over an open fire, with a large mouth …“
... a more common association in Western culture is the cauldron’s use in witchcraft—a cliché popularized by various fictions, such as Shakespeare’s play Macbeth … … In fantastic fiction …
… witches often prepare their potions in a cauldron”
“In … Celtic mythology, the cauldron is associated with the goddess Cerridwen … She had a magical cauldron that could make a potion granting …
… the gift of wisdom and poetic inspiration … The mixture had to be boiled for a year and a day … The first three drops of liquid from this cauldron gave wisdom; …
... the rest was a fatal poison.”
“Digestion, as an autonomic process of the body … it is unavoidably tied to the organic, to nature, to the animal commonality of beings … it also seeks to draw everything into itself“
If there’s one place in the world that’s been called-on to concoct unimaginable concoctions …
… it has to be America.
“The holy grail of Arthurian legend is sometimes referred to as a “cauldron”
“In alchemy, Archeus … is a term used generally to refer to the lowest and most dense aspect of the astral plane which presides over the growth and continuation of all living beings.”
The hermetically zealed Paracelsus “visualized the archeus as the “inner alchemist.” He said it was located in the stomach, the seat of instinct and assimilation of food“.
“… the term “archeus … referred to the human vital force … “each organ had its own specific archeus, with the stomach being the leading factor.”
” … philosophers maintained that the Archeus … blends … the highest vibrations of our physical world … wherein matter … begins to transmute into spiritual energies … the glue which binds the heavens to the material, and so allows the maxim “As above so below.”
“the stomach is an energy convertor …. it digests ingredients, emotions and experience”
“The mind is like the stomach. It is not how much you put into it that counts, but how much it digests.” Albert J. Nock
“The belly rules the mind.” ~Spanish Proverb
“The brain and gut are so much alike that during our sleeping hours, both have natural 90-minute cycles. For the brain, this slow wave sleep is interrupted by periods of rapid eye movement sleep in which dreams occur. For the gut, the 90-minute cycles also involve slow waves of muscle contractions but, as with REM intervals, these are punctuated by short bursts of rapid muscle movement“
If America be the stomach of the world, it most truly is central to the well-being of the entire world.
What’s ‘swallowed‘ there becomes the substances that the rest of the body of the world has to deal with.
Why is it that pretty much everything that finds its way into American society will, before long, find its way around the rest of the world?
“the stomach is an energy convertor …. it digests ingredients, emotions and experience …. inability to digest = inability to accept/process experience or circumstance … this then can manifest as unhappiness … sadness etc …. inability to digest concepts … ideas …. breakdown problems …“
Perhaps if the liver of the world had not been poisoned, polluted, plundered, raped & decimated …
… it could have dealt with much of this toxicity on an etheric & physical level.
“Liver troubles usually also affect the pituitary gland … reflects in poor eyesight … poor perception … when combines with stomach and pancreas can reflect inability to digest life”
“When experience is unable to be digested (stomach) … there is a toxic charge which can build up in the adrenals“
In an interesting correlation with these ideas, Alex the Celtic Rebel, whose work exposes the calculated attack on the “Human Stargate,” previously produced an image …
… depicting the trail of entrails across the USA. Its rectum containering Hollywood.
My personal feeling is that movies / programmes are food & that we could, nay should, relabel them as ‘meals’.
These meals are ‘fast food‘.
Very fast food.
They bypass the oral mastication process & protective digestive juices, by being instantly visually consumed …
… by the soul.
What oh what might it be like to live in a body/world …
… where stomach & liver are allies?
We have seen & yet been blinded to truth for too long.
Every day an eagle swooped down upon him him & ate his liver.
Above the Promethean liver of the world
hovers the American Eagle
The Eagle has Landed
Its beginning to look as if a great deal of the human sickness in the world may be due to terribly toxic-ate-d livers.
What if the land suffers similarly?
Or what if our human livers are reflecting the sickness of the land.
Perhaps the only way we can heal, is by healing the land.
If this article has given you some healing thoughts to take into your (apparently) new year then I’m very glad.
If I have one thing to ask it would be this …
Instead of rushing off to get your own liver flushed,
why not stay put
& send healing energy & clean-sing
to this most wonderful of wild & mysterious of lands.
You thought I was never going to finish you, didn’t you?
I was a bit worried myself.
For those who made it to the end of this South American dream, a gift is offered.
This is/was “Henri Rousseau (1844 – 1910)…
“French Post-Impressionist painter in the Naive or Primitive manner …
Ridiculed during his life, he came to be recognized as a self-taught genius
whose works are of high artistic quality.”
He painted wildly …
like this …
“The eye represents the orifices of the liver. When a person closes his/her eyes & falls asleep, the blood returns to the liver.”
” … besides this, there is the animus in which the spirit shelters. The animus lives in the daytime in the eyes; at night it houses in the liver. When living in the eyes, it sees; when housing itself in the liver, it dreams.”
You’ve seen Rousseau’s painting The Dream twice in this article
It was there for a reason.
Perhaps what follows is artistic treason, yet I find the vision de-light-filled.
(Big thanks to Sam for Photo-chopping)
The image below is
if you so wish …
a new vision,
an ancient one,
wildness & power
& the liver of the world.
Nothing can pass the watchful eyes of its goddess
or the jaws of its waiting lions.
“The Tao adept saw human body as a microcosm of the natural world. Its anatomy was a landscape with … the liver, the largest organ of the body as a forest.“
Do we have the right or need to individually reinterpret our world?
“This raises the issue of the ultimate meaning of symbols. Groddeck asserts that the symbolic function exists from the beginning – that we are symbolising creatures in our essence.” (from Meaning-full Disease)
I spent an evening chatting with Alex, the Celtic Rebel last night.
Its not often these days that like minds get the chance to converse, yet such opportunities feed the soul.
If you’re not familiar with the Rebel’s work, then there is a wHole agenda passing under your nose without your awareness (& it may or may not smell of roses).
Alex has now done a great write-up with link to the show.
(Thanks to Kyle Hunt from Star Theory & after-show-chatters too – some good points were made).
Just what is it,
25th December …
… that requires a day long curfew?
Just what’s this strange day all about?
Whats with the curtailing of normal activities?
… the incarceration of the multitudes within family homes
… the glut of headless birds & legless boars
… the scorching of almonds
“Mandorla is the Italian word for almond. According to Biedermann (1994), the almond is an ancient symbol for the closing up of valuable contents in a hard, almost impenetrable shell.”
… the sacrificing of trees
… the selling out of the present
… the gifting of children to pawing clowns
… the stuffing of the body & the emptying of the mind
… the squabbles & dissension
… & descent into squalor
What is about December twenty-five
that requires the hive to retire inside
& stuff themselves senseless
with food that’s relentless
& stir up old wounds
& reopen old strife.
Being re-turned to the old self
that the family requires,
re-clipping the wings
re-herding the soul
& re-signing the contract
with the jolly red fat man
for just one more year…
It’s such a daft event, why haven’t we questioned it?
Who knows, perhaps every year on the 25th December, a ship comes looking to see if there is any sign of intelligent life worth connecting with …
Every year it lifts off at midnight with the same report
“No sign of intelligence & almost no sign of LIFE”
“We keep praying, keep hoping,
that something’s going be ok,
that something’s going to change.”
The Celtic Rebel
“In the Book of the Elixir, it is said: The hen can hatch her eggs because her heart is always listening. That is an important magic spell. The reason the hen can hatch her eggs is because of the power to heat. But the power of the heat can only warm the shells; it cannot penetrate into the interior …
… Therefore with her heart she conducts this power inward. This she does with her hearing. In this way she concentrates her whole heart. When the heart penetrates, the power penetrates, and the chick receives the power of the heart and begins to live. Therefore a hen, even when she has left her eggs, always has the attitude of listening with a bent ear.“
A little while ago an etymology dictionary informed me that once upon a time the word cure referred to the person in need of healing;
“Most words for “cure, heal” in European languages originally applied …
but now …
can be used with reference to the disease, too …
Relatively few show an ancient connection to words for “physician;” typically they are connected instead to words for “make whole” or “tend to” or even “conjurer.”
The common sense I re-claimed from this reading went thus:
If it is an individual who is manifesting unwellness, then it is the individual who requires healing – NOT the disease.
“heal O.E. hælan “make whole, sound and well,” from P.Gmc. lit. “to make whole“.“
We need to grasp firmly just what it is that we desire to make whole?
or the disease?
Despite the modern era’s best attempts to convince us that we are little more than machines …
… we remain sublime storytellers & story listeners.
And it is through stories that we can heal.
“The hen can hatch her eggs because her heart is always listening“
I want to take you on a journey back to your heartland & I hope you can hear;
“When the heart penetrates, the power penetrates, and the chick receives the power of the heart and begins to live.”
This journey is about LIVING.
It is interesting, is it not, that the (English) words Live & Love should be so very similar …
However, if you think we are heading in the direction of the heart, your programming has misled you.
We are headed for the home of the soul.
And no my friend, that is not the heart –
Well not in this article, at this time.
Why not put down all you’ve been taught for a little …
… & come in to play.
“… it is the liver that houses the spiritual or ethereal soul. The ethereal soul is very similar to a western concept of the soul. It is that in the body, which gives it both life and purpose. Without it we would lose direction and be empty … [it] gives us guidance and a sense of purpose. When the liver blood is deficient it cannot root the ethereal soul and thus we lose direction in life.”
This time that we are living in seems to be so very important – there seems to be an ever-widening divide between those who choose to live & those who choose not to.
It is time then to open our eyes & ears to let in knowledge that has been hidden a foot below our noses for far too long …
We’re so used to the name of this sacred organ, that we have not heard what its been telling us;
Listen to the liver, what do you hear?
Life, I hope.
For of course the “Liver” translates to ‘one who‘ or ‘that which‘, LIVES
“Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver.”
“Life loves the liver of it.”
Do you live?
Do you want to?
Then let’s travel to the heart of your soul:-
“The liver is power … fuse box of the human body …. it stores all patterns and codes for living … all relationship exchanges … food … fluids … touch, are recorded in the liver … pls remember the soul sites 2-inches to the left of the liver …. it can be said that the souls sits in the liver … hence the name “liver“
“The liver transforms / transmutes chemical and molecular structure …. re-codes … writes new code …redesigns …
Liver troubles usually also affect the pituitary gland … reflects in poor eyesight … poor perception … … when combines with stomach and pancreas can reflect inability to digest life ...”
“liver “secreting organ of the body,” O.E. lifer, from P.Gmc. … In M.E. [Middle English] it rivaled the heart as the supposed seat of love and passion”
“The physician who knows how to harmonize the liver knows how to treat the hundred diseases”
“The liver is the organ that is in charge of storing blood”
“The eye represents the orifices of the liver. When a person closes his/her eyes & falls asleep, the blood returns to the liver. From there it is transmitted to the eyes, & the ability to see results from this.”
“The eyes as a whole, however, represent the opening of the liver, & are thus considered to be more closely linked to the liver than any other of the organ networks. “Liver qi communicates with the eyes … & if the liver functions harmoniously, the eyes can differentiate the five essential colours … if the liver receives blood we can see.“
“… besides this, there is the animus in which the spirit shelters. The animus lives in the daytime in the eyes; at night it houses in the liver. When living in the eyes, it sees; when housing itself in the liver, it dreams.”
“Just as trees (wood) tend to unrelentingly pursue their upward quest for the light, the liver represents the innate will of the body/mind to spread outward.”
“Once the liver is flowing, diseases are kept out“
So many paths to choose from. Where shall we go first?
To the stars you say …
Ok fair enough;
“The liver pertains to wood and the color of wood is green”
“In traditional Chinese medicine, the Wood element represents the liver and the gall bladder. The liver function is … the grand architect for our vision of the future … Its companion, the Gall Bladder … gives the ability to make decisions and judge wisely. … Through these … we can see both new possibilities and the wisdom of the past, and thus see the clear and appropriate course to take. Without Wood’s vision and plan, decision and direction, no movement is possible – there is only frustration.“
In a nutshell
Liver = Wood
“The liver pertains to wood and the color of wood is green“
And were you paying attention earlier?
“The eye represents the orifices of the liver. When a person closes his/her eyes & falls asleep, the blood returns to the liver. From there it is transmitted to the eyes, & the ability to see results from this” & “The liver and the eyes are closely related. In fact, it is said that the eyes are the external orifice of the liver.”
“Wood Element energy is also associated with the eyes, eyebrows, sex organs, ligaments, tendons, small muscles controlling joint movement, and fingernails.”
And just what is our friendly mind projamming movieland all about, but eye rape? What may be worth a moment or two of your time is to wonder about the organ that is on the receiving end of the Holy Wood sperm donation.
“The seasonal cycle of transformation begins with the wood phase. In the body therefore, the process of germinating & nurturing the twelve channels is initiated by the liver… The liver therefore, marks the beginning of cyclical action”
aka going round in circles.
“Obstruction of liver energy can cause intense feelings of frustration, rage, and anger, and these emotions in turn further disrupt liver energy and suppress liver function, in a vicious self-destructive cycle.”
“The Liver is responsible for planning and creativity, as well as instantaneous solutions or sudden insights … Its positive psycho-emotional attributes are kindness, benevolence, compassion, and generosity; its negative attributes are anger, irritability, frustration, resentment, jealousy, rage, and depression“
How awesome is that?
Creativity, instantaneous solutions, sudden insights – aren’t they the joyous foundations of the life we can feel at the edges of our minds?
Why then do we daily deal in “anger, irritability, frustration, resentment, jealousy, rage, and depression.”
Does the naming of the Wholey Holy Hollied Wood tell us a whole lot more about its targeted audience?
“The eye represents the orifices of the liver“
“The energy of the Wood Element works through the liver, the largest of your internal organs.”
“The wood element manifests in our bodies as the liver and gall bladder.”
Look, look, look at the state of the world, of creativity, of drive,of passion & wonder just a little;
“Through its association with Wood energy, the liver governs growth and development, drive and desires, ambitions and creativity“
And look at this;
It’s the Appan Mudrā. It …
“Cleanses Blood, Body and Mind of Impurities and Harmful Substances Stimulates the wood element; associated with the liver and gallbladder.”
“Moves energy to the periphery of the body.”
“… stimulates the wood element, which is associated with the energy of the liver and gallbladder … contains the power and pleasure of springtime, of new beginnings, of tackling and shaping visions of the future. [It] has a balancing effect on the mind, which is largely dependent upon a well-functioning liver.”
“... helps in removing all toxins from the body“.
Do those in the know use it as a form of self cleansing …
… while they heap shit on the rest of the world?
The location of this ‘Liver‘ interests me greatly.
As far as I’m concerned, it belongs in that part of the anatomy known as the gut.
The centre-fold of our digestive system.
The centre fold of us
The home of the gut feeling
“The lining of the intestines are teeming with receptor sites for the chemicals Professor Candace Pert calls our molecules of emotion. These spiral-shaped peptide molecules, induced by our emotions, attach to the lining of our cells, and start vibrating, passing messages into each cell’s insides. These messages can be passed on each time the cell divides, so emotional memories, good & bad can persist within us for years.” (The Human Antenna – Dr. Robin Kelly)
“Embedded within the wall of the gut is a self-contained, self-regulating nervous system that can function on its own, without the help of the brain or the spinal cord.”
“Scientists Discover “Second Brain” in the Stomach: This ‘second brain’ is made up of a knot of brain nerves in the digestive tract.”
“There are more nerve cells in the gut brain than there are in the spinal column.”
Still Life with Pink Squidgy Bits circa 2010; ‘Paint’ on computer screen; Private collection somewhere in NZ
A certain family resemblance?
Been under our noses for a loooong time.
A while ago I came across a mapping of human development that looked like this
Instinct –> Intellect –> Intuition
In a world where living is valued no such directioning would be needed.
But that aint this world.
Hysterically Historically, humanity has been herded into instinct Madly Modernly, we’ve been herded into intellect …
Which has left us kitted out for life with psychologically cemented boots
Not really ideal footwear …
for today’s New Roman Times
This West’turned World is rooted in consumption (of pretty much everything in its path).
True humanity is rooted in creation.
How on earth do you drive a species out of creation …
… & into
Why, you go for …
… the gut of course!
The home of intuition
& all you need to do,
is get humanity to
SWILL … ALL … ALLOW … WALLOW
That which we swallow, we INVITE inside of us – body & soul.
What oh what have we been swallowing?
And for how long?
‘Twas a simple (& simply superb) recipe for human dominion-nation.
The bloodless coup of the gut.
The invasion & subjugation (sub-GUT-ation) of intuition.
The turning out of the inner lights
“It is a law of the universal that the centre of gravity of all objects is in the lower part of the object … the proper place for the centre of gravity of the upper body to settle is the single spot in the lower abdomen. Settle it there … & the centres of gravity of all other parts of the body will settle down at their proper places. … It is a joint spot for both body & spirit.”
“When a person’s spiritual strength is flowing outward & his spirit is unified we say that he is “pouring forth his ki.” When his spiritual strength is stopped at a place like the clenched fist, we say he is “stopping his ki.” When he is pulling his strength inward we say he is “pulling in his ki” … we should like to note here that a man with self-confidence is in a state of pouring forth his ki, and one who lacks confidence is pulling his ki inward.”
“A man with self-confidence is in a state of pouring forth his ki, & one who lacks confidence is pulling hi ki inward” (Koichi Tohei – Aikido in Daily Life)
“... qi, also spelled chi or ch’i in English, … Japanese: ki … translated as “energy flow” …often compared to Western notions of energeia or élan vital (vitalism), as well as the yogic notion of prana, meaning vital life or energy”
Let’s suggest that when we live in instinct we are living in the state of …
… “the clenched fist” – aka “stopping our ki“
Let’s suggest that when we live in intellect we are living in the state of …
… “pulling in our ki”
Now let me suggest that I wrote those last two statements from a position of intuition (combined with a little wine).
Not once, but TWICE, as I googled for pictures to match these suggestions, I ‘chanced’ upons images that 100% supported this little theorising play. The Ki or Killer Instinct game (complete with clenched fists) perfectly portrayed stopping our ki & then a range of school desks which appeared when I oogled Ki intellect wondrously portrays the idea of pulling in our ki or swallowing, ad nauseum
And that is the difference.
Clenched fist Instinct = survival – kill or be killed – stopping ki/energy ...
… let’s link it with the concept of Space
& the debased instinct that leads to conquering of vast spaces.
Pulling in ki Intellect = massive consumption, insatiable hunger for comm-oddities created by others
Swallowing information, programming, answers – being fattened up with facts / sucking in energy.
Let’s link it with the concept of time
The intellect based society is obsessively driven by time
Intuition = outflowing of energy –
the act of creation –
of putting instinct & intellect to work, in the service of creation
When talking through these ideas to my Nigerian friend a little while ago, he recalled that his uncle who was a healer in the old ways of his land, had placed his hands over his gut & stated vibrantly that that part of our anatomy, was called ‘LIFE’.
What’s in a word?
TORSO = ROOTS
It’s where life grows in the body
It’s our Centre
(or Center if you’re of American spelling)
taking root …
… in the belly of Gaia
Perhaps for the first time in thousands of years we now have the chance to remove the cement boots of impacted instinct & intellect.
A time for the loosening of the boot laces.
I shall make my (bootless) stand here & say that as long as we continue to genuflect to intellect, the brain must reign supreme. As long as we operate from a stance of consumption – whether it be of pre-packaged education, relationships or possesions we shall remain rooted to the spot. As long as the world operates from this pulling in of ki science will continue to find within the brain, the reasons for everything. They could easily spend the next thousand years probing deeper & dissecting ever more brain tissue. And just like the pyramids of Egypt …
… they will forever find another veil to lift & another ‘answer’ & so on & on & on & on & on …
But ahhhh … to live from the gut, that is to live instantaneously. To know instantaneously. No dissection or dissertation involved.
Which reminds me.
When the Egyptian priests mummified their big wigs, they took a Tarantinoish approach to zee leetle grey cells. Some modern men set out to discover their methods, on a modern corpse & came up with this delight;
“With the corpse lying on its back, they inserted the hook through the nose and managed to pulverize the brain tissue into an almost liquid state. Then they turned the body over onto its stomach, and the liquefied brain tissue drained out through the nostrils.”
Now the Egyptians knew a whole lot more about what lies behind life than we currently do – so it was so enlightening to read statement like this;
“The first organ removed was the brain. The Egyptians believed that the brain was of little importance and it was thrown away when removed.”
“The brain was thought only to be the origin of mucus, so it was reduced to liquid, syphoned off, and discarded.”
“The Egyptians were so rough on the brain because they didn’t realize its importance. They thought its sole purpose was to produce snot!”
I’m going to come to a stop here for now.
And I’m so grateful for that because there is so much richness yet to come that it cannot be rushed.
Lets’s finish with a bit of Holy Wood-telling .
In Futurama’s The Day the Earth Stood Stupid, the earth is over taken by invading brains.
Their power? The ability to turn everyone stupid …
Oops sorry, …I mean stupider!
One final play-imaging in favour of the gut as the spirit-body base.
Consider the location of our heads/brains. They are in a lofty & lonely position – if we lived in a dreamy-picture world we might call forth images …
… like these
Within our gut however, lies our ORGAN-ic orchestra …
(Or = FR. Gold + Chest + Ra – Sun god)
… and it is surrounded by friends …
… & helpmates.
If we have just about everything in reverse order (as I rather suspect), then in a world that was righted, the head would be toppled as the god of the body.
We might view it more as a receiving point of incoming information & a transmitter of outgoing information …
… Like this
If viewed in such a way, even for a playful moment or two, we might find that the silly asses we see in the mirror, are far sillier than we could ever have imagined.
Who’d have thought that we could have been …
… beguiled, hypnotised …
… & then mentally brutalised
bunch of …
… very pretty letter boxes.
More to follow …