Small Intestine and Anxiety
So we’ll go in a little bit more into the small intestine specifically. So again, related to the heart and the heart is considered the emperor and the emperor sits on top of the kingdom, right? So it’s kind of like the highest official organ official and its job is to be in the most direct contact with the cosmos, with that heavenly purpose, if you will. And to make sure that everything that we are doing in our life, every way that we are moving is in relationship with our cosmic purpose.
This is a very important job, as you can imagine. So the small intestine is considered the gatekeeper or the Envoy to the heart. What that means is that it is responsible for, for the most intimate messages that get into our heart, but also for our communication of our own heart outward. So the communication in a sense of our heart Wish.
So it separates what is essential and what’s not essential. And what I find really interesting is there is I think that there is a connection between how we understand the small intestine from the Western perspective and how we understand it from the Eastern perspective in that. So we say it, um, takes in that information decides what’s essential. What’s not essential. And small intestine does through via, um, digestion and absorption is it takes in the information. It further breaks down, um, amino acids, very specifically, but other, it has obviously a relationship with all of the macronutrients and basically it decides, okay, what are we going to make into blood and flesh? And what are we going to just let go of no different from this, no different from the Chinese medicine perspective.
So it decides what’s essential and what’s not essential. Now themes around that. Then our distortion of, of communicating what’s in our hearts, but also distortion of what we are hearing that’s coming into our experience and being led into our heart. There’s a huge connection between the small intestine and the ear. Part of that is if you remember from the tapping, um, the small intestine Meridian sort of ends up around the ear, and we can think about this then as a metaphor, but also actually quite literal as the messages that are coming in.
If the small intestine has been imbalanced, for some reason, there’s a distortion in what it is that we are hearing. And then there’s a distortion in how it is that we are, um, not reiterating, but, um, reflecting what is, what is coming into our experience. So what we’re saying is distorted as well. So one of my most influential teachers, I remember learning about this and he was saying small intestine pathology, or small intestine constitution, you’ll know it because you’ll ask about peas and you’ll get carrots. So you ask a question and I find this it’s really interesting. Cause I noticed this clinically where I’ll ask a question and a question where we’re getting into some deeper stuff that is not necessarily the most comfortable to talk about, ask a question and they will just go off on a tangent. It’s like they won’t even register that, that question was asked, they’ll have something will gone kind of tweaked in their mind and they will answer a completely different question.