Sadness and the Metal Element
So this is where the earth peace earthing piece comes in, um, when well, the sadness and the grief, and let’s kind of bring honor into this. So the virtue associated with metal is honor, and it’s honoring the life death life cycle when we’re sort of imbalanced or say metal is stuck a bit. What can happen is that there’s a tendency to constantly feel a sadness about life. Oh, isn’t it so sad that people die? Isn’t it so sad that I had to let go of this thing? Isn’t it so sad that this relationship ended? There’s this continual grief and sadness that’s just harbored and it sort of gets It gets the lung energy a little bit stuck. So the lung energy wants to move down. So if you remember from the five elements, the metal element moves down, right earth down into our bodies.
When again, if there’s been too much grief and too much sadness, if there has been a lot of loss in a person’s life that can then inhibit the function of the lungs, like the actual physiological function of the lungs. But if there’s just a constitutional physiological disharmony within the lungs that can give rise then to a lot of grief, a lot of sadness. So those are sort of those associations, those resonances, those emotional and, and, um, physiological resonances. So again, it brings our entire experience down into earth. And I love this because it doesn’t matter who you are, what you’ve done in your life, how much, or how little money or success or fame or whatever you have. We all have this in common. We all eventually come back home into the earth and we die and our bodies just become part of the earth again. So there’s a humbling, um, experience with metal that, that, that the metal phase allows us to experience.
Specifically the large intestine, let’s talk a little bit about that. So there’s a sensitivity typically to metal out of balance or metal constitution people. And if you think about metal it’s, um, the lungs in particular, even though they’re considered a yin Organ. So one of those deeper essence organs, it’s the most, it’s in the most relationship with our external environment. And so there is a real sensitivity to our environment and the whole digestive tract is actually considered, it’s not considered internal, it’s considered external. And so even the large intestine, and it’s kind of like, it takes this, this initial contact with the external environment and then our last contact with, with our external environment, um, via the large intestine. So there’s just, again, this, this total propensity or relationship to what what’s happening in the environment. And so interestingly metal is oftentimes related to kind of like our spidey senses, like our animal instincts of like, you know, when you just kind of like, you just, you get a sense of at something it’s, that felt sense of what’s going on in our environment.
So that’s important. That’s an important instinct that we have, but when it’s skewed, we oftentimes feel like we have to protect ourselves, or like, like something’s not safe or like it’s overwhelming, or it’s just too much, oftentimes with metal people, it’s just too much. It’s not even necessarily that they feel afraid or they feel this intense fear. It’s just too much. It’s like they feel very overwhelmed by the external world. There’s a value, there’s a sense of value. Um, particularly I find with large intestine as opposed to the lung, even though value is a, is a big theme with metal in general. And if you’re interested in the lung, that was the last video last week. So you can go check that out. Um, but if you think about the process, the processing of our external environment into our internal environment to create us comes in again through breath, but then we can also think about this in terms of food, because the metal element is responsible for that descent down in, in, it plays a role in the descent down in end of water. And that is sent down in, in a food as well. And because it’s about this refinement process, refining, what is essential and what is not essential. Um, the large intestine we also know is where a lot of mineral, um, um, absorption happens. And so once we’ve gone through this process of,