Shiatsu is a never-ending journey for me. Each person, each session, a new adventure. As the years go by, the meanings of the meridians clarify, as well as their relationship to one another. Long standing mysteries suddenly become clear.
A first sudden clarification still stands out for me. It was with the Liver meridian which I had learned relates to anger. Yet I also learned that it relates to the Soul and for many years was very confused about how the two could co-exist in the same meridian. The Soul, to me, was an exalted place of purity and purpose—and anger? Well, anger was something emanating from a baser place in our selves!
Then one day, in a session I suddenly saw the connection: Anger is the protector of that exalted place of purity OF purpose*! When a wrong has occurred, whether to ourselves, or another, an animal or our planet, it is an affront to our Soul, that place of exalted vision of who we are, what we can be and where we are going. If something gets in the way then of course we are angry!
*New clarification as I write! Liver is about purity OF (not AND) purpose. Hence, its’ role as detoxifier in our bodies! Also, associated with vision, Liver is about who we are, our Cosmic Task on the planet and being able to SEE and plan for the execution of that Cosmic Task so that the Gallbladder meridian can do ITS’ job, fulfill om its’ Cosmic Task (next topic).