According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the season of autumn is associated with the Lungs and Large Intestine. The Lungs, also called the “tender organ” can easily be unbalanced by fleeting emotions as it looks for completion. Sadness, grief, and mourning can be more pronounced during the autumn if the lungs are out of balance, and can manifest in the condition of the skin, hair, and sweat glands and respiratory disorders. Both the lungs and large intestine expel in their own way, through exhalation and by absorbing the water so undigested waste can move to the next phase.
How is this related to the sense of Self?
Many people have a strong and often immutable sense of who they are. The self we are is our personality, rather than the true Self that we are beyond this life’s experiences. The lungs, when balanced, are superb at completion, at recognizing the “momentary and ephemeral” as Ted J Kaptchuk writes in The Web That Has No Weaver and the Animal Soul or Po that resides within the lungs can receive inspiration that can transform understanding.
By allowing what is new to enter, and through discernment, be integrated or discarded, we grow. We absorb what we need and what we do not need or cannot take in at the time is released. Being flexible and open, our journey brings us closer to the emergence of our true Self.
The archetype of the Self contains the program to become whole, much like a seed contains the program to become a flower. Each time we work through a piece of our past, we return to the original pattern and pick up our evolutionary process from where it was interrupted.
Anodea Judith, Eastern Body. Western Mind | Psychology and the Chakra System as a Path to the Self