Other times, G-d sends me flashes of inspiration that are so simple, but may have potentially huge implications, if they're correct. (Of course, that's a big 'if') - and that's what this post is about.
According to energy medicine, spleen meridian is the home for 'happy energy'. It's also the meridian responsible for digesting and assimilating and 'dealing with' input from the outside world.
That input could be food; it could be environmental; it could be knowledge; or it could be emotions and feelings.
Spleen meridian is wiped out by a few things: shock or trauma; chemicals and pollutants (there's now more than 17,000 chemicals in our food that wasn't there 100 years' ago); electromagnetic 'smog' (ie, from cell phones, PCs, microwaves, etc); negative, critical emotional environments; and the Triple Warmer meridian.
Triple Warmer meridian deals with 'fight or flight', and as I've written elsewhere, it's the energetic home of our evil inclination. When Triple Warmer switches on, the first place it sucks all the energy from is the Spleen meridian.
So far so good?
OK, now onto the insight.
Today, there have never been more people with food allergies, learning disorders, personality disorders, and auto-immune diseases.
If you look carefully at what's going on from an energetic point of view, spleen meridian is underneath all of these issues, and here's how:
Birth can be very traumatic, for both mother and child, especially if it's a surgical delivery, or otherwise complicated. That by itself can knock out Spleen energy - the energy a child needs to eat, digest, learn, and acclimatise to its new environment.
(Btw - difficult births can also knock out the mother's spleen energy, leading to baby blues and a whole bunch of stuff, where the mother is really struggling to feel connected to her child. To phrase it another way, her ability to 'deal' with motherhood and her new situation can get energetically very stuffed up.)
When spleen energy is severely out, it affects the ability to eat and digest properly = problems latching on; problems digesting; colic; intolerance or allergy to milk etc etc.
Now, Triple Warmer really fires up, because when a baby can't eat, or doesn't feel nourished, that's sparks feeling of overwhelming, primal fear in its system - which is Triple Warmer's speciality.
The baby cries a whole lot more; it gets a whole lot more difficult and 'kvetchy'. If this carries on for long enough, and is severely compromising a parent's sleep, even the most patient, caring patient starts to lose patience and the ability to be compassionate to their child.
Compassion, caring and nurturing strengthens the spleen meridian. Indifference, anger and hostility severely weakens it. When babies cry non-stop, and are difficult and kvetchy, every parent, even the best, has to have so much Heavenly help in order to continue to deal with them compassionately and kindly.
And sometimes, we can't.
So we get into a vicious cycle, where spleen energy can get chronically weak, and the kid grows up with a whole bunch of difficulties, including food allergies, auto-immunes issues like asthma and eczema, learning difficulties like ADHD, and in some severe cases, issues with feeling or demonstrating compassion for themselves and others (which is the at the root of most personality disorders.)
This is then compounded by junk food and chemical additives, 'junk' pastimes like internet and films, and environmental pollution (even synthetic rugs can affect Spleen energy…)
Doesn't this seem to be exactly what's going on with us and our children? What do you think?
In the next post, G-d willing, we'll look at what we can do to start turning this around.