Autumn – Gold – Lung

At the end of summer, the earth’s Yin Qi has risen to the surface. At the beginning of autumn, Mother Earth is already completely in a state of energy convergence. The Yang Qi in the air began to slowly converge, and the air became dryer and cooler. Sensitive birds began to fly south, and animals began to store food in their bodies or dens for the winter.

The Six-Yao Hexagrams can vividly describe the changes of the energy inside and outside the earth during the three months of autumn as shown in figure 26 below. At the end of the autumn, the whole earth is full of cold Yin Qi inside and outside, in a convergent and introverted Kun Hexagram status. The energy is deeply hidden in the depths of the body, implicit, stable, and calm.

Energy Change Inside and Outside of Earth in Autumn

From a human’s point of view, autumn is the harvest season. But from the plants and nature’s point of view, autumn is the season of killing. Nature does not resist this killing. Instead, it gives this life-end killing season the color of gold. Nature returns its Yang energy back to the universe without reservation and returns its body back to Mother Earth, the mother Kun. The falling apples, while ending their lives, while dedicating their body to nature, also carry the hope of new life in its core back to the mother’s body soil too. Kun is the mother of a new life. When the Qian Yang energy is ready, a new life will restart.

We know now that in the human body, the lung represents the golden autumn. Do we know how our Mother Earth breathes?

Chinese medicine describes the lung as the great prime minister under the heart king and above all the cells. As for humans, without food, they can live for months; without water, they can live for days; but without air, they can live barely for minutes, even seconds.

In Taoism’s concepts, Qi does not only mean the oxygen and carbon dioxide the humans inhale and exhale, not only mean the oxygen and carbon dioxide our blood carries to and from each of the human cells, but it also includes the invisible Qi in the body invisible spaces of meridians.

The Yin Qi and Yang Qi, two forms of energy, are essential to human life. If we compare the human body to an electric bulb, the Qi is like electricity, the Yin and Yang energy currents. The bulb does not light up without electric power. And the electric power provides the bulb the energy to heat up, to light the dark. The innate characters of the bulb, its electrical parameters, are important in determining its lifetime, the level of brightness, the heat it generates…

While Mother Earth’s surface air is getting drier and colder in the season of falls, the lungs should be the most vulnerable. It is the bridge of the air in and out of the human body. And besides, the lungs “balance, govern, and control the vitality of the body”. They are like the prime minister to a kingdom. If the whole body is weak, it indicates a lung problem.

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Helen Qiu
Helen Qiu
I call myself "Innovator and Future Explorer". I believe that who we are determines what we do; and what we give, what we receive. I have an innate passion for how high technology changes human life, and I am interested in transforming the impossible into possible to make our life better in this fast-developing digital age. I care about people. I work hard on aging, mental health, and homeless social matters. I also care about how to inspire our new generation for a brighter future, as they are the ones we are going to count on. I love learning and sharing. I am a big fan of traditional Chinese culture and wisdom. I adapt them in guiding my daily practices. I post articles regarding emotional intelligence, mental health, physical health, inspiration, motivation, business, technology, and educations. While I do yoga and medication to listen to my inner voice, I also call myself a "professional mediator".

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  1. Very interesting what you describe.
    On the other hand, the human being in the beginning was always in contact with the earth, on which he walked barefoot, but with the modern age this bond, this ancestral connection has disappeared and we live in a state of total disconnection.
    There is no doubt that everyone’s participation is needed to contribute responsibly to harmonizing the energy of the Earth and experiencing a new alliance with the Planet that feeds and hosts us.

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