An article by Anke Sommer
The lung symbolizes the personal space you are currently occupying. As soon as the personal space is constricted, the lung responds with corresponding signals. At the same time, the lungs are closely connected to the bronchial tubes, so that they also react when constricted.
Simply put, your breathing shows you where you are at the moment. If you unconsciously take deep breaths, you have a good feeling of space. This means that you stand with both legs in life and are rooted.
The more interrupted and shallower your breathing becomes, the more this is also an expression that something within you is taking its place. In personality development it is always we ourselves who let us dispute the place, because only you can repeat the place that was once lost.
In the present, it is not the outside that disputes your own place, because even if it did, the outside does not have the power to take your place. You yourself are responsible for taking your place again – even if it was restricted to you in childhood and you have been moving in this restricted pattern ever since.
How do you get the once lost space back?
Old, constricting mechanisms often take place in the lungs. In order to free yourself from the constriction, i.e. to take up your place completely again, you must first assume responsibility. Even if the damage was once inflicted on you from outside. You are responsible to yourself.
Because in the sense of personality development, everyone is responsible for not allowing damage that once took place to continue. In particular, your lungs need you to build up a distance to the damage, i.e. to limit your natural space.
Distance to the damage means here that you look at the cause of the damage as if from the outside, as well as at everything that developed out of it in terms of damaging patterns.
If you remain trapped in the damage and do not go positive – from where you per se would have a distance – then the negative signal image within the lungs and bronchi will continuously increase.
To which topics does your lung react particularly strongly?
Your lungs like to respond with signals when it comes to topics such as relationships, closeness and the associated negative experiences.
If the relationships you have at work or at home are disturbed in any way, the lung reacts as an organ.
Your lungs show you with various signal images that a natural proximity-distance relationship has become unbalanced in one or more relationships. For example, the lung contracts briefly, stretches or becomes mucous.
If relationships that you live in change into the negative or if you live too long in constricting relationship patterns, your lungs react.
Suppressive behaviour in particular leads to signals in the lungs and bronchial tubes. Something comes so close to you that it takes your breath away in one way or another.
If, for example, you are dominated by someone and you cannot feel you are taking up any space here, pay attention to how your breathing reacts to this and signals this condition to you as an abomination.
Within conflicts between business partners I have experienced several times that choleric attacks of one partner lead to breathing problems of the other partner.
It is not uncommon that a second and a third organ are involved in the other person, if the other person becomes choleric. In the case of verbal abnormalities with choleric features, for example, the lungs and one of the detox organs, the liver, react together.
How to gain distance and take up your space again.
But how do you get into the action when you realize that your lungs are responding to your environment?
Become sensitive to the feeling and actions that take place within your lungs. Use the depth of your breathing to enter your lungs. Explore them.
Remember the signals your lungs have shown up to now. If you do not have an understanding for this – especially when swimming and diving you notice your lungs very well. When hiking and climbing to high altitudes, your lungs will also show up. You may feel the effect of speed on your lungs in very fast ascending and descending elevators.
But shock experiences also lie down on your lungs. Think about how the shock procedure affected your lungs, what you felt if you suffered a shock. The signals usually appear after the shock.
Now get in contact with your organ, if you have got a feeling for your lungs.
Lead yourself into a balanced, deep breathing – it is the key to distance and to taking your place.
Train to build up this distance again and again as soon as the stress level in your environment increases.
The aim is to achieve a change to relaxed breathing even in stressful situations, very consciously. You will succeed in doing this if you manage to keep a distance from aggression and violence in your immediate environment, even in acute situations.
Please use a sociological understanding of violence here. This means that violence criteria are already fulfilled if the action of you or your counterpart has a negative consequence.
Distance yourself consciously from “violent” events in your environment. Acknowledge that dominant behaviour, power struggles and repressive mechanisms also pose a problem for your lungs.
Have fun! Your Anke Sommer wishes you a pleasant encounter with your lungs and hopes you enjoyed reading the article “What does your lung stand for?”.
Translation: Institut Sommer