The power of love!
The rib cage is not a cage… oh no!
The ribs are loving fingers that wrap around the tenderness of the lungs, the infinite delicacy of the tissues that embrace the air, the membranes so thin that gases can reach our little globules! The sternum is a breastplate of dignity, an emblem that says how proud we are to be there in front of the other, upright and sensitive!
The rib cage is what is most open in us. The whole continuum of air comes to us, through the breath we connect with the powerful winds of the heights, with the quivering of the water, and with the mixed breath of all that lives on this planet… it is extraordinarily intimate.
The fingers of the ribs gently feel the air and bring it into us… it is an act of love, as the enveloping of the atmosphere is for the planet and all living things an act of unconditional love… a firm, unfailing love. The air envelops every part of our being!
An action that is repeated for the lungs by our sternum and our ribs. For if there is openness, there is protection, with firmness… firmness that is found in breathing… constant action like the heartbeat that the lungs contain.
Love exists because there is commitment, strength!
The archetype of the Generous
This strength embodied by the chest evokes the love of the mother for her child, the powerful, fierce, unquenchable commitment of the bear for her cub.
This whole chest is the family of the nanny… and this one, by its constancy, by the depth and amplitude of the air it brings us, is very generous and deserves its name!
True generosity, this archetype teaches us, is commitment. As the psychologists say: love is not enough. Neither is sincerity. Children, our inner child… and all the beings we come into contact with need commitment.
Commitment that is not arrogance, quiet commitment that is firm, is a clear posture of the chest. We all know: an inward chest is a posture of withdrawal, a forward chest is a posture of affront…. a reassuring presence is fully there: it goes towards the other but remains centred… it is the same attitude as when listening to a confidence!
Dancers of couple dance… and particularly those of Argentine tango, but also dancers of contact dance, know this: a commitment towards the other and towards oneself… basis of confidence and creativity!
The tribe: the central teaching of the Generous One
The Generous One brings us into a position of just and full love, committed. I love myself by loving the other. I love myself so much that I know I need the “food” that is the other…
By her intimacy with all that lives, by her deep sense of interrelationship, as well as by the quality of commitment she brings, the Generous carries, more than any other archetype, the sense of community. The Generous One reminds us that we are inherently tribal beings, that we are deeply emotional, that we need to connect, to be touched… and to feel valued… and that we ourselves need to be valued.
This is a message too often forgotten in our society that tends towards individualism: your humanity lies in the love that binds you to your community.
… and that love, like the constant action of breathing… is action!
And the season?
And yes, early May is the Generous season… as much as winter can be a time of withdrawal, isolation, as well as other times of the year… this phase of spring implies that the links in the tribe are effective, that united people go to the gardens, repair old roofs… it is the time to rediscover the love of linkage for the tribe to be a generous entity as is the fullness of nature, those unfolding foliage and fruits on the way!
Pathologies of the lungs and this sphere
To have pathologies of this area therefore speaks of a deficit of deep, supportive, committed contact… from us to others (and therefore of our difficulty in giving) or from others to us (and therefore of our difficulty in receiving)!
Chest pains, deep coughs, shortness of breath, chest pains are all signs of tribal suffering. This is certainly also the case with tobacco addiction… tobacco is precisely a bonding plant, used by shamans to enter into a partnership with the spirits… and which comes to fill a void when we do not feel surrounded!
The message of the Generous
From the roundness of our chest, at every moment of our life, the Generous One whispers to us constantly: “Are you giving yourself enough to the love that is given to you and that you have for others? Are you full? “… “Be abundant! ”
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