Artist Karol Bak

In Classical Chinese medicine, we see the Ethereal Soul as the Hun, held in the Liver, and the Corporeal Soul, the Po, held in the Lungs. The Ethereal Soul holds our Akashic records, our Karma, and our life experiences, which are stored in the blood. It is Yang in nature, ascending, connected to the astral plane. The Corporeal Soul is Yin in nature, descending, and is connected to the body, and to the earthly experiences, including pain. This is important to understand, when it comes to healing the trinity of body, mind, and spirit, and important when it comes to healing, and manifesting anything. Here’s why.

One of the things western culture tends to avoid like the plague is pain. Feelings of any kind tend to be frowned upon, unless they are about rainbows and Skittles. But, pain? No. Don’t feel it, don’t look at it, and whatever you do, don’t TALK about it. ( Which explains the current pandemic of religious fanaticism, addictions and alcoholism). When we refuse to be present to our pain, to acknowledge it and to clear it by feeling it, free from fear of it, we are no longer fully embodied. Let me repeat that. WE ARE NO LONGER FULLY EMBODIED. We may embrace spiritual paths that invite us to bliss out, to move up into the astral plane as we meditate, or to deny the existence of pain. Or, religions that promise to ” save us” from feeling it, or that see the earthly as impure. Those beliefs  never resolve it. Some of those paths see the Earth plane as something to be transcended. Something inferior to other planes. One of the things I love the most about indigenous cultures is their deep love and reverence for the Earth as a soul, as a living being. Native people walk with an empathic connection to all living things, the trees, the animals, the stones, and to the Earth herself. We feel the heartbeat of Earth Mother. This earthly experience is seen as sacred, the air we breathe, the water we drink, sacred. Being incarnated into any physical form is seen as a beautiful thing. The Corporeal Soul is as important as the Ethereal Soul. It is not ” less than”. It is part of the beautiful marriage of Yin and Yang.

Pretty much everyone has experienced pain in their lifetime, in one form or another. When we have difficult life experiences in childhood, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, the only way we survive those things is to either compartmentalize them, or for the subconscious mind to protect us from them, through either amnesia or denial. These coping strategies, while saving us early on in life, impede our healing later on. Healing modalities that encourage somatic release of trauma through FEELING it and releasing it work very well. These can include acupuncture, acupressure, Chinese herbs, craniosacral therapy, EMDR, and stones. Talking about trauma does not clear trauma. The mind cannot heal trapped energy. We need something alchemical to do that. We need Soul healing. We need to approach both the Ethereal and the Corporeal Soul with great empathy and love. We want to bridge them, so that we feel completely safe wherever we find ourselves in the Cosmos, including here.

I love music, it inspires me. I was listening to the song ” Believer”, by Imagine Dragons. It’s about pain, and acknowledging how mastering it and clearing it transforms us. Some of the lyrics are: ” First things first, I’mma say all the words inside my head. I’m fired up and tired of the way that things have been, oh ooh.  Second things second, Don’t you tell me what you think that I could be. I’m the one at the sail, I’m the master of my sea, oh ooh. I’m the master of my sea. Oh ooh.    I was broken from a young age, singing from heartache from the pain, taking my message from the veins, Speaking my lesson from the brain. Seeing the beauty through the….. Pain!   You made me a, you made me a believer, believer.   Pain! You break me down, you build me up, believer, believer. ”  There’s such a powerful message in the rest of the lyrics. It’s one of my favorite anthems about surviving pain, and becoming who we were always meant to be. Some of the most powerful stories, books, movies, and music, are about surviving and moving through pain.

Uniting the Ethereal Soul with the Corporeal Soul is the journey home. Committing to be fully alive, and fully present to every moment takes courage, I know. Taking our power back from disturbed humans is a must. Allowing wounded people to keep us from our birthright is unacceptable. To manifest love, joy, health, and abundance, which are Earth plane realities, we must embrace the Earth plane, and the Corporeal Soul. Living being only partially alive because of old pain is unnecessary, because pain is not scary, even though we think it must be. The truth is, it’s just pain. Live as a warrior of the heart. FEEL. There’s a saying in 12-Step recovery, “You have to feel it to heal it”. Yes, we do. And in feeling it, we release it, and its power to limit us, and we find our freedom. Embracing the Corporeal Soul is our Soul retrieval. We deserve to be here, all the way. The universe celebrates with us, when we are, and we then manifest our dreams. Come home to Earth Mother and your body. Live. Strong, free, and unafraid. Take your power back. Become Believers. Blessings, Judith

(Note:  For further, more in-depth teachings on the Hun and the Po in Taoism and Classical Chinese medicine, Dr Jeffrey Yuen gave a lecture in 2000 called ” Three Spirits, Seven Souls”, transcripts of which may still be available for purchase. There may be DVD’s of his lectures available also. )