Dui, the Lake

Modern Interpretation: Openness, touch, acceptance; humility; connectedness, inspiration; individuation; rhythm

Dui crosses the natural boundary of our self in two ways: from the inside outwardly and from the outside inwardly. From the outside inwardly means that we open ourselves to the outside, to our environment, let us be inspired and ultimately accept and integrate what we encounter. From the inside outwardly invites us to express our innermost to the outside and let it come alive within the world. Both movements are tightly interconnected, just like the rhythm of our breathing: inhaling, exhaling. In the classics of Traditional Chinese Medicine we find the following descriptions for the functional circuit lung (see King Wen’s Later Heaven: lung is associated with Dui):

Phase Element: Metal
Functional Circuit: Lung (LU)

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