Location: It’s located just below the diaphragm, on the right side of the upper abdomen.
Function: The liver turns unwanted protein into waste, produces the bile that helps to break down fats, and destroys toxic substances in the body.
Unique Facts: The liver has incredible regenerative abilities. Even with 75% tissue loss, it can regenerate into a whole liver again.
Associated Chakra: Solar Plexus (Third Chakra)
Remember the Greek myth of Prometheus? Because Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to humans, he was tortured by vultures who pecked out his liver each day. But each night his liver regenerated—and the cycle continued day after day. The liver’s ability to restore itself is a powerful example of our body’s gift for self-healing. We cause our body distress each and every day and yet it most often rebounds for us. We experience stress and tension, but after a good night’s sleep we often wake up calm and rejuvenated. Like Prometheus, we begin each day renewed before life starts pecking away at us again. Remember, too, that the gods eventually freed Prometheus from this painful cycle. It may take a while, but if you believe in your body’s power to heal and endure some discomfort, you, too, may be freed from your pain, just like Prometheus.
The regenerative quality of the liver is strong medicine. If the Liver Card is speaking to you today, it is important to listen, for the liver offers an important message about the power of our bodies to heal. Might there be something in you (on a physical or emotional level) that is trying to heal, but you are intervening too soon? Might you be pecking at your own wounds? Trust in your mind and body. Trust in yourself. There is no sense in forcing yourself to feel better. Rushing your healing is like picking at the scab before the cut has a chance to fully heal. And this only causes more suffering. Remember that your very being has the ability to recreate, reproduce, and revive. If you are patient and gentle with yourself, you may discover that you heal on a much deeper level than you would have ever imagined.
[From Body Cards: Insight from the Body, Wisdom for the Soul, a work-in-progress by Courtney Putnam.]