The Defined Spleen and Health

27 January 2018

In the last post we talked about how the defined spleen center is like a cat. In Human Design, the spleen is the center of vitality. It knows the right timing of things. It’s awareness is about the now.

Not only is the spleen about instinct in the now, but it’s also about vitality and wellbeing. And because of that there are some health implications that the splenically defined person needs to be aware of.

If you’re splenically definedyou’re capable of overriding and ignoring all kinds of physical discomfort.

In the world of survival, you become prey if you show that you’re sick.

For the spleen, it’s all about survival. Think of the example of the cat again. The cat, like all animals, is wired for survival. In the world of survival, you become prey if you show that you’re sick. So animals often hide their illnesses until they just can’t anymore.

Like it or not, splenically defined people also have this capability. And sometimes small health challenges can become big ones before you know it!

Here’s a little personal story to illustrate my point. I was tempted to say that it’s a “what not to do” story, but as you’ll see in the end, there was a timing to the event that worked out in my favor.

Several years ago during a Thanksgiving meal I cracked a molar. The pain was acutely horrendous. But I quickly got over it. It only hurt when I used that tooth to bite down on something, so I started to avoid chewing on that side of my mouth.

Knowing what I know now about my design, I knew that it was best to consult my dentist, even though my perception of the discomfort was that it wasn’t really bad. So at my next dental cleaning, I brought it up with my hygienist. She poked around the tooth and we couldn’t re-create the pain.

Soon enough it became time to get an update of my dental x-rays. When the x-rays were done, my dentist took a look at them with my complaint in mind. He couldn’t find definitive proof that the tooth was actually cracked. And the only thing he could offer me at the time was a root canal. That seemed a little drastic to me, considering that I only felt the pain intermittently, with no definitive proof that a condition actually existed. So I chose to wait.

I waited about 3 years, until one night… the night before I was to leave for a 4 day retreat… I accidentally bit down on some soft bread with that molar. I heard a crack and the pain nearly sent me through the roof. I recovered fairly quickly though, and decided to leave for the retreat the next day as planned.

The retreat was fabulous and enriching! The tooth only hurt if I ate with that side of my mouth. I was able to ignore it most of the time.. except for mealtime. It just didn’t seem like a big deal to me. My mouth wasn’t swollen. The tooth wasn’t aching. I didn’t have a fever. And I wasn’t about to let a little discomfort ruin my good time.

When I returned from the retreat, my “non survival based judgement” decided that maybe I ought to get in to see the dentist. I was to be home for one day before leaving on another trip. I called and got in right away. X-rays showed that the break was severe, and at that point I was advised that the tooth should be removed that day! So that’s what I did. It was quick, easy and relatively painless.

It turns out that the crack in the tooth which eventually resulted in the break, extended up into the root. If I had opted for the root canal when it was offered, there would’ve been a bigger mess to heal from.

So the moral of the story for my splenically defined friends is this…

You may not always know how severe a health condition is by the way you feel about it. That’s just the way it is. But try to listen. Try to follow your timing. And have a good team of health professionals around you who can save you when you need it.

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