Everything starts with the self. When you have self-knowledge you know what is good for you. Then, you know what is good for your family, your friends and for your community. Then you know: This is what is good for the whole world! There is a lot of emphasis these days on caring for the world, caring for others, caring about politics, caring about the health system. Yet, little information on the importance of knowing yourself first! There is a yearning to know others, yet we hardly know our own self, we barely know our own mind. When you start with the One, then you will know where to go.
~ The Tao ~
The Tao, the One, is Universal Intelligence. The one thing before there was anything, before creation. Then, Bang! The Tao split into two things: YIN & YANG. Form and Movement, dark and light, structure, substance and the active functioning of all things. Yin is quiet, the moon, darkness, female energy. Yin energy comes up from the earth, it is moist and cooling, it is WATER. Yang energy comes from the sky, it is warm and vibrant, it is FIRE, the sun, it is male energy. Yang actively regulates all functions in the body. Yin and Yan mutually assist each other and reside in each other, hence the symbol of Yin & Yang. Form, which is Yin, needs function to be animated, that is Yang; they are interdependent. It is this balance that defines and creates good health and emotions. The alternating forces of yin and yang energy produce all physical things in our reality. Change is a constant regulating force, it is Yin & Yang.
~ The Three Treasures ~
From the two things, Yin and Yang came the three. The Three Treasures. Jing, Qi, Shen are the three treasures, your very own being! You are comprised of Jing - the very essence from your parents and the universe that you were born in. You are brought and held together by the force of Qi, the vital energy that comes from pre-natal source: your parents, and then continues with your post-natal source which is simply the air you breathe and the food you eat. Shen is the quality of light that shines from your eyes, your spirit nature.
Qigong is the process for how you can make a connection with your 3 treasures, and how you can actively influence the vitality, preservation and balance of each one. Qi is what gives life to all things, it can be translated as "life force energy". The physical world in which we live can be though of as "Qi vibrations". You activate Qi through movements, breathing & philosophy: the work, or practice of Qi is called "Qigong". You gain knowledge of yourself, and then you can know others. Qigong as a practice teaches you how to wake up! To become consciously aware of what your body is saying to you. The ability to scan your own state of energy, your mental state and your energy levels. So, care for your three treasures.
JING: Learn to conserve your Jing through lifestyle and Qigong longevity practice. Activate your original Qi. This is energy available to you that you wake up!
QI: Simple: eat good food, breathe deeply. Develop an understanding of what it means to eat and breathe well.
SHEN: Learn to connect with the unconscious and then know your purpose in life. What is my connection to spirit and the greater universe? Do I ever think about these things? Why do they have value? Know yourself.
~ Qigong: Philosophy for How to Live Your Life ~
When you cultivate your "life force energy" you wake up your inner consciousness and ultimately connect with the outside: Universal Consciousness. Then you will know what is in your best interest. This is your connection with the Tao that continues to vibrate a universal intelligence to all living things. It is eternal and the mother of all things; it is the origin of Heaven and Earth, Yang and Yin. To follow the "Tao" means to follow the path, or the way. It provides a philosophy to help you live in the natural world and get back to your authentic self, the way forward is clear. It is wisdom that you can bring inside yourself for transformation. You gain self-confidence, mental health, shining body well-being and a healthy spirit. Then, you will know what is good for others, the earth and the well being of all.