Thursday, April 17, 2008

Shen - The Third Treasure

As explained in my earlier post, The Tao is the source of everything. Chi and Jing are the two great treasures from the Tao. The third treasure is Shen. It includes all the activities of our mind including consciousness, thinking, dreaming, personality and ego. It means the Spirit! the taoists believed that this was the part of us that could gain immortality. Just as Jing could be converted into Chi, Chi can be converted into Shen. All exercises involving thinking, concentrating, visualizing or meditating involve Shen. Thus, Breath relates to CHI, the body relates to JING and the mind relates to SHEN. Practicing CHI KUNG involves the control, conservation and increase of our Energy, Essence and the Mind!

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