The three fields of cultivation

In our body we have three important centers that can store and increase energy, in Taoism they are called the Dan Tien.

The lower Dan Tien (Jing)

Power

The lower Dan Tien(Jing) is located two inches below the navel. All power which mobilizes the body originates from this energy center.

It allows us to develop and use Qi (middle Dan Tien) and Shen (upper Dan Tien). The other Dan Tiens cannot be felt until enough energy has been built in this lower Dan Tien.

In Taoism, martial art, Qi Gong, …the lower Dan Tien is also called the seat of Chi. It is responsable for fueling our body so that we stay vibrant, strong and healthy.

When we focus on this energy center during meditation we increase our strength, endurance and will power.

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The Middle Dan Tien (Qi)

Love

The middle Dan Tien or seat of the soul, lies in the chest area and corresponds with the heart. It is the area of our emotions and and the root of the ego’s sense of self and individuality. It is our connection between the heavenly realms (spirit) and the earth.

When we focus on this energy center during meditation we increase our capacity to express our feelings and to show compassion.

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The Upper Dan Tien (Shen)

Wisdom

The upper Dan Tien lies in between the eyebrows in the middle of the forehead and corresponds with the third eye or pineal gland.

It is the area of mental thinking, intuition and psychic activity and is related to spirit and consciousness.

When we focus on this energy center we develop our superior mental skills and our connection to spirit.

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Alignement of the three Dan Tiens

Jing generates Qi. Qi transforms the food and feeds the Jing. An abundant Jing is the substratum of a strong and clear Shen.

A centered Shen extracts more efficiently the nutrients of the food and the energy of the air.

A focused Shen activates the Qi. When the mind is quiet and empty, the true Qi is under our conrol.

The mind is the owner of the energy and the energy is the owner of the blood. A centered Shen with high values doesn’t waist energy.

The mind influences on breathing. Calming the breathing, the spirit gets centered. An abundant Qi gives you a powerful consciousness.

“外三宝不漏 Wai San Bao Bu Lou: Close your external treasures, do not leak your jing qi shen.”

Dr Master Sha

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