The Three Treasures - ‘Qi’- for @superfeast
Qi – life-force energy – is that which animates our bodies, which allows movement of all sorts: the movement of breath in and out of our lungs, the movement of blood through the vessels, the functioning of the various Organ Systems, etc. The home of Qi is the middle dantian, and it is associated in particular with the Liver and Spleen Organ Systems. If Jing is the wax and wick of a candle, then Qi is the candle flame – the energy produced via the transformation of the physical base. If Jing is your computer’s hardware and software, then Qi is the electricity that allows the system to turn on, to actually function as a computer.
“The Three Treasures -- Jing, Qi, and Shen – are substances/energies that we cultivate in qigong and Inner Alchemy practice. Though there is no exact English translation for Jing, Qi, and Shen, they are often translated as Essence, Vitality, and Spirit. The qigong practitioner learns to transform Jing into Qi into Shen – the so-called “path of transmutation” – and also to transform Shen into Qi into Jing – the “path of generation” or “path of manifestation.” The Three Treasures can be thought of also as three different frequencies, or as existing along a continuum of frequency. Practitioners of Inner Alchemy learn to modulate their consciousness along this vibratory spectrum – choosing their frequency in much the same way we might choose a specific radio station to tune into.”