In Chinese, the number six is Liu. In oracle bone writing, Liu looks like a house. In fact, it is the house of the universe itself. We call the cosmos Liuxu, which means six emptinesses, or Liuhe, Observing the universe through the center of the body, we note six directions: front, back, left, right, up, and down. Likewise, a hexagram in the Yijing is constructed with six lines and represents the way of the universe.
In Yijing science, six is a partner of the number one and is the performing number of water. It is Yin water and belongs to the Kidney in the microcosm of the human body. Heavenly water performing on the Earth can be seen in the six petals of the snowflake. Thus, six is the symbol of essential Yin Qi.
In Qigong practice, one of the important procedures is to check the posture. The posture should reflect Liuhe (the six unions). This means that the six parts of the body (hands, feet, elbows, knees, shoulders, and hips) should be united. Correct posture in Qigong or in martial arts always requires Liuhe. When the six parts of the body are united in Liuhe, the Q (vital energy) in our bodies follows the pattern of water. In our practice, the movements and energies should flow like water without blockage.
which means six unions.
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