San Sheng Wan Wu

The ancient Wu (shamans) understood that three is the universal number of creation. Trinity, a group of three in one, is one of the most important concepts in the Chinese shamanic spiritual traditions. The Yijing (I Ching or Book of Changes) contains three secret and sacred layers of wisdom: Xiang (symbolism), Shu (numerology), and Li M. (theory). Since the Yijing is considered to be the root of classical Chinese science and civilization, it can also be used to gain deeper insights into the foundation of Qigong theory2. Therefore, in Part II, we will discuss how Xiang, Shu, and Li inform the basic Qigong principles.

Xiang

Symbolism

Qigong Symbol

In Chinese, the original meaning of Xiang H the largest beast in the world and can be easily recognized by its physical features. Elephants were numerous in the central area of ancient China; in fact, the oldest Chinese character for elephant looks like a picture of an elephant. A natural phenomenon is as easy to recognize as the shape of an elephant; thus, Xiang also means phenomenon or symbol. Ancient Chinese shamans used symbols as vehicles to access different universal energies. In Chinese shamanic Qigong practice, we still use these techniques for self-cultivation and for healing others. In this section, we will learn about some aspects of Xiang culture, including totemism, myth, and the symbolic meaning of the tiger. This may inspire us to begin our inner cultivation.

Yellow River ancient elephant fossil; discovered in Gansu Province U"M^S in 1973. This ancient elephant lived about 25,000,000 years ago.

Yellow River ancient elephant fossil; discovered in Gansu Province U"M^S in 1973. This ancient elephant lived about 25,000,000 years ago.

Heal Yourself With Qi Gong

Heal Yourself With Qi Gong

Qigong also spelled Ch'i Kung is a potent system of healing and energy medicine from China. It's the art and science of utilizing breathing methods, gentle movement, and meditation to clean, fortify, and circulate the life energy qi.

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