Skin, Lung, and Heart

The human body is wise, like a small cosmic world, while the universe is a big cosmic world. In this small cosmic world, everything is connected as a whole from the Traditional Chinese Medicine’s(TCM) point of view.

TCM thinks that the human skin is closely related to human Qi and Blood circulations systems.

For example, between the human skin and lung:

“…When people are sad, their sadness depresses lung Qi, also dissipates Yin energy, and shows symptoms such as colds and coughs. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that the lung is connected with the skin and hair; people with poor lungs have a deficiency of lung Qi and lack protection from the Qi of the skin. Not only does the skin lose its brilliance, but it is also particularly sensitive to allergies. Skin problems reflect lung problems, and lung problems are manifested on the skin. Skin allergies can be treated through the lungs, and massaging the skin can also treat lung problems…”

Between the human skin and heart:

“…Sweat is the liquid discharged from the skin after body fluid is vaporized by the transpiration of Yang Qi. The secretion and excretion of sweat also depend on the opening and closing effect of Qi on the body. When the skin sweat holes are open, sweat is excreted; when the sweat holes are closed, there is no sweat. Because sweat is transformed by body fluid, blood and body fluid come from the same source, so there is a saying that “sweat and blood have the same origin”.

      Sweat can reflect good or bad health, and it is wise to be vigilant when sweating is abnormal. Since sweat and blood are closely related in physiology, they also influence each other pathologically. As far as the relationship between sweat and blood is concerned, excessive sweating can drain blood and damage fluid. On the contrary, if the body fluid is weak and blood is insufficient, the source of sweat is insufficient. Excessive sweating consumes the Qi and Blood of the heart, so profuse sweating can also hurt people’s Yang Qi. On the contrary, when the heart’s blood is insufficient, it can also cause pathological sweating, spontaneous sweating, or night sweats…”

Does our #MotherEarth have her skin, lung, and heart? If she is having a fever on her skin, what happened to her body?


Sun and Moon in the Unity of Human and Heaven

The ancients were not entangled with trivial matters every day like modern people, nor did they have so many entertainments and daily distractions. In addition to solving their survival problem, their time and energy can be used to observe, record, and study the changes and movements of the world to find the most effective way for humans to adapt to further development.

The wisdom of the ancients is unimaginable, and the results of the magical accumulation effects over time of their long-term achievements are amazing.

Without civilization written words, papers, neither talking about computers, telescopes, and without guaranteed three meals a day, even without a stable home, the ancients could accurately describe how the operation of solar system of Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus and Mercury, as well as the sun and moon impact on the earth’s human beings and the entire earth’s environment. Considering such circumstances, all the knowledge they left us is worthy of our serious and humble sitting at the desk, studying and thinking.

The ancients long discovered that the unique time period of the world is related to the specific position of the earth in the solar system, such as day and night, 24 solar terms, four seasons, and years.

Day and night are the cycles of the earth’s rotation.

A year is the period of the earth’s revolution around the sun.

A month is the period of the moon’s revolution around the earth.

The four seasons are because when the earth rotates and revolves around the sun, there is a rotation angle.

Behind these time rhythms of solar terms and four seasons is the displacement change of the solar energy radiation received by the earth, through day and night, and through the four seasons of a year. Therefore, the changes of the four seasons of heaven and earth have the characteristics of consistent movement, and the rhythm of human physiological functions also changes with the movement of the four seasons of heaven and earth.

Human body is said to have about 365 acupoints, while there are 365 days in a year.

Human body has 4 limbs, while there are 4 seasons in a year.

Human body has 12 meridians, 12 pairs of cranial nerves, while there are 12 months in a year, and 24 hours in a day for modern people, and there were 12 hours a day for our ancestors since their one hour was our two hours; and there are 24 solar terms in a year, 12 of them is about the earth’s rotation cycle and the other 12 of them are about the change processes of the earth’s energy absorption and radiation.

Human body has 7 orifices for the senses, while there are 7 days in a week…

People in the Middle of Heaven and Earth

Referring back to the above figure of a typical 3-Yao Hexagram, the unity between heaven, earth, and human, are well reflected on the human body through all these numerical studies related to time systems and geographic systems, and the sun and the moon are playing very important roles in all these systems.

“Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon” described the circadian rhythm, the 7-day rhythm, the seasonal rhythm, the annual rhythm, the 60-years rhythm of human physiology and pathology. And there is a very interesting point that animals and humans have pregnancy cycles multiples of 7 days:

  • Chicken hatching eggs:  7×3 = 21 days
  • Cat pregnancy:  7×9 = 63 days
  • Rabbit pregnancy:  7×4 = 28 days
  • Tiger pregnancy:  7×15 = 105 days
  • Human pregnancy:  7×40 = 280 days

The ancient treatise stated that catching a cold, without treatment, as long as no complications, it can heal on its own in generally 7 days, otherwise extending to 7xn, 14 or 21 days, based on the body conditions and external conditions. They took the 7th day of a situation as a day for things to change into another complete situation. Does this have anything to do with the Six-Yao Hexagrams which defines the 7th stage of a situation as a new situation? Is it a coincidence that Christian Sunday is a rest day or an energy recovery day? Is it just a coincidence that both in the western and eastern cultures of human kind the 7th day means the new start of a new situation?

But, how does this universal law of 7-day rhythm develop? It is developed by the interaction of the earth and the moon.

The traditional Chinese lunar calendar has 4×7=28 days per month. It reflects the 4 tides in a month. Human ancestors originated from the ocean, most of the human body is composed of water, so the 7-day rhythm of the human body can also be regarded as the tide rhythm.

Following the natural changes, everything has a tidal effect, but only water has the strongest tidal effect. An important way of the energy cycle on the earth, flourishing the whole world, is through the water cycle, that is, the sun’s irradiation, the transpiration of seawater, the transportation of clouds, the falling back of rain and snow, and the convergence of land, returning from the river to the sea.

From this, can we refer to water that can more strongly absorb natural energy? Do changes in the energy of nature also affect the earth mainly through the water’s acting on the earth? The answer should not be a complete no. But according to the “Yi Jing”, water has a wider descriptive meaning. It not only represents the water, but also represents the Yin energy that is carried by Kan.

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Stretch the Body, Stretch the Mind

From TCM(Traditional Chinese Medicine)’s point of view, meridians and Qi and Blood circulation are complementary. Healthy meridians lead Qi and Blood to be smooth, and the internal organs will become healthy. Good Qi and Blood circulation promote meridian functionalities.

Stretching is a method of independent health management besides meditation.

With proper stretching, people can dredge meridians and strengthen the circulation of Qi and Blood, thereby improving various acute and chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, gynecological disease, heart disease, prostate disease, bone misalignment, and pain due to contraction of the muscles.

Taoism has a saying: “For every inch of tendon extension, the life can be extended for ten years”, Longevity usually has soft tendons and bones.

If you often feel pain in the waist and neck, numbness in the hands and feet, and minor physical problems, from the perspective of Chinese medicine, this is probably due to contraction of the muscles and tendon. Facts have proved that after long-term adherence to stretching exercises, the pains are reduced or even disappeared and the body gets flexible.

There are many things in life that require tender wisdom from a gentle body and a gentle heart. There are a lot of words, a lot of anger, a lot of suffering, a lot of desires, many emotions in life which require tenderness and gentleness, to bring people balanced energy.

Soft and gentleness are a kind of mind, a kind of comprehension, a kind of life, and a kind of wisdom of rules. The beginning of yoga practice in meditation and stretch requires gentle wisdom. If the human heart is not gentle, then the body exercise will be rigid and hard. In yoga, the mind is to connect and command the breath and the body.

Human life is about energy. This energy’s open switch is at the heart, a gentle open heart. Understand the wisdom of a gentle heart, it is easy:

  • To walk around in life, be able to bow down, work diligently, and show quality speechlessly;
  • To appreciate the beauty, texture, and connotation of yoga practice;
  • To accompany human health and mental growth from the beginning to the end;
  • To help human regain strength and increase self-confidence and they will take better care of their health, physically and mentally;
  • To make them master of regulating emotions, and the master of their own life.      

Maintain a warm and gentle heart, focus the soft mind on the breath, the human breath will guide the Qi and Blood flow through their body. Through Yoga meditation, deep, slow, and soft breath, and stretching practices, humans will gain a soft body, soft breath, and a softer heart.

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Depression: Lack of Life Fire Energy

The World Health Organization (WHO) pointed out that depression will become one of the most popular diseases in the world in the next few years, second only to ischemic heart disease.

We have to admit one truth, that heart and mental diseases are the top killers to human’s health in nowadays. Are we recognizing that they are all related to our fire of life energy problems? Does it mean humans generally are not having a balanced fire and water energy? Is their fire energy too weak to cook their life water to a certain level of temperature? Are they lacking their life energy?

Energy is invisible. From the whole Mother Earth nature system’s point of view, the total energy level is at a certain conservation point. If this human body system’s fire energy is generally weak now, where did the missing fire energy go to on earth? If human society’s fire energy is weak, then their total water energy must be excessive. Where on earth lacks this water energy then?

With the overwhelming sweep of the digital network era, social development has entered an acceleration track. From the first industrial revolution to the fifth industrial revolution that human beings are talking about, the efficiency of human society has gone from the roaring speed of steam locomotives to the digital space-time speed of 5G and AI. Unconsciously, human beings are discovering that our living space and time are being rapidly compressed by the fast pace of technology. While new technology is inevitably controlled by a very small group of people, the vast majority of people have to passively follow the development of the digital age and fall into the rapid competition of the objective material world. There exists a strong contrast between the compression of resources and the subjective consciousnesses’ staying in its place or even getting degenerated. As a long-term accumulative result, the development of the spirit lags behind the development of the material, which draws out an invisible and insurmountable gap, manifested as the mankind-depression.

How amazing it is that nature has its power in auto- balancing the energy system of the universe!

Putting words in another way, the internet-based 5G and AI carries huge high-efficiency energy. They are not only simply carrying energy at a material level, but invisible high-efficiency energy at the information level, at the intelligence level. They are fast, powerful, and dominating the world. They have the potential to challenge the human brains and take over the human brain’s responsibilities.

What does this mean? Does it mean human fire energy’s responsibilities? Their basic electric and heating characters are typical fire energy’s specialties. If we look back calmly, we would realize that the human world’s energy is highly concentrated on internet-based high technology over the past ten to twenty years. What water does this huge fire energy fire then? While that huge powerful fire energy is accelerating, there is excessive water in the human body which is lacking fire energy now. How can humans balance their world’s fire and water energy?  Is the high technology energy aiming to fire the human waters?

Leave the energy theory aside, let’s go back to look at the problem of human depression.

Modern medicine treats the body and mind as two things. While, Chinese medicine calls the physical and mental body the unity of form and spirits, or body and mind. It tells us, depression is due to the body’s Yang energy is not enough and the human spirit, consciousness, and mental abilities are declining. Here let’s take two examples from our modern science and businesses for easy understanding:

Our first example is the computer. We know that a computer can install high-level operation systems and run high-level programs with good RAM[2], CPU[3], HDD[4], and the compatible motherboard. A set of matching RAM, CPU, HDD, and motherboard determines the function and price of a computer. With the old low version of any of the RAM, CPU, HDD, or the motherboard, let alone run high-level programs, you cannot even download or install too much. This set of matching versions of the hardware provides a solid qualified platform for high version soft programs to run, to manifest. A computer is a perfect combination of its hardware and software systems. Its hardware system is its body, while its software system is like its mind, its soul, its spiritual quality. They are like its Yin and Yang energy. They must match each other for a better life of the computer. The same principle works for smart mobile phones. Do we doubt that iPhone 4 is not able to support IOS14.2?

Another example is about the modern supply chains. The best balancing point in a supply chain in gaining the best cost control and the best service level is to maintain the connection between supply chain planning and execution systems synchronizing with the data and process levels in serving different customers and clients. Ignoring or focusing on any party will break the balance of the entire supply chain. In another word, the supply chain is a unity of its fulfillment planning system and consumption execution system.

If we take the internet world for example, there would have endless arguments we can talk about.

But all these words are trying to tell that the human body and mental systems are relatively connected and united. The body energy and spiritual energy of humans complement and support each other. They both form up the human’s life energy system. Similarly, when a person’s life energy is low:

  1. Things around him might become obstacles: He got problems in digesting food and got emotions in most physical activities and complex sports.
  2. His body disease occurs, such as high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, tachycardia, or arrhythmia…
  3. Emotionally, his consciousness, thinking, and social interaction are being closed. He intends to only accept certain things that he is willing to accept and starts to refuse things that he used to like.

Now, he unconsciously becomes a “compressed person”: his body, mind, and spirit are compressed; his time, space, society, and life, as well as everything around him, are compressed even when he didn’t necessarily realize it. Briefly, his fire energy of life is blocked. Either his fire is too weak, or his fire and water cannot interact. His fluid circulation system is going abnormal, which is shown in his hormone secretion, his blood circulation, and his breathing, then his digestion functions start to get abnormal. He becomes a patient of insomnia, phobia, anxiety, hypochondria, obsessive-compulsive disorder, neurasthenia, neuropathic vomiting, etc. Simply state it, a disease of depression.

The current medical view is that depression and psychological problems are caused by changes in the chemicals in the brain. From some point of Taoism’s view, this is correct, as it reveals that this is a problem related to the human brain, but it only looked at a tiny point of a big problem. Therefore, they think people with depression and certain mental illnesses are diagnosed to take drugs that inhibit these chemical elements or stop their minds from working. But the effect is not very good. How can it be good??? To stop the minds from working, it’s like trying to put out the fire when their fire is very weak already!!! This seems to be different from using drugs to repeatedly and intensely stimulate the excitement of the human brain and contempt for cheerful neurotransmitters, but are they all trying to conceal the emptiness of the human spirit? So, where does all human energy go?

For a person as a whole, his life attitude and lifestyle, his emotions, thinking, cognition, and behavior patterns just simply change due to changes in these chemicals? Could it be the other way around? Could it be that their thoughts, minds, and spirits have problems that have caused these chemical changes? That their fire energy of life is not strong enough to ignite their brain’s full functionalities? And as a result, that has caused their brain’s degeneration which is shown as the chemical changes?

People are easily brainwashed and worship authority. Whatever the popular media says, what the doctor says is what they think it is. When the doctor tells you that you are diagnosed to have depression and need to use antidepressants to control it, most people’s response is to take the medicine as soon as possible to cooperate with the doctor, and repeatedly strengthen and tell themselves in their minds: “I have depression”.

But, in the face of depression, it is impossible to treat depression without investigating and finding its root cause. In the eyes of TCM, it doesn’t make much sense to analyze the types of depression and the diagnostic criteria. They ask: What is behind the psychological problems? TCM thinks that it’s about a person’s physical and mental health. They think it is about how much you know about yourself; about whether you are willing to understand the true self, about whether people are willing to understand this real-world, about if people want to understand what’s wrong inside them; about if people want to understand how to deal with the problems; about if people want to understand how their mind and body are exchanging between their inner and outer world.

Everything comes back to the heart, where the body Yang Qi energy sublimates into spiritual minds and thoughts, the higher level of the human fire energy of life.

Disease and health are problems that everyone will encounter. Both traditional ancient medicine and modern medicine are revealing that most diseases generally start from the emotional body, which is manifested in the physical body as stasis. Usually, mental and physical problems cause emotional stasis; eventually manifest as disease.

The human body is wise. Not only does it respond highly sensitive to what it absorbs, such as food and water, it also responds equally sensitively to emotions, feelings, and thoughts. The body is the communication tool between the human and the conscious mind and soul. The soul communicates with people in many ways, specifically through intuition: including subtle emotions, hunches, and whispers of the mind.

Whenever people are seriously disturbed by emotions, they have to find their cause and meaning. As long as people calm down and listen inward carefully, the soul will tell them the answer. If people resist or deny their emotions, their soul will speak to them through their bodies. When the soul expresses itself in the form of the disease, how can people understand its language? They may not know its message sent through the disease, but in fact, it has been a long time since they started denying emotions.

Understanding the spiritual meaning of disease is an inner journey of exploration, by which people can gradually restore their communication with the soul.

Incredibly, when a person possesses the ability to clearly answer the above questions, he is less likely to fall into depression, because even if he is uncomfortable and unhappy with big emotion now, he knows: this is a necessary thing in life as life is all about all kinds of ups and downs, joys and sorrows, happiness and anger…, full of tastes and colors.

The same is true for physical health. When a person’s body is not very good for a while, knowing it is a normal process of life, he will not panic looking for a doctor or medicine. But he reflects if he is too closed in his life circle or insisting on something necessarily requiring persistence and he adjusts his diet, sleep, and exercise. With these positive shifts, soon, his physical and psychological problems will get better, even disappear.

Before people know it, their water energy and fire energy have started to intersect and they are returning back into a state of Tai or Jiji.

How Much Life is For Anger?

There are 6 things we shall learn to forget as our age grows:

  1. Age: Don’t care too much about your age. A young mindset is more important than a young body. Modern science shows that a positive mindset can promote good health.
  2. Sickness: Forgetting about sickness does not mean giving up treatment. Too much anxious worry about illness only increases the psychological burden. Letting nature take its course and adjust our mindset, there may be unexpected gains.
  3. Untidiness: Spend more time to dress yourself up, you will find your spirit is much more energetic. It not only motivates you to do things better but also comfort others who look at you.
  4. Competition: People love chasing the rich and power while fame and wealth are not brought by life, not by death. Unshackles your body and mind, enjoy life in a balanced peaceful mind.
  5. Worry: It is inevitable that life is not perfect. Worry just keeps the bad problem fermenting, and makes the problems worse.
  6. Anger: With the world’s fast development, there are more and more strange things that can easily make you angry. Facing dynamic changes, we must learn to embrace them with an open mind. On the other hand, being angry is very bad for mental and physical health. As anger does not make things better, relieve yourself, and try to maintain happiness, you become your master.

Talking about anger, let’s ask ourselves, how much of our Life is for anger? What is anger? Let’s read a story together.

A woman who was often angry about trivial things went to a master for advice. After listening to her narration, the master led her to a Zen room and left.

She was so angry being left alone and began to yeah. The master came back after she was finally silent, “Are you still angry?”

“I’m only angry at myself. How silly I am to come to this place to ask for this isolation!”

“How can someone become calm who refuses to forgive herself!” The master walked away.

After a while, he came back, “Are you still angry?”

“I’m not angry anymore.”


“It is obvious that angry can’t get you to teach me.” The master left.

When the master came for the 3rd time, she told him: “I am not angry now. I don’t want to waste my time here.” The master smiled and said: “There is still a root of angry in your heart.”

When the master came the 4th time, she asked, “Master, what is angry?”

The master poured the tea in his hand to the ground… She looked at it for a while, suddenly realized something; and then left with thanks.

Our life is like the cup of tea in the master’s hands, it might instantly merge into the soil with no trace. Life is short and precious. Does it worth our precious life to consume our precious energy in getting angry? What would happen if anger accumulate?

We all know very simple life principles that watering too much kills flowers, eating too much kills fish,…, do we know that suffering too much anger kills people? And how angry impact our life quality and longevity?

  1. People who frequently looking for angry, like Lin Daiyu in “Dream of the Red Chamber”, generally live 20-50 years old;
  2. People who easily get angry because of others generally live 50-60 years old;
  3. People who are often angry with themselves and also make others angry, like most ordinary people, generally live 60-70 years old;
  4. People who often make others angry, but they themselves not easy to get angry, generally live around 80 years old;
  5. No matter how angry others are, you can treat it indifferently. They are called masters and generally live around 90 years old;
  6. People who never be angry with others, and make people around to feel happy, called a noble moral person, and generally live a hundred years or more.

Shall we say: Diseases are born of anger? Pursuing a happy and healthy life, remember to be less angry!

The Ancestor of Medicine Is Music

Beautiful music can cultivate people’s sentiments, purify people’s hearts, and give people wonderful enjoyment. But, do you know music might originally be created for healing?

For the Chinese word “药”-medicine, if we look into its ancient way of spelling, it is “藥”. Unscramble this word “藥”, it contains two simple words: “草”-grass at the top, and “乐” music/happiness at the bottom. It tells the interesting invention of the characters of medicine“药” in Chinese: Medicines are grasses grown from music. That’s a vivid description of Chinese herbal medicines.

People’s ability to accept sound starts when a baby is in its mother’s belly. And ears are the first to “open up” of the five senses. An unborn baby can hear its mother’s heartbeat, breathing and speaking voice. This is part of the reason for “fetus education” – letting pregnant moms listen to music.

The book “Water Knows the Answer” tells the amazing experiment results of making water crystallize while listening to music:

“The crystallization of the water listening to Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony is as beautiful and neat as this song; listening to Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, it shows a gorgeous beauty. Listening to Chopin’s “Farewell”, its exquisite beauty is simply amazing.”

On the contrary, “When the water listens to heavy metal music full of anger and resistance, the shape of the crystals is messy and broken. When listening to messy rock music, it crystallizes into cancer cells, ugly and disgusting. ”

Water occupies more than half of the human body. When it resonates with happy, relaxed, and calming music, it becomes the best antidote to human illnesses too. The happiness that classical music brings to people does not lie in whether it expresses sadness or joy but comes from people’s kind and righteous thoughts. It inspires knowledge that promotes human nature; achieves mentality, and a good body condition.