What is Chi Jing and Shen?

Jing (精) means an essence, qi (氣) breath energy and shen (神) a divine or human spirit. They are often referred to as the “Three Treasures” or “Three Jewels” (Chinese: 三寶; pinyin: sānbǎo; Wade-Giles: san-pao). Besides this common jing-qi-shen ordering, both qi-jing-shen and shen-qi-jing are used.

What is the difference between qi and Jing?

Jing regulates the body’s growth and development, and works with qi to help protect the body from harmful external factors. Jing and qi have a close relationship. Together, are believed to form the foundation for shen, or spirit.

What is your Shen?

In Chinese medicine the spirit, consciousness or soul is just as important as any other organ system. We refer to this as the “Shen”. The Shen is considered to reside in the heart organ itself and thought of as a vital substance of the body.

How can I improve my Shen?

Using contemplative practices such as meditation, prayer, drawing, journal writing, or spending time in nature will help strengthen the Shen. Shen can also be strengthened through qigong (energy work), physical activity, Chinese herbal remedies, and acupuncture.

What is Shen in qigong?

It describes the functions and emotions related to each shen. The long tradition of medical Qi Gong includes a deep understanding of emotions and how they influence health. The heart shen corresponds to the heart organ and it rules mental and creative functions.

How do I strengthen my Shen?

How do I nourish my Jing?

In general, the foods in nature which are designed to nourish offspring will enhance your Jing, as well as some animal organs and tissues:

  1. Royal jelly.
  2. Eggs of birds e.g. Chickens or ducks.
  3. Fish eggs or roe.
  4. Seeds and nuts.
  5. Pollen.
  6. Bone marrow, particularly from pig spine.
  7. Brains.
  8. Kidneys.

How do you calm a Shen?

How to Calm the Spirit (Shen)

  1. Meditation, breath-work, + other mindful speech patterns: Meditation can help clear your head, lower your heart rate, and reduce anxiety or negative emotions.
  2. Qigong: Qigong is a more active form of meditation, or an energy art.
  3. T’ai Chi:
  4. Acupuncture + acupressure:
  5. Connect with nature: