What is the Vital Hidden Force of Life?
What is the Work of Moving Energy Amidst the Kidneys (Shen Jian Don Qi)?
According to Chinese Medicine, the Moving Energy Amidst the Kidneys (Shen Jian Don Qi) is the life force of a human, the base of the five Yin and six Yang visceral organs and the twelve Acupuncture meridians, and the Gate of Breathing. This force is inherent and constantly in rhythmic motion.
When this life force is in a good state of rhythmic motion, the body in general will stay fit and so will the five Yin visceral organs. It is vital for the five Yin visceral organs to stay fit as they are generally responsible for the well-being of most if not all of the emotional, mental, and spiritual states of a human.
The work of the Moving Energy Amidst the Kidneys (Shen Jian Don Qi) is rather a passive exercise trying to possibly provide more freedom, space and time for this energy to operate. To start with, the main problem of this work is that although this mobile energy dominates life, its dominant presence soon becomes shadowy after birth. The Moving Energy Amidst the Kidneys (Shen Jian Don Qi) simultaneously gives rise to multiple rhythms during operation. These rhythms are very soft in intensity in comparison to many other postnatal processes like postnatal breathing. Therefore, to begin this exercise it is necessary to detect the real presence of this mobile energy to become more acquainted with it before practising further.
One of the most common suggested sites where this mobile energy can be located is a region somewhere within the small abdomen below the navel. In practice, one of the best tactile ways to detect externally its faint presence is to use just a bare carton tube of a kitchen roll to gently and slowly scan up and down along the midline of the belly surface between the navel and the middle of the small abdomen.
Given enough time, trials and errors, it is usually possible to detect a faint pulsating rhythm on top of one or more contact points along the midline of the belly surface between the navel and the middle of the small abdomen. This pulsating rhythm can only indicate a partial manifestation of its presence within the body. It is a quite distinctive rhythm compared to other postnatal body rhythms; it is very soft in comparison to pulmonary breathing.
After being able to often detect the faint presence of this well-hidden energy, this work can switch over to just following harmoniously the rhythm of this energy. By following more often this mobile energy in harmony is to become more aware of and more familiar with it so to let it thrive with the least interference.
As the main purpose of this work is to provide more freedom, space, and time for the Moving Energy Amidst the Kidneys (Shen Jian Don Qi) to thrive, once this exercise can become a routine, the central practice is to create a very relaxing inner environment for this energy to operate. The best position for such practice is to let the mind and body peacefully rest through comfortable sitting. Usually at this sitting position, all muscular activity involving the heart, the lungs, and skeletal system can easily calm down so to create a more relaxing inner environment for this mobile energy to thrive.
The mobile mechanism of this very quiet and hidden energy seems to be inherited and not to involve any muscular activity at all. Hence, any dynamic muscular activity can easily mask and hamper the activity of this energy even though it is a very forgiving kind.
Before birth, the mind and body stay in a more original, natural, and simple state. After birth, the mind and body live in a more acquired natural and complicated state. To practice more often is to positively feedback more postnatal relaxing physical, emotional, and mental energy to the prenatal mind and body and in turn to rejuvenate this energy.
For more about the Moving Energy Amidst the Kidneys (Shen Jian Don Qi), please read the preceding and the following articles.