Gambar meridian Usus besar – Yang Ming Tangan :
The Nei Jing describes the large intestine as the officer who is in charge of the drainage of dregs and who is responsible for the transportation and transforming of the residues of the body. The large intestine is the collector of what is unusable and when it has gathered together these wastes, it then lets go of them and sends them out of the body to be composted into the earth again. The manure and urine of animals makes one of the finest fertilizers there is. This transformation of rubbish into usable fertilizer is essential in the cycle of life. Without letting go of our rubbish, we are unable to take any more in. Without letting go the earth is unable to be fertilized in the way that is necessary to create new growth. When we are locked into old beliefs this meridian helps us to let go so we can see new possibilities and move on.
We may be unable to let go of many things in our lives and by clinging to the past, old sorrows and old beliefs we are unable to take in the fresh air and inspiration that comes to us. In this way the large intestine is a vital part of our cycle in cleaning out the old in order to be able to take in the new. This is the same in the cycle of nature. Without the leaves and unused material of the harvest falling back in the soil to replenish vital minerals, the next year’s harvest will be undernourished and poor. When the soil is given the natural manures of farm animals it gives the highest yield and prevents disease in the growing cycle. This letting go is vital for living in balance and harmony.
The superficial meridian runs from the first finger up the lateral side of the arm, to the shoulder, neck, face and nose. Da is drawn as grown man with a top knot in his hair. It means tall, noble, great and important. Chang is drawn as flesh and the sun rising over the horizon with shimmering rays. It means the movement of feelings and affections that come with the sun’s warmth. Da Chang (60a, 101a, 65a) means to transmit along the way with importance. Without the large intestine’s transformations everything else is blocked from developing new life. When it functions smoothly everything is able to let go, fertilize the soil and take in new inspiration with hope and a fresh breath of air.
Li-1 Shangyang 商阳 Merchant Yang
For shang see Shaoshang Lu-11, Little Merchant, above. This is the Metal point of the Hand Yangming. Both the Lung and the Large Intestine are associated with the Metal element – the Large Intestine describes the Yang aspect. A channel passes from Lieque Lu-7, Narrow Defile, on the Lung Old Yin to join up with this point.
A good merchant knows how to bargain to get the right price for his goods. He also knows what is quality and what is not. He has an idea of what he can sell and what no one wants. A good merchant has the inner qualities of receptiveness, initiative and respect and these help him in his job of being able to offer others what they need. This is the metal point of the large intestine giving us a great boost of vitality. When used in the season of autumn, this point can gathers the energy of autumn to give a surge of energetic quality and quantity. This surge of vital force enables us to let go of old ideas and rigid patterns so we can move on and change. It is here that the qualities of value, respect, and initiative can be contacted. What is no longer of use can be let go and left behind. In this way we can feel the respect, and quality of our inner world open. We can then find the comfort and stability of respect, initiation and receptiveness. Here we can move into the quality of life and receive its benefits.
Shang Yang is the sunny warm movement of yang bringing brightness and light to our deliberations and our inner feelings. Shang is drawn as the expression of one’s inner feelings. It means to trade, to deliberate and a musical note. Yang is drawn as a hill and the sun above the horizon that shimmers in the wind. It means the sunny side of the mountain, the movement of energy in nature, high, bright, sunny, warm, heat, and expansion. Here is the full warmth of yang energy dynamically moving our ability to let go so that a quality and purpose return to life. We can feel the season of autumn clearing off the last leaves and composting them to enrich the ground for the next year. We can see the open skies again through the bare limbs and breath in the fresh cool winds of heavenly inspiration. Shang Yang has the energy of warmth and great movement.
Li-2 Erjian 二间 Second Interval
The second point on the Hand Yangming. Compare Third Interval below.
The Chinese say that there must be duality for there to be existence and wholeness. Heaven sends its rains to the earth to fertilize and soften her soil so the new plants can grow and flourish. It is from these plants that the air receives its heavenly oxygen for life to prosper. Heaven needs earth to exist, just as earth needs heaven and between them they produce all life. Yin, the secret darker side of life, needs yang, the brighter active part of life. Without darkness the light can not be seen. Two expresses this duality of the large intestine and the lungs of letting go and taking in. This is also the water point of the large intestine meridian where the rains can wash the old leaves into the soil clearing away the old thoughts and actions so we can flow again with vitality, warmth and love. The mists then rise up from the land to fill the skies with rain. Here is the endless flowing cycle between the yin and yang each reflecting and renewing the other by growing and then giving way.
Er Jian is the quiet empty space between the two. Er is drawn as two strokes. Two is the number of yin and yang and the movement out of the one. It means two, both, twice, to be double, and to divide into two. Jian is made of two leaves of a door with the moon in between. It represents the moonlight streaming through the cracks of the door. It means to be empty, quiet, light, idle, the space between, among, in between, divide, and separate. Here is the first movement, the division of the whole into two where water moves in its endless cycles between heaven and earth descending and then again rising up. Both heaven and earth let go to fertilize each other. Er Jian means the fluid, fertile space between heaven and earth.
Li-3 Sanjian 三间 Third Interval
The third point on the Hand Yangming. See Second Interval above.
In spring we renew our vision of the world with fresh eyes just as the world is renewed in delicate and dynamic growth. This is the wood point of the large intestine meridian bringing fresh inspiration to the growth that comes out of letting go. It gives us the next step to move forward. Three for the Chinese represents the creation of life between heaven and earth. Here is the new growth of spring and the growth within ourselves. This is the creativity of life produced from the skies overhead and the earth beneath our feet. We are given the breath of heaven and the nourishment of earth. Here out of the old compost, the first crocuses of spring re-emerge giving a fresh new innocence to the day. This wood point of the large intestine meridian can give us new and fresh vision when we have become tarnished or rusty. It gives us a polished shine so our inner essence glows.
San Jian means the leisure space between heaven and earth where man is nourished and moved forward in endless growth. San is drawn as three strokes with heaven at the top, earth underneath and man in the middle. It means three, thrice and to treble. Jian is made of two leaves of a door with the moon in between. It represents the moonlight streaming through the cracks of the door. It means to be empty, quiet, light, idle, the space between, among, in between, divide and separate. Here by letting go our path is lightened and our vision opened. This gives us the encouragement to walk forward with a brighter vision and the inspiration of what is possible. San Jian is the space of inspiration between heaven, earth and man.
Li-4 Hegu 合谷 Joining (the) Valleys
Between the two bones of the first finger and thumb as at the head of a valley where the sides close in. Also the name of a mountain. When the digits close together it resembles a mountain; when they open it becomes a valley.
He Gu is the source point of the large intestine meridian where the energy clears what is no longer needed with great vitality. It is also the entry point of the large intestine that works in harmony with its brother the lungs to balance the cycle of taking in and letting go. It is in the valley that all things flow until they reach the sea. This is the joining of all the valleys through which the seasons flow in an endlessly changing cycle. In this way the valley receives the sun and the rain without having to do anything and in its receptiveness it gains great wealth. It is also through the valley that all things flow so nothing remains stagnant. Here is both a flow and an allowing of things to pass when their moment has gone. This is a great joining together of these movements that allows changes to be received and then let go of. This flow and openness allows us to receive things beyond what we ourselves could imagine. In this way the valley spirit is said never to die and its modesty gains everything.
When everything flows then the streams run clear and bright. He Gu is this place where the valleys join and water runs in a constant flow. He is drawn as three mouths speaking together. It means whole, total, together, agreement, in accord with, agree, correlate, pair, join, harmony, agreement, union, uniting and good understanding. Gu is drawn as water flowing down a mountain into a hollow or gorge at the bottom. It means a ravine, valley, hollow and bed of a torrent. Here are valleys full of rushing water feeding and keeping clear both the mountainsides and the lands below. This is the united source of the great letting go ability of the Large Intestine. He Gu is a flowing valley of whole untied harmony. When we are full of anxiety, distress, and confusion, this point can clear out the system and revitalize our Qi with fresh clear energy and bring our thoughts back to the understandings of the heart.
Li-5 Yangxi 阳溪 Yang Stream
Located in the stream-like hollow between the two tendons on the outer (Yang) side of the wrist joint. Lying on the Hand Yangming, one of the eight ‘streams’ on the hands and feet.
Yang means the sunny side of the mountain. It is the active side of life where there is growth, action warmth, sunshine and openness. When the sun shines it gives movement and activity to life and puts it into action. This is the fire point of the large intestine meridian where warmth and love can flow. Here our metal within can be polished and warmed to become more receptive and open to life and its relationships. At this point we are warmed so we becomes more pliable. This helps us to feel the great love within ourselves that enables us to open up to others.
Yang Xi is a full mountain stream of yang energy. Yang is drawn as a hill and the sun above the horizon shooting its rays like a flag blowing in the wind. It means the sunny side of the mountain, the impulse that sparks movement and activity in life, warm, high, bright and active. Xi is drawn as threads being woven together and a valley, hollow or ravine. It means a deep gorge, valley, ravine, creek and mountain stream. This point gives us the energy of threads of water cascading down the hillside. At Yang Xi the precious gems of quality within us are washed and polished with the warm yang energy of the sunshine giving vitality. The isolation that metal can sometimes have, needs to both be warmed and given the ability to flow. Here the precious stones of metal can be washed until they become polished stones and then warmed in the sunlight so they sparkle with the warmth of their own brilliance. Here is the warmth and love that enables us to flow with others and build the strength and quality of relationships. We are bathed in the warm, vibrant waters of a freshly flowing mountain stream, until we are at ease, comfortable and filled with vibrant heart warmth.
Li-6 Pianli 偏历 Side Passage
On the side of the forearm, the point is a Luo-junction point acting as apassage through between the Hand Old Yin and Hand Yangming channels.
Every season brings its own changes to the earth and at its end it naturally lets go so the next season can blossom in its necessary and natural way. Pian Li is the junction point of the large intestine meridian giving flow and vitality to our energy. Pian Li means the end of a cycle. At the end of cycle everything moves with change to develop into something else so life can progress. This is exactly the movement of this point which allow this letting go in order that we can move into a place of calm warmth and guidance. Here we can move towards the heavenly father and feel his love and respect for both our difficulties and possibilities. This point can bring back order and guidance relieving our anxiety and isolation.
Pian Li is the change that comes at the end of each cycle, the letting go to move forward. Pian is drawn a man and an inscription on a door. Here is a man reaching toward understanding. It means inclined to one side, leaning, and partial. Li is drawn as to stop and a turning of the seasons or other cycles. It means successive, to pass through, a calendar, a passage, the end of a period, and the annual cycle of growing. Here we can move out of a stuckness and flow with the cycles of nature of growing, ripening, dying back, resting and re-awakening. This point allows the great vitality of letting go to moving forward into the ripeness of life. Pian Li is the energy of movement at the end of each cycle of life.
Li-7 Wenliu 温溜 Warm Current
Promotes sweating by increasing the warmth of the channels throughout the body and expelling cold. Moxibustion may particularly be used on this point.
It may also be translated ‘Staying Warm’: liu can mean to remain or stay. This is the place the hands remain when the arms are folded and the hands put up the sleeves.
Wen Liu is a warm, gentle, kindly, benevolent gliding stream. Imagine floating in a warm pool on a sunny day being bathed in sunlight. At this point we can lay back and feel our senses being nourished and brought to life. It is where we can relax into fullness again. Here is the warm smile of the heavenly father and his helping hand bringing us the confidence to move outward into life with warmth and enjoyment. Wen Liu brings comfort, reassurance and cleansing to give us gentle encouragement and relaxation. It invigorates the quality of our Qi and helps us to become more flexible and warm hearted.
Wen Liu is where there is a warm bath of love and respect so we can flow with life. Wen is drawn as water and to feed a prisoner. It means benevolence, kindly, to revive, to warm up, mild, gentle, warm and charity. Liu is drawn as water and to stop or rest in a place. It means smooth, to glide, glossy, a stream and a current. Here we are like clouds drifting effortlessly across the sky untroubled by the worries below. When we lie in this heavenly stream of encouragement we can take in the wonders of nature feeling warm and comfortable inside. Here we are encouraged to flow more fully and deeply but in a gentle way. Wen Liu has the energy of lying in a stream of warm, kind benevolence.
LI8 – Xia Lian
Xia Lian is our earthly corner. Angles both support and hold two sides together. Great skill is required to put two things together and keep them at the proper angle. It requires the skills of dexterity and balance. In order to be good at our crafts the Chinese say we must support our work, set a level place from which to work and then secure all the angles of our endeavour with knowledge and skill. In this way our workmanship may last for generations, just as the great stones of Stonehenge have supported horizontal stones for centuries. Here is the strength and stability of the earth that helps us to move in balance and harmony. It is where we can find movement and flexibility. We form new angles with our lives.
Xia Lian is the angle underneath us. Xia is drawn as a line below the level at the top. It means to fall, under, lower down, beneath, inferior, descend, below and below the level. It represents the earth that is below us giving us strength and her solid ground to stand on. Lian is drawn as an angle joint underneath a roof. It means a corner, angle, sharp, uncorrupted, modest, pure, to examine and to search out. Here is the strength, balance and support of our lower earthly angle enabling us to craft life with care and strength. At Xia Lian we have the energy of proper craftsmanship giving our endeavours quality, permanence and stability. This point gives us a surge of fluid energy for the lower meridians, grounds us and takes us to our central inner core.
LI9 Shang Lian
Shang Lian is a heavenly angle. The Chinese say it is better to put our trust in the heavens above for the dynasties below will rise and fall and come and go. It is only the heavens that remain constant. As we walk our path the inspirations of heaven give us inner strength to follow what comes. We can learn from heavens. They take no sides but shine, rain and snow on whoever is under their skies. From the heavens we can learn to be spontaneous, powerful and creative.
Great skill is required to put two things together and keep them at the proper angle. It requires the skills of dexterity and balance. In order to be good at our crafts the Chinese say we must support our work, set a level place from which to work and then secure all the angles of our endeavour with knowledge and skill. In this way our workmanship may last for centuries. At Shang Lian is the strength and craftsmanship for moving in balance and harmony with the heavens.
Shang Lian is our well crafted angle of heavenly inspiration. Shang is drawn as a line above the level. It means upper, top, above, on, supreme and before. Lian is drawn as an angle joint under a roof. It means a corner, an angle, sharp, uncorrupted, pure, modest, to examine and to search out. Here our skill can receive the influences of heaven whose inspirations and wisdom give us great strength if only we have the calm silence within to listen. Shang Lian is our upper heavenly corner where we can receive the deep wisdom within. This point helps clear the upper meridians so we can then be filled with the inspirations of the heavens giving vitality and warmth and wisdom to our hearts.
Li-10 Shousanli 手三里 Three Miles (Arm)
Lying about three cun (i.e. ‘inches’, ‘miles’) from the elbow. It is also beneficial to all three inner portions of the body, the so-called Sanjiao, or Three Heating Spaces. Li can also mean ‘inner’. Both derivations are feasible. See also Zusanli St-36, Leg Three Miles.
In ancient times the distance between two villages was said to be a Chinese mile. It would take great stamina to walk this distance and very fine runners were used to deliver important messages. At this point we have the strength and stamina of those who are able to run the miles between the villages to deliver that which is important. Here is the real strength to walk our path without giving in by using our inner resources to change and develop. This point gives us energetic stamina to sustain us through changes in our lives. It is where this accumulated energy can be harnessed and used.
Shou San Li is the strength of a working man between heaven and earth. Shou is drawn as the palm of the hand with its lines. It means a working man, the hand and the full face of the hand. San is drawn as three stokes. It means heaven above, the earth below and man or life that is created between the two in the middle. It is a man standing between the heavens and earth and means the three, thrice and to treble. Li is drawn as a field and earth. It means the smallest hamlet made of eight families, a place of residence, a street, a lane, a neighbourhood and to be melancholy. Here is man growing between heaven and earth and with the strength of his hands is able to work and build his life securely. This is the place where our necessary work is supported, inspired and given strength and stamina. At Shou San Li we have the strength to walk our path well.
Li-11 Quchi 曲池 Crooked Pond
Located in the pool-like hollow at the end of the elbow crease. ‘Crooked’ refers to the crook of the elbow.
The He-sea point of the Hand Yangming, also giving the idea of a pond.
Qu Chi is a curved pool that gathers and accumulates Qi in the curve of the elbow. It is the earth point of the large intestine meridian which brings nourishment and stability. When there is loneliness this point can help us find our contact with mother earth and feel her caring embrace. This brings us strength, balance and stability. It is where we can receive the nourishment that comes from earth. Here are the rich sediments that fall into the earth and enrich the soil in autumn building the deposits of minerals for the next year. When we are distressed, depressed, confused or spinning out of control, this point can give us warmth enabling us to feel cared for and nurtured. It places us in the arms of our mother, the earth, where we are held her warmth and security.
Qu Chi is an accommodating, curved and crooked pool of water. When water flows around a bend in a river it moves slower near the outer bank and leaves deposits that both build and enrich the soil in that place. Here is that enrichment, security, stability and balance to keep what has been achieved nourished, well fed and cared for. Qu is drawn as a piece of wood that is bent or a bamboo frame. It means wrong, bent, crooked, accommodating, curved and songs. Chi is drawn as an ancient utensil and water. It means a reservoir, moat, tank, pond and round pool of water. At Qu Chi we are cared for and nourished. We can then move with flexibility and contentment from this contact with our inner source. Qu Chi has the energy of the accumulation of gathered wealth as when everything falls back into the earth in autumn lying ready to begin the next cycle in the spring.
LI12 – Zhou Liao
Our bones give protection, structure and framework to our body. They are said to contain the memories of our life and to hold the deepest part of ourselves. It is said that if we can reach these deep parts of ourselves then we will have the ability to cleanse and transform our lives. We talk about the sensitivity of our elbow. It is a place of great flexibility enabling us to reach out and both work and make contact with the world. Here we can both share and receive with the fullness of our embrace.
Zhou Liao is the bone of the elbow or upper arm. Zhou is drawn as flesh and a hand. It means the elbow and the upper arm. Liao is drawn as bone and wings fluttering and flying. It means bone holes or bone. Bone can last hundreds of years holding the memories of our lifetime. Those who reach the depth of their bones will not be shaken for they will have reached their absolute core. At Zhou Liao, we can feel the strength and protection of our core from where we can move flexibly and sensitively to what comes. Here is our flexible bone that is jointed at the elbow where we can feel this freedom of movement. At Zhou Liao we can feel a flexible, sensitive depth of energy.
Li-13 Wuli 五里 Five Miles (Arm)
The character for ‘miles’ – li – can also mean ‘within’. The point has an effect on the five Zang within. See also Wushu GB-27, Five Hubs.
Taking li as ‘miles’, the point also lies about five cun units (miles) from the elbow. The derivation is similar to that for Shousanli Li-10, Arm Three Miles, above.
Some also consider the point makes one strong enough to carry/walk five miles.
The point of Shou Wu Li lies where there is muscle power coming from a place where the arms are flexible and full of strong muscles. It is with the strength and flexibility of the arm muscles that we can reach out and shoulder the cyclic changes that happen in life. The number five in Chinese represents the movement of the seasons. Five represents the four directions of the winds that are guided from the centre. They create the movement through the seasonal cycles of spring, summer, late summer, autumn and winter. Here are the movements of nature that give us the strength to move in harmony with all the seasons. This point fills us with great energy and movement giving us the inner resources and stamina to make changes.
Shou Wu Li contains the vital force to walk five miles. Shou is drawn as the palm of the hand. It means the arm, the full face of a man and a working man. Wu in the ancient form was simply drawn as an X. Then the upper and lower strokes were added to represent heaven and earth and the yin and the yang. It is the yin and the yang and heaven and earth that create the five seasons and the five elements that produce the yearly cycles. Wu means five. Li is drawn as a field and earth. It means the smallest hamlet made of eight families, a place of residence, a street, a lane, a neighbourhood and to be melancholy. Here is man standing between heaven and the earth with strength and security being able to work with the fullness of the strength of his hands. This is the place where our necessary work is both supported and given strength and stamina. At Shou Wu Li we have the energy and the stamina to walk five miles.
Li-14 Binao 臂臑 Upper Arm Muscles
Self-explanatory. Refers to the location and area of effect.
The badge of authority is often worn on the upper arm to show the office of organization. These are the chosen officials who have the knowledge and commands of the Emperor to rule with love and understanding. At Bi Nao we have a quality of authority to direct and guide life from our inner qualities and purity of essence. Here great strength is guided by the qualities of purity, justice and heavenly guidance. It is where we can feel the warm hand of the Emperor guiding our actions.
Bi Nao means the forearm where there is the vitality and quality of energy we need to live our lives with courage, and excellence. This point take us to a place of depth where we can find our own truths and move forward with confidence and pride. Bi is drawn as a man who talks about criminals with authority and flesh. It means the arm or forearm. Nao is drawn as flesh and the rains of heaven nourishing small plants so they grow well. It means the shoulder blade, the outer bone of the arm, the arm and the humorous. Here our inner structure can be nourished with the rains of heaven to give our actions the growth and development they need to structure life well. At Bi Nao we can feel our energy fill with respect and authority. This helps to guide our lives from deep within our inner core.
Li-15 Jianyu 肩骨禹 Shoulder Bone
Self-explanatory. Refers to the location and area of effect.
Jian Yu means to shoulder and take charge of the burdens we carry. When we this have strength and good authority then we can shoulder our life with a great sense of self esteem and pride. It is by joining things together that we have support. Everything in life needs its support. The yang needs the yin and the yin needs the yang in order for the changes in life to be continuously balanced so they flow with fluidity. When two things are brought together with skill, knowledge and experience, then they create a support of strength and stability. With this stability we can shoulder our responsibilities well. At this point the large intestine meridian joins the Yang Qiao Mai which gives this point a dynamic wholesome thrust of energy to put our life dynamically into motion.
Jian Yu is to competently take charge of the burdens of our shoulders. Jian is drawn as a muscle at the top of the arm. It means to take on one’s shoulders, competent, to take charge, to sustain, to take a burden and the top of the shoulder. Yu is drawn as a monkey and bone. It means the monkey bone, the clavicle and collar bone. Here we can shoulder life with strength of character, pride, quality and competence.
LI16 – Ju Gu
Bones give great structure to the body. We can feel things deeply in our bones and sense the changes of seasons in their marrow. Bone are said to hold the memory of our life for all energy runs through them. It is bone that outlasts any other part of the body. Here in our very marrow lies the greatness of our life from which our whole protective skeletal structure gives us depth and quality. This very great bone is touched and inspired by the hand of our heavenly father. Here we become a part of the greatness of heaven. At this point the large intestine meridian joins the Yang Qiao Mai which gives this point a dynamic wholesome thrust of energy to put our life dynamically into motion.
Ju Gu is this greatness of our bones. Ju is drawn as a great square with a handle that is used for measurement. It means a carpenter’s square, numerous, chief, very, great and big. Gu is drawn as a skeleton and flesh. It means a framework, the ribs of an umbrella, bone and skeleton. Here we can feel the greatness of our inner structure. At Ju Gu we can contact the deep core of ourselves to let go of what is no longer needed and to find fresh insights. It is where we feel instinctively and with great depth.
Li-17 Tianding 天鼎 Heavenly Cauldron
The ‘heavenly cauldron’ is an image of the receptacle of the head and neck. It lies on the neck, which receives the nourishment of air, food and drink into the body.
Sacred vessels were used for holding offerings to the Gods to bring peace and harmony to the ancient kingdoms. Vessels contain and hold precious gifts. A vessel has a centre and is open to the cycles that come and go. It is formed from the five element of earth, water, fire, metal and wood. In this open centre lies an inner source of wisdom. It takes time for us to develop our inner awareness and slowly we have to let go, layer, by layer until we become who we are. It is then we can see the heavenly reflections within our own special bowl of sacred essence. By allowing the heavens to move through us we can glimpse the rich wisdom that lies within and beyond. We can ponder on this wisdom until the layers of meaning emerge in their own time.
Tian Ding is a sacrificial vessel containing the highest of all things. Tian is drawn as a man with the heavens overhead drawn as a line at the top. The vast expanse of the heavens govern us with their inspirations of fresh air and life giving rains. It means the Supreme Ruler, celestial, the seasons, the weather, nature, sky, heaven, the firmament above and the highest of all things. Ding is drawn as a tripod supporting a vase. It means a sacrificial vessel, a cauldron, a vessel, an urn and a tripod. This point is a sacred vessel reflecting the heavens within us. Here we can open ourselves to the heavenly influences and contemplate the wisdom of the inspirations flowing through us.
Li-18 Futu 扶突 Supporting Prominence
The point lies on the neck close to the Adam’s apple and also between the two heads of the sterno-cleidomastoid muscle. It thus acts on the muscles which support the head and neck (prominence) – alternatively, it is situated close to the prominence of the Adam’s apple. Both explanations are common.
When we are willing to let go of what is no longer useful, we can then see how it keeps us from really seeing and enjoying our lives. When we let go we can really look inside our selves and find the qualities and gifts that are there. When the rubbish has been cleared and there is balance and harmony in our life then this chimney to the sky point can open us to fresh insights. We can then see the sacredness in the world. Here we can hear the whispers of the winds and see the grass literally growing. It is here that new possibilities and opportunities open up to us, while at the same time our sense of self worth and esteem are supported. Here we are given the great supporting hand of the heavenly father. He encourages our vision with care, quality and creativity. When we are ready to look inside, it is here we can find the individual quality of who we are. When this vision is able to move out into the world it becomes a great gift to all.
Fu Tu is a supported rushing forward with sudden insight. Fu is drawn as a hand giving something to a man. It means to spread out, to prop up, to aid, to help and to support. Tu is drawn as a dog underneath a cave or kennel that rushes out to attack an intruder. It means to rush out, to run against, suddenly and abruptly. Here we let go and become who we are. Then from our inner diamond essence we are filled with sudden fresh inspiration and creativity. This point allows us to let go giving us a good spring cleaning. It opens our vision to new and vital insights while supporting our feelings of self esteem and worth. The world then becomes a magical dance and our soul shines like the precious jewel that it is.
Li-19 Heliao 禾髎 Stalk Crevice
Lying in the crevice which begins just where the nose joins the face like a stalk. He has the meaning of the stalk of standing grain, especially rice. It may possibly be corrupted from a similar character meaning the crook in a branch of a tree. Again this refers to the anatomical location of the point.
At the point of He Liao we receive the precious golden grains of the harvest. What is no longer needed then falls back into the soil in autumn and nourishes the compost. Here we can gather together the grains of wisdom and slowly allow them to settle inside revealing layers of understanding. As the Chinese say, grain is simply the result of the harvest and if we look to what we have of our own grains then we can harvest what is within ourselves. It is by harvesting the ordinary that we ultimately gain the fruits of wisdom. Simply by looking all around us, messages of spirit abound.
He Liao is this harvest of the deepest part of ourselves that lies in the very marrow of our bones. He is drawn as a plant with a ripened ear at the top. It means grain, crops, corn and growing grains. Liao is drawn as a skeleton and wings fluttering and flying. It means bone or bone holes. Bones are said to protect and hold our strength, structure and essence. Here is the harvest of our essence and the seeds of a uniqueness that is all our own. From this seed we can move our entire structure with richness.
Li-20 Yingxiang 迎香 Welcome Fragrance
Treating this point will improve a blocked nose and enable one to identify fragrances.
Flowers are beautiful and fragrant like a burst of laughter on wild plum trees. The fragrance of wild flowers awaken our senses but also remind us of the fleeting nature of all life’s cycles. We must taste the opportunities as they come and take in their aromas for they will pass as quickly as the flowers of springtime. When we can be fully aware in each instant, then we can truly benefit from all the experiences that come to us. We can take in the fresh fragrances that awaken our senses with pleasure and grasp the sublime delights that come along the way.
Ying Xiang is the desire to receive sweet smelling things. Ying is drawn as walking and a dignity to which the eyes and desires of men turn. It means to receive, to go out and meet in person, to desire, exalted and welcome. Xiang is drawn as grains of millet and sweetness meaning the agreeable odour of fermenting millet. It means sweet to the taste, agreeable odour, sweet-smelling and fragrant.
At Ying Xiang our appetite for life and its inspirations can be awakened, bringing back a rich flow of life where we can take in fresh air to clear all our senses. We can open ourselves and welcome people to us. As this exit point of the large intestine meridian flows into the earth meridians, it greets the earth with the sweet smelling fragrances of wild blossoms and fermented grains as an offering to her abundance. This point brings back the richness and flow of life.
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