First, thank you ,Koujiryuu, for presenting this information from a scholarly perspective. And thank you forum for bumping this old thread. Second, as a Hermetic Alchemist, I have a different perspective to present which complements some points and contradicts other points made here;
First and foremost, there is more than one type of Jing. Now, Jing means "essence" in Chinese, though it could also be "force" or "internal power". It is the sexual force, and a component of your soul. Mystic was right, Jing is affected in many ways, including sexual activity, diet, stress, and balance of the energy system.
I agree and would add that Jing is also affected by ;energy flow
; with breath control, will and muscle locks such as the maha banda the energy is moved at will.exercise
; tai chi, kundalini yoga , martial arts use
; with daily energy work especially up and down the spine,the body is improved and the human energy body develops quicklyexperience and pathworking
; ascension alchemy and martial arts for example
predictable continuum of development of adjacent centres; like the physical body the development occurs along a continuum and can not accede the growth of required adjacent centres which afford the ripening of adjacent tan tiens and the ascension of the vibration of energy in that human energy bodyattunements
;kundalini and shaktipat for example. Kundalini is a reciprocal flow inward which occurs whenever the body builds up a suitable vibration to trigger it like lightning. The magickian/martial artist may increase or decrease kundalini through breath , activity , muscle locks, meditation , projection and martial art exercise.JING/CHING is AIR
Jing is also called Ching and it is air energy,Hermetically. It does not occur until the core energy centre manifests between the red and orange chakras. Between each pair of vertical chakras a nebulous cloud of energy forms in the human energy body eventually forming a core or centre chakra . The tan tien connects to and engorges this nebula . The treasures of each tan tien are found as the seed in the centre of an apple. The treasures are cultivated in this cauldron and are a supreme energy in exact reciprocal nature to the cauldron in which they are cultivated. Jing then begins as a lower grade air which is clairvoyantly chartreuse green being the reciprocal of the salmon coloured EarthStone. Air is cool , light in weight, dim to bright, damp, passive, positive, female energy which is lifting and envigorating. It repels reciprocal earth energy and it takes on heat from fire and cold from water energies. THREE STONES CONNECTED WITH TAN TIENS
The magickian/martial artist is born with seven spinal chakras nestled in three stones; the head or moon, the chest or sun and the belly or earth. These are connected through the spine or Tree of Life through a subtle energy body network. The subtle energy tubes which connect the centre or cores of these stones are called tan tiens or dan tiens. The energy of the human energy body steps up and steps down in vibration by moving through the subtle energy body structures. That is neutral prana which lies in the red chakra will become imbibed with earth energy and when moved to the green chakra , it will become imbibed with air energy. QUANTIFIABLE MEASUREMENT AND ASSESSMENT
The 'treasure' Jing becomes emerald green subsequent to the EarthStone becoming ruby red. Treasures are the purposely cultivated basal energies improved by the development of the human energy body. As the vibration of an energy increases or ascends than it clairsentiently feels more powerful in its flow and surge and it can be seen clairvoyantly to change in colour and it can be heard clairaudiently to change in sound, too .Jing is typically absent at birth and becomes white as it begins, then chartreuse green then emerald green like the Emerald Tablet . TREASURE OF TAN TIENS
Jing is the 'treasure' of the lower tan tien. It is cultivated in the male cauldron or EarthStone and will be a supreme Air energy affording lift in astral projection from the physical body and power in the Martial Arts. It can not be cultivated until the tube structures called tan tiens are manifested. The mapping or unfolding of all structures in the human energy body is latent at birth. The magician/ martial artist develops these with use, flow and attunements. GREEN ANGEL OF THE HERMETIC SPHINX ;CONSCIOUSNESS OF ASCENSION
JING is THE energy of alchemical ascension. It is the colour of the angel of the Hermetic Sphinx and anchors the consciousness of the magickian/martial artist into the form called the Guardian Angel and begins the pathworking of angelic consciousness by connecting oneself to the Higher Self.
As far as alchemy is concerned, there is a separation of the bodies' different forces. The goal of alchemy (per The Secret of the Golden Flower) is to reunify these forces before developing Shen.
Shen is fire and there is a similar term in Hebrew Kaballah. Shen is the treasure of the head which is called the upper tan tien, the female tan tien and the MoonStone. The stones are not tan tiens, the stones include two chakras, two tubes connected at the core centre between the two chakras called a cauldron. The lower tube is called a tan tien. The treasure of the tan tien is always a reciprocal energy. So the treasure of the cold wet watery MoonStone is a hot golden fire which affords clairvoyance. Some have this treasure at birth all can cultivate it. It is more correct to say that all have a modicum at least of clairvoyance at birth . All can dream. The dreams may be at a basal state flat black and white or at a ascended state; colourful, 3D and lucid. All can see at least in dreams . Most can see in projection. And even the clairvoyantly blind can see in dreamstate the spirit of a loved one approaching at the end of the bed, by the pillow, in the tub , or in the dream itself. All can learn to see and this is best done through the cultivation of shen and daily practice in dim light in meditation with the physical eyes closed taking the consciousness to the centre of the forehead dwelling there and peering through this energy body structure called the third eye. This is activated by the pineal gland at the back of the brain which becomes flaccid in bright sunlight and erect in dim light.
Shen like Jing begins pale white some call this sperm of the energy body and call this male and female sperm. It becomes pale yellow when it has taken on fire. Then it becomes bright yellow and finally golden in hue clairvoyantly. We want the golden shen. This affords clairvoyance at will which can be tuned in or tuned out at will. Shen is hot, dry , bright, positive, active, light in weight, electric male fire energy.It is the reciprocal of the watery state of the upper female tan tien which is the lower tube ascending from the throat to the core centre between the blue and indigo chakras. This upper tan tien is a vital part of the Tree of Life which will, in time with development connect to the middle tan tien which will connect to the lower tan tien. It is more correct to say that these structures are connected in a primitive fashion but the flow between them occurs when the tiny valves within them are activated by muscles, breath, visualisation, will and specific energies. But it is true that the sheaths within these tubes change becoming nested and multicoloured and more capable in use , more sophisticated in function than the state at birth.
The magickian/martial artist is capable of carrying or uploading their subtle energy body pattern into the concurrent and subsequent incarnations it is like a program in the tiny DNA . I call this a spiritual DNA but more correctly it should be called a metaphysical DNA as it occurs in the absence of one's belief system. It is the soul imprint but that soul exists even when it is spiritually retarded. It is not one's belief in God that improves the networking and power of the soul's imprint. But it is their actions, thoughts, communications and pathworking that changes that. The soul is improved by connection to Godhead but all paths lead to God eventually. I have met atheists who recall no dream, no past life, no aspiration, no hope of eternal afterlife. And yet I have witnessed their angelic form project from them and work in service of humanity. This baffles me. I believe that their higher concurrent lives are ascended and that this is a lower vessel on their soul group who may profess ignorance in the waking state but who in the dreamstate is enlightening themselves and serving humanity to awaken through shamynic inspiration, healing and attuning.
Neiqi (original Qi; the Qi you are born with, not that which you have gained or lost through life) resides in the Middle Dantien in the heart. Neijing (your soul; the original life force; your true essence) resides in the Lower Dantien and is separate from Jing gained or lost in life; yet Neijing is the root of Jing. Through the microcosmic orbit, zhan zhuang, certain Taiji forms, and meditation with a right mind, the Neiqi is sunk down the conception vessel from the Middle Dantien to the Lower Dantien and reunified with Neijing. So, you bring the original breath of life to the original primordial force-essence, where they unify and produce a cosmic body.
I believe in the efficacy of the microcosmic orbit and have practiced this myself. However I do not think it is as complicated as this author suggests. Moving energy from the crown to the perineum and reversing this flow from perineum to crown daily will afford all desired connectivity. As the subtle body structures improve vibration and develop in sophistication of function it remains vital to continue to effect flow up and down through the spinal Tree of Life to envigorate it and maintain 'wick' and to afford optimum further development.
Before this process happens, any and all Qigong will only affect your Qi; you basically cannot produce Jing faster than you expend it without unifying Neiqi and Neijing. The process of sinking the Neiqi, and Qi, takes anywhere from one to five years depending on the individual.
No. I disagree. This ignores the fact that individuals are born at diverse levels of human energy body development. And that being born conscious of this or accepting of this as a goal will have already attained this state or are capable of attaining this in less than a year. I would say that this is done in as little as 6 weeks if that person was not born in that state.
You are correct in stating that Jing is produced by the bone marrow. However, like mystic stated, doing Marrow Washing exercises alone will not produce Jing. It is only from a combination of Marrow Washing Qigong, microcosmic orbit, zhan zhuang, Taiqi, meditation, and a great deal of self-restraint and good diet choices over many years that Jing develops.
No. The bone marrow is not the producer of Jing. Jing is produced by the energy body itself. If this was not so than the consciousness could not continue to exist or become further enlightened after death of the body and becoming devoid of bones. The spirit and the surviving consciousness do not require bones.
Furthermore, there is an old Taiqi adage that applies here."You can feel your Qi, but your opponent cannot. You can't feel your Jing, but your opponent can." Some Taoist alchemists will assert that we must develop all treasures and be able to see these and feel these. Mantak Chia is of this accord as are others that the upper tan tien develops the brain , the middle tan tien develops the heart and the lower tan tien develops the womb. Mantak Chia says the alchemist must develop the brain , heart and womb in each cauldron. This is correct.
Where the body has only earth we must bring fire, water and air . Where the body has only one fruit we must bring forth a bounty of fruits.
Fire is light; to see and heat; to warm and to heal
Air is lift; to fly and sound; to hear
Water is fluid; to flow and cold; to heal and to cool
Earth is heavy; to ground and anchor is dark; to hide and dense ; to shield
The Taoist Alchemists strives to produce a baby without a female partner. This baby will be felt being born from the energy body of the alchemist and will be a suitable vessel for the uploading of their soul's imprint or spiritual DNA.
Jing is not a force you can feel. It only manifests itself martially when the proper technique is applied with the correct intention, and when Neiqi has been sunk to the Lower Dantien. The center of the body, the cinnabar elixir field, is the root of Jing; not your bones. Jing cannot be manipulated or felt. It is invisible.
Jing can be seen and felt and heard. It can be pulled up at will by use of maha banda locks, breath, will and visualisation; after its cultivation.It is not invisible it can be seen in or out of the body with clairvoyance.
Again, someone thinks that Jing is compressed Qi or that Jing needs to be compressed. This is not true. Jing is the force-essence that is created over a long time of practicing Qigong (particularly Zhan Zhuang). It has nothing to do with compression. You cannot compress that which cannot be felt or controlled; trying to is like trying to grab the wind..Jing is not compressed Qi.
It can be concentrated and made stronger , bolder , more capable. This occurs through use, flow, pathworking, exercise, and attunements. There is an inherent difference in the quality of pale white Jing and emerald green Jing. White is inferior but promising. Jing is superior and delivering. Qi/Chi is not Jing at all. It is Water energy which is female,cold,wet,negative, passive,magnetic energy. Energy can be stepped up or down and become another vibration and take on the qualities of that vibration like frequencies on an EMR or a tuner finding a station on a radio;
Air highest vibration; white, greens cool, damp, positive, lightest in weight, lifting, raising vibration of other energies, healing, projecting, ascending consciousness; ruby red 'XIE' supernal HeavenStone
Water lowering vibration; blues, purples, wettest, coldest, dark, negative, cooling, carrying , flow QI/CHI
Fire raising vibration; yellow, orange, golden, hottest, driest, positive, light in weight,brightest in light, SHEN
Earth lowest vibration;browns, reds, moist darkest, heaviest, negative grounding shielding hiding male energy JING/CHING
Supernal green air Heaven ruby earth Philosophers' Xie
head blue water Moon golden fire Shen
chest yellow fire Sun sapphire water Chi/Qi
belly red earth Earth emerald air Ching/JING
Jīng (Chinese: 精; Wade-Giles: ching) is the Chinese word for "essence", specifically kidney essence. Along with qì and shén, it is considered one of the Three Treasures Sanbao 三寶 of Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. According to tradition, Jīng is stored in the kidneys and is the most dense physical matter within the body (as opposed to shén which is the most volatile).
Although the bones and organs are affected by the treasures it is clumsy and inexact to say that these are produced or stored in the physical body these are the essences of the subtle energies in the human energy body. Jing is air it is formed in the densest energy earth but it is not earth it is the reciprocal of it.
It is said to be the material basis for the physical body and is yīn in nature, which means it nourishes, fuels, and cools the body.
Hermetically yin is female; water and air. Yang is male; fire and earth.
As such it is an important concept in the internal martial arts. Jīng is also believed by some to be the carrier of our heritage (similar to DNA). Production of semen, in the man, and menstrual blood (or pregnancy), in the woman, are believed to place the biggest strains on jīng. Because of this, some even equate jīng with semen, but this is inaccurate; the jīng circulates through the 8 extraordinary vessels and creates marrow and semen, among other functions.
8 Extraordinary Vessels ; http://www.aardvarksfly.com/files/CHFOUR8.31PDF.pdf
The placement of the vessels at shoulders,abdomen and perineum coincide with the some of the sepiroth of the Tree of Life. These are smaller energy centres which can become clairvoyantly visible like the chakras but are the size of olives to plums whereas the chakras are mandarins to basketball in size. The energy centres at the wrist are minor and not depicted on the spinal chakras of course or on the spheres of the Tree of Life. http://www.google.com.au/imgres?sa=X&biw=452&bih=263&tbm=isch&tbnid=qBBZFT3PxMEJCM:&imgrefurl=http://www.docstoc.com/docs/23249931/Five-Breaths-to-Unblock-Eight-Vessels&docid=gGXGGjB7RS4yKM&imgurl=http://img.docstoccdn.com/thumb/orig/23249931.png&w=1275&h=1650&ei=UFegUeOzBca6lQXA6IDwAQ&zoom=1&ved=1t:3588,r:36,s:0,i:198&iact=rc&dur=1502&page=5&tbnh=167&tbnw=142&start=34&ndsp=9&tx=57&ty=67
The female sperm and the male womb are names for this energy that is white blue and in appearance like weak breast milk or semen the male womb is the lower cauldron which produces the vessel to contain the imprint made in the seminal flow . The female semen is a form of water or Qi. The male womb is a dense protective form of earth in the belly of male or female humans.
Jing is not made by foods. Early Hermeticists felt the same that temperaments were influenced by energies which were influenced by foods. Today the temperaments such as choleric and sanguineare found to be improved by energy flow, use, pathworking, service, actions and thoughts not foods.
So, then, how do we truly define Jing?...It is impacted negatively by stress, sex and diet.
What isn't negatively impacted by stress? Sex is both positive and negative reducing stress and heightening pleasure and self worth but perhaps enacting rage, lust, std/vd,and reducing self worth.
It can be bolstered by certain Qigong forms, teas, herbs, meditation, proper sleep, and an overall healthy lifestyle.
As above, these are influences positive and negative over many attributes of life and do not define Jing production or depletion, per se.
It is derived from Qi and for the purposes of the martial arts, led by Qi. You cannot feel or directly manipulate your Jing in the same manner as your Qi.
Jing is developed by the cauldron occurring between the orange and red chakras. It is fed with energy flowing upwards from the perineum to the naval through a subtle body structure called the lower tan tien or male tan tien. It is also fed from a reciprocal tube or tan tien flowing down from the middle tan tien from the SunStone. Qi is water energy or flow which moves and carries energies.
There are two main plates of energies at birth . These occur on the scalp and the perineum. The upper one is female in nature and moves energy downward from the upper os and from the purple chakra to the red chakra. It is called the Crown of the Goddess. It has a bundle of nadis within it called a kanda /candle. The lower one is male in nature and moves energy upward from the lower os to the red earth stone up towards the green heaven stone. There is a bundle of nadis within it called a kanda/candle these diverge into three primary channels; Pingali, Ida and Sushumna. Like the stones of earth, fire and water, air is missing. So too in the nadis there is father sun yellow fire, mother moon blue water, and prince blood pink earth but air is missing. Air is not the philosopher stone however. Air is the supernal Heavenstone which yields the ruby red treasure which has been called Xie for gratitude. It affords connection to Godhead , UnioMystica and the writing of the imprint of the soul's spiritual dna throgh the immortal rainbow energy body. It is "under the earth" that we find that.
There is an infernal stone which occurs under the physical earth beneath the feet of the magickian/martial artist it is on the head of the hanged man and that has another treasure;
heaven supernal air treasure earth 'Xie' precursor of the Philosopher Stone
moon head water treasure fire Shen
sun head fire treasure water Qi
earth belly earth treasure air Jing
golden bowl below feet infernal.sun......................moon.akasha Philosopher's Stone
The feet of the Hanged Man or infernal tree open and close an ouroborous. The silver dome of the physical cranium connects with the golden bowl of the hanged man's head. When open this is linear and the magickian is tuned out and grounded. When closed this is circular and the magickian is connected , switched on , tuned in. The magickian learns to connect this at will with what Alister Crowley called the black cube. There are two cubic structures a white and silver one and a black and gold one. Like magnets these may turn and repel each other and cause the circuit to be turned off or they may turn another way and cause the circuit to close and become connected and switched on.
The gaining of the Philosopher's Stone is the ability to open and close the ouroborous at will lengthening the circuit and widening it with development so that the spiritual DNA is imprinted by the soul on the subsequent incarnations and so that the soul is magnified on its route to enlightenment. This causes the magickian to be able to feel clairsentiently, to see clairvoyantly, to hear clairaudiently, to fly in projection and to manifest with control at will.
This is not the panacea though. Life gives us trials and tribulations which the Buddhists monks and nuns see as joy. A full plate of suffering provides a life of learning and cleansing of negative karma. We have been taught that the enlightened do not suffer. Enlightenment is an infinite and eternal path full of woe. Those who lack compassion do not hear the cries of the world and are not moved and are by definition not enlightened.
Qi does lead Jing.It leads all.
Thank you for this thought provoking thread.