Xing Qi – Circulating the Qi

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This is the Xing Qi (Circulating the Qi) guidelines that were inscribed onto an ancient piece of Jade dated to around 400BC. It discusses many of the major stages of experience when governing Qi according to the principle of the micro-cosmic orbit.

行氣,深則蓄,蓄則伸,伸則下,下則定,定則固,固則萌,萌則長,長則退,退則天。天機舂在上,地機舂在下,順則生,逆則死。

Circulating Qi.

Lead it deep and it will gather,

Gather and it will extend,

Extend it and it will lower,

Lower it and it will become stable,

Stabilise it and it will become dense,

Make it dense and it will spring forth,

From springing forth, it will grow,

It will grow and then return,

It will return and thus become as Heaven.

The pulse of Heaven is in the ascending.

The pulse of Earth is in the descending.

Following this is life. Going against this is the end.