We are continuing our Three Treasures series with a discussion of Qi and tonics to boost your energy and vitality by supporting this Treasure.
Unlike the Shen principle, or the Jing treasure which we will talk about in the future, Qi is well-known and easy to understand. In fact, “easy” is one of the best adjectives to describe Qi- it is easy to feel, easy to direct, easy to spend, and fortunately, easy to replenish. This ease of movement, around, through, and out of us is one of Qi’s defining characteristics, and it is considered crucial not to block or impede the flow of Qi, but to allow it to move through you freely.
The ancient philosopher Men Ke wrote of Qi:
Place no obstacle in its path and it will fill the space between Heaven and Earth.
This speaks of the expansive nature of Qi, and also of its abundance in our world if we but direct our will to gather and move it. In daily life, Qi is replenished by all healthy activities: sleep, eating healthy food, interaction with nature, and inner cultivation of righteousness and integrity. Qi is the vital force that flows though all creation, and so is the very unity of all creation, and keeping this connection always in mind keeps us connected to an endless source of Qi.
As both food and medicine, plants are an abundant source of Qi, and when prepared in a living way, their lives connect ours to that of Nature all around. Some of our favourite Qi tonics make excellent Spagyrics, since the processing we use connects with their intelligence and tonic properties on a deep level.
Four Ginsengs is a formula of Chinese and Korean Panax, American, and Siberian Ginsengs. It is a balanced combination of influences, boosting energy and stamina while also calming the nerves and promoting clarity. Four Ginsengs is tolerated well by most people, even those who are normally overstimulated by Ginseng.
Qi Somalixir is a complex formula of Eastern herbs to support Qi as a source of vitality now, and as a supply of long-term nourishment for longevity. It is uplifting to mood and body, and supports the vitality for many hours per dose, without any crash or depletion later.
Schizandra is a very sour berry used as an overall tonic throughout Asia. It is a source of all three treasures, Shen, Qi, And Jing, and is one of the strongest but most intelligent stimulating herbs we work with. Schizandra really gives a boost as soon as it is taken, but it is tonic to the adrenals, and so is not working at their expense. A true adaptogen, Schizandra is available as a Spagyric Essence for powering though work, and as a Spiritualized Essence for tonic and adaptogenic use.
Prince Ginseng is not botanically a ginseng, but it is a root with wonderful tonic properties, and it is one of our favourite allies. Uplifting to body, mind, and mood, Prince Ginseng’s beet-like taste shows its nourishing, food-like qualities. We love Prince Ginseng because we can take it all day, even late in the day, work hard and be productive as long as we need to, and then fall asleep and rest deeply.
For more in this series, read our article on Shen, and watch for an upcoming post on Jing.