Metaphysics (易学)

Five Animal Frolics

Wu Qin Xi (五禽戏) – The Five Animal Frolics can be regarded as the earliest form of Medical Qigong in Chinese history, dating back to Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220).

The creation of Wu Qin Xi (五禽戏) was attributed the famous Chinese Physician and Surgeon Hua Tuo (110-207) who had great skills as a surgeon, acupuncturist, herbalist and knowledge of human anatomy.

Wu Qin Xi (五禽戏) is a set of Daoyin (deep stretching) and Tu Na (deep breathing) exercise that imitates the actions of animals based on the habits of the tiger, deer, bear, monkey and bird.

Founded by Hua Tuo (华陀. 145 – 208 CE) – often referred as the God of Chinese Medicine, benevelont master physician, also considered the first Chinese Surgeon.

Besides treating his patients when they were ill, Hua Tuo was also keen to recommend physical exercises for people as a method of rehabilitation, recovery, and most importantly for prevention.

Wi Qin Xi (五禽戲) based on the Tiger, Deer, Bear, Ape and Crane. It is thought that his discoveries included much more but were destroyed during the burning of his manuscript during his execution.

Hua Tuo had emphasized that regular physical exercise was key to maintaining and curing illness, as it strengthened the body, promoted circulation and improved health. His grave is found today in Xuzhou, Jiangsu and he is honored in the Huazu Temple in Peixian county. His innovations and miraculous abilities earned him the respect as the God of Chinese Medicine (神医).

Wu Qin Xi (五禽戏) is practiced by imitating symbolically and physically the movements, breathing and sounds of the five animals. It consists of some standard forms of movements, spontaneous movements and sounds, and simple but effective techniques.

The symbolic connotation of the animals can have great effects on state of mind and behaviour. The dignity and masculine power of the tiger, the elegance of the deer, the earthiness and soft strength of the bear, the graceful and free spirit of the bird and the liveliness and vigilance of the monkey, all imprint their marks on the consciousness and assist in building confidence and self-esteem.

Wu Qin Xi (五禽戏) – The Five Animal Frolics also works the Five Elements in Chinese Metaphysics.

木 - 怒、肝、魂
火 - 喜、心、神
土 - 思、脾、意
金 - 忧、肺、魄
水 - 恐,肾、志

Metaphysics (易学)

连山, 归藏, 周易

一)连山易首于艮卦,艮为山,所以称为“连山易”。三元盘以“一六四九双双起,夬姤剝復颠颠倒,往来阖辟团团转,卦象顺逆爻爻到”邵子(邵雍)圆图为连山易。三元盘以此为天元盘,自乾夬向左转至復,自姤向右转至坤。经云:阳从左边团团转,阴从右路转相通。左转乾兑离震初爻为阳,所以称为阳仪界。右转巽坎艮坤初爻为阴,所以称为阴仪界。

二)归藏易起于坤卦,因万物藏于坤。二十四山藏于后天八卦内,所以壬子癸三山藏于坎卦。后天八卦主时令,随斗柄所指,春夏秋冬四时之流行,二十四节气之进退。后天八卦为卦运,所以三元地理以此为地元盘。一运坎卦藏于坤、二运坤卦藏于巽、三运震卦藏于离、四运巽卦藏于兑、五运无卦之上十年寄于四运,下十年寄于六运藏于艮、七运兑卦藏于坎、八运艮卦藏于震、九运离卦藏于乾。

三)周易为文王卦,一卦六爻,一卦可变八卦,亦可变为十二卦,与错卦综卦则颠倒、倒颠、爻反、通卦等等,一卦可变为二十多卦,用于收山出煞、收龙纳水坐向与转变元运之用。三元地理以此为人元盘。

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