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The Mysterious Gate: Yin and Yang in the Early Development of Acupuncture
The Mysterious Gate: Yin and Yang in the Early Development of Acupuncture
The Mysterious Gate: Yin and Yang in the Early Development of Acupuncture
 
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The Mysterious Gate: Yin and Yang in the Early Development of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is based upon the Pattern/Template system first explained in early texts such as the Daodejing and Yijing and then incorporated into the early medical texts. The Pattern/Templates were rediscovered by the pioneering psychologist, Carl Jung, who called them archetypes and made them the basis of his psychology. The idea of the Pattern/Templates stems from the Daodejing and other texts of early Daoism where Being emerges from Non-Being through an intermediary realm called Primal Chaos. Primal Chaos is comprised of certain tendencies that manifest in the world of form in different ways. These tendencies are the Pattern/Templates. They act like cosmic blueprints for the manifestation of material form. This book discusses, first, the ancient Chinese cosmology from which the Pattern/Template philosophy was developed and then how that cosmology is recapitulated within the human body through the structure and function of Mingmen/Dantian, the Center of Power within the human body. Detailed examination is also provided for the connection between this vital center and the function of the Triple Heater and Pericardium, which can then be understood and appreciated more deeply. Following chapters show how these ideas were developed into the various patterns that become the underlying basis for the theoretical foundation of acupuncture. These include Yin-Yang, the Eight Trigrams of the Yijing, the Five Phases, Numerology, and the Six Divisions.

This book discusses, first, the ancient Chinese cosmology from which the Pattern/Template philosophy was developed and then how that cosmology is recapitulated within the human body in the structure and function of Mingmen/Dantian, the Center of Power within the human body. Following chapters show how these ideas were developed into specific patterns that become the theoretical foundation of acupuncture. These include Yin-Yang, the Eight Trigrams of the Yijing, the Five Phases, Numerology, and the Six Divisions.

The goal of this book is to explain the underlying importance of logic and intuition in the practice of acupuncture for the Body, Mind, and Spirit with sufficient clarity to make them come alive in practice.
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Table of Contents Introduction 14 Part I: General Philosophical Background Early Acupuncture Texts 14 Huangdi Neijing 14 General History 14 Suwen 18 Lingshu 18 Jiayijing 19 History 19 Pattern/Templates 19 Cosmology 20 World-views and Medical Paradigms 20 Mutual Resonance: Ganying 22 Watching For The Qi 24 Philosophical Cosmology 26 General 26 Daodejing 26 Huainanzi 27 The Pre-Polar State: Wuji 29 The Polarized State: Taiji 29 Definition 29 Xianntian 31 Polarization 31 The Taiji Diagram 33 Mythical Cosmology 36 General 36 Hundun 37 Pangu 39 Kunlun 42 Mixed Meanings 42 Axis Mundi 43 Cosmological Significance in Acupuncture 47 Heaven, Earth and Man 48 General Concept 48 Heaven 51 Definition 51 Heaven as Deity 52 Heaven as Non-Personal Force 53 Function 54 Earth 56 Definition 56 Deities of Earth 57 Separation of Heaven and Earth and the Myth of Chongli 58 Reunion of Heaven and Earth and the Myth of the Weaving Maiden and Cowherd Boy 60 The Center of Power: Qihai/Mingmen/Dantian 66 Prenatal Qi 66 Mingmen/Dantian: Location 71 Philosophical Location 71 Physical Location 72 The Navel 72 Between the Two Kidneys 73 The Eyes 74 The Dantian 74 General 74 Location 79 Qihai: The Sea of Qi 80 The Navel 80 Axial Convergence in the Development of Form From Being to Beginning 81 The Pole Star 83 Formation of the Chongmai 84 Mingmen and Kidney Fire 86 Root of the Inherited Constitution 86 Kidney Fire 86 Destiny in Chinese Astrology 95 The Contract with Heaven 95 Legends of the Stove God 97 The Stove God and the Triple Heater 100 Triple Heater and Ministerial Fire 101 Pericardium and Ministerial Fire 102 Triple Heater, Pericardium, Ministerial Fire, and the Yijing 103 Ministerial Fire and the Pulse Position 107 The Great Flood and the Loss of Original Nature 110 The Meaning of Right and Left 114 Physiological Transitions in the Development of the Triple Heater and Pericardium 119 Three Heaters/Three Huang 119 Prenatal Transitions: Separation of Primary and Secondary Fire 122 Part II: Yin-Yang Yin-Yang 124 General Definition 124 Yin-Yang History 126 Middle and Late Zhou Dynasty 126 The Han Dynasty and Dong Zhongshu 127 The Formative Period of Yin-Yang Development 128 Early Terms 128 Interpenetration 136 Part III: Yijing Yijing 138 History 138 General 138 Early Zhou and Late Shang 139 Confucian Influence 140 The Ten Wings 141 Two Forms, Four Images 142 The Eight Trigrams 143 Composition 143 Qian: The Enduring Heaven 155 Kun: The Receptive Earth 157 Zhen: The Arousing Thunder 158 Sun: The Gentle Wind 160 Kan: The Abysmal Water 162 Li: The Clinging Fire 165 Gen: The Still Mountain 167 Dui: The Joyous Lake 169 Hexagrams 170 Trigram Sequences 173 Magic Squares 177 Sacred Maps 179 The Former Heaven Sequence 183 Latter Heaven 185 The Five Phases: Wuxing 188 Terminology 188 History 190 The River Maps 194 Water 198 Fire 202 Wood 203 Metal 205 Soil 206 Five Phase Cycles 209 Part III: Numerology General 213 Odd and Even 218 The One 222 The Two 224 The Three 224 The Four 225 The Five 225 The Six 227 The Seven 229 The Eight 233 The Nine 235 The Ten 239 Summary 242 Other Significant Numbers 244 Part IV: The Six Divisions Pattern/Templates in the Meridian System 247 The Six Gates 251 Early Development of the Six Divisions: The Four Images 253 Neijing Character Types Based on the Four Pattern/Templates 254 The Taiyang/Fire 254 The Taiyin/Water 255 The Shaoyang/Wood 256 The Shaoyin/Metal 257 The Balanced/Soil 258 The Yangming and Jueyin 259 Yangming 259 Jueyin 263 Disruption of Qi 263 Reversion of Qi 263 Inversion of Qi 264 Blood and Qi Proportions 265 Six Division Polarities 268 Integration of the Four Systems 269 Derivation From the Yijing 271 The Hexagram Lines 273 Trigram Progressions 273 Stages of Pathogenic Qi 279 The Taiyang Stage: 280 The Yangming Stage: 280 The Shaoyang Stage: 280 The Taiyin Stage: 280 The Shaoyin Stage: 280 The Jueyin Stage: 280

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