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Painting The Box

You may have noticed in the Beginner's
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example treatment, that Fu Xi Wen treatments essentially contain three parts. They don't have to, but I have found this to be clinically helpful.

In one part, you treat the tissue-angle (T°) by pointing the treatment tool directly at the T°. This treats the energy that constructs the tissue.

In another part, you point a teishin at the tissue angle and treat the X, Y, and Z directions around the teishin. This treats the energy being held inside the tissue like water being held in a cup. See the Intermediate chapter on Container Theory to understand this concept. The final part is called “Painting The Box”.

Painting The Box Technique

The third part of the treatment involves removing the teishin and treating due West, due East, due North, due South, straight up and straight down. You send Fire Qi up/down, Earth Qi East/West, and Water Qi North/South. Energetically, this is akin to an acupuncture treatment. With acupuncture, you insert needles into specific energetic points that send energy to organs and energetic channels called meridians. However, the energy arrives without any particular focus. Some goes here; some goes there. It simply goes where it can based on Five Element energy dynamics. Eventually a bit of that overall energy actually goes where it is needed leading to an improvement in the condition.

In acupuncture parlance, especially Japanese acupuncture, treating the tissue-angle and treating with a teishin as described above would be called a “local treatment” in that at this stage, energy is being directed at the specific problem. Painting the Box, in contrast, is a global treatment. In Fu Xi Wen System Theory, treating the tissue-angle treats the unit where Painting the Box treats the system.

Synergy of Combining Techniques

In reality, you only need to choose one of the three methods to experience treatment benefits. But I combine all three together because there are different advantages to each stage. For instance, Painting the Box is insurance. Let's say you made the absolute worst guess as to the source of your problem. You chose the wrong tissue – or maybe you haven't gotten down the compass and vertical angles and are using the wrong ones. Painting the Box works just like an acupuncture treatment in that it allows the energy to settle where it needs to on its own. Like I said, it's insurance...from your own malpractice.

I have learned the value of Painting the Box the hard way. You see, when I first discovered Fu Xi Wen, all I did was Paint the Box. I didn't know anything about anything, but I did know about Heaven/Man/Earth directions. So I used my sound tools up/down, East/West, and North/South. Son of a gun, I saw miraculous results even better than with acupuncture alone. (Now you are wondering if I said Painting the Box works like acupuncture how can it be better than it? Well, you can put a heck of a lot more energy in an energetic box if you paint it directly than if you trickle it in via the acupuncture points.)

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All of a sudden, I stopped Painting the Box in my practice. I did this fundamentally because I was learning so much about Fu Xi Wen, my brain was way too busy focusing on everything else I needed to learn. Painting the Box seemed simplistic compared to the new theory I was discovering every day. This was a big mistake. The reason it was a big mistake was that time after time, when I chose tissues to treat without using the pulse as a diagnostic tool, I selected one's that for all intents and purposes seemed right but were in fact altogether wrong. So, my patients found themselves paying me money without getting any better. In other words, when I stopped Painting the Box, I became a far worse practitioner. I didn't like that one bit. Nor did my patients.

When you get to the point where you can use the pulse to diagnose, you may not need to Paint the Box anymore. But until then, I highly recommend that you continue this practice. It adds only a small bit more to your treatment time and effort, but the insurance is every bit worth it.

I mentioned how there were advantages to all three levels and I might as well finish that thought. Treating the energy inside the tissue repairs the tissue from damage. If you do not repair the tissue directly, you can do it indirectly by treating the container Qi but it takes a long long long time. See the chapter on “Perfusion” for more information on this topic.

Treating the X, Y, Z planes around the teishin fills the tissue you are treating with energy like filling a cup with water. This is called Container Theory (see “Container Theory” chapter). If you rely on Painting the Box, then you can do this same thing albeit more slowly and less intensely.

In other words, I strongly encourage all beginning Fu Xi Wen practitioners to employ all three techniques. It is well worth the additional time it takes to complete a treatment.

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