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Container Theory

Fu Xi Wen Container Theory: If it's
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made of Jing, it's a container. If it is a container, it's meant to contain something. The something it is meant to contain is Qi.

Cups of Qi

There are always two factors we have to address in a treatment. The first is the Jing of a T° and its own energy (the energy that makes up that Jing). The second factor is the energy the tissue is holding like a cup holds water, or a stomach holds Earl Grey.

Before we used magnets, we were working with Qi, sending it into T°. But what I am talking about now is not the energy of the tissue, but the energy held inside of the tissue. The tissue is just the container. This may seem like a subtlety, but think of it this way. A cup is the hard ceramic (its Jing) as well as the energy in between the ceramic molecules (its Qi). The tea water is something altogether unique – it is the energy being held inside of it. Different, right?

Classical theory divides the organs into Yin, Yang, and Curious organs. Yin organs hold energy like a cup. But this cup is designed with very small holes that allow only a small amount of energy to ebb and flow in and out. Yin organs are for energy storage. These organs include: the spleen, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, and pericardium. The Yang organs specifically transform energy from one phase to another and allow energy to flow. To the most part, they change food into usable energy. They include: the large intestine, bladder, small intestine, gallbladder, stomach, and aorta. The Curious Organs have multiple functions of storage and transformation. They include the uterus, brain, gallbladder (it falls in two categories), bones, marrow, blood vessels, and glands.

These classical Chinese organs, and their Western counterparts, have a constant ebb and flow of energy. When you fill these organs with container Qi, you will feel the energy move out from the containers and into the classical Chinese meridian system. Just as Heaven and Earth are the battery pack for the entire energetic system, the organs are the smaller batteries for the smaller circuits to which they have direct influence – the meridians.

In Fu Xi Wen theory, we don't just accept the physical organs as the start and end of treatment. We also include every box that is created by the lines of force. Each box is an organ unto itself, and therefore a container that holds energy. Each box, in turn, feeds the lines of force energy in a natural ebb and flow. Individual boxes can become low in energy. You can tune them up very easily. Simply add Fire Qi up and down, Five Element Earth Qi East and West, and Water Qi North and South inside the energetic box.

Tissue Containers

Every tissue of the body is made of Jing and is therefore a container.

To fill or balance the energy inside of the tissue or organ container, we first point a teishin towards the appropriate T° for that tissue. Next, we treat the Heaven/Man/Earth axis themselves (straight up and down, direct East, West, North, and South) with Fire/Earth
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Qi/Water respective to its associated plane
. The teishin guides this energy to the tissue. In doing this, we are letting the tissue become the new coordinate system – and we are filling up this coordinate system like a cup holding tea.

This is different than when we penetrated energy into tissues (see chapter on “Perfusion”). There, we used the Heaven/Man/Earth axis at the same time that we treated the T°. With Container Qi treatments, we flip it around and use the tissue as the axis and treat the planes. As a result, we are treating different energy.

We don't have to stop at one teishin. Each teishin we add on top of the first focuses the coordinate of our treatment to more and more refined tissues within tissues. We can treat the container of the thyroid. Or we can treat the container of the thyroid cells. Or we can treat the container of thyroxine. No matter the level of magnification, if is made of Jing, it is a container that can be filled or balanced.

Organ Examples

If we want to manipulate the energy being held by the spleen organ, we first point the teishin at the T° of N.-10° V.0° and S.+10° V.0° (SP(KD)). This becomes the primary axis. While the teishin is pointing towards the T°, move the Fire tool in V.+90° and V.-90° to manipulate the Yang it is holding. Move the Earth Qi tool in E.0° and W.0° to manipulate the Qi it is holding. And move the Water tool in N.0° and S.0° to manipulate the Yin.

Do this and you will feel the Spleen fill like a balloon with healthy energy. This energy will slowly leak out of the Spleen and you will likely feel buzzing by your big toe as that energy follows the spleen meridian.

To fill the lungs, the T° is N.-20° V.0° and S.+20° V.0° (LU(KD)). The teishin is pointed at this T° and then Fire is pointed directly up and down, Five Element Earth Qi is pointed East and West, and Water is pointed North and South.

Qi and Blood

In the classics, it is said the Qi and Blood move together, are mutually constructive, and are mutually dependent. Blood is capitalized as it does not exclusively mean blood as we know it. Container Qi is blood but it is also body fluids as well. For instance, the container Qi that is contained in lymphatic vessels is lymph. The container Qi in the gallbladder is bile. The T° for the gallbladder organ treats the tissue that comprises the organ. The container Qi treats the bile. If the bile is imbalanced, it affects the organ and vice versa. Please read the Advanced chapter called “Advanced Container Qi” to understand how the container contents, blood, bile, urine, and so forth, are treated more precisely. For now, enjoy this heuristic.

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