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The 3 Treasures - How to Guard the Spirit (Shen) from Leaks?

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The Journey to the West (late 16th century CE) novel refers to the Three Treasures when an enlightened Daoist patriarch instructs Sun Wukong ("Monkey") with a poem that begins:

Know well this secret formula wondrous and true:
Spare and nurse the vital forces, this and nothing else.
All power resides in the semen [jing], the breath [qi], and the spirit [shen];
Guard these with care, securely, lest there be a leak.
Lest there be a leak!
Keep within the body!

‚ÄĒ‚ÄČJourney to the West, translated by Yu 1977, p.¬†88
1. Guarding the Jing:  Don't Cum
2. Guarding the Breath: Don't breathe dirty air?
3. Guarding the Spirit (Shen):  How do you do this?
So guarding the jing and breath (qi) are clear to me, but how do you guard the Spirit (Shen) from leaks?

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Shen builds up on jing and qi  , so the loss of jing and qi also means the lose of shen which is easy to understand and identify . However , shen can also  leak directly  from its own activities via our eyes and the projection of our spirit : worry too much about matters in life  , read too many books , play too many online games , do too many intensive  reasoning , say programming ..etc


Notice that 3 yang :  stomach, bladder and gallbladder    meridians  all originate from our eyes and they run through  most parts of  the body , so they can be  the exits of shen and qi (via shen ) ;  this is why  although many people  not addicted to sex, wine or  irregular lifestyle ,  without losing much shen via jing and qi aspects ,  most of them  still  get back pain , feeble  knee , deteriorated eyesight  ..etc after entering their 50s . 


Evade doing those things that hurt our eyesight and  drain our mental energy are  solutions to it .  But most importantly is the ability to consolidate some kind spiritual oneness , which safeguards  our shen  , lifts and keeps  it at a much high level that it  now no longer projects outside and dispersed . Although the body is said to  be safeguarded by a shield of defensive qi , it is the shen , now in the form of consolidated oneness , that determine the boundary of it  , say whether it closed or open to external energy ..


Edited by exorcist_1699
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