Ji 幾 Incipience or the Infinitesimally Small
(Ended May 11, 2020)
Ji 幾 is the almost imperceptible beginning that determines the direction to be taken by the course of events. It is the inner spring of movement not yet visible on the outside that triggers the passage from one state to another. It is the the subtle inception of a movement (of the mind and of events) that has already begun. Hence, its importance for the diagnosis of the great practitioner.
Qing Zhuo 清濁 - Clear and Turbid
(Ended February 10, 2020)
In traditional Chinese cosmology, clear qing 清 and turbid zhuo 濁 are the two fundamental qualities that initially emerge from undifferentiated primordial matter. They form a yin–yang pair. Opposite yet complementary, they exist neither in isolation nor as pure terms: they are relative qualities within a process.
In Chinese medicine, 'clear' and 'turbid' are also important notions that depend on the context.
The Way of Water or the Strength of Weakness
according to Laozi's Daodejing 道德經 (The Book of the Way and its Potency)
(Ended October 7, 2019)
Images of water permeate the Daodejing with metaphors that show how suppleness, apparent weakness, and the ability to yield and to endure can overcome force and violence. 'The strength of weakness' is presented as a way to succeed and to nurture life, for which one must shift internally and adopt another view on human relationships and on how life proceeds. When this change is achieved, 'The Way of Water' reveals its richness and its marvelous efficiency, leading us close to the source of life.