When it comes to our internal energy there are three main vessels that set at the foundation.
The Ren flows up and down the front of the body starting in the perineum and flowing to the underside of the tongue. The Du runs up and down the back of the body from tailbone over the crown of the head to the pallet of the mouth. The act of touching the tip of the tongue to the roof of the moth behind the teeth connects the two vessels and completes the flow of the microcosmic orbit, which is the flow of energy through both vessels.
The Chong is lesser known to many martial arts practitioners. This vessel is the center vessel and runs up the middle of the body. The Chong begins in the perineum running up to the pubic bone. From there is continues up the middle of the body, between the Ren and Du all the way into the face. It is the deepest of the three vessels.
The Ren, Du and Chong are viewed as the three well springs of the human body, supplying the body with all the energy it requires for life. Eastern Medicinal Philosophy has known about and utilized these three wells for thousands of years. Through acupuncture and the entirety of Eastern Traditional Medicine, the three vessels are cornerstones of health and wellbeing. To high level martial arts practitioners, who study deeply the internal arts, the three vessels are also highly important.
Without conscious focus and understanding of the three wells we cannot feels them or tap into them at will. Without this knowledge we cannot hope to understand through our internal awareness the breadth of their potency, control of and complete interactions with all the organs and systems of our physical bodies. Beyond that the three vessels also control our perceptions and awareness, emotional constitution, dream world and connection to the non-physical.
For instance, the Ren is the Conception Vessel. In short, this vessel is the receiver and transporter of all the energy through all the feminine (yin) organs of the body. Feminine organs are the kidneys, spleen, lungs, heart and liver. It is in control of feminine fertility and all that goes along with it; pregnancy, menopause, uterus, menstruation as well as respiratory function = the breath of life. It therefore also connects to the birthing process, both physical as well as birthing ideas, desires, and anything stemming from a creative action. As the front of the body is energetically the feminine energy, the Ren controls the feminine side of the human body in both male and female, as we all have both.
The Du is the Governing Vessel. The rear of the body is the masculine energy and so the Du literally governs the energy of all masculine (yang) organs. This includes the bladder, both intestines, gall bladder, and stomach.
Survival is the energetic focus of the Du. Physical grounding in the here and now, transformational cycles of our lives and all survival instincts and functions are a direct result and function of the Du vessel. This means independence, standing tall, risk taking and assertiveness are processes of the Du.
Those are basics and known by, or should be known by all higher level martial artists. If they are not then the martial training is severely lacking and the practitioner’s skill will also be lacking.
The Chong, more rarely spoken about, is the deepest and most potent of all the vessels. Even though I am only touching three, there are actually eight “extraordinary vessels” concerning our genetics. The Ren, Du and Chong are the most potent of those eight.
The entire flow of energy through all of the body, all meridians, organs, vessels, brain and so on is regulated by the Chong. All organs, tissue and even bone are filled by the Chong. If the Ren works from the Yin/Feminine energy and the Du from the Yang/Masculine side, then the Chong is the master flow through it all. It is the deepest of all vessels and therefore taps and controls the deepest level of our genetic imprinting. All cellular memory is dictated through the Chong well. Interestingly, any trauma we endure is stored in the Chong vessel if unresolved. Stress and resulting exhaustion, found in epidemic levels in today’s modern societies, disrupt the Chong vessel more than all the others. After all, stress is a sort of trauma if it isn’t being dealt with successfully.
Organs of the body have their own unique positions. They are where they are for a reason and if they become weak they can prolapse and sag out of position. The energy of the Chong helps to maintain proper organ position, so weakness in the Chong can lead to prolapse of organs. When organs prolapse they start losing their ability to function properly and the entire body suffers.
The Chong can be seen ad energy reserves, the deepest and most primal reserves of the human body. Therefore the Chong vessel is the seat of our self-love and self-acceptance. Issues with pregnancy, the heart, lungs and digestive system can all be traced to insufficient Chong energy.
Our ability to truly live life, express our own life force and genuinely care for and love ourselves comes straight out of the strength of the Chong. Ongoing depression equals an issue with the Chong vessel.
An interesting note, facial hair, the beard in males is a direct result of the Chong. In males the Chong flows upwards to the face and expresses itself through facial hair growth. Throughout the ages the beard has always been a symbol of masculinity. The simple fact is that it truly is and it is because of the flow and energy of the Chong that this is the case.
In females the Chong flows downward and controls the health of menstruation. When menstruation is heavy, it is a sign of weak Chong energy. If menstruation is scanty it shows a deficiency in blood energy. During pregnancy the Chong energy reverses and runs upward in the female which then helps to feed the fetus in its growth. Once the birth process is completed the Chong reverses and once again flows downward. The Chong can also affect breast size in females. Meaning that in cases where the size of a woman’s breasts has declined and shape or tone has deteriorated, the Chong should be looked at. The proper flow of the Chong vessel and spleen meridian are responsible for proper breast health in the female body.
Facial hair on females and issues with birthing shows an imbalance of the deepest vessel, the Chong.
The chakra system also generates out of the Chong. Since the Chong runs up the inside of the spine, 4 of the chakras set inside it. The chakras inside the spine come from ganglion nerve bundles. Each of those four nerve bundles literally creates the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th chakras. Those nerve bundles are controlled by the energy of the Chong along with electricity of the brain, of course.
If we move this understanding of the three main vessels into another view it becomes even more interesting. In Old Norse philosophy there are three worldly wells in-which the three largest roots of the Yggdrasil, the Tree of Life, penetrate and feed from.
It is from my personal awareness and detailed observations of the vessels, and my relation to and deep study of Norse beliefs, that I’ve found the following relations between the three main well springs of the body and those of the world.
To me it makes sense that Hvergelmir is associated with the Ren vessel. Urd then would express through the Du vessel and then Mimir would associate with the Chong.
To me this shows that the ancient Scandinavian people had an understanding of the energy relationship between of the universe and the human body, how it is connected and representative of one another. Even if they didn’t have the comprehension that people gained on the Asian continent, discovering details of vessel and intertwined health functions, the coincidence is too… coincidental. And of course I don’t buy into coincidence.
Three main wells feeding the Tree of Life and thus all the worlds; Three main wells/vessels of the human body feeding every aspect of it
This is just another example of how martial artists can open their borders, to explore wisdoms of their own genetic bloodlines, to discover understandings of those bloodlines so as to open genetic coding that will greatly assist their martial studies. Asian bloodlines created Asian martial arts from the energy of their own genetic codes and surrounding environments. Like I stated in my other genetic articles and interviews, anyone can study them, but to truly open the greatest potential of a person, one must discover their own genetic alignment and bring those ancient energies into focus with their present studies, especially if those studies originate from other genetic origins.
All original genetics are equal and their original wisdoms are equal, but that doesn’t mean they are the same. They are unique to each other, but equal in purpose, depth and strength.
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If you are going to study and work with your internal energy and its relation to all you are and the world around you, you must study the vessels. If you are going to be the best you can be at whatever you do, you need to explore, tap and open your core genetics and connect them to your present pursuits.