What is Jing? (How to revitalise your youthful energy)
by Grace Curley
The First Treasure
☯️ JING (Vital Essence)
The first treasure is called “Jing”, which is translated as “essence.” Essence is seen as the energetic basis for physical growth, development, and reproduction. Jing circulates around the body and is responsible for producing complex bodily substances such as neurons, nervous tissue, DNA, muscle & brain tissue, chromosomes & bone marrow.
Jing is where all of our bodies energy comes from; it is the precursor to Qi and is the key to a healthy, happy life lived aligned with our heart’s purpose.
This is precisely what Taoist Master Xiangchuan was referring to when he said:
'Jing can generate Qi, and Qi can generate Shen; there is nothing greater than a healthy body brimming with ying [Jing] and wei [Qi]! A practitioner seeking to nourish life must first of all treasure his Jing. If the Jing is plentiful, there will be abundant Qi; if Qi is abundant, there will be abundant Shen; and if Shen is abundant, the body will be strong. Finally, if the body is strong, there will be no disease.'
Generally, you are born with a fixed amount of Jing and it is difficult to acquire more. Jing is continuously consumed in everyday life by stress, illness, substance abuse, too much sex, dehydration and malnutrition.
How to tell if you have a Jing deficiency
A Jing deficiency will often manifest first as tiredness, then exhaustion and then disease and illness. Tell tale signs is when creativity, memory and eyesight begin to fade. Or when back pain, knee pain, skin allergies and joint pains start to creep in.
You can imagine Jing like a 'savings' account. There is only a certain amount of credit in the account. The Kidneys are the bank, they store your Jing "credit". To be blessed with a strong, healthy and happy life one must accumulate an over-adundance of Jing to re-energise the Kidneys and avoid burn-out, fatigue and premature-aging.
There are certain ancient Taoist methods which have been passed down for thousands of years that are designed to help practitioners accumulate more Jing. Many practices in Qigong are devoted solely to replenishing lost Jing and - along with eating certain types of foods - can help the body to accumulate more of this life-giving energy.
Signs of adundant Jing include a strong, robust and resilient body, a positive outlook on life & the ability to handle stressful situations in a calm way without being drained.
A List of some Jing enhancing foods
Poultry (eggs and fish roe)
Bee pollen & Royal jelly
Black ("forbidden") rice
Beyond Jing, the second treasure is called “Qi.” In Taoism, qi is the force that animates the universe, sets the world and everything in it into motion, and the force that sustains all things once they are created. It is known as “energy” or “life force".
So, what exactly is qi? Biomedicine does not recognize qi as a physical substance of the body, and yet it is key to living a life brimming with passion, vitality and energy.
Qi could be likened to the ⚡️ electric energy that runs through your nervous system.