The Brave Soldier; Ling Shu

A Discussion of Courage

Huang Di said, “I would like to hear about the origins of bravery and timidity.”

Shao Yu said, “The brave soldier…anger causes the qi to be abundant, the chest to strengthen, the liver qi to be raised, the gallbladder qi to be extended, and the gap between the eyebrows and eyes to be raised.  The hair rises and the face becomes green.  These are the origins of a brave soldier.”

Huang Di said, “I would like to hear about the origins of the timid soldier.”

Shao Yu said, “The timid soldier…although there may be a proper and great anger, qi is unable to fill the chest, and although the qi of the liver and lungs are raised, the qi is sparse and returns below.  Therefore, anger cannot be sustained for a long period.  These are the origins of a timid soldier.”

*Emphasis mine.  The Ling Shu (Spiritual Pivot) is an ancient Chinese medicine text written ~2500 years ago.  It is the basis of all things Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

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4 Responses to “The Brave Soldier; Ling Shu”

  1. Nice synergy. 🙂

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