Published on March 8th, 2020 | by Catherine Tingey0
The Three Treasures
The Three Treasures
Sometimes in life you lose yourself in fascinating rabbit holes.
And end up a changed woman.
Two years ago I met an herbalist in Ojai (Rehmannia Dean Thomas) and got a pulse reading from him.
It turns out he was a noted student of Ron Teeguarden (Dragon Herbs) so I bought some of his and Ron’s books, and a bunch of their products.
I learned about the Chinese medicine concept of Three Treasures, which I’d never heard of before, and became very interested in cultivating and replenishing jing. (This is also one of the main reasons I don’t do long distance running or marathons anymore).
This new found passion took me on a tour of new (to me) supplements, books and energy practices. I read the work of Mantak Chia and became interested in tantric practices to cultivate jing and reach other states of consciousness and connection.
What can I say, jing made me do it.
If at this point you have no idea what I’m talking about, please keep reading.
The Three Treasures are the foundation of Taoist life philosophy. They are known as jing, chi, and shen.
The Three Treasures can best be explained to us Westerners with the analogy of a candle.
The candle itself is jing, representing the genetic lineage of our biological parents, our roots so to speak.
The flame is chi, representing our energy and how wisely we use it as it will eventually reduce the body of the candle.
The glow, or radiance of the flame is shen, representing our inner light, translated as spirit.
There’s so much to unpack here, much more than I can write in one post, but I’ll say this – if you want to live a juicy, abundant, pain-free and energized life, you’ll want to get into this stuff.
As a type-A, highly driven person, I realized I’ve been depleting my jing for nearly two decades.
First working in corporate finance, sleeping with a Blackberry and running marathons.
Then as an entrepreneur having started two companies.
Even as a wellness business owner, mildly addicted to power yoga.
Perhaps especially as a wellness business owner, as I am always giving to others.
I’m on a whole new program this year.
A jing replenishing program.
Slowing down like I’ve never done before.
My 2020 mantra is Do less, Feel more.
If you’re interested in learning more about jing, anti-aging, and tonic herbs, here are some resources.
*These are just some of the things I take. Please seek out the advice of an herbalist or acupuncturist.
Super Morning Jing (Shaman Shack Herbs) – powder added to coffee, tea, smoothies. Best consumed daily and in a warm drink. I like to use Rasa as a base and stir in 1 TBSP of this every morning.
Eternal Jing – ultimate jing replenisher
Wild Red Reishi – shen tonic. I definitely feel more connected to ‘other portals’ when I take this. Tastes awful though.
Healer’s Tea – All healers and/or people in helping professions can benefit from this tea.
Yoga / Tai Chi / Chi Gong /Breathwork
Body Positive/Sex Positive practices (for women) – dance, journaling, women’s circles, The Multi-Orgasmic Woman