Sovereign and Ministerial Fire in the Classics

The Fire has multiple aspects, being for instance one of the Five elements (or phases) as well as a pathological evil Qi. As one of the Five elements (or phases), it presents a double aspect: the sovereign fire and the ministerial fire. In this class, we focus on this double expression of the Fire in the heart. 

Sovereign and Ministerial Fire in the Classics

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3.5 Hours Live Training
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What you will learn

  • Develop a better and clearer understanding of the differences between the sovereign and the ministerial fires, and their qualities and specific features.
  • Use the points of the two fire meridians more efficiently.
  • Develop an accurate clinical approach to the Heart.

Course Overview

The Fire has multiple aspects, being for instance one of the Five elements (or phases) as well as a pathological evil Qi. As one of the Five elements (or phases), it presents a double aspect: the sovereign fire and the ministerial fire. In this class, we focus on this double expression of the Fire in the heart. 

Teaching through careful reading and understanding of the classical texts of medicine, given in translation to the students, Renown sinologist and senior lecturer Elisabeth will cover the following questions:  

What is the difference of nature and function between these two ways of the Fire Qi to work at the level of the Zang organs? How is it manifested in the pathways of the two meridians (Shaoyin and Jueyin of hand) and the use of their points? What are the clinical implications? Can we speak of « Pericardium » or do we have to rethink in other terms the relationship between the Sovereign and Ministerial fires and the physiology/anatomy?

! There will be time for discussion and questions at the end of the class. Handouts with translated texts will be available before the class.

The Curriculum

Total Hours: 3.5, with 2 short breaks

10 Min The concept of Xin 心 in ancient China and its use as a metaphor for the sovereign. What does it mean to be the « sovereign » as opposed to being the « minister » or helper?
60 Min The heart as the sovereign of my life, as myself. The relation with the Shen (spirit), the awareness, consciousness, discernment. Relation with the emotions, the senses organs, the other Zang-Fu organs. The heart-mind is my unity, the oneness of all that constitutes myself.
Break
60 Min What are the « servants » or « helpers » of the Heart mind? What are the protections and connections of the heart (Xin Bao Luo 心包絡)? Its relationship with the flow of the blood and with the Sea of Qi in the middle of the chest. How do they help the Sovereign to remain connected? Using flower essences and oils in acupuncture treatment
Break 
30 Min How the pathways and points of the two meridians (Shaoyin and Jueyin of hand) expressed well the main features of the sovereign and the ministerial fire
10 Min Elucidation of the classical name for the meridian Jueyin of hand: xin zhu 心主: the heart as a master.
10 Min Why « pericardium » of Western medicine is not an equivalent of the protections and connections of the heart (ministerial fire) of Chinese medicine.
15 Min Q&A


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About Instructor

Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

Senior sinlogist Elisabeth Rochat de laVallée has been studying and translating the classics of Chinese Medicine and philosophy for over 40 years. She continues teaching worldwide.

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