Developing the Air Repository (lungs)
The Air Repository is a vessel which sustains the work of all of the internal organs. It controls the external passage for qi energy, thus connecting the internal with the external. It is represented by the element of Metal.
The Air Repository is home for the non-rational Po souls. This vessel also controls the blood circulation in the body. The lungs vessels represent energy and physical shield of all organs and meridians and, as result, their work affects the ability to sink and raise the energy. In addition, the diaphragm of the lungs represents and internal baffle which regulates the internal energy conductivity.
The Air Repository hides the key to real understanding of the difference between the internal and the external.
The major functions of the Air Repository include:
- consummation of external qi and breathing
- controlling, sinking and distribution of energy
- strengthening of the energy
- regulation of rhythm
- receptacle for the Po souls
- regulation of flow of Water
- regulation of olfaction
- regulation of the energy of the skin and the hair
- control of the meridians and the blood vessels
- energy control during sleep
The practice is defined by five levels.
Directed at realization of the vessel in order to reach normal rhythm of energy generation. This level studies the practice (the formula), allowing to perceive the Air Repository as a matrix organ.
Directed at construction and development of the internal connections (datong neimai) in order to activate the alchemical potential of the vessel (production of jing energy).
Ability to form the conditions for production of elixir – the energy capable of transforming the body. The level defines the connection of the vessel with the lower cinnabar field. This level is also related to the notion of the acquirement of vital breathing, when the vessel begins to influence the breathing process of the body as a whole.
The fourth level defines the ability of the vessel to distill the energy and form new characteristics of the body (heavenly paste (shenhua)).
The fifth level is defined by the ability to participate in the full or partial change of the whole body; the process also corresponds to the notion of the formation of miraculous powder (dansha).