My personal "Interpretive" Lens!
"One thing has always been true: That book ... or ... that person who can give me an idea or a new slant on an old idea is my friend." - Louis L'Amour
"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider..." - Francis Bacon
"What is true today may be reevaluated as false not long after. Judgements are frequently based upon a set of "temporary" circumstances surrounding them. Conflicting ideologies can exist simultaneously. Antagonistic dualities are complementary aspects of a unified whole: are seen as mutually dependent mirror images of each other." - Nahum Stiskin
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A person's heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while the blood circulating is similar to the Sun and Moon yet the manner of drinking and spitting is either soft or hard while a person's unbalance is the same as a weight and the body should be able to change direction at any time as the time to strike is when the opportunity presents itself and both the eyes must see all sides as the ears must listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction.
A person’s heart is the same as Heaven and Earth while circulatory system is similar to the cycles of the moon and sun yet the breathing methods are either hard or soft while one’s posture should allow one to advance, retreat, engage, and disengage as the body should be able to act in accordance with time and change so that one must enter a state of emptiness (mushin/zanshin) allowing the eyes must see all sides and the ears should listen in all directions while the mind must grasp all the tactual data not seen on all sides and not heard in any direction. - My rendition per translation from Andy Sloane Sensei.
• Jing 精 "nutritive essence, essence; refined, perfected; extract; spirit, demon; sperm, seed"
• Qi 氣 "vitality, energy, force; air, vapor; breath; spirit, vigor; attitude"
• Shen 神 "spirit; soul, mind; god, deity; supernatural being"
This jing-qi-shen ordering is more commonly used than the variants qi-jing-shen and shen-qi-jing. I can only surmise this is so because "jing" is related to that energy that brings breath to life and leaves when death occurs. The other two are a part of that life span which regulates how life is lived, etc.
When the ken-po goku-i, referred to as "gokui" for the remainder of this article, mentions a person's heart, blood circulating, drinking/spitting for hard/soft, body balance, and both the eyes and ears we can relate this to the three energies or treasures of the Ancient Chinese.
My theory, which remains fluid as I study, is that "Jing" is similar to the reference of the "one" or the "Great Tai Chi" which manifests into the duality of Yang-Yin and so on as related by the I Ching and the tri-grams/hexa-grams.
The Qi and Shen make up the Yang-Yin of our bodies, mind, and spirit where a balance brings about health and well being which by their actions provide a longer life which is in direct relation to how much Jing we have at birth. It is believed that there is a finite amount of Jing in all of us yet through Qi and Shen we can extend it a bit.
When Jing runs out, death occurs. I would also have a theory that depending on how we manage Qi and Shen during our life spans also determines our Jing.
We promote a balance of these three treasures by such things as how we handle daily stresses, illness, the foods consumed, stimulation form such as exercise and meditations, etc. We begin to see the relations of the gokui in its inference of body and nature, i.e. Heaven, Earth, Sun, and Moon, etc.
If today's martial systems is truly the descendants of those passed down from the Ancient Chinese then the connections and relevance applies warranting a bit more effort to study this esoteric aspect of the Way.