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The Spirit in TCM is divided into 5 parts:
  1. Affect & Emotion
  2. Corporeal “bodily” Soul
  3. Ethereal Soul & Intuition
  4. Intellect & Memory
  5. Willpower & Destiny
Of these, classical Chinese texts keep referring to “the 3 souls” not only just one.
What on earth could the other two be?
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It is my theory that the remaining two are actually the subconscious or primal CNS (everything below the cortex) and the ENS or enteric nervous system – where you get your “gut feelings.”
So even if you have found a way to make your mind happy, spiritually, without Praxis, you may in fact be leaving 2/3 of yourself unhealthy.
This may account for the vast array of emotionally based or aggravated illnesses that plague the world, including a wide variety of colon, uterine, lung, heart, blood and bone disorders.

So that brings the number of “brains” you have to 5 also (no coincidence):

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  1. Left hemisphere – yang or “male side” – Fire
  2. Right hemisphere – yin or “female side” – Water
  3. Cerebellum – the “little brian” – Wood
  4. Pons/Medulla/Hippocampus aka “lower or primal CNS” aka “reptilian brain” – Earth
  5. Peripheral Nervous System = ENS + Golgi Tendon Reflexes – Wood

In other words, the TCM Five Element System is a clever, simple, pragmatic way of picturing the interactions of the nervous system and the Mind. Thus explaining, finally, to the ‘scientific minded’ the basics of why the mind-body connection works. Including “placebos” and “hypnosis.” The body is filled with mind, and the mind has a complete map of the body. It isn’t just 1 brain sitting on top of a flabby machine.

The WHOLE machine is one big interactive brain. In TCM we call it the “empire” in which YOU, the person with a name, is the sovereign. And like all kings and queens, you will feel subject to the wills, whims, and changes that come from within your five kingdoms and Empire.

*note – if you feel it’s all “mind over matter” try quitting an addiction or not having a BM.

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