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5 Shen

5 Shen This model of Hun-Po is derived from the model of five shen. In classical Chinese medicine, the five yin organs – kidneys, liver, heart, spleen and lungs – have a corresponding spirit. These spirits are the Zhi, Hun, Shen, Yi and Po respectively. These organs relate to and are influenced by the Five Elements and their correspondences, especially direction and planets. Tao creates the five directions:
 
East-Wood-Jupiter-Liver-Hun,
South-Fire-Mars-Heart-Shen,
West-Metal-Venus-Lungs-Po and
Center-Earth-Saturn-Spleen-Yi.
 
The Taoist view is these directions are beacons of energy and contribute towards the creation of human life and spirit, if we attune ourselves to these relationships we harmonize our five shen.
 
Mind itself, the Hun, the Po, the Yi and the Zhi
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