Different Views of the Mind

by Marcus on November 15, 2011

The history of the mind is fascinating.

The ancient Assyrians believed that the liver was the home of the mind. The ancient Egyptians believed that the heart was the seat of intellect and wisdom.

Aristotle (350BC) believed the heart was the seat of intelligence and emotion.

The English physician William Harvey, in ‘On the Circulation of the Blood‘ (1628) wrote: The heart’s one role is the transmission of the blood…
But even he metaphorically described the heart as the King of the body.

Which is interesting because the Chinese attribute the heart with being the Emperor, because it is the supreme controller of the all the systems of the body.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the heart houses the Shen (mind/spirit) and controls the way the brain thinks and feels.

At the end of the day whether you believe the mind is located in the liver, heart or brain doesn’t matter. What matters is that your Qigong training will bring great benefit to it.

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