Harmony, or balance, is maintained when our Ki is able to circulate around the body freely, without obstruction, and is able to be replenished from the universal store by means of our food and fluids we consume; our breath and our physical activity.
Harmony usually gets disrupted by our thoughts and emotions. Anxiety, anger and rage, and other similar emotions, generally tend to get stuck in the body as those states distract us from our natural ability to disperse these energies.
So our disturbed states cause our Conception meridian to become blocked, restricting the flow of fire energy from the heart to the lower abdomen. Interestingly, this causes our mouths to become dry and our saliva takes on a bitter taste.
We get thrown out of balance, as the Fire energy can no longer descend, so it rises up and burns off the Water energy, breaking the Yin Yang balance. This happens easily if the energy centre in our lower abdomen is weak.
Normally, when we are settled and at peace, it is the water energy that ascends and the fire energy that descends. When this happens our mouths fill with sweet saliva. When we swallow this saliva we are filled with even more energy and our minds become clearer.
Shamanic Energy Training begins by building a strong energy centre in our lower abdomen.