Sea of Qi

OceanA tree flowers–tiny buds at the end of twigs, extensions from branches and the great trunk projecting out of the ground. Where did the flowers come from–the twig, the branch, the trunk? Unseen beneath the ground are the deep and wide roots, feeding all that is above, all that can be seen. The trunk, the branches, and flowers are extensions of these unseen roots.

Here is a friend sitting before you, twinkling love projecting from their eyes. Eyes balancing within their face, eye sockets, head, the projection above their spine, growing above their pelvis, legs and feet. Where did their eyes come from–the skull, the spine, the feet? Unseen beyond that which can be seen is the ocean of Qi from which we emerge. Rising as a single wave for a time, collapsing back into it at our end. These eyes and the love beaming from them are extensions of the unseen ocean of Qi.

About The Author

Cindy Black, L.Ac., LMT

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  • very nice poem. i like how it helps explain that the problems we are trying to treat could be coming from anywhere

  • Karen Ball

    Reply Reply June 18, 2011

    A couple of days ago, I was laying on a massage table with needles dancing around my body. My attention was drawn to a particular one my acupuncturist placed in my abdomen. When I asked her what the point was, she said it was the Sea of Qi. Hmm. As I lay there enjoying the relaxation from the session, an image of the Sea of Qi immediately came to my mind, which I plan to turn into a Zen Tangle piece of art. Where does inspiration reside? I’d say inside.

  • Cindy Black

    Reply Reply June 19, 2011

    Wandering into your own Sea of Qi while receiving acupuncture is such a deep pleasure and joy! Thanks for sharing your experience and inspiration!

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