Shen - Spiritual Growth - Support
By Ron Teeguarden, Master Herbalist, Master of Kook Sun Do Taoism
Shen is really the biggest subject of them all. Our time on earth is both infinitely huge and infinitely short. We have time to achieve enlightenment, supreme judgement, spiritual bliss, nirvana – or we can blow this stunningly magical opportunity and be sad, confused and miserable. It’s your choice. To grow spiritually, you have to think about it, meditate on it, contemplate it, practice it every day – not necessarily all day, but every day. If you do, you will grow every day, and in leaps and bounds. Bewonderment will come first, then wisdom will bloom along with quite a bit of joy, then satori and then maybe enlightenment if you’ve been serious and persistent. We all can achieve the supreme happiness.
This section is just a teeny tip sheet, but it could be important to your spiritual growth. For thousands of years women and men have sought to know God or to become godly. Many, many have succeeded. And many have failed because their paths were errant. One thread of consistency is that all of the enlightened ones have stayed close to Nature. The Earth and the Universe are their homes. Every tradition has taught some kind of breathing (sometimes via chanting or singing). And every tradition has discovered and availed themselves of herbs provided by the Earth that can support breathing, help still the mind, strengthen the mind and body, open the spirit, stabilize the emotions and moods, and allow contact with the eternal. Tonic herbalism provides those herbs as “Shen tonics.”
“Shen” is the Chinese term for eternal spiritual power. It is called “Shin” in Japanese and Korean. Shen is the pure divinity that resides within every human’s heart (and undoubtedly, many animals and plants). It can be dormant or manifest. Shen is the spiritual power that presides over our mind and our emotions. Under stressful and non-conducive conditions, Shen recedes and hides, it becomes dormant and non-manifest. If it has not manifested, our Shen is only the “spark of divinity,” yet it still resides in our heart – we cannot completely exterminate Shen. We do not need to “create” Shen – we only need to become peaceful, centered and conscious enough that we can experience it for a moment, and in that moment, it opens back up like the “Big Bang.” Once opened, it is like the universe in that it simply inflates and expands virtually infinitely. Taoists say that we are a microcosm of the macrocosmic universe – so this is how we ultimately reflect the universe. There are herbs called “Shen tonics.” They are incredibly important herbs because they are the substances of the Earth that foster our spiritual growth, opening and manifestation – which is potentially infinite and universal.
Shen Lifting Support
Tea as a Shen Tonic
Strong Shen Stabilizing (Emotion Balancing) Support
Bupleurum-Based Shen Stabilizing (Emotion Balancing) Formulations
Tea for Meditation
So if an immortal (an enlightened one) visits me, I will offer her or him one or two of these:
If you are a breatharian immortaland you come to visit me, I will offer you a deep smell of some especially wonderful aromatic raw herbs (from our Desk Top Botanical Garden (DBG) herbs series) such as wild Himalayan Rhodiola root, wild Snow Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum flowers, Hard Albizia flowers, Rose buds, Osmanthus flower buds, Big Red Robe Tea, Reishi spores, Dendrobium Tonic Bliss Tea, Ginseng Tonic Bliss Tea, Goji Leaf Tonic Bliss Tea, Schizandra Tonic Bliss Tea, Snow Lotus Bliss Tea, and/o Shilajit Tonic Bliss Tea. All of these are quite compelling Shen tonics aromatically. I am certain you would love it.