Ki17 Shang Gu – Flexible merchant/ accommodate, deliberate and trade
Location: 2 cun above umbilicus, 0.5 cun lateral of midline.
The character for Shang relates to a merchant, trading and a musical note. It is symbolic of expressing inner feelings. Gu relates to bamboo, which is flexible but tends to return to centre. Together these points relate to being able to be flexible in our dealings and interaction with the outer world, as well as being flexible in how we approach implementing the plans our inner nature. Expressing our inner nature and creating our destiny is not always easy when there are obstacles in our way. We need to be flexible to a point so long as that does not lead us too far from our true nature. This point helps us achieve that balance.
Imagine: being flexible like a tree so that you bend with the wind, being flexible with your relations with the world, without losing your roots.