The word « cinabre », part of the term Cinabere, has had several different meanings for past civilizations, three of which are evoked below. For the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Moslims, it represents the very rare and precious red mercury sulphur (used to fill pharoahs vessels to accompany them on their journey beyond).

For Pliny the Elder, it was considered as a remedy, an antidote for poison and means of healing.

In external alchemy it represents the transformation of mercury into gold. And finally, for Chinese Taoists, the book on the internal alchemy of emotions describes the cinnabar fields as the three fundamental parts of the human body, the upper (brain), middle (heart) and lower (abdomen – the breathing centrein yoga), all of which require harmonization.The use of emotions and respiration on the three cinabar fields is an initiatory method for a good balance between emotions, mental and body.

In Imperial China, medicine could only be taught on the condition that it was first taught philosophically thus ensuring its correct use.The work on the fields of cinaber forms the basis of taoist meditation, chinese philosophy, acupuncture, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. CIN also refers to the root Qi or Chi, the energy flowing through acupuncutremeridiens.

Finally, Cinabere represents a grouping of the origins of different cultures based on care, healing, self-deepening, spirituality, philosphy, internal celestial cosmology and the positioning of man between heaven and earth (external cosmology).

Dr Jean-Louis TIXHON