FOS_Cover_lgFabric of the Soul guides and motivates a rich understanding of the relationship between physical ailments and the mind and soul. This is the heart of Extraordinary Vessel Theory — a tradition in Chinese medicine that yields knowledge about modern syndromes and illness affecting multiple body systems. Fabric of the Soul is clearly written and illustrated with illuminating case studies that provide easy access to a complex theory. This is a resource book to enrich the study and practice of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®, shiatsu, taiji and qigong.

Comments from readers…

“The eight extraordinary, glorious, curious vessels have been described in many ways. In Fabric of the Soul Gayl Hubatch OMD takes us through a truly holistic journey in describing the extraordinary vessels in relation to our well-being and how we can utilize them to better our health. An absolute must in any discussion of extraordinary vessel theory and a welcome addition to any library, western or eastern.” —Rey Ximenes MD, FIPP, President AAMA

“A flawless integration of western medicine, science and metaphysics with the totality of traditional Chinese medicine. A masterful presentation, which brings healing to the next level.” —Dennis M. Furuike, PhD. Certified Integral Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher

“I love Gayl’s enthusiasm and dedication for study. She put in this book her knowledge and her sensitivity. I hope many people will benefit of her work.” —Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee, European School of Acupuncture

Table of Contents

Section I. – The Energy Template
Chapter 1 – Energy Template The Eight Extraordinary Vessels: Qi Jing Ba Mai – The blueprint of our energy body from conception through development

Chapter 2 – Qualities of Qi – Wei, Ying, and Yuan Qi – Qualities of Qi relating to immune, digestive and reproductive systems

Chapter 3 – Distribution of Qi – Triple burner and kidney energy systems – Relationship of these organ meridian systems to eight extraordinary vessels

Section II. – Central Vessels and Horizon

Chapter 4 – Conception Vessel: Ren Mai – Mother of yin and relation to endocrine and reproduction

Chapter 5 – Governing Vessel: Du Mai – Father of yang energy and relation to the spine and central nervous system

Chapter 6 – Penetrating Vessel: Chong Mai – Unity, sea of arteries and meridians

Chapter 7 – Belt Vessel: Dai Mai – Horizontal flow of qi, which binds all organ meridians

Section III. – Duality

Chapter 8 – Motility Vessel: Qiao Mai – Balance between left and right, first bilateral flow

Chapter 9 – Linking Vessel: Wei Mai – Preserver of yin and yang in relation to emotions and immunity

Section IV. – Practice

Chapter 10 – Qigong and the Eight Extraordinary Vessels Practical explanations and demonstration of energy exercises

Appendix – Summary of Vessels



Appendix ~ Summary of Vessels



Excerpt from Chapter 1: The Energy Template
There is an energy template held within all living things. Life gives us a template from which we grow. Like trees, or stars, or the formation of a human embryo, the automatic construction of life happens from intelligence beyond our comprehension. The eight extraordinary vessels are the energetic template of the body. It is a genetic and vibrational coding that comes from ancestry and the natural cycles of life. Treatments using the extraordinary vessels must affect the template that created a pattern of illness. The energy field that is emitted is affected by illness. The moon moves the tides, sunlight beckons flowers to open, lovers exchange faraway kisses. Life is contained in fields of energy.