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Humans have a very important role in the unity of man and nature. We in fact are an organized whole and encompass both being a part of nature and managing nature. The ancient Chinese metaphysics concept of the Three Essences (Sān Cái 三才) - Heaven, Earth and Humankind, can be applied and seen in various aspects of our life, and in concepts such as harmony of body, mind and spirit. In this short introductory webinar, see how the integration of these Three Essences apply within Acupuncture itself, as well as in our life as a whole.

This course provides a brief introduction to the basic foundations of the metaphysical origins and framework of Sān Cái 三才 → The Three Essences of life in Chinese Metaphysics. The Three Essences are the ancient Chinese metaphysics concept of the unity and harmony of man and natural law - Heaven - Tiān 天, Earth - Rén 人 and Humankind - Dì 地. This concept can be applied and seen in various aspects of our life, and in aspects such as the harmony of body, mind and spirit. Students will learn some history of Feng Shui, Astrology and the Five Elements/Phases, and have a peek into how it is integrated with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

Price: FREE!
NCCAOM, Standard Certificate, Florida
California [Upon Request]*
Length: 1.5 Hrs
Course Type: Recorded Webinar
Access Period: Lifetime
Notes: There are no notes provided with this course.


  • Contextualize Astrology, Feng Shui, Acupuncture, and Chinese Medicine within the history of Chinese Metaphysics and culture, and with respect to its relationship to each other.
  • Outline the concepts of Heaven, Earth and Humankind and its interrelationship.
  • Outline the basic origins of Ba Gua, Five Elements/Phases, Yin/Yang, Astrology, Feng Shui and Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
  • Identify the interrelationships of the concepts of Heaven, Earth and Humankind.
  • Apply the Heaven, Earth and Humankind concepts to basic life examples including Astrology, Feng Shui, Acupuncture, and Chinese Medicine.


0 hrs - 15 minIntroduction, basic history, definitions and examples of San Cai (Three Essences) and Tian-Ren-Di (Heaven-Humans-Earth).

15 min - 30 minApplication examples of Tian - Heaven, Ren - Humankind and Di - Earth to Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

30 min - 45 minIntroduction to Li Gan Jian Ying concept within Tian-Ren-Di and its application to Acupuncture.

45 min - 1 hrsIntroduction to Feng Shui and its application to health, Chinese Medicine.

1 hrs - 1.25 hrsSummary and review of Tian Ren Di and its application to health, Chinese Medicine, and Acupuncture.

1.25 hrs - 1.5 hrsQuestions and discussion of San Cai.



Dr. Sonia F Tan, DAOM, RAc, RTCMP, licensed since 2006, is a Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (DAOM degree), a Registered Acupuncturist, and a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioner. She is one of few certified Gold Level practitioners of the late Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan. Read More »


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NoteThis recording is available in an online format only; you will not receive a DVD or physical copy of the recording – it is only available to watch as a course to watch on the internet through your online account.


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