The Qi Horary govern the Organs of the body and the times of the day that they work most efficiently.
7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Stomach
Thought: Arrive. Be sweet to yourself. Have Breakfast
Taste for life comes from stomach, so having the right breakfast, you gain the right attitude, we will be adventurous, lively, engaged and balanced.
Stomach energy grounds us and for some when it is deficient, feel things like tiredness and heaviness. No stomach qi = death. Eating a good breakfast builds stomach qi. If there is stomach qi, there is life.
Suggestions: For breakfast have Congee, Porridge, or Buckwheat pancakes
9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Spleen
Thought: Action. Work hard, think, do.
After breakfast, you are fuelled and ready to go. Spleen makes your day.
Between 9 and 11 in the morning is the best time to concentrate and memorise information. Spleen is responsible for carrying our thoughts around. If we easily forget things, the spleen qi is weak. It impacts on the shape of your body. Weak spleen = fluid retention, pale skin, no muscle tone and flab around hips.
It is the most emotionally inactive time of the day. Constant grazing gives the spleen all sorts of imbalances, mood swings, a person can be easily aggravated.
Suggestion: Green tea and something savoury
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Heart
Thought: Love, Work smart, access your soul. Spread the love.
Referred in ancient texts as the emperor or sun, seat of consciousness and intelligence, heart governs our body. At this time, opportunity to find purpose in our life. The most expressive, good time for inspirational meetings. Time to have audience with the emperor. Most yang time of day.
The way you behave is simply how closely you live in accordance with the qi cycle. If we have too much junk and negative thoughts, this pollutes the blood. In Chinese medicine, depression is all about how you live and the state of your organs, blood and qi.
The heart must be protected, the heart is the seat of the soul. Heart also holds our memories. (2nd Brain)
Mid life crises, can be the lack of energy or blood building, neglecting our heart and soul.
Suggestion: At heart time, Love is the word and loving yourself in action.
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Small Intestine
Thought: Slow, Have lunch, go slow, ride the wave
From yang to yin, energy shift, changing our thoughts and actions from now on. We should do all the hard work in the gym in yang time.
SI separating pure from impure. SI gives us mental clarity and wisdom.
Take a back seat, Don’t make big decisions or confront anyone, don’t do anything highly stressful. Lao Tsu said “Do your work then step back.
When we run out of control, we run out of yang, then we have to nourish yin.
Qi cycle gets us to keep qi flowing smoothly. Chill out in SI time and receive mental clarity and wisdom.
Suggestion: Lunch = warm, celebratory, Energy of food = joyousness
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Bladder
Thought: Support, go with the flow, feel the power
From Five Element Bladder is associated with Water. The water is the basis of all life.
Bladder channel is the longest meridian in the body, connected with the back bone, feel the support of universal energy.
Yin phase building up – put on cruise control. Work should be enjoyable, not hard. If we keep pushing in this phase, then we are susceptible to insomnia, emotional instability, frustration and anger. “3.30-itis” happens. Instead of support, we feel alone, exhausted and weak. Then we have to drag ourselves through these two hours, most accidents happen during this time. In Japan, they have the 3.30pm bars with oxygen or a nutrient drip.
Suggestion: No more pushing for the day.
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Kidneys
Thought: Switch off! Acknowledge strength and skills, have sex, and have a laugh!
Party time, in TCM, the kidneys are said to be the mother of Yin and Yang. If we have managed to live in harmony with the cycle, we have also been making yin and yang work for us.
5 pm on a spiritual level, we begin the process of the returning home, and to switch over from yang to yin.
Water = most powerful life giving force element in the physical world.
If you keep using your kidney time to power on working, you create excess mental energy which leads to depression, defeat, medication, negativity. You must be aware of this, or risk getting trapped in the Rat Race. Switching off determines your ability to sleep and the quality of sleep you get. If this yang energy is not released, we then take it to bed with us.
Avoid confrontation, keep reminding yourself it is kidney time. Talk of day debrief, sex only when abundant in kidney, qi and blood. Exercise is not a method of switching off!
Suggestion: Meet friends, have massage, do Qigong, meditate.
7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Pericardium
Thought: Protect, come home, be yourself, be creative
To protect the heart, allow ourselves to feel at home. Relax with family or self, allowing qi to flow smoothly, warming up heart and soul.
When stress free in this time, you feel warm, cosy and safe.
Pericardium collects all the bad things we have thought, said and done, and then stores them, so that the heart does not need to stress about it. When pericardium is full we don’t feel safe, the heart is squeezed and palpitations occur, panic attack.
The minute you feel negative emotions, anger, insecurity, paranoid, it is an indication you are low on blood, qi and nutrients.
Suggestion: a good time to be creative, playing music, craft work or reading. Pre-TV days, families got together and did traditional crafts.[
9 p.m. – 11 p.m. San Jiao
Thought: Passage, snuggle up in bed and drift away…
San jiao releases toxic qi and helps the passage to somewhere else, mysterious organ, invisible organ.
More of a function nonetheless an important role, one of passage, best time to go to bed, all the switching off and release should be done in kidney time and pericardium time.
San jiao is trying to release toxic qi so eating and drinking at this time is not good, also serious discussions in bed not the best time (best time in morning during spleen time).
Sleep = the ultimate yin activity affecting the physical, spiritual, and emotional health.
Suggestion: Go to bed and accept the feeling of drifting off from this existence into another.
11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Gall Bladder (GB)
Thought: Courage, sleep allow, unconscious problem solving
Time of wood element associated with dream time. Sleep betweem 11pm and 3 am is crucial for health. Gall Bladder is associated with courage.
Problems with making decisions, small or large, can be connected with Gall Bladder.
When asleep during GB time, we are accessing the universe’s problem solving service, but the GB requires that we follow all the other actions for the day. GB time is the time when insomniacs realise they are about to have another sleepless night.
Suggestion: Get to bed before GB time.
1 a.m. – 3 a.m. Liver
Thought: Recover sleep, let your soul go home
1 a.m. qi moves to your liver, this is in one of the most yin times of the whole cycle so best time to be totally flat out and fast asleep. While we sleep, our blood returns to the liver to be cleansed and revitalised.
Blood depletion leads to bringing on sweet foods, sugar cravings are your body screaming out for nutrients.
Suggestion: To help cleanse and revitalise blood in sleep, lay on the right side.
3 a.m. – 5 a.m. Lung
Thought: Embodiment, let your soul come HOME
Organ which allows the first breath, intermediary between us and the visible/invisible worlds.
At 3 a.m. the Hun returns to the physical body bringing lots of information with it. Lacking yin in our life makes a lot of people wake up at 3 am because our yang lifestyles satisfy our minds, but it is creating a range of physical and spiritual imbalances.
When we have strong lung qi, we are able to live in the now, accept the past and look forward to the future.
Lung circulates blood and qi. They nourish our skin and hair. Lung is the sea of qi.
Suggestion: Follow your horary cycle in order to feel rested during this time.
5 a.m. – 7 a.m. – Large Intestine
Thought: Transform, wake up and start a perfect day
Another organ connected with letting go physically and emotionally, each day between 5 and 7 am, get rid of all the old crap and start afresh. It is the best time in the whole day to transform ourselves.
Metal element: we have opportunity to wake with the sword in hand, we can cut out what we no longer want. If you want to be happy, health and successful, there are a few things that are non-negotiable and getting up early is one of them.
Having a bowel movement is crucial to health and happiness, preferably before 7 in the morning. We have forgotten how to live in our natural cycle. Once we get back in tune with the nature cycle, qi cycle, we build up our inner resources and begin to feel connection with the life forces again.