This article explores, point by point, the three aspects of cognition (yangming, shaoyang, taiyang) that are woven together by the Gall Bladder meridian.
The first trajectory of GB points, 1 through 7, is most closely identified with our more primitive “crawling on all fours” heritage, face to the ground more or less, taking in and responding to what is right in front of us. It is highly influenced by yangming styles of cognition.
The second trajectory, 8 through 12, is more of a “sitting up on our haunches” style of cognition, with a more long-distance view of the world and our place in it. There are many mammals capable of this level of consideration and response—this is any hunter or grazer who can pause, lift, and look around beyond the immediate vicinity to consider its place in the larger scheme of things—and then, in the case of most mammals, depending on what the open vista revealed, either return the gaze back down to the ground to eat, or to run from danger. It is also any mammal that lives in groups with organized yet shifting social structures.
The third trajectory, 14 through 20, represents the cognitive style of the taiyang and the fully upright posture—the posture of one who communes with the stars.