CV 8 / Renmai 8 ( the umbilicus ) – “Shen Que” in Chinese Medicine; The Inner Gateway Tower of Spirit. Shen means Spirit, which is written as the Sun, Moon, and Stars and two hands reaching up to heavens by expanding a rope. The rope represents the invisible connection between man and the heaven. Strengthen the Dan Tian, the energy gate behind the umbilicus. The Chinese describe the navel as a lotus flower. The flowering of the greatness of our spirit. The body is the palace and the navel the gateway to that palace. Here is our spiritual connection to all of the five elements.