I chose DNA to represent my training where "classic" stages (wheel icon) alternate with other "holistic" ones (eye icon) and still others straddling these two worlds (hand icon), becoming over the years essential to each other, MY DNA, in fact.
Why DNA? Because it is invisible to the eye, but it is the most important thing that identifies us, that makes us "unique". In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we can compare DNA to Jing, one of the 3 treasures, our "quintessence", the smallest and most refined part, where everything is enclosed.
DNA contains many genes (the basic physical unit that carries the "instructions" for the expression of hereditary characteristics). Which genes are 'turned on' or what instructions DNA actually sends can be influenced by a number of factors, including your environment and how you perceive it, lifestyle, and the life experiences of your recent ancestors.
“Our experiences, and those of our ancestors, never fade away, even if they are forgotten. They become a part of us, a molecular remnant that holds our genetic scaffold together,” reports an article in Discover magazine.