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September 15, 2013 at 11:07 pm #5571
First from wikipedia:
“The Microcosmic Orbit or Circulation of Light meditation is the Taoist Qigong breathing technique, which according to Mantak Chia is similar to the Kriya Yoga breathing technique. It is based on observing the natural flow of energy in the body during respiration. The meditation involves consciously raising the focus of awareness up the Governor Vessel meridian at the back of the spine during inhalation, and returning the focus of awareness down the Conception vessel meridian at the front of the spine during exhalation. The Microcosmic Orbit is considered to be the most powerful technique in Taoist Qigong for elevating spiritual awareness. Regular practice is said to significantly increase the strength, intelligence and vitality of the practitioner, as well as inuring him/her to all forms of disease.
One difference between the Microcosmic Orbit technique and the Kriya Yoga technique is that the Qigong practitioner often practices the meditation in a standing posture, while the Kriya Yogi typically practices in a sitting posture. Another difference is that the Qigong meditation concludes with the practitioner returning their consciousness to the tantien navel centre, the physical centre of the human body, while the yogi attempts to maintain awareness in either Ajna chakra (third eye) or the Sahasrara chakra in the crown. The Qigong method of returning the awareness to the physical center prevents the risk of mental disturbance, which can occur when the unguided student retains focus in the higher chakras. Kriya Yoga on the other hand is usually practiced under the guidance of a teacher.
The origin of the Microcosmic Orbit is obscure but is believed to have arrived in China via the Himalayas around 600 CE. It is said that Lao Tsu practiced this technique constantly and provides the reason for why he, like the yogi Mahavatar Babaji, is alleged to have attained immortality.
As with Kriya Yoga the more advanced techniques that stem from the Microcosmic Orbit have historically been kept secret. This may have as much to do with the desire to maintain an aura of mystical exclusivity, as it is to prevent malpractice and injury. In recent years with increased Western interest and the advent of the worldwide web, some of these more advanced meditation techniques are now seeing the light of day”
This is the basic teachings of Mantak Chia and taoist practices, but due to copyright issues I can not fully copy the Mantak Chias text ( from i.e. awaken healing energy -book ) but instead here is an article of such method. The microcosmic orbit can be seen in the photo on that page.
In advanced sessions, you just become aware of the earth force ( yin ) universal force ( yang ), also seen in the pictures and start absorbing these energies directly to your body. You have to first grow your awareness strong enough to sense these energies. This way energy deficiencies can be cured with breathing meditations alone.
“Meditation, properly speaking, is the stilling of the mind. Most of the meditation techniques taught today still the mind using one of several basic approaches. The first is the Zen approach of “silent sitting,” facing a blank wall and watching only your thoughts, until the mind becomes blank. You sit until moment of pure awareness arrives. The second is the Mantra approach in which the mind is rhythmically lulled with sounds or images. After thousands of repetitions the body begins to vibrate at a higher frequency and the meditator becomes aware of the higher energies and sensations of symbols, colors, pictures, or images operating beyond the sensory processes of the ordinary mind.
This approach is different. It does not depend on the total absence of thought. Instead, this system stresses meditating on the flow of chi or life force energy throughout the body. This meditation is the basis of the Healing Tao System called the Microcosmic Orbit Meditation. It is sometimes called the warm current meditation because it helps to direct chi (warm current) along the meridians of the body to the power centers known as chakras. Once the energy is in the chakras it is recycled, conserved, increased, and transformed into a higher form of energy. This enables you to become aware of your higher self and assists in the development of your immortal spirit.
The secret of circulating chi has been passed along for thousands of year in China where it has brought extraordinary improvements to health and the quality of life. I have to add a caution: People who eat and drink foods full of preservatives and additives may experience discomfort when circulating chi due to the impurities in their body creating blockages along the meridians. While it is not necessary to be a vegetarian to enjoy the benefits of Microcosmic Meditation you will experience greater benefits by eating and drinking foods of a quality higher than fast food and junk food. At least reduce the amount of preservatives and additives in your food and water.
In order to begin circulating chi in the direction of the higher energy centers you have to open the two main channels or meridians that the chakras lie on. In the diagram above the meridians along the back are on the Governor (male) Channel. This runs from the Hui-Yin or perineum (at the base of your body right between your legs) up the spine over the head to the third eye. Energy that runs up this channel is considered Yang or hot and is commonly thought of as Kundalini energy. The meridians along the front are on the Functional (female) Channel. This runs from the Hui-Yin or perineum to the tip of your tongue. Energy that runs up this channel is thought to be Yin or cold. Opening the Microcosmic Orbit is the first stage in “wiring” the body and is followed by opening other routes so your body can handle more energy. When you open more routes the vital organs will be able to receive and contain more energy.”There is another way that you can stop porn addiction, chronic masturbation and recover your sexual health without fighting it with willpower. With the right mindset you won't even relapse. You can learn more about the recovery program hereSeptember 15, 2013 at 11:08 pm #5573
“This is the classic Taoist meditation method for refining, raising, and circulating internal energy via the ‘orbit’ formed by the ‘Governing Channel’ from perineum up to head and the Conception Channel from head back down to perineum. Activating the Microcosmic Orbit is a key step that leads to more advanced practices. Taoists believe that microcosmic orbit meditation fills the reservoirs of the Governing and Conception channels with energy, which is then distributed to all the major organ-energy meridians, thereby energizing the internal organs. It draws abundant energy up from the sacrum into the brain, thereby enhancing cerebral circulation of blood and stimulating secretions of vital neurochemicals. It is also the first stage for cultivating the ‘spiritual embryo’ or ‘golden elixir’ of immortality, a process that begins in the lower abdomen and culminates in the mid-brain. This is probably the best of all Taoist methods for cultivating health and longevity while also ‘opening the three passes’ to higher spiritual awareness.
Taoists often refer things in symbolic languages. (See the section on Human anatomy from the Taoist perspective for a description of the symbolism used in referring to the human anatomy.) ‘Opening the Three Passes’ is another name for this meditation method and refers to the three critical junctions which pave the way for energy to travel up from the sacrum through the Governing Channel along the spine into the head.
1. The first step is to still the body, calm the mind, and regulate the breath. With this settled mind, sit alone in a quiet room, senses shut and eyelids lowered. Turn your attention within, and inwardly visualize a pocket of energy in the umbilical region; within it is a point of golden light, clear and bright, immaculately pure. Focus attention on the navel until you feel the ‘pocket of energy’ glowing in the umbilical region. The breath through your nose will naturally become light and subtle, going out and in evenly and finely, continuously and quietly, gradually becoming slighter and subtler. When the feeling is stable and the energy there is full, use your mind to guide energy down to the perineum and back up through the aperture in the coccyx.
Steadily visualize this true energy as being like a small snake gradually passing through the nine apertures of the coccyx. When you feel the energy has gone through this pass, visualize this true energy rising up to where the ribs meet the spine, then going through this pass and right on up to the Jade Pillow, the back of the brain.
Then imagine your true spirit in the Nirvana Chamber in the center of the brain, taking in the energy. When this true energy goes through the Jade Pillow, press the tongue against the palate. The head should move forward and tilt slightly upwards to help it. When you feel this true energy penetrating the Nirvana Chamber, this may feel hot or swollen. This means the pass has been cleared and the energy has reached the Nirvana Center.
2. Next, focus attention on the Celestial Eye between the eyebrows and draw energy forwards from the midbrain and out through the point between the brows. This may cause a tingling or throbbing sensation there. Then the center of the brows will throb – this means the Celestial Eye is about to open. Then move the spirit into the center of the brows and draw the true energy through the Celestial Eye. If you see the eighteen thousand pores and three hundred and sixty joints of the whole body explode open all at once, each joint parting three-tenths of an inch, this is evidence of the opening of the Celestial Eye.
This is what is meant when it is said that when one pass opens all the passes open, and when one opening is cleared all the openings are cleared.
You may wish to stay and work with this point for a few minutes, before letting energy sink down through the palate and tongue into the throat to the heart. This may feel as though there is cool water going down the Multistoried Tower of the windpipe. Do not swallow; let it go down by itself, bathing the bronchial tubes.
Then the vital energy will bathe the internal organs and then return to the genitals. This is what is called return to the root.
From the heart, draw it down through the Middle Elixir Field in the solar plexus, past the navel, and down into the Ocean of Energy reservoir in the Lower Elixir Field, where energy gathers, mixes, and is reserved for internal circulation. Then begin another cycle up through the coccyx to the mid-spine behind the heart and up past the Jade Pillow into the brain.
3. Breathe naturally with your abdomen, and don’t worry whether energy moves up or down on inhalation or exhalation; coordinate the flow of breath and energy in whatever manner suits you best. However, if you reach the stage where you can complete a full Microcosmic Orbit in a single breath, it’s best to raise energy up from coccyx to head on exhalation and draw it down from Upper to Lower Elixir Field on inhalation.
If you practice this way for a long time, eventually you can complete a whole cycle of ascent and descent in one visualization. If you can quietly practice this inner work continuously, whether walking, standing still, sitting, or lying down, then the vital energy will circulate within, and there will naturally be no problem of leakage. Chronic physical ailments, Taoists believe, will naturally disappear.
Also, once the inner energy is circulating, the breath will naturally become fine, and the true positive energy of heaven and earth will be inhaled by way of the breath and go down to join your own generative energy. The two energies will mix together, both to be circulated by you together, descending and ascending over and over, circulating up and down to replenish the depleted true energy in your body.
This true energy harmonizes and reforms, so that the vital fluids produced by the energy of daily life again produce true vitality. When true vitality is fully developed, it naturally produces true energy, and when true energy is fully developed it naturally produces our true spirit.
If you have any physical problems or discomforts in a particular section of your body, focus your energy at the pass closest to the discomfort and let it throb there for a while. This will help heal and rejuvenate the injured tissues. For example, if you have pelvic problems, focus energy on the coccyx pass; for lower-back pain focus on the lowest lumbar vertebra just above the sacrum; for upper-back and shoulder pain focus on the fifth thoracic vertebra, and so forth.
This meditation may also cause the head to rock or the body to tremble, which, Taoists believe, are signs of progress.”September 15, 2013 at 11:08 pm #5575
This type of meditation is very yang-style, trying to move the energy consciously.
If you have read my posts or done some taoist research, you know the taoist ideal is to let everything flow freely. Including our own life-forces. Everything finds its place and moves automatically in nature to correct place. We just have to be able to stay away and let things flow smoothly without us causing blockages ( emotional or physical ).
I think more better tactic, is to use every method available to avoid negative thoughts ( which create blockages ), conserve energy with lifestyle changes ( ejaculation regulation ) and practice breathing exercises which have the capability to recharge our energy reservoirs. Actually, every kind of energy can be recharged with proper breathing exercises, growing our awareness and connecting our bodies to the universal energies which are the same ones found in our bodies ( microcosmos and macrocosmos ). I practice these every day, and the increased energy can be felt instantly. You can write ‘earth force” or ‘universal force’ to google and see how tai chi practitioners try to absorb the earth force directly to their bodies. There are many ways and approaches.September 15, 2013 at 11:08 pm #5577
Of course sometimes, we have to use our minds to activate the healing energy and lead warm chi to the parts which are deficient. That is because if the body is imbalanced or very weak, it might not be able to naturally keep the system running. Thats why practices like microcosmic orbit can be beneficial, it helps to build good core strength to the point where body can take care of itself easier.September 15, 2013 at 11:08 pm #5579
From all the Mantak Chia practices, this is the only one which I have found extremely beneficial and working.
The more you concentrate circulating the energy ( moving your mind ) up the spine starting from tailbone, and down the front of body, the more effective it feels. You literally feel all the blockages opening. I have written also an article about this on my meditation page:
Remember to touch your palate with the tip of your tongue.September 15, 2013 at 11:09 pm #5581
“Much of modern living consists of unnatural diet, stressful work patterns, poor posture and sedentary enertainment resulting in the gradual accumulation of blockages to the natural circulation of Qi. The opening of the Orbit is the beginning of the reversal of this process. It is an important and tangible form of self-healing.
Taoist Meditation practice start with the opening of the Microcosmic Orbit. The Life Force (Qi) is introduced to each point on the body’s two primary meridians or Yin and Yang energy channels. The front or Functional channel and the back or Governor channel are joined to form a circuit of continuous energy flow. This circuit is called the Microcosmic Orbit.
Practical, tangible health benefits result from opening the Microcosmic Orbit. Increased resistance to stress and illness are the most evident. A heightened general level of energy follows from the conservation and recycling of the Life Force. A distinctly more centered and harmonious awareness results from balancing of internal energies through their circulation in the Orbit. Lowered internal tension helps the immune system by promoting the freer flow of lymph fluids.
The Healing Tao is a practical system of self-development that enables individuals to complete the harmonious evolution of their physical, mental and spiritual bodies. Through a series of ancient Chinese meditative and internal energy exercises, the practitioner learns to increase physical energy, release tension, improve health, practice self-defense and gain the ability to heal oneself and others. In the process of creating a solid foundation of health and well-being in the physical body, one also creates the basis for developing their spiritual potential. By learning to tap the natural energies of the Sun, Moon, Earth, Stars and environmental forces around us, the practitioner attains the ability to develop and nurture a solid spiritual body. The ultimate goal of Taoist practice is to transcend physical boundaries through the development of the soul and the spirit within man.
The Healing Tao practices are derived from ancient Taoist and Buddhist techniques rooted in the processes of nature and are linked to Traditional Chinese Medicine. They have been gathered and integrated into a coherent, accessible system for well-being. The Healing Tao is not a religion and does not require the belief in any set of deities or gods. The techniques work directly with the life force, ‘Qi,’ flowing through the meridian system of the body. The aim of the Healing Tao is to restore the individual to a condition of harmony with the flow of the forces of nature. Master Chia’s method of teaching is direct and practical. Years have been spent developing and perfecting techniques for passing these traditional practices to Western students. The emphasis is always on mastering the actual practice. ”
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