Wednesday, 25 June 2014

What is “chi”, and where does it come from?

The chi is the primordial life force itself. It begins in human life with the piercing of an egg by a sperm cell. From this original fusion an enormously complex new human being develops. “Chi” is the continuous flow of energy linking the various tissues, organs and brain functions into a unified whole — a person. Chi also links this person to his environment.
The main channels of “chi” energy flow in the body were discovered by sages meditating upon the human fetus inside the womb. They observed the baby grows up around its mother’s navel point, and that through the navel the fetus absorbs nutrients and expels waste. The fetus literally “breathes” through the umbilical cord from the mother into its own navel down to the perineum and up to the head and down from the tongue to the navel again. The navel point is thus said by Taoists to be the starting point for the flow of the primordial life energy, or “chi”, and remains the point of strongest energy storage and circulation in the adult.
“Awaken Healing Energy Through The Tao” is a method for an adult to return to that state of dynamic energy circulation which existed inside the womb. In this sense this esoteric Taoist meditation is a rebirth process, a return to one’s original, primordial self. What happened after birth that caused us to lose that original, perfect equilibrium that was so nurturing and permitted such healthy growth?
After a baby enters the world, his/her energy slowly “settles out” into hot and cold parts of the body. In the fetus this “yin” and “yang” energy was perfectly balanced in a kind of “lukewarm” mixture. But by the time a baby has grown to adulthood the hot or “yang” energy has gradually risen to the upper part of the body containing the vital organs such as the heart, liver, lungs and brain. The cold or “yin” energy has tended to settle in the legs, genitals, kidneys and lower abdomen.
Fig. 1.1 Energy enters the human fetus at the navel and circulates in Microcosmic Orbit, harmonizing yin and yang energy.
As we age, the energy routes which bring vital power to our internal organs and enable them to function become progressively more blocked by physical and mental tension. The result is general fatigue, weakness, and poor health. A young person usually has sufficient energy to keep the routes less obstructed so that the power still flows. The organs are thus nourished, and there is little sickness. But if we do not live healthily and practice to keep the energy routes open, they will gradually close and cause emotional imbalances, premature sickness and old age.
The perfect energy circulation we enjoyed as babies was not aired by the daily stress of living. Simply by re-establishing that same strong flow of lukewarm chi — mixed yin and yang energy — our vital organs will begin to glow with radiant health. When this healing power of the Tao – the life energy in its original, pure, undivided form — flows through our bodies, we regain the exuberant energy and rosy glow we once had as babies. Our true task is only to “re-awaken” this undivided healing power that was once an accepted fact in our being.
Excerpt from Mantak Chia’s book “Awaken Healing Energy”.

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