When we find ourselves anxious, fed-up, depressed and exhausted, we should remember a saying attributed to Lao Tzu: “To be worn out is to be renewed!”
The Help for this Renewal is Here for You!
Our Meditation Guide and other Natural Stress Relief resources are sensible and simple to do when done One Step at a Time.
The Meditation benefits are numerous. They help you in Healing Yourself and can be your guide to Chi Energy Transformation that leads toward Enlightenment and Lasting Happiness.
The early practitioners, usually a whole lineage of Ancient Chinese Medicine doctors, laid a foundation for the Natural Healing System which includes Acupuncture, Chinese Healing Herbs, Meditation Techniques and Exercises.
The cosmic philosophy of this, possibly the world’s First Energy Healing Therapy is that the entire universe is interconnected through the bonds of Chi or Vital Energy, from the nanosize particles within our bodies to the vast reaches of stars in space.
I learned the Healing Tao Meditation exercises from Master Mantak Chia in the early nineties.
This natural stress relief trains the nervous system to produce deep relaxation in a matter of minutes. The Inner Smile precludes every Healing Tao practice, and as a Relaxing Peace Meditation, it helps you connect with your steadfast inner power.
Six Healing Sounds
We use arm movements and sounds to cleanse and detoxify the organs and reduce the effects of stress on the body. Using the Daily Tao Sounds as a natural stress relief can energize you during the day and help you sleep better at night.
Your microcosmic orbit consists of two energy channels, one down the front of the body and the other up the spine. When life force energy circulates freely through this microcosmic path you’ll begin to experience your Self Healing Energy.
Iron Shirt Chi Kong
Originally intended to help fighters create internal armour to protect their organs from injury, these type of exercises are now used even in many hospitals. They help to expand your breath and benefit the flow of blood into the organs, tendons and bones. A continuous practice of Chi Kung will keep you rooted to the ground and help you maintain your link to earth energy as you continue on your spiritual path.
Self Massage for Rejuvenating Energy
Whenever feeling tired you can easily invigorate yourself and transform stagnant energy into positive Chi flow for your face, organs, glands and bones with an easy-to-learn Chi Self Massage for Rejuvenating Energy.
Chi Energy transformation within the Five Phases or Elements is central to Chinese tradition.
Five tastes of pungent, salty, sour, bitter and sweet are used in everyday cooking to affect the flavour of food, and five tones in music make music sound truly Chinese.
Melting and mixing of colours white, dark blue or black, green, red and yellow are used in chi energy transformation if something disagreeable is sensed in the environment.
The Five Phases or Elements of Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth are regarded as five features inherent in all living things and should be understood as processes or tendencies in chi energy transformation rather than concrete physical manifestations.
The processes express the interdependence and restraint that is evident even in tiniest particles of life. The Five Phases are one with the natural progression toward balancing Yin and Yang, while each phase simultaneously represents its own related functions and qualities.
Nature is intelligent beyond our comprehension through its constant chi energy transformations. We can only fathom that within every cell of each living organism is a ‘Tao code’, which determines the form, function and quality of the cell’s unique expression of life.
And that expression, when not interfered with from its alignment with Tao, is always life-giving and harmonious, even in time of decay as the beauty ‘burns’ to ashes and nourishing continues in a new way.
The Interaction of Five Phases within the Body
The cyclic interaction within the body mirrors that of the Five Phases in greater nature. In the practice of Chinese Medicine, they are used in diagnosis and treatment.
Metal – Lung/Large intestine – represents autumn, decline but also substance, strength and structure. The colour is white, the flavour pungent and the negative emotions are grief and sadness; positive courage, dignity, appropriateness.
Water – Kidney/Urinary bladder. The associated season is Winter when nature is at rest before starting another cycle of growth. The colour is black or dark blue, the flavour is salty and the emotion fear or fright, which through the chi energy transformation becomes alert stillness and gentleness.
Wood – Liver/Gall Bladder – is associated with spring and activity, constantly growing and rapidly changing. The colour is green, the flavour sour and the negative emotions, when Chi is not flowing naturally, are anger, resentment, jealousy; positive are kindness, forgiveness and assertiveness.
Fire – Heart/Small Intestine and Pericardium/Triple Warmer – is associated with summer. It represents a function which has reached its maximum stage before it begins to decline – Fire is dynamic and moving, brilliant in its activity. The colour is red, the flavour bitter and the negative emotions are hate, impatience; when transformed they are love, joy, gratitude, creative enthusiasm, honour, etc.
Earth – Spleen-Pancreas/Stomach – is associated with the harvest time. It is the patient and nourishing mediator, it represents balance and neutrality. The colour is yellow, the flavour bland or sweet and the negative emotions are worry and over thinking; positive is fairness and openness – and singing is associated with the free flow of spleen Chi. You can learn more by watching the following short video. The Five Phases correspond to each other through nourishing and controlling cycles. Metal nourishes Water, Water nourishes Wood, Wood nourishes Fire, Fire nourishes Earth, Earth nourishes Metal.
In the controlling or destructing cycle Metal shapes Wood, Water quells Fire, Wood controls Earth, Fire forms Metal and Earth controls Water.
Each element within the phases relates to the functioning and chi energy transformation of the internal organs. It promotes the following element and controls the element across the cycle.
However, if the organ function is unbalanced, that organ, not being able to complete the chi energy transformation within the natural meridian circuit, may act adversely across the cycle.
For instance, if Chi within the heart is unbalanced it may overact on the lung (since fire controls metal) causing congestion. This results in a lack of oxygen, which can lead to congestive heart failure.
The law for nourishment and control is an important consideration in any treatment plan. “In order to bring the body into harmony, one observes and keeps constant the standard of the Five Phases of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal.” – Neijing.
In this constant chi energy transformation, we could describe Chi as matter OR matter as Chi. Divisions dissolve . . . AHA! Could we correlate this to the ongoing quandary about quantum objects which Einstein described as being light waves OR particles?
“The cosmos itself is an integral whole, a web of inter-related things and events . . . Within this web of relationships and change, any entity can be defined only by its function and has significance only as a part of the whole pattern.” – ‘The Web That Has No Weaver’ by Ted Kapchuk.
When we habitually attune to the unseen, unified dynamics of life we learn to understand the interrelationships or patterns within the web of our wonderful creation.
By doing this we can knowingly assist Mother Nature in her constant chi energy transformations, and balancing Yin and Yang, not only within our own being but also within the greater cosmos.