The microcosmic spaces for transforming and channelling Chi Energy are in and around the following acupuncture body points.
Each cosmic pool represents physical-emotional-spiritual qualities. When it is closed the qualities are often negative.
However, they can be transformed into positive intention/energies when space is opened through concentrated work using Tao Meditations, Acupuncture-without-needle and Chinese Healing Herbs.
Baihui or Hundred Meetings (governing channel 20)
Baihui at the top of the head is the most important of the cosmic spaces. You can feel its small indentation with your fingertip (in most people the point is tender to pressure).
According to ancient acupuncture, its function is to clear the senses, calm the spirit, balance the ascending Yang, promote resuscitation. The point is used to alleviate mental disorders, headaches, blurring of vision, nasal obstruction.
As a cosmic space for spiritual energies, Baihui connects to the pineal gland and governs the upper brain in building new nerve connections for expanded consciousness. The colour is a combination of all colours and is inwardly seen as the expansion white-golden flower (resembling a lotus or a mum, sometimes with a violet hue).
When Hundred Meetings point is closed the person may experience pride, delusions, headaches, erratic mood swings and feelings of being a victim or a slave.
When open she/he feels guidance by higher forces, radiates happiness, gratitude and trust. In higher practices, the senses are sealed so that the spirit can leave through this cosmic space at will.
Yintang or Seal Hall
An extraordinary point between the eyebrows, Find it with a fingertip.
This point’s traditional function is to eliminate wind/heat and calm the spirit. It is used to alleviate a frontal headache, hypertension, dizziness, infantile convulsions, rhinitis, insomnia, loss of consciousness.
Yintang, sometimes called Third Eye, is associated with the pituitary gland. When the cosmic space is closed the person may experience a sense of indecisiveness, the mind wanders without a direction.
When this point is open she/he has a sense of purpose with a definite direction and intuitive knowing. Through Yintang we can define our spiritual nature.
Throat Front Center – Tiantu or Heavens Prominence (Conception 22)
A large depression below Adam’s apple.
Its traditional function is to facilitate and regulate Lung Chi, clear voice and cool the throat. Co 22 is used in cough, asthma, sore throat, hoarseness of voice, hiccup.
Associated with the thyroid gland, this cosmic space is a communication and dream center. When it is closed the person feels choked up, unwilling to change.
When the center is open his/her expressions flow and there is a greater lucidity of dreams.
Heart Front Center – Shangzhong or Penetrating Odor (Co 17)
It represents Pericardium, the protective sheath around the heart. You can feel a small depression at the level of the fourth intercostal space (between the nipples in males).
The traditional function of Co 17 is to regulate and suppress rebellious Chi, expand the chest for breathing, benefit the diaphragm. The point is used to alleviate asthma, bronchitis, chest pain, mastitis, intercostal neuralgia.
The heart center is associated with the thymus gland, therefore our immune system, also with Co 14 – Juque or Great Palace, which represents the heart itself. Of all the cosmic spaces, this area is important for it houses the spirit or Shen, one of the ‘Three Treasures’. (To learn more please read the Chi Guide page).
When the center is closed the person may feel being under attack, sorry for oneself, unloved and incapable of love.
An open heart is a seat of joy, respect and surrender, you are filled with unconditional love, generosity and compassion toward all living things. Passion for creative participation in helping humanity to re-build our now ravaged earth springs from the spirit of an open heart.
Solar Plexus – Zhongwan or Middle Cavity (Co 12)
About four inches above the navel.
Co 12’s traditional function is to transform and suppress rebellious Chi, regulate the stomach, strengthen the spleen/pancreas. Middle Cavity is used to alleviate epigastric pain, abdominal distention, vomiting, diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, hypertension, neurasthenia, mental diseases.
Associated with spleen/pancreas (therefore over-thinking), when this cosmic space is closed there is a sense of panic and worry.
The opening of the center creates a feeling of freedom with an ability to take risks. Solar Plexus is a clearinghouse for emotional sensitivities and issues of personal power.
Naval Center – Shenque or Middle o Naval – (Co 8)
The traditional function is to warm and stabilize the Yang, strengthen the transporting function of Spleen and Stomach. The point is used (with only Moxibustion or needle-less Acupuncture!) to alleviate abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, edema.
When the naval center is closed it can manifest in sloppy, distracting behaviour, when open it contributes to a sense of balance and centring.
Sexual Center – Zhongji or Middle Summit (Co 3)
About an inch above the pubic bone, Co 3 is the meeting point of three Yin channels of the legs (Kidney, Liver and Spleen).
Co 3’s traditional function is to assist the transforming function of Chi, regulate the uterus and alleviate damp/heat. It is used to alleviate menstrual, sexual and urinary dysfunctions, female sterility, nephritis.
When this ‘Ovary or Sperm Palace’ is closed it is hard to enjoy life; the person feels self-destructive, negative and listless.
When the cosmic space is open he/she has a sense of creative and personal power with an ability to get things done.
Perineum Center – Huiyin or Yin Meeting (Co 1)
Between the anus and the scrotum in males, between the anus and the vagina in females.
Huiyin is used in irregular menstruation, pain and swelling of the anus, sexual and urinary dysfunctions, prostatitis, a revival from drowning.
Perineum relates closely to earth energy. When this center is closed the person feels insecurity, fickleness and loneliness, and can fear change.
When Huiyin is open she/he feels grounded, solid and peaceful. peacefull, grounded,
Sacral Pump – Changqiang or Long Strength (Gov 1)
Between the anus and the tip of the coccyx.
Gov 1’s function is to regulate the Conception and Governing channels (the inner channels meet in the lower abdomen), and to improve the work of the intestines. It is used to alleviate intestinal bleeding, prolapsed rectum and hemorrhoids, pain in the lower back, epilepsy, sexual dysfunctions.
When the sacrum center is closed, the past is a prison and unconscious fears arise, there is hopelessness.
When this cosmic space is open the person can, with awareness of the generative force, blend the three treasures, Jing, Chi and Shen for the taming of the Dragon Fire (Kundalini). The past is then a resource and a foundation for expanding consciousness.
Life’s Door or Mingmen (Gov 4)
Below the second lumbar vertebra, parallel to the navel.
Opening this acupuncture center nourishes source Chi, strengthens the kidneys, benefits the lumbar spine. The point is used to alleviate sexual dysfunctions, low back pain, sciatica and nephritis.
When the Life’s Door is closed there is a feeling of imbalance and fear, particularly fear of unfavourable circumstances.
When open Mingmen balances the kidneys, yields a sense of peace, generosity, abundance and gentleness.
T 11 – Jizhong or Middle of Spine (Gov 6) – Adrenal point
Below 11th thoracic vertebra, opposite the solar plexus.
Traditionally, this acupuncture point is used to improve low back pain, hepatitis, epilepsy, paralysis of limbs.
T 11’s cosmic space corresponds to the adrenal glands. When it is closed the person can feel hyperactive – or listless, and old fears may return.
When the Adrenal space is open he/she is filled with vitality and confidence, there is an abundance of energy to serve the good intentions of the heart.
Back Heart Center – Shendao or Spirit’s Path (Gov 11)
Below 5th thoracic vertebra.
The point is used to improve memory, anxiety, palpitations, cardiac pain, pain and stiffness of the back, cough.
When closed the person may feel a sense of burden, hopelessness, melancholy and chaos.
Opening this important cosmic space gives a feeling of freedom, a deep-felt sense of life. Virtues of love, compassion, gratitude and forgiveness emerge through an open heart.
The Back Throat Center – Dazhui or Big Vertebra (Gov 14)
Below 7th cervical vertebra.
Six Yang channels meet at this point. It regulates Yang and clears the spirit. Gov 14 is used in common cold, febrile diseases, cough, asthma, neck rigidity, a stiffness of the back, epilepsy.
The person may feel inappropriateness, stubbornness, not fitting in, when this cosmic space is closed.
When Gov.14 is open he/she feels connected, embracing others in a feeling of one humanity.
Fengfu or Wind’s Dwelling (Gov 16)
A tender point below the external occipital protuberance.
Traditionally the point is used to improve mental disorders, headache, blurring of vision, neck rigidity, sore throat, epistaxis, post-apoplexy aphasia.
Gov 16 area, also called Jade Pillow and Mouth of God controls breathing.
Gov 15 Yamen or Doors of Muteness is located within this cosmic space and has a traditional function to clear the senses and consciousness.
When the center is closed there is a feeling of burden and suffocation.
Opening this cosmic space expands the breath and helps awaken intuition and inspiration – a prelude to expansion of consciousness.
The Governing channel goes from here to the deep brain, the seat of intuition and through it to Baihui.
On a clear night, we can see the cosmic path of the faraway moon and know that all waters on earth are affected by its powerful energies. This must also apply to our bodies for they are mainly water.
Are we aware of this connection, aware that each of us has microcosmic orbits as a reflection of the great cosmic paths through which WuChi or universal energy moves?
Do we accept expressions such as ‘as above, so below’ to be true without making a practical effort to understand what they mean?
And how could this greater understanding help us as human beings? Could we make our cosmic knowledge into a life experience and therefore gain from it?
Yes, we can.
A legacy of Wisdom for Chi Energy Transformation
'Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub;
It is the center hole that makes it useful.
Shape clay into a vessel;
It is the space within that makes it useful.
Cut doors and windows for a room;
It is the holes which make it useful.
Therefore profit comes from what is there;
Usefulness from what is not there.'
– Poem 11 – Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.
Ancient Chinese sages left a legacy of wisdom for Chi Energy Transformation for those of us who are committed to spiritual healing and growth. Writings on Enlightenment of Consciousness such as ‘Secret of the Golden Flower’ were passed on to us often in an obscure or secret language.
In my many decades’ quest to understand these books of consciousness and life, I have found that to siphon their meaning is only possible through practice that brings an experiential-intuitive understanding of them.
But what amazing revelations are in store for those who stay with their commitment and practice!
In the early nineties, I had an opportunity to study with Master Mantak Chia,
who brought many of the Chinese esoteric practices into a western format.
My on-going commitment is to give you, in as a practical format as possible, what I learned about the expansion of consciousness during my long quest and the practices it entailed.
Everything you read on the HappySoulHealthyBody pages is given in the spirit of Loving Tao, which to me means trusting the process while each of us takes responsibility individually for the journey.
How to Purify and Channel Chi along the MicroCosmic Path?
Chi Energy Meditation, Inner Smile (on our Meditation Guide page) and Micro Cosmic Orbit you learn here, focus on purifying and channelling Chi. Since they centre within the body, they are – like other Chinese meditation exercises – grounded and grounding.
Therefore they are safe to practice when done according to the instructions. My recommendation to you is to learn the Chi Energy Meditation and Inner Smile first and use the awareness gained from their practices as a foundation for your further cosmic education.
The mid-line cosmic path within us runs through the centres (chakras), which are like wheels in motion – Chi energy moving in a spiral fashion, the way it flows on all levels of creation. Think of the pictures you have seen of DNA!
Each centre corresponds to nerves, organs and glands, and your concentration on the circulation of pure Light Chi through the points along the central cosmic path helps transform negative energy of your cellular memories to positive light energy of higher standard.
Circulation of Light
The main cosmic path for the Circulation of Light follows the Conception channel in the front and the Governing channel at the back, both running along the center of the body. You can purify, re-enforce and stimulate the Chi within this microcosmic path by concentrating on its flow through the fourteen centers. This then benefits your whole being.
Baihui or ‘Hundred Meetings’ is the highest point in the body and is used in ancient acupuncture to alleviate headache, dizziness, to clear the senses and mental disorders, to calm the spirit, to stabilize and strengthen the Yang energy.
In all meditation exercises, Baihui is a pivotal point in connecting to your higher self in order to consciously draw in all-embracing and all-loving universal cosmic energy. Concentration on this point inspires receptivity and thankfulness as you begin to experience the seamless oneness that permeates the universe.
From Baihui you consciously move its cleansing Chi to the mid-eyebrow point Yintang, sometimes called the Wisdom Eye. It is used for headache, dizziness, hypertension, insomnia, common cold, and one of its traditional functions is to calm the spirit.
Here you can connect with the balanced Yin/Yang energy and set the circulation of light along your cosmic path into orbit by moving along the Functional channel to the Throat centre, the Heart, Solar Plexus, the Naval, the Sexual centre.
From Perineum – Huiyin or Conception 1 (‘the million dollar point’) the energy moves upwards along the Governing channel. At the Sacral Pump, your mind and breath may have to give a conscious ‘push’ to the energy for it go upwards.
Chi then moves to Life gate or Mingmen. It corresponds to the Kidneys, is parallel to the navel in front. The next point at the back is T11 or Adrenal point opposite the Solar Plexus.
The back Heart point is parallel to the one in the front, circle the energy there, then move to the back Throat point and from there to Jade pillow or ‘Mouth of God’. Another name for this area is Cranial Pump, where you consciously move the energy through the cerebellum back to Baihui.
At Baihui, by being receptive and childlike you receive more of the universal undifferentiated Wu Chi, and you may already feel tingling sensations in the upper part of the brain as new neural pathways are being made. After diligent practice, they become more prominent and you may see and experience your ‘Golden Flower’ that opens up new cosmic knowledge bringing happiness and creativity.
Stay focused on Wu Chi, be thankful and sincere, and repeat the process again and again along with your cosmic path. Of course, if you are an Indigo child or otherwise aware of the Generative Force (Kundalini) already functioning, you may just become more aware of the flow and continuous expansion of your consciousness.
Energy in the Service of Good Intention
Remember that energy is one with intention, it moves the way you want it to move when you have a clear inner vision with focused attention. Eventually, this intention command is not needed and the focus shifts to your Chi breathing along with the microcosmic path.
The strong power may feel as if gushing through the cosmic path rather than stopping at any of the centres. As the alignment with Wu Chi and the circulation of light becomes clearer, the breath becomes wider, the Chi flows naturally dissolving all the blocks along its cosmic path bringing smile to every cell. And often, I do not focus on every centre as a moving spiral but trust or feel that this is happening anyway.
When Wu Chi at Baihui is in focus, I hear the name Immanuel (to me meaning the Will of the Creator) and that triggers a sense of devotion, thankfulness and praise, which in turn expands my consciousness more and more. I stay at Baihui in a state of worship, feeling blissful. On an out-breath, I finally bring the blessings along the front channel down to Mother Earth and stay in her love and generosity – for she is one with the Great Cosmic Mother.
Of course, this work is not be done in a day, but if you are committed, your inner guidance is always available. And after each practice, you can consciously collect the evolving ‘pearl’ energy in a special cosmic space where your original generative force resides.
Complete each practice by placing your palms on the lower abdomen and let the pearl energy circulate in the place where your earth life started at the time of conception.
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.