Opening the Three Tan Tiens

Opening the Three Tan Tiens to the Six Directions is just another one of the many resources the Taoist practitioner uses to connect with the universe. The practice combines the power of the mind with the extension of Chi. This combination allows our personal consciousness to directly connect to the patterns and matrices of energy in the universe. When we put our thoughts into the web of the universe, we transform the electromagnetic energy into a force that is accessible to us. The combination of mind power and energy is what allows us to establish a relationship to these creative forces and the high sources of energy.

Three Tan Tiens

Once we make the connection with the forces of energy in the universe, we then want to be able to store this energy in the body. Energy is like money, if you are making a million dollars a year and spend a million dollars, you have nothing left to use in the future. That is the way we live and use our energy in our society. We are spending more energy than we are saving and we are living on borrowed energy, paying very high interest. Our credit will run out very soon.

In the Tao practice, we store energy in the Three Tan Tiens. The Three Tan Tiens are the reservoirs of energy within us.

Fig. 3.1 The Upper Tan Tien is in the brain (the Crystal Room, third ventricle), and when it is full of energy, the capacity of the brain increases. We store our spiritual intelligence, the mind here. All the Tan Tiens have both yin and yang within them. In nature, the yin and yang are present in all things. Day (yang) turns into the sunset, which turns to night (yin). It is very important to feel the qualities of yin within yang and yang with yin (sunrise/sunset). One quality does not exist without the other. They are inseparable qualities of the same force.

Fig. 3.2 The Heart Center Tan Tien, between the two nipples, is the Middle Tan Tien. It is associated with the fire element. Yet, within fire there is always water. The original spirit (Shen) is stored here.

Fig. 3.3 The lower abdomen at the Navel is like an empty universe, or ocean. We want to feel a universe of energy in the Lower Tan Tien. Within this universe or ocean, there is a fire, like a volcano under the ocean; 'fire under water'.

The Three Tan Tiens refer to the three reservoirs of energy within the body. These reservoirs are places where we can store, transform and collect energy. The reservoirs are the source of energy that flows through the body. The meridians are rivers of energy fed by these reservoirs. The goal of Opening the Three Tan Tiens is to continually fill and replenish the energy of the Three Tan Tiens. When we are connected to the Tao, life ceases to be a struggle. Through the observation of nature, the Taoists learned to flow with the stream of energy and connect to forces in the universe.

In these practices, we use a variety of hand movements and body postures to open to the energy around us. We draw the energy from the six directions into the body, activate the three fires, open the Three Tan Tiens and circulate this energy in the Micro-cosmic Orbit.

Continue reading here: Combined Practice Warm Up Exercises

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