In China, Taoists have been studying, experiencing, passing all of their lifetime experiences down to us for 8,000 years. We know the route and so it is very easy to guide one along. The nature of the warm current or Chi is that it tends to flow up to the head, which is the most important part of the nervous system. If it gets stuck there, and you don't know how to bring it down, it can damage the brain. By gradually exposing yourself to increasingly larger amounts of energy, however, it is possible to adjust to it. The price for not allowing enough time to adjust and of affording enough safeguards is an overload, which can result in pain, fear, outright injury and insanity. There are those who succeed quickly by pushing power into the head without side effects, but they are the exceptions.
The Microcosmic is a safe system because once the two main channels are open, the energy will circulate automatically in a loop. Energy flowing in a circle will never build up enough energy at any single point to cause serious discomfort or pain. But if you try to force the energy to flow in one direction only, such as to the higher centers in the head, it may burst like a water hose with a kink in it. The water pressure has no where to go but explode.
Additional safety routes are available in this Taoist practice. If too much energy gets stuck in the head, just reverse the flow and send the energy down the back to the feet and then up the front to the tongue/palate. Putting the tongue up to the palate completes the circuit, joining the energy of the Governor and Functional channel. It is like building a tunnel through a mountain; it will shorten the time if you dig from both ends and meet at the middle. This is what we are doing when we join the two routes into a single loop.
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