Prepare to Circulate the Chi Energy

Create a Relaxed Environment

The key to Chi circulation is deep relaxation: in order to circulate the warm current you must be calm within yourself. If you are distracted by the television, passing cars, or your unmade bed, your mind will turn outwards and you will be unable to focus on your energy. As you progress you will learn to ignore the distractions and will be able to meditate anywhere, but in the beginning choose a quiet spot and a special time. The more comfortable the atmosphere the more easily you can concentrate.


During Chi (meditation) dress in loose-fitting clothing. Loosen your belt and remove your glasses and watch. Remember to keep the knees, nape of the neck and toes free of binding clothing. Dress warmly enough so that you are not distracted by the cold.


The room must be kept well-ventilated, but do not sit in front of a window. The body generates excess heat during meditation and a draft may cause a cold. Avoid meditating with light shining in your eyes. If a room is too light it will disturb your concentration; if too dark it may make you sleepy.


According to the Taoist masters, if you stop eating when you are two-thirds full your stomach will have room to digest the food. When you are too full you lose lucidity and power of concentration.

Wait at least one hour after eating before meditating, avoid eating cold foods including iced drinks and chilled fruit. They are extremely yin and tend to throw you out of balance. Let your foods warm up instead of eating them directly from refrigerator. Your body saves energy by not having to heat cold food.

You may attain a high plane of spiritual evolution without being a vegetarian. Both vegetarians and omnivores are subject to illness and decay. Simply eat whatever makes you feel best. Try to listen to your body's appetite and you will know what to eat: When you have an urge to eat something your body has a need for that food. Of course this applies only to those whose bodies are relatively healthy and have no extreme cravings for deadly substances such as refined sugar, salt, or oily food. If your health has been affected by perverted eating habits you will gradually recover a true sense of your nutritional needs by circulating the warm current of "chi" around your body. No one else can tell you what your need to attain inner harmony; vegetables alone will not make you pure or holier than fish. But you should try to eat food that is fresh and as free of chemical contaminants as possible.

To prepare for meditation first rub your face, ears, eyes, waist, and the soles of your feet. Rotate your head 12 times in both directions, then clasp your hands above your head and rotate your trunk 36 times in a circular motion.

Stimulating the Flow of Chi

Rub the soles of the feet to stimulate the flow of Chi.

Energy Flow Tendons

To prevent stiffness, promote flexibility, and ensure an easier flow of energy upon awakening each morning, stretch your tendons, clench your teeth, and swallow your saliva. To stretch your tendons, sit up with your legs extended out in front of you and grab your toes or ankles. Exhale completely and gradually bend at the waist stretching forward with your hands as far as you can go without straining. Practice nine times. Next beat your teeth together nine times then use your tongue to massage you gums. This will prevent gum disease and exercise your tongue. We deal with this more in the Chi Massage (Taoist Rejuvenation).

Sit on the edge of a chair using your sittingbones to find that delicate place of balance which will help hold you erect. Men should allow the scrotum to hang freely in the air; when the testes are freely suspended it is easier to draw in energy and awaken the sleeping giant within. The sitting position for women is the same except that if women sit in the nude or are scantily clad they should cover the genitalia to avoid energy loss. The back must be comfortably erect, the head bowed slightly forward, the feet firmly planted on the floor. The feet are the ground wire, and have ten channels of energy flow in each leg. In order to keep the energy flow fully in each leg, keep your legs in touch with the ground.

How to Sit

Incorrect sitting position / Correct sitting position

Sitting Position Images

Both men and women place the right (Yang) palm over the left palm (Yin), to connect and seal the energy while meditating.

Taoist Sitting Posture

Healing Energy Images

Sitting on a chair is the most comfortable way to practice the chi flow to the whole body. The feet are the root of our body so keep the energy flow to them and the hands resting on the lap with the right palm on top, clasping the left palm. This will complete the hand circle, and the energy will not leak out of the palm. The back

should be quite straight at the waist though slightly bowed at the shoulders and neck. This minor forward curve of the upper back promotes perfect relaxation of the chest and allows the power to flow downward. In military posture, with the shoulders thrown back and the head held high, the power will lodge in the chest and fail to descend to the lower centers.

How to Breathe

While concentrating the breath should be soft, long, and smooth. After a while you can forget about your breath. Attention to breath will only distract the mind which must focus on drawing energy to the desired points. There are thousands of esoteric breathing methods; you might spend your whole life mastering them and acquire no lasting energy.

To relax, practice taking long slow deep breaths in the abdomen, not the chest.

Chi Energy Breath

But once the Chi is awakened and you complete the route you may experience many different breathing patterns: rapid breathing, shallow breathing, deep breathing, prolonged retention of breath, spinal cord breathing, inner breathing, crown breathing, soles of the feet breathing, etc. You need not try to regulate your breath as breathing patterns will occur automatically according to the body's needs.

Breathe noiselessly through the nose. Make the breathing smooth and gentle. Any sound passage of the breath will mar your concentration, and if your breathing is rough you will not succeed in attaining a complete state of calm. But take care, if you interfere with the breathing you will arrest the flow of energy.

In the beginning if you have difficulty focusing, count from one to ten and ten to one, five times. You can take thirty-six abdominal long, slow, deep breaths which will lower the energy held in your chest, shoulders, arms, and head, and help you attain inner calm. Once you have acquired energy and concentration you can imagine energy entering every pore when you inhale and leaving every pore when you exhale. In this way you will experience the entire surface of your body breathing.

Mental Attitude

Don't try to meditate when you are tired. If you are fatigued but still wish to practice, first take a stroll, a soothing bath, a short nap, or have a warm drink. Begin to practice when you feel refreshed.

Maintain a calm mind and an attitude of forgiveness. Be cheerful and remain open to life. Don't be consumed with ambition or worry. Your great task is to raise your consciousness and your capacity to love. Don't worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Happiness and a calm state are signs of spiritual progress.

Don't struggle. Don't try to force wandering thoughts out of your mind. Simply release your thoughts, watching as they depart. Imagine them as clouds dispersed by the wind. When they are gone the sun will shine through brightly. Detach yourself, be a spectator to the thinking process not a participant. Gradually you will learn to concentrate and direct the healing energy of the Tao.

Position of the Tongue

The tongue is the bridge between the two channels, the Functional and the Governor. They are separated by the tongue. There are three positions for the tongue. For the beginner, place the tongue where it is most comfortable. If it is uncomfortable to place the tongue to the palate, place it near the teeth. The correct place is called the "Heavenly Pool."

First Position

The place near the teeth will produce air (wind) and will make it easy for you to fall asleep.

Second Position

The top of the palate before the palate is the Fire Place. If touched for too long it will make the mouth and tongue feel dry.

Tongue Positions

Tongue Position Tai Chi

Third Position

This is the Heavenly Pool position about 1.5 inches in front of the teeth, stimulating the salivary gland that is under the tongue. The Heavenly Pool has two pools, which in the Tao system connect with the perineum Sperm Palace and the K1 Kidney, the Sole (Bubbling Spring). It connects with the kidney and runs up past the heart, so these two pools will stimulate the kidney and sperm energy to rise up past the heart and enter the small brain and the Pituitary Gland, which transforms it into brain energy. This will later on become Nectar and strengthen the heart energy.

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