Opening the Microcosmic Orbit

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When you have learned to circulate a qi ball from your hands through your entire body, you are ready to try the Microcosmic Orbit method. Classical qi books ask you to gather qi in the lower Dan-Tian and let it flow around your body (Figures 3-2 and 3-3). But it takes too much time to gather qi there, and this fact discourages most people from learning the Microcosmic Orbit method. The method I have developed is actually a lot easier than the classic method.

Make a qi ball between your palms. Now try to use this qi ball to open the meridians of the Microcosmic Orbit in your body.

How to open the Microcosmic Orbit (for men)

1. Strengthen the qi ball until you can feel "magnetic pressure," or tingling sensations.

2. Bring the qi ball to the crown of your head (Bai-Hui).

3. With your palms turned toward your head, stimulate Bai-Hui with the qi ball, as if you were massaging your head, but without touching it. You will feel a light pressure on or tingling sensations in the head.

4. When you feel the qi sensations strongly enough, bring the qi ball slowly to the acupuncture point between your eyes (Yin-Tang). Stimulate the Yin-Tang with the qi ball.

Figure 3-1

Ming Men Acupuncture Point

5. Repeat this, bringing the qi ball down to the following acupuncture points: Tian-Tu, Tang-Zhong, Zhong-Wang, and Qi-Hai. You will probably feel a coolness or tingling in the Bai-Hui and Yin-Tang, and warm sensations from Tian-Tu through the Qi-Hai.

6. Lead the qi ball from Qi-Hai to Xian-Gu through Hui-Yin.

7. Bring the qi ball to Ming-Men. Lay your hands on this point until it gets warm.

8. Stimulate from Ling-Tai, Da-Chui, Nao-Fu and back to Bai-Hui.

Qi ball

The flow of qi is felt as a sensation of warmth over a wide area.

Qi ball

The flow of qi is felt as a sensation of warmth over a wide area.

Microcosmic Orbit

Qi-Hai

Bai-Hui

Yin-Tang The flow of qi is felt as a cool, tingling sensation.

Yin-Tang The flow of qi is felt as a cool, tingling sensation.

Zong-Wang

Zong-Wang

Qi-Hai

Figure 3-2

The Ren (front) Channel of the Microcosmic Orbit method.

How to open the Microcosmic Orbit (for women)

1. Strengthen the qi ball until you can feel magnetic pressure or tingling sensations.

2. Bring the qi ball to the crown of your head.

3. With your palms turned toward to your head, stimulate Bai-Hui with the qi ball, as in a massage, but without touching your head. You will feel a light pressure on or tingling sensations in the head.

4. When you feel the qi sensations strongly enough, bring the qi ball slowly to the back of your head (Nao-Fu), the back of your neck (Da-Chui), Ling-Tai, and to the opposite side of your navel, Ming-Men.

5. Put your hands on the Ming-Men point until it gets warm.

6. Lead the qi ball from Xian-Gu to Qi-Hai through Hui-Yin.

7. Bring the qi ball from Zhong-Wang, to Tang-Zhong, Tian-Tu, and Yin-Tang, then and back to Bai-Hui.

Bai-Hui

Figure 3-3

The Du (back) Channel of the Microcosmic Orbit method.

A warm sensation travels from the head to the abdomen.

Stimulating Xian-Gu with the qi ball

Bai-Hui

A warm sensation travels from the head to the abdomen.

Stimulating Xian-Gu with the qi ball

Ming Men Point

Nao-Fu

Da-Chui

Ling-Tai

Ming-Men

Nao-Fu

Da-Chui

Ling-Tai

Ming-Men

General notes on opening the Microcosmic Orbit

1. It is important—in fact absolutely necessary—that the downward meridian is cleared before the upward meridian because qi has a tendency to move upward. Particularly when you practice this exercise without an instructor, this step is important in preventing any side effects. To confirm that the meridian is open, pay attention to the sensations you experience. For men, if you feel cool sensations in your head and a warm current flowing from the throat to the lower abdomen along the downward meridian, your downward meridian is open. For women, if you feel cool sensations in your head and a warm current flowing from Da-Chui to Xian-Gu, your downward meridian is open.

2. As qi energy from the earth is absorbed from Xian-Gu, stimulate this point well.

3. You will be unable to reach the points between Da-Chui and Ling-Tai with your hands. You just need to imagine that a qi ball is being led there, without your hands.

4. Repeat the exercise.

When you finish the exercise, bring a qi ball to Qi-Hai, and push the qi ball into the lower Dan-Tian. This last step is crucial in preventing any harmful side effects, and so should be borne in mind when you study the qigong method on your own. If the qi ball is allowed to stay in your head, you may experience numbness or headache, and feel as if you had developed a fever. If you have an abnormally curved cervical vertebra, pain you had there earlier might appear again. If you are a smoker, you might cough or raise some phlegm while a qi ball passes by the neck. But do not worry about these symptoms, because they simply show that a qi blockage is clearing.

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    Where is the tangzhong Acupunture point located?
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    How to do microcosmic orbit exercise?
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