The Microcosmic Orbit Method

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The human body begins to form at the moment that an ovum is fertilized. First to develop is the spinal cord, including that portion at the top that will become the brain. This means that the central nervous system—which will function as a kind of control center in the human body—develops first: peripheral parts then follow symmetrically (Figure 2-1). There are vital points running from the top of the head to the groin along a line at the center of the body in not only newborn babies but also in developing fetuses. In martial arts, this center line is supposed to contain various vital points that are especially important in attacking or protecting. In Eastern medicine, too, this center line on the back and the front of the human body is considered important for many reasons in diagnosis and treatment. People seem to have known intuitively for some time that the center line of the human body is the site of important energy routes.

Animal pole Two-cell stage Multicell stage Nerve embryo

Figure 2-1

Various stages in the development of an embryo.


Animal pole Two-cell stage Multicell stage Nerve embryo

Figure 2-1

Various stages in the development of an embryo.


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Heart Digestive tube Tail-bud embryo

As I explained in the previous chapter, these energy routes are the Du Channel for the center line of the back of the human body, and the Ren Channel for the front. In the Microcosmic Orbit method, you will circulate qi through the Du and Ren channels. If the route is described anatomically, the Du Channel includes the spinal cord, the adrenal glands, the hypothalamus, and the pituitary gland, all of which are the main centers controlling the functions of the intestines and the hormones. Along the Ren Channel lie the thyroid, thymus, pancreas, celiac plexus, and the gonads, or the main organs of the autonomic nervous system (Figure 2-2).

Modern biological research has shown that these autonomic functions can be controlled by the power of the mind using biofeedback. It is also known that some Yoga masters are able to easily control their autonomic functions. In Yoga this is done by developing Chakras. In qigong, one can use qi instead, and reach that same level by practicing the Microcosmic Orbit method. When the autonomic nervous system is developed by means of the Microcosmic Orbit, it becomes possible for all kinds of illnesses to be healed—a result which is not remarkable or strange from the Western medical point of view, but which to the best of my knowledge is never mentioned in classical Chinese medical texts.

When qi is able to circulate well through the Ren and Du channels that control the twelve meridians, problems of qi blockage are solved. But how does this work? As I said, the method does not seem to be

Figure 2-2

Anatomical structure of the Microcosmic Orbit.

Diencephalon, hypothalamus


Diencephalon, hypothalamus


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explained in classical Chinese medical texts. However, the Du and the Ren channels cross right on the acupuncture points on the center line of the twelve meridians. These junctures include the Da-Zhui, Bai-Hui, Chong-Wan, and Guan-Yuan. Compare the diagrams of the twelve meridians, and then add the Du and Ren channels. According to my experience, if you allow qi to flow freely through the acupuncture points of the Du and Ren channels, qi blockages in any of the twelve meridians will disappear. In fact, people whose circulation through the Du and Ren channels is good—in other words, those who master the Microcosmic Orbit method—will no longer experience any blockage of qi (see Figure 2-3).

Figure 2-3

Qi blockage

Qi flow

Qigong training

Improved qi flow reduces

Qigong training opens j \ | ~ j / | the blockage of qi.

Mastering the Microcosmic Orbit method

Qi flow is completely smooth and there is no qi blockage.

How to master the Microcosmic Orbit method

1. Make your backbone straight, flexible, and strong.

2. Comprehend the reality of qi and of the "qi ball."

3. Learn techniques for strengthening and moving the qi ball.

4. Activate first the downward meridian, and then the upward.

5. In men, qi usually circles upward through the Du Channel and downward through the Ren Channel. For women, the flow of qi is usually opposite: downward through the Du, and upward through the Ren, channels.

6. The "Cosmic Headband" (see Chapter IV), which I invented, can be used if you should want to master the Microcosmic Orbit method quickly.

7. Ask for help from people who have already mastered the Microcosmic Orbit method, so that you can master it quickly.


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  • felix
    How to microcosmic orbit method?
    8 years ago
  • sinit
    What meridian control the hypothalamus?
    7 years ago

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