Our Body and the Body of the Universe

In Chi Kung there may be called a Yin state or a state in which receptivity is a principal virtue. In a later period the character representing Chi is composed of two parts those for rice and air, implying that energy was seen as the combined product of the intake of oxygen and food. Is this shift indicative of a change in perception which coincides with the rise of patriarchy and a shift from inner to outer As the inner movements of body and mind become more natural, also the Chi flow,...

Chi Kung and the Rise of a New Perspective

The rise in interest in Chi Kung as a practice which enables people to take care of themselves and make use of their own innate potential to cultivate their health and heal themselves is not surprising. In the process of Chi Kung practice, new forms of consciousness spirit may arise which are able to direct, steer and guide the Chi in new directions. All genuine transformations have invariably started as small awakenings, subtle wonders that were hardly perceptible. One of the subtle wonders...

Tan Tien Chi Kung

In the Universal Tao Practice, Second Brain Chi Kung also called Tan Tien Chi Kung is the art of cultivating and condensing Chi in the Lower Tan Tien and thereby raising the pressure in this area. The Lower Tan Tien is, in the Taoist energy paradigm, the center of the body. It is both the major generator and storage place for Chi energy in the body and the center of awareness. Taoists train this lower abdominal area as the second brain. In all Taoist practices the student is required first to...

Iron Shirt Chi Kung and Tai Chi Chi Kung

Fire Ancient Chinese Writing

Tan Tien Chi Kung has a particularly close connection with the three basic Iron Shirt Practices which focus on the strengthening of the internal organs and firm rooting, the changing and strengthening of the tendons and the cleansing and renewal of the bone marrow. In the Iron Shirt practices, compression creates space for new Chi in the muscles, tendons and the bones, as the fat which has been accumulated there is expelled. With the process of aging, fat tends to accumulate, so that the bones...

Originality of Chi Kung as Active Energy Meditation

It is precisely for this reason that, at a very early stage, Chinese Taoist practice took distance from the spiritualist path. Meditation by the mind at the expense of the body and in disconnection from the body is seen as the only legitimate form of meditation in some schools. The Taoist position emerged, as it was observed that this kind of passive meditation was inspired by and led to a serious contempt for the body, thereby undermining balance, ease and well being. It is this focus on the...

Bull Back Tan Tien

Chi Power Tan Tien

Stand shoulder width, with the feet parallel. Put your right leg to the front and turn your left foot 45 degrees outward. b. Your arms are in front of you, palms facing outward. c. Inhale with the Dragon Sound and feel the suction expand the upper abdomen. Pull up the anus and both sides of the anus sink to the back and at the same time turn the palms and scoop up the Chi on the left and right sides. The Tan Tien Chi is pushing you to the back and down into the right leg. d. Spiral the hands...

Awakening to Subtle Wonders

Essential to the creation and preservation of internal pressure and inner power in the Lower Tan Tien is that we turn inward and begin to listen to our body and natural wisdom and what it wishes to tell us. We need to learn to understand and interpret its signs and processes. As a rule, these have accumulated in our bodies and their organs and glands as the sediment of early traumas which we have not been able or willing to give up. We may even have cherished them, as they give us reason to...

The Tan Tien And The 5 Elements

Master Mantak Chia

Contents About the Author Words of Introduction Power of the Inner Tan Tien Chi Kung and the Alchemical Second Brain and Lower Tan Tien Lower Tan Tien as the First Tan Tien Chi Kung and Natural Breathing Iron Shirt Chi Kung and Tai Chi Chi Kung Squatting Chi Kung Practice Tan Tien Chi Our Body and the Body of the Getting in Touch with the Universe Chi Kung the Unconsciousness and Dancing and Bone Chi Kung Empty Dragon and Tiger 1. Dragon 2. Tiger Breath Perineum Development of Chi Pressure in...

Reactivation and Regeneration

The activation of the abdomen plays a major role in the creation of a state of ease to prevent dis-ease. If the abdomen is at ease, the whole body comes to rest. If not, the whole body suffers, as the basic metabolism is affected. In the process of aging and as a result of an agitated externalized life style the abdominal organs tend to sag and thereby lose their vitality. These organs, thanks to the rise in Chi pressure in the Lower Tan Tien, are uplifted and brought back in their original...

Practice Squatting

Olympic Squat Open Groin

A good exercise for developing the squatting position is to stand with your feet shoulder width when you improve your squatting ability, place both feet together close to a wall, facing the wall and then to squat straight down from the kua like you are sitting down, not bending the knees too much . The wall will prevent you from leaning forward when you squat. Some people tend to bend the head forward first, and also to bend the back and lean forward. Using a wall will make you see whether you...

Ending Exercise for All Eleven Animal Postures

Chikung Animal

Inhale, put the feet together, scoop up the energy from the universe, palms facing up. b. Turn the palms downward and pour the energy down over the body, back into the navel, back into the Tan Tien. c. Focus on the Door of Life. Gently, move the hands from the navel Lower Tan Tien to the thighs. Feel the fingers and Chi penetrate the thighbones as Chi is absorbed into the bone marrow. d. Move the hands down the thighbones. Feel the fingers penetrate the bones, glide past the knees, and...

Getting in touch with the Universe

The Chi of the Universe can only be absorbed to the extent that we open our heart to the Universe and extend our consciousness and Chi to it as a token of our love. Only then will it respond. To be effective, mind and Chi need each other, as in the rise of internal pressure. We will only receive the love energy of the Universe to the extent that we acknowledge and honour our love relationship to the Universe. This first of all implies that we acknowledge that the Universe is alive and that we...

Second Brain the Lower Tan Tien Consciousness

Taoist practice is entirely based on the art of sensing and feeling as the primary form of cognition which precedes all other forms. It is the nervous system which enables us to feel and sense our body. It is our mind which directs and guides the Chi but if we cannot feel and sense our body, the mind cannot give direction and guidance. To be able to feel and sense, our nervous system needs to be in a relaxed state. The moment we are stressed and tense, our ability to feel and sense the...

Elephant Left and Right Kua and the Lower Tan Tien

Turn Trunk Right And Left

Stand with your feet parallel and shoulder width. b. Inhale with the Tiger Sound and feel the suction. Hook the thumbs together and raise them up above the crown. Turn the hip to the left side Fig. 5.47 Elephant raises his trunk above the crown. Fig. 5.47 Elephant raises his trunk above the crown. c. Exhale with the Tiger Sound and press the Chi down to the Tan Tien. Pull up the anus and the left tide of the anus. Turn your hips to center and swing your arms, like the trunk of an elephant...

Tan Tien Chi Kung and the Alchemical Process

Tan Tien Love

The sound Ha together with the sounds Ho and Hum constitute a triad of sounds which serve as seed mantras in the hundred syllable mantra in Tibetan Buddhist practice, by which the highest wisdom energies are invoked. Specific sounds raise particular energy frequencies in each organ. Obviously the sound ha is the sound which makes the whole body feel good, as it generates Chi and make energies move, so that a state of well being is experienced. Laughing and smiling are natural ways the body uses...

Chi Kung Unconsciousness Wonderment

The view which limits Chi Kung practice to strictly personal affairs tends to ignore the role of Chi Kung as a way of life and a state of being, nourished by an inner practice to cultivate virtues and attitudes towards the Universe and the community at large. The cultivation of these attitudes brings about in oneself a particular quality of being which may be called a Chi Kung state of being. It is this Chi Kung state of being which nourishes and sustains harmonious forms of conduct in...

Chi Kung as Self Actualization

Eight Immortals

It has also been translated as integrity in its original sense of being whole undivided which is expressed in power, quality and strength. The more one grows towards realizing within oneself this unity with the Universe, the higher is one's quality of selfhood, as a microcosmic manifestation of the Macrocosmos. In its original meaning Te is defined as a process of alignment from within and it presupposes independence and self-reliance one's own mind and body is a field of energy and...

Consciousness and Relaxation

In recent fundamental brain research, it has been found that the average person uses only four to five percent of their brain cells. This small portion of active brain cells lies at the surface of the cerebrum. It means that the vast numbers of brain cells in the deeper layers of the cerebrum are asleep. There is evidence that it is difficult for these cells to be activated if one is too active and over conscious. Our target-oriented, linearrationalist culture makes stress and tension an...

Self Healing and Wholeness

Chi Healing

In the Taoist tradition, the lower body and its organs and functions are associated with earth, the higher body and its organs with heaven. Yet the spiritual body cannot be born and grow without being nourished by an unceasing supply of fresh Chi, generated in the lower body by the practice of Tan Tien Chi Kung. Tan Tien Chi Kung, as one of the basic practices of the Taoist approach to health and self-healing, has its roots in a particular world view at the very heart and root of Chinese...

Tan Tien Chi Kung and Natural Breathing

The natural form of breathing is Iron Shirt abdominal breathing. This is the principal measure by which to evaluate the body's state of health and capacity for self-healing. To the extent that we practice abdominal breathing, we have retained the ways we used to breathe as a baby and child. When in the course of life, natural low, deep, long and quiet abdominal breathing is replaced by high short and shallow breathing in the chest, we lose our inner stability. We have lost a major source of...

Chi Kung and the Balance of Water and Fire

Iron Shirt Qigong

Tan Tien Chi Kung involves the simultaneous training of body and mind by way of activating mind power. The combined and integrated activity of the mind, the heart and the eye power are the major sources of activation of the subtle energy and the transformations it requires and enhances. The more the mind is awakened, the more the heart is opened and the more the eye is trained to look inward, the easier it becomes for the mind to lead and guide the movement of Chi through the body. Thus the...

Releasing the Tension in the Diaphragm

Laughing Qigong

Many people have a stiff diaphragm which sticks to the rib cage. In order to be able to develop the Chi pressure, we should have a diaphragm that is loose and that can easily move up and down. To release the tension in the diaphragm, you can massage the diaphragm. a. You can massage under and along the rib cage from top to bottom. b. You put the middle fingers from the left hand with the palm facing upward, under the rib cage. Place your right hand on the lower part of the right rib cage and...

Monkey Lower and Upper Tan Tien

Dragon Chi Kung

Stand shoulder width, with your feet parallel and your palms in front of the kua. b. Inhale with the Dragon Sound and lightly pull up the anus and the middle part of the anus and expand the Lower Tan Tien. Raise the arms up above the head palms open. Fig. 5.41 Monkey makes the Dragon Sound. Fig. 5.41 Monkey makes the Dragon Sound. c. Squat down from the kua and exhale with the Tiger Sound, press the Chi pressure down in to the Lower Tan Tien and swing both arms down to the ground. d....

Empty Force

Tan Tien Chi Kung is one of the Taoist Chi Kung practices used to develop the Tan Tien Second Brain and Perineum Power. We need Chi and Chi pressure in the Tan Tien as a foundation for most of the Universal Tao practices, especially for Iron Shirt Chi Kung and Tai Chi Chi Kung and meditation. The Tan Tien is the energy reservoir in the body. It is the place where we store the energy we generate, gather and absorb in Chi Kung and meditation. If the energy is stored in the Tan Tien it can be...

Perineum Power

The Perineum Pineal Gland

A critical role in Tan Tien Chi Kung breathing and the creation of the right pressure in the Lower Tan Tien lies in the tightening and sealing of the sexual organ, the perineum and the anus. The ability to contract the pelvic floor and the coordination of holding up and tightening the sexual organ, perineum and the anus is essential. This ability prevents leakage of essence energy and preserves it so that it may be transformed into vital life force energy and spirit energy. This practice is...

Exercises to Bring More Chi Pressure and Energy Vibration in the Tan Tien

Qigong Exercises Zhan Zhuang

You can just repeat the exercises. The only difference is that this time you use your fingers to give counter pressure against the pressure of the Chi from inside. a. Put your fingers on the Chi Hai in the lower abdomen. Smile and do a few abdominal breaths. b. Inhale half of the breath, hold the breath, inhale more and pull up the front part of the anus and push at the same time against the lower part of the Tan Tien, against the pressure from your fingers and feel a suction. Slowly exhale...

Tan Tien Chi Kung and the Universal Tao Practices

Universe Yin And Yang

It is in the Lower Tan Tien that the condensation process started from which our life began. This is where all the energies of heaven and earth in the lovemaking of our parents and ancestors and their essences came together and created the embryo and our Original Chi. In the Cosmic Healing Sounds practice, sound combined with movement serves to soften and cool down overheated organs which have tended to contract and harden as a result of stress. The body temperature is rebalanced and the free...

Anus and Perineum

Left Eye Right Side Brain Powers

Practice for the Chi Pressure to the Tan Tien The Taoists divide the anus into five parts 1. Middle 2. Front 3. Back 4. Left 5. Right Fig. 4.8 Anus is divided into five regions. Anus and Backside Anus Fig. 4.9 Anus and Perineum Anus and Backside Anus Fig. 4.9 Anus and Perineum a. The middle part connects to the organs in front part of the abdominal area. For women the vagina-uterus, for men the prostate gland. It also connects to the aorta and vena cava, stomach, heart, thyroid and parathyroid,...

Practice of Anus and Perineum Power

Anus Perineum

Breathing exercises to develop the Chi pressure in all the following seven areas and in the whole Tan Tien. We distinguish seven important areas in the Lower Tan Tien where we would like to develop the Chi pressure A. Below the navel Chi Hai Ocean of Chi . B. Lowest Abdominal Bladder area. C. Above the navel Area of the Solar Plexus. D. Both left and right sides of the front part of the Tan Tien. E. Both left and right sides of the body. Fig. 4.15 Areas for the development of Chi Pressure...

Dragon and Tiger Breath Dragon Breath

Chang Shou Gong

Inhale with a high pitched Hunnnn sound and feel the suction in the Upper Tan Tien. Raise the arms up above the head and feel the throat center like a vacuum. Feel the Chi pressure in the Lower Tan Tien and the throat. Feel Sucking in the Mideyebrow Inhale with the Hunnnn Sound Breathe through the Nose High Pitched Sound Inhale with high pitched Dragon Sound and Feel the Sucking. L Feel Sucking in the Mideyebrow Inhale with the Hunnnn Sound Breathe through the Nose High Pitched Sound Lightly...

Squatting Chi Kung

Psoas Martial Arts

One of the most wonderful Tan Tien Chi Kung exercises undoubtedly is squatting. It is so common and well understood in certain regions of the world relatively less affected by modernization. It is hardly noticed yet now it is considered worthy of elevation to human exercise. This position of squatting has been the position for humans to move the bowels throughout the evolution of human beings. Since the beginnings of civilization, people have known the highly beneficial effects of squatting....

Lower Tan Tien as the Second Brain

Second Brain

Recent advanced research confirms the ancient Taoist insight, gained over a long period of inner observation, that the lower Tan Tien is a key source of intelligence. It actually supplies the brain with the basic orientations, data and information which it can then process. It turns out to be full of neurotransmitters. This is why I like to compare the brain to the hardware of the computer and the organs to the software. The organs feed the brain with information and it depends on the quality...

Opening the Sacrum

The Coccygeal Chakra The Perineal Chakra

Stand with the legs shoulder width apart, feet parallel, both big toes lightly turned inward. Place the nine points of the feet firmly on the ground. 2. Start with lightly twisting and spiraling the ankles and knees counterclockwise. This will make the feet, the leg and the thigh bones become one piece. Press the feet with force and twist the heel inward, and the big toes outward. The feet are still firmly placed on the ground creating a balance and find the feeling of...

Second Brain Chi Kung Tan Tien Chi Kung and the Power of the Inner Smile

Tan Tien Breathing

The process of internal transformation in the Universal Tao practice starts with the Inner Smile down to the lower brain located in the lower abdominal area. It is the key practice for keeping Chi pressure in the Lower Tan Tien and the whole body, and it is the most effective practice for keeping all energy path routes in the body open. Although the Inner Smile at first sight would appear to be an easy practice, it actually represents a great challenge. It holds in all its apparent simplicity a...