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Hoshin Tao Chi Kung Manual Of Information, Exercises, Meditations About and for the Kundalini. Compiled by Dr. Glenn J. Morris Wayne R. Oliver James Dowle
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Foreword What you now hold is more of a collection of several of the core Hoshin Tao students' notes. Most of what you will find within these pages is raw; it comes straight from our personal notebooks. Here is our stuff. This is (most of) the Hoshin Tao Chi Kung system. Each of us who has contributed to this work has gained this knowledge through direct experience. Luckily, we all did it together. I know how important it was for me to have someone who understood what was going on when it started to get really weird. Most of us are still dealing with the results of our "adventuring", the exercises contained herein are what brought us to where we are today. Some of the moving meditations included here have been practiced for centuries by the Taoist masters, and they felt less wear and tear than their yogi counterparts. The Taoists sanity-retention rate of their students was far higher. The path of Hoshin Tao is one of personal involvement and experiential work. You must do it! No one else can do it for you. It is a waste of time to be an armchair warrior, and chi transfer is not always a blessing. I asked Dr. Morris to write the introduction to this guide, as I feel that this is only right. He is the Grandmaster of the ryu, and his interjection into my life is what started me on this incredible journey. Glenn has traveled where few of us dare go, as such; he is the ultimate source for this information and the method to the madness. I am sure that I speak for the rest of the Hoshin Tao instructors in extending our heartfelt thanks for all the time, energy, and patience which he has shown us. Introduction Glenn Morris As the years go by most of what amazed me in the beginning strikes me as parlor tricks now. The experience of energy works changes your perspective and perceptions over time. The experience of the godhead becomes a "so what?" in comparison to raising your children and keeping your career afloat. I can't say going through the kundalini has brought me any joy. Most of my students and accidental "impregnation" have had interesting experiences. I am too curious and analytical a personality to be able to ride the waves of bliss forever. Perhaps that is a good thing as so much is written from a second hand experience, which often reports opinion as fact. The psychological problems of being more aware are painful if you desire positive outcomes and rewards for your existence. There are many well-meaning, wrongthinking egocentric individuals who will go out of their way to attempt to denigrate your experience or defame your character. They suck up time and prevent you from working expeditiously. There are times when I long for the monastic life. It becomes very important to consider some of the magic and mythological applications of subtle energy. God helps those who help themselves. The major reason I formulated a scientific set of exercises to replicate my own experience was, I was lonely. I didn't have anyone to play with except Hatsumi-san. Now I have a bunch of buddies and more that have developed through reading and experimenting on their own. Hoshin Tao Chi Kung Transpersonal Psychology and Esoteric Energy Meditations Chi Kung is primarily the science of bioelectrical energy generation/cultivation and circulation within the human body. The result of Chi Kung practice is increased physical and mental health and vitality. Chi Kung is an ancient practice which has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years. Its basis is on the direction of this energy (called chi) and the intent of willpower through the use of the breath. There are two main categories into which Chi Kung training is divided: Martial Chi Kung (dealing with the combative arts) and pure Chi Kung which the purpose of is
for increased health, longevity, and spiritual attainment. The practice of HoshinTao deals with both forms. Hoshin Tao Chi Kung focuses on opening the chakra and kundalini channels through the combination of meditation, visualization, and physical techniques appropriate to the healer, yoga practitioner, and martial artist. The practitioner of Hoshin Tao will learn the theories and principles of Chi Kung and be able to bring its benefits into every facet of life. Chinese medicine emphasizes balancing and strengthening the body so that it can heal itself. The practice of these techniques allowed Dr. Morris to reverse the effects of arthritis within his own body almost 10 years ago. In 1985, Dr. Morris achieved the rising of the Kundalini (Greater Kan and Li) using these techniques. Since then he has been able to guide over 40 of his students to successful and relatively painless kundalini awakenings. In Hoshin Tao (Way of the True Spirit/Warrior Heart) Chi Kung, we learn to master meditative practices that increase and refine the inner energies of the body, while also learning how those energies can be used in self-defense. In sharing his teachings, Dr. Morris has encouraged us to go forth and share this wisdom with others. As instructors of Hoshin Tao, we are able to focus on opening and balancing the body's energy centers (chakras), as well as, the physical movements, postures and defensive techniques associated with each center. As the name Hoshin Tao implies, we seek to balance and integrate both sides in order to become better, more complete human beings. In doing so, we may even reach enlightenment. What is Chi Kung? The purpose of Chi Kung is the attempt by the practitioner to consolidate the health of the body, breath, and mind. However, the practitioner considers all three of these to be as one, for what occurs in the physical is reflected in the breath, spirit, and the mind. THE BODY KNOWS BETTER THAN THE MIND what it needs and likes to be healthy. This is true in the pure Chi Kung practices, as well as the martial aspects of training. Taoist Chi Kung involved the extensive use of three substances produced or used by the body. These materials came to be known as the Three Treasures. The ancient Chinese internal alchemists described and cataloged the Three Treasures as follows. Jing .This involved the male sperm, hormones (feminine), the chemicals, the entire endocrine system, and genetic makeup. It was basically what made a person what they were. The sperm was empowered by the chi and traveled within the spine to feed the body and brain with its nutrient rich makeup. In females, it was their hormones from the ovaries and other organs that sustained this function. Chi Kung allowed the sperm and the hormones to be transported where needed. The jing was thought to determine most of that which was physical. The Taoists believed that the amount of jing was a finite supply, which could be easily diminished by such things as illness, overwork, stress, poor nutrition, lack of sleep, or the use of drugs. However, lost jing can be replaced. The methods of jing cultivation are simply through the use of a proper diet. Chi The simplest way to describe chi is as the energy of life, life essence, and breath. These are almost literal translations of the term. This is the aspect that is most heavily focused on by the practice of Hoshin Tao Chi Kung. Chi is that in the universe which keeps us alive. We breathe chi when we inhale. We consume chi when we eat. We use chi in healing and in combat. Humans are born with a certain amount of chi that has been inherited from the parents. From there, the child must begin to gather his own chi from the use of breathing. Since chi is so closely associated with breath (except at the highest levels), it is clearly married to circulation/blood, oxygen, and the nerve impulses. Strong chi,
it is said, strengthens the immune system, increases stamina and longevity. Shen .The shen was the energy in the mind (which was thought of as higher chi or transmuted chi). At the later practices and higher portions of Chi Kung training, the Chi would be transformed into shen. It was said that this is what leads to Enlightenment. We have two theories as to what happens; the first is that through the practice of meditation, the production and circulation of Chi grows to a personal limit, at which point it transforms into shen and races up the spine to result in the kundalini. The other is the actual process of kundalini is what changes the Chi into shen. Chi circulates primarily in two manners: through the blood by traveling within the oxygen and through invisible paths in the body known to Chinese medicine as meridians, where the chi makes use of the tissues to go where it is needed. These meridians are energy channels that cannot be found through the dissection of human specimens. The ancient Chi Kung practitioners were made aware of their existence by the use of introspective meditation. They looked inside their own bodies to see and feel what was going on and experimented with cause and effect. In this manner they compared the body to the universe, seeing it as a microcosm of all that was around them. They reasoned that since the universe is in constant motion, there must be a similar motion within the body. The ancient wise men found these paths of motion and mapped them. Early Chi Kung involved using and holding the breath in various ways. The regulation of the breathing patterns (which they inherited from the Indian sages) for these early Taoists came from beliefs which they held. According to their philosophies, a human being was born with only a finite number of breaths to their lives. Once those limited breaths were used up, then the body died. They practiced holding their breaths for extended periods of time, and formulated ways of slowing down the breathing patterns in order to prolong life. The early Taoists later incorporated meditations which were borrowed from the animals around them. Into their practice they incorporated the movement’s styles and postures of these animals, for their observations seemed to show that animals meditated. They would watch for hours as a crane or turtle could stay completely still, and deduced that the animals, which had far fewer health problems than humans and were also in much greater harmony with the world around them, spent most of their time in meditation. From these early practices, the sitting and standing meditations were to become a major factor in the practice of Chi Kung. There originally were only 13 static poses in the practice of Chi Kung. These were the meditative poses, which they borrowed from the animals. As time went on, movement was added to the poses as part of the meditative practice and for the added health benefits. This is the precursor to the use of the Tai Chi form as a system of vitality and meditation. Through the years, after much practice, the methods of Chi Kung became more complex, refined, and diverse. The Taoists gathered what they could through their travels, added it to what they already knew, and refined it to suit their needs. Taoist Chi Kung, as it was to be practiced by the monks, was composed of seven individual disciplines; martial arts, weapons training sets, exercise, concentration, visualization, meditation, and sometimes, mandalas. Each practice built upon the foundation set by the previous practice. Weapons were used for the effects that they had on the body and its conditioning. Concentration was used to bring the chi to certain parts of the body; the melding of the mental and physical aspects of breathing. (Where the mind leads, the chi will follow).Visualizations were used which could consist of spheres of light, colors, or the
figures of flowers, god/dess, and patterns within the body. The visualization combined with the breathing and following of intent in a prolonged form of concentration caused incredible effects within the body, as the practitioners of Hoshin Tao have witnessed. In the study of Hoshin Tao Chi Kung, we will be doing a great deal of work with energy. This is not just a physical or kinetic type of energy, but also the bodies own internal bioelectrical energy. Think for a moment about the coordination between all the cellular and organic structural systems that keeps your body functioning. All that activity requires immense amounts of information to be relayed, monitored, and organized. This goes without even mentioning conscious mental processes. Most of us are incredibly unaware of just how much information we deal with on an unconscious level. Our nerve synapses, and even the brain itself require a certain amount of electrical energy to handle all this activity. This is the chi we were talking about. This is where the name Chi Kung comes from, since chi in Chinese means, literally, "air," "power," "motion," "energy," or "life." In Tai Chi and Chi Kung theory, its actual meaning is "intrinsic energy," "internal energy," or "original, eternal and ultimate energy." Chi can be seen as bioelectric energy, universal energy, human energy, or any number of things. The Chinese word Kung means "discipline," "work," or "exercise." So, Chi Kung itself can mean "energy exercise," "breathing discipline," "internal energy work," etc. Huang Ti (2698-2597 B.C.) was the supposed founder of Taoist Internal Alchemy, which came to be known as Chi Kung. This became, in time, a discipline practiced by both Taoist and Buddhist monks and martial artists who wished to develop their inner strength. One of the most notable groups who engaged in this discipline is the legendary Shaolin monks of China, who learned their fighting skills as a way of keeping fit and defending themselves while following their spiritual lifestyle. Little was known in the West about the actual practice of Chi Kung until 1977, when Mantak Chia became the first person to openly teach Chi Kung in the west. Chia's books allow the student clear, concise descriptions of the practice, and are recommended for intensive study in the art. In Hoshin Tao we focus on training of the breath to amplify and direct the body's natural flow of chi. While this may seem like a foreign concept, or maybe a little too far "out there." Think about this. Have you ever felt drained around certain people? Have you ever "felt" someone staring at you? Have you ever instantly liked or disliked someone due to the "vibes" you got? Have you ever sensed another person's presence without hearing or seeing them? All these things are results of interactions of your body's internal energy field with those of other people. The human body is surrounded and permeated by a field of Chi. Kirlian photography, have proven the existence of the body's energy field known as the "aura." According to Chinese medicine, the chi flow regulates the function of the organs in the body. When there are physical problems, they can be sensed through the aura. The practice of Chi Kung will help develop and strengthen the chi, as well as help learn how to direct it for healing and self-defense applications. In directing Chi, the mind (along with the breath and the intent) is used to visualize the chi moving. In quantum physics, scientists are beginning to prove that all "matter" is actually energy that is vibrating at different rates. In the exercises you will learn, you can discover how to change the vibrations of your chi, and direct its flow, using your consciousness. As you learn this, you will begin to become more aware of subtle interactions of energy, both inside and outside your own body. This awareness is available to everyone, and yet few people ever actually take the time to develop it, as it is not generally accepted as a valid, natural human ability. It is generally regarded as an "unexplained phenomenon," and yet in all probability, it is simply something science is just now catching up with. However, Dr. Morris, a
scientist and psychologist himself, states that "enlightenment is a biological process, which has intellectual consequences." Teachings, which were hidden for centuries are now becoming available due to science's work in proving their validity. In this practice, it is best to have a open mind, as some things you will learn may be surprising, and even enjoyable, depending on your openness to experience. MEDITATION Meditation is simply the act of relaxing and stilling the mind. While this may seem simple, when one sits down and attempts to do this, the person may encounter surprising difficulty. Silencing the mental "chatter" which the conscious mind produces requires practice. There are many different techniques in meditation, some of which include focusing on a certain object to the point of becoming absorbed in it, or a certain word or sound, as well as guided meditations, in which the meditator visualizes a certain setting or situation, like walking into a story. In Hoshin Tao Chi Kung, we use certain meditation techniques for relaxation and stress relief, and others for energy work. Studies have shown that people who meditate have lower stress levels, calmer mental states, increased creativity and awareness, and when following proper breathing techniques, are less prone to stress-related conditions like heart attacks and nervous disorders. Meditation has also been used successfully in overcoming addictions. When in meditation, the mind enters a different state of consciousness from that which is experienced in everyday life. The brain waves slow down, in conjunction with the heart and breathing rates. Stilling the mind and silencing the "chatter" can allow one to reasonably find solutions to problems by focusing the mind without interference. It can also help one find a sense of peace within the self, sometimes by simply enjoying the silence and escaping the pressures of everyday life. There is a wide variety of music available that is composed especially for meditation, as well as recordings of guided meditations. These are intended to help the listener achieve a meditative state. Meditation can be practiced practically anywhere that allows someone to remain undisturbed for the needed length of time. It can be practiced in a chair, or lying down, seated on the floor, or even while moving, walking, or jogging. Zen meditation involves "mindfully" doing whatever it is you are doing at any given moment. This is part of what we work toward in Hoshin Tao Chi Kung, by using meditation and affirmations to internalize states of mind for building confidence, creativity, and the ability to manage stress in a productive way. OPENING UP One of the most prevalent terms in modern esoteric literature for the main energy centers in the human body is "chakras." Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning "wheel," or "disk." The chakras are also known as "lotuses." The goal of most esoteric practices is to open these "lotuses." In Hoshin Tao chi kung, we work with a structure based on Togakure Ryu Bujinkan Ninpo's Go Dai (Five Centers) system. With each chakra, there is a correspondence with the physical body through the endocrine system and spinal nerve nexus, a particular emotional and mental state, and a particular psychological value. 1st Chakra- "Earth/ Stability/ Muladhara (Bear) Located at the perineum, in the base of the spine, the first chakra is primarily concerned with security and survival issues. Its associated color is bright red, and the endocrine glands it connects with are the ovaries and testicles. The martial attitude is stability. 2nd Chakra- "Water/ Adaptivity/ Svadisthana (Dragon) Located below the navel on a line across the hips, the second chakra is primarily concerned with emotional and sexual issues. Its color is bright orange, and the endocrine glands are the ovaries or testicles and adrenals. The martial attitude is
defensiveness. 3rd Chakra- "Fire/ Intensity/ Manipura (Tiger) Located at the solar plexus, the third chakra is concerned with issues of personal power and will. Its color is bright yellow, and the endocrine glands are the stomach, spleen and pancreas. The martial attitude is aggressiveness. 4th Chakra- "Wind/Generative/Anahata (Lion and/or Eagle) Located at the center of the chest, the heart chakra deals with love and compassion. Its color is bright lime green, and the endocrine gland is the thymus and heart. The martial attitude is evasiveness and compassion 5th, 6th, and 7th Chakras- Void/Self-Actualizing/Vishuddha (throat), Ajna (third eye), and Sahasrara (thousand pointed lotus) Spider and/or Crane At this point, the three chakras in the head are grouped together as the Void element, and are known individually as follows: Throat: communication, creativity, tied to the thyroid, the associated color is sky blue. Third Eye: intuition, imagination, dreaming, tied to the pineal, the associated color is dark (cobalt) blue/indigo. Crown: understanding, knowing, bliss, regarded by some as "cosmic consciousness." The associated color is violet fading to white. Chakra and the Japanese Go Dai are not perfect matches but there is enough similarity in the traditions to allow a synchronous comparison across cultures. It is interesting that the animal totems of many Asian and American Indian cultures have similar meanings as well. There are also correspondences with elemental Western Alchemy. Further exploration of Chi Kung and the GoDai What follows below is a deeper look into the chakras, for each element the feelings, body positions and ideas of that element will be explained. For each element there is also a visualization exercise. EARTH Earth/ Stability/ Muladhara (The Bear) The posture is calm and relaxed with the shoulders down, the back straight, the head erect with the chin pulled slightly in. The knees are slightly out as are the toes. The pelvis rocks imperceptibly with your breath and shifts with your stride so your spine is always supported and balanced. When you move, you move your whole body. When you walk, you place your heel on the ground first and then shift your weight forward along the side of the foot. Your shoulders and arms will swing in a rolling motion as you walk and rotate your spine. Your knees and ankles should be relaxed, soft, and flexible. Practice making this your everyday walk, it will do more than just benefit your fighting style. You will become centered, smooth and flowing. The thinking attitude of the earth is relaxed happy acceptance of the universe or situation as it is. You have no fear as you are confident in your strength and experience. You are steady, loving, and confident. You are curious, uninhibited, practical, and enjoy a good laugh. You smile at others and make eye contact. You reward service and kindness with praise and reciprocity. You are careful with the truth of your words. You are honest and reliable. If there were still kings and queens worthy of the name you would be their peer. You enjoy the way your body feels and study how it reacts to the world and people around you. You do not use your strength to intimidate others, but to help those who are weaker to find their own source of strength. You use your anger to right wrongs and punish those who attack you but do not initiate, only retaliate in an appropriate manner. You are a teacher of the Way as well as a warrior. The point of concentration is the perineum at the base of the coccyx, below the genitals. When you want to assume a strong Earth attitude you touch your little fingers to your thumb. If standing and want to quickly drop your center you simply
rock down on your heels. The color of the aura and phosphenes behind the eyes are bright red. Our path to self-actualization and integration via the spinal column begins at ground level, in the Earth chakra. As in all things, the key to being successful lies in starting from the bottom and working your way up to the top. Build a strong foundation. In Sanskrit, it is called Muladhara or "root." You may have heard someone refer to "grounding" or being "down to earth," and indeed, developing an "Earthy" attitude will promote this. This chakra relates to all solid earthly things, like the body, health, survival, material and monetary existence, and the (st) ability to focus and manifest needs. Its color, a deep, vibrant red, has the longest wavelength and the slowest vibration in the visible spectrum. With the focus at the base of the spine, it connects with the legs and feet to the ground. The sciatic nerve, which extends from the sacral plexus down though the legs, is the largest peripheral nerve in the body (about as thick as your thumb) and functions like a root for the nervous system. The nerve endings in the feet provide us with much information as we walk. This can be thought of as the first step in thinking with the spine and not just the brain. The endocrine glands linked to this chakra are the genitals, which are activated in situations where growth, creativity, sexuality and reproduction are necessitated. Emotionally, the positive sides of this chakra are feeling strong, confident, stable, nourished, and therefore ready to grow. The negative side is conventionality, ruleboundedness, anger, and unbridled sexuality, as well as an attachment to security and monetary things. "Grounding" is considered a state of mind in which you are "here and now." We "plug in" the hardware of the body/ mind to receive and transmit the enormous variety of energies like the finely tuned instrument that it is designed to be. "Measurements have shown that when the human body is standing on the ground, it is electrically grounded as well. There is an electrostatic field surrounding the Earth with a resonant frequency of about 7.5 cycles per second. Itzhak Bentov discusses a micro motion of the body which consists of the constant vibration of the heart, cells, and fluids of the body. This micro motion has been measured by him to vibrate at a frequency of 6.8 to 7.5 cycles per second. Therefore, the body resonates with the Earth's ionosphere. Connecting physically to this great body, as in walking or lying on the Earth, our own bodies enter into this resonance more deeply."--- Anodea Judith, Wheels of Life. Walking is excellent for grounding higher energy, as is just about any exercise that requires contact with the Earth, like yoga, Tai Chi, or other martial arts. Eating, since it relates to survival, and redirects the body's energy to digestion, is also a good grounding activity. In meditative practice, focusing the mind on the body and developing awareness of physical condition could be helpful when working with the Earth chakra. Meditations which lead into caves or other stone structures are good for connecting with Earth energy. The following exercise from Amber Wolfe's Elemental Power is one such meditation. Stone Sanctuary: An Imagery Exercise for Strength Imagine that you are walking through an earthen tunnel that leads into a limestone cave. You carry an oil lamp to help guide your way. The light from the oil lamp reveals fossil patterns embedded in the walls along the way. Here and there, black smudges show that others have come this way before, perhaps in ancient days. There are no indications that this tunnel has been visited in recent times. You find that the passageway is clear and open. The limestone is pale and brightly reflects the light that you carry with you -- and within you. You find an opening leading to a small, quiet cavern, just large enough for you to stand up. This small cavern is rounded, smooth, and silent. You step through the opening and settle comfortably into this special place.
Lifting your oil lamp, you search the walls and ceilings for fossils, symbols, or signs that someone has been here before you. You search, but find nothing. Only the twinkle of lights reflecting off the limestone is present in this quiet, pristine, place. Slowly, you lower the flame of your lamp until the cave is comfortably darkened. It is completely quiet in this, your private sanctuary of stone. You become aware of a strong, steady rhythm. Its sound vibrates off of the walls, amplifying itself with power. You wonder about the source of this sound, until you realize, with some amusement, that you are hearing the sound of your own heartbeat. You laugh out loud, and echoes of delight dance around inside your cave. After a few moments, the sound fades away, and all is silent once more. You rest in the smooth comfort of your stone sanctuary, and reflect upon the strength and the steadiness of your heartbeat. You feel the steady strength of your Self as you rest there, centered and connected to the quiet rhythms of your self-nature. All around you is stillness and a silence of profound power and peace. You feel yourself merging with this stillness, becoming part of this power, entering into the silence, and finding the peace profound. From deeper within the heart of Nature, you hear the steady rhythms of the Earth. You feel them inside yourself, strong, stable, and abiding rhythms of power. You feel the strength within. You feel supported completely by these peaceful abiding rhythms of the Earth, of Nature, of your Self. In silence, you connect with the core of your Self. You connect with the structures inside your Self that bring you strength. In connecting to the heart of your Self, you find your deepest power waiting and abiding within; you find the foundation of patience and perseverance. You find that these have their origin in the profound power of peace that exists within the sanctuary of your Self. You know, with deepest assurance that this sanctuary is always there, abiding in peace, waiting for you to enter into its silent power and find your strengths. The meditation above could be added to the Earth door in Da Mo's Cave very easily (Path Notes), or it could be used as a separate exercise to familiarize you with Earthtype energy. Here on the ground floor, we work to build a strong foundation for the process of self- actualization, so we can use that inner strength to keep reaching for higher levels of potential. Internalizing the feelings of security, strength, selfconfidence, discipline, and stability is a large part of working with the Earth chakra. Stability may be necessary on more than one level as you climb the spine toward the upper chakras, since some strange and interesting things may happen along the way. In your meditative practice, you may want to pay close attention (without attaching!) to what goes on, as you may receive some surprising information about yourself. Feeling strong and secure helps to prevent becoming fearful regarding information we may receive in other realms of consciousness which is intended to assist in our development. Sometimes truth manifests in strange forms, and is not always pleasant, but remaining "grounded" can help us to cope. A quote from Frederich Nietzsche comes to mind--"That which does not kill us makes us stronger." This is typical of an Earthy attitude regarding challenges. One of the greatest challenges in personal development is having the confidence to keep going through any number of challenges to reach the goal. WATER Water/ Adaptivity/ Svadhisthana (The Dragon) Primary motivation at Water is learning to use the power of emotional reaction in any situation. The samurai thought the most powerful emotion was anger, but anger is based on fear of loss. The most powerful emotion is actually love. A lover has a much easier time opening this chakra than one who hates. The chakra being opened is the point above your pelvis sometimes referred to as the dan tien, seat of the soul. We usually refer to it as having guts. Or doing something even when you're afraid. The
endocrine tie-ins include the adrenal glands, so this chakra teaches your body how to channel the energy of reactive terror into power. The posture is one of moving away but maintaining the ability to retaliate from a safer position. The posture of ichimonji no kamae of the Togakure Ryu Ninpo Taijutsuthe result of 800 years-plus of empirical combat research- best represents the physical manifestation of this attitude.The legs are spread wide for balance, one back in a drooping L (pointing away at an angle) rather than a T as in cat stance. The hips are lowered and the knees are relaxed. One hand loosely covers the center line of the upper body--throat and solar plexus. The other is extended loosely to fend and ward off grabbing attacks. The drooping L back angling step of the legs away from the attacker allows the individual using this posture to be completely safe from attack even though they appear vulnerable. Study on this. The movements of the water chakra are flowing using the natural body movement of the attacker to direct you out of his or her way. It is like a wave wearing down a rock by flowing out and back. You will learn to move circularly like water sucking someone down into a whirlpool. Like a stream or flowing round your opponent and filling every opening with your presence to unbalance and wear him down. The thinking/feeling attitude of water is enjoying the challenge. Using every trick you've got to defeat the attacker. You are a good listener and enjoy clever conversation and artistic achievement. You are responsive to others and focused on "getting the job done”. You like to try out new things, tend to be sensual and seductive, as well as strong. You’re optimistic and ambitious for yourself and others. You're a good friend, and a feared enemy. The point of concentration is below the navel on a line across the top of your hips. To quickly slip into water you place your ring finger against your thumb, or take one step backwards as you draw in a deep breath. The color of the aura and phosphenes behind the eyelids is bright orange. We continue our path up the spine, moving from Earth to Water, from stability to adaptivity. In Chinese alchemy, this is sometimes referred to as "steaming the cauldron," using the warm Earth energy to "boil" the water and transform the inner properties. When we in HoshinTao say someone is "cooking," chances are they have at least reached the stage of opening this chakra, if not farther. In Sanskrit, this chakra is named Svadhisthana or "sweetness," which becomes appropriate when you consider that this chakra deals with sexuality.This relates to the function of the water chakra in its correspondence to bodily functions having to do with liquid, such as circulation, sexuality, and reproduction. This chakra is also the center of emotions, sensation, pleasure, movement, and nurturance. Physically, its location is in the lower abdomen centered between the navel and genitals, corresponding to the sacral vertebrae and nerve ganglion called the sacral plexus. This plexus hooks into the sciatic nerve and is a center of motion for the body. This is the reason for the title "seat of the soul." In the Water chapter of Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings, there is a reference to "tightening the wedge," or "wedging in”. The movement described by Dr. Morris above describes how this principle is applied to another Water property, which is movement, or "flow”. This is also a good example of what is meant when Taoist sages refer to "becoming yin" or "feminine," as most men carry their center of balance much higher than women, who tend to carry their center of balance in the hips. Learning to use the hips, walking, triangular postures and angular movement are fundamental to opening this chakra. Here we make use of the innate survival instinct along with the pleasure principle to move away from danger or pain and move toward a solution to the adversity. The duality of existence as reflected in masculine and feminine principles is another main feature of this chakra. This also brings us to the subject of sexuality, which ties in to the emotions, pleasure, and desire. Healthy
sexuality can be seen as a resolution and celebration of our differences. Taoist internal alchemy is largely seen as a process of uniting the warm, masculine energy (yang) with the cool, feminine energy within the self, to refine the spirit as a whole, or unified person. In Taoist esoteric yoga (chi kung) and tantric yoga, sexuality is seen as a life force, in an expansive movement that balances, restores, renews, and reproduces. Part of the process of most esoteric systems is to connect the base chakra to the crown chakra, genitals to brain, as Dr. Morris says, "so you can think with the higher brain instead of the lower." How many people do you know who ran into trouble for using the wrong one? Change, or adaptivity is a major part of this chakra, and working to develop balanced desire, sexuality, and self-confidence may change the motivations for which this energy is used. Redirecting the powerful sexual energies to the brain can have the effect of rejuvenating the endocrine system, as well as other interesting effects you may notice as you progress. Due to the power of this energy itself, however, one should pay close attention to the warnings given in chi kung practice to avoid what Mantak Chia refers to as "Kundalini Syndrome," in which the energy is not cooled before reaching the higher chakras. This is what we call "frying," as opposed to "cooking." Kundalini is like a 220 current being released into a 110 circuit, unless the warnings are heeded, and the energy becomes "yin" before reaching the brain. Many unfortunate people in the US (5 out of 6) who experience this release are briefly hospitalized for psychosis, as western doctors and psychiatrists do not acknowledge subtle energy in their practice. Dr. Morris himself encountered great difficulty in his experience with this until Suzanne Carlson, one of the original Hillsdale founders of the hoshinroshiryu, transferred icy cold chi that she had learned how to control during her kundalini rising. Positive thinking plays a major role in the opening of this chakra as well as the others, as a negative emotional reaction can lead into the negative side of Waterparanoia. This can be avoided by using the Secret Smile exercise, and being as positive as you can. Otherwise, an overly emotional reaction can awaken the adrenal glands tied into this chakra, further promoting fear and terror. This exercise from Amber Wolfe's Elemental Power is designed to help find solutions during troubles, to find the calm within the storms of emotional upheavals we face in life. The Silent Storm: An Imagery Exercise for Finding Much-Needed Inner Wisdom and Solutions to Deep Problems. Imagine that during a raging storm, you are seeking shelter under an outcropping of rocks that juts forth from high steep cliffs at the edge of the sea. As the gale-force winds drive the rain between the stones, you feel the depths of your despair. You feel cold, uncertain, and alone. As the winds howl and the wave’s crash against the cliffs, you cry out for help. You do not know which way to go. You do not know which path will lead you home to safety and calm comfort. You remember all the storms you have weathered before, but they seem to be nothing more than insignificant tempests compared to the storm you face now. Your tears blend with the salty spray sweeping in from the sea. In anguish, you reach within your Self to find the answers, the solution for the situation you are in now. Deep within, you hear the voice of reason counseling calm, patience, and comfort. You reach ever deeper within your Self, seeking that inner voice of wisdom. As you do so, the wind ceases its furious onslaught, the waves smooth out, and the rain sweeps out across the sea. All is quiet, peaceful, and calm as you find the wisdom within your Self. In the tranquil moments that follow the terrible storm, you hear that wise inner voice. You hear the wisdom within, and you know what you must do. You listen and find new direction. With relief and renewed purpose, you find the path that leads you home.
"As you learn to face head-on any stormy emotions that arise in your life, you will find that they pass far more quickly when you let them flow through you without fear" This meditation can be used separately as a quick problem-solving technique, or along with the Water door in Da Mo's Cave. Either method should bring favorable results in working with opening to this chakra and its emotional aspect. In working with the emotions, it is helpful to nurture the Self in safety and security needs, as well as social needs, and all this is tied into the Water chakra. Remember in your practice that joy and happiness are valid, important emotions, and they should be internalized for best results. FIRE Fire/ Intensity/ Manipura (The Tiger) The chakra of fire is the solar plexus, and is also associated with the stomach and pancreas in Chinese esoteric yoga. In Chi Kung it is considered the second cauldron for steaming the sexual energy, and in Christian esoterica it is considered necessary to the experience of the Holy Spirit and ecstasy. In Hoshin it is the opening to transcendental joy and recognition of your ability to accomplish change in all three planes of existence-- body, mind, and spirit. The physical response is to joyfully leap forward to embrace your destiny, as your attacker is the test for which you have been training. The shoulders are squared to your opponent, the trunk is angled forward and the legs drive your punches in rhythm with your steps. You drive through any resistance. You see beyond deception. The mental attitude is assertive intensity. It might be called exuberance. You are concerned with the attainment of excellence. You are warm, dynamic, and expansive using your powers of reason to control and manipulate your environment. You are not aggressive in the hostile sense of needing to dominate, but enjoy the challenge of solving problems and using power. You are emotionally stable and relaxed physically, developing harmony of mind and body. You have little concern for status and control as you are trusting of others. You see yourself as a truth teller and tend to be strongly forthright in your speech, which others sometimes perceive as blunt and tactless. Your enthusiasm draws others to you like moths to a flame, so you must be careful of your impact as your energy increases. Fire is associated with charisma or star quality. You find empirical and precise study interesting and may develop into an eloquent and expressive communicators of new and creative ideas.You have to be careful to frame your thoughts in ways to make them acceptable to others, as you tend to forget that others do not have your perception of reality as an integrated human being. You must be careful not to fall into paranoia or cynicism as you are not alone, only rare, as most never learn how to open themselves. The point of concentration is the center of the spine behind the solar plexus. You can bring up the inner fire by touching the index finger to the thumb, or leaning forward as you step. The color of the aura and phosphenes behind the eyelids are bright yellow. Fire is the element of transformation. The fires of will temper the desires of the second chakra, refining them, directing the passions toward a higher goal. Mind and action combine to overcome inertia and ignite the flames of inner power. Overcoming inertia creates momentum, in turn creating heat, causing combination and transformation through increased interaction. The third chakra is associated with will, the intellect, energy, power, and of course, fire. Its name in Sanskrit is Manipura, meaning "lustrous gem." Physically, it relates to the digestive system. The issue of power found in the third chakra is best thought of as "power to " or "power within" the Self and others, rather than the negative side,
"power over." In dealing with will, it is not a matter of forcing one's will on others, but developing the will to improve as a human being. The will gives rise to the energy needed to continue progress. Here we begin to use the intellect to gain knowledge and understanding of how things connect, and how we connect to others. Here we find the continuing courage to become and be our Selves. We discover our strengths by the revelation of our vulnerabilities. We are forced into situations which require reaching beyond ourselves in order to survive and grow, which personalizes our connection to the source of all life forces. Fire purifies, strengthens, and refines, burning away the deadwood, the impurities, and the non-essentials. Fire gives us the gift of courage, which is needed to face the Shadow within the Self. The Shadow, as psychologist Carl Jung termed it, is that part of a person comprised of qualities the person considers negative. The Shadow is the part that does not coincide with how we like to think of ourselves. Because of this, we repress our dark side, and think it is eliminated. This is not true. The Shadow, along with potentially positive qualities, when repressed, is transformed into our personal demons. Inevitably, in our refusal to accept the Shadow, we project and experience this aspect of ourselves as part of others. The ninja of ancient Japan knew that tremendous courage is required to face our own Shadows. Their acceptance of their own Shadows allowed them to transform this aspect of themselves into a teacher to discover where their strengths were. The Shadow contains strengths that are viewed as negative, and therefore rejected, but it also contains positive qualities that are un- realized. The ninja were courageous enough to follow the Shadow into the unknown depths of their being, to bring their hidden strengths to light. As Jung once said, you do not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by working with your darkness. This meditation, from Amber Wolfe's Elemental Power, is designed for working with Fire imagery and discovering your Shadow. In facing and taming your Shadow, you can better work toward achieving a more integrated state of mind. Shadows on the Stones- An Imagery Exercise for Self-Empowerment. Imagine yourself on a dark, starry night; dancing around a roaring fire amidst a circle of standing stones.The air is cool against the stones, but warm near the flames. You dance to the rhythms of a distant, inner drum. You dance in circles out from the fire, and weave your steps in and out around the standing stones. You bask in the warm sensation of your own strength. You celebrate the life forces that created you, the essential, independent dancer. You dance your own dance, free and unbound by any restrictions. You find your own rhythm. Dancing closer to the flames, you feel the power of its heat. You feel the power of your inner courage. The light from the flames casts your shadows onto the faces of the great standing stones. As you dance, you create shadows of your Self, empowered only by the energy and the shape of your movements. Imagine, now, a shadow that is frightening, a shape projected on the stones in your own image. See it lurking there, unable to define itself alone. It is at the mercy of your movement, controlled by the direction of your dance. Shift quickly to the stance of a great warrior. Show your strengths. Show yourself the shape, the feel, the sensation of your power. This, too, can be a shadow. Its form is determined at your own discretion. Choose the shape of your Self. Choose the projection of your power. Dance for a time in this place of inner vision. Dance around these sacred flames. Dance in the light of your inner fire. Feel the rhythm, the heat of your power. Shift the shapes of your shadows projected on the stone faces surrounding you. Shift the shape of your shadows as easily as you shift the steps, the movements, and the rhythm of your dance. Define the shape of your strength. Find faith in your Self. Dance and celebrate your unique Self.
Denial of our weaknesses and fears only feeds them, increasing their strength. Here, we use the adaptivity learned at Water to accept our Shadows and our fears in order to grow as human beings. Fire gives us the courage to meet and master the challenge, to pass the test, to keep going until we reach the goal. WIND Wind/ Generative/ Anahata (The Lion and/or The Eagle) The Wind attitude is associated with the opening of the heart chakra. It is the last cauldron of Chi Kung and for most people it is the last chakra to be opened. This chakra acts as a buffer to the brain and can cool energy before it enters the skull. It is better not to force energy through this chakra but wait for it to melt, thus reducing the risk of damage to the base of the brain and hypothalamus. The postures associated with the wind are very erect with the neck raised and head tilted. The arms are lifted with the elbows dropped slightly forward and parallel to the shoulders with the hands forward of the face; the palms showing as if you were surrendering. The legs are loose and the weight is off the heels so you can twirl and leap like a dancer. The chest is lifted and expanded so you've full lung capacity. Response is to turn sideways so you can twirl into your opponent like the wind. Here you develop your skills of working close to your attacker, merging with his movement, and using him or her to shield you from other attackers. The wind draws on righteous anger and the fear of the mother for its fighting power. Wind reflects the potential to develop others with wisdom, humor, and love. Wind in a martial sense can be defined as orientation toward instruction, repair or control of another human being without doing irreparable damage. This is the hardest personality configuration to learn if you did not have good models and usually only develops with age and extensive experience. The wind is associated with compassion, forgiveness, and healing. It is the manifestation of pure love needs based on the need to be generative rather than as a reaction to external factors. Many religious systems focus on developing this chakra alone, as it is considered to be the most predictably beneficial. You do your part to make the world a better place. You are generous with your time and material goods to help others who've had fewer opportunities than you. You are open- hearted and benevolent in the purest sense of those terms. You have to be careful not to waste your energy on the hopeless and helpless, as the mean and poor of spirit will be with us always. The point of concentration is the heart or thymus. You can increase the energy of the Wind by pressing the forefinger to the thumb, or simply turning the hands outward with the thumb extended and up. The colors of the aura and phosphenes behind the eyelids are bright lime green. "Opening your heart" takes on new dimensions at this stage in our practice. As Dr. Morris states, “this chakra is the opening to compassion and love.” In Sanskrit, its name is Anahata, meaning "sound that is made without any two things striking," as well as "unstruck, unhurt, fresh, and clean." Here we no longer fight against what we love, in attempting to own, control, or dominate, but move with it in harmony. The fight of the third chakra is replaced by acceptance in the fourth. Here we come to the point which is referred to by Taoist masters as the lesser kan and li enlightenment, the point at which the masculine (li, or fire) and feminine (kan, or water) aspects within the personality begin to combine. Yang becomes Yin. As mythologist Joseph Campbell said, "Here you move out of the field of animal action into a field that is properly human and spiritual." Hopefully, here we have transcended or fulfilled our needs through the force of will, the will to become a more complete human being. We come to recognize our connectedness to life around
us, as we transcend the more physical, animal instincts of survival, procreation, and dominance. The heart chakra is considered the point of balance between the physical and "spiritual" chakras. The two types of energy combine here. Many people do not open beyond this point, as going further requires quite a bit of work at taming your ego, which you must still cope with, enlightened or not. Healing requires compassion, as you come to the realization that we're all in the same boat after all, and the Golden Rule makes sense. Love is no longer subject-object, but comes from joyous acceptance of your place in the universe, which brings self- harmonization, allowing you to be generative, no longer fearing "running out of love." Self-acceptance is the key to acceptance of others and the universe. We dislike what we see "wrong" with others because it mirrors things we dislike about ourselves. This realization can be a motivation for healing of self and others. It is said that all true warriors are healers, and that the true warrior does not fight for pleasure, or personal glory, but only out of necessity. Great courage is required to face and tame the shadow within or at least reach an agreeable truce. Courage is a matter of heart, and many do not wish to make the sometimes perilous journey within the depths of the soul to find what lurks in the dark recesses of repressed consciousness. We sometimes scare ourselves. Acceptance of the shadow as part of the self is a part of healing, becoming a whole person. Once we are whole, we can help others to heal themselves. Here are some affirmations for use in healing work, as presented in Dr. Morris's book,
Shadow Strategies of an American Ninja Master.
1. Assume a posture of genuine love for the injured party. Penetrate his or her body fields with these feelings and thoughts. Think only loving thoughts and desire their injuries to heal. Place your hands so that your energy can flow along the patient's meridians in the proper direction, and then breathe your own body energy into him or her while visualizing a growing green light. If you are religious you may ask that the relevant aspect of healing associated with your deity guide you in this healing and benevolent task. This is a technique used by many massage therapists and some chiropractors. The mood created is often enhanced with a soft musical background and dim lighting, which increases alpha brain waves(associated with creativity) and decreases beta brain waves(associated with reactivity.) 2. Assume the posture of the teacher. Study up and know your subject matter. If you can't work up real affection, treat the subject like a well-liked pet known for its intelligence and obedience, such as a horse or dog. Some people who have been poorly trained to accept and use intuitive information find this emotional state easier than genuinely loving the patient, though in the long run it is far more difficult, as it requires learning how the energy affects the anatomy. It is particularly useful if you work with animals, who can't explain their pain. A good vet is much harder to find than a good physician. Carefully and gently rest your hands on the koshi (energy points) or pressure points that lead to and through the injury, and ask the subject in a soft and soothing voice to relax. Breathe into the circuit you have created with the thought: "Here's some healthy energy, learn from it what you have to know to get better." With the same attitude, brush your hands throughout the subject's spirit body in a circular movement from the head to the feet and do a few extra swirls over the injured area. This is called "The way of the teacher." You might teach the subject how to breathe properly and rub air over the injury. Musashi recommended a variation of this technique, and the brushing of the aura is common shamanistic practice across cultures. The shadow side of the brushing is the ability to cut the energy with your own chi in what are called "secret sword techniques" that slow an opponent and cut-to-cut
momentarily steals his strength. 3. One of Stephen Hayes' poems has the line "Let The Cosmos decide," which became a war cry for some of the fiercer Hoshin students over the years. Assume a feeling of awe and gratitude for being present to participate in whatever happens. You just do what you do, to the best of your ability, and maybe the cosmos will decide in favor of the patient. You simply lay your hands on the meridians that feed the injured area with the attitude of "letting be" or offering a gift that the patient may use for whatever is necessary. After all, who knows how this stuff works? In Christianity we say, "Thy will be done." This attitude favored by Zen warriors was a recognition of the process of evolution in operation in the universe. This attitude requires the absence of desire. It is a recognition that everyone dies; maybe you shouldn't be meddling in what is a natural process. In opening the heart chakra, we deal with wind, using it to give lift to the wings of our spirit, allowing us to soar to new heights. Here, we use the inspiration of opening to love and compassion to prevent the plunge into the negative aspects of lying, greed, and jealousy. It is said that the best art, poetry, and music is that which comes from the heart. Which one is your passion? You may try expressing yourself from the heart through some inspired creative pursuit. Regrettably, no meditation can be offered here to help learn how to love and be loving. Each of us is alone in that lesson and experience is the best teacher we can have. However, the Wind door in Da Mo's Cave may provide some interesting insights. Follow your heart! VOID Void/ Self-Actualizing /Vishuddha-throat /Ajna-brow /Sahasrara-crown and above (Elephant, Crane, and Spider) The Void for the Japanese is inexplicable, as it is reflected in spontaneity and intuition. From a human alchemy and mystical yoga viewpoint it is the opening of the fifth, sixth, and seventh chakras. For the Chinese, it is the final collecting points for energy that are in the throat and brain. The fifth chakra is associated with verbal skill, sky blue, and social creativity. You enjoy expressing yourself and are able to empathize with others. Ideas are your playground. You enjoy the company of writers, speakers, and artists, and have some interesting projects you call your own. The point of concentration is from the joining of the collarbones up through the tongue and the base of the skull. The sixth chakra is often referred to as the "brow chakra" or "Third Eye," is associated with the pituitary gland and is considered to be the psychic center. The color is dark blue, shades of indigo or purple as it mixes with the other chakras. It is associated with nobility. You trust your perceptions and make appropriate responses to external conditions with calm. The point of concentration is made by slightly crossing your eyes and looking up. The seventh chakra, often called the "crown chakra" or "Thousand-petaled lotus" is at the top of the brain and associated with the pineal gland. As the base chakra is associated with the Earth, the crown chakra is associated with Heaven. For the Chinese, Heaven and Earth must combine. It is considered the gateway to the spirit world and guidance by the higher Self. The color begins as violet and eventually becomes a silvery white. It just develops as your brain becomes more accustomed to receiving more Chi. To increase Void ability, surround the thumb with the tips of all your fingers when you meditate. "One of the most enigmatic of all transpersonal phenomena is the experience of the Void, the encounter with primordial Emptiness, Nothingness, and Silence. This extraordinary spiritual experience is of a highly paradoxical nature. The Void exists beyond form of any kind. While being a source of everything it cannot itself be derived from anything else. It is beyond space and time. While we can perceive nothing concrete in the Void, there is also the profound sense that nothing is missing.
This absolute emptiness is simultaneously pregnant with all of existence since it contains everything in a potential form."--Stanislav Grof, M.D., The Holotropic
Mind:The Three Levels of Human Consciousness and How They Shape Our Lives
The throat chakra is called Vishuddha in Sanskrit, which means "purification." This implies that the body must have reached a certain level of purification in order to open this chakra. Once we realize our connection to others in opening the heart chakra, the need to express this unity comes forth. This is done through communication, which is a method of relaying information, and also a method of extending consciousness. There are many methods of communicating thoughts, images, ideas, feelings, etc. One of the main mediums of communication is speech, so with this chakra we discuss sound and vibration. The associated glands are the thyroid and parathyroids. The brow chakra is called Ajna in Sanskrit, which means "to perceive," and as this chakra is associated with the "third eye" referred to in mystical and esoteric literature, opening this center relates to perception beyond the physical senses. This is often referred to as psychic ability, intuitive vision, "second sight," "sixth sense," and so on, and may simply be a reference to the ability to use information we receive from the energy around us, such as other people's auras. Seeing is related to the visible spectrum, and so with this chakra, we will discuss light and color. Finally, the crown chakra, called Sahasrara, meaning "thousandfold," a reference to the "Thousand-petaled lotus." It is seen as blossoming forth as a fully realized vehicle of consciousness, its petals reaching out from the top of the head towards higher dimensions. It also represents the infinite reaches of expanded consciousness. The crown chakra is considered the seat of Enlightenment, or self- actualization. Enlightenment can be seen as a result of attaining a fully integrated level of consciousness. Here we will discuss thought and consciousness, working with methods of achieving different states of consciousness through different meditation techniques. In our discussions, topics ranging from modern transpersonal psychology to ancient shamanic techniques may be introduced, in order to illustrate the possibilities of learning to use the mind as a tool for higher awareness. The Void, as Dr. Morris states, is not really subject to explanation, however, it appears to be a common concept across cultures, known to the Native Americans as the Great Mystery, to the Taoists as Wu Chi, from which yin and yang manifested, and Australian aborigines seem to have a similar concept in their stories of the Dreamtime. The Void is seen by some as the origin of the universe itself, as well as that place to which all existence eventually returns. It is also a realm of possibility, in which the adventurous meditator can visualize a reality in order to manifest it in the physical world. It is also the realm of what pioneer psychologist Carl Jung called "archetypes," which may appear to someone during meditation with relevant information, which can be assimilated for use in everyday life. A working knowledge of mythology and symbolism is very helpful in deciphering information received in this largely unknown realm of consciousness. Maintaining a state of mind without expectations is also very important. "As each chakra corresponds to a gland, chakra six is related to the pineal gland, a tiny (approx. 10 mm x 6 mm) cone-shaped gland located in the geometric center of the head at approximately eye level. It is possible that this gland was, at one time, located nearer to the top of the head. In some species of reptiles, it still is, forming a kind of light-sensitive perceptual organ, resembling another eye. The pineal gland is actually a mystery to modern science. It reaches the height of its development at the age of seven, and has been thought to influence the maturation of the sex glands. Embryo logically, the pineal gland is derived from a third eye that begins to develop early in the embryo and later degenerates. It is believed that the pineal influences both the endocrine and central nervous
systems, but at this point no one is quite sure how. There is general agreement, however, that the pineal gland is affected by light. Melatonin, a chemical relevant to pigment cells, has been isolated from the pineal. It is suggested that the production of melatonin is triggered by exposure of the eyes to light. However, another source states that 'changes in external lighting influence pineal activity...even when the pathways mediating conscious light perception have been severed.'" Anodea Judith-
Wheels of Life.
The Third Eye is truly an intriguing phenomenon. Although the pineal gland is a lightsensitive organ, which would seemingly relate to the sixth chakra and third eye, most esoteric writings associate the pituitary gland with this chakra. The above paragraphs are from one of the few books that associate the pineal gland with chakra six. According to most esoteric writings, as well as Dr. Morris' book, Shadow Strategies of an American Ninja Master, opening the sixth chakra activates the pituitary gland, as well as the hypothalamus. It could be hypothesized that the pituitary gland must be awakened first in order to regulate the functions of the body and endocrine system properly before the pineal gland is activated. Many esoteric beliefs hold that activating the pineal gland opens one's perceptions outside the range of the body, into a "cosmic" or "universal" consciousness. However, it must also be noted that physiologically, the pineal gland is actually located above the pituitary gland, and due to this, as the energy travels up the spine to the brain, it reaches the pituitary gland first. The pituitary gland acts as a "master gland," controlling the functions of all the other glands. It is this "command center" function that prompted the above author to reverse the usual associations of these two glands. In either case, the Third Eye chakra is still the Third Eye and it relates to sight, as well as psychic "seeing." As you probably know by now, in Chi Kung we focus on breathing in "colors." This helps the mind focus on a certain type of energy we wish to bring into the body, for example, green for healing, red for strength, yellow for the intellect, etc. However, studies have shown that when someone is thinking about using a certain type of energy, this energy tends to show up as yellow or gold. The reason is that yellow is related to thought and the intellect, like the third chakra. So instead, we attempt to work with using a certain feeling appropriate to the kind of energy we want to use. This is another reason for the emphasis on the Secret Smile exercise, the ability to internalize feelings and call those feelings to mind at will. We are drawn to colors that activate the type of energy we need, and this is why we are more comfortable with some colors than others. A list of colors and their potential applications and effects will be given on the last page of this chapter. You may wish to experiment with different types of colored energy as you meditate and build your catalog of results for reference. You could also experiment with different colored light bulbs in your home to see what the effects are. The colors given in Dr. Morris' commentary at the beginning of each chapter are the colors to focus on when you wish to work with a particular chakra, and these colors will show up in the phosphenes, the patterns of light behind the eyelids when you close your eyes. The third eye allows you to "see" into the Void, and possibly assists in the ability to see auras. The color chart on the last page can help you build your catalog in observing auras, as well as experimenting with different types of energy. Since our thoughts, emotions and experiences tend to affect our perceptions, each person's experience of the Void will be different from that of others. Developing expectations of what you will see in the Void is essentially an exercise in futility, as the manifestations of the unconscious, individual or collective, may offer very interesting and sometimes frightening surprises. A good study of symbolism and comparative mythology, as well as
transpersonal psychology, could be of great assistance in deciphering the messages and images received in the Void. At this point, we are still unable to completely demystify the experience of the Void as another reality, but we must also consider that its existence in one form or another is acknowledged across many different cultures. It was known as Wu Chi to the Taoists, the Great Mystery to the Native Americans, the "collective unconscious" to psychologist Carl Jung, and noumas to the Greeks. Whether it is truly the spirit world or another realm of the mind is uncertain. What is certain is that it is a largely unknown reality, able to bring forth archetypes, visions, and what could be considered doorways to other dimensions. Each person is different, and each will have a somewhat different concept of what is seen during meditation. Auras and their meanings Blue-White: The basic aura color, inanimate objects have no other. Earth Chakra Dominated Pink: The true friend. affection, sympathy, compassion, emotional involvement. Rose: The giver. A deeper shade than pink. generosity, warmhearted, the "mother" instinct. Red-Bright: The leader. Optimism, an energetic personality. Red-Dark: Only a color of desire, sensuality, even sexual in context. Water Chakra Dominated Orange: Reactive, open hearted good will, emotional person. Beige: Perhaps cowardice, fear or a feeling of inferiority. Brown: Character disorders. Fire Chakra Dominated Yellow: The color of intellect, thought, education and learning. Yellow-Pale: A humanitarian; with very high ideals, this is a common color. Yellow-Green: The possessor. Wind Chakra Dominated Green: The salt of the Earth, practicality. Fresh, interested personality. A cool, harmonious color. Green-Lime: Healer, healing energy, common with women Green-Olive: A moody depressed color, can mean a liar. Green-Dark: Envy, hate and malicious feelings. Jealousy. Void Chakras Dominated Blue-Green: Very much aware of self, ideals and goals. Gray:Tries too hard. False personality Blue-Medium: The peacemaker.Tranquillity, peace, calm. Blue-Light: The creator. Can also signify spirituality, idealism. Lavender: The explorer. Open to new experiences Violet: The child mind. Opening of the lotus renders one childlike. Indigo: Seeker of truth. Psychic powers of third eye. Sometimes mistaken for black. Purple-Deep : Nobility of spirit. Earth to Third Eye connected. White: The enlightened. Mature lotus development. Differs from first white/blue by being wide and diffused particularly around the head. While the above list does not mention all colors or the full meanings of the entire one it does, it should provide you with a good basis to begin your observations. Level 1 Basic Principles Zen Breathing Energy Awareness and Feeling Harmonizing the Chi Golden Light Meditation Standing Meditation
Lifting the Sky Drawing the Moon Sinew Metamorphosis 1 Emptying the Mind Tracing the Halves of the Circle Healing Screen Meditation Buddha Walk/Warrior's Strut
Level 1 Basic Principles Sitting meditation is normally done in a seated position, where the hips are above the knees in terms of height. A good position to meditate in is Fudosa. In fudosa the heel is under the perineum for balance, the back is straight, and the shoulders are down, there is a diagram showing this posture at the back of this book. When practicing any form of meditation or Chi Kung shown in this book it is important to keep the tongue pressed to the roof of your mouth , as this completes the energy circuit and reduces the chance of damaging the nervous system, and therefore prevents or lessons Chi sickness. Zen Breathing Zen Breathing is the main form of breathing used in Hoshin Tao Chi Kung. It is a relaxed form of breathing involving the bringing of the air, through inhalation, to below the abdomen rather than the chest. This form of breathing is known by many names: the baby's breath, the Buddha's breath, fetus breath, etc., because it is the way that both babies, and enlightened people breathe. It is the most important practice in chi kung. Mastering deep belly breathing is the mark of the master and essential to achieving the kundalini. The Zen breathing meditation should be mastered before moving into any of the energy moving meditations. It should be the basis of any meditation and used at the beginning of each meditation session. It relaxes the body, focuses the mind, helps prepare for higher meditations, and builds the chi. this meditation alone will greatly increase the chi circulating within the body and will yield profound health benefits. 1.Begin by sitting in the meditative posture of choice, placing the hands in the mudra of choice (in the beginning, the recommended mudra is to simply rest the fingers of the right hand within the fingers of the left hand, palms facing upwards, the thumbtips touching each other.This should be resting comfortably in the area of the genitals.) 2. Place the tongue on the roof of the mouth, just behind where the teeth join with the palette. Close the eyes. 3. Begin to slowly belly breath, inhaling the air DOWN into the abdomen, expanding the stomach as the air enters the body. Fill the lungs from bottom to top. Inhale for a count of four. (Time the breathing with the SLOW counting, so that you have filled the lungs just as you reach four.) 4. Exhale slowly, from the top of your lungs to the bottom, contracting the stomach inwards (pulling the tummy and back in towards the center of your body.) Do this to a slow count of ten. 5. Inhale once again, same as before. There should be no pause between the inhaling and the exhaling; the breath is seamless. Focus on the counting to keep the extraneous thoughts from intruding. Continue this for at least ten minutes a day. The eventual goal is to get the breathing down to between four and six breaths a minute. The downward push of inhale will eventually become testicular breathing and push out well below the navel without the upper ribs moving at all. Energy Awareness and Feeling This is a set of awareness drills to make the student more aware of his own chi, other
people's chi, and what it feels like. It is very useful for building confidence and amazing your friends at parties. This is probably the first exercise to introduce after Zen Breathing. 1. Have the students stand in an approximation of the Tree Hugging Pose. Begin in a moderate horse rider's stance, with the feet about shoulder's width apart and facing forward. The knees should be bent and pointed slightly inward. Have them keep their backs straight. 2. Rub the hands together and intertwine the fingers as they rub to massage the meridians on the insides of the fingers. Then have them flick their hands downwards a few times, as if there were water on them, and the dispenser just ran out of paper towels. 3a. Have them place their hands about a foot apart (while still breathing deeply!!!!) and begin to slowly move them hands closer together and further apart. Advise them to feel for either a pulling or a repelling sensation from between their hands. Tell them to see how far away they can feel these sensations; advise them that they might feel warmth or a cooling sensation. 3b. Have them turn one palm inward while pointing the fingers of the opposite hand toward that palm. Have them slowly fan the hand back and forth, checking for any sensation in the palm. Try varying the distance of the fingers from the palm. 3c.Have them wiggle their fingers at the palm. Ask how the sensations change. Have them switch hands and notice the differences in intensity, temperature, and feeling. Try moving the projecting hand and its fingers in a circular direction. 4a. Have the students hold up their palms for each other to feel how somebody else's energy is different. Have people switch around, switch hands, and use various hand positions and motions. 4b. Have the students attempt to see how far away from each other they can project then energy and still fell it. 4c.Have the students hold their hands away from each others' bodies and try to feel where the aura begins. See if they can feel the different layers. Ask them for sensations. Heat, cold, tingling. Does the body being felt feel the person trying to feel him/her? Harmonizing the Chi This is physical Chi Kung set which should be performed before and after any physical Chi Kung set, after taichi, or after any seated meditation to bring the chi into balance. These harmonizing movements return the chi to a neutral mode. This keeps the chi from stagnating or flowing uncontrolled. 1. Stand with the feet together, toes pointing slightly out (at about 30 degrees). Heels are touching, the knees are slightly bent, and the body is relaxed. The hands should be placed in front of the tantien, with the palms down and the fingertips (but not thumbs) touching. 2. Inhale and raise the arms to the side and above your head, gradually turning the palms up, and the fingertips nearly touch above the head. The end of your inhalation should coincide with the point at which the arms become vertical. As you are inhaling, bring the chi from the tantien to the perineum, up the spine to a point between the shoulder blades directly behind the heart (gaohuang point). Here it branches off into three tracks, one continuing up the spine to the crown chakra (niyuan point), and two spreading out each arm to the chakra point on the palms of each hand (laogong points).The chi reaches all three chakra points at the same time, at the end of the inhalation and movement. 3. Exhale and slowly return to the starting position. The chi which is in the palms and crown chakra reverses its path and returns to the tantien as you complete the exhalation. This is one round. This exercise should be practiced by performing six rounds.
Golden Light This meditation for beginners involves visualization, concentration, and absorption. It strengthens the immune system against disease and it also strengthens the aura. It purifies the breath and body. 1. Sit it the meditative posture of preference. Close the eyes. Drop into Zen Breathing for eleven breaths. Make sure that the tongue is pressed to the roof of the mouth. (If desired, to give the meditation a much stronger kick, tighten the anus as you exhale.) 2. Take another eleven slow breasts. As inhaling, visualize the air that is being inhaled is pure light. As you exhale, see the breath leaving as dark smoke filled with nasty toxins. 3. Take another slow eleven breaths. Visualize the air being inhaled as being pure light. As you exhale, see the breath being exhaled as being pure light and positive feeling. Then continue with belly breathing. 4. See a glowing ball of golden light at the perineum. Hold this image for approximately one minute. 5.Maintaining this image, see a glowing ball of golden light at the pineal gland (crown chakra). Hold this image for about a minute. 6. See the two glowing balls of light become connected by a thin strand of light. As the two connect, see the two balls glow more brightly. 7. Slowly expand the strand connecting them to the size of your little finger. Pause briefly. 8. Slowly expand the strand to about the width of your thumb. Pause briefly. 9. Slowly expand the strand to the width of a staff. Pause briefly. 10. Expand it to the size of a column. Pause briefly. 11. Expand it into a cylinder which expands beyond the body. Pause briefly. 12. Shape this cylinder into the form of an egg which surrounds the body, and holds it in a protective shell. 13. Imagine the light from this glowing egg shining down on you, penetrating the body from all directions. If there are any black, dark, or uncomfortable areas in your body, see more off the light concentrate itself in those areas. Bask in this light and feel it fill you up for as long as you are comfortable. 14. Reverse the process until you have the two glowing orbs connected by the thin strand. Pause briefly. 15. Bring the sphere at the perineum up the strand of light until it reaches its twin at the pineal. See the two orbs merge and flare brightly. Pause briefly. 16. Slowly bring this sphere down the inside of your body to the (lower) tantien. See the sphere compact itself smaller and denser, then be absorbed into the tantien. Concentrate upon the tantien for about one minute. 17. Slowly withdraw from the meditation, keeping your breathing focus on the belly and deep. Standing Meditation This simple meditation helps to teach the student how to relax. 1. Stand with feet approximately one foot apart, with the eyes closed, and the arms hanging gently at the sides. Slip into Zen Breathing. 2. Feel a gentle energy flow down into the top of your head as you relax the scalp, cheeks, eyes, nose and neck, As this energy reaches them, they relax more deeply. 3. Feel the soft energy creep down into the upper torso as the shoulders, chest, and back muscles relax. Slowly rotate the shoulder to remove any tension. 4. Feel this warm soothing energy flow down both arms, relaxing the muscles as it flows until your Fingertips are relaxed. 5. As the energy flows into your lower torso, it relaxes the stomach and abdominal muscles. It relaxes your buttocks.. 6. Relax the lower limbs as the soft energy flows down your feet and legs into the
feet. Feel the energy flowing out of your feet and into the ground, removing all the tension and stress that was held within the body. 7. Try the same relaxing process starting at the feet and working up. Decide which works better for you and use it often. Lifting the Sky This is a very simple physical form which is significant for the energy flow that it produces. It is considered to be one of the best forms in Chi Kung. 1.Stand with a relaxed, upright posture with the feet held six to twelve inches apart, or as comfortable. 2. Begin Zen breathing for approximately a minute. Remember to keep the tongue pressed to the roof of the mouth. 3. With the arms straight down in front of you, bend the wrists at right angles so that the palms face the ground and the RELAXED fingers of the hands point towards each other. 4. Breath in gently through the nose as you raise your arms in front of you until the palms face the sky. As the hands pass in front of the eyes, follow the backs of your hands with your eyes by tilting the head back. 5. Continue to look at the hands as you hold this breath. 6. Now push the hands upwards as is trying to lift the sky. 7. Slowly let the arms down sideways as you gently exhale. Relax your wrists as your arms descend and lower the head to look forward. 8. Feel the energy flow down the body as you pause for a few seconds. 9. Repeat. This exercise should be repeated from 10 to 20 times in a session. Drawing the Moon This exercise helps to keep the body trim and lively. Once again, it is a very simple physical exercise. 1. Lie flat on the back on the floor or bed. Begin Zen breathing. 2. Raise both feet together so that the heels are about six inches from the floor. 3. Point the toes away from the head. 4. Exhale and hold the breath and stomach tight. With the feet together and the legs straight, draw a small circle (about 4 or 5 inches in diameter) in the air with the toes. Take approx. 30 seconds to 1 minute to complete the circle. Inhale slowly. 5. If able to continue, draw more circles in the same direction. If not, lower the legs and continue to Zen Breath as you rest. Then continue. 6. Repeat the above procedure the same number of times, but drawing the circles in the opposite direction. Gradually increase the number of circles you make until you can perform ten perfect circles. Sinew Metamorphosis 1 1. Stand with a relaxed, upright posture with the feet held six to twelve inches apart, or as comfortable. Attempt to empty the mind as you fall into Zen breathing. 2. Bend your wrists so that your hands are at right angle to your arms with the palms facing the floor and fingers are pointing forward. 3. While holding this position, press down with the heels of your hand and simultaneously bending and raising the fingers as far as you can. This may seem absurdly simple, but within 2 months it will builds incredible strength. Emptying the Mind (Dr. Death’s Bad Ass Brain Scrub) 1. Begin Buddha Breathing. Press the tongue to the roof of the mouth. 2. Start by simply counting to ten, one number as you inhale, one number as you
exhale. YOU ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO THINK OF THE NUMBERS. 3. Any extraneous thoughts at all besides the numbers sends you back to the beginning. You are only allowed to count your breath. Be VERY honest and patient with yourself, as it will be most difficult to do in the beginning. If you see Bullwinkle creep into your thoughts, back to number one. You get the picture. After a month or so of controlling and scrubbing the mind, you will notice that memory is greater, as well as your attention span. Tracing the Halves of the Circle This exercise is better known as a Tai Chi exercise, yet it is extremely beneficial for strengthening and stretching the legs, and practicing coordinating the breathing with movement. As with most moving meditations, it greatly improves balance and chi circulation. It will be practice for making chi follow the intent. It will also be built upon in later exercises. 1. Begin with the feet about shoulder's width apart and facing forward. The knees should be bent. The hands are crossed (left over right) in front of the pubic area, with the palms facing in. Begin the Buddha/Zen Breathing. 2.As you inhale, slowly bring the arms up in front of the body (about an inch away from the body) until the hands are stretched completely over the body and the palms turn out. Simultaneously, the legs straighten. As the legs have straightened and the arms become fully extended, you should reach the end of your exhalation. 3. Continue an outward circular motion with each of the hands (palms outward) as you begin to exhale and drop your weight and flexing the knees. Just as your hands return to their original position (with the palms toward the pelvis) you should be exhaling the last of the breath. Legs are in original bent position. This should be repeated about 20 times per session. Remember to coordinate the breathing with the movement and remain relaxed. A common tendency that students seem to have with this exercise is to bend the back in an unseemly manner while going down on the exhalation. The back should remain straight at all times. Shoulders should be relaxed. Healing Screen Meditation This one is good for relaxation before a massage, as a prelude/warm-up to DaMo's cave, etc. I start with the student breathing deeply with proper music in the background. Take them down with the breath until you see them begin to relax in the shoulders and neck. Then suggest that they visualize that they are at the top of a flight of ten steps. The steps lead down into the darkness and they are not Have them visualize stepping off with the left foot first and feel their weight sink into the step as their foot touches down. Have them time the steps with their slow breathing. Take your time and do all ten steps. As they descend they get more and more relax and heavier. When they reach the bottom they are facing a great flat plain, which disappears into the distance. A few yards away is a door unsupported by any walls. It just hangs there in the air. They go to the door and open it to another dimension. Beyond is a large room with walls, floor and ceiling. The wall directly across from them is made entirely of a television screen. Before it is a recliner. The recliner is in the center of the floor. Have them sit in the recliner and lean back. The television comes on and they watch themselves as a bird, soaring over great expanses earth. (I let them choose the terrain. I am surprised at the difference in terrain people come up with, but it’s all personal preference.) As they watch the television the chair vibrates them, relaxing muscles. Soon they become so relaxed
that they turn to jelly. They become a gelatinous mass which slowly begins to seep through the chair to the floor below. The floor below is a large screen, like a filter. They slowly deep through the filter to a room below. As they seep they leave on top the screen/filter lumps of problems, unresolved issues, aches and pains accumulated during the day/training. These all stay on top. While below they are dripping into a mold of themselves. As they are pooling in this mold they appear to be gold and viscous like honey. There is no blemish or sore, pimple or bruise on this new body. Their minds are clear and have nothing to cloud their think or make them feel depressed, and angry. Everything remains above on the filter. (It is best to draw this out over a good length of time. Have them drop through a drop at a time, make it a very lengthy process. Get rid of everything.) Once they are fully reformed without the bad stuff has them sit up in the mold. In front of them at the foot of the mold is a mirror. In the mirror they see themselves as healed, renewed, and cleansed of everything which held them back or distracted them from their goal(s). Let them marvel at themselves in the mirror for awhile then have them exit the mold and move to a door. As they go through the door they find themselves on beach. They can walk or jog along the beach, enjoying the wind, sun, sand and waves. Exhilarate in the occasion, its freedom and release. Feel alive and excited to be so. If you wish to take them to DaMo's then have them head for the mountains in the distance. They can be led by a guide who waits them at the edge of the beach. I personally have encounter American Indians, women, and animals who guided me to the distant mountains. If you want to wrap up the meditation go another route. Have them sit on the sand and relax. Eventually they lie back and bask in the sun. The sun heats up their new body and slowly melts it into the sand. They become one with the earth. They feel the movement of the sand, animals, bugs, etc. They become smaller and finer and eventually the sand becomes larger and larger. From its minute size it grows to that of rocks, then boulders. Finally it is the size of planets and they are slowly gracefully falling like a feather between the great cosmic sized grains of sand. They are falling towards a bright pin point of light far below. As they fall towards the light the see it becomes slowly larger and larger. They finally realize that the light is our sun. As they approach it they feel its heat as welcome and friendly warmth. It grows and grows and they pass through it. It feels like a hot shower which again cleans them and makes them even more radiant and pure. (NOTE: Every time they fall through something make them better, cleaner, healthier.) As they fall past the sun they see Earth. They fall to Earth slowly floating like a dust note and see themselves sitting in the room or wherever you started the meditation. They are a minute piece of energy, smaller than an atom. They float down to a point just above which ever chakra you are working and enter the body through that opening. Slowly they fill themselves up with this clean, pure, energy. They recharge themselves and feel invigorated and renewed. Bring them back to the surface now as new people, with a renewed zest for life. Robin Martin Buddha Walk This is not so much an exercise as something which can be incorporated into everyday life to promote the flexibility of the spine and greater lung capacity. It can also be used in Iron Shirt training techniques. To implement Buddha’s walk into your life make the following changes to how you walk. -Take small steps
-Roll your shoulders back -swing your arms, and in doing so twist your spine. To add this exercise to your Iron Shirt conditioning; as you step forward with your right leg, hit your left pectoral muscle with your right hand while striking your kidney with the left; reverse this process as you step forward with your left leg. Level 2 Chakra Opening and Color Correspondence Aura Viewing DaMo's Cave Basic MicroCosmic Orbit Carrying the Moon Sinew Metamorphosis 2 The Shy Monk Level 2 Chakra Opening and Color Correspondence 1. Sit straight-backed. Buddha breath for about five minutes to clear the mind. 2. When your are ready, shift your focus to the back of your eyelids and look up to where your third eye would be. 3. Now look down into yourself (it helps to actually look down with your eyes closed). Visualize you root chakra. Concentrate on it. (It is located between the anus and the sex organs.) Concentrate on this area until you feel something. Then visualize it as a red spinning wheel of energy which points down and out of the body and forward (out the front of your body); up into the body, and out the back. See this wheel which spins to face all directions, while also spinning like a tire. See and feel it glowing bright red. With each breath it grows brighter and brighter. (NOTE- If you have trouble feeling it, concentrate on just the visualization for about a minute. Then, clench your anus tightly and release it 5 times. Relax and concentrate on only feeling the energy. This should help. You can do this with all chakras.) 4. DO NOT PROCEED TO THE NEXT CHAKRA UNTIL YOU FEEL "SOMETHING", even if it is just a slightly tingle or pressure in the area. This is important, so as not to create an imbalance within the body. 5. Proceed to the next chakra and repeat step 3 as appropriate to the corresponding energy. 6. Water chakra or tantien. It's color is orange and its energy is a bit cooler. 7. Fire Chakra. Located where the ribs come together or above the belly button. Go where it feels right to you or where your feel the chi best. Its color is yellow. 8. Heart Chakra. Again, there is debate as to where exactly this is located. In general it is located in the middle of the chest, at or behind the sternum. 9. Throat Chakra. First Void Chakra. Located where the Adam's Apple would be on a male. The color is blue. 10. Third Eye/Ajna/Brow Chakra. Located just above the nose and slightly above the eyes on the forehead. Its color is indigo or violet. 11. Crown Chakra.Located at the top of the head. Its colors are violet or lavender, and become white. 12. Once you can feel and see (or at least feel) all seven chakras, visualize your entire backbone glowing with a golden light. See a thin strand of golden energy coming from the spine and connecting with each of these colored chakras. Fan this glow for ten breaths, seeing it become brighter with every breath. Aura Viewing 1. Sit facing the subject placed against a white, gray, or light violet background in a room with dimmable lights. You may have to experiment with the lighting. Lights are to be preferably dim, but not dark. 2. Have the subject hold a finger approximately six inches in front of their face. Go
into relaxation response and focus on the finger, so that it is sharp and clear and their faces are slightly out of focus or blurred. 3. Once you eyes have adjusted or gotten used to be being slightly out of focus, look above their forehead and between their ears and shoulders. You’ll probably get a thin corona of misty lighter color or white. Let your eyes shift out to about three inches above the head, then down around the shoulder. You will probably get color. If you do not, have the subject close their eyes, breathe deeply, and think about something they really like and enjoy. Observe the shifts, particularly around the head. Ask the subject to pause, take a deep breath, and begin thinking about something they really dislike. Observe. 4. Have the subject begin to slowly sway from side to side and backwards and forwards. Notice the difference between what is the aura and what is the afterimage created on your eyes by the tiring of the rods within your eyes. Ask the subject to sway back and forth and notice the difference between aura, afterimage, and shadow. That which follows the subject as they move, like a layer of water above the skin, is the aura. Ask the subject to slowly walk around and notice how the aura follows and how your perception of the aura changes as the subject walks in front of different backgrounds. 5. Try the same thing with a different subject. Notice the difference between people. 6. Memorize how you feel as you are doing this, not what you are doing. Play with it. Practice under different conditions. Practice makes it easier. Being in a relaxed or meditative state is also helpful. Experiment with this under black light and in front of chalkboards (they work really well). DaMo’s Cave:See Path Notes of an American Ninja Master, North Atlantic Press. Basic MicroCosmic Orbit 1. Hit the position of choice. Breathe seamlessly through both nostrils at the same time while expanding and contracting your belly. Allow your mind to become completely still and empty. 2. Look down inside of yourself. Picture a ball of bright red energy below you navel at the tantien. Sink the ball behind and below your genitals. Pull it across your rectum. 3. Tighten your rectum and push it up towards your spine. Hold the spine as erect as possible with the shoulders back and down, which lifts the front of the ribcage. 4. As you inhale, bring the energy ball up the back on the spine and up over your head. Make sure to coordinate the arrival of the ball at your nose (from over the head) with having filled the lungs. Be careful to keep your head slightly bowed and your chin tucked and the tongue against the roof of your mouth. 5. As you exhale, let the ball of red energy catch on the tip of your tongue, then fall down the front of your body, coordinating the last of the breath with the arrival at the tantien or perineum (whichever you are more comfortable with). If the ball changes color to correspond with chakra, that is a good thing. 6. Repeat each cycle of breath for as long as a you are able to sustain your sitting posture and the state of no-mind (mushin). 7. If you cannot feel the energy moving, do not worry. Just pretend that you can and imagine this process. Do this every day for at least 20 minutes until you can feel the energy moving. 8. At this point, do not attempt to bring through an archetype, god, or spirit by imagining yourself to be in a particular wavelength or way of thinking or feeling. This is powerful enough, and you do not want to fry if you are just beginning. Sustain NoMind. 9. Make sure that the orbit and the breath are seamless, so that the energy flows in a continual motion, with no herky-jerky stops. We do not want any stagnant energy. 10. When you have finished a sitting session, get up and walk around. Give yourself a
massage and gently tap the top of your head. Sinew Metamorphosis 2 This exercise may seem too simple, but it builds incredible strength. Try it for a few months 1. Stand tall and relaxed with feet slightly apart and arms at your sides. 2. Empty your mind of all thoughts. 3. Raise your arms to shoulder level in front of you and make fists with your thumbs on top. 4. Clench and relax your fists 50 times. The shy monk Sit cross-legged. Fold yourself down so you can see your navel and then start buddha breathing while trying to expand your ribs. It will make your bone pumps work a lot better when you breathe standing. Carrying the Moon This form is one which is used in order to help achieve and maintain a youthful body. Always keep your thoughts on energy flow while practicing this form and remember to breathe gently, keeping the tongue on the roof of the mouth. 1. Stand upright and relaxed. 2. Keeping your legs straight and your back straight, bend forward at the waist so your arms hang out in front of you with your fingers just below the level or your knees. 3. Pull your chin in towards your chest so your back and the back of your head form a smooth curve. 4. Softly hold your breath. 5. As you hold your breath, feel the energy flow up your spine from just below the base and through and out the top of your head. 6. As the energy reaches the crown of your head, straighten your body slowly, taking about four seconds. 7. As you breath in gently through your nose, raise your arms, with the elbows straight, in front of you and then over your head. 8. When your arms are over your head, form your hands to a shape that would hold a large balloon over your head. 9. As you shape your hands, continue the movement of your body and head backwards so that your back bends in an arc and you are holding the "moon" above and beyond the back of your head, with the eyes looking at the moon. 10. Hold your breath and this pose for 2 to 3 seconds. 11. Again, taking about 4 seconds, lower your arms slowly to the sides as you breath out softly through your mouth. 12. Feel the energy now flowing out f the top of your head through your body and out of your finger and toes. Imagine this energy washing away all the toxins and negative emotions and other garbage out of your system as you feel your fingers and toes vibrating with energy. Let this energy enter and revitalize every cell in your body. Stay still for about 10 seconds and enjoy the feelings. 13. Repeat this sequence about 10 to 20 a day. You may combine this into a kata of sorts with other physical forms, such as Lifting the Sky. Ex. Try 7 Lifting Sky followed by 7 carrying the Moon to increase the rate at which your endocrine systems rejuvenate and your body gets younger. Level 3 Chi Spiraling Taoist Flaming Sword 1 Chakra Energy Circling Secret Smile Healing Screen
Nine Elders Breathing
Level 3 Chi Spiraling As Chi moves best in circles it is important to be able to circle your energy. 1. Stand in a comfortable position and begin Buddha breathing. 2. As you breathe in picture energy spiraling up your arms, legs and around the spine. 3. As you breathe out spiral the energy back down your arms, legs and spine. 4. You may wish to try this while walking, spiraling energy down your supporting leg into the ground. This will increase your balance. This exercise allows energy to travel your body in a different path of travel from normal and can be used to “drain off” excess or unwanted energy. Taoist Flaming Sword 1 1. Hit your favorite meditation position and start Buddha breathing. 2. Picture a sword with its hilt at your hips and its blade running up your spine. 3. As you breathe in picture energy running up one side of the blade. 4. As you breathe out picture the energy traveling down the opposite side of the blade. Keep going for the length of your meditation session. Chakra Energy Circling This exercise is a combination of the level 2 techniques, Chakra Opening and Color Correspondence with the MicroCosmic Orbit . 1. Start in your favorite meditation position, begin Buddha breathing. 2. Start running the MicroCosmic Orbit. 3. As in the Chakra Opening exercise concentrate on the root chakra until you feel its energy. 4. When you feel the root chakra, run its energy and feeling through your orbit. 5. Work your way up through each chakra, stopping to run the energy of each chakra through your orbit. Secret Smile:See Path Notes of an American Ninja Master, North Atlantic Press. Healing Screen This exercise is designed to generate, literally a screen of energy around you that is used for healing, yours or others. All though all colors of screen can be used we have found that Green and White energy screens are the most effective. 1. Stand in a comfortable position and start buddha breathing. 2. Start running the MicroCosmic orbit. 3. Visualize a sphere of energy surrounding and enveloping you, use which ever color you wish for this sphere (as mentioned Green or White are good) 4. While you are in this sphere you should have a feeling of general well being, hold onto this feeling. 5. To help other peoples natural repair systems bring them into your sphere and visualize them healing/ feeling better/relaxing etc. Nine Elders Breathing This meditation is brought to you by Robin Martin. It can be used to deepen a trance, or to relax student to the point of sleep. Do not be surprised to hear Tibetan Buzzsaw mantras when leading this one. Lying on back, legs slightly apart, toes relaxed and falling outwards. Arms are slightly away from the side, with palms facing up. Fingers may seek mudra appropriate to level or chakra you are working on. Level 1) Begin by breathing slowly and deeply filling the chest and abdomen as fully as possible. Student should visualize that they are totally filling and emptying the
lungs and stomach. Tell them 100% exchange of air. Do this 3 times. Level 2) Continue breathing but lower inhalation and exhalation to 75% chest and abdomen capacity. Do this 3 times. Level 3) Continue breathing but lower inhalation and exhalation to 50% chest and abdomen capacity. Do this 3 times. Level 4) Continue breathing but lower inhalation and exhalation to 50% chest and abdomen capacity. Do this 3 times. Level 5) Continue breathing but lower inhalation and exhalation to 75% chest and abdomen capacity. Do this 3 times. Level 6) Continue breathing but lower inhalation and exhalation to 100% chest and abdomen capacity. Do this 3 times. Total of 18 breaths performed as slowly and deeply as possible. Body and mind becomes very relaxed and very oxygenated. Now take them on a real voyage to the undiscovered country. Level 4 Ice Cream Swirl Aura Feeling Tree Hugging Developing the Gate of Jing Sun Salutations Laser Light Level 4 Ice Cream Swirl This exercise is designed to spread even out your body temperature, especially if you are finding your are running a lot of Yang (hot) or Ying (cold) energy. This exercise can be conducted sitting or standing, so choose your position and start your breathing. 1. Picture an ice cream swirl (like a tornado) starting at your hips and rising, widening to your shoulders. This is mainly a chest exercise. 2. As the tornado rotates, picture it bringing Yin energy from the left side of your body to the right, and Yang energy from the right side of your body to your left. Aura Feeling A useful “trick” with chi is to be able feel other people’s energy. From being able to feel other peoples energy you can find out how healthy someone is, where people have been previously been wounded and where there is currently a problem within their body. The best and possibly only way to learn this ability is to try it out on different people to see what you feel. The way to feel an aura is similar to the exercise from level 1, Energy Awareness and Feeling. Get the person you are working with to stand in a comfortable position with their arms out stretched to the sides. Bring your palms nearer and nearer to the person (Start your hands one or two feet away) until you feel a resistance to your energy. This is their aura. Move your hands around the aura noting different sensations. Build yourself a list of these sensations and meanings. As you get better at this exercise you will be able to feel aura from a greater distance. Tree Hugging Trees have a large amount of Earth energy and a very good if used to cleanse energy or healing. Please remember when tree hugging (all will be explained) to return the energy. Morning and Noon are the best times to try this exercise. 1. Stand or sit one or two feet away. 2. Extend your palms out towards the tree so that your palms are facing the tree, they should not be touching the tree. Your elbows should be angled downward, your arms bent.
3. First, feel the energy of the trees aura. 4. Once you have found this energy, spiral the trees energy up your arms and cycle it through your MicroCosmic orbit. 5. Return the energy to the tree by circling it down your legs into its roots. You may wish to experiment with different types of tree and see what happens. Some points about different trees. -The bigger the tree the more energy it has. -Pine trees are good for healing and soothing dreams. -Cypress and Cedar trees reduce heat and nourish Yin energy. -Willow trees reduce high blood pressure. -Elm trees calm the mind and strengthen the stomach. -Fir trees help clear up bruises reduce swelling and heal broken bones faster. -Hawthorn trees help aid digestion and lower blood pressure. -Birch trees help detoxify the body. Developing the Gate of Jing This is also known as testicular breathing, its purpose is to bring the Jing energy from the genitals and turn it into Shen thereby aiding the cause of enlightenment. 1. Enter a meditation position and start Buddha breathing. 2. Start the MicroCosmic orbit. 3. As you breathe in or out experiment with tensing your scrotum and pulling the energy from your testes (or ovaries if female). You will need to experiment with this experiment to find out which combination of breathing and tensing works best for you. Sun Salutations This is an exercise which becomes more and more important as you approach the higher echelons of Chi Kung. 1. Start by standing, feet shoulder width apart. 2. Crouch down into the squat position (also known as the frog position). 3. Stretch your right leg back as far as possible. 4. Wrap your left leg around the outside of your arm for a good stretch. 5. Swap legs and repeat. 6. Return to standing positions. 7. Repeat between four and twelve times. Laser Light NOTE: Student needs to be able to breath through his crown chakra for this one so it’s an advanced exercise. Begin with deep breathing drawing in through your Crown Chakra while listening to SPACE music (something like the Mysterious Void). Once sufficiently relaxed and deep enough, attempt to open your chakras. Those that are clear will open easily while those that are blocked will benefit from this and be blown open by the light. Visualize your body as a vast empty chamber or perhaps the insides of a giant statute of yourself. I like to see myself as sitting in a lotus position, like a Buddha would. Bring the white light from the Universe down through the Crown like you had opened just a peep hole and a single shaft of pure white light is penetrating the darkness of your body. Watch as the dust motes dance in the light. If there are any unfriendliness in the shadows sends them scampering away in fear of this lights cleansing effects. Let this light shine on your tailbone and slowly warm it up. As it heats up it will slowly open like a flower. Inside the flower is a mirror. Once the beam of light strikes the mirror it lances out towards my first chakra the root. It burns through the root chakra and punches out to light the air in front of my groin. If the root is blocked the light opens it by burning away the blockage/problem. I feel a sudden release of pressure and anxiety. A pleasant almost sexual sensation. As the flower continues to raise its head the mirror tilts upwards to each chakra,
burning through them just as it did the root. I open the root, navel, solar plexus, and throat, one on the roof of my mouth, third eye, and fourth eye, at the hair line. Once these are all open then I turn to my spine. I look for blockages in my spine and let the mirror turn towards them and burn them away. Then I search for other problems and again the light sears them into nothing. Slowly bit by bit I punch so many holes in my out shell that there is no longer any me there is only open air filled with this intense pure white light. The problems, blockages, pain and doubt are gone. Burned up by the power of the universe. Students should expect to see wild sights with this, feel rushes of power, and may experience rising of Kundalini energy. They may or may not experience the complete rising but they may see snakes, dragons, goddesses and other symbols of higher consciousness. They may also experience states of bliss for some time after the meditation, a euphoric high. Robin Martin. Level 5 5 Gates Breathing Sun Salutations 2 Taoist Flaming Sword 2 Level 5 5 Gates Breathing Five gates breathing is simply drawing energy in through your feet then your hands and then your crown chakra. Breathing in with the inhale. Breathing out with the exhale. This exercise strengthens the energy channels and has combat applications. Sun Salutations 2 This exercise should be performed as detailed in the Level 4 version, with one exception. The first time the exercise is done it is the same as detailed. The second time using just your finger tips instead of the entire palm. The third time should be done on your knuckles and the fourth time on the back of your hands. You can also experiment with rotating the hips and pelvis in the various positions. If you can get up to twelve repetitions you will be very strong. Taoist Flaming Sword 2 1. Hit your favorite meditation position and start Buddha breathing. 2. Picture a sword with its hilt at your shoulders and its blade running up and through your crown. 3. As you breathe in picture energy running up one side of the blade. 4. As you breathe out picture the energy traveling down the opposite side of the blade. Keep going for the length of your meditation session. Level 6 Marrow Washing 9 Sip Breathing Bringing Chi to the Palms Alternate Breathing Methods Level 6 Marrow Washing This is a very important exercise as it helps the Chi to flow through your body, strengthens the bones according to the elders, it promotes longevity. This exercise should be practiced whenever you meditate. 1. Start meditating (Start by Buddha breathing, Emptying your mind, run the MicroCosmic orbit) . 2. As you breathe out and tense your anus, imagine all the bones in your body shrinking. 3. As you breathe in relax and allow your bones to return to their normal size. 4. Incorporate this into your normal meditation.
9 Sip Breathing This is an exercise for those of you who truly wish to be the most efficient in the use of breathing. 1. Start by Buddha breathing. 2. Once you have inhaled, take 9 more little intake of breathing, move your shoulders back a little further with each additional breath. This fills the lungs from bottom to top as well as expedites bone breathing and improves one’s posture. The Lord loves an upright man. Bringing chi to the Palms This is a useful thing as it can increase sensitivity to Chi in your palms, aid healing and for those of you with martial ideas increase hitting power. If you intend to use it for this purpose make sure you hit lightly, to prevent damage to both your partner and yourself. There are two ways to do this technique, one Yin and one Yang. The Yin method is as follows. Picture the energy in your genitals. Take this energy up your sternum and split it down your arms and pool it in your hands. It is now ready for use. The Yang method is slightly different in that you take the energy up the spine, as if doing the MicroCosmic orbit. Split the energy at the shoulders, down the arms and into the palms. Play with both methods. Particularly when doing martial arts. Alternate Breathing Methods I will mention two alternate breathing methods here; although the changes may seem small they do have a big effect. 1. Yin breathing, when you inhale, do so through your left nostril. This can cool. 2. Yang breathing, when you inhale do so through your right nostril. This can heat. Remember these techniques if you find you are running too much energy of one kind. You may have to experiment as Yin and Yang are not always balanced or sided. Level 7 Macrocosmic Orbit Chi Packing Iron Shirt Breathing Level 7 Macrocosmic Orbit Achieving the macrocosmic orbit is an important step in meditation as it unifies some of your earlier teachings and helps prepare the body for the things to come. 1. Start by running the MicroCosmic orbit. 2. Draw energy from the Earth with your feet, draw it up your legs and mix it with your orbit. 3. Draw energy from your surroundings with your hands, bring it up the arms, mix it with the orbit. 4. Draw the energy of the sky through your Crown chakra, mix it with the orbit. 5. As you exhale run energy back down through your feet, hands and crown. Chi Packing This exercise strengthens the diaphragm, helps store Chi and allows the stomach to withstand blows. 1. As you breathe in tighten the stomach muscles and push the energy down into your hara. 2. Repeat this X number of times, without breathing out. 3. Push from the hara down to the genitals. 4. Once the Chi is packed, give it a swirl, and then use the orbits. Iron Shirt Breathing This exercise increases vitality and helps strengthen the body.
1. As you breathe in draw energy through all the pores in your skin. 2. Mix the energy with your orbit. 3. As you breathe out let the energy leave through your skin. 4. While doing this picture golden light emanating from all over your body. 5. Before meditating hit yourself all over lightly with your hands, a rolled up magazine works well.
Level 8 Kundalini Meditations
Level 8 A Few Words on the Kundalini Due to the nature of the Hoshin Tao's practice, it becomes important to give special attention to the subject of the kundalini and its probable activation and possible rising because of such practice. There is much to say, and since it is such a large and important subject, it cannot be fully detailed here. For more information concerning the Kundalini, please refer to Path Notes of an American Ninja Master and Shadow Strategies of an American Ninja Master by Dr. Glenn J. Morris. A Layman's Introduction to the KUNDALINI Process (edited version) By Wayne R. Oliver Foremost I must state that the Kundalini is not a game. I approached it with this "game" attitude and I would not suggest that anyone follow in my footsteps. I did not heed the safety precautions and warnings (which will be detailed herein), thinking that I knew better than the voice of experience. In doing so I denied myself what could have been a very blissful experience, and I risked permanent damage to myself. The Kundalini can be fun, but it must be taken seriously, for the perils in reaching the rewards are great. The method which "we" use is loosely termed "Hoshin Tao Chi Kung", and is a series of meditations developed to build, move, and direct the body's natural energy and ultimately achieve (if desired) the Kundalini. This method was developed by my personal teacher Dr. Glenn J. Morris. Dr. Morris has pioneered the modern methods of safely achieving the Kundalini in the aftermath of his own experiences. The good doctor, unfortunately, stumbled headlong into a very powerful and much uncontrolled Kundalini, the likes of which nearly crippled him. When Dr. Morris was finally able to repair the damage to his body and mind (among other things) and safely complete the process, he proceeded to develop the Hoshin Tao method to keep people from (as he puts it) "screwing up" the way that he did, and as well as providing a means of controlling and healing spontaneous Kundalini rising in unknowing "victims.” Since his rising, The Dr. has successfully helped over forty people achieve safe Kundalini rising. Dr. had no idea what he was tapping into or how to control it, and he had to survive it all on his own, having nothing as a reference point to use to keep his sanity. Fortunately, we have his knowledge, experience, and example from which to draw. WHAT IS THE KUNDALINI? Let's back up and get an idea of what energy is all about. As living creatures, our body is continuously surrounded by an electrical field which allows us to function normally. This electricity runs through your nervous system and is what allows your brain to give commands to your body. For the sake of simplicity, I will refer to this energy using the Chinese term "chi", meaning air, vital energy, life force, etc. In other cultures or disciplines it is referred to as "ki" (Japanese/ Zen), "prana"
(Hindu/Yoga), "mana" (Native American), etc. The kundalini is, as I understand it, the process of taking your body's natural energy, amplifying it, and unleashing it from the genitals and having it flow up the spine and into the brain, where it can lead to what is referred to as Enlightenment or Self Actualization. When the energy reaches the brain, all sorts of wonderful fun stuff begins to happen. Since this is a biological process, not a mental one, the changes are physical; these physical changes lead to the mental characteristics which are usually associated with Enlightenment (not vice versa). So when this energy reaches the brain, certain dormant parts of the brain are re-awakened (These are my theories).These are parts of the brain which have shut down since we, as a race, became "civilized", no longer having to depend upon these brain functions for survival. Among these are the "Reptile Brain", the hypothalamus, and the corpus collosum. When these parts of the brain come to life, they command certain glands in our body to begin secreting certain hormones which our bodies do not normally produce after puberty. The release of these energies stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands. (The stimulation of the pineal is believed to prevent the production of the aging hormone that ultimately leads to death. As a result, the effects of aging are greatly reduced. People in their eighties or nineties appear to be two or three decades younger. People in their sixties appear in their mid-forties.) Therefore, the effects are like introducing a drug into your body for which you have no tolerance. (Example: your adrenals work in a constant flow, rather than in spurts stimulated by emotional conditions.) Your body now begins to act differently and is governed by a whole new set of rules. You develop all kinds of interesting (both pleasant and not, depending on how one handles it) side effects. In fact, you can say that the Enlightenment is actually a by-product of the Kundalini. Your long-dead instincts come back to life (Haragei.). Simultaneously, you become more primitive while evolving forward with increased mental abilities. Morris claims that one's IQ Jumps up about twenty points once you undergo the Kundalini. You are more in touch with your body and what is going on in and around it. Your senses become more acute. You mind works faster and more clearly. You can sense things which surround you. You heal faster and you do not get sick as often. You endocrine system is rejuvenated. Your reflexes grow faster. (All these, provided you don't "screw up".) The chi Kung method involves controlling this energy through the breath (as well as the more advanced techniques of Nei Kung, which do not involve the breath) and controlling it safely. By using the chi kung to increase the chi in the body, the internal organs are strengthened, self-healing is promoted, the circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems with the endocrine glands are activated. Because of this, the blood, spinal fluid, and hormones will flow more easily and the heart will not have to work so hard. After all, the heart is a muscle which never rests, from the moment it starts to beat until the time you die. Therefore, the less stress you place upon it, the healthier you will be. The healthier you are, the gentler your kundalini arousal. The worse shape you are in mentally or physically the rougher the ride when the great snake appears coming up your spine. Of course, some of these results may be a product of the martial base from which Hoshin Tao's training comes. We place a great deal of emphasis of feeling the "harming" intent of an opponent. In other words, you feel the danger before it happens. We do not train to read minds; we train to feel emotion and danger. We train to be able to identify a person's character or intent in their aura, or trust the feelings we feel in our gut. Empathy is one result. Even if you do not want to achieve the kundalini, here are a few thoughts as to why
you might want to pursue meditation as a pastime. Research has shown that people who practice relaxation and meditation have the following characteristics: they have faster reaction time; their parasympathetic nervous and immune systems are enhanced by reducing the fight/flight syndrome; they have lower stress levels and fewer stress-related medical symptoms; they score higher on creativity tests as opposed to people who do not practice meditation (in general); they have better motor functions, better memory, and lower blood pressure; and on the average, medical tests show that they are an average of ten years younger biologically than their chronological age. People who practice the techniques of what is called The Relaxation Response show these characteristics, as opposed to Type A people. They are calmer; they have better muscle tone; their heart rate is lower; they sleep better; their speech skills are more fluent; they show little or no arthritis and muscle pain; they live a longer and more active life; and finally, their intelligence increases with age. Whereas a Type A person usually dies shortly after retirement, due to their egos and self respect being linked to their work. There are many types of Kundalini rising, of which the two most common are the involuntary/spontaneous rising and the controlled/directed/induced rising. The involuntary rising usually occurs when the person has unintentionally triggered the release of their Kundalini. This can occur in several ways. Uncontrolled/unfocused/unsafe meditations, yoga practice, drug use/abuse, injuries to the spine or tailbone, emotional turmoil, puberty, menopause, or any number of things can trigger a premature or uncontrolled rising. Drug use/abuse is especially dangerous. It is in spontaneous rising where one can get into a lot of trouble. The victims usually end up with a number of physical and/or psychological problems, which are more often than not are misdiagnosed schizophrenia by physicians. There are several support groups made up of these kundalini “survivors.” The controlled/induced rising are usually much more safe and pleasant, provided that the person is taking care in his/her pursuit of "Enlightenment". Unsafe practices can result in many of the same problems which manifest from a spontaneous rising. A controlled rising usually deals with becoming much more in tune with your mind and body. This can include, but is by no means required in order to achieve the kundalini, a change in: diet, living conditions, attitude, and education. More often than not, these changes are a natural step which the Tatsujin (Kundalini survivor) chooses to make after s/he has undergone a complete rising and s/he has adjusted to the changes in the body, mind, and environment. Methods of inducing rising involve practice in gaining voluntary control of your body's natural energy forms (bio-electrical/sexual), and learning to direct them in specific manners (both through physical exercises and meditations) to begin in setting the Kundalini process in motion. IT IS REAL. IT IS EXPERIENTIAL. IT IS REPRODUCIBLE. ANYONE CAN DO IT (Provided they have gone through puberty). Physical changes can be felt, even if the person has not undergone a rising. The chi Kung exercises themselves will begin to flow the chi throughout the body quite forcefully. A directed Kundalini rising is much more safe because it is a much more gentle process than a spontaneous rising. You are preparing the body for the onslaught of these powerful forces, giving it time to adjust, while you slowly "build up the charge”. While the voltage in your body increases, you are placing the insulation to keep the wiring safe. A spontaneous Kundalini rising is like forcing 360 volts of electricity through a socket designed to handle 120 volts. You end up with melt-down. In a controlled
rising, the kundalini comes through when your body is prepared to handle the force; no fry, only ecstasy as the energy enters the brain. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO ACHIEVE A CONTROLLED RISING? In yoga practices, there is no telling how long. Many different factors in yoga practice can lead to the kundalini; the body's shock to the asanas (postures and exercises), physical preparedness of the person, the mental level and level of self-actualization which the person has already achieved, the undirected or incorrect use of breathing techniques, etc. can all lead to spontaneous rising. As far as know, most forms of yoga have no safeties placed in their practices (or at least none that they show in commercial YMCA classes) to control the flow of these energies when they commence. And when they do commence, the instructor usually has no idea what is going on or what to do about them. Thus, the student is left alone and scared, with only a snake of fire dancing in his/her back for company. The Zen method is a very viable and safe way of achieving Enlightenment. The drawback (at least for our American fast-food point of view) is that it can take anywhere from eight to twenty or more years. The Zen method is very peaceful, quiet, and gentle. I would recommend this method to those who just want clarity of mind while contemplating their navel. It is good to combine this type of meditation with other forms of kundalini meditations to keep things nice and clean. The chi Kung method is that which Dr. Morris began using. This is probably the safest method there is. (Most chi kung instructors never get beyond what is called "the lesser kan and li", or mini- kundalini. It is as if you were to compare a candle to the sun. In controlled rising you achieve the lesser kan and li before the kundalini, and you can use it as a guide to check your progress. Things really get fun after the lesser kan and li.) Chi kung places an incredible amount of "safeties" in its energy practices to prevent or alleviate the darker aspects of chi production or kundalini rising (the actual kundalini rising is referred to as "the greater Kan and Li"). I would suggest that anyone who has had an uncontrolled rising seek the help of a very knowledgeable and honest chi kung adept to help them get everything balanced. The higher levels of Chi kung, such as the Iron Shirt training and the Bone Marrow Washing Nei Kung are disciplines which bring the body and its energy into health and alignment. The Iron Shirt concentrates air into the connective tissues surrounding the vital organs, strengthening them and laying the ground for higher spiritual practices. The Nei Kung cultivates the chi and absorbs it into the bones, to revitalize the bone marrow to replenish the blood and remove excess fat from the body and blood. These rejuvenate the mind as they rejuvenate the body. Using safer techniques taken from chi kung, his own experiences, his training in ninjutsu and other martial arts, and his education as a psychologist, Dr. Morris developed his Hoshin method. Thisform of chi kung can usually induce a complete and safe Kundalini within 30-90 days, depending on "how together you've got your shit." It also depends upon whether or not you are a complete blockhead, like I was/am. THESE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT HAPPEN WHILE YOU ARE TRYING TO GET YOUR KUNDALINI TO RISE. You might get a channeled "deity" during a vision. We all seem to go through a patterned sequence of visions, using this Hoshin method, which are almost identical and occur at nearly parallel points in our individual progressions. I am keeping a record of every person who has these same visions. We don't tell them, yet they still have them! (My theory) When the energy hits the brain and reawakens these sleeping areas, it
triggers certain genetic memories which are imbedded within our DNA. As a race, all humans have these "movies" imbedded in our very atoms. (It would explain why all cultures have some sort of religion, and most religions have some sort of parallel concepts and/or messiahs. Think on this.) One explanation for these visions is that when the pineal gland (located approximately where you would find your "third eye") is reactivated, it begins to secrete a substance called melatonin into the bloodstream and into the brain. It is said that melatonin can have psychotropic or hallucinogenic effects under certain conditions. Also, once your energy really starts to flow (usually after achieving the lesser kan and li), sometimes you will have a hard time falling asleep at night, due to the explosion of lights which will begin to flash, glow, or pulse behind your eyelids. These lights will come and go, grow and diminish, and sometimes seem to burn into your retinas. This is a good sign. Just learn to relax into it. Watch the lights. You may get interesting things. Let these lights hypnotize you and you may find very interesting things happen, maybe even a rising. These lights will burn brighter while you meditate. Run the Microcosmic Orbit and see what happens. There are two types of energy that begin to flow when you begin this type of practice. Cold energy and hot energy. Hot energy is the first type that will begin to flow. Your body will get warm during meditations, you will sweat, shake, have muscle spasms, and a variety of other fun things. For safety's sake, as soon as you can manage to do so, learn to transform the energy from hot to cold. The hot energy comes from your lower chakras, and it deals with violent emotions. Not to mention the fact that hot energy burns. Dr. Morris' energy was hot when he went through his Kundalini; that is why he "fried". Cold energy is full of compassion. The cold energy is soothing and gentle. It makes the transition into the kundalini much more pleasant. The cold energy is associated with the upper chakras. The following is a brief description of what happens when you undergo a kundalini rising, using my own experiences as a guide. The reason that I do this is so that if and when someone reading this has their rising, they will be able to identify it as such. (When it happens, there is no mistaking it.) The energy will literally be felt more strongly than ever before. It will be an actual solid feeling, like a rod, a stone, a serpent, etc. moving up at great speed within your spine. You may experience a time shift/distortion, as if a minute is a day, or three hours passed in a second. You will see the light grow behind your eyes. You may even see a visual representation of the kundalini as it rises, as I did. It is a very odd experience, looking down inside you, like double vision. You may be paralyzed as this happens. You may hear a voice inside your head as it happens. I heard a roaring noise. Your conscious and you sub-conscious minds may meld together into one, as they did with Morris. Remember, this energy is most closely associated with a female snake dancing its way up. Also, as the energy rises, it may throw you around violently, as it corrects any problems in your spine. Do not fear; enjoy it. OK. Now my warnings. These are things, which in my opinion, are the most important things to do when following this path. 1. Keep your spine and neck very healthy and flexible. If the energy hits a blockage in the spine, it burns. It hurts. Energy passes through the path of least resistance. The smoother the ride, the better the kundalini. Keep the pipe clean so that the flow is unimpaired. 2. Keep your tongue on the roof of your mouth. At least while you meditate. But try to make this a permanent habit throughout your day. Just trust me on this. If you don't, you'll be very sorry.
This is probably the most important rule. Keep the tongue up! 3.Don't try to do too much too soon. That’s where I "screwed up". And if you learn to absorb energy from other people, for God's sake, don't take it from someone who is better at using energy (stronger) than you are (at least not without their permission). Some vampires will punish you for being presumptuous and greedy. 4. Do not let fear creep into your meditations, visions, or experiences at all. Fear will hold you back and hurt you. Take it all in stride. If you see something that scares the living hell out of you, either ignore it until it goes away or take its energy and make a meal out of it, recycling the energy. Fear, after love, is the most powerful of emotions. Fear is the worst thing that can hurt you in this process, second only to ignorance.
A couple of other things: Stay healthy. Exercise and stretch regularly. Make deeeeeeep diaphragmatic breathing your everyday breathing. Stay happy and keep a good attitude. Have a sense of humor about the whole thing. Don't expect anything. Don't force anything; let it happen naturally. Don't try too hard. Remember, that for some people who experience a successful kundalini rising, profound realizations do not occur until months or years after the signs and symptoms begin, or their actual rising took place. Practices in Zen or Taoism can push the mind in that direction and speed up the Enlightenment. To some, their experience may seem to be some sort of mental and/or physical disorder. As long as these people realize that they are not sick or crazy; everything will be fine. This is very beautiful, even though it can be very scary in the beginning. "Ride the snake." Just enjoy the physical side and work on your wonderful new personality. It's great fun to touch someone from across the room, or to heal. (So I've heard.) When your life starts getting weird, step back and realize that it is a result of things changing around and within you. And back off when your temper starts to flare. Eat yogurt and rice when your stomach gets upset. Drink plenty of water and juices. Avoid alcohol during the process. After its over your vices may amuse you. So take care. I hope that this was informative and not more confusing. KEEP THE HUMOR!! Be happy. Happy training, and PLEASE, for the love of God, keep your tongue up!!!! Wayne Oliver. Special Thanks: There are people, besides the authors, without whom this book would not have been possible. Special thanks goes out to, Robin Martin, Kenneth Morgan and Rebecca Robertson