Note: A short
introductory essayby Michael Winn precedes a detailed description of
the Healing Tao?s 9 Tao Alchemy Formulas. This is followed by a list
of the 8 Branches of the Great Tao. (Note:
in Chinese pinyin, Tao= Dao, and Chi = Qi. I use the more popular western spelling of Tao here).
The stages of Taoist internal spiritual
cultivation were transmitted by Mantak Chia to his Western students starting in
1981. Master Chia received his transmission from a Taoist Hermit named One
Cloud, who achieved the breatharian state.
One Cloud originally taught 7 Supreme
Alchemy Formulas for Cultivating the True Immortal Self. The Healing Tao?s
knowledge base expanded so much in the past 30 years, that we decided in 2010
to simplify things by dividing the huge 1st Formula into three
foundation stages. The new total is 9 Alchemy Formulas. Nine is the
traditional Taoist number of completion. One Cloud?s traditional principles of
cultivating Tao remain unchanged.
One Cloud lived on chi alone for many
years while living in a cave on Long White Mountain (Changbaishan) in northeastern China. During the Japanese War in
1949, One Cloud walked across China, and settled in the mountains behind Hong
Kong?s Taoist Yuen Yuen temple. Mantak Chia studied with him in his small
mountain hut in the early 60?s. One Cloud left his body at age 96 in 1976.
One Cloud?s Supreme Alchemy Formulas to Cultivate the
True Immortal Self are similar to those mentioned in thousand year old texts
known as the Tao Canon (1160 books of the Taoist ?bible?). These formulas are
attributed to Lu Dong Bin, one of China?s revered Eight Immortals and the
patron ?saint? of Inner Alchemy. The core methods themselves are undoubtedly
thousands of years older, passed down by strict oral transmission and held in
deepest secrecy. It took many generations of masters to refine the great spiritual
truths into practical alchemical stages. These Alchemy Formulas are the
spiritual crown jewels of Chinese civilization.
Even today, most Chinese students ? and Chinese
qigong (chi kung) and meditation teachers ? do not have access to these inner alchemy methods. On a
recent trip to Huashan, one of the most sacred Taoist mountains in China, I
eventually got around to discussing these alchemical formulas with my good
friend Chen Yu Ming, then the vice abbot of Huashan. We had had many long talks
about Taoism on previous visits, but I was always careful to not probe into his
personal practice or discuss mine. Chinese Taoists are very secretive, and it
is not considered good taste to pry into another?s practice.
The vice abbot had recently opened up. He taught a
stage of Huashan inner alchemy to a group of Western Healing Tao adepts ? the
first time in Huashan?s 3000 year written history, he believes. It turns out,
of course, that we already knew a similar practice, taught as the LesserEnlightenment of Water and Fire in One
Cloud?s system. I finally shared with Chen Yu Ming details of the Healing Tao
practices and the structure of One Cloud?s Alchemy Formulas. He gasped in
surprise, and was so shocked he could hardly speak. ?These are very secret methods?,
he said. ?There are very few Taoists here in China who even know of what you
When I asked him the reason for the great
secrecy, he replied, ?because the ancients kept it secret?. He then added,
?Those who are lucky enough to find a teacher often join the School of
Seclusion, which believes the knowledge should be kept hidden except to one or
two worthy students. This is the Chinese way.?
We are in a time period where formerly secret esoteric
mysteries from many cultures are being shared. These Inner Alchemy practices
are probably surfacing in the West because cultural conditions are not
currently conducive to their release in China. The weight of thousands of years
of tradition preserved the alchemy practices, but is too great today to allow
These qigongand meditation practices are needed to stimulate the birth
of a new global spiritual science for the benefit of all humanity. That is why these
teachings are being publicly offered to sincere seekers in the West for the first
time in history ? without groveling at anyone?s feet. If you feel spiritually
attracted to them and feel worthy within yourself to receive these teachings,
then you deserve the right to learn them. Why should any human be denied the
opportunity of achieving true spiritual independence?
A parallel tradition of Western internal alchemy
also exists, but it has largely been lost or fragmented. The principles of the
Eastern and Western traditions of alchemy are identical, but the Western
methods are more ?fire? centered, which translates into the dominance of matter
by spirit. The ?above? is used to control and transform the ?below?.
The Taoist Water and Fire alchemy practices are more
body-centered, and thus more grounded and appropriate for Westerners at this
time. They emphasize Water first, with the ?below? gradually revealing the Fire
?above? hidden within itself. One Cloud?s Taoist Water and Fire approach
translates into the liberation of the spirit hidden within matter-body, and the
rebirthing of deep earth consciousness. It is the feminine discovering that
yang fire is its true inner nature. The Healing Tao instructors are sharing
them because they feel they penetrate and resolve the problem of the BODY which
plagues so many meditators seeking perfect union with Spirit.
Many people have a problem of wanting to get out of
their body so that their meditation can be more perfectly spiritual, without
the messy problems caused by having a body. It is a rude awakening for them to
realize this desire is not for transcendence, it is at core escapist. What are
The difficulty of staying here, of living in a body.
They are escaping their failure to recognize and accept the spiritual nature of
the physical body. Many falsely believe if they open their third eye and go out
my crown, that their spiritual journey will be complete.
These kinds of spiritual people either overlook or deny how
essential the body is to full enlightenment. In the Healing Tao, we often make
a distinction between those achieving ?head enlightenment? and those achieving
?whole body enlightenment?. They are very different experiences. All meditation
methods are wonderful gifts. Alchemy is a special kind of meditative gift that
is dynamic, accepts the sexual nature of the body, and seeks to refine the
entire polarized physical body into an elevated spiritual state infused with
non-dual original chi.
Internal alchemy in China is called neidan
gong, or ?inner elixir skill?. It is
not to be confused with external alchemy, an art which arose much later during
the Han Dynasty (200 b.c.) and involves the laboratory manipulation of
substances external to the human body. External alchemy is a much later
offshoot of internal alchemy. This position is accepted by such prominent
scholars as Mircea Eliade in his history of alchemy, TheForge and the Crucible.
There is a
misconception floating about that because Taoist adepts and Emperors died from
ingesting mercury, that internal alchemy was invented as a later alternative to
external alchemy. My research suggests inner alchemy was codified and refined
in the Song Dynasty (10th century), but based on a much older oral
modern people fantasize about Taoist immortality formulas and use it to spice up
kung fu novels or add spiritual romance to movies. Armchair philosophers of the
Tao love to speculate about its meaning, and play with its arcane symbols and
code words. But how many have understood this is an accessible human science,
or really experienced its reality, its power to shape and embody reality?
The Taoist concept of immortality does not mean you live physically forever. Immortality means
you achieve spiritual integration of your authentic self (zhenren). This achievement requires great humility, high
spiritual virtue, and mastery of the Life Force on the part of the adept.
Your authentic Self is immortal because it has
the power to survive the transition of physical death and continues its
creative life in higher dimensions. This process requires integrating the
physical body?s sexual essence (jing),
the energy body (chi), and the
spirit body (shen) into a
functional state of total openness (wu) to the multi-dimensionality of the present moment.
The spiritual power of manifestation hidden
within the jing or sexual essence
is most critical to cultivating what is known as a ?golden light body? or the
authentic immortal Self. Without the sexual essence being properly cultivated,
the crystallization of one?s spirit does not occur. For this reason, I believe
many meditators achieve enlightenment, but not immortality.
Cultivating this high level of harmony and
balance requires a progressive training of the body?s sexual essence (jing), the mind (chi), and the spirit (shen)
within a state of total openness (wu).
The purpose of the Healing Tao training laid out in the Nine Supreme Alchemy
Formulas is to accelerate transformations that might take Nature many lifetimes
to accomplish. Inner Alchemy is a precise step-by-step process, and each step
builds on the next.
Below is a summary of the
precious Healing Tao methods to pass through these nine stages. It follows the
original structure transmitted by the Taoist Hermit One Cloud, but has been
rounded out with the addition of other supportive practices such as Tai Chi
Qigong , deep internal organ massage, etc. My descriptions also reflect my
personal experience teaching over 100 week-long retreats at the Water &
Fire level (Kan & Li) or higher. The language in One Cloud?s original 7
Formulas was very sparse;he had
quickly scrawled them onto a piece of paper and given it to Mantak Chia.
One Cloud?s Nine Supreme Alchemy Formulas
Preparation & Supplemental
and centering through various forms of qigong (meditation as movement).
? Simple qigong (chi kung) forms to open the dantian,
? Chi Nei Tsang (Deep Organ Massage) to detoxify organs.
Chi Qigong and other internal martial arts to refine and
express outward chi flow using
Cosmic Chi Healing to channel cosmic forces to others.
Yin (Taoist Yoga) to relax and open up the body.
Tai Chi for Enlightenment/Primordial Qigong for medical
and spiritual health, centering
and easing karmic difficulties.
1st Formula of Inner Alchemy
Lay a Foundation
of Love & Balanced Chi Flow
1a. Inner Smile to radiate Heart/Soul Presence of our Original Spirit
(yuan shen) into the physical
body-mind as yin practice. This radiates Unconditional Acceptance and
Unconditional Love as the foundation of all lasting chi cultivation. Accepting
the flow of our personal chi allows us to shape that chi flow and thus become
who we truly are destined to be.
Chicultivatioin is thus
the deepest act of self-love. The yang practice is to radiate that loving Inner
Smile out to the larger body of humanity and nature. Inner Smile is the
simplest and thus most profound body-centered Tao practice. It integrates outer
life with inner meditation and delivers true peace to our soul.
1b. Six Healing Sounds and
Five AnimalsQigong to purify the internal vital organs and bowels, and
circulate chi in the Five Elements Creation Cycle of Nourishment.
1c. Microcosmic Orbit to balance and circulate chi in the Energy Body. It
is a dynamic meditation creating a balanced, yin-yang flow of perpetual golden
light chi circling around the spine and chest. Also known as ?small heavenly
round? or ?embryonic breathing?, this meditation balances the pre-natal chi
(from Heaven) and post-natal blood (from Earth, body, and ancestors) and
stabilizes all yin-yang chi flow in the meridians.
2nd Formula of Inner Alchemy
Cultivate Harmonious Feelings & Sexual Energy
2a. Iron Shirt 1: Internal Rooting & Bone Breathing to ground the
Energy Body. Grounding is a major challenge for many westerners. Standing
postures connect the skeletal structure to the flow of earth chi. This rooting
is essential to managing sexual and emotional energy and allows one to absorb
cosmic chi as one progresses.
2b. Fusion of the Five
Elements 1 is about cultivating our
original or true feelings, before they are corrupted by resistance and ego
struggle. This is accomplished by harmonizing the five phases of chi flow (wu xing). Fusion 1 practice transforms negative emotions into
positive, virtuous chi flow. It harmonizes the Five Spirits (shen), the biological-psychological intelligences of the
personal self. TheseFive Vital
Organ spirits, also known as the ?Inner Body Gods?, fuse their essence (jing) and natural virtue (de) into a pearl of original chi (yuan chi) in the belly cauldron (lower dantian). This purified chi pearl is then circulated in the 5
Elements Creation Cycle. When the emotional chi is harmonized, then sexual
energy can be more deeply and safely cultivated.
2c. Healing Love/ Taoist
Sexual Secrets: conserves, recharges,
harmonizes, and spiritually guides sexual energy. Taoist medical sexology heals
sexual dysfunction, the bedroom arts harmonize couples love life and guard
their health. Women use the jade egg to strengthen and own the spiritual space
of their womb. Men learn to build sexual power by re-circulating internally
their semen?s essence with Testicle Breathing. Women learn to reduce monthly
blood loss with breast massage and Ovarian Breathing. The conserved sexual
energy is guided into the appropriate body center (dantian) or energy channel
(microcosmic orbit, etc.). Sexual energy, when refined, is the primary fuel for
the alchemical process of accelerating human evolution.
3rd Formula of Inner Alchemy
our 8 Cosmic-Psychic Forces
3a. Iron Shirt 2 (Tendon
Power) & Bone Marrow Neigong 3. These practice strengthen our body?s
functional structure by storing long-lasting chiand clean the bone marrow by charging it with sexual energy
to stimulate the production of fresh blood cells.
3b. Fusion of Five
Elements 2 and 3. The pearl activates
the yin-yang pulsation of the eight cosmic forces (I Ching trigram energy) that
flow into the Eight Extraordinary Vessels of the human body. These deep energy
channels form the blue print or matrix of our personal Energy Body, and
supplies the twelve regular meridians with chi.
When these eight psychic energy channels are
activated, they collectively open the Macrocosmic Orbit(or ?large heavenly round?) and can
heal at a very deep level. Faster and far more powerful than acupuncture or
herbs for healing chronic illness and ancestral (genetic) issues. This practice
opens deep awareness of chi field beyond the body, hence its reputation for
awakening psychic powers (known as the eight Siddhas in a parallel Indian
4th Formula of Inner Alchemy
Inner Sexual Alchemy: Heal our Male/Female
4.Lesser Enlightenment of Kan and Lii (Water & Fire), also known as Inner Sexual Alchemy. This practice presupposes some skill in the Taoist
Healing Love sexual cultivation art of semen retention for men and partial
lessening of the menstrual cycle in women. The Kan & Li method of
?spiritual self-intercourse? couples primal fire and water chi in the body.
This dissolves the personal mind-body split (and its resulting diseases) by
unifying all male and female soul fragments in the lower belly cauldron (the
navel center), our center of gravity.
When primal fire and water chi are ?steamed? in the
belly, it produces original chi that dissolves deep genetic patterns. It opens
our Inner Eye at all levels of the body?s core channel, thus enhancing and our
ability to ?see? inside our body and matter. This meditation creates a feeling
of spiritual pregnancy, a deep body bliss known as the formation of the
Formula of Inner Alchemy
Alchemy: Complete Our Ancestors
5. Greater Enlightenment
of Kan and Li (Water & Fire), also called Sun-Moon Alchemy. It advances the previous level; integrates the 5
inner essences of the personal self with the five directional forces of the
planetary self. These are identified as the spirits of the north, south, east,
& west meeting in the center of earth, at the solar plexus cauldron.
The powers of the Sun and Moon ?cook? the planetary
essences and are coupled to spiritually birth the ?immortal child? or the
greater elixir. It is the experience of our reborn inner self playing in the
astral fields of reality. This dissolves the boundary between the adept and
nature (including humanity) and dissolves many geo-mantic (feng shui) and
ancestral patterns that need healing.
6th Formula of Inner Alchemy
and Soul Alchemy: Change our Destiny
6. Greatest Enlightenment
of Kan and Li, also called Planet
and Soul Alchemy. This third Water
& Fire practice integrates the 5 body spirit-essences of the
personal self and the 5 planetary forces of the collective Solar system Self
(symbolized by the Sun) in the middle cauldron at the heart. This is ?living
astrology?, in which cosmic forces are interiorized inside the body, where they
continue to function through planetary tones (music of the spheres).
It involves, for example, direct experience of
and making friends with the planetary spirit of Saturn, the ruler of the earth
element, the core unity of living matter and controller of the astrological
forces of manifestation. Successful practice removes all fear of death and dissolves
deep karmic patterns of resistance and struggle that plague humanity. This
allows us to clearly receive and transmit our inner solar logos or Way of knowing. This stage is about the maturation
of our Inner Sage or Immortal Self.
Formula of Inner Alchemy
Star Alchemy: Unite our Soul with Over Soul
7. Sealing of the Five
Senses, also called Star Alchemy. This unifies the five shen, the five streams of
personal consciousness that operate through our senses, with the five forces of
the collective Stellar Self, in the West called the Over Souls. The body of our
stellar mind can be viewed in the four quadrants of fixed stars in the night
sky, originally symbolized by heraldic animals (Black Turtle, Red Phoenix, Green
Dragon, White Tiger).
The fifth, the quintessence, is the Purple Pole Star
in the center of the sky, with the Great Bear of the Big Dipper marking the
progression of the seasons as its handles rotates like the arm of a cosmic
clock. These personal and stellar essences are fused in the upper dantian, the cauldron in the head. This is the process of our
Inner Sage attaining the stellar logos, celestial level of immortality.
The pure open space connecting the three cauldrons is
integrated. This stabilizes the celestial axis and activates what Lao Tzu calls
the ?Great Tone?. Profound peace and different spiritual qualities continuously
manifest from this activated core and radiate sonically into our physical
becoming. Our soul pattern expands its conscious destiny to include dimensions
of life beyond the physical plane.
8th Formula of Inner Alchemy
Heaven & Earth Alchemy: Marry
Form and Formless
8. The Congress of Heaven
and Earth, or simply Heaven and
Earth Alchemy. This practice explores
the origins of human love and how it serves to integrate the 3
Treasures/Originals of the Tao. We couple the Early Heaven or formless Self
with the Later Heaven (Earth) physical Self. The Self here identifies itself
here with two dimensions that co-exist and co-create: the ?formless form? of
our being and the ?substantial
form? of our becoming.
These two polar dimensions of our greater Self
engage in cosmic sex. They couple in order to re-open the portal to their
Original state, or ?Pre-Self?. This pre-state or Primordial Heaven is called hundun, the primal chaos-unity or unconditional love state
that preceded the ?big bang? of the cosmic egg cracking open.
The Three Pure Ones or Three Originals (san yuan) of Heaven, Earth, and Humanityare gathered in the three body cauldrons as original jing, original chi, and original shen. This
three-tone harmonic chord is resonated with the fundamental or original tone of
time and space. Consciousness then stabilizes in the axial center where our
true multi-dimensional nature can now be embodied. A continuum between
unconditional love and the myriad forms of conditional love is consciously
This practice creates a tonal double vortex spinning
faster than the speed of light within the void of space. This opens up fully
the Music of the Spheres, the cosmic subtle bodies in harmonic play. Into this
symphony is fused our inner sage?s immortal presence, the quintessence of
humanity meditating on unconditional love in the center of a cosmic torus (spiritual
black hole). We must enter this primordial sound portal to complete our journey
of Return to the Origin.
9th Formula of Inner Alchemy
Human Merges with Tao
9. Union of Human and Tao. This stage is the integration of the eight previous
levels of consciousness into the experience of living simultaneously in the
present moment in all dimensions, from physical linear time to spirit?s eternal
time. This state cannot be fully known or defined conceptually for others. The
Taoists simply describe it as the experience of living fully in the wuji, the Cosmic Present Moment. Wuji is sometimes translated as the Supreme Unknown — which
could be equated, in western religious terms, as living from a godhead that has
no ruling god.
This is the true achievement of the authentic or
Immortal Self, a permanent state of grace and high creativity known as wu
wei, ?effortless action?, or
?spontaneous action without acting?. Creation (of the manifest) and Return to
Formless Origin seamlessly complete each other. Attainment of this final level
is, in my belief, spontaneous; it is not a technique. It is the natural
evolution of humans to realize their divine nature.
It happens naturally only when our spiritual
virtue (de) reaches a refined level. We have persevered in humbly completing
the challenges of our worldly destiny, and diligently cultivated our highest
spiritual virtues given to us as yet-to-be-realized gifts at birth. The inner
will of our immortal sage displaces our personality and reaches complete
alignment with the Tao, Heaven and Earth and Humanity, and the flow of the Life
Force. It is the supreme level of grace, bestowed by direct transmission from
the Tao to the mature and receptive adept.
Suggested further reading:
1. For a concise survey of
the Healing Tao?s role in the spread of Daoist Internal Alchemy in the West,
and how it has changed due to the influence of Western energy bodies: http://www.healingtaousa.com/blk7.html
This is a 15 page excerpt from my chapter in Livia
Kohn?s Internal Alchemy: Self, Society, and the Quest for Immortality. I highly
recommend this book as the best available on Taoist alchemy.
2. For a more in-depth
analysis of One Cloud?s Alchemy Formulas, I suggest my paper presented to a
conference of Taoist scholars and adepts in 2001, titled ?Daoist Internal
Alchemy: A Deep Language for Communicating with Nature’s Intelligence?.http://www.healingdao.com/articles/taoalchemy_idx.html
(You may need to re-register
at top of page to get access to Articles Library).
Eight Branches of the Great Tao
Taoist tradition often described itself as having Eight
Branches emanating from the ninth, the axial formless trunk of the Tao.
Different writers may describe these eight branches with slightly different
variations. Here is one version:
1) Nei gong, or meditation.
Includes the 9 Supreme Formulas of Inner Alchemy (neidan gong) and all forms of
meditation, from Inner Smile to Union of Man with Tao. The stillness within the
stillness of the mind is the source that bursts into the movement of Life.
2) Qigong , which includes
taiji chuan, bagua chuan, and all sacred dance/ritual. Moving meditation as a
dynamic body-centered path of unfolding Nature?s inner patterns.
3) Tao philosophy – I Ching
sciences: cosmology, astrology, numerology, physiognomy (face reading),
palmisty, divination, and the application of yin-yang, five-phase, or 8-cosmic
force principles to any natural science.
4) Healing/medical arts:
acupuncture, tuina, deep organ massage, moxabustion, medical qigong .
5) Sexology: bedroom arts
(fangzhi), medical and spiritual-alchemical sexual practices.
6) Feng shui: living
(homes, offices) and dead (graves).
7) Five element nutrition
8) Fine/expressive chi
arts: music, singing, calligraphy, painting, sculpture, dance, story telling
(today film and theatre).
Deeper Explanation of the 8
Trigrams and Taoist Bagua
Healing Tao USA supports the adoption of these
Eight Branches of Taoist energy arts & sciences and their integration into
all aspects of modern western culture: education, art, science, psychology,
politics and medicine.
The hidden ninth branch is
the True Self at the center of the bagua.
This Healing Tao USA logo
is a map of Higher Consciousness based on Taoist cosmology. I designed it based
on decades of exploring the secrets of Taoist internal alchemy meditation, deep
experience of qigong (chi kung), and study of the ancient classic – I Ching:
Book of Unchanging Changes.
Are you ready for a quick
journey deep into Taoist cosmology?
The logo maps an image of
a vibrational experience: flowing consciousness is being ?sung? into physical
form through a pattern of subtle tones. A subtle tone is just a vibration
moving in a particular pattern, that can be known by the shape of what is
Just as Nature sings
itself into existence, we each sing our human body-mind into existence. But
humans are generally not aware of how we ?sing-vibrate? the shape of our
This image expresses the
principle of balance in the yin-yang pulsations of the chi field. Chi, also
spelled ?qi?, is the subtle breathing of Nature. Yin-Yang is any polarity –
male-female, positive-negative, etc. – flowing dynamically in equilibrium
within a matrix of neutral or Original Chi (yuan chi).
Tao as Musical Cosmology
Each of the eight trigram
tone-symbols has three lines or notes that form a musical chord. The eight
trigrams are from the Early Heaven (formless) arrangement, in which each
trigram-tone is the mirror opposite of the trigram-tone facing it.
This creates four pairs of
musical chords that represent the primordial Tao or Nature ?singing itself into
creation? as the four sacred directions/ cardinal vibrations.
The fifth direction ? the
Center ? is symbolized by the five-pointed star emerging from the ?vesica
piscis? or sexually coupled large red (fire) and blue (water) spheres. Three
forces are coiled inside this geometric vesica piscis ? the black and white
spirals of primal yin-yang chi force, and the golden glowing sphere of Original
Breath, or yuan chi.
In the center of the star
is a tiny circle, representing the Original Breath emerging from the Supreme
Mystery, or Wuji. This center can never be fully known, it is the Mystery
beyond all other mysteries. Yet this Mystery lives inside each of us. It
divides itself out three times into:
1. The Fundamental Tone of Oneness (yuan or Original
2. The chi field of Two-ness (Yin-Yang polarity).
3. The Five Phase cycle (five-ness called Fire, Earth,
Gold, Water, and Wood).
These three core layers of
tonal patterns are vibrating simultaneously in everything in nature, creating
the seasons, the flow of chi inside our body meridians and organs, the spin of
galaxies and atoms.
Five Elements Pattern at
Core of Every Human
The 5-pointed star in the
center also represents a Completed Human Being. This is any human being who has
internalized the five sacred directions/elements/tones within themselves. When
this happens, there is no boundary between their body and the body of Nature.
This is a human being in
perfect harmony and balance with its environment, they have expanded their
awareness to become one with the universal natural flow. It is a state of
consciousness that is simultaneously transcendent (multi-dimensional) and
immanent (physically present).
The star expresses the
principle of five elements/five phases, which, along with yin-yang theory, is
central to all Chinese culture. These principles are the foundation of Chinese
medicine, feng shui, qigong, inner and outer alchemy, astrology, face and palm
reading, martial arts and war strategy, city planning, the Chinese calendar,
Five Elements is also a
universal pattern, found in all ancient cultures as the sacred four directions
and the Center.
Flipping Yin-Yang Poles to
The mirroring of the eight
trigram tones also suggests a timeless equilibrium of cosmic musical forces
that are all held in the Unnamed center, as a 9th tone-force. This is also
known as the Fundamental, or Original Tone that sings out all the tones of
The eight tonal-trigrams
in my arrangement have been changed from the normal Early Heaven arrangement:
each pair of trigrams has been flipped or inverted twice. Heaven (three solid
lines) used to be on top, now it is below. Earth (three broken lines) used to
be on bottom, now it is on top.
Fire (yang-yin-yang lines)
and Water (yin-yang-yini) lines have reversed their positions o the left and
This flipping of the eight
trigram-tones naturally occurs the ?refining? process of inner alchemy
meditations. When we meditate, we dissolve our fixed sense of
duality/separation by ?flipping? the energetic poles inside our body-mind.
This produces a refreshed
state of consciousness, and one that is more stable. This is similar to life
and death cycles in nature rejuvenating each other.
The flipping or inverting
of any two polarities creates a new awakening of the third force in the center,
the Original Breath of Humanity.
Paradigm Shift: A New
Heaven on Earth
What does ?a new Heaven on
Earth? mean? The Chinese term is ?zhong tian?. It implies the sexual coupling
of Early Heaven (formless plane) and Later Heaven (physical plane). It also
reveals that humanity is in a major paradigm shift, a major birthing process, a
critical point in the turning of the great cosmic wheel.
Heaven, the formless, is
below Earth, the embodiment of form. Heaven supports Earth (vertical axis), and
Fire is stabilized by Water (horizontal axis). This represents the free flow of
chi or subtle energy between these poles ? the state of wu wei manifested.
Wu-wei is the
?no-resistance? state of grace natural to every being. It was made famous by
Lao Tzu in his 2500 year old classic, Tao Te Ching (daodejing).
Qigong and Meditation as
Best Tools for Personal Change
Tao inner Alchemy and
qigong (chi kung) are the meditation and movement aspects of an ancient
spiritual science. Healing Tao USA has as its mission to make these wonderful
spiritual tools available to you. They can help each of us to speed up the
process of unfolding our Natural Path.
Alchemy is the ancient
term for the natural way to speed up evolution. It allows us to more easily and
quickly merge with Nature and the formless Oneness of the Tao while preserving
our individual will and responsibility for shaping creation.