July 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm #41025
The Eight Extraordinary Channels.
A Handbook for Clinical Practice and Nei Dan Inner Meditation.
by David Twicken, DOM, L.Ac.
Available at online-retailers around the world. Paperback and ebook formats.
The Eight Extraordinary channels are amongst the most interesting and clinically important aspects of Chinese medicine and Qi Gong. This book introduces the theory behind the channels, explains their clinical applications, and explores their psycho-emotional and spiritual qualities. The author also describes how to cultivate the channels through Nei Dan Inner Meditation and introduces the Nei Jing Tu, The Inner Landscape.
As a practitioner of Chinese medicine or acupuncture, the key to creating effective individual treatment plans is having a wide understanding of channel theory, and a comprehensive knowledge of the pathways and the points on the channels. David Twicken provides treatment strategies, methods and case studies, offering a variety of approaches so as to give the reader a solid foundation from which to confidently create customized treatment plans for each patient.
Offering a historical perspective as well as modern insights, this book will be essential reading for novice as well as experienced practitioners.
‘In the Daoist tradition, cultivation practices centered around the Eight Extraordinary Meridians provide one of the pathways toward enlightenment or immortality. The ancestral founder master of QuanZhenNanZong (the Southern Complete Reality School), Zhang Ziyang, stated that those who are able to open the eight extraordinary meridians will obtain the Dao. I recommend David Twicken’s Eight Extraordinary Channels to Chinese medicine and Qigong practitioners interested in working with the physical and spiritual layers through these extraordinary meridians.’
– Master Zhongxian Wu, lifelong Daoist practitioner and author of 11 books on Chinese wisdom traditions
‘Eight Extraordinary Channels is an insightful and eminently practical presentation of the core meridians in the human body that hold most of life’s potential. It covers the eight channels in theory, clinical application, and Daoist self-cultivation. Clear and systematic, the book is a potent resource for anyone involved in Chinese medicine.’
– Livia Kohn, PhD, Professor Emerita of Religion and East Asian Studies, Boston University
‘Twicken illuminates the missing link between Chinese medicine and Taoist spiritual practice, making it essential reading for both healers and adepts. His book is far superior to existing Eight Extra Vessel literature with its wealth of historical detail and rare clinical protocols that penetrate deep ancestral and constitutional issues. In my 35 years’ experience, any healer who opens their Eight Extra Channels will quickly improve their clinical success rate. More important, they will open wide the “Eight Big Rivers” of pre-natal Jing. Also known as “Eight Psychic Channels”, in Taoist internal alchemy they are linked together to open the Microcosmic Orbit – the key to whole body enlightenment and long life.’
– Michael Winn, founder http://www.HealingTaoUSA.com and co-writer with Mantak Chia of seven books on Neidan Gong
‘Close to turning of the Dao, the Eight Extraordinary Channels correlate to eight directions of space. David Twicken’s clear introduction to these channels and their Nei Dan applications allows the reader a direct alchemical and meditative experience. Such a view is essential to best practices in Qigong, herbs and acupuncture. A great contribution!’
– William Morris, PhD, author of Li Shi Zhen Pulse Studies: An Illustrated Guide
For more information: http://www.healingqi.comAugust 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm #41026
One of the more widely known of such lines of transmission is the Xian-Tian Pai school, whose popularity stems from a book by Zhao Bi-chen “Secrets of cultivation of Life and Destiny”. This book was translated into English by Lu K’uan Yu, known also as Charles Luk and published under the title “Taoist Yoga, Alchemy and Immortality”. The orthodox Wu-Liu Pai school does not recognize Xian-Tian Pai as preserving the full transmission.
The eight main psychic channels: (1) the tu mo or channel of control rises from the base of the penis and passes through the coccyx up the backbone to the brain; (2) the jen mo or channel of function rises from the base of the penis and goes up along the belly, passes throught the navel, pit of the stomach, the chest and throat, before going up to the brain; (3) the tai mo or belt channel from both sides of the navel forms a belt which circles the belly; (4) the ch’ung mo or thrusting channel rises from the base of the penis, goes up between the tu mo and jen mo channels and ends in the heart; (5) the yang yu or positive arm channels in the outer sides of both arms link both shoulders with the centers of the palms after passing throughthe middle fingers; (6) the yin yu or negative arm channels in the inner sides of both arms link the centers of the palms with the chest; (7) the yang chiao or positive leg channels rise from the centres of the soles and turn along the outer sides of the ankles and legs before reaching the base of the penis where they connect other channels; and (8)
the yin chiao or negative leg channels rise from the center of the soles and turn along the inner sides of the ankles and legs before reaching the base of the penis where they connect other channels…
-LU K’UAN YU, Taoist Yoga: Alchemy & Immortality
What is this Zhao Bichen system of eight psychic channels about?
Practically there is not any immediate problem, but it still seems somehow bastardized.
HOWDYAugust 6, 2013 at 7:25 am #41028
…some Taoist Yoga texts refer to the arm routes as the Yin Yu and the Yang Yu. Acupuncture texts, in contrast, include only the leg, trunk, and head routes…
-MANTAK CHIA, Taoist Cosmic Healing
When the sixteenth-century Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci tried to introduce memory techniques to Chinese Mandarins studying for the imperial civil cervice exam, he was met with resistance. He planned to hook them first on European study skills before trying to to hook them on the European god. The Chinese objected that the method of loci required so much work than rote repetition, and claimed their way of memorizing was both simpler and faster. I could understand where they were coming.
-JOSHUA FOER, Moonwalking with Einstein
I think that nei dan practitioner doesn’t need very detailed information about points or channels, but something else in the beginning.
But if somebody has all needed resources to combine both inner meditational and clinical practices that’s very ideal or make well-working choices with theory combined with meditation.
It seems that just these energetic practices make UT/HT practices especially powerfull, because for many clinical practitioners for example what is qi must be quite shadowy for long time.
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