June 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm #39337
So, I was always under the impression that prior to doing any sort of work with the Microcosmic orbit one should be pretty decent at the to mentally focus (usually learned via focus meditation). The reason being is that one would not want to lose focus when moving Qi around as it could cause stagnation.
One of the methods I’ve been taught was the “Count to 100” method. Essentially, the idea is to practice counting your breaths. If you can reach 100 without losing focus you were ready to move onto energy circulation.
What are everyone’s thoughts on this?
The Universal Healing Tao system seems to jump right into energy circulation and I haven’t really heard of any negative side effects of doing so. So, I guess another question would be: is prior mental focus training even necessary before learning the microcosmic orbit?
Looking forward to your responses!June 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm #39338
Not having qi flow *at all* is more stagnant than
occasionally stopping the flow due to losing focus! 😉
No, one can start with the orbit practice straight away,
and develop focus through continued practice.
If you want to do preparatory practices,
usually in the Healing Tao, we have the
recommendation to do the Inner Smile and
Six Healing Sounds before starting the orbit.
The reason for this is as follows:
The place to start is with self-acceptance.
If you don’t cultivate this, you are not harmonizing
with the Dao and you are creating internal resistance.
Since this internal resistance interferes with all
other practices that one might do, the Inner Smile
meditation is the natural first step.
Having done so, tension decreases and this allows for
held toxic qi to be mobilized and potentially released.
Thus Six Healing Sounds are the natural next step. Flush
out toxic waste material rather than moving it around.
Then with tension reduced, and toxic qi released,
you do the Microcosmic Orbit to harmonize any
imbalances in the body, create balanced qi flow,
and start creating a vortex that pulls in additional
qi from the earth below and heaven above . . .
So if you want a “correct sequence”, it is
Inner Smile -> Six Healing Sounds -> Microcosmic Orbit
But even these are only recommendations so that you
benefit more from doing the Microcosmic Orbit practice;
they are not intended to create fear or concern that
doing the orbit practice straight away will cause
problems. The orbit is inherently self-regulating,
self-balancing, and safe. If you want to do the orbit
right away, there is no problem.
There is a danger in being too overly rigid in worrying
about doing things in a correct order, a correct schedule,
etc. This is just the mind that wants to control
everything with a rigid schedule and doesn’t want
to give up that control. The Dao is free-flowing
and natural. This is what you want to harmonize with.
Always remember this, or you miss the point of doing
the practice to begin with.
To make a long story short, if you want to start doing
the orbit right away, go ahead. There is no problem
in doing so. Have fun.
StevenJune 7, 2012 at 10:29 am #39340
Thank you, sir. That was what I was thinking but just wanted to check to be sure.
I had been doing Inner Smile and 6 Healing Sounds in addition to studying/contemplating on the Tao Te Ching. I will definitely add the Microcosmic Orbit tonight.
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