In Taoism, sexual energy is seen to flow from yin (contracted, innermost) to yang (expanded, outermost) in a continuous cycle, like the seasons.
It’s most yin form, like the deep winter, is potential sexual energy and is like a deep hum in our sexual organs. It is that part of us that brings the impetus to live and to create, a spark of life. Stop right now, close your eyes, breathe into your ovaries or testicles and see if you can find a deep humming vibration, a sense of life force tingling with anticipation. When you find it, smile into it, breathe into it…your unaroused sexual chi.
As this energy begins to move from yin to yang, we may feel desire or arousal. It is like the seeds beginning to sprout! Spring time, excitement, energy building. If it continues to expand it may reach full expansion, or yang…this may be the energy expansion known as orgasm, or perhaps a non-sexual peak such as joy, ecstasy or bliss. This is like a full, expansive summer day.
The energy then flows back down towards yin, and it begins to contract again. Just as in autumn when the leaves begin to fall, this is a time for releasing excess energy (grounding it) and gathering in what is valuable to us. After all, what is a peak experience for? What can we gain from each expansive experience and how can we integrate that into our everyday life? Autumn energy teaches us about harvesting the value from each experience and letting go of what we no longer need.
This flow of energy can be experienced and known on a deeper level through practicing a certain type of meditation: sexual qigong. “Qigong” means “energy work”, or working with your energy. There are many many forms of qigong, and you could apply this name to any situation in which you are consciously aware of your energy flow.
In the Taoist Sexual Arts there is a meditation practice known as the “microcosmic orbit”. The name refers to a circuit of energy flow through some of the body’s main meridians, or energy channels. Quite simply, the energy flows up the spine and down the front of the body. A key to this flow is to place the tongue on the roof of the mouth, which acts as a bridge to help the energy complete it’s downward flow. You can experience this flow in a general way, and also connect into each point along the channels. Both practices are helpful.
The benefits of this meditation:
The best way to learn this meditation is from a practitioner or facilitator, as trying to learn it from a book tends to be too technique-y! Another person can give you a transmission. You will know this has happened if you feel the aliveness of the energy flow. Having said this, some people do of course discover this for themselves, without any assistance! However, I have come across many people in my years of teaching who have struggled over a book and diagrams and tried to imagine the flow, but not really experienced it.
My passion is to teach the sexual arts close to nature, using the power of natural life force energy to help us reconnect to the life force energy within our own bodies. This helps us to remember that sexual energy is not just a personal energy, just there for our own pleasure. It is something much greater, and opening to this possibility can give us the opportunity to experience something truly transcendental (as well as a lot of pleasure!).
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