Taoist Sexual Secrets for Health & Bliss
with Michael Winn & Joyce Gayheart Secrets of transforming sexual energy into radiant health. Specific sexual cultivation practices for men & women. No partner needed – solo & dual cultivation practice.
- Enjoy whole-body, continuous Spiritual Orgasm
- How to regenerate & recycle sex energy
- Prevent and heal sexual dysfunction, PMS, etc.
- Heal the deep split between men and women
- Sexual Vitality Qigong DVD (also helps weight loss)
9 Major Benefits of Healing Love: Taoist Sexual Secrets
Sexual energy is the single most powerful evolutionary force within humanity. If we learn to properly direct this energy within our bodies and our relationships, we live longer and more happily. If we squander it unwisely, we live short and unsatisfying lives. If we infuse sexual essence into the alchemical marriage of our body and soul, it activates the process of birthing our immortal self.
The 9 Major Benefits of Healing Love Audio Courses:
- Get a clear understanding of what sexual energy really is – and why it is so confusing in relationships, and subject of so much cultural taboo, political and religious repression. Why cultivating our sexual essence is the key to spiritual freedom, and the secret ingredient in the inner alchemical process of crystallizing body, mind, and spirit into our true self.
- Find out the hidden sexual tension between the three levels of sexual identity we each have: physically sexed male or female body, a bi-sexual (androgynous) Energy Body, and a pre-sexual, genderless Original Spiritual Body. Understanding “the Fall” of Original Spirit into separate male and female bodies is a powerful realization. This alone can release much sexual-spiritual frustration, and puts the battle of the Sexes into clear perspective.
- Discover the different paths of Taoist sexual energy cultivation available to you. Medical sexology for healing biological dysfunction: the bedroom art of dual cultivation to enhance love relationships, or the single cultivation path. Solo practice transforms the sexual potential of the essence within your own body, whether masturbating or meditating.
- Men will get Michael’s 25 years insight into the difference between orgasm and ejaculation. Learn the best techniques to shift the male sexual impulse from Ejaculation to INjaculation – refinements not in the classic Taoist Secrets of Love book Michael wrote 20 years ago with Mantak Chia. How sexual essence (jing chi) can best be recirculated in the orbit or other internal pathways. Why Viagra is dangerous to sexual health. Updates on Cool Draw testicle breathing, power lock, hidden danger of using the million dollar point, why its better to ejaculate than feel guilt over lost seed. How to prevent pre-mature ejaculation.
- Women will get Joyce’s 25 years insight (and Michael’s medical opinion) into best ways to manage the holy “blood sacrifice” made by women each month. Ovarian Breathing, breast massage, jade egg exercises, deep womb meditation, healing infertility and frigidity issues. Choosing whether to reduce the loss of sexual-blood essence (and PMS) or voluntarily “slay the red dragon” of menstrual cycles entirely. How to redirect blood essence to creative projects and spiritual realization. Managing hot flashes and natural hormone circulation for post-menopausal women.
- Learn to stimulate the different types of orgasm that are possible for everyone to experience. The short-lived genital physical orgasm, the long wave vital organ-Energy Body orgasm, or the smooth, continuous bliss of a whole body-mind Spiritual (Valley) Orgasm. How men and women filter their sexual attractions to other people differently via jing, chi, and shen levels (roughly equivalent to physical, energy, and spiritual bodies).
- Secrets of subtle energy body sex and orgasm between partners, with physical touching or at a distance. How outer sexual alchemy – exchange of sexual fluids and sexual intercourse – is different from inner sexual alchemy – copulation of inner male and inner female psychic forces. Use of a pink inner pearl to help crystallize blood and sperm essences.
- Explore the yin-yang of relationships between men and women; how the same principles govern both hetero- and homo- sexual relations. Why hot passionate sex tends to fade over time, even if love remains, and what to do about it. How to achieve harmony: the role of neutral force (yuan chi) in creating an eternal “love child” that may outlast the sexual relation. Techniques to amplify sexual energy during love-making between couples. Using different positions and methods to stimulate exchange via energy channels and key acu-points. Alchemical art of exchanging heart blood with sexual fire.
- Learn how to best use Sexual Vitality Qigong. The DVD gives all the forms, but audio course gives more detailed internal explanation. It’s a collection of 25 of the world’s best sexual energy and kidney-building qigong forms Michael gathered over two decades from top masters in China and elsewhere. Correct qigong practice is a key secret to rapidly enhancing one’s sexual potential. Strong kidneys will also help people lose weight faster.
Healing Love/Tao Sexual Secrets
Get which audio-video package?
We recommend you get either the 17-CD audio from 2005 or the 12-cassette tape from 2003, packaged together with the Sexual Vitality Qigong DVD. Both are recordings of excellent week long retreats. They cover the same techniques and theory, but because different people were attending, different questions get asked, taking the courses in new directions with different insights.
The week long retreats are taught by Michael and Joyce together, so naturally go much deeper than the weekend course with Michael alone. They give the perspective of both sexes, and devote more time to the deep complexities of sexual relationships.
Many women will appreciate hearing directly from Joyce about her extensive experience. It is enlightening for men to get the women’s perspective, and vice versa. Since Michael and Joyce were the only Senior Healing Tao instructors that have been in relationship for 25 years before she ascended in 2008, they transmit a unique feeling and a perspective that is much richer and deeper than any book or sexual technique.
If you can afford the longer courses, they are a good investment in your sexual health, your relationships, and your spiritual path. They are offered here at a substantial discount. If you order the less expensive 12 tape cassette version, you can later upgrade to the 17 CD course for half price.
If budget is an issue, get the weekend 7-CD set . This is an excellent course, with a lot packed into it.
It is sufficient to get all the major theory, sexual techniques and internal qigong instruction that is not on the DVD. Any of the audio courses, including the weekend course, are good preparation for transforming relationships with current, past, or potential future lovers to a deeper level.
The best proof of this? Read the testimonial below from a California women who found the weekend 6-cassette Healing Love course in her ex-boyfriend’s bedroom drawer.
He had accidentally left the tapes behind after moving out. She had already studied tantric yoga, but decided to listen to the tapes, perhaps to better understand what went wrong.
After listening to the tapes and practicing the qigong, she had major realizations about sexuality, relationships, and her spiritual path.
This testimonial highlights the possibility that California style neo-tantric sex trainings provide a very useful and liberating therapy. But they may not offer the same sophisticated internal energy and spiritual self-mastery as the combination of qigong and Taoist sexual alchemy. This is for each individual to explore and decide.
Which to train first –Healing Love or Fusion?
If you are taking live workshops, the only pre-requisite for Healing Love is Qigong Fundamentals 1 & 2. But it is strongly recommended that you also get the increased energetic grounding from Qigong Fundamentals 3 & 4 and the emotional and deep channel grounding of the Fusion 1-2-3 practices.
If you learn those first, you will get more out of the sexual practices and move more quickly to a higher level. Many people – men especially – tend to skip Fusion and race ahead directly to the sexual practices. But mastery of “sexual kung-fu” will be limited if you do not also master your emotions.
It is easier to master your emotions when they are not inflamed with sexual passion. Taoist sexual practices will amplify your energy level, but that also risks amplifying old emotional patterns embedded in your sexual identity.
Taoists sexual practices help us regulate our outer sexual desires and sexual functioning. But our sexual drive is infused with many incomplete feelings. By completing those feelings internally with Fusion, we can then make conscious our emotional conflicts and better manage what is purely sexual.
Clearing our emotional field enables us to handle much more powerful sexual energy flow. We tend to project our sexual issues onto a partner or into our relationships.
This turns our relationships into a kind of Theatre of the Personality.
Fusion allows us to resolve many issues in our private inner Soul Theatre, so we don’t need to play them out in the Personality Theatre. The goal is to integrate the soul and personality theatres into one process.
Kan & Li: Inner Sexual Alchemy.
Fusion and Healing Love practices are both essential preparation stages from the Taoist hermit One Cloud’s First Formula for Achieving Immortality.
The Second Formula deals with inner sexual alchemy, and is called The Lesser Enlightenment of Kan and Li (Water & Fire).
It trains us in the copulation of one’s inner male and inner female energies. But if you can’t manage your outer sexual relations, it will be an obvious obstacle in managing your internal sexual energy.
Tao of Sex & Martial Arts: The big secret not revealed by most sifu (who want to keep their fighting edge) is that super-charging your martial training with sexual energy is the key. This is not our personal training focus, but it is an application that any student may choose for themselves. It is even more essential that this training include Fusion practice, to prevent sexual energy from amplifying unconscious anger and violence.
Summer retreat rebate: If you buy any homestudy course and later take the Healing Love summer retreat within a year, you get about half your money back for the homestudy course at the time you register. Do I need to buy the Taoist Secrets of Love (for men) or Healing Love (for women) books? These are useful reference works and contain valuable details and illustrations. Just need to keep in mind that the audio material supercedes and updates the written materials.
The Multi-Orgasmic Man, Woman, and Couple books are essentially re-writes of these original titles, and again are optional purchases. They don’t contain any methods not given in the audio courses. But the editor has done additional research into western sexology that offers an interesting juxtaposition to Taoist sexology.
Time Frame to learn the sexual practices: This varies considerably with how deeply ingrained your sexual habits are “frozen” into your current energy body structure. Best to not put any time frame on this practice – just accept it will be a life-long process.
The sexual identity confusion is The Big Issue for humanity, and is not going to be resolved by learning a few techniques. You’ve got six more Tao alchemical formulas to help with this Big Issue. Each individual progresses at a unique pace.
Time frame may be affected by personal nature, health issues, your openness to subtle energy, and amount of time spent practicing. Those who take a Healing Tao retreat or workshop, with its live transmission, may progress much faster. Live work with a group adds momentum to your chi experience.
The rule of thumb is to experiment with a new method until you feel you “own the practice’. This means the chi flow of that practice is inside you, you can tap it anytime, it feels comfortable and familiar.
It’s become a tool, you can use it when needed. You do NOT need to “master” or “perfect” these practices before learning the next course – which in my sequence is Inner Sexual Alchemy: Lesser Enlightenment of Kan & Li. Just as the “self” is a fluid process, “self-mastery” is a continuous, lifelong process. Please, don’t use “lack of mastery” as an excuse not to try the next level.
I am still in the process of taking these practices to ever more subtle levels – after 25 years! No matter how advanced you become, life will continually serve up new challenges to whatever level of clarity of being you’ve achieved.
Healing Love Course Handout
- Top 3 Sexual Energy Building Qigong forms
Left & Right Kidney Pumping, a.k.a. Deep Earth Pulsing.
Cosmic Swimming Dragon (spiral pink sexual chi around sun, moon, stars)
Sexual Marriage of Heaven & Earth (Audio integrates Empty Force Breathing, not taught on video)
- Fire & Water Qigong Ceremony (Facing South for Heart & North for Kidney Harmony)
- Lying Sexual Qigong forms
Pelvic rocking and circling sacrum.
Belly and groin massage (with laughing practice also)
Inhale outer universe into dantian; exhale inner body universe to mingmen
- Sitting & Kneeling Sexual Qigong
Rubbing kidneys according to Taoist numerology
Rubbing ears to stimulate kidneys.
Stroke inside leg/kidney meridians; slap kidney-1 point.
Hands over ears, with kidney rotations
Kneel with pelvic lifting & pumping.
- Standing Sexual Qigong to Circulate Kidney Chi
Walking Knee lifts.
Knee slapping on Bladder-40 pt.
Arm and leg swings to open psoas
Grab ankles, breathe into kidney meridian
Breathe testicle/ovary pink chi to heart, eyes.
- Standing Lung – Kidney Sexual Qigong
Arms/palms open lungs; close fists over mingmen, kidney sound.
Short arm swings, movement originates from pelvis.
Large arm scoops: activates lung meridian to expand kidney chi.
Fast out-of-sync circles with palms scooping chi into kidneys.
Waist circling with hands on kidneys.
Belt channel circling, palms gather chi around waist.
- Sexual Qigong to Concentrate Kidney Chi in Dantian
Slow moving Chi Ball front-back, left-right, up-down.
Sexual Qigong Article:
Sexual Qigong: Secret Tao Path to Completing our Human Identity
By Michael Winn Note: This transcript is from a spontaneous talk on Taoist sexual practice given in Switzerland a few years ago.
It is mostly the theoretical discussion of the relationship between Taoist cosmology, sexual identity, and the spiritual “fall” that occurred through the splitting of the original human being into male and female sexes. And how the loss of yuan chi that resulted from this “fall” can be healed with sexual qigong and inner alchemy.
If we are to discuss the topic of sex with its many taboos, may I ask everyone present to first take both of your hands, and cover up your sexual organs like a fig leaf.
I want you to feel personally safe – while I remove the fig leaf from the biblical Adam and Eve story that has confused our cultural consciousness in the West for two thousand years. We’re going to replace it with a Taoist sexual cosmology, and explore why the Taoists felt the need to develop a practical qigong science of sexology to resolve what is hiding beneath that fig leaf.
We traditionally say qigong is divided into medical, martial, and spiritual aspects.
Sexual qigong, like human sex, is a bit messy and doesn’t easily fit into any of those categories.
Rather sexual qigong is an alchemical art, as it bonds all categories into one core process.
Sexual Qigong explains why we fight to love and heal each other in the name of some nameless holy cause. It reveals why the body is so precious in Taoist cultivation.
The whole challenge in clearing our sexual identity confusion is that we’re living in the middle of it. You can’t really escape having a sexually prejudiced perspective.
You’re in a sexed male or female sexed body, and the basic problem is that the core of your being – what Taoists call your Original Spirit- is not sexed. So there is a tension right away between your manifest sexual self and your core self.
If we were going to put this into a little cosmological story, our original self is birthed in from the wuji, which means the Supreme Mystery. From this pre-cosmic womb our Original Spirit appears. There is no male; there is no female, there’s no sexual tension, there’s no sexual identity- because there is only one identity.
Cosmic Gourd Births Itself
The jing, chi, and shen –our primordial substance, energy (literally “inner breath”) and intelligence – are still merged together, folded inside the cosmic egg, In some variations of this Taoist cosmology, all the original ingredients of Nature are mixed inside a cosmic gourd.
This gourd is often depicted on Chinese statues and paintings, and represents the primordial self, perhaps an ancient myth about a vegetative deity that bursts forth into fullness out of thin air.
The empty space inside the gourd holds the essences of primordial yin and yang, reflected in the figure 8 shape of the gourd. This is the stage of hun tun, or chaos-unity, a kind of primordial heaven. Somehow that gourd or egg cracks open and begins having a type of primal sex.
It means the polar male and female force, living within the same consciousness, starts multiplying. In the Tao Te Ching’s famous verse 42 this cosmology is described with sexed Numbers: Tao births One, One births Two, Two births Three, the Three births the Ten Thousand Things. This describes the process of our original breath, or yuan chi, polarizing itself into yin and yang.
The sexual friction between yin and yang births our prenatal self, an intermediate dimension called Early Heaven.
This “formless” early heaven realm is not entirely formless, as it holds subtle energetic shapes. Within the moving friction between yin and yang, known as taiji, or Supreme Greatness, early heaven has both sexes.
The Chinese myth here is of a primal brother and sister having an incestuous love affair.
This is a way of describing the androgynous nature of this phase of our being, as we humans now consciously have an internal male and an internal female.
One could say we are now bisexual, but the exact term is androgynous. We are not male and we are not female.
We hold both elements withina single Energy Body. Because we have still a lot of yuan chi at the core of that body, those two sexed elements are perfectly in harmony.
They identify each aspect of themselves as part of one whole. So there’s still a unified sense of self. Even though we have these male and female sides.
The Origin of Sexual Tension
Then we somehow make a transition from our prenatal or Early Heaven self to our postnatal or Later Heaven physical self.
In the process of shifting from an quasi-formless energetic dimension into our physicality, we split apart our male-female Energy Body. We push part of ourselves into a male body, and another aspect into a female body. So here we are today, a few million years later, trying to figure out what happened.
We are still running around trying to complete ourselves, like chickens with our heads cut off. Trying to figure out, “Where is my other sexed half?” We keep looking for this perfect partner, who is going to be the other half, so that we can go back to being our whole self, the androgynous self that had both halves.
In order for this story to be perfect and have a happy ending, we have to sew the two halves of the body together to make them back into one body. But we can’t do that physically, because the original pieces of ourselves are scattered over millions of years of separate male and female ancestors. We can only do it energetically – hence the development of sexual qigong science.
So here is our confusion. We’re in a sexed body- dominated by either yang or yin chi, in order to sustain those male or female physical body functions and the different cultural roles to which sex predisposes us. We also know that yin and yang are never totally separate. Even though we are dominant male or female, there has to be this other side of us – our unconscious male or female, or our inner male or inner female, as opposed to our outer sexed body.
That inner male or inner female is a carryover from our prenatal self. Those prenatal forces are still there hiding inside of us, but they’ve gone deep unconscious because of the separation into different sexed bodies for so long.
This is what accounts for the struggle between the sexes. When it gets nasty, we call it the “battle of the sexes”. We naturally seek to sustain our own sexual body functions. Yet we try, at the same time, to complete our self by seeking the “missing half” of our sexual nature, the half that used to consciously function in our pre-natal self.
So our natural biological instinct is to behave as male or be female. Yet this polarized sexual behavior creates at the same time a separation between us and the other half of the planet’s population.
This makes it even more difficult to find the other half of our sexual self within. These forces tend to widen the gulf between the human male and the female. We know men and women tend to think a bit differently- their energetic natures are different. Their biological needs are different.
The challenge is that at the same time we’re trying to reconcile the tension within our own sexed nature, we find ourselves in sexual relationships interacting with someone with a polar opposite nature.
Core Human Destiny: To Complete our Sexual Drive
While we are struggling with the inner and outer sexual polarity, the question is: How do you get completion? How do you, in the middle of all this sexual separation and confusion, how do you return to your original self? Your original self is neutral. It’s pre-sexual and has no sexual identity. And our manifest self is very sexually polarized. So this is the challenge. Its also the solution provided by sexual qigong.
This is why sex is usually avoided by most spiritual teachings and most spiritual teachers. Because it’s a mine field. It’s a dangerous place for the original spirit to try and get involved. Original Spirit includes what is called the Inner Observer or Witness The Original Spirit’s very neutrality is what allows it to be so all embracing of the good, bad, and the ugly aspects of ourselves.
Its virtue is its “unconditioned” nature. It’s difficult to embody the original self because our sexual energy- the jing body- is at the opposite end of the spectrum of consciousness, it is very polarized.
Our male or female body and its deep drives overwhelms our sense of our neutral core self. It’s much easier to “drop out” and meditate on your neutral spirit and avoid dealing with this “problem down there” of separation at the jing level.
Yet no matter how much you meditate and open up your third eye and your crown and see all the heavens and taste enlightenment, your sex doesn’t change. Most qigong is very helpful in this regard, it is embodied and helps us focus on both the yin and yang currents of chi. But most qigong players never learn to resolve the tension between their shen and the polarized sexual energy.
Even when you allow your spirit to enter more fully into the body, it does not change the body’s sexuality.
The jing chi is so powerful it still holds its form. Its only when you split it open like an atom that you can tap into the cosmic orgasm pulsating like a silent nuclear exposion inside all body/matter.
So, where do we go from here? Do we get a sex change operation? Do we sew on both a penis and a vagina? Will we feel better about our sexual identity then? Anybody tried that? Want to share your experience? Or some of us, instead of having sex change operations, may prefer acting out different sexual identities with different partners.
We may be heteroal. All are energetic ways of expressing that same “uncertainty” over what to be. Another layer of complication. People sometimes have a male body, but they feel like a female inside. Or vice versa. The church’s solution is to basically have a baby and forget about it. Don’t talk about it anymore.
Don’t get involved in it. Just pray. Get through your life. Eventually “God” will solve your problem for you. This approach glosses over the issue of who exactly created this separation of the sexes, as that is where you get the idea of original sin.
In the Bible Adam and Eve sinned by eating from the Tree of Knowledge and this somehow got them into trouble with God. Only the story is very confused. It’s not clear what exactly who is responsible. Does the responsibility lie with man, with woman, or with God? The fig leaf’s real function is to cover up the truth, not to reveal it.
Yuan Chi Lost when the Sexes Split
Let’s look at sexual birth as the final movement through primordial, early, and later heaven. I think the story gets much clearer when you look deeply inside the Taoist cosmology. What happened when we shifted from early heaven to later heaven, and we split into a male and female body is that the yuan chi was lost.
It got scattered here in the physical plane. It was the loss of this yuan chi that is creating the confusion. If we still had our core identity – a strong sense of our core channel within our physical body- and not a mostly polarized yin/yang or female/male identity- we would not be so confused. But instead we are like half of a magnet walking around trying to find the other half to get stability.
There are two basic Taoist approaches in sexual qigong to achieving sexual equilibrium: one is external and one is internal. The external involves finding a sexual partner. And forming some type of dyadic relationship(s). In which you try and exchange and get some harmony between these two polarities of male-female.
This gave rise to the Taoist bedroom arts, the external sexual qigong known popularly as dual cultivation. It also developed into a medical branch of sexology to heal the physical sexual dysfunction.
This level is mostly about stabilizing the postnatal yin-yang interaction in the body, it’s not subtle enough to grasp the internal energy dynamics. Of course you quickly find out that there are not just two sexual polarities- there are four poles here. Because regardless of your sexual preference. each person has an inner male and an inner female. Both partners have a physical body, and both partners have an inner male and a female.
That makes two boys and two girls trying to find harmony in every relationship. You are going to play out these roles and explore them through an exchange of energy. The drama of every relationship is trying to find some kind of equilibrium.
If it becomes stable and if you love each other, using that “love” word very loosely, you might build up some yuan chi in the center of those four poles. Then your relationship itself becomes a container for the neutral force or Original Spirit, which in religious language, would be called Divine Love.
The yuan chi is what ultimately holds our human love together, just as its matrix binds the body of Nature into one. That’s what actually makes human love feel sacred. It is not held together by a bunch of outer-projected emotions and words – there has to be some internal energetic glue.
The second approach of the Taoists focused on this “internal glue”, preserved in the internal qigong science, known as neidangong or inner alchemy tradition. This involves “self-intercourse”, inducing the copulation of the yin and yang chi within a single body.
The Spiritual Purpose Behind Every Relationship
That’s the hidden purpose of any long-term commitment – to help each other grow their original nature. It’s really a spiritual purpose, even though people ostensibly stay together for all kinds of reasons: economic, social, personal fear of change, for the kids, or just out of habit.
There are all kinds of reasons why people believe they stay together, but underneath it is a deeper reason. The spiritual reason would be because we can continue creating something together through this interaction of yin and yang energies, creating an equilibrium in which yuan chi can manifest.
Why is Original Breath so important? Because its restoration completes the very purpose of human incarnation – the task of cultivating the original self within the physical plane.
This original energy field, the neutral force holding the center between male and female, between yang and yin, is basically a love child. Yuan chi is the aspect of the Life Force that holds the quality of unconditional acceptance.
Call it Divine Love if you prefer; but it does not imply a need for any action to prove its worth. Yuan chi is the “is”, the matrix, the primal stuff birthing our bodies and the body of Nature. Yuan chi, Original Breath, is a state of being, or rather the dynamic aspect of the ground of being.
It manifests strongly whenever you have sex or exchange your essence in other ways with another being. It’s not male or female love. It’s not “I love you because you do this for me” type of reciprocal love. That is still polarized, basically an emotional exchange.
We won’t call that love – we’ll say it’s a balancing act of the emotions. Whenever a couple begins to fuse identities, something from our androgynous pre-natal self forms. Some people form it instantly, other cultivate it slowly over decades.
This original essence, once formed here in the physical plane, stays here. Whenever we grow our original essence, it serves the Tao by helping Tao to complete itself. Sexual qigong is designed to accelerate and intensify that process. Because what happened to the Original Spirit is that it lost or scattered some of the neutral force – its Original Breath or yuan chi – in the physical plane in the initial act of birthing itself here. This loss occurred at the moment of the splitting of yin-yang into male and female bodies.
The restoration of that original yin-yang harmony within its original matrix of yuan chi is the greatest “te”, or virtue of the Way. We could say it is the Original Virtue that precedes all other virtues.
How the Separation of Sexes Led to Loss of Original Chi
The original human collective lived in androgynous energy bodies in the pre-natal realm. We began this process of physical reincarnation in separate male-female bodies to recover our Original Breath scattered here and to reduce the sense of separation that resulted. We could speculate this loss of yuan chi was unforeseen, an accident.
Since the Tao as the original wholeness of Nature is stepping into the unknown as well, creating itself anew in each moment, there’s nothing that says it couldn’t accidentally create a false separation that persisted in the Later Heaven dimension. Humans became like lost, half-asleep children, whose multiple split streams of consciousness is continually recycled in an attempt to awaken it and integrate it. Note this is NOT the standard concept of reincarnation, with single hard shelled soul recycling endlessly.
The wisdom here is that the Tao itself isn’t actually creating anything. It empowered the original self (yuan jing-chi-shen) sitting in the Cosmic Egg or Gourd to procreate. Once the original or primordial self began dividing, it shifted some aspect of the original spirit and original will (jing) into Early Heaven, which in turn experimented by splitting itself into separate bodies in the physical plane, or Later Heaven.
There’s nothing, no spiritual law, that prevented some aspect of our prenatal consciousness from falling into state of semi-permanent separation. We won’t call it an error, we’ll just say we got into trouble exercising the free will to self-create given to all beings by the Tao. Humans got into a confused state, where we did not have a clear center. “No center” means the yuan chi which balances all yin-yang chi flow got dispersed when our pre-natal self shifted into our post-natal physical body with split sexes.
The lack of yuan chi in the physical plane makes it difficult to communicate with our prenatal or our primordial self.
This loss of yuan chi that occurred at the moment of the splitting of the androgynous bi-sexed self into physical male and female is what eventually caused us humans to think that our core reality was here in the physical, or even that there is no other dimension of our self other than the physical. Our energy body became so polarized, we began to believe that this is our only reality.
That led to a control struggle for the life and death of our physical body, which in turn got acted out as a struggle with the opposite sex. Because somehow we know unconsciously that the opposite sex is holding another piece of our identity.
We find ourselves in the classic “I can’t live with them, and I can’t live without them”. Now I would like to point out to you, in case you were sleeping, that I just gave you the all important hidden key to understanding the split between our sexual Becoming self and our non-sexed Original Being.
You will not find this information reading ancient Taoist texts, or modern ones for that matter. I have never seen it in print anywhere, so some academically minded folks will say I made it up.
This information about the link between sexuality and the dispersion of yuan chi was given to me as a result of my spending some years deeply probing a celestial immortal (physical, but in a parallel dimension) who had become clear enough to access the collective human memory bank. It took me years of practice in the external sexual arts as well as internal alchemy to even ask the right questions. You can accept this story, or not. My source is ultimately irrelevant. All that matters is that when you contemplate this information, does it have the ring of truth that makes sense of the mystery of sexuality?
External vs. Internal Tao Sexual Arts
That is what drives us toward one solution – the external solution, the path of sexually joining together with another being. The difficulty on this path is how to skillfully meet someone in the middle so that both can grasp or create together the yuan chi, the “original breath” that is missing.
This leads us to work out all kinds of compromises along the way.
This external path is what inspired the ancient Taoists to create the bedroom arts (fang zhang). It is what inspired them to write the oldest text books in the world on medical sexology.
The external approach says, “the sexual polarity is here to stay, so let’s manage it energetically as best we can. Let’s take advantage of it to improve our health and pleasure”. This is the path of external sexual alchemy taught as Healing Love.
You live out the male or the female side to its very maximum, but make sure you don’t create an excess or deficiency of your yin or yang energy. Sexual intercourse is played as a two person qigong form. The other Taoist solution to our core sexual tension is the internal path.
This path considers the issue from many levels. The polarization of the sexes is a physical problem, and it’s a spiritual problem. It’s also an emotional/mental problem. If I am going to solve all these levels simultaneously and internally, I must cultivate both my inner male and my inner female. I must find the equilibrium internally between those two poles of my sexed self.
This approach solves the problem by working from the inside out. The goal of this path is to grow my yuan chi and restore communication with my original being, my pre-sexual being. But in order to do that, you have to go through the intermediate stage, your androgynous self.
You can’t go directly from a sexed body to being no-sexed. This is why you need an energy body, that has both poles, male and female, in some type of functional harmony.
This energy body can act as the go between. The later heaven state is where you are still polarized. The reality is that you are going to remain polarized physically. But you can grow the bi-sexed energy body until it becomes your central identity. Once it is stable enough, that Energy Body can then mature and re-birth our original identity, which is pre-sexual and sometimes known as the original Spiritual Body. So that constitutes a complete “conscious” journey from Creation back to Origin. This is not a regression into a primal or primitive state; the second half of that journey back into Creation requires the integration of our primal and socialized self.
Managing our sexual issue during this journey is very tricky, we could say even sticky. Sticky in the sense that sexual chi tends to get stuck or very attached to others at various stages of its development. Sexual energy, or jing chi, functions in the universe like superglue. It holds our different energy bodies together during that journey.
Inner Alchemy Formulas as Way to Regrow the Original Self
Most of us are concerned with the external or social management of our relationships. We’re mostly in the transition stage, getting ready to cultivate the inner male and inner female. This is the practice of the Fusion of the Five Elements, it addresses the issues on the emotional and mental levels, and gives us some powerful tools for harmonizing yin and yang,.
These tools include the inner smile, six healing sounds, the microcosmic orbit, and the macrocosmic orbit (eight extraordinary vessels).
The “Lesser Enlightenment of Kan and Li” formula, which I call Inner Sexual Alchemy, is the next step, as it involves coupling the inner male and the inner female. We move from mere harmony of outer yin and yang, female and male, into deep intimacy internally. We begin to birth our original self by consciously planting its seed in our inner space, like an egg clinging to the side of a woman’s womb.
The next four alchemy formulas are essentially how to couple the sexual polarities at increasinglysubtle levels of nature – sun-moon, inner-earth and inner sun, between humans and stars. You birth your inner immortal child, and then have to raise it up to the level of sagehood.
We begin looking at the health side. How do we solve sexual or reproductive dysfunctions? Whether it’s difficult flow of a woman’s menstrual cycle, P.M.S., or whether it’s some type of sexual dysfunction- premature ejaculation in males, inability to have orgasm, general weakness in sexual vitality.
We need to look at the other end of it. How does sexual vitality relate to having a strong Qigong and meditation practice? That’s the big picture.
The Taoists developed one school of practices, which is called Fan Zhang, which are basically the bedroom arts. That’s how to harmonize your sexual energy with our partner. Included with that are various therapeutic arts of using sexual energy for self healing.
That is very much about our sexual energy affects our physical functioning and also our mental and emotional health. That’s a different set of trainings and practices than the nei dan gong, the internal alchemy practices, where the inner male and the inner female couple and join. But the first set of external sexual practices are very helpful, if not essential, in doing the second set of internal practices. The outer sexual practices keep the physical body strong.
The Polarity between Shen/Spirit and Sex/Jing
Because what happens if we try to get to a higher level of internal practice and we haven’t dealt with our sexual energy?
Our sexual identity issues will hang on us like a huge subconscious weight.
Our unresolved sexuality becomes a kind of conscious darkness which is working as resistance against our attempt to restore spiritual neutrality, detachment or an inner sense of peace.
You have this unresolved sexual desire running about in the subconscious, trying to complete itself by creating a viable destiny in the physical world.
So this is why so many very high, powerful, spiritual teachers came from a celibate life in India and they suddenly found themselves having groupie type of sex with dozens of their students. I’ve documented this on the articles page of my website, its called the “Quest for Spiritual Orgasm”.
It goes into the distinction between the quest for enlightenment and the quest for immortality. The latter involves transmuting your sexual substance. What happened is that these gurus pulled in all this higher shen energy into their head and it just amplified the imbalance at their jing-sexual level.
If you intensify the shen awareness, it will vibrate the suppressed sexual jing chi into awareness.
Our shen, our body spirits, activates the sexual jing because they are in a polar relationship. If the jing is incomplete or unconscious, as it vibrationally expands it begins acting out.
What is the difference between jing and jing chi? The jing is our deep essence that’s holding our form together.
It’s considered to be stored in the bone marrow, which also produces our blood and our hormonal precursors.
These hormonal precursors are manufactured inside the bones, before they move to the glands or the blood moves into the bloodstream. In Chinese medicine the jing has a function somewhat similar to what western medicine calls the stem cells.
You have an undifferentiated substance which then differentiates itself out into many different functions. The stem cells can become a heart cell or a kidney cell, or a skin cell or a brain cell, or whatever it needs to become. So we basically are manufacturing ourselves inside the bones. Our cells get distributed and become more specialized. This substance is jing; jing chi is sexual energy arising from it.
What exactly is Sexual Energy, anyway?
Now if you go to Western sexology, and you ask them what sexual energy is, basically all they can say is: “Well we measure physiological response.” We know that when someone gets sexually excited there’s more blood flow, the heart is beating a little faster, there may be increased hormonal activity.
Testosterone, estrogen levels may change, and that’s about it. There’s some tumescence, some swelling in the genitals, what we call an erection. There may be a swelling of the spongy tissue in the vagina, which increases friction, and a swelling against certain nerves, and that’s it. Is that an adequate description of sexual energy? Does that explain its complexities of the sexual drive? What it’s doing – it’s psychic effect on us? No. It doesn’t explain it at all.
The western model is physiological. And so, it can’t understand it. It can’t really grasp the inner process that is driving sex. It can take statistics and look at trends and say well this is this type of person does this and this one does that.
We know someone screws from this position and someone else needs to talk dirty to get aroused. Western sexology doesn’t have an internal model for understanding this. What’s the model of the mind? So you go to psychology. Do they have an explanation for what sexual energy is? Well, this is quite interesting.
We’ll find that Western Psychology has essentially evolved around the sexual impulse.
Starting with Freud and his sexual neuroses. Of course he was mostly looking at the cause of the defects, not the functioning of the whole person.
This starts with mental illness and he’s focusing on what causes the sexual neurosis obsession at various stages, penile, oral, whatever. Freud didn’t really have an idea of what sexual energy was.
He was just noticing some patterns that somehow your sexual identity was very tied in to other parts of your identity, and then Jung took this further, and started looking at the collective aspects and the function of sexuality , and Wilhelm Reich took it further than that and actually came up with a theory which I am quite certain was stimulated by Eastern theories, the theory of orgone carrying the sexual energy. And his theory was that orgasm was the center of the universe. And that basically we are all gravitating towards orgasm.
That’s basically very close to the Taoist theory. Taoist theory is that primordial yin/yang activity is what’s creating things, is what’s birthing everything. This copulation of yin and yang, continually, at all levels, is what’s birthing out “the ten thousand things”. So essentially, nature is having sex, continuously.
It’s having a perpetual, nonstop, orgasm. And that’s why plants, planets, stars, humans, insects, everything is just bursting with this reproductive vitality.
Yin –Yang Theory is Universal Sexual Theory
So the process of Nature itself, according to Taoist Cosmology, is in effect a sexual theory. It’s saying, how is creation happening? Creation is sexual. So driving us back to the human process of creation, we have two levels of sexuality happening.
One is procreation with male and female producing another being, a child, and one is procreating yourself, your cells dividing and you basically cloning your body-mind. Producing another version of our self each moment. Slowly, cell by cell. And since we’ve got 80 trillion cells, that’s a lot of sexual activity. Imagine 80 trillion cells, each one having a little mini orgasm and reproducing itself! The continuous orgasm of recreating yourself is not a literary metaphor, it is biological reality.
If you were able to amplify and expand your awareness of that cellular orgasm then you would experience a whole body orgasm.
Do you think that might help solve our sexual-spiritual identity crisis? This is what the jing-chi-shen relationship is about in Taoist inner alchemy. This transformation from one end of the continuum to the other, exchanging and recreating yourself each moment.
Rebirthing yourself produces a blissful state which is essentially a steady-state orgasm. On the other end of this spectrum we could talk about a two person orgasm, what happens when you have the proper exchange of energy between a male and a female. But no matter how to look at it, energetic subtle body orgasm and physical orgasm are two ends looking at the same process. It is a genital orgasm at one end, at the other we are having a cellular orgasm which ultimately is a whole body orgasm. We can begin to realize we are actually reproducing ourself each moment.
Accept that you actually have your male-female poles flowing in harmony and you are having sex all the time. Would you feel so frustrated? You might think, “Wow, I’ve already had 23 and a half hours of sex, do I really want to have this extra half hour of sex with you honey? I might be getting too much here.” I am kidding, of course.
The cosmic whole body sexual vibration overflows effortlessly into physical sex if the energetic alignment with one’s partner is proper. End of Lecture excerpt.
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