Microcosmic Orbit

Microcosmic Orbit, Circulation of the Light

Sitting in meditation, all at once a surge of warm energy rose up my spine to my crown and then fell like a waterfall down the front of my body. The energy took off, rising and falling in a circle with its own momentum and caused my body to rock. I started to sweat even though the meditation hall was cool inside. The bell rang at the end of the sitting and I gathered chi in my navel into a ball of energy, a vibrant, golden pearl that sparkled like a diamond. What was this energy doing? Generating light, warmth and life-force!

Later I read about this “Circulation of the Light” in a book called “Awaken Healing Energy through the Tao” by Mantak Chia. He wrote that when people open the “Microcosmic Orbit” profound shifts would happen from within to awaken natural self-healing. This motivated him to bring these amazing teachings of Inner Alchemy to the West about 30 years ago.

Inner Alchemy is a way to transform something that is dense and dark into something that is penetrated with the light of consciousness, transparent and golden, filled with virtues and integrity. When raw sexual energy circulates through the Orbit it moves through four pumps along the spine: the Sacrum, Adrenal, Dorsal and Cranial pumps, which pump the sexual waters upwards. These energy pumps also refine the energy from a dense state in the lower centres to a more refined state as it moves through the upper centres.

In the embryo as the first cells divide the front and back channels are formed. The creative energy runs through the Orbit like a subtle breathing to facilitate the deveolpment of the fetus, so it also called “Prenatal Breathing”. The Microcosmic Orbit links up the Governing Vessel in the back, which governs Yang Chi in the body, and the Conception Vessel in the front, which is a source of Yin energy. The Conception Vessel ends in the tongue and the Governing Vessel ends in the palate, so putting the tongue on the roof of the mouth acts like a circuit breaker to link the flow together.

How does the Microcosmic Orbit generate light? If you put an electric wire between a positive and negative pole you can generate electricity. Our negative charged pole is in the perineum, called the Hui Yin or Meeting of Yin and our positive charged pole is in the crown, called “Bai Hui” or Meeting of a Thousand Places. So when you circulate energy between these two poles you are a generator of free energy! The whirling action pulls in an abundance of energy from the Heavens, Earth and Human plane around us. Your centre of gravity below your navel is like the magnetic core of the earth. As the moon orbits around the earth, so the orbit describes the phases of the moon. Imagine a ball of energy at the base of the spine as a new moon, which rises to crown as the full moon, its most yang phase.

There are a few ways to circulate the chi in the Orbit: up the front and down the back, the Water Cycle, and up the back and down the front, the Fire Cycle. The Water Cycle has the effect of opening our psychic abilities and relaxing the nerves down the spine. The Fire Cycle helps us to awaken heightened awareness and grow our initiative in life. It has the benefit of containing and protecting our energy field as we go out into the world. The direction of the cycles can vary at different times of our life. For example, in the womb the flow of the fire cycle activates our growth, in childhood the flow of the water cycle helps to develop our imagination, in adulthood the flow of the fire cycle develops our manifestation power and in elders the flow of the water cycle enhances self-reflection and spiritual growth.

The Orbit weaves together and integrates the three Tan Tiens: head, chest and lower abdomen, which correspond to the zones of thinking, feeling and willing. It distributes chi to all the chakras and acupuncture meridians and nourishes the growth of our soul and spirit. It builds the energetic foundation for spiritual development.

Often people experience heat or shaking as the circulating energy breaks up resistance and blockages in the physical and subtle bodies. The heat is caused by the friction as it scrubs through the channels. When this energy is awakened it wants to heal and open the body. It has incredible wisdom, which can do amazing work when you trust and let in happen. This a safe way of cultivating “Kundalini” or primordial energy as it embraces both the ascension and expansion of consciousness and the incarnating and embodiment of the refined energy to grow and evolve all parts of ourselves. Kundalini, the power of evolution, once awakened, is a profound catalyst for renewal on all levels, physical, emotional, and spiritual.

The conscious circulation of chi in this way plays an important role in longevity. As one ages the energy tends to polarize, cold sinking and heat rising. Excess heat rising can lead to mental agitation and heart conditions and excess coldness sinking can lead to weaker digestive fire and stiff joints, for example. By integrating hot and cold tendencies the “Warm Current Meditation” makes us feel more balanced and youthful.

This circulation plays an essential role in cultivating sexual energy and is central in the practice of Tao Tantra. When a couple is conscious of exchanging energy during lovemaking they can weave their Microcosmic Orbits together joining at the heart, genitals or Third Eye. Their light energy generates love so they can really “make love”, “make joy”, “make courage” and grow limitless potential of creativity, wisdom, and bliss.

I have been practicing and teaching Taoist Inner Alchemy for over 25 years and we close every practice session with circulating the Microcosmic Orbit. The individual or the group feels calm, centred and grounded. The practice embodies the realization that we are interconnected to all life, a Microcosm of the whole universe. Through the practice of generating light. love and lifeforce we expand our potential to heal ourselves and evolve the world.

Minka de Vos, Senior Universal Tao Instructor, draws from her extensive background in energy arts and her own soul journey. She has dedicated over 25 years to spiritual embodiment, teaching and healing work. She co-founded Silent Ground Retreats, for long–term, life-transforming programs. Her profound Kundalini Awakening opened doors for universal wisdom to move through her. She has worked and co-taught with Taoist Master Mantak Chia for over 25 years and is part of the core faculty of the Universal Healing Tao System. She also co-teaches Healing Love with Michael Winn of the Healing Tao University each summer. She is a certified Master of Medical Qigong by the International Institute of Medical Qigong and has organized and assisted in the 3 year training. She teaches and gives private sessions internationally.

She is a dancer and creator of ‘EnChant Dance”, based on Eurythmy, the etheric movement of sound. Minka creatively integrates intention, awareness, visualization, breath, healing sounds, chanting, self-massage and movement into the practices of Inner Alchemy Meditation, Taoist Sexual Energy Cultivation, Tao Yoga and Qigong. She inspires people to live with passion, love and compassion, honoring their body, chi and relationships and the world around them. She is the author of “Feminine Treasures” Playbook, “Heart Qigong” and other DVDs and CDs http://www.silentground.com/