The Microcosmic Orbit
The information and diagram in this article comes from the book Choosing Life by Dr. Michael Frost pp. 130-136. It was taught to me by two people Dr. Michael Frost and Wayne Chandler. Both of these men are students of Mantak Chia. The Microcosmic Orbit can also be found in the teachings of Mantak Chia.
Awakening Your Healing Life Force Energy
Meditation, properly speaking, is the stilling of the mind. Most of the meditation techniques taught today still the mind using one of several basic approaches. The first is the Zen approach of “silent sitting,” facing a blank wall and watching only your thoughts, until the mind becomes blank. You sit until moment of pure awareness arrives. The second is the Mantra approach in which the mind is rhythmically lulled with sounds or images. After thousands of repetitions the body begins to vibrate at a higher frequency and the meditator becomes aware of the higher energies and sensations of symbols, colors, pictures, or images operating beyond the sensory processes of the ordinary mind.
This approach is different. It does not depend on the total absence of thought. Instead, this system stresses meditating on the flow of chi or life force energy throughout the body. This meditation is the basis of the Healing Tao System called the Microcosmic Orbit Meditation. It is sometimes called the warm current meditation because it helps to direct chi (warm current) along the meridians of the body to the power centers known as chakras. Once the energy is in the chakras it is recycled, conserved, increased, and transformed into a higher form of energy. This enables you to become aware of your higher self and assists in the development of your immortal spirit.
The secret of circulating chi has been passed along for thousands of year in China where it has brought extraordinary improvements to health and the quality of life. I have to add a caution: People who eat and drink food full of preservatives and additives may experience discomfort when circulating chi due to the impurities in their body creating blockages along the meridians. While it is not necessary to be a vegetarian to enjoy the benefits of Microcosmic Meditation you will experience greater benefits by eating and drinking food of a quality higher than fast food and junk food. At least reduce the amount of preservatives and additives in your food and water.
In order to begin circulating chi in the direction of the higher energy centers you have to open the two main channels or meridians that the chakras lie on. In the diagram above the meridians along the back are on the Governor (male) Channel. This runs from the Hui-Yin or perineum (at the base of your body right between your legs) up the spine over the head to the third eye. Energy that runs up this channel is considered Yang or hot and is commonly thought of as Kundalini energy. The meridians along the front are on the Functional (female) Channel. This runs from the Hui-Yin or perineum to the tip of your tongue. Energy that runs up this channel is thought to be Yin or cold. Opening the Microcosmic Orbit is the first stage in “wiring” the body and is followed by opening other routes so your body can handle more energy. When you open more routes the vital organs will be able to receive and contain more energy.
Before I begin the instructions there are a few cautions. The Gia Pe point opposite the heart chakra and the Ta Chui point opposite the throat chakra are not used in this particular meditation. Do not activate these centers when doing the Microcosmic Orbit. The Hsuan Chi or throat chakra is not used in the beginning. Wait until you have achieved a level of success doing the meditation before activating the throat chakra.
Take a moment to closely examine the diagram above. In the beginning I found that staring at the location of each center was enough for me to recall it in my meditations. To open your eyes to take a peek at the diagram during meditation can break your relaxation. Each of these chakras should be visualized as being on a line in the center of the front and back of your body.
How to Activate the Microcosmic Orbit
You need to relax to do any meditation. I sit in a comfortable position and use a technique of visualizing my body parts and mentally telling them to relax. Do you already have a favorite technique? If so, that’s the one to use. Any method used to relax your body and mind is the best one to use.
Once you are relaxed, direct your attention to your navel chakra. With a gentle concentration visualize this chakra generating energy as a golden light. Once you feel the energy gathered there maintain the golden light in it as you bring your attention down to the sperm/ovary palace. With the same gentle concentration as before, visualize this chakra glowing with a golden light. When the energy has accumulated here proceed downward in the same manner to your perineum chakra. Bring your attention to this area and visualize the golden light glowing from within this chakra. When you feel the energy activating the chakra at your perineum maintain the golden light in this and the two previous chakras as you move up to the base of your spine at the sacral pump or coccyx. Bring your attention to this chakra center visualizing it glowing with a golden light as you did at the other centers. Continue up the spine in a similar manner bringing your attention to each chakra center on the diagram above.
Remember to skip Gia Pe and Ta Chui.
Bring your attention to the chakra center at the base of your skull. That’s your cranial pump at the medulla oblongata. Feel the golden light glowing from within as you maintain the light at the previous chakra centers. Once this chakra is activated move your attention up to your crown chakra. Visualize the golden light being generated within this center. Maintain the golden light as you move down your forehead to the mid-eyebrow or pituitary center and bring your attention there.
Connecting the masculine and feminine channels
Now that you have activated the energy in the masculine or back channel it is time to activate the feminine or front channel. Once the feminine channel is activated you can rotate the energy in a circular fashion throughout your body. In order to bring the energy down the front you must connect the two channels by placing the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth. There are three locations you can choose. The further back the better but any one works good. Since this is probably new for you it is best for you to use the one that is most comfortable. 1) The point where your upper front teeth touch your gums; 2) Further back at the center of the roof of your mouth on the hard palate; 3) Further back along the roof where the palate gets soft. With experience you’ll be able to move your tongue back to point # 3 so don’t sweat it if you can’t in the beginning. The important thing to remember is that the only way to circulate the energy is to touch the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth.
Bring your attention to your tongue as you place it to the roof of your mouth. You do not have to visualize your tongue glowing. The tongue is very sensitive. You should experience a change in the flow of energy. The sensation is different for everyone so I won’t try to describe it.
Now that your tongue is connected bring your attention to the thymus gland/heart chakra. Visualize it glowing with a golden light generated from within. As you activate this center maintain the golden light in all the previous chakra centers. Once the energy at your heart center is established move your attention down to the solar plexus point. Visualize the energy being generated there glowing with a golden light. Now that you have activated all the major chakra centers maintain the golden light at each one with a gentle concentration. Remember: Each of these chakras should be visualized as being on a line down the center of the front and up the back of your body.
This is the fun part! Visualize the energy moving, circulating down the front and up the back through all the centers. Keep your tongue to the roof of your mouth and “see/feel” the energy as a golden wheel rolling over and around your body through the chakra centers. Stay relaxed and enjoy! You can add to your energy by mentally opening the centers on the soles of your feet to the earth. Direct the earth energy up your kegs to the perineum and add it to the Microcosmic Orbit. Then open your crown chakra to the energy from the cosmos. Direct cosmic energy into the crown chakra and add it to the Microcosmic Orbit.
I won’t recommend or suggest a length of time for doing this meditation. As with most meditations the longer you do it the more results you’ll get. Try to do it for at least 15 minutes. It works best for me to do this meditation before eating whether it’s in the morning, afternoon, or night.
Collecting and Sealing Your Energy
The Microcosmic Orbit opens, up, energizes, and distributes your natural energy throughout the body. When you’re finished it is necessary to collect the energy and store it in the navel chakra. Women and men use the same technique except they move in different directions.
WOMEN: Stand with your feet hip distance apart. Slightly tighten your perineum muscles. Place your hands over your navel, right hand over left, and move both hands together in a spiral motion to the right or counter-clockwise. Make 36 circles counterclockwise slowly making larger circles, taking care not to go beyond the diaphragm and the pubic bone, then reverse direction and make 24 circles clockwise slowly making smaller circles stopping at the navel.
MEN: Stand with your feet hip distance apart. Slightly tighten your perineum muscles. Place your hands over your navel, left hand over right, and move both hands together in a spiral motion to the left or clockwise. Make 36 circles clockwise slowly making larger circles, taking care not to go beyond the diaphragm and the pubic bone, then reverse direction and make 24 circles clockwise slowly making smaller circles stopping at the navel.
As you energize and empower your chakras you may become aware of obstructions on the pathways and in the chakras. If this happens it is natural. Just take your time when activating that particular chakra or location and send smiling energy to that chakra or location. Actually put a smile on your face and send the energy from that smile to loosen up the blockage. ©2004 Atiba King