The meditation skills taught within the Lotus Tree, refer specifically to developing some of the skills within the vast system of Internal Arts available within Taoist cultivation.
There are many applications in learning Nei Dan/Nei Gong otherwise known generically as Internal Alchemy.
Beginners Internal Arts start with developing ability to ‘scan’ your body and vital organs on a regular basis to strengthen and replenish lost energy that give rise to various conditions, ill health, depletion and general dis-ease. It includes specific healing sounds to strengthen vital organs and clear circulation within the body.
The main aim is to get the student to start feeling confident in participating in their own healing process and to develop techniques that work in conjunction with their current treatments/health cultivation, whether in western or alternative medicine. To develop an awareneness of the internal body within. It is also to develop a certain sort of Yi, a body mind that exists outside the thinking mind and arises quite naturally when mental activity subsides. The bodymind holds many secrets to healing and evolution of ones unified ecosystem.
This is to develop a certain sort of “exquisite attention” as one of my students put it, in attaining a certain sort of deep inner relaxation of the inner body allowing the Qi to flow more easily. It is not a form of awareness that can be developed through sports or external arts. Its basis and powerful healing potential lies in attaining a deep inner stillness and open relaxation which is the root intelligence of natural and perfect functioning health.
The core aim in various methods taught is to become aware of the body as having “”internal space.” Space in the organs, connective tissue , skeletal frame, muscle and tendon system. We feel the hidden inner body within and from this point can start liberating the hidden potential within qigong forms. the content of Qi (energy) within the form of Gong (external form work)
At an intermediate level students go further into exploring a more advanced state of relaxation, starting to “feel” the movement of Qi (Chi) rather than imagine or visualise it. It becomes a physical experience.
Concurrently we start to access and activate the healing potential of sexual energy and develop ability to ” marrow wash” the body at the deepest level for optimum cell regeneration. The process starts to “leaden” the quicksilver “mercurial” restless mind and bring it home to the body. It is the qi gong way of developing meditation potential with longer periods spent in this state in everyday life.
At an advanced level study continues with awareness developing to consciousness of another plane of existance, that of “Neutrality” where hidden and subconcious emotions controlling our behaviour and body, are brought to the light of consciousness and dissolved quite easily. We do have the power to untwist our connective tissue knots , clear the meridians and the connect the electrical flow within us.
Advanced work includes living within the “naturally” breathing inner body “no breathing breathing” where inefficient over exertion and undue “effort” of the bodys natural functions, breathing , eating, moving , stillness is reduced or dissolved to an efficient minimal effort , allowing natural health to take over. We start to consciously “get out of our own way,” rather than consciously striving to “get healthy” or “happy.”
A unified Mind Body Spirit becomes one integrated state of awareness rather than 3 different states . We learn how to maintain an ever increasing relaxation of inner tension and let our natural intelligence “get on with it.” This is wu wei, the ability to let it happen and our intervention to correct a distorted Qi field becomes easier and easier.
One of the benefits is that we are able to clear illnesses and tensions at seed level quite easily, where ever they appear so have increasing guardianship over our own functions.