|If the life forces flow downward, that is, without let or hindrance into the outer world, the anima
is victorious over the animus; no "spirit body" or "Golden Flower" is developed, and, at death, the
ego is lost. If the life forces are led through the "backward-flowing" process, that is, conserved,
and made to "rise" instead of allowed to dissipate, the animus has been victorious, and the ego
persists after death. It is then possessed of shen, the revealing spirit. A man who holds to the
way of conservation all through life may reach the stage of the "Golden Flower," which then frees
the ego from the conflict of the opposites, and it again becomes part of Tao, the undivided, Great One.
|It was Wilhelm's work that turned Jung in the direction of alchemy, which the Daoists had been
practicing for thousands of year. The circling of light is an alchemical or transforming process. When
the light circles long enough, it crystallizes and the body is transformed. We attain the natural
spirit-body, and this body is formed "beyond all heavens." The sages claim in the Secret of the Golden
Flower that the only tool we need to master is this concentration of thought on the circling light.
Circulating energy through the microcosmic orbit can be done at any time: prior to asana practice, just before meditation, during the long holds in the yin poses, or even at the beginning of Shavasana as we lay on our backs.
In Shavasana, bring your awareness to the second chakra, on the front of the body. This is the svadhisthana, which is about halfway between your navel and pubic bone. Feel, or imagine you feel, energy there. Exhale completely. As you inhale, follow a flow of energy down the midline of your body, under the pubic bone to the tailbone, and then upward, along the spine, the back of the neck, over the top of your head, and right to the ajna point between the eyebrows. Pause here at the top of the inhalation for two or three seconds. As you exhale, slowly feel the energy descend inside the face and throat. Continue to follow the midline of the body down to the sternum, to the navel, and right back to the svadhisthana again. Pause here for two or three seconds before beginning a new orbit.
As you orbit the body, touch each chakra on both the yin and yang sides (front and back) of the body; feel the energy at those points. Two or three minutes of orbiting the energy should be sufficient. When you have finished, release the effort, and let the breath be whatever it wants to be. Watch closely how you feel, without reacting to anything.
There is an orbit beyond the microcosmic called the "macrocosmic orbit." It is not considered as important as the microcosmic loop. The macrocosmic orbit extends the journey of energy down, and back up, the legs as well.
An orbit is a closed, circular path that is repeated over and over. The journey along an orbit never ends. Our journey together down the Yin River is nearing completion … but it too is not ending. While the time has come to leave you, we leave you to continue on with your own journey … perhaps with new guides who will help take you closer to the universal ocean.
|1 -- Called the Marco Polo of the inner world of China.|