“There was a somewhat wild horse tied up and left by its owner in a narrow alleyway. All who came upon it pondered and debated how to pass without getting kicked. One tried running past and was subsequently tumbled to the ground, still not able to get beyond. Another tried jumping over the horse’s legs as it kicked wildly and derived the same result. Yet another attempted to pass through the horse’s legs but got trampled by the down kicks of the horse’s hooves. Meanwhile a crowd assembled and debated vociferously as to how to go about passing by the horse with many theories being postured and no one else having the courage to take any action. Finally, a young girl toward the back of the crowd noticed Master Kung on his ox riding up to the alley from the main street. She hollered to the crowd, “Here is Master Kung: he’ll know how to get past!” Master Kung peered down at the crowd and the horse from the corner, assessed the situation, smiled slightly, and then rode down to the next alley to continue on his way. “(THE CROWDED ALLEY: A Parable by Chuang Tzu, Retold by Michael Hofius)
In Taoist thought the story above is an action of the Art known as Wu Wei or, acting without acting, which means to take actions which don’t disturb the natural order of things, Human or Spirit, Demon or God. When working magick from this principle, one goes with the river instead of swimming against the current. This does not mean to turn the other cheek by becoming a victim and letting life have its way with you. This means being proactive in the Art, working with the order of things, watching the way the current flows, putting a rock here or there to divert the stream, but never blocking the river, and ending problems by not creating them in the first place. By working the Art in this manner you can gain true insight into events all-round you; in the west this is called synchronicity. Synchronicity is a word coined by Carl Jung to describe the temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events. It was a principle that he felt compassed his concept of the collective unconscious, in that it was descriptive of a governing force that underlay the whole of human experience. Jung believed that many experiences perceived as coincidence were due not merely to chance, but instead potentially reflected the manifestation of coincident events or circumstances consequent to this current, this river so to speak. Jung spoke of synchronicity as being an “acausal connecting principle” (i.e. a pattern of connection that is not explained by causality).So let the Horse be Angry, and just takes the Alley that presents itself to you. So what does this have to do with the price of tea in china? Well in Magick, just like in life, timing is key, from Moon phases to Astrological correspondences things work best if you’re on point with the universe depending on what you’re trying to do at any given time. But you can often throw timing out with the bathwater if you just get creative with your application of summoning or travel. We will get back to this a little later, but I just wanted to bring the concept to your attention so that I don’t sound completely mad when I get deeper on the subject.
For those of you the have never heard of it before, Taoist Inner Alchemy or Neidan – a term often used synonymously with Qigong – is the Taoist art and science of gathering, storing and circulating the energies of the human body. In Inner Alchemy, our human body becomes a laboratory in which the Three Treasures of Jing, Qi, and Shen are cultivated, for the purpose of improving physical, emotional and mental health; and, ultimately, merging with the Tao, i.e. Becoming an Immortal. Oddly enough this is also the end goal of the Left Hand Path, and the similarities don’t end there for these two traditions, but now is not the time to talk of such apples and oranges, just know that when I refer to Taoist work and Lucferian Ideals of becoming your own god, I am basically talking about the same thing, but this is my own point of view not any official dogma. The first thing I’d like to cover is something called the tan T’ian or Dantian translated as “elixir field”, “sea of qi”, in the Japanese tradition it would be referred to as the “hara”. For now I will mainly cover the Lower dantian,it is found below the navel (about three finger widths below and two finger widths behind the navel)but will talk about the Middle and Upper Dantian at the end of this work. Find this point with your fingers, see if you can close your eyes and breath into this place within yourself, for the Tan T’ian is your main power “battery” and all of the work that you do from now on in this book will come from or return to this place of balance.
Once a day, in the Morning or Evening (What time “feels” right for you) if you had a deep connection to the Tao what time would you chose? If you can’t even conceive of what I’m talking about, fake it .Did you pick a time? good ,you just preformed Wu-Wei!)I’d like for you to sit or stand with your spine straight, put your tongue up onto the upper palate and practice breathing into the Tan T’ian for 15 minutes. Just see the air coming into your bellybutton as you inhale, then back out as you exhale. No special breath, just easy in and out, in through the nose and out through the mouth (or just use the nose if it is easier for you). Now if you already Meditate, and I hope you do (hint, Hint)you can just add the Tan T’ian Meditation to your daily practice, I need you to “know” where this place is in your body so that any of the other work in this book will make a bit of sense to you. Please do this for one week, or put this book down now and go fishing, come back after you caught something and start again.
After the week is up, if you can find your Tan-T’ian without even thinking about it, move on to the next practice, if not give it another week, what can it hurt? You might even find you truly like the meditation and end up doing it for the rest of your days! So now we are going to move on to some simple circle casting, but in a way that is hardly ever written about, you see in prison you don’t have much room to move once the cell is locked, this also comes in handy if you have a small apartment and you want to throw a circle down with little muss and fuss.
1. Stand in the middle of the room you what to cast the circle in, take a Horseman’s stance (see photo) Say the name of the God, Demon or Angel of your choice (you have a favorite, pick one that speaks to you) <Opening Word>1.
2. Clear your mind put your tongue up onto the upper palate and starts to breathe in and out of your Tan T’ian for around 2 minutes.
3. Now for the fun part, close your eyes and “see” your Tan T’ian as a glowing red ball of fire right behind your navel, stay and breath with it for about 2 minutes
4. When you breathe into the ball of fire see it contract and hold your breath for the count of 3, when you exhale, see it expand and flare up, just like you blew on a campfire. Do not breathe back in for a count of 3.
5. Keep doing #4,but after about 15 sec each time you hold your breath do it for a count of 4,then 5,then 6…..till you can no longer stand it.when doing the out breath hold keep it at a 3 count.
6. When you reach a certain point and the ball of flame is burning like a small sun (you will know when you get there, I promise)draw in a full breath and hold for a 10 count or more, see the ball contract and turn Bright white, then push out while you exhale from you Tan T’ian. See in your mind’s eye the ball expand until it reaches the walls and ceiling of the chamber < the circle or the sphere>2.
7. Now Hold this Vision of the flaming sphere around you and Say “I seal this Sphere in the name of_________!” Use the entity that you opened the rite with. Keep the Sphere up for as long as you can, or for 5 minutes, whichever comes along first, Breath slowly and let the focus of your eyes go, keep your attention on your tan T’ian, trust me, this helps. < the main body of work>
8. When you start to fatigue, Inhale deeply into your Tan T’ian, and at the same time pull and shrink the ball of flame back into your center, hold for a count of five, then say the name of the Entity you opened with.<closing word>
9. Now this is the tricky part, put your right hand over your left ,bring them to your center over your navel and spiral them together 6 times counterclockwise out to the edge of your Tan T’ian, Then spiral clockwise 9 times in toward the navel (see Photo)see and feel the Chi gathering back into your cinnabar field.
This is a very simple Circle casting that can be done quite complexly with a bit of spit and application of the gray matter in your skull pan. After you have tried this for about a week, when casting out the Sphere from your center, try pushing it out at all sides like a ring instead of a Sphere, almost like a ring of Saturn with you as the central body. A circle cast this way is not a thin line going around the circumference, more like a bubble ring, or toroidal bubble, an underwater vortex ring where an air bubble occupies the core of the vortex, forming a ring shape. The ring of air as well as the nearby water spins poloidally as it travels through the water, much like a flexible bracelet might spin when it is rolled on to a person’s arm. The faster the bubble ring spins the more stable it becomes. Bubble rings and smoke rings are both examples of vortex rings—the physics of which is still under active study in fluid dynamics. You can also create a number of bubble vortex rings by pushing out a sphere from your center, then pushing out a ring with your sphere still up. By doing this you give yourself a container of chi to make multiple rings within, then if you spin them around your axis you can cause a critical velocity that, when released, makes for one hell of a banishing ritual. For many purposes a ring vortex may be approximated as having a vortex-core of small cross-section. However a simple theoretical solution, called Hill’s spherical vortex, is known in which the vortices is distributed within a sphere (the internal symmetry of the flow is however still annular). Such a structure or an electromagnetic equivalent has been suggested as an explanation for the internal structure of ball lightning. So by using your own Chi or the Chi of the earth, moon, stars or Aunt manila you can power your vortex ring to do some very amazing things. I should warn you, this type of work will drain you if you don’t collect the Chi back into the Tan T’ian, and also it may be a good Idea to pull Chi from something around you and cycle it threw your Micro-cosmic Orbit when making many Rings and Spheres. “What is a Micro-cosmic Orbit, Vincent?” “You make my Brain hurt when I think about this stuff and then everything goes all pear-shaped, Vincent!”….I know, this is a lot of odd dense material, just bear with me and I will cover everything in due time.
The Microcosmic Orbit is one of the most well-known of qigong practices based in the Eight Meridians. Much like the Chakra system of Yoga, our energy circulates naturally along this pathway, moving from the perineum up along the spinal column, and then down along the center-line of the front of our torso, back to the area of the lower Dantian. This circuit – along with our grosser levels of physical functioning – is “fed” via the umbilical cord. Most generally, the purpose of the Microcosmic Orbit practice is to create a continuous circular energetic loop between two distinct meridians: the Ren (Conception Vessel) and the Du (Governing Vessel). In Ancient times this exercise was called “driving boat along the river” for the channels resemble rivers, and to drive a boat along the river, the river must have enough water, i.e. Chi (or Qi). Practicing the MO we always put our tongue up onto the upper palate, just like in the previous exercises, thus enclosing both channels and encouraging constant energy circulation along the Microcosmic Orbit.
The Practice of the Microcosmic Orbit.
1. The first steps are to still the body, calm the mind, and regulate the breath. Sit, stand in Horseman’s stance or lay on your back, in a quiet place, eyes half closed. If you are sitting, your spine should be upright, with your feet flat on the floor, sitting forward enough so your Privates are off the chair(the same goes for the ladies ,just let it hang free), You may also use full or Half Lotus if your legs can bend that way.
2. Focus your attention on your Tan T’ian, and visualize a small ball of energy, a ball of golden light, bright like the sun. Maintain the attention on the Tan T’ian until you feel the Chi build in the ball. This could be heat, or just a sensation of it being there.
3. Begin abdominal breathing. Just inhale through your nose and your abdomen expands, not your chest. It is the way babies breathe. Exhale through your slightly opened mouth, keeping your tongue touching your palate just behind your upper front teeth.
4. Inhale and visualize or imagine this small ball of Chi passing down from the Tan ’T’ian, past the Hui Yin, up through the coccyx. Then see the Chi ball rising up to the Ming Men and then to where the ribs meet the spine, then going through this area and right on up to the back of the head, where it joins the neck.
5. Then visualize or imagine this Chi ball in the center of your brain, taking in Chi through the Bai Hui point on the top of your head. Spiral the Chi ball 6 times counterclockwise, starting in the middle of your brain then moving out to the edge of your skull, Bring it back in clockwise 9 times, just like you did at the naval in the last practice.
6. Next, focus your attention on the Yin Tang point between and just above the eyebrows and draw energy into the ball of Chi from this point as the ball passes and goes to the roof of your mouth and the tip of your tongue. You will feel a tingling sensation where your tongue and palate meet. This ends your inhalation.
7. I want you to work with this Chi for a few minutes, See how it feels, taste it. Look slowly to the left and then to the right of the room you are in. Does anything look different? Notice everything is slightly sharper in focus, but at the same time you may see Auras on things you’ve never noticed before. Now let the Chi sink down through the palate and tongue (which you still have pressed onto your palate), into the throat, and then to the heart. Taking a breath or two while the Chi is in your mouth can help you focus on the ball.
8. Now take a Breath, see the Chi ball grow brighter then Exhale and send more Chi from your mouth down to your heart. From the heart, draw it down through your solar plexus, past your navel, and down into the lower Tan T’ian, where Chi gathers and mixes, in the Cinnabar Field. Then begin another cycle.
9. Once you have done between 6 and 12 cycles, bring the Chi back to the Tan T’ian, Spiral it as I have shown you and store it there.
As you can see, and feel, this is a very powerful practice and is the base of ALL Taoist Inner alchemy, once you get a feel for chi and how it works in the body you can do all kinds of amazing things, charge objects, take and give energy from people places and things, and in advanced work, heal or harm with it. How does it help with Conjuration, you may ask? Well let me give you an example ,say you are calling a spirit of Mercury ,and you know that the color correspondence of Mercury is Orange, then you can change the color of the Chi you project to Orange, that way you are more in line with Mercury, an Even more powerful of a use, do the M.O. Meditation within the day and Hour of Mercury, then Draw the energy of Mercury into your Tan T’ian for use in summoning or just to become more witty and well-spoken for an hour or two. I use these three practices extensively in all of my work, so please work on these meditations for at least a month before moving on to the other practices that I may talk about. Six months is a much better foundation, but I know you are all quite impatient with the big dance/ball/ orgy coming up in your life. But I need you to KNOW, without a shadow of a doubt what Chi feels like running through your Ren (Conception Vessel) and the Du (Governing Vessel) for the rest of the system to work. If not, then just turn the computer off and go Bowling, then come back and start again.
Stay Gold Folks…..
Copyright-Vincent Piazza 2015