The Idiot's Guide to Taoist Alchemy Qigong, Enlightenment,
Neidan, Nei Kung, Neigong training for males
The Idiot's Guide to Taoist Alchemy Qigong Neidan training for males
Now we know from history that the training has been done by rote,
the explanations mired in alchemical secrecy, and then if someone
does achieve the rare status of qigong master it's only because
they've been able to store up their energy sufficiently. In which case
for real qigong masters they then need to protect their energy, dole
it out carefully, build up a base of students, etc. It's obviously not
easy especially considering this shamanic training goes against the
grain of the modern world.
“Your language-focused mind is an idiot; only spirit has
wisdom. No matter how much book knowledge or street
smarts you have, it won’t help with spiritual affairs. Spiritual
wisdom is only voiced by spirit. You may be its instrument,
but you don’t know jack squat. Get over yourself and allow
spirit to take over. Easier said than done. And it’s never
done.” Dr. Bradford Keeney
So then the basic principle of enlightenment training is to
visualize, with the eyes closed, spirit-light or shen, beneath
the life force or jing energy (see the first image above). Spirit
or shen turns generative force (jing) into yuan qi. "Since it is
the undivided yin-yang it is called the One vitality." p. 122,
Taoist Yoga: Alchemy and Immortality. As the Tao Te Ching
“empty the mind and fill the belly” which are
reminiscent of later Daoist inner alchemy breathing
practices meant to tonify the energy center in the
lower abdomen. Chapter 40’s passage “the
movement of Dao is reversal”
Alchemically this means we visualize and focus our fire or
spirit qi underneath our water or life force qi, in order to bring out the qi hidden within spirit and life force.
The alchemical bellows as the harmony of heaven and earth is based on the heart as the furnace of spirit-fire with
the kidneys as the cauldron of life force water. So it is a combination of the bellows as the lungs, using the deep
breathing, and proper intention to then both raise the water and lower the fire to activate the alchemical process. So
only by closing the eyes will the furnace fire of the heart stop going out of the eyes as spirit and then by visualized
below the water of the life force hormones. Above the
navel, deep in the body, is the "zhonggong" and
below the navel is the lower tan tien or lower dantian.
So then straight behind the navel is considered the
"wuji point" of the body:
Taoist Yoga: Alchemy and Immortality: "nature and
life [spirit and vitality or shen and qi] change place
during the shutting and opening process [of the
bellows]." So life (yuan qi) goes above nature (yuan
shen) on the in breath - the shutting of the bellows -
and nature (yuan shen) goes below life (yuan qi) on
the out breath - the opening of the bellows.
Taoist Yoga: Alchemy and Immortality: "Prenatal
vitality [yuan qi] is produced and stored up by this process while the
heart and lower abdomen mingle."
The symbol as the back image for this blog is the oldest symbol of Wuji
or Wu Chi, and originally it was with the Chinese characters for
alchemical fire and water (but contrary to the below quote claims - the
red/black color was not added till the Ming Dynasty. ( The Genesis of an
Icon: The "Taiji" Diagram's Early History by François Louis, 2003
of the Tang dynasty, who used the symbol to denote a balanced
consciousness in which “the true and the false” are blended
(Louis, p. 177).... Furthermore, since this diagram was a product
of the Tang dynasty, the Daoist ideas of nèi dān (
内丹) or inner
alchemy, were already established (Robinet & Wissing, 1990).
There are three main types of human energy. The first type: xian tian qi (pre-natal energy), also
known as yuan qi (original qi) is derived from ching (primordial essence) which is yin by nature.
So the original qi is discovered alchemically, the qi of the universe, by putting fire underneath water to create steam
or as it's called in medical qigong: Prenatal Wu Jing Shen.
“When Chaos was undivided, the Yin-yang Air was chaotic and dark; and ... Hence motion and rest
have no end, and the Yin-yang have' no beginning,”
actually the Yuan Qi, the "undivided yin-yang" as the "one vitality":
the primal qi” (li yuanqi
理元氣), since they are themselves formless.
Tang Dynasty - oldest image of Tai Chi was originally red and black: means "fire under water" to create qi
A boundary [divided] the original qi. That which was pure and bright spread out to
form Heaven; that which was heavy and turbid congealed to form Earth.
We can see then that by meditating with the eyes closed with the shen spirit Heaven below
the jing Earth we return back to the Yuan Qi and this alchemical process is the secret of
The first one [character for
qi] is made of the steam
气) with, below,
the fire (
火 ). We can find
it in the Zhou inscriptions
on the vital breath
circulation, published and
studied by Guo moruo.....
fire is placed under the
water" (the Zhou graph of
Qi : fire under steam !)
Meditating with eyes closed then
stores up the "green dragon" liver
qi (see final section of this article).
Fire qi or spirit qi originates from
the liver but goes out of the eyes
via the heart. The Dragon and
Tiger in alchemy have been
documented back to
our vision accounts for two-thirds of the electrical activity of the brain — a full 2 billion of the 3
billion firings per second — which was the finding of neuroanatomist R.S. Fixot in a paper
published in 1957.
Alchemical Wuji point behind the navel
Dragon Gate Taoist alchemy full lotus lineage: Zhang, Yuanming, and Wang Liping
coherent laser biophoton light.
When we close our eyes and visualize light then that light resonates with the quantum
vacuum to create Yuan Qi energy.
a recent study found that when subjects actively imagined light in a very dark environment their
intention produced significant increases in ultraweak photo emissions.
So spirit light is laser-fire (coherent quantum biophotons) that goes under the water (jing or life force or
neurohormones) to create steam as Yuan qi as "shen-jing." The means that energy is stored non-locally so the
"real" lower tan tien is actually not a physical location once
the third eye opens up. It is the quantum nonlocal
information or a "virtual information" energy field as
qigong master Yan Xin calls the yuan qi that he uses for
Yan Xin Chi Kung, also based on the ancient
Cosmos Chi Kung and developed by the great
Grandmaster Yan Xin, often focuses at the navel.
, as behind the navel. He says when
he goes into the Emptiness he always sees light in his
lower tan tien.
The Lower Dantian sits behind the navel,
almost in the middle of the torso (this
varies depending on the size of the body);
This is actually a spacetime vortex non-local
holographic connection. This is called the
quantum relativistic mass of light or when light is
"heavy" aka "turning the light around" with the spin
of light as the "hidden momentum" or yuan qi of
the shen. Master Zhang, Yuanming of the Dragon
Gate alchemy lineage at the foundation of Taoist
alchemy training, Mt. Qingcheng, (also where
or tianhua qigong did its advanced
As you breathe in the wind generating fire, imagine the fire turning the water to steam and the steam
rising through your channels to your upper dantien nourishing your whole body.
The Bronze Age Triple Cauldron was used for alchemy - fire under water to create qi energy
Alchemical Dragon/Tiger yin/yang spirit-qi energy from 5000 BCE tomb in China
As the Taoists teach, we are born with our spirit-qi unified in the heart, from the "pre-celestial" state in the womb, but
at the first breath "post-heaven" the spirit and qi begins to separate. Taoist Yoga: Alchemy and Immortality states:
Cultivation alone of essential nature (yuan shen) just means the descent of positive fire (yuan shen) whereas
"gathering fire" means rising up the yuan qi. Lifting the fire (yuan qi) restores the health and when fully recovered,
will lengthen life.
By puberty the qi-shen has separated so
that the qi is visualized in the lower body
reproductive organs - as subconscious (or
these tantric days increasingly conscious)
focus aka yuan qi is called "jing-shen." (not
the alchemical shen-jing). If this liquid
(negative generative force) reverses its
direction it will "contribute to the production
of the golden elixir." Taoist Yoga: Alchemy
and Immortality, p. 48.
It is only in the real Taoist yoga alchemy
training that we learn the various types of
fire, including evil fire of the heart that
causes the "yuan qi" originating on the right
side of the heart to emanate out of the pineal
gland, out of the eyes, and causes the
subconscious mind to trigger qi down the
spine, via the sympathetic nervous system.
This then converts the Qihai or False Lower
Tan Tien into fluid for ejaculation. To reverse
the direction of the QiHai then means to
purify the yin qi into Yuan qi. If a person is
young, then they have lots of yin qi and so
easily can activate the Yuan qi of the real
lower tan tien - behind the navel, once the yin
qi is restored the age of a 16 year old.
As qigong master Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming
When stored Qi is built up to an abundant level at the False Lower Dan Tien, the excess is
immediately distributed through the Conception and Governing Vessels, and the Twelve Primary Qi
Channels....The False Lower Dan Tien is located about two inches below the navel in the abdominal
area. This is Qihai (Co-6, Ocean of Qi) in Chinese medicine. (Qigong Meditation: Small Circulation,
The acupuncture point below Qihai, called Guan Yuan as Professor Dr. Li Jie details (with the first image I posted), is
the "front mu-point of the small intestines." And so the real Lower Dan Tien is actually the small intestines where the
Yuan Qi is stored after it is built up. When the yin qi is restored and the Yuan Qi is activated then the whole body has
the flexibility of a baby, the bones pulsate with qi and the centers of the hands and feet pulsate with qi. A person can
then go without food, without sleep, and enter into the real spiritual meditation. This level is much more rare than
what is encountered in just acunpuncture healing that
Building up the Yin Qi relies on the False Lower Tan tien
Qihai or Ocean of Qi is the sexual center that first needs to be filled up with yin qi energy through alchemy.
The center of our life energy resides in our lower tan tien, which is located behind the navel, in the
And then we have to turn to Foundations of Internal Alchemy by Wang Mu (pp. 21-2) to get further clarification:
The medical texts usually say that it is located 1.3 inches below the navel. According to the
alchemical texts, instead, it is found 1.3 inches behind the navel....Why is it also said that the
Cinnabar Field is located 1.3 inches below the navel? Zhao Taiding (Ming dynasty) gives the
[translated from Mandarin] When we say 1.3 inches below the navel, this measure is
taken with the body lying horizontally. [The Cinnabar Field- then is the point found 1.3
inches under the navel, that is between the kidneys.
In addition these explanations, there is another one. The Cinnabar Field is where the Elixir
coalesces. As this is similar to a seed sown in a field, which naturally gives birth to sprouts and fruits
that ripen in due time, it is called "field."