Tao, discovering of Chi
Long ago it was discovered that the most effective way to observe the subtle workings of the Tao and the inner nature of men and women was through quieting the mind in sitting meditation.
It was the practice of sitting meditation that revealed the existence of Chi as a subtle electromagnetic force flowing within the body. The pathways the Chi followed revealed the meridian system of the human body.
Through such meditation the early Taoists developed a greater refinement and increased awareness of the body as a composite of three parts: the physical body, soul body and spirit body. These three bodies where studied to differentiate each one's nature and purpose.
Unlike other traditions of Asia , which cultivate the soul and spirit at the expense of the physical body, the ancient Taoists considered all three bodies important. The Taoists found a way to climb consciously into the spiritual realms, and equally important to climb back into the physical world to be creatively active here.
The ancient Taoists realized that negative emotions cause serious damage to one's health, impairing both physical and spiritual functions. They understood that each human emotion is an expression of energy and that certain emotions could indicate the negative energy behind many physical ailments. They also identified a specific cycle of relationships between the emotions and the organs. For example, the experience of a “knot” in one's stomach indicated the presence of worry, the negative emotion that accumulates in the stomach and spleen.
Chi Nei Tsang clears out the toxins, bad emotions, and excessive heat or heat deficiency that cause the organs to dysfunction.
(Chi Nei Tsang I book, Master Mantak Chia)
Taoist practices teach to conserve the physical energy so that it will no longer scatter and deplete as a result of our worldly interactions. Full spiritual independence requires that we avoid being drained of this energy through the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth, or through excessive sex. The novice in the Taoist System begins with a wide range of exercises that develop the physical body into an efficient and healthy organism, able to live in the world and yet stay free of the tensions and stresses of daily life. One aspires to return to a childlike state of innocence and vitality. Specific goals of this level are to learn how to heal oneself, how to love oneself, and how to love others.
(Cosmic Fusion book, Master Mantak Chia)
Chi is the key to attaining good health. The Taoist masters view Chi as the key to attaining good health and realize that good health enables us to condense and transfer more Chi to a higher grade of energy. This enables us to have even more Chi available to build up the energy body or soul body and create and nourish the most important thing in each of our lives: our immortal spirit, or spirit body.
With our present rate of energy expenditure, we have no extra energy to accomplish this.
In the health field today there are many methods available to help us increase life-force (Chi), such as massage, acupressure, shiatsu, tai chi chuan, chi kung, health food, herbs, meditation, yoga, etc. However it is the Taoist masters’ view that the most abundant and easiest energy that can be transformed into Chi and a higher grade of energy is sexual energy.
(Cultivating Female Sexual Energy by Master Mantak Chia)
The Tao of Sexology: The Book of Infinite Wisdom
Stephen Thomas, Chang; Hardcover