The Taoists recognized six layers of energy in the body and regarded pain as trapped energy that wanted to escape, given half the chance. Also based on the notion in the public Wisdom Drop today, which implies that when you fully occupy
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In respect of the aches and pains that afflict you as you go about your daily business, and which deplete your vitality and drain the very energy you need to succeed in accomplishing your tasks with the excellence and enjoyment they merit, the Taoists have a radical take.
Rather than attempt to mask, remove or in any way avoid the pain, you actually take your consciousness right into the heart of it.
You take your mind right into the core of the discomfort and breathe with it, in much the same way as you’d breathe to overcome the shock of a cold shower, and you stay in it and with it, as you would a cold shower if the boiler had broken down and you needed to get the shower gel off you.
And what you’ll find, as with a cold shower endured to its natural finale, is an overwhelming sense of triumph and just as the cold no longer feels cold but neutral and even warm once you’ve surrendered to it, the pain neutralizes into a mere sensation.
If it’s chronic it will inevitably return but then all you have to do is repeat the process and within just a few repetitions, your subconscious will get the message to accommodate the pain in a different way, gradually leading to a real lessening.
It’s not the only approach. Painkillers have their place too, as does acupuncture, cranial osteopathy and all the other excellent methods of pain reduction available, but it’s certainly an option and according to the Taoists, the most powerful and potentially efficacious one there is.
To learn about a acupressure point, which when pressed correctly, increases your natural resilience to pain and so aids the above process, see the Members’ Wisdom Drop.
Special Monday wish: you now have command over your own pain and are able to operate more comfortably today and tonight than you’ve ever done before.
There’s a guy from China I know of who walked round the whole UK carrying a rock the size of a watermelon as a piece of performance art.
Perfect metaphor for the way we carry chunks of our own past around in our heads like psychic dead weights, perhaps as a ballast, lest we grow too light-hearted and our feet leave the ground for the pure joy of being alive, as if that would be such a terrible thing.
But imagine saying sod it and dropping that rock now.
Imagine suddenly feeling that much lighter, freer and able to move around.
Imagine if right now, your entire cosmology was based on the thrill of not knowing what comes next and of not trying to work it out based on what’s happened before, being possessed of the common sense that develops with life-experience, yet not hampered by the fears that have developed in response to life along the way.
Imagine feeling fear as a raw primal emotion simply because that’s what we feel as part of being human but no longer attaching it to various imagined negative outcomes.
Imagine being innocent of such machinations and as a result bold enough to stride on with an open heart and open mind, trusting in the innate benevolence of the path, now free of the useless burden of that rock.
Visualise yourself now, having carried that rock around your whole life, having arrived at the shore on the very edge of reality as you know it, turning to face the sea, lifting that rock high above your head in both hands and hurling it with all your might into the oncoming waves. Visualise the sound of that splash as it smashes through the water’s surface. Visualise the feeling of lightness overtaking your body, mind and soul.
Visualise yourself turning round and gazing out at your entire life from here like a tableau spread out before you. Infuse the scene with brilliant white-gold-rose tinted light till every detail glows warm and clear. Imbue this light with the power to cause perfect harmony in all developments henceforth.
Visualise yourself in the midst of that scene enjoying the warmth and brightness of this healing light, feeling reassured and comforted, fortified and encouraged to enter the mystery as it unfolds from here, with total boldness and unity of spirit.
Then say, it will be so.
And it will be so.
Have a superb time now, all the way through till Monday and beyond.
Try this - 7 Minute Reset self-massage sequence (on the house)
There are a cluster of points around the ankle, which if stimulated with measured gusto through self-administered thumb pressure all about, trigger a notable increase of energy flowing through your kidney energy channel, which corresponds with the water element within.
No matter who you are, no matter how apparently sorted you have it, internally externally or both, there are times the theatre of your life will grow strange in tone and flavour – brief passages during which it would be appropriate to heed the warning TV channels would flash on the screen in the '50s when transmission was going wonky and the picture went hazy due to alien invasion or whatever: ‘Do not adjust your set!’
There are times, mostly due to variations in the weather, the light, solar wind levels, the astrological set-up, or just the moods and/or behaviour of those close to you at work, rest or play, when your reality feels decidedly strange.
It is important at such times to self-investigate in order to ascertain you’re as optimally balanced as can be internally and so determine the cause of feeling odd is largely externally driven.
Then as long as you’re breathing slowly and steadily, your body is relatively relaxed, your frame isn’t too crumpled or misaligned and your mind is quite centred, rendering your set in good working order, do not adjust your dials.
Stay as you are, waiting patiently and in but a short while, the situation will right itself, and along with that, the tone and flavour of the theatre and within no time at all, it'll all be all fun and laughter once again.
In the meantime, repeat the following statement of positive intent: ‘I love strange.’
As soon as you love strange, strange feels acknowledged and is free to take its bow and exit the stage. While you fight it, it just gets stranger till it gets the nod from you it’s after.
May you be blessed with feeling in your element all day (and night).
PS Talking of elements, for some powerful elemental magic, Taoist style, see today’s Members’ DocBox
The Taoists recognize five elements: earth, metal (equivalent to air in Western esoteric systems), water, wood and fire which between them provide the energetic building blocks of the macrocosm and of your own personal microcosm. Broadly speaking, earth governs
Making yourself be well and keeping yourself well so you can function well, do well, feel well, and enjoy it well, is a priority but doesn't need to be a chore. It doesn't necessarily mean giving anything up. It doesn't necessarily mean you have to punish yourself into it in any way at all. To the contrary, you get better results when you make it fun, when you let it be play.
And it's not an indulgence just because you're enjoying it. In fact people make the whole process of healing a chore and get all serious about it so it's no fun at all, to avoid having to question whether they're being self-indulgent. If it's hard, if you're suffering a bit, it can be lumped together with all the other adult sacrifices you make and hence somehow acceptable.
But when you're enjoying what you're doing, you're at one with yourself, not riven in two, not conflicted, hence not leaking or wasting the very life-force or chi you need to get and keep yourself well.
Yes you can start with diet, you can start with giving things up you enjoy but that puts strain on your system. And that works to some extent, at least for a while, and obviously helps no matter what.
But the way the Taoists do it, and which seems to work far better and continuously rather than in fits and starts, is you correct and adjust the inbound flow, production, circulation and regeneration of life-force or chi in your body first, by physically moving it, and the diet and harmful habits correct and adjust themselves.
There are numerous ways to trigger this for yourself – qigong, the martial arts (the tai chi, the pa kua, the hsing I, the white crane, and so on), acupressure, and the meditation process of the inner alchemical system, for instance.
And you can do it using the ancient and remarkable Taoist system of massage.
This is different from any other form of massage this side of the universe. It involves repetitive stroking, rubbing, pulling, pushing, kneading, percussing, warming and releasing technique. It requires little effort, feels entirely pleasurable, takes little time to complete the routine, and leaves you feeling like you've just had a bath inside your skin, leaves you feeling like you've just done a cross country run on a cold day and are full of zest and derring do, leaves you feeling like you've just been tenderly cared for, leaves you feeling dead centered, leaves you feeling mentally awake, fresh, focused and far-seeing. And it leaves you looking lustrous.
And it has an added benefit of training you to do the same moves on others with the requisite sensitivity and empathy to facilitate a true healing – because you know what it feels like so well. This was always the traditional start to learning any of the healing arts – and it makes sense – anyone in their right mind would prefer their physician to have tried his or her own medicine first.
It's not that Taoist self-massage in itself is the answer to everything. It's just one crucial element in the Taoist pantheon of answers, and the object is to master them all – hence why I teach them via all the online trainings we're doing. Because aside from the exponential benefits of combining them into various exotic cocktails, there are moments when pressing various selected points will do the trick of bringing you back to yourself (the primary requisite and trigger for healing to spontaneously occur), then there are times the stimulating tonifying effects of qigong will do it for you, for instance. There are times it happens easier sitting or standing still conducting the chi internally and sinking deep in awareness of the supreme being within you – meditating. And there are times, say when noisy neighbors, the roadworks outside, the jets flying overhead, or just the tumult of your own thoughts, are disturbing you, that sitting still or moving about or pressing points is too quiet and the massage is just the right pitch and has an instant enough effect to hold you focused.
In any case it's sublimely sensually as well as existentially pleasurable, which as any Epicurian or Taoist will tell you, is really about as good and significant as it all gets.
The Taoist system not only feels good in the immediate sensory respect, it also has a profoundly healing, rebalancing effect on all your vital organs and functions, which in turn enhances your mood and outlook.