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Meditation CDs: Programs for Stress Management and Personal Growth

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Meditation / Stress Management CDs and MP3 Audio Programs
De-stress & train yourself to use meditation and visualization for Health, Longevity, and Serenity! Some of our meditation and stress management programs contain Theta Brainwave Entrainment technology. Our programs are available on CD or download.

Relax! Journey to the Primal Sea

Guided Relaxation and Meditation
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Relax, let go of the stress, anxiety, and frustration sapping your energy and peace of mind. Enjoy a session of deep breathing, full body relaxation and a journey to a relaxing ocean environment. Experience being at One with yourself and your world.

This CD contains soothing music, ocean waves, and instructions for reducing stress and deeply relaxing the body. It can be used as a stress break to recharge yourself during the day, as an extended meditation, or a non-drug alternative for insomnia.

1. Preparation
2. Conscious Breathing
3. Guided Relaxation
4. The Primal Sea – Meditations on Unity Consciousness
5. Awaken Alert and Alive.

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Relax! At the Beach: Manage Stress at Work and Home

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Those who attain balance and freedom from stress lead healthier and more joyful lives. Isn’t it time you joined them? Come, let us lead you to your own secret, glittering strand of beach between Heaven and the Eternal Sea…

Contains soothing music, ocean waves, and a series of short techniques that anyone can use for reducing stress & visualizing a serene, rejuvenated, empowered center within yourself.

1. 1 Minute Relaxation
2. 1 Minute Stress Manager
3. 5 Minute Relaxation
4. At the Beach
5. Progressive Relaxation
6. At the Beach
7. Bonus Track: Ocean Waves

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Relax!  Ocean Surf

Ambient Ocean Wave Sounds for Relaxation and Meditation
With Theta Brainwave Entrainment
oceansurf6inRecorded on the coast of beautiful Assateague Island, this audio program contains ambient ocean wave sounds and wind on the beach.  The powerful sounds of the Atlantic Ocean wash over you, cleansing away your stress and soothing mind, body, and spirit.  There are two tracks, both approximately 32 1/2 minutes in length. Track 1 simply contains the natural sounds of the dynamic Atlantic Ocean breakers and ocean wind combing the island shore.  Track 2 contains the same wave and wind sounds and also includes a Theta Entrainment track.

Track 1: Ocean Surf
32:30 Can be used as soothing background sound or white noise at work or home. Set this track to repeat if you wish. Adjust volume, treble, and bass as you desire.

Track 2 Ocean Surf with Theta Entrainment
32:30 This track uses Theta Brainwave Entrainment to slow your brainwaves to the Theta threshold, allowing you to experience deep relaxation and the ability to meditate like a Zen monk, even if you are a beginner. Theta states can help you attain deep sleep, meditate, induce hypnosis, reduce stress, improve ESP and intuition, and facilitate learning, creativity, and higher states of consciousness.

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Relax!   The Cosmic Journey

Guided Meditation for Empowerment and Cosmic Consciousness
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This audio program contains meditations to activate Cosmic Consciousness & personal power, soothing music, & a Theta Brainwave Entrainment track. There are both daytime and evening versions included. Theta entrainment enables even beginners to relax and achieve deep meditation and/or overcome insomnia.

The daytime version includes instructions for relaxing the body, expanding consciousness, & affirmations for empowerment. The evening version is similar, but is focused more on achieving a deep meditative state with the aid of a Theta Brainwave track. This technology uses low frequency sound waves to encourage your brainwaves to slow to the Theta Threshold, a deeply relaxed state achieved by advanced meditators. With Theta Entrainment, you can achieve deep meditation equivalent to years of meditation training.

Using this Audio Program: Daytime Version with Affirmations
This version includes instructions for relaxing the body, expanding consciousness, & affirmations for awakening empowerment. It is not intended to relax you to the point of sleep.

Evening Version with Theta Entrainment
This version is focused on achieving a deep meditative state with the aid of a Theta Brainwave track. This technology uses low frequency sound waves that encourage your brain to slow down to the Theta Threshold, a deeply relaxed state achieved by advanced meditators. You may hear a slight pulsing sound in the background, you might want to adjust the volume so you hear this. With Theta Entrainment, you can achieve deep meditation equivalent to years of meditation training.

Daytime Version Tracks
1.  Prelude – Soft music 1:00
2.  Relaxing the Body – Guided Relaxation & Music 13:04
3.  Afterglow – Soft Music 0:56
4.  Ascension – Music 1:00
5.  The Cosmic Journey – Daytime Guided Meditation & Music 15:16
6.  Universal Power – Affirmations 0:29
7.  Arise Empowered – Affirmations 0:16

Evening Version Tracks
8.   Prelude – Soft music 1:00
9.   Relaxing the Body – Guided Relaxation, Music, & Theta 13:01
10. Afterglow – Soft Music & Theta Entrainment 1:00
11. Ascension – Music & Theta Entrainment 1:00
12. The Cosmic Journey – Guided Meditation & Theta Entrainment 15:00
13. Bonus Track: Flightpath – Space Music with Theta Entrainment 9:25

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1 Minute Stress Manager

Learn to meditate, manage stress, & create Inner Peace in 1 minute!

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This is an MP3 track from our “Relax! At the Beach: Manage Stress at Work and Home” CD. Learn to meditate, reduce your stress, calm your emotions, and increase your energy within seconds.

This audio program will help relieve your stress and get you meditating in only 1 minute, no previous experience with meditation is necessary, just download the 1 Minute audio file and follow the instructions.

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Comparison Chart

…………………… Journey to the Primal Sea At the Beach Cosmic Journey Ocean Surf
Good for insomnia:…………Yes……………………………Yes………………Yes………………..Yes
Breath coaching:……………Yes…………………………..Some…………….Some………………No
1 minute relaxation:…………No……………………………..Yes………………No…………………No
1 minute stress manager:…..No……………………………..Yes………………No…………………No
5 minute Relaxation:…………No………………………………Yes………………No…………………No
Extended Relaxation:……….Yes……………………………No……………….Yes…………………No
Virtual Vacation:…………….No……………………………..Yes………………No………………..No
Ocean Waves:……………………Yes…………………………….Yes……………….No………………..Yes
Soothing music:………………..Yes……………………………..Yes………………Yes……………….No
Ocean Bonus Track:…………….No…………………………….Yes……………….No…………………N/A
Unity Meditation:…………….Yes……………………………..No……………….No………………..No
Beginners or Advanced:…….Both………………………….Both……………..Both…………….Both
Theta Brainwave Entrainment.No………………………….No…………………Yes……………….Yes
Available on CD & Download..Yes…………………………….Yes………………Yes……………..Yes

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Rev. Keith Hall has taught T’ai Chi, Qi Gong, Tantra, and meditation for 30 years & has published many articles on the Eastern arts. For info on products, workshops, and a free e-newsletter, email to: info@inner-tranquility.com © 2006 Keith E. Hall.

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Saturday, October 24th, 2009

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1 Minute Meditation and Stress Manager Audio Program

Ever want to learn how to meditate but felt frustrated by trying and re-trying to still your mind? Perhaps you have done some meditation, but continue to feel stressed at work or at home.  Or maybe you feel that you don’t have enough time to learn?

We have the answer! This audio program will help relieve your stress and get you meditating in only 1 minute, no previous experience with meditation is necessary, just download the 1 Minute audio file and follow the instructions.

Some hints:
– Headphones are recommended.
– Sit up straight or lie down.
– Loosen your waist, belt, etc.
– Close your eyes.
– Take a few deep, slow breaths, and begin.

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You are licensed to download and burn 1 copy to CD and install 1 copy on your computer or portable device.

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Ejaculation Control and Mental, Spiritual, and Physical Health, Part 8

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Emission Control and Mental, Spiritual, and Physical Health, Part 8

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From the Journal of the American Medical Association Abstract, the Leitzmann study:

“Prospective study using follow-up data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (February 1, 1992, through January 31, 2000) of 29,342 US men aged 46 to 81 years, who provided information on history of ejaculation frequency on a self-administered questionnaire in 1992 and responded to follow-up questionnaires every 2 years to 2000. Ejaculation frequency was assessed by asking participants to report the average number of ejaculations they had per month during the ages of 20 to 29 years, 40 to 49 years, and during the past year (1991).
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However, high ejaculation frequency was related to decreased risk of total prostate cancer. The multivariate relative risks for men reporting 21 or more ejaculations per month compared with men reporting 4 to 7 ejaculations per month at ages 20 to 29 years were 0.89 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.73-1.10); ages 40 to 49 years, 0.68 (95% CI, 0.53-0.86); previous year, 0.49 (95% CI, 0.27-0.88); and averaged across a lifetime, 0.67 (95% CI, 0.51-0.89).” *

Leitzmann says that until this study, conducted as a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University, sexual activity had been hypothesized to be associated with prostate cancer due to elevated levels of testosterone. Testosterone increases the growth rate of prostate cancer cells as well as male libido. It was thought that sexually active men had a higher incidence of prostate cancer as they had higher levels of testosterone.

What this means is that, although sexual activity can result in a net increase in testosterone levels, ejaculation may protect the prostate through a variety of biological mechanisms e.g., cleansing, relaxing, and revitalizing the gland and the man:

– Frequent ejaculation may rid the prostate of concentrated chemical carcinogens.

– Reducing anxiety. The stress release inherent in sexual discharge may slow or prevent pathogenesis. Yes, learning to relax deeply will help prevent dis-ease.

– Revitalize proper circulation within the gland. It is postulated that regular ejaculation will prevent the development of microcrystals (intraluminal prostatic crystalloids) that can result in congestion and blockages within the prostate.

Commenting on this hypothesis,  Martin Resnick, MD, chairman of the department of urology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, says it’s reasonable to believe that a “use it or lose it” principle may apply to overall prostate health. **

Next: Emission Control and Mental, Spiritual, and Physical Health Part 9: Is it really all good?

Ejaculation Control and Mental, Spiritual, and Physical Health Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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*Leitzmann MF et al. Ejaculation Frequency And Subsequent Risk Of Prostate Cancer. JAMA. 2004; 291(13): 1578-86.
**webmd.com/prostate-cancer/news/20040406/frequent-ejaculation-prostate


Part 4: Kriyas, Resistance, and Sexual Arousal

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

The Power of Surrender

Being an externally oriented, aggressive culture, we often forget that Yin is equal in power to Yang, and a balance of both is required for health, Solar Lunar, spiritual surrender, tantric qigong, self mastery, qigong, qigong for self mastery, enlightenment, meditation, kriyas, kriya yoga, 8 treasures, eight section brocade, 8 brocades, 8 pieces of silk, 8 twists of silk, ba duan jin, kundalini, kundalini yoga, kundalini awakening, kundalini activation, spiritual awakening,  maryland, rockville, gaithersburg, aspen hill, montgomery countylongevity, and joy in life. It is best to cultivate not only your life force and power, but also your ability to relax and let go. Without surrender we just enroll our vitality in recreating our old patterns more powerfully, stubbornly insisting in consuming our life force in the repetition of old habits, thought patterns, dysfunctional emotions and behaviors.

Some Practical Suggestions. For those whose of us who wish to balance our yin and yang aspects, power and surrender, action and receptivity, the ego and the awakened Self, I would suggest:

1. 1 hour of T’ai Chi, Qigong, Yoga per day. If your resistance and stress levels are high, you need these practices to ground you and balance your energies, especially if you are also practicing Tantra and / or Kundalini techniques. While Tantric Qigong(sm) takes only 10 minutes, those who are in a state of both high energy and high resistance need more, an hour per day minimum.

2. Bodywork. This is a helpful adjunct to further cultivate surrender. Somatic Release, Rolfing, deep tissue styles are preferred. For some, a vigorous Thai massage can also work.

3. Progressive Relaxation. Teach yourself to relax, breathe, and let go with this helpful tape.

4. Breath Coaching. Focus on the continuity of consciousness and the energizing, yet relaxing power of the breath. Essential skills for Tantra and true meditation.

5. Presencing(sm). Similar to breath coaching. Observing the continuity of consciousness and breath, with the mindfulness of recognizing karmic patterns and cultivating the ability to let them go.

Develop Beginner’s Mind. Let go of your expertise, your hubris. Let go on a physical, emotional, and mental level. Let go of your insistence on recreating your karmic habits. Let go and fall into the arms of your lover, your bliss, your Divinity. Copyright 2006, Keith E. Hall Inner-tranquility.com . All rights reserved

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Qigong For Drug Addiction

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Qigong For Drug Addiction

Let’s face it, the United States is a drug culture. 14 million Americans use substances such as marijuana, PCP, and cocaine. 104 million Americans drink alcohol, and 65.5 million use tobacco.* Almost everyone will be afforded the opportunity to use pharmaceutical drugs, many of which also have addictive or habituative characteristics.

The usual therapeutic modalities for treating addiction are the “gradual-reduction” and “symptom-specific” methodologies.** In both of these therapies, pharmaceuticals are used to treat the patient. These pharmaceutical drugs themselves have side effects, one of which can be addiction! It would appear that this pharmaceutical approach does not adequately help patients cope with the physical, mental and emotional issues of addiction.

Tantric Qigong, 8 Treasures, Eight section brocade, Self mastery, qigong, Eight twists of silk, eight pieces of silk, An experimental study, published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, used qigong, meditation, relaxation and breathing exercises to restore balance and cleanse the body of unwanted toxins in drug addicts. The researchers concluded that qigong is an effective alternative to pharmaceuticals in supporting addicts recovering from addiction. Patients practicing qigong had statistically significant improvement as measured by withdrawal symptoms, anxiety levels, and sleep disturbances. Recovery occurred noticeably faster in the qigong group as compared to those in the control or medication groups, by a rate of 200% or more.

Anxiety, Sleep, and Qigong.

The Qigong group showed significant improvement by the fifth day of treatment, anxiety scores dropping nearly 80% to 8.2 by the tenth day, mean anxiety scores had dropped almost 98% to just 0.7. In comparison to the medication group taking “detoxification” medication (lofexidine HCl), the qigong patients had 87% fewer symptoms.

Sleep disturbances were appreciably lower in the qigong patients. Within six days, 67% of the qigong patients were sleeping normally. Only 7.6% of subjects in the control group slept normally. In other words, patients practicing Qi gong were sleeping normally at a rate almost 9 times that of the control group.

Table I: Anxiety scores by group, pre- and post-treatment.

Day in treatment……………Control group………..Medication group………..Qigong group
Day 0 (pretreatment)……………35.0……………………….33.5…………………….37.4
Day 5…………………………………..21.3……………………….13.6……………………..8.2
Day 10…………………………………..7.3…………………………5.3……………………..0.7

Withdrawal symptoms***
During the program, withdrawal symptoms decreased more quickly in the qigong group. At the end of a week, every qigong patient had ceased having withdrawal symptoms. In the control and medication groups groups, however, symptoms were still being reported after the end of the program. The researchers reported that “This study shows that qigong practice may accelerate the detoxification process, reduce withdrawal symptoms, and shorten recovery time.” The authors concluded qigong may possibly have “significance and wide application” in treating addiction.****

Recovery from addiction presents severe neurological, mental, and emotional challenges to an individual. My experience with Tantric Qigong is that it tends to have a balancing effect on both the psyche and soma. For instance, if one’s nervous system is hyperactive, Tantric qigong will have a calming effect. If one is hypoactive, even lethargic or depressed, qigong will act to enliven and rejuvenate. In the system that I teach, I have observed that both the invigorating and soothing aspects of this practice are naturally mediated by the requirements of the practitioner. That is to say, whether an individual requires the vital energy to be either stimulating or soothing, Tantric Qigong appears to be able to intervene in the manner appropriate for that individual at that time. As this balance is manifested on physical, mental and emotional levels simultaneously, it would seem that qigong is a particularly efficacious approach to the relief of somatic and psychic stresses associated with addiction recovery, and is well suited to a health care system that is itself in a state of stress. © 2004, Keith E. Hall Inner-Tranquility.com . All rights reserved.

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* 2000 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. Published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

**Devitt,,M., “Qigong for Drug Addiction.” Acupuncture Today. May, 2002, 3 (5).

*** e.g., nausea, hallucinations, etc.

**** Li M, Chen K, & Mo ZX, “Detoxification with qigong therapy for heroin addicts.” Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. Jan./Feb. 2002; 8(1): 50-59.

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Sea of Chi, Sex, and Enlightenment

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Sea of Chi, Sex, Tantric Qigong and Enlightenment

There is more than one acupuncture point to which the appellation “Sea of Chi” is affixed. For instance there is “Qi Hai Shu” or “Sea-of-Qi Shu” (Urinary Bladder 24) which is located at the level of the lower border of the spinous process of the third lumbar vertebra. This point strengthens the kidneys, chi and yang, and is said to “enrich” yin. It can tonify the blood, restore collapsed yin or yang, expel kidney stones, and gathers chi for the lower Cinnabar Field. This point is sort of the “back door” to the chakras of the lower Tan Tien (Cinnabar Field) and one of its effects can be to strengthen certain types of sexual energy.

Tian Shu, Qihai, Guan Yuan- Sea of Qi

Tian Shu, Qihai, Guan Yuan- Sea of Qi

“The Cinnabar Field [hsia tan-t’ian or xia dantian] is the root of the human being. It is the place where essence and spirit are stored…Men store in it their semen, and women their menstrual blood…and is the gate of the joining of Yin and Yang. It is three inches below the navel, attached to the Caudal Funnel (weilü) [a point at the level of the coccyx] and is the root of the two kidneys…”

–Laozi Zhongjing, sec. 17. Translation published in Fabrizio Pregadio, “Early Daoist Meditation and the Origins of Inner Alchemy,” in Benjamin Penny, ed., Daoism in History: Essays in Honour of Liu Ts’un-yan, 139-40 (London: Routledge, 2006).

So one can see how Sea-of-Qi Shu has some importance for our vital, sexual, and generative functions. It can be seen also to have a Tantric aspect in that it unifies Yin and Yang, Essence and Spirit.

Most often, the term “Sea of Chi,” as used in acupuncture refers to Qihai, which is on the midline and below the navel. It is used to treat abdominal pain, nocturnal emission, impotence or erectile dysfunction, uterine bleeding, irregular menstruation, dysmenorreha, postpartum hemorrhage, constipation, among others. From this list, one can see how this point has a direct effect on the quality of both male and female sexual energies.

In a sense, this entire mid to lower area of the abdomen can be called a Sea of Chi, with much the same poetic accuracy that the clairvoyant yoga Masters describe this area as Manipura, or the “City of Jewels.” The entire area is a large storage battery for our light, the very essence of our life force. How we express this life force is another matter, and varies from person to person depending on their karmic patterning.

While acupuncture and moxibustion are excellent for certain conditions, particularly physical and emotional ones, certain aspects of the higher spiritual qualities are more efficiently developed with supplemental practices such as T’ai Chi, Tantric Qigong, Tumo, Conscious Breathwork, etc. Karma is somatically stored in the tissues of this and other areas of the body, and the meridians and points cannot completely release or transform this sort of energy. Apparently the karmic charge is both too dense and simultaneously widespread somatically for the meridians to be able to have a direct, significant, and consistent “karma burning” effect. If that were really possible, then all one would need for enlightenment would be to stick some needles in there. I wish it were that easy. In that case, I can think of a more than a few people who could benefit immediately and tremendously from being needled.

If one’s Intention is to create evolutionary Awakening and Spiritual Freedom, we must harness all the Will, life force, and persistence that the third chakra can produce. One way of doing this is to generate large quantities of Chi through breath exercises, and couple this life force with a process of liberating somatic holding patterns (our karmic habits and resistance to spiritual growth) through precise conscious movement. This allows life force, consciousness, and intention to be unified, and the form of our karmic baggage to be released and transmuted.

This is one of the specific and most important intentions of both our Tantric Qigong system as taught in the”10 Minutes to a Healthier You!” course, and the breath and mental / muscular control and surrender methodology of the”Relax! Journey to the Primal Sea” CD program. These techniques work not only with the meridians and superficial points but also with the deeper, more extensive internal chakras. For instance, the location of the lower Cinnabar Field is not only associated with the QiHai and Guan Yuan points, found two or three inches below the navel, but also an energetic field three to four inches inward (deeper if you are sufficiently zaftig.) Both the superficial and the deeper, more internal fields must be a least partially cleared and balanced for physical, metal, and spiritual health to be restored and Awakening to occur.

Breath Coaching can be ideal for someone who is ready to surrender his or her spiritually maladaptive patterns. During this process, the coach and trainee work with both the seat of personal power, and the seat of Spiritual Surrender i.e., the Tan Tien, Solar Plexus, and Heart Chakras. One does not lose even one quantum of personal power, but the software applications governing its use and intention may change. This transforms self centeredness, victim / victimizer consciousness, and stubborn attachments to ego patterns into an empowering surrender to the Flow of Tao. What is perceived as surrender by some is in actuality allowing yourself to be carried into the power of Universal Flow while generating empathy, gratitude, and compassion as a natural consequence. I think you can see how this would be important for both spiritual progress and healthy, dynamic interpersonal and sexual relationships.
(See, The 3rd Chakra and the Spiritual Purpose of Power, parts 1-6)

Certainly though, an acupuncture and / or moxa treatment can be calming, centering, and revitalizing and tangibly important, since a modicum of physical health and centering is a prerequisite for higher spiritual attainment. In our increasingly frenetic and dis-eased world, this should not be underestimated in its value, especially if it is as an adjunct to an efficacious spiritual and somatic practice. © 2008 Keith E. Hall. All rights reserved.

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Monday, January 19th, 2009
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Kat writes: Interesting article and good information. I also find direct moxa works well on this point. Three times every morning for a week after meditation and before eating breakfast. Usually corrects the imbalance.

What do I experience? It grounds me — I feel the energy becomes more focused — in a straight line — it’s the only way I can describe it — instead of scattered everywhere. I have been working with an acupuncturist for many years — once a month for eight years — it was like getting a spiritual tune-up.

A: Yes moxibustion, as well as acupuncture, can be very helpful for imbalances in this area. I do think from your description that you are experiencing a “centering” effect rather than a “grounding” effect. Balanced centeredness is an aspect of the third chakra, whereas grounding involves another, though related, process.
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Moxibustion is a technique in which a stick or cone of mugwort and / or other herbs are placed on or over an acupuncture point. Moxa warms acupuncture points and adjacent areas to stimulate circulation and promote flow of blood and chi. Historians believe that moxibustion pre-dated acupuncture, possibly having its genesis around the time of the Yellow Emperor.

A 5-Element acupuncturist usually uses moxa directly on the skin, and a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner often will use burning sticks of moxa and hold them over the point treated. It can also be burnt atop a fine slice of ginger root or salt to minimize scarring.

In direct moxibustion, cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned.

This type of moxibustion can be of two types: scarring and non-scarring. In scarring moxibustion, the moxa is placed on a point, lit, and allowed to burn completely on top of the acupuncture point. This burning can lead to some blistering and sometimes results in scarring after healing.
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With non-scarring moxibustion, the moxa is placed on the point and lit, but is snuffed out or removed before burning of the skin occurs. The patient may experience a warming sensation that penetrates deeply into the skin, but usually not experience any discomfort or blistering.

Indirect moxibustion is more popular currently because there is less pain and a reduced chance of burning the skin. In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick, roughly the shape and size of a cigar, and holds it close to the area being treated for several minutes until the area turns red.

In another version of indirect moxibustion, the practitioner uses both acupuncture needles and the moxa herbs. A needle is inserted into one or more acupuncture points and retained or held at the point. The top of the needle is then wrapped in or used to impale some loose moxa or a fragment of a stick, and ignited. This results in heat being generated and conducted through the needle to the acupuncture point and the surrounding region. After the desired therapeutic effect is achieved, the moxa is extinguished and the needle extracted.

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Burning Moxa on an acupuncture needle

There has been a least one clinical study on the use of moxabustion in this area (Sea of Chi, Tan Tien or lower abdomen) for the treatment of constipation. The study showed an 81.8% efficacy for the moxibustion group. [Zhongguo Zhen Jiu. 2007 Mar;27(3):189-90.] © 2008 Keith E. Hall. www.Inner-tranquility.com All rights reserved.

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Sea of Chi: Building Chi, life force, and power

Monday, January 19th, 2009
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Building Chi, life force, and power

In breathing deeply to the Tan Tien, you are building Chi – life force and power, while also stretching the belly physically. Any third chakra issues one may have are actually stored somatically in the belly, and stretching that area kind of “stretches” your paradigm, your karmic patterns. As we stretch, so we also relax and let go. Yin within Yang, Will and Surrender. When this stretching occurs with a clear intention to let go of the past i.e., the karmic habits we have become accustomed to, then true transcendence becomes more likely. So you see, this point is critical in creating the discipline to be on a spiritual path of growth and evolution, although for the purposes on the CD, I would say don’t over-think this and get yourself stressed trying to relax! Just do the breathing nude or wearing loose clothing that doesn’t cinch your waist, let the belly relax, and enjoy!

At first, people don’t really want to stretch this point. I mean they say they do, but really, they don’t. I have had the privilege to be able to teach Taoist and Tantric arts since 1977, and have been blessed with the opportunity to offer these arts to thousands of students. But very few open themselves to actually receive it. Why? Well, it sounds really good to have freedom and more personal power, but the tricky thing is you have to give up your old ways of doing things. These old karmic patterns affect your emotions, relationships, your body, even the very way you perceive the world itself. So, one has to be willing to give up these old habits, whether they are forms of anger, underlying pain, victimhood, or whatever. They have to go to make room for the new person you want to be. To get to own a brand new Blissmobile, you have to be willing to trade in that old clunker called pain and fear.

Now all of this seems elementary in way, and it is. It is really the foundation of any sort of psychotherapy, for instance. However, simple is not necessarily easy, and the mind lies to us all the time. That is why I am a big fan of the somatic approach, because the body does not know how to lie. Even experienced meditators can have their minds play games with them. That is one reason that Zen Masters sometimes do unexpected things, to kind of snap you out of the mental-emotional rut you are in while you are pretending that your are meditating. Change that begins in the body is demonstrably true; no mind games are possible.

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So, that is why I put a lot of emphasis in the CD program on the belly, breathing, and letting go. This process allows the body to build power, a reservoir of life force, while over time gently wearing away the old patterns, just like waves on the beach.

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