In ancient times, the Sealing of the Five Senses involved both Taoist Inner Alchemy and physical sealing of the sensory organs to prepare the master for extended periods of astral travel and meditation. In modern times, physical sealing of the senses with wax is no longer required; however, in order to accumulate profound energy and gather cosmic light for the immortal spirit body one must stop the energy losses that occur through the senses. In this guide to energetic sealing of the senses, Master Mantak Chia and William Wei reveal the 9 Inner Alchemy formulas for the Sealing of the Five Senses practice, including strengthening the senses, connecting the senses to the organs, activating the Thrusting Channels, and harnessing the energies of the Big Dipper and the North Star.
These practices build upon the formulas of the Lesser, Greater, and Greatest Kan and Li, all of which reverse the polarity of fire and water in the body, placing Li (fire) energy beneath a cauldron that contains Kan (water) energy. The authors explain how to stop energy losses through the five senses and transmute warm chi into energy for the immortal spirit body as well as the importance of proper diet and eating habits in this practice. Revealing the benefits of Sealing the Five Senses for non-Immortals, the authors explain how abuse of the senses leads to energy loss and degradation. They show how sealing the senses allows one to create the Crystal Room cauldron, where fire and water energy can couple to generate a superior essence used to achieve greater awareness and "steam" all the body's major organ systems. The purifying steam produced by Kan and Li practices permits gestation and nurturing of an Immortal Fetus, a spirit body that can leave the physical body to commune with the energies of the universe. An advanced practice for those who have mastered the three. Kan and Li practices, the Sealing of the Five Senses is the final step on the Taoist path to Immortality.
MANTAK CHIA, world-famous Inner Alchemy and Chi Kung master, founded the Universal Healing Tao System in 1979. He has taught and certified tens of thousands of students and instructors from all over the world and is the author of more than 50 books, including The Taoist Soul Body and Chi Self Massage. WILLIAM U. WEI is a senior instructor of the Universal Healing Tao and has taught with Master Chia in more than 30 countries. He lives in southern Oregon.
Long before White Cloud met Mantak Chia, he wandered the Himalayan Mountains looking for a sage to teach him the high-level practices. He nearly starved to death: there is no food at that altitude in the mountains, only cold air that is ideal for the steaming exercises in the Kan and Li practices.
One day, White Cloud stumbled into a cave where bacteria does not grow and saw a sage in a sitting meditation posture; he was not moving or visibly breathing. White Cloud could not believe his eyes: he prostrated himself, prayed, and showed praise continuously for weeks and months, but nothing happened. The sitting sage did not move. Then finally, the sage-who had been out of his body-opened his eyes. You will never guess what he did next: after seeing White Cloud he closed his eyes and left again.
White Cloud went crazy and prostrated himself, prayed, and showed praise continuously again. Weeks went by and White Cloud was beside himself with nowhere to go and no funds to get there. After another month or so, the meditative sage opened his eyes again. Seeing White Cloud still there, the sage pitied him and decided to teach him the Inner Alchemy system of practices.
Master Mantak Chia first learned of these advanced Inner Alchemy practices from White Cloud over fifty-five years ago while he was a student in Hong Kong, China. Mantak and his schoolboy friends enjoyed reading kung fu comic books, whose characters they idolized. (Master Chia still reads these comic books today.) Like many Chinese boys, Mantak and his friends wanted to be like their illustrated heroes-skilled and powerful.
One day, when the boys were talking about their comic books, they heard about a great Taoist sage who had come down from the Himalayan Mountains in northern China. This sage was forced down from the mountains because of the Cultural Revolution that was happen-ing in China at that time. In an effort to eradicate the old religions, the Chinese army was bombing the areas where Buddhist monasteries and Taoist temples had been built into the mountains for training and higher-level practices. Several thousand monasteries were destroyed and untold numbers of Buddhist monks and Taoist sages were killed during this period.
The Taoist sage White Cloud had been living in one of those Himalayan caves for thirty-three years, but he could no longer maintain his advanced practices because of the bombing around him. He went south to Hong Kong-a British colony at the time-to resume his practices, and his story eventually reached the ears of the high school boys. Man-tak and his friends agreed that they would all go across town on the following Tuesday to meet the Taoist sage and find out if he could teach them kung fu like in their comic books. Tuesday arrived, but the only one who showed up was little Mantak, who decided to knock on the door. When the sage appeared at the door, he looked at young Mantak and said, "I am going to teach you the Tao."
During the next four years, for two to three days each week, the Taoist sage taught young Mantak all of the Internal Alchemy formulas that now comprise the Universal Healing Tao system, which Man-tak Chia founded forty years later. Luckily for the Universal Healing Tao students, Master Chia was born in the year of the monkey and can copy anything (monkey see, monkey do). With his Chinese Christian background and Western anatomy training, he also has the ability to research and develop new techniques to perfect the formulas; no doubt the Taoist sage somehow knew that when he first saw him.
Finally, at the end of his senior year of high school and before going back to his home in Bangkok, Thailand, Master Chia said goodbye to his Taoist master. His master smiled and told Mantak that one day he would move to the United States and would start teaching the Tao and its Way. He made Mantak promise to teach the Tao first to the Chinese people in the U.S. for three years before he began to teach the Westerners. When Master Chia moved to New York City nearly twenty years later, in 1976, he fulfilled his promise and taught the Chinese in Chinatown for three years, before he began teaching the Westerners and forming the Universal Healing Tao system.
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