Taoist Esoteric Yoga is an ancient system of physical, psychological and spiritual development encompassing meditative and internal energy practices. This book reveals the Taoist secret of circulating Chi, the generative life force, through the acupuncture meridians of the body.
Mantak Chia is a Taoist Master. He is best known for teaching his Taoist practices under the names of Healing Tao, Tao Yoga, Universal Healing Tao System and Chi Kung. Throughout decades of teaching, he has run numerous workshops, written a series of books, and published a number of training videos. For this reason, some people call him an author, a teacher or a healer. He views himself primarily as a teacher, "who helps his students empower themselves through cultivation of their chi energy." (-wiki)
While this book gives a good overview of the microcosmic orbit in my opinion the sequel "awakening healing light through the tao" is much better. First and foremost this book doesn't explain the healing sounds- which are essential if you want to practice the microcosmic orbit. (At least that's what I've read on forums etc. )Plus at least for me this book seems really unstructured compared to the superior awakening healing light. But then again awakening healing light might seem a lot "drier" so for someone who never read anything by Mantak Chia this is a good introductory book
I'm enjoying this so far. The description of the Inner Smile is very good. The microcosmic orbit explanation is not as clear, but it can certainly be followed. For anyone who really wants to get familiar with these practices, I'd recommend an audio guidance. There are lots of them out there now by different teachers. That makes it much easier to concentrate on the practice itself, learn it quickly as you actually do it rather than read about it, and then internalize it to the point that you can do it automatically.
A ground breaking book at the time that was on the cutting edge of bringing qigong to the general public. This book makes certain aspects of qigong approachable to the reader who is new to the whole subject. It just doesn't hit the mark for me in accuracy after going to acupuncture school to learn Traditional Chinese Medicine from the ground up.
This is not a quick read. More like a reference book, and for this reason I would like to see an edition with an index. Still, my body enjoys looking at the energy circuits and I find this book inspiring. It also helped with my understanding of Emotional Freedom Techniques. www.emofree.com
It's a good book written in a basic language that everybody can understand, no esoteric/occult mysterious stuff that's decrypted in layers of misleading extractions. I think that you either resonate with this kind of material or have to go on blind fate (which can be very frustrating). I can tell you if it helps that there are many accounts of evidence that Chi energy exist and the more you look in to this the more you'll understand and get confident.
I don't know about his techniques, they work with me but it's definitely not the only one that will work. His microscopic orbit is not the “universal” technique form my point of view. I don't believe that chi flows like blood in it's vessels, there are key points but a lot of it has to do with mind regulation. Also he states in the book that he only teaches the “hardcore” stuff to people who are worthy and serve humanity, the same with other books of this kind. There is lot's of power and health benefits to gain from these materials, also it's a work and devotion book, maybe a quick read but not a quick do.
I found this book very good. I have been doing meditation on and off, i realized its calming effect. I found Mantak Chia from Conscious TV interview, and since I've restarted doing tai chi, I got interested. I've also got lot of problems in the head area(yeah, no physical), like teeth, thyroid etc, so I thought maybe this method could balance me. It's easy to read, very clear. Next step is self-discipline. But the book delivers. Does it work? well, been at it for a week, and I drop into a calm state almost immediately and fell my blood circulating well and making very warm. We will see!