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Awaken Healing Energy Through the Tao: The Taoist Secret of Circulating Internal Power

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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.
Paperback, 193 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by Aurora Press (first published June 1st 1983)
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Matt Neputin
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I am currently reading this book. It is full of great, practical techniques for circulation Chi energy during meditation. So far, I give it my full seal of approval!
Sep 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Memo Guerra-Ogiste
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Enlightening read. Mantak clearly and with extreme detail explains the Microcosmic Orbit and other methods of Tao meditation. I was able to apply many of what I was reading immediately.
Maxim Alpin
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Easily one of my favorite books.
Chamath Baila Curry Bandara
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quite similar to his other books. Great insight on the mind, body and soul. Not something that can be learnt immediately.
Nikita Drechsel
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: essential
I genuinely wish they would teach this stuff in school... You don't need to believe in any of this stuff, you simply should be curious enough to flirt with it. ...more
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Katja Vartiainen
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 s ...more
Mar 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Very weird. Haven't read this book since 1996, now picked it up again. Esoteric qigong techniques for creating your immortal energy body. ...more
Omar Essam
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
includes a very good meditation ... but the way the book was written is horrible
Brian Sullivan
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Mnntak Chia a his intrigueing best
Derek Martin
Aug 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have not finished this book, but I have gotten a lot of good ideas and good exercises to practice from it.
Feb 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: occult
While the writing style certainly lacks some polish, the energetic meditation described in this book has been producing some wonderful results for me.
Abe Fabella
Feb 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality
A basic primer on inner alchemy along a somewhat eclectic Taoist bent. Practical for those who desire healing through meditation and the circulation of "chi," the life-force. ...more
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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 ...more

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