Some meditation methods have the practitioner start by receiving power from above immediately. Only a few people — those born with the proper channels already open and ready for use, and who have done nothing to cause them to be blocked are capable of doing this immediately. Many people, including well known yogis, have damaged their organs with excessive heat or have released uncontrollable hallucinations by progressing before their bodies were prepared to handle high doses of raw energy.
The Taoist approach is more gradual. The practitioners make use of higher energies by first clearing the routes and raising their level of “chi” production. When the two principal thoroughfares of the microcosmic orbit are opened, only then are the six additional special power routes opened, and more after that. This allows the body to absorb the natural forces flowing about us constantly like a sponge, and enables one to swiftly circulate the added vitality throughout the body.
With all these routes open, every organ receives its full complement of energy and remains in harmony with the rest of the body system. The warm current of “chi” helps wash away any blockage that might be present, massages the internal organs, and restores health to damaged and abused tissues. Many deadly diseases are prevented and the effects of stress and nervous tension are effectively flushed out of the system.
Many practitioners open all the Awaken the “Chi” Life Energy – 29 – routes within a few months and learn to reduce leakage of their bodily energy to the point where an EEG records little or no energy waves.