TAOIST CULTIVATION OF SEXUAL ENERGY
Excerpt from “Taoist Secrets of Love” by Mantak Chia.
1. The universe is filled with different kinds of dynamic en- ergy, or “chi.” The Tao, or “way,” for each man is to creatively transform his energy over a course of a lifetime back to its original state of harmonious balance. Sexual essence, or “ching,” is a powerful, vital energy that is generated continuously within the human body. Sexual drive propels the course of man’s evolution biologically by transmitting the genetic lineage. Emotionally it har- monizes the love between man and woman, and spiritually provides a tangible link between the “ordinary” creative powers of man and the eternal creative process of the cosmos. Refining one’s awareness of sexual energy—with or without a partner—is one of the simplist ways of humans to return to pure consciousness and experience the deepest rhythms of life.
2. Sperm is the storehouse of male sexual energy. A single ejaculation has 200 to 500 million sperm cells, each a potential human being. There are enough spermotozoa lost in a single orgasm to populate the entire United States if each cell was to fertilize an egg. The manufacture of a sperm fluid capable of such psychic super potency consumes up to a third of a man’s daily energy output and is especially taxing on the male glandular/immu- nological system.
3. Conservation of sexual energy is the first principle of cultivation. Ejaculation of the male seed for purposes other than having children is a wasteful loss of an extremely precious trea- sure. The energy loss over long periods of time weakens the physical health of the male, can lead to unconscious emotional anger towards women and gradually robs the male higher mind/spirit of it’s power to rejuvenate itself. For this reason many traditional spiritual orders in the world require male celibacy. Taoists accept sexual love as natural and healthy, but know the momentary plea- sure of genital orgasm with ejaculation is superficial compared to the profound ecstasy possible when love is enjoyed without the loss of the powerful male seed. It’s every man’s birthright to have full control over his bodily functions and prevent this loss.
4. Transformation of sex energy is the second principle of cultivation. During sexual arousal, the “ching” or sexual essence stored in the testicles expands rapidly and causes some energy to naturally rise to higher centers in the heart, brain, glands, and nervous system. This upward movement is cut short by ejaculation outward, so most men never become aware of the full power of their sexuality. The Taoist method perfects this upward transformation of sex energy by opening subtle channels from the genitals up the spine to the head and back down the spine to the navel. The expanding sexual energy is chanelled into this “microcosmic orbit” so it flows past all the major vital organs and harmonizes the etheric energy complexes in the body, called “Tan Tiens” by the Taoists (or “chakras” by the Hindus).
5. Balancing the polarity of female-male (yin-yang) forces is the third principle of Taoist cultivation. Once the sex energy has been conserved and transformed up, a single man can use meditation to balance the male and female poles which exist inside every male body. In the practice of “dual” cultivation, a couple balances this field of energy between them by sharing and circulating their subtle energies. The relationship becomes a springboard to transform the sexual attraction into personal love and then into spiritual awareness and service. The power struggle between the sexes gradually diminishes and balancing their differences over work, family, love, and the purpose of existence leads them into deeper harmony. Balancing this core sexual polarity in a couple is true depth psychology, as it nourishes man and woman at their innermost root. Chapter 9 details the “valley orgasm” method of exchanging the yin and yang energy during intercourse. A higher level of this practice involves exchanging energy without sex, or having orgasm within oneself, and must be learned from a master.
6. Don’t over emphasize physical sex in your daily practice, as it is easy to get stuck on pleasure without experiencing higher subtle energies. Proper sexual refinement is only one small part of the vast and all-encompassing Tao. If the mixture of your chi (gen- eral vital energy), ching (sex essence) and shien (spirit) is im- balanced, it will be difficult to unite yourself and feel whole and peaceful. Cultivating sex energy is important in nourishing your spirit, but without proper diet, exercise, meditation, virtuous moral behavior and love, true cultivation is impossible. Likewise, don’t ignore sex and focus excessively on the higher spiritual centers; the roof will easily fall without a strong foundation below. Tao is the wholeness of Heaven and Earth, true harmony for man is the middle way between them, found in the balanced integration of their subtle energies.
7. Avoid sex without love. It creates imbalances in your physical, mental and spiritual bodies and will slow your real growth. The Taoist techniques are meant to be practical, not mechanical. A woman seeks tenderness of feeling in her lovers and will resent a man who is overly compulsive or preoccupied with his mechanical mastery of esoteric love methods. Dual cultivation is impossible without the full participation of the woman, who must transform up her yin essence stored in her ovaries. Regard the woman you love as more than a powerful generator of yin energy; she is foremost a human being worthy of your full love and respect.
8. You do not need a wife or girlfriend to cultivate your sexual energy. In the beginning it is easier to practice controlling your ejaculation alone, without the distracting excitement and heat of a woman. At any stage it is essential to tell your lover exactly what you’re doing and ask her cooperation. The same principles of Taoist cultivation apply to women, with sexual essence drawn from the ovaries and this “ching” transformed upward into higher mind and heart. Many women already have an intuitive feel for the process. The receptive nature of women allows them to quickly learn the Tao of love, especially if the man has mastered the process in his own body.
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