Part 2 of the guidance on Congenital Qi Gong. Please read part 1 first. Once again kindly excuse my port grammar and spelling. This translation is from the notes for my next book, it was never intended to go public, I just thought some may find it useful.
This is the rest of the test, between part 1 and 2 you have the whole thing. I thought it was interesting though that he only goes up to the end of the foundation aspect of the practice. Though further stages are hinted at they are not discussed. This is the norm; enough is normally given to provide good health (Yang Sheng) but rarely is clear instruction given on progressing past this point.
The Chinese version is included below…
6 – Consolidate the Jing and Clear the Fire
In consolidating the Essence one must use the Will to lead it towards the lower furnace. It is important that we understand the timing for this practice and how to ensure that any Fire is safely managed. This is the key method for converting Essence into Energy. If this method is not followed it is difficult to consolidate Essence and avoid leaking from the body.
The Fire must be cultivated and regulated in the furnace whilst the Jing is gathered and utilised through silent sitting meditation practices. In order to cultivate the Stillness we must let go of our connection to the outside. We must be able to enter true emptiness in order for the required Spirit to consolidate. Lead the Mind down to awaken the Dan Tien region. This will help the Original Essence to converge which ends the desires of the polluted Kidney water. The practice now consists of lifting the perineum and using the breath to lead Energy to the Dan Tien. Ten times lead the Essence to the furnace where it can be converted. Now you must enter stillness in the Heart-Mind. Ensure that the Essence used is not from Polluted Water. Understand this technique along with pressing, pulling and sealing the mouth.
Breathe the resultant essence up through the three doorways to the Heavenly cauldron. Now let it sink to the Earthly cauldron. Return it in this way to the Dan Tien. Cultivate the warmth of your Fire and utilise the aforementioned principles to consolidate the Original Essence. In time you will completely dissolve away from the external world.
7 – The Alchemical Transformation of Essence to Energy
When the Essence has been led into the Furnace it is time to progress. This is the stage of consolidating Original Energy. To do this we must understand the difference between the ‘Martial Fire and the Scholar Fire’ Use directed attention to differentiate between the two Fires.
Breathe 36 times with the Martial Fire technique leading the Breath to the core; this Breath should be consolidated within the Dan Tien.
Now allow the Spirit to gently glow for 24 breaths through the Scholar Fire method. Practice diligently every night. Do not deviate from this method and avoid practice during the daytime. Gradually this will warm the Dan Tien and the Essence will flourish. There will be a great harmonization of your Energy and the fog will gather. If you train long enough in this way you will understand the method of ‘opening and closing’ the Furnace. This is also known as ‘refining the medicine’.
8 – Consolidating the Energy within the Eight Congenital Meridians
In order to progress to this stage we must first successfully complete the prior stages of Converting Essence into Energy and converting the Dan Tien. The Essence will become still and the Dan Tien will naturally become warm. The cavities will be full of Energy.
At this time you should remain still and firm in your practice. Your mind will become quiet as if you are stood in the shade. Allow your progress to evolve naturally. Do not help it in anyway and yet to not ignore it. Simply observe and guard the Energy you have gathered through the use of Consciousness.
Continue in this way until the Heat in the Furnace reaches a high. Then use your Upright Intention to lead it. Lead towards the Wei Lu cavity. This should adhere to the principle of ‘if the Energy does not want to move then I do not move. If the Energy wants to move then I move first’.
When the Energy is abundantly consolidated it will rise towards the crest of the head. It will transform into sweet tasting liquid with a flash of perceived light. This liquid will begin to enter the Ren meridian as well as fully filling the mouth. This fluid is rooted in the marrow and the brain. As it travels into the Dan Tien it makes a different vibrational pattern from the Saliva of the mouth.
As this liquid travels it fully integrates the eight Congenital meridians into one single network. Note that if you are not yet strong enough either physically or energetically you will need some time to achieve this. Guard the process with your Spirit and accomplish your goal over several sessions.
Always be patient and wait until the Energy has the desire to move on it’s own before leading it to Wei Lu and then Jia Ji cavities. If it requires rest then you must use your Spirit to guard it through constant observation. Use guided intention to help it along its way. Gradually you will get it past the Jade Pillow (Yu Zhen) and into the Ni Wan palace. This will begin the conversion to sweet nectar which will return down into the Dan Tien.
9 – Microcosmic Orbit methodology. Converting Essence in order to strengthen the brain’s marrow.
Microcosmic orbit generates Energy through regular practice. Guide your Energy into the Ren and Du meridians and lead it through the circulation down into the lower Dan Tien. This is the microcosmic path. When this is done you may enter stillness and Energy will be born like a new spark. The external world will become still and distant; it is important to be patient and remain in this state. In time the Energy will begin to develop the desire to move of its own accord; as before use the Spirit to guide it.
On each inhalation the Spiritual Energy will rise to the crown and then fall to the Dan Tien upon exhalation. Thus a circulation is completed. Guard your process with your Spirit. Still and illuminated, illuminated and Still. Within the emptiness you should break down your conceptual understandings and enter a focused state. This is the beginning of the great rebirth. This is the full process of returning the Essence to convert the substance of the brain.
10 – Combining Energy and Spirit, circulating through the Ren and Du circuit.
When the above circuits have been moved past, you will be able to differentiate between movement through rotation and stillness. The Dan Tien must reach the stage of becoming warm without regulation. This will ensure the Original Energy is being generated. Do not let this Energy leak, lead it towards your center and the Zhong Gong (central palace). Here it is mixed with your Spirit; they combine within the thick mist you have formed within the stillness. It must remain still within the now quiet Consciousness.
After some time the Original Energy will begin to move. This will be the result of the Furnace and not the perceived light of Spirit. Allow this Energy to follow the circuit through the Dan Tien, via the Wei Lu and into the Jia Ji, Jade Pillow and Ni Wan. From here it descends back into the lower Dan Tien.
When you reach this level you will find that the Spirit will follow the movement of your Energy, it is out of your control. This is the oath to rebirth which will lead you to enter the great stillness for longer periods. Within the depths of this stillness the Spiritual Light shines like mercury.
The microcosmic orbit will continue as before for 300 revolutions before it will begin to slow down and stop. After this is rebirth, the higher stages of practice. This is known as the rotation of the Falun wheel.
11 – Sealing the Yang Fire and Nourishing Life
When the Falun wheel has been achieved the Upright Energy will not pass through the Yang gateway. The external is beyond your care any more. Good health will come and old chronic disease will be shed. The body will regulate it’s own temperature and the harshness of cold and heat will no longer be of concern.
The Spirit and the Energy are full and the Spiritual Essence is satisfied. Though this is a joyous state one must continue to seek the contentment of stillness with in the core.
Store your Spirit and your Energy, look after your newly natural state. Your hearing will become good, your eyes will shine brightly. When you have nourished the Energy thus you will fend off disease and longevity will be yours. This is the best method of Nourishing Life which has been passed to us by the ancients.
The writings here are by Laoshan Taiqinggong Kuang Chang Xiu Daozhang. Born in 1905 he studied for over half a century and left this guidance. Do not strive too hard a nd allow the process to unfold naturally. Be systematic and progress steadily and in this way you may study to the above stages without a teacher.