Circulate the Microcosmic Orbit
Taoists have known, studied, and improved their knowledge of subtle energy in the body for thousands of years. The detail of these meridians, the points, and their relationship to health has been thoroughly verified. The basis of Acupuncture is formed on this knowledge. The high priests of the five-sense science community have given acupuncture a stamp of approval for clinical effectiveness. However, it is still difficult to use that paradigm to explain how subtle energy moves and works.
The good news is, we don’t need a stamp of approval or a series of double-blind studies to improve our health through meditation on these energy channels. The circulation of energy through these channels and points can awaken presence, strengthen our vital organs, and slow down the aging process. Arguably the most important channels are the conception channel in the front, midline of the body and the governor vessel that travels along the spine. These two channels form the microcosmic orbit in Taoist practice.
The powerhouse of the body is in the reproductive organs and glands. Warming the reproductive organs, massaging the points of the orbit, and visualizing the flow of energy in the microcosmic orbit will transform one’s health. The switch that connects the channels and turns on the orbit is placing the tongue at the roof of the mouth. The mind and intention can direct the flow of energy in the body, but even more interesting how the orbit meditation teaches us to turn our senses inward to discover the universes teaming inside of us.