Hot and Cold in the Body
Like the pattern of nature, Taoists seek to have balance throughout the system. The microcosmic orbit promotes balance within the body by mixing the hot and cold, or yang and yin energies.
In most people, there is too much energy somewhere in the body. This might be in the head from too much mental activity, in the heart from too much emotional activity, or in the sexual centers from too much sexual activity or desires. Similarly, there can be too little energy in each of these places due to too much thinking, emotions, or sexual projections.
The microcosmic orbit meditation guides energy to flow up the spine and down the front of the body. To open the points along the microcosmic orbit, one can massage each of the points to create a feeling of presence in each one. A student who is learning this practice can start by massaging the navel in a circular fashion, both directions, and then sitting in stillness to feel awareness in the point without the massaging. And then work their way around the orbit, massaging each point.
Learn more about the orbit and ways to open the points along the orbit in The Alchemist’s Tao Te Ching: Transforming Your Lead Into Gold