Self Control: Mind over Body


Controlling the autonomic responses like heart rate is quite familiar to practitioners of chi kung and just about every other kind of meditation.

The difference between chi kung meditation and other types is that we utilise different kinds of “body breathing” techniques through the flesh and bones, especially when we induce proper “chi” flow or bioenergetic flow through the energy meridians. That is, we literally use the mind to lead the “chi” or bioenergy through breath control.

I asked you to study governing and conception vessels; these are the two most important vessels in chi kung training because properly trained circulation in these vessels leads to the proper training in the other vessels.

The Governing Vessel or “sea of yang meridians” is the channel of control. This vessel starts at the base of the spine and ends at the upper palate in the mouth; it governs all yang meridians and serves as our protection against deleterious elements, therefore sickness. Healthy chi flow through this vessel is imperitive to our immune systems.

The Conception Vessel or “sea of yin meridians” is the channel of function. This vessels starts at the tip of the tongue and ends at the base of the spine; it governs all yin meridians and serves as our connection to the outside elements. Healthy chi flow through this vessel is imperitive to our rapport with the world around us, especially other forms of life with Conception Vessels bioresonant to our own.

You should have already studied and practiced the Kuji Kiri as outlined in Secrets of the Ninja by Ashida Kim to help you understand the necessity of proper “chi” or “ki” flow. I provide the free download URL of this book at Way of the MindGate’s intro page. If you have not done so already, please download your copy of Secrets of the Ninja now to study the chapter on Kuji Kiri.

Just the warm up exercise in itself stimulates proper “chi” flow through the entire body while it helps you to retain your youth. Do you understand my philosophy now that we learn by doing? You can’t just read about it; you have to DO it, so you can truly benefit from these exercises, so the exercises become heart knowledge – not only head knowledge. It’s more important to know these concepts intuitively rather than intellectually.

I understand completely that the Kuji Kiri itself may be too advanced for some of you. This is OK. This report is about controlling your autonomic functions, namely your heartrate – and you want to do it now – not ten years from now.

This is the reason we studied that EFT Tutorial + Manual. We see from this manual that EFT is an energy psychology that utilises the energy meridians by tapping on them; this is a very effective form of bioenergetic/psychoenergetic entrainment. In a few moments, you’re going to realise how effective that tapping technique really is.

I’m also hoping that you studied “Belly Breathing” at the breathing exercises page and the HealingMindN Meditation Guide. The final relaxation posture provided in the HealingMindN Meditation Guide helps you to set up circulation between governing and conception vessels per the connection as stated:

According to Chinese chi kung theory: “..when the tongue touches the roof of the mouth cavity, yin and yang vessels (yin in front, yang in back) are connected and the (chi circulation) circuit is complete. This tongue touch is called ‘Da Chiao’ or building the bridge. The tongue acts like a switch in an electrical circuit…” (“Nei Dan,” Ch. 3, p. 48, Chi Kung Health and Martial Arts by Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming.)

Of course, it helps to have the benefit of expert advice in chi kung like training “small circulation, grand circulation” and the rest. And yes, I’m still benefitting from Dr. Yang’s books. But remember the ancient originators of these exercises developed them by observing nature; they realised that natural (and supernatural) abilities in human society are replaced by culture that refuses to recognise the connections between humanity and nature. Their goal was to return people to the “Tao” or the way of nature. In this sense, I would like to put back what culture has taken away from you.

After training the relaxation exercises from the HealingMindN Meditation Guide, you should be able to achieve complete relaxation and focus within thirty seconds using one deep breath (i.e. one complete inhale and one complete exhale). Let’s call it the HealingMindN Posture for convenience.

For most people, their hearts may still be racing depending on the situation. Maybe you just finished an aerobic workout or you’ve strained yourself beyond your physical attributes and you feel chest pains or coronary attack coming on, or you’re having a panic attack from some horrible incident.

In reality, if you have been training the chi kung exercises, you have far less chance of a heart attack or panic attack. Let’s say you’re heart is racing anyway. You want to direct that excess energy that’s going to through your heart meridian to your governing and conception vessels.

The Training

From the HealingMindN Posture, we train the circulation of “chi” through governing and conception vessels. We use the mind to lead the bioenergy up the Governing Vessel (back) and down the Conception Vessel (front) while the relaxed tip of the tongue gently touches the roof of the mouth.

Yes, just like reverse peristalsis, the bioenergy circulation can reverse, but let’s think in one direction right now, like the smooth flow of the pacific and atlantic oceans around the continents.

In fact, in this case, imagine the Gulf of Mexico has excess heat; we want to redistribute that heat to Atlantic then Pacific Oceans, which, in turn, evenly redistribute the heat to the other oceans, gulfs, rivers, and streams which finally return to the ocean again.

Think of the tip of your tongue meeting your upper palate as the “gateway” for the oceans to circulate with each other.

Imagine the energy as bright yellow going up your governing vessel and bright white going down your conception vessel. There are more sensations attached to these vessels, but I don’t want to overload you right now. At the moment, imagine your energies flowing smoothly through your two main vessels. Inhale deeply to lead your “chi” through your governing vessel. Exhale deeply to lead your “chi” through your conception vessel; this is grand circulation.

The Method

Now, to test if your training has been successful. If you have been successful, then you are able to lead the excess “chi” from your heart meridian to your governing and conception vessels in a matter of minutes, perhaps seconds.

First, a precursor: Where does this method occur in nature? Have you ever seen nervous people constantly tapping their upper lip? On “Kitchen Nightmares,” I’ve seen Gordon Ramsey do this a number of times. This is a subconscious reaction to regulate the nervous system. If you observe nervous people, they tap subconsciously to help them sublimate that excess energy flow; they tap their hands, tap their feet, tap pencils on the desk, bob their heads, yank or brush on parts of their bodys, among other idiosyncracies. (That’s why corporate meditation programs are beginning to flourish.)

The particular body part that you’ll be tapping is your upper lip. This point is called “yinjiao” or yin junction where your stomach channel and governing vessel connects. (In fact, we subconsciously know the junction points all over our bodies because these are places where we usually itch, rub, and tap for no “particular reason.”)

When your heart is racing, you need to tap in sync with the beat of your heart. You know how your heart goes “lub-dub, lub-dub?” You tap twice in succession for every “lub-dub.” This is especially easy when you feel your heart pounding in your chest or into your throat between your ears.

By following your heartbeat with the tapping on “yinjiao” and leading the “chi” flow through your governing and conception vessels, you are redistributing the flow of bioenergy. Redistributing this excess bioenergetic flow more quickly returns you mentally and physically to equilibrium.

By synchronising your tapping with your heartbeat, your major vessels become entrained to the excess energy in your heart meridian, absorbs and redistributes the excess energy; it’s like an exchange from potential to kinetic energy on a musical instrument: Pluck one string while tuning the other to the same note until they resonate. The same concept applies to the energy vessels in the body, but with many ways to resonate; these are the other sensations which only mentioned in passing

The Test

For this test, I’m only asking you to do whatever strenuous exercise that you usually do to get your heart racing. Even if it’s just sweeping the floor, please do it now, so we can perform this test.

Once you get your heart thumping, get in your HealingMindN Posture, completely relaxed with one breath, the tip of your tongue gently touches the roof of your mouth, your jaw completely relaxed, then tap in sync with your heart beat on your upper lip, “yinjiao.” Remember to tap twice in succession with each beat because your heart says, “lub-dub.”

It’s natural that your breathing is quite rapid as your heart rate is accelerated. Remember your belly breathing; deep breathing with your stomach muscles. Imagine the flow of “chi” as you are breathing. Remember to inhale through your governing vessel, exhale through your conception vessel. Governing vessel is bright yellow. Conception vessel is bright white. You feel your heartbeat coursing along your energy vessels. As you lead your heartbeat with your mind along the vessels, you feel in complete control of your heartbeat.

Then you tap slightly slower, then slower, as your heartbeat follows your tapping. You feel a “warmth” coursing through your entire body as you gain further control of your heartbeat – until you finally get it at the rate you want it.

Mystify your aerobics instructor with your natural talent to relax. This method can also be used to lower your blood pressure.

If your test is not a success, you need to train more chi kung. I recommend the works of Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming as your guide for the chi kung exercises.

Thank you for your time,


Randolph (HealingMindN)

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