spiritual practice as energy medicine
Without a doubt, when viewed with a dispassionate and clear eye, serious advance on the spiritual path inexorably drags one into a prolonged dance with forces much greater than simple everyday human existence. Mind-blowing to say the least, this would be completely intolerable to head and heart if not for a saving grace: we are all—each and every one of us—made of the same fundamental building blocks—brick and mortar—as all else whether it be nature itself or peaceful and wrathful deities or some advanced alien race or whatever else mind and dream can conjure up. In short, although all that a person values may be transient and subject to negotiation, the bedrock of sādhana (sincere, focused and consistent spiritual practice) stands firm enough for true spiritual transformation to occur.
You really can come into touch with your soul now, here in this life. Why wait for death? The only thing that will certainly help you then (and now, in truth) is resting firmly in your fundamental spiritual nature. Everything else adds glitter and window dressing to your life but ultimately betrays you and leaves you. The truth of it is simply this: spiritual practice is the most sensible and practical endeavor a human can hope to make into a good habit. The journey through life is long: both tedious and glorious. Clearly, for most folks, sādhana can not hold center ground amidst daily concerns and personal interests. But the smart money lies with making sādhana a habit, an exceptionally good and helpful life-long friend. By doing so, over time you will transform for the better despite any and all voices that may speak to the contrary. And when it’s time to check out from Mother Earth’s masterful mix of Gothic horror and fairy-tale charm, you will truly have something genuine to take with you and use as the essential fare needed to pay for travel to a next, better destination.
So, now to the down-and-dirty: how to do this thing called sādhana. It’s not easy but there are so very many different paths and teachers that if you have a keen interest, you will soon find teachings and fellow seekers that suit your needs and circumstances. Here, we are going to detail a yogic practice called Neidan (inner elixir) yoga. It consists of a blend of many yogic traditions but essentially follows the path of spiritual qigong. That is, as will be explained, the overall process starts with cultivating a sense of qi (bio-electricity in and around the body) and goes from there. Each step along the journey gets treated as a form of more and more subtle energy medicine: thus, each stage aims to transform blocked and stagnant energies and cultivate progressively more wholesome and life-giving ones. It’s an amazing perspective and experience once you get the knack of it.