Master Chia Tao Garden Summer Retreat 2016
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Week 1: Inner Alchemy Basic Level I Retreat | July 12 (Sunday) - July 18 (Saturday)
The Basic Retreat is training for beginners and intermediate level practitioners, and those desiring a review of first essentials. This week is devoted to reviewing & mastering the Cosmic Inner Smile, Six Healing Sounds, Chi Self-Massage, Microcosmic Orbit, Six Directions & Three Fires, Iron Shirt Chi Kung I and Healing Love.
Inner Smile: The first step in this Inner Alchemy process is to feel the internal energy. The only way to understand the Tao is to feel it inside yourself. You need to feel the internal energy before you can cultivate it. Through the Inner Smile Formula, you literally get in touch mentally with your five vital organs and related-organs (Functional Channel - Front Line), digestive tract (Digestive Channel - Middle Line) and your crown and spinal cord (Governor Channel - Back Line) by using your eyes and smiling down each line connecting with each part of your body. By doing this on a daily basis you will start to develop a personal relationship with yourself on the physical, emotional, mental and energetic (spiritual) levels.
By using the autonomic nervous system internally through your eyes with a para-sympathetic (positive) response you create a good feeling of love in your body. Your heart generates this smiling energy when you focus your eyes into your heart with positive thoughts. When you smile down your body, your body will respond with positive loving energy. This is how we learn to generate love within ourselves instead taking it from others; the abundance of that love within us will spread to others energetically across time and space without trying to give love to anyone. It is like greeting someone with a hand shake, hug or smile: they will respond the same, except now you do it internally to all your internal body parts and you feel relaxed, calm and at peace. By doing so you have created the proper internal environment to proceed with the next step in cultivating your internal energy in a systemic pattern. You always start each following formula with the Inner Smile creating the proper environment for your internal transformation; this is always the first step of your daily practice.