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The Practice of Greater Kan and Li: Techniques for Creating the Immortal Self [NOOK Book]


A guide to Taoist exercises to return to the Wu Wei state of mind and create the immortal spirit body

• Includes illustrated instructions to connect astral energy with the energies of animals, children, and plants to grow the immortal ...
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The Practice of Greater Kan and Li: Techniques for Creating the Immortal Self

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A guide to Taoist exercises to return to the Wu Wei state of mind and create the immortal spirit body

• Includes illustrated instructions to connect astral energy with the energies of animals, children, and plants to grow the immortal fetus, or spirit body

• Provides warm-up exercises and a complete daily Kan and Li routine

• Explores how these advanced formulas are used for astral flight and realization of the Wu Wei state

Building on the Lesser Kan and Li formulas for the development of the soul body, this book provides illustrated descriptions of the Greater Kan and Li formulas to create the immortal spirit body. Used by Taoist masters for thousands of years, these exercises are for advanced students of Taoist Inner Alchemy and mark the beginning of the path to immortality.

Master Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan reveal how to use Taoist inner alchemy to harness the energies of Sun, Moon, Earth, North Star, and Big Dipper and transform them to feed the soul body and begin development of the immortal spirit body. They explain how to reverse yin and yang power through energetic work at the solar plexus, thereby activating the liberation of transformed sexual energy. They explore how to open the heart center and how to connect astral energy with the energies of animals, children, and plants to grow the immortal fetus, or spirit body.

The authors provide warm-up exercises, including the Inner Smile and Fusion practices, and outline a complete daily Kan and Li routine for mental and physical health, longevity, astral flight, and realization of the Wu Wei state.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620551578
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 2/1/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,077,534
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

A student of several Taoist masters, Mantak Chia founded the Healing Tao System in North America in 1979 and developed it worldwide as European Tao Yoga and Universal Healing Tao. He has taught and certified tens of thousands of students and instructors from all over the world and tours the United States annually, giving workshops and lectures. He is the director of the Tao Garden Health Spa and the Universal Healing Tao training center in northern Thailand and is the author of 50 books, including Taoist Foreplay, Inner Smile, Cosmic Fusion, Sexual Reflexology, and the bestselling The Multi-Orgasmic Man.

Andrew Jan is a senior instructor for the Universal Healing Tao and former Australian National Tai Chi Champion. The coauthor with Master Chia of Tai Chi Fa Jin, he lives near Perth, Australia.

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Chapter 3
Principles of the Greater Kan and Li Meditation

In order to explain the principles of the Greater Kan and Li practice, we will need to discuss mysticism and its correlation with the Wu Wei and fetal state of mind as well as the principles of external alchemy, whose processes and substrates are used metaphorically to describe the inner-alchemy principles of Kan and Li. We also will be describing the nature and interaction of our fragmented parts, Taoist cosmological theory, and the role of sexual desire in the interaction of Kan and Li (including coupling) to form the “whole.”


Why are all energies needed for internal alchemy? Because if any part of the self holds tension or awareness the mind becomes fixated on that part and cannot leave. Tension in the body can be seen as stagnant energy that has not been made conscious and transformed into the energetic realm. Tension implies that some consciousness or emotion has become trapped in the material realm.

Therefore, in order to release all tension, all parts of the self must be awakened in some arrangement that suits all parts of us. This is another way of explaining holistic alchemical theories. In order to lose oneself, one needs to find all of oneself. The eight forces and the five elements and all their correspondences (in terms of psychic forces/emotions) must be identified, healed, and gathered together in a new order that finds a place for all. Their coming together in a new order is mediated by the Primordial chi at the center, which is all caring and all healing.

When all of the five elements and eight forces and their correspondences are healed and identified they can join in the bliss of union with one another. This merging signifies the death of the destructive aspects of self, whereby self-serving fragmented energies of the past die in a new unified way.

The interaction between the fragmented parts includes the following topics:

Trigrams—Kan and Li
Anatomical parts
Site of coupling—solar plexus (cauldron)
Dragon and tiger
Sun and moon
Animals, plants, and children
Sexual desire
Controlling fire and steam
Attendant and observer

The Trigrams of Kan and Li

The practice of Kan and Li takes all the forces of Kan and Li and places them in the respective “houses” of Kan and Li. The term house here is a vital point to understanding the practice. As in the Fusion meditation, these houses act as containers for the collection of disparate forces.

The Kan and Li meditation, on first impression, involves a simple coupling of opposite energies of the body in order to arrive at the one. However, if this were true, why not call it the Yin and Yang meditation or the Heaven and Earth meditation? The reason is that purification needs to occur to enable discovery of the primordial. The yin energy is extracted from a fire that creates steam, which in turn is returned to the cauldron as purified yin. So the broken yin lines are extracted from within the Li trigram to eventually produce pure yin, which is equated with the earth. Likewise, we extract pure yang to create heaven from the tiger that initially resides within the house of Kan. When we are left with pure yin and yang, these can copulate to merge the entire universe into a unitary state. Hence we find that the last of the two formulas of Yi Eng is aptly named the Congress of Heaven and Earth.

So rather than viewing Kan and Li as simply the forces of water and fire, begin to enlarge your scope to see them as houses that can start to gather the other six forces. Fragmentation of the trigrams such that they have no harmonious interaction is the path to physical and mental decline and death. A part of this lack of harmonious interaction is the polarity of fire above and water below. Reversal of this polarity is one of the key methods to immortality. Therefore our aim, based on the interaction of the trigrams, is to invert Kan and Li. Then extract the yang out of Kan to create Heaven and the yin out of Li to create Earth.

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Table of Contents


Putting the Greater Kan and Li Meditation into Practice


1 - Taoist History Related to the Greater Kan and Li Meditation

- Why Practice the Greater Kan and Li Meditation?

- Principles of the Greater Kan and Li Meditation

- The Houses of Kan and Li: Interactions among the Fragmented Parts

- Warm-Ups for Self-Practice: Preparing for an Experience of the Unitive State

- The Greater Kan and Li Practice

- Supplemental Practices

- Home Practice




About the Authors

The Universal Healing Tao System and Training Center


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