Connecting Mind, Body, and Cosmos
by Minke de Vos
What happens if you have a gut intuition and just listen to your head? What happens when you follow your inner voice coming from deep within your heart? How do we become wiser human beings?
Modern science is discovering that the gut has 100 million neurons. The ancient Taoist science of energy knew that we have a powerful “Abdominal Brain” in our bellies. Actually, mind is everywhere in our body and every organ has emotional intelligence, soul, and spirit as well as physical functions.
When a feeling arises, where does it come from? The vital organs are sending us messages. When we have the email address and phone number to our organs, we can communicate directly with the source of our emotions!
The organs are part of a greater web of life. There are energetic connections between the organs and parts of the skull. The heart is related to the frontal bone and the kidneys to the occiput. We can channel energy from the organs to charge up the brain. Then, multiply this energy by connecting with the corresponding planet. When we download this cosmic information through the brain and back to the organs, they can transform it and store it for whenever we need it.
The Taoists believed that the planets were like organs in the cosmos. They looked up in the sky and saw the red planet of Mars and associated it with the fire element, the heart. When the energy comes back down, the brain and organs are charged up with “super-octane fuel.” When our energy field is replenished and vibrant, we can be a light to ourselves and the world around us.
The heart can record and store a whole event, so we say, “I know it by heart” or “I take it to heart.” The “mind” in the heart is wise when we get to the “heart of things.” The Taoists considered the heart to be the “Palace of the Spirit” and a place we can go to listen for the honest truth and receive spiritual guidance. Our “Big Heart” connects us to our loving and compassionate nature, which is all embracing of the world around us.
The “head brain” can use up to 80 percent of our energy by worrying and talking to ourselves all the time, even in dream state! If there is only 20 percent left to function, no wonder people feel tired at the end of the day! How can we replenish the brain? By cultivating sexual energy and drawing the chi up the spine we can nourish mental energy. Also, when we circulate energy in the Microcosmic Orbit, a channel that moves up the spine and down the front of the body, energy is distributed through the head brain, heart brain, and abdominal brain. We connect these Three Minds into One Mind by pulling in all the tentacles of our grasping monkey mind and simply breathe with the universe.
When I practice Wisdom Qigong, I feel awake, energized, and balanced. The meditation is quite simple: breathe between the organ, the launching pad in the skull, and the planet. Our awareness is quantum and we can be present simultaneously and multi-dimensionally. This expansive consciousness becomes real through practice.
To prevent becoming “spacey,” we practice Tan Tien Qigong to anchor ourselves to our core power and the earth. “The deeper we go, the higher we can rise.” The earth energy attracts the cosmic energy to penetrate the body. The body becomes a conduit for heaven and earth to flow through us. We tap into limitless sources of natural wisdom.
You can awaken new potential by integrating the whole of your being, embracing physical and cosmic aspects. You are much more than a physical body and a brain. We are a microcosm of the universe. We are invited to live as the majestic beings that we are! In a world where fragmentation is commonplace, we can heal from separation and experience oneness with all of life. In a time of high-speed access to information, make a counterbalance by trusting your Inner Sage and the incredibly wise and sexy Kundalini energy, the primal power of our evolution. The Universal Healing Tao meditations and Qigong offer you safe and balanced ways to cultivate and embody wisdom.
Minke de Vos, Senior Universal Tao Instructor, draws from her extensive background in energy arts and her own soul journey. She has dedicated over 30 years to spiritual embodiment, teaching, and healing work. She co-founded Silent Ground Retreats, for long-term, life-transforming programs. She has worked and co-taught with Taoist Grandmaster Mantak Chia for over 30 years and is part of the core faculty of the Universal Healing Tao System. She also teaches at the Healing Tao University each summer. She is a certified Medical Qigong Master by the International Institute of Medical Qigong and has assisted in the 3-year training. She teaches teacher trainings and gives private sessions internationally. Minke creatively integrates intention, healing sounds, breath, and movement into the practices of Inner Alchemy Meditation, Tao Yoga, and Qigong. She inspires people to live with passion, love, and compassion, honouring their body, relationships, and the world around them. She is the author of Feminine Treasures Playbook, Heart Qigong, and other DVDs and CDs (www.silentground.com). Minke de Vos and her partner David Gyrukovics will be teaching Wisdom Qigong, May 9–11 at Ancient Spirals, Saskatoon. Please see http://silentground.com/saskatoon2014.html and the colour display ad on page 37 of the 19.6 March/April issue of the WHOLifE Journal.