Taoist mediation is called Neidan (内丹). As its Chinese name literally says: the art of Internal Pill. A pill is, again literally speaking, is a tiny spherical object that is supposed to have some healing or magical power. Indeed it is what Neidan is all about: the Pill. And the whole process of Neidan is to build up a stronger and stronger "pill" (later when it gets stronger (and bigger), it is called embryo). It all starts with something smaller, in short, a seed Pill.
And the objective of "Building the Foundation" is to create the seed Pill, nothing more, nothing less. And what is this seed Pill? It is a concentrated chi-energy (felt like a Pill to the practitioner). The distinctiveness of this seed Pill is that once it is created, it will ALWAYS be there! Sometimes it is nowhere to be found inside one's body. During meditative state, and/or during one's awakened and relaxed state, it will (sometimes) appear! And it will move inside one's body, though it will prefer to move along chi-channels WITH proper guidance!
This Seed Pill can also grow in strength, with proper cultivation. But as with all goodies, if this Seed Pill is not managed properly, it can cause chi-kung (or kundalini) syndrome. If managed properly, it can jump-start a person's practice in Taoist meditation and internal martial art.
In classic Taoist meditation, this Seed Pill is created through microcosmic circulation (小周天). And as all classic texts say, it will take 100 days to accomplish the task of creating the Seed Pill (for an average practitioner). My experience is that those with stronger inherent chi (i.e. healthier, able to focus/concentrate easily... etc) can achieve it in less time.
Is it the only way to do chi-kung? The answer is a definite no. But my experience is that it is a very efficient and effective way. One caveat: once activated (through microcosmic circulation or otherwise), a Seed Pill won't disappear easily. It's a commitment and a life-style change.
|Building the Foundation in 100 days|