Saturday, September 15, 2012

Chakras opening with cold shower

Modern man has been accustomed to the benefit of a heated room and unlimited supply of hot water.   He has almost forgotten about the health and spiritual benefit of cold weather and cold water. As I explained in a previous post Do you Shiver, Japanese meditators are famous for meditating outside during cold weather and/or under cold-running waterfalls - taki-shu-gyou 滝修行.  Like everything in Japan, the Japanese like to put practices into mental or spiritual challenges.  Meditation under chilling waterfall therefore oftentimes being treated as a perseverance test more than a day-to-day practice routine to nurture one's level of chi energy, or to open one's chi channels - like the central channel where the chakras are located. 

Still one question arises: why the use of running cold water (not mind-challenging towering waterfall of the Japanese kind) has not been covered much (if at all) in traditional Buddhist or Taoist practice literature?  The reason, I believe, is that taking cold shower has been the norm rather than the exception in those days.  For a practitioner of chi-related discipline, a simple advice of NOT to take hot water bath will be sufficient for a good training guide.  And that is exactly what had been taught in Taoist meditation Neidan: Doing cold bath/shower can nurture one's golden pill (金丹), whereas doing hot bath/ shower will lead to losing one's hard-earned golden pill (走丹).

Such cursory training mention is definitely not sufficient as good training guide for the modern man.  And the huge benefit for taking cold shower deserves the good attention of all modern practitioners seeking for a better chi-energy.

The next question: what is your advice for practitioners who want to open their chakras?  It is the reason of existence of this little article.

As with everything worth-trying, the method is simple, assuming some foundation training (after all taking cold shower for chi generation is an advanced practice).  The first required foundation is some good training in zhan zhuang (standing meditation) or seated meditation, so that one can use his stretched hands to guide his chi movement.  The second required foundation is the ability to point focus on one's crown chakra (頂輪), one's heart chakra (心輪)  and one's root (or perineum) chakra (海底輪).

After one is "warmed up" with cold showing one's body (i.e. one can relax rather than shiver under the cold showing), one can run the cold water down directly toward one's crown.   Maintaining a relaxed and non-shivering body, one focuses on the central channel (nadi) or zhong mai 中脈, that joins all the chakras.  Join the chakras with a focused mind.  Criterion of success: you will feel a new sensation of quiet existence, without any feeling of being cold.  Enjoy!

Overhead shower

7 comments:

  1. Interesting post, I've been thinking about it for a while and I have a question: It is the same for women and men?

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  2. I believe so. As far as achieving the training objective is concerned.

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  3. I have a few times hit a point where the water feels warm instead of cold. Is this a joining of the chakras?

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  4. I had done and when i did i felt like i was very weak and my legs were shakey is that a good sign? and i think im starting to get a cold to.

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  5. I had done and when i did i felt like i was very weak and my legs were shakey is that a good sign? and i think im starting to get a cold to.

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  6. Feeling weak and shaking is not a good sign. Do more zhan zhuang to strengthen one's body first.

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