"Eminent goodness is like water.
Water is good at benefitting all things,
Yet it actively competes.
It retires to undesirable places.
Thus it is near to Tao."

Tao Te Ching 8:1-2

Scalding the Milk

excerpted from Chapter 6:
Your Interior Water Lines

illustration by Eric RyserAccording to Taoist Inner Alchemy, your body represents a cosmic tree with water coursing up within and light shining down from above. In this cosmic circulation there is but one water line (meridian) coursing from the interior ankle area, across the leg and front of body, and reaching the eyes through the neck and face, designating the feet as the root of the tree and the eyes as its fruit. This most magnificient holy meridian is called the Yin Qiao; its parallel line is called Yin Wei, coursing from the middle of the shin to the thyroid. Qiao means leap, jump or jerk, and wei means protect or surrender. These two meridians guide the Holy Water circulation within your body. The Yin Qiao also connects with your Chong Meridian internally and your Ren Meridian personally. The Yin Wei Meridian balances your body and mind together with the Bladder and Dai Meridians. The Yin Qiao Meridian is yang while the Yin Wei Meridian is yin. The three meridian pairs are: Yin Qiao/Yin Wei, Ren/Bladder, and Chong/Dai.

Among these six meridians, the Yin Qiao and Yin Wei represent your shang jiao qi. This means that there is cosmic circulation within your body/mind. They are the cosmic female lines. The Ren and Bladder Meridians are the controlling factors of your zhong jiao qi, ensuring healthy and balanced water circulation in the body. They are yin-yang lines in the human body. The Chong and Dai Meridians are the filtering lines that refine and release your xia jiao qi. The Chong Meridian activates the Ren and Yin Qiao Meridians while the Dai Meridian balances the Yin Wei and Bladder Meridians. The biological circulation of the Bladder Meridian functions with the emotional circulation of the Yin Wei. Sexual expression is carried out within the Chong and Dai Meridians. The consciousness of all is within the work of the Yin Qiao and Ren Meridians.

The Chong Meridian is responsible for the transformation of the primordial Yang Qi into the kidney yin qi. It is the power line of the Fountain Gate. Lao Zi describes this as: "The Tao thrusts and functions and is never exhausted." (Tao Te Ching 4:1). The Chong Meridian actively performs its physical work with the Ren Meridian and its spiritual work with the Yin Qiao. The Ren Meridian serves as both an extention and completion of the Chong Meridian, allowing the san jiao or Triple Warmer to boil between the abdomen and the chest and to arch the rainbow colors between Earth and Heaven. As the Triple Warmer burns the spiritual seed internally, the Chong, Ren and Yin Qiao Meridians work together to complete the three stages of ascending order: the Chong Meridian fires the initial shot, the Ren pronounces the final voice through the unknown tongue, and the Yi Qiao opens the crown for the final launch. This is the state of cosmic (God-like) corruptive cleansing and mystic (Goddess-as) creative awakening in their harmonious empty vessel.

Taoist meditation begins with 'digging' for the conscious power of the Chong Meridian in the heels and feet in order to 'haul' earthly water and moonlight to balance the Dai Meridian and to express joy through the Yin Wei Meridian. This simple procedure requires a lifetime of practice so that the Chong Meridian keeps on pumping, the Dai Meridian keeps on balancing, the Bladder Meridian keeps on purifying, the Yin Qiao Meridian keeps on expressing, the Ren Meridian keeps on impersonalizing, and the Yin Qiao Meridian keeps on awakening. Everything is about water opening and crystal lightning. Upon achieving this, one hears the sound of the Tao -- the heart-vibration and the spirit-joy. You become like an evergreen tree existing beyond seasonal and annual circulation as perennial life gives birth to the Son of God within the bridegroom of Oneness.

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