These are useful for gaining control of your own personal energy, for gaining vitality and energy, and for dealing with mild depression.
From "Taoist Ways to Transform Stress Into Vitality" by Mantak Chia
THE INNER SMILE
In the Taoist view, harmony and balance are necessary for health. Anything, such as stress, injury, disease, that affects one part of the body, affects the whole body. Illness is caused by blockage of energy. Body, mind and spirit are integrated. Chi, or energy, can be awakened and circulated to restore balance.
Negative emotions are the beginning of imbalance that may lead to illness. For example: Stubbornness - may be from an imbalance of heart energy.Fear - may be from an imbalance of lung or kidney energy
Blocked energy means less life force to the organs and a holding in of bad/negative/sick chi.Daily practice to clear blockages may result in greater energy, less need for sleep, and more time for other things.
Negative emotions have low energy; the Inner Smile changes this to high energy. A smile transmits loving energy. The Inner Smile directs loving energy to your organs and glands, resulting in greater vitality and well-being.
Sources of Auditory energy - kidneys and bladder- kidneys are connected to ears- bladder eliminates toxins - if bladder is impaired, it affects kidneys.
Sources of power of Speech - heart and small intestine.Heart - the seat of joy and spirit of learning. The spirit of learning is joyfulness, fun, and delight and also the seat of respect and honesty. Small intestine helps with assimilitation - as in learning new things.
Sources of visual energy - liver and gall bladder. When the liver is functioning, you can be assertive, make decisions, and integrate what you learn.The eyes are the opening for the liver.
Sources of gestational energy: the spleen and stomach. The Spleen is the opening for the mouth and is involved with speech, voice, and digestion of what you learn. The stomach is associated with the spleen - gives receptivity to new ideas, etc.
Sources of olfactory and kinesthetic energies: lungs and large intestine.
Lungs - associated with good impulses - their openings are nose & skin - they are involved wit kinesthetic feeling - awareness of surroundings.
Large intestine - elimination and release - lets us be more open.Adrenal glands - their energy gives enthusiasm to learn. Without this, you may feel lazy and sleepy.
Thyroid and parathyroid glands help the power of expression of opinions and experience. Thymus gland helps the immune system - it is the seat of energy.
Sexual organs increase creative power.
The spine is the center of control and of communication - learn to smile deeply down into the spine and to relax it.
THE INNER SMILE EXERCISE:
Sit on edge of chair, back straight, right hand over left, in clasping position, slightly elevated over lap, legs a hip’s width apart, feet on ground.
Tongue is placed on palate, or behind front teeth - touching - it connects the two channels of energy in the body and forms a bridge.
Smile from EYES, to 3RD EYE, to NOSE, to CHEEKS, into MOUTH and TONGUE, to JAW, to NECK and THROAT, into THYROID and PARATHYROID glands in front part of neck, to THYMUS (to of chest below neck v), down into HEART, to LUNGS, to LIVER (bottom of rib cage on the right), to KIDNEYS and ADRENALS, into PANCREAS (above waist to left) and SPLEEN (bottom, left of rib cage), down to GENITALS, and return to EYES.
Smile from EYES to MOUTH and TONGUE. Swallow SALIVA (gulp) and with inner smile, follow saliva down ESOPHAGUS to STOMACH, to SMALL INTESTINE, the DUODENUM, JEJUNEM, ILEUM, to LARGE INTESTINE and COLON, and return to EYES.
Smile from EYES, to 3RD EYE, to PITUITARY GLAND (behind 3rd eye), PINEAL GLAND, to LEFT and RIGHT SIDES of BRAIN, to top of SPINAL CORD. Smile down spinal cord:
Seven cervical vertebra (neck); twelve thoracic (chest); five lumbar (lower back); sacrum, and coccyx at base.Return to the EYES.
Collecting and storing the energy of the smile at the navel:Concentrate on NAVEL. Move the energy in a spiral - counter clockwise for women; clockwise for men. Do 36x. Reverse. Do 24x.
Finish with the MICROCOSMIC ORBIT
THE MICROCOSMIC ORBIT
Allow energy to flow down the front of the body from the eyes through the Functional or Yin channel to tongue, throat, chest, navel to tailbone, Continue the flow up the back of the body through Governor or Yang channel up the tailbone and spine to the head.
Continue in meditation with this for a few minutes. Do daily.
This entire exercise, Inner Smile and Microcosmic Orbit, facilitates the flow of life force energy, removes blockages, helps prevent aging, aids in many illnesses, including high blood pressure, insomnia, arthritis.