Are you smiling or frowning to yourself? Smiling is the secret to health and serenity according to several spiritual traditions. The Inner Smile practice propounds that when we smile like a Buddha, the world beams back. Smiling to others and ourselves is a gift of love. The universal language of a smile speaks straight to the heart, bypassing the intellect and ego.
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In the Taoist tradition, positive and negative emotions are associated with the internal organs. One of the keys to good health is to become aware of the emotional energies that reside in the organs, and to transform the negative emotional energies into positive virtues. Taoists believe that we are all born with the virtues of love, gentleness, kindness, respect, honesty, fairness, justice, and righteousness. Unfortunately, as we mature and encounter more stress in our daily lives, negative emotions such as fear, anger, cruelty, impatience, worry, sadness, and grief often predominate.
The negative emotions have deleterious effects on the internal organs and glands, draining our life-force and undermining our health. Taoists learned the relationships between emotional energies and organ systems over many centuries of study and meditation.
They developed methods to transform negative to positive emotions from their practical and intuitive understanding of the human body. Many of the Taoist insights are supported by observations and evidence from modern psychology and medicine. We successively visualize each organ, cleansing the organ and transforming negative emotional energies into positive virtues.
In the Taoist tradition, each person assumes responsibility for the emotions that arise within, regardless of the external events that trigger the emotions. Taoist exercises take us into our bodies and transform emotions by transforming the associated physiological systems.
The Inner Smile and Six Healing Sounds exercises help balance and integrate our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, promoting health, resilience, and vitality. You should feel your entire chest cavity filling with smiling, loving energy. The lungs are associated with the negative emotional energies of sadness and depression and the virtuous energies of courage and righteousness.
When you smile into the lungs, you will dissolve any sadness or negative feelings, creating space for courage and righteousness to expand. Note: Remember you can go back to the source of smiling energy in front of you-your vision or memory of a happy moment-to get more energy any time during the meditation, If you feel your attention wandering, or it you feel the effect of the Inner Smile becoming weak or diluted, just gather more smiling energy from the source.
Women: The collection point for female sexual energy is located about three inches below the navel, midway between the ovaries. Smile the accumulated energies into the ovaries, uterus, and vagina. Thank the ovaries for making hormones and giving you sexual energy. Bring the combined sexual, smiling, and virtue energies up to the navel, and visualize the energies spiraling into that point. Men: The collection point for male sexual energy is located one-and-a-half inches above the base of the penis in the area of the prostate gland and seminal vesicles.
Smile, and visualize the accumulated energies spiraling down into the prostate gland and testicles. Thank them for making hormones and giving you sexual energy.
Bring the combined sexual, smiling, and virtue energies up to the navel, and spiral them into that point. Bring your attention back to your eyes again. Smile inward with both eyes; collect the power of the smile in the third eye mid-eyebrow. With your inner eyesight direct your smile about three to four inches inside into the pituitary gland, and feel the gland blossom.
Smile into the thalamus, from where the truth and power of the smile will generate. Smile into the pineal gland and feel this tiny gland gradually swell and grow like a bulb. Move the inner smiling eyesight back and forth in the left brain and across to the right brain and cerebellum. Start at the eyes again.
Quickly smile down the Front Line. Follow the smiling down the Middle Line and then the Back Line. When you are more experienced, smile down all three lines simultaneously, being aware of the organs and the spine. Now, feel the energy descend down the entire length of your body, like a waterfall-a waterfall of smiles, joy and love.
Feel your whole body being loved and appreciated. How marvellous it is! Most ill effects of meditation are caused by excess energy in the head or heart. The navel area can safely handle the increased energy generated by the Inner Smile. Women, start the spiral counterclockwise. Men, start the spiral clockwise. Next, reverse the direction of the spiral and bring it back into the navel, circling it 24 times.
Use your finger as a guide the first few times. The energy is now safely stored in your navel, available to you whenever you need it and for whatever part of your body needs it. You have now completed the Inner Smile. The Triple Warmer refers to the three energy centers of the body.
The upper level, which consists of the brain, heart, and lungs, is hot. The middle section consisting of the liver, kidneys, stomach, pancreas, and spleen, is warm. The lower level containing the large and small intestines, the bladder, and the sexual organs, is cool.
The Triple Warmer Sound balances the temperature of the three levels by bringing hot energy down to the lower center and cold energy up to the upper center, through the digestive tract. This induces a deep, relaxing sleep.
A number of students have been able to break a long-standing dependence on sleeping pills by practicing this sound. Chia, Mantak, Gershon, Michael D. Skip to content. Inner Smile and Healing Sounds. Figure 1. The positive virtues. Figure 2.
Figure 3. Table 1. The five major organ systems and their associated emotions and properties. The heart is associated with the negative emotions of arrogance and hate and the positive virtues of kindness and love.
The lungs are associated with the negative emotions of sadness and depression, and the positive virtues of courage and righteousness. Emotional depression is often recognized by a physical depression and collapse of the chest and lungs. The kidneys are associated with the negative emotion of fear and the positive emotions of gentleness and kindness.
Fear is closely related to the activity of the adrenal glands that lie on top of the kidneys. The liver is associated with the negative emotion of anger and the positive emotions of generosity and forgiveness. Physiologically, the liver is important for storing and rapidly releasing glucose into the blood.
The energy of anger requires the rapid availability of metabolic energy stores in the body. Figure 4. The Inner Smile. Figure 5. The Proper sitting posture.
Inner Smile Practice Front Line. Sit comfortably near the edge of your chair with your feel flat on the floor. Keep your back straight, but not stiff. Stay relaxed, and clasp your palms together in your lap. Press your tongue against the upper palate of your mouth.
Close your eyes and become aware of the soles of your feet. Feel their connection to the Earth. Create a source of smiling energy up to three feet in front of you. This can be an image of your own smiling face, or of someone or something you love and respect, or any memory of a time in which you felt deeply at peace, perhaps feeling sunshine, being by the ocean, or walking in a forest. Become aware of the midpoint between your eyebrows through which you will draw this abundant smiling energy in front of and around you.
Let your forehead relax; as the smiling energy accumulates at the mid-eyebrow, it will eventually overflow into your body. Allow the smiling energy to flow down from the mid-eyebrow through your face, relaxing the cheeks, nose, mouth, and all the facial muscles. Let it flow down through your neck. You can roll your head slowly and gently from side to side as you do this. Let the smiling energy continue to flow down to your thymus gland, which is located behind the upper part of your sternum, and picture it glowing with vibrant health.
Feel the thymus gland become warm as it begins to vibrate and expand like a blossoming flower. Figure 6. The Front Line Organs. Next you will direct the smiling energy to the liver, the largest internal organ, located just below the right lung.
Feel the liver become immersed in smiling, loving, joyous energy. The liver is associated with the sense of sight, as it controls the energy of the eyes. Use your inner vision to see the liver and determine its condition. Its surface should be smooth and glossy, and it should feel relaxed and uncongested.
You can use your eyes to smooth out any part of its surface or to relax any area that seems tense. The liver is associated with the emotion of anger and the virtue of kindness.
Inner Smile Meditation: How To Clear Negative Emotions
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