Chi and Libido by Tom Tam
An exploration of the human mind, psyche and life force with particular emphasis on the Chinese Medicine concepts of development and human sexuality and their relationship with health and spiritual growth. Discusses the role of developing and strengthening the Qi of the body to improve ones overall health. The text concludes with a brief explanation of the Da Peng Gong Qi Gong routine which is useful for building the energy of the body.
From the Foreward
To understand a human being, one needs to understand the life force. Freud used the libido to describe the life force; Jung used instinct and psychic energy. Chinese Taoism, 2,600 years ago, used Chi. Each developed a particular viewpoint.
From the "Forming of Human Being" Chapter
I believe the mind is made up of the conscious, subconscious, unconcious, collective unconcious and supra conscious. The body, mind, spirit and soul make up a person. The universe contains reality, three-dimensional material, the fourth dimension of time and space, the multi-dimensional quantum world, and all of these are contained in the omni-dimensional Cosmos (God, Tao, One, Void).
From the "Spirit and Unconscious" Chapter
Carl Jung developed the theory of the collective unconscious. He believed that inherent mental archetypes form the collective unconscious. The collective mind is also an expression of spirit. If a race or group has the same spirit or psyche, it may form a collective unconscious. The "Spirit of America," for instance, signifies the American mind-set and America's vast spaces ("frontier spirit"). From a group of healers with the same outlook, we can say there is a "spirit of healing," and that this is the healing psyche. Spirit is a mind form: once can feel it but cannot see it. The collective unconscious is unlimited; numerous societies or races can create it, for example, the Christian spirit, Taoist spirit, or the spirit of sportsmanship.
The body has an instinct for self-healing and an innate capacity to heal others. There are many diseases that neither the West nor East can heal because the instinctive healing ability of the body is not understood. Be it cancer, AIDS, MS, diabetes, or even arthritis, modern medicine has difficulty treating these diseases. Yet, if we could understand the body's natural instinct for healing, these maladies could be alleviated or cured.
According to ancient TCM belief, a human has matter called Tien Gui that is present at birth. When the Tien Gui increases with maturation, people are ready to have reproductive sex. Sexual desire depends upon the growth of the Tien Gui, which is innate and is similar to the Western understanding of the hormonal system. But what exactly is Tien Gui? TCM is limited because its knowledge is venerable, but, on the other hand, more than two thousand years ago the Chinese knew some substance within the body caused sex drive and ability. Currently, we know that Tien Gui is a hormone and, if the hormonal level is high, sex drive will be high; if it is low, sex drive will be low or even lost.
From the "Yuan Chi and Kidney" Chapter
Neither Freud nor Jung, regardless of how they define libido, propose any methods for building it up. Regardless, many commercial entities offer products they claim can help people increase life force or vital energy. Advertising is advertising, and today a product may seem good, but tomorrow an FDA report or other medical evaluation may deny its benefit. All over the world, people look for a miracle pill ot build Chi, energy, life force, libido power, sexual drive or whatever it may be called. Yet, even though people claim that they have found this miracle pill, how many such assertions can stand the test of time?
In Chinese Medicine, there are many ways to fortify Yuan Chi, including acupuncture, herbs, Tui Na, Tai Chi practice, Chi Gong healing and practice, diet, meditation, and exercise. Before one builds up Yuan Chi, one must understand its meaning. Yuan, in Chinese, is the "original" or "beginning." In the book Yi Jing (I Ching), the first hexagram is the Creator - Heaven over Heaven. The essential reading of this hexagram is "Yuan, the beginning of Chi." In Ancient China, Yuan Chi was defined as the Chi of creation and the life essence. In some translations, Yuan Chi is the "inborn" Chi, "primordial" Chi or "genuine" Chi. It is the most fundamental and important Chi in the human body. Chinese medicine believes, "the genuine Chi, received from Heaven, and combined with the food essence Chi nourishes the body."
From the "Major Functions of the Kidney" Chapter
Yuan Chi commences from the Ming Men - the "Life Gate," which is the area between the two kidneys. The kidneys' Chi forms the Yuan Chi, so the kidneys are most important organs in relation to Yuan Chi. Strengthening the kidneys strengthens Yuan Chi.
TCM recognizes both Kidney Yin and Kidney Yang. Kidney Yin is the material structure, including its life essence, called Kidney Jing. Kidney Yang is the organs' function and heat, called Kidney Chi. Another name for Kidney Yin is Yuan Yin, while Kidney Yang is Yuan Yang. Jing is the essence of life, and is stored in the kidneys. Kidney Jing is made up of congenital (or "original") Jing and acquired Jing. Congenital Jing is inherited from one's parents, and is enriched and strenghtened by the nutrition from food. Kidney Jing can be transformed into Kidney Chi. The function of Kidney Chi is growth, development and reproduction.
From the "Libido Chi" Chapter
When one talks about improving Libido Chi, one means balancing the Chi that flows between the mind and body. Only then, in a natural way, can one improve a person's constitution. With Libido Chi balanced, sexual desire, physical drive, life force, and male and female sexually related problems should improve. To explain the use of herbs, medicines, Chi Gong, or any esoteric practices used to create a sexual superman or woman is not the purpose of this book. There are many Chinese herbs that can stimulate and induce powerful sexual performance. Though this method can be used as a temporary replacement for an endocrine deficiency, long-term use can be harmful. There are many interconnected factors at play in attaining healthy Libido Chi, be it called Kidney Chi, Yuan Chi or, familiarly, sexual drive. The best way is to keep the body free of blockages, then the mind and body will be in the best condition, and a long and satisfactory sexual life will be enjoyed.
From the "Chi Gong for Yuan Chi" Chapter
Some traditional Chi Gong practitioners believe that during Chi Gong practice, one should control sexual energy. Some believe in abstaining for forty-nine periods, since the intention of Chi Gong practice is to build up the Yuan Chi in the dantian and sexual release draws Yuan Chi from the Kidney and dantian. Abstinence preserves Yuan Chi and extends the life force, but, to work, this discipline must extinguish sexual desire and replace it with a high level of patience. Consequently, this kind of self-denial is primarily for clerics, who can derive positive energy and, perhaps, longevity from maintaining strong Yuan Chi. Of course, controlling sex through Chi Gong practice can also benefit lay people.
To begin the first movement, slowly raise the hands in front of the body as high as the belly button, with palms pointing down. The movement involves a twisting of the upper body, led by the action of the arms. It is important to lock the hip joints, making sure the waist does not turn. Reaching forward with the right palm, turn the body 45 degrees to the left and bend over 45 degrees at the waist. As the right palm pushes forward, the left palm pushes 180 degrees behind the body, in the opposite direction. The palms push away from each other, stretching easily along the axis of the limbs and shoulders. Again, be certain to hold the lower body steady, increasing the spinal twist. This arm position will release tension at the shoulder and scapular area.