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Author: Mantak Chia
Publisher: Destiny Books
The Inner Smile: Increasing Chi through the Cultivation of Joy
I don’t think I came across Mantak Chia’s information by accident, because by coming across his material he has helped be back onto a path of happiness. During my formative years I was practicing a form of chi kung that my father taught me, but I never knew the name of it to follow up on it. After three years of daily practice I gave it up to pursue other interests. Now I am in my 40’s, and a couple years ago I ran into this form of chi kung by Mantak Chia and with great surprise there is a lot more to learn. I bought his book, Iron Shirt Chi Kung, it highly recommends learning the Inner Smile and the Microcosmic Orbit (Awaken Healing Energy Through The Tao), which is what I did. Master Chia is the world’s most famous Inner Alchemy Taoist and Chi Kung (Qigong) Master.
The Inner Smile is a thin book. The instructions on how to do it is actually in his other books and even shared on YouTube. I still wanted to buy the book, because other information varies a bit and I also wanted to understand it better. The general gist of how this meditation works is that you draw loving energy into your eyes, then let it flow to important regions of your body, or different lines, and smile to them one at a time. There is a front line, a middle line, and a back line. The front line focuses on bringing loving energy to each of the major organs. The middle focuses on the digestive system, and the back line focuses on the central nervous system. I learned the Inner Smile from this book and now look forward to attending the Mantak Chia PDX Workshop 2017 . This will round out my research and assure that I am practicing this meditation to its fullest.
At first I found it hard to do and was unenthusiastic about the practice, but I kept at it. Then one day, maybe about a month later, I was able to feel a pulsing in my third-eye, a feeling I have never felt or noticed before. This was exciting to me and I felt emboldened in my resolve to practice more earnestly. Another discovery that has helped my understanding and practice of the Inner Smile, was when I started following Gregg Braden and learned his Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer, or Feeling Prayer. The Feeling Prayer super-charged my experiences with the Inner Smile meditation.
Whatever background, religion, or non-religion you come from, you can benefit from it. Mantak Chia grew up in a Christian household and says his practices does not negate any religion. The Inner Smile has personally been such an extremely powerful practice in my life, I have insisted that my partner Veronica practice this style of meditation as consistently as possible. I am also trying to teach this meditation to my mother. I think very highly of this practice and invite the world to try it, which is a reason why I started this site! Thank you for your support! From my heart to yours.
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