The Inner Smile: Increasing Chi through the Cultivation of Joy by Mantak ChiaThe Inner Smile: Increasing Chi through the Cultivation of Joy by Mantak Chia

The Inner Smile: Increasing Chi through the Cultivation of Joy

byMantak Chia

Paperback | August 12, 2008

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A guide to the foundational practice of “smiling to the organs” to promote deep relaxation and internal health

• Presents exercises that dissolve the physical and mental tensions that can cause energy blockages and unhealthy chi flow

• Shows how to recognize illness at its inception on the organ level and how to balance the emotions to heal it

The Inner Smile is a practice that focuses gratitude and joy on the internal organs to resolve the physical and mental tensions that can lead to illness. In Taoism negative emotions--anger, sadness, depression, fear, and worry--are seen as low-grade energy that causes chronic disease and steals our major life force by creating energy blockages. Master Mantak Chia shows that the internal awareness produced by the simple yet powerful Inner Smile meditation practice flushes the organs of poisonous negative energy that may be blocking chi energy flow in order to nourish the entire body.

Just as a genuine outer smile transmits positive energy and has the power to warm and heal, an inner smile produces a high grade of energy that promotes powerful internal healing, deep relaxation, happiness, and longevity. Smiling to the organs and thanking them for the work they do helps to reawaken the intelligence of the body, which, once activated, can dissipate emotional imbalances and inner disharmony before serious illness manifests.
A student of several Taoist masters, Mantak Chia founded the Universal Healing Tao System in 1979 and has taught and certified tens of thousands of students and instructors from all over the world. He is the director of the Tao Garden Integrative Medicine Health Spa and Resort training center in northern Thailand and the author of thir...
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Title:The Inner Smile: Increasing Chi through the Cultivation of JoyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.2 inPublished:August 12, 2008Publisher:Inner Traditions/Bear & CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1594771553

ISBN - 13:9781594771552

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Date published: 2017-03-17

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From Chapter 3The Inner Smile MeditationLOW-GRADE ENERGY OR HIGH-GRADE ENERGYIn Taoism we regard the negative emotions as low-grade energy. Many people operate their lives in anger, sadness, depression, fear, worry, and other kinds of negative energy. These types of energy are bound to cause chronic disease and to steal our major life force. The Inner Smile is the true smile for all parts of the body, including all the organs, glands, and muscles, as well as the nervous system. It wiIl produce a high grade of energy that can heal and eventually be transformed into an even higher grade of energy. A genuine smile transmits loving energy, which has the power to warm and heal. Just recall a time when you were upset or physically ill and someone, perhaps a stranger, gave you a big smile--and suddenly you felt better. In ancient China, the Taoist masters recognized the power of smiling energy. They practiced an Inner Smile to themselves, which moved chi energy and produced a high grade of chi, and achieved health, happiness, and longevity. Smiling to oneself is like basking in love, and love can repair and rejuvenate. The Inner Smile directs smiling energy into our organs and glands, which are so vital to life. Ironically, although we often pay a great deal of attention to our outer appearance, very few of us are aware of our inner organs and glands: what they look like, where they’re located, or what their functions are. Worse yet, we are insensitive to the subtle warnings they send us when we mistreat them with poor diets and unhealthy lifestyles. If we’re acquainted with our organs and glands, appreciate what they do, and learn to hear their messages, they will reward us with relaxation and vitality. The Inner Smile PracticeSmiling Down to the Organs--the Front Line1. Relax your forehead. You can imagine meeting someone you loveor seeing a beautiful sight. Allow the bliss of that love and beautyto enter your forehead and expand into a pleasurable glow, soothingaway the tension and strain you may be holding around youreyes. Feel that smiling energy in your eyes.2. Allow that smiling energy to flow to the midpoint between youreyebrows. Let it flow into the nose, then the cheeks. Feel it relaxingthe facial skin, then going deep inside the face muscles; feel itwarming your whole face. Let it flow into the mouth and slightlylift up the corners of the mouth. Let it flow into the tongue. Floatthe tip of the tongue. Then put your tongue up to the roof of themouth and leave it there for the rest of the practice; this connectsthe two major channels of energy, the Governor and the Functional.Bring the smiling energy to the jaw. Feel the jaw releasingthe tension that you commonly hold there.3. Smile into your neck and throat, also common areas of tension.Although the neck is narrow, it is a major thoroughfare for mostof the systems of the body. Air, food, blood, hormones, and signalsfrom the nervous system all travel up and down the neck . When we are stressed, the systems are overworked; the neckis jammed with activity, and we get a stiff neck. Be like the Taoistmasters and think of your neck as a turtle’s neck--let it sink downinto its shell and let it rest from the burden of holding up yourheavy head. Smile into your neck and feel the energy openingyour throat and melting away the tension.4. Smile into the front part of your neck, the throat, where the thyroidand parathyroid glands are. This is the seat of your power tospeak, and when it is stuck, the chi cannot flow. When it is tenseand held back, you cannot express yourself. You will be cowardlyin your interactions and frightened in front of a crowd, and yourcommunications will break down. Smile down to the thyroidgland and feel the throat open, like a flower blossom.5. Let the energy of the smile flow down to the thymus gland, theseat of fire, the seat of chi, and the seat of healing energy. Smiledown into it, feel it start to soften and moisten. Feel it grow bigger,like a flower bulb, and gradually blossom. Feel the fragranceof warm energy and healing chi flow out and down to the heart.6. Let the smiling energy flow into your heart, which is the size of afist and is located a little to the left of the center of the chest. Theheart is the seat of love, the seat of compassion, the seat of honestrespect, and the seat of joy. Feel the heart, like a bulb, graduallyblossom and send the fragrant warmth of chi love, joy, and compassionradiating throughout all the organs from the pumping ofthe heart. Let the smile energy fill your heart with joy. Thank yourheart for its constant and essential work in pumping blood at theright pressure to circulate throughout your body. Feel it open andrelax as it works more easily.

Table of Contents


Putting the Inner Smile into Practice


1
• What Is the Universal Tao?

2
• The Goals of the Universal Tao

3
• The Inner Smile Meditation

4
• The Microcosmic Orbit Meditation

5
• The Virtues and Transforming Stress

6
• Taoist Wisdom for Daily Life

Acknowledgments

About the Author

The Universal Tao System and Training Center

Index

Editorial Reviews

" . . . a positive force that can be used to redirect the inner strife, or dis-ease, within one's body. . . . The Inner Smile is a slim book that covers a lot of ground and should be recognized as a laudable effort to take concepts which are vast and significant and make them accessible to all."