6 Healing Sounds
Qigong and Meditation
The Science of the Cards
The 6 Healing Sounds
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The practice of the six healing sounds for nourishing a healthy life has a long oral and written history. During the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BC) there was a record of this practice, and in the Han Dynasty (207 BC- 220 AD) we find written records buried in tombs. In the Tang dynasty (618-906AD) Sun Si Miao, and esteemed TCM doctor, wrote in the “Song of Hygiene” about the six healing sounds and outlined their specific benefits to the internal organs and their associated sense organs.
Healing practices that were passed down orally for centuries were eventually recorded on silk and bamboo and later unearthed in tombs. Many modern day practitioners in China know of this practice and when I was in China in 2011 I met a Taoist Abbot who told me that this was, indeed, an advanced practice. He stressed the need to make the sounds gently and sub-vocally. Clearly the most basic practices are advanced practices, affording the practitioner immediate internal alchemical results.
This is a classic Taoist foundation practice in that the most simple of practices become the most profound.
This practice is flexible and adaptable to each individual’s needs. You may practice them in order, (starting with Wood and proceeding through the creation cycle, ending with the endocrine or triple burner sound) or only practice the sounds you need to treat specific conditions in the body. I like to focus my practice seasonally, meaning that in spring I would give specific focus to the Wood element and the Liver sound.
Many esteemed Taoist sages advised that the first step in practice is to subdue one’s emotions, and then to harmonize the mind. Chen Tuan marks these as the first 3 of 12 steps to attain the Tao.
Be free from grief and anxiety.
A solitary cloud and wild crane beyond constraint.
Within a thatched hut,
Leisurely read the golden books.
Forests and streams outside the window,
At the edge of the rolling hills, water and bamboo.
Luminous moon and clear wind;
Become worthy to be their companion.
Taoist practitioners realize that humans have desires and emotions, however they provided us with alchemical formulas to transform this energy into pure chi.
As a healing practice the 6 Healing Sounds meditation is unequaled in its ability to identify dense emotional energy/chi in the body; specifically in each organ, and to then diffuse it and break up patterns of stagnation which form disease and behavior problems. Communicating with color and sound to clear and tonify the organ’s chi is a very old archetype of healing. You are connecting to the subtle energy/chi field by using your ability to visualize and guide the chi with sound and color. This practice recycles chi into its original pure form therefore bringing balance and harmony back into the body mind as is was in a primordial state.
If you are restoring your health it is important for every cell to be functioning at a high level of clarity, unencumbered with emotional toxins. The environment of the cell, the cell wall, is affected by your thoughts, emotions, and sounds. Women, pay close attention to the Sounds and Color used in this practice for balancing and strengthening the endocrine glands.
Sound and Color are ancient archetypes of healing. Sound breaks up stagnation and patterns of disease, in this case stuck emotions. Color tonifies the cells of the body. True colors signify vibrant health.
See the 5 elements graph below to see the colors. (the Metal element color is White)
We begin the 6 healing sounds meditation with the Inner Smile practice which lifts the frequency in the cells to a higher vibration. Then visualize each organ filling with a pure color that is associated with it’s element. The sounds will purge any low vibration emotion from the body. (the sounds are always sub vocal, like a whisper) For the Fire element the sound is Haaaaa. Feel the sound emanating from the heart and small intestines, removing stagnation. The sound for the Earth element is Hoooooo, very guttural. Metal element sound is Ssssssssss. Water element sound is Chooooooooo, like a wave crashing. Feel the contraction in your core around the kidneys as you make this sound. Wood element sound is Shhhhhhhhh. And the 6th healing sound is for the Endocrine glands; pituitary, pineal, thyroid, thymus, adrenal, pancreas, ovaries and testes. The color with will tonify them is a deep night sky violet/purple. The sound is Heeeeeeeee. The virtuous behavior that comes from balanced endocrine glands is effortless and harmonious communication.
Practice at least once a day, more if you are recovering from illness. Doing the 6 healing sounds before bedtime is excellent for harmonizing the organs’ chi and assisting you to sleep peacefully. Do this meditation daily to clear your body/mind of low vibrations.
This is a foundation practice which will prepare you for other practices. The graph below explains which organs manifest specific emotions and which color is used to tonify the organs. (color used to tonify the Metal element is White)
The endocrine glands are included in the 6 healing sounds, and in the 24 hour meridian cycle they are active in the late evening, but have no season. Taoist considered the hormones to be “spirit molecules”; very fine and very powerful, and were therefore given the color Purple to match the North Star.
The 5 seasons and the 5 Elements as they relate to the paired organs. It is wise to be mindful of the organs during their associated season. Nurture them with the proper foods and qigong practices. Slow down in the Winter, rest more.
Triple Heater relates to the Endocrine Glands, hormonal balance, sexual chi.
The 6 Healing Sounds practice is useful in healing and it is also a Long Life/Yang Shen practice. One of my teachers, Master Mantak Chia, claims that this practice will cool down the organs’ chi and allow the body to be more at ease. Emotions affect the organs, and unhealthy organs create unhealthy emotions.
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Classic Daoist self-cultivation practice for health and longevity
Tao yin, also pronounced Dao-in (dow-een)
For thousands of years people have been guiding chi.
A record of Tao Yin moves is found in the Taoist canon, a large collection of ancient books written and compiled in china around 1436-1449 AD. This practice was not taught to the general public, but to special individuals for spiritual attunement. During the Tang Dynasty 652 ad, Tao Yin became an official part of Court Medicine. The famous physician, Sun Simiao (581-682 AD) compiled “Prescriptions of a thousand ounces of gold” in which he outlined many qigong and tao yin prescriptions.
Lao Tze (500 bc) called it regulating the respiration. Some say the Lao Tzu lived to be 260 years old.
Lao Tzu says in chapter 76 of the Tao te Ching,
When people are alive,
Their bodies are soft and supple.
When people die,
They are stiff and hardened.
When tree, grass and animals are alive,
They are soft and pliable.
When they are dead
They become dry and brittle.
Ancient peoples lived simple lives and did not care so much about abstract thinking. They preferred practical things to improve their lives. Thousands of years ago the people living by the Yellow River developed movement practices to enhance a healthy and long life. People lived simply, they sat but had no chairs, they ate but had no tables. Just as we experience today, too much repetition can create stagnation, poor health and pain.
Ni Hua Ching, a current day Taoist teacher, says to imagine you have been lying in a cave for a thousand years, you are completely relaxed and as you wake up you realize that you are a spirit who has awakened in a physical body. You take a deep breath and begin to make physical movements. There is no rush, slowly turn your attention to the life force in your body.
Huang Di, The Yellow Emperor from 2500 BC, asked one of his ministers, Qi Bo, about the meridians of the human body. His response was, there are six celestial vibration patterns and from these arise the Yin and Yang meridian system. The twelve meridians correlate with the twelve months of the year and the twelve (two hour) time periods of the day. The organs in the human body resonate with the Dao when chi in the meridians flows freely.
Chen Tuan (born 870 A.D.) was a student from the lineage of Lao Tzu. Chen Tuan is known as the dreaming priest. He perfected Taoist Dream practice and sometimes slept for hundreds of days at a time. He was also a respected sage who performed divination practices at the court for emperors. His chi had to be clear and supple to achieve all that he did. The gentle stretching postures of Tao Yin allow fluidity to return to the connective tissue which encompasses the meridians.
Wise people like Chen Tuan developed postures to counter repetition and bring more fluidity into the mind and body. He was also mindful of the movement of the seasons and developed movements that harmonized the human body with the movement of nature.
Some of these movements appear to mimic the movements of animals, others look like yoga postures. Tao Yin postures are meant to gently stretch open the meridians while not overstressing any joints or ligaments.
There are many postures and movements that you can choose from, it is not necessary to do them all. The goal is to rebalance your chi and harmonize your mind and body. Imitate the flow of water, or bamboo moving in the wind. Sit like a tiger resting in the grass, and stretch like a dragon reaching for heaven.
1. Guides the chi through the meridians and harmonizes the organs
2. Supports the tendons and joints
3. Relaxes the psoas and diaphragm
4. Improves overall body flexibility
5. Releases toxins with the breath
6. Strengthens the lower tan tien
7. Prepares the external foundation for internal cultivation
8. Supports mental clarity
You do not need to know all of the meridians to receive the benefits of Tao Yin, however, sometime you may like to look at the meridians in a book. For now, Guide the chi with your intention, and it will move during the resting phases. Your active intention as you move into each posture initiates the yang phase and uses the breath to stretch the tissues.
Using your breath to complete the extension of chi is key to making these movements successful and enjoyable. Hold each pose for 5 or more breaths, being certain not to create any pain. Allow the breath to move into the meridian and guide the chi to move with your mind’s eye. Take a resting breath between postures. This allows the chi to flow. This is the Yin phase.
In modern day terms we could say that this type of gentle exercise will reduce stress and energy blockages. Tao Yin is an excellent practice to do at the end of a day to bring balance to repetitive postures that you have held. It is also a great warmup in the morning to enliven the body before you start your day. Tao Yin can be done by anyone, at any age, and with all health backgrounds.
It is very gentle and can be done sitting or lying on the floor, or sitting in a chair. In China, Tao Yin is prescribed for healing and prevention of disease. Among Daoist practitioners self-massage and Tao Yin are a common practice after long periods of sitting meditation. Enjoy the benefits of Tao Yin if you have been sitting too long at a desk, standing for work, have been ill and lying down a lot, riding in a car, or sitting a long time in meditation. Tao yin is great to practice after your chi cultivation practices. The gentle movements smooth out chi flow to the entire body and moves chi back and forth to the organs and the extremities.
Many of our modern day complaints and physical symptoms are a result of stagnation; not moving the body enough. Traditional Chinese Medicine prescribes herbs and movements like Qigong, tai chi and tao yin, to re balance the movement of chi throughout the body.
Focus on the meridians, for what supports the meridians also supports healthy organs. In turn, healthy organs support positive emotions and behaviors. We are opening the connective tissues which are the environment for the meridians. Please never over stretch tendons or ligaments.
Use your breath to open the tissues. Move into a posture and take 5 long deep breaths before moving to the next posture. This gives the tissues time to open and allows chi to flow. Tao Yin is suitable for all ages, you can do the entire set, or choose a few to fit your needs and time available. Tao Yin is available to view on the "Caryn Diel" Youtube channel.
Taoist Tree Meditations
By Caryn Boyd Diel
first published in Epic Magazine May 2020
It is an epic time on our planet, when social distancing is becoming a ‘thing.’ As a Taoist practitioner I can assure you that there is one resident species near you that is welcoming closer contact: a tree. The Wood element in Traditional Chinese Medicine engenders the higher virtues of expansion, growth and generosity. These virtues are easily seen in the patient yet tenacious life force of a tree. Taoist tree meditations connect you energetically to a forest, or to a specific tree, with the intention of circulating your chi for physical and emotional healing.
Trees are masters at transforming chi from the sun, soil and atmosphere. Each day we humans also need to transform our chi, by either cultivating the quality and quantity of our chi, and/or releasing negative chi. Trees lend themselves to this process generously. The earth energy from which trees draw their strength is enormous, much larger than our human minds can actually grasp, and therefore the transformative power of trees (and the earth) is inexhaustible.
Perhaps you have a favorite tree that you remember from childhood. There are trees that I recall with great fondness for their rightness-of-being; whether in cities, forests, or near rivers, they add beauty to their surroundings. As you learn to circulate chi between yourself and a tree, many thoughts and emotions may arise.
Soon you realize that trees are not solitary beings, they are connected to everything around, above and below them. The sun, moon, stars, air, rain, clouds, wind, soil, fungi, creatures in the air and on the land are all in relationship to the trees. Trees have personalities just as people do, with varying shapes, sizes and qualities; and, like people, they contribute to their communities.
Trees emit color, just as humans emanate color in their auras. Pine trees radiate green, which relates to the Wood element and the liver. Cedar trees exude red, which relates to the Fire element and the heart. Willow trees emit yellow for the Earth element and stomach. Poplar trees give off a White color, which is related to the Metal element and the Lungs. Cypress trees emanate a dark blue/black color, which represents the Water element and assists the kidneys. Some people see or sense color; others may feel color. However your senses have developed is right for you.
You may sit or stand quietly and absorb the essence of a forest grove. Allow deep stirrings of intuition to arise within you. Open and begin to feel its vibration, even sensing subtle movement. Or you may set a specific intention to commune with a particular tree, sensing its flow and color.
Once a tree has chosen you, or you have decided upon a tree to meditate with, move into the energetic chi field of the tree. Open yourself and the palms of your hands to sense the aura of the tree, and step slowly forward to a comfortable distance. Begin breathing with the intention of absorbing the essence of the tree (and all nature around you). Inhale through your nose. As you inhale, sense or imagine that you are inhaling through every pore in your body. Exhale from your mouth, and release toxins from every pore in your body. Conclude your tree meditation by leaning your spine up against the tree for a few minutes. Relax into the presence and stillness of the tree.
Another method of working with tree medicine is to circulate your chi out of the soles of your feet into the roots of the tree, and then bring tree energy into the crown of your head from the top of the tree. Slow down your respiration to match nature and the tree that you are connected with.
Recently, as I was getting to know a specific tree in the forest near my home, I sensed a stillness in its life force, which conveyed a realization of the Stillness and the Tao. Stillness is not simply the lack of movement, but the deep, unmanifested creative force, which gives birth to the balance of yin and yang. Of course trees move as they grow, but very slowly and in keeping with right timing.
One of my fondest tree meditations happened earlier this year. Every day I look out upon two tall trees that were planted 40 years ago by my neighbor: one a Sequoia and the other a California Redwood; I can see them now as I write. Every day I gaze out at those trees and notice if the wind is blowing, or if there is an eagle or a hawk sitting at the top of one of them. On this particular day I went out early in the morning to catch the sunrise over the lake. I walked down to the trees and at that moment the sun rose over the hills. I soaked in the sunshine as I stood next to the trees (which I have permission to visit any time). I stood under one of the trees and filled my body with sunlight. I sensed a vibrant pink aura enveloping the tree and me. For the rest of that day and night, every cell in my body was with humming with light and the higher frequencies of Nature.
Soon I will return to the tall trees of Colorado and New Mexico. I look forward to my annual retreat in Pagosa Springs, and the fragrance of the pine trees as the high mountain sun heats up their needles. There are many trees in the world, so have some fun finding what each of them has to teach you.
Like each of us, trees impact the integrated unified field of all life. It gives us food for thought as we ponder our own contributions to life. We may not be as famous as the giant Redwoods of California, or Tane Mahuta, (lord of the forest) revered by the Maori of New Zealand, but we are each participate in the evolution of our own destiny and consciousness. It is this refined consciousness that engenders immortality.
Winter Solstice offers us a chance to cross the veils of space and time to gain benefit of celestial alignments. The portal, or vortex, is open and this is a great time to meditate. Aligning one’s chi field with the energy of the Hexagrams of the I Ching and their movement as a calendar of the year is a deeply revealing practice. Every 5 or 6 days, the direction and quality of chi changes. We begin with 0 (zero) degrees North at the Winter Solstice. From Dec 17-22 we are working with the energy of Hexagram #2. Pure Yin. We sit facing North during this time to pick up the celestial energy emanating from the North. The 64 Hexagrams introduce us to the powerful forces of Nature. As an immortal practice there is nothing more refining than to merge one’s chi field with the Universal Chi Field of nature.
Fu 復 Internal Alchemy Meditation (from Master Wu)
This a powerful practice for the winter solstice itself, but you will also gain great benefits from adding this simple practice to your daily schedule throughout the winter. It is vital that you find a place of stillness now so that you will become aware of the changing of the seasons. When the Water element, kidneys, experience rejuvenation in winter, the spring season will naturally come to life through the liver, Wood element, and you will feel a surge of new chi in the Spring.
Please light a candle in front of you and place your hands in the Fu mudra, which is made by touching each thumb to the base of the ring fingers. The palmar crease of the ring finger is associated with the hexagram Fu, #24, Turning Back. This hexagram explains to us the natural forces that occur this time of year. The light is returning.
“Attain the highest void;
Maintain the deepest stillness.
When ten thousand beings rise and fall,
Watch their turning back”
Make sure to keep your fingers together and relaxed. Then, place your mudra with palms on your belly and middle fingers touching the navel.First, open your eyes and look directly at the candlelight. Then close your eyes and imagine the candlelight is radiating from your DanTian (lower belly). Adjust your breathing to be slow, smooth, deep, and even. Feel how your DanTian grows lighter and brighter with each breath. Meditate in this way for as long as you can. At the end of your meditation, offer a short blessing:
“May the Spiritual Lights shine within my heart and body,
May the Spiritual Lights shine within my family and friends,
May the Spiritual Lights shine within all beings,
May the Spiritual Lights always shine with peace and harmony for the World.”
Qigong and Meditation
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Qigong and Meditation instruction are included as a part of most of our classes and retreats. Sometimes there is a Seasonal Qigong and Meditation class offered, so please join our mailing list to be informed of current class offerings.
What is the benefit of Seasonal Qigong forms?
Humans are Nature. Our rhythms move naturally with the movement of the sun, moon, (light and dark) planets and stars, tides and rivers, the flowering and fruiting of plants, the movement of animals and birds. Even the digestion of our foods is dependent on what is available each season. Everything that we need to know about our world and keeping healthy can be found simply or metaphorically in nature.
Our breath is just right for a human body. The respiration of a tree is just right for the tree. Both have consciousness and ways of communicating. The planet has one breath each year, an inhale and an exhale. Drawing in chi and letting go of chi as the earth moves on its axis. The hummingbird has a quick movement, the galaxies a much slower movement.
Qigong movements create a flow of chi through the body and its structure; the meridians. Each meridian is a river of chi moving between the interior and the exterior of the body, from organs to the extremities and back. Every organ has it’s season, sound, and color, and time of day. And therefore we can use qigong to strengthen the organs and our overall health by choosing a movement which recognizes the organ and brings more chi into the organ. Sound and color produce a quality of chi. Movement creates a flow of chi.
For example, during the Spring it is a great idea to choose movements that clear and tonify the Liver chi. Locate the liver and gallbladder meridians and make some movements, or do some stretches and massage for the liver and gallbladder meridians. Make it fun. And send some vibrant spring green color from your mind’s eye into the liver and gallbladder to tonify them. Sounds will break up stagnation and move out stuck chi. Try the sound Shhhhh and see the old chi moving out of your liver to be recycled by the universe.
Each Season/Element has a movement. Winter/Water brings us to a still point; a place of rest and rejuvenation. When we give ourselves the gift of stillness our entire being has an opportunity to become refreshed. Winter Qigong forms that I teach focus on slow movements to open the kidney and bladder meridians, and have longer quiet sitting meditations. I allow the natural darkness to fill the room. Pearl of the Night is a Winter Qigong form that I created. It is very simple and restorative.
Spring/Wood begins the movement upward and outward like the sap rising in the trees, stimulated by the wind moving the woods. Traditionally we use this time of year to detoxify our bodies. Nature, and our liver, is pushing chi up and out through branches and meridians. Qigong forms that stimulate the liver are great for Spring. I like forms like Swimming Dragon which open the spine and Jade Woman which clears liver chi.
The Science of the Cards
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The Science of the 52 Cards is a powerful tool for self-discovery and inner transformation. Most students use it initially to help forecast their future, understand their past and unravel the many facets of their human relationships. However, this system can be used most effectively as a guide to plan and execute many important aspects of our life. A person fully utilizing the information found in this system can walk forward in life with full confidence, knowing that he or she is in harmony with the universal energies and the cycles of his or her own life.
In a workshop, you will learn about your individual Birth Card and Planetary Ruling Card, your relationship to others, and your life’s plan in the Book of Destiny. Learn how the 52 cards can help you more clearly define your life’s purpose and how they provide you with a blueprint for continual success.
Bring your life plans and dreams to class and lets see if we can get you on track to your highest potential.
Instructor Caryn Boyd Diel has been a student of this system of divination and card reading for 20 years and studied with author and Grand Master Robert Lee Camp. She offers Private readings to individuals on Career, Health, Relationship compatibility and Yearly life planning.
The Little Book of the Seven Thunders
Revelations X, Verses 4, 10 and 11
And when the Seven Thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write and I heard a voice saying unto me, “Seal up those things uttered by the Seven Thunders, and write them not.” And I took the little book from the angel’s hand and devoured it and to my taste it was as sweet as honey; but as soon as I devoured it, it became bitter unto my inside.
And he said unto me, you must prophecy again before many people and nations and tongues and kings.
The Order of the Magi, the brotherhood of astrologers, mystics, and priests of the temples of Egypt, was instructed to keep secret the ancient knowledge of the Seven Thunders (the seven visible planets) and the location of this little book (the cards) until the time when humanity would be of the consciousness to understand of this occult system of knowledge and the true magic of life. The first book, The Mystic Test Book by Olney H. Richmond, was published for the public in 1892 in the USA to reveal the secrets of the little book of knowledge and prophetic wisdom–what we refer to today as our “common” deck of playing cards.
History of the deck of Cards
With its origin over 20,000 years ago in the early days of Atlantis, The Order of the Magi is probably one of the oldest spiritual organizations that has ever existed. No one knows the exact origin of the group, but evidence shows that they have maintained and preserved some of our most valuable and important spiritual sciences. These are the Magi of ancient Egypt and before, those who study the laws of nature and our cosmos, those who know the secrets of our planet as no others do and those who are dedicated to the preservation and sharing of these ancient truths. It has been said that the wise men and prophets written about in the Bible were among its members, even that Jesus himself was one of their ordained and trained leaders. And it is only now that the world is ready for the information that has been kept completely secret for thousands of years. It was in 1894 that the very first book was made public that revealed some of their astounding information.
The Ace of Spades has always been the symbol for this ancient group and that is why, to this day, the Ace of Spades always appears larger in decks of cards throughout the world. The Ace of Spades represents the secrets that lie behind what appears to be the truth. It represents the veil that separates the material and spiritual worlds and the power that we have to make a personal transformation to a higher level of consciousness.