Meditation Exercises in the Book
In the twelve practices provided in the Relaxing book, the first nine prepare the mind and body to develop continuous awareness and the ability to feel within the body. Dissolving practices are introduced before the fifth exercise so that practitioners can begin to clear and strengthen their energy channels for deeper work that releases repressed emotions. This processes could be called "clearing the Red Dust."
Intermediate practices involve breathing with the kidneys, upper back breathing and breathing energy into the dantien. Being able to advance to this stage requires diligent practice in learning how to sense and relax internally. At this stage, you can encounter and neutralize attachments (positive or negative), traumas and your internal demons. Stillness comes, making it possible to see where these polarities are produced.
Other exercises introduced in the book are standing meditation and awareness exercises for the lower half of the body. One of the exercises is the introductory or commencement move of Wu style T'ai Chi. These exercises are used to help increase body awareness and they complement the static meditation exercises. I highly recommend doing all of the exercises.
Consequences of Taoist Meditation
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Frantzis talks about the deeper challenges of meditation near the end of the book. The fear of ru ding, or loss of the ego, occurs when one is in the deep into advanced stages of their practice. One has to be tenacious to surmount this obstacle. Also, a form of spiritual egotism can manifest when one develops knowledge of energy manifestation. If one can maintain inner strength and not give in to power trips, these problems do not get in the way of enlightenment, or the unification of your being with the Tao.