How come we’re not taught in school about the most potent magical elixir in our bodies? How come it took me until I was ‘getting on a bit’ and travelling to distant parts to discover the secrets that lay right under my nose, in my own body, hidden within those tiny seemingly insignificant little walnut shaped glands?
Ooh yes, how I could’ve done with this wisdom earlier in my life whilst I was literally on the floor with stress and chronic fatigue, infertility and chronic lower back pain to mention but a few of the ‘Kidney deficient’ ailments I had managed to contract - excuse the pun.
In Chinese Medicine the ‘energetic’ Kidneys govern the sexual organs, so Kidney Qi is inextricably linked to our Ovarian Qi.
In a recent seminar by Mantak Chia, he shared that 50% of the energy we’re born with (our Original Qi) is ‘sexual’ energy, in that 25% is ‘reproductive’ energy in our ovaries (or testicles) and 25% is back up reproductive energy, ie Kidney energy (that’s how vital this energy is in the body - half of our total potential stored here). We can squander our Kidney energy unknowingly by simply overdoing it, either physically or mentally, by getting stuck in fear or anxiety, by consuming adrenal draining substances such as coffee, pharmaceutical or recreational drugs. Producing babies also takes up a great deal of this Qi and so too, albeit less so, we lose it in our menstrual blood.
The Taoist theory goes that the most potent proportion of this Original Qi sits in our ovaries - this makes perfect sense if you think that each egg (and there are a whopping 350 produced on average in a woman’s life time) contains enough yang energy to create a whole new human life. Most of this energy is unused and therefore wasted every time the egg is not fertilised and flows out with our menstrual blood. The taoists developed a practice called Ovarian Breathing to harness this powerful energy and re-route it in order to build up and enhance our physical energy levels, well-being and creativity.
If the above wasn’t enough incentive to start practicing Ovarian Breathing, a study by the Alzheimers Association stated that ‘A lack of female sexual hormones going to the brain to stimulate and activate the brain after menopause is one cause of Alzheimers disease.
NB: if you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant, then this practice is not recommended as you need this qi right where it is, ie in the ovaries or the growing foetus.
Before you start practicing Ovarian Breathing, it is highly beneficial to be regularly practicing the foundation practices of the Healing Tao system, e.g Inner Smile, Six Healing Sounds and Micro Cosmic Orbit and the basic qigong movements. This will ensure that your emotional, mental and physical energy bodies are as clear and flowing as possible, as working with sexual energy amplifies existing emotions - and that your heart energy is as open as possible, as it is the ovarian qi in combination with the compassion energy of the heart that creates the most transformation.
Here is one version of this powerful practice:
Yoni = the sexual organs and most specifically the vaginal canal
Ovarian Palace/ Sexual Palace = the womb
Qi = life force energy
Marian Rose is trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine as an acupuncturist. She graduated with Tao Tantric Arts in 2012 and has been an assistant qigong teacher on later trainings. She has also studied extensive qigong.