Kundalini: along the Thrusting Vessel in Chinese Medicine

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KAP instructor Tao Semko, from a 2010 online Q&A on kundalini. (Scroll down for video transcription.)

Most cultures describe an esoteric vertical axis to the body: Sushumna Nadi in Indian Tantra and Ayurveda, Avadhuti in Buddhist Tantra, Chong Mai or Chong Mo in Taoism and Chinese Medicine, the Staff of the Caduceus in Greek Medicine, the Middle Pillar in Hermeticism and the middle path through the Sephirot in Cabbalism, etc…

In Chinese Medicine and Taoist Yoga, the central axis of deep meditation is the Chong Mai, the Thrusting Vessel or Penetrating Vessel, the first of the Eight Extraordinary Meridians.

You’ll notice that when diagrammed, the Chong (image) is vertical in the pelvis and abdomen, then moves into the thorax like the curve of a question mark. Yet when illustrated in the body of a practitioner of esoteric yoga or internal martial art, the path is completely straight and vertical (at right in  this image).

In many spontaneous kundalini risings, kundalini begins in the pelvic-abdominal portion of the Chong Mai, then follows the thrusting vessel up the thoracic curve to its apex, pushing up and forward into the skull, and then subsides, creating a brief but powerful experience with little permanent change in consciousness.

However, steady practitioners of internal alchemy (Kan & Li) and kundalini meditation gradually cultivate proprioceptive and kinestheic awareness along a more straight, direct, vertical pathway, which Chinese internal martial artists and alchemical practitioners soemtimes refer to as the Taiji Pole (image), the true vertical axis of the body.  The Chong literally widens and straightens in response to regular internal “exercise” with a more vertical paradigm.

It is this “adjusted” penetrating vessel / pathway of electrical activity in the body direct from bottom to top, using the sum of the conductive pathways – – spinal nerves, the vagus nerves, and interstitial fluid pathways (meridians), that allows for the opening of feelings of enormous compassion, love, and connection from the heart/thymus, as well as feelings of oneness and cosmic consciousness from the core areas of the brain.

This rewired neural/endocrine network is achieved and strengthened through movement of breath and placement of sensory awareness along its length, with intentional amplification of sensation and emotion.

The continued processes and realizations in alchemical and esoteric yoga traditions after the initial upward re-wiring of this pathway for kundalini may follow more curvilinear, feminine pathways back down and around the body as those “cosmic” experiences are reintegrated with more human and mundane experiences, or may follow the same straight pathway back downward.

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Video Transcription:

In Chinese Alchemy, the Thrusting Vessel: if you look at a diagram of the central channel in a Chinese medical text, or on Google for that matter, you’ll see that the channel initially goes straight up through the core of the body, and then it arches back into and along the Governing Channel up over the top of the head.

In the average person who has not intentionally, or unintentionally, caused various physiological changes and rewirings of their nervous system, it looks like that. It’s very — it’s more open in the lower centers, and then as it starts to curve back into the spine and go up and over, it’s hair thin. Tiny, tiny, tiny.

When you do Taoist alchemical practices, or any Kundalini practice, or any of the practices of Esoteric Christianity, or Kabbalic Judaism, or Sufi practices from Islam that are designed to work with this central core of consciousness and physiology in the body, they start to cause changes that basically begin to rewire the entire center of the body so that, in a practitioner or adept who’s been working with it for sometime and using correct methodology (whatever cultural methodology they’re using as long as it’s structured and sound), that thrusting vessel actually begins to straighten and align itself forward.

Instead of being curved like a question mark, or a hooded cobra, it actually becomes a central core.

Kundalini is initially experienced however it happens to open the body. If you direct it through the central core of the body with your awareness and your technique, then the big changes occur. If you then allow it to move down through the body, even more changes occur.

And eventually Kundalini is no longer a linear, hierarchical ascendance and descendance, it becomes something that loops in all directions. Its experience of the various trembles and movements of the energy through the body becomes something that is universal, and much more feminine in its feeling and shape than the initial sort of very linear, or masculine feeling ascent. The energy itself pretty much always feels feminine.

Transcription by Spencer Stevens