In the 19th century, Dragon Gate Master Min Yide compiled an ancient Daoist Qigong practice that would come to be known as a cornerstone for the study of Internal Alchemy. Min’s interpretation of these practices transformed them from a primarily physical pursuit into a more energetic one.
The practice, known as the Thirteen Rules, is a set of techniques that do not require complex movements and can be performed while seated or standing. However, specific postures, such as holding the hands in loose fists at the sides of the chest, are necessary to achieve optimal results.
The primary objective of the Thirteen Rules is to open the physical and energetic body. This process begins by attuning the flow of blood within the body and gradually progresses to more intricate visualizations and methods of meditation. Each rule is nuanced and intricate, and it is important to view each one as an individual practice that requires time and dedication to fully internalize and master.
By engaging in these practices, individuals can learn essential skills, including:
- Circulate the blood and Qi around the body
- Bring the Qi of the brain to the entire body,
- Increase the availability of Essence in the kidneys
- Strengthen the lower cavity
- Circulate Qi in the small orbit running up the spine and down the front of the torso.
- Build Internal Energy and refine the Spirit to make Internal Alchemy Meditation more effective
The goal of these practices is to build internal energy and refine the Spirit, making Internal Alchemy Meditation much more effective. Through dedicated practice and diligent study, individuals can embark on a transformative journey towards harmonizing their energetic body and achieving greater levels of self-awareness and spiritual growth.