Images of the Internal Sacred Anatomy

Ancient traditions have left us artistic images of the internal sacred body. Perhaps these representations can help us visualize what’s going on inside our energy body as we cultivate higher awareness. This article shows several images of the internal body from Daoist, Chinese, Yogic, Greek and Egyptian sources. Which images resonate most strongly in your inner experience? A Sapta Cakra is a depiction of the seven chakras. This comes from a Yoga manuscript in Braj Bhasa language. 1899 British Library. This modern Tibetan medical drawing shows the cosmic gates located at Huiyin, Dantien, Heart, Throat, and Forehead.   Two wood block diagrams show the development of the “immortal fetus” in the dantien, and the flowering of consciousness…

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Yogic and Daoist Subtle Anatomy: A Common Origin?

How are the Daoist Energy gates similar to Yogic chakras? Did these two traditions arise from a common origin in Tibet? And do these subtle body centers correspond to points on our physical anatomy? If you are familiar with either the Yogic or Daoist energy systems, chances are you’ve learned to use it as a tool to vitalize your spiritual body. As I practice both the Chinese and Indian systems every day, striking similarities and critical differences stand out. My innate curiosity somehow requires me to compare them. Which system is best? Which one do YOU prefer? Which one will truly carry you to the flowering of your awareness most efficiently and elegantly?…

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Feeding Intelligence

By Jane Barthelemy. What is your most valuable personal asset? Most people would agree that intelligence is right up at the top of the list. We spend time and effort building our appearance, and our physical assets. But how can we stimulate healthy brain function? What can we do to build intelligence? Surprisingly, scientists are now saying you’ll find intelligence in the gut. Recent studies show that a high-functioning brain is dependent upon two essential factors: a balanced nervous system, and a healthy intestinal environment. Yep, the brain and the gut are intimately connected. And both these factors are determined by the foods we eat. Certain foods cultivate a tranquil nervous system and balanced intestinal micro-biome. Other foods can stress our nerves or challenge gut bacteria. We’ve all experienced it – you eat a low-nutrient lunch, your mood…

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How to Prepare for Tibetan New Years – the Earth Dog Year!

Get ready for Tibetan New Year! Festivities begin on the new moon Friday February 16th 2018, and last for several weeks. It’s Tibetan Year 2145, the year of the Earth Dog. Losar, the Tibetan New Year celebration, can be traced back to pre-Buddhist times when Tibetans practiced the Bön religion. It was an annual spiritual ceremony in which people offered incense to local spirits, deities and protectors. Lo means Year and Sar means Fresh or New. Traditional Tibetan Losar celebrations are observed for for fifteen days with incense, mantras, offerings to monasteries, monks, and lamas, prayers of atonement, as well as visits with relatives and…

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21 Ways to Find Inner Balance in Stressful Times

By Jane Barthelemy. This is a game that helps you train your mind to relax. It helps you think positive thoughts and let go of thoughts that block your happiness. Ha ha! There are 21 tools – just choose three, and do them every day for a week. Then pick another three, until you’ve done all that you like. No matter what your political views, many of us agree the roller coaster has left its tracks. Yes, we’re careening fast in a new direction. How does that make you feel? Well, here are a few tips and tricks to help you balance. Prepare yourself, as you know I like…

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What’s the Best Diet for Humans?

By Jane Barthelemy. OK, will the best human diet please stand up? I’m asking, are there general dietary health guidelines that can apply to all humans? Or should we all just follow the current diet craze? How about the latest US Food Pyramid? Should we consider the Paleo Diet? Or is it better to eat Vegetarian? Going back to basics, what percentage of your food should be leafy green veggies? How much fat is best? What about protein? How much meat should you eat if any? Are there any foods everyone should avoid? While every person’s optimum diet is unique, yes, there are a few simple guidelines that work for most every-body. Keep it Simple. As Michael…

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Top 12 Acupressure Points to Optimize Your Health

By Jane Barthelemy. If you’ve learned the Top 6 Acupressure Points, you’re now ready to move on to the top twelve points here. The simple act of pressing these essential 12 points resets your body’s subtle energy layers to allow health and wellbeing to flow easily. Just a few minutes of acupressure on key body points unblocks your meridians. Use gentle yet firm pressure with either middle finger or thumb on these 12 points. Massage in a circular motion for 10 seconds, fell the Qi penetrating into the body, and breathe deeply. As you press, your brain releases endorphins, chemicals that calm pain and invite pleasurable feelings. Your muscles relax and…

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Balancing the Cortices

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This is a great way to balance your nervous system in 1-minute. Use this simple exercise before an important performance, an exam, an athletic challenge, or a meeting. Do it if you’re in shock or feeling overwhelmed. Use it before or after a day’s work in a highly charged electronic workplace. Do it on a child before the first day of school. This simple exercise supports your entire nervous system, it re-sets the electro-magnetic fields in the body by balancing the left and right brain hemispheres. It calms the sympathetic nervous system. So easy! Watch this video to see how.

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Top Anti-Cancer Meds You Can Enjoy as Foods

Would you like to enjoy green tea, apples, blackberries and carob? Or would you rather buy your Epigallocatechin-3 EGCG soft gels at Walmart? Take ginger for example. Pharmaceutical giant Merck calls the active ingredient 6-Gingerol, Zingiber officinale, an antitumor, apoptosis (cell death) inducing compound of the ginger family that blocks EGF-induced cell transformation by inhibiting the activation of Activator Protein-1 in cancer stem cells. Gingerol capsules from China are available at Rite Aid, Walmart, and Amazon. Or you can simply eat raw ginger. The list goes on. As pharma producers race to invent new meds, a recent study just made our healthy choices easy! Here are the top supposedly…

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My Book, The Cosmology of Qigong

By Jane Barthelemy. This book attempts to explain the roots of Qigong in simple terms for Westerners. A recent public talk I gave in Santa Fe, and Gubbio, Italy, the book explores Daoist history, the relevance of Qigong practice and ancient Chinese wisdom. Is our modern society the pinnacle of human evolution? What are the ancient legends and history of Daoism? Who were the ancestors that developed Qigong and Tai chi? What is the origin of Chinese medicine, and when was the earliest known medical book, the Huangdi Neijing, written? What were the original 8 Branches of Chinese Medicine? How old is Qigong? Who invented…

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