Clean the Nine Openings
We have many openings in our bodies. Taoists say we have two doors and seven windows, which are the openings that permit us contact with the outside world. These openings are able to let various kinds of pollution enter or block them out.
1.Front Door—Sexual Opening
The sexual organ is regarded as the front door, which is the door of the creative life-force energy. By knowing how to control and seal it tight, the life-force energy will last longer.
2.Back Door – Nutrients Opening
The anus is regarded as the back door, which controls nutrition. Many people are not aware of what to eat and the body cannot absorb their food. They end up losing most of the nutrients to their toilets. The most expensive piece of equipment in your house can end up to be the “golden toilet”.
The two eyes, two ears, two holes of the nose, and one mouth are the seven windows. The windows are important to receive and transmit information. If a window is dirty and not strong, it will not receive information well and will not seal the life-force within.
We regard these windows as the openings of the organs.
The eyes are the opening of the liver.
The ears are the opening of the kidneys.
The nose is the opening of the lungs.
The mouth is the opening of the spleen.
The tongue is the opening of the heart.
The exercises of Tao Rejuvenation in the morning are very important. If you have the time, do more. Use the bathroom if you can, or find room outside of the bathroom to do them.
4.Routine Large Intestine cleaning.
Daily bowel movements are very important in reducing the accumulation of “stew” in the body.
When you finish the bowel movement, use water to clean yourself. If this is inconvenient, use toilet paper that has been wet with water and clean out the anus. Massage the coccyx and around the anus. The anus region has many arteries and veins, which are easily clotted and can become hemorrhoids. Massage the whole region 50-100 times. This is of great help in preventing or healing hemorrhoids, while helping to detoxify any accumulation in the lower region.
Knowing how to move the bowels is equally as important as eating.
Clean Out the Parts of the Face.
If you have the time, do the Tao Rejuvenation. Of all the senses’ exercises, the eye exercises are my favorite.
Daily maintenance is the best prevention. Many times we do not pay much attention to the things that are close to us, like the water and air or our faces and eyes.
Many people wash their faces, but seldom wash their eyes. When working outside all day, very small particles of dust and all kinds of fiber get into the eyes and clot the tear ducts. Be sure to massage the tear ducts.
Wash the eyes with cool, clean or boiled water. Use a bowl in which you can immerse your face.
Open your eyes and move the eyes around. Get all the dirt and particles out. (Fig. 8.14) This will also help you remain more awake.
The nose is the place where the life-force of air enters. A strong and healthy nose is the key to vitality.
Right after you clean the eyes, use another bowl of water, Make sure it is clean; preferably use cooled, boiled water.
Immerse your nose and face into the water, inhale the water into the nostrils just enough, and force it out. In the beginning you might sniff or inhale too deeply which will cause you to cough. When you are well-practiced, the water will enter your nose and come out your mouth.
If you have difficulty handling both nostrils at one time, you can use your finger to close the right nostril while cleaning the left nostril, and then close the left nostril while cleaning the right nostril.
In the beginning you might feel pain or unpleasantness, because the nose is like a chimney—if you never clean out the smoke, it will collect there.
Massaging the teeth and the gums with coarse salt is very useful. (Fig. 8.15) Using your finger, touch the salt and rub the teeth and gums. Make sure that your finger is clean and the nail not too long. Massage and rub the inside and outside of the gums. Weak gums are the cause of much tooth decay. If you have time, do the teeth and gum exercises.
Massaging the tongue is very important, too. (Fig. 8.16) Please see the section on tongue exercise (Chapter 4).
Cleaning and exercising the ears will make you more alert and prevent hearing loss.
Use a clean, damp towel; rub and massage the ears, both the shells and the inner ears. See the ear exercises’ section (Chapter 4).
Use a clean, damp towel and rub the neck until you feel the heat and Chi flow in the neck. The neck may reveal your age; a wrinkled neck might make you look old.
6.Massage the head and comb the hair.
Take time to massage the head and comb the scalp carefully. This can be an enjoyable moment.
7.Massage the Feet
Using a towel, rub and massage your feet. Rub until you feel the feet are warm and that the Chi flows.
8.Clean Water is a Cleanser.
Drinking water in the morning one to two hours before breakfast is the best for clearing out the system and providing prevention. Water can help you clean out the dirt and toxins that remain in your digestive tract. Morning is the best time to clean out.
Drink clean water. In some places you might need to boil it. Drink two to four glasses. In the beginning it might be hard to drink a lot of water. After you drink, you need to move, either walking, jogging or jumping. After that you have to do the abdominal massage to move the water around to rinse and clean out the toxins and mucous, which can move out as a bowel movement and urine.
Do not drink after a meal or before you sleep. If you drink at night, it will make you get up.