The eighth center of power is located on the cortical surface of the brain. It is known as the Thousand Petal Lotus because, when visualized, this is the imagery created. When the Chi permeates this center, the sensation in the body is one of floating upward to the surface, much like the blossoming of the lotus.
When the serpent power passes from the lowest center through the psychic channels and junctions to this level, the energy in these begins to spin as each is opened. At this time the marriage of spirit and matter occurs, and the individual consciousness unites with the universal consciousness. This is a state of ultimate bliss, rarely achieved even by those who practice a lifetime.
The ascending practices for this and the next level are achieved through specific exercises which are similar to those given for the first seven centers. These are always given verbally by master to student. They cannot and should not be described. Let it be sufficient to state that the finger-knitting kanji illustrated represents the suffusion of the conscious into the Infinite, and enables the practitioner to exercise his will through the five elements.
[Editor's Note: When Secrets of the Ninja was first published, Ashida Kim informed the publisher that two pictures were out of sequence in the Kuji Kiri section. This error was never corrected and caused a great deal of confusion over the years. This edition has made the necessary corrections to the text and sequence. It now conforms to the proper order and is the same as the exercise given in the revised edition of Ninja Mind Control and Iron Body Ninja, DOJO Press 2000.]
TAO- 9th Kanji/Mudra
The ninth center of power is the aura of the body. The aura consists of an electromagnetic field surrounding the physical self, radiating in all directions. The strength and extent of the field are determined by the individual. The kanji represents the acquisition of the secret knowledge.
To become a Ninja, one must accomplish four things: one must be strong; one must know; one must dare; and one must be silent. It was said of the ancient Ninja that he could become invisible at will. This may be the myth and legend of a bygone era; it may be that simple tricks and ruses led to this belief; or it may be that the Ninja of old could actually alter the state of his aura and the surrounding atmosphere by physiopsychic means, rendering himself unseeable. One skilled in this technique would, quite naturally, be reluctant to demonstrate it, and would certainly never reveal his method to the uninitiated. This art is sometimes known in Kuji Kiri as "the power to cloud men's minds."
Remember, the Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao. It cannot be explained, but it can be experienced. This is the goal of meditation.
Turning the Wheel
Just as one cannot plunge headlong into the practice of Qi Gong (breathing exercises), one cannot return to the real world from such an experience without some transitory phase. The ancients have taught the following movements to calm the mind and body and return them to a more balanced condition before the conclusion of the exercise. Suddenly standing after any of the preceding techniques would almost certainly result in the blood rushing from the head, causing one to faint before the heart can compensate.
Extend the left arm out to the side. Bend the arm at the elbow and rotate the arm in a circular manner counterclockwise thirty-six times. Repeat this action with the right arm. This stimulates the Yang Yu and Yin Yu channels of the arm.
'Lift the left leg off the right hip . and extend it in front of the body; lift the right leg off the left hip' 'and extend it. This releases the . Lotus position. Clasp the hands' together and raise the arms above 'the head, turning the palms over as they pass the face. Inhale as the hands ascend from the lap to "the head, and exhale as you push upward. Repeat this movement nine times.
Place the palms on the sides of the legs just below the hips. Stretch the legs and slide the palms down the sides of the thighs, knees, and calves. Bend the body forward and touch the head to the knees while grasping the outside of the feet with both palms. Inhale as you return to a sitting position, and exhale as you bend forward. Repeat this movement twelve times. This will stimulate the legs and keep them straight.
With the completion of the transitory exercises, the Ninja has accomplished the basic movements of the first nine Mind Gates. These must be mastered before one can even attempt those which deal with the more specific techniques of the acupuncture meridians, the four seas of the body, the six solid and the six empty organs, and so on.
Meditation is the key to Inner Strength. These exercises are among the most ancient known to
Man., and represent the most basic that should be known by any Student. From them flow a myriad of therapeutic and healing techniques. Understanding of the "self' makes it possible for the Ninja to understand others, thereby anticipating their movements and reactions. This can be of tremendous significance in espionage or battle.
[A simplified version can be found in the Longevity Exercise of Dr. Ko Hung Lao, DOJO Press 2000]
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