Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming. The Root of Chinese ChiKung: The Secrets of ChiKung Training. Jamaica Plain, Mass.: Yang Martial Arts Assn., 1989. Excellent text for explaining many of the consequences and side effects of learning to breathe and exercise internal energy or chi. Scientifically and experientiallybased, and only refers to the ancients for additional descriptions. Does show some energy applications for the martial artist that complement the healing art.
Mantak Chia. Awaken Healing Energy Through the Tao. Aurora Press, 1983. Written as clear, logical, and practical medical descriptions that encompass the physiological and spiritual practices for awakening and circulating chi. This is the basic book and contains practically all you'll ever need to know. Mantak Chia also has a valuable series of books relating to various other aspects of Taoist esoteric yoga, sexual practice, and nei kung published through Healing Tao, 2 Creskill Place, Huntington, New York 11743.
Ajit Mookerjee. Kundalini: The Arousal of the Inner Energy. Rochester, Vermont: Destiny Books, 1986. Describes the core experience of Tantra and relates it to the opening of chakras; provides both modern illustrations and ancient commentaries. An excellent overview and worth comparing to the Taoist cosmology.
Gopi Krishna. Kundalini: The Evolutionary Energy in Man. Boston and London: Shambhala, 1971. Describes the effects and personal experiences of an Indian gentleman who went through the kun-dalini with no real prior training or expectations beyond curiosity and rudimentary meditative practice. It nearly killed him and is a great cautionary tale as well as an accurate description. It should be read by anyone who wants to follow in the steps of their ancestors. Hillman's Jungian analysis of the experience widely misses the reality of being touched by the goddess.
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