Yet following the logic of Neidan yoga, a better tack starts with the Sahasrāra chakra. Why? In acupuncture, the crown chakra corresponds to the acupuncture point known as Bahui (hundred meetings). Located at the very top of the head this acupoint serves as a crossroad to many meridians both outer (Governing, Gall Bladder, Liver and Triple Burner meridians) and inner (central channel of yoga or the inner branch of the Penetrating meridian).
In Daoist practice, one cultivates qi flow along the Du (Governing) and Ren (Conception) meridians as a FIRST stage of practice. The second stage uses the energy generated from this first step to spark a psychic fire in the middle part of the torso (along the central channel) and the final, third, stage uses this psychic fire to kindle a spiritual fire at the third-eye chakra. Once successful at this, an adept can direct the spiritual flame out through the crown chakra into the astral (and higher) worlds.
So, what have we got? Baihui sits at a pivotal juncture of both inner and outer qi pathways. In Daoism it’s first used to help develop the microcosmic orbit (around the path of linked Du and Ren meridians) and later helps actualize the final stage of neidan (central channel meditation). So, following Swamiji’s lead, the initial, modest, task just seeks to activate a higher chakra, which thereby gives enlivened energy that can be used to temper and stabilize lower chakras. Next, and again following the Bihar yoga template, the real meditation work begins but in Neidan yoga this work is a blend of Swamiji’s approach and Daoist and Tibetan Buddhist protocols. Ready to rock?