The Microcosmic Orbit is considered to be the main acupuncture meridian in the body. The meridians are essentially rivers of energy that deliver life force throughout the entire body, keeping our energetic system balanced and fluid. There are 12 main energetic meridians, think of the Microcosmic Orbit as a deep canal that feeds these 12 lesser pathways. By fully opening the Orbit and and keeping a balanced flow of energy through it, the 12 meridians will have a constant source of vital energy. This pathway is the essence of our yin and yang energetic flow.
The Microcosmic Orbit is comprised of two channels. First is the Governor Vessel (Du Mai), which begins at the perineum and travels directly up the back of the body, coming over the crown of the head and ending at the roof of the mouth. The Governor is considered the yang aspect of the orbit. The second is the Conception or Functional Vessel (Ren Mai), starting at the tongue and traveling down the front of the body, back down to the perineum. The Conception channel is considered yin. Touching the tongue to the roof of the mouth connects the two channels and creates a continuous circuit of energy. This channel becomes a container for our energy, meditating on the Orbit will train your energy to recycle throughout the body, instead of being scattered and dispersed outside of ourselves in worldly pursuits.
There are several acupuncture points along the Orbit, each of these points corresponds to the Chakras of the Indian Yogic system. By running your Microcosmic Orbit, you are activating and unifying each Chakra, and creating a unified field of energetic and spiritual balance. The yin-yang dynamic of the Orbit helps to balance our internal male-female aspects. When the Orbit is open and unobstructed, you will feel peaceful and balanced.
When you have an open and flowing Microcosmic Orbit, this channel becomes a well-defined and safe pathway for circulating sexual energy throughout the body. Men can learn to channel their aroused sexual energy through the Orbit, preventing ejaculation and experiencing full-body orgasms. Circulating sexual energy throughout the Orbit refines the energy from raw sexual essence into a refined steam that nourishes the body and mind. Because the Microcosmic Orbit is connected to the 12 acupuncture meridians of the body, the sexual energy is distributed throughout the entire body, leading to heightened states of bliss and awareness.
For a simple guided meditation to open your Microcosmic Orbit, watch the video below. If you are interested in learning to circulate sexual energy throughout your Orbit, check out this training video!