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T A O I S T T E C H N I Q U E S F O R T H E
THE FOURTH STEP: THE CLENCHING OF THE TEETH
Clench the teeth and press the tongue on the palate. The clenching of the teeth interrupts the nervous flux between the body and neck. Moreover, this helps the contraction of the buttocks.
These two contractions should be simultaneous because they help one another and ensure a complete blockage. During the contraction, the seed is directed deeper and deeper into the body.
The most intense transmutation of the fluid occurs at the end of the counting, by the seventh, eighth, and ninth contraction. The firmness of the contraction determines the forced ascension of the fluid. The contractions should be stronger and stronger, from the first to the ninth.
If you prolong lovemaking, the pleasure will grow in intensity. In the moment in which the pleasure increases, you have to maintain the uro-genital diaphragm closed.
This will help you prevent the sperm from going beyond the "gate". Try to stop it or you will find it impossible to control it. It is necessary that you stop ejaculation before the sperm begins to "agitate".
THE FIFTH STEP: CHANNEL THE FLOW OF ENERGY FROM THE GENITAL ORGANS TO THE HEAD AREA
Exhale, releasing the yang energy and relax the head, neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis areas. Allow the energy to flow into your beloved. Inhale and direct the energy to the head area. If this is difficult for you, lead the energy to Hui-Yin and then up the spine.
One may look upon the Great Ascension as an internal current, beginning with the contraction of the penis, goes through the perineum and buttocks, on the spine, to the head area.
If you have difficulties in directing the energy to the head area, you may channel the energy to the navel in the first stage. Thus the energy will follow the voluntary muscular contractions, being forced to go up to the head area.
After the energy builds up in this area, you may direct it downwards, to Hui-Yin, and then through the spine towards the head. If you deposit carefully the energetic fluid, it will be a lot easier for you to direct it afterwards.
The relaxation after the Great Ascension determines the expansion of the sanguine vessels contracted in the penis. Thus you absorb a great quantity of Yin energy without any effort. During the great ascension, the woman's energy enters her body through the inferior part of the man's body.
During relaxation, the energy is "attracted" towards the upper centers. This effect is obvious even from the early stages of the practice.
In the beginning, the systematic practice of the Great Ascension may seem difficult, even exhausting for some people, but practice will make it easy and at hand. Close the inferior gate so that your seed stays inside.
The power of the will to control the seed grows as you practice. Increasing your will power to retain your seed will amplify your will in all domains: in work, sports, and family. Consequently, love and desire to grow spiritually will benefit from a restless vigor, full of surprises.
THE SIXTH STEP: THE DELICATE ABSORPTION
If the erection weakens, start the penetrations again and use the Delicate Absorption. After the first series of penetrations and strong contractions, you may sometimes contract the head of the penis during the penetration.
The head of the penis is just as a baby gently sucking his mother's breast. Begin to direct the energy in this manner.
The Great Ascension has a greater effect if the penis is already filled with yin energy through the Delicate Absorption.
The difference between the Delicate Absorption and the Great Ascension should be clear by now: the Delicate Absorption accompanies the usual penetration, and the head of the penis, the testicles and the uro-genital diaphragm are contracted. The rest of the muscles are relaxed, and do not contribute to the channeling of the energy.
This technique is mainly about preventing the energy from getting out, not necessarily about channeling it upwards. Moreover, the energy builds up on the level of the penis, and we will transfer it upwards later, using the Great Ascension.