"What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity." -- Joseph Addison
The Smiling Inner Heart of our Energy Body
by Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac., M.H., A.D.S.
As I pondered on my blissful experience during the meditative state, I have asked myself "How can I maintain this loving state in my daily 3rd dimensional life with all of its day to day challenges, physical and emotional tensions, and personal and business relationship dealings?"
"Through the Inner Smile which resonates with your smiling inner heart of your energy body."
According to Taoist sage and Qigong Master Michael Winn, "Thanks to ancient Tao masters passing down their tradition for thousands of years, we now know the secret of the Inner Smile is hidden within our inner heart. The inner heart is not the physical heart, and it is not the emotional or feeling heart. There is a "third heart", just as there is a "third eye". This inner heart is a portal to direct experience of what is called "soul", a concept in the West that has successfully eluded all definition.
The ancient enlightened masters gave us a very specific map of the Inner Smiles' pathway within our body. It arises like a wave from the inner ocean of our unknown and unborn self. Before it gently splashes onto the beach of the outer world, it passes through many subtle layers of body-mind consciousness that they mapped out in great detail.
This mapped out network of energy meridians and spheres of psycho-spiritual essences hidden within our physical body is known to Tao adepts as the Energy Body. The Inner Smile is a way of awakening and harmonizing our Energy Body. As the smiling wave arises within it can be guided to effortlessly "float loose" our deep sexual, emotional. and mental patterns, which are basically frozen energy.
Smiling can melt energy patterns that we might feel are stuck or frozen inside us. It can reach and dissolve patterns that have frustrated other forms of therapy, if done with proper focus.
The Inner Smile is a gentle tool, but so profoundly subtle it can probe powerfully into the depths of our unconscious, where few can reach. It can dissolve patterns without struggle, as it does not encourage divisive attitudes (me vs. them) or attempt to "kill" the sick energy. If you attack your problems, they resist even harder.
The Inner Smile operates by embracing the aspects of our pain or dysfunction from within. It awakens our core sense of unity, and activates the inner will of our heart. Inner smiling causes the sick energy to spontaneously shape shift. By smiling, we are really just liberating the inner will of our stuck energy to become functional and free.
The Inner Smile is just the first step on an amazing journey to the experience of your true self and to the core of the "multi-verse" -- the multiple dimensions of Nature's grand unity."
Most of the enlightened Masters -- Master Choa Kok Sui, Master Miguel Nator, Alton Kamadon, Gurumayi Chidvilasananada, Sathya Sai Baba, Mantak Chia, Li Jun Feng, Michael Winn, Ou Wen Wei, Jose & Lloydine Arguelles -- I have known have this uniqueness amongst them which is their pure pristine like inner smile. When you look at the Dalai Lama's picture, Mona Lisa's, Lord Buddha's, Lady Kuan Yin's or babie's face, one common thing which leaves an indelible impression is their inner smile. Master Mantak Chia remembers his Taoist teacher One Cloud (Master Yi Eng), "One Cloud had the most incredible smile. He was always relaxed and smiling, it made me feel like the sun was shining on me when I was around him. His smile made me feel wonderful. I always wanted to be around him."
Inner Smile: Open Secret behind Tao Practice
Openness is the image of Heaven. Calm is the image of Earth.
When open, one accepts all. When calm, one perceives all.
When open, one can accept people. When calm, one can deal with events.
When openness and calm are practiced for a long time, we become clear.
Open acceptance and calm is how Sages achieved the Tao of Heaven and Earth.
- The Book of Balance and Harmony, Li Tao-ch'un
The Inner Smile is very useful in dissolving Qi blockages, restoring everyday health and Qi flow in an infinite number of profound applications that come from unconditional self-acceptance. The Inner Smile exercises our ability to love, starting with our own bodies. As we learn to love and accept ourselves, it becomes natural and easy for us to extend this love outward and begin to love and accept other people and nature. As one of the best exercises for stress management and self-healing, the Inner Smile induces a state of deep relaxation. Deep relaxation dissolves physical and mental tensions that cause energy blockages and unhealthy Qi. Its greatest virtue, though, is that the Inner Smile can also be a path to whole body Enlightenment. (See Microcosmic Orbit Meditation, Bond of Power and A Path to Freedom)
As a final smiling thought, Confucious had an interesting insight on smiling:
We come into this world crying, while those around us smile.
We leave this world smiling, while those around us cry.
- Confucius, 460 B.C.
A Poem called "Smile" by Barbara Hauck, age 13
She smiled at a sorrowful stranger.
The smile seemed to make him feel better.
He remembered past kindness' of a friend
And wrote him a thank you letter.
The friend was so pleased with the thank you
That he left a large tip after lunch.
The waitress, surprised by the size of the tip,
Bet the whole thing on a hunch.
The next day she picked up her winnings,
And gave part to a man on the street.
The man on the street was grateful;
For two days he'd had nothing to eat.
After he finished his dinner,
He left for his small dingy room.
He didn't know at that moment
that he might be facing his doom.
On the way he picked up a shivering puppy
And took him home to get warm.
The puppy was very grateful
To be in out of the storm.
That night the house caught on fire.
The puppy barked the alarm.
He barked till he woke the whole household
And saved everybody from harm.
One of the boys that he rescued
Grew up to be President.
All this because of a simple smile
That hadn't cost a cent.
- from Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul
by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Kimberly Kirgerger