The practice of controlling our body's bio-energy can lead to astounding results which can be applied to the benefit of ourselves or others. Some of the Inner Garden's students have been taught the first steps in this Art from the Mo Pai school.

The primary energies that are fundamental to earth and life are described in many cultures throughout the world. Those who practice Alchemy have learned to recognize this elemental power, but few have learned to control these energies in our bodies. John Chang, a Javanese Taoist of the Mo Pai school (in lineage to Mo Tzu, or Micius in Latin, ca. 470 BC - ca. 391 BC) has mastered the control of these energies to a great extent. This results in healing ability and manifestations that seem like pure magic. The video below shows one such manifestation:

Magus of Java


Naturally, these manifestations are not an aim in themselves. They merely help to visualize the reality of this energy. In the course of training certain physical proof is required for the student to show he or she has reached a sufficient power increase and is ready to move on to the next stage of training. The study of this bio-energy in our own body is relevant for students of Alchemy because the same polarities and uniting of dualities are at play as those that we deal with in more advanced laboratory Alchemy.


The cultivation of healing life energy within the human body is a subject that may have stood apart from the Western Alchemy Tradition, but is now more and more integrated as part of the practices of internal Alchemy.

Laboratory Alchemy and Internal Alchemy are two complementary fields of Alchemy that define traditional Western Alchemy. Internal Alchemy involves a range of elements such as meditation, philosophy, introspective psychology, magical and transformational practices. When it comes to the cultivation of the natural life force inside our own bodies, the Qabalistic practices involving the "Ruach" best define the represent the Western teachings in this field. There are many extraordinary applications of this energy. In our operations in the lab, this unique force is the most cherished subject of the matters that we use, whether it be from the plant, animal or mineral Kingdom. However, our bodies provide a natural circulatum of this system. A vessel that contains this energy and in which it can be multiplied. Benefits may include:

  • • faster recovery from injury to the hands
  • • an ability to hit with more force
  • • an ability to move faster (speed is crucial in martial arts)
  • • the health benefits of being relaxed
  • • an increase in connection to your legs, spine, arms and head
  • • increased stamina
  • • increased athletic ability and health
  • • regulating blood pressure
  • • actually experiencing the channels of the body as they truly are, which can possibly be different to the books
  • • developing an authentic dan tien that is consciously nourished and deliberately formed which is not defined in the books
  • • greater sensitivity for sparring and fighting

raising of vibrations

These practices of controlling bio-energy are equally relevant for Inner Work, Trancework, etc. because this bio-energy is intimately linked to the personal unconscious mind, our emotional state and the potential 'depth' of meditation. Any healing powers or benefits that may spring from this practice are a boon that has an individual signature depending on the practitioner's unique potential.

getting started

It is important to understand that anyone looking to learn Nei Kung, is more likely to learn it from a good teacher of internal martial arts like Hsing-Yi (one of the easiest and most powerful forms of martial cultivation). It is rare to learn authentic Daoist practices from a true master of the subject as quite a lot of the Nei Kung skills are an essential part of a complete system of martial arts. There are people who claim that Nei Kung is a philosophy, this is incorrect. There are intellectual guidelines to the practice of Nei Gung, but it is 'Inner Work' which means effort has to be put in to develop real, substantial and testable skills. This is not something that can be imagined or talked about, only from direct experience and hard effort can an understanding of Nei Kung develop.

A number of students of Inner Garden have been involved in this practice, but Inner Garden does not yet teach this form of alchemy. For those who are interested to pursue this practice and finding a lead for a good teacher in this field, the following books are recommended:

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