As I wrote in The Power of Your Smile post, our smile has an incredible healing power. Taking this further, smiling at yourself and into your organs can greatly increase your chances to heal yourself and to improve your overall well-being. By smiling into your organs and sending a positive and loving message you can transform your life and your relationship with your body – instead of criticism and hate there will only be love and care.
Our bodies are more intelligent than we think. Every cell of our body is extremely sensitive to our emotions, feelings and thoughts. If you think positive and take a loving care of yourself, then your body is healthy and you feel well. And if you are always dissatisfied with the way you look, if you blame yourself, think that you are not good enough, feel guilty etc, your body will start sending you messages – that it’s not the way to be and live your life. First, it will gently whisper about its concerns by having minor physical ailments, and if you don’t get the messages, it’ll shout out loud and you may end up with chronic or severe conditions.
Master Mantak Chia, a founder of the Universal Healing Tao system, recommends Inner Smile meditation to heal your whole body and to boost your well-being by smiling and sending love to your vital organs. I have been practising Inner Smile for a while and really feel its positive effects not only on my body but on my mind, my feelings and emotional states. It amplifies love and at the same time decreases fears, worries and anxieties. You feel calmer, more peaceful and loving not only towards yourself but also towards others around you.
In the Taoist tradition, positive and negative emotions are associated with the internal organs. One of the keys to good health is to become aware of the emotional energies that reside in the organs, and to transform the negative emotional energies into positive virtues. Taoists believe that we are all born with the virtues of love, gentleness, kindness, respect, honesty, fairness, justice, and righteousness.
According to Master Mantak Chia, as we mature and encounter more stress in our daily lives, negative emotions such as fear, anger, cruelty, impatience, worry, sadness, and grief often predominate. The negative emotions have deleterious effects on the internal organs and glands, draining our life-force and undermining our health. Inner Smile meditation transforms negative emotions into positive thus healing our mind and body.
It focuses on five organs or organ systems: the heart, the lungs, the kidneys, the liver/gall bladder, and the stomach/spleen.
Inner Smile Practice
1. Sit comfortably near the edge of your chair with your feel flat on the floor. I often practise cross-legged and it works too. Keep your back straight, but not stiff. Stay relaxed, and clasp your palms together in your lap. Press your tongue against the upper palate of your mouth.
2. Close your eyes and become aware of your body. Feel connected to the Earth.
3. Gently rock side to side and back and forth. Feel your sitting bones and rock from your sitting bones. Visualise your spinal cord and keep rocking gently.
4. Now focus on your heart centre, feel your heart. From the heart move to your crown, detect your crown with your hands and feel the connection between your heart and your crown. Then from your crown connect to the vital force energy – expand your awareness and attention, like an antenna, visualise white light and connect to it. Smile.
5. Draw the energy through your crown in front of and around you. Let your forehead relax, relax your face, your whole body, and feel the smiling energy flowing into your body.
6. Let the energy flow down to your thymus gland, which is located behind the upper part of your sternum, and picture it glowing with vibrant health. Feel the thymus gland become warm as it begins to vibrate and expand like a blossoming flower.
7. Let the warm, smiling energy spread from the thymus gland into your heart. Draw more smiling energy, and let it flow like a waterfall down into the heart. When you smile inwardly to the heart, it will generate the virtues of joy and happiness. Spend as much time here as you need to feel the heart relax and expand with loving energy. Try to remember your best experience of love and fill your heart with that same feeling again. Smile.
8. Smile into the small intestine in the middle of the abdomen. Thank it for absorbing food nutrients to keep you vital and healthy.
9. Let the joy and happiness generated in the heart expand outward to your lungs. Feel the lungs open as the happy, smiling energy flows into them, keep smiling. You can clear the lungs of energetic, emotional, and physical pollution by smiling into them. Feel the air flow from the tip of the nose down into the lungs, thank your lungs for breathing and helping sustain your life. Feel love and courage.
10. Smile into the large intestine: the ascending colon, starting at the right side of the hipbone and passing upward to the undersurface of the right lobe of the liver; the transverse colon, which passes downward from the right liver region across the abdomen to the left beneath the lower end of the spleen; the descending colon, which passes downward through the left side of the lumbar region; and the sigmoid colon, which normally lies within the pelvis, the rectum and the anus. Thank it for eliminating wastes and for making you feel clean, fresh and open. Smile to it and feel it be warm, nice, clean, comfortable and calm.
11. Next you will direct the smiling energy to the liver, the largest internal organ, located just below the right lung. Smile and feel the liver become immersed in smiling, loving, joyous energy. Feel gratitude for the liver’s work in detoxifying the body, helping to store blood, and producing bile. When you smile to the liver, you will dissolve any anger and allow the kindness energy more space to expand.
12. Smile into the spleen, which is just next to the left kidney. Don’t worry if you don’t know exactly where it is. If you smile in that direction, you will gradually get in touch with it. If you need to, return to the source of vital energy in front of you, and let the smiling energy flow in through the mid-eyebrow and down to the area of the spleen.
13. As smiling, loving energy builds up in the spleen, let it flow into the kidneys. Smile down to the kidneys and feel them expand with radiant energy. The kidneys are associated with the emotion of fear. As you smile into them, fear melts away, and the virtue of gentleness can grow. Keep smiling into the kidneys, and let the smiling energy build up until they are full.
14. Next, send the smiling energy down into the urinary bladder, urethra, genitals, and perineum.
Women: Smile the accumulated energies into the ovaries, uterus, and vagina. Thank the ovaries for making hormones and giving you sexual energy. Bring the combined sexual, smiling, and virtue energies up to the navel, and visualise the energies spiralling into that point.
Men: Smile, and visualise the accumulated energies spiralling down into the prostate gland and testicles. Thank them for making hormones and giving you sexual energy. Bring the combined sexual, smiling, and virtue energies up to the navel, and spiral them into that point.
15. Return the attention to the source of vital energy in front of you. Allow more energy to flow in through your crown like a waterfall pouring down into the organs. Once again immerse the thymus, heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, urinary bladder, and sex organs in smiling energy. At this point you should be feeling calm and peaceful.
16. Relax and rest, lie down if you like.