Danjeon, The reservoir of energy
“Danjeon” is the reservoir to store the fundamental energy of the Universe. According to Oriental theory, there are 12 aculines in the body. These lines are very complicated, and energy uses these aculines to flow. That which makes the energy that is flowing through the body more stable and which acts as a vessel to gather the energy is precisely the danjeon. “Dan” means the state where energy accumulates and turns red. “Jeon” represents the container in which the energy is stored.
Danjeon is not visible anatomically, for it is made of vital energy. It canot be see or found with the physical eye, but, once you do Danjeon breathing, you can feel it exists. You will feel warm in that area. As energy is accumulated there, you will have some strange feeling as if there is a globe in your lower abdomen. If you open a seed, you cannot find the life inside it. But if you plant the seed, it will sprout. In the same way, if you look into the anatomy of the body, you cannot see the danjeon, but if you do danjeon breathing, you can experience your mind and body blossoming anew. As you continue to gather energy in the danjeon through breathing, energy will spread throughout the body like water that overflows and a deep calmness will take place.
The danjeon is located in the exact center of the body. That doesn’t means to the left or right, up or down, but to the exact center. That
er up nor down. It’s neither too high, nor too low, it doesn’t lean to either side, thus it’s symbolic of the most universal emotion, the most universeal truths.
Its is the breathing that pulls in and gathers energy
Danjeon breathing means to breath with the primary focus of gathering and pulling in energy. “Gi” (energy) is the basic energy of life that allows us to breathe easily and live. General people pull in very little of this energy, and that which is inhaled is full of lots of toxins. This is also because they are doing chest breathing. However, if you are able to breathe from your lower abdomen danjeon, breathing acts like a pump and stores the energy deeply in the danjeon. If one can store energy sufficiently in the danjeon, energy spreads throughout the body like water overflowing and this makes the body and mind healthy. In the process, the toxins of the body are sent out. As we grow older, our breathing capacity decreases and abdominal breathing changes into thoracic breathing. Those who aren’t healthy move their chests rather than their abdomens when they breathe. If you train to do Danjeon breathing, your breathing will return to the breathing of newborns. Babies move their lower abdomen up and down while breathing comfortably. Abdominal breathing, moving the entire abdomen, is helpful for health. But its effects are far less than those of danjeon breathing for it is not vital energy-centered. Energy, once drawn into danjeon, is stored there.
Types of Breathing
(Chest Breathing Abdomen Breathing Danjeon Breathing )
Human breathing can be divided into three kinds: breathing in deeply from the chest, breathing in through the entire stomach, and breathing through the danjeon only.
1) Chest breathing: This is the average breathing of normal people. Air comes in through atmospheric pressure according to the opening and closing of the rib cages. We can call it throat and chest breathing.
2) Whole stomach breathing: It’s breathing through the entire stomach area. Breathing in this way, the top and bottom part of the stomach moves. This kind of breathing, which looks like air has entered the stomach, is called whole stomach breathing. By doing this, one expands one’s lung capacity and improves the circulation of the body.
3) Danjeon breathing: This means to breath correctly just from the danjeon. Setting it apart from abdomen breathing, danjeon breathing pushes up the area below the navel like a balloon.
If you breathe like this, energy is gathered and accumulates in the danjeon. Of course, not only does one expand the lung’s capacity and improve circulation like abdomen breathing, but one can achieve changes through energy as well.
Here’s the danjeon breathing methods for beginners
Beginners should do danjeon breathing lying down. Place your thumbs together at your navel and make a triangle. Cough. You will feel a tension point below your navel. Focus your mind there as breathe.
1) First do your breathing evenly.
For example, if you breathe in 5 seconds, then breathe out 5 seconds; you have to breathe in and out evenly in this way and then your breathing capacity gets precise and expands. At first, inhaling slowly and exhaling slowly is the basic principle.
(Chest Breathing Abdomen Breathing Danjeon Breathing )
2) Focus on the danjeon and breathe in and out – but concentration is most important. Think that there is no other part but the danjeon; that only the danjeon exists. Think that danjeon is the center of focus, and concentrate only on breathing with sincerity. “Concentration” means that energy is gathering in one place. If you concentrate, energy is accumulated. As cultivating the danjeon spot is most important for beginners, it’s desirable to only concentrate on doing lying down breathing for many months in order to accumulate energy. It takes 100 takes to build one’s danjeon in the beginning. This period is very important.
3) The secret of breathing is in “exhaling”. Breathe out long and endlessly. Spare nothing, empty fully, and as a reaction energy enters the body.
4) Always maintain the correct posture, which means to lie down on a hard surface, with your feet together or slightly apart, and make it so that the body is free of tension in any part. Like blowing up a balloon, inhale in a way that only the danjeon rises up.
5) Unless otherwise noted, we do not stop or hold our breathing in any way. “Holding your breath” means to stop in the middle of your breathing; but as the energy may get scattered, it is not desirable.
*Danjeon Breathing: Sitting Posture
After one has learned to balance one’s breathing and accumulate energy, the best method for concentration, gathering energy and going deeper into one’s meditation is sitting meditation. As one can become very tense if the body is not comfortable, sitting in the half-lotus position is recommended. Change leg positions often to balance the body, especially using the leg that feels least comfortable.
1) Make sure the spine is upright and that the top of your head and the tailbone are in one line, with your chin lifted up slightly. Keep the head upright.
2) Interlace your hands with the left thumb on top. Make sure the fingers are together with no spaces for energy to be released, and concentrate to gather energy into our danejon.
3) To receive energy, breathe in strongly into your danjeon, if you wish to lower your waves and and calm down, breathe in slowly and breathe out slowly.
1) First lie on your back in a fully relaxed position (look at the picture)
When you learn how to do danjeon breathing at first, the lying-on-back position, is desirable. The position is good for accumulating energy It’s best to lie light on a little hard floor without a pillow. Put your big toes together and place your hands lightly on your danjeon area, relax the whole body, and close the anus consciously so as to not to let energy out.
2) As you breath, try to only move the lower part of the abdomen, the danjeon are
Swell up the area of the danjeon as you breathe in and let it fall as you breathe out. The key point is to exert force only to the danjeon, as if you are blowing up a balloon without straining the other parts of the abdomen. Beginners usually move the whole abdomen, so it’s good to check your breathing by putting one hand on the stomach and the other on the danjeon. If you move the stomach when breathing, correct your breathing not to move it.
3) Always be mindful of the danjeon while breathing
Pay attention only to breathing, thinking that you had no other part than danjeon and that “danjeon is the center”.
4) The secret of danjeon breathing lies in “exhaling”
When you let out all the bad and impure energy and stray thoughts and empty yourself by breathing out, clear and pure energy comes in as a reaction to that. Breathe out as fully as possible. And as you breathe in, think you take in the whole Universe and inhale deeply. At first the ratio of exhaling and inhaling should be 7:3 to empty your body and mind and then gradually lengthen and smoother the inhaling to the ratio 5:5.
Some people hold their breath after they inhale or exhale to get some effects. But holding your breathing make your energy stagnated and give much burden on the body. It’s ideal to take long and fine breaths, but don’t try to lengthen the period of breath unnaturally. Take breaths as naturally and long as you can, or you may suffer from some side effects.
Danjeon breathing is a way of health, which strengthens and vitalizes energy in your body
Releases Impure Energy
Danjeon breathing expels toxic energies in the body that have been gathered from stress. Scientists call this accumulation of stress in the body “free radicals”. Danjeon breathing sends these kinds of impure energy outside the body. As you exhale longer, the impure energy is released, and as you inhale longer, you take in universe energy.
That’s why one feels more calm, relaxed and stable after doing danjeon breathing. Stress and fire exist in the body in terms of impure energy. Although these negative energies are stagnate in the body, they begin to be cleared as you breathe, and they are sent outward. Those emptied places in the body are filled up with pure and clean energy.