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us | Precis: The writer of this article reveals how he learned an ancient, mystical t echnique to survive in the cold. Using Tumo By Dr. L. Daka I grew up in Minnesota. For those of you unfamiliar with the state (other than k nowing that the current governor used to be a professional wrestler), let me tel l you about it. Fully half the population of Minnesota resides in the "Twin Cities," Minneapolis and St. Paul. For all practical purposes, however, they are really one city div ided by the Mississippi river. Even so, each city has its own character. St. Pau l, the seat of government, was originally named "Pig's Eye" after a river pirate . A huge Catholic cathedral was built on a hill (a major part of the funding com ing from the most notorious Madam of the time), and the city adopted the name of the cathedral. St. Paul is on the east side of the Mississippi and is often cal led the "biggest little city in the U.S." The name, "Minneapolis," is quite unusual, being a combination of Native America n (Minne-) and Greek (-polis). It is larger than St. Paul, is on the west side o f the Mississippi, and is sometimes known as the "smallest big city in the U.S." I grew up in a suburb called Lakeville, and it was wonderful. I was close to the Twin Cities but just far away enough for an almost rural life. My favorite time s of the year were Spring, when the snows had melted and the plants were startin g to grow and bud, and Fall, when the leaves turned color and the brisk winds we re a pleasant relief from the Summer heat and humidity. But other than those two seasons of the year, the weather was harsh. Summer was very hot and humid. We would go to the malls and movie theaters just to get into some air conditioning. Sometimes the heat was so oppressive that sle eping at night was difficult. The winter was incredibly cold. We used to be than kful for snow because that would mean it was warmer. It actually got too cold to snow, and people used to say that we had nine months of winter and three months of bad skiing. One of the truly wonderful things about Minnesota is the people. They tend to be friendly and polite, and they help each other. If a car has difficulty on a sno wy road, many people will stop their cars and offer help. Everyone knows that th e next time it could be them. After I graduated from the University of Minnesota (with their sports teams, the "Golden Gophers") and completed my residency, I got a job offer in Florida. I l asted all of a year. Although there are wonderful people there, I felt trapped t here were too many people. And the weather was almost the reverse of Minnesota: hot and humid for most of the year. I wanted to run away. I found I actually mis sed the cold of my home. I guess I had become accustomed to it. So when a job opened in a small, cold place, I took it. It is a little town I'll call "Tallman" in Alaska. Tallman is very rural and small. In the winter, snowm obiles are the most common form of transportation for getting around town. That' s when I started worrying.

On the head of the goddess is a tiara made from five dried human skulls. In her right ha nd she holds a gleaming curved knife high above her heard to cut off completely all intrusive thought processes. Finally. and three days. Sometimes it is exaggerated. freezing winds and ice. you could be in a lo t of trouble. I clicked on the "to buy this book" icon and pur chased the book over the internet." It worked by a meditation technique that would send a "mystic heat" throu gh veins." (p. All I had to do was try it. but her only other ite . But whether it worked or not would be easy to prove. would keep yo u warm even during freezing conditions. Sometimes what you r ead on the internet is accurate. But he quickly follows by saying that this "clearly ha s symbolic association. and I take most of them with more than a grain of salt. Besides. Some of my patients come in with these supposed cures for everything from hair loss to beni gn prostate disease. we don't lack for necessities of modern life. they claimed. and my interests have been fir mly in the scientific world. And sometimes it i s just wrong. three months. LEARNING TUMO Chapter six exclusively teaches the technique of tumo. small. there were neither cleared winter roads nor frequent drivers. So the idea of tumo sounded absurd to me. I decided I needed to do something about it. H. there were other people driving by. sixteen-year-old Vajra-Yogini. while around her neck is a necklace of fifty human heads dri pping blood. I saw a review of a recently-published book that claimed to give the en tire process for learning tumo. arteries and nerve channels. and ot her gadgets.In Minnesota. I always ask for the scientific proof. Soon I had a copy of Occult Tibet by J. each having several parts. Brennan says that in Tibe t the training would take "three years. This process. and anklets. In Tallman. virginal. a T antric divinity who personifies spiritual energy. The websites I visited didn't say much more than that it was a Tibetan technique to keep warm . flying in is th e only way to get here). and I was finding dead ends everywhere. I felt uncomfortable with all of them. lightweight blankets that were supposed to keep you warm. "[V]isualize yourself as the naked. be sure to read the explanation afterward. In my web searching. In her left hand she holds a blood-filled human skull against her breast. For the past several years. I have been a doctor. The first st age consists of preliminary exercises. I found a reference to something called tumo. But they didn't say how to do it. But before I could do so. including access to the internet. 61). If your snowmobil e broke down and you were stranded outside the town proper." I was relieved to discover that it might take a much sh orter time. I had to le arn it. the roads I frequented were almost always cleared of snow in the w inter and if you got in trouble. This goddess has luminous ruby -red skin and a visible third eye in the middle of her forehead. It claimed that tumo could keep you warm "in spite of snow. and this disappointed me. wristbands. She wears armbands. SEARCHING THE INTERNET Even though our town is small and out of the way (in the winter. The internet is filled with some rather bizarre med ical claims. Br ennan. the author adds that "the various steps of the exercise hav e benefits in their own right. I did searches through various areas and found special heaters. There are three stages to learning tumo. The first exercise shocked me and almost turned me off to the entire practice! So don't turn away after reading the techn ique." I was ready to start.

shrinking the visualization down until it was the size of a tiny seed and then to microsco pic levels. water. then a pillar. once I had this down I expanded the channel until it was the size of a "walking staff. The spine should be straight. and the eyes fixed on the tip of the nose." I found that if I sat on the edge of a cushion I could modify the pose a bit. Brennan mentions some alternatives. which equate to the elements. and then concentrate on visualizing an energy channel down the middle of my body. the teacher I had gave me a solution: "Do the bes t you can. and get the desired effects of the pose. for example. "It sh ould be seen as straight. On t . I increased the size of the goddess imag e. about the size of an arrow-shaft. palms up. I could nev er do the lotus pose. Take three deep breaths and exhale completely. 62) Yuck! When I read this repulsive description. I figured this was too bizarre for me. i magine that five-color rays emerge from every pore of your body to fill the enti re world. thumb and pinky extended. I had studied yoga for a while. and so on until it encompassed the entire universe. not just the center of it. and rebirth that locks humanity into the world of illusion. chin down. larger and larger. I was pretty good at it. "like a silken tent or shaped balloon. The colors. Again. The next exercise is to visualize the Vagra-Yogini the same size as me. 62) Understanding that this was all symbolic made m e feel a bit better. and quite frankly. 63). death. There is a long staff in the crook of her left arm and a flame-like aura aroun d her whole form. pervades the enti re body. The third exercise begins with sitting in the famous cross-legged lotus pose fou nd in Hatha yoga. air. too. 63) At this stage the channel. When I was studying medicine. Alter the pose to fit your needs. The goddess is dancing with her right leg bent and the foot li fted up while her left foot tramples a prostate human." (p. so I decided to continue.m of adornment is a Mirror of Karma breastplate held in place by double strings of beads made from human bones that circle her waist and pass over her shoulders . This was a bit different because I was sup posed to have two images in my mind at the same time. Sitting in this position (with the right leg on top). hollow. Next. white. the external image of the goddess figure and the internal emptiness. I stayed with that visualization for a time. "As you breathe out. a real "mind-rush. Luckily. per the instructions in the book. tongue against the roof of the mouth. be comfortable. red. of course. I t was. green. almost luminous red. you put your hands in your lap. are blue. a hill. and yellow symbolizing respectively ether [spirit]. with the forefinger. until it was as big as a house. a house. and with in a week. should be seen as representing separation from the wheel of birth." (p. and earth. and finally large enough to contain the whole o f the universe. It took me a few days to master this. All of this was fairly easy for me to do." (p." Then I did just the opposite. Then inhale as much as possible a nd hold the breath as long as possible without straining. The necklace of human heads. I used visualizations of myself easily and successfully passing tests to relieve p ressure and stress when taking exams. and a bright . a hill. Then I was to visualize the channel getting smaller until it was about one-hundr edth the thickness of a hair. as they say. The book explains that this is just the outer form of the goddess and internally you should imagine yourself empty. 62) Visualizations had always been easy for me. per the instructions in the book." (p. B ut I read on to discover that "even the worst of the horrors has symbolic signif icance." (p.

Then. Better. although my sword could cut throug h the beasts. angry. was repeated seven times. I didn't ha ve a feeling of them being armor. It begins with breath control known as Nine Bellows Blowings: "Close off your left nostril with your forefinger so that you are breathing only through the right nostril. In my dream I had defeated my own fears. You are required to imagine that every pore of your body is inhabited by one of these tiny deities with his face turned outward. "What were t he monsters?" I thought about it for a day before I realized that I was feeling very happy. I practiced this. Tibe tan gods. It didn't mean I had won the "w ar" with them. insecurities. I had a dream i n which I was having a battle against giant monsters. When I awoke. This was repeated seven times . On the exhalation I would visualize the world being filled with the color ed hum. to say the least. angry. when performed correctly. and with a leap. but I quick ly realized that their protective cover didn't harm me in any way. "Somebody help me!" I cried out." I said. On the exhale they were to fill th e world. too. Repeat the exercise seven times. and menaci ng deities. "Hey. leaving me feeling balanced and ene rgized. while on the inhale they were to fill me. my first thought was that I had.. STAGE TWO: THE REAL WORK In this section Brennan goes into actual techniques for learning how to generate what he calls psychic heat. The result of this visu alization. surrounded me l ike a second skin. and other negative qualities. but I had won a battle. content. I immediately hear d a tittering sound. been successful in gettin g the deities to be an armor-like second skin. is that you see yourself as having grown a second protective skin composed of fierce and angry deities. The next part of the exercise was to imagine that each time I exhaled." (p. but I'm not sure that they are nece ssary for this overview. 64 65) I found this part of the exercise to be very stimulating.he in-breath. which functions rat her like a suit of mail armor. 66) For two weeks. Although I battled valiant ly. imagine these rays returning through the pores to fill your body w ith multicolored light." Instead of fighting the monsters. so I'll leave it for you to study them and decide for y ourself. That knowledge made me feel great! Even i f this tumo didn't work..interesting. I'd already learned a powerful technique for personal d evelopment. this looks like it might work. Believe me. was quite. The next part of this step is. phob ias. On inhaling I would feel the sound and colors enter and fill my body. they started jumping on top of each other until they for med a wall between the monsters and me. Although I could sense the deities. . I realized I would lose. at the end of two weeks. At first I thought I wouldn't be able to breathe. even though they were o nly visualized. the feeling of all these little creatures. visualizing the concept of the five colors be ing part of the syllable hum (I guess that is the Tibetan equivalent of the Hind u Om)." (p. There are two other exercises in this stage. according to Brennan. Th is. Then the wall of deities moved toward me." I thought. Such deities are common in Tibet. Looking around I saw tens of thousands of tiny. "Oh great. the color ed hum sound changed to mustard seed-sized versions of fierce. it pr evented me from being harmed by the monsters. The exercise continues with sound. a "critical stage in the ex ercise. and peaceful. But then I wondered. "a lot of good they're going to be. indeed.

with your head steady and looking straight ahead. With the third you inhale and exhale very completel y. as before." (p. At each crossing point through the center channel. but most of those deal with the Hindu chakras.) The next part is difficult to explain in a brief article like this. 72) I took this to mean that I should visualize energy coming in with each breath. the w and that was the symbol of medicine. a name which suggests the proc ess involves an out-breath."Turn your head slowly from right to left while inhaling and exhaling three time s through the right nostril. very gen tly. This image bec omes your contact point with the universal energy and part of a visualized 'gene rator' that will produce the psychic heat." (p. you'll have to get a copy of Occult Tibet for yourself. There are four major chakras (this is different from the popular pictures I've seen." (p. there is a chakra or power ce nter. When this inh equalize the pressure When you are totally filled with air. Two more go on either side of this central tube. The next technique is call ed Violent Breathing. Again. The above two techniques are known as Calm Breathing. 70) Indeed. transparent. that name described what the sensati on felt like. and bright. they are the letter ham and half of the vowel A) and visualize them in certain ways while working w . neck over and silentl both nostrils as if t of you. More importantly. then with greater force. you visualize the Va jra-Yogini. 69) This cycle is repeated three times. the "final technique of the sequence seeks to mingle the internaliz ed life force with the great reservoir of cosmic energy all around you. But rather tha n just the one main channel. The next step is called Four Combined Breathing. For me. but "instead of imagining yourself as this deity. Bend your y and deeply (let your chest bulge out) breathe in through he breath was coming from about a foot-and-a-half in front alation is hard to maintain. The basic idea is that you take two letters of the Tibetan alphabet (for those familiar with it. This is referred to as the Art of Relaxing the Breathing. but not "antsy." (p. 72 73) When I read that this was w here things will start. this was easy to do. my profession. It only took a short time to get the feeling that I was doing it ri ght. They all involve realizing that with every breath. inhale/exhale three times through both nostrils. The next visualization. The second is stronger. I had this visualization down pat within two days. and I felt filled with po wer. It has five exercises that are described briefly. I got really excited.energy is coming into your body." My power gave me peace of mind. red. The next part of this stage involves visualizations. This is just like the image of the caduceus. take several short breaths to in both lungs. Practic e of an hour a day for a week made this very powerful. there are now three. using the abdominal muscles to help push out all of the air. then gently again. gentl y curving to the center. This is called "shooting the b reath forth like an arrow. deals with the energy channel. crossing each other at the central point and continuing in this way back and fourth. you should create an image of the goddess standing at normal human size before you. all on a single breath. combining with my inner energy in my lungs a nd expanded body (from the first stage). and sent out on the exhalation. so I made up my mind t o try this out. "Now close off your right nostril and inhale/exhale three times while moving you r head slowly from left to right. The first set has you breathe very. The center one is hollow. "Finally. begin to exhale gently.

76) According to Brennan. diaphragmatic breathing. Use your stomach and abdominal muscles to circle the belly area three times to the right and three times to the left while keeping the torso still. it was the second method that most interested me: "While seated in a si mple cross-legged position.) Churn the stomach vigorously by rippling the musc les from top to bottom. and finally th e entire body. I could swear that I was ge nerating heat. Using a snow shovel. Then I settled down to practicing only twice a week. Then I packed it down firmly and pile d on more snow. At the tip of the Ham is a drop of pearlescent "moon fluid" which overflows the crown chakra above the head and then flows over the chakras at the throat. It's not difficult. making a crunching sound as the snow compressed under me. I closed my eyes . Within secon ds. then gradually buildi ng up to a circular movement. As you do this wor k. The third method he gives involves visualizing yourself with all of the above images and with suns blazing in the palms and soles. By the afternoon. While you are doing so. then drop back again onto your cushion. ending with a more vigorous bounce . so i t wasn't going to snow any more that afternoon or night." There's a bit more to it revealed in the book. then the [Ham] symbol. "you will be able to endure almost any degree of cold " (p." (p. but this is the basic idea. my teeth were chattering and my skin started to feel numb. heart. then shake your body like a dog that has just come out o f the water. and navel. I repeated this until I had a six-foot-tall mound of hard-packed snow. but was it my imagination or was it real? Then there was a surpri se cold spell and a late snow. The cold had gotten worse. This was what I wanted! I pract iced daily for a couple of weeks. I drove out to the side of a large hill not far from Tallman. then rub the palms and feet against one another. The book advises to cut the number of courses to four after that increase o ccurs. Once you have practiced and can perform all of the exercises already given. spinning fires.ith the breath. I decided to test what I had learned. I sat down. 77) while wearing only a thin cotton robe. you will need to repeat six courses over each twenty-four-hou r period in the early stage of your training. Bring the palms together and then the soles so the suns meet. in effect bouncing a little off the f loor." (p. PUTTING IT TO THE TEST Spring had arrived. "[F]ire will flare up to strike the sun below the navel. leaving only my underwear. It was a little after 4:00 when I climbed to the top of the pile and stri pped off my parka and outer clothes. However. if you perform twenty-one vigorous bounces while doing the visualization for a week. I was giving myself several mont hs of practice before relying on tumo for my safety. but was in the shade. STAGE THREE: TRIGGERING TUMO Brennan reveals that there are three ways to trigger the heat of tumo. the simplest means of triggering the heat is through deep. and the dark side was not only covered with eight inches of snow. and the snows were melting. the sun was behind one side of the hill. raise yourself a little on your crossed leg s. grasp the underneath of your thighs with your hands. just complex to describe. (You can pr epare for this by first moving the muscles left and right. Repeat this whole exercise three times. the letters change to flickering. To become proficient. "The overall sequence of 108 breath cycles constitutes a single tumo course. I quickly made a six-foot-high pile of snow. and go on to permeate your whole body. cros s-legged. 75 76) I practiced this until I could sense that I had an increased amount of the universal life force charging me.

but it was odd right now. My stomach churned side to side and top to bottom. I did the visualization. I was able to create enough heat to I look forward to the mild summer weather ahead. I just sat there with my eyes closed. I was terrified. but I intend to keep up my prac tice. Sheltered from the wind and warmed by your body heat. It was dark in front of me. "Tallman" is the name being used here for a town that is a bout 100 miles from Anchorage. And then I noticed something odd. Daka" is the nom de plume of a man wishing to stay anonymous in a small community. On the third round. Perhaps I'll melt some new ho les in the snow in a few months. I wiped the sweat from my nose.to focus on what I was going to do and started using the second method to trigge r the tumo heat. I made sure that the sn I couldn't just sink down. There was a slightly itching sensatio n at the tip of my nose. I noticed that my t eeth were not chattering and my body did not feel numb at all. I bounced on ce. Winter will come again and I feel very safe. . I realized that there was nothing in the book that said how long this effect would last. making the bounce more vigorous and gave more effort to the vis ualization. but my realization had broken the state I was in. eve rything seemed to flow. After the fourth round. that's what the skeptical side of me would say. It was a sensation I had experienced innumerab le times before. Editor's note: "L. So it could be that the pit-like hole in the snow was what kept me warm and safe that afternoon and evening. I was feeling very warm. I could be safe and warm and no t worry. it may be your only way to survive without dying from hypothermia. I repeated this. This really w orks. BACK TO REALITY Having lived in areas that get very cold for most of my life. Actual ly. Was this really working? By the seventh bounce and visualization. the only conclusion I can make is t Occult Tibet. 250 miles from Fairbanks. I was feeling rat her comfortable. But for how long? I thought about the stars and realized that it was night. Every where I looked it was dark. I realized how desperately cold it was and struggl ed back into my icy clothes. I was feeling peaceful and warm. I wouldn't have to rely on having a supply of propane for an unknown amount of time. I had been safe. There was a propane heater on my snowmobile and I s tarted it up. I opened my eyes. It was a drop of sweat! I was perspiring. Now that I had this technique and knew that it worked. I think t he visualization lasted a long time. as taught in create that pit in the snow. I can tell you tha t one way to survive the cold is to build a small snow building like a cave or i gloo. and comfortabl e for over six hours! This was absolutely astounding and amazing. But who or what made the hole? ow was firm and hard packed so idea that the pit I sank into hat through tumo. feeling comfortable. In a few minutes I was warm without the need for tumo. and about 150 miles fro m the entrance of Denali National Park. In fact. Even if you accept the kept me warm. trying to make it even stronger than before. It read 10:37. I didn't dig it. W hat had happened? I looked up and saw stars. At l east. I checked the watch I had left on the snowmobile. rela xing. The heat from my body had been so w arm and so long lasting that it had formed a hole four-feet deep in the snow! As I clambered out of the hole. warm. I got an eerie feeling that time was changing.

Occult Tibet by J.H. All quotes are used by permission. Brennan is © Llewellyn Worldwide. . Ltd.

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