Who is Michael Winn?
The short resume of official “Grand Poobah” accomplishments, in case that’s important
- 40 years experience in teaching subtle energy methods internationally, from kundalini yoga in 70’s to tai chi, qigong, and inner alchemy meditation today. Studied with the top spiritual teachers of this generation.
- Early founder and President of the National Qigong Association (NQA) for two terms. NQA is an umbrella organization for all the different qigong and tai chi schools, teachers, healers, & practitioners in the U.S.
- Founder and Director of Healing Tao University summer retreat program (now in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mtns, near Asheville). The largest Tao arts program in the west.
- Writer/editor of Mantak Chia’s first seven books (that helped establish his fame). Best known as co-author of the revolutionary Taoist Secrets of Love: Cultivating Male Sexual Energy. Author of many other qigong articles & book chapters (see “long bio” below).
- Founder of Healing Tao Instructors Association (HTIA) in 1991 and its Chairman for 9 years. It set standards for certification & ethics. One of the original Senior Instructors that launched the Healing Tao, which globally has certified over 1000 instructors and brought Tao teachings to hundreds of thousands of people. (Abroad Healing Tao is known as Universal Tao). Founded Healing Tao USA in 1995.
- Author of ten Tao home study DVD-CD courses that integrate high level medical-spiritual qigong and inner alchemy as a progressive training.
- on the editorial board of the Journal of Daoist Studies (JDS). Has presented papers at numerous international conferences of Daoist scholars (posted to the articles page).
- Pioneered taking Western Taoists into caves on Flower Mountain (Huashan) in China to meditate. Has led over fifteen China Dream Trips to develop relations between Western and Chinese Taoists in their sacred mountains and temples. These trips are the subject of fantastic book called Dream Trippers: Global Daoism and the Predicament of Modern Spirituality by David Palmer and Elijah Siegler (U. of Chicago, 2017). The best book on Taoism East & West today.
The deeper, more personal answer:
Here are my own internal rules, honored in all the Homestudy courses:
- TEACH ONLY WHAT IS SIMPLE AND TRUE. In the books I wrote with/for Mantak Chia, some of the practices seem mentally complicated. I wanted to simplify them at the time, but did not always have final editorial control. In the many years since I wrote those books, my own practice has evolved towards the simple. The current Home Study courses were retaped many times, each time refining the practices to their simplest essence. I rigorously avoid the excess mental complexity present in some of the books, which seemed necessary to reach western minds at the time.
- NO SECRETS. Give students whatever they are ready to digest. The time for secrets is past. Many excellent Chinese teachers have unfortunately not yet realized this! The people I want to reach don’t have the time or inclination to play this game of follow the leader, begging for secrets drops of wisdom. I pour them on you, hoping you can absorb any part of them, and become your own leader.
- NO GURU OR MASTER TRIPS. Hierarchies of Ego Authority bore me and stifle creative chi flow. Spiritual Transmission can occur without developing co-dependent teacher/student relationships. I’m not interested in followers clinging to my shirt tail. The Life Force itself is the True Teacher, I am just a guide to help you develop your own relationship with the Life Force. We are all brothers and sisters on the continuous two-way journey between Source and Creation.
- TEACH ONLY FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. Means no bullshit about level of personal attainment. I test every method thoroughly to make sure it works and is safe.
- HAVE FUN!!! Playing with the chi field is meant to be fun. While refining the elixir, laughter is the best medicine. If you don’t get the Cosmic Joke, it may get you.
- Product Warning: Consumers of Qigong Tao Home Study Courses may likely become a “Chi-aholic” and may be exposed to the epidemic “Mad Dao Disease” that has widely infected many students.
I took many teachings with the Dalai Lama, including his Kalachakra initiation. I worked closely with Paramhamsa Hariharananda for years to edit his Bhagavad Gita in the Light of Kriya Yoga, and received private initiations into the higher kriyas. I have a book on Atlantean alchemy nearly ready for publication. Its working title is Shape Power: Ask the Life Force to Create a Reality You Truly Need. All these schools shaped my spiritual development. But I always return to my roots in the Tao because of its natural simplicity and practicality.
I have tested — always on myself — some 60 different qigong (chi kung) and Taoist (Daoist) meditation systems. I have sought out dozens of different Daoist masters, often only to get one superb movement or tiny but valuable insight they had. Master T.K. Shih lived in my NYC apartment for two years. I edited BK Frantis’ Opening the Energy Gates of the Body and studied his excellent neigong and pa kua chang forms. I studied wu style tai chi with Grand Master Ed Yu in China town (also Mantak Chia’s tai chi teacher), and Northern Wu Tai chi style with David Dolbear, National Gold Medalist champion. This particular tai chi style was infused with alchemical energetics by a Taoist master. I helped bring my friend Zhongxian Wu over from China to USA.
I went to Egypt nine times, and discovered that one of my “home” spots on the planet was the capstone of the Great Pyramid. I will reveal the mystery of what happened to the missing capstone in my Shape Power book…:). I spent a night alone inside the Great Pyramid, half in the lower pit and half in the King’s chamber. Later I spent spent six years training in the Western internal alchemy methods taught by an Atlantean scientist-priest, and went through a powerful series of initiations in the Great Pyramid of Egypt, Pan’s cave in Delphi (Greece), and a pyramid-of-ice island north of the Arctic Circle (close to North Pole), assisted by Saami shamans.
My mission this lifetime is to integrate Taoist internal alchemy (neidangong), qigong, shengong, shamanism, depth psychology, and Western alchemical paths. I’ve fused their essence and methods so their transformational power become accessible to all who are ready to travel on the highest and quickest path of energetic healing. This is the Way of cultivating both the personal and holy body of Nature, the Divine Feminine, whose cycle is currently ascendant on planet Earth. It is equally accessible to both men and women.
Cultivating one’s chi (qi) is a life long process. But there is no need for everyone to repeat my long journey. Better to start off equipped with the valuable tools offered in my courses, distilled from decades of testing. I only teach what I myself practice. I hope you will use those tools to go to a new, higher, and unknown level that is perfect for you alone.
Winn’s forthcoming books-in-progress:
- Way of the Inner Smile: Tao Path to Inner Peace (ebook available on home page for download)
- Five Animals Play (available)
- Primordial Tai Chi: Way of Enlightened Self-Love (Book One)
- Primordial Tai Chi: Way of Tao Inner Alchemy (Book Two)
- Shape Power – Ask the Life Force to Create a Reality You Truly Need: A Short History of Atlantis’ Spiritual Technology
What’s the Difference Between Michael Winn’s and Mantak Chia’s teaching?
Read: Michael Winn: The Long Story