8-month old Tai Chi master Emerald Winn bandies about an old tai chi shoe at his first mini-workshop (attended by both parents). Since the young Tao master is beyond mere speech, he silently and joyfully demonstrated that all internal arts begin by training in the Fundamentals, grasping the root of the Life Force...
Emerald’s message: We must start from the ground up, with the study of our feet…. Our souls arrive from Heaven within (Mommy), but we need to discover what an Earthly sole is all about.He demonstrated his ability to literally “eat” earth Qi by putting his entire foot inside his mouth, a feat few older Tai Chi masters can do.
See further proof of his “yielding” mastery in photo (below) of 13 stairs he rolled down — unharmed!
Tai Chi is sometimes called “bare-hand” warrior training. Emerald mentioned at the end of his first mini-workshop that he is totally unconcerned about filling his father’s shoes. He dis-interestedly threw the tai chi shoe aside so that he could crawl on his own bare-foot and bare-hand path through life.
1a. Oct. 18, 19: Medical & Spiritual Qigong Fundamentals 1 & 2 in Asheville. Lots of great qigong. Learn the powerful Spinning Pearl Red Dragon Orbit method from Mt. Wudang. Details below.
3. Nov. 16-17. Primordial Tai Chi: Way of Enlightened Love, Asheville
4. Dec. 6 – 7, 2014 Qigong Fundamentals 3 & 4. Internal Chi and Bone Breathing.
5 .Featured DVD (35% discount): Open Chi Flow in the Orbit. Call 888 999 0555 or email email@example.com to order. Save $15. until Oct. 31, 2014. May also opt for $15. discount off entire Medical & Spiritual Qigong Fundamentals 1 & 2, my most popular package.
Dear Lovers of Learning the FUNdamentals of Grounding Qi,
The question of whether an 8 month old infant can master “Tai Chi” is not facetious. Tai chi is a cosmological term, not a martial term. It is the word “chuan” (as in “tai chi chuan” or “taijiquan”) that describes a martial art. Chuan means ‘fist”.
The whole point of Tai Chi as a cosmological term is to awaken the harmonious flow of True Yin and True Yang, as they first emanate from Source. Are babies more awakened to this Tai Chi (literally “Supreme Ultimate”) flow than adults? That is really the question being asked.
Here’s what the ancient Tao master Lao Tzu had to say about infants in his classic “The Way and its Highest Integrity”. Composite Translation by Michael Winn (after reading 15 others). Note: ancient Chinese did not use pronouns with fixed male or female gender.
The spiritual One who cultivates virtue (de) has the radiant Qi of a newborn child.
Hornets will not sting, nor snakes bite,
wild animals and bird of prey will not attack an infant
free of any resistance to life.
Her bones are flexible and his muscles are supple yet her grip is firm.
He is oblivious to the sexual union of woman and man, yet her Qi is aroused to fullness, his penis can stand erect in full potency.
She screams and he cries his heart out all day – yet her voice does not grow hoarse, so complete is his natural harmony
To perceive this harmony is common sense, applyng common sense is our natural destiny (ming).
…..What is not the Natural Way (Tao) always comes to an untimely end.
— verse 55, Tao Te Ching
My experience as a first-time parent is that infants are naturally awakened to this flow of life, and play with it constantly in their present moment. Yesterday morning I did a Tai Chi training exercise with Emerald known as “push-hands”. We did a variation of it I call “push whole-body/mind”.
He was wiggling like an excited worm. I went into total yin, yielding to his every move, following his energy for nearly half an hour, until his impulse to wiggle was exhausted. Then he fell asleep in my arms. But that was just the start. We were in such deep resonance that my Energy Body easily merged into his. I received a deep transmission of his core Yuan Qi, or Original Breath, which I noted was far stronger than my own – a sign of a true Qi master.
His purity and iinnocence arose fresh, due to his closeness to source. Yes, he lacked the wisdom that life offers on how to apply his Qi to aspects of the outer world. But in this moment, it was irrelevant. I was his contact with the outer world, he was doing his iyter spiritual work through me. The apparent struggles of the outer world were far away, and their essence all held within our embrace.
His Original Breath (a kind of neutral Qi) flowed into my body and sought out areas of resistance, old stuck patterns of false yin (holding on) or false yang (over expressed) Qi. We both dissolved into a beautiful pool of loving bliss. I can still feel its effects the next day in those parts of my body that are still resonating with his “Push Hands Whole Body/Mind” transmission.
One of the key elements of Tai Chi training is to learn to yield. You don’t attack your opponent; you wait and receive his aggressive energy and then guide it elsewhere. Learning how to fall is also an application of yielding. If you are soft and relaxed, there is no resistance to the fall and bones are not broken. Your personal Qi meets the Qi of the earth and flows into it, which energetically allows for a flowing movement as you land. If you are tense, there is impact and injury.
A few weeks ago, Emerald had not yet learned to crawl. He sat on the kitchen floor and played as I turned my back to wash some dishes. He was six feet away from a stairwell (that we tried to mount a gate on, but some parts were missing and couldn’t).
Suddenly, the worst nightmare a parent can have materialized. I heard a repeated THUMP THUMP THUMP that never seemed to end. I turned around to see Emerald had disappeared and knew from the sound that he was rolling down the long stairwell – all13 steps.
Emerald could not crawl, but he knew how to flip and roll. Apparently, he had done about three side rolls with flips, sat up, turned, and then rolled down the stairs – a rather incredible acrobatic feat for him.
Emerald’s 13-step initiation into Tai Chi mastery of Yielding. 13 is a number used in many esoteric initiations, likely a reference to the 13 moons in each solar year(the l3th is five days), or a reflection of the famous sacred geometry of “13 Kissing Spheres”. Any sphere can be surrounded by 12 identical-sized spheres touching it – a model for all 12-phase zodiacs and their 13th center/source.
Horrified, I raced down to the bottom of stairs to pick up his limp body. My heart panicked at the thought of serious brain, bone, and bruise injuries he might sustain. Jem and I held him gingerly in our arms, fearing the worst as he came out of shock and bawled his heart out. In a few minutes, he stopped crying, and started laughing.
There was never a bruise on his body, and no joint or limb injury. His body was so fat and soft and he was so relaxed that he simply yielded to the experience. Amazingly, he continued yielding — 13 steps in a row — without tightening up. Most adults would have instinctively frozen their body and increased their resistance and thus their injury.
This surely proved his Tai Chi mastery of yielding, and proved Lao Tzu’s prophetic words about how an infant is protected from injury. Emerald has earned a new nickname – the Marshmellow Immortal. And his parents gratefully continue receiving lessons from the young Tai Chi master.
I invite you to consider learning how to develop a flexible Energy Body next weekend in Asheville – Medical and Spiritual Qigong Fundamentals 1 & 2 (see details below). At the end of the training, as the graduation requirement, we push each student down 13 stairs to test their level of flexibility….:)
Seriously folks, life is full of unexpected bumps and falls and collisions – emotional, mental, physical and spiritual. Your energetic flexibilitiy and groundedness is what will keep you young and springing back into love of life and pursuit of your highest destiny. This training gives you those energetic skills to stay grounded on your feet and centered in your Energy Body. At the same time you learn to continuously circulate Qi between yourself and your environment, both inner and outer.
What many people would describe as a rare “mystical peak experience”, students who train in my combination of qigong and Taoist internal alchemy find themselves enjoying as their continuous everyday life.
If you cannot make it in person to the Asheville training, I urge you to try the homestudy course. It has a one year money-back guarantee, so there is zero risk. I cannot remember the last time anyone returned the course. As my introductory course, I’ve discounted it by nearly 50%. There is an additional $15. savings until Oct. 31st if you call or email your order (info@healingtaousa or 888 999 0555)
This fun evening is part of a weekend workshop, but is open to the public and can be taken separately. We will mostly smile together silently, relax from the “heart-mind” (xin) level of smiling in the body until the deeper “inner heart” or soul (ling) level of smiling spontaneously arises. I will facilitate this with a transmission of that frequency of unconditional acceptance at the soul level. This is one of the most important and simplest self-cultivation practices you can learn and apply simply to daily life. Increased peace, self-love, and acceptance of others are the reward, with secondary benefits of healing all kinds of illness that is stress-caused.
Location: At Asheville Training Center, same venue as weekend workshop. No pre-registration required, free to all. Just show up! 261 Asheland Ave, two blocks south of downtown Asheville, corner Phifer St.. In side entry of Town & Mountain Realty building.
• Oct. 18 – 19, 2014 (Sat/Sun): Asheville, N.C. Sat 9-6; Sun 9:30 am – 6 pm.
• MEDICAL & SPIRITUAL QIGONG FUNDAMENTALS 1 & 2 with Michael Winn
Taoist Micro-Cosmic Wudang Orbit trains us to crystallize an Inner Pearl that matures into our Inner Sage – our most reliable spiritual guide.
Cost: $144 for weekend. $90. for one day. $90. to review entire weekend.
Day 1: Inner Smile, Five Animals Qigong, Six Healing Sounds, Taoist qigong & alchemy theory.
Visit http://www.healingdao.com/ckf1.html#top (Fundamentals 1 page with full benefits & description of practices, testimonials, etc.)
Day 2: Guided Micro-Cosmic Orbit. This famous Tao meditation unifies all energy centers/chakras into a flowing whole. Process is made simple and physically tangible with the powerful “Open Qi (Chi) Flow in the Orbit” movement qigong. Chi transmission is given to help you open chi flow spiraling in an orbit around your torso.
Includes oral transmission of the powerful Wudang Mountain “Red Dragon” internal method of circulating the orbit (NOT taught in standard Healing Tao curriculum). THIS IS THE MOST POWERFUL & EFFECTIVE ORBIT METHOD I’VE FOUND – during my 30 years search. Included is my method of invoking spiralling Dragon power into the orbit meditation to amplify its power and effortless Qi (chi) flow.
Good for self healing, spiritual centering and balance of all yin-yang meridians of body, and balancing blood and chi. The orbit is also the main pathway used for cultivating spiritualized sexual energy as you progress in your practice.
More info on Fundamentals 2: http://www.healingdao.com/ckf2.html
These two days are packed with powerful practices that can make major shifts in your health and energy level. They are Lifetime Treasures, simple enough to easily share with family and friends.
Open to everyone. This course is THE main pre-requisite to Fusion, Healing Love, Kan & Li. This is the best course to begin with, but also suitable for advanced adepts or people from other traditions wishing to go deeper.
Nov. 15 & 16: Primordial Tai Chi: Way of Enlightened Love
Nov. 15 – 16, 2014 (Sat/Sun): Asheville, N.C.
Sat 9-6; Sun 9:30 am – 6 pm.
PRIMORDIAL QIGONG / TAI CHI for ENLIGHTENED LOVE
This is where you go when you practice Primordial Qigong/ Tai Chi for Enlightened Love.
with Feldenkrais for Effortless Super Learning of Tai Chi.
Led by Michael, plus recorded guidance by Joyce Gayheart.
Magical, powerful 800 year old lineage qigong ceremony (a.k.a. “Tai Chi for Enlightenment”). Integrates the magic square of feng shui, the dynamic inner coupling of Taoist alchemy, the healing benefits of medical qigong, and the earthly transmission power of China’s original tai chi form!
We gather the directional chi of Heaven and Earth in graceful spirals. This is one of my favorite forms, but requires deeper commitment (15 min. practice length). Combined with Feldenkrais, it opens up many levels of healing energy and ease of movement amazingly quickly.
I go far beyond the DVD during this class, revealing many things about the inner structure of the form, and how to intensify it with toning and focused intention.
For more about the form, and numerous testimonials about how amazing the form is, please see http://www.taichi-enlightenment.com
Note: The course is the certification course for Primordial QiGong/Tai Chi for Enlightened Love. You receive a teaching certificate from Healing Tao University. Those seeking certification should have been practicing the form well in advance, if only from a DVD.
Mantak Chia learned this form from me on a China Dream Trip, and loved it! He has made it a part of the Healing Tao curriculum, so you can also now use this course as hours towards becoming a Healing Tao Instructor. For more info: http://www.healingtaousa.com/instructorbecome.html
The Smilng Marshmellow Immortal (photo)
Marshmellow Immortal Emerald Winn, whose Inner Smile keeps him ready to bounce off anything.
Blessings on your Way of a Grounded life of FUN,
Michael, Jem & Emerald
“Who takes Heaven as his ancestor, Virtue as his home, the Tao as his door, and who becomes change — is a Sage.” — Chuang Tzu, Inner Chapters
“The Tao is very close, but everyone looks far away. Life is very simple, but everyone seeks difficulty.” — Taoist Sage, 200 B.C
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