Lunar New Year’s fireworks originate in China…so how did the West come to dominate China’s official calendar with Two-Faced Janus, God of January? Get the skinny here!
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Dear Celebrants of the Way of Calendars,
First, take 1.5 minutes and have some FUN. Mop up your Holy Days with 45,000 pulsing Xmas Lights video…half way through it, a staid Amazing Grace tune turns into a very Over the Top light show. It took three people just to manage the traffic jam of onlookers:
Now you’re ready to get serious about the skinny on New Years. This New Year has a lot of lunar forces at work – it coincided with a New Moon, which amplifies our sense of new beginning, and the hope for a New Self. We’ll discuss why those New Year resolutons mostly fail. That “New” Self is very elusive, despite billions of people pledging to change it.
Most people know the New Moon at night is hidden behind the body of the Earth, so it cannot reflect sunlight back to us. Where is that Dark Moon by daytime? The Dark Moon rises at sunrise and sets at sunset, but we don’t see it because of its proximity to the sun. But it’s still beaming energy into our lives, a different frequency than the Sun. Some cultures worship the sun more than the moon. China has a dominant lunar culture, and the changing lunar phase suits the Taoist philosophy of finding a Way to naturally harmonize with Change.
Pop Quiz: Can you find the dark moon in this photo of the night sky?
Now for some esoteric astronomy. There are two Super Moons this January (1st and 30th), moons within 90 percent of their closest approach to Earth. Super Moons look larger, except that you can’t see a Super Moon when it happens on a Dark or New Moon, which is the current case. But maybe the sensitives will feel Lady Luna’s Presence more clearly on this January’s two Dark Moons. Or maybe everyone will just go slightly mad this January, drunk on Double Dark Moon Qi, a kind of cosmic expresso.
Or we may need the double dose of Dark Yin Qi in January to fortify us before the Yang Year of the Wood Horse begins on Jan. 31. My last wife Joyce Gayheart was a Horse, so I know them well. Horses are fun, stubborn, active manifestors, so get ready to charge in new directions — or be tossed off your horse if you’re not willing to go along for the ride. We also know the Planet is galloping faster and faster towards some major completion of a 36 year cycle by 2015 Winter Solstice. But there could be big surprises in those two years.
Why was January 1st Chosen as New Year?
Right now, in 2014, everyone is full of cheer and hope, and promising that things will get better. That’s great – hope springs eternal. But why should we feel this Way in particular on January 1st?
I could point to the Anglican and Lutheran churches that believe January 1 was the Day of Circumcision for baby Jesus. But that implies we’re celebrating the sexual pain of being mortal, not a popular topic after those New Year parties. Perhaps big with the Woody Allen crowd of sexual neurotics.
New Year’s Day is January 1 in the modern Gregorian calendar as well as the older Julian calendar used in the Roman Empire. In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar introduced a new, solar-based calendar. It was a vast improvement on the ancient Roman lunar calendar that had become wildly inaccurate over the years.
Julius Caesar was subsequently murdered (Shakespeare immortalized it: “Et tu, Brutus?”). The Roman Senate voted to deify Julius on the 1st January 42 BC in honor of his life and his institution of the new rationalized calendar. The month of January owes its name to the deity Janus, who had two faces, one looking forward and the other looking backward. Or was Janus really all about a Western left-brain vs. right-brain split?
Janus was also known as the God of gates, doors, and beginnings. This suggests that modern New Year’s celebrations are founded on pagan traditions. January 1 is probably the largest publicly celebrated pagan holiday in the world.
Natural New Year vs. Imperial Calendrical Decree
To my let’s-observe-Nature-and-learn Taoist mind, the Solar New Year starts with the growth of new light on Dec. 22. The Lunar New Year starts on the second New Moon after Winter Solstice (January 20 to February 20), ensuring that there has been a full month of the growth of lunar energy. I celebrate both solar and lunar New Years – they both have power.
I also celebrate January 1 New Year as a powerful spiritual opportunity, even though its clearly a governmental (Pope & Imperial) decreed holy-day, and not part of any natural New Year cycle. But billions of humans are opening their hearts and pouring their Qi (chi) out in the form of Hope of Renewal. I do movement qigong ceremonies and meditations to capture that collective burst of Hopeful Qi and put it to work in accomplishing my own destiny here on Earth. It’s not too late to do a ceremony to capture some of that vast field of human Qi floating about. But it will gradually disperse, so don’t delay.
Using all the Qi available from nature – sun, moon, earth, stars, humans – will really help you gather enough focus and power to really manifest what you truly need this lifetime. The Life Force wants to support us humans, but most of us are emitting a signal that is pretty weak or diffused by mixed thoughts and emotions.
The Way of Inner Alchemy is to capture the Macro-cosmic forces of Nature and channel them into our personal Micro-cosmos (the inner zodiac of our body’s 12 organ spirits & their Qi channels). In higher alchemical formula practices we learn to concentrate Cosmis Qi into our soul’s core channel. For more on One Cloud’s Nine Formulas of Inner Alchemy: http://www.healingtaousa.com/one_clouds_nine_tao_alchemy_formulas.html
Inner alchemy can intensify and quicken our evolution, for those willing to practice daily and train how to concentrate their consciousness. Many meditators just want to de-stress and relax, which is an important first phase of attuning and listening. But it’s possible to go beyond that.
Humans are part of Nature, so gathering Human Qi is as equally valuable as the Qi of Heaven or the Qi of Earth. Alchemy is always about harmonizing these three forces. This reflects the Life Force itself is split into a trinity (essentially postive, negative, and neutral streams of Qi flow).
Why Did China Switch to Gregorian calendar?
Every culture has its own calendar, and the most significant traditional date – the New Year – varies widely from September through March. But globalization has meant that the Roman calendar has gradually usurped or marginalized all the traditional calendars.
The Western Gregorian calendar arrived in China with Jesuit missionaries in 1582. In 1912, the weak New Republican government of China officially recognized New Year’s Day as occurring on January 1. The Chinese had been invaded by Western powers and so weakened by forced distribution of opium that the Chinese had devalued their own lunar culture. Again in 1949, Communist Party leader Mao Zedong (1893–1976) forbade celebration of the traditional Chinese New Year and followed the Gregorian calendar. He wanted to be “modern” – his biggest crime was possibly the Cultural Revolution to destroy China’s traditional culture and its wisdom.
The irony here is that the Chinese invented gunpowder and fireworks used today to celebrate the Jan. 1 New Year. The Chinese only used fireworks for celebratory and peaceful purposes. But after Marco Polo wrote about how advanced Chinese culture was in the 12th century, Westerners were soon using gunpowder for weapons and blasting down the massive walls of castles all across feudal Europe. It was that wave of aggressive militarization using gunpowder that ultimately led to the spread of the Gregorian calendar in China centuries later via economic, political, and colonial domination.
By the end of the 20th century, Chinese leaders grew more willing to accept Chinese traditions. In 1996, China instituted a weeklong vacation called Spring Festival – giving people an entire week to travel home and celebrate the lunar new year. Jan. 31, 2014 will be start of Yang Wood Horse Year, until Feb. 18, 2015. This is a sign of growing acceptance of their own culture.
All of Taoist philosophy, ritual, and practice (movement or meditation) is ultimately a celebration of the potential for humans to change themselves. The recommended Way of Harmony is to change in alignment with the larger cycles of Nature, to internalize them. Those changes in the collective Qi field are embedded in the Chinese calendar as 12 Animal/Earthly zodiac cycles and Heavenly 5-phases of yin-yang change. It is not a calendar that is imposed UPON nature by Popes or Emperors. Rather it tracks the cycles of natural change.
I hope everyone is able to both relax and to grow their ability to focus their consciousness in order to manifest their highest worldly and spiritual destiny.
Contents (please scroll down, hot links do not work!):
» SAVE 30% on Wiinn products + Top Tao Gifts, Jade Eggs, Books
» Dreaming of Spiritual Adventure? China.
» 2014 Summer Retreat Schedule
» Mantak Chia: 40% off books!!!
» 2014 with a HEART (image)
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1. The Ultimate Dream Gift – a Trip to China
If you really want to wow someone with the Ultimate Dream Gift, send them on the China Dream Trip next May 16 – June 3, 2014. Extended payment is available for those who need it – don’t let money get in the way of spiritual adventure.
This year is very special – a new sacred Taoist mountain of the North. the fabulous hanging temples, visits to Taoist power spots on Flower Mountain and Lao Tzu’s Ascension Site. Plus the Great Wall of China, Temple of Heaven, White Cloud Temple, Terra Cotta Army, Xian’s 8 Immortals Temple, to name a few highlights..
A $600. deposit reserves your gift spot on the best Taoist sacred mountain trip to China available. Some people have given this to their spouse or older children as a gift, and sometimes people give it to themselves for a birthday present. I really love this trip, it is always so rich, both the people who come and the sacred places we visit. This Year of the Wood Horse Dream Trip will be especially unique.
Doing Primordial Tai Chi atop the Great Wall of China – we capture the pulsing dragon power hidden in its perfect fengshui.
Anyone who loves spiritual adventure and seeks a life-changing experience will be totally thrilled. Read the iinspiring testimonials on my site ….even I couldn’t dream them up.
Get the full juicy detailed itinerary & 60 photos from past Dream trips: http://www.healingtaousa.com/cgi-bin/articles.pl?rm=mode2&articleid=140#
Questions? email me by replying to this email.
2. A Fabulous Tao Summer Retreat
We’ve just listed the 2014 Summer schedule of retreats elsewhere in this newsletter (soon to be on the web at httt://www.healingtaoretreats.com). We have something for everyone, from energy healing, every possible kind of qigong, martial arts like bagua and tai chi, sexual energy cultivation, many levels of Tao alchemy meditation.
The place is special, the courses are wonderful, and the folks who are attracted are fabulous people. This is YOUR community.
Our summer retreats are located in Mars Hill, at a cool but sunny 2500 foot elevation in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. These are FUN, low-cost, high-energy, top quality retreats that will transform your life and deliver you a spiritual community to love for the rest of your life. I believe it is the biggest and best program of Tao Arts in the world, with an amazingly diverse and talented faculty.
Tuition has not been raised, $495. for the 7th year in a row – and it was already a bargain. These retreats are financially subsidized by my 501c3 non profit. Commuters welcome. No-cost extended payment plans make it accessible to everyone. Give yourself or someone else the gift of self-transformation, with only a $150. deposit.
The retreats website is being re-designed, so is not yet updated. The list of 2014 retreats is listed separately in this newsletter.
You may also email the registrar at: info@HealingTaoRetreats.com.
3. Michael’s Qigong DVD & Homestudy Courses – BIG DISCOUNT!
Voted “best qigong art” in America….but can you judge a DVD by its cover?
I have been refining and improving my integration of qigong and Taoist inner alchemy for 30 years. You are safe in giving an introductory DVD (only $24.95) like Five Animals Play the Six Healing Sounds. Or give a more in-depth course as a quality gift, like the medical and spiritual Qigong Fundamentals 1 & 2 package (2 DVDs +11 audio CDs, at half price). The course includes the Spinning Dragon Orbit method. It may deeply change someone’s life or give them the tools to improve their health.
To make it easier financially, I’m offering big discounts on the already heavily discounted web prices. I have kept prices low and offer periodic discounts because I prefer that everyone be able to afford these precious giftts of cultivating the Life Force. I know some folks are on a tight budget, so I hope these hefty discounts will allow them to stock up on a year’s worth of spiritual homework.
Note: Discounted product orders must be placed by phone or email – they are not on website. Call 888 999 0555 or email email@example.com. order early if you want before Christmas. Jan Gillespie, office manager, will be out of office Christmas week.
On any order of Michael Winn DVD or homestudy audio courses. Sale continues until midnite, Friday, January 10, 2014. One year money back guarantee.
1. 15% off any order of $75. or more (before s/h).
2. 20% off order of $150. or more.
3. 25% off order of $300. or more.
4. 30% off order of $600. or more.
We all know that Santa lives at the North Pole (a myth stolen from Finland’s Saami shamans, who use flying reindeer as their power animals). Did you know that China’s classic Lao-tzu Longevity figure, with his long white beard and beaming smile, is known as “South Pole Sage of Long Life”?
I guarantee that all gifts ordered from my site will be delivered by a smiling Lao-Tzu riding his team of five-colored dragons from the South Pole.
The Original Chinese Santa Claus….bringing the peach of immortality and the gift of the Life Force to all those ready to receive it.
Go to http://www.HealingTaoUSA.com and see what attracts you.
4. “My Body Moves Easily” — Joyce’s Feldenkrais-Tai Chi Audio CDs
My Body Moves Easily: I Feel Graceful and Light by Joyce Gayheart
These wonderful guided super-learning Feldenkrais-Tai Chi audios by Joyce Gayheart have been specially adapted for Primordial Qigong (aka Tai Chi for Enlightenment), but suitable for helping any Tai Chi form become effortless and graceful.
Joyce weaves her magic mostly while you are lying down, with no struggle against gravity. She’s intertwined her knowledge of qiqong and Alexander and Feldenkrais and decades of studying movement arts and expression into these masterful guided exercises.
You can buy the CDs individually or get a $20. discount by getting the 4-CD set. If someone doesn’t have the Primordial Qigong DVD, or my Advanced Level audio training packaged together for a big saving, you might consider giving those as well. Or buy the package, keep the Primordial DVD for yourself, and give the Audio CDs away…. after listening to them first.
I will sneak in a mention here of another fabuous gift from Joyce – her Divine Love Elixir ($30), 72 alchemical flower essences in a single bottle that really open the heart. www.healingdao.com/JoyceGayheart/flower_essences.html
5. Goji Super Tonic: Feel “Healthy, Happy, & Horny”
Goji plump red berries are appropriate to the holidaiy season because when fresh picked they look like mistletoe’s red berries. It is festive drink, mixable with just about anything. The Total Goji (thick sauce like pulp of the berry) is the healthiest topping you can put on yoghurt or ice cream – a great replacement for sugar addicts.
Last year I gave a bottle of goji to each of my six siblings, except one sister, who I got something different for her kids. She pined so loudly about not getting the Goji fix that I had to later give her some for her birthday….
This is a great edible or drinkable gift to give someone who is trying to wean themselves off coffee and caffeine and sugar. Goji juice gets you high – permanently. No crash. and SUPER-nutritious, the highest ORAC (anti-oxidant count) of any food in the world. Although I will soon be introducing another super-juice made from Coffeeberry that has an Orac double of goji! But goji is still the Queen of the Herbal Tonics.
It is the one of the major tonic Chinese herbs for building your kidneys and liver. The list of health benefits is so long you’ll never be able to remember it all – but I do give 34 of reasons to drink goji on my website.
This is currently the only food item on my site, and its because I am super-picky. This is the ONLY 100% organic natural nothing added Goji juice on the market. Nothing I’m saying about goji is hype (unlike some of the multi-level companies plugging fruit-juice sweetened goji). I drink this goji juice every day, and recommend it to all my students to offset the stress of modern life and poor diet. It’s far more powerful to drink the juice than to eat the berries or get it in powdered herbs.
I sell the goji at the lowest price the manufacturer will allow. If you order two bottles, you get free shipping, the saving amounts to almost 20%. So keep one bottle for yourself, and the other will look great with a red ribbon around it. The healthiest consumable ever grown, thank you China!
If you want to add 32 oz. bottles of other organic super-Qi juices – Noni, Mangosteen, or Acai – just ask Jan, who will either add it to your order or replace Goji.
6 Livia Kohn Daoist Book Bonus – Free $25. book While They Last
Internal Alchemy is only major work by scholars and adepts on the full spectrum of alchemical history and practice. I feel my chapter on Daoist Inner Alchemy in the West is definitive.
Here’s the deal: I sell nine of Prof. Livia Kohn’s books on Daoism (preferred spelling by scholars) on my website. If you order ANY one of those titles, I will ship you a FREE copy of Health and Long Life: The Chinese Way by Livia Kohn and Stephan Jackowicz. She overprinted, and thus I am able to make this generous offer. OR if you buy $25. worth of Mantak Chia books (see later section), I’ll also give you this free book.
The other titles would all make great gifts, about which you can read more on my website:
1. Daoist Body Cultivation (with excellent chapter by me!)
2. Daoism and Chinese Culture
3. Women In Daoism
4. Divine Traces of the Daoist Sisterhood
5. Cosmos and Community:
6. The Way of Highest Clarity
7. Myth and Meaning in Early Daoism.
8. Internal Alchemy: Self, Society,and the Quest for Immorality.
(also with excellent chapter by me!)
9. Health and Long Life: The Chinese Way
Not on the website yet are three new just-released titles you can also order:
10. Daoist Dietetics by Livia Kohn
11. Sitting in Oblivion by Livia Kohn (about early Taoist meditation method)
12. Living Authentically: Daoist Contributions to Modern Psychology, ed. Livia Kohn. $29.95
MY REVIEW of this book:
Essential reading for Westerners seeking to integrate qigong, taiji, Daoist meditation, energy healing, and therapy practices with deep psychological insights from their own culture. It gives sharp focus to fuzzy issues: Reichian orgasm theory vs. Dao sex energy cultivation; psychological adjustment vs. wu wei and liberation; heady analytical thinking vs. whole-body process and correlative thinking; Jungian symbolic alchemy within Ego vs. substantial alchemical distillation of an immortal Soul; Western “Unconscious” vs. Primordial Qi model. It’s a breath taking, cutting edge Daoist dialectic with an amazing array of therapies – kinesiology, Energy Psychology, Positive Psychology, Psychosomanautics, Cognitive Therapy, and more. This milestone will be required reading at my own Daoist Depth Psychology program. – Michael Winn
Since Jan in my fulfillment office has no way of knowing if you are responding to this free book offer when you order on the web, you must call her to place a book order and ask for the free bonus book. Offer is good while supply lasts. For full description of each book and order link:
7. Total I Ching: the Gift of Divination
For $14. bucks, this is about as high a value as one could dream for. I think my book review on Amazon says it all. This version of the I Ching has achieved cult status amongst Healing Tao inner alchemy adepts.This book is not yet posted on my site, but I finally got a stack of copies in – so call 888 999 0555 to order it.
Reviewed by Michael Winn on Amazon:
As a 30 year I Ching user, teacher of Taoist qigong and inner alchemy meditation, I was very skeptical when yet another I Ching translation arrived in the mail. But I knew Karcher’s scholarship was superb and was hoping for at least a few gems. Was I surprised to discover that this is the best I Ching I’ve ever used – it literally lives up to its name, The Total I Ching.
I used to consult both the Wilhelm (elegant, but too confucian) and Wu Jing-Nuan’s “shamanic” Chou version to get a full spectrum of readings. Karcher’s Total I Ching version is both elegant, scholarly, and shamanic. It brilliantly integrates in the living elements of the shen (spirits) who are actually the agents of change, we could say the “managers” of shifts in the larger chi field that play out in our bodies and lives.
There is only one test of an I Ching, and that is to use it in real life situations and see how “alive” and accurate the responses are for you. I found this version to be far superior to the other readings I previously used. Yin & Yang trigrams can be reduced to abstract and lifeless mathemtical symbols, or they can be experienced as living pulsations, voices from inner space. Total I Ching opens up the voices of the spirits, without losing the bracing clarity of the symbolic language.
I am thrilled to find such a breakthrough work in a field of translations that are generally lacking in spiritual brilliance. Total Ching is a must have for I Ching lovers.
This book redefines the notion of “stocking stuffer”. I sent a copy to my family one year, and they are still chewing on it.
8. Jade Egg – Elegant, Sensssssuous Womb-enhancing Gift
Jade eggs are useful for woman to improve and cultivate the quality of their orgasm.
Jade eggs have a high vibration. The Chinese have always valued jade more than gold because of its balanced yin-yang energy. Jade eggs are preferable because they are sturdy. smooth and non-porous.
Originally Egg Exercises were used for improving health, both physically and spiritually. The Jade Egg “sexercises” provide more power to the Chi Muscle to lift the sexual energy inward and upward, where it can be circulated to the other vital organs and help to balance the monthly flow of blood and daily cycle of hormones. Suitable for both younger women, those recovering from childbirth, and those dealing with menopause or later.
The womb of a female is the most powerful center of gravity in the body. Unfortunately. t he womb tends to concentrate unprocessed (often negative) sexual and emotional energy. The egg “sex-ercises” can help to move that stuck energy and help you to own the inner space of your womb, which is the core power of the divine feminine.
We recently found a new mine with much higher grade deep green jade eggs. The price has thus gone up to $44.95, but well worth it for such an intimate and powerful life-long talisman of sexual vitality. We now also include a lovely silk bag for protecting and transporting the egg. This is an intimate, elegant, health-enhancing, and sexy gift.
9. If you are totally broke, give away this FREE Book.
In gift-giving, it is the thought that counts. I invite you to gift to your friends my Free eBook,
Way of the Inner Smile: Tao Path to Peace & Self-Acceptance
Just go to my homepage http://www.HealingTaoUSA.com and enter your friends email address in the subscribe box on the upper left corner. Then email your friends and let them know it was a heart-felt gift from you. Please don’t forward the pdf in your computer without signing them into my website – it brings me into a relationship with them, which is why I offer the eBook.
And be sure to smile from that deep space within your heart, next time you see them….and anyone else!
Love, Chi, Blessings,
Dreaming of Spiritual Adventure? China.
L: Hanging Temples 1500 years old, near Taoist Sacred Mountain of North, Mt. Heng. R: Mr. Hua is center of Taoist Dream Practice, where many immortals are said to achieved themselves.
Dear Lovers of Spiritual Adventure —
Even if you believe you cannot go to China, please still read this, take the trip vicariously. You’ll get a great education, with 60 photos making it easy. China Dream Trip is for people who believe life is a spiritual adventure. It’s for souls that hunger for the riches of ancient wisdom in faraway lands, and dream of merging that exotic experience into their present moment. I’ve been to more than 100 countries. My philosophy can be summed up:
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,but by the places and moments that take our breath away”. — an Enlightened Traveller
Visit 3 Sacred Tao Mountains on what I promise will be the most amazing trip of your life:
1. Mt. Heng, Taoist Sacred Mountain of the North, and nearby famous 1500 year old Hanging Temples.
2. Mt. Hua, Flower Mountain. Taoist Sacred Mountain of the West – the most spiritually powerful mountain in China. In written records, more Tao immortals achieved themselves on Huashan than anywhere else. In 2012 I got married atop its sheer 3000 foot granite cliffs. We stay in monasteries or caves used by ancient Tao adepts to dream their Way to immortality.
3. Lao Tzu’s Ascension Site in the Zhong Nan mountains, near Louguantai, “Place of Highest Contemplation”. This is where Lao Tzu also transmitted the 5000 character Tao Te Ching. It has amazingly high etheric energy – my favorite meditation spot in China.
PLUS stay in Huashan Monastery or Cave, and see China’s Major Cultural Attractions: Temple of Heaven, Great Wall, Xian ancient walled capitol, Terra Cotta Warriors, many powerful Taoist temples.
2014 DREAM TRIP HIGHLIGHTS – 15 Good Reasons to Go On This Trip
1. Beijing: Temple of Heaven, 4 days of qigong & tai chi training, Taoist White Cloud Temple, Forbidden City
The Temple of Heaven is a 14th century spaceship for launching Energy Bodies. I plan to build a replica in North Carolina for a retreat center!
2. Great Wall: do Primordial Tai Chi on top to capture its powerful Dragon Qi (chi).
3. Mt. Heng: Taoist Sacred Mountain of the North, breath-taking Hanging Temples, ancient pilgrim town of Datong with 9 Dragons Wall, Pagoda, and Sacred Grottoes with 50,000 Buddhas.
4. Xian: ancient walled capitol, Moslem bazaar, 8 Immortals Temple, City Gods Temple
5. Terra Cotta Warriors. 2300 year-old army of individually sculpted soldiers covers 5 football fields – China’s most famous site.
6. Mt. Hua “dream caves”: Flower Mountain’s fabulous peaks, temples, caves where we co-dream with immortal beings
L: those tiny dots are people, not ants, hiking up a ridge to West Peak monastery!
7. Louguantai. Lao Tzu’s ascension site, the original Taoist spiritual power center.
Cauldron and Taoist priest at the Temple of Lao Tzu in Louguantai.
8. Learn Spiritual Tai Chi in China. Anyone can learn and practice the gracefully simple 800 year old Tai Chi for Enlightened Love lineage form, aka Primordial Qigong. Mantak Chia learned this form on the 2010 Dream Trip, and loved it so much he adopted it into the Healing Tao certification system. Attendees on this trip get certified to teach the form. It’s an amazing form that combines qigong, inner alchemy, feng shui, and tai chi.
Get free DVD in advance, when you put trip deposit down. This is something that you’ll take home with you, a lifetime treasure. Even as we visit the “must-see” cultural highlights of China, we constantly focus on using Qigong & Tai Chi to develop a profound “earth connection”.
9. The EARTH QI IN CHINA IS DIFFERENT. It has been cultivated for thousands of years already, so it is more refined than other parts of the world. We practice in China’s most powerful sacred mountains and caves. Taoist adepts have practiced here for thousands of years. Their special Qi will support each of us. When you come home, you will feel super-grounded, ready to create your deepest Life Path.
10. It’s Easy. Climb on some of China’s most powerful sacred mountains. We keep the hiking easy, using cable cars to first get to the spectacular walking areas. Yes, there are a few short stretches of steep stairs – but who cares when the view is what is really taking your breath away? Our group qigong practice will give you incredible energy to handle those stairs and our packed travel schedule.
11. China’s top power spots: feel self-empowered. Our group tai chi practice at Taoist “sacred power” sites is very, very empowering. This form feels different in China, even if you’ve been doing it for years. The Tao Immortals who originally transmitted this form are likely to show up!
12. Shamanic 7-Star Big Dipper Qigong. Training by Michael Winn in the rare and ancient shamanic Seven Star Big Dipper Qigong Ceremony, from Nu Xian Pai, “Path of the Female Immortals” lineage. It aligns with Taoist inner alchemy method of absorbing purple Qi from the Pole Star. This shamanic qigong generates a very special and powerful Qi field — used in ancient times to build a protective field around one’s community or before going into battle. Taoists believe the Pole Star & 7 Big Dipper stars control human destiny. Are you ready to take control of your destiny?
L: Dream Tripper meditating in 8 Immortals Temple. You can feel the vibration of 1500 years of meditation. R: Tripper in deep trance at Lao Tzu’s Ascension Site near Louguantai – amazing etheric energy, my favorite power spot in China.
13. Deep Meditation. Taoist temples allow space for deep tranquil meditation in the midst of 1.5 billion people. We’ll meditate (you choose a method best for you) in Beijing’s White Cloud Temple and Temple of Heaven; Xian’s City God Temple; the 8 Immortals Temple (1400 years old!); Huashan’s Jade Spring Temple, White Ruler God Temple, and Goddess of the 9 Heavens Temple, one of many Flower (“Hua”) Mountain temples dedicated to female Immortals. There are many “cave temples” atop Mt. Hua, dedicated to various divine beings – Jade Emperor, Thunder God, Kuan Yin, etc.These temples are all highly charged with deep spiritual energy of the Tao.
14. Stay in a monastery or a cave on Huashan. This has been hugely popular and led to many powerful spiritual experiences. For those who don’t want to “rough it” fasting in a cave, you can sleep and eat in a comfortable monastery and meditate during the day in a special cave, a Kuan Yin Temple that is not open to the public, just our group..
L: Statue of Chen Tuan at base of Mt. Hua. He’s The Sleeping Immortal who dreamed for months at a time. R: Weak Peak of Mt. Hua has a monastery atop it where we stay.
15. Have the spiritual adventure of a lifetime!
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2014 Summer Retreat Schedule
Summer Retreat Schedule 2014
The http://www.healingtaoretreats.com site has not yet been updated, but here is an early peak at next summer (put it on your calendar!). Many of the old retreats have the same description, so you can use the 2013 website listings.
Mars Hill is only 20 minutes from Asheville, N.C., surrounded by the fabulous Blue Ridge Mountains.
2014 Summer Retreat Schedule at Mars Hill, NC
Retreat tuition is only $495. for an entire week! Tax deductible 501c3.
Week 1 June 20 – 25 (Fri-Wed) + Summer Solstice Ceremony
1a. Medical & Spiritual Qigong Fundamentals 1-4 – Michael Winn
1b. Chinese Yoga Tao-Yin + Inner Smile & Chi Self Massage –Andrew McCart
Week 2 June 27 – July 2 (Fri-Wed)
2a. Healing Love: Taoist Sexual Secrets – Michael Winn & Minke deVos
2b. Fusion 1 Emotional Alchemy + Iron Shirt 1 Rooting
3b. How to Cultivate Creative Qi: Leonardo DaVinci Qigong – Michael Gelb
Week 3 July 4 – July 9 (Fri-Wed)
3a. Medical Qigong for Energy Healers – Minke de Vos
3b. Fusion 2 & 3 Macrocosmic Orbit + Primordial Qigong:
“8 Extraordinary Vessels of the Soul” — David Twicken
3c. Inner Sexual Alchemy (Lesser Kan & Li) – Michael Winn
3d. Iron Shirt Qigong 2 & 3: Tendon and Bone Marrow Washing
– Andrew McCart
Week 4 July 11 – 16 (Fri-Wed)
4a. Chi Nei Tsang 1: Deep Organ Massage – Jampa Stewart
4b. Sun-Moon Alchemy Greater Kan & Li: Healing Our Ancestors
– Michael Winn
4c. Tai Chi Qigong #1 Rooting + #2 Fast Fighting Form – Steven Sy
Week 5 July18 – 23 (Fri-Wed)
5a. Chi Nei Tsang 2: Open Wind Gates – Jampa Stewart
5b. 9 Palace Bagua Zhang: Martial Art meets Mysticism & Magic
– Frank Allen
5c. Northern Wu Taiji Quan: Final Refinement of Classical Taiji Quan
– Tina Zhang
5d. Star Alchemy: Shaping Our Spiritual Destiny – Michael Winn
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Foundational Practices Level 1; Basic Sitting Energy-Mastering Meditations
Foundational Practices Level 1, Basic Standing and Moving Energy
Level 2 – Internal Practice; Advanced Sitting Meditations-Internal Alchemy
Advanced Standing and Moving Meditations, Level 1 -Developing Internal Power
Chi Nei Tsang-2nd Branch(Physical Body)
Cosmic Healing – 3rd Branch(Energy Body)
2014 with a HEART (image)
Grateful for the Heart of Change, the Tao hidden within every Calendar,
“Who takes Heaven as his ancestor, Virtue as his home,
“The Tao is very close, but everyone looks far away.
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