Nov. 30, 2012
How GROUNDED Are You? +30% off Sale
Dear Lovers of Deep Earth Rooted-ness,
It’s been an intense Water Dragon Year for many. Now we enter the final phase. Winter began on Nov. 6 (Chinese energetic calendar): the chi (qi) is moving down, sinking like heavy cold water, into dark earth. For some people, this darkness is depressing. Politically in the USA, people feel weighed down by an uncertain future, much talk and fear of falling off a cliff.
Although I personally have a “sunny” disposition, the Tao has taught me to love this darkening. In my qigong cultivation practice, I go with the direction of chi flow, and do both movement and meditation practices that focus on rooting, especially this time of the year.
Tao is about listening to your body, and following the Way of Nature. This works because your soul is embedded within the body, and thus will give you the wisest guidance. Nature itself defines “grounded-ness”. We could say that Tao is the invisible or spiritual ground of physical Nature, traditionally called the Body of the Tao. The single most common challenge I find in people, whether they are on a spiritual path or not, is lack of grounding.
Lack of grounding adversely affects both physical and spiritual health. This is especially critical at a time when the planet is quickening its vibration, an integral part of its global re-birthing process. Groundedness will be the main issue this Winter Solstice, with all that has been projected onto it as the end of the Mayan calendar. There is a great “psychic turmoil” happening in humanity, and that is what requires very deep grounding within your own core as well as within the earth below. I will go deep into what the Mayan calendar really says in my next newsletter.
This “dragon tree” lives in China’s ancient capital, Xian, in front of the Wild Goose Pagoda. It’s deep roots allow it to spiral in all directions. How well rooted are you energetically to handle the climax of The Year of the Black Water Dragon? Your health depends on it. Did you spiral out creatively this year? photo: Rene Navarro.
I always schedule my Internal Chi Breathing and Bone Rooting workshop in December (this year Dec. 8 -9, in Asheville, only $144. call 888 999 0555). It is easier to teach it now as students feel supported by the flow of the larger chi field rooting down into the earth.
In this seminar, also available as homestudy, I devote one day to learning natural, reverse, and counter-force breathing. Breathing opens the “root” of the body, which is the lower dantian (lit.”elixir field”), a.k.a. the belly center. I’ve found that when you are grounded in your breathing, then your emotional and mental bodies quickly get more grounded.
A strong “belly-root” creates a feeling of calmness and peace, even when things are chaotic around you. I developed a special qigong form, Ocean, Sky, & Great Heart Breathing, to speed up the rooting process. This shifts your breathing focus from gasping at outer air to breathing more internally, through chi channels in different layers of the body. This form, nicknamed “Blissful Breathing Qigong”, is the best “quick-energizer” qigong that I teach. (more info:
The second day at this workshop I spend working on opening up the bones in our body, using bone breathing, bone beating, bone compression, and bone spiralling. These are all part of the Iron Shirt method I learned from Mantak Chia, but adapted into some different standing postures. These deepen the breathing power of our bones, and help to both prevent and heal chronic illness. Much chronic illness is simply “sick chi” stored in our bone marrow.
When we breathe it out, the sickness goes away. What appeared to be terminal illness, gradually becomes forgotten. This is why qigong has such a good reputation (based on track record) of healing chronic illness in China. This reputation is well documented scientifically (see 3500 studies summary: http://www.healingtaousa.com/cgi-bin/articles.pl?rm=mode2&articleid=40).
In the Breathing and Rooting course I describe the two different kinds of grounding that people commonly need, which are quite different. One is grounding into the physical earth below our feet, and correspondingly, into the physical tissue of our body. The second is energetic grounding into your meridians and the core channels that define your Energy Body.
If you want to read more about this, check out my Medical and Spiritual Qigong Fundamentals 3 & 4 page: http://www.healingtaousa.com/ckf3.html.
If you want to attend the course (it’s only $144. for the weekend), call Jan at 888 999 0555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What color is your imagination? photo: Rene Navarro
What else is new?
1. The 2013 summer retreat schedule is posted below (not yet on website). It’s not too early to plan next summer’s spiritual vacation.
2. Huge discounts on books, homestudy courses, and DVDs are available. This sale is from now until Jan. 6, 2013 at midnight. Note: office is closed Dec. 10-17, 2012. So if you want items BEFORE the holy-days, be sure to order immediately.
3. Check out this short 2.5 minute video interview with me (Michael Winn), part of a fabulous film: The Healing Tao: How It All Began. http://www.indiegogo.com/how-it-all-began?c=gallery I still have a beard, so I know it’s about 5 years ago. I give a sweet talk about growing up in the Tao.
If you want more fabulous vintage footage, make a donation and the non-profit Healing Tao Society will send you the full DVD. Or buy a 10 day Tao retreat, the sky’s the limit, if you want a tax write off and/or feeling generous. The money goes to complete the film for worldwide distribution. Witness the inside story, by a colorful cast of characters, starting 32 years ago in Chinatown, N.Y.
4. I will be teaching Empty Force Breathing and Primordial Qigong at the NY Open Center in April 19 & 20, 2013. (full 2013 teaching schedule: http://www.healingtaousa.com/cgi-bin/articles.pl?rm=mode2&articleid=117).
DID YOU ATTEND MANTAK CHIA’S JUNE TRAINING? I’d like to meet with local NY folks who attended the NYC June 2012 training with Mantak Chia. Many of you already responded to my earlier request – if so, no need to re-notify me, I will be contacting you. If you missed that invitation, please just hit reply to this email and let me know what course you took in June 2012. I will get back to you with more details.
Enjoy your sharing of love and food and solstice festivities with your family and friends,
» 9 Tao Gift Ideas, + Big Sale: Books & DVDs
» Summer Retreat Schedule 2013
» Mantak Chia Books – 30% off!
» Giving Thanks to the Earth (photo)
9 Tao Gift Ideas, + Big Sale: Books & DVDs
We have a wide variety of Mantak Chia’s Video CD (VCD, playable in computer). These normally retail for $20. You get one FREE with each $75. order (before s/h). Call Jan for selection, or let it be a surprise! This applies to any products sold on site, until Jan. 5 or as long as supplies last.
First, 9 Tao Gift ideas that promote health and spiritual growth:
1. A Fabulous Tao Summer Retreat
I listed the 2013 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 Hilll, at a cool, 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 sixth year in a row – and it was already a bargain. These retreats are financially subsidized by my 501c3 non profit. We have a fantastic chef. No-cost extended payment plans make it accessible to everyone. Give yourself or someone else the gift of self-transformation, only need a $150. deposit. Commuters welcome.
You may email the registrar at: info@HealingTaoRetreats.com.
2. 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, $119. at half price). The course now includes the Spinning Dragon Orbit method. It may deeply change someone’s life or give them the tools to improve their health.
I’m offering these big “winter Holy-day” discounts off 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.
On any order of Michael Winn DVD or homestudy audio courses. Sale continues until midnite, Saturday, January 6, 2013. (Note office is closed Dec. 10-17, so order early if you want early delivery).
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.
3. “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 two other fabuous gifts from Joyce. One is 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
The other is one of the most interesting books on fate and destiny ever written. It’s by 12 astrologers blindly reading Joyce’s chart, called Under One Sky ($24.95) by Rafi Nasser. Joyce’s life story is along side their readings, so you can compare and decide if astrology is true or not. www.healingdao.com/JoyceGayheart/Joyce_Book.html
4. 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% of the order. 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.
5, Livia Kohn Daoist Book Bonus – Free $25. book While They Last
(limit one per customer, with order for any number of books). Books make great gifts for thoughtful people.
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:
6. 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.
7. 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 $37.95, 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.
8. Cool Dragon and Tao T-SHIRTS. We have LONG-sleeved shirts, great for winter wear, in three patterns. Best to call Jan for size and availability (888 999 0555 or email@example.com)
a. Black Water Dragon or a Red Fire Dragon
This is the perfect gift to yourself or loved one in a Dragon Year.
Dragon T-shirt Men (6-color): Short sleeve $30 and LS $35
Dragon Womens (6 color) scoop neck (stretch fit) SS $35 and LS $40
b. I Ching Power-of-8-Trigrams T-shirt, in white or black background color. This is a very powerful symbol to wear over your heart! I love to wear it when I practice Primordial Qigong, which dances the 8 trigrams. The black will strengthen your kidneys, the white your lungs.
c. Dancing Lao Tzu Holding True Yang Pearl. White color only. I love this shirt for its playfulness. That red object on top is the “bat of good fortune”, a well known icon in China. I found this image on a t-shirt on my first trip to China in 1985 – it’s the first shirt in my 100+ Taoist t-shirt collection.
Standard T-shirt men’s Short Sleeve (SS) is $25 and Long Sleeve $30
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 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,
Summer Retreat Schedule 2013
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!).
Mars Hill is only 20 minutes from Asheville, N.C., surrounded by the fabulous Blue Ridge Mountains.
2013 Summer Retreat Schedule at Mars Hill, NC
For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our registrar Tynne Clifford at 828-575-3825
Classes always start with dinner on date listed, and end with lunch. Commuter rates available.
Healing Tao Summer Retreats 2013
Mars Hill, near Asheville, North Carolina
HealingTaoRetreats.com 888-750-1773 retreats@HealingTaoUSA.com
Note: next China Dream Trip is May 2014 – led by Michael Winn
Week 1 June 21 – 26 (Fri-Wed) + Summer Solstice Ceremony
1a. Medical & Spiritual Qigong: Fundamentals 1-4 – Michael Winn
1b. Rejuvenation Qigong + Fusion 2 &3 + Primordial Qigong
– David Twicken
1c. Medical Qigong for Energy Healers – Minke de Vos
Week 2 June 28 – July 3 (Fri-Wed)
2a. Healing Love: Taoist Sexual Secrets – Michael Winn & Minke deVos
2b. Fusion 1 & 2 Emotional Alchemy + Iron Shirt 1 Rooting
– Marie Favorito
Weekend: June 28 – 30
2c Chinese Medical Astrology + 5 Elements Qigong – David Twicken
Week 3 July 5 – July 10 (Fri-Wed)
3a. Taoist Qigong Basics & Sexual Energy Yoga – Minke de Vos
3b. Chi Transmission Healing (Buddha Palm) + Healthy Tendons (Iron Shirt 2) – Marie Favorito
3c. Inner Sexual Alchemy (Lesser Kan & Li) – Michael Winn
Week 4 July 11 – 16 (Thurs-Tues)
4a. Chi Nei Tsang 1: Deep Organ Massage – Jampa Stewart
4b. Chinese Yoga/Tao-Yin – Andrew McCart
4c. Planetary Soul Alchemy: Greatest Kan & Li – Michael Winn
Week 5 July17 – 22 (Wed-Sun)
5a. Chi Nei Tsang 2 & 3: Open Wind Gates – Jampa Stewart
5b. Legacy Form: Taiji + Wu Xing + Bagua Zhang – Frank Allen
5c. Classical Northern Wu Style Taiji – Tina Zhang
5d. Heaven & Earth Alchemy – Michael Winn
Mantak Chia Books – 30% off!
30% off Mantak Chia books!!!!
Mantak Chia books for your library at 30% discount off retail price. This is close to wholesale plus S/H charges. Offer good only while supply lasts!
This is a rare opportunity to learn in depth from the foundation books of the Healing Tao system. They enable us to complete the harmonious evolution of our physical, mental and spiritual bodies. These ancient practices are brought to the west by Mantak Chia Universa Tao and Michael Winn’s Healing Tao USA. Most people learn best from DVD and audio,but written books are useful resources.
Call the Healing Tao product office to order your selection today and speak with Jan. 888-999-0555.
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)
Giving Thanks to the Earth (photo)
Ever Thankful for the Deep Dark Earth of the natural Tao,
“Who takes Heaven as his ancestor, Virtue as his home,
“The Tao is very close, but everyone looks far away.
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