Dec. 18, 2016
Winter Solstice is like the peak of a super slow-motion solar eclipse. At its darkest moment, a burst of light emerges, as if combusting from within. Energetically, the Yin half of Earth’s annual cycle – June 21 to Dec. 21 – is actually compressing the Dark Light until it implodes and reverses to expand for six months.
Solstices reflect a universal Yin-Yang Qi cycle of dark light and white light transforming into each other. Qi can be perceived as sound, light, or vibration. Yin-Yang Qi appear to be opposites. In reality Yin-Yang are different sides of the same coin. They arise from a single Clear Light that pulses into a stable harmonic of polarity so that forms become tangible. This Source Qi, a.k.a. Yuan Qi (“Original Breath”), is like a Clear Light that shines most powerfully on Solstice and Equinox. Do a ceremony or meditate to capture it – you will be richly rewarded!
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1. Dec. 21, Wed. 7 pm. Winter Solstice Black Dragon Ceremony (Free). At our Asheville home, details below. To RSVP, hit reply.
2. March 4- 5, 2017 (Sat/Sun): Fusion of the 5 Elements: Emotional Alchemy. In Asheville.
3. April 15 – 16, 2016 (Sat/Sun): Fusion of the 5 Elements 2 & 3. Psychic Alchemy Opens MACRO-cosmic Orbit, 8 Extraordinary Channels.
4. April 28-29, 2017. NYC Open Center (212 219 2527). Fri 7-10p: Sexual Energy as Taoist Alchemical Elixir. Sat 10a-5p: Tao Cosmology of Self-Love, Inner Smile & Red Dragon Orbit
5. May 26-29, 2017 (Fri – Sun): Omega SUPER QI SUMMIT. https://www.eomega.org/workshops/superqisummit?source=fweb.winnm.ws
6. June 16 – July 18, 2017: Five Weeks of Tao Summer Retreats. (final schedule is listed below – http://www.HealingTaoRetreats.com is not yet updated).
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Dear Lovers of Winter Solstice and True Darkness,
Here we are again – Nature gently nudging us to dive beyond our normal limits, deeper into a wintry darkness that many of the Big Religions claim as close to the root of their spiritual truth.
It’s puzzling. It’s not “evil dark”. Rather it’s the “other” dark: mysteriously pure, exquisite stillness, infinite deep oceanic vastness, exhilarating calm, cosmic womb-warm feeling – all synergistically wrapped around our soul. Perhaps the only dark space in which our personality feels safe in being drowned. We somehow know we will re-birth, and live to tell the story of yet another cycle.
Taoist process is about our small cycles within these great cycles. I love all the Solstices and Equnoxes, but Winter Solstice is my clear favorite. I’ve reminded readers many times that the full or new moon BEFORE any solstice or equinox amplifies its power.
The full moon last week was exceptionally powerful for me. I spontaneously combusted a new process of inner alchemy – a new way to created a sustained and grounded resonance between my personal heart and the heart of the Sun (Solar Logos). Wow! I am amazed at the infinite richness of Tao process. Attune to the Qi, the Qi will educate, guide, transform, amuse, tittilate, reform, uphold, righteously punish, harmonize and balance our every thought, feeling, sensation and perception.
Winter Solstice has inspired me to write a lot about this event and its various aspects. I’m listing a “retrospective” of all my Winter Solstice newsletters, in case you choose to browse and enjoy them.
These are in reverse chronological order, from 2014 back to 2009. If you are new, start with the last article on how to create a Winter Solstice ceremony. My favorite qigong vessel is Primordial Tai Chi for Enlightened Self-love. But many others work great, and I often combine forms. Doing something to increase your focus and strengthen your intent – that is the key.
1. Deep Water, Dark Mystery: Winter Solstice 2014
2. Love Your Sexy Winter Body: Solstice 2013
3. Winter Solstice 2012: How to Create a New Timeline?
4. My Dark Goddess Wife Jem on the Tao of Love
5. Winter Solstice 2010 + Eclipse = Double Celestial Orgasm
6. Winter Solstice 2009 : How to Create a Ceremony
» Winter Solstice Black Dragon Ceremony WED. Dec. 21, 7 pm
» Is Santa a Shaman?
» 2017 Tao Summer Retreat Schedule
» Moon Light Arising above Watery Darkness (Photo)
Winter Solstice Black Dragon Ceremony WED. Dec. 21, 7 pm
Winter Solstice: yin water begins to glow in the dark, alchemically shifts into yang fire of light.
•Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 7pm – 11 pm+ at our Asheville home.
• WINTER SOLSTICE BLACK DRAGON CEREMONY\
Join us for a powerful Black Dragon Ceremony, qigong, and deep meditations on the cosmic harmonic richness of Winter Solstice. Two sittings, you may opt to stay for only one.
At our home in Asheville, N.C. To RSVP: HIT REPLY.
FREE. RSVP required – Driving directions will be sent. Space is limited – please do not show up without confirmed RSVP. Specify if more than one person is coming.
If you stay for both meditation sittings, expect to leave around 11 pm+.
• WINTER SOLSTICE BLACK DRAGON CEREMONY
Winter is governed by the Water Element, the primal power behind all Creation. So good to meditate in advance on one’s chosen intent for this powerful time: What does our soul truly need to birth at this time? During the ceremony, we will release our intent to the Cosmos to fulfill.
WEAR BLACK or DARK BLUE CLOTHING ITEMS to establish a color vibrational resonance with water and with the Black Dragon (Earth’s spiralling ruler of water element).
PLEASE ARRIVE no later than 7pm.
15 minute break
8 – 9 pm: First Meditation (your favorite silent method)
15 minute break (if you plan to leave, be sure you parked at top of driveway, bring a flashlight).
9:15 – 10:30 pm: Second Meditation
Welcome to bring something to share, community celebration.
If you cannot attend in person, I encourage everyone to do their own ceremony. It’s fun and more powerful to gather in groups with family and friends.
Is Santa a Shaman?
To read this interesting story from 2015 newsletter, about my journeys with shamans above the artice circle in northern Finland, please visit:
I got a LOT of response to this newsletter….including reference to several books on Santa and his link to hallucenogenic mushrooms via Siberian shamans. Just google Santa / Shaman. There is a surprising amount of literature on this subject.
2017 Tao Summer Retreat Schedule
Healing Tao Summer Retreats 2017
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Week 1 June 16 – 21, 2017 (Fri-Wed) + Summer Solstice Ceremony
1a. Medical & Spiritual Qigong Fundamentals 1-4 – Michael Winn
1b. Medical & Spiritual Qigong Fundamentals 1 & 2 (weekend only)
Week 2 June 23 – 28, 2017 (Fri-Wed)
2a. Healing Love: Taoist Sexual Secrets – Michael Winn & Minke de Vos
2b. Fusion 1 Emotional Alchemy + Iron Shirt 1 Rooting – Steven Sy
Week 3 June 30 – July 5, 2017 (Fri-Wed)
3a. Tai Chi Qigong #1 Rooting + #2 Fast Energizing Form – Steven Sy
3b. Inner Sexual Alchemy (Lesser Kan & Li) – Michael Winn
3c. Chi Nei Tsang 1: Deep Organ Massage – Jampa Stewart
Chi Nei Tsang 2 next offered by Jampa in 2018)
Week 4 July 7- 12, 2017 (Fri-Wed)
4a. Fusion 2 & 3 Macro-Orbit + Iron Shirt 2&3 (Bone Marrow Washing) – Andrew McCart
4b. Planetary & Soul Alchemy: Awaken Our Inner Sun (Greatest Kan & Li) – Michael Winn
4c. Deep Healing Medical Qigong Form – Steven Sy
Week 5 July 14- 19, 2017 (Fri-Wed)
5a. Tao Yin + Primordial Qigong – Andrew McCart
5b. Heaven & Earth Alchemy: 3 Pure Ones & Heart of Humanity – Michael Winn
5c. Bagua Zhang – new instructor t.b.a.
Moon Light Arising above Watery Darkness (Photo)
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