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photo: Tynne Clifford, retreat registrar, communing with Crystal Beings at Heavenly Mtn..
Is it possible that some places improve the probability of one having a “peak” experience?
My experience, and many other Tao cultivators, confirms that being
in the right place at the right time with the right group of people
vastly improves the likelihood of your having a peak experience. What’s
a peak experience? I define it as any dramatic shift or sudden new
awareness in your energy body. It could take many forms, heightened
physical sensations, a feeling one is expanding into new dimensions, a
vision, or a revelation about yourself or the larger cosmos.
Peak experiences tend to leave an indelible imprint in one’s memory,
even if you cannot fully recreate the intensity of the original
I’ve been organizing summer Tao retreats for 15 years, since 1995,
the year after Mantak Chia moved back to Thailand. I had never
organized a summer retreat before. A major driver in my motivation was
because I myself had so many powerful peak experiences during retreats
sponsored by Mantak the previous 12 years.
I had no idea if anybody would show up when I first started offering
retreats in 1995. And I still have no idea who or how many folks will
come to the spiritual party we throw every summer. But I do know that
many people who come will have a peak experience, simply because they
are with the right people, in the right place, at the right time. How
do I know this?
All you have to do is sit in the retreat dining hall and listen to
the excited chatter…a lot of it is about sharing peak experiences
people had that DAY. A typical person may have only one or two peak
experiences per LIFETIME. They happen spontaneously. Some then chase
after it their whole life, hoping to recapture its magic. They
mistakenly chase after a past peak, but the same peak experience never
Many don’t know it’s possible to cultivate the probability of having many
peak experiences. A peak itself is spontaneous, and cannot be commanded
to happen. But you can cultivate the probability of a totally new and
different peak experience happening by cultivating your energy body
through movement and meditation practices. You then “prime the pump” of
probability by amplififying your practice in a group setting. Your
energy body picks up fresh and stimulating chi from the field of those
around you. A group of focused practitioners creates a powerful synergy
that is very supportive of your having a fresh peak experience.
Let me share with you an amazing peak experience I had in 1995,
immediately after I finished teaching an Inner Sexual Alchemy (Lesser
Kan & Li) retreat in Sedona, Arizona…..
And I invite readers who havae attended past Tao Summer Retreats to send in their peak experiences.
Let me share with you the amazing peak
experience I had in 1995, immediately after I finished teaching an
Inner Sexual Alchemy (Lesser Kan & Li) retreat in Sedona,
Arizona. The next year, in 1996, we moved Healing Tao Retreats to the
New York Catskills. In 2007 we moved down to the Blue Ridge Mountains,
to a 5000 acre private center called Heavenly Mountain.
It was a hot, sunny afternoon, the July air was bone dry in the
Sedona desert. The sky was a deep blue dome overhead. My peak
experience happened immediately after the retreat was over. I went to
my adobe casita (hut) and lay down on my bed, feeling pleasantly
exhausted from the powerful group cauldron we had opened up during the
retreat. Let me first share a little about the build-up to this peak.
We had used alchemical meditation to open a deep portal to the
pre-natal (Early Heaven) realms within our individual dantian (located
in the belly center). It seems the large group of people doing this all
at once had attracted a heavy stream of “hungry ghosts” seeking
During the retreat I saw hundreds of these beings. They are from the
low astral, ancestral fragments of local residents, trapped close to
the physical plane with no idea of where to go. You sometimes encounter
them in nightmares. They are harmless and cannot affect your dense
physical reality. They showed up at our retreat because they felt
attracted to the clear light portal we had opened up within us. It
offers them a path to complete themselves and end their wandering
existance more quickly.
One woman with strong third eye sensitivity left the retreat early,
saying that the amount of “spooks” and the transformational intensity
was just too much for her. She wasn’t able to let these harmless
images move through her lower dantian portal, the Gate of the
Mysterious Female. For Taoists, this gate is the most direct route back
to the primordial clear light source in humans. Instead they were
flooding her upper dantian/3rd eye, which is not well grounded in many
psychics. And so it was clouding her mind functioning.
In fact these astral beings are harmless, although our fear
sometimes uses them to scare ourselves into giving them have power over
us. They are mostly the “po” souls (lung spirits) of humans that died a
violent or unexpected death. The part of them that was still attached
to the earth chose to remain after death. Part of the alchemical Taoist
work is to compassionately help these ancestral soul fragments achieve
completion and move on.
This is the background I was coming out of prior to my peak experience.
I lay relaxing on my bed in the casita, feeling totally open and
vulnerable from having “cooked” all week. Recall the deep blue sky
overhead, without a cloud in sight. Suddenly there was suddenly a sharp
CRACK! that exploded right outside my door. It was so loud and sudden
that my body literally jumped up two feet off the bed and then fell
back down. I was in a state of shock, as my psychically open state had
let the explosion penetrate very deep into my body.
My shock gave way to anger. The only explanation I could offer for
such a loud explosion so close was that an air force jet had broken the
sound barrier while flying low overhead. I began to imagine that I had
been unfairly violated. Some jet pilot, maybe showing off, had zoomed
past the sound barrier and shattered my peace and quiet,and ruined the
serene fruits of my week of meditation. In my growing fury, I began
planning my complaint to the Air Force, plotting even to put media
pressure on them.
Then a friend began excitedly knocking on my door. “Michael! Did you see that?” He opened the door.
“A lightning bolt came out of the clear blue sky and struck the ground, right outside your door!” he exclaimed.
I was dumbstruck. The God of Thunder & Lightning had just
delivered a most auspicious omen to me. I realized in a flash it was
intended to signal to me that the Heavens approved of my opening this
path with my first alchemy summer retreat. It is part of the Lesser Kan
& Li formula that a bolt of thunder may be heard internally when
the hun (liver/wood) spirit seeds its energy into the cauldron in the
lower dantian. This is part of the energy of spiritual rebirth. The
lightning outside my door was also probably designed to clear out
lingering patterns of anger in my liver, which obviously had come to
I later did research and discovered it is possible for electrical
lightning to appear out of a clear sky. But the fact it was attracted
to strike in front of my doorway was what was significant.
That lightning bolt has always stayed with me, a peak experience of
Nature’s power to communicate with me individually. It is now one of my
many permanent peak connections to the elemental powers of Nature. Here
it took the form of the Thunder Path revealed. Some traditions hold
you need to have such a communication with each of the five elements to
complete your initiation into the full alchemical power of
transformation. Even though lightning is itself is a form of fire, it
is associated with the wood elemnt, and east/spring/thunder and new
Jade Goddess Dining Pavilion at Heavenly Mountain, where much transformation happens at summer retreats….
Now I am not suggesting that if you attend the retreat(s) of your
choice this summer, that bolts of lightning will chase you all the way
home. But the changes you feel internally may well be that powerful.
Anyway, I encourage you, in this Year of the Ox, to consider
cultivating a New Reality. You can do it all alone, but it helps to
have a guide, and to practice with the right people in the right place,
at the right time.
Now is the right time to commit to your next level of
transformation. Remember, stocks rise and fall, fear and greed go
through their cycles, recessions and booms come and go. But your
transformational path of evolution is really a one way trip, the
continuous unfolding of your true source. Once it begins, it continues
on its own spontaneously, subject only to your resistance. It will
outlive the economic cycles of our time, which is just an expression of
our collective need to transform the field in which we all live.
But if you wallow in that social fear of a deep recession, instead
of transforming the fear into individual power, you may find yourself
swept away by the waves of mass emotion. The masses are holding the
group resistance, and if you identify with the mass resistance and
confusion, you unconsciously internalize it. It gets even harder to
find your own path.
I continue to find amazing support and peak experiencs in the groups
that meet every summer. The prices are reasonable – often half of what
others charge for a week’s retreat. And we have extended payment plans
and work-study programs for the cash strapped.
Just by putting down a $100. deposit you hold your space and affirm your committment to self-transformation.
Plus its nice to immediately get the Free bonus of David Twicken’s
e-Book on Feng Shui for Modern Spaces (130 page book, worth $20.).
David is revealing the secrets of Qimen Dunjia (Taoist directionology)
and how to combine it with feng shui, astrology, and qigong to create
abundance in your life. If you are really concerned about money, take
his course, offered for the first time, and start creating abundance.
Or take one of the many fantastic courses in Taoist energetic
self-cultivation. Mantak Chia ikicks off the summer by going into one
of his favorite topics, Healing with Planetary Spirits. Tai Chi courses
range from short Yang 13 movement form with Marie Favorito to long Wu
and Chen styles with Tina Zhang, who also has a fabulous women’s qigong
retreat. Frank Allen offers three amazing Bagua circle-walking walking
Marie Favorito tests the “root” of prospective Healing Tao instructors in Iron Shirt postures.
Karin Sorvik is back with deep organ massage (Chi Nei Tsang) and
dream practice combined with Star Cultivation. Minke de Vos is a
wonderful teacher of Taoist Sexual Yoga.
I have my internal alchemy series of One Cloud’s formulas, beginning
with Medical and Spiritual Qigong Fundamentals (healing sounds, inner
smile, rooting, and the Orbit). There are so many other jewels, it is
hard to choose from them.
Consider Madame Wang Yan’s Natural Weight Loss and Medical Qigong
course where people routinely ” breathe fat away” to the tune of 6 to
10 pounds in one week – and continue losing weight after they get home.
Read the authentic testimonials on he rpage.
There is Zhongxian Wu’s “Calligraphy as Qigong Healing Art” that
brings out the hidden artist in many. Or Robert Peng’s Qigong Healing
Intensive where the energy frequently triggers peak frequencies of
folks. If you want the latest in Energy Psychology and Energy Medicine,
Judith Poole is a great coach, and helps you customize your personal
I invite you to take a few minutes and browse through this amazing collection of teachers and retreats.
Even if you don’t sign up, just reading about them will expand your
imagination of what is possible. That imagination is the ultimate key
to personal transformation and spiritual rebirth. Once you can
re-imagine yourself, you’ve tapped into the power of the Life Force to
cultivate a New Reality. The Ox Year will support you to leap over the
fence of your old boundaries with their embedded fears and resistance.
The homepage to explore this all is:
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information about the Retreat
|TCH09-00||China Dream Trip 2009
Qigong in Taoist Sacred Mountains
|May 08 – May 24, 2009||Michael Winn|
|Energy Healing with Planetary Spirits
Methods of Chi Healing
|June 12 – June 17, 2009||Mantak Chia|
|Medical & Spiritual Qigong Fundamentals 1 – 4
Smile, Healing Sounds, 5 Animals, Orbit, Rooting
|June 19 – June 24, 2009||Michael Winn|
|Tao-Yin (Chinese Yoga + Dream Practice
+ Star Gazing. HTU Qigong Certification Couirse
|June 19 – June 24, 2009||Karin Sorvik|
|Create Prosperity thru Chinese Astrology & Feng Shui
How to Create Abundance Chi
|June 19 – June 24, 2009||David Twicken|
|Qigong Fundamentals: Levels 1 & 2 Weekend
Weekend Option: 20 hours certification
|June 19 – June 21, 2009||Michael Winn|
|Tao-Yin (Chinese Yoga)
+ Dream Practice & Star Gazing
|June 19 – June 21, 2009||Karin Sorvik|
|Fusion of Five Elements 1 & 2
+ Iron Shirt Qigong 1 HT Certification
|June 26 – July 01, 2009||Marie Favorito|
|Chi Nei Tsang 1: Deep Organ Massage
|June 26 – July 01, 2009||Karin Sorvik|
|Bone Marrow Neigong 3 + Fusion of Five Elements 3
Open Macro-Orbit HT Certification
|June 26 – July 01, 2009||David Twicken|
|Healing Love for Health & Bliss
Taoist Secrets of Sex
|July 03 – July 08, 2009||Michael Winn
Minke de Vos
|Chi Nei Tsang 2: Deep Organ Massage
Open the Wind Gates CNT Certification
|July 03 – July 08, 2009||Karin Sorvik|
|Calligraphy: Chinese Shamanic Healing Art
Moving Brush, Moving Qi
|July 03 – July 08, 2009||Zhongxian Wu|
|Qigong Healing Intensive Level 1||July 03 – July 08, 2009||Robert Peng|
|Tai Chi Qigong: Yang Family Short Form
+ Buddha Palm. HT Certification Course
|July 03 – July 08, 2009||Marie Favorito|
|Calligraphy: China’s Shamanic Healing Art||July 03 – July 05, 2009||Zhongxian Wu|
|Tai Chi Qigong: Effortless Flow of Power
Healing Tao Certification Course
|July 03 – June 05, 2009||Marie Favorito|
|Tao Basics & Sexual Energy Yoga
Associate Instructor Certification Course
|July 10 – July 15, 2009||Minke de Vos|
|Authentic Chen Vilage Tai Chi
Healing Tao University Certification
|July 10 – July 15, 2009||Tina Zhang|
|#1 Xing Yi: Direct Path to 5 Element Power
Healing Tao University Certification
|July 10 – July 15, 2009||Frank Allen|
|Inner Sexual Alchemy (Lesser Kan & Li)
Healing Tao University Alchemy Certification Cour
|July 10 – July 15, 2009||Michael Winn|
|Tao Basics & Sexual Energy Yoga
Associate Instructor Certification Course
|July 10 – July 12, 2009||Minke de Vos|
|Energy Medicine + Energy Psychology: Practical Tools
1-2-3 SHIFT Your Life!
|July 17 – July 22, 2009||Judith Poole|
|Classical Northern Wu Style Tai Chi
HTU Bagua Certification Course
|July 17 – July 22, 2009||Tina Zhang|
|#2 Bagua Zhang (HTU Certification)
Deer Horn Knife Coil & Spiral Power
|July 17 – July 22, 2009||Frank Allen|
|Sun-Moon Alchemy: Greater Kan & Li
*Inner Alchemy Certification Course HTU
|July 17 – July 22, 2009||Michael Winn|
|Energy Healing + Energy Psychology||July 17 – July 19, 2009||Judith Poole|
|Weight Loss & Medical Qigong
Amazingly Easy: Breathe Fat Away!
|July 24 – July 29, 2009||Wang Yan|
|Earth Energy Qigong for Women’s Health
Certification Course HTU
|July 24 – July 29, 2009||Tina Zhang|
|#3 Ba Gua (HTU Certification Course)
Moving I Ching Meditation
|July 24 – July 29, 2009||Frank Allen|
|Planetary & Collective Soul Alchemy:
Greatest Kan & Li
|July 24 – July 29, 2009||Michael Winn|
|Weight Loss & Medical Qigong
|July 24 – July 26, 2009||Wang Yan|
|Earth Energy Qigong: Womens Health Weekend
HTU Qigong Certification Course
|July 24 – July 26, 2009||Tina Zhang|
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May your chi peak until it is complete!
ox ox ox ox ox ox ox
“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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