Inside Chi Flows Naturally:
1. Essay on a secret Way to Heaven….while still living on
Earth. It’s a neat trick, “going” someplace new, more
formless – without leaving your old body. It boils down to a
practical question: how to best allow higher vibration chi
to flow through your “OLD” SPOT on planet earth… It’s
especially difficult to get Heaven inside your little body
when sudden Change destroys your previously well-ordered
life on Earth. You may instead receive a guided tour of what
feels like living Hell.
I share the spiritual Secret I’ve
found – on how to reduce Resistance To Change, a.k.a.
self-sabotage. And why “The Secret”, a popular internet DVD
on manifesting what you want, unfortunately won’t work for
most people unless they solve this self-sabotage problem.
Essay also reveals which Buddhist group bought our Dao
Mountain center in the Catskills….attracted by our chi?
2. WHICH WAY IS HEAVENLY MOUNTAIN? There has been some
confusion over the Way to Heaven-ly Mountain, our fabulous
new heaven-on-earth retreat center in the Blue Ridge
Mountains near Blowing Rock, N.C. Folks got rightfully
confused due to our slowness in erasing all references to
“Dao Mountain” on our website. I apologize.
NO, we are not hosting retreats in both the Catskills and
North Carolina. YES, the sudden change of location has
induced moments of Primordial Chaos in my office. Funny how
a moment of darkness can last an eternity. But it’s the
healthy darkness, the condition of “not knowing”. Adepts of
Taoist inner alchemy munch on this darkness during
meditation. It feeds the spiritual hunger of our Inner Sage.
This darkness is the space of Pure Potential.
E-BROCHURE. Heavenly Mountain is now poised to unfold the
tremendous creative potential of the Taoist arts – we’ve got
a bigger, more beautiful space. The revised brochure is
being mailed out as you read this. But best not to wait for
bulk mail, which is slow. You can download the entire 12
page brochure (in 4 segments) at:
REGISTRAR. Rob Renahan, our summer registrar, has agreed to
start talking again after three months of silent retreat. I
suspect he was using that quiet time to secretly refine his
Zen Qigong: The Art of Non-Doing, a new course he is
offering this August on bringing effortlessness into Tao
practices. Expect clear advice from him on which of our 30
retreats are best for you. His cell: 828-242-0968 or
JUNE RETREATS. Call now to book these six fabulous retreats
– happening next month!
See retreats site for full description: www.HealingTaoRetreats.com
June 16-21: Mantak Chia on Taoist Yoga & his new Immune
System Qigong. If you haven’t seen this man in action, this
is the best time and best place to hang out with him.
June 22 – 27: Michael Winn’s Qigong Fundamentals 1-4. Tools
for a lifetime of health. By Day 2 we usually blow out our
old circuits and spend the next 3 days in Chi Heaven.
June 22 – 27: David Twicken’s Qigong and Spiritual
Astrology. A fascinating, cutting edge integration – how to
combine Chinese astrology and Qigong cultivation to
influence your destiny. Get deeper into the Five Elements.
June 29 – July 4: Qigong Healing Intensive. Robert Peng, a
humble healer with hot hands from China.
June 29 – July 4: Fusion of the 5 Elements. Emotional
alchemy with Masahiro Ouchi, master of the light touch.
June 29 – July 4: Bone Marrow Neigong & Iron Shirt Qigong.
Get rooted, get healthy & get powerful with Marie Favorito.
REGISTER ONLINE. Our shopping cart now lets you reserve
rooms and pay retreats IN FULL. Get a $20. pre-payment and
NEW SINGLE ROOM BONUS: Book a single room
this year, and get a $30. discount per week for single
bookings in subsequent years. Housing info:
IF YOU ALREADY PAID A $100. DEPOSIT online for a retreat, in
a week or so expect to receive an email. It will have
instructions on how to open your online account in the
shopping cart and add payments to your retreat(s).
TRAVEL INFORMATION is now posted, with three easy ways to
get to Heavenly Mountain:
a. cheap Amtrak train (or Greyhound bus) + $10. Mountaineer
bus via Greensboro, N.C.
b. Fly to Charlotte Airport + group shuttle (2 hr drive).
Book it directly at 828-295-7779.
c. driving instructions from Asheville & Charlotte.
For full travel details, see
TRAVEL SUBSIDY, EXTENDED PAY. Please don’t let money stop
you from coming to Heavenly Mountain! We have an extended
payment program. Our 501c3 nonprofit received a donation
from a generous soul. It allows us to offer travel subsidies
for some who cannot afford to come to Heavenly Mtn.
3. MID-SPRING MEDITATION (free) at our home in Asheville
Saturday, May 5. (incorrectly listed as May 6 on website).
From 7pm to 11pm+. Welcome to arrive early and hang out with
the eight giant crystal beings in our Stone Circle. Email
for directions: firstname.lastname@example.org
EGGS. I have a confession: our Stone Circle is not really a
circle. It’s an egg. I designed it to be slightly ovoid on
the North-South axis to reflect the innately female
egg-shaped nature of being in a physical body. The Egg also
reflects the slight egg-like elongation of planet Earth’s
The Microcosmic Orbit meditation circulates chi inside an
egg pattern. Our Energy body grows from this ovoid shape.
We’re eggy because the yin-yang poles of our crown and feet
are pulled away from the dantian/center-of-gravity to build
a bigger polar energy charge. Kan & Li meditation practice
internalizes a vesica piscis, a sacred geometry pattern in
which two energetic male-female spheres copulate to form a
My conclusion: Being Ovoid and having
internal sexual bliss is half the fun of becoming human,
New PHOTOS: Easter egg mandala, by my wife’s artistic inner
child, her spring ritual. A fabulous photo of Lao Tzu
(life-size statue at Dao Mountain) in a winter blizzard on
his Way south to Heavenly Mountain; fun snapshots from
recent retreats in Mexico and Holland. See:
Mike Teeters Photo Essay & commentary on wild party with Lao
Tzu & assembled spirits the night before leaving Dao
4. ARCHIVES of past “Chi Flows Naturally” e-letters finally
posted in Articles section of website. If you’re receiving
this email, you are already registered to browse the
archives for free. (Others need to sign up for free ebook
first). Essays go back 3 years, and cover Tao of Everything:
from viruses to tsunamis & Earth changes, to celtic chi
cultivation and whole body Enlightenment:
(note: scroll down to bottom of articles page)
5. HELP! We need retreat brochure distributors – folks who
live within driving distance of Heavenly Mtn (northern
Florida to D.C., atlantic coast to TN, KY, southern Ohio.
If you live in a southeast state, we need folks willing to
DROP OFF our 12 page color retreat BROCHURES at your local
health food store, coffeehouse, bookstore, or other
appropriate venue. Just HIT REPLY and email us name,
shipping address, and number of brochures you think you can
distribute. Or call 888-999-0555.
How many should you get? 25 to 50 might be an estimated
range – we can always ship you more later, guess in the
middle range what you can realistically place. Think of this
process as inviting your local friends to join our high
If readers have suggestions on the best LOCAL MAGAZINES to
advertise in the southeast, please email me immediately!
Dear Seekers of the Way to Heaven,
From the top of Heavenly Mountain, you can see 80 miles. At
sunset it ranks amongst the world’s finest vistas, as
purplish watercolor hues of the Blue Ridge Mountains
dissolve into the inky black beauty of the first rising
stars. The view from this private mountain top is even
better than nearby famous Blowing Rock, N.C. But before one
is rewarded with this marvelous vision, you must first get
your skinny lil’ ass to the top of the mountain. Meaning,
you have to first physically find your Way to Heavenly
The metaphor of my process in the last month is a perfect
mirror of the challenge facing us all. We’re stuck, and we
need to change, sometimes quickly. The wall of Change looks
like a big mountain to climb. I was suddenly forced to face
a major change – to find a new home for a loose community of
Taoists and lovers of natural health who gather for summer
fun, before wandering off on their individual journeys for
The immediate difficulty, finding a new home, detailed in my
last letter, is over. But a new and more hidden challenge
arises: we still have to release an old and comfortable
pathway, we have to break with the past. We spent ten
lovely, intense years in the Catskills. Years of meditating
and moving and healing in those mountains, years finding new
friends and lovers, years of exploring our spiritual
journey. How can the “pull” of all that be safely left
behind, without us losing something valuable?
This is a situation everyone confronts at key transitional
moments in our life. We leave home to go off to college, we
change jobs, we change relationships, or the big one, we
change dimensions at death. We’re forced to move on, but the
past clings to us like barnacles encrusting our old
Our Deep Fear of Losing the Past
All of these life changes represents an old and very
comfortable energetic path that is being broken. The fear:
if we break our comfortable old path, we will lose an
important piece of our identity. How does one measure
“identity”, much less let go of it? We cannot get rid of
“self”, no matter how much the self meditates and tries to
empty itself of Self. The self-identity is still there, and
unless we are drunk or drugged or asleep, it doesn’t lose
its power of memory. And surely becoming more Awake doesn’t
mean we suddenly suffer from amnesia.
The problem is that we do not really have the power to erase
memory itself. Because memory is not just our physical
senses recording our personal life, moment by moment The
larger field of consciousness is also recording us, no
matter how tiny we might seem. Nature itself is holding our
memory – our personal experience of Nature – in its vast
databank. It has to – otherwise how can it develop any
wisdom and evolve the countless “individual selves” that
function as the cells of Nature’s vast organism?
Universal memory is one of the most important functions of
the Life Force in maintaining balance and harmony. Without
memory, Life would repeat its blunders over again and again,
learning itself would be impossible, and chaos would
permanently rule. Instead, we now know that Chaos itself is
a form of learning, a pathway to break up old identities
while we shift to higher order. So Chaos itself is able to
hold memory – even as it dissolves old patterns and tries on
Our Energy Body Controls What We Manifest
It is memory, embedded in the chi field itself, that holds
the shape of the Past. Self relies on memory of the Past to
help shape the Future. From the Taoist perspective, the
Energy Body is the aspect of Self that controls this process
of time-shifting manifestation. The Energy Body is what
shape shifts. A Westerner might call it our Soul. Whatever
you call it, we express different energetic shapes that flow
through our personality and body along the continuum of
past, present, future.
The key variable here is Chi. Chi is living “subtle breath”.
Instead of trying to erase the Self or its life memories to
escape past suffering, the Secret is how to manage Chi flow,
how to keep it breathing easily through us. And it turns
out, managing chi flow is pretty similar to managing any
investment. So in my case, I find myself invoking the
pioneer aspect of our Tao communities’ collective soul
force. We have to break in a new energetic pathway to
Heavenly Mountain. Why is this so hard?
Because our old Energy Body was comfortable heading up into
the Catskills for the last ten years. This is the first time
this community of Taoists has gone trekking into the wilds
of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Next year it will be much
easier, after we have blazed a trail. It is amazing how the
energy patterns of the past pave the way for the future. We
take this process for granted. It is known as the power of
Once the new path is broken in, the new Habit forms. It is
like the wind behind a big truck on the highway, sucking the
air behind it to speed its own momentum forward. But how to
get moving in a new direction, to get enough speed going in
one direction in the first place? This is the challenge that
arises. There is a key moment, when we turn the wheel of our
life in a new direction, and are facing a stiff headwind –
that is when the challenge comes.
“The Secret” – A Harry Potter Manual for Adults?
That is where so many of us fail to grasp the real Secret of
manifesting something new. The popular film “The Secret”
buzzing around the internet and Oprah these days gives the
standard channelled new age nostrums: visualize what you
want, and build a new energetic thought form. By seeing your
thought as real, and relying on the Law of Attraction to get
support, you will manifest the $3 million dollar dream house
with the pool (that cost $300K a decade ago).
There is nothing new here, this is an Old Secret, variations
of which appear as sexual magic (charge up a thought form
with sexual energy). The only thing that it is really new is
that New Age visualization is getting into the mainstream
media as a sign of changing times. The public is over its
head in financial debt, and the film offers a magic solution
to becoming one of the wealthy, worry-free elite.
Harry Potter manual, packaged for adults, promising instant
riches. The focus is on material, not spiritual development.
But the advice offered is useful in getting people to focus
their energy, as many problems do arise from the
fragmentation and scattering effects of modern life.
What’s not being fully dealt with is Our Resistance to
Change. That is the main impediment to manifesting the life
we truly want. No, Resistance is not a dark cloaked evil
figure. It’s not Satan trying to make our life difficult,
forcing us to have a nervous break down, and then sobbingly
surrender our free will to some religious group claiming a
power greater than the Darkness.
Our Resistance is Invested in the Past
Our Resistance is the shadow aspect of our self, a.k.a. the
Self-Saboteur. It is actually the part of our Energy Body
that is invested in the past. The past represents the Known.
The Self-Saboteur is a junkie for what’s known, even if
what’s known doesn’t really work and has us mired in
suffering. Same problem arises when our past pleasures no
longer really give us pleasure. The sex becomes mechanical,
the rich food tastes like cardboard. Our past attachment
becomes future suffering as our Shadow Junkie puts us
through withdrawal pains if we try to change from what is
So what’s the Real Secret to manifesting while living in a
habit-encrusted body with rigid personality traits? It’s
pretty simple, but there are three steps. The first step is
to realize what and where you are currently investing your
energy. Once you can see your old investments, you can
choose to re-invest. But unlike investing money, where we
have the feedback of numbers in a bank account to tell us if
we are winning or losing, our Energy Body keeps tabs of its
investment invisibly. We could say sexual bonding, emotions
and mental beliefs are the most tangible aspects of those
invisible energetic investments.
What happens is that people want to invest in having new
lives, new jobs, new homes, new relationships, new spiritual
paths. But they forget where their past capital is
unconsciously invested. It’s like forgetting the number on
your bank account, and never withdrawing the funds. Banks
make a lot of money this way in real life. And the same loss
occurs with our psychic capital.
For the person trying to change, half of their “energetic
money” is still invested in the past.This reduces by 50% the
amount of energetic money they have available to invest in a
new future. So when folks try implementing “The Secret” and
visualize a new life, they may be dealing from half a deck
of cards. It’s hard to produce a royal flush or four aces
playing with a half a deck – even if you are the dealer and
the only player.
That is why, by process of trial and error, I’ve concluded
that Taoist energetic practices are the most valuable tools
I’ve discovered for managing my “unconscious money”. The
money is hidden inside our body, in deep energetic patterns
– right where we invested it and stored it years ago.
Lots of people try to get rid of that money in therapy,
because they don’t recognize it as money. They try to
discard the old self or deny the self even exists, or try to
heal the old pattern by surgical-energetically removing
these dysfunctional patterns. I’ve found you are best off
simply remembering that the old pattern is there, and
re-invest its chi into a new pattern that is now unfolding
in your life. You turn what is a useless self-sabotage into
Breaking the Vessel of the Old Self
Sure, there is “big new money” floating all around us, in
the general chi field of Nature. We could say infinite
amounts of chi money has been pre-printed by Nature, waiting
to be spent, if only we could attract it. Just like there
are trillions of dollars floating around in the global
economy. But there’s no point chasing after those trillions
until you break your old piggy bank and create a vessel that
is big enough to hold what you really need.
But if your Energy Body is habituated to being the size of
child’s toy piggy bank, then that is how much “money” you
will allow yourself to receive and spend. Because that tiny
piggy bank is the vibrational vessel for your wealth. You
have to break the old toy piggy bank and build a bank-sized
vault as big as the sun, moon, and stars if you want to hold
the vibrational wealth of Nature.
But again, visualizing the sun and moon won’t do much if the
tiny piggy bank is still the core investment that you are
holding onto in your deep unconscious. The piggy bank
represents something valuable to the subconscious child in
you. That child is holding tight in its fist the first
nickel you ever got, and only lets go of the nickel to store
it in that little plastic piggy bank.
That nickel seemed like huge wealth to the child – and back
then it bought a juicy handful of candy. We know from the
Law of Compounding that energy, just like money, grows over
time if undisturbed and allowed to multiply steadily. Our
Energy Body acts like a focusing vortex for the Life Force,
and it will grow exponentially if we don’t disperse it. That
is why alchemists create inside their body a vessel for the
elixir. They know the Life Force will compound over time if
allowed to “cook” in a strong container. This internal
cauldron space is the equivalent of the alchemist’s piggy
Whatever we focus on, chi will keep pouring into it until we
tell it to stop. We forget what commands we’ve issued in the
past – but the Life Force doesn’t forget. It keeps feeding
your request until you take responsibility for changing it.
That’s how it gets us to grow up.
So our first job in overcoming Our Resistance is recognizing
what form that piggy bank takes inside us. It could be
encoded as a small or weak self-image. It could be from a
phrase like “You are worthless!” that someone unconsciously
imbedded into our field at a vulnerable time. It helps to
locate where in your body these old energies are stored, and
note the shape, feeling, color, size, etc.
Second step is to break the old piggy bank, now a
dysfunctional energy pattern, but still a controlling one.
There are many methods for this, available through study of
qigong and inner alchemy and certain kinds of healing.
The third step is to re-invest that nickel and the hundreds
of dollars in interest it has unconsciously accumulated over
the years. You invest the past “stuck” wealth into your new
direction in life. Then you are investing from inner
strength, not struggling against your old investments. You
are putting the Shadow energy to work for you.
In terms of Taoist energetic practice, you won’t be able to
hold much chi until you clear your inner space of old
energetic patterns – it’s like furniture blocking free flow
of chi inside your body. That is what the Six Healing
Sounds, Inner Smile, Orbit and Fusion of the Five Elemetns
are all doing – clearing out old patterns while something
new simultaneously is invited to flow in.
Become a Moving Vessel for the Life Force
In this way we each become a Moving Vessel for the Life
Force. This is a flexible, process-centered identity that
eliminates the rigid psychic battle between the dark Shadow
Self vs. the good Light Self struggling over what gets
manifested. Instead, we become aware of both aspects moving
through outer time and space, while inviting the Life Force
to move through our inner space.
It’s a dance. We wake up to the possibility of having a
vast, spacious cauldron in our center of gravity, where
before there was just the blood and guts of our physical
belly. The notion of “dan tian” takes us into a deeper
dimension of ourself, beyond the physical. The ancient
chinese characters for “dan tian” are best interpreted to
mean the “open field in which the elixir completes itself”.
The spiritual science of manifestation is focused on
completing our soul’s destiny – not on satisfying mere
culturally stimulated desires – like chasing after 3 million
dollar homes with swimming pools. Many people manifest the
dream home, but how many also end up in divorce, loneliness,
and dissipating their energy through drugs, power, lust,
etc.? Ao one Secret is not to chase after the cultural
dream, but to listen to your inner soul’s desires.
The inner elixir sought by alchemists is your soul’s wealth,
gathered from your life’s experience. We can concentrate
this essence in one very pure point of consciousness that
fuses our yin-yang identity into a third force. But we need
a very dynamic space, and that is why I describe it as a
Moving Vessel, because the Life Force is always flowing in
and out of it.
When we are children, it feels like there’s no past, so our
chi is free to flow in all directions, a time of wonderful
exploration. Because kids have no past to get attached to,
little resistance has developed. It’s easy to change
direction, and do it often. But our Way in youth is a
unrefined, unformed, a lump of clay waiting to be sculpted.
Lao Tzu might say youth is carrying within itself the
uncarved block – the pure potential of the situation or
one’s life, before we’ve shaped it into something new and
beautiful. One translation of “lao tzu” is “ancient child”,
implying a sage that has learned to live in the moment with
a child’s fresh joy and wonder. Yet this child-sage
simultaneously holds the wisdom of the past and future in
this present moment.
The Law of Attraction is also working on us, even as we
think we can manipulate it. It is a difficult force for us
adults to manage, because it impacts onto our own
(unconscious) sexual energy. Sexual chi holds the yin-yang
poles within our core self identity. They are constantly
magnetizing everything in the field around us.
sexual force causes the chi to flow towards us or be
repelled out of our personal cauldron. Once we can witness
this sexual inner push-pull, we can begin to shape our
manifestation process. But that is not a quick
visualization. It takes years of serious qigong and
meditation cultivation practice.
This is one application of the Kan & Li (Water and Fire)
alchemical process. The Lesser Enlightenment of Kan and Li
harnesses your sexually polarized soul force to re-shape
your reality. It converts the yin-yang forces into neutral
force, and then allows that to spontaneously unfold as
needed in our body and our life. Because it works at the
deep jing (sexual essence) level, I find all the Kan & Li
meditation practices to be the most powerful way to shape
the Law of Attraction and thus manifest what your soul
Visualization is Limited – Use Your Whole Energy Body
Visualizing the manifestation process is too mental and too
partial to produce the most profound results. We have to
gather and reinvest our sexual and emotional and at higher
levels of practice, our ancestral and astrological soul
energies if we really want to shape the process of
This involves deep and long training of our
energy body. We invest decades in school to acquire outer
knowledge in order to earn outer wealth. Why not invest a
few years to learn the secrets of your internal process, and
how to invest your inner wealth?
Otherwise, many spiritual seekers settle for becoming
“spiritually detached”, mere passive witnesses to the
unfolding of life. This is first stage, letting go of their
past. But they never get inside their body and its
spiritual secrets – they have forgotten where the “money” is
hiding in their little piggy bank.
I feel many may never
realize the next stage, they never re-invest their chi. Some
become spacey and lacking worldly direction, pretending it
doesn’t matter, as long as their head is in the clouds of
some other higher world. That is when their Self-Saboteur,
The Resistance, starts acting out and they wonder why
physical life doesn’t conform to their idea of spiritual
But in reality they have yet to learn the True Secret, the
need to reinvest their old stuck energy into Life’s new
direction. This involves learning energetic skills that make
this process much easier, like qigong. And developing skill
in recognizing what you are really invested in, so you can
re-direct that energy. Then we can realize the creative
potential of the gift of Free Will that we each have.
I was grateful that Mike Teeters, who I sent up a few weeks
ago to the Catskills to gather my extensive collection of
asian artwork, did a ceremony to “gather the spirits” that
we had been working with closely for years at Dao Mountain.
I recall how when we first arrived there, the chi felt dead,
totally asleep. But we invited the elementals in the earth
to wake up and play – and they did. Each year I noticed the
place would buzz more deeply, the elementals happy that we
The description of Mike’s “party” with the spirits of the
land is posted at
I knew last summer that our time was drawing to a close,
based on I Ching readings and my desire for deeper silence
than that space could offer. The cause for our suddenly
being forced out was the purchase of the retreat center by
Thich Nat Nanh – a famous Vietnamese Buddhist. He is turning
Dao Mountain into Plum Village West, a counterpart to his
Plum Village in France. I feel good about having prepared
the ground for another generation of spiritual seekers.
But I feel even better about taking the consciousness that
we refined there – and moving it to Heavenly Mountain, to be
evolved to a new level. I have followed up on Mike’s
ceremony with my own at Heavenly Mountain, preparing the new
pathway for the future of Healing Tao summer retreats. And I
can feel the momentum shifting. The Change is happening.
When I suggested to Corky Jeronimo, the owner of the
Catskills ceneter, that it may have been our Taoist energy
that attracted his buyer, he laughed and replied, “but it
was my energy that attracted you Taoists to come here!”. And
so the Process of Change turns the world, and everyone finds
a new place on the stage for their next act.
Surrendering to the Secret Ways of Heaven,
?Who takes Heaven as his ancestor, Virtue as his home,
the Tao as his door, and who becomes change ? is a
? 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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