Chinese honor (or parody?) Donald Trump, born in Dog Year, with a statue. It starts Feb. 4 (solar calendar) or Feb. 15 (lunar calendar). The burning political question: Is his bark worse than his bite?
For the last two years we’ve been in Earthly Branches noted for their creative energy: Yang Fire Monkey and Yin Fire Rooster. Now we have a year of consolidation, a Yang Earth Dog Year. But don’t say goodbye to feisty Rooster just yet – by the lunar calendar, we still have nearly a month until the Dog Year begins. So use Rooster Qi to push your new projects, deals, affairs and then use the Dog Earth Year to consolidate them.
I foresee huge changes coming to my life and to Healing Tao USA that have been gestating for the past two years. I got “pushed” into that change when Mars HIl University notified me they were renovating my spaces and could not host me this coming summer 2018.
I felt like a baby bird being pushed out of the nest, and told, “Yes, you CAN fly!”.
Fortunately, I’m very close to closing on the funding to buy a new retreat center in Asheville, N.C.
The site I want is raw land. I hope to build The Temples of Heaven and Earth on it, and cultivate it = with YOUR help – into a powerful inter-dimensional portal for all who choose to study or retreat there.
There have been delays in the funding, but I’m confident those are temporary. However, I am not certain what I can build in time for this summer retreats, so I may have to rent other space in the Asheville NC area.
It is very difficult to rent multiple spaces near each other, so for summer 2018 ONLY I am offering just my own retreats. The other retreats, normally taught by our hugely talented faculty, will be postponed until summer 2019.
Please see the schedule for this summer below.
Rachel Harding will be the registrar again. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org. or phone 828 713 2996.
Useful to have Fundamentals 1&2, but it can be taken in reverse order with no problem.
Cost: $144. weekend. $90. for Sat. only. Review: $90. for weekend.
SPECIAL 25% DISCOUNT IF ATTEND BOTH FUNDAMENTALS 3/4 + FUSION 1 workshop the following weekend = $108. TUITION FOR EACH WORKSHOP.
Or call Jan, register by phone: 828 505-1444.
WATCH 2 min. VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAQ49oR8tDs
Ten students attempt to push me over – unsuccessfully. In the Qigong Fundamentals 3 & $seminar I teach everyone how to develop this kind of deep rooting power. It is the Qi science of body structure, not magic.
Do you LOVE to Breathe? Do you LOVE to stand tall on solid ground, and walk firmly on it?
These two powers of LOVE are the root foundation of human freedom. Our love of freedom is not an abstraction. It may originate in a subtle heaven, but it demands functional physical integration in our body, our personal earth.
Our physical body is the root or ground of our individual Being or Soul. At the other end of the spectrum of consciousness all Beings are rooted in Source/Tao. If we don’t love the Root of our individual Being, it blocks the flow of love to Source. It creates separation. We will find ourselves in struggle with our subconscious self. Struggle is just another word for Resistance to being who we truly are. Resistance = lack of Self-love.
Who are we, at root? A vibrating field of Qi, an Energy Body, that has a relationship to the Cosmic Energy Body. Physical body is just a slow-motion printout of our Energy Body, its most dense layer.
Tao is the Way of exploring our human power to effortlessly co-create with the Cosmic Energy Body our highest destiny. This requires attuning our personal Energy Body to its highest possible vibrational frequency. Breathing is an EASY WAY to modulate our Qi. Easy Breathing = ease of Self-love.
One of my Taoist teachers in China put it simply: “Breath is the root of life. Take it away, there is no life.” Everyone knows we are one breath away from Death. Breath stops, we stop. No Breath = Death.
But as precious as breath is to us, our breathing process is still largely unconscious. Our personal subconscious and its resistance arises from the collective unconscious of humanity. How to navigate our Way through countless layers of Resistance into higher consciousness?
ANSWER: One conscious breath at a time!
Tao of Internal Qi Breathing
There are hundreds of different Taoist breathing methods – more than any other tradition I’ve studied. All are designed to make CONSCIOUS some aspect of our breathing, which ultimately connects our physical breath to our subtle breath (Qi). Simple “self-awareness”, just watching our breath is not enough. It’s a great first step. It relaxes us, releases our daily stress.
But using breath to CONCNETRATE Qi is what evolves us quickly. That is what my Tao of Breathing training is about. How to harmonize yin & yang breaths deep within the body, then concentrate the subtle Qi breath into a more tangible essence.
That is essentially an alchemical process of converting spirit (subtle breath) into matter (tangible breath), and vice versa. That free flow of breath back and forth creates an internal feeling of being spiritually grounded. Said another way, it builds trust in our authrentic Self. Self is a vibrating string of consciousness that links physical body-mind to Source.
The Human Tao or Way is about listening to and receiving guidance from Self through our body. Body is our ground wire. There is a lot of cosmic information floating about as Qi patterns, but all that really matters is what gets downloaded into our body in the present moment. Listening to body includes listening to what your breath is saying.
The Lung Spirit is said to be the master organ in the body in charge of teaching the other organ spirits about the Way of Breathing Qi. If we love and support our Lung Spirit (Po), then it will reward us with more effortless breathing and more efficient energizing of all twelve of our body-mind organ spirits. Listening inwardly to our Lung Spirit results in a longer, healthier life, with less disease.
Controlling Physical Breath vs. Loving the Lung Spirit
Taoist breathwork is not about controlling the breath, unlike many forms of yogic pranayama. It is about embracing our power to breathe, and loving our Lung Spirit at a deep internal level. One of the best ways to nurture our Lung Spirit is to get energetically more grounded.
“Energetic” includes the whole spectrum of our physical, sexual, emotional, mental, and soul etheric layers of our personal Energy Body, collextively known as soul in the West and ling in China. When our body’s Qi sinks down through various channels into our bones and into the earth, our Lung Qi also shifts from shallow chest breathing to deep, whole-body breathing. That energizes all the vital organs, cells, and bone marrow where our blood is manufactured.
This need to energetically ground our breathing is what we call Rooting. The Body of Nature itself defines what is “grounded”. We could say that Tao is the invisible spiritual ground of physical Nature. Nature is 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.
We Need Grounding to Deal with Rapid Changes in the World
Lack of grounding adversely affects both physical and spiritual health. This is especially critical at a time when the planet is quickening its vibration, part of our global re-birthing process. This quickening is flushing out Dark Side activities into public awareness.
There is a great “psychic turmoil” happening in humanity – the constant shooting of innocent people both here and abroad, the great evil of war and its many side effects cannot be brushed away any longer. To digest this kind of violent change requires deep grounding. If we are not grounded, we will fall into fear – the very goal of the manipulative and heartless dark forces behind the violence. It is easier to control people when they are in fear. I
Rooting Our Qi is Easier in Winter Time
I schedule my Internal Chi Breathing and Bone Rooting workshop in December. It is easier to teach it during a season (fall-winter transition) when the Qi of the larger field is flowing downward into the earth. Nature’s Qi is “rooting itself” (in the northern hemisphere) to gather strength for the next cycle of yang expansion in the spring and summer. Winter is governed by the water element, which naturally flows downhill and soaks within. So our human Qi follows the flow of water this time of the year.
In this seminar, also available as homestudy, I devote one day to learning the three basic types of breathing: 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 and connected to our belly center.
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 Qi channels in different layers of the body. This form, nicknamed “Blissful Breathing Qigong”, is the best “quick-energizer” qigong that I teach.
How Bone Breathing Pushes Sick Energy Out of Bone Marrow
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 traditional Iron Shirt methods that I’ve adapted into 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. It gets omposted by Mother Earth. 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. For convenience, I’ve posted some of that web informatioin below.
If you want to attend the course (it’s only $144. for the weekend), call Jan at 888 999 0555 or email email@example.com
Day 1: INTERNAL CHI (Qi) BREATHING
Get more energy from every breath you take!
Allows breathing to be effortless, deep, & spontaneous.
Erase fatigue — breathe your Way to bliss in 5 minutes.
Secret of linking physical breath to Energy Body channels.
The 9 Major Benefits of INTERNAL CHI (Qi) BREATHING:
Opens up our ability to breathe – not just air, but Life Force. This radically improves our ability to “breathe in our experience of life”. It gives us the strength to keep on living and trust in the flow of Life.
Quickly recharges our body-mind in just five short minutes. Internal breathing practices can be done 24/7 anywhere – in bed, sitting in office, during qigong.
Simple standing postures detoxify blocked energies and stressed emotions. Key to letting go, even if your monkey mind still wants to hold on.
Mixes our spinal fire and chest water energies to activate a completely safe, grounded kundalini feeling of inner warmth in our belly. It does this by capturing the flow of “empty force” (kong jing) or Original Breath (yuan chi) in deep energy channels & centers that are usually unconscious and cannot be touched by acupuncture or ordinary external qigong breathing methods (waidan gong).
Easy fast method to build grounding essential for energy healers, meditators, martial artists, dancers, yogis – everyone needs more grounding for comfortable flow of energy and to keep their sanity!
Get in touch with your power to breathe internally by relaxing into the pause between breaths. You literally reduce need for physical oxygen yet at the same time increase energy flow!
Creates a profound spiritual feeling of inner balance and harmony. How? Tao Mystical Power of Three cosmology is embodied in a simple qigong breathing form. It unites the Heaven, Earth, & Human Sage within us; 3 energy centers of body, 3 Treasures of Essence, Breath, & Spirit (jing, chi, shen), and the 3 phases of chi (yin, yang, yuan).
Put a Tiger in your meditation tank! Lay a solid foundation for deeper levels of meditation (neigong) & alchemical inner elixir cultivation (neidan). Even advanced practitioners of other qigong breathing systems will find it stimulating and filled with new insights.
Day 2: BONE ROOTING AND BREATHING
Testing a student’s root at various joints will reveal structural weaknesses.
Prevent & heal many chronic diseases with bone breathing
Easy standing postures – get a profound sense of peace.
Gain new flexibility in your tendons & joints
Get Grounded – and Stay Grounded!
Prevent & Heal Osteoporosis
• Bone Breathing – Tapping, Spiraling & Rooting
• 25 Best Tendon & Joint Qigong
• Dantian – Mingmen breathing
• 5 Standing Postures to Activate Core Channels
The Major Benefits of Qigong Fundamentals 4:
Opens up our ability to expand the space inside and breathe inside our bones. Bone breathing moves the deep “jing” or sexual essence that shapes our body and health. A new sense of aliveness is born within our core self. When the bones are awake, the rest of you runs more effortlessly. You pump fresh hormones and life into your blood.
Five standing postures calm your monkey mind. The anxious thoughts and distractions are re-directed into your bones and the earth. Some ‘empty mind’ standing postures drive the monkey crazy. The dynamic nature of bone breathing keeps the monkey engaged in a positive process and gradually brought to stillness.
Excellent for women seeking to avoid or heal osteoporosis. Bones waste away because we don’t live inside them. Women lose blood monthly, and this exhausts the jing (= stem cell) supply in the bones that converts itself into blood. Hormonal precursors are produced inside the bones. Learn to manufacture what you need for good health – supplements are not enough. Isometric pressure on bone muscle + chi flow is what works.
Increase your flexibility and stretch-ability with tendon and joint qigong. You never grow old if you stay limber. Spine, arm & legs & finger and toe joints all get a beautiful and quick tune-up.
Prevent and heal arthritis – the bane of old age (and young age for some). Joints are like spark plugs between the bones – they need cleaning regularly to keep your “spark” in life. My top joint qigong exercises, collected over 20 years search.
Learn to clear up and access ancestral issues. This is just beginning level of this work, being able to witness how many emotional and health issues are really blood – ancestral – genetic. But they can be changed by vibrating the bone marrow and “washing” it. Higher level marrow washing method is Lesser and Greater Water & Fire alchemy (Kan & Li).
Open up deeper level of internal chi breathing, between 1) bones and the dantian, 2) dantian and mingmen (gate of life) where you convert formless chi into your body & mind, and 3) internal counterforce breathing between crown of head (bai hui) and perineum (hui yin). This is deep, blissful experience of core self.
Allows healing of many chronic illnesses or alleviates their severity, including cancer. The deepest imbalances in our organs and tissues get gradually pushed down into our bone marrow. Releasing the trapped sickness from the bones can product swift (“miraculous”) healing beyond the comprehension of western doctors.
Mar. 3-4, 2018 Emotional Alchemy: Fusion of Five Elements 1
• EMOTIONAL ALCHEMY: FUSION OF FIVE ELEMENTS 1
Cultivate Your True Feelings & Dissolve Negativity
Sat 9-6; Sun 9:30 am – 6 pm.
with Michael Winn
Fusion of 5 Elements Nurturing Cycle (outer circle) and Control Cycle (inner star).
Fusion is the 2nd Formula in the re-organized One Cloud’s 9 Alchemy Formulas: https://healingtaousa.com/tao-articles/one-clouds-9-stages-of-alchemy/
Emotional alchemy – energy science of managing your feelings.
Take charge of your psychic inner weather.
Clear & center feelings with a body-centered process.
Fusion meditation = “Taoist Depth Psychology”.
• Transmute negative emotions into positive feelings
• Talk with your 12 vital organ intelligences, in their 5 Elements language
• Fuse your soul essences into a radiant Pearl
• Spiral Love in Creation Cycle Qigong
• Cultivate “de”, the hiiden spiritual power of your True Self / Soul.
Learn practical Emotional Inner Alchemy methods for managing the feeling layer of your soul’s Energy Body.
This is part of Taoist adept One Cloud’s foundational Inner Alchemy 9 Formulas. It integrates 5 phase Qi (chi) cycles in your emotions with your biological and spiritual life. Learn to control your inner psychic weather, nurture your inner powers and natural virtues. Most important, learn how to “eat” or dissolve negative emotion and egoic reactivity. Find out where your feelings originate and their true purpose.
Learn to reverse the loss of Qi / chi flowing out thru your senses, how to alchemically gather an Inner Pearl, the essence of your original self. Very powerful tools for working on yourself, and centering the energy body. Course is mostly meditation, plus “Nourish the Five Shen” Qigong for emotional body.
Pre-req: Fundamentals 1 & 2, live or audio-video. Good to have Fundamentals 3 & 4 if possible, as solid physical rooting is very helpful in managing emotions.
I edited the original Fusion of 5 Elements book for Mantak Chia. But he added a lot of stuff that was not part of Fusion, shifting the practice from a psychological-energetic method to a cosmic energy training. My feeling is one cannot manage the cosmic Qi flow until one manages the flow of Qi and reactive feelings inside one’s body.
The 9 Major Benefits of Fusion of the Five Elements #1:
1. Learn a practical way to stay emotionally neutral while being body-centered and fully present – and still feel what is happening in any situation. “Neutral” is way to describe “centered”, a neutral feeling space from which we can express strong feelings – without falling into the illusion that temporary feelings make up our self-identity.
2. Open up communication pathways between the five inner “body gods” of our heart-mind (“xin”) and your outer sensory perception. These are the five spirits or vital organ intelligences embodied in our heart, spleen-pancreas, lungs, kidneys, and liver. We learn how to reverse the chi normally flowing out our tongue, mouth, nose, ears, and eyes so that it flows instead inward to nourish the inner organs.
3. This one simple technique can cure the exhaustion that plagues so many people! Instead of constantly spending energy out your senses, you absorb chi into your sensory and vital organs from the larger chi field of the environment. What used to be “stress” is now “food that recharges”.
4. Elevate the harmonizing power of your Inner Smile to a deeper level. Smile to your body spirits, support them in turning the wheel of the “creation” (sheng) cycle, the pattern of nourishing chi flow between the “five sub-personalities” of our inner soul team.
This deeper, more collective Inner Smile allows us to shape the flow of archetypal forces hidden within the sacred space inside our body. The creation cycle is a foundational principle of classical Chinese medicine. It empowers us to diagnose and heal a wide variety of biological, emotional, mental, and spiritual disorders.
5. Explores how feelings arise, how they control us, why we wrongly worship feelings, even in the context of personal relationships. This draws a clear distinction between what I call Taoist Depth Psychology and most popular forms of western psychology. Western psychology is mostly based on managing feelings; feelings are the “highest authority of the psyche”. Fusion is based on contacting the Qi underlying our Original Feeling, beyond the feelings of the personality. This allows us to shape the Original Qii matrix underlying our feelings, thoughts, and sensory perception.
6. Where does our “dark side” come from? This course details the developmental pathway of the Five Body Spirits (“wu jingshen”) from the pre-natal realm of the Original Spirit, how they emerge at birth and gain power in childhood. It is a major revelation to discover how our very own body intelligences begin as guardians and end up as “the Resistance” creating struggle, disease and failure in our adult life.
7. Learn the secret of “eating” negative emotional energy, blending it in a “cauldron” at the navel. The yin Fusion practice gently embraces negative emotions and slowly “dissolves” un-centered or dis-harmonious feelings back into the belly center/dantian. I call this emotional resolution process our “inner soul theatre”. At the same time this heart-centered process grows a powerful internal Energy Body as the ego-self is healed of its fragmentation and struggle.
8. Explore the option of using the bagua shape to capture unconscious negativity, strip off the negative charge, and thus convert it into positive energy. The yang Fusion practice uses high speed “chopping and blending” of negative thought/feeling forms using spinning bagua shapes. This is extremely useful in quickly resolving highly negative or overwhelming situations that yin methods are too slow to handle.
9. Practice a powerful method for absorbing the hidden innate virtues that connect you to Original Spirit and the Tao. Even if you have not been very loving or kind in life, this allows you to tap into the infinite ocean of potential love, kindness, wisdom, strength and trust and accumulate their essence in your body-mind. What you absorb inside you will later radiate out into your life.
Summary: You’ll learn to fuse the soul essences that control your destiny into a single radiant golden “pearl” – the first stage of allowing your true self to embody and express itself from the space of Original Feeling. This process is the foundation for the higher alchemy formulas.
Contact: info.HealingTaoUSA@earthlink.net or call 828-505-1444 to register.
Cost: $144. Reviewers: $90. (if Certification course, it’s full price). If you take the Qigong Fundamentals 3 & 4 workshop the weekend before, both workshops are DISCOUNTED 25% to $108. (Review prices are discounted).
Convenient Location in downtown Asheville – plenty of free parking.
Asheville Training Center, 261 Ashland Ave., Asheville NC. 2 long blocks south of downtown. Enter alley behind Town & Mountain Realty from either end of the building.
PLEASE NOTE: Retreats will be at a NEW LOCATION in Asheville area, to be announced.
Week-long Retreats with Michael Winn.
Week 1: June 22 – 27, 2018 (Fri-Wed) Medical & Spiritual Qigong Fundamentals Levels 1 – 4.
Week 2: June 29 – July 4, 2018 (Fri-Wed) Healing Love: Tao Sexology – with Minke de Vos
Week 3: July 6 – July 11, 2018 (Fri-Wed) Inner Sexual Alchemy: Lesser Kan & Li
Week 4: July 13- 18, 2018 (Fri-Wed) Sun-Moon-Earth Alchemy: Healing Ancestral Bloodlines. Greater Kan & Li.
Week 5: July 20-25, 2018 (Fri-Wed)
Star Alchemy: Seal 5 Shen & Awaken 12 Over Souls Causal Power
Other than Minke deVos co-teaching with me, there will be no retreats with other teachers this year due to lack of teaching space while we are in transition. Please stay tuned to come study with your favorite teachers in 2019 summer.
Rachel Harding will be the registrar again. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org. or phone 828 713 2996.
The website will be updated shortly, but will take tuition payments only.
We don’t yet know if we will supply housing or allow everyone to find their own.
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L: South Korea flag has trigrams for Heaven-Earth, Fire-Water. It gets voted Most Alchemical Flag on the Planet. R: Tibetan “Snow Lion” Flag from 1916, with Yin-Yang holding a small but controlling position. Communist China has long banned this flag inside Tibet.
May we each raise the Way of Tao up the flagpole of our spine,
“Who takes Heaven as his ancestor, Integrity 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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