December 18, 2015 at 5:23 am #45492
There’s a whole lot in the healing tao curriculum. This is a very good thing but at the same time it’s an Achilles heel as it’ll overwhelm newcomers such as myself. As far as I know the main practices in the fundamentals 1 & 2 are the inner smile, the six healing sounds and the orbit. Those are for fundamentals 1 & 2.
My questions are:
1) what are the MAIN practices for fundamentals 3 & 4 to make healing tao work? I just want the basics that’ll allow me to move on to the next step of healing tao.
2) After the fundamentals what are the main practices for fusion of the 5 elements and 8 psychic channels? Does this practice allow two or more human beings to communicate mentally/telepathically over the distance?
3) How often do many of these practices and meditations (both fundamentals and more advanced ones) need to be done once something has been cultivated? For example… once the orbit has been opened and the left/right channels joined do you have to keep doing meditations and choreographed chi kung movements everyday (or week) to keep them opened? Or do they stay that way forever?
These are all the questions I have for now. I may have more later.December 18, 2015 at 5:17 pm #45493
I am a beginner myself, but I have few months of practice behind. My take on this is that only by practicing you can find the answers to these questions. And keep a journal so you don’t forget because of everyday life.December 20, 2015 at 12:19 am #45495
You ask a lot of interesting questions, but due to time, space, and my own personal motivation, I’m only going to address one of these.
>>>1) what are the MAIN practices for fundamentals 3 & 4
>>>to make healing tao work? I just want the basics
>>>that’ll allow me to move on to the next step of healing tao.
What do you mean by “main practices”?
In your list for QF1-2, you listed 1. Inner Smile, 2. Six Healing Sounds, 3. Microcosmic Orbit [only]
You notably left out all of the associated qigong from QF1-2 and only listed the alchemical meditation line. There is a lot of good stuff outside of the alchemical meditation line, in my opinion, that is covered in QF1-2! Ocean Breathing, probably being one of the most important, but there is other good qigong there too. Was this intentional? Is it the case that you are only interested in the alchemical meditation line? If so, this is not for me to judge, but it is important to know to properly answer your question.
This is why you ask a difficult question, because what do you mean by “main practices”, if the same question is to then be put forward to QF3-4?
If, similarly to QF1-2, you are only interested in the alchemical meditation line, then for QF3-4, my personal list would be: 1. Natural Breathing Qi Ball, 2. Reverse Breathing Qi Ball, 3. Counterforce Breathing Qi Ball
Following the alchemical meditation line ONLY, you could then reasonably go to Fusion 1.
However, similar to my comments for QF1-2, there is a lot of associated qigong and physical body practices in QF3-4 that are critical in my view for advancement. A good bit of that course is an intro to grounding, which if you’ve paid attention in the slightest bit on the forum, you’ll know that I personally consider this to be of paramount importance . . . almost more important than anything else.
In that case, one should add in 1. Deep Earth Pulsing, 2. Three Yiquan Standing-in-Stillness Postures, AND in my opinion, add-in the Iron Shirt 1, Tao Yin, and Tai Chi 1 courses BEFORE advancing further in the alchemy line to Fusion 1, because I don’t personally feel QF3-4 give a thorough enough treatment of the necessary grounding material. So I personally consider ALL of that to be prerequisite material to Fusion 1, and is all material–in my opinion–at the level of the Fundamentals.
So the proper answer to your question really depends on what you yourself consider to be “main practices”, and cycles back to the reply given to you in the post above me by Viktor.
StevenDecember 20, 2015 at 7:50 am #45497
What are your goals ? Maybe if you state them then someone can be specific in response. And this can anchor your practice in a particular direction. I have just started doing this myself because I also feel it is a mountain of different techniques and I need to remember why I began. However you do need to try them all to see what you can do with them and take any guidance from the advances practitioners.
3 is an interesting and important question. I don’t know the answer wrt Healing Tao, but from other traditions my understanding is that our consciousness (meaning our entire inner being) is actually an energetic state, and it has stability. Your current inner being has stability or you would dissolve.
In order to grow we are seeking a higher and stable energetic state. Importantly this requires not only the cultivation of a higher energy, but also the recognition and embodiment of it. What happens is that the ‘intelligence’ of the inner being one day recognizes this higher state as ‘me’, and it is that which causes the permanent shift into a higher state. Until the higher energy is recognized as ‘me’, it is just extra energy that surrounds you.
In Chi Kung it seems from my limited knowledge that all this is supposed to happen automatically and without much conscious thought from the participant. Which has pros and cons. Alternatively you could try triggering such changes using your conscious thinking ( as happens in other traditions ) but that might not be as great as we could imagine.
However if we understand that we are trying to shift our actual identity into a higher state of energy, then we might try to “feel” and recognize the energy we cultivate in Chi Kung, as ourselves. Rather than just waving the arms around, we are sensitively trying to grow ourselves and feel ourselves as the new energy. And recognize the difference between having energy around, and permanently becoming that energy. It can be quite subtle.
And requires you to want to become something new, and letting go of the past. Which is a big thing.December 20, 2015 at 11:56 am #45499
Where do you find the tai chi 1 and iron shirt 1 courses? I don’t see them in Michael’s site. Unless you mean the Tai Chi for Enlightenment Audio CD (a.k.a. Primordial Qigong).December 20, 2015 at 7:23 pm #45501
>>>Where do you find the tai chi 1 and iron shirt 1 courses?
>>>I don’t see them in Michael’s site. Unless you mean the
>>>Tai Chi for Enlightenment Audio CD (a.k.a. Primordial Qigong).
No, I don’t mean Primordial. Primordial is a great form, and I do it every day, but Tai Chi 1 is different. So is Iron Shirt 1.
Healing Tao has 4 main lines: Alchemy, Physical Body & Grounding, Chi Nei Tsang, and Cosmic Healing.
Michael only teaches the Alchemy line, so the other courses are not offered as homestudy courses on his site. Not that he doesn’t find the other stuff valuable, but Michael can only teach so much stuff and alchemy is his specialty. No one can do alchemy better than him, so he teaches that and leaves the other stuff to other people.
He does offer these other lines over the summer at his Summer Retreat program taught by other instructors.
For instance, this upcoming summer 2016, Andrew McCart is teaching IS1 (along with Fusion 1) in a week-long course. I’m teaching Tai Chi 1 (along with Tai Chi 2) in one week and Tao Yin (along with Primordial) in another week. Jampa Stewart is teaching Chi Nei Tsang in two separate weeks.
Outside of this, there are other Healing Tao instructors (world-wide) that teach these things at different times of the year. If you couldn’t come to the Healing Tao summer retreat program, you might look to see if there are any Healing Tao instructors near you that you can learn these from. Some instructors that teach this stuff have homestudy products, like the Tao Yin DVD from Karin Sörvik that I’ve already recommended to you previously.
But quite honestly, most of the Physical Body & Grounding Line needs to be done live, due the necessary instruction on physical body mechanics and corrections that can’t be done by a 2-D non-interactive DVD recording.
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