July 1, 2007 at 9:20 am #22734
Note: below are reports from Week 1 Mantak Chia) and Week 2 (myself). The chi definitely is getting more focused and grounded with each passing week, we needed to clear out the ghosts and focus the cauldron to a broader whole-body spectrum.
Had a student who was one of the “professioal” TM meditators up there before being evicted two years ago. Interesting detail from him: in the TM movement, if you are having health problems, they kick you off the course/program. The assumption is that your karma is bad and you don’t belong or are not ready for spirtitual practice. They don’t even consider trying to heal the body or make that part of spirtual practice. A very different worldview than the Taoists….
I just returned from your Heavenly Mountain retreat (week one) and I have to say it was one of the most wonderful experiences of my whole life. The location is incredible, the views of the mountains breathtaking, the accommodations extremely comfortable, the teachings inspirational and I met many new friends whom I will never forget…. I can’t wait to come back again.
I have been dealing with health issues for several years (myleodyspastic syndrome, fibromaylagia, severe allergies and asthma)and cannot remember the last time I felt so alive and healthy. Thank you so much for creating the enviroment and opportunity for me to be able to attend such a life changing program.
This is the first retreat I have ever been on, and was a little apprehensive about what it would be like.
Heavenly Mountain is an apt description, and I feel blessed to have been able to spend a week of my life REMEMBERING just how wonderful it is to be alive. I can’t believe I just spent a week tramping up and down a hill and several flights of stairs without having to use an inhaler… I slept like a baby when I wasn’t outside staring at the stars.
I THANK YOU greatly for the opportunity to have shared in a wonderful week up there in the NC mountains, and the Summer Solstice Celebration (I was “West” 🙂 It was great fun and I will carry the positive energy to as many others as I can !
Sincerely, Kelly Francies
Taking the Fundamentals 1-4 at heavenly Mountian was great experience. I’m very impressed with the energy that was there, and what was generated by all our practice. I wish I had known about Qigong 20 years ago. The food was great, and the people there were quite interesting. It was better than any vacation I’ve ever had.
It is had to pinpoint exactly what I liked the most, because the experience got progressively better with each passing day. I was so filled with Qi that I didn’t sleep long at night, perhaps only 3-4 hours, yet I never felt better! The Microcosmic Orbit started occuring spontaneously on its own which was very interesting.
Some of my experiences include the opening of the Dan Tien (with pulsations back and forth all over the place), the hormonal and energy rush from the Bone Breathing, the feeling of having a 6 inch bubble of Qi rush up my spine after doing the Feldenkrais and back-neck stretching, doing the most energetic 5 Animals (as a group) that I’ve ever experienced, and the vast internal openness after doing the Ocean Sky and Great Heart Breathing was awesome.
With all that said, I now think after looking back the the Inner Smile Meditations were the high points. I have in the past seriously underestimated the power of that meditation form.
Wednesday morning when we did the Inner smile was the most profound.
My Dan Tien opened up and I saw what looked like a worm hole coming out of it, with a gold ball circulating around the opening. As it continued to expand I saw the virtues coming out from the opening, love, kindness, strength, integrity, trust, etc.
The opening grew so large as to fill my field of vision, and then two gold balls circulated about the opening. I could see a field of stars in the portal, and then a deep black emptyness. A very gentle and kind voice said, that I wasn’t quite ready for the next level yet, but that after a few months of experience, just a few, that I would be ready to move on.
I think I’ll keep practicing the Fundamentals…….
Unless something happens outside of my control, I’ll be glad to go back to heavenly Mountain next summer. Please share with your staff that the retreat facilities, food, and energy was great there.
I couldn’t possibly give a higher recommendation to someone, when I say that they should definitely go to a Heavenly Mountain Retreat as soon as they can.
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