Foundations of Taoist Inner Alchemy – Neidan -

Nov 22, 2021
 

 

 

The Firing Process of Taoist Inner Alchemy -

with its advance and withdrawal, extraction and addition, increasing and decreasing - 

concentrates a year into a month, concentrating a month into a day, concentrating a day into an hour, concentrating an hour into one breath.

From the Ages of the World on the Macrocosmic Scale - down to a Single Breath on the Microcosmic Scale, everything has a Cyclic Movement.

Those who understand this Principle shall gain the Essence of the Active and  Passive Phases of the Alchemical Process... 

---  Li Dao Chun, The Book of Balance and Harmony

In the above practice session - Jesse will guide you in the Foundation Methods of Taoist Inner Alchemy. Taoist Inner Alchemy Practice is often called - Nei Dan - in the Chinese Language, and can be translated to mean - Inner Elixir Method - we may understand that Nei Dan Practice is an esoteric doctrine, which contains physical, mental, and spiritual practices that...

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The Primal True One Energy - Yuan Qi -

Nov 13, 2021

 

The Primal True One Energy - Yuan Qi -

is the generative energy that gives birth to heaven, earth, and human beings.

It contains all patterns, and is present at all times.

This is what is called the Source Progenitor of Essence and Life.

Those who keep aware of this are Enlightened Sages - Immortals -

those who ignore it are Ordinary People.

- Liu Yiming – 劉一明

* Liu Yiming 劉一明 (1734–1821) - was a Chinese Taoist, philosopher, and writer. He was one of the main representatives of Taoist Internal Alchemy, or Neidan 內丹術 – Neidan is an array of esoteric Taoist doctrines, physical methods, mental training, and spiritual practices that Taoist initiates use to prolong life, enhance vitality and create an Immortal Spiritual Body which is not limited or bound to the physical realm.

- Yuan Qi – 元氣 - We may think of this as: Original Energy, Innate Energy, or the Primordial Energy.  Yuan Qi is that which we had before we were...

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Unify with Nature

Oct 14, 2021
 
 

The True Human unifies with Nature and equalises all things.

The True Human is empty,

yet is also everything.

The True Human is unconscious,

yet is also everywhere.

The True Human of old slept without Dreaming,

and woke without anxiety.

The True Human ate without concern, and breathed deeply.

The breath of the True Human arose from the depth of the feet,

while the Common Human breathes in a shallow manner from the throat.

The True Human of old knew neither to love life, nor to hate death.

They offered no resistance.

The True Human of old received with delight anything that came into their life,

and let go of anything that had been lost or forgotten.

The True Human’s mind was free from all thought.

Their way was one of stillness and Silence - shining with Simplicity.

The True Human was in Harmony with all things –

without any mind of knowledge.

~ Chuang Tzu

 
 

Chuang Tzu - 莊子 - was an influential Chinese philosopher who lived around the 4th...

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Neigong Training - Taoist Internal Martial Arts

Sep 18, 2021

 

- Internal Martial Arts -

NEW CLASS OFFERING...! 

We will now be offering a new regular video lesson every month in the practice of the Neigong Training found in the Taoist Internal Martial Arts of:  Hsing Yi Chuan, Pa Kua Zhang and Tai Chi Chuan.  These Neigong Lessons will be one part of the training curriculum of our Living Tao Live Online Training Program.  We will focus on training for health, longevity, strength development, flexibility, and mental focus.  We will at times also demonstrate the self defence and martial aspects of the systems when needed for learning and understanding of the practice methods.

Neigong, as a term, in the beginning refers to methods of Taoist Breath Training, and Training which transforms the Bone and Tendon Networks of the practitioner.  In the first stages of Neigong Training, the exercises are often very simple, repetitive movements, with a focus to Unify the Movement and the Breath...

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Heaven is my Father - Earth is my Mother...

Sep 17, 2021
 
Heaven is my Father,
Earth is my Mother….
That which fills the Universe,
I regard as my Body…
That which directs the Universe,
I consider as my Naure…
All people are my Brothers and Sisters…
All things are my Companions...
 
~ Zhang Zai - 張載
'Western Inscription'
 
 
* Zhāng Zài; - 張載 - was a Chinese philosopher, essayist, politician, writer, and cosmologist who lived during the years of 1020–1077 in the Song Dynasty. He initially explored both Buddhism and Taoism - but he felt the 'Great Way' could not be found there, and focused on Confucianism. He is most known for laying out four ontological goals for intellectuals: To build up the manifestations of Heaven and Earth's spirit, to build up good life for the populace, to develop past sages' endangered scholarship, and to open up Eternal Peace.
 
In Zhang Zhai's metaphysics, he views that all things of the world are composed of a primordial Substance...
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Yin Yang - Law of Harmony

Sep 07, 2021

 

Yin Yang is the Way of Heaven & Earth..

The Fundamental Principle of All Things...

The Father & Mother of all Change and Transformation...

The root of Birth & Death...

~Huangdi Neijing - Su Wen

Learning the application of the Law of Yin and Yang Energy Transformation is a deep secret and key to understanding the practice of Taoist Qigong and Inner Alchemy Meditation.

We may think that within our human body the general principle of the harmony of Yin and Yang Energy, is that Yang Energy should be kept strong and dense so that the Yin Energy can remain in a calm, peaceful and gentle state. Yin and Yang as a theory expresses itself in all aspects of life, form, transformation and change.

Yin produces form / Yang produces energy.

Yin grows / Yang generates.

Yin is matter / Yang is energy.

Yin descends / Yang rises.

Yin is the structure / Yang is the function.

Yin is the body, blood and body fluids / Yang is the 'Ki' energy.

Yin is the right side /...

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Learn the backward step - illuminate your self...

Jun 30, 2021

 

Learn the backward step
that turns your light inward
to illuminate your self. .

Body and mind of themselves
will drop away,
and your Original Face will be manifest.

Coming, going, the waterbirds
don't leave a trace,
don't follow a path.

- Dogen Zenji - 道元禅師 -



*Dogen Zenji  - was  known as Eihei Dogen - 永平道元 - and was a Japanese Buddhist priest, writer, poet, philosopher, and founder of the Soto school of Zen in Japan.  Dogen lived during the time of January 1200 – September 1253. 

Dogen was originally ordained as a monk in the Tendai School in Kyoto, he was ultimately dissatisfied with its teaching and traveled to China to seek out what he believed to be a more authentic Buddhism. He remained in China for five years, finally training under Tiantong Rujing - 天童如淨 - an eminent teacher of the Chinese Caodong lineage - 曹洞宗 - in Qingde Temple - 慶徳寺 - on Tiantong Mountain - 天童山 - in Zhejiang Province - 浙江 - .

Upon his return to Japan, Dogen began promoting...

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Zi-Ran - the Tao of Nature

Jun 30, 2021
 
Human Kind follow the Way of Earth;
the Earth follows the Way of the Heavens;
the Heavens follow the Great Way of Tao.
Tao follows the Way of Nature....
- Lao Tzu
 
Zi-Ran – ( 自然 ) - is a key concept in Taoism that literally can mean "naturally; natural; spontaneously; freely; also it is used to refer to 'Nature' , and something which exists freely of itself. Zi-Ran is what is 'Natural' and the 'Natural World'. Ziran also has the nuance, to refer to and point to one's 'True Nature' or 'True Self’.
 
Zi-Ran – ( 自然 ) - is perhaps one of the oldest philosophical views from the Taoist School. Lao Tzu introduced the concept of Zi-Ran throughout many chapters in his work the 'Tao Te Ching' and it points in one way to something which exists that is opposite to all the things of the world which are artificial and man made....
 
 
 
 
Tao Fa Zi-Ran - ( 道法自然 )
' Tao follows the Way of Nature ‘
 
Tao Fa Zi-Ran is a...
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Consider That Which is Insignificant

May 29, 2021

 

That which is still and at rest is easily kept quiet...

That which has not yet appeared is easily prevented.
What is still feeble and weak is easily broken.
What is still deficient is easily dispersed.
 
Treat things before they exist.
Regulate things before disorder begins.
The strong tree originated from a tiny root.
A tower of nine stories is built up brick by brick.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single footstep.
 
If one tries to improve a thing, one damages it;
if one grasps it, they lose it.
 
The wise one, therefore, not attempting to form things does not damage them, and not grasping after things, they do not lose them.
 
The people in their rush for completing a task are ever approaching success,
but continually failing.
 
One must be as careful in the end as in the beginning if they are to succeed.
Therefore the wise one desires to be free from desire,
they do not value the things that are difficult to attain.
 
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5 Energy Gates Qigong & Meridian Stretching

Apr 06, 2020
 

Empty yourself of Everything.....

Let the Mind rest at Peace.
Returning to the source is Stillness,
Which is the way of Nature.
~Lao Tzu

Internal Harmony = Smooth Energy Flow -
Gaining a flow of Smooth Energy, we may experience vital health and happiness:

The main focus in the practice of Taoist Qigong is the development and balance of ‘Qi’ Energy. Qi Energy can be viewed as ‘Universal Life Force’, and is the underlying essence of all life, development and creation.

When our Qi Energy is in balance, we experience more health, vitality, enhanced focus, greater memory, happiness and internal harmony.  When our Qi Energy is out of balance, we may experience fatigue, chronic pain, lowered immune response, irritability, and so on..... 

Leanring to work with your Qi Energy and bring your body's systems into balance is perhaps one of the greatest gifts you could give yourself in life.

DANTIAN ~ Ocean of Vital Energy

The Dantian Center can be thought of as the...

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