In the Spring of 2002 - I was living in Beijing, and searching for a Qigong Master in China. I contacted many Qigong schools, centers and people I met, searching for a traditional program. Through pure luck, I gained an introduction to Master Wang Tao who taught traditional Taoist Inner Alchemy as found in the Northern Taoist Complete Perfection School.
In order to learn with Master Wang Tao, I had to travel across China to the far North East in an area called Anshan, in Liaoning Province - my destination was 'Thousand Peak Mountain'. This was a very long journey, and little did I know, but this encounter would be an event which would change the entire course and direction of my life.
The program which Master Wang asked me to follow was very detailed, highly organised, exact and strenuous - day in and day out - rising at 5 am to perform the prescribed 8 Longevity Qigong Exercises as our warm up, and then...
We would like to invite you to join us and experience a life changing journey into the Ancient Wisdom Tradition of Taoist Inner Alchemy.
Taoist Inner Alchemy is concerned with transforming the Inner Energy of the human being through systematic practice of Internal Meditation Training.
This exciting course will begin from May 7th with Live Lessons, Interactive Workshops and Prerecorded Practice Routines to follow. we are very excited to guide you on a once in a lifetime journey into the wonderful practice of Taoist Inner Alchemy.
The Taoist Art of Inner Alchemy Meditation is truly a treasure for us in these modern times - giving the gift of Greater Health, and Enhancing all aspects of our Life.
Come journey with us and discover the...
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...
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...
Tao is the noumenon of all universal things.
It is soundless, formless, and intangible.
It is not bright, not dark, and hardly nameable.
Tao is so vast that it has no limits to confine it,
and it is so minute that there is no interior to fill it.
Tao is capable of exhausting infinitude.
Tao dates back to the time when there was no beginning and there was no time.
Tao is formless, but it gives birth to Heaven and Earth;
Tao is merciless and gentle,
but charges and empowers the movements of the Sun and the Moon....
Return to the Way of Tao
entering into an enduring state of Balance and Harmony...
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...
Hsing Yi is similar to Taoist Meditation Practice....
Both have the goal of Gaining Emptiness.
But where we go from Inaction to Action, the Taoists go from Action to Inaction.
We borrow from the Taoists the 'Three Transformations' -
Transform Essence to Energy / Transform Energy to Spirit /
Transform Spirit to Emptiness....
With your advancement through these stages,
there shall occur 'Three Changes' in your body :
1. Changes of the Bone. 2. Changes of the Tendons. 3. Washing of the Bone Marrow.
To Change the Bones means you hold your body like a mountain. When you stand and move, your bones shall become hard and strong. To Change the Tendons is to fuse Energy into and through all the Tendons, forming membranes to them and energising them. To Wash and Clean the Bone Marrow is to relax completely and purify and refine the Internal Organs by using your Mind, thus making your...
We now plan in the future to offer a class series detailing the practice of Neigong Training as 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 together, in a...
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 'Qi' Energy.
Yin is the right side /...
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