The Six Healing Sounds (六字訣 Liu Zi Jue) are one of the oldest sets of Qigong breathing exercises. Attributed to the Yellow Emperor, they describe six ways of breathing for self-healing. There is one sound for each of the major organs Liver, Heart, Spleen, Lungs, Kidney and Triple Warmer. By using the sound associated with [...]
Question: How can I start practicing Nei Dan? I am very interested in the foundation building practices.
I understand that you are inquiring about the specific techniques of the Building the Foundation stage. I appreciate that you limited your question to that part of the practice. It is probably the stage of the practice [...]
Question: I have heard that instant realization does not require any work (Wu Wei), that this is the path those of superior virtue follow. The gradual path requires work (You Wei) and is followed by those of inferior virtue. These two paths are related to the formation of the two different Yao. What does this [...]
Question: I have heard that there are various stages of realization in Internal Alchemy 100, 10 month, 9 years. On the other hand I have heard that it happens instantly. Which one is it?
This reminds me of the instant vs. gradual debate in Buddhism, although I have rarely heard Taoist practitioners arguing about [...]
We’ll answer some common questions on the Taoist art of Nei Dan, or Internal Alchemy. For those new to the concept of Nei Dan, you might want to read this short introduction and this short post.
Question: Why do practitioners call the Dao De Jing a Nei Dan classic when the academics say Nei Dan [...]
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Cancer patients and their families recently enjoyed a free meditation and Qigong class at Life with Cancer in Virginia. They experienced a powerful self-healing meditation, designed to enhance the effectiveness of their body’s natural healing functions. We taught them Qigong movements to help relax and open the body.
I recently attended a function at my daughter’s kindergarten class themed “A Day in the Life of a Kindergartner”. Her teachers put together a slide show with pictures of the class during their daily activities.
As one might imagine the slides were of the children playing together on the playground, going to the library, learning [...]
We just finished a fun filled and interesting day at the Pathway’s Natural Living Expo at the University of Maryland. TCCII’s Executive Directors taught a Qigong and meditation class. We had expected about 30 people to show up but the room was packed with more than 70. Everyone go to know their neighbor during the [...]
One of the questions we often get, especially around the Equinox and Solstice, is “When is the best time to practice Meditation and Qigong?”
There are indeed times the ancient Chinese considered better for certain types of practices. But the answer we give usually surprises them. “The best time to practice is whenever you can!”