Exercises for the Muscles and Soft Tissues

Warm ups for the muscles have the effect of grounding and clearing. They disperse stagnant energy and bring us out of the clouds and into our bodies. The sexual physical energy, known in Chinese as jing, becomes more balanced as do our lower chakras - the perineum and tailbone energy center, the sexual energy center behind the pubic bone in the spine, the navel energy center (or Navel Tan Tien) and the solar plexus. Anything that instills feeling and awareness in the body is a grounding...

Twist up

Twist up is for limbering the joints and spine. 1. Stand with feet about a shoulder width apart. 2. Place all your weight on the center of your right foot. Bend your right knee, but keep your balance. 3. Place your left foot a little bit behind you. Only the big toe is touching the ground. Place no weight on the big toe. 4. Rotate your left foot in a big circle three times without moving your big toe. First counterclockwise. Repeat clockwise. 5. Switch feet and repeat the whole process. 6....

Mindfulness and Relaxing into the Flow

Whether we're breathing, stretching, silently witnessing ourselves, praying to Jesus, practicing Tai Chi Chuan, or whatever, it is important to practice mindfulness and relax into the flow. When performing nondynamic yogic breathing, relax into it until the breath seems to be breathing you. While chanting, relax into the vibrations in the body until the chant begins chanting you. Progressively release tension in the jaw, eyes, spine and the rest of the body. Warm-up exercises prepare the road...

Movement into Stillness Form into Spirit

Developing a regular routine that works for you may require a little bit of trial and error. Here are some tips for developing a routine. Some of the warm up exercises in this book are hot exercises. This means that they involve either vigorous body movement or breath and they generate heat in the body. The contraindications for such exercises are included in the introduction to this book. Relatively good health is recommended for such exercises. It is my common practice to begin a routine with...

Detoxification Reactions

Migun Thermatic Jade Massage Beds offers a short video and a brochure explaining improvement reactions from use of their healing beds. Symptoms may include runny nose, nausea, swelling, rash, joint pain, dizziness and headaches. These are signs that the body is detoxifying. Meditation and Yoga sometimes produce similar improvement reactions. Know that your body and mind are purifying and becoming healthier. When you meditate, you are facing yourself. Impurities bubble up to the surface as the...

Toasts

Pour yourself a glass of wine or juice for this. A toast to Ann, a healing arts teacher and emerging author from Prescott who always knows how to listen to Creator. To Arthur, the mime teacher who sees the value of physical training in the theater arts. To Dr. Munz, the philosophy professor who provided me with many tools to use my intellect properly. One cannot transcend the intellect until one understands it and learns how to use it properly and skillfully. To William Martino, a former monk,...

Avoid Spiritual Materialism

Chogyam Trungpa, the Tibetan Rinpoche who cofounded Naropa University (with Allen Ginsberg) and the Shambhala Center in Boulder, Colorado, spoke and wrote extensively about spiritual materialism - attachment to spiritual phenomena and to the spiritual experience. The false dichotomy of spiritual materialism is a concept that flows along the following lines. Visions, ecstatic trance, psychic phenomena, feelings of deep bliss, miraculous healings, etc EQUAL spiritual development. Furthermore, a...

The formula Form Spirit Form

The first Form came from an intellectual idea of what to do to find stillness. When you find stillness, you access Spirit. From Spirit, you re-enter Form beyond symbolic intellectual concepts, from a place of transcendence. This is the Real Yoga. It will greatly help you to follow your inner guidance in daily life. Remember what it feels like. Intuitive living begins with receiving intuitive hunches and acting on them. Just like Karma Yoga, the process becomes more refined until you are just...

The Inner Smile Qigongs Most Obvious Secret

The inner smile is a technique that is taught by Mantak Chia, a Qigong master and author as well as Ken Cohen, another Qigong master and author, and by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Mahayana Buddhist author. When you smile at another person, you are filling them with chi and allowing them to relax. Defenses drop. Their day becomes brighter. We can do the same thing to ourselves. Our minds and internal organs will thank us for it by functioning more efficiently with greater health. If you just wish to...

Gather Chi into your Navel Tan Tien

This exercise re-centers your energy to where it is safely stored. Some meditations involving the upper chakras can overheat the brain. This gift from Taoism is great after any meditation practice session and or as a grounding warm up. Try it especially after working with meditations involving your upper chakras or when you feel spacey (if you feel spacey, try performing this exercise after massaging your head and neck and scratching your scalp). As long as the pressure is light, there are no...

LSD Love Surrender Devotion

What is love That's a hard one to answer. Love can be an emotion. However, the truest form of Love is so expansive that it contains all the other emotions. It is the pure spaciousness, stillness and bliss that unites all things. Consciousness in its purest form is Love and vice versa. When you love something or someone, you get to know it them much more intimately, right When you fall in love, you are totally absorbed. You're certainly concentrating. You can develop this type of absorption in...

Gathering

This chi gathering technique is very similar to some Qigong practices for gathering chi from heaven and Earth. Most Qigong versions of this use more continuous movements. This one uses massage for grounding the gathered energy. 1. Begin in standing posture. Retain the inward awareness from the standing posture in this exercise. Be mindful of the Earth below you and the sky above you. 2. Place hands in prayer position. Take three breaths while relaxing and centering into each breath. 3. Point...

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The four learning styles are

Visual processers tend to think and receive information in pictures. They are likely to acknowledge a point by saying I see what you're saying and may find it helpful to learn something by watching or through an instruction manual. Audio people think and receive in sounds and verbal information. They are likely to learn by listening. Kinesthetic people tend to get the feel for things. They are likely to learn by doing. Auditory Digital people tend to try to make sense of the information...

Projection of Energy Prayer Healing Manifesting Action

Gary Clyman, Chi Kung master and developer of the Personal Power Training program, insists that real Chi Kung consists of the following process 3. Circulating chi in the body through the Microcosmic Orbit There are many schools of Chi Kung, and many will disagree with Gary. However, a lot of Chi Kung programs do have a method of projecting energy. Projection usually takes on the form of hands on healing or manifesting your desired life in the form of will development, visualization and...

Self Massage

The massage exercise is a long version. You can shorten it as much as you wish. Massage is a wonderful and loving part of every warm up. It is an excellent grounding exercise. Qigong practitioners often massage after meditating to disperse stagnant energy in the body and to get it flowing properly. 1. Begin with the Heat Massage exercise above. 2. Vigorously scratch your whole scalp. 3. Point your index fingers or thumbs, near the corners of your eyes by the nose. Make circles around the eyes...