The Year of the Dragon
We have just completed a three -week comprehensive Hua Gong retreat at Worth Abbey. This was an opportunity for us to deepen our practice and to receive the nourishment of the Cosmic Qi in a setting long devoted to contemplation and meditation.
In those three weeks Zhixing taught us about the power of emptiness, how to reclaim our scattered energy and how to enfold ourselves in our own energy field. Using the mysterious power of Qi Calligraphy Zhixing led us into states of energy, empowerment and discovery. By the end of week three we had our own personal Calligraphy image (reflecting our deepest potentials) given to us to work with.
As with any strong experience it is often difficult to express what one wishes to say, but one of our students has managed to capture a feeling in poetic form and has penned a verse which can be seen at the end of this Newsletter, under Hua Gong Story.
Please see below Zhixing's words, and the Calligraphy "Cloudy Dragon" for us to contemplate on in the month of September.
"As the Chinese saying goes, Dragon is accompanied by cloud and Tiger is accompanied by wind". Dragon is often drawn as partially hidden or emerging from the clouds. Cloudy Dragong is a poetic and mysterious image of the dragon. In the Hua Gongs system, Cloudy Dragon is used to describe an advanced system of meditation and movement."
Important Dates for your Diary
The Cloudy Dragon St Katharines of Parmoor
Date: September 16th-25th
Fundamental Hua Gong
Date: October 13th-14th
This weekend will provide an excellent opportunity for those who have already learnt and wish to practice Hua Gong to reconnect with our teacher Zhixing Wang, and to receive empowerment and instruction from him. The weekend will work on three levels:
Firstly, to connect to and absorb the primordial cosmic Qi or the original Qi of life. Just as plants are nourished by the earth, our human lives need to be nourished by this life sustaining Qi. With Zhixing’s presence and instruction, it is like a live channelling of the life nourishing Qi.
Secondly, to practice the internal alchemy method to centre our Qi to the Dantian (centre of our energy and physical body) and Zhong Mai (the central Qi channel along the front of the spine). This will result in profound transformation of the way we are.
Thirdly, to practice some essential movements and stepping for the actualization and expression of the internal effects. This method of stepping has been described as the latest concise and comprehensive Hua Gong Form.
This weekend is only open to those who have already studied with Zhixing or other Hua Gong instructors.
The London Hua Gong Weekends 2012
Theme: Internal Alchemy and External Expression
The London Hua Gong monthly weekends will continue to transmit the cosmic Qi-the life nourishing energy described in the classical literature as "Mother Nature's Milk", and to "live broadcast" spiritual information.
This is like receiving direct instructions from the Dao of Nature, and we continue to get closer to the standards required by the practice and continue to refine our skills as practitioners.
August 16-22 Qi Calligraphy Worth abbey Sussex
September 16-25 Cloudy Dragon Henley-on Thames
October 27-Nov 2 Turtle & Snake Henley-on-Thames
Hua Gong Story
This verse below, an ode to the Stepping Hua Gong , and in praise of Worth Abbey was composed by one of our students during the August Retreats. Perhaps some of the energy of the retreats can be captured while reading it. Enjoy!
Step, Step Backstep
Step, Step Backstep
Loving, being loved,
melting subject, object
Insignificance, greatness, blended
Mistakes, regrets, failures
Instantly forgiven, forgotten,
Illuminated by truth
Folly to oppose
the animating force.
Lift the rock
thousand creatures scurry.
face to sun
breath fresh grass
Gardening my patch
Delighting in nature,
leaves drift down,
rain falls earthward,
the bugs scurry,
the sun shines
ah yes perfection
Step step back step
Step step back step
In praise of Worth Abbey
Land clouds drift across a grassy sky.
A river of evening mist fills the valley
Shrinking their wooly hides, at night some unknown hand stretches them lovingly back To full size.
The scent of the grass like some fine Loire valley wine, infused with tones of marzipan, fills the air.
The trees, bushes and flowers stand so grand, i am too humbled to dare to hear them.
it is the dew capped, bowed head of a blade of grass that takes pity on my separated soul and whispers the secrets of the forest to my eager heart.
The monks appear, born from the ancient stained stones of the abbey and not their mother's womb. They glide silently, a living lineage of flesh and stone,earth and song, tears and love.
All land is equally old yet England seems to me to hold some ancient secret. The scent of the soil and the rain tells of centuries past. I know this soil, I am risen up from it and like so many before me, will return to it. It knows my heart and claims ownership of my bones.
Chris Fernie August 2012
Enjoy the mellow beauty of this time of the year!
From all of us at Chinese Heritage.