The Year of the Goat
Those halcyon days at Worth Abbey doing Internal Alchemy meditations with Zhixing, and going ever deeper into an uplifted, healthier and more joyful state have left us feeling very privileged indeed to have walked this path.
We have been immersed in a vibrant field of deeply penetrating Qi and many of us experienced what can only be described as a mystical connection to the originating source of all energy.
This powerful energy and transmission which we experienced at these retreats informs all Hua Gong teachings and represents a further evolution and upgrade in the whole Hua Gong system.
We trust that you can glean some hint of it in this month's Qi Calligraphy and Zhixing's description below.
The Daoist Meditator
His body is dissolving into an empty state. Physical elements are falling off his back through the cascading locks of hair. As a result there is a sense of strength in the body because it is down to earth, which gives him the look of a Daoist warrior. All the three Dantians ( energy centres) are open. The lower one has a more substantial quality being dark and dense. The middle one is like an inner eye indicating the opening heart. One of his eyes turned into the "heavenly eye" that links him to a deeper and higher consciousness. He is meditating in a crowded place. So one of his naked eyes is open indicating the normal consciousness is also alert, and he is aware of what is going on around him. Being in this open and insubstantial state he has provoked his master - the face above him - to be with him in spirit.
Important Dates for your Diary
Date: August 1st 2015
Venue: St Charles 6th Form college, St Charles Square W10 6EY
The Turtle & Snake Retreat
St Katharine's of Parmoor, Henley on Thames , Oxfordshire
Date: Aug 17-23
After the Five Animals, we have yet another two-the Turtle and Snake. Actually as a Qigong practice the Turtle and Snake Gong is even more ancient. Some historians believe that it was practised some five thousand years ago. In the chain of evolution, the turtle and the snake are an old species. They can be the ancestors of many living beings,; most likely including human beings. They are known for their ability to hibernate. Therefore the are symbols of endurance and long life.
> In the Hua Gong system the Turtle and the Snake Gong is the key method that differentiates the level of Hua Gong from that of some popular Qigong styles. It upgrades the Qi ( air like energy force) focused practice into Shen ( light-like energy force). One will not understand the way of Hua Gong without the practice of the Turtle and Snake. The updated Hua Gong Stepping and the Cloudy Dragon Gong both take The Turtle and The Snake as the foundation.
Because of the advanced nature, it is a less achieved method by most Hua Gong students though we may have done the retreat several times. For this reason, the retreat this year will not differ much in terms of the ways of practice but will be tailored more according individual needs.
As a method it is profoundly healing and transformative through the alignment of the vertebrae and nerves on the physical level, and the central Qi channels on the invisible level. It is subtly powerful and effective.
The Cloudy Dragon Retreat
The mysterious Cloudy Dragon is held this year once again at St Katharines's of Parmoor. Very little can be said about this retreat, it is a powerful one which upgrades all our practice and only those who have taken the 5 Animals and the Turtle & Snake are eligible to attend.
We wish you a wonderful month of August, replete with wholesome Qi and strong connection!
From all of us at the Dao Hua School, Chinese Heritage