Year of the Dragon
We trust you have been enjoying this wonderful early summer good weather and had the opportunity to do your Hua Gong practice outside in nature.
Zhixing reminded us recently of the importance of drawing back our own body Light and the London Weekend continues to have a strong focus on this practice.
To Qigong vision many of us when mature can be observed energetically to be leaking our body Light. This can be experienced as increasing weakness, loss of vitality, stiffness and loss of joy. Exercises for collecting the Shen (Body Light), walking, meditation and using the Qi Calligraphy Images are all tools we can use in Hua Gong to draw it back.
We can easily track our practice and our progress, as our body rejuvenates, and our vitality and suppleness returns. It is important for us to keep focused and soon positive results will be observed and experienced.
This month Zhixing has sent us the Calligraphy of the "Bear Shaking and Bird Stretching". As with all of the Qi Calligraphy images it is helpful to know that contemplation on the image can download positive information into our energy system.
BEAR SHAKING & BIRD STRETCHING
ANCIENT ANIMAL QIGONG
"This piece of calligraphy consists of the Chinese characters 'Bear Shaking and Bird Stretching', which is a form of Qigong exercises repeatedly mentioned in books of the 3 century B.C., ie, The Book of Zhuang Zi. Together with other historical findings, it shows that imitating animals' movements, breathing and sounds are the earliest methods of Qigong in the Chinese history.
Some 500-600 years later, a well respected Chinese doctor named Hua Tuo created the Wu Qin Xi -- Five Animal Frolics, which made the animal Qigong into a system and has been treasured throughout the history by people who take pleasure in taking care of their own health.
Animals are used in Qigong practice largely as symbols of longevity, vitality and naturalness".
Important Date for your Diary
June 16-17 5 Animal Frolics
This is one of the most treasured methods of Qigong through history. In the Hua Gong system, it is the most physically active and transformative method. Many people have experienced the extraordinary empowering and energising effects of the Hua style Five Animal Gong. Apart from its health improving benefits, it is also an art of supple and martial body movements which many people fell in love with and want to continually improve their skill in practicing it. Since there will be no week long retreat in the coming year for it, a special weekend has been planned out of demand to provide a chance to get together to practice with Zhixing’s presence.
This weekend is open to new students of the Five Animals, who have already studied Hua Gong with Zhixing or other Hua Gong instructors. Zhixing will empower, demonstrate, clarify, and supervise the practice.
The London Hua Gong Weekends 2012
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.
See dates of London Weekends and please note
June 30-July 1
August 2-8, 915 Comprehensive Hua Gong Worth Abbey
(Week 1 to be taken before week 2)
(Contact office for details, this retreat is divided into 2 separate weeks of 6 days)
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
May we take this opportunity to wish you all the joys and bountiful energy of Summer and happy practicing!
From all of us at Chinese Heritage.