Ignite the Qi, ignite the Fire!
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In this Issue:

Vital Spark


Weekends 2014

 Oct 4-5, 
Nov 1-2, Dec 6-7

Oct 25-26

Nov 6-9

Retreats 2014
Cloudy Dragon
Oct 13-21  St Katharines of Parmoor

Advanced Hua Gong Forms
 Nov 17-25   St Katharines of Parmoor

Precious Teas

Bi Luo Chun
Dragons Well
Quick Links
Dua Huo School
Dao Hua School

Zhixing Wang Calligraphy

Qigong Southwest

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The Year of the Horse

October 2014

Greetings Subscriber

How time travels on, and we move deeper into the season of Autumn. 
This is the time when the yang/warmth of the sun is lessening and giving way to the yin/cooler seasons.  We must begin to shore up vital energy for the cold winter months ahead, and what better way than to cultivate the "fire" within with our Hua Gong practice.

When we get in touch with the Qi we become aware of the subtle insubstantial nature of the body and  metaphorically it is as if a small fire has been ignited within.  At first it is tentative, and accompanied by an extrusion of smoke and damp from the body, as the chaotic unbalanced  energy is transformed. Eventually with practice and further transformation the ignited fire strengthens and stabilizes until we reach the stage of the "flameless fire".
From this stage  the alien, depleting and disorganised elements are burned away and we become rejuvenated,  stronger and ever increasing in vitality.
  Thus, we have the keys to maintaining our vigour and to living a healthy long life.

This month's Qi Calligraphy from Zhixing is called the Flower of the Heart.  We are advised to meditate on this image regularly and it will help the heart centre to remain open and connect to the cosmic Qi. 


"This is an image of the heart which looks like a fully opened flower with petals.  It implies a flourishing life full of love and joy.  There is a sensuality and vulnerability and we can almost smell the scent.  It also looks like the eyes indicating the wisdom of the heart.  It is through the heart that we reach clarity."

Important Dates for your Diary
London Weekend
Updated Hua Gong (Ladbroke Grove)
Date: October 4-5

Sword practice
Saturday evening October 4

Cloudy Dragon Retreat
Date: October  13-21 Henley on Thames
This is a practice to reinforce and express the Hua Gong practice on all levels.  An advanced practice only those who have taken the 5 Animals and the Turtle & Snake qualify to attend this one.

Devon Weekend
Sorting out the Yin and Yang
Date: Oct 25-26

Open the body (Yin to embrace the cosmic Qi (Yang) to nourish our body (life), gain strength, balance and purify through defining and clarifying the Yin and Yang aspects in our body structure.  Move with force and grace and the same insight.
Contact:  Brad Richecoeur
Email: info@qigong-southwest.co.uk

Advanced Hua Gong Forms
Those who have attended any Hua Gong Weekends or retreats are eligible to attend this one.
That's it for now, remember to keep up your practice and nourish the fire within!
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