Tao Basics: Microcosmic Orbit Meditation (12 hours)
Opening the Microcosmic Orbit is the ancient foundation for healing and martial arts. It awakens, circulates, and directs Chˆi (or Qi), the generating life force, through the two main acupuncture channels in the body. The Microcosmic Orbit Meditation then draws in and circulates healing energy from the universal, cosmic, and earth planes to empower the body/mind.
Also taught are the Inner Smile Qigong and the Six Healing Sounds, useful in reducing stress, negative emotions, fatigue and other maladies.
Fusion of the Five Elements I (12 hours)
In this practice of Taoist Internal Alchemy, you will learn to neutralize the negative emotions of worry, sadness, arrogance, anger and fear back into pure energy by anchoring the source of the emotions in the bodily organs, and establishing a balance through the Five Elements control cycle. The purified energy is crystallized into a radiant energy pearl within the inner cauldron. This pearl is then circulated through the Microcosmic Orbit, attracting to it the external Chi of the Three Forces: Heaven, Earth, and Cosmic Force. The formation and circulation of the pearl plays a pivotal role in the nourishment of the soul or energy body. Pre-requisite: Microcosmic Orbit Meditation
Fusion of the Five Elements II (12 hours)
Fusion II practice uses the crystallized energy of the pearl to nourish the positive emotions or virtues of kindness, joy, fairness, courage, gentleness and compassion as a natural expression of inner balance. This virtue energy is then condensed into the pearl and used to open the three Thrusting Channels in the core of the body. In addition, the pearl is directed to open the Belt Channels which encircle and protect the nine major energy centers of the body. Pre-requisite: Microcosmic Orbit Meditation, Fusion I
Fusion of the Five Elements III (12 hours)
The third level of Fusion of the Five Elements completes the cleansing and opening of the eight extraordinary energy channels in the body by activating the Yin and Yang Bridge and Regulator Channels. This makes the entire body extremely permeable to the circulation of vital energy. Additional practices of circulating energy for protection and sealing of the aura are also included, as well as a condensed and concise daily practice incorporating all three levels of the Fusion practice. Pre-requisite: Fusion II
The Taoist Soul Body: The Lesser Enlightenment of the Kan and Li (36 hours)
The Lesser Kan & Li is the next step in Taoist internal alchemy meditation. The practice combines the compassion of the heart energy (Yang/fire) with the sexual energy originating in the kidneys/reproductive organs (Yin/water) to form the soul or energy body. You will literally “steam” and transform the sexual energy (Jing) into life-force energy (Qi or Chi) by reversing the location of fire and water power in the body. The inversion places the heat of the bodily fire from the heart center beneath the bodily water generated by the sexual energy from the reproductive organs, thereby liberating the transformed sexual energy.
The birth of the soul body is not a metaphor. It is an actual process of converting energy into a subtle body. Death is no longer to be feared, because life beyond the physical body is known through direct experience.
Mindfulness is the practice of bringing one's attention to the present moment. We grow our abilities in mindfulness through simple meditation, abiding in stillness and breathing exercise.
Over the past 20 years, mindfulness has grown dramatically in national popularity, and is now taught in primary and secondary schools, college education, businesses, prisons, hospitals, veterans' centers, therapy programs and government. People who apply mindfulness experience a reduction in stress, an increased sense of well-being and joy, and improved clarity and health.
In this three-week class, you will learn all the steps needed to enjoy the benefits of mindfulness practice and enrich your daily life.
Jampa Mackenzie Stewart studied 'mindfulness' as a close personal student of Thich Nhat Hanh.