Basic practice I
Stem Cell Chi Kung can be taught individually as part of Iron Shirt III Bone Marrow Nei Kung.
see Iron Shirt III Bone Marrow Nei Kung
Elixir Chi Kung - The Golden Elixir
- Taoist Alchemy, the "Chymical Wedding" in Ancient China -
In the Taoisttradition, the elixir Chi Kungwas considered one of the last secrets that a master would pass on to his students before his passing.
Grand Master Mantak Chia makes this precious knowledge public without restrictions and has already been severely criticised for this.
In summary, body fluids are energised with chi through alchemical actions. One transforms one's own bodily fluids in a way that has not yet been researched in detail, but is extremely effective.
In Chinese medicine, bodily fluidsare regarded as a key indicator of vital health. If the fluids are functioning, this speaks for an intact production and a good supply of oxygen and nutrients to the organs, for vital sexual energy and for sufficient burning of nutrients. Overall, a good supply of fluids to the body provides information about a person's vitality.
The Westalso knows comparable traditions. The "Chymical Wedding'" as the title of one of the basic writings of the Rosicrucians and as an instrument of the researching adepts who had the hermetic keys of alchymy, Kabbalah and astrology. In alchemy, the Chymical Wedding is understood as the union of opposites and reveals the gradual path of initiation into the ultimate great mysteries of our existence.
In the alchemists'masterpiece, the production of a philosopher's stone with which gold is to be made and an immortality elixir obtained, one of the necessary acts is the coagulatio of matter, the coagulation of incompatible substances in a chymical marriage.
In the erotic symbolism of alchemy, this refers to the climax of the great work (opus magnum), when the white queen (symbol: moon, silver or mercury) unites with the red king (symbol: sun, sulphur or gold). The union of the polar opposites, however, is not only an external process, but also an allegory of the inner, spiritual process of change of a human being, since the purposeful change of the human being itself was one of the most important goals of alchemy.
The Taoistsrecognised saliva as one of the sources of life. Western scientists describe saliva as an extremely complex fluid containing a vast array of substances that have the potential to influence many aspects of our physical lives.
The GoldenElixir, also known as nectar, is the source or water of life. It is a mixture of saliva, hormonal fluids and external essences. From an alchemical point of view, however, it is far more than a mere external, material process; rather, through coagulation, spiritual is incorporated into matter, thereby elevating it to a higher level of existence. Taoists believe that this elixir is a great transformer for higher, spiritual work. The Golden Elixir is said to be able to cure illnesses and even grant immortality. Some Taoist texts recommend swallowing the saliva up to 1,000 times a day for spiritual work and healing. In the practice presented by Grand Master Mantak Chia, exercises that have only recently been made public have flowery names, such as "The Dragon Fixes the Pearl", "Spinning the Silk and Swinging the Leg" or "Harvesting the Golden Earth Medicine".
The practical applications of alchemical lore to one's own bodily fluids can be learned and practised. Grand Master Mantak Chia teaches these precious Taoist practices worldwide in workshops, also in Germany. Elixir Chi Kung is part of Cosmic Healing.
(Wolfgang Heuhsen 2010)
ElixirChi Kung is part of the Cosmic Healing training line in the UNIVERSAL HEALING TAO© system of Grand Master Mantak Chia. Responsible for the training content and the training and examination system is UHT Global Branch Leader Wolfgang Heuhsen.
Tan Tien Chi Kung is the art of chi accumulation and storage in the Lower Tan Tien, the energetic focus of the human being. In Taoist practice, attention is directed to this region to connect vitality and invigorating spirit. Physically, several Tan Tien are distinguished. The traditionally most important ones are the Shang Tan Tien above the root of the nose, in the middle between the eyebrows (3rd eye), the Zhong Tan Tien in the middle of the chest at about the level of the nipples, the Xia Tan Tien about 5 cm below the navel.
Healing, according to tradition, is to be done by working with the chi, which is to be brought back into flow and nurtured in order to restore one's balance. All three Tan Tiens are more than a point on a meridian, they are understood as a space, a zone, located in the centre of the body rather than on its surface. When speaking of the Tan Tien, the Lower Xia Tan Tien is usually meant. The Tan Tien is both the largest generator and repository of chi energy in the body and the centre of our consciousness. In all Taoist practices, students first learn to shift their consciousness from the Upper to the Lower Brain.
Students consciously train to use this second brain so that the Upper Brain, which uses much more energy than the Lower, can rest when it is not really in use. The Lower Tan Tien is called both "medicine field" and "elixir field" because it can attract and store healing forces, such as origin chi; also called pre-natal, prenatal chi. The Tan Tien is also called the ocean, sea of chi, vermilion field, cauldron or navel centre.The use of the terms "ocean" or "sea" refer to the wave-like quality of the chi. The name "cauldron" arose from the lower Tan Tien's mode of action as the main laboratory and centre of inner alchemy, where energy frequencies can be adjusted to suit the body. Through it we can learn to accept and embrace ourselves and the world around us. It helps us to understand our negative energies as intermediate waste that we can recycle and reuse as raw material for our positive energies.
This recycling process strengthens our inner power, thus the pressure from outside also decreases and we come more and more into balance. As a result, we feel more at ease, our Lower Tan Tien is decompressed, which is considered in all texts to be the most important technical requirement for maintaining chi pressure.
At the same time, this is also the repository for all the chi we can absorb and collect during Tan Tien Chi Kung &UUML;bungen and Taoist Inner Alchemy meditation practice.
In Tan Tien Chi Kung we use a special breathing technique through which we can direct the chi we have gained into the eight directions. By learning tiger and dragon breathing we can control the chi and move it around the body to increase the pressure in the Tan Tien more and more. In doing so, we use the muscles enclosing the Tan Tien, pelvic floor diaphragm, solar plexus back muscles and the lateral muscles between the lower ribs and hip crest to build up the Tan Tien pressure. The ancient Taoists first learned Tan Tien Chi Kung in order to then be able to move enough chi in the body for practice in Tai Chi Chi Kung, Iron Shirt Chi Kung and meditation practice.
From my own experience I can report strong heat development in the area of the perineum during and after Tan Tien Chi Kung practice. The perineum is known in Chinese medicine as Hui-Yin, the 'gate of death and life'. The perineum is essentially made up of muscles that are part of the pelvic floor musculature. Three of the eight Extraordinary Meridians, Ren Mai, Du Mai and Chong Mai, meet there. Chi stored in the Tan Tien can be retrieved at any time. Chi gained without this storage dissipates very quickly and can no longer be used.
This is exactly why the Tan Tien is called the "ocean of chi". Once this ocean of chi is full, it will overflow and pour into the eight extraordinary meridians. Once these are saturated, the chi will flow into the twelve normal meridians, each of which is assigned to specific organs.
While the tan tiens are understood to be the source and storehouse of chi, the mind acts more like a general that controls the tan tien processes. This allows us to quickly and effectively draw chi from this area to be used in another. A main aim of Taoist practice is to increase the chi pressure in the Tan Tien so that the chi acts on the organs and connective tissues from within, the counter pressure is created by our body sheath and the chi field that always surrounds us. The body cells are thus washed and nourished with chi. Increasing internal chi pressure is thus a disarmingly simple way of permanently maintaining the quantity and quality of our life force. In other words, increasing the chi pressure in our Tan Tien strengthens our health and improves our healing as well as our results in Tai Chi, meditation and the 'art of daily living'.
It is the chi pressure in the Tan Tien that roots us, it is our grounding. If the chi pressure is low, we will hardly be able to achieve rootedness. Chi and mind become unfocused and rise up quickly, becoming scattered. This usually leads to &UUML;overheating, headaches, heartaches and a distracted mind.
If you want to become a great tree, you need to be deeply rooted, which also means being able to have high chi pressure in the Tan Tien. This is one of the reasons why Tan Tien Chi Kung practice is essential as a foundation for Iron Shirt Chi Kung, Tai Chi Chi Kung and for our meditation practice. In the long run, we will regain our inner peace through this inner power in Tan Tien. This can restore our connection with our origin, the spirit of Tao.
Develop your Iron Shirt
Iron Shirt Chi Kung is one of the martial arts aspects of the Universal HEALING TAO system that develops inner strength and a well-conditioned body. Through simple techniques, chi is built up and stored. Regular Iron Shirt practice builds a body that is relaxed and open, strong, healthy and structurally connected to the forces of heaven and earth. The 'opening' of the joints is achieved through spiralling stretching and posture.
Iron Shirt techniques help to root us to the earth while keeping the body centred and balanced. Iron Shirt Chi Kung provides a tool for perfecting our inner self and allows us to reach higher spiritual levels. We use the breath to "pack" organs, glands, muscles and bones with enough chi to keep them healthy, strong and resistant to premature ageing and disease. As a side effect, so to speak, long-lasting tension dissolves. In addition to abdominal breathing (relax mode) and reverse abdominal breathing (fight or flight mode), we know compression breathing and bone breathing.
However, the real effect of Iron Shirt Chi Kung is to prepare the body to receive higher spiritual energies. The core of Iron Shirt Chi Kung training consists of compressing the breathing process and the Iron Shirt postures.
-Inner tendon work -
In this, more physical body-oriented practice, the focus is on the muscle-tendon cords of our body. Who hasn't suffered spinal pain and been told by the doctor 'shortened tendons'. If the tendons are too short, the joints are pressed together more, the synovial fluid wears out prematurely and the complaints are there. Massages and antispasmodic injections can often only provide temporary relief.
In all spiritual schools, regardless of the culture, it was known that the physical body must be prepared for spiritual practices. The vessel body must be ready to receive awakened energies. The opened energy gates can release spiritual potentials, but the physical body must be able to store them, otherwise the gained 'consciousness' will evaporate again, like carbonic acid from the open bottle. in this workshop,
Grand Master Mantak Chia will demonstrate selected elements from the 'Iron Shirt Cycle', which has its roots in martial arts traditions. One of the main goals of all Chi Kung exercises (also called Qi Gong) is called 'opening the joints' to achieve a vital Chi flow in the body.
An ancient Taoist wisdom speaks of the bow and the string which, stretched over the bow, gives the arrow power to fly. This wisdom was always applied to the human body by the ancient Taoist masters.
The string exercise sequence developed by Grand Master Mantak Chia deals precisely with this principle. No matter which style or which Chi Kung (Qi Gong) form you practise: if you want to generate strength, you get it from the ground, via the structure of the legs, from the spine, via shoulders and arms into the hands and fingers, where it finally manifests itself. Tendon Nei Kung is a fabulous, direct instruction to bring power from the earth into, respectively through the body into the different tendons and at the end into the hands and fingers. Grasping and letting go change!
Secret Practices for Rejuvenating Bone Marrow and Blood
The Taoist encyclopaedia is completed with these previously secret practices of Bone Marrow Nei Kung. This is the third part of Iron Marrow Chi Kung.
At a time when many people over the age of 50 suffer from osteoporosis (bone marrow calcification), Master Chia shows us unusual methods for strengthening the bone marrow and constantly rejuvenating the body.
The practice steps of Bone Marrow Nei Kung include
=> the Bone Marrow Breathing and Bone Marrow Compression
=> the Sexual Energy Massage
=> tapping the meridians
=> further deepening and advanced practices such as skin breathing, energy circulation, activation of the glandular energies => the chi weight lifting (advanced practice)
Bone Marrow Nei Kung is an important part of the Taoist health system according to Grand Master Mantak Chia, developed over thousands of years by wise Taoists in China. For a long time, this knowledge was secret and only accessible to a select few. Only in recent years have these teachings been revealed to the public - to bring the knowledge of the ancient masters to our energy-poor society.
The cultivation of the inner forces in the human body is the central theme in Bone Marrow Nei Kung. By means of preventive exercises, we strengthen our immune system in such a way that we no longer become ill, or at least become much less ill. In China, the 'iron body' attained through these exercises has always been considered a hotly desired goal.
With the techniques taught by Grand Master Chia, the interested person is guided through the processes of energy absorption into the bones in an easily understandable way. He is shown ways to revitalise the bone marrow and stimulate blood formation - and thereby nourish the life force.
The Taoist method of rebuilding the bone marrow is an essential part of the process that can lead to the rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit. The latest scientific findings now explain what has long been described in Taoist lore. Our stem cells gradually turn into fat cells as we age; the bone marrow nei kung can slow down, if not reverse, this process.
Working with a Grand Master promises great inspiration and insight for all participants.
The Breath of the Dragon - Tao Yin Meridian Stretching
In historical ink paintings we can observe free, unpainted areas. In these free areas the chi of earth and sky moves up and down, yin and yang, called the breath of the dragon. Through intensive stretching, space is created in the body with the subsequent relaxation. The chi flowing into these 'stretched free' areas is the breath of the dragon, the balancing of yin and yang. In Tao Yin we can experience this harmonisation in our body. With the physical body, the meridians are also stretched, and in the relaxation, congestion of the chi flow caused by emotions can flow away. Emotional purification, so to speak.
The most powerful meridian in the area of the spine - Chong Mai - is essentially dominated by the psoas muscle. In classical Chinese medicine, the psoas is not called the soul muscle for nothing. So it is no wonder that Tao Yin favours working with the spine and the psoas. If we follow the preventive Tao Yin path through the body, no miracle cures will occur, but stabilisation, gradual improvement and the absence of deterioration can be expected. Methodical structure with immediately noticeable effects in the body inspire even after years. It is like coming home physically.
Tao Yin takes a very different approach to Western physical training. It is a remarkably subtle discipline that links the mind with the body's movement, thus directing the practitioner's attention inward rather than outward in form.
For us in the West, fitness has more to do with the physical training of muscles and circulation. But as we can learn from the ancient Taoists, fitness is only a small part in a comprehensive health programme. The essential goal of Tao Yin is to create harmony in a combination of strength, flexibility and inner energy.
Tao Yin is meditation in motion, uniting body, soul and spirit. We learn the art of moving with mindfulness, experiencing the oneness of nature, the universe and ourselves.
The wisdom of your body can awaken, stimulating the activation of the subtle inner chemistry. Improved physical alignment will centre your spine and bring about the opening of chi flow in the meridians. Experience the exercises such as the "Love Ritual of the Cobra", or "The Dragon Stretches its Tail" as a kind of poetry in motion.
The Tao Yin exercises work into all the tendons from the fingertips, arms, neck and shoulder blades through the whole spine and lower back to the legs and feet, creating a connection into one "seamless" tendon. This causes the release of tension and blockages and a quiet, soothing and energising blossoming of chi.
All Tao Yin practices are performed either lying down or sitting. Therefore, they have special effects that cannot easily be achieved by exercises done while standing or moving.
Tao Yin means "to guide and direct chi"; but in general it does not mean that we should consciously direct energy through the meridians (the energy channels of the body) during the active phases of the exercises. If the exercises are performed correctly, the chi flow in the meridians will open on its own during the passive resting phase. Therefore, it is not necessary to first acquire knowledge about the meridians in order to benefit from these exercises.
Tai Chi is said to have been originally developed around the year 1644 by Chen Wan-Ting, the head of the Chen family. In the nineteenth century, the Chen style was developed by the Yang family (Yang style) and then passed down in numerous variations to the present day.
Since the late sixties, Tai Chi began to attract the attention of the public in Germany as well. Since then it has spread continuously, so that today it is one of the most widely practised forms of health exercise.
Despite the multitude of styles and variations, the basic principles of all Tai Chi forms are essentially the same:
1. Concentrate mind and chi;
2. Relax in movement, feeling the fullness (yang) and emptiness (yin);
3. Keep the body rooted in the ground and the centre of gravity low;
4. Align the skeleton with the forces of heaven and earth;
5. Allow chi to circulate and move smoothly, fluidly and in perfect coordination.
Mantak Chia's school is about the Tai Chi form of the Thirteen Forms of Movement, called Tai Chi Chi Kung. The Thirteen Movement Forms are simple in structure, but contain the essence of Tai Chi. The form is so compact that it can be practised even in smaller rooms. It is performed in four cardinal directions: Guided by the left hand, the sequence begins in the direction of the north and then continues in a counterclockwise direction; afterwards, guided by the right hand, one returns in a clockwise direction. Because the left-handed and right-handed forms follow each other, this Tai Chi form can be repeated at will.
in the process
The Wu style allows students of all ages and abilities to learn and master this short form relatively quickly, while still touching the essence of the principles and anchoring them in the body over time of practice.
The techniques presented in this workshop have been passed down from generation to generation over hundreds of years and are practical methods to improve physical, emotional and mental health.
Developed by Taoist Grand Master Mantak Chia, the Wu Tai Chi style is a simple method for fluently cultivating both chi (life energy) and jin (inner strength) throughout the body.
Book recommendation for the course: Tai Chi Wu Style: Advanced Techniques for Internalizing Chi Energy
Authors Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan
Dynamic FUSION of the 5 Elements
The shamanic dance was developed by Chinese healers about 5000 years ago and was later further developed by Taoist monks into the Bagua Zhang (Pakua Palm) form. In this shamanistic practice, false conditioning from childhood and socialisation can be discharged and thus dissolved. To achieve this, the adepts had to learn to sense these conditionings from within and to transform them through chi summoned in the form. In doing so, the monks realised that there were different energies that rose from the centre of each person. Each of these energies served a specific purpose, which determines our emotions, thoughts, movements and the interaction of the self. Emotions are meant to protect humans and teach them not only to feel themselves, but also to interact with the complex existence of life.
The main movements of Bagua Zhang are performed with the joints & tendons. This makes the muscles elastic and loose, the body finer in its mobility. One practices in 8 cardinal directions, taking into account the sky and the earth. One develops a sense for the 8 directions in the practice and thus develops a deep physical-spiritual balance. If the nervous system is activated & blockages are dissolved in Tai Chi, then the blood and the Chi in the body can circulate more freely, among other things, the blood circulates more easily in our body. Health & pure heart strength become noticeable within & without.
In order to achieve self-healing, these energies must be recognised as thoughts, emotions and movements connected to us. The Bagua Zhang was the ideal safe vehicle for seekers to realise these profound teachings. If one succeeds in transforming the burdening emotions, virtuous emotions become free to unite and develop compassion. Practitioners develop more skill, motivation and positive intentions to intervene in their lives. The meditative equivalent of the dynamic Bagua Zhang could be seen as the FUSION of the 5 Elements.