Qigong

Heaven and Earth – The Foundation of Qigong Training

»Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Qigong | 2 comments

The Place Where Heaven and Earth Combine     The ocean. That place in the distance where heaven and earth converge, where heaven and earth unite in perfect beauty.  The great still place where Eugene O’Neill could find joy in his heart and unification with God.  I once heard someone say that the sea represents the unconscious for all of life on earth. This great vast watery mass filled with the hopes, dreams, fears, regrets and nightmares of our past, present and future.  What else could it be?  For the scientist maybe its noting more than H2O.  For the artist maybe its lines, shapes, colors.  For the dancer it could be nothing but rhythms and movement. For the actor it could be a great audience – watching you – watch it.  For the big...

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The First Brocade of Ancient Taoism

»Posted by on Apr 12, 2011 in Internal Practices, Qigong | 18 comments

The First Brocade of Ancient Taoism

What Are the Brocades? These are a series of essential Taoist sitting practices for longevity and healing.  A brocade is an image woven into cloth or silk and the exact origin of these exercises is unknown.  I believe that these exercises were so named, because they were originally found to be a series of printed exercises and postures that were woven into silk.    Whether they stem from one particular ascended master, or whether they are a culmination of extracted wisdom, passed over generations from master to disciple, from various esoteric, healing, and martial traditions remains unknown.  The fact that we have access to such powerful tools for health and longevity is a true gift for all of us who desire to study them.  Not much is written in English about the...

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Top 10 Recommendations Before Starting a Qigong Practice

»Posted by on Feb 8, 2011 in Internal Practices, Qigong | 17 comments

Top 10 Recommendations Before Starting a Qigong Practice

WHAT IS QIGONG? Many of my readers and business partners will most likely not have any idea as to what Qigong actually is.  When asked by people what it is I do, and I respond by telling them that I am a ‘Qigong Man’, many don’t know what it is. The first association they make is to the practice of Tai Qi.  Tai Qi has been pretty mainstream in the English speaking world since the 1960’s.  Until then it was just something that Asian people practiced in parks in the morning. A mysteriously slow moving set of exercises that looked totally boring! Since its inception into our mainstream culture, compounded with the scientific revelations of its various physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits; Tai Qi has grown to wide popularity here in the...

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The Metaphysical Actor Part Two – The Tao of Acting

»Posted by on Jan 17, 2011 in Acting, Qigong | 4 comments

THE METAPHYSICAL ACTOR Continued From Part One When the Control Comes In Basically we are looking for a way to keep our mental control out of the way once a truthful performance begins to gather momentum.  As Stanislavski said, “when the subconscious, when intuition enters into our work we must know how not to interfere.” Our next set of questions are – why would an interference take place? What is the nature of the interference?   I believe that most actors wish to fulfill the demands set forth to them by the writer and the story.  The primary demand is that we play truthfully within the given circumstances.  Now when those circumstances are Hamlet’s first glimpse of his father’s ghost or Henry V rousing his troops into battle the actor must meet the...

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