Explore the beauty of qigong and dance with the movement of the cosmos.
Come and join me at the beach in North Kihei for Qigong Practice Thursday mornings 6:00 to 8:30 and Monday evenings at 5:30 to 7:30 at “Mai Poina ‘Oe Ia’u” (Forget Me Not) Park. This beautiful park is dedicated to Maui’s veterans that gave their lives for our freedom; it is located across from Makani Kai Beach Villas on Kihei road. There is ample shade even until 10:00, the beach is great and there is a beautiful lawn and picnic area. I tend to gravitate towards the south end of the park or even slightly down the beach from there. This park is walking distance from my current home, so if you do not see my vehicle, I will still be there just FYI.
I will be practicing various qigong methods, spontaneous and forms and meditations; sitting, standing, moving and still. All the myriad qigong skills I know will be done at sometime during these sessions. The focus is primarily on qigong, not Taiji or Gong fu, although only Tao knows what will happen. There will probably not be much teaching going on, there are other times for that! Most people can learn by just doing, and I promise you, whatever level you are at, it will be awesome.
Meditation is the first thing in the morning session and last thing in the evening one. Show up anytime while I am there, no need to be “on time” this is totally avant-garde; all you need to bring is a good attitude! Maybe you could bring a snack to share at our halfway tea break, or not.
Practice, calm the mind and body, awaken the soul, let your spirit find oneness with all things.
Copyright Cory Williams 2012
Aloha, it is time for new beginnings. To Taoists, the winter solstice signifies the culmination of Yin energy: a nurturing of our life force. It is also when the days start to get longer and we start a new solar year.
With each passing year I find more energy within, and you will too if you believe it is possible. Those of you that have joined me on the Way know what I’m saying. Those of you that are new to the Way can learn from the example set by so many that have persevered on their journey. Notice how your love for all things grows…how your acceptance of the way things are sustains your spirit…and the depth of your understanding becomes enlightening.
Those of you that know these things to be true will renew your dedication to studying the way. As always, I am here to help coach you on your way, think of me as your hiking guide, helping you to take your body, mind and spirits on an inward journey to find all the mysteries of life. I know in my heart that I am not overstating this, and you know in your heart that there is so much more to discover as we move through this life.
Keep training…practice, practice and practice some more! To help you, I have dedicated my life to the Way, and this year I will be offering more and more training. For 2013, in addition to my current 15 weekly classes, I will be bringing you many more opportunities to expand your understanding of the great mysteries that lie within each and everyone of us.
This year will be better than ever before!
January 17th and 18th I will be repeating the Tai Chi for Arthritis workshop with help from the other TCA instructors at Kaunoa.
February 9th I will be Demonstrating Taiji and Tai Yi at the Chinese New Years celebration at the Maui Mall at 9:00 AM.
Master Dong’s Camp is March 22nd to the 30th on the Big Island.
Master Dong will also be coming to Maui again in August.
Shifu Fong Ha will be here again in September.
I am hoping to get Master Liu De Ming the creator of the Five Elements Qigong that many of you love so much. That may happen in October.
I am planning on a new sitting Qigong & meditation class early this spring.
I am working on putting together one or two classes on the Eastside and Kula.
The Wudang Class is working on the third section of that form and I will be teaching a beautiful form called Tai Yi Wuxing Quan to them soon.
Also I will be bringing a new system of spiritual & medical qigong called Sheng Zhen Gong to selected classes.
I will also be expanding students knowledge of Chinese Medicine theory and how that can increase your understanding of the Way.
My two other web sites will be flowing with information on Qigong specific topics and Taoist stories and Philosophy.
AND… I am working on more things yet too soon to announce.
We all have within us, all that we need to bring ourselves to higher levels of understanding. The future is bright for followers of the Way. Come and join me, I promise you will never get bored!
Your focus determines your destiny!
Copyright Cory Williams 2012
This Saturday, April 28th, is World Taiji Day when we celebrate the birthday of Wudang Taoist monk Zhang Sanfeng.
I’ll be at Kamaole Beach #III at 9:30, look for me near the south end of the parking lot and we’ll find a shady place to do our thing.
Legend has it Zhang Sanfeng invented what is now known as Taiji and thereby achieved enlightenment. Every year practitioners the world over gather on this day and do qigong and Taiji at 10:0 am local time. The idea is, if we all do Taiji and qigong for an hour, then as the world turns, the next time zone will start as soon as we finish; creating a huge wave of Taiji around the planet!
Anyway, it should be fun, and a great excuse to get together and do Taiji.
Master Zhou and Julie are coming back to Maui soon! Here is the flyer with the schedule. I will post again soon with more details, but this is a quick outline of events;
Sunday Morning we are going whale watching! I will let everyone know what boat/harbor and how many spaces we will have available as well as the price. This should be lots of fun hanging out being social and checking out whales.
Sunday Night join us for a pot luck luau on the beach, location to be announced soon. This was a fantastic night last year!
Monday’s Class will focus on Qigong and will be semi private for my students at a small venue perhaps a private home in Kihei, the cost is $35.00
Tuesday Master Zhou will be at Kaunoa for a “just for seniors” qigong group lesson, the last I checked (Jan. 31) there was room for 6 more students. The cost and payment is at Kaunoa $17.00 call 270-7308 to book.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be our exclusive Taiji Workshop. There will be two 2 & 1/2 hour classes each day focusing on Wudang Taiji principles and form. Any Taiji student will gain a lot of personal time and instruction from Master Zhou regardless of what forms you know already or are learning or your level of experience. Wudang methods will help you take your Taiji to the next level. There will be plenty of time for questions and a lunch break between the two sessions each day. The Cost will be $35.00 per class or $70.00 per day and will also be at a private venue in Kihei.
For information about getting a private lesson from Master Zhou, contact him directly at his web site: Here or email him @ Info@DaoistGate.com
Please help us by supporting this fantastic “Second Annual” workshop with a living treasure from China. Those of you that have never met master Zhou are in for a real treat! Those of you that came last year already know Xuan Yun and Julie are more than emissaries from Wudang Mountain…they are personal friends.
The best way to reach me is to go here and leave a comment.
Copyright: Cory Williams 2012
The Lotus Flower is a symbol of compassion opening in the heart like the bloom of the flower from the swamp in which it grows
The desireless one sees the essence; (the soul)
While the desiring one sees only its manifestation. (the superficial)
Desirelessness is a matter of respectfulness.
Contemplate these statements, ponder them, meditate on them, and if you could have only one desire, make this be your goal:
Overcome your desires and show love to others.
What gift would you offer God? What does the creator of all things need with desires? Tao creates endlessly, it gives away everything it creates and wants for nothing. Is this not love? Wants, desires, expectations, wishful thinking, willfulness, these are all contrivances of ego. True love comes from a place of no desire.
Have you ever heard the expression he or she is “in love with love”? Ah yes, here is a nugget of truth for me. True love is not desire for a person or thing; it is given in the spirit of the thing itself. Wanting nothing for self, only the best for others is love. When two people are “in love with love” there is no desire per se’, there is a spirit of letting nature take its course. When you feel “in love” the love is in you! If that involves another person or thing, then it is desireless towards that thing. When two spirits find each other, that love is beyond desire, that is a Taoist’s view of divine love.
Only when you feel no desire for something, can you truly love it. When the love for all things fills you, it is like a flower blooming inside your heart. As your energy rises up from the earth it opens your heart, it expands outward, filling the whole universe. Your compassion for all things will grow, your love will know no limits; you’ll prosper in all your ways.
The desireless one can discern the true, (soul) essence of things, not limited to only seeing and desiring that which essence has made manifest (superficially) in the material world.
You will learn the true meaning of love, you will gain respect for all things, you will move forward into an understanding of how everything is connected. This is love and fulfillment, this is infinite compassion, this is true understanding…
This is Tao
Copyright Cory Williams 2012
Taoists use a skill called "Tu na" to tune their breath before doing qigong and meditation. Natural Breathing (Shun Hu Xi) is the best place to start.
Effective meditation and qigong both require good breathing skills; this lesson will give you a method that you can use every time you start your practice.
I should begin by saying to just breathe naturally, beware of complicated methods; they are not necessary and can even be harmful. In addition, know that generally Taoist breathing is subtle and you should not even hear yourself breathe. In this method make each inhalation and exhalation of equal duration and breathe in and out from your nose.
Like a fine musical instrument, no mater how well it is played, if you want to make beautiful music you need to tune it up first, until it is harmonious within itself it will not give quality results.
Begin by standing in Wuji Stance, now bring your arms around in front of your lower abdomen and allow them to hang with the hands in front of your pubic region. The first step in tuning the breath is to pay attention to each one of the points along the journey of the breath. Just like a guitar with six strings, a musician tunes one string and then the next in sequence tuning the instrument to a playable condition; I have identified six locations along the path of the breath to assist you in tuning your breath.
Once each location is dialed in we can follow the breath through each one sequentially as we breathe; just like strumming the six strings of a guitar chord. Then we will feel the body resonate; the whole body vibrates just like the body of a guitar. This vibration will float the arms and pull the legs straight as we feel the energy rising with each inhalation.
First we start with the nose, and then continue down to the back of the throat just behind the tongue and then moving further down we come to the trachea. The next step down from there are the actual lungs and then the diaphragm and finally the dantian.
All I want you to do initially is to stand still and breathe in and out your nose. Pay attention to the air going in and out of the nose and you may notice the nostrils flaring and the hairs inside the nose moving back and forth and even whatever scents are in the air coming in. Just take a few breaths to get comfortable noticing that part of your breath path, just breathe in and out…
Next, bring your awareness to the back of the mouth where the tongue starts its descent into the throat. Feel the air cascading over the back of the tongue and epiglottis, it may feel just a little raspy as the air goes over this area. Another sensation you might feel is saliva welling up in the heavenly pool beneath the tongue. Just like before, take a few breaths with your awareness on this location until you can feel the breath there.
The next location on the journey from the nose to the dantian is the trachea. With each breath you will feel the windpipe expanding and you may even notice slight pressures on the thyroid gland as the trachea expands. Feel the air moving through the larynx and the windpipe expanding slightly as the air reaches the lungs. Again, take a few breaths at this location until you are comfortably aware of these sensations.
Now you should feel the air entering the lungs and the top of the lungs expanding slightly. As the air enters your lungs feel the sternum rise and the rib cage expand slightly, keep your awareness here for a few breaths and pay attention to these sensations.
As the lungs fill with air, bring your awareness down slightly lower to the diaphragm muscle at the solar plexus. If you pay attention here you can feel the diaphragm muscle descending upon each breath just as the air starts to enter the lungs. Keep your awareness at this location until you are sure you can feel the diaphragm muscle moving down and up with each breath.
Beneath the diaphragm, bring your awareness to the dantian, now you are in the abdominal cavity. Notice the pressure the descending diaphragm puts on the internal organs. This gentle massaging motion causes your abdomen to move out slightly. Just keep awareness at this location until you can feel the diaphragm pushing on the internal organs and notice that your belly rises and falls with each breath.
Your awareness of each part of the breath is in now enhanced and you are almost all tuned. Like the individual strings of a guitar; one by one each area is in tune with the one next to it. Now bring your awareness back to the nose, this time, follow each breath as it goes through the nose, past the tongue at the back of the throat and moves down the throat and trachea into the lungs. Notice how the diaphragm moves down and up and the dantian moves out and in with each breath. Continue to follow the breath with your awareness as you do all of your various practices that follow.
Now that you have tuned each area and you have followed the path of the breath from top to bottom and from bottom to top you should notice a resonant frequency in your body. Remember your hands lying just in front of your tummy in this position, with the upper arms slightly against your chest? With each breath and subsequent expansion of your abdomen your arms will rise approximately 1 inch away from the dantian. Follow this rising feeling of each inhalation as you inhale and the chest expands, feel the chest rising and the hands floating upwards slightly. Simply let this rising feeling pull the legs slightly straight; remember you were standing in wuji stance with bent knees but now the expanding nature of the breath lifts the whole body up and the legs straighten slightly. When you exhale bend the legs slightly, just allow the hands and arms to float down from their elevated position as the air leaves your lungs and the rib cage returns back to its contracted position.
Each time you breathe you will feel the air come in the nose, past the throat, through the windpipe into the lungs the diaphragm moving downwards and the belly moving out and the hands and legs slowly rising as you fill with air. Each time you exhale as the abdomen contracts and the arms descend, bend your knees slowly back to the beginning position.
Congratulations, you have tuned your breath and you are now doing basic qigong. All you need to do now is continue to pay attention to the tuning of the breath and let the body move in a rhythmic fashion.
I suggest you tune your breath while standing before doing seated qigong and meditation as well. It is much easier to feel the expanding contracting nature of the breath and body while standing. Once the system is tuned and playing along harmoniously with the body moving rhythmically you may commence doing any qigong form that you wish. Simply breathe slower or move the arms and legs faster to keep the timing consistent and with a little practice to be able to do all the qigong you want while keeping the breath tuned continuously.
Whether moving or still, all qigong and meditation practices are more effective by tuning the breath before you proceed; remember, just keep breathing steadily.