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Reinstating Taiji Classes…(2)   1 comment

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Aloha, I am Reinstating Taiji Classes at Keawakapu Beach in Kihei/Wailea on Wednesdays and Fridays at 8-9 AM. I park at the Mana Kai and walk south about 50 yards to where the Kilohana Drive entrance is to the beach. Parking is also available there.  I hope to see you there soon!

Posted May 4, 2020 by The Maui Taoist in Uncategorized

Americans Suffer Civil Rights Abuse   Leave a comment

 

Illegal cancelation of Taiji Classes.

Our constitutionally guaranteed rights have been stolen from us.

Our Local government is fining people $5000 for going out, doing taiji, even at the beach, no groups of any kind. This is completely illegal and is a travesty to our nation. Local politicians have stolen these rights from us. For the first time in history this has happened. Our way of life is under assault.

Therefore we cannot do Taiji, even though the best place to be is doing qigong and Taiji. For example: 80% of Wuhan flu transmissions happened to quarantined people. The safest place for people to be is outside in sunlight and fresh air, this is scientific fact. Destroying the rights of citizens and not allowing people to go to work is the worst civil rights abuse since slavery in the history of America.

Posted April 21, 2020 by The Maui Taoist in Uncategorized

Taiji Class/Whale Watch Wednesdays and Fridays   2 comments

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Wednesday In Kihei at 8AM

This class has been ongoing for about 17 years. Last year I added a Friday class as well. On Wednesday it is an hour and a half and we work on all three sections of the Long Form. On Friday it is a one hour class and we usually focus more on the first and occasionally the second sections and is better for beginners.

It can be distracting with so may whales less that 200 yards off shore of the Maui Surfside’s north lawn! Many folks attend both days.

Posted March 4, 2020 by The Maui Taoist in Uncategorized

Lahaina Classes enter their twenty first year!   1 comment

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Lahaina 2020

This class started outdoors in early 2000 on the steps of the old Lahaina civic center. A couple of years later, they built us the West Maui Senior Center on Lahaina Luna Street. Now, each Monday I do three classes here. This is my 9 AM class, they know the first two sections of the Long Form. At 10AM I do a beginner Long Form class and at 11:30 there is a Qigong/neigong class.

Posted March 4, 2020 by The Maui Taoist in Dong Forms, Schedules, Uncategorized

Sword, Moon and Mars   3 comments

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Cory Williams, Sword, Moon & Mars. Self portrait, Haiku, Hawaii, September 20, 2018

Practice, Practice, Practice…

This sword posture is called “Seven Stars” in reference to the Big Dipper. The Seven Stars point the way to Tao…

Practice, Practice, Practice…

 

 

Cory Williams ©2018

Posted September 20, 2018 by The Maui Taoist in Posture Gallery, Uncategorized, Weapons

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White Crane Goes Flying   Leave a comment

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The Mountain extends to Heaven,

Where the Wind flows like Water…

The Thunder sparks the Fire,

That fills the Valley and renews the Earth.

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Master Dong Zeng Chen teaching at his 50th annual workshop in Honolulu, February 2018

 

You may see my teacher, Master Dong, do this simple set of moves while at workshops, over and over again when he is alone. I have often wondered what is his meditation, what he is up to? Obviously he is meditating, the form is expressed so beautifully when you can softly walk through these simple meditative routines. I have been copying him and a had a break-through today in training.

The Book of Changes, “I Ching” follows the changes of Heaven and Earth through symbolism. Yin/Yang is expressed in folding, rolling patterns that, like the DNA molecule, make a double helix woven tapestry expressing the changes of life. The eight changes represent different energies.

Heaven and Earth, Water and Fire, Mountain and Valley, Wind and Thunder, are the changes of Tao.

If you have never read the I Ching, it is a classic Taoist source book I recommend reading.  Watching Sifu, this is what I see him doing, expressing the eight “bagua” of the I Ching like a monk counting rosary beads, it is a spiritual meditation. Every Taiji posture expresses one or more of these energies;

  1. Mountain, Keeping Still… Shoulder strike
  2. Heaven, the Creative… Warding off
  3. Wind, the Gentle… White Crane Spreads Wings
  4. Water, the Abysmal… Lifting Hands
  5. Thunder, the Arousing… Pull Down
  6. Fire, the Clinging… Push (down)
  7. Lake, Valley the Joyous… Rollback
  8. Earth, the Receptive… Gathering qi and repeat

You can do this simple routine over and over on both sides continuously.

At the top of the page, is just a little poem written to help me focus on Taiji moves, Shoulder strike (Mountain) is “Kao” energy merging into “Peng” (ward-off) energy= Heaven, White crane spreads wings, move like Wind.  Wind is “Lie” (splitting) energy, Lifting hands flows like Water and pull down, is  “Tasi” energy, Thunder, Fire fits here as “An” energy directed downwards as the pull down ends, into “Valley” or Lake (emptiness) and  “Lu” (rollback) which returns to Earth energy…

Never stop practicing, though many things can get in your Way.  Being part of the Way, to be a Wayfarer, is that we never stop practicing; we cannot stop, life is a river of change.

 

 

 

Cory Williams ©2018

 

 

 

 

Nei Gong Class   1 comment

Kaunoa, Thursday at 12:30 Pm

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Return to oneness, the most incredible journey you can take

Thank you all for making Nei Gong Class a success! The Tuesday class is no longer ongoing! We will keep Thursdays and Mondays open, so come join the journey!

Kaunoa has been great by allowing this advanced qigong and meditation practice to be born for our students.  This new class comes about so that more people can find the path to inner harmony and folks can now practice more often.

Sitting and forgetting meditation, and an adaptation of Dao yin, is an addictive practice! Finding true patience, and connecting with internal energy can lead you close to the Absolute, unity with the One.  Why only do that once a week!

Nei Gong classes are two times a week, Lahaina on Mondays at 11:30 and at Kaunoa on Thursdays at 12:30.  The response from students is heartwarming, compared with personal practice at home, the group classes are more meaningful and more effective.

Come and enjoy this Qigong/meditation class and explore the final frontier!

Practice, Practice, Practice…..

 

 

Cory Williams ©2018

Taoist Meditation Lesson #9, Nei Gong Lesson #1, The path of Inner Alchemy   1 comment

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Announcing NEW Nei Gong Class at Kaunoa Senior Center
Thursdays at 12:30 PM

Nei Gong
Taoist internal qigong. All levels of students can enjoy these simple therapeutic Dao Yin sitting exercises, and learn the secrets of the sages, embryonic breathing, microcosmic orbit, internal alchemy, Taoist Zouwang “sitting and forgetting” meditation. Find an inner peace and openness, freedom from emotions and evaluations, access internal energies, transform your body and your mind.

The Taoist creation story reads like this, first came the One, from the One came the two, and the three, thus were created the “ten thousand things.” To unite with Tao, is the path of return, return to the primordial… From the ten thousand things, find the three, and then the two, then return to the one. Only the One can return to the source of all things.

A long time ago in a land far away, great sages lived long and happy lives. Seeking immortality, many Chinese people have lived to be well over one hundred years of age. One man, Li Ching Yuen, is documented to have lived to the ripe old age of 256 years. There are undoubtedly many such individuals that lived that long before the government started keeping any records. Blessed with herbs, spices, silk, art, and abundant natural resources, the Chinese people had most of their needs met by nature. While Europeans were busy building ships and exploring the world in search of such things, the Chinese devoted their time to the quest for longer lives to enjoy their blessings.

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Li Ching Yuen, at 256 years, he is the oldest (documented) human known

 

The quest for longevity and even immortality was sort of a national past-time in China. Leading the way in this adventure were the Taoists, although they were not called that in the beginning. Taoism is not so much a product of Chinese thought as Chinese thought is a product of Taoist philosophy. The ancient Taoists were experts in all the sciences, medicine, astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy. They knew that all the really important answers could be found in nature. Living to at least one hundred years of age was considered normal, using herbs, certain diets, Daoyin exercises, meditations, and philosophy, they developed longevity techniques that have not been improved upon by any modern science.

Modern science sometimes seems to be used against us, by deceit and unethical people, for example the United States government still recommends an unhealthy diet that was forced upon us by politicians. There is no money in giving people free information that can extend their lives. Instead, pharmaceutical companies can sell you a pill, and the government tries to force doctors to deceive patients as they often are unwitting accomplices plied by outdated “scientific evidence”.

Modern humans, it seems, need to look elsewhere for their health; heal thyself. The best place to start would be to go back in time to before the days of chemicals and agriculture, a time when we lived long healthy lives. Living close to nature is the Taoist ideal. If you could live in such a way, you would wake at dawn, sleep at night, eat a natural diet of real food, and spend time meditating, and doing moderate exercise.

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Taoist health and medical practices and inventions, such as Qigong, Herbal medicine, Tui Na massage, and Acupuncture, are the four branches of traditional Chinese medicine. Longevity is so much more than “health and medicine” however, yet unfortunately that is the mind-set in western societies. I dare say, you cannot live to be over 100 years old with just health and medicine. It takes something more, another level of health, mental, emotional and spiritual.

Most of the suffering I see is caused by emotional excess and this leads to mental instability, and when the mind and emotions are in turmoil, your spirit suffers. When these things happen, and it may or may not make you “sick,” but you will live a shorter, less happy life. Being angry, always evaluating every situation to the point of emotionality, holding resentment for supposed past wrongs, and over-thinking, all leads to hidden stress that can shorten your life on Earth.

If there was a philosophy, where you would stop judging others and yourself, allowing you to enjoy the beauty around you, and if you could avoid the thinking/feeling/reacting feed-back loop that leads to slow self destruction,  if you could learn to forget, you could share your gifts with all the world.

If there was a way of viewing yourself as a divine creation of Heaven and Earth, and to visualize nature’s grand design, you could see how your hormones, emotions and mind can combine to jerk you into altered states or take your spirit to heaven while your’re still in your body!

If you could eat a healthy natural diet full of healthy fats and low carb vegetables, avoiding grains, and getting the right amount of protein and 8 hours of restful sleep, your mind would be clear of the glucose induced brain fog, and your liver would be free of toxins, and your moods stable.

If you could do simple enjoyable exercises that tone your internal organs as well as the “superficial body,” you would be making neural transmitters and life sustaining hormones. If you could find and open all the areas that hold stuck energy, and open the blockages on your spine, you could open the path to the spirit as well as lower your blood pressure without raising your heart rate.

What if you could let go of your own mind, perhaps you could comprehend all things…

Welcome to Inner Alchemy, the ancient tradition of Nei Gong. Start by laying a foundation of Dao yin exercises, focused breathing and building your body’s internal medicines such as hormones. Then you could see how you are connected on the inside, energetically, from the bottom where your earth nature dwells and hormonal chemistry supports your basic essence. Learn to connect the energy centers from bottom to the top. At the heart center, where we have our heart-mind, emotions and such, there are mechanisms that can control our hormones and neural transmitters. Learn to feel the energy that connects the lower regions with the brain, your spirit center.

There can be no direct explanation of where we end up. That is the great mystery of all mysteries. Developing coping strategies for life will help us lead a longer happier life; these same skills give us the patience that allow us to appreciate all of life and prepares us for the unknown.

Nei Gong is a way of life to guide you back to the source of creation, and yet it is very simple. It is a progressive transformation that is totally natural, and if followed with vigor and passion you may attain Tao itself.

The great Taoist sage Lao Tzu said, “My way is simple, but no one can follow it”.

Imagine returning to a place free of thought, free of bodily pain and emotions. Floating in the womb of the great mother, an embryo, adrift in time upon and endless sea, One with all of creation; a place of infinite possibilities and peace.

Copyright Cory Williams 2017

Get a grip on reality, read “Nature is Reason”

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Thank You Sifu   2 comments

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With my teacher Grandmaster Dong Zeng Chen and Keith at the Maui workshop 2017

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Maui Workshop 2017

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These are some pages from Masters new book unnamed

Our workshop was fantastic! Thanks to Gerri Nishida for making it all possible.

Taiji Gong   Leave a comment

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In the beginning:
The peacock spread his tail and pushed away the fairy crane, hands moving like clouds he strikes the tiger and parts the wild horses mane. Then the fair maiden saw the golden rooster bend his bow and shoot the tiger and carry the tiger back to the mountain.

Just a little Chinese poem to remember Dong Zeng Chen’s “Taiji Gong”

Peacock spreads his tail (Ward off)
Push
Fairy crane (White crane spreads it wings)
Move hands like clouds
Strike the tiger
Parting the wild horses mane
Fair maiden works at the shuttles
Bend bow and shoot tiger
Carry tiger, return to mountain

 

This poem helps to remember the Taiji forms repeated in the Taiji Gong Qigong. These nine movments capture the spirit of Taiji; this can be enjoyed sitting or standing. Warm-up,,,,start with zhan zhaung training, wuji. Then repeat each move left and right three, five or seven times each.

Sifu’s father also had a “Taiji gong” we’ve been doing for many years. See “Tiger Mountain”

 

Copyright Cory Williams 2016

Time to register For Master Dong   1 comment

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Sifu will be here February 9-12th 2017

Here is the registration form:

Dong Workshop Maui 2017

Posted January 11, 2016 by The Maui Taoist in Uncategorized

Qigong on Maui in the news!   2 comments

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Expert Qigong instructor Cory Williams teaches the concepts of energy arts on the lawn at Kaunoa Senior Center.

Maui Mindset

The Valley Isle has some of the happiest seniors in Hawai‘i. Is it simply a Maui state of mind? Or is there more to it?

by Aimee Harris from Generations Magazine

The fact that each year people from all over the world move to Maui to retire must say something … or perhaps it says a lot.

During a recent trip to the Valley Isle, Generations Magazine found two qualities that make Maui County a magnet for the more mature crowd: Residents are very civic minded, and the county’s elected officials care for its seniors — both in word and in deed.

“What makes Maui attractive is our philosophy of taking care of each other,” says Ruth Griffith, administrator of Kaunoa Senior Services, a division of the County of Maui’s Department of Housing and Human Concerns. “Maui County is made up of small communities. We look out for one another. Even our seniors who receive support services want to give back to the community, whether its by helping our children, volunteering for local nonprofits or assisting the sick and frail. Maui seniors play a vital role in maintaining our thriving communities.”

In government, elected officials support senior health and fund senior programs even during hard times, such as the most recent recession. “Maui County is amazing in terms of its commitment to seniors,” says Griffith.

Due to the Baby Boomer generation, the number of people turning 60 in Maui County will nearly double by 2020, according to the Maui County Office On Aging. In addition, there is an unreported number of seniors who move to Maui County to retire each year.

In response to Maui’s next big wave of seniors, the county is placing more focus and funds on health, well-being and prevention. “It’s our job to find ways to keep seniors healthy, engaged and giving back to the community because they are a gold mine of information, time and wisdom,” says Griffith.

Of the many services and organizations in Maui County, Kaunoa Senior Center in Pa‘ia and the West Maui Senior Center in Lahaina serve as central hubs of activity for senior programs and activities. The centers provide opportunities for seniors to learn and grow through five ongoing, countywide programs:

● Leisure/Wellness Programs

● Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

● Congregate Nutrition Program

● Assisted Transportation Program

● Meals On Wheels

● Adventures, Ambitions & Altruism

The article is about Kaunoa in general, and the only thing about qigong here is the photo. Thank you to everyone for helping to get this image as the center two page spread lead photo. Increasing awareness about the Taoist arts is very helpful and we are very grateful to Generations Magazine for using our class as an example of “the happiest seniors in Hawai‘i.”

Read the entire article here: Generations

Posted December 17, 2013 by The Maui Taoist in Uncategorized

Relax, Peace is within you…   6 comments

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Each day is a new beginning.
I believe many people today are arriving in the “New Millennia” finding out that everything has changed!
We are all fully realized in the material world. How else could you be reading this now?
It seems to me that we should want for nothing material anymore. The human race has definetly mastered materialism.
Today the world finds itself in many conflicts of culture and ideology, numerous countries are coming apart as well.
This time in human history we have more important things to resolve as we evolve as humans.
I believe spiritual and scientific paradoxes, if reasoned out, can be the breakthrough that transforms the human race.
Qigong, is spiritual and scientific, Taoist philosophy resolves and harmonizes all paradoxes.
Qigong can bring the human race to a new awakening like no other discipline in history.

Train each day,
Know that every breath is the spirit returning,

Reduce your desires and cravings…
Simplify your involvements in the world…
Calm your mind and let go your burdens.

Enter the enlightened age of peace and harmony through Taiji!

Copyright Cory Williams 2013

Tranquility   3 comments

 

Tranquility

 

Tao gives and gives and yet it is never exhausted, it wants for nothing as it is always giving. All things return to the source; the more they give the more they receive.

I drink from the mother’s breast, connected with the one source. The mother’s milk nourishes me and I shall want not for things of this world. I am not my mind, or my body or my emotions…. I am spirit.

I am the eye of the hurricane, a still point within the vortex of the matrix. The world blows by as everyone scurries about, but I alone am unmoved by mundane things. I want nothing from anyone but to be left in peace.

Sometimes I’m ahead and then sometimes I’m behind, and yet it matters not. My life is not for others, I am the flame, I cannot be burnt.  I have died the little death…. The past is irrelevant, the future does not exist… my spirit lives now and that is all that matters.

Posted October 21, 2010 by The Maui Taoist in Tao, Uncategorized

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Sitting Qigong Class at Kaiser   1 comment

Maui Lani Clinic October 14th 21st and 28th  11-12 noon

I’ll be sharing some things I’ve learned from Dong Zeng Chen

Learning to do seated qigong is part exercise and part meditation and unlike almost anything you have ever done before. Tuning up your internal energies such as, breath, circulatory, nervous, chemical, hormonal, mental, emotional and spiritual systems is a key reason we take up Taiji.

Doing seated qigong effects a person differently from Taiji, focusing the mind more inwardly connecting with a different set of channels that flow qi in your body, mind and spirit. As Taiji (for a beginner) is about moving the body around, sitting qigong is more about moving energy around within the body.

Movement and stillness……Alternating between movement and stillness, learning to sublimate your energy, changing matter into energy directly, using the mind to focus the qi……Calming your mind and healing past emotional traumas, getting clear internally, feeling the growing spirit within you. All these things bring you a new level of self-awareness.

Wuji, Qigong and Taiji: all these methods work in concert to improve your life. We need to balance movement with stillness, standing with sitting, internal and external, yin and yang into yin/yang. Doing sitting qigong fills a void in my life in a way that standing and Taiji cannot.

Learning the basics of seated qigong may be the most valuable experience of your life.

Follow the link below to sign up:

https://members.kaiserpermanente.org/kpweb/classes/detailpage.do?bodyContainer=/htmlapp/feature/030classes/HAW/MauiLaniC/HAW-MauiLani-Exercise-ChairQigong.html

Taiji and Qigong at the Smokestack   1 comment

“Plantation Days” celebration in Lahaina (Last years poster) Click image to enlarge

I’m going to be demonstrating Taiji and Qigong at this celebration.  This is looking like it’s going to be a fun time for the whole family on two nights in Lahaina.  Food, music, and Taiji….. Plus lots more; something for everyone.

I do a lot with the Wo Hing Temple in Lahaina as part of the Taoist tradition. My friend Busaba Yip Douglas is always a pleasant soul to work with and this time she has me doing a Taiji and qigong demo as well as a late night meditation session at this exciting event.

The event is for two days, Friday and Saturday October 22nd and 23rd.
I will be there from 5:00 PM until 10:00 both nights.  I usually just keep doing Taiji and qigong for three or four hours just to add some ambiance to the evening. I hope to see you there….

Activities at the Chinese Cultural Festival Area
FRIDAY OCT. 22
5pm – Chef Dean: Cooking Demo by UHMC
6pm – BLACKOUT ON ALL ACTIVITIES
7pm – Chinese Contribution to Hawaiian Plantation by Fawn Shang Hug (powerpoint)
8pm- Tai Chi – Qi Gong by Cory Williams

Ongoing activities/displays:
6-8pm:  Chinese knotting by Brenda Wong
Children’s Activities:  Chinese Fan Making, Dragon and Lion Hand Puppets, Chinese Lanterns
Chinese Lion Display
Chinese Contribution to Hawaiian Plantation Display
Wo Hing Display: Annual Cultural Festivals and Celebrations in Lahaina
Chinese Food and Ingredients Display
DVD presentation on Chinese History, Traditions, and Healing Arts
SATURDAY OCT. 23
4pm – 5pm Nien Gao Demonstration (Chinese New Year Rice Cake) by Teresa Zhang
6pm – 7pm Tai Chi -Qi Gong Demonstration by Cory Williams
7pm – 9pm Cooking Demonstrations by Chef Bobby Santos

On Going activities/displays:
6-8pm: Chinese Knotting by Brenda Wong
Children’s Activities:  Chinese Fan Making, Dragon and Lion Hand Puppets, Chinese Lanterns
Chinese Lion Display
Chinese Contribution to Hawaiian Plantation Display
Wo Hing Display: Annual Cultural Festivals and Celebrations in Lahaina
DVD presentation on Chinese History, Traditions, and Healing Arts
Chinese Food and Ingredients Display

Posted September 29, 2010 by The Maui Taoist in News and Events, Uncategorized

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Sifu Fong Ha here on Maui!   3 comments

Sifu Fong Ha comes from our lineage.... Starting his Taiji training from Master Dong's grandfather in 1953

Starting September 28th through October 10th Master Fong Ha will be here giving a workshop at Kamaole #3 Beach Park in Kihei.

He will not be here on the weekend of Oct. 2nd & 3rd

There is no charge! Just show up and learn…

6:00 AM   Standing and/or Sitting Meditation facing the Ocean, along the fence just above the beach about midway in KAM III (some folks have a hard time figuring out where they are)

7:00 AM Qigong & Taiji walking (easier for beginners)
8:00 AM  to 9:00 AM   Long Form Taiji

I recently discovered that he first learned Taiji from  Tung Ying Jieh (Master Dong’s grand father)  in 1953.  I will be there on Thursdays Sept 30th and Oct. 7th and Monday Oct. 4th and some mornings before my classes start elsewhere.

There is a link to his website on the “Taiji Facts” sidebar.

This is a rare opportunity to train with a living legend; I hope to see you there.

Fong Ha (510)524-4728  email:fongha@fongha.com

Posted September 17, 2010 by The Maui Taoist in News and Events, Uncategorized

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Devotion to Spirit   3 comments

 

Zhong Xue Chao, (Bing), is a Taoist monk and grew up training on Wudang Mountain. He is the purveyor of wudangdao.com, and he exemplifies the essence of Tao

Devotion to training is its own reward.  Making love to the energy that sustains you nurtures your soul.  Embracing the feeling that moves us is simple. Why would anyone not keep training; I am not sure I could relate to that?

Master Dong was just here, and I spent 18 hours with him over a weekend, that week I also had 11 classes and spent an additional few hours training on my own….the result of over 30 hours of Taiji and Qigong training in one week?  I want more!

I just added two new weekly classes (soon to be announced) and I am doing a series of Qigong seminars with Kaiser October 14th, 21st and 28th.  I also have renewed energy for my personal training showing up one hour early to all my regular classes to train on some new and some old forms.  Therefore, I will be stepping up my training to about thirty hours every week.  My point is this, the more you feel your Qi the more it will provide for you that which you know in your heart is the best thing for you.

Once you learn the secret of the energy, that being the fact that YOU are made of energy, know that, cultivate that, and fully embrace that concept, your life will completely change.  What you thought “life” was will be redefined.  Life is Energy! It lives in you, you control this energy, and it will heal you from within if you let it.

Have you ever noticed how much energy you have when you feel inspired, like if you fall in love…? You can clean house, go to work, and never get tired? Energy comes to you from a mysterious place, we have all have had these feelings…..Would you be “depressed” if you won the lottery?  Would you be “bored” if you had a million dollars in your pocket?

The winning lottery ticket is as simple as devotion to Qigong training.

What do you do? Diet and exercise   4 comments

Temptation is in the small things…..
Love is patient endurance……

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Imagine you are a Taoist… you wake up in the morning and do your Qigong while your blood sugar and adrenalin levels are high.
Then you have some fruit, later for lunch, a nice salad with some veggies.  When you are done for the day, when you can relax, you enjoy a piece of fish, some meditation and then off to a restful sleep…

I have a food/nutrition philosophy; mostly, I only eat food.  By that, I mean “food that a natural person would eat”.  For example, in nature, there are no such things as bread or cheese, or packaged foods, and most food we now eat cooked was consumed raw.  I am not against cooked food, but mostly keep to raw foods.  In the cooked food area, I think we need to cook our meat these days, and I occasionally eat cooked beans and rarely even potatoes.

For the most part, I eat as if I was a natural person living in the natural world; fruit, vegetables, and some meat make up the lion’s share of my diet. Did you know that in countries where we consider people “under nourished” there is a longer life expectancy than here in America? Most people just eat too much of the wrong foods at the wrong times…

Another principle I mostly adhere to is that of proper food combining or for me actually, not combining…   Because of the facts of the body’s digestive system, we can optimize our diets to work in harmony with our natural attributes.  For example, our digestive juices are specific for certain foods and bad combinations can cancel out the chemistry so we get poor or no digestion. Also drinking after eating dilutes the digestive acid causing incomplete digestion.  Starch like bread, rice, or potatoes, require a different chemistry then protein; this can lead to such things as un-digested meat rotting for days inside our intestines.

Meals as common as “Fish and rice” or Steak and potatoes” “Spaghetti and meat sauce” and even the “Sandwich” are all recipes for poor digestion and I avoid them.  The main idea is, never mix anything with fruit, and do not mix proteins and starches.

A typical day’s food consumption for me would be something like this…
Mornings, from 6 AM until noon I only eat fruit ….
Afternoons I limit my food intake to vegetables and possibly a small amount of either meat or a starch.
Evenings from 6 PM until nine I would eat my meat meal.
Do not eat or drink anything after the meat or after 9 PM.

Fruit can move through you in an hour, veggies take about 4 hours but meat takes 8 hours to digest. Wait that amount of time between meals to avoid stimulating conflicting digestive chemistry. This way everything gets a chance to digest well.

Do whatever you want to when you eat out or are visiting friends do not be a “Food Nazi”; I’m just suggesting some common sense guidelines for your information.  Don’t be self-righteous about it; just remember: “Temptation is in the small things and love is patient endurance”.  In time, you will see the truth and adapt to a more healthy way of living.

I have cured my acid stomach problems, quit eating empty calories, eliminated almost all sugar, dairy, gluten, starch, fat, supplements, medicines, drugs and alcohol from my diet,  and lost over fifty pounds… effortlessly.

We may never achieve the bodies depicted above, and yet we can all dream…. and do our best to be the best we can be. Somewhere inside of us is the image of the perfect self; hold to that image and take right action.

Proper assimilation of food and daily morning qigong is a perfect two-prong approach to balanced health.

Memorial Day   2 comments

We owe our way of life to our fallen heroes

Remembering those that have fallen to preserve our way of life…

What ever our desires, hopes and dreams may be, Americans are uniquely blessed with freedom to do so.  These days we are losing our freedoms little by little, it has been said, “Every day congress meets, we lose a little bit of our freedom”.

I saw a bumper sticker the other day it read, “If you can read, thank a teacher. If you read English thank a Vet”.

Holding to your values, principles, and traditions is not always easy or popular.  Even in our home lives and among friends and associates we are challenged constantly.  I say: Without temptation, there is no claim to virtue.  Warriors know these things, even if they do not “think” about them.  No one wants to die for his country and yet without a peaceful homeland we cannot raise peaceful people.

Keeping America safe is a noble honor.  Keeping babies, women and children, families and homes, towns and cities free requires a strong commitment to our country. No one is more committed to this cause than our warriors and they have my deepest respect.

Yet we are all challenged by temptation to doubt and apathy from preserving the virtue of our spirits.  Every challenge we meet is an opportunity to practice our skills. To be a scholar-warrior is a calling to protect ourselves from the assaults of life.

Stand up for who and what you are, be plain spoken and kind, speak the truth, be firm but flexible.  Forgive and overlook other people’s shortcomings on the spot.  Do not be affected by things out of your control. Do your part and be brave and strong in the face of everyday challenges. Live a free life, one of opportunity and pursue happiness and;

Remember those who gave their lives so that you can.

Posted May 31, 2010 by The Maui Taoist in Uncategorized

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