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Introduction to Taoism

Introduction to Taoism
Taoist Meditation
Chi Kung/Nei Kung - Internal Taoist Yoga
Tai Chi
Taoist Sexology
Chi Nei Tsang - Hands on Healing
Chi Nei Tsang Certification Program

Introduction to Taoism

What is Taoism?

Taoism is a spiritual system developed in ancient China, probably dating back to shamanistic practices of six thousand years ago. The goal of Taoism is difficult to put into words and ultimately remains a mystery. However, it is associated with unity, wholeness, and being fully present and alive in the moment. The practices have been refined over thousands of years to achieve physical, emotional, and spiritual harmony, regaining our natural state of wisdom and vitality.

Healing Tao System

The Tao system is a total Body-Mind-Spiritual practice. Even though it may look complicated, it is pretty simple and easy if you learn and practice it step-by-step. It is more important to practice and to enjoy the practice than to constantly try to learn more and more.

The Practice of Being Present

A strong foundation in being present and alive in the moment will benefit our practice. To be fully present, one can release thoughts and emotions of the past and the future. Western psychology often takes the position that focusing on and understanding the past can lead us to a better future. Instead Taoists empty themselves of these concerns and perspectives. They believe that the past and the future serve only to distract oneself, from the ultimate goal - residing in the Tao where the greatest energy and peace is possible. Release judgment! Addressed in all coursework

Taoist Meditation

Transform Stress into Vitality
Inner Smile and Six Healing Sounds

Learn simple exercises and meditations that can counteract the effects of stress in our daily life. These energy transforming exercises are simple and only take 20 minutes a day to practice, yet they have powerful and long-lasting effects. This class includes the Inner Smile, the Six Healing Sounds, Nei-Kung, and breathing exercises. This class is an excellent introduction to the many aspects of the Healing Tao, and can also be used as an advanced practice.

Microcosmic Orbit Meditation

Opening the Microcosmic Orbit is the ancient foundation for healing, martial arts, and the practice of being present. This meditation allows energy from the navel center to flow up the spine, to the head, and returning down through the chest back to its origin. Energy circulates naturally through this orbit unifying the physical, emotional, and spiritual centers. Being present and releasing all resistance to this natural flow, achieves rejuvenation, longevity, and healing.

Fusion of the Five Elements I

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

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

The third level of Fusion of the Five Elements completes the cleansing and opening of the eight extraordinary vessels, 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

Chi Kung/Nei Kung - Internal Taoist Yoga

Iron Shirt Chi Kung I

Powerful internal and external Chi Kung practices for use in martial arts, healing, and meditation. Iron Shirt develops a flexible, "steel-like" body, strengthening the tendons, ligaments, and muscles. These standing and moving Chi Kung postures create extraordinary health, strength, and vitality.

Iron Shirt Chi Kung II: Changing the Tendons

In this second level of Iron Shirt Chi Kung, the standing and moving postures from the Iron Shirt I become more refined. When the body is more unified and connected, it can become a single unit of movement. This practice develops true internal strength. By reestablishing this connectedness within the body, we become more natural and intrinsically powerful. This ability has been long coveted and sought after by martial artists and is also an essential component in healing and transmitting life-force. Pre-requisite: Iron Shirt I

Iron Shirt Chi Kung III: Bone Marrow Nei Kung

In the third level of Iron Shirt, you will learn how to cleanse and grow the bone marrow, regenerate sexual hormones and store them in the connective tissue, tendons, and marrow, as well as how to direct your internal power to the higher energy centers. This level of Iron Shirt works directly on your organs, bones, and tendons to strengthen your entire system beyond its ordinary capacity. An extremely efficient method of vibrating the internal organs enables you to shake toxic deposits out of the inner structure of each organ by enhancing Chi circulation. This once highly secret method of advanced Iron Shirt, also known as the Golden Bell System, draws the energy produced in the reproductive system into the higher energy centers to carry out advanced Taoist practices. Iron Shirt Chi Kung is one of the five essential branches of Taoist Esoteric practice.

Golden Elixir Chi Kung

A beautiful and graceful Chi Kung form consisting of eleven postures designed to gather the subtle energies of the golden elixir for healing and spiritual transformation.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi Chi Kung: Thirteen Movement form

This Tai Chi form consists of thirteen movements or postures. This practice develops strength, continuity, and the ability to move in all directions. The main emphasis is on structure, alignment, and the ability to move as one unit. Tai Chi is the art of effortless power and is the moving meditation. The beginner's class emphasizes posture, good alignment, correct movement, and internal energy structure. The benefits include enhanced physical health, strength, and longevity.

Tai Chi Chi Kung II

This form is similar to Tai Chi-Chi Kung I, but focuses on the ability to move quickly while staying connected to our intrinsic energy. These circular movements are ideal for developing strength, rooted ness, and the ability to move as one unit. This course goes deeper into martial arts applications for self defense.

Tai Chi Chaun (24 posture Mainland China Form)

This is a beautifully constructed form which has become a standard form to learn the principals of the Yang Style Tai-Chi.

Taoist Sexology

Taoist Secrets of Love
Healing Love Through the Tao

Sexuality is an integral part of the Taoist spiritual practice. The more we understand about the Tao of Sexology, the healthier the body and the emotions will be. The transformation of sexual energy into healing will help relationships by evolving them, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Learning these secrets of managing male and female sexual energy can improve sexual performance and relieve tension. Also the practices can help improve menstrual, menopausal, hormonal and prostate conditions and can be practiced alone or with a partner.

Chi Nei Tsang - Hands on Healing

Healing Self-Massage

Through simple yet powerful massage techniques, we utilize our energy to strengthen the body and its internal connections. Combining massage with the energy of one's awareness helps dissolve resistance which contributes to the aging process, causing stress and disease. This practice strengthens the internal organs and improves our senses and awareness.

Chi Nei Tsang I

A powerful hands-on healing technique that utilizes the five major systems of the body: vascular, lymphatic, nervous, muscular, and chi. These systems are connected to the abdominal center, where unreleased stress and tension may cause obstructions. Through simple manipulations of the abdominal area, we can release physical, emotional, and mental resistance that can cause illness. Learn Five Element body diagnosis and how to transmit healing energy to others without depleting one's energy. This powerful practice is long-lasting and can be used for self-healing.

Chi Nei Tsang II

Chi Nei Tsang II works primarily with the opening and releasing of trapped energy within the body. These trapped energies can weaken the nervous system and the internal organs, and disturb emotional energy. Releasing this resistance within the body can help reestablish the mind's clarity and our natural state of good health. The body regains its equilibrium and intrinsic strength.

Chi Nei Tsang Certification Program

Become a Practitioner of Chi Nei Tsang:
Programs offered through out the year. Check courses.
Certified thru the Healing Tao Instructors Association

Requirements for CNT CERTIFICATION 2002:
CNT 1 Practitioner

*Two weeks of CNT 1 RETREAT TRAINING, or the equivalent
(80 hours training with HTIA certified CNT Teacher)
*One week of BASICS RETREAT TRAINING, or the equivalent
(40 hours training with certified HTIA Teacher)
*One week of FUSION OF THE FIVE ELEMENTS TRAINING or the equivalent
*One week of either TAI CHI CHI KUNG TRAINING or IRON SHIRT CHI KUNG TRAINING or the equivalent
* One weeks of CNT 2 RETREAT TRAINING, or the equivalent (40 hours training with HTIA certified CNT Teacher)

*A minimum of 1 year of Healing Tao training (Basic Healing Tao and CNT experience)
*100 case studies of people worked on. (i.e.. 10 people 10 treatments each or 20 people 5 treatments )
*Self Study of Anatomy and Physiology (approx. 60 hours)

*Students must have received at least 10 treatments from a CNT practitioner or teacher (10 hs)
*Self study supervised and reviewed by a mentor: chi kung and nei kung (meditation) practice (100 hours)

Required Book Reading:
Read: Master Mantak Chia’s Chi Nei Tsang
Read: Master Mantak Chia's Awakening Healing Light; Transform Stress Into Vitality; Iron Shirt Chi Kung; Tai Chi Chi Kung.
Read: Lonny S. Jarrett - Nourishing Destiny, The Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine

Other Book recommendations: Great Suggestions!
Read: Master Mantak Chia's - Chi Nei Tsang 2 and all other books by Master Chia!
Read: Gilles Marin's - Healing From Within with Chi Nei Tsang
Read: Ted Kaptchuk's - The Web That Has No Weaver
Read: Beinfield & Korngold - Between Heaven and Earth
Read: Michael Gershon - The Second Brain
Work: through - The Anatomy Coloring Book
Read: Joseph Netter's Anatomy and Physiology book.
Read: Ashley Montagu TOUCHING; The Human Significance of the skin
Read: Stanley Keleman - Emotional Anatomy

*Student must have a Letter of Recommendation from a certified HTIA Teacher
*Recommended: a letter from the student as to why they want to be a practitioner

*Recommended: letter from the people that received treatment

Testing Procedures:
Demonstration of several CNT techniques:
Interview with at least two CNT Instructors
Testing is designed to be educational not intimidating; filling in the gaps of the students knowledge base.
If the students have done all the above prerequisites,
they are eligible to perform the Demonstration and Interview.

Students need to demonstrate an understanding of the correlations from five element theory.
i.e. Yin/Yang, organ pairing, colors, emotion/virtue. This is one of the things that makes what CNT practitioners offer unique compared to other massage techniques.

CNT 2 Intermediate Practitioner

*A minimum of 1 year of CNT1 Training /Practice

* One week of CNT 2 RETREAT TRAINING, or the equivalent (40 hours training with HTIA certified CNT Teacher and trained in CNT2)

*100 case studies of people worked on. (i.e.. 10 people 10 treatments each or 20 people 5 treatments)
* Show their specialty: CK Healing, emotional release, detoxifying, etc.

* Demonstrate and review Buddha Palm

*A minimum of 1 year of CNT2 Training /Practice

* 30hs experience as assistant teacher (2 weekends)

* 2 CNT Teachers will nominate the potential teacher and submit it to the certification committee for approval.
ounds chi Kung breathing exercises. It is an excellent beginner's introduction to the many aspects of the Taoist energy practices yet can also be used by the advanced practitioner.