In the last pages of this book the reader will find descriptions of the courses and workshops offered by our Universal Tao Centers. This material is also in effect, a comprehensive description of the whole Taoist System. All of my books together will be a composite of this Taoist world view. Each of my books is thus an exposition of one important part of this system. Each sets forth a method of healing and life-enhancement which can be studied and practiced by itself, if the reader so chooses. However, each of these methods implies the others and is best practiced in combination with the others.
The foundation of all practices in the Taoist System, the Micro-cosmic Orbit Meditation, is the way to circulate Chi energy throughout the body and is described in my book, Awaken Healing Energy Through the Tao. This practice is followed by the meditations of the Inner Smile and the Six Healing Sounds, set forth in my book, Taoist Ways to Transform Stress into Vitality. All three meditations are emphasized throughout the Taoist System.
The practices of Iron Shirt Chi Kung are very powerful and therefore very effective. To insure that you carry them out properly, prepare yourself first by learning the Microcosmic Orbit Meditation, the Inner Smile and the Six Healing Sounds. These will enable you to identify and eliminate energy blockages that may occur in your Iron Shirt practice during the learning stages.
Second, learn information contained in the chapter in this book on body alignment.
Third, understand the rooting principles.
Fourth, learn the preliminary exercises until you are proficient at them and comfortable with them. This will give you the conditioning you need to proceed comfortably to the postures.
You can use the complete description of each posture during your learning. The shorter description of each posture is meant as a guide during your practice.
Lastly, we offer to you a suggested practice timetable, although it is not necessary for you to follow it exactly. Use it merely as a guideline for adjusting your own schedule. As you read the information provided in this book and become aware of concepts not contained in Western thought, you will deepen your understanding of the relevancy of these practices to your physical, emotional and spiritual advancement.
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