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Most people experience "being in the flow" or "in the zone" at least once in their lives. If you have ever had such an amazing experience, you will probably never forget how empowered you felt. Being in the flow allows you to feel the flow of Qi - the energy of life. You can learn to perceive the flow of Qi in your body and around it; however, trying to manipulate or direct this flow would only waste your time and energy, just like pushing a river upstream. Instead, through the practice of Qi Dao, you can learn to immerse yourself into the flow of life and enjoy it fully.

Using this book and its companion DVD, as well as the entire Qi Dao Home Study Course, you will learn to love yourself and to pay greater attention to your body, movements and energy. As you develop a greater appreciation of your body, you will learn things about yourself you did not know before. Developing your kinesthetic awareness - awareness of movement - will hone your sixth sense called kinesthesia. Without this awareness of movement you cannot experience life fully, simply because all life is movement.

Awareness of energy will require shifting your attention from the outer forms to the inner essence of everything, starting with yourself. Sensing the resonance of your energy with different opportunities that life presents to you will enable you to choose what works best for you. With practice, you will learn to exercise your freedom, literally, with every step you take on Earth.

You may notice that Qi Dao does not teach you any forms, which allows you to be truly authentic by making choices that resonate with you moment after moment. It will empower you to become more natural and spontaneous as well as to experience a greater sense of well-being and spiritual awakening.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1

Chapter One: Qi Dao Fundamentals

5

Being Natural

10

Being Attentive

12

Being in the Flow

14

Being Awake

15

Chapter Two: The Basics of Harmonious Culture of Movement

19

Natural Stance ___________________________________________________________________________________

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Body Awareness

22

Kinesthetic Awareness

30

Energy Awareness

36

Chapter Three: Exploration of Harmonious Culture of Movement

45

Range of Motion Exploration

47

Flexibility Exploration

60

Chapter Four: Six Directional Movements

77

Forward Push

79

Backward Pull

81

Closing

85

Opening

86

Downward Press

90

Upper Cut

91

Moving with the Energy Ball

95

Chapter Five: Element of Earth Kicks

99

Lotus Kick

100

Roundhouse Kick

10?

Front Kick

104

Self-defense Applications

106

Chapter Six: Holding Patterns

109

Holding Forth

112

Holding Back

115

Holding In

119

Holding Out

122

Holding Down

125

Holding Up

128

Transcending Holding Patterns

132

Conclusion

137

146

About the Companion DVD

147

About the Qi Dao Home Study Course

148

Qi Dao Practitioner Certification Program

Welcome to my world of Qi Dao, the ancient energy art of Tibetan Shamanic Qigong. My spiritual tradition, named Qi Dao (or Ch'i Tao if you like this spelling), which literally means "the path of energy," or "the flow of life force," is a style of Qigong (also spelled Ch'i Kung) rooted in the Tibetan Shamanic tradition of self-realization called B6n. Following many generations of Tibetan lamas and Shamans since time immemorial, I explore this magical world where the stuff of myths and legends is quite real. Along my spiritual journey, the miracles of natural healing and amazing feats of power have been common place. I came to believe that everyone practicing this "Adventure Yoga" can receive revelations directly from spirit and learn to follow the inner guidance to enjoy being in the flow of the dream called life.

Have you ever thought that your life journey was meant to be a grand adventure, rather than a misadventure? Perhaps, you are one of those lucky individuals who have experienced "being in the flow" or. as some athletes call it, uin the zone." If you have experienced it, you will probably never forget the profound sense of harmony associated with being in the flow. And if you have never experienced it, at least, you may be able to imagine yourself being empowered, centered and present. Your imagination may be as potent as your memory in preparing you for this exciting adventure in self-realization and learning to live a dream life.

Imagine a world where men and women can travel through life in harmony with each other and the world around them; where every human being can be in touch with his or her inner nature. Everyone there feels confident and free of any artificial limitations that religions, society, or family upbringing tend to impose on people. In such a dream world, everyone has an opportunity to live a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle, enjoying all the abundance life has to offer. Picture yourself in a world where every child and adult can feel empowered to openly experience and explore their greatest potentials, allowing them to blossom fully. In this dream world, the powers that used to be considered paranormal or supernatural are daily occurrences. Now you have a chance to turn your life into a heroic quest to discover the true nature of Being.

Of course, being in the flow is not an exclusive prerogative of Tibetan lamas and top-notch athletes. Virtually every indigenous nation on the face of the Earth has stories about the heroes, whose lives were dedicated to the exploration of the unknown, be that unknown lands or their inner realms. Those spiritual adventurers, regardless of their origins and personal histories, experienced profound transformations and astonishing feats of power that most people could only dream about. In our Qi Dao tribe, we call this way of being "dream being." which means, among other things, experiencing life as though being in a dream. Dream Being is not only a verb, but also a noun representing the source of all your dreams: daydreams as well as night dreams. It is the mystical source of the big dream called life that in many Oriental schools of thought is referred to as the Dao (or 7ao, if you will).

What is this mystical Dao? It is unseen, but it is everywhere. You may want to know it, but it cannot be intellectually understood. You may strive to find it, even though it has always been within you. uTo become one with the Dao" has been the ultimate purpose of meditation retreats, pilgrimages and other spiritual adventures for millennia. Anyone who experiences oneness with the Dao can effortlessly navigate through life, being continuously in the flow, free of attachments, conflicts, or suffering. Nobody can harm or kill such a person, because anyone who would dare to go against him or her would also go against the power of the entire universe. Such an awakened being can fully enjoy the great power and freedom coming from realizing that the daily life and Dream Being are inseparable.

This awareness, however, has hardly anything to do with intellectual cognition or understanding. The more you try to comprehend this by logically thinking about it, the more you employ your linear mind, which will keep you stuck in the head. Trying not to think about it usually does not help either, because, if you try to stop thinking, you must, at least, have thoughts about not thinking. The practice of Qi Dao offers an alternative way to experience a practice of self-realization tailored for spiritual adventurers that is both extremely effective and easy to implement.

You may be asking yourself, "What does it have to do with me? How can reading this book change the way I live my life?" If you live in a modern society, you are likely to be exposed to so much stress and artificial stimulation that you may feel disconnected from your body, a condition often referred to as "being stuck in the head." This can restrict the free flow of Qi and limit your availability to life.

Being out of synch with the flow of things in your life may even manifest as depression, disease, or chronic pain. The more disconnected you are, the more discomfort you may experience. This book will teach you to switch from going through one misadventure after another (that are usually perceived as problems causing suffering) to living a dream life filled with genuine adventures that you start perceiving as excellent learning opportunities.

To explore this path, begin by taking small steps, which is always easier than taking large leaps. It is like learning a foreign language. First, you learn the alphabet; then, using the letters as building blocks, you learn to form words. Subsequently, you learn grammar that should enable you to put words together to create sentences. With practice, you will develop an ability to communicate more eloquently with others, who speak this language. The language you will learn with the help of this book is the language of Harmonious Culture of Movement.

I recommend using this book (and the Home Study Course based on this book) in two ways: as a guide for learning to be in the flow, no matter where your journeys may take you, and as a tutorial for mutual coaching with your practice partner or partners, practicing with whom can make your exploration more interactive and fun. In case you purchased this book by itself, I highly recommend watching its companion DVD that is available online at www.qidao.org/dvd101. Upon perusing our website, you may choose to deepen your studies by receiving Qi Dao Coaching from me or one of my apprentices. Moreover, you may choose to join one of the programs offered through Academy of Qi Dao to become a Certified Qi Dao Coach yourself, so you can assist others in transforming their lives into profound spiritual adventures. For more information about the Qi Dao Practitioner Certification Program and to register, please go to www qidao.org/program101.

Now, you may be wondering, "Do I have to have a partner to practice Qi Dao with?" Of course, you can and are encouraged to practice it on your own whenever you have a chance. It is more fun and challenging, though, to put to rigorous test all the practices you learn, which is much easier to do with another person. That does not have to be the same person all the time, although some continuity usually helps. Besides, when a person gets to experience just a few applications of even the most basic principles of Qi Dao. he or she will likely become curious to find out more. This is where you will be able to launch your coaching career by encouraging that brave soul to become your regular adventure partner.

Can anyone practice Qi Dao together with you? Ideally, I recommend finding a partner who shares your enthusiasm about venturing outside the box, as it were. In other words, your prospect partner must be eager to explore things that are on the edge of his or her comfort zone. On the other hand, this practice can be beneficial to anyone looking for ways to improve the quality of life in general, or one's mobility, flexibility, wellness, and attitude, in particular.

Hundreds of people from all walks of life completed Qi Dao Coaching programs at my Portland Qigong Clinic, which assisted them with self-healing and advice as to finding more harmonious ways of dealing with the challenges on their life journeys. A much greater efficacy of the semi-private sessions attended by two students or a client and an apprentice gave me the reason to recommend that you also practice Qi Dao with a partner. People often commented about feeling the atmosphere of mutual empowerment and encouragement, which is often lacking in a traditional clinical setting. The effectiveness of the Qi Dao approach to dealing with health, relationship, financial, environmental, and other issues, has been proven time and time again.

On a personal note, as the holder of the Qi Dao lineage, I wish to congratulate you for taking the first steps on this path of self-realization. The basics of Qi Dao presented in this book and its companion DVD will provide you with the knowledge of Harmonious Culture of Movement unique to Qi Dao Masters. Once you have mastered these skills through regular practice, you will be able to apply them in every aspect of your life. As pieces of a puzzle, they will come together to give you a vision of the greater picture of the flow of energy in your world. I have no doubt that, once you have experienced the changes that Qi Dao can bring into your life, you will want to explore more advanced applications of this art covered in my forthcoming books, as well as to join our international tribe of fellow spiritual adventurers. I welcome you to enjoy every step on your journey along this path of living your dreams.

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