Inner Dancing and Drumming

In the Emei Zhengong School, before practicing Qigong forms, we usually start with Dou I4 shaking. Shaking is reminiscent of shamanic dancing and drumming. The ancient shamans regarded the Universal Qi (energy) as a harmonious musical rhythm, the universal vibration. Shaking focuses the body and Shen (spirit) on the universal vibrations we are experiencing. This is a way to awaken the energy and consciousness in the body. Most people do not realize that there is a subtle energy Qi accompanying...

Ling ff Soul

Ling is usually translated into English as soul. Additional meanings include inspiration, transformation, shaman, or spirit. The Chinese character Ling is composed of three parts. The upper part is the radical Yu M for rain. The middle part is composed of three of the same radical, Kou P for mouth. The lower part is the radical Wu a for shaman. This character is an image of a shaman using the mouth to repeat a mantra to bring rain. The shaman has the ability to make the rain happen. This is the...

The Union of Humans and Spirits

In Chinese, Shenffl means spirit, infinite, magic, marvelous, deity, or divine. Hua iffmeans speak, talk, tell, speech, or story. Literally, Shenhua f fff means a story about spirits or gods, and it also means Chinese myths or mythology. There were many ancient Shenhua (myths) in Chinese shamanism. Actually, Shenhua is a doorway to the divine, and the deities in a myth are embodiments Sculptures of a dragon and a tiger made of seashells and placed on either side of a shaman's skeleton from...

Liuhe Liuxu tVj Six Unions Emptiness

In oracle bone writing, Liu looks like a house. In fact, it is the house of the universe itself. We call the cosmos Liuxu, which means six emptinesses, or Liuhe, Observing the universe through the center of the body, we note six directions front, back, left, right, up, and down. Likewise, a hexagram in the Yijing is constructed with six lines and represents the way of the universe. In Yijing science, six is a partner of the number one and is the performing...

An Eternal Life

In the death period of winter, a tree holds its life energy in its roots and waits for spring to come. Seeds embrace their life energy and wait to sprout. This is the death time and the prenatal time, a time of transition. Winter is preparing for spring. It is the time for selecting and storing the best quality seeds for the next year. Once spring comes, the seeds can be planted. This is like the prenatal time before the egg and sperm come together. In the old...

Dao Qi Chang Cn Jt Jjj U Remain in the Dao Qi

Meaning Dao means road, the Way, or universal law. As for the Great Dao itself, words cannot be used to interpret it, but you can experience it through your inner cultivation. Qi is the vital breath of the Dao, the universal life force. Chang means eternal, always, continue, or often. Cun means exist, be real, or The Dao is omnipotent and omnipresent. It is everywhere all of the time. Through our practice, we can access the Dao anytime and anywhere. The Dao is not only for those who are...

The Tranquility of Qigong Practice

Many Qigong friends have told me that their minds always wander from the present at the beginning of their Qigong training. Some friends have given up their Qigong practice because they could not calm down during Qigong. Actually, an uneven feeling is a normal phenomenon of Qigong processing. It is not necessary to try to force yourself to calm down during your practice. The ancient shamans designed different Qigong techniques to help people become tranquil. The feelings of stillness,...

Return to the Great Primordial Qi

Meaning Hong means great, big, or vast. Meng means unknown, vague, or moistening. Meng is also the name of Hexagram Four, Mountain over Water in the Yijing. This hexagram is a picture of a fresh spring at the foot of the mountain. This is a good Qi field in which to live and grow. The function of Meng is to nourish and create Zhengqi righteous Qi . The Superior Person refines his character by being thorough in every activity, according to the Yijing. Meng can also mean unclear, enshrouded in...

Connect with Heaven and Penetrate Earth

Infotiger Picture

Meaning Tong means connect, communicate, pathway, flowing, or circulation. Tian means Heaven. Che means penetrate, complete, or perfect. Di means Earth. Tong Tian Che Di is the ability to connect with the universe. The ancient Chinese shamans had the ability to connect with the universe. The human body has the potential to connect with universal energy this is the dream of freedom in Qigong practice. We can harmonize our energy with nature through our cultivation. Movement After finishing the...

Foreword

Founder-President, Living Tao Foundation Author, Embrace Tiger, Return To Mountain The Essence of Tai Ji I first met Wu Zhongxian through our mutual friend Red Pine, the eminent translator of Daoist and Zen Buddhist classics and Chinese poetry. When they came to visit me a few years ago during my Living Tko seminar at our River House in Gold Beach, Oregon, I was immediately impressed with the pureness and transparency of this young master. We became instant kindred friends, sharing in our...

Shen Spirit

Shen means spirit and it also means great, marvelous, or elegant. Shen represents the spiritual energy of the Heart. In oracle bone style writing, Shen is the pattern of lightning. Breaking the darkness with thunder, a pattern of lightning, was considered an omen from Heaven in ancient Chinese shamanism. The ancient Wu understood the Universal Way through observing and studying the patterns in nature. The ancient Wu used Shen as a symbol for spirit, divinity, deity, infinite, omniscience, and...

Harmonizing Wind Unites the Cosmos

Meaning Hui means whirlpool and also means return. Feng means wind. In shamanism, Feng represents the circulation of Qi. Hun means blend, mix, or merge. He means combine, unite, union, harmony, or peace. In Qigong practice, practitioners should always bring energy together to be refined in the cauldron, which is located in the lower belly. One needs to control the wind very well to refine the energy. In Daoist internal alchemy, refining the elixir is a path to allow the mind, breath, and body...

The Life Cycle

Ancient Chinese shamans understood that life is part of nature and that the life cycle is the same as the cycle of nature. The human life cycle can be com pared with the four seasons of the year spring corresponds to the life stage of zero to 20 years old summer is from 20-40 years old, autumn is from 40-60 years old. Winter starts after 60 years old. Of course, an enlightened being is one who has jumped out of this cycle since high-level spiritual practitioners may transfer the physical body...

Awaken Your Consciousness

In a standing position, bring your feet together, maintaining contact with the ground. Keep your body erect, arms hanging loosely by your sides with your fingers pointing down. Keep your armpits open, imagining tennis balls in your armpits. Your chin is slightly lowered. Close your eyes, placing the tip of your tongue on the tooth ridge just behind your teeth. Visualize the upper half of your body reaching into Heaven and the lower half rooting into Earth. See your arms extending deep into the...

Maintain Peace in the Eight Directions

Meaning Wei means dignity, power, or impressive presence. Ling is usually translated as soul, spirit, or shaman. Ba means eight and represents stableness and accomplishment. Fang means direction or way, and it stands for the cosmos. Ba Fang means eight directions, which includes all directions, the entire universe. You may start Qigong practice with a small personal request, such as to improve your state of health, to release life trauma, or to create the power to heal. After a certain period...

Yao Wu Yang Wei fttH fa Tiger Displays Martial Power

Meaning Yao means shining, lightning, show, or display. Wu means martial power. Thus, Yao Wu means to display one's martial power. Yang means show or wave. Wei means respect, venerable, or spiritual power. It is a sincere feeling of respect for nature and for our practice. In the traditional way, doing Qigong practice is like performing a special ceremony or ritual to connect ourselves with the universe. The tiger displaying its martial power represents bringing out our inner potential for...

Shen Jian Zhan Xie iffim fl Spiritual Sword Kills the Demon

Meaning Shen means spirit, divine, or essence. Jian is a sword, which is a symbol for wisdom. Zhan means cut off with a sharp motion or chop. Xie means evil as in Xie Qf , devil, demon, or ghost. Xie means all the factors that cause illness. It may be a blockage in your body, problems in your life, unbalanced emotions, or anything that pulls you away from or blocks you from your endeavors. In our Qigong practice, we always feel resistance this is the evil Q that makes us feel that it is all...

Laohuo Tiger Vital Breath The Power of the Tiger

The tiger is a very powerful animal, protected by the strength of its skin, its weapons of iron teeth and metal claws,7 its thunderous growl, and its ferocity. The tiger has the power to drive out Yin demons and diseases . In Chinese shamanic tradition, the striped pattern of the tiger skin represents the Dao. The tiger is the king of the beasts and has a pattern on his forehead that looks like the Chinese character Wang 3 , which means king. In ancient Chinese tradition, kings, generals, and...

Footnotes Part I

Laozi. Daodejing. Chapter 12. 3. Yijing. Xici Appended Statements . See Zhouyi Shangshixue. Beijing Zhonghua Shuju. 1988 304. There are ten commentaries to the Yijing. It is commonly believed that Confucius wrote them to assist modern people in understanding the terse and cryptic language of the original text. Today these are included with the Yijing and are referred to as the Ten Wings because they assist our minds in understanding the deeper meanings and...

Q Transforms the Three Layers

Meaning Qi is the vital energy of nature. Hua means change or transformation. It is a process that changes matter from one state to another. It is like a worm caterpillar transforming into a butterfly. We call this process Hua. Qi Hua in Qigong practice means that Qi may be used to remove blockages to allow the energy to flow. This is the Q healing skill. After doing Qigong practice for a certain length of time, you may use your Q to transform yourself or to transform another person's disease...

Dan Feng Chao Yang jjj Wj Red Phoenix Visits the

Meaning Dan means red, which is the color of spirit, and it also means elixir. Feng means phoenix, the symbol for the spirit. Chao means face but also means to meet someone in a higher position or from an older generation. Here, it means to raise your spiritual energy. Yang means the sun. The sun symbolizes the Yang energy of the universe and also the spirit of the body. In this movement, the Red Phoenix is the spiritual animal of the South and is therefore related to the Heart. The Red Phoenix...

Table of Contents

Vital Breath of the Dao Chinese Shamanic Tiger Qigong Laohu Gong f Dedication Acknowledgements Foreword Introduction Part I Pin Ming Lun Dao amp S Tea and the Dao The Dao Models Itself on the Way of Nature 1.1 Man It Slow Down - The Way of Life 1.1.2 Time Schedule and the Car 1.2 Cha Tea - The Way of Spiritual Cultivation 1.3 WenX Pattern - The Way of the Universe 1.3.1 The Chinese Character and its Origin 1.3.2 WenX Pattern and Wu M Shaman 1.3.3 The Chinese Character and its Function 1.4 Koud...

Huai Bao Ri Yue mH H Embrace the Sun and Moon

Meaning Huai means chest, hold, or heart. Bao means embrace or hug. RiU is the sun. Yue ft is the moon. The Chinese character formed by combining the characters for sun and moon is Ming EjfJ, which means brightness, light, or Enlightenment. The symbol of the left radical sun is Yang and the right radical moon is Yin. Sun and moon together mean brightness the brightness of the Heart to be enlightened. The idea is that the heart of an enlightened being is big enough to hold the sun and moon. The...

The Five Essential Techniques of Qigong Practice

Although there are thousands of different Qigong forms in modern times, there are five essential techniques of Qigong practice in traditional forms.18 Whenever you practice any of the Qigong forms, you need to use all of these techniques in your daily practice. Otherwise, the Qigong practice will be incomplete. These five essential techniques are regulating the heart mind, regulating the breath, regulating the posture, regulating the diet, and regulating the sleep Regulating the heart mind is a...

The Nature of Tuteng

Actually, the Chinese character Xiang M, the 1920's, some Chinese scholars started applying Western research tools to investigate ancient Chinese culture. The Native American term totem was first introduced into Chinese at that time. It was translated into phonetic Chinese as Tuteng HfJjjf. Before I discovered this, I thought that Tuteng was an original Chinese term used in the study of the wisdom traditions of ancient Chinese tribes and shamanism. I made this mistake because the two Chinese...

Dao Zhi Chu Kou Dan Hu Q Wu

This book is about the classical Chinese wisdom tradition of Qigong. Qigong is a way of physical and spiritual cultivation, and it is also a way of life. Through understanding our lives, we can improve our spiritual cultivation. For this reason, I want to share a little of my life experience with you as an introduction to Qigong practice. Tea is an important part of my life. I learned the natural way of life, the teachings of the ancient Chinese shamans, and my spiritual path through drinking...

Fang ifr Cosmos Space and Time

As commonly understood, Fang ft means directions, method, place, square, or way. In Chinese oracle style writing, the character Fang is similar to the Wu in that it looks like a person holding the Wu ruler and using it as a tool to measure the universe. Fang is the way that the ancient Wu applied this tool to understand the universe. Fang also represents the cosmos. If you have the right tool, you will understand the Way. In traditional Chinese philosophy, we can use Fang to represent space and...

Index

SEE ALSO Chinese culture Ancient wisdom. SEE Chinese wisdom traditions Animals as symbols , 43, 44, 45-46, 50-52, 58, 68, 69, 70, 106, 107, 121, 125, 135, 163, 177, 185, 197, 201. SEE ALSO Symbols Symbolism SPECIFIC ANIMALS Anxiety, 150, 192 Artwork. SEE Chinese artwork Astrology. SEE Chinese astrology Big Dipper, 11, 63, 68-69, 115. SEE ALSO Birds as totems , 45. SEE ALSO Totems Totemism Blood, 49, 66, 79, 84 Blood pressure, 175. SEE ALSO Heart, physical...

Lucky Element and Three Conditions

In my Chinese astrology chart, West or Metal is my lucky element according to the Five Elements principle see Part II 5.6 Wuxing Jiff 5 Five Elements and it is my place of accomplishment. This element can help me be more balanced and can bring my potential energy out to accomplish my goals. I came here because it is the right time for me to be here. It is the right place for me to be. I can achieve what I want to achieve. I am writing my first Qigong book in...

Union

The most prominent feature of the Mt. Emei Sage Style Qigong is union, a concept that dates back to ancient Chinese civilization. In his book, Peasant Society and Culture, sociologist Robert Redfield explains that in any civilization, both great and little traditions exist. The great tradition is cultivated in schools or temples the little tradition works itself out and keeps itself going in the lives of the unlettered in their village communities.3 The two traditions are interdependent. The...

Bao Yi Shang Shan X Tiger Climbs the Mountain

Qigong Wealth

Yi means oneness and it stands for the Dao. Holding the oneness means living in the Dao. Shang means elevate, climb, or rise. Shan means mountain. The mountain symbolizes Qi. Mountains are high and close to Heaven. They are sacred places where hermits engage in spiritual cultivation and connect and communicate with Heaven. The symbolic meaning of this movement is that we should learn how to retreat from a busy life. Movement Pivot back to the right with your left palm...

L Cha Tea The Way of Spiritual Cultivation

Cangjie Animal Footprint

Now I invite you to read and experience my Qigong life. Please send your spiritual body with me. Don't know how It is not difficult. One of the key elements of Qigong practice is visualization. Please do not hurry. This is the way of Qigong, no hurry. Perhaps it will take me a while to tell you about Qigong. Imagine that you and I are together in a teahouse in a natural setting. It is a very simple house built of logs. We are sitting at the tea table, and we can see flowers and grass outside...

Sancai Three Sources

It is written with three horizontal lines to represent the three layers of the universe. The three layers are known as Sanyuan EL jt, the three sources, or Sancai ELzt, the three materials. Sanyuan and Sancai both mean the key components of the universe, which include everything constructed by the three layers. To understand the number three is another way to understand the Dao. This is no coincidence, and it is why the Yijing uses three lines to construct a...

Pangu ftfe the Giant

Pan With Tiger

In China, we have a creation story 6 In the beginning, Heaven and Earth were still one and all was chaos. The universe was like a big egg. The giant Pangu slept inside this egg. All was dark. After 18,000 years, he awoke, became anxious, and flailed his limbs until the egg broke. Suddenly, light streamed in. The clear part of this light floated up and formed Heaven. The cold, turbid matter stayed below to form Earth. Pangu stood up and stretched. His hands held up Heaven and his feet stood on...

Chinese Totemism

Ancient Chinese Flower

There were many tribes in ancient China and most of them had their own languages and totems. There are still more than fifty tribes in modern China. Modern archeology tells us that the flower was one of the ancient matriarchal tribe totems in central China near Flower Mountain Huashan IJi _L . Scholars believe that the ancient flower totem is the source of the original name for China, Zhonghua t ijS , which literally means central flower. The Chinese totem pole is named Huabiao IpiS - literally...

Dan Dan Chu Dong lfclfclbJH Tiger Emerges from the Cave

Meaning Dan Dan means glare, gaze, or stare. Eyes represent the spiritual window of the soul. When we start our practice, we are opening our spiritual windows to connect with the outer world and to learn the way of the universe. This movement is the pattern of the tiger's eyes open and staring fiercely. Chu means come out or emerge. Dong means cave the tiger's home and also the first humans' home. The tiger is the epitome of the wild animal, displaying powerful survival instincts and a need for...

Qi Guan Chang Hong hHH Hh Qi iransforms into a Rainbow

Meaning Qi has the same meaning as Qi in Qigong vital energy . Guan means link or penetrate. Chang means long or everlasting. Hong means rainbow. In Chinese shamanism, rainbow is a symbol for dragon and it is also a bridge linking Heaven and Earth. This symbolizes strong Qi that is capable of creating a union between the human being and nature. The symbolic meaning of this movement is the tiger transforming into the dragon a change in the pattern. It is the communication between East and West,...

Shui Thong Lao Yue fc W H Lift the Moon from the Water

Zhong means center, within, or inside. Lao means pick up or lift. Yue means moon. The moon in the water is a symbol for emptiness. It is a symbol of the material world and the emptiness within it. The moon in the water is only a reflection of the physical moon that exists. Qigong practice can help us to deeply understand this emptiness. Everything in existence has some relationship, some connection, just as there is a moon in the water and there is a moon in the sky....

Afterword

In September 2005, after I had finished the final draft of this book, I had a great experience of nature in Hawaii with my wife Deirdre Orceyre. I practiced my shamanic alchemy Qigong on the Kan Water island of Kauai and the Lift Fire island of the Big Island. I sensed the power of Water and Fire and how they destroy and recreate life. The abundance of nature that is so evident in Hawaii showed me the importance of the symbolic killing function of the tiger. Death is indeed the path of rebirth....

Manifesting Q

Classical Chinese culture is a Qi culture.15 According to classical Chinese philosophy, Qi is the most basic and important material in the universe. Qi is the original energy of the universe and follows the laws of the cosmos as it cycles between tangible and intangible forms. The pure Qi is Qi here meaning something like breath the turbid Qi is matter Zhi .16 Its expression in the sky is found in the stars and in their movements. In the Earth, Qi is found in the mountains, oceans, air, and in...

San Sheng Wan Wu

Qigong Symbol

The ancient Wu shamans understood that three is the universal number of creation. Trinity, a group of three in one, is one of the most important concepts in the Chinese shamanic spiritual traditions. The Yijing I Ching or Book of Changes contains three secret and sacred layers of wisdom Xiang symbolism , Shu numerology , and Li M. theory . Since the Yijing is considered to be the root of classical Chinese science and civilization, it can also be used to gain deeper insights into the foundation...

The Emperor as Wu Shaman

Yangshao Tigre Drag

Classical Chinese culture is based on Wu, which predates both Daoist and Confucian culture. The ancient Chinese emperors were Wu, and through the ancient Chinese classics, we can understand the role of the Wu. In fact, many of the classics are named after great emperors or sages. Seashell dragon sculpture discovered in Liaoning jg Province in 1994 from 8,000 years ago. Seashell dragon sculpture discovered in Liaoning jg Province in 1994 from 8,000 years ago. Artifacts from the Peiligang g ,...

Qixing t[ The Big Dipper

Big Dipper Chinese Paint

In Chinese, the number seven is Q -fcr. In oracle bone writing, seven is equivalent to ten. Seven is a Yang number, holding Yin and Yang to represent the Dao. In Chinese, seven is identical in pronunciation to the word for lacquer Q Hi. Lacquer is a coating that functions to protect an object and it is also a symbol for eternity. Lacquer art in China dates back at least 2,000 years. Lacquer painting discovered in a Chu State tomb from about 2,243 years ago. The symbol in the center of the...

Colorful Wave Cleanses the Spirit

Meaning Jin means colorful or brocade. Tao means wave or tide. Hui means return. Dang means wash away or rush. This movement symbolizes purification, as in the ocean's ability to purify the land. Here, we are returning to purify deeper layers of the body the emotional and spiritual layers. The shining sun produces the golden color of the tide. The reflection of the water becomes a symbol for Shen or spirit. The colorful wave becomes a symbol for the harmonization of fire and water. Jing is...

Qigong tfj Spiritual Cultivation Qigong and Its Root

Qigong p is a traditional method of physical, mental, and Shen f spiritual cultivation. To learn the meanings of Q and Gong is a way to deepen our understanding of Qigong. We learned the meaning of Q while drinking the Gongfu tea, and the Gongfu tea will also help us learn the meaning of Gong. Let us take a look at the Chinese character for Gong. This character contains the radical Gong land the radical Li fff GongH means labor, project, skill, delicate, result, work, or worker. The original...

Jiugong Jl W Magic Square

In Chinese, the number nine is Jiu ff . In Yijing science, nine is the highest Yang number and is a symbol of change. Recall that the primary Five Element odd numbers one, three, and five are all Yang. Adding these three numbers together produces the highest Yang number, nine. According to Yijing principles, extreme Yang will transform to Yin, rendering the number nine a symbol of transformation. As the highest Yang number, nine represents transformation and change. Nine, then, becomes a symbol...

Taiji I The Universal Life Force

The unity of everything follows the energetic state of Wuji, the primordial cosmic Qf. Wuji generated an inner momentum creating two opposing movements. This is the dynamic Q state of Taiji. The literal meaning of Taiji is extreme ends or going to the limit. For example, a circle O stretched horizontally to the end of its limit will eventually become a straight line . In fact, in Yijing science, the number one represents Taiji. In Chinese, the number one is written as a horizontal line . It has...

Jing Essence

The Chinese character for Jing is composed of the radical for rice and the radical for the color green. The original meaning of Jing was the best quality rice. in ancient Chinese tradition, rice holds the best Universal Qi. The radical for green is also symbolic of life energy. Ancient shamans used rice as an important remedy to treat patients. When a patient was very weak, the shaman would use rice soup to tonify the patient's vital energy and help the...

Ride the Wind Down the Mountain

Tiger Qigong

Feng means wind. The wind, or air, stands for the Qf. The wind follows the tiger. Where there is wind, there is tiger energy. Wind is a reference to the breath of nature, as well as to the naturalness and unrestrained manner of the tiger.7 Like the wind, the tiger comes and goes as it pleases, showing up suddenly and unexpectedly sometimes with devastating force. As a pathological influence, wind is the principal of all diseases, according to the Huangdi...

Ershisi Jieqi Universal Rhythm

Please take a deep breath before we explore the number twenty-four. Can you tell which parts of your body are moving during your deep breath Yes, the chest More details, please Yes, your ribs are moving in your chest. How many ribs are there That's right. There are pairs of twelve ribs in the body, totaling 24 bilaterally. The number twenty-four is a secret number related to our breath and to the vital breath of the Dao. In Chinese, the number twenty-four is Ershisi. It represents the rhythm of...

Four Universal Spiritual Animals

Zhuque China

It stands for the four directions of the universe East, West, South, and North. Similarly, it stands for the concept of space. In Yijing science, the number four is equal to four symbols, the Sixiang in Chinese. These four symbols are related to the four spiritual animals in the sky Qnglong WIS Green Dragon in the East, Baihu fff fff White Tiger in the West, Zhuque Red Bird in the South, and Xuanwu ffffCJ Black Warrior in the North. Four is also symbolic of...

Dragon and Tiger Leap into Heaven

Tiger Dragon Ying Yang

Teng means jumping or leaping. Hu means tiger. Yue means jump from one place to another, like jumping over a stream. Yue also means going to Heaven to connect with high-level beings. The leaping in this movement symbolizes two substances, Q and Jing, which transform into Shen, and brings us closer to the Dao. This movement symbolizes East and West cooperating in Yin-Yang balance. In shamanism, the dragon and tiger are symbols for elevation. The dragon of the East...

The Symbolic Tiger

As a totem that corresponds to the great Dao, the tiger holds numerous symbolic meanings. I will list only those that are related to Part III Lung, breath, Q , respiration system, change, control, circulation, rule, rhythm, West, Metal, Venus, transparency, upright, justice, autumn, wind, the Queen Mother of the West, and the seven Chinese lunar mansions in the Western sky. Stone tiger with cinnabar in its mouth, eyes, and ears from about 4,000 years ago. In Chinese shamanic tradition, the...

Yun Xing Yu Shi ft M Moving Clouds Make Rain

Falun Gong Mouvement

Xing means move, do, element, or achieve. Yu means rain. Shi means give or execute. The Chinese concept of clouds and rain contains sexual connotations clouds and rain are a Chinese traditional synonym for intercourse and represent the way of giving birth to new life. In traditional Chinese literature, intercourse is likened to clouds clouds are the Qf that is produced when Heaven and Earth embrace while ejaculation is equivalent to the bursting of the clouds, bringing...

Xiwangmu JEt Queen Mother of the West

Queen Mother The West

Xiwangmu HzEif, the Queen Mother of the West, was first seen in Shanhaijing l I 5i The Canon of Mountains and Seas . This book contains three descriptions of Xiwangmu. First, the Western Great Remote Dahuangxijing JfJft jffiff section of The Canon of Mountains and Seas tells us In the south of the West Sea, on the bank of the Sandy River, in back of the Red Water and in front of the Black Water, there is a great mountain named Kunlun. On this mountain, there is a deity with a human face and a...

Golden Turtle Plunges into the Ocean

Golden Tortoise Posture

Meaning Jin means metal, gold, or golden color. Gui means turtle. Turtles can find their way back to the place where they were born no matter how far away it is. TUrtles also have the innate ability to navigate long routes in the ocean, and they always remember the origin of their journeys. Turtles are water animals but their shells are like armor, which symbolizes protective energy Wei Qz and thereby relates the turtle to the Metal element Metal generates Water . TUrtles have the ability to go...

Ding Cauldron A Symbol for Establish

The Chinese character Ding JJJ means cauldron. Precious bronze cauldrons or alchemical vessels Ding from over 3,500 years ago can be seen in the collections of many museums. Ding is a vessel with three legs and two ears handles . The Ding was used, according to the second-century dictionary Shuowen Jiezi t amp JHto harmonize the five flavors, metaphorically referring to the process of cooking. The Ding is a symbol for ancient China. It is said that over 4,000 years ago, the founder of the Xia...

Liangyi Yin Yang

In Classical Chinese, the number two, Er H, is written with two horizontal lines to represent Heaven and Earth. According to ancient Chinese cosmology, the momentum of Taiji, the chaotic primordial Qi, gave birth to two types of Qi heavy Qi and light Qi. These two types moved in opposite directions. The heavy Qi descended to form the Earth while the light Qi rose to form Heaven. Er is also pronounced Liang and is written as M . In the Yijing, the number two stands for Yin and Yang, or Liangyi M...

Wu Chinese Shamanism

When I was a child in China, I was curious about the way that local Wu Chinese shaman gave treatments to patients. How could an acupuncture needle release the pain when the Wu put it in a suffering patient's body How could the Wu's chanting help patients recover from sickness I came to understand more about Chinese medicine when I grew up, of course, but I did get answers to my questions in childhood. Still, I had more questions such as What are meridians What is an acupuncture point Where did...

Wuxing Five Elements

Wuxing Fire

The oracle bone style for five is a symbol to represent the Yin and Yang energies interacting and dancing between Heaven and Earth. This is the pattern of peace, balance, and health. In Yijing science, the number five stands for Wuxing, the Five Elements of the universe. Wuxing, the Five Element Theory, is the essence of classical Chinese philosophy. The three layers of the universe are constructed of the Five Elements Water, Fire, Wood, Metal, and Earth. The word Xing...

Heavenly Dew Purifies the Body

Meaning Ti Hu refers to refined milk, a substance that is powerfully nutritious. For the purpose of our practice, the nutrition referred to here is spiritual nourishment. Guan means to pour. Ding refers to the top of your head. This movement is a way to open the gate of wisdom, symbolizing not only the way of physical wellness resulting from Qigong but also the way of spiritual Enlightenment. It also means the pleasure of receiving wisdom, like pouring rich liqueur over your head. Movement...

Holding Zheng Q JLH

The tiger is a symbol for shamanic power and for Qi, especially Zhengqi U- j righteous or correct Qi . Q can be translated as vital energy or vital breath. Usually, the Chinese call the tiger Laohu f literally meaning old tiger, regardless of the tiger's age. The tiger is the spiritual animal of the western direction and is related to the Queen Mother of the West See Part II, 4.2.1 Xiwangmu jjj-EE-jj Queen Mother of the West . The Queen Mother of the West is a condensation of...

Vital Breath of the

Vital Breath The Dao

Praise for Master Zhongxian Wu's Vital Breath of the Dao In this beautiful book, Master Zhongxian Wu communicates to us his great understanding of, and experience with Qigong not as a mere technique but as a perspective on life itself. He presents this material in a timeless way that engenders open awareness and ease of being in the reader. Over a cup of tea, we are led to taste the fruits of the practice so reverently offered to us. Master Wu is generous to create an elaborate context through...

Shui Hu Jue XingfcM Sleeping Tiger Wakes Up

Tiger Whole Body

Hu means tiger. In Chinese, another name for tiger is Dachong Affc . Dachong literally means big or great worm. There is a symbolic connection between the tiger and the worm. The symbolic meaning of worm in Chinese shamanism is strong life energy, no stagnation. This strong life energy is apparent when we cut a worm in half. It can still move and it can regenerate itself into two worms. Jue means wisdom or Enlightenment. Xing means to wake up. Shui Hu means...

Emei Zhengong

Chiese Writting Which Means Tiger

Laohu Gong Chinese Shamanic Tiger Qigong is from the Emei Zhengong Mt. Emei Sage Style Qigong school. Mt. Emei Sage Style Qigong combines the traditions of ancient shamanism, Confucianism, Daoism, classical Chinese medicine, and the martial arts. The elements of this style are rooted in the ancient world of Chinese shamanism, which is the source of all the classical Chinese traditions. In ancient China, shamans were respected as sages, and sages were shamans. The theoretical foundation of the...

Double Dragons Play with the Pearl

Long means dragon. Xi means to play or perform. Zhu means pearl or treasure. From a Chinese shamanic perspective, the pearl represents storage of all the dragon's power and magic. If the dragon loses its pearl, it will lose all its power and will be unable to make rain or transform. The pearl also represents the finest energy or elixir in internal alchemy, which originated from ancient Chinese shamanism. Refining the pearl or the elixir of our body via Qigong...

Footnotes Part II

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Five Qi

Chinese Character

The dynamic Qi between Heaven and Earth. The dynamic Qi between Heaven and Earth. The modern Chinese character stands for the universe full of Qi. The modern Chinese character stands for the universe full of Qi. Fire is related to special spiritual cultivation. One of the fire radicals for Qi. Fire is related to special spiritual cultivation. One of the fire radicals for Qi. In Qigong theory, Qi is usually translated into English as breath or vital energy. The existence of Universal Qi is like...