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Chinese Shamanic Cosmic Orbit Qigong: Esoteric Talismans, Mantras, and Mudras in Healing and Inner Cultivation Paperback – May 15, 2011

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Zhongxian Wu's latest book, Chinese Shamanic Cosmic Orbit Qigong, successfully continues his previous explorations of the highly secret shamanic tradition of self-cultivation as practiced on Mt. Emei in Sichuan. He provides a comprehensive and very accessible introduction to the main concepts and principles, then outlines twelve distinct exercises that tend to focus on the internal guiding and activation of qi, supported by hand and arm movements as well as mental visualizations and specific breathing patterns. The exercises can be done one by one or in an integrated sequence. They offer a potent introduction to Daoist meditation and open a unique access to our internal energies. A great book for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. -- Livia Kohn, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Religion and East Asian Studies, Boston University

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Describes the Cosmic Orbit Qigong practice in detail with its shamanic roots, therapeutic benefits and talismanic aspects.
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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Singing Dragon (May 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781848190566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848190566
  • ASIN: 1848190565
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl L. Malone VINE VOICE on May 11, 2011
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Having studied in China with Daoist Priests; I really enjoyed reading this book, it appears to be authentic. I especially appreciate the details given in a manner that is not confusing.
This will be a nice conversation with my teacher; when I visit China, again.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Ken C. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 26, 2011
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Master Zhongxian Wu somewhat undermines his purpose when he states that no one should really try to practice Qigong from a DVD or a book. In his introduction to CHINESE SHAMANIC COSMIC ORBIT QIGONG, he writes, "Please be aware that the layers of wisdom and knowledge that come through your Qigong practice can simply not be learned through books and DVD alone... You will feel it is easier to merge the principles of your Qigong practice into your life and to feel its powerful effects if you have the support of an experienced teacher to guide you."

Meaning? As this is an "esoteric" form of Qigong that builds on earlier books by Wu, it is advanced and will be of little use if you do not already have practice and a teacher in your life. That said, let's look at what the book covers. The chapters are as follows: 1. Generating Your Vitality, 2. Connecting with the Earth, 3. Communicating with the Heavens, 4. Resonating with the Dao, 5. Merging with the Universe, 6. Embracing Infinity, 7. Returning to Your Root, 8. Cultivating Your Gratitude, 9. Uplifting Your Spirits, 10. Brightening Your Body, 11. Awakening Your Inner Wisdom, and (my favorite), 12. Enjoying the Action-less.

Each short chapter is divided into the following sections: Meaning, Movement, Visualization, Breathing, and Benefit. Finally, a drawing of a man performing the movement is provided in each case, though the artwork is so basic that it more gives you the idea than provides fine visual details (again, OK if you have a mentor).

Discounting the introduction and the appendix, this volume weighs in at 75 pp. If you are a fan of Master Wu and have great experience with Qigong, this may be something new and highly desirable. Check with your teacher first, however. Master Wu states that, for best results, one relies on the other.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dog_Ma! VINE VOICE on November 23, 2011
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This little book, Chinese Shamanic Cosmic Orbit Qigong, by Zhongxian Wu, is an excellent source of information detailing the Chinese Shamanic Cosmic Orbit form of Qigong, meditation, mantras (chants/sounds), mudras (movements/positions) for healing and self cultivation. Wu's Qigong is the blending of what he's learned and studied over decades, and the author is very thorough in his explanation of everything. Wu's writing is almost poetic and conveys his love of what he lives and teaches. It was a joy to read initially, and I continually refer back to the book to deepen my practice and understanding while looking for a teacher who is knowledgeable about this form of Qigong.

There's an emmense amount of information in this little book which is not much over 100 pages. The author is sure to give the Chinese meaning and symbol for each word which holds particular significance. There are often layers of meaning in the words which can be quite complex. Wu gives the historical meaning and relevance of his teaching and writing.

Wu emphasizes that it is of particular importance to find a knowledgeable teacher with which to work because their are centuries of development in Qigong. He states that there are now thousands of forms of Qigong - some more western and far removed from the roots of Qigong.

The author states that, although you might start your Qigong practice using a DVD or a book, it's impossible to have a truly authentic Qigong practice in this way. If you're interested in practicing Qigong it's important to learn about the various forms, and find a form which appeals to you & which is authentic. Then find a teacher who fully understands the layers of meaning and roots of Chinese culture.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By W. T. Hoffman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 18, 2011
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ITs not very often, that westerners have the oppotunity to study books explaining ancient Asian yogic practices. SECRET OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER written by a chinese Toaist monk, the ancient manual called TIBETIAN YOGA that Evens-Wentz translated (along with the TIBETIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD), and the Patanjali Yogi manual from India, are all standard classics of Asian religion. More recently written books on Kundalini Yoga, or on Shaolin Kung Fu esoteric practices, often explain the oral tradition missing from these ancient books on spiritual practices. Unlike the authenic, ancient spiritual writings concerning cultivating your Chi, Prana or life force, the books written by modern masters of Kundalini Yoga, Kung Fu, or QiGong need to be evaluated on an individual basis. CHINESE SHAMANIC COSMIC ORBIT QIGONG smells like the REAL THING, written by a modern Chinese shaman (WU), who explains the spiritual side of QIGONG practice. Just reading the book intellectually isnt enough. One must read the book with their body (by practicing the mudras, mantras, and breathing practice), and with their Mind (by practicing the meditation and mind control), and with their spirit/soul (by practicing the cultivation of Spiritual Chi). Such books as these are hard to find, and belong in the library of all serious students of THE WAY. (ie, THE TOA, or THE WAY OF CHRIST, or whatever esoteric side of religion one may associate with.)

Master WU, which is a generic title meaning "Master Shaman", wrote this book. The book appears to duplicate authenic Shaolin Kung Fu meditation manuals, or Toaist meditation manuals, most off of which were considered lost when Mao's RED GUARD burnt down all the Toaist and Buddhist temples in China, destroying thousands of years of Chinese spiritual culture.
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