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"Virtually everything one needs to know about the practice of chi-gung."—NAPRA Review

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Chi-gung, which literally means "energy work," is a system of cultivating health, vitality, and longevity that is based on the fundamental principles of Taoism and the laws of nature. Practiced by the Chinese for thousands of years, chi-gung works with the energy found in all living things to help rid the body of the imbalances that sap our strength and give rise to disease. The simple, meditative movements, breathing exercises, and massage techniques that are the basis of chi-gung can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age or physical fitness. This book was published in hardcover under the title Harnessing the Power of the Universe.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; New Ed edition (March 7, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570625433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570625435
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2002
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I was introduced to the practice of chi gung through the writings of Daniel Reid--this book and another on traditional Chinese medicine.
The descriptions of the exercises are the best of any of the books I have read since (about 8), and the practice routine he includes is extremely well-structured and beneficial. I have been doing this routine daily for about 6 months, and have enjoyed numerous substantial benefits from it. No other author I have found has provided such a complete workout routine. I have continued to use it as a basis for additional material I have learned from other sources.
I am most grateful that Mr. Reid, among others, has been willing to make this information available to us in print.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rich S. on January 3, 2009
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I've been into Chinese Gong-fu, the mind and Chi-gung for over 25 years now. Having read scores of books on the subject including the mind, martial arts, herbs, healing, acupuncture and more..this book by Daniel Reid, which is also known as "Harnessing the Power of the Universe" is one of the most amazing I've ever read.

He takes you through the history, theory, practice and goals of Chi-gung with some of the most fantastic and clear writing I've ever seen. I own several of his other works including the Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity, The Complete Book of Chinese Health and Healing, The Tao of Detox, Chinese Herbal Medicine and others.

The book is very well researched and written and takes you from the beginning and history of Chi-gung all the way up to the fantastic powers and achievements of the monks and beyond.

While this is not so much a how to book as a serious book sharing the knowledge of chi-gung itself, he does include a solid section of various meditations, physical exercises and other chi-gung techniques showing the steps with numerous diagrams and clear instruction on their practice.

This is a book that I enjoy reading over and over again and I recommend it to friends and students alike.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nikolas Davies on October 8, 2009
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*Warning, This is the same book as CHI GUNG, just re-covered by a different publisher*

I read this book about 9 yrs ago when I got serious with my martial arts training, I wished to learn The Dragon Tiger Double Sword Style (a 630yr old method) but 'Before I could lift a blade I must become proficient in Chi Gung Training' I had no idea what this "Chee goong" was, so I looked for a source to study.

This is the book I purchased.

The first half of the book is a summary of Chinese history, the origins of Chi Gung & a bunch of stories &"scientific" studies verifying the results of high level practice's in healing. I liked the one about the Monk who healed the cancer patient in hospital from the temple some distance away, the patient could smell the incense the monk was burning while in his healing meditative trance. Interesting stuff, but depending on the reader this can become long winded & it feels like he's trying to convince a sceptic "it really works". I take everything I read with a grain of salt, but its doubtful many who purchase this book will need convincing.

The results speak for them self as anyone who has done at least a few months Chi Gung training will know.

I usually read books cover to cover, but I was forced to jump to the practical sections in the second half of the book & begin training. I ended up reading the book twice through then lent it out to several interested friends & it eventually disappeared, its defiantly one for the collection so I got it again on here.

After reading this book I went on to find a Sifu to train with & now I can call the Chi with a slap of the palms & a deep breath, it is a beautiful thing. I recommend this book & any other Chi Gung book as long as it leads you to practice.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. & A. Blankenship on February 9, 2013
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I purchased this book in 2006 while in trade school for basic therapeutic massage. At the time, I found a level of innate skill within myself for the more complex and esoteric forms of massage and noticed a basic affinity with chi itself. This proved problematic as I began treating clients in basic massage; I found myself absorbing their emotional duress when I manipulated the soft tissue of their musculature. It didn't take me long to make sense of a plan of action: find a way to rid myself of this negative chi and protect my own energy system. Dan Reid's book was of immense help to me and without it, I doubt I would have made it thru clinical trials without sleeping 14 hours every nite (something I really did not have the time to do). The moving meditation set outlined in this book is not long or complicated and there is an adequate amount of preliminary information before Reid makes it to the meditation practices (it is worth reading, trust me). I began using the moving meditation set the morning before I started treating clients and found myself not only energized for the entire 12-hour-day of treating clients, but also immune to the energetic damage of their emotionally stressed bodies. I deviated from using this book and the meditation set for several years while I continued my study of energetic therapy but picked it up again and it still provides all the energetic benefits it did when I was in school. If you want an introduction to cultivating your chi and commanding your internal energy, this book is a very good start. Be warned that moving and balancing your chi with the meditation set can cause your body to release negative chi and the effects might not be instantaneous; work the meditation set for a few weeks to a month and you'll see the benefits. Stay with it.
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