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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Singing Dragon; First Edition edition (August 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848190654
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848190658
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Damo Mitchell has studied the martial, medical and spiritual arts of Asia since the age of four. His studies have taken him across the planet in search of authentic masters. He is the technical director of the Lotus Nei Gong School of Taoist Arts, and teaches Nei Gong in the UK and Sweden.

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Clearly, his "practical" understanding of qi was very well expressed in this book.
Qigong Guy
Damo Mitchell has produced a very clearly and well explained book of the Internal Energy System.
Donna
On at least 6 separate times I have looked over at my wife and said, "This is a GOOD book!".
Randy Black

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Donna on September 21, 2011
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Damo Mitchell has produced a very clearly and well explained book of the Internal Energy System. He expertly explains how the human energy system of meridians and centres are organised. More importantly he explains how we can improve our own system to function more effectively, producing benefits to our health and developing mind and spirit. I have not found such information detailed elsewhere in the English language. Those familiar with the Nei Gong process will enjoy the consolidation of this knowledge into one book and appreciate the insight from someone who has already followed the journey of which they are able to give a first hand account.
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Randy Black on October 3, 2011
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That's what Damo Mitchell says in the introduction, If you are in the right place than Nei Qong is the right "teacher" for you at this point. After 43 years of a Hindu- Yoga-Shinto-Buddist-Tai Chi -Qi Qong journey this book summed it all up and put the diverse aspects of my "spiritual quest" into context and meaning and that's in the first half of the book! On at least 6 separate times I have looked over at my wife and said, "This is a GOOD book!". The only caveat to your purchase of the book is that you (most likely), need a strong background in Tai Chi/Chi Chuan and some knowledge of TCM and the meridian system to have a strong point to start at and the prerequisite background vocabulary and knowledge. If you have those than this book could be the next "step" on your path.
R. Black, Fort Collins, Colorado
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Turn the Page on August 2, 2012
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What I found most valuable in the book is Mitchell talking through advanced stages of Nei Gong training that he himself has experienced, such as transmuting qi to shen. Plus he gives clear explanations of earlier stages and is specific about what to do and signs to look for (though I wonder if people vary and some are bound to experience a different sign here or there). In no other book have I found these aspects so clearly laid out, and that's what makes this book quite valuable to me. He's a Westerner and plainly knows how to write to the linear-thinking Western reader. Though at times I felt he took that a bit too far. Unlike other reviewers here, I didn't appreciate as much the first half of the book, which goes over Daoist theory as it pertains to the body, qi, five elements, etc. Much of it is critical foundational info, but some of it was extraneous (e.g. the five elements), and I cringe a bit inside when these theories - and they are indeed theories - are presented as fact rather than interpretations of a body of experience. Yes, qi sensations are real and can be cultivated, but talking about things like negative and positive vibration waves in a manner that would probably run crosswise with physics is, I feel, trying to be too concrete with something that is ultimately unprovable, highly subjective, and interpreted differently in other cultures. To paraphrase the Tao Te Ching, "The Way that can be categorized neatly is not the true Way." So while I admire the breadth of what Mitchell has assimilated and presented (particularly at such a young age), I take some of it with a grain of salt. And that's fine, really not a big deal. I appreciated the few times in the book when Mitchell mentioned aspects of practice that he openly said he had not experienced.Read more ›
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bill Dockery on December 24, 2012
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This is an excellent book for the reason that it offers a very straight forward and focused look at the nei gung practices across many meditative disciplines.

The author's writing style presents this complex topic in a very approachable way for a western mindset. Damo's skillful and practiced abilities as a teacher shine throughout this text.

I assess that Damo is very well practiced in the meditative arts. He has obviously approached nei gung from martial as well as meditative practices. His wide view of how nei gung is applied in many disciplines is where this book offers its greatest value.

I have studied chi kung and nei gung from many disciplines, have read many intriguing and deep texts, (works of Jou Tsung Hwa, Mantak Chia, Yang Jwing-Ming, Bruce Kumar Frantzis, Kam Chuen Lam, Hale Dwoskin to name a very short few)

Damo's text had just as much impact as any of these. It might have been that my background prepared me for his message, but I suspect.that anyone just beginning work in this area will benefit greatly. I wish I could have read this book years ago.

Thank you Damo Mitchell!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 24, 2012
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Gives enough information for you to take any chi gong practice to the next level. Use the simple exercises provided or incorporate the nei gong principles into your existing practice. I wish I had this book 15 years ago.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wanda Russell on August 2, 2013
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Very well done in terms of the knowledge to start to feel deeper into the art of qigong. It has helped me to go deeper into my practice. I go back to it almost everyday to try to process more. It is quite advanced and I am happy to have found it , just at the right time in my practice.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kung Fu Tiger on June 18, 2012
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After the first 50 pages it has given me a better understanding of the concepts every book on chi talks about and tries to explain. Not filled with "look how great I am" or "I'm great because I learned from these guys" just what he knows and it seems to me like it's more than almost any one else that's written on Daoist philosophy. No contradicting other things I've read, just making them make more sense. I can't say enough how much I'm loving this book.
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