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Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body: Qigong for Lifelong Health Paperback – December 23, 2005
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“This extraordinary book, written by one of the West’s greatest living masters, offers nothing less than a course in the miracle of our own energy field. Bruce Frantzis has translated ancient Taoist practices into a modern program that manages to be both highly accessible and transformational, affording us all the opportunity to experience the wonder of the Tao firsthand.” —Lynne McTaggart, author of The Field and What Doctors Don’t Tell You“A must for those who are new to chi gung, those who are already practitioners, and anyone interested in complementary medicine or self-help.” —Angela Hicks, Co-founder of the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading, England, and author of The Acupuncture Handbook“This remarkable book has become a classic. Mr. Frantzis’ biography alone is worth the price of admission.” —Stephen E. Langer M.D., Berkeley, California, President of the American Nutritional Medical Association and author of Solved: The Riddle of Illness
About the Author
Bruce Frantzis is reputed to be the first Westerner to hold authentic lineages in Taoist energy arts. He studied healing, martial arts and meditation with renowned teachers in Asia for 16 years—including training in China for more than a decade. Since 1987, Frantzis has taught chi gung, martial arts, TAO yoga, TAO meditation, and energetic-healing therapies to over 15,000 students in the United States and Europe. His teaching methods are spread by a growing number of certified instructors that he has trained in the United States and Europe.Frantzis is the author of several widely praised books about the power of chi including: Tai Chi: Health for Life; the chi gung books, Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body and the Dragon and Tiger Medical Chi Gung Instruction Manual; and two volumes on the water method of TAO meditation, Relaxing Into Your Being and The Great Stillness. Two CDs, The Tao of Letting Go and Ancient Songs of the Tao, shed valuable insights into the power of TAO Meditation in helping people let go of their deepest emotional blockages and move closer to becoming truly alive, balanced and joyful.When Frantzis moved to China to follow the Taoist path of warrior/healer/priest, he was extensively trained in the chi principles and practices that are the basis of Chinese medicine. From 1974 to 1979, he trained with high-level chi gung tui na (therapeutic energy work) doctors and apprenticed under their tutelage in Chinese medical clinics. He learned to use chi to help heal a wide range of conditions including broken bones, nerve and organ damage, and cancer. He also gained an advanced acupuncture degree. Frantzis used these chi principles and practices to dramatically heal himself: first from a life-threatening form of hepatitis in India and more dramatically from massive spine injuries that he received in a car accident in 1981.Frantzis’ experiences have made him a teacher with a mission: teaching people how the ancient and proven self-healing chi practices can help them achieve health, relaxation, inner peace and longevity. He aims to help avert a major health crisis that threatens to engulf the Western world.
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This book (first printed in 1993 and still ranking 15000 on Amazon) is worth its weight in gold. It's a shame that the author did't follow through his promise of publishing similar books about "Dragon and Tiger", "Joining of Heaven and Hearth", "Bend the Bow and shoot the Arrow", "Spiraling Energy Body" and Gods playing in the Clouds". Instead he has been writing a bunch of mediocre books about clueless mumbo-jumbo Chi Gung ... stuff.
As for the new, expanded 2006 edition, it's certainly worth the few more dollars it costs. Disolving process is better explained and the procedure is more clearly detailed. All the steps of the three swings and the spinal stretch are explained more clearly and with greater details. I am glad I bought this last edition to update the old one.
In this case, this is a book that is no-BS, gets down to business, and gets the job done.
Forget new-agey claptrap and people who sound like they've seen too much Dragonball Z. The author's history is presented, a quick guide to Chi and other energy issues, then straight into the exercises. There's no bragging (though the part on the author that was written by someone else gets a tad grandiose), no pointless buzzwords, just instructions on a useful series of exercises for health and well-being.
To add to this delightful book, it has advice any good master would give his students - warnings of what not to do and reminders that self-development is something that takes months to get off the ground. The author fully believes (and perhaps demonstrates) the mystical powers of Quigong, but he admits that one can harm themselves if they're not careful and warns that there's no substitute for hard work.
I'm not even through all of the exercises completely, and I've noticed significant improvements in my health and well-being. As a person with a sceptical nature, I'm convicned this book is 100% worth it.
Then, two years ago, I started doing the Opening the Energy Gates exercises every day. The exercises taught me to actually FEEL chi (as opposed to just visualizing it)--but I had to DO the exercises, not just read the book. "Opening the Energy Gates" is not just an intriguing title. It's what these exercises can actually do for you.... IF you practice them! And once you start feeling the chi, no exercise is boring!
My energy perception, my bodywork practice, the light in my eyes, and my delight in the world have all benefitted tremendously from practicing these exercises for the last two years. Needless to say, I am not the least bit bored!
Also, no, I did not have an instructor, just the book and the tape, and my own sometimes excruciating attention to the practice details Frantzis offers. Those "simple" exercises aren't actually all that simple. But Frantzis' instructions are very thorough. He breaks each exercise down into its individual components, so you can get each aspect down separately before you combine them together for the full exercise.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. Opening the Energy Gates is an incredible doorway to experiencing the world of chi. But it's not a free ticket. You have to put in the time and attention to make the exercises work for you.
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It does explain some details that I didn't previously understand.
The techniques that are presented should be simple to teach, one picture and a bit of text would be enough to get somebody started so they can feel...Read more