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Qi Dao - Tibetan Shamanic Qigong: The Art of Being in the Flow Paperback – August 23, 2007
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This book is the first in an intended series by Lama Somananda Tantrapa. It is comprehensive, detailed and thorough. I learned a lot from reading it, and became aware of subtleties, aspects and dimensions I had previously missed, or had not paid attention to. In this book he opens new windows, doors, pictures and dimensions to peer through. These are not just sets of good practices and exercises, which are sensible for anybody to do in order to develop their 6th sense, which he calls Kinesthetic Awareness, but there is so much more. The book is peppered and spiced with quotations and stories from the classics, which, like the Zen Master's bamboo stick, kept waking me back up as to why we practice Qigong. Doing these practices will certainly help make you fitter, more flexible, healthier and happier. I certainly recommend reading it, and doing the practices. And he provides DVD's to follow up with. --James McRitchie, the Founder of the National Qigong Association, author of Chi Kung: Energy for Life: An Introduction to the art of cultivating your energy
Lama Tantrapa has shared his precious family tradition revealing the connection between the way you hold yourself and your culture of movement. Experiencing these teachings will help you release Qi blockages through creative and personal movement practice. It will stimulate you to reveal and manifest innate life dreams as you establish a new paradigm of consciousness for yourself. The most profound dream experiences happened to me after reading this book on more than one occasion. Many doors were opened to deeper and deeper layers of awareness and insight into the intricacies of my subconscious. I feel different as a result. The experiences helped me understand something about myself energetically and gave me a new awareness of the code of my being on this earth. I certainly hope you will delve into this wonderful book to find greater healing, peace and joy in your life. --Shoshanna Katzman, Former President of the National Qigong Association, author of Qigong for Staying Young: A Simple 20-Minute Workout to Culitivate Your Vital Energy
In this book, Lama Tantrapa goes straight to the essence of Qi Dao teachings that self-realization is synonymous with being in the flow. In doing so, Lama Tantrapa bridges the multiple traditions he has studied Buddhism, Daoism, Dzogchen with the pre-Buddhist, Shamanic tradition of the Tibetan peoples called Bon. His message is simple but not easy that the different forms of practice point to a single, essential shift in personal identity. This critical shift is from the usual way of seeing ourselves as separate from the goings-on of the universal life energy. This shift is an awakening to the realization that one's individual life path is inseparable with the flow of the universal life force. Lama Tantrapa is a constantly inviting each of us to step into that flow of universal life. His book contains both timeless wisdom, and daily practice instructions to help you on your way. The illustrations are some of the finest in print. --Bonnitta Roy, Former President of the National Qigong Association, Founding Editor of The Journal of Qigong in America --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There is NOTHING like this method anywhere... period. No other system of Qigong or other Energy Arts offers the full spectrum of skills and applications developed in this tradition by the generations of enlightened masters. The power and sophistication of the Internal Martial Arts unified with the spiritual potential of Yoga and Zen meditation... less the repetitive routines of daily meditation or holding poses. And the best thing about learning Qi Dao is its applicability to virtually any sphere of life: from peacemaking to lovemaking to moneymaking (except mixing the latter two).
Developing your kinesthetic, body and energy awareness may require a certain amount of perseverance and motivation, for which Qi Dao DVD can be EXTREMELY helpful.The benefits of Qi Dao Coaching include, but are not limited to the following: * Quickly and effortlessly enter the Qigong state of profoundly deep (and very pleasant) meditative trance * Become more relaxed, centered, peaceful, and connected to others * Manage and prevent stress by increasing your ability to deal calmly and clearly with whatever life throws your way * Enhance your learning ability, memory, intuition, creativity, and your clarity, focus and concentration * Enjoy remarkable improvements in your physical health and wellness, healing the areas that have stubbornly resisted change with other approaches * Increase your production of vital hormones responsible for your longevity, well-being, and quality of life * Take a quantum leap in your personal growth and self-realization.
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The flow of the movements are executed to defend the integrity of one's space from violation.
The self realization manifested by the flowing positions reach a spiritual plane parallel to meditation, and in the case of Qi Dao, a wonderful & simultaneous physical payoff; but is more than an endorphin elevation: One is fully in a graceful presence
Lama Tantrapa's book is a well-spring of discovery and potential of "Being." Simple, yet elegant writing explores the deeper truths of our spiritual nature.
The DVD is an essential companion, as it concentrates on how to perform the movements necessary for success. In addition, the DVD has an entire part on body conditioning for maximum performance. You'll want to enlist a partner for the best results.
The movements are unique in that they are formless. Constant attention is given to stabilization, alignment, and the holding patterns that can arise if no attention is given to posture. Also, much attention is given to the awareness of energy as it relates to how you hold yourself and the movements that allow you to direct energy in a given direction.
The book is very well written and nicely organized. There are pictures showing the postures and movements (the DVD is a must in order to see the appropriate speed at which to practice and to grasp the finer details that Lama Tantrapa gives throughout his presentation). The metaphysical aspects of Qi Dao are explained in simple language and a reader can start implementing the instruction immediately - such as the differentiation between attention and intention.
Both people of great physical ability, and those with limited abilities will find Qi Dao valuable. The movements are generalized and allow you to focus on movement awareness (kinesthetic), and the increase and flow of energy throughout your body. I, like many others, have a tendency to want to be perfect in my replication of a particular movement or instruction. Qi Dao is unique in it's instruction as it doesn't provoke our inner perfectionist. You'll feel content in focusing on the 'feeling' that the movement gives you instead of whether or not you're moving in exact replication of what is demonstrated - as is many times the case with Tai Chi and other forms of Qigong.
I'm fairly versed in the works of Mantak Chi, BK Frantzis, Janke - and I've read this book many times over, and come back to it for it's nuggets of inspiration and clarity. I highly recommend this read to anyone, at any level of ability. I'm grateful that a 27th generation lineage holder took the time to distill the foundational principals of his art into a delightful read that will give just about anyone a higher level of self actualization, authenticity, and general wellbeing in their lives.
After completing the book and Dvd I found this to be very misleading. The content is good enough, you can learn about proper alignment. You can learn some descent strikes. But there is nothing new here whatsoever. And it certainly doesn't teach you how to create your own flow. It's okay but not nearly worth the praises it has received. You want proper alignment or flow then read some works by Tai Chi masters Ben Lo , William CC Chen or the Professor himself Cheng Man Ching.