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15597061 Michael Winn Healing Tao

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HEALING TAO
Authors: Michael Minn and Others04/5/2007
Table of contents
.................................................... Tao of Balance and Harmony Song of a New Heaven on Earth
1..........................................................................Inner Smile, the Secret to Being Simple and True
2...Daoist Internal Alchemy: A Deep Language for Communicating with Nature
s Intelligence
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Tao of Balance and HarmonySong of a New Heaven on Earth
By Michael Winn
 Tao births the One.One births the Two. Two births the Three. Three births the 10,000. things.
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Verse 42, Tao Te Ching  This Healing Tao USA logo is a map of Higher Consciousnessbased on Taoist cosmology. I designed it based on decades of exploring the secrets of Taoist internal alchemy meditation, deep experience of qigong 
chi kung 
 )
, and study of the ancient classic
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I Ching: Book of Unchanging Changes. Are you ready for a quick journey deep into Taoist cosmology? The logo maps an image of a vibrational experience: flowing consciousness is being 
sung 
into physical form through a pattern of subtle tones. A subtle tone is just a vibration moving in a particularpattern, that can be known by the shape of what is created. Just as Nature sings itself into existence, we each sing our humanbody 
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mind into existence. But humans are generally not aware of how  we
sing 
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 vibrate
the shape of our reality. This image expresses the principle of balance in the yin
-
 yang pulsations of the chi field. Chi, also spelled
qi
, is the subtle breathing of Nature. Yin
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Yang is any polarity 
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male
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female, positive
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negative,etc.
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flowing dynamically in equilibrium within a matrix of neutral orOriginal Chi
 yuan chi
 )
. Tao as Musical Cosmology Each of the eight trigram tone
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symbols has three lines or notesthat form a musical chord. The eight trigrams are from the Early Heaven
formless
 )
arrangement, in which each trigram
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tone is themirror opposite of the trigram
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tone facing it. This creates four pairs of musical chords that represent theprimordial Tao or Nature
singing itself into creation
as the foursacred directions/ cardinal vibrations. The fifth direction
 – 
the Center
 – 
is symbolized by the five
-
pointed star emerging from the
 vesica piscis
or sexually coupled largered
fire
 )
and blue
 water
 )
spheres. Three forces are coiled inside this geometric vesica piscis
 – 
the black and white spirals of primal yin
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 yang chi force, and the golden glowing sphere of Original Breath, or yuanchi.In the center of the star is a tiny circle, representing the OriginalBreath emerging from the Supreme Mystery, or Wuji. This center cannever be fully known, it is the Mystery beyond all other mysteries. Yetthis Mystery lives inside each of us. It divides itself out three times into:1. The Fundamental Tone of Oneness
 yuan or Original chi field
 )
.
2.
 The chi field of Two
-
ness
Yin
-
Yang polarity 
 )
.
3.
 The Five Phase cycle
five
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ness calledFire, Earth, Gold, Water, and Wood
 )
. These three core layers of tonal patterns are vibrating simultaneously in everything in nature, creating the seasons, the flow of chi inside our body meridians and organs, the spin of galaxies andatoms.Five Elements Pattern at Core of Every Human The 5
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pointed star in the center also represents a CompletedHuman Being. This is any human being who has internalized the fivesacred directions/elements/tones within themselves. When thishappens, there is no boundary between their body and the body of Nature. This is a human being in perfect harmony and balance with itsenvironment, they have expanded their awareness to become one withthe universal natural flow. It is a state of consciousness that issimultaneously transcendent
multi
-
dimensional
 )
and immanent
physically present
 )
. The star expresses the principle of five elements/five phases, which, along with yin
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 yang theory, is central to all Chinese culture. These principles are the foundation of Chinese medicine, feng shui,qigong, inner and outer alchemy, astrology, face and palm reading,martial arts and war strategy, city planning, the Chinese calendar, etc.Five Elements is also a universal pattern, found in all ancientcultures as the sacred four directions and the Center.Flipping Yin
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Yang Poles to Rejuvenate Life The mirroring of the eight trigram tones also suggests a timelessequilibrium of cosmic musical forces that are all held in the Unnamedcenter, as a 9th tone
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force. This is also known as the Fundamental, orOriginal Tone that sings out all the tones of creation. The eight tonal
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trigrams in my arrangement have been changedfrom the normal Early Heaven arrangement: each pair of trigrams hasbeen flipped or inverted twice. Heaven
three solid lines
 )
used to be ontop, now it is below. Earth
three broken lines
 )
used to be on bottom,now it is on top.Fire
 yang 
-
 yin
-
 yang lines
 )
and Water
 yin
-
 yang 
-
 yini
 )
lines havereversed their positions o the left and right. This flipping of the eight trigram
-
tones naturally occurs the
refining 
process of inner alchemy meditations. When we meditate, we dissolve our fixed sense of duality/separation by 
flipping 
theenergetic poles inside our body 
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mind. This produces a refreshed state of consciousness, and one that ismore stable. This is similar to life and death cycles in naturerejuvenating each other. The flipping or inverting of any two polarities creates a new awakening of the third force in the center, the Original Breath of Humanity.Paradigm Shift: A New Heaven on EarthWhat does
a new Heaven on Earth
mean? The Chinese term is
zhong tian
. It implies the sexual coupling of Early Heaven
formlessplane
 )
and Later Heaven
physical plane
 )
. It also reveals that humanity is in a major paradigm shift, a major birthing process, a critical point inthe turning of the great cosmic wheel.Heaven, the formless, is below Earth, the embodiment of form.Heaven supports Earth
 vertical axis
 )
, and Fire is stabilized by Water
horizontal axis
 )
. This represents the free flow of chi or subtle energy between these poles
 – 
the state of wu wei manifested.Wu
-
 wei is the
no
-
resistance
state of grace natural to every being.It was made famous by Lao Tzu in his 2500 year old classic, Tao TeChing 
daodejing 
 )
.Qigong and Meditation as Best Tools for Personal Change Tao inner Alchemy and qigong 
chi kung 
 )
are the meditation andmovement aspects of an ancient spiritual science. Healing Tao USAhas as its mission to make these wonderful spiritual tools available to you. They can help each of us to speed up the process of unfolding ourNatural Path. Alchemy is the ancient term for the natural way to speed upevolution. It allows us to more easily and quickly merge with Natureand the formless Oneness of the Tao while preserving our individual will and responsibility for shaping creation.Note: This logo was created with computer assistance from Mike Teeters. See his photo and image art at arrowofmoonlight.com. Thislogo will eventually be produced as a poster that can be hung in your
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meditation room or home. It can help you to alig with the paradigmshift to a New Heaven on Earth filled with balance and harmony. This bagua logo is currently available on a custom ordered basis. This work of art is a beautiful hand
-
made eight
-
sided dark rose
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 woodframe, size 19 inches x 19 inches. The image is printed on threedifferent levels to add visual depth. Each one is hand made by a meticulous craftsman. Cost:
$
199. + shipping/handling.
Inner Smile, the Secret to Being Simpleand True
Published in the Immortal Child, Newsletter of the Healing TaoInstructor
s Association, in 2000Michael Winn
http://www.healingtaousa.com/cgi-bin/articles.pl 
In April 1999, a dozen Senior Instructors and old time US studentsfrom the 1980
s were waiting in Masahiro Ouchi
s New York office tomeet with Master Chia, who was delayed by half a day. This was thecore group that had launched the Healing Tao and supported it in itsuncertain early days. There was some gloom, caused by the divorce of the Chias
and its surrounding dark aura of rumor and lawsuits. Wedecided to each share our vision of what we wanted the Healing Tao tobe, with the benefit of 20 years of hindsight. The visions that emerged were spoken from the heart, in a circle of old friends. Many felt the Healing Tao could be more heart centered inits teachings, less manipulation of chi by technique. Some called formore balance between the male and female approaches to teaching,more
 yin
practice focused on receiving and nurturing chi andcultivating virtues of love and compassion, instead of 
 yang 
methodsof commanding and projecting chi. Others asked for simplicity, greaterfocus on the ultimate truths of the Tao, less attention to myriad waysto energetically change yourself or the world, more attention tocultivating 
shen
and spiritual values.Since then, I have received many letters and had many conversations with HT instructors from around the world. I sensethere is a genuine shift occuring in the Healing Tao, a yearning for coresimplicity and truth and silence. The HT has made its fame with themany sophisticated methods for managing the energy body, and thishas perhaps been its first necessary step to achieving acceptance in theWest. Master Chia has been a superb emissary for accomplishing thismission, and our collective impact worldwide has been tremendous.One of the reasons I myself supported the HT from the very start was its practicality in everyday life, its immediate benefits, the very tangible opening of personal chi flow. This was my prime motivation inspending years writing & editing its many books filled with techniques,and encouraging others to do so. I was well aware of other paths thatfocused more direclty on other
-
 worldly, transcendental approaches tomeditation. I had close connections to other highly achieved spiritualteachers in the Buddhist and Hindu traditions, but chose not topromote them because of what always seemed to me to be excessreligious baggage.But now, 20 years later, on the brink of a new millennium, I findmy own teaching style has dramatically changed. I want the Simpleand True in my own life, and have seen too many students drop away from the Tao because they could not keep up with the perceivednecessity of doing so many techniques. Techniques can become a way for the Ego to hide its fear of losing control behind a mask of accomplisihed skills.I am concerned for the future growth of the Healing Tao, and askmyself, if we put on a simpler face, would the teachings achieve evenmore widespead acceptance, more devoted adherents? Do we need tofear Simplicity? The key is to emulate nature, and Nature always seemsto favor the simplest way of doing things, even complicated things. As the current President of the National Qigong/Chi Kung  AssociationoUSA, I have had the opportunity to exchange teachings with dozens of other schools of the Tao. When I co
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lead an NQA tripto China last year with 30 sophisticated western qigong healers, I wasespecially impressed by a comment made by Dr. Cai Jun, the head of Qigong Medicine at Shi Yuan, a major Beijing hospital:
It seems you Americans are well trained in qigong techniques. Some of you are onthe edge of being really good. Actually, I think Americans in general may be more sensitive to chi than the average Chinese person.But I perceive a general weakness in your dan tiens. If you build thelower dan tien, then all the other channels, the orbit, healing ability,etc. will easily follow. Taoist neidan
alchemy 
 )
is very simple this way.
 I have taken his comment to heart. In my Chi Kung Fundamentalscourse, I spend a long time from the very start doing a very simple chikung movement I now call Ocean Breathing, a brilliant term coined by Senior Instructor Walter Beckley, who was experimenting with similarsimple breathing methods. The secret in these methods is to get
mindless
as quickly and directly as possible, while still focusing on thelower dan tien. The image of water gets you out of the heady conceptof breathing air, and into the deeper watery rhythms of your blood andjing. I link in a heart centered Inner Smile with this state of floating in waves inside the dan tien, and being aware of a vast ocean inside thebody, an inner ocean of chi, bigger even than the outer ocean. The dan tien is no longer a tiny, hard to find point inside a denselittle physical body 
--
it is immense, and from the very start the sourceof all pure chi used in the Healing Sounds. I teach students to see theirbodies filling with clouds of different colored chi from this inner oceanfilling their vital organs and entire body, before they breathe it outusing the Healing Sounds. And I give them dynamic movements tohelp release the chi, by integrating the Six Healing Sounds with theoldest chi kung movement known in China, the Five Animals Play. Inbetween each sound & animal movement, I have them internally breathe between the vital organ and the dan tien.I never let the students get away from this inner ocean of chi insucceeding practices like Fusion and Healing Love or a new course Iteach called Internal Chi Rooting and Breathing, my simplified versionof Iron Shirt
different postures learned in China 
 )
and neutral forcebreathing. To make sure spiritual values are reinforced, I begin training themfrom the very start to contact not just the chi of each vital organ, butthe shen
spirit, or
natural intelligence
”)
, as well. This opens up a different kind of communication internally, in which you have to open your innermost heart in order to talk with the spirit of each organ. Iintroduce the Five Shen as
my inner family 
or
inner children
, each with different needs and abilities.It also paves the way for a shen
and
te
, or virtue
 )
based practiceof the Fusion and Kan and Li formulas. I
 ve found this an effective way to simplify the Healng Tao practices. Chi can be manipulated using outer will or ego. Shen, as your inner voices, will only relate to yourinner will or spiritual intent. Anytime a practice starts to feelcomplicated or too pushy or too heady, I tell students to drop all thetechniques, go back into the Inner Ocean, and invite one or all of theirtheir Five Shen/ Inner Family to take an internal vacation doing nothing but smiling and riding the pulsing ocean waves. In short, dropback into empty mind, but an emptiness that is grounded in one
sinner oceanic essence and the sensuous, primal orgasmic pulsations of the life force.I encourage every instructor to find the Way that speaks to youpersonally and feels most true, as this felt sense of truth is whatultimately gets transmitted to students. If you cannot find the Simpleand True inside yourself, how will your students find it? The Simple and True ultimately can only be apprehended in Silence and Stillness, where the monkey mind cannot bring its endless techniques andconcepts/images and words. This is constantly stressed in the ancient Tao teachings. In the Tao Canon text of the Zhonghe Ji, it puts it thus:
Silence is the Word. Fundamentally in the place where the Wordexists there is Silence. The world is silent; that is the secret formula of alchemy.
 We have the secret formula under our noses already in the Healing  Tao, and it is called the Inner Smile. But I rarely see it taught as a highlevel shen practice, only as a beginner or warm up to a meditation, ortied into an ever more complicated technique of manipulating chi. Butonce technique has used the polarities of yin and yang to change thebalance of chi in any moment, that is the moment when our OriginalBeing has a new opening to come into Presence. Techniques open the gates, then we must leap quickly to ride on the invisible back of yuan
original
 )
chi between the waves of dragon and tiger, of yin and yang.So really, I think all the Healing Tao techniques should be seen as warmups for a Simple and True Inner Smile. Control of Chi must eachtime be followed by Surrender to Shen. Practically speaking,
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