Nourishing Life Qi Gong - a love letter

Hello Qi Community! Master Qingyu Wang, pictured here to my left (and in the photo below), is the oldest lineage holder of the Jin Jing Gong school of Qi Gong. He's 91 years old. This is what a lifetime of Qi Gong can do for you! He's full of vitality and stories and loves to sing and perform Chinese opera. He's pictured here practicing the 14 Brocades Form. We're in Leshan, China, at the base of Mt Emei, one of the sacred mountains of Asia, which lies in the foothills of the Himalayas. I took this photo in 2016, at a 3 week Qi Gong retreat with Heiner Fruehauf and Master Wang (see photo below), connecting to the birthplace of the 14 Brocades form that I've been sharing with you through Zoom since April 2020.

I hope you've been having a wonderful summer (or winter!) season wherever you are. I've been enjoying the incredible bounty of summertime at our home place in the Hudson Valley, NY. While I've enjoyed being more offline and in the flow of an easeful and relaxed summer schedule I have certainly been missing the collective Qi Gong practice with you. I'm looking forward to beginning up again and hope you will join us.

We'll be resuming our Zoom online practice this fall around the equinox (September 21st, 2022). I'll send an official notice out when we get a wee bit closer.

This Sunday July 24th 2022 I'll be with my teacher Heiner Fruehauf in Corbett, Oregon, receiving a direct transmission ceremony to be formally recognized as a lineage holder and teacher of the Jin Jing Gong school. The Jin Jing Gong school is one of the few officially recognized forms of Qi Gong and therefore is listed in the UN, which means my name will be listed there as well! It also means that I can eventually pass this transmission on to students who've learned all the forms of the Nourishing Life Qi Gong school with me.

I am profoundly humbled by the circumstances of life that have brought me to this moment, and to the masters who've shared their teachings. I must also acknowledge that it was the quarantine and lockdown of April 2020 onward here in NY that created the space and desire to lead a regular online Qi Gong practice. Thank you to each and every one of you that were a part of creating this community together! I so appreciate you!

Enjoy this text by Wei Boyang, a 2nd Century Chinese Alchemist.

Cultivate without stopping

And the mass of energy will move like cloud and rain,

Flowing like spring showers,

Drilling like melting ice,

From the head falling down to the feet,

And from there rising up again,

Coming and going,

Swirling the limitless,

And stirring everything throughout.

Those on the path of the return know the Tao.

Weakness is the handle of virtue.

Plow and pull out the weeds of impurity.

Do it meticulously and you will attain harmony.

For in the mud lies a clear path,

And in the long darkness a light will finally shine through.

People of the world love little tricks.

They do not probe the depths of the Tao.

They abandon the correct way and follow the devious paths.

They want the quick way but they do not get through.

The enlightened being is immersed in the depths,

Floating and wandering,

Keeping the direction within.

In Beauty and Abundance,