Heavenly Streams

Meridian Theory in Nei Gong

Heavenly Streams

This book focuses on a key aspect of Nei Gong and Qi Gong which is often ignored in practice; this is the practice of connecting with, feeling and adjusting the energy body directly, using the consciousness. The practice sits somewhere between Qi Gong, meditation and the lesser-known art of Shen Gong, and although it is known in China it has never before been written about in an accessible way in the West. The book contains step-by-step instructions on how to experience the various elements which make up a person's energy body, learning to identify and feel the meridians, and to diagnose imbalances and restore harmony through them. The book contains step-by-step instructions on how to experience the various elements which make up a person's energy body, learning to identify and feel the meridians, and to diagnose imbalances and restore harmony through them. This essential aspect of intermediate and advanced practice will be of interest to Qi Gong and martial arts practitioners as well as to practitioners of Chinese medicine.

Heavenly Streams and Earthly Branches-Tiangan Dizhi

The Keys to the Sublime

Heavenly Streams and Earthly Branches-Tiangan Dizhi

"The Heavenly Stems and Earthly Banches constitute an ancient Chinese cosmological science--a complex calendrical system--which codifies the patterns of life and of the universe. The ten Stem symbols express the yin/yang perspective of the Five Elements and embody the Way of Heaven. The 12 Branch symbols manifest in the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, and hold the root of each Element, embracinig the Way of Earth. With this set of study cards, Daoist Master Wu Zhong Xian decodes some of the fundamental messages for the 22 Stem/Branch symbols. The Chinese character and key characteristics of each Stem or Branch are shown, with insights into their symbolic and numerological meanings. The stroke order is clearly illustrated on 11 separate calligraphy cards. With introductory cards that concisely explicate the ancient cosmology, this set makes a convenient learning tool for those interested in Chinese classical texts, Chinese medicine, fengshui, Chinese astrology and cosmology, Qigong, Neigong, Taiji, and other inner cultivation practices."--The Publisher's website.

The Four Dragons

Clearing the Meridians and Awakening the Spine in Nei Gong

The Four Dragons

Within the context of a larger discussion of Dao Yin, Damo Mitchell teaches and explains the Dragon Dao Yin exercises, a set of four short sequences designed to work with the subtle energies of the spine and lead pathogenic energies out of the body. More 'Yang' in nature than Qi Gong, Dao Yin focuses on outwards movements and strong internal cleansing. The book highlights this important distinction and covers the theory, history and development of Dao Yin exercises, as well as the relationship between Chinese medical theory and Dao Yin training. One chapter is devoted to problems related to stagnation and the flow of Qi, and explains the different causes and forms of stagnation. Later chapters look at breathing patterns and the extension of Yi, opening the joints, and rotating the bones and spine. Damo Mitchell also discusses stillness as the source of movement, the philosophical significance of the Dragon and the pearl, and the means of hardwiring Dao Yin exercises into the energetic body. Central to the discussion is the concept of the spine, and how to wake it up. For the first time in the English language, the Dragon exercises – Awakening, Swimming, Soaring and Drunken – are described in detail, with photographs and step-by-step instructions on each of the exercises as individual therapeutic exercises and as a form.

The Hymns of the Rigveda

The Hymns of the Rigveda

In the dim twilight preceding the dawn of Indian literature the historical imagination can perceive the forms of Aryan warriors, the first Western conquerors of Hindustan, issuing from those passes in the north-west through which the tide of invasion has in successive ages rolled to sweep over the plains of India. The earliest poetry of this invading race, whose language and culture ultimately overspread the whole continent, was composed while its tribes still occupied the territories on both sides of the Indus now known as Eastern Kabulistan and the Panjab. That ancient poetry has come down to us in the form of a collection of hymns called the Rigveda. The cause which gathered the poems it contains into a single book was scientific and historical. The number of hymns comprised in the Rigveda, in the only recension which has been preserved, that of the Çakala school, is 1017, or, if the eleven supplementary hymns (called Valakhilya) which are inserted in the middle of the eighth book are added, 1028. These hymns are grouped in ten books, called mandalas, or "cycles," which vary in length, except that the tenth contains the same number of hymns as the first. In bulk the hymns of the Rigveda equal, it has been calculated, the surviving poems of Homer.

Phillis Wheatley's Miltonic Poetics

Phillis Wheatley's Miltonic Poetics

Phillis Wheatley, the African-born slave poet, is considered by many to be a pioneer of Anglo-American poetics. This study argues how in her 1773 POEMS, Wheatley uses John Milton's poetry to develop an idealistic vision of an emerging Anglo-American republic comprised of Britons, Africans, Native Americans, and women.

Western Mysticism

Augustine, Gregory, and Bernard on Contemplation and the Contemplative Life

Western Mysticism

Extracts from the writings of three of Western Christianity's most revered teachers of mystical theology express what they themselves wrote and thought about their mysticism.

Futhark

A Handbook of Rune Magic

Futhark

Runes are the ancient Norse alphabet used for communication, divination, and magical work. In Futhark, American runologist Edred Thorsson introduces readers to the 24 runes of the Elder Futhark, their definitions, and mystic properties. The runic system of magic and mysticism is one of the most powerful forms of metaphysical thought available to the Western world. This bestselling classic book on Runes continues to be required reading for those who seek true knowledge of the mystery of the Runes. Thorsson’s presentation of this powerful system is lucid and profound and provides a valuable tool for spiritual transformation and self-development.