Qigong travel feedback

Travel practice by Daniël Lous

TRAVELING AND WALKING IN THE WUDANGSHAN

Every moment of moving your body is a traveling. When you ask yourself a question about what you are doing right now, than you can answer with traveling. (good!!!) Think about the movements of your body then you know that you are breathing, moving your mussels and bones, your blood streams in many different parts of your body, your sweat is flowing like a river sometimes, your heart is moving without any action of your own, your brain is acting like a movie that never stops, your ear system registrated every sound around you, your skin send painfull area to your nerve system and you have to react, and what about your eyes, your nose, your hands, your feets, I can go further to give more examples. Go inside of your body and you know, you are traveling every moment of the day and the night. You can take a car, a boat, an airplane or a motorcycle to travel around the world. But in this article I restrict myself to travel without resources and choose for walking.

This is the real life travel, or entirety travel. We also can call it life Hunhua travel. It’s nice practice.

Today I have look five minutes in the mirror. Normaly I stay for more than five minutes for the mirror to brush my teeth, wash my face or to shave my skin. But today I do nothing at all. Now I was five minutes to look at my face and do nothing at all. But again I was realise that it was not possible. I was all the time traveling with my body. My eyes were twinkling and tears are coming up from inside. Do I need the outside for travelling the inside?

It’s oneness. In side and outside work on each other forming th entirety. No insiede, no outside.

Walking in the Wudangshan it blows up my mind. I do like walking in the mountains very much. Everytime I do walking in the mountains I feel my heart much closer by the nature. When I look to the trees, the mountains, the plants and the flowers, the birds and other animals, I feel more balance, silent, innerpeace and space inside. Walking in that nature is also a pretty moment for my body. The same time is my mind moving to the universe. Looking to the big and high mountains I start thinking that the mountains stay there for such a long time. It makes me wondering that my life is so short in eternity. But it makes me thankfull that I’m alive and to be here as a human being. I can make my own choises and do my own activities.

Walking in the mountains is a constant open and close movement of the body. It’s maybe the best practice during the day. When I look back I enjoy the pathway after me. When I look forward I see the top of the mountain. But when i realise the present moment I enjoy where I am. I enjoy the green around me, the beautiful landscapes, the space around me, nice laughing people around me, the beautiful sound of the birds, the blue sky above me and I feel the warm sunshine and the cool breeze of the wind. When I close my eyes each experience comes being stronger. I hear the rustles of the leaves, the different songs of the birds, the crying and yelling people around me. But when I go deeper inside of my body I found the silent in my own true self. During the travel practice there are many moments of influences bij other people (changing plans, loudness, talkings, social acitivities, group mentality, etc.) and nature ( weather, structures, different pathway, etc.) How can I stay in my own true self?

To be practice Zhineng Qigong is making yourself empty. And also stay open for changing my life and open myself for the opportunities in daily life. But practice Qigong is sometimes a question about what I’m doing and where I’m going. Sometimes it’s a fact of losing things and change in a direction you never known before. Can I be honest to myself and do I have the courage to follow my heart.

This is a intersting exploration. Only when you arrive there and see the scenery, you know you are there. Before you go to there, you never know it, maybe you can hear from others, but there are big difference between you see and you hear. Life like this, we need go to see the new life scenery.

Last week I hear the words of a nice song of Mike Batt. For this moment I changed the words and make my own song for the Wudangshan.

The early light is breaking
And the morning sun is waiting in the sky
And I think I’m gonna break away
And follow where the birds of freedom fly
I need to give
I need to live
For the world that slowly turning
And the lights of love are burning in my eyes
Wudangshan, oh my soul is on the run over land
I am flying
Wudangshan, moving out into the sun
Oh, I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m going
Wudangshan, oh my soul is on the run over land
I am flying
Wudangshan, moving out into the sun
Oh, I don’t know what I’m doing, but I’m doing
Just doing, enjoy the doing
Forever
That’s the most important thing of traveling. You have to be doing it. You have to be keeping along. Right now. Stay in your own true self and stable your mind. Aware your consciousness and becomes one with the universe. That’s my experience of walking in the Wudangshan.

Daniël Lous

Wudangshan, 28 juni 2013

This is a very good travelling experience. It the expression of a real vivid life.


Travel practice

Yannick Lajdecki 28/06/2013

What is “travel practice”?

My understanding of travel practice is that everything that you experience after you finished your Qigong practice is a “travel practice”. You walk in the street, you talk, you eat, you go to toilet, you take a shower, you dream, all of this can be a travel practice. The only difference between a basic daily life and a travel practice is that when you are in a travel practice you use every moment of your life as a tool to explore your inside with the objective to reach a higher level of consciousness.

If you agree with my definition of what travel practice is then you should agree that this practice form the main and the more challenging practice for the one who want to reach the true liberation. Daily life put yourself in front of many, many… many different situation that you didn’t expect, there is some of those situation that trigger yourself and some other that you enjoy, it’s depend of the reference framework. Travel practice is the ability to recognize all those different experience without fixing or losing yourself in it. Actually I think that Travel practice is a kind of examination that shows you how deep is your consciousness flexibility.

My experience during our wudang trip?

So during this 3 days, I tried as much as possible to stay aware, to stay in contact with my inside. I used different technics to not lose myself and to experiment each moment as much as possible, I used mingmen breathing, I also just stay focus on my step during walking or I also tried to experience all my sense at the same time. Sometime it was easy to stay focus and I felt really peaceful. In this inner peace I experienced different state of consciousness, for example during the night walking practice I noticed that I felt really connected with the group of people around me. When I was walking to the golden peak, after a while I felt like my body was fixed in the space, I was not moving up but more like I was pushing the mountain down. During the three centers merge meditation one time I felt that I had a really little body and another time I felt like my head was huge! Most of the time I noticed that I experiment all those different state from my shenti palace or sometime from the whole entire body but during this three days one night I was practicing lie down in my bed, I was looking at the stars through the windows and then I had the funny feeling that I didn’t really know if my body was experiencing the nature or if the nature was experiencing my body. This was really interesting feeling, and it gave me a lot of inspiration and more understanding for my future practice.


Qi gong travel practice

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This article has two parts. The first describes what travel practice is, the second is an example of a travel practice to Wudang Mountains from my diary. The article is meant as an inspiration and a source of information for to-be-teachers who would like to organize a travel practice themselves. It introduces travel practice and gives tips on what and how travel practice can be done.

What is qi gong travel practice and why do it?

Some Taoist practitioners in China, after reaching a certain level of skill, left their residence and travelled, mostly visiting other practitioners. The length of their stay was rarely fixed; they could stay for days or months. There is a term in Chinese for this type of practice or travelling, loosely translated as ‘travelling as a cloud’.

What was the purpose of their travelling? The purpose was to receive new information that can increase their gong fu level, increase their consciousness.

Even today people from large cities travel to mountains on the weekend. What they know is that they relax and their heart calms down while hiking in nature. In an open space, such as mountains, it is easier for heart to open than in the closed space of the city. They travel to receive the information from the nature and open their hearts and consciousness, although they are not aware of it. Our aim is to make this process conscious. That is travel practice –opening of consciousness through travelling.

Travel puts certain limitations on qi gong practice, because the environment cannot always provide all the possibilities of a qi gong center. Therefore some group practices get omitted from the daily regime. Rou-fu cannot be practiced, because there we have nothing to put on the floor to lie on. All other practices we can theoretically do on our trip. If the environment is new it may take some time getting used to. In such situation might be better to practice those movements that are already familiar to practitioners or those that are simple, because they would not be able to fully concentrate on comprehending new movements, for example from body and mind form.

Qi gong travel practice is what its name says – practicing qi gong through travelling. We should also stress that travel practice is not primarily about travel, but about the practice. This is where it differs from the holiday travel. Travel practice should be also not understood as travelling with certain time of the day dedicated to practice of qi gong and other to traveling or sightseeing. All time is dedicated to practice. There is no sightseeing as such. All activities are qi gong practice. Even sightseeing or hiking are qi gong practice. How to make sightseeing or hiking a qi gong practice?

I will illustrate on two examples. The first is the sightseeing a turtle statue and second hiking to a Golden Peak in the Wudang Mountains.

When we arrived to the statue of the turtle, we gathered around the turtle. First teacher Wei introduced the importance of the symbol and its connection in the Taoist practice. Turtle is believed to live long, for example, because it is able to move its coccyx while swimming and while walking. Cocsyx in the qi gong theory is the root of life. Ability to move cocsyx increases the root qi and prolongs life. It is believed to be able to focus its breath in the lower tantiem, without loosing concentration. Then Wei illustrated this theory on his own experience. He said that since he believed that concentration of breath in the lower tantiem was very powerful, there was a time in his practice where he used visualizations and imagined being a turtle help him focus concentration on breathing into lower tantiem. Then we all did a standing meditation while using this technique.

The second example is a hiking the Golden Peak. It is an uphill walk, lasting around three hours, to the top of the highest peak in the Wudang Mountains. Normally all the attention is taken by outside scenery. The first important point is to keep the attention also within the body. This can be achieved by various techniques. I was using the technique of holding the back of the palm of my hand at the mingmen, with the first joint of the middle finger pressing against mingmen. This is a very simple technique to maintain connection with the inner body. Due to this technique, there were moments of the trip where suddenly looked at the piece of scenery and felt at the same time deep awareness of my inner body. It brought much stronger sense of inner peace as when all attention is taken by external scenery. I was able to experience the beauty of the natural scenery and the beauty of internal body at the same time, although I was often loosing concentration on one or the other. There are also other techniques, using visualizations, increasing awareness of qi body, or increasing awareness of consciousness.

Examples of visualization are:

– Visualize you are walking on the cloud.
– Visualize the steps are in the space and there is no ground underneath

Examples of qi body awareness are:

– be aware of your qi legs. Feel that the qi legs are taking steps, not your physical legs. In this way it is possible to relieve pressure on knees on the way down.

– Feel your whole qi body and feel how it is supported and lifted by the strong qi of the mountains while walking the stairs. You can use ‘push the mountains’ posture while walking up the stair to intensify the feeling of the horizontal flow of qi.

Examples of increases consciousness include:

– Open all cells of your body. Feel that each cell of your body is open connected with the nature around. Feel the nature around reflected in each cell of your body.

– Open the points in the upper tantiem, focus your consciousness in the upper tantiem, feel that you are pure consciousness. Walk in the state of pure consciousness, not aware of time. In this way you will reach the top of the mountain in no time.

To better illustrate an example of a travel practice I attach my diary for a two day travel to Wudang mountains.

Travel to Wudand Mountains in June 2013 – diary from the travel practice

June 26 – afteroon

Wudang mountains are the heart and origin of tai-chi practice. Today, there are still many tai-chi schools and practitioners in the area. Hermits also live in these mountains. Since 14th century it has been a center for spiritual and tai-chi practitioners. Today, large temples are mostly empty and serve as a tourist attraction only, however some of them are still functioning and housing male and female monks. The founder of Zhineng Qi Gong, Dr. Ming Pang stood on the Golden Peak in year 1998 where he did a 30-minute and observed that in spite of human activity the energy of the mountains remains very pure and strong. My and my fellow practitioners observed that some practice movements are much easier in the mountains. for example when we have to hold arms at the shoulder level for a long time.

Golden Peak is the highest point of Wudang moutains reaching to around 1600m above the see level. With its location in the middle of the mountains it resembles the center of a lotus flower. It houses a temple, a large complex of buildings and shrines. Chinese government declared Wudang Mountains a protected area and created some infrastructure supporting the development of tourism. There is a cable car going almost to the top of Golden Peak from the last bus stop however it is much stronger experience to walk the path. The path has also been fully reconstructed or even newly constructed in some places and stone-laid steps lead to the very top of the mountain.

This is our second trip to Wudang Mountains. Since it was raining during the first visit couple of week ago we postponed the walk to the Golden Peak and are going there tomorrow. As some of us have been here before, some suggested getting up as early as 2am and walking the path in the night prior to the sunrise. It would give the walk much stronger concentration, because the countless shops along the path would not yet be opened and there would also be no tourists that early. I am curious whether this plan gets realized.

During our first visit to Wudang mountains we practiced outside mostly standing meditation, while inside we practiced Lift Qi Up Pour Qi Down. We also had one evening that we used to share wat we perceive as our purpose in life with others in the group. Reflecting on our life purpose can be a powerful way to focus our practice and achieve results much faster. You should keep aware of your purpose always, so why not when travelling?

This is our second visit to Wundang mountains. We have just arrived to the hotel and have the first practice in around half an hour at 3pm. The weather is good and we can practice outside under the sky with the view on the mountains. The energy of mountains can be better felt outside than in the hotel. Hopefully there will not be many mosquitoes in the afternoon and our qi field will be strong enough to keep them at a safe distance. Last time we practices outside there was a lot of tourist traffic through the place where we were standing. In China people are usually not very considerate to what other people are doing in their close environment, which is a cultural thing. This can be a practice challenge for a European. Last time a group of young people switched on a radio and played loud music tens of meters from our group. Each of practitioners had to find a way to deal with it while maintaining the concentration in the standing practice. Eventually they turned down the music and went away.

We arrived with a bus from the city at the bottom of the mountains – Wudangshan where our qi gong center is also located. Car access to the mountains is restricted, official bus lines are the only way to get to the heart of the mountains. Be prepared to lose a lot of time in China and do not count on services to be timely. It took us over an hour to buy tickets, because each required a digital photo to be taken and there was only one person servicing all visitors. There were several other employees circulating around who could potentially help however for some reason it did not happen. Even though China public services are almost always overstaffed, the allocation of people to individual activities does not always make sense.

On the way up we stopped for an hour in the Prince temple. The prince temple is a beautiful temple complex, almost exclusively authentic with minimum recent rebuilds and reconstructions. The authenticity of many Chinese historical sites is often dubious, because they often look as though they were from the large part only recently constructed. Not infrequently a visitor of an ancient temple walks on the floor or a courtyard that was apparently only recently constructed and also materials used in walls or roofs or some construction details do not give impression of being contemporary. Here all stones in the courtyard and the temple looked worn from everyday walking of monks. The temple was dedicated to the son of a Chinese emperor. The energy in the temple is very strong and supportive of concentration and the place is very quiet.

Now I should stop writing, because nobody will read it. I intend to keep this article as a diary. This was my first entry.

June 26th, evening,

We just returned from the walk and had the dinner. It was raining slightly when we left the hotel. Teacher Wei used the time to clarify the meaning and purpose of the travel practice. When you do travel practice, first you enjoy. Look at the scenery around and feel it within. Where is your practice room when you travel? Your practice room is where your heart is.

It was still raining when we hit the road. We did not go far, just around the corner to a beautiful view on the mountains and did a standing meditation. There are many ways to practice a standing meditation in the mountains:

– standing meditation with the eyes open, looking at the mountain scenery, but not focusing on a particular spot. You may then feel that you see behind the mountain range with your consciousness. Use senses fully, smell, hear, see, feel on the skin.

– guided standing meditation

– pulling qi through the middle heavenly gate (nose)

Wei guided a meditation. Very brief guided meditation can be done as follows:

“Watch the beautiful scenery. Why do people come into mountains? They subconsciously need and want to receive positive information from the nature. That is why people do hiking without realizing that open space opens their hearts also. Our aim is to make this process conscious. We do travel practice to get more useful information for our lives.

When eyes perceive the scenery, what does your consciousness see? What is the relationship between what your consciousnesses sees and what your eyes see? Does your consciousness see less or more than your eyes? Sometime it is said of a person “he looked but did not see” when someone is immersed in thought without being aware of the surroundings. Some people on the other hand appear to see with their eyes closed. Can you see the beauty around you with your eyes closed? Can you see more that with your eyes? Consciousness is wider than the eyesight which is limiting.”

After meditation, we slowly moved along the tourist path to a nearby temple, mixing with other tourist on the way. We paused for a while at the place with a view on Golden Peak and did a push and pull movement connecting with the Golden Peak. Wei guided the practice.

We made one more break on the way, at a statue of a giant turtle that oversees one of the valleys under the Golden Peak. It is very useful that Wei is Chinese and has a relatively wide background in Taoist ad tai-chi practice, because he is able to convey symbolic meanings of these architectural treasures in terms of our qi gong practice, which makes the travel interesting not only from the practice viewpoint, but also from an intellectual viewpoint. It certainly helps when the leader of the travel practice has some understanding of the place and the history.

When we arrived at the temple, we did not walk around since we already did it the last time, we directly visited tea house and tasted Chinese teas. Tea is like a cure, healing the body inside. Qi gong is also a healing practice. White, green, oolong and red teas each cure a different organ of the body, We were practicing our knowledge of qi gong theory while drinking tea. We then returned to the hotel.

June 27th

Today we made a trip to the Golden Peak. It lasted the whole day. I described the practices used during the walk in the introduction.

In the evening we did practices to relax our legs, sitting with our legs straight on the floor and first tapping our legs from thighs to ankles and then stretching the leg ligaments and spine. Afterward we did a standing meditation and some of us remain on the roof to watch the stars.

Tomorrow morning we are returning to the center.


THE TRAVELING PRACTICE

Broadening the view is not about just changing the scenery, or maybe the changed scenery can bring the broadened view by itself?

Reaching out of the limits to reach beyond, is as reaching beyond all of the horizons. If relationship is made with this state, then even if not seen at the time, the seed of change, brought from outer reaches is now singing a new song within and all of the songs singing are now being changed by this new voice, changing everything accordingly, getting stronger and with more details, it is being sang out in time and more and more playful, synchronized naturally with the pulsating universe, originating a cosmic dance conducted by the greatest of admirers, music itself, the true self.

So, traveling practice is all about getting out of the comfort zone into the unknown. It may bring out the fear, or questions of purpose, or any kind of limiting thoughts. But good, that is what is it all about. Being true to oneself and aware observant. Lies will die along the way.

When sensed the nature of change is being resisted, but once felt, its’ stability uncovers the vitality and gentleness. That acquires the openness of the heart. Even when confronted with fear, pain or fatigue. Then it matters the most. It is the secret of unveiling the unseen.

The pure life of wilderness is now leading to the unbearable compassion that melts all the inner bondages, revealing the living truth within.

The passenger is dared to live the living truth.

But its gentleness, purity and beauty are beyond dare.

The opened heart is needed. The smiling life courage is needed. The softness of movement is needed.

The presence of wholeness is needed.

But that is easy if one is willing to live the change.

Hun Yuan Ling Tong

Vlada


Visit to the Wudang mountains June 26-28th, 2013.

Vinod

Wudang mountains are one of the five holy mountains of China, steeped in the daoist culture dotted with temples and monasteries devoted to various streams of Kungfu and Tai chi schools.

The visit started with a temple and a Taoist centre dedicated to medicinal practice. We had a short practice there and the Ch field was very good and practicing there was on a different plane ane one could feel the Chi penetrating the body deeply and the enhancement in the body chi was felt. The column with 12 beams attached to it signified the various disciples of the daoist thought originating in the same root, like branches of a tree. While practicing one could imagine the thousands of Taoist scholars that practiced and worked at the same library continuously for thousands of years and feel the same energizing chi that they have felt for Centuries gone. I felt privileged to share the same spot for practicing and enhancing my Chi experience to a different level.

Later in the day after lunch and a short rest, the practice at the Lion Gate surrounded by the various mountain peaks lent a different and higher level of Chi. One can almost feel the chi surrounding one and the strong and fine chi of the holy mountains. Walk along the walkways and walking and stationery chi practice was another experience to be cherished. In spite of movement and comments of the passersby, which I could not understand, I was able to concentrate and ignore the noise and movement around me. Later in the evening we had another walk at the same place but with lesser audience and under the stars. This was again another experience specially when we tried walking in the dark without flashlights. The chi field had taken a different aspect, quiet and deep, enhancing the experience was the carrying me forward and higher chi you could feel coming from the stars, which could be seen in all their glory, During normal practice at night we do not see the stars and do not feel their influence on our chi field, actually we are never conscious of their presence. This experience brought it to our consciousness and I will always think about the stars that we cannot see but are there. All this brought forth the deeper and deeper feeling of chi and advanced my journey into Qi gong practice to a new level.

The climb to the Blue mountain was an experience at a different level, in spite of the hard climb I did not feel tired at all, as a matter of fact did not even feel the strain on the knees, one would expect. It was as if the chi was carrying me higher and higher to the peak and the whole body felt invigorated. The temple at the top is simple but the chi Field t the peak is something out of this world, one can almost feel the chi even without concentrating, especially near the 600 year old tree. Only after experiencing the effect of the peak one can understand as why this is considered to be a holy mountain. In the evening practice we learned how to relax your legs and the whole body after a tiring day as the climb to the Blue mountain. This will always remain in my memory as a remarkably rewarding day.

Last day visit to the dam and Tai Chi centre was another experience with nature in all her glory and mountains surrounding the area the chi field had a different character. Chi experience on this trip was deep and I felt connected to the strong and pure chi field of the mountains and the pristine nature. While practicing, the connection of the consciousness to the universe and the nature was at a very deep level and I was able to maintain the connection for a very long time and banish the distracting thoughts which made the practice more rewarding and deep. Connection to the Hunyan chi was easier and deeper leading to refinement of my own consciousness and making it finer. Most of the time I did not feel my physical body but only the Chi body merging with the universe and very often the centre of the universe and/or the universe was in our Chi field. Quality of the internal chi improved considerably and the flow was smooth and chi was plentiful, removing many blockages and gave a feeling of well being and happiness.


Travel practice

Annemie Vandebroek Wudang Mountains, 26.06.2013

‘On the road with my True Self’

I was walking in Wudang Mountains
together with my True Self

I said to my True Self: ‘hello You’
And my True Self said: ‘hello me’

Nothing to think
Nothing to do

Just having fun me and You

We watched the mirrors of nature
What did we see with our skin

What did we hear with our heart
What were we feeling within

Nothing to think
Nothing to do

Just having fun me and You

The green waves of Mountains
Flowing along with our deep inner see

Open and close
Mingmen in me

Nothing to think
Nothing to do

Just having fun
me and you

me on the Mountain
Mountains in me

You in the heaven
Within I can see

Nothing to think
Nothing to do

Just having fun
me and You

me opening nose
You opening skin

Qi of the Mountains
Gathering in

Noting to think
Nothing to do

Just having fun
me and You

me reaching sky
sky in to You

twinkeling stars
me and You

Empty in me
Empty in You

Nothing to think
Nothing to do

Becoming one
Just having fun…


TRAVELING AND WALKING IN THE WUDANGSHAN

Travelpractice by Daniël Lous Wudangshan, 28 juni 2013

Every moment of moving your body is a traveling. When you ask yourself a question about what you are doing right now, than you can answer with traveling. Think about the movements of your body en you know that you are breathing, moving your mussels and bones, your blood streams in many different parts of your body, your sweat is flowing like a river sometimes, your heart is moving without any action of your own, your brain is acting like a movie that never stops, your earsystem registrated every sound around you, your skin send painfull area to your nerve system and you have to react, and what about your eyes, your nose, your hands, your feets, I can go further to give more examples. Go inside of your body and you know, you are traveling every moment of the day and the night. You can take a car, a boat, an airplane or a motorcycle to travel around the world. But in this article I restrict myself to travel without resources and choose for walking.

Today I have look five minutes in the mirror. Normaly I stay for more than five minutes for the mirror to brush my teeth, wash my face or to shave my skin. But today I do nothing at all. Now I was five minutes to look at my face and do nothing at all. But again I was realise that it was not possible. I was all the time traveling with my body. My eyes were twinkling and tears are coming up from inside. Do I need the outside for travelling the inside?

Walking in the Wudangshan it blows up my mind. I do like walking in the mountains very much. Everytime I do walking in the mountains I feel my heart much closer by the nature. When I look to the trees, the mountains, the plants and the flowers, the birds and other animals, I feel more balance, silent, innerpeace and space inside. Walking in that nature is also a pretty moment for my body. The same time is my mind moving to the universe. Looking to the big and high mountains I start thinking that the mountains stay there for such a long time. It makes me wondering that my life is so short in eternity. But it makes me thankfull that I’m alive and to be here as a human being. I can make my own choises and do my own activities.

Walking in the mountains is a constant open and close movement of the body. It’s maybe the best practice during the day. When I look back I enjoy the pathway after me. When I look forward I see the top of the mountain. But when i realise the present moment I enjoy where I am. I enjoy the green around me, the beautiful landscapes, the space around me, nice laughing people around me, the beautiful sound of the birds, the blue sky above me and I feel the warm sunshine and the cool breeze of the wind. When I close my eyes each experience comes being stronger. I hear the rustles of the leaves, the different songs of the birds, the crying and yelling people around me. But when I go deeper inside of my body I found the silent in my own true self. During the travel practice there are many moments of influences bij other people (changing plans, loudness, talkings, social acitivities, group mentality, etc.) and nature ( weather, structures, different pathway, etc.) How can I stay in my own true self?

To be practice Zhineng Qigong is making yourself empty. And also stay open for changing my life and open myself for the opportunities in daily life. But practice Qigong is sometimes a question about what I’m doing and where I’m going. Sometimes it’s a fact of losing things and change in a direction you never known before. Can I be honest to myself and do I have the courage to follow my heart.

Last week I hear the words of a nice song of Mike Batt. For this moment I changed the words and make my own song for the Wudangshan.

The early light is breaking

And the morning sun is waiting in the sky

And I think I’m gonna break away

And follow where the birds of freedom fly

I need to give

I need to live

For the world that slowly turning

And the lights of love are burning in my eyes

Wudangshan, oh my soul is on the run over land

I am flying

Wudangshan, moving out into the sun

Oh, I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m going

Wudangshan, oh my soul is on the run over land

I am flying

Wudangshan, moving out into the sun

Oh, I don’t know what I’m doing, but I’m doing

That’s the most important thing of traveling. You have to be doing it. You have to be keeping along. Right now. Stay in your own true self and stable your mind. Aware your consciousness and becomes one with the universe. That’s my experience of walking in the Wudangshan.

Daniël Lous


Travel retreat paper

Which conditions are necessary while travelling?

Usually you use your five sensory organs, look, feel, hear, smell and taste to go outside. These five sensory organs are the doors of the consciousness. While travelling you have to connect your inside to outside these sensory organ doors . If you don’t, you’ll lose a lot of energy. The way to connect your inside to outside is using the middle heavenly gate (your nose) to inhale and draw the surroundings inwards.

My experiences during the three days in the Wudang mountains?

Day one didn’t start that well . While we were lining up to get our passes, a number of people were going ahead. And suddenly this impolite behaviour annoys me, irritates me and I wanted to attend these people that their behaviour was absolutely inappropriate. Considering the fact that I don’t speak Chinese, this would be a useless action so I decided to let go and returned to a calmer state of mind.

When we arrived at the temple, I really enjoyed walking around. Until the moment that teacher Xie offered us a choice. We could either to a three centres merge and connect to the special Qi if the environment or have a cup of tea in the tea house. An then a couple of people started a discussion if it wasn’t possible to do both. An there was this slightly irritated feeling again. Why for heaven’s sake do Dutch people always have to discuss everything. The question is simple and just make a choice.

At that moment I lost myself and did not want to be a part of the group anymore. And I felt my Qi level was going down. II choosed to do a three centres merge and during the exercise I rebalanced a little bit but I was still very tired.

That afternoon it was raining and we were standing in front of the hotel. Again everyone (including me) had an opinion and I still felt very tired. When the group was getting ready for take-off I decided to stay in the hotel. This decision for me felt as a relieve. Finally some time alone, nobody around, I have longed for that moment for weeks. I was lying on my bed and started massaging my abdomen. After massaging a while I just sat on my bed wondering why I was so determined not to walk in the rain. When I’m at home I just love to walk in the rain. Rain on my head feels like a fresh shower from nature and I like to be in touch with nature. I love the change of seasons and all the elements belonging to it. I also wondered why I didn’t want to be a part of the group anymore. I know I need my alone time but in the program there’s plenty of space to create it. But how hard I tried to get beyond the feelings, no answer came up,

Because I felt more relaxed, I decided to join the evening practice. We should walk al little while to the passage of Heaven and practice over there. But that little while was a lot longer than I expected and I got irritated again. I didn’t want to walk, I just wanted to sit down, relax and look at the stars…….ALONE. Because of my irritation I couldn’t enjoy practice and I became stubborn. And from this stubborn state of mind I told treacher Wei that I wasn’t sure if I would join the Golden Peak expedition next day.

After returning in the hotel, I started looking beyond again and discussed the subject with Janneke. This time the answers cam quite quickly. Of course my irritation has nothing to do with the weather or the group. I was just afraid that I would not be strong enough to complete the Golden Peak climb and I’m still a little bit afraid of heights. Climbing is not the problem but going down still frightens me. I do not trust myself and I’m afraid to fall down. Than Janneke asked me to consider the climb as the ultimate practice. Physically as well as mentally. At that moment I decided to go. I I was tired after climbing I can always decide to go down by cable.

Climbing the Golden Peak itself

After a good night sleep I was relaxed and happy. When we started to climb I felt a little bit insecure. But I remembered the lecture about travel practice and connected with nature using my sensory organs. And I tried to walk very consciously, taking one step at a time. This approach worked and I could relax more and even look around while walking. Suddenly I heard a waterfall and I told teacher Wei that I just want to swim. He told me to do so an become a swordfish. That remark really opened my mind. I always feel very confident and very free in water so I decided to become a salmon because they can swim upstream. This visualisation gave me the free feeling I needed to really enjoy the walk upward. And at some moments I felt completely connected with everything around.

On the Goldne peak itself I enjoyed looking around and see the beauty of nature. But I also connected to the energy of the older buildings because they are there for such a long time. And I regret not speaking Chinese because I would have loved to talk to the monks living there and ask them all about living in a monastery.

After a break it was time to go down and especially the first part, the older part, was very hard for me. The stairs were steep and unequal. I was constantly looking down, minding all my steps. And when I missed a step and almost fell forward, I became more careful. I was completely focussed at coming down save. But nothing happened so after a while I became more secure could relax more and look around a while standing at the stairs. And sometimes I could even look around during walking down (if the stairs were not that high). As a matter of fact I wasn’t even aware that I was constantly looking down until teacher Wei told me that my legs were already accustomed to the stairs and that I should look forward. The Qi in my body and head would feel different if I did. Again I started with looking forward on the smaller stairs and it made a difference. After a while I felt confident enough to try this a t longer stairs as well.

Back in the hotel I realized I had a wonderful day. Although I had some challenges, I enjoyed the walk and I realized that being afraid of heights is history. Something I don’t have to mind anymore. And my body is a lot stronger than I realized.

The next morning we returned home and stopped at the monkey valley. Taking picture time and walking around seeing monkeys. But the only monkey I saw was chained and it touched my heart. Ever since I was a child I deeply feel that all animals should be free. Seeing that chained monkey spoiled my pleasure and although the environment was beautiful, I couldn’t enjoy walking around anymore.

Back home a Qi reaction followed. A sincere headache and vomiting. Teacher Wei told me to go practice room and practice la Qi to change the information. But in the practice room I could not concentrate so I decided to practice in my room. I started practising but after a while I fell asleep and I woke up the next morning at five and went upstairs to practice. But again it didn’t feel right, I still had this headache ans de tendency to vomit so I went back to bed an skipped the morning practice. I was sleeping but not sleeping and suddenly I could go beyond my headache. It is not my head that is the problem. Headaches are my escape when I mind to much. This is a part of my reference framework since I was a child. And physically it is also not my head that is a problem. Al the problems I experience come from my back. At that specific moment my headache and nausea disappeared, I Got out of bed to get ready for the 9.00 practice.

Conclusion: maybe the real travel experience is a bit limited this time but travelling gave me a couple of beautiful grasps.


Theory about Travel Practice

When we are unconsciousness the mind will always experience new things. We are always looking outside for new things and experiences. Normal we attach to things and when we become bored and need new phenomenas to make us happy. This is all while we think that something outside have to make us happy. Also in travel we can travel everywhere, every city and every mountain, and we look and look and every time we have to go further to see more. But the mind is never satisfied.

In qigong we learn that things (objects) can’t make us satisfied and fully happy. We need to go inside in our deepest inside. This is our home. Live in the present moment and connect from inside to the outside world. It’s like a child who play with his kite. The kite reach far away outside but is always connected with the anchor inside. So in Qigong we connect our deepest inside with the hun yuan qi in nature and the universe and we stay centered in the present moment.

With travel qigong we use the same principle. We travel to a certain place not to collect more and more objects, but we go somewhere and stay there in the present moment. We observe where we are not only with our sensory organs but with our whole entirety. We become still and merge with that environment, (become one) with the qifield of that place and we can get also the information what is in that qifield. In chinese we call this HUN (merge) HUA (transform). This is only possible when you are fully quiet, empty and consciousness. We can look with our eyes but always stay connected very deep inside (example child with kite)., don’t throw your qi to the outside. When we consciousness walk this is also qigong practice. Be aware how you connect yor feet with the earth qi and baihui is connected with the blue sky. When you are standing mingmen is always open to the back. Also you can do Lift qi up pour qi down or only push pull to merge your qi with the qi of nature and universe. Keypoint is always be aware in the present moment. Observe not only with the sensory organs but also with your whole body and Yi Yuan Ti.

Personal experience of the travel qigong to Wudang Mountain.

The last 3 days we travel to the Wudang Mountain for travel practice.

We visit different temples and also visit the Golden Peak. The first difference is that we walk slower so everything in the body past slower. When everything past slower you can be more aware what is happening inside. Especially yesterday when we go to the Golden Peak I noticed that my thinking mind sometimes is so busy with useless thinking. Also in some moments when I walked very quietly I noticed a great depth and stillness inside. The qi of the mountains is very soft en quiet and movements become very easy. At one moment when I was alone it feels of the mountains and the singing birds were inside me. That is a very peacefull feeling. Also when I look at the mountains and the old trees who are there for a very very long time, only existance, I ask myself why am I in a hurry and why do I need to be so busy? I know it’s my old frame of reference who is seeking and seeking for peace and looks in the wrong direction. Always I have to go back inside me and connect with nature.


TRAVEL PRACTICE – MY EXPERIENCE

Zuzana

One of the goals of our Zhineng Qigong practice is using our consciousness to keep aware state and live in the present moment. It means that if we are conscious we can practice in every time, every place, alone or with other people, in silence or noise, when we sleep or are awake, in calm or in movement, at home or outside. So we can get really interesting experience from travel practice, especially if we travel in beautiful nature where we can deeply explore the possibilities of our consciousness, connection between human beings and the nature, liberation of our life for a while..…

This article is about sharing my experience from our travel in the Wudang mountains when we were climbing the Golden Peak. I am really happy that I am taught by the teachers how to use my consciousness to experience some deep states and feelings like the unity with the environment etc. but here I need to mention that I realized how limited my language is when I want to describe some of my inner feelings.. I can use many beautiful words but sometimes they can hardly depict the depth of my state inside…

Our trip practice started early in the morning of a beautiful sunny day in June 2013. There are many methods and techniques we can use for travel practice. I started to naturally observe the nature around being aware how my sensory organs work. I used my eyes and tried to look as far as I could, using my consciousness to look behind the horizon and feel the environment as a whole. Then I changed it and focused on little details around – tiny flowers, group of ants carrying their load, Chinese signs written on the rocks or beautiful butterflies enjoying their freedom. I used my ears to listen to the sound of water falling from the rocks or amazing bird singing. I used my nose to experience the fresh morning air including a wide range of fragrance. In some moments I closed my eyes and tried to see with my ears, then I opened the eyes and tried to smell with them…. I stopped in some places and started to do lift qi up pour qi down having a bath of my arms in the morning sunshine. Sometimes I just stopped, looked at the blue sky and simply enjoyed being.

After some time I started to draw the outside qi into my body, I tried to open every cell of my body and especially my heart deep inside and absorb all the natural beauty and peace.

Then I focused inside and started to observe my body. I strongly experienced the silent world even though there were many sounds, the stability of the mountains inside my body, I felt peaceful happiness in my heart, I felt I am connected to the nature. It is difficult to describe this state, I felt like I do not need anything more… It was a state of inner peace and abundance, just simple being.

In the second part of my walk I started to be a bit tired, I started to feel pain in my knee so I experienced more my physical body. I tried to mobilize my inside qi to overcome all the difficulties. Finally I succeeded I reached the peak of the mountain where I was rewarded by a wonderful view and qi…

Hun Yuan Ling Tong


Silence Practice
June 29, 30 July 1, 2013

This came at a good time for me – following the Travel Practice. It was very natural to drift right into the quietness after so much excitement from the Mountains. I would like to see us do more of this and wish for the guidelines to be stressed more often for a deeper silence. It seemed that many did not take it seriously (IE – going to town, using computers, reading a book, talking, etc) and might have missed the true significance of unbroken silence.

I know that the first day I was not totally unbroken as I had to go to town for something. If we do it again – I will be more serious about it. Even at meals – I will not smile at others, or softly giggle at something funny, for this, I now feel, is breaking the silence – even though I didn’t talk.

I feel that silent practice is a lot more involvement for you – to work with us the entire time – and I appreciate all that you did for us during the past three days. I so hope we can do it again though – maybe for a whole 6 days? Or 5?

What I feel now – after yesterday, and finding my body so much more relaxed – is that yesterday I truly started the 6 month training. This is what I came here for – to develop and train my consciousness – and yesterday I experienced a shift and maybe I can continue to progress to higher levels. I am, however, very pleased with the entire training and every day has been meaningful to me.

Thank you, Wei Laoshi, for the many hours of sharing your knowledge and time with us, and for continuing to serve us at the same unwavering capacity each and every day so far. And thanks also to the other teachers that give us new insights and are always present to hold up the qi field. And for the two steadfast cooks that continue to present delicious meals every day. It all goes together for a valuable and lasting practice. Thank you again.

Kate Toussaint, July 2, 2013


Travel retreat Wudang Mountains

A travel retreat can be a way to wake up consciousness more through the use of other environment, activating the sensory organs. When we talk about ‘other environment’ this means that it can be very helpful to take a person out of his/her usual habitat in order to stimulate the mind to become more aware again, to stimulate consciousness. Many times people’s mind/consciousness have become sleepy or are set on auto pilot position whilst living their daily life, because things more or less remain the same within their reference frame work. Going to work, shopping, the pressure of city life etc. Therefore changing the environment can stimulate a person’s mind and sensory organs to be alert again, because everything is new, different. In this case, going to Wudang Mountains, the beautyful nature with all its ingredients and special energy could be seen as an invitation to explore the mind/consciousness, to become more aware of itself.

Important in this matter is to enjoy the travel retreat, because it is a possibility to open up our sensory organs more. And if the sensory organs and consciousness come together, for example if the eyes see a visible object, or the ears are exposed to a sound, the experience (of an object) is produced. Consciousness is therefore an indispensable element in the production of experience. And from experience we eventually can learn who we really are.

My personal experience

I was very tired and in pain when the day begun, so I had to go deep into myself to go beyond these feelings before going up to the Golden Peak. As I already mentioned during our gatherings on the way up, I first tried all kind of methods. Bending forward and breathing into mingmen, singing Hun yuan ling tong Xin Xiang Shi Cheng inside my head, doing La Qi and merge with the mountain and universal qi, lifting up Buihui etc. But it seems that every method only worked for a short while, not on a contineous basis. So I asked myself why I could not stay in a light bodily state. One thing I realized was that my consciousness wasn’t really focussed. For example, I did La Qi, but was aware of my heavy legs at the same time. My consciousness was divided into two parts. So then I decided to gently put my focus on one thing only: the Wudang energy, no inside no outside. That went well. I clearly felt the energy, loving, intens, gentle, almost caressing, healthy and deeply silent. Looking into my body it seems that there were no boundries and my body became transparant, as if the mountains were in my body. I naturally slowed down my walking and my breathing rhythm became more even. Yes, great, but in the meanwhile my legs were still telling me that they don’t want to go any further. My frame of reference had no intention to leave me in peace. Why not? I believe that my focus was still divided and that I did not really had made the decision to focus on one thing only. I realized how strong the reference frame works, also because I didn’t want to let go of the pain. I again became aware of my old patterns in this matter and the identification with all the input from the day I was born until now. This wasn’t new to me, but I now saw it from different level of consciousness, being more aware and really experiencing this realization. Staying in consciousness and just observing prevents attachment, this I realize more and more.

Although my legs were still protesting, my energy level had raised in the meantime and I felt much better then the time I stepped out of my bed. The pain was ok, I did not feel attached.

I further very much enjoyed the travel retreat. I really love Wudang Mountains. The energy, the view, the sounds of all the different animals, the smell, the lovely nature, the sun and the coolness etc. And in moments it felt that being aware of these sensations of all my sensory organs in combination with consciousness I became the sensation. As if consciousness and object were me, were one.

Hun Yuan Ling Tong,

Monique


Travel Practice WuDang Mountain – June 27, 2013

When I travel these days, I try to pack lightly. The heavier the load, the heavier the burden. I have learned, from living in China, that traveling light is not that hard to accomplish and I always admire how the Chinese people can go away for several days and just carry one small, small bag.

This trip to the mountains was far more successful than the first trip – and the weather plays a big part. There were other factors as well – especially the room accommodations which I found to be much cleaner. Clean environment has a strong effect on the soul. Unclean surroundings can cause one to shrivel, tense up – thus, I found myself more relaxed, being in a clean and tidy room. Being in the nature of Wu Dang Mountains was quite clean too.

Nature has a way of reaching out to one’s inner depth and pulling it toward itself – calling for respect and honor, embracing one and offering peace and solace and beauty. One experiences a sense of awe at the grandeur of the mountains, the huge rocks, the trees and all the many layers of water, bird and insect sounds.

Going up the mountain was a tense and uncomfortable time for me, because of the long bus ride and the motion sickness. Waiting for the others to come from walking up the mountain was like some sort of limbo. I felt incased in a concrete surrounding while the beauty of the mountains was awaiting me, yet I couldn’t go to it.

A very helpful thing happened in this trapping though – as soon as I gave in and accepted that this is where I was going to stay. The happening was that I decided to ask Teacher Tao for an assessment of my standing posture. He not only helped my position from every angle, but while I stood there, close to where he was sitting, he continued to adjust me and give me advice. He kept encouraging me and offering more helpful tips, and I was able to stand a little longer, enduring the pain of my outer left lower leg and ankle. The fine details he shared are invaluable to me and I am thankful for this.

When the others came there was still a waiting period until we could go to the Golden Peak. OH… when would I get to see this lovely mountain? In my mind, I thought we would be climbing through the trees, and grassy areas and experiencing beauty along the rest of the way. Since I could not look at the scenery while on the bus, due to the motion sickness, I still had not felt like I was among the elements of nature yet – so I eagerly anticipated climbing to the top. To my amazement – there was nothing to see along the way but steep stairways with chain rails that I had to pull myself along with, step by step, struggling to the top – which was not far at all. My thought, when I arrived – This is it? Let me go down and revisit the one little area I knew I could look out at the trees without so many people around. I couldn’t even connect with the qi up at the top – It was so crowded and so small and I totally lost interest.

So I looked out over the vista, not even able to gather in the view or feel the magnificence of it – so distracted by my thoughts was I. After getting permission to go with a few others back down, I decided not to go to my little private spot that looked out to the mountains, but stayed in the busy touristy area with the other 3 friends so as not to get lost. It was not too bad. I pulled a stool up near a wall overlooking a pretty sight and practiced Chen bi. My gosh, I discovered, Chen bi is a lot easier in the mountain qi. I also did some lifting and pulling of qi.

When some of the others arrived from the Peak it was time to take the cable car down, but it was at that point that I caught on that if I took the cable I would have to take the bus back and I didn’t want to get on the bus again and I really wanted to experience the mountain – so I sold my ticket to another practitioner and started down the mountain with six others.

Now…. Finally….. I am walking through the trees, feeling the mountain and all it had to offer, but everyone seemed in a hurry and off they went – down, down, down – quickly. It was all I could do to keep up – and Huang Yueliang faithfully stayed by my side, helping me, encouraging me. I really wanted to stop more often, to walk very slowly, to listen, to feel, to experience. Teacher Huang was so helpful in reminding me to draw in the vision, smell the qi field, etc, etc as we swiftly moved along to keep up with the others. By the time we would reach a resting spot, the others had arrived there long before and they were about ready to take off again – so my rest times were very limited and I felt pressured to keep going, but I did not mind. All this time I kept a very happy attitude of gratitude because I was walking in WuDang Mountains. I had gotten my wish and that is all that mattered.

Along the way two men offered me a carriage ride. It was still an hour to the station and my knees were really getting weak – so when they said 80 yuan I thought – ok. That is the cost of the cable car ride that I didn’t take. Maybe I should do this. I asked for a trial ride which they willingly gave me and it was right where the stairs were at their steepest – so it was great going down, but not relaxing because I did have this thought that the men might trip and fall and down the stairs all three of us would go. I was also riding backwards – and that’s not the keenest way to appreciate what is coming up along the way. We got to the bottom of one flight of stairs and the other friends were there laughing about this whole deal. I also discovered that the price wasn’t 80 yuan as I thought they quoted, but 380. Somehow I didn’t hear the san bi part. I offered them 10 yuan for their trouble and they took me down a few more flights of stairs and even followed me for a long time afterwards – hoping I would change my mind, but I was rested now from the short ride and my knees were again ready to meet the challenge.

The best part of this story is coming now – a part that will stay vivid in my mind for a long, long time and I sometimes wonder and find total amazement in how the universe listens and responds and gives us what we ask for. Sometimes it takes a while – and sometimes we have to suffer a little, but without the suffering, how could we feel the joy. The story ends in a praiseworthy manner and I will tell it later – when I am more rested.

Travel practice to me means relating more strongly with the universal field – without the many distractions of daily life routines.

To be continued……..

Kate Toussaint


Travel Retreats Analysis Based on the following precepts of:

Concept-Planning-Experiences-Understanding-Insights-Enjoyment-Awareness-Different Information-Finale! 1. Concept The concept of a travel retreat for me is when I leave a fixed and known environment and quietly allow my senses to experience and become aware of new environments, that allow my mental reference framework to grow and adjust to new thoughts and ideas that enrich my understanding of life. 2. Planning The key points I would consider in planning a travel retreat for a group of Zhineng Qigong students would be: (a) Is it affordable for everyone (b) Are the retreat destinations chosen suitable for the whole group in terms of accessibility, amenities, emergencies, are safety considerations in place, have we vetted the participants health, have we checked all points on our due diligence list to ensure the relative comfort,safety and well being o f the participants. (c) do the hotels where we are to stay, have all the necessary facilities for our group and are they hygienically acceptable. Do they have, potable water, healthy food, security facilities, communications, such as telephones and Internet/ wifi connections. Compatible electrical connections for it equipment. Do they have a large room suitable for practise of 25 students and is the rooftop available at night for practise? (d) Is safe and suitable transportation available to take students to various practise areas and what are their route schedules and their operating hours. Can private arrangements be made with the transport companies being used? Are the buses air conditioned and do they have toilets on board for longer journeys? (e)what will the climate be like, what is the season. Do we need warm or cold weather clothes? Is it likely to rain? What sort of footwear will be needed? (f)what local restaurants, hotels, theatres, art shows, cultural shows or national festivities are going to be available during our visiting schedule? (g) ensure that all the students receive notification of the retreat details including a proposed schedule of events, hotel stays, sight seeing trips, the travel itinerary and any helpful advice to ensure the comfort and safety of all participants. Our Trip to the Wudang Mountains 3. Experiences Firstly, I felt closely connected to all of our group in spiritual fraternity. I found myself wanting the best for the group, for them to have a good time and grow in friendship, understanding and trust. I found myself listening to what each had to offer me in the way of life’s experiences and developing a genuine inner rapport with each o f them. I felt the connection to the universe more easily during a standing meditation using the stars on key points of our bodies. I felt closely the compassion of the teachers when they assisted me on a night time climb up and down many stairs and I felt very grateful to them for their understanding and help. 4. Understanding I learned that despite the outer appearances, culture or gender of each member of our group, that we all shared one thing in common an innate desire to seek within and to understand not only each other but reflections of ourselves in each other as well. I also understood that we are not all here by chance and that each of us in his or her own way not only wants to be here, but deserves to be here because of past good deeds done at some point. Keeping in mind that the ultimate goal of Zhineng Qigong is enlightenment! And when the student is ready, the master will appear! 5. Insights Whilst alone practising la qi on the roof top of our hotel in the mountains I found myself being drawn to the information in the mountains, I sensed and saw the four kingdoms of minerals, plants, animals and humans and as I gazed into the mountains, I felt a sense of belonging and wondered, have I been here before and a small quiet voice in my head seemed to say, many times! I wondered who I might have been, who were my family, how many wars or battles had I been a part of and how had I died on different occasions? I let go of the mountains with a feeling of inner gratitude and a quiet peace knowing that every thing is as it should be! 6. Enjoyment I enjoyed the mountains, the air the plant and animal life and the people immensely and I would return, for as one wise woman from the Nederlands reminded me, it is the quiet moments that transformation takes place! I also appreciate the understanding of the teachers in never putting unnecessary pressure on the students, and whilst this may result in an occasional practise being missed in favour of an early nights sleep or an informal chat with another student over a beer, they seem to understand intuitively that all is well, for as they remind us, all of life’s activities are practise! 7. Awareness My transformation if indeed I had any, was that my mind constantly soared to the higher and more noble principles in life. It was as if my inner self was saying to me, it’s time for you to proceed with your studies and to practically apply what you learn to the benefit of others. My mind had Cosmic laws and principles popping in and out, that the universal creation is simple and beautiful in its conception but profound and complex in its parts, but as our ability to go within and realise, true self develops, the whole creation is reflected within us as are we, in the creation. 8. Different information Whilst I realise the information is different in each form according to its own particular stage and state of evolution, I recognise the unity of all within and arising out of, the one true self or Pure Heart! And understand that all the different colours of the rainbow are but the expression of the one true and pure light! Finale!! Organising a retreat such as our teachers do for us takes a lot of time and effort and I know that we as students sincerely appreciate the help we are getting on our own particular journey, whatever that may be in each individuals mind, and collectively as a group of Zhineng Qigong students. So to the teachers, I say thank you for your teaching, your guidance, your patience and your loyalty and dedication to the principles of Zhineng Qigong and t o the role Daoheart plays in the spiritualisation of humanity. Joe Keen DaoHeart Zhineng Qigong training Centre Wudangshan 28th June 2013


Travel retreat

What is travel retreat ?

When you travel you can use your 5 sensory organs to look outside, if you are not connected inside you will lose a lot of energy. The 5 sensory organs are the doors of the consciousness, so if you travel you have to connect your inside with the outside through the 5 sensory organs : see, feel, hear, smell and taste. Use the middle of the heavenly gate (suliao) to inhale and draw the surroundings to the inside, suliao has a connection with your consciousness and as an acupuncture point it even can restore loss of consciousness and has the ability to distinguish the fragrant from the foul.

Experience of the travel retreat

When I travel I have different experiences, sometimes I can be very aware of nature around me and can also feel the energy of the nature or even the energy of buildings. It is not only the sight which can be very beautiful, it is the sound, the smell, the feeling of energy around you which can make you feel very peaceful inside. But on the other hand there can be little things breaking the peace inside you very easily. When I was standing in a 3 Centers Merge standing and there was a buzz flying around my head I found it very difficult to keep my focus inside and connect with the inside or with my lower Dantian. The same experience I had that day when I got bitten by an insect and I felt some restlessness in myself and even a little anger coming up, for me that is the most difficult part of keeping up the practice, the distraction by insects. So I ask myself why can I endure pain better than an insect, maybe because I know that the pain will pass away after or even during the practice and sometimes I can influence the pain with my consciousness, making it less or even let it disappear, but I cannot send away the insect, it might bite me or irritate me and keeps me out of my concentration. I still have not found a good solution for this problem.

I think it is great that you can feel happiness inside by experience nature. I can visit a temple and enjoy the beautifull things I see there, but after a few temples I get tired of watching temples but I am never tired of watching nature, it is never boring, so there must be something very special in this beautiful nature. By learning the Qigong theory I know now that this is caused by the exchange of the Pure nature Hun Yuan Qi. When we did the push and pull with our face to the golden peak and I made the connection with the peak and my Mingmen I felt as if I was floating in the between, qi can tilt you up if you use your aware consciousness and make contact with the pure hun yuan qi, this is practicing the theory and become one with nature which makes you feel wonderful.

Travel practice can give you also a challenge to go beyond your fear and cope with your inabilities. How many stairs can I walk before giving up ? I wonder because travel practice learned me I always can do more then I think I could do because it forces me to use my aware consciousness to succeed.

If I walk in a aware state or if I am walking as if I am a turtle my walking becomes more easily and it can even gives me more energy during the walk.

Monique and I had the experience when we used the hun yuan ling tong mantra to go down the little mountain near the centre of wudang when it was raining very heavy and I had to take of my slippers because they were to slippery. When we sang the song our steps felt very light, aware as if we were in a cadans, when we stopped singing our steps were insecure and we slipped more often. Being aware of your steps gives a lot of energy to the body, you don’t loose energy but gain it. I liked travel practice because I like to move my body.

I used different kind of methods to walk up and down to the golden peak. I walked like a turtle, I was making the movements of open close, I do not watch up when it is a very long stair, but stay in the present moment : stair by stair, I lift up my Bai Hui, I sing a mantra, I imagine myself very strong and flexible. It is very nice to experience the different kind of methods. Walking alone also can help me to feel the nature, enjoy and use all my senses to become one with nature.

Watching the stars gives me a peaceful feeling inside. Walking the stairs in the night develops a different skill, feel the stairs in a aware state otherwise you cannot come down.

Hao La, Janneke


Travel practice is traveling in a conscious way. You connect yourself with the environment so you become aware of its qi field and of all the sensory input. Being here in this way can balance your whole body in a healthy way for the qi in Wudangshan is very pure, very fine and healthy.

Yesterday we went to the Golden Peak, the highest mountain in this surrounding ( ca 1600 meter above sea-level ).

There are a lot of stairs that need to be climb before you can visit the temple on the top.

The first part was easy: we went downwards. This was a good start for me to organize my qi field, to connect myself with nature around me. I enjoyed the birds I heared, all those little flowers and insects I saw and the nourishing feeling of this merging qi field.

After a while we had to climb up a lot of stairs ( a thousand ??? ). I had to find my way in using all the positive information around me. It was my plan to arrive at the Golden Peak more alive then almost dead…….. So I need to do my best. I started this fysical challenge with lifting up Bai Hui, MingMen breathing and by opening the Heavenly Gate to nourish the 3 DanTiens. Actually these were the basics. Further I played with the qi. Sometimes I did the Lift Qi Up and Pour Qi Down and other times I did the Open and Close for my legs and Lower DanTien. It went really good until we had a stop were we could drink some water. Later the good state I was in was gone….. the feeling was sometimes there but then it disappeared again. Maybe because of the sun, maybe because of less concentration, I don’t know.

I enjoyed this day very much!!!!!’

Iris


Writing an article about travel practice in the Wudang mountains, can it be any more subjective, with the consciousness in objectivity? Our first walk made the most impression on me. Walking with consciousness directly brought a strong feeling, streaming in nose, third eye and heavenly palace. The qi of the mountains was very strong. It was deeper felt than at our first stay. At one point i felt the middle column was Involved, namely ‘ Hun Yuan Palace’. I can not place it, my consciousness registered it and i let it happen. Our dedication to roufu has something to do with it , i presume? In the evening it was going well at the beginning. I cheered up a person who had some difficulties with herself, but when she told everybody in the neighbourhood how suffering she was i kindly Asked her to go back to the hotel, wich she did not . A good soul gave her the attention. Toen i realised myself that i was longing for quietness. Probably i was not being well in my consciousness, becouse i annoyed myself to the loudness in the group. I wanted to wrap me in the quietness of nature, but i could not reach it completly, due to the loudness. I physicly detached me from group and was accompanied on our way back by 2 other ‘ needing’ people. The darkness and the great star sky made it our consciousness a little easier and we went back as one qiball. The walk to the golden peak. I amazed myself. I always connect with consciousness and nature but physicly it was supposed to be hard but it went very well and afterwards no stiff muscels or exhaustion. Nature was quiet and so was i, consciousness was observing. It observed a monk at the monastry, who cleaned something for a very long time, in the here and now, so peacefully. I can’t help myself but it is FIXED in my heart and moves me a lot. Being there in the monastry for some reasen i was longing to the Purple Temple who made a big impression to me. Since it was our wedding annyversery, consciousness of the universe made me connect a locker at a chain to connect our love with the infinity. Returning, consciousness had a good talk with a fellow groupmember about life. Monkeyvalley. Beautifull to start the day with lotusflower leaves. The monkeys mirroring the clown in yourself, but also a sad feeling because they where not free, but freedom is only possible in attachment, isn’t it? Hun Yuan Ling Tong

Els


Reis ervaring

Examen La Qi

Al een paar dagen last van keel, mijn communicatie is geblokkeerd, ik word nu extra getriggert, mijn onzekerheid en zwakste plek ik vecht er al mijn hele leven mee!

Ik had van tevoren niet kunnen bedenken dat dit mij zo op zou gaan spelen, gelukkig maar anders had ik mij misschien bedacht en was niet afgereisd naar China. Ik wist dat ik hier moest zijn, dat was duidelijk maar waar ik nog doorheen moest lag nog open. Ik had mij vooral voorbereidt op het fysieke gedeelde, mijn sterkste kan en hoopte dat dat voldoende zou zijn.

Dat ik nooit Engels heb leren spreken zit mij al deze tijd behoorlijk in de weg, al was het daardoor wel gemakkelijker om bij mezelf te kunnen blijven. Ik ben graag alleen maar nu zijn we met zoveel, iedere dag weer, het voelt niet altijd fijn als ik mij terug trek.

In de bergen.

Als iedereen op een paar mensen na naar de golden piek gaat, is het heel bijzonder dat ik ervoor kies om te zeggen dat ik er voor kies om niet mee te gaan, ik luister naar mijn innerlijke stem en mijn fysieke lichaam. Terwijl iedereen opstijgt naar de hemel daal ik af naar de diepte in de aarde. Ik ontmoet die ochtend niet een mens, heel bijzonder om alleen te lopen, afdalend de aarde in, het geeft mijn fysieke lichaam gelijk weer meer kracht ik voel mij goed en sterk, op een plekje doe ik de cranswalk en voel mij helemaal een met de aarde omgeven door bomen en bergen. Helemaal blij stijg ik weer op naar de hemel en kies ervoor om via een andere weg omhoog te gaan wat wel spannend was, zou ik wel op de goede plek uitkomen, terug gaan is voor mij geen opzie ik wil altijd weer vooruit. Gelukkig kwam ik tot mijn eigen verbazing op het plein weer uit!

De avondsessie

We gaan naar een tempel….?

Een prachtige avond, schitterende energie, ik wilde dat iedereen stil zou zijn en wenste dat Teacher Wei zou zeggen, ‘ vanaf nu, iedereen de mond dicht’, helaas werd ik hier zo in getriggert dat het gevoel steeds erger werd en ik baalde verschrikkelijk. Toen bleek dat de tempel gesloten was, iedereen weer terug naar beneden, samen met Els bleef ik achter en we wenste dat iedereen zou vertrekken zodat wij daar konden blijven, we gingen heel langzaam lopen voetje voor voetje Yannick kwam erbij en met z’n drieën ontstond er een prachtig magisch Qi veld ik wenste dat de weg eindeloos zou zijn….opeens was daar weer de groep ze stonden te mediteren en wij stoten weer aan, de ervaring blijft.

Ans


Travel practice

Everyday everywhere around the world people go traveling, hicking to beautiful places, to look at nice untouched sceneries, climb the top of mountains where heaven feels so close, swim in cristal clear wild water rivers, enjoy the wildlife sounds in old forests and experiance the refreshing feeling after walking trough nature. Everybody know this beautiful feeling after a nature walk, after taken in deep breaths of quietness, fresh air and beauty, we experiance the effect but mostly we are not realy aware of this process.

Many people just walk around, look around, some even spend more time to look the scenery through the narrow window of their fotocamera while taking busy pictures then using their eyes to look around. On one side after such a trip people feel refreshed and happy but also many experiance heavy legs and a feeling of tired, week and without energy.

Travelpractice now is a way which can teach us how to experiance nature and our connection to nature on a deeper level, how to feel more energized after traveling and how to enjoy the beauty of nature in an aware state of consciousness. You can also say it is a way to practice consciousness. In travelpractice we open our hearts and keep an aware state of the connection between us and nature, we use conscioussly our senses to absorb the information and the energy from nature. We experiance the entirety between us and nature, not only partial informations. In this way after a trip we feel energized, purified and connected. The experiance feels more whole.

There are different ways how to do travelpractice, the best way is to find your own way, there are just some tools you can use and try to experiance your way.

* In Qigong practice the tip of the nose is straight connected with the consciousness. It is also called the middle heavenly gate, in chinese Suliaou, you can stretch the tip of your nose in the air and breath and absorb in deeply all the surrounding beauty.

* Feel your heart opening from deep inside, feel every pore of your skin opening, every cell of your body opening towards the nature, the earth, the sky, feel your consciousness expanding into all directions, feel the empty space between everything, feel this empty space inside you and around you, feel this connection, this entirety and walk in this state through wild, green forests.

* Use all your senses as tools to absorb deeply, feel each step of your feet, the changing texture of the groud from little stones to sand or grass. The best way is to experiance is barefoot. Sense the light breeze of wind on your skin. Try to look consciously, aware, see the whole and see the detail. See the trembling leaf hanging on the branch and the beauty of the infinity in a wild water river flow. Use your nose, absorb all the different, changing smells. Smell the difference like the heavy, earthy, humid Moss and the light forest flowers smell.

* While walking lift Baihui on the top of your head up and push Mingmen slightly backward. Feel your whole spine relaxed from deep inside, hanging down naturaly. Feel Baihui is lifting up your whole energybody, in this way you will feel more light. Breath in to Mingmen, feel on every inhale Mingmen and your lower Dantian expands from deep inside and fresh, pure Qi and Air from all directions flows into your body, nourishes it. You extend this experiance and feel your whole body, all three Dantians opening towards the nature and closing deep inside, like breathing.

*You can also try to feel your Qilegs. This means don´t only feel the muscles and tendons of your legs, feel your energy legs, feel the empty space between the bones, the muscles and the tendons, feel deep inside the bones, feel the space between each cell, go finer and finer inside, feel this space relaxed and empty. If you walk in this awareness state your legs will feel very light. It is a good practice specially when the trail you go for is steep or you go for an uphill hike.

* Turtlewalk is also a very nice and intense experiance way in travelpractice. Many people when hiking in the nature walk very quick and unconsciouss like busy rabbits. With turtlewalk you try to imitate a turtle. Step by step very slow place one feet in front of another, also move your arms same slowly in harmony. Every move is consciouss, aware. You will be surprised how many details you will see and experiance on your trip when walking in this way.

This are a few tips how to change your next hike into a aware, consciouss experiance. The experiance will feel deeper and after walking consciouss you will feel more energized and vivid. One main keytool of course is to feel happy and to enjoy every moment on your hike.

Like a child be open and curious to everything what you experiance and even if you feel tired inbetween try not to attach to this feeling, open your heart, open your mind, each cell, connect with the Qi around you and inside you and let the Qi support you.

The last two days i spend high up in the Wudang Mountains practising travelpractice.

I experianced the Turtlewalk on the heavenly street in the darkness at night. Experianced the

potential of my senses which appear as i let it happen with trust and a relaxed, quiet and aware state of mind. Connected with nature in an aware state of consciousness and with trust i was able to walk a path with partially stonesteps in darkness under the stars and moonlight. Usually i would be a little scared to walk such a way at night, afraid of falling but this time it was so different. My consciouss was awake, fully aware of each step knowing by itself with intuition where and how to place one feet infront of another. A very nice experiance.

The other day i climbed 15ooo stonesteps, partially quite steep up to the Golden Peak of the Wudang Mountains. On this trip i tried differend methods while walking and climbing. As described above some tools i opened my heart and connected consciouly with the nature. I tried all the time to keep this connection and except a few times when i struggled a little with tiredness feelings in my legs or get lost for a while in conversations with friends climbing beside me, i was quite sucsessfull to keep it. Temporarily i used also my arms doing La Qi in different positions, it helped me to experiance the open-close movement inside my whole body more clear and i felt supported from the Qi. Actually i felt sometimes like big Qiball is climbing the stairs. It gave me a feeling of lightness. Also i tried to open all my senses and to use them. I enjoyed the changing smells when passing different places in the forest, sometimes the light brise of wild flowers, also it smelled different in the shadow parts of the trail and in the sunny parts. One time when long steep stairs started i lifted my arms straight up above my head and climbed all the stairs in this position. My arms felt like Qi arms and it felt like if somebody was holding me on my hands and pulling my up the stairs very easily. Sometimes i realy had to smile to myself with this different experiances. When temporarily i felt arising little tension or tiredness inside my legs i tried to feel my Qilegs, tried to imagine my legs light and empty, tried not to attach the arising feeling of pain or tension and it worked realy sucsessfully, or i just started to walk a little more slowly what also helped to overcome this moments. A few times i was thinking that i would like to take off my shoes and climb barefoot because then the connection feeling to the earth is even stronger and anyway i love it very much to feel the earth under my feet but i didn´t take them off what was a good decision i think now. I realy enjoyed this day so much, i felt so connected with the nature, so open, quiet and calm inside, peaceful. It is realy a very different experiance doing travelpractice then just normal travel. I have the feeling i absorbed much more from the beauty through i was walking, there are so many more details you become aware of when you are walking consciouss. After the way back, when i arrived at the starting point again i had this light, energized feeling throughout my body mixed with sweat, tiredness and happyness. I just can recommend everybody to experiance Travelpractice.