My Journey

Adventures of a Traveler in the Gurkhas

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My Journey: Adventures of a Traveler in the Gurkhas

Adventures of a Traveler in the Gurkhas is the biography of a young hell-raiser, working his way through jobs and women. He joined the Kenya Regiment to embark on an erotic and colorful life in the Armed Forces, ending up as captain in the Gurkhas.
Equally explicit experiences followed, as a gentlemen’s club manager, chauffeur to the high class visitors to London, wine merchant and bar owner.

After his Shiatsu training Kris set out to explore the world.   His description of travels in the countries of Asia and his experiences in America make fascinating reading.  Encounters with a variety of characters are witty and insightful with an occasional healthy dollop of skepticism. You may find this part of his story the most enjoyable and moving reading.

Kris’s life continues through the formation of the Shiatsu school and the Healing Tao center, more erotic encounters, more fascinating travel stories and people. Explanation and descriptions of the Tao lead to the final part of the story: the meeting with Marta and the adventure they started together, before disaster struck.

See what reviewers have to say about My Journey; Adventures of a Traveler in the Gurkhas

I enjoyed more than anything else the descriptions of travelling through the Far East and North America. North writes so well and with such understanding (and humour) I almost felt I was journeying along beside him. I particularly liked the Rainbow Gathering and my second favourite was the trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. And for the Grand Canyon, my heart was in my mouth. S Arnott

It’s a very frank and honest account. That is what makes it a unique read.  The unique selling point of the whole story is that North just says it, unvarnished, without concern for being liked, or judged, approved of or condemned. A West

I really like the writing style. Very descriptive, brief and relevant – no wasted words. The travels are really well written and the complete lack of self-pity – great. J Larthe

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Tai Chi QiGong Starting Monday!

Free Like A Bird!
Come and Join Me!
Tai Chi QiGong

Running again in 2022
Starting on 5th September
that’s Monday: 48 hours to go!

Going on till 17th October
every week

Starting at 6pm for an hour and a bit

£77 for the full course including a recording so that after each class so you can practice! 
What does this mean? This means that if you miss a class, or have other commitments making you turn up late, or anything else that could interfere with your concentration, it no longer matters, because you will have private access to the class, its repetitons and focuses, so that you can study in your own time. What could be better?
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It’s What You’ve Been Waiting For

Now Is Your Chance
So Go For It!!!

Running again in 2022 – Tai Chi QiGong!

Monday evenings: make sure you get the day right!

Starting at 6pm and goes on for an hour plus a bit.

Beginning on 5th September until 17th October.

£77 for the full course including a recording so that after each class so you can practice! 
What does this mean? This means that if you miss a class, or have other commitments making you turn up late, or anything else that could interfere with your concentration, it no longer matters, because you will have private access to the class, its repetitons and focuses, so that you can study in your own time. What could be better?
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Looking Back, Going Forward

I am going to teach the form of Tai Chi, starting with the movements.
In the words of a Master, the first step is always to learn and remember the outer movements.
Many of you have done that.  Many of you have not even heard of it!
Many of you can repeat the movements in time, with precision.  Others will follow.

Then I shall teach you the breath, the breathing that accompanies each move.
Not learning the internal part of Tai Chi is like never bothering to look inside the oyster to find the pearl.
Some of you have done that.

Then I shall teach the circles.  What is this, you ask?  It is the structure of Tai Chi for self-defence.  Is this important?
 It contains all the essential movements of the longer Tai Chi forms.

Then I shall teach the union of Heaven and Earth.  How can this help?  I tell you:
Emphasising the use of the mind and heart to move Qi. The Qi in turn improves the circulation, enlivens the bone structure, and revitalises the whole system.

And finally, I shall teach the self-defence applications, for you to use in your head: remember using it in your head reminds your body of the importance of the form.
Once you learn the form, the rest of the work in mastering Tai Chi involves learning to use energy in each postureWorking with Qi, or energy is called internal work.

And why have I put so much in bold?  Because they are the direct quotes from Mantak Chia.
Ignore them at your peril!

Whoever you are, with whatever level of training, come along and join us in the  Tai Chi Beginners course starting at 6pm on 11th May, online on Wednesday evenings and going on until 22nd June, just one hour and a bit, supported by a recording you can follow if you sign up for the full course (£77), along with free videos for everyone (£12 for just one session.)

Above is a video of using the martial arts applications by students who had never done Tai Chi before.
I have one more in reserve that I shall share next week!

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Getting It Right

When I made the decision to start teaching the ancient Taoist practice of Tai Chi, I recalled a memory of the man who had been a great influence on my life.
He told me, ‘Get it right!’
It didn’t matter what it was.  Lighting a candle, changing a tyre, doing the form: all things over which I had control, and completely different from watching the sunset, or observing nature over which I had no control.

Then I looked to my reserves:
Bruce Lee the Master, said ‘Go to the basics!’
He was right, wasn’t he?
From Albert Einstein to Mohammed Ali, from expert dancers like my mother who performed with Margot Fonteyn, to the blossoming comics, they have all maintained that the way to skill is by practice, but not just any practice: practice the basics, the stuff you grew up with, master it and you will master everything!

Get it right!
You will see the teacher take a basic step out to the side.
Look at the body: one side remaining still, the other moving a leg, feeling the floor, settling on to it, and finishing up in a stance you cannot be moved.
Listen to the breath, breathing in, settling down in the centre, breathing out.
Feel your legs, twisting outward, knees well apart, feet gripping the floor.  
Be aware of the back, tucking the tail under.
Notice your arms, tightening into a fist, relaxing into loose, then holding in an even grip, slightly bent at the elbows, in line with the seam of your trousers.
And the shoulders, slightly inclined forwards, and the neck, going forward and then back, so the whole body is ready, prepared and ready, for the flow of energy up from the earth and out through the arms.

Can you go through the form in this way? Getting it right?
Yes, you can, and yes, you will.

I’m teaching the beginners course, basic Tai Chi, from 11th May to 22nd June, once a week, online, on Wednesday evenings from 6pm.
Each session is going be for an hour with a little bit extra for questions.
I have already circulated it for Beginners, but what about you?  Can you take the first step outlined above? 
Come along and join in the basics.
Get it right!

Sign up for Tai Chi Beginners – Everybody wants to Get It Right!
And to make sure you do, I will send a recording of the class to everyone who signs up for the whole course (£77).
You can also join by the class, for £12.

I’m Kris Deva North, Senior Teacher of Tai Chi for the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain.

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Shaman’s Journey in Mongolia

Five years ago I had a stroke.  It was major, and got me five hours under a surgeon, who was immaculate.
But I could not talk.  And I knew nothing.  I was, in the eyes of my world, a train-wreck.
The rest of this article is in the words of my partner, my beloved Anamarta.
The highlight of the Rooster’s intense year in 2017, was a transformational journey to Mongolia.  I had a strong call to go there, due to the shamanic practices, which go all the way back to pre-Taoism and the shamanism in ancient China.
A big challenge just before the mid-year turned life upside down, and the real reason to go to Mongolia was truly unveiled!
My partner Kris had a stroke, and in a few seconds that amazing life that we had, just finished.
I lost my beloved husband, lover, business partner, best friend, ‘consigliere.’
Kris lost his speech and his memory: he had to learn everything from scratch, like a child again, including all his teachings; the irony of me, teaching him all he taught me.

The journey to the unknown started as we had a contact, but we didn’t know much about him or her: you couldn’t tell by the big Mongolian name.  Kris thought a woman, I thought a man; but what was important was that we both had a good feeling.
It was a couple, our contact was a she, and her husband was helping her.
She was a shamaness, and our translator, as nobody else spoke English.

In Mongolia besides most shamans having another job and keeping a low profile, they have always an assistant, which is a close member of the family; and with the four different shamanesses from different tribes, I had the pleasure to meet, to learn and to exchange.  All were assisted by their husbands.  Why?
Because they receive spirits in their body. You have different kinds of spirits which come to support in different situations; so they go into a trance and need help, and someone to hear what the Spirit says, and sometimes translating from ancient Mongolian language to the modern one.  This was something not new to me, as with my grandmother’s spiritual life, I remember this lady who lived in her house and use to receive the spirits in her body.  Same thing, but done and ritualised in a different way.
‘We have been waiting for you!’  We heard, and we felt that!

Our first experience was just a few hours after our arrival. We went to the shamaness’ simple house, met with a warm welcome, and you always have to eat first and drink in a Mongolian home.  It was a powerful first experience, and this was just the beginning.
She said we had to be in an Initiation ceremony.  That day I was honoured ‘by the spirit’ to receive ‘Tengri’, the Heaven, their God.  I thought to myself, ‘that’s a big responsibility,’ and the spirit answered, it is!
Yes, they hear your thoughts.  
I also got a mouth harp they use to go into trance and in this ceremony, as the shamaness was spinning in a trance, a snake (is not real!) from her long jacket went to the floor close to me.  I picked it up to give back to her, but she said that belongs to me now.  Having a strong connection with the snake as a totem, my Mongolian snake, as in their tradition, has to be fed and cleaned with vodka!

The most special offering was an important site for women to go for blessings.  A huge breast, made with rocks to honour the Goddess, is on the edge of the Gobi desert.  I walked around it, emptying milk from a small cup, receiving the blessings.

While in this magical place I visited some caves where people use to go and meditate for years until they reached the Tao or emptiness, called enlightenment by the Buddhists.  I meditated there imagining the ‘womb of mother earth’, a hole in the rocks that you literally go through and come out the other side of it: rebirthed!   Going inside this rock was like OMGoddess, I’m a bit claustrophobic, I can do this.  This place was the “healing rock” which they believe has magic powers.

If you were courageous to go up barefoot in this very hot sand, which of course we were, Taoist high practice, we can walk on fire, so this was easy, you can feel and use this healing sand.

Well, the first treatment by Puja, a Mongolian with an Indian name, gave to Kris, was a massage with hands-on healing while rubbing sheep fat on his skin.  When he got up, he looked and walked, differently! 
 I found my place to retreat, being at one with wild nature and the nomadic life.  Nature, the sky is so big and feels so close to you: yang and yin, heaven and earth in perfect harmony, this recharged me deeply.  All this journey was done offline, with no phone, no Internet, switched off from the world for a few weeks.

Many more days and a few thousand kilometres later, we reached the lake in the north, close to the border with Russia.  The shamaness of this lake was old and famous, from the reindeer tribe.  We connected immediately.  I went into this small room, noticing she wore rings and earrings with crystals; then from inside her top she lifted up a necklace with a big pendulum with two green crystals as eyes.  She pointed at these crystals and pointed into my green eyes and start shaking her head with a yes and a big smile.  No translation: I got what she was saying.  As she looked at Kris she saw everything in his body and brain.

The strangest thing, was the night before I had a dream that my favourite hair-stick broke, and I was very upset.  So when I woke up I went down the lake, and in a water ritual I did, I cleared my hair stick.  And so it was, a few hours later, as I met this lovely shamaness, I gave her my hair-stick, and she loved it!  She told me to go back to Mongolia to meet her again, and I will!

This journey finished back in the capital meeting a shaman, the only man, with whose spirit I connected deeply.  He said, ‘Do it for me now!’ and started drumming, and me holding this heavy stick which is filled with silver and brass amulets.  I reached my ‘trance’, feeling connected.  I told him everything he asked me and everything was confirmed. The interesting thing was that this spirit also kept saying to us ‘when you come back to Mongolia.’

The next day we go in the trans-Siberian train to Moscow, but after a few hours we are arrested at the Russian border due to a visa mistake, are taken out of the train in the middle of the night, passports taken from us, and put in the room under guard.  We were released in the afternoon to be deported back to Mongolia when our passports were returned.

In Mongolia, besides our visas being stamped, it became clear that there was a strong reason to be back: to finish what we started.  This was Kris finishing his treatments with Puja.  He needed seven and not five.   She passed on to me the healing treatment for I continued to give Kris for seven more weeks.  Also, I got the answers to all that had been revealed to me, that brought me back to my mental sanity, my strength and my power, and the reminder that we are never alone!

I wrote an article a few years back about one big challenge, talking about Kris’s only other health issue, kidney stones, and seeing him in such pain and I couldn’t do anything to help him.  And how the doctors said ‘impossible to dissolve stones.’  With our Taoist and Shamanic practices they disappeared in a few months.  And this was nothing even close to a challenge compared to a stroke a few years later: it’s always a matter of perspective.

So here we go, ending up flying to Moscow: the only flight available was in business class.   Two days in surprisingly beautiful Moscow, and even with the ‘Russian episode’ an enriching and life changing journey.

And for those who don’t know Kris, he is great and kicking with his 81 years young.  He’s recovered, he finished his amazing book the “Jade Girl: The Education of a Dakhini”, and nowadays he is working on his autobiography, and still teaching some Tai Chi Qigong and Chi Nei Tsang courses.

He is my biggest inspiration and example of resilience, and above all, a true Taoist Living Master, not for his extensive knowledge and experience, but based on 15 years living together, I witnessed someone who embodies his teachings and ‘walks his talk’ on a daily basis, whatever the life challenges are.

And me?  Well, I am teaching a Shamanic workshop, and will talk about some of the things in Mongolia.  It is this weekend, so come along and learn!
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Chasing the Wind

Energy blockages arising from organ obstructions and congestion in the abdomen can result in knots and tangles at the centre of the body’s vital functions, impeding the flow of Qi, the life-force or bioelectromagnetic field described by Deepak Chopra as energy-intelligence.

Emotions such as fear, anger, anxiety, depression and worry are related to different organs. When the Qi of an internal organ is in a state of imbalance, it emanates toxic wind. Diagnosing the energetic condition, the Chi Nei Tsang practitioner uses intention and touch to influence the participant’s Qi and “chase the winds”.

I’m running a Chi Nei Tsang course, starting next weekend, where you can learn how to use intention and touch to chase the winds.  You do not need any prior experience or touch-based qualification: it is for beginners.  Why not come along and find out if its for you?

Chi Nei Tsang course, starting Saturday 26th and 27th of March, 10.30am to 6.30pm, running twice a year.

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Taoist Massage or Chi Nei Tsang

Taoist Massage or Chi Nei Tsang (also known as Organ Energy Transformation) is a form of Hara Shiatsu, an entire system of Taoist deep healing that works with the energy-flow of five major systems: energy-meridian, fasciae-tendon-muscular, nervous, vascular and lymphatic.

The navel area, the centre where all systems meet, connects – or separates – our upper and lower parts, left and right, front and back, inner and outer, mind and body – we feel our emotions here, causing internal blockage and distortions which often manifest as symptoms elsewhere.

Experiment: grab a handful of material of the clothes you are wearing, around the navel area, and twist. Feel where the tension goes. See where the material distorts – what is the most distal point? Imagine the turmoil inside, when just the surface tension is so dramatic – traumatic?

Even after we have mentally resolved the emotion, the physical effects can still leave knots, tangles, and congestion. When obstructed the internal organs store unhealthy energies than can seep into other systems. In search of an outlet these toxic energies create a cycle of negativity and stress, festering in the organs and overflowing into the abdomen, the body’s garbage dump. The energetic centre at the navel becomes congested and cut off from the rest of the body.

Experiment: sitting upright, relax so the abdomen is soft. Place the tip of your middle finger in your navel. Gently, and very slowly, keeping the finger rigid, push inwards towards your spine. How far can you comfortably go? When the finger can penetrate to the front of the spine, without pain, you are clear, free of the physical residue of long-past emotions.

Chi Nei Tsang can help resolve the aftermath of emotional trauma and its physical residue, freeing abdominal blockages and projecting healing energy throughout the entire bodymind.

Kris’s Personal Testimonial: I have been involved in healing practices and meditation since 1972, experienced treatments by acupuncture, herbs, reiki and many different forms of bodywork all over the world, am a qualified practitioner of acupressure, Swedish and Thai massage, and a registered Shiatsu teacher and teacher trainer. In my own experience Chi Nei Tsang is powerful healing medicine, used on its own or to enhance many other therapies in its power for transformational change.  Kris Deva North, Founder of the Chi Nei Tsang Institute.

Come along and join us!  Click here for the coming weekend, 26th and 27th March, from 10.30am to 6.30pm,
at the Melvin Hall Community Centre, Melvin Road, London SE20 5EU.

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Chi Nei Tsang – Taoist Massage

Stress relief, energy boost, detoxification, deep relaxation, emotional balance, improved breathing and digestion, health maintenance, pain management, care and maintenance of the vital organs: …just some of the holistic benefits seen in Chi Nei Tsang – the amazing, powerful, hands-on natural therapy brought to the West by the Taoist Master Mantak Chia.

In this hands-on weekend you can learn enough to integrate the principles and techniques with your own practice, or take a first step in your year-long practitioner training, or simply spend an enjoyable weekend meeting new people, making new friends, and learning a highly effective and practical new skill you can use to help friends, family – and yourself!
Yes, the CNT self-massage can show as many benefits as doing it on others. You don’t have to be ill to feel better!

Your training is facilitated all the way through by Kris Deva North, Mantak Chia co-author, Senior Teacher and Founder of the London Chi Nei Tsang Institute.

Kris has shared this wonderful therapy with people like you, Healers, Martial Artists, Health Professionals including nurses and midwives at the University of Greenwich School of Midwifery, and the Zita West Clinic.  During his time at Tao Garden and on subsequent visits he was chosen to give CNT treatments to Mantak Chia and family.

You will also benefit by understanding the theory and to satisfy a distinctive requirement of a Chi Nei Tsang practitioner: the ability to look after oneself and manage your own energy-field to avoid depletion or contamination.

“This is a deep, powerful and effective therapy: our year-long training ensures you receive good, thorough instruction and proper grounding. Nothing is skimped, everything is rigorously tested.  When you qualify, you will be, deservedly, fit to practice.  You will be proud to have done it properly, and I will be proud to have trained you.”  Kris Deva North, Senior Teacher since 1994 and Founder of the London Chi Nei Tsang Institute.

Come along and join us!  Click here for the coming weekend, 26th and 27th March, from 10.30am to 6.30pm,
at the Melvin Hall Community Centre, Melvin Road, London SE20 5EU.  You won’t waste your time!

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