Growing up in Africa, my first shamanic experience was with a medicine man/shaman on the farm in Kenya, who said that my hands had healing power. Nthenge Ngubi was his name and he had a game leg and a young, beautiful wife. We would go to him if the rains were late, or a crop had some mysterious illness, or a baby was born with a strange growth.
But one day his wife came down with a fever and he came to me. I went to see her and went along the track towards the boys accommodation. It was a quieter night, only the hooting of an owl or the crash of a buffalo gave warning that there was anything else around. I came to a house with lights outside. She lay looking at the wall. I took her hands in mine. They felt hot. Hot and dry. She had a headache, she told me.
I didn’t know what to do. So I joined her, staring at the wall. After half-an-hour or more, she stirred. ‘What time is it?’ she said. I never knew her name. ‘Eight thirty,’ I replied. Whereupon she arose and went about her business!
What was it? I, aged fifteen at the time, had no idea. But whatever it was, it worked, and it set me along the path of healing.
Shadowy movements at dawn in the park, neither dancing nor fighting though to me it looked like both. My mother danced with Margot Fonteyn and enrolled me in my aunt’s ballet school but I retired at five, so no competition for Billy. The fighting came later, first at school whacking Fatty Barnard across the ring under the smiling Irish eyes of Father Paddy Noonan, then my chum James to win the Army Garrison title in Malta before being KO’d by a Marine in Hong Kong. Karate in my forties to get fit after a hernia op but longer recovery times sparring with teens and twenties retired me after four stubborn years.
Learning the Way of the Hidden Masters gave a sense of reality to this ancient art emulating the heroes of yore, the warriors, the fighting nuns and monks. Master Ho explained it can be practiced at any age, for health, to enhance our protective energy-field, to strengthen our physical and energetic immune system, to connect with higher and lower forces on the spiritual path, for self-defense, or simply to harmonies with our environment and alleviate the effects of stress.
The double-helix spirals reunite the Yang and Yin forces of creation, to ebb and flow throughout the meridian network, feeding the organs that sustain our life. We open and stimulate the meridians, the energy-flow channels, enabling the bio-electro-magnetic force, Qi or chi, to come on full charge as we do the slow graceful form. Healers and Martial Artists improve external Qi-projection and internal rooting. Meditators develop the rootedness to keep safe when practicing kundalini or astral projection in the higher meditations.
Tai Chi comes to us as a gift from the past, a way to create our own tranquility: “to keep our cool when all about us might be losing theirs.”
Do you want to learn?
Then come on by our first Tai Chi training starting this Thursday 13th February, 7 to 8.30pm at Psychosynthesis Trust, 92-94 Tooley Street, London Bridge SE1 2TH – 2nd Floor, Room 32. You can Book Your Place Now!
For the coming year, the venue has changed!
For the Healing Tao, the venue will be 3 Holmes Road, Kentish Town, London NW5 3AA. If you are interested in opening the gates to awareness, please check our web site
For the weekly Tai Chi & Qigong classes, we will gather from 7pm to 8.30pm at the Psychosynthesis Trust, 92-94 Tooley Street, London Bridge SE1 2TH, for the regular 7-week classes from 13th to 27th February, 15th May to 26th June, and from 2nd October to 13th November. Further details are available online.
Also, the Chi Nei Tsang weekends will run from April 7th and 8th, and October 6th and 7th, at the same address: Psychosynthesis Trust, 92-94 Tooley Street, London Bridge SE1 2TH, from 10.30 am to 5pm. More information on the process is here.
And just a note – Tai Chi Teacher Training will again be at Ponte de Lima, Portugal, from 4th to 11th August. Full information.
Any queries, please contact me! Kris Deva North 0700 078 1195.
So far we have been using Kentish Town Studio for all our events. However, starting in January 2018 we will be holding events in different places. These will be published in our calendars, Universal Healing Tao http://www.healing-tao.co.uk/ht_calender.htm, and Jade Circle® http://www.jadecircle.co.uk/events.html.
We look forward to seeing you at all our events!
But what is this? A Free Talk! Come on by to hear the good news about Taoist Inner Alchemy, Step 1 on the journey to self-fulfillment, freedom to be oneself, and to qualify for Step 2, Taoist Healing Love.
It’s only an hour and a half – what more could you need? Enough to know how little you already know? Enough to know how how much more you can take on!
7.30 to 9pm on Thursday 16th November, 141-145 Kentish Town Road, NW1 8PB.
I’m looking forward to seeing you, and to sharing the Taoist Secrets!