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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Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

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In The Forests of the Night!

Now is the time!  I’ve just completed teaching the Tai Chi Beginners course and now I’m ready to start on the Progressive course.

What does that mean?
It means that if you’ve done any Tai Chi with me, from learning to stand and move to doing the form, you can join in!
It means that if you have performed according to your own self-instructed guidelines, you can join in!
It means that if you have completed any of the preparation courses, you can join in!

I’m going to be teaching on Wednesday evenings, starting at 6pm and going on till 7.30
BUT
if you cannot make it,
if you’re going to be late,
if you have other commitments
THEN you can still join!

HOW?
If you sign up for the whole course, £77 for seven weeks, then I will send you a recording of the class!
You can play it as often as you like for 8 days.

The course runs for seven weeks, once a week, from Wednesday 16th March to Wednesday 27th April, starting at 6pm and ending at 7.30pm.
Is it for you?

Here is the link – click it and sign up!
The Year of the Tiger awaits!

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Chinese New Year Welcomes the Tiger

The oldest and most important festival celebrated in China, the Spring Festival, known in the West as the Chinese New Year, will begin on Feb. 1  It arrives with the second new moon after the winter solstice. Like the West, the East has a zodiac, but the Eastern system has a cycle of 12 years, instead of months.

The Chinese apply the five elements: Metal, Water, Fire, Wood and Earth into the Chinese calendar. This year, the element associated with the Year of the Tiger is Water.  You can be sure this will be an exciting year!

 This will be a year favoured with daring action. Expect good deeds of strength and courage in the face of the many challenges ahead. There will be a stronger sense of justice and commitment for the greater good.
We are slowly gaining back our confidence that things are getting better.

Have you chosen your gift for the New Year?
Read the following, and see if it appeals to you, male or female!  Then buy it and give a great review!

‘I enjoyed watching them, sometimes lying close to feel the movement of one or other, or both, against my own body.  Then, one housebound afternoon, seated, Strumming the Lute strings as I watched, I felt my own climax beginning.

Squeezing my buttocks together I imagined that soft sweet liquid light flowing up my spine, from the base to the waist, up between my shoulder blades, up the back of my neck to the crown of my head and from there cascading down my whole body, intensifying as it spread through arms, wrists and hands to the tip of my every finger, down my legs to the tip of every toe, intensifying and increasing, more and yet more, until I felt myself packed with ecstasy in every pore.

When the bliss became almost unbearable I felt my climax condense into an ecstasy accumulating at the base of my body.  I tightened my muscles down there, sealing the Jade Gate.  Then began the waves, great waves of unspeakable delight coursing through my blood, my bones, the channels of my energy.
 
A scream rises from my throat.  I clench my teeth to suppress it, and my ecstasy intensifies.  My body jerks.  I suppress it, and the intensity increases.  I become the ocean, the ocean my blood, I am my own bloodstream flowing from my heart.  The thunder of my heart times with lightning in my belly, flashes of lightning in rhythm with the contractions of my Jade Gate.

Silent now, rigid, holding the contraction at the base of my body I touch my tongue to the roof of my mouth and with my mind’s eye look inward and upward, out through my crown to the night sky, the stars and planets, constellations and galaxies of the visible universe.  I enter the North Star, gateway to the universe beyond the visible, the white mountain reflected in the crystal lake, the ancient healing forest, fire in the ocean, the sun under water.’

Read it at Amazon.co.uk
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Start the Climb!

Whether you are a Beginner taking your very first steps in Tai Chi, whether you are an Intermediate looking to refine your path, whether you are an Advanced Student looking to polish up your form, or whether you want to increase your knowledge of QiGong, I recommend this course for you.

And here is the reason:  in the upcoming Tai Chi refresher, just five days away, I’m going to send you a recording after each class so you can practice, as long as you go for the full course. 

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 repetitions and focuses, so that you can study in your own time.
What could be better?

The full course is £77 and runs for seven Wednesdays, starting on Wednesday 19th January, 6pm to 7.30pm.  You can join for £12 a session of course, but without the follow-up.Sign Up Now: Tai Chi Beginners and Refresher Course
It works for Beginners, it works for intermediate, and it works for Advanced.

Each Tai Chi class lasts about an hour and a half, including: 
Warm Up,
Qi Self Massage,
Horse Stance,
3 in 1 exercise,
White Tiger,
Swimming Dragon,
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon,
Eight Pieces of Brocade QiGong,
The complete set of Iron Shirt QiGong,
and the full Tai Chi Course.
You too can touch the heights!

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What Is The Secret?

There I am, in the middle at the back, wearing my favourite shirt.
My teacher is in front of me in black, but the Master of this group is called Mr Lim, standing in front with an ’86’ on his shirt.

On this Tai Chi journey, taken in Penang in 2005, I began to learn the secret of Tai Chi.
Professor Cheng Man Ching was the teacher of Mr Lim, and told him ‘There is only one secret to Tai Chi, and that is the mind.
The key to unlock this secret?
Can you guess?

Here’s a clue: in the upcoming Tai Chi refresher, just over ten days away, I’m going to send you a recording after each class so you can practice, as long as you go for the full course. 

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 repetitions and focuses, so that you can study in your own time.
What could be better?

The full course is £77 and runs for seven Wednesdays, starting on Wednesday 19th January, 6pm to 7.30pm.  You can join for £12 a session of course, but without the follow-up.
Sign Up Now: Tai Chi Beginners and Refresher Course
It works for beginners, it works for intermediate, and it works for advanced.

Each Tai Chi class lasts about an hour and a half, including: 
Warm Up,
Qi Self Massage,
Horse Stance,
3 in 1 exercise,
White Tiger,
Swimming Dragon,
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon,
Eight Pieces of Brocade QiGong,
The complete set of Iron Shirt QiGong,
and the full Tai Chi Course!
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Happy New Year: It Could Be Happier

Sign Up Now
for the full Tai Chi Course!
Tai Chi Beginners and Refresher Course 
ONLINE 

the first class is on 19th January,
the last on 2nd March 
Sessions start at 6pm
Each Tai Chi class lasts about an hour and a half, including: 
Warm Up,
Qi Self Massage,
Horse Stance,
3 in 1 exercise,
White Tiger,
Swimming Dragon,
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon,
Eight Pieces of Brocade QiGong,
followed by the full Tai Chi course:
I will be teaching the Tai Chi Beginners and Refresher Course in 2022,
from 19th January to 2nd March,
seven Wednesday evenings
from 6pm to 7.30pm, by Zoom.
 

If you have never done Tai Chi, don’t know what its about, but are mystified, perhaps intrigued by ‘The Form’ and the various oddly named exercises, why not give it a try?  You can pay £77 for the full course, or just £12 for a single session.  It is worth it, you are worth it!  Click on the links above and you will be taken to the sign-up page and PayPal will do the rest.

And if you have done it before, why not give this a try to see how much you remember?  Repetition is the key to mastery, they say, and I can confirm it!  Be the best!

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Secrets of Feminine Empowerment

My veil was lifted from behind.  It had been lifted at every step up the low white pyramid, brown hands reaching underneath to bless the various parts of my body.  I had noticed some areas got more blessing than others. Now I stood naked on a white slab, in front of one the like of whom I had never seen, seated lotus-fashion on a stone throne one step below. 

‘His wild eyes stared, the whites showing all around and startling in his almost black face.  Three white stripes were smeared across his forehead, his hair and beard a tangled mass of waist-length black curls.  Around his neck hung a garland of tiny skulls and about his waist a belt of human hands, marked with dried blood. 

‘His emaciated body, naked but for a red cloak loose round his shoulders, was bedaubed with ash.  In his right hand he held a long trident and in his left a human skull.  His whole body trembled slightly.’Blessings of the Great Mother, Terrifier of the Ignorant, Protector of the Enlightened!’


 If you want to give or receive a fabulous gift, you can buy this for just $2.99, or £2.16.
It is the story of Su Nu, whose father tells of her personal destiny, a perfect match for his young girl, with the son of the Son of Heaven, heir to the Dragon Throne.  It is the story of true feminine empowerment, written by a master!
Buy it in the UK
Buy it in the US
and give it a fantastic write up, or review!

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The Tai Chi Beginners and Refresher Course

Some years ago I wrote about my Tai Chi Journey: shadowy movements at dawn in the park, neither dancing nor fighting though to me it looked like both. My mother danced with 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.

The sun rose on a grace, a flow, on faces as serene as at prayer as they stepped and spun, spiraled and thrust: shamanic theatre enacted under the trees, celestial combat, rooted in Earth and played in the human dimension. Yang advances, Yin withdraws, Harmony prevails.

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.”

I was hooked! Forty years later I still am, and have been teaching it for thirty. And now I am teaching instructors how to teach, how to carry this gift to others, and at the same time help ourselves keep well, happy, and serene.

If this style of fighting, movement or meditation interests you, or if you’ve learnt it before and would like to refresh, then take note here: I will be teaching the Tai Chi Beginners and Refresher Course in 2022, from 19th January to 2nd March, seven Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 7.30pm, by Zoom.  
The picture above is of me pushing Master Lim.  The one below is the reverse situation!

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