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  1. 1. TURNING STRESS INTO VITALITY The Taoist Way STOP STRESS RIGHT NOW START VITALITY THIS WAY Call 0700 078 1195 Visit www.healing-tao.co.uk UNIVERSAL HEALING TAO UK Mantak Chia Taoist Training Techniques tried and tested for thousands of years now work for modern men and women to turn Stress into VITALITY - how we can become more BODY-FIT, MIND-FIT, SPIRIT-FIT, ENERGY-FIT YES PERFECT-FIT FOR PURPOSE an effective human being! You can LLearn with us * Exercises + Meditations to reduce stress immediately * Specific Techniques to care for those vital organs... * Taoist Practice Exercise Plan to enjoy long-term benefits * A better Way to manage Life for all the latest on courses and events go to www.healing-tao.co.uk SELF MASTERY CHI KUNG SHAMANISM COURSES HEALING POSTERS JADE CIRCLE MEDITATION TAI CHI TANTRA WEEKENDS MARTIAL ARTS DVDs & BOOKS JADE ARROWS YES YOU CAN SSTTRREESSSS WWAASSTTEESS TTIIMMEE AANNDD EENNEERRGGYY TTHHEERREE IISS AA BBEETTTTEERR WWAAYY TTOO MMAANNAAGGEE LLIIFFEE Fresh ideas on Stress management, Grounding and Flexibility, backed by over 20 years of experience and 4,000 years of histo- ry, Mantak Chia Taoist Training fits you to lead the life you want, helped by a warm welcome and friendly, expert instruc- tors. Anamarta facilitates the Jade Circle for Women in London and around the world, sharing the Taoist practices she cre- ated of Kuan Yin Chi Kung, Taoist Yin Meditation, and the Jade Egg Holistic Practice. www.jadecircle.co.uk http://jadecircle.blogspot.com Kris Deva North Founder of Mantak Chia Taoist Training, Universal Healing Tao UK, London Chi Nei Tsang Institute, and Zen School of Shiatsu, co-author with Mantak Chia of Taoist Foreplay and Taoist Shaman; Author of Taoist Medicine Wheel, Finding Spirit in Zen Shiatsu, Zen Tao Tantra. Kris has shared the Taoist teachings in London and across the world since 1992. http://www.facebook.com/UniversalHealingTao JADE CIRCLE FOR WOMEN with Anamarta Regular gatherings for Kuan Yin Chi Kung (qigong), Taoist Meditation, Yin and Jade Egg practice. Preparation and follow-up support, more advanced groups and workshops throughout the year with Anamarta. All women are welcome! www.jadecircle.co.uk http://jadecircle.blogspot.com FOUNDATIONS FOR MEN The Jade Arrows Exercises + Meditations to reduce stress Taoist Techniques to care for the vital organs Taoist Practice Plan for enjoy long-term benefits Links to Dates, Locations, Costs www.healing-tao.co.uk dynamic TAI CHI & CHI KUNG * Get Fit * Get Sharp * Get Flexible * SUMMER RETREAT & TRAINING CAMP REGULAR WEEKENDS WINTER INTENSIVE Links to Dates, Locations, Costs www.healing-tao.co.uk Tough Work-out Dynamic Chi Kung Improve flexibility Learn Effective Self-Defence Men, Women Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced ONGOING INTO VITALITY Matt Lewis First introduced to Mantak Chia's system in 1992 Matt began training with Kris Deva North in 1998. He has studied Tai Chi with Mantak Chia in England and Thailand and is a Certified Instructor. He has trained widely in the martial arts, teaching both Kick-boxing and Capoeira. His teaching combines experience in Taoist and Shamanic practices with practical hands-on skills from the martial arts.
  2. 2. STEP UP TO THE TAO There are Nine Steps to Completion. The first 3 are for everyone. Beyond Step 3 needs dedication and commitment. Here are the first 5 and their pre-requisites, and links to full descriptions. Click http://www.healing-tao.co.uk/ht_calender.htm for dates, venues and costs (Forward planning helps.) Step 1 Healing Tao Foundations Stress management, Grounding, Flexibility: Introduction to Microsmic Orbit, Inner Smile, Healing Sounds, Beginner Chi-kung (qigong), Taoist breathing, Introduction to Tai Chi. No pre-requisites. http://www.healing-tao.co.uk/ht_foundation.htm Step 1 (2 days) runs three or four times a year in London and elsewhere - click http://www.healing-tao.co.uk/ht_calender.htm Step 2 Healing Tao Foundations Healing Love Motivation, confidence; energy: Completion Microcosmic Orbit, Intermediate breath-practice, Upward Draw, Big Draw. Step 1 is pre-requisite. http://www.healing-tao.co.uk/ht_healinglove.htm Step 2 (2 days) runs twice a year in London, usually in June/July and November/December, or for outside dates click http://www.healing-tao.co.uk/ht_calender.htm Step 3 Healing Tao Foundations Fusion Detoxing past, neutralising fear, managing emotions, habits, strengthen energy field, enhance grounding! Pa Kua, Forming the Pearl; Opening Inner Channels; Energy, Soul and Spirit Bodies. Steps 1 + 2 pre-requisite. http://www.healing-tao.co.uk/ht_fusion.htm Step 3 (4 days) runs once a year, usually in July in London. For any other outside dates check http://www.healing-tao.co.uk/ht_calender.htm Tai Chi Summer Retreat & Training Camp There are no pre-requisites for this module. It is pre-requisite for Step 5. http://www.healing-tao.co.uk/Tai_Chi_training.htm Tai Chi Summer Retreat and Training Camp (5 days) runs once a year, usually in early August, in the Secret Valley in South Wales. Step 4 Introduction to Taoist Shamanism Effective practice, Dynamic thought, Channel power: Channelling the Pearl, Nourishing Spirit, Death and Ecstatic Flight, the Shaman's Body, Journeying through the Inner Eye. Steps 1,2,3 pre-requisite. http://www.healing-tao.co.uk/ht_kan_li.htm Step 4 (4 days) runs once a yea, usually in early September, in London. Taoist Shamanic Healing There are no pre-requisites for this module. It is pre-requisite for Step 5. http://www.healing-tao.co.uk/taoistshamanichealing.htm Introduction to Shamanic Healing (4 days) runs once a year, usually in late January/early Febsruary, in London. Step 5 Tao of the Shaman Taoist Shamanic Practice: Understanding power, Clear seeing, Step lightly in all worlds. Pre-requisites: Steps 1 to 4 + Taoist Shamanic Healing + Tai Chi Summer Training Camp + Reading + Completion of a Task (agreed on registration.) The venue is notified to participants on completion of Task. Of the pre-requisites, only Steps 1 to 4 must be in sequence. http://www.healing-tao.co.uk/ht_Tao_of_the_Shaman.htm Step 5 (3 days and 3 nights) dates runs every one or two years. Big savings: 10% by registering with payment in advance for 2 courses, 20% for 3 or more. Links to Courses content, Dates, Venues, Books and Bookings @ www.healing-tao.co.uk
  3. 3. GRANDMASTER MANTAK CHIA Mantak Chia is the creator of the Universal Healing Tao System and director of the Universal Tao Center and Tao Garden Health Resort and Training Center in the beautiful northern countryside of Thailand. Mantak Chia was born in Thailand to Chinese parents in 1944. When he was six years old, Buddhist monks taught him how to sit and “still the mind.” While still a grammar school student, he learned traditional Thai boxing. He was then taught Tai Chi Chuan by Master Lu, who soon introduced him to Aikido, Yoga and broader levels of Tai Chi. Years later, when he was a student in Hong Kong excelling in track and field events, a senior classmate named Cheng Sue-Sue introduced him to his first esoteric teacher and Taoist Master, Master Yi Eng (I Yun). At this point, Master Chia began his studies of the Taoist way of life in earnest. He learned how to cir- culate energy through the Microcosmic Orbit and, through the practice of Fusion of the Five Elements, how to open the other Six Special Channels. As he studied Inner Alchemy further, he learned the Enlightenment of the Kan and Li, Sealing of the Five Senses, Congress of Heaven and Earth and Reunion of Heaven and Man. It was Master Yi Eng who authorized Master Chia to teach and heal. He stud- ied with Master Cheng Yao-Lun who taught him the Shao-Lin Method of Internal Power. Master Pan Yu, whose system combined Taoist, Buddhist and Zen teachings also taught him about the exchange of Yin and Yang power between men and women, and how to develop the Steel Body. Master Chia tours the world teaching the Universal Healing Tao system from his Tao Garden Health Resort and Universal Tao Training Center. A warm, friendly and helpful man, he views himself primarily as a teacher. He has written over 35 books on the Taoist prac- tices, including, with Kris Deva North, Taoist Foreplay and Taoist Shaman. Other works include: Awaken Healing Energy of the Tao - 1983 Taoist Secrets of Love: Cultivating Male Sexual Energy co- authored with Michael Winn - 1984. Taoist Ways to Transform Stress into Vitality -1985 Chi Self-Massage: the Tao of Rejuvenation - 1986 Iron Shirt Chi Kung I - 1986 Healing Love Through the Tao: Cultivating FemaleSexual Energy - 1986 Bone Marrow Nei Kung - 1989 Fusion of the Five Elements I - 1990 Chi Nei Tsang: Internal Organ Chi Massage - 1990 Awaken Healing Light of the Tao - 1993 The Inner Structure of Tai Chi co-authored with Juan Li - 1996 Multi-Orgasmic Man co-authored with Douglas Abrams1996 Tao Yin - 1999 Chi Nei Tsang II - 2000 Multi-Orgasmic Couple co-authored with Douglas Abrams2000 Cosmic Healing I - 2001 Cosmic Healing II co-authored with Dirk Oellibrandt - 2001 Door of All Wonders co-authored with Tao Haung - 2001 Sexual Reflexology co-authored with W. U. Wei - 2002 Elixir Chi Kung - 2002 Tan Tien Chi Kung - 2002 KRIS DEVA NORTH Kris Deva North is the founder of the Universal Healing Tao London, Chi Nei Tsang Institute, and director of the Zen School of Shiatsu & Healing NLP Institute. Born in wartime London in the Year of the Dragon and a hail of bombs, Kris spent his childhood in South America and teen years in the turbulence of Mau-Mau Kenya. At age fifteen the Wakamba tribe initiated him as an honorary member. Dancing in their drum-circles he witnessed fire-bathing adepts roll around in flames, unharmed. Military action in South Arabia and Borneo introduced him to real-life death. Service with the Gurkhas of Nepal steeped him in the culture and tradi- tions of these Kali-worshippers and theirrituals of blood-sacrifice. 25 years in business and management followed, until Kris changed his life, to oriental heal- ing and martial arts. In 1991, he set out to learn from masters through- out Asia, Japan and USA. Impressed by the teachings of Mantak Chia, Kris embraced the Tao. In 1993 he came home to the scepter’d isle, to found the Universal Healing Tao Centre, Chi Nei Tsang Institute, and Zen School of Shiatsu, the latter becom- ing in 2010 the first Shiatsu School to achieve University accreditation. He was closely involved with Skills for Health drafting the Shiatsu National Occupational Standard and in 2009 was appointed to the Shiatsu Professional Board of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. Kris Deva North has practised healing meditation since 1972 and the Taoist Arts since 1985. He inte- grates Shamanic, Tantric and Taoist traditions from his experiences, travelling with a Thai Buddhist monk; satsang with Shiva Saddhus in the Himalaya,Shamans of Africa, North America and Hawaii; Aboriginal men of highdegree in Australia; darshan with the Dalai Lama; witnessing last rites in Varanasi and puja with the Brahmins of Pushkar. To balance his grounding in ancient practices Kris keeps up with the most advanced modern Life-train- ing techniques, from the Mind Dynamics of the 1970s to state-of-the-art NLP of the new millennium. In 2006 he founded the Healing NLP Institute after train- ing with Richard Bandler and Paul McKenna, pio- neers of modern shamanic practice through their work with altered states. His UK national TV appearances include Bliss, Emma Freud’s series on Sex and Religion; Nick Hancock’s Sex and Stopping - History of Contraception; and Carlton TV’s City Survival Guide. In 2004 Channel 4 made an observational documen- tary of his teaching Taoist practices to a group of celebrities: Extreme Celebrity Detox. Published work includes the articles Zen as a Philosophical Discipline; Taoist Teaching, Taoist Practice, Taoist Life; An overview of Chi Nei Tsang; Shiatsu - Ancient Medicine for the 21st Century; Calabash of Light - Hawaiian Huna Healing; and the seminal 1998 Interview with Mantak Chia, A Modern Taoist Master with whom Kris co-authored A Touch of Sex: Shiatsu Secrets for Love republished by Bear and Co in July 2010 as Taoist Foreplay. Kris has also written the definitive Finding Spirit in Zen Shiatsu, published November 2006, and contributed with Wayne Dyer and others to Bouncing Back: Thriving in Changing Times an anthology on success in reces- sion, published February 2010. In November 2010 he pub- lished The Taoist Medicine Wheel republished with Mantak Chia as Taoist Shaman’ by Bear & Co in January 2011. His lates is Zen Tao Tantra published by Amazon as an e-book.. ANAMARTA Anamarta facilitates the Jade Circle and takes the Travelling Circle around the world. I get my inspiration in the Mother Earth, in her essence and infinite resources, from the sea to the mountains, from the moon to the sun; in my beloved partner Kris; in my travelling around the world and in beautiful people and teachers. The Taoist Practices guided me to continuing evolution and in my journey share this gratitude with others and help the ones in need. At an early age Anamarta became aware of the subtle energies and her own ability to commune with Spirit. Her grandmother initiated her into the family lineage of esoteric practitioners. Anamarta's own explorations led to darshan with the Dalai Lama, receiving the Tibetan Tantric teachings, a connection with the Indian spiritual teacher Dr Usha Sharma at her home in the Himalayas, and witnessing last rites in Varanasi. Exploration of the tantric path led to a meeting with Kris Deva North and formal Taoist and Shamanic initiation. She dedicated herself to the Tao and trained with Grandmaster Mantak Chia. With a natural ability to teach, Anamarta qualified as a Taoist Trainer of the London Universal Healing Tao Centre, and developed the Kuan Yin Chi Kung and Jade Circle practices that she now shares with women around the world. Anamarta lives what she teaches, exploring, deep- ening and integrating the essence of a personal prac- tice that includes Crystal Healing, Chi Kung and Tai Chi, Yoga and Belly Dancing; and since connecting with a Kahuna in Hawaii, the sacred rituals of the Hula. In India where she spends part of each year learning and teaching, Anamarta immerses herself in the culture of the Khalbelia Gypsy tribe of snake charmers and their Sapera ' Gypsy' Dance in the desert of Rajsthan. MATT LEWIS Chief Instructor of Universal Healing Tao London Centre, Matt was first introduced to Mantak Chia's system in 1992 while studying Tai Chi. He began training with Kris Deva North in 1998. He has studied Tai Chi with Mantak Chia in England and Thailand and is a Certified Instructor. He has trained widely in the martial arts, teaching both Kick-boxing and Capoeira. His teaching combines experience in Taoist and Shamanic practices with practical hands-on skills from the martial arts.
  4. 4. TAOIST TEACHING, TAOIST PRACTICE, TAOIST LIFE A personal view by Kris Deva North Most people starting out on the Way try to copy someone else, usually their teacher or facilitator. They seek guidance until understanding how to make their own way, and that too much help can weaken them. In the early stages it is kind - and productive - for facilitators to to help students along, with their Frequently Asked Questions representing a quest for reassurance. Many FAQs are to do with daily practice, how much time to spend in medita- tion and exercise, how to integrate the practices into daily life, especially the sexu- al practices, and how to introduce these to partners ranging from sceptical to inhibited to plain jealous. How wonderful if we could just say a word or two to help the asker towards realisation, but of course that would not be their realisation but just something we are handing them. Let me share some aspects of my practice with you. If you are an early seeker, you may find bits and pieces that are of use. If a seasoned traveller you may have a little fun at my expense and think how much better your own practice is, or how superior your own teacher. You will learn something, even if only that you have nothing to learn. It doesn’t matter really - we are dancing the same spiral with dif- ferent steps. Start the day with a Smile. In 1972 - just after leaving the army and before my first meditation weekend - I went on a sales course, where they said the same, these hard-nosed business chaps who taught the mindfulness of skilful manipula- tion. We were advised to smile at ourselves in the mirror, to set ourselves up for the day. Two decades later the Taoist Master Mantak Chia was telling me to smile at my internal organs, the Inner Smile in the tradition of four millenia. Must be something in it! People who live beyond 100 are generally of a cheery nature, according to Deepak Chopra, who knows these things. So now, when I wake up, I smile. Nothing formal, not sitting up, let alone in seiza or lotus, just lying in bed watching the light slip by the curtains. An Inner Smile, to myself, my being, my energy field. A smile to my mum, long gone, and my dads - I had two, one who started me off before leaving this world, and his brother who took over for the hard part. A smile for my kids and theirs. My ances- tors and descendants, teachers and students. No lists, no enumeration, just a big grin of gratitude to the whole energy field around me. Time past and present condenses into the now, individuals blend in the moment of a heartfelt smile, and I am everyone I have known and all that has happened to me. I thank the universe for the many gifts and blessings - records of my ances- tors, knowledge of past lives, totems of insight and grace, leadership and love. Thus the day begins with Gratitude, awesome in its power and effect, and flow- ing naturally into the sexual practices, the essence of the Tao, honouring the Way which gave me my ancestors and descendants, opening the gateway through pleas- ure to bliss. If alone I will work with arousal energy, opening the small heavenly cycle and recycling the chi. If with my partner and plenty of time, we might prac- tise dual cultivation, or solo cultivation together. Sexual practice in the morning has a wonderful clarity and spontaneity. Throughout the day opportunities arise for moving and still meditation: Chi Kung - imperceptibly adopting the ready position waiting for a bus or train, Taoist reverse breathing sitting at the computer, "Tai Chi walking" up a flight of steps. A patch of green grass offers a place for Bone Marrow breathing, or the powerful earth-connection of the Tai Chi Chi Kung form, or the "Hands of Light" form of QiGong Colour Healing Therapy. Parks and avenues become arenas for "embrac- ing the tree" and the yin-yang breath exchange. Interacting with people, with other energy-fields, opportunities arise to recycle the emotions of the Five Energy-Phases or Elements, seeking to transform impa- tience into love, worry into serenity, depression to courage, fear to gentleness, even anger into kindness, thinking of Mantak Chia’s encouragement "every day we get many chances to forgive". I use the Healing Sounds individually for each occasion as it happens - a discreet hiss can dissipate some minor annoyance, or a loud HHHAAA! dispel impatience....when done with the right intention. Iron Shirt grounding, rooting and centering taught me how to take a push, phys- ically in the first instance but, as I progressed through my training, extending my ability to take an emotional push or withstand financial pressure. I might practise the postures while waiting to start a teaching-session. One great attraction of mak- ing my living from this work is the limitless landscape of practice. It is my job to do what I love. Can’t get better than that! Teaching helps keep me keep up my practice. I realised that my original nature/conditioning (hard to tell the difference when you’ve been doing this stuff for a few years) swung me between activity and inertia. This helps towards harmony. Beyond the physicality of the Iron Shirt pushing-rooting, the psychic self- defence of Fusion of the Five Elements develops a kind of energy-armour. In the higher meditations of Kan & Li, armour becomes redundant as all pressures are allowed to pass through the being without harm, as we develop and transform into the light body. What effect can pressure have when there is nothing to press? No buttons to push! These esoteric practices are available to everyone, and if applied consistently they work well for everyone. But the work must be done by the prac- titioner: use it or lose it. Travelling around to appointments for teaching or healing, I use the time on bus, tube and train to read, study and research. On these journeys of the earth I take the journeys of heaven, discovering connections between the heritages from the cradle of the earth. The evidence is there if you care to look. Taoists share purification by sweat and worship by smoke with Native Americans; dream-time with Native Australians; animal (symbolic) sacrifice, ecstatic flight and shamanic dissolution with the Siberians; tutelary animals with the South Americans; the pro- tective circle of fire with Wiccans; the tantric circle with Indo-Tibetans. The Tao is my personal journey. I prefer to travel on foot or by public transport, to resist the temptation of a car with its ease and convenience of getting about. Better for me to do things the hard way, to push myself into discomfort, to try to understand myself better. What muscle ever got stronger by ease and comfort? So with my own energy-field. And I am, after all, living the life of my choice - little shocks of discomfort help keep me awake. Ouspensky would understand. The bath is my think-tank, wallowing in the womb of water, the ocean of cre- ativity, the palace of death and conception, inspiration. Archimedes knew it. Stuck on an article, a business situation, an emotional conflict, I lie in the bath and wait for possibilities. Few choices need to be made, the right way seems to unfold. Its not always what my rational mind would have chosen. Teaching the Tao gives satisfaction; teaching the practices gives me the oppor- tunity to practice. I offer overviews for those thinking of stepping out on the Way or just checking it out, courses of meditational experiences from basic initiation into small heavenly cycle, Inner Smile, Healing Sounds and Iron Shirt, through the heart-opening practices of Healing Love or Taoist Tantra, the challenging self- healing of Fusion, Tai Chi the Dance of Life, or Advanced Practice Development for graduates of Kan & Li, with shamanic journeying, meditation on death, and ecstatic flight. Group work helps me with the transmission to others. Teaching Shiatsu also gives the chance to incorporate the body of taoist mysti- cism as a background or even a bedrock. Chi Nei Tsang, the taoist massage that releases the winds of stagnation and helps free the bodymind from emotional trau- ma, QiGong Healing Therapy, a derivative of pre-taoist shamanic practice calls on the energies of the cosmos, to heal energy-fields. All these use the Healing sounds, to recycle the energies to find harmony within the being. Mealtimes are occasions for practice too, eating what I choose mindfully and letting go the strictures and restrictions of any formal dietary system, following the way as it manifests. If there is a time in the day when I catch myself not prac- tising, I give myself a pat on the back for awareness. I prefer the time either side of midnight for the more structured sexual medita- tions with their tremendous sense of universal power as the life-force rises and cir- culates in the small heavenly cycle. Working - playing - with the cool unaroused sexual energy, practising sexual breathing, moving into the arousal energy, staying with it, taking it with me through some Iron Shirt practices, some Tai Chi, some still meditations, then on into the orgasmic energy field,bathing in the fountains of Fusion, using pleasure as the gateway to bliss. On into the subtle clear light of Kan& Li, an altered state, with ecstatic flight or astral travel, awareness of the possibility of existence beyond sensory perception, of consciousness of the energy-stream beyond this incarnation. And very last thing to end, the Healing Sounds. I have used them throughout the day for harmonising situations or recycling emotions and now, as I lay me down to sleep, the Triple Heater sound sings sweetly in the three burners, a restful completion to a day of walking in the Tao. First published in, adapted from and reproduced by kind permission of Qi Magazine
  5. 5. Mantak Chia A Modern Taoist Master Famous for his books on cultivating male and female sex- uality, Mantak Chia is probably the most quoted, misquot- ed and plagiarised of writers on esoteric sex. Less well known is his great work as healer and teacher. He found- ed the system known as The Healing Tao which today has over 700 certified instructors and thousands of prac- titioners throughout the world, teaching and practising the Taoist arts, from Healing to Tai Chi, offering benefits ranging from stress relief to immortality. He was born in Bangkok to Chinese parents in 1944. His father was a Baptist minister, the first break in many generations of Taoist Healers. In a land of Buddhism, with strong Hindu and animist influences, Mantak Chia was brought up as a Christian. After twenty years in the West, he now lives and works at the Tao Garden, the home and healing meditation centre he has created in Northern Thailand. In this exclusive interview for Positive Health magazine, he talks to Kris Deva North about healing and magic, sex and religion, mobile phones and immortality. The traditional Taoist masters taught one- to-one, never to foreign- ers, and closely guarded their ancient secrets. You have written ten books and you teach Westerners in a very Western way, with work- shops and group seminars. Why break with the old traditions? My teacher, the hermit White Cloud, was last of the long line- age of masters from Long White Mountain at Chang Bai San near Manchuria. Seeing the traditional way of the Tao being repressed in his homeland, he feared the secrets of long life and good health would be lost. In exile in Hong Kong, he saw how other masters charged too much money for these secrets, just giving to one or two pupils. He felt the way to keep the Taoist practices alive was to bring them into modern society so that many could benefit. It was he who instructed me to teach Westerners but first to prove my roots with my own people. You taught first in your home city of Bangkok and then in the Chinese community of New York. Your main work was healing, but it was the sexual practices that caught the attention of your Western students. These secret arts were originally taught to enable an Emperor to enjoy his harem of wives and concubines without deplet- ing his energies. You were brought up a Christian. Did you not feel a conflict with the Christian ideas of sin? No conflict, for sexual practices are healing practices, healing the self, healing relationships. It is only sin if you see it as sin. Sex is natural, not sinful. The human being has a powerful sex drive - and you cannot keep ping-pong balls under water. Sometime, somewhere, they pop back up, maybe as disease, maybe as emotional problems, causing energy blockages, leading to illness. Are you saying we should repress nothing, have sex whenever and wherever, with whoever? I say sex is your servant, not your master. Who am I to decide where and when, or who you do it with? This is between you and your conscience. I teach how to control and harness the sexual energy, energy powerful enough for a man to repopulate a continent with a single ejacu- lation. And every woman is born with enough eggs to generate hundreds of lives. Without reproduction all that power is wasted. If we are not using the hormones and nutrients of sexual activity to start a new life we can recycle it to make our own lifc longer, healthier, more enjoyable. Not repressing, recycling! And the moral aspect? All the churches make the morals, but they all say different things. Some religions say sex with corpses is a sacred path to enlighten- ment, with others you may have several wives all once, while in others you go to hell for impure thought. What is impure thought? Every man secretly imagines being Emperor, having many women, even monks and priests, even saints - Saint Augustine said "Lord give me chastity, but please, not just yet." Some churches try to make us feel guilty for think- ing natural thoughts. Yet these urges make our human species so success- ful, so strong, survive so many generations. Imagine an enlightened being descending to earth now and telling us it is sinful to move our bowels. We'd all go pop! We cannot help moving bowels, it is a natural function. So is sex. In the Tao we say: no right or wrong, no good or bad, just recycling the energy. Do you still consider yourself a Christian? I do. These are not religious practices and you don't have to convert! You can be Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim and still enjoy the benefits in the framework of your own belief systeJn, if you have one. I am Christian, but don't belong to any church. I may start one here in the Tao Garden - we already married three couples. No, the churches teach about it being bad to do this, bad to do that. We don't have to be taught what's bad: it comes naturally. Or doing what comes naturally - they call it bad! The Western God is dominant male, very yang, enforcing law with fear of punishment, burn in hell. Society reflects this, with laws enforced by violence. Now there is imbalance between the yang of jus- tice and the yin of compassion. True religion is about love and compas- sion. What about the balance of the sexes? You have written a best seller, MultiOrgnsmic Man.' What about multiorgasmic woman? Woman naturally is multiorgasmic, and one of my earliest books was about cultivating female sexual energy. Woman is yin. Yang and yin cannot exist without each other, so it is better if they are in har- mony. Taoist practice is to promote harmony, because when the man lets go of semen, he is finished, but the woman is ready for more. When both are in tune, they have increased vigour, improved stamina, enhanced sen- sation, unlimited whole-body orgasms. Ideal is the multiorgasmic couple. The sexual practices are self-healing for couples.
  6. 6. Conserving energy by seminal retention in an exclusively male prac- tice. How does a woman obtain the benefits of health and longevity? Woman does not normally lose energy through orgasm, but through menstruation and childbirth. Taoist practices for women recycle menstrual energy, with the same benefits, of long life, good health and painless menstruation as well. But even for man, seminal retention by itself is not enough; non-ejaculatory orgasm without opening the Microcosmic Orbit leads to blockages in the sexual centre, sometimes with aching, congestion, wet dreams, headaches. Both man and woman must redirect energy through the Microcosmic Orbit, what the classics call the Small Heavenly Cycle. As above, so below - within each one of us is also a small universe, a small cosmos, yin and yang flowing togeth- er. In the act of sex, the moment of orgasm, yin and yang unite and the two heavenly cycles become one. The Microcosmic Orbit, as you first described it many years ago has since appeared in books by various westerners on love, sex, tantra, sex-magic and shamanism. Some writers acknowledge you as the originator, others try - really quite hard in some cases - to disguise the origin. Have you any message for those who take credit for your work? (Laughs): I'm glad they like it! If they help people to more ful- filled lives, they are helping me and I am grateful, and happy to help them. But some techniques can be dangerous if not done with care and preparation. For example, I am teaching Taoist Tantra, which has com- mon roots with Hindu and Buddhist kundalini practices. The Taoist way puts safety first, working with the energy-body, making sure channels are open and clear at each stage before going on to the next. We also practise Tai Chi and Iron Shirt Chi Kung to keep grounded. With some Indo/Tibetan (Hindu/Buddhist) systems there can be danger of activating too much energ) before clearing channels and withou proper grounding. This can overload the nervous system, with many painful side effects. Tantra is known as the short path to enlightenment, but this short path could actually mean one whole lifetime of preparation and practice. You cannot learn it in a weekend. True. Indian Tantric classics advise setting aside twelve years to pre- pare for awakening Kundalini but by following your Taoist teachings it took me only six. What about magic? Taoist, tantric, shamanic and wicca practices have similarities, such as the protective circle, calling the elements, ecstatic journeying and flight, power animals and so on, but the Taoists don't use drums, rattles, robes or other articles of the craft. Are there common roots? The Taoist Canon describes how a group of Aryans were ship- wrecked on the South China shore thousands of years ago. They did not die, nor have children, and became known as the Shining Ones. They transmitted their secret magical and healing practices to the shamans. When Buddhism came to China, shamans were persecuted, like witches in the west, so they became Taoists, rivals to the Buddhists, and contin- ued their practices in secret, using only internal energy, internal alchemy, without the use of accessories to identify themselves. The saying goes "you cannot tell a sage by his clothes." They were also known as magi- cians, wizards and sorcerers. Yes, Taoisrn is magic. What happened to the Shining Ones? Who knows? Maybe still around but not in their physical body. They could leave when they want, astral travel, come back when they want. Are you not afraid that you teach magical practices which could be misused? Magic is like religion. It can be of great benefit, or cause great harm. In Taoist magic as in the Tao, there is no judgement - we are all responsible for ourselves. As long as you do not harm another being, you are free to do what you want. Master Mantak Chia, you are a Hi-tech Taoist. You use mobile phones, computers, television. How do you protect yourself from “electronic pollution?” Technology is very good. It releases us from drudgery. With electronics, you can keep yourself safe inside your energy bubble and create an insulating bubble around the equipment. As you know from our Taoist Healing practices you can seal yourself from the condition of your patients, even serious contagious diseases. One healing practice is to internalise disease, then cleanse, energise and restore healthy energy to patient. Energy is vibration - we get the vibration right, nothing bad gets through. This is psychic self- defence, very important for healers. The more you work with contaminated energy, the more you need the protec- tive practices, from Inner Smile right through to Kan & Li. This gives external protection, internal clarity and helps uslive in modern society, and use the technology. You have a genius for interpreting Chinese classics in a way that westerners can relate to. But your teaching has changed over the years, become less formulaic, more intuitive. The classics haven't changed, though. Are you re- interpreting the ancient secrets? The old Masters taught one-to-one, reciting secret formulas obscured in codes. Many people could not read or write in those days. They just practised the formulas, learning by experience and repetition, not asking questions, trusting the Master. That is how I learned from White Cloud, and how I started teaching. Now I've taught in the west for over twenty years, with workshops and group seminars. Westerners have intellectual appreciation for theory. I have the benefit of feedback from my own direct students and over 700 Universal Tao instructors and their students. So we evolve and adapt. I learn from my students. The material is the same, just the delivery changes. Interpretation also changes, as modern science tells us things about the energy-field that ancient Taoists knew but did not have the vocabulary to explain and anyway wanted to keep secret. Now, for example, Deepak Chopra," investigating ageing, talks about energy- information, energy-intelligence, bio-electromagnetic force. This is a modern scientist giving real sense of the meaning to what he calls prana, and the Taoist classics call 'Qi'. What about immortality? There are stories of ancient sages who lived for many hundreds of years. Are they true? Is this the goal of the Universal Tao? If a sage died many hundreds of years old, then he is dead, not immortal! White Cloud told me his teacher was 250 years old. He had to go to his cave and put wax in the teacher's nose and other orifices to keep out insects and dust, and make sure the body was not eaten while his teacher's spirit was away travelling to source. What is immortality? Keeping the same body for ever, or awareness of your spirit in different incarnations? What is important is to be present in this life, learn to transform stress into vitality, develop compassion through love, recycle energy to keep the body healthy and in harmony with mind and spirit, learn to understand true nature as spirit - then you are open to possibili- ties beyond the cycle of life and death. Thank you. Master Mantak Chia. ______________________________________ Reproduced with kind permission of Positive Health Magazine. Since this interview (in 1998 soon after he estab- lished the Tao Garden) Mantak Chia has followed up MultiOrgasmic Man with Mult-Orgasmic Woman, Multi-Orgasmic Couple, Sexual Reflexology (with W. U. Wei) and A Touch of Sex with Kris Deva North, since republished by Inner Traditions (Bear & Co) as Taoist Foreplay. He has also written numerous others developing the Universal Healing Tao System Now a Grandmaster, Mantak Chia lives at the Tao Garden and continues to travel the world teaching the Tao.
  7. 7. Energy blockages arising from organ obstructions and conges- tion 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 bioelec- tromagnetic 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 imbal- ance, it emanates toxic wind. Diagnosing the energetic condition, the Chi Nei Tsang practitioner uses intention and touch to influence the partici- pant’s Qi and "chase the winds". Wind is an energetic vibration which, whether toxic or the vital source of life, enters the being through the "mountains", which include the pointed bones of the nose, coccyx, fingers, toes, knees and elbows. Winds drain out through "marshes" such as the anus, vagina, eye of the penis, pores of the skin, mouth, armpits, backs of knees and front of elbows. The mouth, navel, palm, sole and perineum are among the two- way conduits. A practitioner disperses or directs winds through marsh or mountain, often using supplementary meridians or points. When obstructed the internal organs store unhealthy energies than can overflow into other systems and manifest as negative emotions and sickness. 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 of the body at the navel becomes congested and cut off from the rest of the body. Experiment: sitting upright, relax shoulders, relax posture so the abdomen is soft. Place the tip of your middle finger in your navel. Gently, and very slowly, keep the finger rigid and push inwards towards your spine. How far can you comfortably go? When the finger can pene- trate to the front of the spine, without pain, you are clear, free of the physical residue of long-past emotions. Where do you feel your emotions? The knot of worry, the slith- ering eel of fear, the ache of desire, the heat of anger, the butterfly of anxiety? They are intensely physical feelings, are they not? In and around your belly. What is happening? Your being is energetically con- vulsed. The Qi, linking mind and body, rushes through the channels like a hot torrent or a sliver of ice, the feeling as quick as thought, energy- intelligence in action. Nerves twist and tighten, cells react, connective tissues writhe, distorting the fasciae of capillaries, veins and arterioles, muscles and organs. Such intensity of feeling cannot be sustained. Storms blow over, leaving after-effects. Knots, tangles and lumps remain in the abdomen - long after the rational self has "dealt with" the emotional con- dition - reinforced by repetition, layer of distortion upon layer, added to by every feeling, the older the deeper, impeding the Qi, stagnating. By working in the centre, the practitioner addresses the core of a condition in its deepest hiding place, the junction of the meridians’ internal routes; the points of energy infusion; the vortices of the abdomi- nal energy-centres; and the residence of the deities of the internal uni- verse: the major organs in their membranous sacs of protective and con- nective tissue, attached to and suspended from the spine and edged by ribs, hips, pubis and sternum, and beating with life. The great arterial aorta runs through, bifurcating at the centre, pumping blood out to the distal parts while a cavernous vein passes the other way lifting used blood back to the heart for recycling, and the vagus nerve runs the communications. A mass of tubes, bladders, repro- ductive organs pack the spaces, attachments and connections with mesen- teric arteries, arterioles, veins and capillaries, lymph nodes and nodules, tendrils of nerves, endocrine glands, muscles in broad sheets near the surface and the deep chunky psoas providing a tensile connection between spine and femur. Fatty tissues like rows of sweetcorn and bunches of small grapes cling to the sides of tubes and organs, and the whole and each part down to the smallest cell is protected and connected by webs of fasciae - the connective tissue, from the diaphragm to the perineum, from the centre to the limbs, from the navel to the wrists and ankles. Connective tissue is the common network for bodily systems and energy pathways. 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 - traumat- ic? Treatment requires preparation: "opening the wind gates"; cen- tering, balancing and flushing the circulatory system, and detoxifying the lymphatic system. Toxic winds are thus provided with both physical and energetic escape routes. These preparatory processes may be spread over a series of treatments as clinical experience has shown it counterproduc- tive to detoxify in one session more than the body can eliminate - the healing crisis can be too severe. Escape-routes clear, work can begin on the organs themselves or any knots, tangles and lumps found in the abdomen. Treatment includes visual diagnosis of the navel centre for signs of pulls towards areas of congestion, scanning with the palm (PC8) the winds emanating from the organs, use of intention, focussed massage, and specific thera- peutic meditations such as the Healing Sounds which help cool and detoxify. Visualisation by the participant helps the profound effect of this combination of physical, energetic and spiritual therapy. Focussed massage to points in the navel area slightly melts the gelatinous coating around local cells, releasing suspended toxins into the lymphatic system and enhancing conductivity of the connective tissue, enabling pain-relieving messages to spread through the embryonic merid- ians radiating out from the navel centre. Knots, tangles and lumps, the aftermath of forgotten emotion, begin to loosen, ready to be unravelled or dissolved. Toxic winds released are dispersed or directed out through marsh or mountain, combining other, supplementary, points and channels for specific purposes: Stomach Channel, elimination route from the front points either side of the navel (ST25 in combination with other Front-Mu or Bo points), particularly useful for disturbance of the spirit - emotional - digestive, reproductive, back pain, cardiovascular conditions, stagnation, distortions of the fasciae; Gall Bladder Channel for the sides, at the point of the 12th rib (GB25) for liver and pancreatic conditions; Urinary Bladder for the back (UB23 in combination with other Back-Shu or Yu points) for depletion and kidney conditions; UB51 - par- ticularly effective for tumours and other deep abdominal conditions. As always, the question arises: how many treatments do I need? As always, the answer depends on the condition, the participant, the practitioner and the homework. Homework encourages participants to share in their own healing and might include self-massage and medita- tions such as the Inner Smile to strengthen the Qi of the organs and aid in adjustments to self-perception and life-style, and the Microcosmic Orbit to harmonise energy-flow. It would be unusual for less than four or more than twelve treatments to be needed, to reach the point where the finger can reach the spine and the participant is free: of the physical residue of past emotion, or internal distortions, lesions and adhesions of past surgery; or the symptoms of CHI NEI TSANG - HARA SHIATSU Chi Nei Tsang, a branch of Taoist medicine, was introduced to the West by the Taoist Master Mantak Chia. It is a method for releasing the toxic winds of emotional energy, which can be either the cause or effect of sickness.
  8. 8. presenting conditions have been addressed and, more often than not, relieved. Summary of effects of Chi Nei Tsang in one practice Presenting Conditions Total Relief Partial Relief No Change Abscess,cyst,tumour (independent medical diagnosis) 60% 40% 0% Emotional problems,stress 0% 80% 20% Chronic headache 100% 0% 0% Female Infertility 66% 0% 34% Joint pains 55% 0% 15% Menstrual/Menopausal problems 66% 34% 0% Stagnation 75% 25% 0% Practitioner homework includes the Healing Tao practices to generate, conserve and project their Qi and protect themself from depletion and contamination. The main difference between a Chi Nei Tsang practitioner and other therapists is the practice of the Healing Tao. Chi Nei Tsang can be integrated with benefical effect with such therapies as Acupressure, Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Chiropractic, Cranio-sacral, Lymphatic drainage, Massage - Ayurvedic, holistic, remedial, Swedish, Thai; Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Reflexology, Reiki, Rolfing, Shiatsu,Trager,Tuina, Western Medicine. References: Chi Nei Tsang, Internal Organs Chi Massage, Mantak Chia, Healing Tao Books, 1990 Hara Diagnosis, Reflections on the Sea, Matsumoto & Birch, Paradigm Publications, 1988 Essentials of Chinese Acupuncture, Foreign Language Press, Beijing, 1979 Body Mind & Spirit, Deepak Chopra, Quantum Publications, 1997 CASE STUDIES Case Study - Mrs D: female aged 74. Arthritis since being in her early 50s. Her left hip had been replaced at age 69. Other conditions for which she was receiving medication: heart, liver and stomach problems, insom- nia, high blood pressure. Her spirits were low and she looked upon her- self as a martyr. She described herself as holding on to and supressing anger or expressing it sharply and then feeling regretful. Mrs D had been bedridden for 2 weeks prior to treatment and walking with the aid of sticks for 6 months before that. CNT diagnosis: Liver felt hot and sticky, Heart hot and dry, Kidney empty; "cauliflower" feeling to abdomen. Treatment: opening the wind-gates, baking winds, skin detoxi- fication. She was sensitive to pain and felt unable to take any deep pres- sure on the organs. Blood flushing was contra-indicated because of High Blood Pressure. She participated in Healing Sounds. Effect: She slept for two hours following treatment. When she awoke, she got out of bed and walked through her house, not thinking to use the sticks. Recommendations and follow-up: Daily self-massage, Inner Smile and Healing Sounds. She followed the recommendations and had two pain-free years during which she received CNT once every three or four months, had a second hip-replacement at age 77 and was able to walk without sticks until shortly before her death of kidney failure aged 80. Case Study - Ms S: female aged 34. Abdominal cancer. She had twice previously received medical treatment including surgery for cancer in her uterus. Both ovaries had also been removed and she had been pro- nounced clear. She works as a nurse and is becoming involved in com- plementary therapies. She separated from her husband some 18 months before and had no sexual partner since. She described herself as having been promiscuous before her marriage, ascribing this to lack of self- assertiveness and low self-esteem. She was in dispute with her husband over divorce and property matters. She has again been diagnosed with a malignant tumour, this time in an area just below where the left ovary would be. She said that her training was telling her to go for chemotherapy/more surgery but her instincts wanted less invasive treatment. CNT diagnosis: Liver felt hard and slightly painful, Heart empty, Spleen empty; abdomen latticed with scars and a small lump could be felt in the area where the tumour was said to be. Visualisation showed it to be dark brown and feeling like rough charcoal in texture. Treatment: opening the gates, clearing the exit channels, blood and lymphatic detox essential preliminaries over a series of four sessions to prepare the hara. A further four sessions each of which included large and small intestinal detox and direct work on the lump and UB51 led to a feeling of it diminishing in size and breaking up. It was essential then to open the exit points of ST25, GB25 and UB23 to allow toxins to escape. Effect: After 8 treatments - one a week - Ms S went back to her specialist who found no sign of a tumour and suggested the original diag- nosis had been mistaken. Recommendations and follow-up: Her training makes her scep- tical of the more esoteric aspects of CNT: she was intermittent with "homework". She has since become involved in yoga, resolved matters with her husband, finalised the divorce and moved to a different area. Case Study - Mr T: male aged 28. Repetitive Strain Injury. He was a professional guitarist, practising up to 10 hours daily, until tension and pain in the left forearm prevented him moving his left fingers. Since then was unemployed. He described himself as a worrier. He had undergone physiotherapy, massage and shiatsu with various practitioners and described the treatments as affording temporary relief, but then using his left hand again would make the condition recur. He had received conflicting recommendations from different therapists. His GP recommended surgery. Some of his fellow-guitarists had gone this route. CNT diagnosis: Liver felt tight, Heart cool, Spleen painful; solid mass around navel. Treatment: initial approach to disperse the mass from the abdominal centre provoked resistance. Working inwards from the periph- ery was more effective until he was able to move the fingers freely but still felt pain and tension in the forearm along the route of the Pericardium meridian. This was eventually dissolved with visualisation of steaming the embryonic meridians followed by PC meridian. Effect: Over a series of treatments, once a fortnight for six months, he came to two realisations: that when he thought of playing the guitar his abdomen would tense up; and that when he had practised before he had never been satisfied with his work. He was able to use his left arm and hand but was fearful of the condition recurring. Recommendations and follow-up: Daily self-massage and med- itation, regular stretching exercises for the inner arm, but mainly to be careful to stop practising as soon as he felt tension beginning. He eventu- ally went for surgery because, he said, he did not feel he could play pro- fessionally again unless he could practise as much as he was before. _______________________ Originally published in and reproduced by kind permission of Positive Health Magazine Further Information Universal Healing Tao UK provides a complete, integrated and structured program of Chi Nei Tsang/Hara Shiatsu training leading to a recognised qualification, membership of a Professional Association, eligibility for insurance, and registration with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. http://www.healing-tao.co.uk/ht_taoisthealing_req.htm#Chi CNT Training is facilitated by Kris Deva North, Senior Teacher of Mantak Chia's Universal Healing Tao and founder of the London Chi Nei Tsang Institute. In addition to facilitating training at the London Tao Centre, Kris has taught CNT to nurses and midwives including the University of Greenwich School of Midwifery, and the Zita West Clinic. During his time at Tao Garden and on subsequent visits he gave CNT treatments to Mantak Chia and family.