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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-
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.
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
Kris has shared the Taoist teachings in London and
across the world since 1992.
JADE CIRCLE FOR WOMEN
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!
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
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TAI CHI & CHI KUNG
* Get Fit * Get Sharp * Get Flexible *
SUMMER RETREAT & TRAINING CAMP
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Dynamic Chi Kung
Learn Effective Self-Defence
Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced
ONGOING INTO VITALITY
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.
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.
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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.
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
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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
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 -
Multi-Orgasmic Man co-authored with Douglas
Abrams1996 Tao Yin - 1999
Chi Nei Tsang II - 2000
Multi-Orgasmic Couple co-authored with Douglas
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 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
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.
Chief Instructor of Universal Healing Tao
London Centre, Matt was first introduced to
Mantak Chia's system in 1992 while studying
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.
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
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-
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
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
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
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-
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.
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
(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
Are you not afraid that you teach magical practices which could be
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
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
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
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-
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
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.
presenting conditions have been addressed and, more often than not,
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.
Chi Nei Tsang, Internal Organs Chi Massage, Mantak Chia, Healing Tao
Hara Diagnosis, Reflections on the Sea, Matsumoto & Birch, Paradigm
Essentials of Chinese Acupuncture, Foreign Language Press, Beijing,
Body Mind & Spirit, Deepak Chopra, Quantum Publications, 1997
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
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
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
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
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.