Top 12 Acupressure Points to Optimize Your Health

The simple act of pressing these essential 12 points resets your body’s subtle energy layers, to allow health and wellbeing to flow more easily. Just a few minutes of acupressure on key body points unblocks your meridians. Use gentle yet firm pressure with either middle finger or thumb on these 12 points. Massage in a circular motion for 10 seconds, fell the Qi penetrating into the body, and breathe deeply. As you press, your brain releases endorphins, chemicals that calm pain and invite pleasurable feelings. Your muscles relax and blood flows more freely. As tension recedes, the body finds balance, and you’ll feel better. These are my 12 top priority points…

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Common Diseases, Thoughts, and How to Heal Them

Are our thoughts linked in any way to our physical body? Can habitual thought patterns make our health better or worse? I recently saw the documentary HEAL, in which scientists and spiritual teachers discuss how the mind, beliefs and emotions impact our health. Some diseases have “no known cause”, such as Parkinson’s, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathy, and Chronic Fatigue. I wonder where do they come from? What thought patterns are linked to them? If we can change the thoughts at their root, can we heal the disease? Louise Hays left us a legacy of tools to heal ourselves. One of my favorites is what she calls “The List”. Through her mindful techniques and…

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Introducing Five Seasons Medical Qigong Classes

Five Seasons Medical Qigong is a total approach to health in body, mind, and spirit. You could call it a kind of meditation that penetrates, clears, and enlightens first the body tissues, then the mind, and finally the spirit. These three are ultimately inseparable. This lineage goes by several names including Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung, Yiquan, Xingyiquan, Taikiken, etc. Since its primary emphasis is the five element system for health, I am using the name Five Seasons Medical Qigong. Master Wang Xiangzhai, Master Yu Yong Nian, and Master Lam Kam Chuen Why I chose this lineage: I studied intensively with Master Lam…

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Past Life Clearings Can Heal Old Response Patterns

We sometimes carry wounds, emotions, and memories not only from experiences in our present life, but also from events in past lives. While this is difficult to explain, it is extremely beneficial to dissolve old patterns or tendencies that can cloud our ability to perceive clearly and experience total health in the NOW. The roots of an emotional problem or a relationship difficulty may be related to an unresolved trauma from a past life. Quantum physics has already made us aware that sequential time is an illusion, and that ALL time is really coalesced in the NOW. This means that emotional imprints…

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Maybe This Isn’t the Kali Yuga After All

In 1895 Yogananda’s teacher, Swami Sri Yukteswar 1855 – 1936, wrote an amazing book called The Holy Science, that was clearly ahead of its time. I bought it on Amazon. It was short and detailed, with crystal clear concepts. The purpose of the book was to remove barriers between all religions. The book explains the astronomical movements of universal bodies and establishes a calculation of the Yugas, or ages of man that had previously been lost. Incidentally, Sri Yukteswar is the man who sent Yogananda to the US, and therefore is in great part responsible for the modern popularity of…

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What is Taichi?

What is Taichi? To answer that question, we need to go back to the roots of Chinese culture – 6,000 years ago – to the story of Fuxi and NüWa. Chinese legend tells that the land was swept by a great flood in which civilization was lost and all people perished. Only Fuxi and his sister Nüwa survived. They lived on Mount Kunlun in Northern Tibet, and asked for a sign from the Emperor of Heaven to be man and wife. Their union was approved and they began to create a new human race. Fuxi is said to have showed…

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Eight Branches of Chinese Medicine vs. Eight Limbs of Yoga

In ancient times, both Chinese and Yogic traditions developed sacred writings on the highest spiritual practices. It turns out both systems have eight branches, and they are somewhat different. Shall we compare them? In this article we look at the Eight Branches of Chinese Medicine, and the Eight Limbs of Yoga. In Eastern wisdom, medical practice and spiritual work were considered one and the same path. By noticing what the ancients believed to be the most important elements of a spiritual life, we can learn a lot about ourselves and the world around us! The 8 Yogic Branches originate from the Yoga Sutras written by Patanjali in the…

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Rudi’s Double Breath Meditation

“As the mind and emotions are housed in the physical body and are functions of the physical man, so too the spiritual body has its own mechanism. This mechanism is sensitive and rarely used but is as complete a system as the mechanism that runs the physical life. If you want to hear a bird sing you can’t stay in the middle of a city you have to go to a place where there are open spaces and trees. To learn to contact the inner self one must also begin with special conditions. First you must realize that there is…

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Images of the Internal Sacred Anatomy

Ancient traditions have left us artistic images of the internal sacred body. Perhaps these representations can help us visualize what’s going on inside our energy body as we cultivate higher awareness. This article shows several images of the internal body from Daoist, Chinese, Yogic, Greek and Egyptian sources. Which images resonate most strongly in your inner experience? A Sapta Cakra is a depiction of the seven chakras. This comes from a Yoga manuscript in Braj Bhasa language. 1899 British Library. This modern Tibetan medical drawing shows the cosmic gates located at Huiyin, Dantien, Heart, Throat, and Forehead.   Two wood block diagrams show the development of the “immortal fetus” in the dantien, and the flowering of consciousness…

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Yogic and Daoist Subtle Anatomy: A Common Origin?

How are the Daoist Energy gates similar to Yogic chakras? Did these two traditions arise from a common origin in Tibet? And do these subtle body centers correspond to points on our physical anatomy? If you are familiar with either the Yogic or Daoist energy systems, chances are you’ve learned to use it as a tool to vitalize your spiritual body. As I practice both the Chinese and Indian systems every day, striking similarities and critical differences stand out. My innate curiosity somehow requires me to compare them. Which system is best? Which one do YOU prefer? Which one will truly carry you to the flowering of your awareness most efficiently and elegantly?…

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