Episode 18: Body Mind Healing Tai Chi Chuan, Four Dimensions of Purpose
Welcome to the eighteenth episode of Bodymind Healing Tai Chi Chuan, Four Dimensions of Purpose, created and presented by Dr. Michael Mayer.
In this episode you’ll be introduced to:
a.) Snake Creeps Low
b.) Step Forward to Seven Stars
c.) White Crane Spreads Wings Right and Left
d.)Turn 360 ° with White Dove Flying Around
e.) Double Lotus Kick
f.) Deer Rutting Left and Right
g.) Bend the Bow
h.) Shoot the tiger.
You’ll learn about “the four dimensions of purpose approach” to the movements:
2.) Spiritual Unfoldment
4.) Changing your life stance psychologically.
Many practitioners reach this Seven Stars movement close to the end of the set but don’t allow their intuitions to wonder what deeper meanings may be hidden here. I hope you get inspired by the esoteric, interpretation of the movement “Step forward to Seven Stars” as an embodiment of a Western and Eastern mystery tradition’s imaginal view on where you go after you die.
I hope you benefit from the the Bodymind Healing interpretation of “Double Lotus Kick” as a symbolic parallel to Shiva Nataraj, and a path of taming sexual energy to align it with divine intention. It’s also an Affect Modulation practice, to help you to learn to control impulses.
Finally about “Deer Rutting”: I must tell you I was not an easy student, always asking questions about, and wanting to add something to, the tradition. Master Ha patiently told me to do the set just as he was teaching it for ten years and then to see if I really needed to add anything to its completeness as is. After twenty years of doing it just as he was teaching it, my dharmic path called me to add “Deer Rutting” (from Hua Tau’s medical qigong, which I gratefully learned from my training with Dr Alex Feng, OMD) to the Tai Chi set.. Thereby it adds another key kidney tonification practice to the Tai chi set. The deer is my medicine animal, which came to me on my forty night vision quest; and the vision I had opened a dharmic pathway for my life (I tell the story of that experience in various of my books including, “The Path of a Reluctant Metaphysician (2012).) Blessings to you for adding your unique Medicine Animal Way to the set — after you’ve practiced the set as is for ten years 🙂
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Hana Matt,Teacher of World Religions, Graduate Theological Union –
“I did not go out of our home during the daily terrorist attacks in Israel. I practiced Michael Mayer’s Bodymind Healing exercises regularly to regain my calm. They relieved my tight body and took my mind off of the stress and worries to be more present to others, to help them deal with their fears and find an oasis of tranquility in the middle of the war zone.I continue to use Bodymind Healing Qigong to ease everyday stresses and bring me back to my inner sanctuary of equanimity.”