Episode 6: Body Mind Healing Tai Chi Chuan, Four Dimensions of Purpose


Welcome to the sixth episode of Bodymind Healing Tai Chi Chuan, Four Dimensions of Purpose, created and presented by Dr. Michael Mayer.

In Episode 6 you’ll be introduced to:
A.) Apparent Close-up (taking a fly off your elbow),
B.) Embracing the Tiger (Crossing Hands).

You’ll learn about the four dimensions of purpose approach for each movement:
1.) Self-Healing
2.) Spiritual Unfoldment
3.) Self-defense
4.) Changing your life stance psychologically.


I hope you enjoy the esoteric interpretation of “Apparent Close Up” and its connection to the Bagua movement “Yellow Dragon Rolls Over,” for tonifying the spleen meridian, in Chinese Medicine said to be related to worry and digestive issues. You might also be interested in a Western mystery tradition interpretation of medical Qigong bouncing, i.e.knocking on the floor of the Aesclepian tholos. Finally, in this episode I address a common critique by classicists of “the imaginal approach to Tai Chi”.

If you just take one thing from this video series, Standing Meditation Qigong is known by recognized masters of the tradition to be the most important secret of the tradition. Here you’ll learn classical training dimensions as well as esoteric secrets from the Western and Eastern mystery traditions including its ability to be an imaginal practice for activating: wuji-the mother of chi, shamanic shape shifting, alchemical dissolutio, etc. For more about Standing Meditation, please see my article, Standing Meditation Qigong: What do you Stand for? (NQA Journal, 2004.) in this episode you’ll also learn about what an “imaginal approach (Corbin, 1976)” to Tai Chi adds to traditional practice.

This series may be better appreciated, if first you return to the foundational concepts espoused in our Introduction to Tai Chi Chuan video, https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/679302165, and you may also enjoy the origin of this art form, as discussed in this Origin video, https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/679372832.

1 review for Episode 6: Body Mind Healing Tai Chi Chuan, Four Dimensions of Purpose

  1. 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.”

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