Here are a few simple concepts to go towards a search for happiness. These concepts take into account modern research, as well as ancient writings. Sleeping enough regulates moods A sleep study over 7 years (Watson 2000-2007) shows that whatever our troubles, a restful sleep … Continue readingConsciously Happy
In the Taoist system that I practice and teach, the ultimate goal is the return to the Union with the Universe, all things and phenomena that are not themselves. The steps I describe are not to be taken literally, but as possible evidence on the … Continue readingGoing Back to the “One”
“The fate of man on earth is that of a soldier, His days are those of a mercenary. As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, As the worker looks for his wages , So I have to possess months of pain , I have my … Continue readingTempus Fugit !
Anyone who starts to Practice expects something. This is because in our daily lives, in listening to our body and our emotions, something is wrong. It is difficult to determine what “something” is, it is not defined, it is not clear but it is there. … Continue readingExpectations blocking the Way
We often live exciting, or boring, and very busy lives, and we rush a lot. With the reason, the intellect, having seized power since the 18th century, there is very little room left for superstition and ghost stories. But at the same time, intuition and … Continue readingRefining the Spirit to see the Magick
Practice returns what you’ve invested into it, the importance you give to your Way gives it its reality and its transformation power. We are in Way in life, which doesn’t require seclusion, nor suffering, but which requires work and involvement. We get used to live … Continue readingGetting out of the Torpor
” Since this is so, we must take more seriously the lessons we have receivedto be trained not to drift. “ Whether one’s research is on the Breath, the “energy” or the spirit, Whether one’s Way is global or not, the foremost quality at the … Continue reading“Age Quod Agis”
For those who have a daily practice, it is useful to think about refining their time spent on the Way In concentration, which is useful early on to avoid distractions, a “tunnel” type of focus is created, nothing else exists except the object of our concentration, … Continue readingPaying attention
The Practice is the search for self, in the world, in relation to others. Wether it is religious, mystical, philosophical or atheist, the process of introspection, observation and interaction is based on a work on the self. In observing oneself in action, in our daily … Continue readingThe importance of Reality in the Immorality of the Mundane
The path we try to follow demands to pass by precise stages if we want to be able to evolve, without being stopped in our run-up by blockings from diverse origins. We have three big stages, which can be decomposed into five small ones: • It is necessary … Continue readingWell … What do we do, then?
In traditional Taoism, Luck is a complex issue, which may require a study. We talk of a luck that is given to us, one that we need to understand and a last one to be cultivated. The fact is that all this can be a … Continue readingThree Doors to Scrutinize the Frame of Existence
We are constantly in connection with a noisy part of our mind that comments, judges and compares everything that we perceive. This internal “little judge” prevents us from living fully our senses, as a negative filter in front of a camera lens. This “integrated” commentator … Continue reading“Monkey Mind” : Tourment of our Perceptions
According to Taoist theory, we are searching for three profound realizations that will transform us to take us back to our natural “Unity” : we will discuss here one of these three realizations. During the creation of the individual, according to Taoist theory, the “gate … Continue readingBuilding the Internal, Stalked by Shadows
We will live a beautiful life, filled with diverse and varied experiences. But what will we leave in this world, at the end of our Incarnation? The chance we had to experience a Tradition of Spiritual Evolution is also the the chance to know what … Continue reading“DO NOT ASK WHAT THE WAY CAN DO FOR YOU, ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THE TRADITION”
Often enough in Gong Fu or Tai Ji Quan classes we talk about fighting, personal defense, we learn to respond to possible attacks … But is it really that necessary? Today the probabilities are not so high, unless we ask for it, that we have … Continue readingThe Fighting Arts in the Way
Our mind (mental) continually bases itself on beliefs that if finds reassuring. This information is stored in memory and becomes the basis of what we think we know. To form itself the ego assimilates what is perceived like a neurotic eater. Everything is taken, stolen … Continue readingI thought it was going to be a Beautiful Day
Training of the four spiritual aspects is a traditional method of explaining the Kan-Li Accomplishment, one of the three stages of Taoist spiritual enlightenment. The four aspects are : Initiation – Purification – Rebirth – Accomplishment Training implies the presence of Nei Gong (internal training) or a « Weapons Path » … Continue readingSi Xiang : The four aspects of the spiritual path
Let’s see the details that will allow to develop maximum impact. We’re talking here about “obvious” power, the raw force of a rear fist hitting linearly, from the back to the front. It is important not to confuse the force of impact with physical force. … Continue readingPunch
When you enter into a serious practice, normally as soon as the 2nd month you have too much exercises to perform. The teacher must have the means to confront you to the work you have to do in many forms. The accumulation of exercises allows to check … Continue readingPracticing for one’s pleasure
Clearly, summer is characterized by heat. Under its effects, the body functions better in general, as everything is more open and circulates better. Be cautious to avoid restlessness and excessive movement, they result in a hyperactive and overheated system. If we are peaceful and calm, … Continue readingEnjoy Summer Outside !
Many of us have trouble accepting the fact that we ought to decrease our activities during winter, as we live in a society where working less is equivalent to being weak. Also, professional and societal rhythms and demands do not slow down during winter. However, … Continue readingThere Must Always Be A Winter to Cradle the Spring
In the primitive times of the development of mankind, humans had to struggle to survive. Every day, to eat and live, men were challenging death. The confrontation with the possibility of dying was as present as life itself. We have not changed that much: our … Continue readingAdrenaline: Assistance to a Person in Danger
The Eight Rules for Living Well In our tradition, there are rules and advice for all aspects of life. There are also greater concepts, often not talked about, that we still tend towards. Among these bigger ideas is immortality. This idea is not so much … Continue readingTaoist Immortality
The practice of the knowledge of the mind, the most yang part of training is often seen as an insurmountable obstacle. The physical work is a long process, but you only have to repeat gestures with a firm attention and everything falls into place. With … Continue readingShen Gong: The essence of Bitterness
The Ultimate admonishment in Taoism, as in many Traditions of Spiritual evolution, is to stay Attentive, hence the admonishment to “awaken” in some currents. This is also what is sought in the dream work, an activity in which one seeks to awaken in his dream … Continue readingBe sober, be vigilant
Intention plays an important role in the process that leads to a daily Practice. Without desire, will or fantasy, it is difficult to go towards a Way or a Practice. Indeed, it is through personal research, to “change” that we go towards traditional exercises : … Continue readingDoing without trying
Taoism is an ability to grasp the changes of the world and to blend with them in a “non action” necessary for a certain quality of relaxation. The growth, the changes and the decline of phenomena and things, the natural cycles and the principles of … Continue readingThe changes of the Tao
Lao Zi was the first to define precisely the Tao, the Way and the De, the manifestation of the Way. This path is rooted in the ancient China and the message of this teaching is found in many similar traditions even though they are geographically … Continue readingDaodejing, the book that defines the « Dao »
“What is it then, brethren? When you come together , everyone he has a hymn, or a statement, a foreign language, a revelation, an interpretation ? Let all things be done for edification. ” Corinthians 14 : 26 We live in an extraordinary world, in … Continue readingIt’s inventory time!
Coordination is a process of monitoring and regulating the movement with an adaptation to the situation . This is a very clear way to see the union between body and mind . Training coordination requires a specific training , but it is also an easy … Continue readingCoordination: A training for detente