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"The use of the energy ball and the four universal elements earth, water, air and fire are the hallmarks of Qi Dao to embody and master being in the flow in the six branches of the Qigong tree."

Why Practice Tibetan Shamanic Qigong (Qi Dao)?
by Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.

After finishing late this year 2009 my Qi Dao advance studies with Lama Tantrapa Rinpoche in Tigard, Oregon, the following theories on Qigong, and Qi Dao with body, mind and spiritual benefits are my own opinions and experiences I have derived from practicing and coaching this transformative and empowering Tibetan Shamanic Qigong called Qi Dao - the art of being in the flow with the Dao.

Qi

Imagination leads the Mind, the Mind leads Qi, Qi leads the Blood.

Qi GongFor thousands of years, Qigong formed the foundation of Oriental Medicine because Qi, universal energy or life force, is the basis of life, therefore, energy awareness offers us the key to health, happiness and longevity. Most styles of Qigong use movements, breathing, meditation and visualization for the purpose of cultivating Qi. They are often taught through 'doing forms,' or choreographed movements, that are to be memorized and repeated on a regular basis.

Qi DaoAll styles of Qigong originated from a primordial foundation of Qigong that was deeply rooted in the Shamanic Medicine Dances. Tibetan Shamanic Qigong also called Qi Dao goes back to the Shamanic roots of Qigong and encourages its practitioners to stay true to the universality of this energy art. Qi Dao teaches us how to feel the flow of energy, how to be in the flow and simply surrender to that flow. The practice of Qi Dao includes no routines of repetitive movements that are supposed to manipulate or cultivate Qi. Aside from being a powerful internal martial art and ultimately dedicated to self-realization and awakening, it is an energy healing modality facilitating self-healing. It teaches us that there is an abundant source of energy within us that we can tap by paying attention to the existing flow of Qi without any judgements. Empowering others to embody such an attitude became the hallmark of Qi Dao coaching.

Heaven Yin YangDaoEarth Yin Yang

"It (Dao) flows through all things,
inside and outside, and returns
to the origin of all things."

According to a pantheistic concept of God, the original source and sustainer of the energetic flow of all things traditionally refered to as the Tao or Dao (God) is expressed in Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching, Chapters 25 & 34:

There is a thing, formless yet complete.
Before heaven and earth it existed.
Without sound, without substance,
it stands alone and unchanging.
It is all-pervading and unfailing.
One may think of it as the mother
of all beneath Heaven.
We do not know its name, but we call it Tao.

The Great Tao flows everywhere.
It may go left or right.
All things depend on it for life,
and it does not turn away from them.
It accomplishes its tasks,
but does not claim credit for it.
It clothes and feeds all things,
but does not claim to be master over them.
Always without desires,
it may be called the Small.
All things come to it
and it does not master them;
it may be called The Great.

Energy BallFour Elements

The use of the energy ball and the four universal elements earth, water, air and fire are the hallmarks of Qi Dao to embody and master being in the flow in the six branches of the Qigong tree. The six branches of the Qigong tree that correspond to the historical Qigong branches and comprise the six main applications of Qi Dao are Daoist, Internal Martial Art (Wushu), Tantric, Therapeutic, Confucianist and Buddhist Qigong.

  • Daoist Qigong - Dao Yin - primarily dedicated to wellness and longevity
  • Wushu Qigong - Internal Martial Art - for self-defense and conflict resolution
  • Tantric Qigong - Tantra Yoga - for mutual self-realization through enlightened relationships
  • Therapeutic Qigong - Qigong Therapy - for holistic energy healing and prevention
  • Confucian Qigong - Mastery Coaching - for manifesting your innermost dreams
  • Buddhist Qigong - Dream Yoga - for spiritual awakening in the dream called life.

Seven Chakras of Human BodyPhysical Benefits:
Because of the magic of touch and regular practice of Qi Dao's harmonious culture of movement, the physical discomforts such as shoulder, back and other body pains I used to suffer from are now history together with cardiovascular and immune system energy fields (Wei Qi) strengthening results.

Psychological Benefits:
Most of the stress-related disorders caused by the six holding patterns with their psychological and emotional states such as Holding Forth (anger), Holding Back (judgemental), Holding In (fear), Holding Out(cynical), Holding Down (depression) and Holding Up (pride) have all been managed and prevented.

Spiritual Benefits:
Because the energy blockages, tension and congestion caused by the six holding patterns have all been cleared, and balanced through the practice of the Wushu, Daoist and Therapeutic Qigong, manifesting the dream of enlightened relationship, self-realization and awakening are now possible through the practice of Buddhist, Tantric and Confucianist Qigong.

Overall Summary:
Oneness is our true natureFrom the above body, mind and spiritual mentioned benefits in being rooted, grounded and centered derived from the regular practice of the six main branches of Qi Dao, I am grateful that I started and finished my beginner, intermediate and advance Qi Dao practitioner certification program which cover the necessary Qi Dao empowerment and fundamentals in the six branches of Qigong that provide the missing foundational tools to master the art of being in the flow with the Dao that is synonymous with becoming one with the Dao.

Most importantly, unlike other Qigong styles without spiritual component which are basically stuck to one chakra similar to psychologial or emotional states, the practice of Qi Dao is fluidic, malleable and not stuck to one chakra making it possible for the flow of Qi to become freely unimpeded in every one of the chakras, meridians, organs or parts of the body within one's energy field. This free flowing fluidity and malleability of Qi, a distinct hallmark of Qi Dao, I believe, is what makes it work in the six branches of Qigong and is one of the most important reason to practice Qi Dao aka "Way of Energy".

According to the book of Chuang Tzu, an old man is seen by some followers of Confucious swimming in a raging torrent; suddenly, he disappears. The pupils of Confucious rush to save him, but the man reaches the bank entirely unaided. Asked how he had pulled off this remarkable feat of survival, the man replied that he had simply let himself go with the descending and ascending currents in the water. The true Taoist, in other words, moulds his senses, body and mind until they are at one with the currents of the world without.

Do not struggle.
Go with the flow of things,
And you will find yourself at one with
The mysterious unity of the Universe.
~ Chuang Tzu

Solar Eclipse in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines July 22, 2009Personally, I also believe that developing kinesthetic and sensory energy awareness through Qigong movement and meditation practices to experience life fully since all life is movement with energy together with changing disempowering beliefs into empowering beliefs that resonate with our true nature of oneness - that everything is connected and shares the same source, all is one - rather than our ego (separateness) are the keys to master being in the flow with the Dao, shapeshift into an altered expanded state of consciousness called "Qigong state", and experience a greater sense of well-being, spiritual awakening, love, inner peace and guidance, holistic healing, personal freedom and creativity.

Becoming Awake

"Being awake in daily life is very much like being lucid in a night dream."

Dream Being

"We are all interconnected Dream Beings - the facets of the universal Dao -
like waves that are inseparable from the ocean having a physical experience."

Energy Field around GalaxyEnergy Field around physical bodiesEnergy Field around Leaf

"Everything in the world of dreaming and daily life is essentially made of energy."

Acknowledgement:
I would like to acknowledge and give thanks to my Qi Dao coach and master teacher Lama Somananda Tantrapa Rinpoche for his kind and gentle guidance in the art of Qi Dao.

"Lama Tantrapa has very deep insights and expertise regarding the use of the transformative Qi Dao fundamental tools for mastering being in the flow that is equivalent and a must to becoming a Qigong master. I would definitely recommend Lama Tantrapa as an indispensable teacher for aspiring Qigong practitioners who dreamed of being a real Qigong master." October 21, 2009

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Bodhisattva Kuan Yin with Water Dragon SnakeLama Tantrapa with Energy Ball
Lama Tantrapa Tulku

Guru Padmasambhava

"In order to experience the authentic mastery of being in the flow, you will need to start by shifting attention from forms to the true essence of everything, starting with your own inner nature, which is pure energy.
Comparing yourself to others is such an insidious tendency that many artists never transcend the stage of mimicking their role models. Yet the entire idea of mastery implies being natural in your art and authentic in your artistic expression. Qi Dao teaches you to develop an attitude of authenticity from the very beginning while allowing yourself to be natural."

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About the author

Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.Qigong Master Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac., a registered acupuncturist, Qi-healer and certified Qigong teacher/ founder of Maitreya Shen Gong and integrative whole body Enlightenment Qigong, has been trained by Pan Gu Shengong Master Ou Wen Wei, Wuji Qigong Master Michael Winn, Sheng Zhen Qigong Master Li Jun Feng, Master Pranic Healer Choa Kok Sui, Zhan Zhuang Qigong Master Richard Mooney, Merkaba Master Alton Kamadon, Qi Dao Master Lama Somananda Tantrapa, and Siddha Guru Baba Muktananda.

Vajrayogini DakiniRicardo would be happy to offer Enlightenment Qigong coaching sessions via one-on-one ooVoo for video long-distance calls. If you have no ooVoo account, you can easily open one for free at www.oovoo.com. For those who are interested, please phone 604-987-1797 or email qigong_coaching@qigonghealer.com for inquiries or to schedule an appointment.

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Lama Somananda Tantrapa with Ricardo at Portland, Oregon
Qi Dao Master Lama Somananda Tantrapa with Ricardo

"Ricardo is an accomplished acupuncturist and QigongHealer specializing in treating drug addictions. His expertise and compassionateapproach have recently been propelled to a new level by completing the Advanced QiDao Practitioner Certification Program. I would highly recommend Ricardo as the bestoption for holistic treatment of addictions in Vancouver, British Columbia." October 21, 2009
        -- Lama Tantrapa, Founder & CEO, Academy of Qi Dao

 

Reasons to Address Your Stress

"It's not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it." -- Hans Seyle

Stressed OutThe stress hormones that trigger the fight-or-flight reaction caused by persistent stress over the long term pose serious threats to your health which is why you must address your stress.

Elevated levels of stress hormone cortisol lead to inflammatory conditions such as atherosclerosis. Cortisol suppresses the immune system and also lead to flare-ups of existing conditions such as ulcers, asthma, cold sores or eczema. Elevated levels of stress hormone adrenaline elevate both blood pressure and heart rate increasing your risk of heart attack or stroke.

The chemical changes created by stress can alter brain function and trigger anxiety and depression that produce chronic insomnia, obesity and substance abuse; affects cognitive function such as short and long term memory; and reduces sex drive leading to impotence and lower fertility.

Symptoms of persistent stress include anxious or negative thoughts or feelings, loss of concentration, frequent illness, changes in diet or sleep patterns, nervousness, chest pain, irritability, procastination, and feelings of isolation.

While stress produces many negative effects, they are reversible. In fact, stress can be managed and reduced by going with and being in the flow of all things using Qigong and other natural Oriental healing modalities elaborated in this website.

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Embodied Centered BeingAccording to Qi Dao Master Lama Tantrapa, "Struggling against the flow of a night-dream is a sure way to turn it into a nightmare. Similarly, if you struggle against the flow of your daily life, you single-handedly turn your life into a nightmare. Going against the flow of things only exhausts your energy, takes a toll on your health,and wastes your time. As soon as you realize that life's challenges can be perceived as learning opportunities rather than problems, you will become less tense or "stressed-out" and find yourself in the flow of life. Being in the flow will empower you to live your dreams."

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Our lives are filled with stress reflected by our mental attitude and emotional experience. Because of our own ignorance, we look for love, happiness, peace, joy and contentment outside where they are not. Shaktipat meditation is a simple and direct means to experience within you an ocean of love, peace, joy, happiness and well-being in a continuous basis.

"One's own thought is one's world. What a person thinks is what he becomes -- That is the eternal mystery. If the mind dwells within the supreme Self, One enjoys undying happiness." - Maitri Upanishad

Baba MuktanandaAccording to Siddha Guru Baba Muktananda, "There is one great obstacle that keeps us from knowing the Self, and that is the mind. The mind veils the inner Self and hides it from us. It makes us feel that God is far away and that happiness must be found outside. Yet the same mind that separates us from the Self also helps us to reunite with it. That is why the ancient sages, who were true psychologists, concluded that the mind is the source of both bondage and liberation, the source of both sorrow and joy, our worst enemy as well as our greatest friend. That is why, if there is anything worth knowing in this world, it is the mind.

The sages of the Upanishads said that the mind is the body of the Self (Consciousness). The Self shines through the mind and makes it function. But although the Self is so close to the mind, the mind does not know it. The mind is always moving outside, focusing on external objects, and as a result it has become very dull. It has lost the capacity to reflect the radiance of the Self, just as a lake whose waters are filled with silt loses its capacity to reflect the sun. However, when we practice meditation, the mind goes deeper and deeper within, and becomes more and more quiet. When it is truly still, we begin to drink the nectar of the Self. That is why yoga and meditation came into existence: to quiet the mind, to make it free of thoughts, and to enable it to touch its own source...

True psychology is born of meditation. The scriptures of meditation are the greatest works of psychology. Psychology is not just talking, talking, talking. Real psychology is yoga. There was a great sage called Maharshi Patanjali whose Yoga Sutras are the authoritative text on yoga. Patanjali said that through yoga one can still the movements of the mind. That is true psychology. One cannot cure the troubles of the mind by talking, nor can one steady the mind by using herbs or drugs. Drugs may calm the mind for a while, but once the effect of the drugs fade away, the mind will return to its former state. One can straighten out the mind only by making it still, by calming the thoughts and feelings that cause it to become agitated. If psychotherapists truly understood what the mind is and improved their own minds with meditation, they would be be able to practice great therapy...

In our yoga scriptures, the mind is represented as the horse that pulls a chariot. The reins are in your hands. If you let the horse go where it wishes, it will take you into a pit. You should not be defeated by your own mind. You should still the mind, purify the mind, discipline the mind. You should bring it under control with your intellect..."

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