The Way of the Tao

Taoists Have Trained In Nature throughout the Ages

Human beings, with all our complexity and potential, have diversified, populated and thrived around the globe. Since the breakthroughs of the Industrial Revolution, we have spent 200 years becoming specialists in manipulating our environment and making radical changes to the way in which we experience the material world. The wonders that have resulted from man’s triumph over nature will only be surpassed by those of the Information Age, capable of producing yet more dramatic and astounding changes than witnessed in its infantile 30 years, such as the ability to decode the human genome and influence the genetics of various life forms—science that seeks to uncover the mysteries of our very existence.

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Bagua Zhang Palm Changes:
Water + Heaven Palms (Video)

In this 2008 video, I demonstrate Bagua Heaven + Water Single Palm Changes on the Island of Crete. I have learned all Eight Mother Palms from my teacher, Bagua Lineage Holder Bruce Frantzis, training bagua publicly and privately with my teacher since 1995. I teach as one of only five Senior Energy Arts Bagua Instructors Level 2.

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Advanced Tai Chi + Bagua Exercises: How to Create Central Equilibrium in Body, Mind + Qi

Paul Cavel demonstrates the Eighth Palm Change

Advanced Balancing Exercises in Tai Chi + Bagua

Lesson 2 of 2

If you’ve been training the spherical material from Lesson 1, then you’re probably beginning to develop some idea about how to open your body in a spherical way. Fully embodying spherical principles in your forms takes years of dedicated practice, so don’t be in a rush.

The trick is to balance the energies that either open or close in the six directions (up, down, forward, back, left and right)—not the physical range of motion. When the energies are balanced you open up the space in the central equilibrium.

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How-to Qi Gong, Tai Chi
+ Bagua Exercises:
Engaging + Balancing the Sphere

Ultimately, Spherical Motion Is Integrated into All Qi Gong, Tai Chi + Bagua Forms

Lesson 1 of 2

When you have embodied the spherical aspect of Tao movement arts, it will naturally appear in every form you practise–whether Circle Walking, bagua, qi gong, tai chi or breathing. Until then, your intent must be focused on creating circularity in your movements.

So this lesson is much more suited to the long-term student. Although beginners could also use the information as a compass, as a directional indicator of where you are heading. Continue reading

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