There are Two Realms of Heaven + Earth in Taoist Studies
The philosophical concept of Heaven and Earth encompasses many practices of both the manifest and primordial realms. As a qi gong practice, Heaven and Earth is an excellent methodology for penetrating deep into the body and bringing alive the many layers of flesh, fluids and qi; whereas, Heaven and Earth as a fundamental aspect of Taoist theory enters the realm of the cosmic, having very different implications.
This dual-aspected philosophy is not unique to Taoism, as discussed in the article from which this excerpt is derived, but the pragmatic and skilful approach of the Water method allows the Taoist seeker to evolve on all levels of their being through a systematic training protocol. Derived from study of the Five Elements and I Ching, this practice methodology offers the dedicated student of the Tao effective strategies for navigating the pitfalls of living in the modern material world, and effectively growing their personal and spiritual potential.
Heaven and Earth Is Often Called “Healing Qi Gong”
Of the several thousand forms of qi gong, only a few are as simple yet penetrate the body and chi as deeply as the Marriage of Heaven and Earth Qi Gong. This single, repetitive exercise can contain a colossal amount of internal and energetic content with each thread amplifying and multiplying all others. The benefits from correct, integrated and fluid practice— along with the potential weaves, depth and range possible within each layer—lead those in-the-know to regard Heaven and Earth as nothing less than pure magic.
I often call the Marriage of Heaven and Earth Qi Gong “healing qi gong” because it’s so effective at healing joint injuries, especially to do with the neck, back, spine, shoulders and arms. Also, as pulsing techniques (i.e open-and-close nei gong) is traditionally taught in Heaven and Earth, this incredibly single-movement health system is quite remarkable at relaxing the nerves and helping students to let go.
I have studied Heaven and Earth Qi Gong since 1995, and I’m a Senior Energy Arts Instructor/Re-certifier Level 2. I teach Heaven and Earth classes throughout Europe. Continue reading →