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Chinese Shamanic Cosmic Orbit Qigong: Esoteric Talismans, Mantras, and Mudras in Healing and Inner Cultivation (Anglais) Broché – 15 mai 2011

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Master Zhongxian Wu is the lineage holder of four different schools of Qigong and martial arts. He was Director of the Shaanxi Province Association for Somatic Science and the Shaanxi Association for the Research of Daoist Nourishing Life Practices. Since 1988, Master Wu has instructed thousands of students, both Eastern and Western. He synthesizes wisdom and experience for beginning and advancing practitioners, as well as for patients seeking healing, in his unique and professionally-designed courses and workshops. Master Wu is the author of Seeking the Spirit of the Book of Change: 8 Days to Mastering a Shamanic Yijing (I Ching) Prediction System and Vital Breath of the Dao: Chinese Shamanic Tiger Qigong - Laohu Gong both also published by Singing Dragon.

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HASH(0x9b6001c8) étoiles sur 5 Well Written 11 mai 2011
Par Cheryl L. Malone - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
Having studied in China with Daoist Priests; I really enjoyed reading this book, it appears to be authentic. I especially appreciate the details given in a manner that is not confusing.
This will be a nice conversation with my teacher; when I visit China, again.
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HASH(0x9b96c96c) étoiles sur 5 For Advanced Practitioners Only 27 avril 2011
Par Ken C. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
Master Zhongxian Wu somewhat undermines his purpose when he states that no one should really try to practice Qigong from a DVD or a book. In his introduction to CHINESE SHAMANIC COSMIC ORBIT QIGONG, he writes, "Please be aware that the layers of wisdom and knowledge that come through your Qigong practice can simply not be learned through books and DVD alone... You will feel it is easier to merge the principles of your Qigong practice into your life and to feel its powerful effects if you have the support of an experienced teacher to guide you."

Meaning? As this is an "esoteric" form of Qigong that builds on earlier books by Wu, it is advanced and will be of little use if you do not already have practice and a teacher in your life. That said, let's look at what the book covers. The chapters are as follows: 1. Generating Your Vitality, 2. Connecting with the Earth, 3. Communicating with the Heavens, 4. Resonating with the Dao, 5. Merging with the Universe, 6. Embracing Infinity, 7. Returning to Your Root, 8. Cultivating Your Gratitude, 9. Uplifting Your Spirits, 10. Brightening Your Body, 11. Awakening Your Inner Wisdom, and (my favorite), 12. Enjoying the Action-less.

Each short chapter is divided into the following sections: Meaning, Movement, Visualization, Breathing, and Benefit. Finally, a drawing of a man performing the movement is provided in each case, though the artwork is so basic that it more gives you the idea than provides fine visual details (again, OK if you have a mentor).

Discounting the introduction and the appendix, this volume weighs in at 75 pp. If you are a fan of Master Wu and have great experience with Qigong, this may be something new and highly desirable. Check with your teacher first, however. Master Wu states that, for best results, one relies on the other.
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HASH(0x9b600fd8) étoiles sur 5 Quick read, lifetime practice! 24 novembre 2011
Par Dr Jas - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
This little book, Chinese Shamanic Cosmic Orbit Qigong, by Zhongxian Wu, is an excellent source of information detailing the Chinese Shamanic Cosmic Orbit form of Qigong, meditation, mantras (chants/sounds), mudras (movements/positions) for healing and self cultivation. Wu's Qigong is the blending of what he's learned and studied over decades, and the author is very thorough in his explanation of everything. Wu's writing is almost poetic and conveys his love of what he lives and teaches. It was a joy to read initially, and I continually refer back to the book to deepen my practice and understanding while looking for a teacher who is knowledgeable about this form of Qigong.

There's an emmense amount of information in this little book which is not much over 100 pages. The author is sure to give the Chinese meaning and symbol for each word which holds particular significance. There are often layers of meaning in the words which can be quite complex. Wu gives the historical meaning and relevance of his teaching and writing.

Wu emphasizes that it is of particular importance to find a knowledgeable teacher with which to work because their are centuries of development in Qigong. He states that there are now thousands of forms of Qigong - some more western and far removed from the roots of Qigong.

The author states that, although you might start your Qigong practice using a DVD or a book, it's impossible to have a truly authentic Qigong practice in this way. If you're interested in practicing Qigong it's important to learn about the various forms, and find a form which appeals to you & which is authentic. Then find a teacher who fully understands the layers of meaning and roots of Chinese culture.

Wu has packed this little gem full of information, and he's incredibly clear about every detail - from how the body must be positioned - from straightening your back and pulling your shoulders back - while relaxing the arms, placing the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth just behind the front teeth with your mouth closed & teeth together, right down to explaining importance of lifting the perineum and pulling in the belly. I love the short portion on visualization.. that's my area of particular interest, and Wu's writing on the breath and visualization are lovely .. detailed and poetic in description. Every detail has significance - which is why I think this isn't really for the beginner.

The author has a long lineage in the Eastern Arts - healing, meditaion, chant, using the various forms outlined in the book. Qigong is about cultivating life's energy (Qi, Chi, other words for the force inside of us that connects us to the Universal Life Force) Chinese Shamanic Cosmic Orbit Qigong isn't really a book for the beginner, it's for those who are at least somewhat familiar with the Eastern arts, ying and yang, energies and energy imbalances in nature and in our bodies. of mantras, mudras, meditation, qigong, etc... but it doesn't take long to learn these things if one is motivated. I've been doing meditation for most of my life and you don't need any of this for meditaion, but along the way I've picked info up. I would guess most people do the same - like any subject in which you're interested...you just tend to continue to learn, and when there are subjects on the periphery, if there's an interest, you learn those as well.

The author wrote the book at the request of his students - & it's understandable why. His format is very clear and easy to follow. The author has distilled an abundance of knowledge into a little gem of a book which for many will become the foundation of their practice. The book is short because the author doesn't add any extraneous nonsense - he gives a very interesting history, then gets right down to the information one needs to practice using this format.

Chinese Shamanic Cosmic Orbit Qigong is a book which teaches a lifelong practice. If you're motivated to learn a practice... taking the time out of each day to quiet your mind, bring inner peace and clarity, to better yourself then this will be a book worth reading.
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HASH(0x9b600ef4) étoiles sur 5 Esoteric Toaist Chi Cultivation Practices 19 juin 2011
Par W.T.Hoffman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
ITs not very often, that westerners have the oppotunity to study books explaining ancient Asian yogic practices. SECRET OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER written by a chinese Toaist monk, the ancient manual called TIBETIAN YOGA that Evens-Wentz translated (along with the TIBETIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD), and the Patanjali Yogi manual from India, are all standard classics of Asian religion. More recently written books on Kundalini Yoga, or on Shaolin Kung Fu esoteric practices, often explain the oral tradition missing from these ancient books on spiritual practices. Unlike the authenic, ancient spiritual writings concerning cultivating your Chi, Prana or life force, the books written by modern masters of Kundalini Yoga, Kung Fu, or QiGong need to be evaluated on an individual basis. CHINESE SHAMANIC COSMIC ORBIT QIGONG smells like the REAL THING, written by a modern Chinese shaman (WU), who explains the spiritual side of QIGONG practice. Just reading the book intellectually isnt enough. One must read the book with their body (by practicing the mudras, mantras, and breathing practice), and with their Mind (by practicing the meditation and mind control), and with their spirit/soul (by practicing the cultivation of Spiritual Chi). Such books as these are hard to find, and belong in the library of all serious students of THE WAY. (ie, THE TOA, or THE WAY OF CHRIST, or whatever esoteric side of religion one may associate with.)

Master WU, which is a generic title meaning "Master Shaman", wrote this book. The book appears to duplicate authenic Shaolin Kung Fu meditation manuals, or Toaist meditation manuals, most off of which were considered lost when Mao's RED GUARD burnt down all the Toaist and Buddhist temples in China, destroying thousands of years of Chinese spiritual culture. Apparently, some of these books survived either in oral form, or were copied before being burnt. The core material within CHINESE SHAMANIC COSMIC ORBIT QIGONG may indeed be such a book. I mean, look at the TITLE! Does that sound like a fake Shaman classbook, that promises magic powers thru 5 minutes a day of practice for one month, the way american pseudo-shaman texts do? Also, just having practiced the FIRST exercise (Yang Sheng Yuan Hai--Generating your Vitality), I can attest that the effects discribed by the author really DO occur. This surprised me. Apparently if you follow your NATURAL instincts, and if you have experience with yogic meditation and kung fu/qigong, then most of these yogic breathing practices, mantras (sounds that vibrate open your chakras), and Mudras (hand posistions that help to circulate the Chi), will produce the desired results, if practiced consistantly. Students of asian meditation practices, especially those associated with Toaism or Zen Buddhism, will connect to this book like an old friend. There isnt a lot of Toaist or Confusian philosopy here. Rather, COSMIC ORBIT QIGONG deals with each posture and exercise, each mantra and mudra, and the effects it has on the body/mind/spirit, on an individual level.

First, Master Wu provides a page of Chinese writing in CHUAN SHU (the script used for seals, very old)and Hsing Shu style (the commonly used script). Then he takes time explaining each ideogram, on a linquistic and philosophic level. Through a complete study of the title of each practice, the INNER MEANING can be discerned. For students of Chinese writing and language, there're a wealth of knowledge in how Master Wu breaks down the ideagrams, to discover the esoteric meanings behind the titles of the various practices. Much of this book concerns the inner meaning of these Toaist spiritual terms, and shouldnt be missed. Master Wu then explains the mudras, mantras, breathing exercises, and sublime VISUALIZATIONS that are basic to each exercise. In Indian yoga, and chinese Buddhist and Toaist texts, visualizing your breathe moving thru certain pathways of the body, holds the key to awakening the Chi inside, and circulating it thru the meridians. This brings physical, mental and spiritual health, and brings you into balance and harmony with humanity and "nature" (or rather, GOD.) I can assure Christians, Jews, Muslims etc that there is little or nothing within this book, that would preclude its practice by your faiths. However, if your priest, rabbi or iman doesnt want you to mess with these meditation practices, then dont. If you are destined to discover how to cultivate your spiritual potential due to your great love of God, then you wont need this book. Some people just open their hearts up to God automatically, if they have pure spirits.

Thruout this book are chinese ink paintings of a sage sitting down, using his hands to form the mudras (hand locks), and holding his arms in certain posistions to allow the chi to flow. These drawings arent the best, but the explanation of what the drawings are trying to convey, always allows you to figure out what to do. Also included are bits of Toaist and Confusian philosophy to help westerners to understand the easterner's mindset, providing greater meaning to the visualiztions that go with the practice. Also, each Mantra is explained as well, tho they are really just "seed sylables" as you might have seen in some Yogic texts for opening up chakras. Certain sounds help focus the mind into the correct meditative state for each practice/posture. Unlike the QIGONG where you stand up and move like a Kung Fu kata, this practice is done sitting in a half lotus posture. COSMIC ORBIT QIGONG is MEDITATION more than EXERCISE-- its learning to refine your spiritual breathe. When Jesus passed the Holy Spirit to his disciples, he BREATHED on them, and said "RECIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT". THe mystery of the BREATHE, and CHI-VITAL FORCE-PRANA, has been explored in middle and far eastern esoteric practices since humanity's earliest days. These secrets were apparently discovered, then taught, by the earliest of earthly avatars. Our bodies were created via evolution, for spiritual purposes gifted to all of humanity. If nothing else, cultivating your CHI (QI) will improve your all around health. Please remember: this book doesnt promise instant CHI powers, instant healing, or even Instant Karma. One of the reasons the author, Master Wu, appears authenic, is that he quotes an ancient Chinese proverb, about those people who believe the practice of QIGONG will bring instant powers. "THE THREE FOOT THICK ICE ON THE LAKE, IS NOT FORMED OVERNIGHT FROM A FROST". That is, it takes a long time, of consistant, dedicated, disciplined practice of this material, in order to cultivate the CHI. Any book, teacher or method that promises instant success, or spiritual powers, is false. For this book to be useful, you need to have the correct motivation. If one has studied at least some Shaolin Kung Fu, Yoga meditation, or full body movement QIGONG, you'll get a lot more from this book. However, even if you just want to learn a bit about Chinese culture, the Toaist traditions, and even the way chinese ideograms work, you could benefit from the book. The inner cultivation of CHI, which goes hand in hand with the cultivation of spirituality, and respectful behavior, is apparently Master Wu's REAL purpose in revealing the QIGONG within these pages. Ancient Toaist sages might have called this book a roadmap to immortality. For the materialistic, reductionist mindset of the Westerner, this book is just ancient chinese superstition surrounding deep breathing exercises, that might have a psychosomatic benefit for some illnesses. One's beliefs can change from day to day. But one's soul yearns for the eternal, or not. In the end, your universal destiny will lead you to the eternal, or not. If this book helps one start to discover the eternal within ourselves, then the eternal truths all around will be revealed in time.
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HASH(0x9b600fe4) étoiles sur 5 Excellent Energy 27 avril 2011
Par Zenpony - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
Chinese Shamanic Cosmic Orbit Qigong: Esoteric Talismans, Mantras, and Mudras in Healing and Inner Cultivation

This book is written with a spirit of graceful sharing. Having studied with many Qigong teachers over the years, I can tell you that all are not knowledgeable enough to
transmit traditional forms and some are, but don't share the details.

Master Zhongxian Wu gives practical, physical instructions, mental images, vocal sounds and historical, cultural connections to every move in the form.

The Qigong player is coached through the Movement, Visualization, Breathing of the form and the benefits of each practice are explained.

Although detail is given, it is not too complicated or foreign for the inexperienced to follow. For example, all my qigone and taiji teachers have always instructed us to place the tongue on the roof of the mouth to make a connection complete when doing forms. Master Zhongxian Wu adds that the teeth should also be closed together. My present Sifu is the only person that has ever mentioned this when teaching us meditation. He has been a head coach of the Shaolin Monks and the chief instructor for the Special Forces on the Beijing Police force. He is a Taoist and many of his qigong forms follow the nature of the ones in this book. As the author states, you should find a good teacher to help you with the ideas in this book.

The Chinese Shamanic Cosmic Orbit Qigong has excellent energy. I encourage you to buy this book and sit with the practice daily. A beginning student will find it easy enough
to follow and the advanced student will appreciate all of the subtle details that are shared. I do like the calligraphy, talismans and illustrations of the player. One drawback for
the advanced student looking for deeper levels of practice is that the hands of the figure are sometimes hard to see in the paintings. A nice addition to the back of the book might be good, high quality photographs of Master Zhongxian Wu demonstrating the forms.
Most qigong teachers will instruct you to tap into the Heaven energy or Universal energy. Both my teacher and Master Wu make mention of an important connection to the energy of the lineage or ancestor. Photos of Master Zhongxian Wu would also provide a link to the energy of the lineage.

I liked this book very much and it is worth more than five stars.
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