Qigong (Chi Kung) Fundamentals 1
Medical & Spiritual Qigong
with Michael Winn
Fun 5 minute routines to get your Chi flowing!
Release emotional stress effortlessly!
Smile all day long!
•Inner Smile • Ocean Chi Breathing
• Five Animals • Six Healing Sounds
9 Major Benefits of Qigong Fundamentals 1 Audio
Time Frame: Do the Fundamentals #1 Inner Smile, Five Animal/Six Healing sounds practices for 100 days. Your health and life will be totally transformed. When you feel comfortable, add Fundamentals #2 practices. This is a conservative estimate for home study. Each individual progresses at a unique pace. Time frame may be affected by personal nature, health issues, your openness to subtle energy, and amount of time spent practicing.
Those who take a Healing Tao retreat or workshop, with its live transmission, may progress much faster. Live work with a group adds momentum to your chi experience. But in either case there still is needed a period of “digestion”, in which your awareness of energy channels and vital organ intelligence stabilizes and become functional in daily life.
The rule of thumb is to experiment with a new method until you feel you “own the practice’. This means it is inside you, you can tap it anytime, it feels comfortable and familiar. It’s become a tool, you can use it when needed. You do NOT need to “master” or “perfect” these practices before adding or shifting to the next course. Mastery is a continuous, lifelong process. Please, don’t use “lack of mastery” as an excuse not to try the next method. I am still mastering these practices – after 25 years!
China’s two oldest shamanic forms of qigong, Five Animals & Six Healing Sounds – are combined by Michael Winn into one simple super-powerful form with immediate health benefits! The Inner Smile taps the power of a universal and effortless natural human instinct. Yet it’s also a skill: are you ready to smile your way to enlightenment? Profound treasures to enjoy your entire life.
Every spiritual system – from Buddhism to yoga to Native American - has a Five Element theory underlying it (some use 4 elements + center). But most don’t teach you how to directly experience the 5 elements in your body as five intelligent streams of biological, psychological, & spiritual consciousness. That’s why you’ll love this course – it puts you directly in touch with your core operating system. You will quickly begin to feel both embodied and empowered!
The 9 Major Benefits:
- Open up deep feeling of peace, self-acceptance with Inner Smile.
- Allows you to experience true Chi (Qi) flowing in your body.
- Activate infinite sea of chi (belly power) with Ocean Chi Breathing.
- Detoxify blocked energies with simple sounds.
- Prevent & heal asthma, high blood pressure, poor digestion,
improve balance, relieve emotional stress at core of most chronic illness.
3500 scientific studies prove Qigong’s power to prevent & heal chronic illness.
- So simple - even children love the 5 Animals. Teach your kids!
- Get in touch with your family of “inner animals” –
vital organ “spirits” that control your biology & psychology
– and desperately need the love & guidance offered here.
- Tao cosmology made super clear: how to experience yin-yang &
5 elements using body movement, feeling, breath, sound, and color.
- Lay a solid foundation for deeper levels of qigong & meditation.
First stage in a graduated training. Even advanced practioners of
other systems will find it stimulating and filled with insights.
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Michael Winn’s Qigong (Chi Kung) Fundamentals 1
Inner Smile · 5 Animals · 6 Healing Sounds
#1 Audio Handouts (4 pages) :
- Five Animals movements list (handy reference for practice)
- Six Healing Sounds (illustrated, with descriptions)
- How to Deepen the Six Healing Sounds (Advanced Practice)
- Diagram of Taoist 5 Element theory & list of vibrational associations.
Theory: What is Chi (Qi)? How can we know it is real?
The Life Force as the personal teacher present to each of us in every moment.
Chi Kung (Qigong) as the language of nature, allows us to speak with our teacher, the Chi field. Definition of “mind” as specific functions within the Chi field.
A. Chi Warm-up: 5 minutes to Activate Your Energy Body.
- Shaking the Tree: gentle loosening of joints, muscles & internal organs.
- Two-Year-Old Qigong: using sound to release trapped chi.
- Rocking and Earth Chi breathing from Soles of feet. Cool down. Ground the chi deep into earth, into body, above head.
- Tossing out the Evil Chi method. Comb out the Sick Chi with Golden Finger Chi. Easy, direct way to clean the meridians and deep cavities.
- Evaluate. Taking stock of your energetic status. If your body is an experiment, to take a baseline reading.
B. Ocean Chi Breathing to quickly open lower belly cauldron.
Theory of infinite sea of chi (Qi) within the body vs. sea of chi outside the body. Front door (dantian) vs. Back Door (ming men).
- Lying position practice. Feel the Chi between the Hands while lying.
- Standing position. Ending, gathering.
- Shaking the belly and laughing to loosen tense chi layers in the belly.
Qigong (Chi Kung) Fundamentals 1 eBook
Five Animals Do the Six Healing Sounds
By Michael Winn
- Note: Sample text from Five Animals ebook is edited from a portion of #1 audio. Ebook is an excellent supplement to the audio, but NOT a good (i.e. cheap) substitute for the “feel” and greater depth of details given during audio training,
- · Course is updated regularly, so ebook text will not match exactly the audio you receive.
- · Ebook has Q & A and information that may not be present in every audio course.
- · Ebook is $20. retail, but only $10. if purchased at same time as package.
Inner Meaning of Five Phase Cycles
Let’s go to the next level of our training. We will now learn the Five Animals Play. This particular form I call Five Animals Do the Six Healing Sounds. This is my integration of two of the oldest forms of chi kung in China, the Five Animals and the Six Healing Breaths (or in modern times, “sounds”). Elements of both chi kung forms were found inscribed on silk fragments in the famous Mawangdui tomb discovery, dated to 216 b.c.
In these silk fragments the animals and their sounds were clearly being used for medical purposes. The five animals was originally probably a kind of a shamanic dance, a way of getting in touch with animal spirits for self-healing and empowerment. They believed these animal spirits could connect you to the underworld and the supernatural world. If you could harness them, you could be healed or gain insight and magical powers from the unseen world.
The five animals evolved within Taoist (Daoist) culture to represent the five spirits or the intelligences (wu jing shen) of the five major human vital organs. That’s where the human underworld is actually hidden, right inside our body. The underworld is not in some abstract dimension of our psyche, its right here if we know where to look for it. There are five animals, one for each of the five elements.
Shamanic Power Animals Live Inside Human Body
The evolution of spiritual training in ancient China was marked, I believe, by the absorption of shamanic powers and techniques into a more advanced, all inclusive alchemical science. The wisdom of the Daoist alchemists was that the entire universe, in its essential form, is contained within our human animal body.
They realized, we can stop chasing after ourselves outside of ourselves. It is all right here, under our very nose. So the shamanic journey into “other realms” evolved into the Taoist notion of an expanded energy body. The journey became increasingly internalized. You don’t need to travel to get to the underworld, you carry it around with you, right inside your body.
Praise for Michael Winn's "Tai Chi for Enlightenment"
I would like to tell the whole world to get this video
“I'm writing to call your attention to my whole-hearted rave about Chi Kung Fundamentals #1 home study course, which I just now posted on our Forum "Tao Speaks!" You might enjoy seeing it, and thanking Michael Winn on my behalf. As my fellow forum members know, I was expected to die at any moment from the severity of my asthma.
I am 68, and also have emphysema, and this video, more than any other source has improved my health, mental and physical, remarkably. I am able to do my own shopping, for the first time in ages, can walk half a mile without creating an emergency for myself, can get around the house and yard without the ski pole I'd relied on. I wish I was a faster learner, but this has been so amazing. Thank you so much!” In Tao -- Sister (Kate Hawthorne)
Sister Kate's review of Michael Winn’s Five Animals Do Six Healing Sounds, from Tao Speaks! Forum:
“Each animal play has a particular emotional problem it is expected to dispel. In his system, Tiger (white, lungs, cloud) dispels grief; Bear (blue, kidneys, ocean) dispels fear; Deer (green, liver, vegetation) dispels anger; Crane (red, heart, fire) dispels self-judgment; and Monkey (yellow, spleen, sun) dispels worry. Interesting to me, because from the emotional perspective, this lists problems I have had, in order of severity, AND it lists the exercises, for me, in order of difficulty.
I had no problem with Tiger and Bear. Deer is very awkward for me. Crane! you have to stand briefly on one leg and then the other for this, and I have always had a problem with balance, which has worsened radically in recent months.
Well, first I was able MIRACULOUSLY to improve my balance very much, THEN I was able to release self-judgment, and THEN I was able to do the Crane reasonably well, at least for a brief period. As to Monkey, tonight was the first time I was able to do it at all, and suddenly it made sense and was easy and fun. Leaving me still with Deer, in the middle, residual anger to shed.
I am so happy about all of this, and I would like to tell the whole world to get this video and do these exercises. I have NEVER had any medicine so therapeutic in my life. I have been bursting with this, and that's why I just had to post it. Happy, happy, hopeful of attaining true Qi in one lifetime.”
I just forgot about my asthma, and it started to disappear like magic!
I had asthma problems. I tried doctors, yoga, etc. nothing helped. I took Chi Kung Fundamentals from Michael Winn. The guy got me laughing and moving and breathing like I never had before. He was great. I just forgot about my asthma, and it started to disappear like magic! Later, I taught my mother the Six Healing Sounds. She is pushing 75. This boosted her like a rocket, and a lot of her pains went away. Amazing stuff! Powerful!!!!
Michael Winn is a modern sage.
His Fundamentals 1-4 is an encyclopedia of knowledge and he presents it with extreme clarity. If you want to study qigong or just learn about how energy functions in your body-mind, study with Michael.
Succinct, comprehensive, consistent explanation of Daoist (Taoist) thinking
I have been studying tai chi for 13 years, first yang style, then chen, then began doing chi kung almost exclusively after studying with Grandmaster Feng in Illinois in August 2000. During these years of practice, I have gathered bits and pieces of information about energy development, daoist thinking, and modes of practice (sitting, standing, forms, etc.).
What has been missing for me is the big picture, a way to put it all together, that is presented to me in a way that I, an English-speaking westerner, can understand. In your workshops, which I’ve just taken in fall 2002, you have provided me with this missing piece. Here is what keeps me coming back:
1. Succinct, comprehensive, consistent explanation of Daoist (Taoist) thinking. I have tried to get this from my Chinese teachers, and could just never before (primarily due to language barriers & cultural differences) see how it all hung to gether (yin-yang theory, five phases etc).
2. Explanation of the "why" and the "how" of the physical practices. For years I have heard, "focus on your dan tien".... but I never understood why or how. I am now able to feel movement in and through my dan tien that I have never felt before. Your portal concept was revolutionary for me!
3. Simple movement practices that give quick access to practices such as the microcosmic orbit. I have been practicing the orbit for a few years now, but after learning your form in Chi Kung Fundamentals, I can feel the orbit much more clearly, have a better understanding of what was blocking it before, and how to unblock, also a better understanding of how to teach it to others.
There is much more that I could say, but this is a good start.
I'm really glad to have someone of your teaching ability who is willing to share!!
Fundamentals 1-4 at Heavenly Mountian was Best Retreat I Ever Had
Taking the Fundamentals 1-4 at Heavenly Mountian in the Blue Ridge Mtns of North Carolina was a great experience. I'm very impressed with the energy that was there, and what was generated by all our practice. I wish I had known about Qigong 20 years ago. The food was great, and the people there were quite interesting. It was better than any vacation I've ever had.
It is hard to pinpoint exactly what I liked the most, because the experience got progressively better with each passing day. I was so filled with Qi that I didn't sleep long at night, perhaps only 3-4 hours, yet I never felt better! The Microcosmic Orbit started occuring spontaneously on its own which was very interesting.
Some of my experiences include the opening of the Dan Tien (with pulsations back and forth all over the place), the hormonal and energy rush from the Bone Breathing, the feeling of having a 6 inch bubble of Qi rush up my spine after doing the Feldenkrais and back-neck stretching, doing the most energetic 5 Animals (as a group) that I've ever experienced, and the vast internal openness after doing the Ocean Sky and Great Heart Breathing was awesome.
With all that said, I now think after looking back the the Inner Smile Meditations were the high points. I have in the past seriously underestimated the power of that meditation form.
Wednesday morning when we did the Inner smile was the most profound.
My Dan Tien opened up and I saw what looked like a worm hole coming out of it, with a gold ball circulating around the opening. As it continued to expand I saw the virtues coming out from the opening, love, kindness, strength, integrity, trust, etc.
The opening grew so large as to fill my field of vision, and then two gold balls circulated about the opening. I could see a field of stars in the portal, and then a deep black emptyness. A very gentle and kind voice said, that I wasn't quite ready for the next level yet, but that after a few months of experience, just a few, that I would be ready to move on.
I think I'll keep practicing the Fundamentals....... I'll be glad to go back to heavenly Mountain next summer. Please share with your staff that the retreat facilities, food, and energy was great there.
You Vastly Improved my Martial and Medical Qigong!
I have been practising Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan for 6 years, so I have a very deep feeling of qi throughout my body and a very wide understanding of martial and medical qigong. Recently, I have been studying your inner smile, 6 healing sounds, microcosmic orbit, chi-self massage, etc. and they are just out of this world.
I have already been practising methods like Yi Jin Jing (Sinew Metamorphosis), 18 lohan hands, and many other methods. However, your methods are unlike these, in that, they work with all the organs and emotions and they do not neglect a single part of the body. It is also so effortless and comfortable.
I am already in very good health (as I am young), but I found that the Healing Dao system has invigorated my life even further than what martial or medical qigong has to offer. It is with these unique and highly effective methods, especially the macrocosmic orbit, which has helped to improve my martial ability significantly. I wish to express my deepest gratitude.
Michael Winn is a Great Tour Guide of your Inner Landscape
I have been changed fundamentally by practicing Michael Winn's Qigong Fundamental methods; it's been a return Home for me.
I've been practicing martial arts on and off for 33 years - Judo, Karate, Tae kwon do, Kung Fu, and Tai chi. Each provided a piece of the puzzle, but none satisfied the deep yearning I've feeling since I was young. Most martial arts schools during my search had a feeling of secretive distortion of an underlying truth.
Michael Winn has actually succeeded in translating into reality the Taoist practices for westerners. The process requires an awareness of the significant differences in physiology, diet, world outlook, and lifestyle between China and the West. Michael very successfully bridges this very difficult divide. Michael Winn demystifies the obscure without diminishing the Mystery.
His approach is not a dumbing down of esoterica for westerners. It is a deeply heartfelt offering of a great teacher. Using the qigong & inner alchemy methods he teaches, I have learned how to increase my energy levels, to relieve stress, and to deepen my awareness of my Self, and of All That Is. I look forward to a lifetime of discovery along the Way. If you are looking for the same, I can’t recommend him highly enough.
Growling tiger, Playful monkey; his smiling Five Animals Qigong guided me on a tour of my inner landscape. Take a trip to your inner jungle and learn to tap into the power inherent in your Self. Whether you’re a beginner, or a lifelong searcher, Michael Winn has something to offer you. I highly recommend his dvd’s and retreats!