I was lucky enough to learn from someone with remarkable knowledge; my teacher Taoist Sage Liu Hung Chieh. When I asked him why he didn't teach meditation he responsed that there were very few who wanted to learn. I feel this is changing in the West as more and more people are turning to meditation for stress relief, peace of mind and for spirituality. More are also resonating with Taoist values of balance, peace and connection to nature.
The Taoist Meditation Circle is for those who already understand the importance of meditation and would like guidance in doing a practice. It is an online group to learn the preliminary practices required to be successful with any meditation system, but mainly my focus will be to teach you the techniques within Taoist meditation.
Every month you will receive meditation practice sessions. You have the option of either listening to them on your computer or downloading them onto your MP3 player. You will ideally want to practice each meditation for a two-week period. The Promise of this Circle is to provide you with:
My teachings over the last 20+ years have primarily focused on the preparatory practices such as tai chi and qigong, as these practices are important to stabalize the body. As this phase of my teachings is coming to completion, I'll now be offering and integrating meditation topics into everything I teach.
The Taoist Meditation Circle is also a preparatory program for those who eventually want to teach meditation. Energy Arts is planning on offering an in-depth (3-4 weeks) Taoist meditation training in 2012 for those who are interested.
The Taoist Meditation Circle is for those who want to start, or continue, your meditation practice on a regular basis. The Circle will start with basic material to make sure you have all the core meditation skills required. This means you have no gaps in your concentration, intention, or focus. It will mean you develop the ability to meditate for longer periods of time while still maintaining a high level of awareness. If you have ever meditated before you probably know that this is easier said than done. The Circle is thus perfect for the beginner meditators.
If you are an intermediate or advanced meditator doing these basic practices again will be important to locate and fill in any gaps that you may have. I have no way of knowing what training you already have and where gaps may exist. For seasoned meditators, the task will be to sit for longer periods of time, and I will be giving deepers layers of instruction.
To follow the path of meditation you should have a desire to know yourself at a deep level. You will also want to seek the direct experience going beyond mental ideas. Meditation is also something you should want to practice everyday not something you force yourself to do. If you are forcing yourself to meditate then you are not ready for the path. Make no mistake, Taoist meditation (or meditation of any kind), when done correctly requires all of your Being. You will be looking inside yourself to see what is there. It often brings up your inner demons to the surface and you must face what is inside yourself.
The Taoist Meditation Circle will help you develop a consistent rhythm so you have the best conditions for meditation. You will also have access to an online forum providing a good place to turn if you get stuck anywhere along the path. Real meditation takes both courage and dedication.
This is really going to be a lot of fun or at the least an adventure. I think many of you are going to really love the material in the Circle.