The Golden Thread in Taoist Meditation
August 3 - August 7
For beginners and more experienced students
Taoism has two primary meditation traditions, Fire and Water. Master Frantzis teaches the original Water tradition of Lao Tzu, author of the Tao Te Ching. This tradition has been in existence for at least 3,000 years.
Though ancient, this tradition’s teachings are extremely relevant to the needs of our computer age. Its practices help people resolve and come to terms with many of humanity’s basic spiritual questions:
- Why am I here?
- What is the nature of spirituality?
- How can I become more present both to myself and whatever life throws my way?
- How can I overcome the conditioning and traumas of childhood and become emotionally and spiritually mature?
- How can I resolve my spiritual, psychic and emotional traumas and pain?
- How can I come to terms with death and dying?
In this course, Master Frantzis will share teachings on the meditation aspects of the Golden Thread. For students who have extensive experience with Inner Dissolving, he also will teach more advanced material on working with the psychic energy body. Learn more about Master Frantzis’ extraordinary lifetime of internal arts study: Bruce’s Story.
Single Course Price – $895.00 / After June 1 – $995.00
Bundled with Wu Style Tai Chi Event- $2,495.00 / After June 1 – $2,745.00
Complete 4 Week Summer Retreat Package – $3,295.00 / After June 1 – $3,595.00
This course will be taught by Master Frantzis and Senior Instructors Paul Cavel, Craig Barnes and Bill Ryan.
Three tracks of study will be offered:
Track 1 – Foundations of Inner Dissolving
Open to Everyone
In Track 1, students learn foundational meditation skills with a focus on the basic methods of inner dissolving, including:
- How to sit with proper alignments — both in a chair and on the ground
- How to breathe in a softer and softer manner to bring your mind to a point of stability for meditation
- Concentration and staying present to what is inside you while meditating
- How to relax physically and mentally, and develop an awareness of subtle energy in your body; then apply and maintain that awareness during meditation
- Recognizing and releasing energetic blockages within you
- How to dissolve and release the energy within such blockages into the “inner space” within you
- Using agendas to release deep seated issues within you that you wish to overcome
- Releasing and productively using the shocks that happen during life
This program will focus on helping you cultivate all of these skills, so that you can develop a lifelong practice. By spending the necessary time at this important first stage, you will make your meditation practice more productive and fruitful into the future.
Track 2 – Inner Dissolving Review and Exploration and Golden Thread Instruction
By Application Only
With the establishment of the Training Center, Master Frantzis wishes to dedicate these annual meditation weeks primarily to teaching students highly interested in and capable of Taoist Water Tradition spiritual development.
Consistent with this focus, this track will be open only to those who are accepted by Master Frantzis for participation. You may request to participate in this track by completing the application form that you will receive via email after checkout. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Your application must be received by July 1, 2020. Participation in this track is solely at the discretion of Master Frantzis based on his assessment of your capacity and what will most benefit you.
Only persons who have completed at least a five-day course with Mr. Frantzis dedicated to learning the foundational practice of Inner Dissolving should request to join to this track.
Inner Dissolving Instruction and Review
In Track 2, Master Frantzis will offer instruction in, and his Senior Instructors will review and answer questions about, the methods and practice of Inner Dissolving, including proper sitting alignments, the core practice of Inner Dissolving, agendas, and working with shock.
Other topics Master Frantzis may teach include:
- Overcoming and resolving traumas
- Releasing what keeps you from moving forward in life
- Releasing your psychological stuck points
The Golden Thread
The core premise of the Golden Thread in meditation is that all of us have a degree of consciousness that permeates and penetrates everything that we are ever going to be aware of in this life. How aware you are of this consciousness is the question to meditate upon. It is not easy for one to become a Buddha or Taoist Immortal who is fully aware of their consciousness, as well as all and everything in the universe—and the Tao.
One aspect of the first stage of Golden Thread meditation study is to find a certain basic comfort in the fact that you exist. Taoists posit that there is a continuum (the Tao) that binds the entire universe together, and this continuum has movement. It continuously goes through universe, returns and does it again. And there is a relationship between what’s happening in that continuum and what’s happening inside you.
Through qigong, neigong and meditation, Water Tradition Taoists look for tiny experiences of connection to the continuum and gradually bring those connections together over time toward full awareness. That which connects is the Golden Thread, and we use our consciousness to become aware of its many aspects inside and outside of us. In some practices, we release what’s blocked inside of us and then connect all the unblocked places. In others we connect all the blocked places and release them all simultaneously.
Master Frantzis will teach the practices and aspects of Golden Thread study which he feels will be most useful to the group. This teaching will include the principle of Separate and then Combine, which is a core method in learning Golden Thread teachings.
Track 3 – Golden Thread Instruction and Exploration of Psychic Body Energies
By Application Only
This track is open only to students having many years of experience studying with Master Frantzis and with the practice of Inner Dissolving. You may request to participate in this track by completing the application form that you will receive via email after checkout. Contact email@example.com with questions. Your application must be received by July 1, 2020. Participation in this track is solely at the discretion of Master Frantzis based on his assessment of your capacity and what will most benefit you.
In Track 3, students will receive the Golden Thread teachings taught to Track 2 participants.
In addition, they will be introduced to more advanced material of working with the psychic energy body. Master Frantzis will teach foundational aspects of how to work with psychic energies on the path toward full spiritual awakening, and how to protect oneself from negative psychic forces that may present themselves along the way.
Training Progression: 2020 Forward
This summer marks an inspiring shift within the Energy Arts community that will create opportunities to study more deeply than ever before! Events will now be more intentionally grouped from year to year, allowing you to receive the preparatory and reinforcement training necessary to grow your skill set and take your practice to the next level.
Moving forward, Master Frantzis’ plans to offer a Taoist Meditation course during each summer. He encourages all of his meditation students to attend this week each summer, so that everyone can enjoy deepening their practice together. Learn more about this progression here: A New Training Model to Deepen Your Experience.
Registration/Check-in: August 3 (Monday), 9:00-10:00AM – First class session begins at 10:00AM.
Prerequisites: Please see Course Structure above
Approximate daily course schedule on August 3 to 7 is 9AM-5:30PM with a two-hour lunch break. Course schedule may be subject to change depending upon group dynamics.
This training course is not recommended for those with any kind of mental health issues or major medical problems. We simply do not have the resources to handle these needs.
Please note: The practice of Taoist energy arts may carry risks. The organizers are very concerned to ensure that the training is a positive experience for every participant. If for any reason whatsoever Bruce and/or his assistants deem that there may be any potential safety risks for you during this training, you will be asked to leave the course and suspend training immediately.
If this occurs you will be refunded a prorated course fee. All other expenses that you may have incurred, including lodging and travel will be your sole responsibility and Energy Arts will not be responsible for these expenses.