Tai Chi Alchemy in Sedona: SuperConscious!

The 23rd Annual Tai Chi Alchemy is just around the corner, September 15-17. There is still time to save $50.00 by registering by August 1. Early registration helps a lot. The nice folks at Mago have to plan ahead and so do we. It’s $500.00 for a shared room, $600. for a private after August 1. Cost covers tuition, room, and meals from Friday dinner to Sunday 3pm. This theme this year is SuperConscious! I have been exploring how to move quickly and easily to transnational/transpersonal states and how to deepen them in your practice. It’s an idea I presented at the… Read More

Wudang Tai Yi Wushingquan at Wudangshan

I just posted this video from last October’s visit to legendary Wudang Mountain, the highlight of our trip. In it, Master Yang and I perform the first section of the Wudang Mountain Tai Yi Wushingquan, a form that he learned from an old monk during an earlier visit to Wudang. There appears to be several forms with that name, and I don’t know the provenance of the one we’re doing. A great effort was made to restore the Wudang tradition after it had been nearly destroyed during the cultural revolution. Wudang is the spiritual home to Daoism and the Chinese… Read More

Conscious and Preconscious

Here are some more thoughts on Consciousness and Awareness, continued from last post. In the last post I distinguished between consciousness and awareness. It’s not an absolute distinction but a pragmatic one. It is useful to think of these words this way…for gongfu, for healing, for living. Awareness: Responsiveness to one’s environment.\ Consciousness: Awareness of awareness. We humans start our journey in a preconscious state: body awareness. It is a fusion state, and the nascent nervous system is unable to differentiate anything. Pure sensorimotor functioning. This holds to about four months, when we start to distinguish the physical body from… Read More

Awareness VS. Consciousness

This is a video of a talk I gave recently at the Society for Consciousness Studies Conference at Yale/TGI. I posted my notes prior to the Conference in a recent blog. It was a real honor to be asked to speak and I am particularly grateful to organizer Allan Combs for his interest and support. Thanks also to Steve Mitchell for the video, as well as for all the organizing he did for the Conference. “Consciousness is a word worn smooth by a million tongues. Depending on the figure of speech chosen it is a state of being, m a… Read More

Taijiquan Immersion with Rick at Eastover, July 21-23

Eastover Estate and Retreat is a stunningly beautiful holistic retreat center and 600 acre natural sanctuary, located in the heart of the Berkshire mountains. Eastover is the vision of founder Yingxing Wang who orchestrated an incredible ten-year renovation of the entire estate, making eco-friendly choices wherever possible. It opened a couple years ago and focuses primarily on Chinese medicine, qigong, and internal martial arts. The housing is priced very reasonably (by Berkshire standards) and the options range from luxurious to tents pitched in the yard. Check out this online brochure.   July 21-23. Yang Cheng Fu’s 13 Original Postures. This… Read More