Relaxing Into Your Being

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North Atlantic Books, 2001 - Religion - 205 pages
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This is the first volume of a two-book series that peels away the metaphors and explains the living tradition of Taoist meditation, which is little known or taught in the West. Most of what people know about Taoism comes from philosophical texts such as the I-Ching or the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tse.

However, outside China virtually nothing is known of Lao Tse's living tradition of Taoism. Bruce Frantzis wrote this book so that this great meditation tradition might reach and inspire a wider audience. It is relevant not only to anyone interested in meditation but to anyone who wants to find out how to lessen stress, let go of negative emotions, and rediscover deeper levels of inner peace and stillness. The book includes breathing lessons that help calm your mind and relax your emotions. It also includes fascinating stories of the author's training in China with Taoist Lineage Master and Sage, Liu Hung Chieh.

Now, Frantzis gives us, in two accessible volumes, the theory and practice of the Water Method of Taoist Meditation. This tradition was originally described by Lao Tse in the Tao Te Ching over 2,500 years ago, and has been passed down from teacher to disciple in an unbroken lineage through the Taoist sage Liu Hung Chieh to the author.

Relaxing Into Your Being explains the Water Method with its complete internal energy system, and teaches how to slow your breath, use more lung capacity, massage your internal organs, and develop meditative awareness. Frantzis provides tools, unique to the Water Method, to reduce stress and help maintain optimal health in today's fast-paced computer age.

This Taoist meditation series continues in volume two: The Great Stillness.

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I've read most of the decent Qigong books that have come out during the past 30 years. Bruce Frantzis has written the best books on Qigong in print today. This book and part two are his two best. He writes and describes techniques, and the experiences exceptionally well. He is able to break down complicated ideas into more manageable, bite sized ideas, thus allowing people to understand... well as much as can be put into words or understood. He has the background, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese as well as English, so he gives us access to Qigong material that in some parts I had never seen. In other parts of the book he describes things that are familiar, but he does so very well. If I were only allowed two books on Qigong this and part two are the ones that I would choose. From what I understand, people who have taken his workshops say that he is personally a bit of a dick, but if so, he is an intelligent dick and a great writer.  

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Bruce Frantzis is a Lineage holder in Taoist energy arts and author of seven books including two books on TAO meditation. He studied healing, martial arts and meditation in China, Japan and India for 16 years with most renowned chi masters. Bruce has taught over 15,000 students, certified over 300 instructors worldwide and worked as a chi gung tui na doctor in Chinese clinics helping to heal over 10,000 patients. His company, Energy Arts, Inc., recently released his first complete meditation course, The TAO of Letting Go. Frantzis teaches chi gung, internal martial arts, TAO meditation and energetic-healing therapies in America and Europe. To learn more visit EnergyArts.com.

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