Daoist Embodied Meditation

Nei Gong – Cultivating Inner Awareness

This Course is Level Seven of the Soma Dao Qi Gong Teacher Training


Wed. Nov 1st, 2023 – 6:00 PM (PST) – March 20th, 2024 – 6:00 PM (PST)

FREE WEBINAR RECORDING – 2 Hours (17 parts)


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Daoist Cultivation (Xiū Dào 修道) involves several practices that focus on Embodied Meditation.

The two oldest, most comprehensive, and most common forms of meditation still practiced today are Chan/Zen (禪) and Nèi Gōng 内功.

In the Yi Dao Huan Yuan tradition of Daoist Cultivation that I have learned and now teach, any committed meditation journey begins with the study of both, but with an initial dedication to the somatic, instinctual, visceral, and existential renewal of Nèi Gōng 内功.

A contemporary Nèi Gōng practice begins with learning about and embodying your meridians, exploring subtle aspects of Qi circulation, Qi wounds, and Self Healing (Nei Yang Gong), as well as connecting with your Energy Centers (Dān Tián 丹田), all while opening your Microcosmic Orbit and Energy Gates/Portals/Apertures (Qiào ), and becoming very skillful in several forms of Shaolin and Daoist Breathwork.

As these skills come together, you will learn how to ‘induct’ a refined state of embodied harmony and stillness – allowing you to enter into the Mystery Gate of Daoist Meditation. This opening is available to everyone, and is found through immersive states of profound coherence, tranquillity, stillness, and resolve.

While sharing these traditional skills and methods, I also like to include some clinical evidence on what is happening on the levels of physiology, hormonal and neurotransmitter balance, as well as the tone and resilience of your fascia, your immune system, and your nervous system.

BELOW is a List of the traditional forms, practices and principles, theoretic foundations,

and Breathwork skills that are included in this training. 

BELOW that, The rest of this page describes the course breakdown and dates in more detail.

TAP HERE for a PDF of the complete course contents, dates, and details.

Traditional Qi Gong, Dao Yin, and Nei Yang Gong Forms you will learn

The Willow Dance – Standing and Seated Qi Gong

(Tangibly learn and interact with your 12 Regular and 8 Extraordinary Meridians)

Nei Yang Gong – Inner Nourishing Qi Gong

(The Classic 12 Gesture Standing Qi Gong Form)

Tai Li Fa – Greater Regulation Form

Tian Di He Yi Fa Form

(Restoring Harmony between the Land and Sky)

Five Elements Qi Gong Form

13 Posture Daoist Heavy Hands Form (Dao Yin and Nei Gong)

Ba Duan Jin Review and Nei Gong Integrations

Primordial Qi Gong

(Excerpts of Hun Yuan Qi Gong Form)

Micro Cosmic OrbitXiao Zhou Tian

(All Sixteen Passes/Levels)

Seated Nei Yang Gong

(Bathing and Restoring – Pulling the Golden Cord)

Shaolin Chan Seated Meditation

(The classic five Wall Staring and Breathwork methods)

This is a Six Month Immersive Training Opportunity

Including Over 45 Hours of LIVE Classes and Conversations

Qi Gong/Nei Gong Skills and Practices

Threefold Path Salutation

Wuji and Taiji Standing, Seated, and Lying Down

Expanding and Settling Qi Gong Exercises

Five Pillars of Qi Gong Practices

The Howling Silence of Now (Zuo Wang – Sit/forget) 

 Mind Fasting and Smelling Rainbows (Xin Zhai)

Shaolin Wall Staring Meditation

Cultivating Qi Sensitivity and Awareness

Exploring and Refining Attention and Perception

(Gan Qi, C’an, De Qi, Ting Jin, and Yi Nian)

Dissolving and Releasing Embodied Trauma and Qi Wounds

Nei Gong Inductions

(Preparing for extended periods of seated mediation)

Experience and Integrate Your Three Dan Tian

Reunite Your Six Innate Minds (Yuan Xin)

Dao Yin and Dian Gong (floor/mat exercises)

Core Tone, Tensegrity, Pliability, and Your Five Spines, Progressive Relaxation

Lying and Sleeping Qi Gong (Shui Gong)

Dual Innate Nature and Embodied Aliveness Cultivation (Xing Ming Shuang Xiu)

(Xing Gong/Ming Gong, Zhen Xing/Zhen Ming, Yuan Xing/Yuan Ming)

Inner Observation, Reflection, and Spiritual Recapitulation

(Nei Guan /Guan Xiang)

Cultivating your Celestial/Immortal Embryo

(Shen Tai, Ling Tai, Xing Tai, Ming Tai, Xian Tai)

Nei Gong Theoretical Foundations

Embody Yin, Yang, the Five Elements, and many expressions of Qi.

Six Grottos of Nei Gong

(from the Yi Dao Huan Yuan Daoist Village tradition of TCM and Xiu Dao)

Explore and Integrate your Extraordinary Meridians

(in Relationship to Inner Cultivation)

San Dao – the Threefold Path of Daoism

Explore and Understand the Nei Jing Tu

(Mapping One’s Inner Landscape)

Review of Yi Jin Jing Theory

TCM Psychology (Qing Zhi Bing)

(Learn TCM Emotional Intelligence and Conscious Cognition)

The Classic Narrow Passes

(San Guan Somatic Obstacles in seated meditation)

The Innate Virtues of the Five Elements Internal Organs

Seasons, the Weather, and Your Inner Cultivation Practice

(Ri Yue Feng Shui Zhi Dao)

Nourishing Vitality and Longevity

(Yang Sheng Fa) 

The Path of Spiritual Luminosity

(Shen Ming Zhi Dao)

How to avoid and recover from Qi Deviation Syndrome

Shamanic Healing and Contemporary Life

(Wu Yi Zhi Dao) 

Introduction to Daoist Sacred Intimacy

Nu Dan – Daoist Cultivation for Women (Yin Beings)

The Long Men (Dragon Gate) Lineage’s approach to Nei Dan

Daoist Breathwork

Non-Interference Breathing (Zi Ran Hu Xi)

Reverse Breathing (Ni Hu Xi)

Vase Breathing

Nei Qiang (Inner Flexible Vessel) Breathing

Qi Chen (Anchoring) Breathwork

Tortoise Breathing

Embryonic Breathing

Martial Fire and Civil Fire Breathwork

Shaolin Breathwork

Sensual Breathing

Natural Breathing (Shun Hu Xi)

Underwater Breathing

Pore Breathing

Water Surface Breathing

Water Stalking Breathing

Bellows Breathing

Bone Breathing

What is Nei Gong?

Nèi Gōng 内功 can be translated as ‘Inner Practice or Cultivation’, subtle skills, or what happens beneath what can be seen. The Term Nèi 内 also implies the boundary between Separation and Non-Separation – an essential aspect of Daoist Cultivation.

The term Nèi Gōng can be used in a martial arts, a Qì Gōng 氣功, a meditation, or in any other spiritual practice context. For the purpose of easy communication, I will refer to Nèi Gōng as if it is a distinct branch of practice that focuses on Cultivating Inner Awareness.

With regular Nèi Gōng practice, you are beginning the journey of re-discovering your Innate Experiential/Existential Nature (Xìng ) and your Aliveness Potential (Mìng ). This practice also brings your subtle Energy Systems, Internal Organs, Meridians, Energy Centers (Dan Tian), and your Six Innate Minds (Yuán Xīn 元心), as well as your Energy Gates into balance – (including specific Acupuncture points, trees, rocks, waterfalls, or other places in Nature that feel just right)

This training begins with the Daoist Willow Dance, one of the most fun ways to learn the Chinese Medicine Meridian system – tangibly inside your body. (see below).

The Chinese Characters for your Meridians, in general, are Jīng Luò 經絡, which can describe the tension and integrity of the warp and weft of a cloth, the obvious and subtle aspects of circulation, the collagen matrix of your connective tissues and membranes, or perhaps even the fabric of Space-Time.

Each of your Meridians expresses a core instinct and is connected with innate gestures based on ancient animal reflexes, human body language, as well as the behavior, expressions, and experiences of your Ancestors. These subtle, sensual, emotional, and instinctual, qualities of your Meridians also affect your posture, some physical characteristics, the health of the tissue of your whole body, and the free movement of Qi and Blood throughout all your body’s physiological and conscious activities. Finally, your Meridians express the vitality and functional health (or the challenges) of your internal organs.

I often use the metaphor of wire and electricity to describe the importance of an abundance of Jin – contractile tissue and Jing – the Inner Adaptive Capacity or Mojo of the tissue aspects of your Meridians. Physically, and clinically, a Meridian’s health includes the nutritional status, inflammatory status, circulatory capacity, vascular health, muscle tone, flexibility, fascial membrane integrity (on some very deep levels), and of course the collagen matrix of every cell of every part of your body.

At this level of interaction, the more ancient Dao Yin (Trauma Release, State Shift, Down-Regulation, Fascial Tensegrity) practices become essential. This can involve several forms of Breathwork and specific exercises to open each and every joint and membrane of your body. I will also introduce the famous Nei Yang Gong Form as a means to invigorate your body while deconstructing several layers of Embodied Instinctual and Emotional Distress

If you find that you need to go deeper into Qi Gong Healing practices, you can review and apply many of the skills from Level Five – Therapeutic Qi Gong.

To be successful in your Nèi Gōng practice, you will also need to connect with Nature and the Seasons (You will learn the Greater Qi Regulation and the Balancing Heaven and Earth forms), open your Three Dan Tian, connect tangibly with Qi, practice some traditional forms until they feel like home, and restore your Three Treasure (Sān Bǎo 三寶), or your Jīng , and Shén .

The Yi Dao Huan Yuan tradition of Chinese Medicine and Daoist Cultivation is a healing tradition. Before committing to a life-long meditation practice, the one meditating may need to resolve some Qi Wounds and some challenging conditioning.

 Inner Cultivation (Nei Gong) and Your Three Dan Tian

Every embodied, meditative, contemplative, and energetic system of self-cultivation in the world agrees on the existence and importance of Energy Centers, most commonly referred to as Dān Tián 丹田 or Chakras.

The Chinese character Dān means an alchemic substance or practice, or the Ochre used by Indigenous people; Tián 田  means a field of cultivation. The term Chakra means a spinning disk or sphere. There are many names, locations, and ‘properties’ to all of the various Energy Centers, but the way I was taught, the relationship is what matters.

Although each Dān Tián can be experienced as a location, it is more important to experience your relationship with the Aliveness Potential (Ming) and Innate Nature (Xing) of each of your Dān Tián – every day if you can. You may find the ‘location’ keeps changing.

The exact location and sensation will be subtly or surprisingly different in every practice. Keep the relationship alive and become a student of the language of sensation and all of the qualities of your Jing, Qi, and Shen.

Each Dān Tián also has a certain feeling tone of interaction with your physical body, your Somatic/Embodied memories, and any Ancestral traumas (and gifts) you may need to work with.

, a unique and powerful ally on your Regular and Extraordinary Meridian journey, as well as a ‘structure’ made of the warp and weft of the fabric of Space-Time or Dao.

Each of your Sacred Dān Tián is the Universe coming together into a kernel of energy and consciousness that you can learn to resonate with; reawakening an entire internal world of wisdom, healing, and potential self-cultivation.

Your Three Dan Tian

Your Lower Dan Tian – includes feeling all of your belly, between your belly button and back, and the space under your ribs on your left and right sides down to your pelvis, and every membrane and organ between your perineal floor and your diaphragm – at the same time.

This is your center of instinctual awareness and movement, physical and hormonal adaptability, and the visceral aspects of intuition.

Your Middle Dan Tian – includes feeling your entire chest, ribcage, front to back, left to right, from your collar bones, tongue, and shoulderblades to your diaphragm – at the same time.

This is your center of belonging, bonding, and trust, as well as self-regulation, social intuition, and emotional adaptability

Your Upper Dan Tian – includes feeling your nostrils, and sinus cavity (a fist-sized volume of sense nerves behind your eyes), your tongue, voice, facial expressions, upper throat, your skull, your brain and glands, your third eye,  and the muscles at the back of your neck that ‘keep your head on.’

This is your center of Existential awareness and truth, your mental and spiritual adaptability, and your openness to learning.

It just takes some time to become your meridians of Space-Time by dissolving into a reunion with Dao.

If you commit to an occasional ‘Rite of Passage’ with some advanced Dao Yin and Nei Gong practices, you can complete your journey of restoring all of your organs, Meridians, and Energy Centers to their optimal state of Being, Existence, Resourcefulness, Aliveness, Capacity, and Function.

Course Contents

Over the six months of this training, you will reconnect to your Inner Landscape (Nei Jing) through a committed practice of the following elements of Qi Gong and Nei Gong cultivation:

  • The Willow Dance – a Meridian Activating and Harmonizing Qi Gong – this practice explores a series of postures and movements that help you directly interact with and open each of your Meridians (Jing Luo) and your instinctual and emotional connective tissue reflexes (Jing Jin). This very intuitive approach to interacting with each Meridian as a moment, as a need, as a posture and gesture, and as a quality of letting go, are all benefits of this easy-to-learn ‘wave-like’ dance.
  • Nei Yang Gong – (the classic 12 gesture Inner Nourishing/Healing Form) – This ancient practice is one of the three original influences in the formation of Modern Qi Gong. In the process of Nei Gong cultivation, this gentle and whole-body series of exercises is used to move towards and through any Qi Wounds and Embodied patterns of Trauma and distress. This is an essential step in safely developing a potent Dan Tian practice.
  • Reviewing introductory Joint Opening exercises, traditional forms, and other healing practices – with an awareness of your meridians will deepen your practice in many ways. This process is profoundly transformative and restorative, and is especially valuable if you intend to become (or are) a Healer of any kind. The best way to become sensitive to Qi and to another person’s Meridians is to completely open your own. This is meant to be a lifelong process.
  • The Greater Regulation Qi Gong Form offers you an opportunity to interact with the Seasons, your Ancestors, and many animals while regulating all of your energy systems and your Three Dan Tian.
  • Five Element Qi Gong exercises are a part of any comprehensive Qi Gong/Nei Gong practice. Sensitivity to, awareness of, and an experienced appreciation for the fundamental qualities (energies) of the Natural world around you and within you are essential to a complete practice.
  • Daoist Heavy Hands Nei Gong Form is most often practiced to cultivate an Iron Palm for martial artists and for Bone Marrow Washing during the final stages of Yi Jin Jing practice. This form is a series of thirteen standing postures, each with unique interactive opportunities to take your practice inward – and beyond!
  • Your Microcosmic Orbit (Xiao Zhou Tian) – with a deeper awareness of your Dan Tian and Meridians, you can now safely begin the process of opening your Microcosmic Orbit. This form of seated meditation usually takes a few months of patient learning and perceiving some new dimensions of Aliveness, Innate Nature, subtle aspects of circulation, and the energetic anatomy of the subtle body. Some of these practices are very refined and active, while most of the time you are sitting completely still experiencing Wu Wei – Effortless – Being.
  • Opening Your Narrow Passes  (Guan – 關) – each Qi Gong and Nei Gong practice is learned and taught sequentially in Passes or sequential stages (Guan). The term Guan means a narrow pass through challenging, perhaps even dangerous terrain. As your meridians open and your Inner Orbits begin to turn on their own, you may find it necessary to open some ‘stuck’ places. In traditional Nei Gong/Nei Dan, there are usually between three and nine challenging Passes on the front and back of the body.
  • Daoist and Shaolin Breathwork (see lists above) Learn several ancient monastic and ascetic Breathwork skills that can shift your state, and improve your circulation, while also restoring your innate nervous system capacity for both distress and extended periods of profound states of reunion with Reality/Dao.
  • Interacting with and as your Three Dan Tian and your Six Innate or Unborn Minds (Yuan Xin). Although this aspect of Daoist practice is ‘Esoteric’ in nature, these experiences are also an invitation to feel where your Innate or Inborn ways of being may be out of sync with your environment or other aspects of living a modern life. These sources of contention with life can create instinctual, visceral, mental, emotional, egoic, and existential Qi wounds. Restoring your sense of trust and alignment with your Innate states of Being can often recover vast resources of Jing, Qi, and Shen.
  • Nei Gong Induction practices are usually employed at the beginning of a longer meditation session. The way I was taught, it is the most effective to begin a 3-4 hour stillness practice with 45 minutes of active practices that assist in reorienting your posture and Inner Landscape (Nei Jing) awareness.
  • Inner Reflection and Spiritual Recapitulation (Nei Guan 內觀) – is a form of daily practice, self-acceptance, self-reflection, and meditation. At a certain point, it becomes clear that some parts of your Spiritual journey are just beginning, and that the next ten years may be as profound as all the old stories about wandering hermits and shamans. Transcending the mundane and coming home to your Authentic Self has always been the Path. Spiritual Recapitulation is a partner practice involving a careful form of inquiry into the voices in your head, where they come from, and how to ‘employ’ them more skillfully in your life, and in your Mind.
  • Qi Gong and Nei Gong for Women – at this level of Qi Gong practice, the distinctions between Male/Yang energy systems and Female/Yin energy systems become much more important. Throughout life, we all go through puberty, midlife, and menopause or andropause (menopause for men). If you want to teach Qi Gong and Nei Gong and ensure you are not creating imbalances, this relatively small amount of study could prevent many Spiritual accidents. Male and Female bodies have a different balance of Blood and Qi, Yin and Yang, as well as slightly different locations of focus during Inner Cultivation and Dan Tian practices. Qi Gong also has many specific circulation and activation practices to relieve painful menstruation periods, cyclic emotional overwhelm, and the symptoms (warning signs) of menopause. Qi Gong, fertility, and sexual vitality have a long history of working together and finding balance.
  • Avoiding Qi Derangements and Deviations – regular committed Qi Gong and Meditation practice can be VERY powerful. Some practitioners, often because of pre-existing imbalances, can experience changes in their mood, sleep, focus, subjective reality, and ability to self-regulate. As you learn all of these powerful skills and practices, it is wise to learn how to avoid any of these rare ‘accidents.’
  • A Shaolin Wall Staring Seated Meditation practice is the easiest way to begin a Chan/Zen practice. This is the simplest form of One-Pointed Mind/Body/Breath meditation practice in the world.
  • Zuo Wang – or Sitting and Forgetting is a form of Daoist Meditation that can involve recapitulation practices or completely immersive ‘beyond causality’ forms of Mediation.
  • Xin Zhai – or Mind Fasting is a form of Seated Meditation of Wu Ai Xin 無礙心,  ‘the immanent attrition of any obstacles in one’s Heart/Mind’. This practice is most often employed during extended retreats  (10-30 Days) from mundane daily life.
  • Dian Gong – Floor/Mat exercises and stretches. A personal Qi Gong/Dao Yin practice naturally includes exercises that maintain good core tone, complete postural pliability, and the health-boosting benefits of elongating all of your membranes and meridians on a regular basis.
  • Shou YiConserving and refining Interactive Awareness. Your meditation practice is cultivated or limited by your capacity of Yi (Interactive Awareness). Very much like balancing a broom on the palm of your hand, some aspects of meditation need to be ‘absolutely’ in the moment!
  • Yang Sheng Fa – Nourishing Vitality and Longevity practices include balancing your diet, exercise, and entire lifestyle with the Seasons and with modern life. A dedicated practice of awakening and remembering one’s authentic nature will always flow with more ease with abundant health and a conscious relationship with addictive behaviors.
  • Sheng Ming Zhi Dao – The Way of Spiritual Luminosity. It is reasonable to say that a life-long meditation practice would be gentler and more fluid with the presence of a good therapist. In the Yi Dao Huan Yuan tradition of Daoist practice, this understanding is honored through an honest reflection and reorientation of one’s social and emotional conditioning.
  • Xing Ming Shuang Xiu – The Dual Cultivation of Innate Nature and Aliveness Potential. This is a foundational form of personal cultivation and applied empathy for others.

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Six Initial Grottos of Nei Gong

A Grotto, in Daoist practice, is a metaphoric cave of safety, beauty, and silence; or a crypt to place the aspects of oneself that have died away in meditation. A  Grotto can also mean an inner chamber of evolution – you only go in if you are committed to coming out transformed.

Each stage of this Inner Cultivation process is referred to as a Grotto because of the implication of change, the completion of a step on the journey of creative evolution, and the awareness that when you are ready, you can enter the next Grotto. And so it continues forever. The Six Grottos are sourced in the ancient source text of the Yi Dao Huan Yuan tradition of TCM and Daoist Cultivation.

The First Grotto – Life (Qi) exists between Yin and Yang (Sky and Land)

The Second Grotto – Who is Meditating on an Inner Landscape?

The Third Grotto – Many Minds, Many Bodies, and Many Ways of Coming into Being

Fourth Grotto – TCM Physiology of Inner Cultivation and Nei Gong Inductions

Fifth Grotto – Narrow Passes and Inner Openings

Sixth Grotto – Coming Home – Returning to the Source – (Huan Yuan)

Getting to this level of Qi Gong practice and experience usually takes a few years of dedicated and professionally guided practice. This course will give you the tools and guidance to begin and personalize this life-changing and life-extending practice.

First Grotto

Webinar One 

Life Exists Between Yin and Yang

“Between Yin and Yang, between the Sky and the Land, Qi comes into Being through the Five Phases.”

Saturday, October 21st, 2023 – 9:00 – 11:00 AM (PST)

Learn about Nei Gong (Daoist Embodied Meditation) and the skills necessary to prepare your Body, Mind, and Soul for the work ahead.

First LIVE class: Wed. Nov, 1st, 2023 – 6:00 PM (PST)

Nei Gong – History, Meaning, and Context in a Personal Practice

Three Interactions or regulations (San Tiao) of Qi Gong and Nei Gong

Lineages and Modern Life

Daoist, Shaolin, Zen, and The Yi Dao Huan Yuan Village Tradition of Daoist Practice (Xiu Dao)

Why Start with Meridians?

Standing Qi Gong, Dao Yin, and Nei Yang Gong Practices:

The Willow Dance

Nei Yang Gong 12 Gesture Form

Five Element Qi Gong

The Greater Regulation (Tai Li Fa)

Restoring Harmony Between the Sky and Land – (Tian Di He Yi Fa form)

Seated Nei Gong Practices:

Meridians of the Microcosmic Orbit – Xiao Zhou Tian

Daoist Shaolin Breathwork

Yi Nian – Cultivating Perceptual Capacity and Directed Interactive Attention 

Starting with Your False Dan Tian

The practice of Nei Gong is Embodied, which suggests that a lot of your attention will be on sensations, intuition, memories, emotions, and the discomfort that comes with sitting still for hours at a time. This means you will need some in-depth embodied awareness and healing skills, and you will also need to shift your Qi Gong/Dao Yin practice inward, toward some new places and spaces.

As your Inner Landscape (Nei Jing) begins to open, cultivating a daily interaction with the Sky (Yang) and the Land (Yin), and a curiosity about the interplay of the 24 Solar Seasons, the Weather, the constantly changing Five Phases, your meridians, your breath, and your three Dan Tian, will open your practice and your Universe to the unseen.

As your sensitivity to subtle (Nei) qualities of Qi activity increases, and as your movement practice attains a quality of ‘stillness in motion’, you will also need to open all of your meridians (Regular and Extraordinary), some energy gateways, as well as build an active and agile Dan Tian system. Rediscovering your meridians, Qi circulation, and how directly we are all connected to Nature, the Universe, and each other, can be a reality-shifting process.

As you journey deeper inward with your practice, and within every fiber of your body and being, you will inevitably also find places and ‘spaces’ that are overly constrained or collapsed.

The First Grotto of Nei Gong is an invitation to connect with Reality/Dao and to explore where the Yin, Yang, and Qi of your Life may be stuck or exhausted and respond skillfully and patiently. You will learn all of the skills necessary to go inward towards your authentic self/nature (Xing), and to move beyond all boundaries on your journey home to the infinite potential for aliveness and healing (Ming).


Tian Di Xin Lun

“Coming into Being as Consciousness Between (and as) The Sky and the Land.”

Wed. Nov, 1st, 2023 – 6:00 PM (PST)

Wed. Nov, 8th, 2023 – 6:00 PM (PST)

Wed. Nov, 15th, 2023 – 6:00 PM (PST)

This time of year is called Winter Enters the Sky!

Second Grotto

Webinar Two

Who is the one meditating on/as an Inner Landscape?

Saturday, November 18th, 2023 – 9:00 – 10:15 AM (PST)
The Nei Jing Tu – Your Inner Landscape, Celestial Boundaries, and Universal Circulation

San Bao – Three Treasures

San Dao – Three Selves and  Three Paths

Three Dan Tian Nei Qiang Breathwork

Shaolin Chan/Zen Meditation

 Feeling in, Listening, and Becoming Sensation

(Gan Qi, C’an, De Qi, and Ting Jin)

Four Extraordinary Meridians of Your Sacred Embryo

(Du, Ren, Dai, and Chong)

Embodied Instinctual Distress

(The first three layers of Embodied Trauma)

Progressive Relaxation Breathwork

(Ting Dong Li Xing)

State Breaks and Locating Awareness

(Clacking Teeth and Swallowing Jade Dew)

Cultivating awareness and sensitivity to Qi changes the way you experience the world, and the way you experience being a Self.

At first, you will notice that perception itself can be trained, directed, and opened. Over thousands of years, the skills needed for cultivating open perception and unwavering interactive awareness (Yi Nian) have been refined, are easy to learn, and very effective. Working with subtle energies and qualities of Aliveness needs to be tangible and needs to be familiar. The skill of Listening (Ting Jin) must be developed in the beginning because it ensures that you are not adding to your experience. It can be easy to do your practice ‘in your head,’ so Daoist practice ensures that almost every stage and technique involves your Body, Breath, and sensation, and finds meaning in Nature and in the beauty and challenges of normal life.

Second, you will begin recognizing some Universal patterns about Life, embodiment, and Consciousness itself. As your Nei Gong skills evolve, you will begin interacting with inner structures and systems like your Three Selves and the Three Paths of Life, Your Meridian System, your Three Dan Tian system, your unique Inner Landscape, and your vitality through an awareness of the Five Phases and your Three Treasures (Jing, Qi Shen).

The form of Nei Gong that I teach comes from the Yi Dao Huan Yuan Tradition – which comes from Lin Tou village in southern China. This tradition is rooted in the Healing arts (TCM) and naturally sees any Spiritual path as a process of resolving imbalances and transforming Qi Wounds – at least initially. Even the healthiest people eventually have to resolve the conundrum of ‘Who is the one meditating.’ This is why so much time and skill is dedicated to questioning and resolving unconscious instinctual, social, and existential conditioning.

The Second Grotto invites you to open your mirror of perception, see the innate and acquired patterns of your existence, take a deep breath, and let go of the anticipating Mind.


Wu Qi Xin Fa Lun

“The Five Expressions of Qi in Conscious Awareness Training”

Wed. Nov, 22nd, 2023 – 6:00 PM (PST)

Wed. Nov, 29th, 2023 – 6:00 PM (PST)

Wed. Dec, 6th, 2023 – 6:00 PM (PST)

This time of year is called Winter Greater Snow!

Third Grotto

Webinar Three

Many Minds, Many Bodies, and Many Ways of Coming into Being

Saturday, November 18th, 2023 – 10:30 – 11:45 AM (PST)

A Return to the Sacred Mystery 

Stirring Cauldrons and Balls of Qi

Walking (or Sitting) with Inner Alignment

(C’an and Zhen)

Xing Ming Shuang Xiu

(Xing Gong and Ming Gong)

Receiving the Gifts of Your Ancestors

(Zu Qiao – ancestral apertures)

Embodied Visceral Distress

(Embodied Trauma – Self as State, Self as Story)

Three Dan Tian Become Six

The Six Innate Minds

The Six Pain Bodies

The Nei Jing Tu – Your Inner Landscape

(PDF – Second Pass – Top to Bottom)

Four Extraordinary Meridians of Connection, Communication

(Wei and Qiao – Antenna Meridians)

Progressive Relaxation

(Li, Xing, Tong, Fa)

Pore Breathing

There is an old Daoist adage about trying to cross the Ocean on a raft with a paddle. At first, we stab and pull against the ocean (Truth/Unity) with fear and anger. Cross this dangerous ocean and get to the Land!

After coming to the realization that you can only surf the waves, you may choose to throw away your paddle and just enjoy the ride, sitting on the edge of your raft, with your feet in the Ocean.

If you are fortunate, and choose to go inward with your Nei Gong skills, you will naturally release all of the instinctual, visceral, and existential distress of your Life. Free of a conditioned and separate existence, you will no longer need a raft. Then you can dive off the raft of separation and become both the Ocean and the Land of Life.

The Third Grotto takes you deeper into the Nature of existence by attending to several innate structures (Xing Gong) of embodied awareness (Ming Gong), cognition, and consciousness. This is a natural process. The gradual but imminent attrition (Wu Wei) of all obstacles is the path of Dao. It is similar to the death of a loyal friend – and yet it is the gateway to a conscious Life.

These innate structures of embodied awareness include instinctual guarding/flinching/cringing patterns that change the potential of Qi and Jing in your Lower Dan Tian. As well, all humans have embodied awareness capacities for subtle communication (See Polyvagal System) that can become the most visceral aspects of intuition, trust, and bonding – or the opposite. These aspects of conditioned behavior and experience often disorient the Qi and Shen of your Middle Dan Tian. 

The Yi Dao Huan Yuan Tradition is unique in its practical devotion to restoring the deepest energy systems in the body to their innate potential. This is done through inquiry and interaction with how a Mind and Self are organized, and often limited by, unconscious behavioral patterns.

“Spiritual maturity begins by bringing the unconscious into consciousness.”

How do you bring the unconscious into consciousness? Through a skillful interaction with your Six Innate Minds and Six Pain Bodies. These are contexts more than literal structures of Being. The Innate Minds and Pain Bodies of this Healing and Self-cultivation tradition offer another experiential landscape to assist people in moving through and beyond the most challenging and formative experiences in their lives – as well as unconscious patterns that are passed down through generations of familial drama and trauma.

“The Body is the Mind before the Mind is the Mind.”

As you peel back the layers of your conditioned experience, you will regain the wisdom of your Ancestors while healing both your and their wounds.

Nei Gong is Embodied Meditation. The one meditating must clear unconscious patterns that cloud perception before presuming to perceive Reality as itself (Zi Ran). This is the beginning of a Return to the Sacred Mystery.


Wu Ai Xin Yin Lun

“The attrition of obstacles is the Heart’s Unlocking”

Wed. Dec, 13th, 2023 – 6:00 PM (PST)

Wed. Dec, 20th, 2023 – 6:00 PM (PST)

Wed. Jan 3rd, 2024 – 6:00 PM (PST)

This time of year is called Winter Solstice!

Fourth Grotto

Webinar Four

Cognition, TCM Physiology, and Nei Gong Inductions

Saturday, January 6th, 2024 – 9:00 – 12:00 AM (PST)

Embodied Existential Distress

Separation and Non-Separation

Your Three selves

Inner Reflection

(Guan Xiang, Zhen Guan, and Zhi Guan)

Barrier of Sitting – Zuo Guan

(Opening Ren and Du – The Lions Roar)

Outer Tripods and Inner Tripods

(Shou Yi – Inner and Outer Listening)

The Physiology of Breathwork

Qi Chen Breathwork

Bone Breathing

Bellows Breathing

Embryonic Breathing

Four Seas of TCM and Four Oceans of Nei Gong

Nei Jing Tu

(Third Pass – Bottom Up)

The Qing Jing Jing  清靜經

(Clarity in Tranquility Classic Text

Effortlessly Dissolving Form – Becoming Universal Entropy

(You Wei and Wu Wei)

Daoist Heavy Hands Form

Fertilizing Your Spiritual Embryo

(Shen Tai, Ling Tai, Tian Tai, Di Tai, Ren Tai, Xuan Xian Tai)

The Wheel of Cognition

Believe it or not, Daoist practice can be considered a science – or, at least, a system of cause and effect, experiment and advancement, process and progress.

In Daoist ‘science,’ there are many simultaneous manifestations of Qi.

For example, there is Qi (氣) – often translated as Life Energy or Qualities of Aliveness, and there is Universal Qi (炁) – which is the Qi manifesting as or through the process of Creation and Entropy. In Nei Gong, there are practices for interacting with both kinds/states of Qi. Over time, one’s practice naturally returns to interacting with the Source of both Creation and Entropy – Dao.

Certain aspects of Inner Cultivation (Nei Gong) and Inner Alchemy (Nei Dan) are either innate to life or they are made up in the mind. The only way to find out is to discern and deconstruct the unconscious patterns of cognition and meaning. As a meditator, or a trained observer of conscious existence, you will find solace and profound guidance in the wisdom of the ancient masters, awakened ones, and immortals. Teachings like The Wheel of Cognition, the wisdom of Embodied Existential Distress, the necessity and limitations of Inner Reflection (Nei Guan/Guan Xiang), and the consistent journey all practitioners experience through their Inner Landscape (described in the Nei Jing Tu diagram), have endured the test of time because they remove the barriers and boundaries of separation – one layer at a time.

Any faster tends to cause imbalances between Jing and Shen, creating deviations in Qi flow and function. This can be mistaken for a mental or emotional breakdown – or even a psychotic break.

One of the more challenging aspects of Nei Gong to communicate is called Fertilizing Your Spiritual Embryo. Some Inner Cultivation traditions endeavor to create an Alchemic Elixer that supports the transmutation of Jing, Qi and Shen, while reverting certain aspects of Yin and Yang. Other traditions, like the one I teach, focus instead on the invitation, generation, fertilization, and growth of a Spiritual Embryo. There are many ways to describe what happens through the decades-long journey of Inner Cultivation. As long as you can form a Dan Tian, and bring your unwavering interactive awareness (Yi Nian) to the source of unconscious behaviors and beliefs, you will reawaken to a direct experience of conscious co-creation-ing.

As modern practitioners, we are fortunate to also have the precise and measurable understanding of medical science. We are aware that our left brain experiences life as a process, and our right brain experiences life as a state. If you get attached to your story, the story of enlightenment, or any other outcome, you are experiencing anticipation. If you dive off of the raft of separation, accept the truth of your inherent belonging, and trust that there is nothing to accomplish, you are interacting directly with the living and conscious Universe.

The traditional wisdom and skillful use of Breathwork will become more and more important at this point in your journey. The science of why these ancient practices have the effects they have is astounding.

The Fourth Grotto takes you deeper into Nei Gong practice through consciously embodied inductions and then residing in extended periods of Stillness and Tranquility. At this point, Nei Gong requires regular 3-hour sessions of seated Meditation practice. The first 45 minutes is an induction from peripheral alertness to internal reorientation – and the remaining time is a sustained and sincere complete Mind, Body, and Breath interaction with existence.


Xing Ming Dong Yuan Lun

“Conscious evolution (practice) is the Original (only) Grotto .”

Wed. Jan 10th, 2024 – 6:00 PM (PST)

Wed. Jan 17th, 2024 – 6:00 PM (PST)

Wed. Jan 24th, 2024 – 6:00 PM (PST)

Fifth Grotto

Webinar Five

Narrow Passes and Inner Openings

Saturday, January 27th, 2024 – 9:00 – 12:00 AM (PST)

The Classic San Guan (Narrow Passes on the front and back of each Dan Tian)

Nei Guan – Inner Reflection and Inner Dialoguing

Seated Willow Dance and the Da Zhou Tian (Macrocosmic Orbit)

Xiu Dao – Masculine and Feminine Needs and Challenges

Nu Dan – Alchemic Practice for Women

Ming Gong, Shen Ming, and Yuan Ming (Innate Aliveness Potential)

Xing Gong Shen Xing, and Yuan Xing (Innate Consciousness Potential)

Qi Deviations and the myth of power

Heavy Hands and San Guan

Heavy Hands and the North Star

(Inner and Far Listening, Inner and Far Seeing)

State Breaks and Locating Awareness – Clacking Teeth and Swallowing Jade Dew

 Five Virtues (De) of the Internal Organs (Zang) 

Inviting Xuan Men Tai (Mystery Gate Embryo)

Meditation could be compared to watching an iceberg melt while you tread water in the Ocean.

There will be times of reverie and dreamlike states, the causal mind will get creative with ‘if and then,’ and sometimes the spontaneous visions are disorienting. If you are not a hermit or a monk, you will eventually need to find a conscious and meaningful balance between your daily life and habits and your Qi Gong, Nei Gong, and Meditation practice. Although, on one level, you are the ocean returning to itself, you are also playing with fire.

With or without your intention, you are gradually learning to experience and conduct more qualities and more quantities of Qi. Friction and Fire are a bad combination. With longer meditation sessions, a more coherent Dan Tian system, and the potential of an Embryo or Elixer forming, the more important it becomes to ensure all of your circulatory and capacity systems are open and free of blockages. This is why so much of the focus is on your Meridians, your Microcosmic Orbit, the Macrocosmic Orbit, and other limiting factors like unconscious conditioning and disorientations of the Heart and Mind.

Once again, the wisdom and experience of countless generations has some general and some very precise guidance. Daoist Ne Gong practice always commits a certain amount of time to open the Classic San Guan or Three Narrow Passes. This process begins with refining your embodiment and posture, and is facilitated by conscious Breathwork and state shift practices; but at a certain point, we all have to open the places that are constrained by human nature and individual/identity consciousness.

The rules change when your practice becomes Sacred.

To go beyond the mundane possibilities of Inner Cultivation, you must find a meaning greater than your personal awakening. To make anything Sacred, one must sacrifice some aspect of themselves.

Being a Self in an Ocean of Selves will always be a good teacher. Right Relationship, as a practice, can save you a lot of energy and probably extend your life span and health span by 5 years. The lessons you learn, finding balance in your relationships, your compulsions, and any addictions, will guide you through the journey of finding balance within the stories in your Mind and the Existential truths and lies they tell.

This Grotto invites you to prepare for the long term by being clear on where your Qi is stuck, and how your vitality is wasted, as well as including more advanced Nei Yang Gong (Self Healing) practices to improve your awareness, vitality, and longevity.


Xiu Xing Fu Ming Lun

Wed. Jan 31st, 2024 – 6:00 PM (PST)

Wed. Feb 7th, 2024 – 6:00 PM (PST)

Wed. Feb 14th, 2024 – 6:00 PM (PST)

Wed. Feb 21st, 2024 – 6:00 PM (PST)

Sixth Grotto

Webinar Six

Coming Home and Returning to the Source – Huan Yuan

Saturday, February 24th, 2024 – 9:00 – 12:00 AM (PST)

Cultivating a Life-Long Qi Gong and Nei Gong Practice

Reading and Understanding the Classics

Daoist Immortality – and Wholehearted Mortality

Tortoise Breathing and Daoist Heavy Hands 

Yang Sheng Fa Nourishing Life for Longevity

Ri Yue Feng Shui Reconnecting with Nature, the Seasons, and the Weather

Shen Ming Zhi Dao Spiritual Luminosity

Wu Yi Zhi Dao – Shamanic Healing and Contemporary Life

Zuo Wang – The Howling Silence of Now

Xin Zhai – Smelling Rainbows

Xian Xian Tai (Bring the immortal Embryo Into Being)

Zhu Ji (Foundation Building)

It is not easy to transcend your ego or your instincts.

It is almost impossible to value the numinous nature of existence in a world of consumers and commodities.

Some truths can be experienced, but they cannot be spoken.

Sometimes the mind needs a gradual and liminal process to finally let go of being in control, or knowing the answer – or asking the right question.

Some experiences and memories are dependent on your State of Being. The deeper the stillness, the deeper the release, and the deeper you reside in the Universe, as the universe, and for the Universe.

The wisdom, skillfulness, beneficial biochemistry, and humor that arise from within a developed Nei Gong state can slow how fast you age, while training your Mind like a monk in a monastery, a hermit in a Grotto – or a Shaman in a trance of reunion.

As Awakened Consciousness, you are an Immortal, or beyond the conditioned response to Life and Death.

In village Daoism, Immortality simply means a life of wholehearted mortality.

As a Human Being aspiring to longevity and a continued Nei Gong practice, abandon delusion through discernment, and come home to a layer-by-layer reunion with the Source (Huan Yuan) through Non-Separation and Non-Interference (Wu Wei).

This Grotto prepares you to begin the Zhu Ji (Foundation Building) stage of formal Daoist Inner Alchemy. This final part of your immersive training will also introduce you to the other branches of Xiu Dao in the Huan Yuan tradition (see above).

You will have access to direct translations of several classic documents, as well as the guidance and practices of several other branches of Daoist Cultivation.


Zhen Ti Yuan Cheng Lun

Authentic Embodiment and Cycles of Reunion/Completion

Wed. Feb 28th, 2024 – 6:00 PM (PST)

Wed. March 6th, 2024 – 6:00 PM (PST)

Wed. March 13th, 2024 – 6:00 PM (PST)

Wed. March 20th, 2024 – 6:00 PM (PST)

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Live Introductory Lecture

Saturday, October 21 (9 AM – PST)

Nei Gong Classes Begin

Wednesday, November 1st, 2023 (6 PM) – Wednesday, March 20, 2024 (6 PM)

Live Talks and demonstrations on Saturday mornings – 9 AM – PST
Live and Prerecorded Qi Gong classes on Wednesday evenings – 6 PM – PST 

Recordings of the Live classes are usually available for streaming or download within 24 hours. 






Nei Gong and Nei Dan

After going through the initial Six stages, or Grottos, most practitioners take some time to integrate and allow their inner existence to settle and become familiar again.

If you feel ready to begin training for traditional Nei Dan (Daoist Inner Alchemy), This process is called Zhu Ji – or Laying the Foundation. That will be taught in Level Nine – Becoming a Healing Vessel and Hollow Bone.

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