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AUGUST 2020
 

The simplicity of our training in Da Xuan is a key principle to our evolution. When you look at the creation idea that the Daoists of the past wrote about, they talked about an unlimited potential (called the Dao) which separates itself into many things until it becomes manifested as the expression of this given moment (called De, the manifestation). The Dao is non-tangible, without form or structure, and unlimited, and it slowly divides until it becomes the structure and makeup of this moment - very tangible, with a precise form and structure, and quite limited to only the possibilities of this moment at this time. In the classic Daoist text, called the Dao De Jing, the sage Lao Zi talks about the path of Daoism being a return. If the world was made starting with the non-manifest unlimited (yang) and arriving at the manifested moment limited in time and space (yin), then our return path must go in the other direction, starting with the limited yin and returning to the unlimited yang. The order here is important, we cannot start with the unstructured or the unlimited.

Enter the concept of simplicity. To confront our limitations properly, we need to see them clearly and be able to refine them so we may transform ourselves. When things are too complex, it offers far too many opportunities for us to escape the confrontation of our limits, which leaves them vague and misunderstood. If we allow ourselves freedom to do whatever we want, we will inevitably follow our unconscious grooves and stay in our comfort zones, steering well clear of the limits, leaving them forever shrouded and leaving us unable to follow our path of return. 

If, on the other hand, we take a simple exercise - let's say, moving the hands on a very limited up and down pathway, without the freedom to go left or right, without the freedom to go forward and backwards, and without the freedom to stop our exercise when it gets a bit uncomfortable, we will find ourselves immediately exposed to the discomfort of our limitations with no choice of escape. We see straight away that even if we thought we knew what 'up and down' meant, we can't actually stick to it. We don't know how to keep our hands stuck to up and down, we find all the weak points in the arms and legs and body, and our mind rebels against the boredom (actually it rebels at being shown its limitations).

When we stick to our training and confront the discomfort of the limitations, we slowly bring clarity to them. We find we can actually go a bit further than we thought, or that we were going too far, and slowly but surely the limits become apparent and we can understand them. The Yin becomes clarified and within clarity, we have precise distinction. Having a really precise understanding of the limitations of, say, up and down, we can let go of it, sure that if we need it again we can find it in a snap. But we can't let go of what we don't have, so there's no escaping the need for time spent in the simple exercises. There's no way to cue yourself into perfection in the first go, and no way to shortcut it - all of these things are in fact attempts to avoid the confrontation with the limited in the first place. There's no way to arrive at Yang without going through the Yin first, and we can also remember that the Yin is slow. We must go through the slow part first. It will take some time. 

ONLINE COURSES

PRIMORDIAL BREATHING
Primordial Breathing is in it's final week, keep an eye on my Facebook and website for announcements of the next round of this course!!

DA XUAN FAMILY QI GONG
The Qi Gong course has just started, and will run for another 8 weeks. 

SHEN GONG COURSE - CALMING AND FOCUSING THE MIND
I have just finished filming this 8 week course which will take you through the foundation of Shen Gong in the Da Xuan tradition. I still have to edit it all and so forth, so it might be a couple of weeks before it's ready for release, but I'm very happy with how it turned out! Again keep an eye on my website or Facebook for announcements.
CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE COURSE DETAILS AND REGISTRATION

BOOK NEWS


My book is available!!
For those who grabbed themselves a copy already, there is a typo in one of the tables. It should be pretty obvious where it is if you're paying attention - if you feel like you found it, let me know! I've since repaired the typo so those with the copy with it in will have some kind of warped special edition :)

If you still haven't got a copy, you can grab one from here: www.craigmallett.com/book/
 

 

PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS & HEALING


I have been doing more and more private consultations and healing sessions. If you're in need of a bit of a tune up, or would like to get started with a personal practice and don't know where to begin, you can book in with me for a tune up! I can also offer my services via video call for those of you not located in Brisbane. 

I wrote a little about what's involved with the healing on my website, which I have copied below for those who are curious as to what it's all about:

"The Daoist view of health treats the circulation as being of primary importance. Circulation means the new is brought in and the old is moved out, and if everything is circulating well, we consider someone to be in good health. We must understand that this doesn’t mean that we aren’t having any troubles, but rather that we are processing our troubles properly and not getting stuck on them. 

In the physical, literal sense, this refers to the free circulation of blood, hormones, lymph and so on. When these bodily fluids get stuck and cannot circulate and be refreshed, we end up with all kinds of problems: chronic injuries that won’t finish mending, viruses that linger too long, or muscular tension that becomes a source of overuse aches and pains, and so on.

We must also consider the less physical aspects of ourselves. Our emotions need to circulate properly, going through their natural cycle and ending, as must our thoughts, ideas and other mental activity. When we are unable to properly process our emotions or mental activity, they can get stuck on loop, repeating endlessly in the unconscious or conscious background until they are given enough attention to finish their cycle. When they stay stuck for too long, we can often also have issues that trickle down into our physical body, bringing about pains or numbness or other problems.

The healing sessions that I offer work to provoke these ‘stuck’ energies into motion again so they may finish their proper cycle – clearing the blockage so to speak. Sometimes after a session the cycle resolves itself in the unconscious, meaning we don’t really understand what happened but we feel better in a few days. Often, however, it requires the conscious attention of the patient – getting to know a previously dormant area of the body, or having a troubled emotion or idea bubble to the surface so it can run its course in full awareness. This can feel to some people like the issue got worse, however it’s more the case that the issue was always there but it’s just now being seen more completely – which gives the patient the opportunity to do something about it and find a resolution.

For issues that are more mechanical in nature, these sessions can bring circulation to the affected area to help it go through its proper healing process, but in most cases stronger physical intervention is also required. Typically this will be accomplished through the use of both Tui Na (massage techniques) and exercises that I will prescribe to you that you will need to continue practicing after we are done. 

Practically speaking, a session involves the patient sitting or lying in silence while I treat you by gently laying my hands on or over various areas or points of your body, occasionally massaging if required. During this time your feelings and perceptions may vary depending on how you react to the change occurring within. These manifestations are different from the result which will come within the next days as your mind, body and emotions digest the changes and the cycles of circulation move through various stages."


You can find more on my website here: https://www.craigmallett.com/private-consultation/


 

FINAL THOUGHTS

We are once more thrust into uncertain times, and it's becoming more and more clear that we can no longer avoid working on ourselves, relying on things going "back to normal". As my teacher Serge says, "the evolution of all depends on the evolution of each - the profound change of the group must go through an awakening of the individual." There's work to be done!

Happy training,
Craig
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