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The Great Stillness : The Water Method of Taoist Meditation Series - Bruce Frantzis

The Great Stillness

The Water Method of Taoist Meditation Series


Published: 13th August 2001
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This is the second 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.
The main focus of The Great Stillness is to explain 'Inner Dissolving' its major mediation technique that helps people overcome deeply bound negative emotions, deepen their spiritual and psychic development, and develop balance and compassion. It is one of the few books that reveals the Taoist traditions of sexual qigong, sexual meditation and the moving meditation practice called Circle Walking that was developed in Taoist monasteries over 4000 years ago.

This volume advances on lessons taught in volume one: Relaxing Into Your Being.

"Bruce Frantzis' insight into the heart of these ancient meditation techniques can make the understanding of these precious teachings easily accessible to the mind of the Western seeker." --Namkhai Norbu, Tibetan Dzogchen Master and retired professor, Oriental Institute of the University of Naples, Italy; author of The Crystal and The Way of Light "Bruce Frantzis' style of teaching demystifies ancient Chinese Taoist arts that have rarely, if ever, been taught in the West." --Elizabeth Whitney, Yoga Journal "Frantzis has spent most of his life studying various martial arts, meditation, and traditional Eastern healing systems. His fluency in Chinese and Japanese has allowed him to pursue these arts to an unprecedented depth for a Westerner." --Clarence Lu, contributing writer, Inside Kung Fu "The dissolving process described in this book gives practitioners an immediate tool for altering patterns of being that contribute to their suffering. That is the gift of the Water Method." --Michael J. Salveson, advanced instructor, past president, Rolf Institute

Introductionp. 13
The Taoist Emphasis on Health and Longevityp. 14
Meditation for Healersp. 16
Meditation for High Performance in Martial Arts and Sportsp. 17
Decision Making and Intuitionp. 20
Death and Dyingp. 20
Meditation for Realizing Universal Consciousnessp. 22
Meditation as Experiential Knowledge: The Cornerstone of Inner Learningp. 24
Making Your Body Consciousp. 27
Feeling versus Visualizationp. 29
The Way of Liu: Reconnecting with Your Internal Environmentp. 30
Why Does Taoism Focus So Much More on the Human Body than Many Other Spiritual Traditions?p. 31
Focus on a Special Topic: The Taoist View of Reincarnationp. 32
The Difference between Using the Body to Liberate Consciousness and Wanting to Feel Goodp. 34
Making the Body Conscious as the Gateway to Universal Consciousnessp. 37
The Role of the Central Nervous Systemp. 39
Peak Experiences, Consciousness, and the Central Nervous Systemp. 39
Focus on Practice: Taoist Internal Breathingp. 41
Moving Meditation Practicesp. 43
The I Ching's Method of Moving Meditation: Circle Walkingp. 47
Methods of Steppingp. 48
Walking in a Straight Linep. 52
Walking in a Circlep. 57
Changing the Direction of the Circlep. 64
Finishing the Meditationp. 68
Focus on a Special Topic: Ba Gua Spontaneous Movementp. 69
Sitting and Lying-Down Meditation Practicesp. 73
The Sitting Practicesp. 75
Body Alignments for All Taoist Sitting Practicesp. 76
The Way of Liu: Thoughts on Sitting Positions for Meditationp. 81
Taoist Sitting Meditation: Using the Breath, Vibration, and Ultimately the Mind to Awaken Internal Sensationsp. 84
The Lying-Down Practicesp. 89
The Inner Dissolving Processp. 93
The Outer Dissolving Process and the Inner Dissolving Process Comparedp. 95
The Relationship between Mind and Blockagep. 97
How to Dissolve Inwardlyp. 98
Focus on a Special Topic: How to Dissolve Downwardp. 109
Experiences Often Encountered while Resolving the Successive Layers of a Blockagep. 111
What Might Happen along the Wayp. 116
Outer and Inner Dissolving Compared for Ease of Practicep. 118
The End Result of the Dissolving Processp. 120
Whole Mind Concentration and Distractionp. 122
Dissolving Blockages in Your Physical, Chi, and Emotional Bodiesp. 129
Dissolving Blockages in Your Physical Bodyp. 132
Dissolving Blockages in Your Chi Bodyp. 132
Dissolving Blockages in Your Emotional Bodyp. 134
Three Methods for Releasing the Emotionsp. 136
The Emotional Dissolving Technique and Its Implications for Astrologyp. 140
Focus on a Special Topic: Dissolving Shockp. 141
Emotions and Emptinessp. 144
Taking Personal Responsibility for Doing Meditationp. 145
How to Prevent Problems Arising from Meditationp. 148
What Is Taoist Sexual Meditation?p. 151
Focus on a Special Topic: How This Material Was Learnedp. 155
Energetic Intimacy Is Not Based on Length of Relationshipp. 155
Why the Taoist Practices Must Be Successively Learned One by Onep. 156
Sexual Chi Gungp. 158
Focus on Practice: Finger Rollingp. 160
Focus on Practice: Using Tofu to Develop Hand Sensitivityp. 165
The Nature of Yin and Yang Energyp. 167
Focus on Practice: Transferring Sexual Energy around Your Bodyp. 171
Taoist Sexual Meditation Techniquesp. 173
Shifting the Yang Fire of the Eyesp. 175
Physical Foreplayp. 176
Focus on Practice: Tongue Strengthening for Kissing and Oral Sexp. 179
The Problem of Sex, Nerves, and Stress: Taoist Remediesp. 180
Partner Dissolving Exercisesp. 180
Focus on Practice: Meditative Partner Techniques to Reawaken Tired Sexual Nervesp. 181
Spiritual Practice Is Different from Entertainmentp. 184
The Complete Package Includes Both the Wonderful and the Frighteningp. 184
Advanced Taoist Sexual Meditationp. 185
The Way of Liu: The Master Liu Hung Chieh and Sexp. 186
Internal Alchemyp. 189
What Is Alchemy?p. 191
Alchemy and Emotionsp. 192
Three Tools of Internal Alchemy: Dissolving, Visualization, and Sound Workp. 196
Internal Alchemy and the Recognition of Universal Consciousnessp. 201
Stillness and Internal Alchemyp. 205
The Way of Liu: My First Day of Meditation: Does Meditation Change after You Are Enlightened?p. 206
Epilogue: Back to Balancep. 209
Sitting in a Chair for Meditationp. 215
The Mechanism of the Problemp. 217
The Solution: Lift, Stretch and Do Not Close the Kwap. 220
Excercises to Stretch the Kwa While Sitting in a Chairp. 222
Should One Foot Be in Front of the Other?p. 227
Sitting on the Floor for Meditationp. 229
What Causes Knee Pain During Prolonged Cross-Legged Sitting On the Floor?p. 231
Releasing to Stretch a Muscle is Different from Pushing to Stretch a Musclep. 233
From the Ming Men Point, Simultaneously Open Your Body Equally Up and Down to Protect Your Knees, Hips, and Lower Backp. 233
Do Not Force the Knees to Bend or Drop; Rather, Release from the Kwa and Hip Sockets to Protect Your Knee Ligamentsp. 234
Should the Left or Right Leg Be on Top?p. 236
Sitting On a Cushion on the Floorp. 238
Frequently Asked Questions about Taoist Meditationp. 239
Energy Anatomy of the Human Bodyp. 263
The Main Energy Channels and the Three Tantiensp. 265
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ISBN: 9781556434082
ISBN-10: 1556434081
Series: The Water Method of Taoist Meditation Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 13th August 2001
Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1