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Autumn's Gentle Journey to Yin

Gratitude for Autumn & Reflection from the Swiss Alps 

by Dr. Mao Shing Ni 

The beginning of fall brings a palpable change in the weather, a cooling down and much needed relief from the scorching heat of the summer. This summer was the hottest on record for Europe and China since record-keeping began in 1880. 

Lucky for me and the participants of my annual meditation retreat in the Swiss Alps in the first week of this month where we enjoyed delightful temperatures in 60s to 70s Fahrenheit.

Looking out the window of our chalet under Mont Blanc you can’t help but be awed by the grand expanse of the mountain ranges. It brings such joyful contentment and for a moment I thought I saw Julie Andrews running across the grassy fields singing “the hills are alive…” Here, you feel the energies of the mountain rooting you deeply, returning you to the center with naught a worry in mind.

We meditated by the waterfall and channeled the cleansing and revitalizing powers of water energy to rid ourselves of negativity, replenished our essence and returned us to the source. 

Practicing tai chi and qi gong in the forest as our beings merged with that of the trees, we heard the tree spirits whispering ancient wisdom in our ears, reminding us that we are all connected, as one.

We were delighted with a gentle rain one afternoon which refreshed and moistened the dry mountain air. The air smelled sweet like freshly cut grass. And the best part—the rainbow appeared and beckoned...

Each night, we practiced the North Star and Big Dipper meditation with stars splashed across the heavens, there I laid, surrounded by fellow sojourners, sailing on the solar winds of the galaxy, dancing tai chi to the cosmic pulse, I am free and in the flow…and then we fell asleep under the mother universe’s embrace


Feng Shui Class

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2023 College of Tao Retreat 

"Nurturing Inner Light Amidst the Darkness"

Temescal Canyon April 18-April 23, 2023 

Connect your Spirit with Nature and embrace the

Gentleness and Serenity of the Water Rabbit year

It's time to nurture your Yin Qi by cultivating Inner Light

You are cordially invited to attend the 2023 College of Tao Retreat

in the beautiful, natural setting in Temescal Canyon, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles on April 18-April 23  


Click here to Reserve Your Space 

& Save 20 % by October 31st, 2022 

The value of a relaxed mind

is the nourishment it provides to the body."

- Hua-Ching Ni

"Power Of Positive Living” (page 20)

Cosmic Tour Bagua 

Instructor:  Dr. Arnold Tayam


Transformation 3,

Rumbling Thunder

Oct 16, 2022

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Transformation 4 

Gentle Whirlwind

Nov 13, 2022

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Instructor: Edward Sullivan

Zoom Class

October 17 - December 5,  Mondays 7 pm PST

"Practice of the Eight Immortals"

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Infinichi Energy

Healing Course L-1

Instructor: Edward Sullivan

Zoom Class

January 15 & 22, 2023

9 am-5:30 pm

Foundation of Medical QiGong

"Acupuncture Without Needles"

Info & Registration Here 

Infinichi Energy

Healing Course L-2A

Instructor: Edward Sullivan

In-Person Training

Yo San University L.A. CA

April 17 &18, 2023

9 am-5:30 pm

College of Tao Pre-Retreat

Foundation of Clinical Practice

Info & Registration Here

Sunday Renewal

Every Sunday at 7 am PST, you are invited to join via Zoom in a spiritual renewal ceremony.


October 2022 Taoist Horoscope

In the Chinese Horoscope,October is the 9th Lunar month in a phase called Shu or Xu. It is a time of powerful Earth energies that ushers in the Chinese Double Ninth or Chong Yang Festival. According to the I Ching , nine is a powerful, masculine number, so the ninth day of the ninth lunar month, a double nine, contains a great deal of masculine yang, making October 4th, 2022 a particularly auspicious date.






Time for Chi Health Certification Renewals

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commitment to yourself and others. The World needs you now 

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Renewals coming up by the Lunar New Year of the Rabbit!

Sisters of the

Heavenly Way

Our next gathering is in October on Sunday 9th in Perth, Australia, and Saturday 8th in California, USA.

In November we gather on Sunday 6th in Perth and Saturday the 8th, USA.

For further information or to be put on our mailing list, please contact:

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Brothers of the

Heavenly Way

The next Brothers meeting will resume their meetings on October 23rd of this year at 10 a.m. as usual.

In November the date is the 27th. Please mark your calendars and we will continue onward in our study of the book Eternal Light by Hua-Ching Ni

If you would like to join the Brothers or wish any information, please contact:

"By constantly observing your behavior, any improper thing, regardless how small, should be discovered and then transformed into a virtue. One who can see one’s own faults, and not complain about the rights and wrongs of others, follows the great path of self-development. In other words and correctly speaking, such a person actualizes the practice of self-cultivation. Such a person can be humble and respect everyone and everything because he sees with his spiritual nature. There are no more obstructions when a person follows the great path of self-cultivation."

Enlightenment: Mother of Spiritual Independence Teachings of Hui Neng by Hua-Ching Ni, 179

See you in December!

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