Blog Articles

Writings and Thoughts by Damo Mitchell

The Classics of Breath and Qi Consolidation

Here is my translation of ‘The Classics of Breath and Qi Consolidation’. This important Daoist classical poem discusses the relationship of Jing and Qi within the body as well as many facets of the ‘micro-cosmic orbit’ or ‘small water wheel’ of energetic circulation...

The Virtue of Humility

Humility as a Vacuum Humility is an extremely Yin state of being. To be able to place yourself behind others is a difficult thing but important in Daoism. Energetically, this serves to create a powerful vacuum within your Xing (nature), which draws spiritual learning...

Dao (道) and Daoism

The Indescribable Truth is truth; everything else is just 'opinion'. Dicerning between these two can be very difficult to say the least! Development of spirit leads towards a single, unified state. Though the path to this place will vary from...

Ming (命) and Life Path

The Concept of Ming The concept of Ming can be seen as an amalgamation of the ideas of destiny, fate, life-purpose, individual will and personal vitality. These ideas are intertwined into a single stream of divine information that flows between the poles of Heaven and...

Xing (性) and Inner Nature

The Expression of Xing Our Xing is our expression of nature, consciousness and awareness. Based within the ethereal realm of spirit, the Xing is the root of our being as well as the manifestation of the state of Xin or 'Heart'. Ultimately the aim of all eastern...

Integrity and Truth

Expression Though any internal work is ultimately an attempt to transcend the realm of form, we must still accept that we live within the confines of physicality. To ignore the vehicle of the body and its interrelations with the external world of form is a  state of...

The Path of Daoist Study

A Complex Path The Daoist tradition is a large and comprehensive tradition of multiple arts. Each of these arts developed in response to an element of the Daoist understanding of life and existence. The chart below shows the integrated nature of the arts studied and...

The Ding (鼎) and the Lu (爐)

The Ding and the Lu are two important regions of the energy body utilised within Daoist alchemical meditation. The Ding is the ‘cauldron’ whilst the Lu is the ‘furnace’ or ‘fire of cultivation’. When working with these aspects of our inner universe it is crucial that...

Yang Sheng Fa

How to practice conscious awareness of your way of living, eating and moving, and emotions that arise throughout the day to promote internal change, balance and spirituality. Some small tips to start transforming everyday normal life into a spiritual and flourishing...

Fire, Water, Dragon and Tiger

Within alchemical language the spiritual energies of the Heart and Kidneys are known respectively as the energies of Li and Kan. These are the two trigrams known as Fire and Water within the Yi Jing (I Ching). Li is formed from two solid lines with a broken Yin line...