Yi Jing Nei Gong
15th – 18th August, 2019
The Yi Jing (I Ching) is one of the most important historical texts to come out of ancient China. Often viewed as a divination text, it actually goes a lot deeper than this. The ancient Chinese viewed life as one constantly unfolding wave of ‘change’ which was a manifestation of the Qi and Shen that was moving through any given moment or event. Through the use of the Yi Jing ritualistic process, a practitioner of the art could gain insight into the nature of this change and thus begin to develop an understanding of the nature of life on an esoteric level.
In order for the Yi Jing to be used effectively, the practitioner of the art needed to understand the nature and importance of ritual, the essence of change and the Qi Gong practices associated with the eight Gua which are also known as the Ba Gua. When all of these components could come together then a practitioner could begin to explore the ‘art of change’ which is so integral to the entire of the Daoist tradition.
For four days Damo will focus upon the theory and practice of Yi Jing usage. This course will differ from normal Qi Gong events as it will include a higher proportion of theory as we need to explore and understand the meaning of the Gua and change itself. The course will include lectures, interactive classes, Qi Gong exercises to help understand the nature of the eight Qi and ritualistic training to help students understand the nature of yarrow stalk casting.
The course is an introduction to the Yi Jing in the context of the internal arts and so is relevant to all those interested in the wider tradition of Daoism and ritualistic practice according to the Chinese traditions.
Location: Meadway Hall, Ham Lane, Compton Dundon, UK, TA11 6PQ
Students will be using bunches of 50 yarrow stalks over the course of this event. For those who wish to bring their own then please feel free; it is always nicer to work with your own tools. But for those who don’t have yarrow stalks of their own, we shall supply materials as needed.
The Nei Gong process taught by Damo Mitchell and Lotus Nei Gong is a classical process and is, at times, very strong. For this reason we do not wish for anybody with psychological disorders or those with serious medical issues/needs attend these events. There are many ‘medical’ Qi Gong schools out there that would be more appropriate for these kinds of needs. Nei Gong is also not suitable for pregnant women or anybody under the age of 18 years old. Lastly we reserve the right to ask any student to leave the training immediately if we deem the training to be unsuitable for them or a risk to their well-being. If any student attends a course such as this with known psychological disorders or medical issues that may put them at risk, they take full responsibility for their actions and any outcomes. Lotus Nei Gong International nor its staff will be held accountable in such instances.