Book Cover: A Comprehensive Guide to Daoist Nei Gong

Nei Gong is the practice leading to attainment of real internal skill and transformation, and the philosophical art of change that runs through all Daoist practice. This book provides a unprecedented insight into the entire Nei Gong process, expanding upon the foundations laid in the author's previous widely read book, Daoist Nei Gong, to provide a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the practice. Going into unparalleled detail whilst remaining accessible, it explains the philosophy at the heart of Nei Gong practice, and the steps whereby transformation is achieved. A foundational knowledge of Chinese medicine will help the reader appreciate the explanation more deeply, but is not required for understanding. Essential reading for all serious practitioners of Qi Gong and the Daoist tradition, the book will also be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Chinese medicine, martial arts or advanced meditation.

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Reviews:Cindy Engel wrote:

I urge anyone interested in the internal arts to read this book. You won't get standard regurgitated descriptions of Qi or Qi gong. Nor will you get exotic tales of secret rituals in dark caverns. What you will get is a truly comprehensive sharing of profound information in an accessible format. Damo has not only dedicated his life to cultivating 'gong' but also to understanding the processes involved (somatically and intellectually) so that others can benefit.

H Meacham wrote:

Historically, the most satisfying part of reading Damo Mitchell’s books is the fact they grow with you, as your own journey into these arts evolves and this one appears to be no different.

For me, this is not just a book to read once, be mesmerised by the supernatural content and apparent juxtaposition of its complex and yet somehow completely accessible content and then leave collecting dust on your bookcase. But instead one to return to repeatedly as your own awareness expands, which seemingly allows increasing layers of knowledge to emerge from the pages and offer deeper realisations.

Similar to a previous review, I too have already had my fair share of “ah ha” moments, where space and time feels as tho it stands still, as an understanding appears to be absorbed and ‘downloaded’ on levels I cannot fully comprehend, not only in regard to Nei Gong but also in relation to one of its counterparts, Chinese Medicine.

Damo possesses an innate ability to take the plethora of ancient, intricate and esoteric Daoist philosophy and transform it into a logical and coherent system for the layperson to follow. What’s more, he does not do so simply from a theoretical perspective but from an experiential first hand understanding, allowing us to be safe in the knowledge that his generous perspective is authentic and his pursuit sincere.

I can only feel grateful for his lifetime’s journey of investigation, to seek out and train with masters all across the globe, while allowing me to reap the benefits sitting in the comfort of my living room!

Jason Gregory wrote:

Damo Mitchell has dedicated his whole life to Daoism and the Daoist arts. Not many of us can say that we've been studying the internal arts since four years old, but Damo can. With over thirty years of experience, he is an authority on Daoism and especially the path of Nei Gong. In A Comprehensive Guide to Daoist Nei Gong Mitchell flexes his knowledge like no one else on the topic has ever before. The book will leave you with a comprehensive view of the Daoist tradition, Qi Gong, Chinese medicine, and martial arts. In this book Damo Mitchell unleashes his spirit for all of us to learn and grow from on the sacred path of Dao.


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Book Cover: Daoist Reflections from Scholar Sage
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 29.64
ISBN: 1848193211
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 312

This collection of fascinating short reads on Daoist thought, including Chinese medicine brings together some of the most popular articles from the Scholar Sage online magazine, alongside new material from Damo Mitchell. It includes:

· How the teaching of the 'three worms' (Sanchong) demonstrates the way Daoism pulls together models of the physical, energetic, spiritual and psychological
· A translation of and commentary on the Classic of Breath and Qi Consolidation, an important Daoist classical poem that discusses the relationship of Jing and Qi in the body
· The importance of the pineal gland in Daoist alchemical thought
· The internal alchemy of Fire, Water, Dragon and Tiger
· The meaning behind the pairs of Fu Dogs often seen guarding the entrances of Chinese temples, government buildings and restaurants
· How Fa Jin works
· How increasing your 'excitement threshold' can help you to find contentment in states of perpetual centeredness
· Understanding and using food energetics
· And much more.

Helping you to think about your practice in new ways, the book features contributions from senior students at the Lotus Nei Gong School of Daoist Arts, including Roni Edlund, Paul Mitchell, Donna Pinker and Dr Seb Smith.

Reviews:R Scott Malone wrote:

Love, love, love it!
Great book, great information and I'll bet he has enough for 6 more like it!
I'd buy everything he has written in hardback and call it a proper library


The Art of the Lotus and the Moon

Book Cover: Daoist Nei Gong for Women
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 24.95
ISBN: 1848192975
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 288

Although the energetic anatomy of men and women is different, the ancient teachings of Nu Dan, a separate branch of internal alchemy for women, have been lost in the literature over the centuries and only survive through practice in the lineages. This book takes a detailed look at female energetic anatomy, exploring how it is different from its male counterpart, and explains and describes the specific practices which support the unique strengths and challenges that the female energy system presents. Previously wrapped in secrecy, the teachings in this book include qigong exercises that activate the energy of the uterus and an explanation of how menstruation and a connection to the cycles of the moon can be converted into a tool for Nei Gong development.

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Reviews:Daisy Lee wrote:

I knew I had found a rare treasure for my instructors and students when I read Roni and Damo's Daoist Nei Gong for Women. Thorough, deep and wise, this is a voluminous "must-have" on any serious Qigong/ Neigong practitioner's shelf. It is sure to answer all questions women will have on these ancient health and empowerment practices, as up until now, so few knowledgeable books have been written about them. Women practitioners will now have a deep well to draw from, gleaning wisdom from two of the finest teachers of Neigong in the modern world

Dana L. wrote:

Roni Edlund and Damo Mitchell have done a great job in presenting the material in a very clear and easy to follow manner, while maintaining the depth and integrity of the traditions they are drawing from. It is no small task to present physical exercises in literary form and yet even the physical practices are laid out in a clear and easy to follow manner. By directly addressing the female practitioner and the ways in which her path is different from her male counterparts, this book helps tremendously towards the integration of the ancient Daoist arts and the contemporary context they are now alive in. I hope a second volume comes along in the future!


Clearing the Meridins and Awakening the Spine in Nei Gong

Book Cover: The Four Dragons
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 29.95
ISBN: 1848192266
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 256

Within the context of a larger discussion of Dao Yin, Damo Mitchell teaches and explains the Dragon Dao Yin exercises, a set of four short sequences designed to work with the subtle energies of the spine and lead pathogenic energies out of the body.

More 'Yang' in nature than Qi Gong, Dao Yin focuses on outwards movements and strong internal cleansing. The book highlights this important distinction and covers the theory, history and development of Dao Yin exercises, as well as the relationship between Chinese medical theory and Dao Yin training. One chapter is devoted to problems related to stagnation and the flow of Qi, and explains the different causes and forms of stagnation. Later chapters look at breathing patterns and the extension of Yi, opening the joints, and rotating the bones and spine. Damo Mitchell also discusses stillness as the source of movement, the philosophical significance of the Dragon and the pearl, and the means of hardwiring Dao Yin exercises into the energetic body. Central to the discussion is the concept of the spine, and how to wake it up.

For the first time in the English language, the Dragon exercises – Awakening, Swimming, Soaring and Drunken – are described in detail, with photographs and step-by-step instructions on each of the exercises as individual therapeutic exercises and as a form.

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Reviews:Barbara Abrams wrote:

The Four Dragons brilliantly conveys, with ease, clarity, and a refreshing sense of humor, ancient Daoist principles and teachings of Qi Gong, Dao Yin and Nei Dan. Until now this information has been shrouded in mystery and secrecy, behind monastery walls, for millennia. With practice, both the beginner and the advanced student will benefit greatly by the reading of this book, experiencing rapid improvements in health and wellbeing. One who cultivates further will be guided to the deepest levels of inner consciousness

Steve Galloway wrote:

The Four Dragons completes a trilogy of plain English Daoist Nei Gong titles setting out a methodology which has proven so successful at Damo Mitchell's courses in Europe, the USA, and Asia. Damo's structured approach to physical health and energetic purging has connected a current generation of students to the energetic realm and prepared them for the next proposition in the Daoist Arts - nei dan


Meridian Theory in Nei Gong

Book Cover: Heavenly Streams
Editions:Paperback - First Edition: $ 29.95
ISBN: 1848191162
Size: 9.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 304

The art of connecting with, feeling and adjusting the energy body using the consciousness is a key aspect of Nei Gong and Qi Gong. It sits somewhere between Qi Gong, meditation and the lesser-known art of Shen Gong, and although it is known in China it has never before been written about in an accessible way in the West.

Damo Mitchell provides step-by-step instructions on how to experience the various elements which make up the energy body, explaining how to identify and feel these, and how to diagnose imbalances and restore harmony. He describes the nature of the five elements, the meridians and the meridian points, inviting the reader to experience them through guided internal exercises using the body, breath and mind. Instructional drawings and photographs are included throughout the book.

Connecting the fundamentals of Chinese medicine with the lesser-known spiritual and esoteric aspects of practice, this book will be of great interest to intermediate and advanced practitioners of Qi Gong, Nei Gong, Taijiquan and Chinese medicine.

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Reviews:Zhongxian Wu wrote:

Like all the ancient Daoist traditions, the art of classical Chinese medicine is one rooted in experiential learning. In Heavenly Streams, Damo Mitchell shares an inner method to access our meridians and points. It is a valuable guidebook for those interested in practicing with the subtle energies of their own bodies

Steve Galloway wrote:

Delivered with an informal familiarity that has already sparked so many imaginations at Damo's course lectures across Europe and the United States, Heavenly Streams peels away Daoism's persistently obscure mystical dogma to put today's practitioners in touch with internal arts and the energetic realm