Autumnal Greetings 2016

Autumn 2016

One leaf knows it is autumn

Dear Qi-friends,

Autumnal greetings from the peaceful and calm Norrtälje bay (in sunny Sweden)!

In China, we have a famous proverb: YiYeZhiQiu 一葉知龝 , which means ‘one leaf knows it is autumn.’ This red leaf caught my eyes as I was strolling with my daughter in the nature reserve last week … it reminded me that my one month summer vacation (Swedish style) was drawing to an end and that I would be writing this newsletter soon.

Autumn Begins 7 August … 

Although autumn begins on August 7, 2016 and the Cold Water cosmological energy might bring some welcomed cooling for a brief spell (especially in those areas that have been experiencing an unusual heat wave), ShuHuoZhiQi 暑火之氣, or Hot Fire Qi, will be in full force before completely retreating around August 25th.

Expect to have some extremely hot days until then! This will especially hold true for those of you who have experienced an uncommonly hot summer these last couple of months.

HanShuiZhoQi 寒水之氣 – Cold Water Extreme

However, HanShuiZhoQi 寒水之氣, or Cold Water energy, will dominate the remainder of the fall season, with some areas experiencing atypical rainstorms, hail storms and/or snowstorms.

Cold Water Caution! 

This extreme Cold Water influence may cause some difficulties for those of you who have potential weakness in gastrointestinal function, any kind of joint problem, an over heavy body, poor hearing, and/or lower back pain. This harming influence will be strong from September 22nd through November 22nd.

Cold Water Prevention

To avoid the deleterious influence of Cold Water energy and maintain balance in your life, please center your diet around healthy foods and place more emphasis on eating foods with pungent flavors. Also, please keep up with your daily Qigong practice.

Drinking plantain tea everyday will have special health benefits for most of us during this coming autumn season.

2016 Teaching Schedule Update

In order to support our Qi-friends cultivation, we will continue to expand my teachings in the states and throughout Europe.

Two upcoming retreats full

We are excited that many cultivation friends from around the world will be joining us in our next two upcoming retreats:

1. Our two year GanZhi Advanced Daoist Arts Program, in which I will systematically teach the relationships of the GanZhi to Chinese cosmology, astrology, the Yijing, classical chinese medicine, and internal alchemy, is full. We will be welcoming a international group of students to study here in Sweden every 6 months for the next two years.

2. To commemorate the 15th year of the passing of one my most influential teachers, Grandmaster Yang RonJi 楊榮籍 , I will be sharing (for the first time) the first 12 movements of the HuaShan 24 form. For this training, we will be meeting in a retreat style setting in upstate, New York. Although registration for this event is full, you are welcome to join us for part 2, in October 2017.

Still time to join a weekend course!

There are still a few spaces left in several of my upcoming weekend events this fall (in New York city; in Stockholm, Sweden; in Strasbourg, France; and in Aberdeen, Scotland). If you would like to participate, please check out the teaching schedule on my website for details.

Looking Ahead to 2017

During our extended spring 2017 teaching trip to the Pacific Northwest area of the United States, I will offer several events to support our local Qi-friends in Portland, Oregon…

Fire Dragon Shamanic Martial Arts Form Retreat

For years, students have been asking me to teach them the Fire Dragon Shamanic Martial Arts Form. I have finally decided to offer training of this special form from the EMei Shamanic Lineage. In a five day retreat, we will learn and practice this powerful form, which is based on the Yijing Eight Trigrams Arrangement.

Dai XinYi Chopstick form

I will be continuing teaching the Dai XinYi Teacher Certification series. In the next session, held in February 2017, I will be teaching the XinYi Chopstick Form. Each workshop in this series is open to the general public, to students of all levels, and is offered independently, meaning you are welcome to join us for as many of these trainings as you like, in any order that fits your schedule.

2016/2017 Winter/Spring Highlights

Best wishes for a healthy and happy harvest season from Karin and I,

Master Wu

Happy Longevity Peach Day! … and happy summer :)

Santorini - October 13, 2014
Santorini - October 13, 2014


9 April 2016

Dear Qi friends,

Happy Longevity Peach Day! Happy birthday to the Spirit of North! Happy birthday to Grandmaster Zhao!

Traditionally, Longevity Peach Day is the day when the Queen Mother of the West would invite all the immortals to KunLun Mountain in celebration. During the festivities, she offered Longevity Peaches … eating one Longevity Peach was known to bring 3,000 years of life!

Spirit of the North is XuanWu 玄武 – and is also the spirit of Water Element.  In Daoism, we believe XuanWu brings new life energy into the world and protects all beings.

Grandmaster Zhao ShouRong carries the lineage of the Dai Family style of XinYi (Heart Mind) internal alchemy and martial arts system. He was born on this special auspicious day, the third day of the third month in lunar calender.

Karin, Zenna, and I hope the spiritual energies of these two immortals (and Grandmaster Zhao) will bring happiness, health, and prosperity into your lives.

Good News!

I would like to share a couple of pieces of good news with you before I share more about the cosmological influences that will be influencing us all this summer.

  • The registration for our newly launched GanZhi Advanced Daoist Arts program is full! This two year course will be held in Sweden. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please send us an email.

  • Session three of the Lifelong Training Program is also full! This session will meet at a beautiful lodge nestled in the base of Mt. Adams in southern Washington state (USA).  It will be great to spend a week cultivating with old Qi friends.

  • Our publisher, Singing Dragon, is offering a free online Qigong festivalon April 21-22, 2016. Please check out the link – there will be a lot of interesting information available! For this event, I have donated one of my most popular previously published articles, The Pure Yang Mudra part I.

  • My wife Karin is busy writing the GanZhi BaZi Workbook! This book will provide essential and practical information on Chinese astrology … including the secret method (never before published) of how to calculate the astrology chart without a Chinese calendar book or a questionably accurate GanZhi app. Our goal is for the book to be available during the 2016 winter holiday season.

Summer Greetings

You may be wondering why I am sending you all this summer seasonal newsletter almost one month ahead of schedule. The answer is twofold:

Teaching trip in the Pacific Northwest

First, we will be leaving Sweden on Monday for a long teaching trip in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. We will have an entire month of back to back teachings scheduled, which will prevent me from doing any writing!

Third month of Spring – the Dragon month

Secondly, the third month of spring this season has unusual energetic pattern – one that differs from the general spring pattern I wrote about in my last newsletter. As such, I would like to give you a specific guidance about the upcoming Dragon month:

RenChen 壬辰 (Yang Water Dragon)

Even though many friends who are living in the northern hemisphere have enjoyed some nice warm spring energy, this month, RenChen 壬辰 (Yang Water Dragon), will carry in some Cold Water energy. Some friends may have already experienced snow storms during the last couple of days.

Please still follow my previous recommendations for the spring Qigong practice during this Dragon month.  However, please do not continue eating the cooling foods I mentioned in my Spring 2016 newsletter. Until 5 May make sure to consume food and drink with warming energy, such as ginger tea and adding cinnamon spice to your warming foods (like lamb stew).

Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!

From the Daoist cosmological perspective, the starting point of the summer season falls on May 5th this year. The energy of Mars will definitely dominate the summer – the power of Fire will be in full effect! I predict that many of us will experience an extremely hot summer, especially during the period of May 20 – July 20. This heat wave could last all the way through to the first month of autumn (until September 7th) in some areas.

Supporting patients through the heat

Clinically, practitioners will see that many of their clients will present with problems relating to heat disease, such as poor hearing, nose bleeds, cough, abscess, skin sores, red eyes, thyroid hyperplasia, sore throat, and even sudden death.

Starting on May 5th, please guide your patients to consume foods and drinks that are cooling in nature.

As I mentioned in my last letter, drinking high quality green tea will be a good choice to help disperse the heat this summer. I recently got some fabulous green tea shipped to me from my friends in China – the first harvest of the year!🙂

Those of you who are tea aficionados may be able to notice the high quality nature of this tea and even its powerful Qi in the photo down below.

Cultivating with the heat

As always, the best way to maintain your balance throughout all the changes life brings is to continue your daily Qigong practice.

The Monkey Internal Alchemy Meditation practice I have shared before (from my book, XinYi WuDao) is still a powerful choice to help you balance your energy.

Regardless of your specific cultivation practice, please remember this advice:

The enlightened being cultivates while facing brightness

Wishing Peaceful Qi to you and your families from the three of us,

Master Wu

Cultivation yields transformation – come join us!

In order to support our Qi-friends inner transformation process, I am expanding my 2016 teachings. Below please find an overview of upcoming training opportunities. Please click the event name for details.

Happy Spring! Happy New Year!


February 4, 2016

Dear Qi friends,

Happy BingShen 丙申! (The Year of Yang Fire Monkey) Happy Chinese New Year!

Year of the Fire Monkey began 4 February, 2016 at 17:45 (Beijing time)

According to the principles of Chinese cosmology and astrology, a new Chinese animal year or astrological year always begins with LiChun 立春 (Establishing Spring), the moment each year when the Sun reaches the exact celestial longitude of 315 degrees.

Chinese New Year (lunar calendar) is February 8, 2016

In contrast, the Chinese New Year is always marked by the lunar calendar and falls on the day of the second new moon after the winter solstice, which this year, falls on February 8th.

BingShen, Mercury, Mars and Saturn and you …

From a cosmological perspective, the energies of Mercury, Mars, and Saturn will influence our living environment during the Year of BingShen.

According to Daoist Five Element cosmology and alchemy principles, these energies will manifest as Cold Water, Heat Fire, and Wind Wood.

In other words, we will experience dramatic weather patterns this year, with weather patterns shifting very quickly. This pattern will prove difficult for those of you who have weak gastrointestinal function, kidney function, or heart function.

BingShen, Mercury, Mars and Saturn for practitioners …

Clinically, practitioners will see more clients with problems relating to heart disease, diarrhea, hearing, headaches, eyesight, and/or skin problems throughout the year.

As always, I will offer more information about the specific seasonal influences in my future newsletters.

Join me on Twitter!

I have been writing these seasonal greetings for many years now and have had requests from some of you to stay in touch more often.

With this in mind, I have just started sharing some traditional cultivation wisdom with Qi friends through Twitter. Don’t worry, the frequency of my Tweets will not overwhelm you! I post only at those random moments I have an inspiration.

You are welcome to follow me on Twitter @masterwu99

The Beginning of Spring

LiChun also marks the beginning of the spring season. Although spring officially starts today, February 4th, I felt that the warm spring energy arrived earlier than anticipated (last week), at least here on the east coast of Sweden.

This Spring, Expect Heat Fire 

Although there will be some cold days interspersed throughout this spring season, it will likely warm up quickly!

The dominant Heat Fire energy in this spring will cause blood, lung, and/or skin related problems for many of us.

Balance the Heat Fire with Cooling Energy

Cooling foods and tea will be good for balancing out the Heat Fire this spring season. I recommend that you enjoy foods like daikon radish and bitter melon regularly.

During tea time, choose chrysanthemum, green, and white teas!

Go to Bed Early!

Even though it is getting lighter and lighter outside, going to bed early will help preserve your Yang energy. It also will make it easier for you to get up early for your early morning cultivation practice!

In general, going to bed early will be great for your health during this spring season.

Maintain Your Health through Daily Qigong

Of course, as I always emphasize, the best way to maintain your balance is to continue your daily Qigong practice. I recommend you try the Monkey Internal Alchemy Meditation practice from my book, The 12 Chinese Animals. The benefits from this practice will be greatly enhanced when you cultivate this energy during this year of the monkey.

Emerging from the Dragon’s Den!

After our annual winter hibernation period, spent focusing on our personal cultivation, we are following the seasonal Qi and have emerged from the Dragon’s Den!

Weekly Qigong in Stockholm

I have started sharing my practice again with Qi friends here in Stockholm with a weekly lunchtime Qigong course.

Of course I will continue my teaching/travel schedule through out the states and Europe this spring!

In Loving Memory of Grandmaster Yang RongJi 楊榮籍

This coming autumn will mark the 15th anniversary of the passing of one of my most influential teachers, Grand Master Yang RonJi.

According to Daoist numerology, the number 15 represents perfect, complete cycle, reunion, or return.

In special honor of his spirit and of the Hidden Immortal Lineage, we are offering a Taiji retreat in southern Washington state (the Pacific Northwest area of the US) this coming April.

In honor of Grandmaster Yang’s spiritual return, we are also offering part one of the HuaShan 華山 24 Form in upstate New York during the spiritual birthday of the Big Dipper constellation (part two will be offered in 2017).

As I have written about the Hidden Immortal Lineage Taiji form in my book, Seeking the Spirit of the Book of Change, I will share a little about the HuaShan 24 Form for you here:

The HuaShan 24

HuaShan is one of the most sacred Daoist Mountains in China. It represents the Metal Element and martial power. The HuaShan 24 is the most simple, yet most challenging and most powerful form I have ever practiced.

I clearly remember the moment Grandmaster Yang began to teach me the HuaShan 24 Form. After many years of training the Hidden Immortal Lineage Taiji form, one on one, he told me that he believed I had mastered the physical aspects of my Taiji form and that it was time for me to find my GongFu 功夫 (meaning inner power) within my Taiji. The HuaShan 24 is the form he taught me in order to help me get to the next level.

Since then, I have practiced the HuaShan 24 to strengthen my GongFu regularly and held the practice secret. For the first time, I am now ready to share the entire form with students. All students who are ready to take this challenge are welcome to join us for part one of the HuaShan 24 in Accord, NY in October!

2016 training opportunities:

For your convenience, here is a brief list of my upcoming teaching events:

I hope you can make it to one of these events! As always you can check my website for updates on my teaching schedule.

Cooling Qi to you and your families from the three of us,

Master Wu

Warm Winter Greetings 2015!

Dear Qi friends,

Happy winter from the misty and mystical Norrtälje bay! Karin, Zenna, and I hope you and your family will enjoy this upcoming white holiday season!

Although winter 2016 officially starts today, I experienced some early snowy moments during my teaching at Northern Dipper Temple in upstate New York in October – a preview of what is ahead…

Get Ready for the Cold!

According to Chinese cosmology, this winter season will be extremely cold in the most areas of northern hemisphere, as compared with the last few winters. I expect this to be especially true in those areas that missed cold weather last winter, for instance, in the Stockholm area, where we currently live.

The Cold Water Qi (manifested as heavy mist, rainstorms and snowstorms) will officially kick in about two weeks from now.

Protect your Kidneys from Cold Water Qi

For many of us, this Cold Water season may be accompanied by joint pain, lower back pain, or/and pain along the spine. This will be especially true for those who have weaker kidney Qi.

In order to preserve and cultivate your kidney Qi, please keep yourself warm over the next few months. It is also a good idea to eat root vegetable stews for dinner and to drink ginger tea in the morning throughout the winter season.

Cultivation for Strengthening the Kidneys

Practicing HunYuanZhuang 混元樁 (the primordial stance) from the Dai family XinYi tradition everyday will be a powerful way to strengthen your kidney Qi. If you are interested, you will find more details of this special cultivation method below.

Preserving your Energy

Winter is the greatest season to preserve your energy by holding it deep within. I typically reduce my teaching activities during this season in order to focus on my personal cultivation and enjoy cozy time with my family during the winter season.  I will do the same this winter!

Finishing up weekly classes in Stockholm for 2015

I will continue teaching my weekly Taiji class on Tuesdays in Stockholm this month. The Stockholm group has been enjoying our Hidden Immortal Lineage Taiji Mother Form practice over the last few months.

International Congress of Chinese Metaphysics in Bratislava

In early December, I will offer several teachings at the International Congress of Chinese Metaphysics. This will mark my first visit to Slovakia!

Looking ahead to 2016

Baltimore, Maryland:
I am looking forward to returning to Baltimore, Maryland from March 4-6.  I will be offering a Dao of Tea event on Friday evening, followed by a weekend workshop featuring Mt. EMei’s practice of Opening the Spiritual Fortress and a review of the XinYi Dragon Body form.

Portland, Oregon:
From April 15-May 11, I will turn for another extended teaching trip to Portland, Oregon: Shamanic HealingFire Dragon Meridian Qigong, and the BaGua XinJing.

Palmer and Anchorage, Alaska:
I will be making a short trip to Palmer (XinYi WuXing) and Anchorage, Alaska (ChaDaoDragon BodyOpening the Spiritual Fortress) during the weekend of April 29-May 1.

Lifelong Training Program level one in 2016

In order to support the growing demands of our Lifelong Traning program, we will open new entry level trainings both in the US and Europe in 2016.

  • The US level one training will be held in Glenwood, Washington from April 19-25
  • The European level one training will be held on Flatön, Sweden from August 17-22

XinYi Certification Series Continues in 2016

After a successful Dai XinYi BaGua teacher certification course last year, we will offer another XinYi certification course in 2016. The foundation for all Dai family XinYi forms is the WuXing QuanMu form. We will hold XinYi WuXing QuanMu training in Portland, Oregon from May 2-4.

GanZhi Program!

At last, after many years of preparation, we will launch our GanZhi program in Europe! It will take place on Flatön, Sweden in September 2-7.

Please check our website for updates!

For updates and details of my teaching schedule, please visit my website (

Warm Qi from Karin and I,

Master Wu


HunYuan Zhuang 混元樁 


  • Bend your knees slightly, tuck your tailbone in and tighten your bottom muscles.
  • Curve your back and close your shoulders by bringing them close together in front of your body and sucking in your chest.
  • Bring your forearms and hands together in front of your body (the pinky edge of your hands are together) with your palms facing forward.  The back of your hands rest on your thighs as you hold your arms as close to your body as your can.
  • Keep your head upright with eyesight in horizontal.


  • With each breath, breathe with your lungs, your skin, and your navel.
  • With each inhalation, imagine all the pores of your skin are open and allow the universal Qi, like sunlight, to enter into your body and gather at your navel.
  • With each exhalation, imagine the Qi descends from your navel to your DanTian 丹田 (the elixir field in your lower belly).

Autumnal Greetings 2015


Dear Qi friends,

Greetings from the sunny and cool Stockholm archipelago! After several weeks of long, cold and rainy summer days, everyone is now out basking in the sunshine. Even in the big capital city, it is not at all unusual to see women and men sunbathing in tiny bathing suits in city parks or even just a small patch of grass as soon as the sunlight breaks out of the thick clouds or after chilly storms.

Alternating weather patterns ahead

Actually, this alternating weather pattern of warm/hot and cool/hot will be the typical pattern weather pattern for this coming autumn. Yes, autumn is here! According to Chinese cosmology,  autumn starts today, August 8, 2015!

The effects of excess heat

These climatic variations may cause excess heat in the body, which can weaken heart and kidney function, and be difficult for those who suffer from migraine headaches. Eating fresh watermelon and peaches (in this first stage of Autumn) will help the transition and smooth out excess heat in our bodies

Monkeys and your lungs!?!

Autumn is known as the Metal season and it is a great time for you to spend more time practicing Qigong. As you know, Qigong strengthens your internal and external Qi as well as your lung function. You will be able to easily eliminate excess heat in the body if your lungs are functioning well.

The Monkey cultivation practice from my book, The 12 Chinese Animals will be a great way to strengthen your lungs!

Continued trainings offered in Europe and US

To continue support our Qi-friends’ cultivation practice, we have been expanding our teaching in Europe while maintaining our teaching schedule in the United States. We just returned from a long teaching trip in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and will soon be headed back to the west coast of Sweden for two lifelong training retreats.

Chinese Astrology and Shamanic Shaking in Nottingham, England

In September, I will again be offering some brief teachings on Chinese medical astrology and the Chinese shamanic shaking tradition for friends at the British Acupuncture Council.

Daoist Internal Alchemy in NYC

In October, I will be offering some intensive trainings for my senior students and will also will teach a special Daoist internal alchemy form in NYC, which will be open to the general public.

Learn more!

If you are interested in learning more, please check my website ( for details.

In support of your ZhengQi 正炁 cultivation from Karin and I,

Master Wu

Summer is coming!


Summer is Coming! … as so is the rain

Dear Qi friends,

Greetings from our charming small town on the coast Sweden! My wife Karin and I have been soaking up this precious time with our sweet infant daughter. We were lucky to have a smooth home birth here in Stockholm in January and have been enjoying every moment with our baby since.

We moved from the big city two months ago and are enjoying as much outdoor time as possible, taking nice long walks in our little historic town and in the gorgeous nature surrounding us – everything brimming with Spring Qi. We are also well prepared with proper outdoor equipment for this coming rainy summer season!

TaiYin ShiTu 太陰濕土 Major Yin Damp Earth

Yes, summer is coming, as so is the rain!According to my understanding of Chinese cosmology, summer will begin on 5th May 2015. The rainy season will kick in around mid-May and will likely last about two months. The cosmological term for this rainy energy is TaiYin ShiTu 太陰濕土 – Major Yin Damp Earth.Under the influence of this cosmological Qi, we will not only be experiencing more damp, rainy days than the last several summers, but will also expect many people to experience some health issues involving digestive problems, weak lung Qi, brittle heart, joint pain, and ulcers.

Food as Medicine

I have started eating 15 Chinese dates everyday, drinking glasses of water mixed with a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar, and making bitter mushroom tea from some mushrooms I harvested last year from birch trees. For those of you who are interested, I believe that eating foods of a naturally sweet nature (of course by this I do not mean sugared foods), as well as sour and bitter flavors will help strengthen your vital energy this summer.

Qi as Medicine

In addition to making wise food choices, I encourage you to keep up with your daily Qigong practice in order to maintain your health and well-being. Actually, practicing the Goat Daoist internal alchemy practice that I discussed in my previous newsletter is still a good idea (the detailed practice can be found in my book, The 12 Chinese Animals). Regular practice of “Goat Qigong” will bring powerful benefits if you practice it throughout the summer.

Training Schedule Highlights

This summer, I will continue offering teachings throughout Europe and the U.S. in order to support our Qi friends’ cultivation. Here are some highlights:

Rothenburg, Germany

  • May 13-16:  I will teach Fire Dragon Meridian Qigong and Cosmic Orbit Qigong for the 46th annual TCM Congress in Rothenburg, Germany. More than 1,200 Chinese medicine practitioners from 35 countries will attend the congress – exciting!

Nantes, France

  • May 29- 31: Registration for the Shamanic Tiger Qigong workshop in Nantes, France has been fully booked since October 2014. It will be nice to meet many new friends in France!

Pacific Northwest (U.S.)

  • July 10: We will kick off our Pacific Northwest teaching trip with ChaDao QinDao in Portland, Oregon. We will explore traditional Chinese culture through an evening of tea and live GuQin music.
  • July 11-12:  We will be offering the Dragon Body: The Secret of Daoist Internal Alchemy workshop in Portland, Oregon.  This will mark only the second time I have ever shared this powerful 6 movement form from the inner teachings of Dai Family XinYi tradition. 


  • July 21-24:  We are looking forward to hosting Lifelong Training session 2 at a beautiful retreat center/23 acre organic farm located in a pristine highland valley near the base of Mt Adams (in southern Washington state). This training is open for anyone who has completed the Level 1 training.


  • July 21-24:  BaGua XinJing Certification in Sandy, Oregon (about 40 minutes from Portland). We will launch our Dai Family XinYi teaching certification series this year. In order to train future teachers of Dai Family XinYi practices, we have developed this series to preserve this unique system of knowledge with students who are committed to classical Daoist internal alchemy practices.


  • August 20-25: Lifelong Training level 1 on Flatön.  We are happy to be returning to the Bohuslän archipelago off the west coast of Sweden (…voted one of the 10 greatest wilderness areas in the world). The spaces are filling up, so please email us to check availability before sending your application or deposit.
We hope you will be able to make it to one of these teaching events!

Karin and I are wishing you all strong inner fire this summer,
Master Wu

Three New Years Greetings from Master Wu

spring 2015 copy

YiWei 乙未

Three New Years Greetings


Dear Qi-friends,

Greetings from sunny Stockholm! Unlike the record warm winter we had last year, we are finally experiencing some snow and freezing temperatures this winter. My wife Karin and I are enjoying this winter-Qi – the greatest source for rejuvenating all new life energy. We will continue to take advantage of the winter feeling and maintain our focus on our annual winter personal retreat. I am sending this seasonal greeting a little early this year because I would like to share some special cultivation ideas for the coming new energetic year with you all.


Utilize the rhythm of Nature

According to ZhouYiCanTongQi 周易參同契, one of the most important Daoist internal alchemy classics, the rhythm of nature has great influence on human beings, and it is therefore important to understand the rhythm of nature and know how to cultivate with the changing rhythms.

By doing so, you will optimize your potential for inner transformation and for deep healing to occur.

Three New Years!

There will be three important shifts in the rhythm of Qi as we move from the current JiaWu 甲午 Year to the coming YiWei 乙未 Year:

  • Cosmological New Year – Alchemical Qi
  • Animal New Year – Yang (Solar) Qi
  • Chinese New Year – Yin (Lunar) Qi


Cosmological New Year – Alchemical Qi

This YiWei 乙未 Cosmological Year will start January 20, 2015

The Heavenly Stem Yi 乙 represents Yin Wood and the Earthly Branch Wei 未 represents the Earth and carries the Goat as its spiritual animal.  According to Chinese cosmology, I expect that the coming year’s climatic pattern to be influenced by Revenge Fire, Damp Earth, and Cold Water energies.

This means that I predict more rainstorms than average this year, with hail in the summer and snow storms in the winter.

I also expect that there will be strong windstorms in the coming months, especially on west coast area of your region.


Animal New Year – Yang (Solar) Qi

 Spring season will begin on February 4, 2015

The next animal sign begins on LiChun 立春, which marks the beginning of spring. LiChun is one of the 24 15-day segments in the annual solar cycle.  According to WanNianLi 萬年曆, the Chinese Ten-Thousand Year Calender, spring season will begin on February 4, 2015.

In my tradition, the coming of spring correlates with the start of a new annual animal sign – and this year it will be YiWei, the Year of Yin Wood Goat. In Chinese astrology, one of the four pillars that make up the basic chart is the animal which correlates to the Solar year of birth.

For example, all babies who are born between February 4, 2015-February 4, 2016 will have the Yin Wood Goat as their yearly animal sign.

Whether you have a goat in your chart or not, we will all be affected by the Goat energy this year.

Here is a brief synopsis of the symbolism of the Goat, as extracted from my book The 12 Chinese Animals:

“Goats give you gentle and peaceful feelings when they chew grass with a slow, grinding motion. Yet they move with great speed and agility when navigating their way through rough, rocky, mountainous areas. They have strong horns and are always ready to defeat their enemies.

Goat is the eighth animal symbol in the 12 Chinese Animals System.

We use Wei 未 to represent the Goat symbol in the 12 Earthly Branches.

Wei is a symbol for the 13:00–14:59 time of day, and for the sixth month in the Chinese Lunar-Solar calendar (which is approximately July 7 to August 8 in the Gregorian solar calendar).

Wei represents the napping time of day and the third summer month when nature is in its ripest season. It is a time or a place where Yang energy (life energy) continues its decline and when the life cycle becomes more mellow. We use the tidal hexagram Dun  ䷠ to symbolize the Goat.”

Chinese (Lunar) New Year – Yin (Lunar) Qi

This year we will celebrate the New Year on February 19, 2015

The Chinese New Year falls on the second new moon after the Winter solstice each year. This year we will celebrate the New Year on February 19, 2015. In China, we also call the New Year ChunJie 春節, or Spring Festival.

The Spring Festival is the most important and longest holiday of the year in China, the one in which we all prioritize spending time with family and friends. Traditionally, the celebration begins new year’s eve and lasts for almost an entire month.


YiWei and your Health

While the combination of YiWei energies will be good for those of you who need support from the Wood elements, it will also possibly cause added difficulties for those of you who have weak lung Qi, poor digestive function, and/or a lower sexual drive.

Some people will suffer more pain in their joints and tendons over the next couple of months.

I will go into more detail about how the seasonal cosmological influences will effect us in my coming seasonal greetings.


YiWei New Years Qigong – Goat Internal Alchemy

As I always emphasis, Qigong practice is a great medicine that will help you maintain balance and a sense of well being in your life.

The special Goat internal alchemy qigong form will be a powerful addition to your daily Qigong practice during this YiWei year.

This year, I will teach the entire 12 Chinese Animals Internal Alchemy form in Anchorage, Alaska on Sunday April 19th. In the workshop, I will explain the form in relation to the twelve Tidal Hexagrams – the spirit of Yijing (I Ching), and cover healing and spiritual transformation applications of the form.

For those of you who will be unable to join us in Anchorage, here is one of the Goat internal alchemy practices for you:

Tidal Hexagram Dun ䷠ Meditation

With a lit candle in front of you, start the meditation by straightening your back and feeling that your body is as stable as a mountain.

Make the Dun mudra by placing each thumb on the tip of the ring finger. The tip of the ring finger is related to the hexagram Dun.

With open and relaxed fingers, place your right mudra on your right knee, palm facing up and raise your left mudra to the level of your left shoulder, palm facing forward.

Adjust your breathing to be slow, smooth, deep, and even.

Feel each breath connect with your spleen, heart, and liver.

Meditate in this position for as long as you can.

At the close of your meditation, please cite this little prayer:

May the Spiritual Lights shine on my unwavering mind

May the Spiritual Lights shine on my unbroken breath

May the Spiritual Lights shine on my unpolluted body

Spring Courses in the US!

Below please find a brief summary of my upcoming courses in the US.

Events with a special early registration price are noted.


QiDao ChaDao: Qigong and the Dao of Tea

Qigong is an ancient technique for healing and inner cultivation. For thousands of years, sages have used the tea ceremony as a gateway to understand the Dao. Please join us for a sampling of special Chinese tea and demonstration of traditional Qigong.


March 13 2015 in Baltimore, MD (click for further details)

April 17 2015 in Anchorage, AK (click for further details)


Dragon Body: The Secret of Daoist Internal Alchemy

In Chinese culture, the dragon represents shifting, changing, invisible, mystery, flexibility, transformation, high spirituality, supernatural, and power.

The Dragon Body practice is a way to express all the characteristics of the dragon in your cultivation practice.

This practice strengthens the vital link between the governing meridian and conception meridian and is one of the most important ZhouTian 周天 (Cosmic Orbit) methods to transform your Qi and nourish your spirit.


March 14-15, 2015 in Baltimore, MD (click for further details)

*Please take advantage of the discounted early registration price and register before February 6!


Daoist Internal Alchemy – BaGuaXinJing 八卦心鏡

In this BaGua XinJing (Eight Trigrams Heart-Mirror) training, we will review HunYuanZhuang 混元樁, the fundamental Heart-Mind standing posture, and the XinJing – the eight gentle movements designed to increase physical strength, nourish the joints and balance the mind. This practice represents the very foundation of YiJing (I Ching) philosophy.


March 15, 2015 in Baltimore, MD (click for further details)

April 18, 2015 in Anchorage, AK (click for further details)

*Alaskans, please take advantage of the discounted early registration price and register before February 17!


Daoist Internal Alchemy – ShengXiaoGong 生肖功

The twelve rhythms of nature are represented by ShengXiaoGong (Twelve Animals Qigong), from China’s esoteric Mt. EMei shamanic Qigong lineage, and give us access to the deepest spirit of the Yijing (I Ching).

April 19, 2015 in Anchorage, AK (click for further details)

*Alaskans, please take advantage of the discounted early registration price and register before February 17!


Karin and I are wishing you and your families a healthy and happy year of the Goat!


Master Zhongxian Wu

Winter Greetings 2014

Dear Qi-friends,

Winter Greetings from the Baltic Sea! It is auspicious that today, the last day of autumn, we have had our first snow to welcome in the winter. According to Chinese cosmology, winter will officially begin tomorrow, November 7, 2014.

Winter and Water

Winter is the season represented by the Water element. Water symbolizes darkness, mystery, wisdom, and rejuvenation.  From the Daoist perspective, Water is the primary element – the place from which all life energy begins. For these reasons, winter is the time for recharging our vital Qi and is the best season for our internal cultivation practice.

Time to Tonify and Cultivate

In China, we have a common saying – DongLingJinBu 冬令進補, which means ‘take the tonic during winter.’ Even young children know that during the winter season we must take special care to replenish our stores for the next annual cycle. To do so, we eat deeply nourishing foods every day and regularly supplement with tonifying Chinese herbs – even if we are already feeling healthy.

For Qigong and martial arts practitioners, we additionally emphasize the importance of DongLianSanJiu 冬煉三九 – dedicating yourself to daily practice during the coldest period of winter.

Are you ready?

In order to enhance my energy and strengthen my inner power, I practice Qigong and/or martial arts every morning. I have found it is extremely beneficial to continue my outdoor practice during the  coldest months.

I remember a specific Qigong workshop I taught during the winter of 1994, when I was still working as an engineer in China. I guided over 100 students through a special outdoor Qigong practice in freezing temperatures (and with plenty of snow on the ground). We practiced for almost 2 hours straight. Although some students were a little intimidated at first, by the end of our session everyone felt that it was the most amazing and invigorating Qigong experience they had ever had.

Are you ready for the challenge?

Dry Metal and Cold Water

Of course, each winter has its own unique features as well. Compared with last winter, in most parts of northern hemisphere it will be much colder this year. Unlike last year, I do not expect that we will experience a mild winter here in the Stockholm area. Like many places, we will encounter some heavy snowstorms and experience the Dry Metal and Cold Water (ZaoJin HanShui 燥金寒水) cosmological Qi.

Balancing the Effects of ZaoJin HanShui 燥金寒水

This Dry Metal and Cold Water Qi will generate more physical and mental challenges to those who have health issues related with skin, lung, large intestines, heart, gallbladder, and/or kidney.

Besides a dedicated daily Qigong practice, sour, pungent and bitter flavored foods will help support your good health and strong Qi during this winter season. Over the next few months, eating sorghum regularly will be especially beneficial for your heart health.

Upcoming Events:
Stockholm, Düsseldorf and Aberdeen

Before Karin and I completely submerge into our personal Winter Internal Transformation retreat, we will continue to support our Qi-friends’ winter cultivation this month by finishing up our weekly class series in Stockholm and offering two weekend workshops – one in Düsseldorf, Germany and the other in Aberdeen, Scotland. We hope some of you can join us!

Planning ahead for 2015 and 2016

Of course, we are also preparing an exciting variety of workshops and training programs in 2015 and are beginning to put our 2016 schedule together. For your convenience, we always keep our website’s training schedule up to date!

Tonifying Qi from Karin and I,

Master Wu

LiQiu 立秋 – Autumn is Established

Autumnal Greetings from Master Wu

7 August 2014
Dear Qi-friends,
Greetings from hot and humid Stockholm! This afternoon’s short rainstorm made it even stuffier and stickier – typical TaiYin Damp Earth weather.

TaiYin Damp Earth

According to ancient Chinese cosmology, Tai Yin Damp Earth energy began to dominate the climate in most regions of the northern hemisphere a of couple weeks ago and is expected to last until the end of September. Even though the autumn season begins today, I do not expect we will experience too many dry, comfortable, sunny days during the coming months.

Excess Damp Earth

The excess Damp Earth will bring some health or emotional challenges to those who are prone to poor digestion, diabetes, arthritis, or lower back problems. Please continue your daily Qigong practice to strengthen your digestive and kidney function and help balance the influence of the natural energetic patterns of this autumn season.

Lucky Harvest

Staying abreast with the world news can lead to feelings of overwhelm from all the difficult situations people are faced with each day. Despite the times of hardness we must each encounter during our lives,  I hope this will be a lucky harvest season for you. I would like to share some thoughts about luck here with you.

What is Luck?

A few days ago, while walking up the stone steps from our tiny sleeping cottage in the cool early morning, this four leaf clover caught my eyes. Immediately I wondered what kind of lucky thing will be coming into my life. I have meditated with this thought over the past few days and I feel indeed that I have been very lucky and am reminded to appreciate that which I have now and that which is to come…


I was not born with wealth and nobility,
yet was lucky to be born;
I was not born with perfect health,
yet was lucky to learn how to live a healthful life;
I did not grow to be big and brawny,
yet was lucky to cultivate my inner strength;
I do not have a fancy life,
yet am lucky that I can enjoy where I am;
No matter what life brings me,
I am lucky for each breath of fresh air I have.
… I hope this four leaf clover will bring some luck into your life!

New XinYi DVDs!

After great effort, Karin and I finally finished our newest projects – XinYi WuXing and XinYi BaGua DVDs, companion study tools for our XinYi WuDao: Heart-Mind – The Dao of Martial Arts book. We have been happy to receive great feedback from many of you who feel that these DVDs help deepen your experience of Daoist internal alchemy and the art of Qi-healing.

Dai Family XinYi

The Dai Family XinYi system is not merely a practice of powerful martial arts, it is a unique method of Daoist spiritual transformation and Daoist Qigong/Neigong (internal alchemy). Many of my students have recovered from severe illness or injury through their dedicated XinYi practice. I hope this will help you will find some inspiration for your own practice!

Upcoming Events

Lifelong Training Program in begins in Europe

After almost two months of a real Swedish-style summer vacation, Karin and I are looking forward to hosting our first European Lifelong Training Program on the west coast of Sweden at end of August. The course was fully booked several months in advance and we expect to open a new level one in Europe again in August 2015.

Expanding our teaching to Denmark

We are also very excited to participate in the 4th annual Scandinavian TCM Congress in Slettestrand, Denmark this September, shortly followed by Fire Dragon Meridian Qigong workshop in Copenhagen.

Back to the US east coast

Karin and I are also looking forward to returning to the east coast of the US, and will be offering several events in New York: a three day intensive residential training covering XinYi DianXueJie (Dim Mak or pressure point techniques) and a weeklong intensive residential training (Lifelong Training level 4) in update New York, as well as a weekend workshop on Chinese Cosmic Orbit Qigong in Manhattan.

Half day workshop and weekly classes in Stockholm

In October, we will be offering a half day workshop in Cosmic Orbit Qigong, followed by  weekly classes of this same form from China’s esoteric Mt. EMei tradition. It will be great to practice with our Stockholm friends again and make connections with new Qi friends in our neighborhood.

First visit to Greece

In October, we will travel to Athens and offer a weekend training in the Hidden Immortal Lineage TaiJi Mother Form. It will be our first time ever in Greece.

Returning to Düsseldorf and Scotland

In the beginning of November, we will return to Düsseldorf, Germany for another 3 day intensive residential training in XinYi BaGua internal martial arts.

At the end of the month, we will travel to the Aberdeen, Scotland to offer an evening of ChaDao (Dao of Tea) followed by an internal cultivation weekend workshop. This will mark the first time that Cosmic Orbit Qigong has been ever been taught in Scotland.

Germany, Alaska and France in early 2015

We have been invited to teach in new cities in 2015 – Berlin, Germany and Nantes, France!  We will be returning to Anchorage, Alaska in the spring as well. For further details about our upcoming teaching schedule, please visit our website:

With wishes for a brilliant and bountiful autumn season and from Karin and I,


Master Wu

Summer Begins – Happy Summer 2014!

Sunshine Daydreams
from Master Wu
and Karin


Dear Qi-friends,Happy summer to you and your family! Karin and I have been enjoying our time in the magic Stockholm archipelago since returning from our one-month teaching trip in China last week.

Fun YouTube Clip from our China Trip!

We had a great time in TaiGu with my Dai Family XinYi teacher, Grandmaster Zhao ShouRong.  If you’d like to get a taste of what it was like to train all day at a 1000+ year old Daoist Temple in a remote area of China, you can watch this short little YouTube clip.We have been working hard on our newest project, the companion DVDs for our newest book, XinYi WuDao.  The DVDs, XinYi WuXing and XinYi BaGua, are expected to be released June 30.  70% of the footage for the DVDs was filmed on site at the same Daoist Temple, and much of it was filmed under the guardianship of a great 2,000 year old locust tree – cool!

Valborgsmässoafton Fire!

We made a large bonfire on April 30st, which is a time honored tradition for Valborgsmässoafton, the last day of April. It is the fourth biggest holiday celebrated here in Sweden – we officially clear out the all debris from the winter and welcome in the summer!

Summer begins

According to Chinese cosmology, today, May 5, 2014 is the starting point of summer. However, don’t expect the hot weather to arrive immediately. We will continue experience some chilly energy for the next two weeks.

For most of northern hemisphere, the dramatically warm temperatures will set in starting May 20th.  June and July will be dominated by excess Fire, and this strong Yang energy will cause Qi and blood circulation issues for many people.  I think it will prove to be a difficult season for those of you who have weak heart and lung function.

Protection from Excess Heat

Adding sea salt and apple cider vinegar into your daily food seasonings will nourish your health during the summer season. Bitter flavored foods and organic raw vegetables will be a nice addition to your daily diet this summer. Of course, your daily Qigong practice is one of the best ways to maintain your balance.

Keeping with our promise to supporting our Qi-friends’ inner cultivation practice, we have many teachings scheduled in the Pacific region of the United States and in Europe over the next several months.

Join us in the Pacific Northwest!

Karin and I will return to the Pacific Northwest soon for another extended teaching trip. In addition to Lifelong Training Program sessions one (May 21-27) and two (May 30-June 5) at Trout Lake Abbey in Trout Lake, Washington, we will have several offerings at Sun Gate Studio in NE Portland, Oregon:

We will also be offering a one day workshop in Cosmic Orbit Qigong in Seattle on June 15.

We hope to see you at at least in one of our west coast events!

European Lifelong Training Program – course full!

It is very exciting that our first offering of the Lifelong Training Program in Europe is now full. If you are interested in adding your name to the waiting list for the 2015 European level one training, please send us an email.

GanZhi Certification Program

We have also been busy preparing for our GanZhi (Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches) teacher’s certification program. We  and we expect to launch separate programs in both in the US and in Europe in 2015.   If you are interested in learning more, please email.

Looking Ahead

For those of you who like to make plans in advance, we will be offering many teachings during the fall and early winter. If you are interested in more details, you can always check my website’s teaching schedule.

Karin and I hope you will have a very pleasant and relaxing summer season. We will be in touch again in early August!

Harmonious Qi from Karin and I,

Master Wu