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

Happy New Year!

29 January 2014
Dear Qi-friends,
Blue sky greetings from a bright, snow covered island in Stockholm’s archipelago! Karin and I have been taking advantage of an unseasonably warm winter (as I predicted in last year’s Water Snake letter) and enjoying a simple and tranquil country life. Along with our inner cultivation practice, we take time every day for our writing and hiking on the human-less trail.   We are getting ready for our Chinese New Year celebration in Stockholm this Friday.

Please join us!
Chinese New Year Celebration on January 31, from 18:30-21:30

We are excited to host a ChaDao QinDao (Dao of Tea and Qin) evening event at Hälsans Hus on Södermalm for the New Year.  We will have a tea ceremony featuring some of our favorite Chinese teas and I will perform some traditional music pieces on my GuQin, the ancient Chinese zither commonly known as ‘instrument of the sages’. I am also offering a calligraphy demonstration and will speak a little about the symbolic meaning of the coming year of the Wood Horse.  We have had postcards featuring my calligraphy printed up for all of our guests as a New Years gift. We will offer you a spiritual cup of tea during our celebration if you will not be able to join us on New Years Day – this Friday, January 31 from 18:30-21:30!

JiaWu 甲午 Begins Soon

The Chinese New Year falls on the second new moon after Winter solstice each year.  The next animal sign begins on LiChun 立春, the beginning of spring. LiChun is one of the 24 15-day segments in the annual cycle.  According to WanNianLi 萬年曆, the Chinese Ten-Thousand Year Calender, spring season will begin on February 4, 2014. The coming of spring correlates with the start of a new animal sign – JiaWu, the Year of Yang Wood Horse begins soon.

JiaWu Cosmology

The Heavenly Stem Jia 甲 represents Yang Wood and the Earthly Branch Wu 午 represents Fire and carries the Horse as its spiritual animal.  According to Chinese cosmology, I expect that the climatic pattern will be influenced by excess Earth energy, which means that it will more damp than it has been the last several years. I also expect that this spring will be cold. In places that have had unseasonably warm winters so far, like Sweden and Alaska, we can expect heavy snow or ice storms in late March and early April.

JiaWu and your Health

Also, during March and April, the flu season will affect many this year.  These cosmological energies will cause some trouble for people who do not have strong digestive system function.  As I always emphasis, keeping a daily Qigong practice is a great way to strengthen your digestive function and your immune health. Regardless of your personal susceptibilities, your daily cultivation practice will help you maintain balance and well being. Also, the daikon salad recipe that I shared with you in my previous seasonal letter will be still good for you in this spring season.I will go into detail about how these cosmological influences will effect us during the different seasons in my future greeting letters.

Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches:
Book Release and Teacher Certification Program!

Karin and I are excited that our new full color book, The Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches (TianGan DiZhi): The Heart of Chinese Wisdom Traditions, is being published by Singing Dragon and is expected to be released in April 2014.  We have already begun accepting pre-orders!  You are welcome to pre-order your copy directly from my website.We are happy to announce that we are launching a Stems and Branches teacher certification program, which will focus on the clinical applications of the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches in Chinese medicine practice. Please email if you wish to added to the waiting list.  We will offer two separate branches of this training program – one in Europe and one in the US.

Celebrating Dai Family XinYi
Grandmaster Zhao’s 80th Birthday

Karin and I are busy planning our upcoming China trip.  We are bringing a group of our students to join us for a 10-day training with Grandmaster Zhao ShouRong 趙守榮, 6th generation Dai Family XinYi 心意 internal martial arts lineage holder, in his hometown of TaiGu, China.   We are excited to bring old and new students together to train with Grandmaster Zhao and to attend his 80th birthday celebration. As a special birthday gift for him, I will present him with my newest book, XinYi WuDao: The Dao of Martial Arts.  Each student on the trip will also receive a gift copy of my new XinYi book. There are a limited number of spaces available and you are welcomed to join us – please email if you are interested.For those who can’t join us in China, we will be offering Dai family XinYi internal alchemy and martial arts trainings in Spain, the US, and Germany in the coming months.  You can check my website’s teaching schedule for details.

Coming Events

The first European life long training program, level 1 will be held on a picturesque island off the west coast of Sweden in August 2014. Registration is filling up quickly!  If you would like to join us, please make sure you email to check availability.In May, we are offering our life long training program, levels 1 and 2 in the majestic Pacific Northwest (USA).  There are still a few spaces available.  Several students are traveling far enough to join us that they have decided to take both levels 1 and 2 back-to-back. If you are interested in joining us for one (or both) of these intensive training programs, please let me know!During our trip to the US in May and June, we will be holding several weekend workshops and shorter classes in Portland, Oregon.  If you are interested in joining us, you are welcomed to check my website for details.

Free shipping!
Pre-order our new Qi-store items

We have three new items available for sale through our Qi Store: Cosmic Orbit Qigong DVD, Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches book and XinYi WuDao book.Through February 28, we are offering free shipping for all pre-orders (US and international) of our new Cosmic Orbit Qigong DVD and on all US orders of  both our new books: Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches and XinYi WuDao.

Harmonious Qi from Karin and I,

Master Wu


ImageEMei ZhenGong lineage holder, Master Zhongxian Wu, offers detailed instruction and explanation of the healing and internal alchemy benefits of this esoteric Qigong form. This DVD is a complete learning tool for students of any traditional Qigong form, for high level practitioners looking to deepen their practice, as well as for anyone with an interest in Daoism and ancient wisdom traditions.


ImageEssential reading for serious students of Chinese practical arts, Master Zhongxian Wu and Dr. Karin Taylor Wu provide a detailed explanation of the 22 GanZhi symbols. Poetic summaries from the Song Dynasty’s astrology classic, DiTianShui 滴天髓, give the reader a deep understanding of the nature of each Stem and their relationship to each other.


ImageIn his unprecedented account on the Dao of martial arts, Dai Family XinYi lineage holder Master Zhongxian Wu explores WuDao through systematic instruction of select practices from China’s legendary Dai Family Style XinYi Martial Arts School. With extensive reference to the classic texts, this book provides unique and considered guidance that will inspire and empower practitioners of all levels.

Winter 2013 Begins!

Greetings from the magical crispness of Stockholm’s archipelago! Karin and I have been living in Sweden for almost one year now and have been enjoying our new life here.  During this quiet season we have been paying close attention to the shifting light and falling leaves, observing the rhythms and beauty of nature. Now is also the time to make sure all of our fire wood is stored away for the coming winter months! The hours of sunlight grow shorter each day as the sun moves towards its lowest resting point in the sky. We are reducing our outdoor activities and spending more time for internal practices.

Winter 2013 begins

According to Chinese cosmology, the winter season starts today, November 7.  I predict that this winter will be an easier winter as compared to our last one. Although we will have some snow, ice and rain storms, we will experience more sunny and unseasonably warm days this winter, especially in the areas that had extremely cold weather last year. However, this may cause imbalances between Fire and Water within the body.  The guest Qi ShaoYang Fire energy and Damp Earth revenge energy will soon dominate our climate patterns.  The winter may prove to be difficult for those of you who experience symptoms of migraine headaches, weak kidney function, or poor digestion.

Balancing Fire and Water

Balancing Fire and Water is the most fundamental principle of Daoist internal alchemy cultivation.  It is also especially important during the cosmological patterns present this winter season. Here are some ideas to help you harmonize Fire and Water in the coming months:

Sour, Bitter and Pungent Food

Daikon - delicious winter treat!

Sour, bitter and pungent flavored foods will help keep you healthy this winter. In the winter time, your Yang energy is condensed deep within the body and when trapped,  can cause health problems.  Bitter flavored foods and herbs will help clear trapped inner heat and keep your Qi flowing smoothly. Sour flavors help strengthen the immune system and also help improve digestion.   Pungent flavors also help drain pathogenic heat and protect against viruses. I recommend eating thinly sliced daikon radishes, scallions and minced garlic, tossed in apple cider vinegar as soon as you begin to feel symptoms of trapped internal heat this winter.

XinYi 心意 – Heart Mind Internal Alchemy

I have been sharing some secret techniques from China’s legendary Dai Family XinYi internal alchemy and martial arts school during my weekly classes in Stockholm throughout the fall. This is a powerful practice to help build strong DanTian Qi and inner power. I will continue to share these practices in my upcoming workshops in Baltimore, Maryland (USA) on the 14-15 December and again in Tenerife (Spain) on the weekend of 15-16 February, 2014. I hope some of you will be able to join us!

Cosmic Orbit Qigong

From my personal experience, Cosmic Orbit Qigong is one of the most effective traditional Qigong forms to help harmonize Fire and Water in the body. For this reason, I specifically chose to offer an intensive weekend workshop in Düsseldorf (Germany) 22-24 November, 2013.  This training provides a rare opportunity to delve more deeply into the practice than a standard weekend workshop can offer.  The training schedule will be similar to my residential retreats, running Friday evening through Sunday evening. We will have full days of training, beginning at 6:30am both Saturday and Sunday.  Also, due to the demanding practice schedule, all meals will be provided.

Fu 復 Internal Alchemy Ceremony

Fu mudra

I’d like to remind you of the special winter Qigong practice from my book, The 12 Chinese Animals. Not only is this a powerful practice for the winter solstice itself (December 22 this year), but you will also gain great benefits from adding this simple practice to your daily schedule throughout the winter.

Please light a candle in front of you and place your hands in the Fu mudra, which is made by touching each thumb to the base of the ring fingers. The palmar crease of the ring finger is associated with the hexagram Fu. Make sure to keep your fingers together and relaxed. Then, place your mudra with palms on your belly and middle fingers touching the navel. First, open your eyes and look directly at the candlelight. Then close your eyes and imagine the candlelight is radiating from your DanTian (lower belly). Adjust your breathing to be slow, smooth, deep, and even. Feel how your DanTian grows lighter and brighter with each breath. Meditate in this way for as long as you can. At the end of your meditation, offer a short blessing:

“May the Spiritual Lights shine within my heart and body,

May the Spiritual Lights shine within my family and friends,

May the Spiritual Lights shine within all beings,

May the Spiritual Lights always shine with peace and harmony for the World.”

Some Exciting News to Share!

Lifelong Training Program begins in Europe

After careful preparation and a lot of support from the European community, QinJian Akademin has decided to offer our Lifelong Training Program in Europe!  The opening session will be held 26-31 August 2014 at Greenstones, an inspired eco centre nestled on the small and lovely island of Flatön, which lies off the west coast of Sweden. The number of participants will be limited to 14. Registration is now open and we have already begun accepting applications.  Please contact us if you have any questions or if you would like to receive an application form.

Two New Books

As many of you know, Karin and I were thrilled to finish our book on the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches, a rich and complex system which lies at the root of all classical Chinese wisdom traditions. We are now in the phase of going through the proofs and the beautiful, full color layout.  We expect the hardback edition to be launched in March 2014

Immediately after we finished the Stems and Branches book, we started working on a book on Dai Family XinYi internal alchemy and martial arts, one of the most secret and powerful martial arts systems in China.  If all goes as planned, this book will be published in time for our trip to visit my XinYi master, Grandmaster Zhao ShouRong 趙守榮, this coming March.

XinYi Internal Alchemy and Martial Arts China trip 2014

From 31 March – 10 April 2014,  we will guide a group students to train in Dai Family XinYi internal alchemy and martial arts with Grandmaster Zhao and to celebrate his 80th birthday.  If you are interested in joining us, please check my website’s teaching schedule for details (you will need to click the event name to access the flyer).

I hope you all will enjoy the cozy winter holiday season and will find some time to dedicate to your personal cultivation practice each day.  Please look for my Year of the Wood Horse greeting letter, along with its projected annual forecast, in your e-mail inbox by late January 2014!

Harmonious Qi from Karin and I,

Master Wu

2013 Autumn Greetings from Master Wu

smultronDear Qi friends,

Greetings from the cool and placid Baltic Sea! I am sending this northern Qi to those of you experiencing the late summer heat wave and hope it will bring you some welcomed relief. Although it may still feel like summer, the wild strawberry leaves are already turning red and birch leaves golden, reminding me that autumn is coming.

Autumn Season begins tomorrow, August 7

According to Chinese cosmology, August 7th will mark the beginning of fall. This does not mean everywhere will cool down instantly starting tomorrow! Actually, the heat wave will carry through until late August when the rainstorms will start to visit.

Protect your heart and kidneys

The natural energy pattern this autumn will display the battle between the Fire and Water, with spells of alternating hot and cold. This shifting universal energy will prove difficult for those who have weak heart or kidney function.

Time to take advantage of strong Fire/Water energy

However, it is also a great time for your Daoist internal alchemy cultivation practice.  We can take advantage of the strong climatic Fire and Water energy to fuel our inner transformation. As always, I encourage you to keep up your daily Qigong practice, especially focusing on balancing your Fire and Water in the months ahead.

Upcoming courses in the EU and USA

Karin and I will continue to share our inner cultivation practices with Qi friends in the UK, Sweden, Spain, and Germany this autumn season before we make a trip to the United States to offer training courses in the early winter.

Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches book completed (available spring 2014)!

Also, I would like to share some great news with you! Karin and I have finally finished the draft of our book, Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches (TianGan DiZhi) – the Heart of Chinese Wisdom Traditions.  In it, we have provided hard to find information on the fundamental building blocks of all Chinese wisdom traditions.  We discuss the symbolism and numerology of the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches, which is the basis of my seasonal cosmological forecasts, all Chinese astrology readings, traditional Chinese healing modalities, and inner cultivation practices. It will be a beautiful full color book, and you can start looking for it in the spring of 2014!

XinYi Daoist Internal Alchemy and Martial Arts – new book project and China trip

Karin and I have already started working on our new book about XinYi 心意 Daoist alchemical martial arts. We hope it will be ready to present to my XinYi master, Grandmaster Zhao in China next April for his 80th birthday celebration. We will guide a XinYi cultivation trip in April for those of you who are interested in XinYi training and participating in the big celebration!

We keep our website updated regularly.  If you are interested in any of our upcoming events, please check there ( for details.

Harmonious Red-Golden Autumn Qi from Karin and I,

Master Wu

Happy Year of the Yin Water Snake!


Yin Water Snake Greetings from Master Wu

Greetings from bright and sunny Stockholm! Since my winter solstice greeting, the daylight is returning quickly here in Sweden. Karin and I have been enjoying our new home, continuing our inner cultivation practices, writing, hiking in the impressive Royal National City Park, and watching the cycle of freezing and thawing of the waterways in Stockholm (the city itself is made up of 14 islands).   We are still appreciating the strong life energy of the North. After our time in northern Europe last winter, I no longer feel shocked to see green grass patiently waiting under the icy fields. Green belongs to the Wood Element – it is the color of new life energy and the spring season, and it reminded me today to write this seasonal update.

Spring 2013 begins tomorrow! February 4, 2013 marks the beginning of GuiSi 癸巳 the Year of the Yin Water Snake

The Chinese New Year falls on February 10 this year. However, according to WanNianLi 萬年曆, the Chinese Ten-Thousand Year Calender, spring season will begin tomorrow, February 4 at 00:13, which is the same moment that the Year of Yin Water Snake begins.

In China, the Snake is also known as XiaoLong 小龍 (Minor Dragon) and is generally regarded as an auspicious animal symbol.  We commonly say that children born in the year of the snake are likely to be very smart!

Contrary to popular belief, the new yearly animal sign and Chinese New Year do NOT typically fall on the same day

Many people think that the Chinese calendar is a lunar calendar. In fact, it is a lunisolar calendar, called WanNianLi or YinYangLi 陰陽歷. In Chinese, YinYangLi means moon and sun calendar, with Yin representing the moon, Yang signifying the sun, and Li meaning calendar. The fundamental building blocks of the Chinese calendrical system are GanZhi 干支, the 10 Heavenly Stem and 12 Earthly Branches.  This year, year of the Yin Water Snake, is denoted by the combination of the Heavenly Stem Gui 癸 and the Earthly Branch Si 巳.  The calendar tells us information about the lunar phase as well as the position of the sun.

The Chinese New Year falls on the second new moon after Winter solstice each year.  This is why the actual date of the Chinese New Year changes from year to year – it does not follow the Western Gregorian calendar. The Chinese New Year is recorded based on the Yin aspect of the calendar.

The LiChun 立春, or beginning of spring, indicates the beginning of the next yearly animal sign. LiChun is one of the 24 15-day segments in the yearly cycle.  As I discussed in my book, The 12 Chinese Animals, the 24 segments are known as JieQi 節氣, and they symbolize the 24 positions of the sun’s movement across the sky and detail the 24 energetic patterns of each annual cycle – the Yang aspect of the calendar.

The message of GuiSi 癸巳

Each Heavenly Stem and Earthly Branch contain many layers of symbolic meaning. As the situation or context changes, we may interpret the same Stem or Branch in a totally different way. I will briefly decode a Chinese cosmological perspective of GuiSi for you here.

The Heavenly Stem Gui represents Yin Water and the Earthly Branch Si represents Fire and carries the Snake as its spiritual animal.  This is why this coming year, GuiSi, is known as the Yin Water Snake Year. According to Chinese cosmology, Gui Water will transform to a deficient Fire energy.  In general,  I expect that the climate will be drier than it was during the Yang Water Dragon year. Si Fire will transform to JueYin 厥陰 Wind Wood, which provides a clue that the first half year will be windy and the second half of the year will be warm, including an unseasonably warm winter (in the Northern hemisphere). Together, GuiSi shows us that these cosmological energies will weaken the immune system of many people and suggests that the flu season will continue through March 22th.  Of course, each season will have its own impact, and I will go into detail about the next season in a few months.

Daily Cultivation Practice

Although we can not completely avoid the influence of the cosmological energy on our health, keeping a daily Qigong practice is always a great way to strengthen your immune system and maintain balance. I often say that Qigong is easy to learn but difficult practice on a daily basis.  One of my students, an acupuncturist, recently shared her blog with me. She has decided to commit to practicing Qigong continuously for 365 days. With her permission, I am attaching the link to her blog for you here, and hope that it will bring some of you inspiration to dedicate yourselves to a daily cultivation practice (

Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches – study card set!

Karin and I finished our newest project – a Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches study card set.  It will be published by Singing Dragon in April 2013. We are still working with the companion book and hope it will be ready this summer.

Opportunities to study XinYi internal martial arts

We are excited about our Yijing, FengShui and internal cultivation trip to China next month.  For those who are interested in joining us for just the one week XinYi 心意 internal martial arts trip (March 14 – March 21), we still have a few spaces available.  We will be training with my master, Grandmaster Zhao ShouRong 趙守榮.  You are welcomed to email me for details.

I will also offer a Dai family style XinYi workshop in Brooklyn, NYC in May during our upcoming visit to the states.

Updated 2013 teaching schedule

The April life long training program level 1 is now full!  If you would like to be added to the wait list, please let me know. During our trip to the US, I will be teaching weekend workshops in Oregon (Portland) in April and in New York (Manhattan and Brooklyn) in May.  When we return to Sweden, we will offer a Daoist Internal Alchemy and Qi Healing certification program during the week of the summer solstice. Our summer and fall schedule thus far include workshops in Germany, England, and Scotland, with preliminary plans to teach in Spain and Greece – please check for details!

Best regards from Karin and I,

Master Wu