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
Food as Medicine
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:
- 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!
- 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.
- August 28-Sept 2: Lifelong Training session 2 on Flatön. We look forward to continuing our training with the level one group!
Karin and I are wishing you all strong inner fire this summer,
Three New Years Greetings
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 遁 ䷠ 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.
*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.
*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).
*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
from Master Wu and Karin
Fun YouTube Clip from our China Trip!
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:
- May 16: Dao of Tea and Qin benefit event for Sun Gate Studio
- May 17-18: XinYi Internal Alchemy and Martial Arts weekend workshop
- May 18: Fire Dragon Meridian Qigong early morning Qigong class
- FREE! June 6: New books and DVD release party
- June 7-8: Five Elements Qigong weekend workshop
- June 8: Cosmic Orbit Qigong early morning class
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.
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.
- Sept 5-7: 4th Scandinavian TCM Congress in Slattestrand, Denmark
- Sept 12-14: Fire Dragon Meridian Qigong in Copenhagen, Denmark
- Sept 16-19: Dai Family XinYi DianXueJue in Accord, NY
- Sept 20-21: Cosmic Orbit Qigong in NYC
- Sept 22-28: Lifelong Training Level 4 in Accord, NY
- Oct 11: Cosmic Orbit Qigong workshop in Stockholm, Sweden
- Oct 18-19: Hidden Immortal Lineage Taiji Mother Form in Athens, Greece
- Oct 22-Nov 19: Cosmic Orbit Qigong weekly class in Stockholm, Sweden
- Nov 7-9: XinYi XinJing intensive weekend training in Düsseldorf, Germany
- Nov 28: ChaDao evening event in Aberdeen, Scotland
- Nov 29-30: Cosmic Orbit Qigong weekend workshop in Aberdeen, Scotland
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,
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 (365qigong.wordpress.com).
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 www.masterwu.net for details!
Best regards from Karin and I,
Dear Qi friends,
Happy RenChen 壬辰 (Water Dragon) Year!
Although most Chinese and many other Asians celebrate the new year on the second new moon’s day after winter solstice, the astrological animal year actually starts on LiChun 立春 (Establishing Spring), which occurs each year around February 4. According to my Ten Thousand Year Chinese Calender, the Year of Water Dragon will officially begin February 4, 2012 at 18:22.
With respect to traditional Chinese cosmology, this will be the same moment that this spring season will start. My wife Karin and I are delighted for the opportunity to practice Fire Dragon Qigong with some Qi friends here in London this coming weekend when the Water Dragon arrives. I will send the Dragon’s Blessings of Great Transformation to you during our cultivation.
Regarding cosmological patterns, the Water Dragon will transform to Wind Wood and Cold Water. This suggests there will be powerful and perhaps disastrous wind and rain storms this year. The strong Wind Wood and Cold Water energies will also weaken many people’s kidney Qi, immune function and life energy.
On the other hand, Chinese Dragon is also a symbol for great transformation. As such, the Water Dragon Year will be the best time to commit to your inner cultivation practices. Spending some time everyday with your Qigong practice and other inner cultivation techniques will help you maintain well-being and recover from sickness or imbalance.
In Chinese, we have a saying – ShiBanGongBei 事半功倍 – which means achieve better results and exert only half of the usual effort. This year, Water Dragon Qi will make your Qigong and other spiritual cultivation practices more fruitful, thereby allowing you to reach your goals with much less effort compared with other times. I hope you will take advantage of this rare opportunity to spend more time practicing your inner arts and make a great change in your life.
After sharing some Qigong and Chinese Medicine teachings in the UK, Karin and I will spend about two weeks in the Arctic circle to cultivate with the Northern Lights in late February, when the Water Dragon will be raising its head on the horizon.
To continue to support our Qi communities, we will finish the Fire Dragon Meridian Qigong Book and DVD as soon as possible, and will offer more workshops across the world during the Water Dragon year.
Also, as requested by some Qi friends, we are considering opening a new entry level of our lifelong training program on the West Coast when we are in Oregon this May.
Please check my website (www.masterwu.net) for updates in my teaching schedule if you are interested.
With wishes for Auspicious Dragon Transformation,
Dear Qi friends,
“Greetings from Ivy, VA! Although most leaves are still radiating their illuminations here, the light snow this morning told me that winter season arrived earlier than expected. According to Chinese cosmology, the official start date of the winter season will be November 8th.”
… I began this seasonal greeting letter to you on the 29th of October, during a break time from packing up our house and moving everything into a storage unit. However, I had to let go of my idea to get a letter to you early and instead focus on the big job of moving.
The early snow signaled that this winter will be extremely cold in most areas of the northern hemisphere. It will bring more challenges to many people in both the physical and mental levels. By reducing your social activities, bringing your Qi within, and turning your focus on your inner cultivation practice, you will be better equipped to transform the obstacles ahead.
The Metal Rabbit has been a big year for my wife Karin and I. We have experienced the Seven Emotions (Joy, Anger, Worry, Longing, Grief, Fear and Shock) of the Five Elements stages (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water) at a very profound level. I am afraid that I am unable to share the details of our story with you in this letter, as it is much too tender still. Our destiny has put us in the situation of being ‘homeless’ – or, from a spiritual perspective – becoming “Daoist wanderers.” We steered ourselves to Sweden just yesterday and hope the wintery Baltic Sea will nourish us and help us gain wisdom and insight regarding our next destination.
From one perspective of the Five Elements principle, winter is the season of death and rebirth. It is the season that allows the Old to decease and the New to grow. Death is always an awkward topic to talk about, and most everyone avoids referencing it. Yet, no one can leave death alone as it is a part of the universal Five Elements natural cycle. In the Chinese Immortal’s tradition, we have an expression – XinSi ShenHuo, which translates into English as “allowing your heart to die will let your spirit live.” In my interpretation, this means that in order to achieve true enlightenment, we have to respect death and bring it gracefully into our hearts. The founder master of the Complete Reality School, Wang ChongYang, achieved his enlightenment after he dug his own grave and spent three years in it, cultivating his internal alchemy practices (Daoist meditation techniques).
To continue moving through our grief energy after the recent death of our son TaiLiao, Karin and I chose to spend next few months cultivating in the true winter energy of Northern Europe, rather than escaping to a warm, southern summer Qi area. As LaoZi tells us in Chapter 1 of his DaoDeJing, within the darkness inside the darkness lies the doorway to all wonders. We know that the mystical northern lights appear brightest in the Water Direction (the North) during the darkest hours of the night, and we trust that our time hibernating in the dark, cold, and silent winter will brighten our future path.
Although you are always welcomed to write back, I ask you to please understand if I do not respond to all the emails I receive during this winter season. For those who are interested in my teachings, I have scheduled a couple of workshops in the early spring of 2012 (you can check the details at http://masterwu.net/events.html). In honor of the coming year of great transformation, a few of my long term American students will join us here in Sweden for an Advanced Chinese Astrology retreat, which will be held during the Chinese Spring Festival in January. When the Yang Water Dragon raises his head in February 2012, I will give a lecture on Qigong as the root of Chinese Medicine at the Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine, London South Bank University. I will also hold Fire Dragon and Five Elements Qigong workshops in London and in Oxford during our trip to the UK. You may look for my next greeting letter when the Year of Water Dragon arrives on February 4, 2012.
With warm regards and wishes for a peaceful winter to you and yours,
Congratulations, Master Wu!!!
We are so pleased to announce that Master Wu’s book, The 12 Chinese Animals- Create Harmony in Your Daily Life Through Ancient Chinese Wisdom, has received the Silver medal in the Mind-Body-Spirit category of ForeWord’s 2010 Book of the Year Award.
Please check out the link:
A Word About the Book of the Year Awards
ForeWord Reviews‘ Book of the Year Awards were established to bring increased attention to librarians and booksellers of the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors. ForeWord is the only review trade journal devoted exclusively to books from independent houses.
This unique awards process brings readers, librarians, and booksellers together to select their top categories as well as choose the winning titles. Their decisions are based on editorial excellence, professional production, originality of the narrative, author credentials relative to the book, and the value the book adds to its genre.
Only those books which expand a reader’s world, introduce a voice society needs to hear, offer practical knowledge where none existed before, or simply entertain so compellingly that all distractions fall away, are submitted for the Book of the Year Award.
- Editorial excellence
- Intent of book met by author
- Originality of subject matter
- Author credentials
- Professional packaging
Finalists are determined by a jury of judges consisting of editors and reviewers of ForeWord Reviews, booksellers, librarians, and other industry professionals.
Congratulations, Master Wu!
The 12 Chinese Animals – Create Harmony in your Daily Life Through Ancient Chinese Wisdom, by Master Zhongxian Wu (published by Singing Dragon, an imprint of Jessica Kingsley Publishers) has won the Gold medal in the Enlightenment/Spirituality category of Living Now 2011 Book Awards ceremony.
Check it out at www.livingnowawards.com
Happy Spring, Chinese New Year, and Year of the Rabbit from sunny Ivy, VA! The buds of the crocus flowers pushed their way through the frozen field of our back yard lately, reminding me of the power of spring new life energy in breaking this last stage of cold winter.
According to Chinese cosmology, this Chinese New Year’s day will be February 3, 2011 and the Rabbit Year of 2011 will start on LiChun 立春, February 4 at 12:32. The Chinese New Years’ day is the first new moon’s day of the first lunar month every year in Chinese calendar. The New Year is dependent on the pattern of the moon (Yin energy of Nature), while the animal sign of the year starts on LiChun, which is the beginning of spring season. The LiChun is dependent on the position of the sun (Yang energy of the nature). In general, the Chinese New Year’s day and the marker of the new yearly animal sign, LiChun, are on different dates every year, sometimes, even a few weeks apart. It is very special to have these two dates so close this year, which indicates that the Yin and Yang energies of the nature will work together well and we can expect this Rabbit Year will be an easier, bountiful and prosperous year for many of us.
We use Heavenly Stem and Earthly Branch XinMao辛卯 to represent this energetic Rabbit Year. The rabbit has a quiet and gentle character, and it looks cute. Rabbits give you soft, lazy, slow, and stable feeling when they are quiet. But they are fast and agile once they start running. They are good at staying hidden and they have multiple dens. Rabbit do not have sharp teeth and they are not interested in fighting with others. Rabbit is a symbol for wisdom, skill, ambition, humanity, and secrets in Chinese tradition. Babies born this Rabbit Year will likely have an easy and steady life.
Although XinMao辛卯 indicates that this energetic Rabbit Year will have peaceful and harmonious energy impact our lives, the dampness energy which I mentioned in my previous seasonal greeting email will continue to affect many places until late March. This dampness will bring some health problems to human beings with weak digestive function. Besides the GI flu, kidney and heart diseases, and immune system problems will also affect some people in this Rabbit Year. Please continue your daily Qigong practice to keep your Qi flowing well.
I will reduce my traveling and teaching activities this year to take the advantage of balancing Rabbit Qi to further uplift my personal cultivation from the BiGu ShiQi (Avoiding Food and Eating Qi) practice and to support the small group of Qi friends on this same path. Aside from my weekly classes here in Charlottesville and some local events, I only have plans to offer a one day workshop this spring, which will be on 12 Animals and Inner Cultivation on March 13th in Portland, OR. Also, there are only two spaces left for the April XinYi (Heart Mind) Internal Martial Arts and Internal Alchemy China trip. Some other exciting news: I will offer a new Lifelong Qigong Training Program in June on the East Coast. We have already started taking registrations.
By the way, to celebrate my 10th year teaching in the West, I have had a small amount of organic cotton Qigong t-shirts made. They have with my Qi-calligraphy “Dragon” talisman on left front chest pocket area and “Nourish Your Heavenly Truth” talisman on the back. The t-shirt is available in men’s and women’s sizes S-XL, in black with white calligraphy and in white with black calligraphy. Sorry, it is not available online because it is a limited offer. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt.
I’ll have a Summer Seasonal Greeting for you in May. Until then, please check my website http://www.masterwu.net for frequent updates.
All my best with harmonious Qi,