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  • Objectives
    To enable students to have a spiritual approach to healing, integrated and disciplined in the tradition of the Taoist healing arts on which Tai Hsuan Foundation institute was founded.
  • Course description
    This course is dedicated to train students in:

    *      Healing Energy Systems of Body, Heart, Mind, Spirit: Knowledge and cultivation of the Energy Systems through which the life force Chi expresses and manifests in a person's health. The Chi of these centers must flourish for the person to experience health and well being.
        
    *      "Grasping Life's Imperishable Wealth and Secret": With Information to subdue fear and ignorance in our patients; we create an Understanding of the relationship of this information to health and well being; we teach Applications to make this information and understanding useful, creating living Knowledge. Through the application of this knowledge, we accumulate experience and achieve a living Wisdom and Mastery.
     
    *      "Three Imperishable Treasures in Life"
          Achievement: Measure of what you've completed, mastered, and accomplished in life
          Virtue: Measure of the value and positive difference you've made in other's lives
          Teaching: Measure of life "virtue" you've shared and taught others
        
    *      "Four Measures of Taoist Diagnosis": Taoist methods of measurement and interpretation.
          Phrenology: The outer "visible" design of a person
          Palmistry: The inner "hidden" design of a person
          Astrology: The "inherited & bestowed" map of a person's life
          Feng Shui: The "harmony & balance" with your environment
        
    *      Chi Kung- The Art of Mastering the Unseen Life Force is the ancient Taoist art of breath/energy control. Through its unique discipline of body, mind, and spirit, it promotes the most profound health benefits. Through its practice, students develop a heightened awareness of both their own and their patient's Chi, or inner life force. These benefits gained from Chi Kung practice have kept this art alive for over four thousand years. A great deal of research is being done regarding the effects of Chi Kung on such chronic ailments as cancer, asthma, and arthritis. Students are taught Chi Kung forms and techniques at CAHM throughout their entire tenure to encourage them to reach their highest potential.
        
    *      Aliveness of Healing Chi: Chi possesses a special, unique quality; it is alive. In Taoist Medicine, we first learn to recognize and then to develop the quality of aliveness of our Chi through our Chi Kung practice. Chi Kung is the art, science, and discipline of cultivating the Aliveness of Chi. When the qualities of aliveness cannot flourish, disease will manifest and flourish.
        
    *      The unique qualities of Aliveness of Healing Chi:
          Resiliency: Ability to adapt; recover; endure; perpetuate
          Intelligence: Ability to learn; grow; acquire and apply
          Fulfillment: Ability to nourish; satisfy; accomplish; possess meaning, value, and virtue
          Rebirth: Ability to renew; transform; regenerate
        
    *      Experiencing the Aliveness of Healing Chi: In Taoist Medicine we learn how to introduce ourselves, experience, and befriend our Chi. Introduction is the recognition of sensations of warmth, pressure, vibration, electrical, magnetic, and feeling flow. Chi is beginning to communicate with us. In silence, stillness, and emptiness (void), we begin to experience a mysterious manifestation; Chi is formed and becomes alive. Through our discipline and practice it becomes great. Learn to accept and trust your experience of Chi; open to your personal experience, letting your Chi become your best friend to assist and guide you in life. As your communication, trust, and friendship with Chi grows, your experience of the energy becomes natural; ever present; and flowing like the wind, like the ocean tides, currents, waves, or the phases of the moon. Chi energy skills and abilities will naturally develop with guidance and practice and can be transmitted through the hands, acupuncture needle, and herbs to your patient.
        
    *      Cultivating and Developing the Aliveness of Healing Chi: Through consistent, correct practice you will develop an extrasensory insight into the diagnosis, healing, and health of a patient. Each sense becomes empowered with the ability of all senses and healing becomes an art and skill in accordance with Nature and the principles of the Universe. This is one of the treasures of Taoist Medicine and Chi Kung. For example, your touch can be developed to have the special ability to see, hear, smell, taste, and communicate. Hearing and smell can be detected from miles away. Thoughts and taste sensations can heal.

    Qi Gong

    Qi Gong is an ancient Taoist art of breath/energy control. Through its unique discipline and integration of body, mind, and spirit, Chi Kung promotes the most profound health benefits. In Chi Kung, the same Chi, or life force energy, stimulated and controlled by needles and herbs is mastered in one's own body, but to an even higher degree. Chi Kung exercises harness the flowing of the Yin and the Yang, thus bringing forth power and strength. In this art, even tiny mechanisms like oxygen level, blood level, heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and antibody levels can be controlled in the body. During class, students participate in group meditation and instruction in the Eight Sitting, Standing, and Walking Silken Forms, along with various Specialty Forms.

    The Eight Sitting Silken Forms


       1.      The Blooming of Spring
       2.      Lighting the Back Burning Spaces
       3.      Extending the Wings and Twisting the Neck
       4.      Holding the Warm Jade Pillow
       5.      Sounding the Ancient Drums
       6.      Chewing with Both Wings Upward

        *      Transition - The Graceful Phoenix

       7.      Circling the Heavens
       8.      Polishing the Wheels

        *      Transition - The Ascending Dragon

    The Eight Standing Silken Forms

       1.      Welcoming the Winds and Embracing the Moon
       2.      Supporting Heaven with Both Hands
       3.      Pointing Out the Eagle
       4.      Reviewing the Four Quarters
       5.      Forming the Force
       6.      Upon a Divine Horse
       7.      The Gentle Fist
       8.      Welling the Life Roots

    The Eight Walking Silken Forms

    Specialty Seasonal Forms

    Mudras of Taoist Meditation

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