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The Ridiculous Divide

17 May 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Ferrel

There is a divide between Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other religions between themselves and Tai Chi, due to its Buddhist/ Taoist origins.  This is exacerbated by teachers of Tai Chi who ascribe a mystical origin to the art.  Let me clear:  ther...


14 May 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Ferrel

Mudra are movements in postures of the body, an appendage or hand that can call attention to a spiritual concept or aspect of spirit. Mudra are imbued with and have energy of their own, because they have been practiced by thousands of people for cent...

Chakra Light Meditation

11 May 2021 7 minute read 0 comments Ferrel

Welcome to this guided meditation for deep relaxation.  I’m just going to help relax you.  Let go of any expectations you may have about this session and allow yourself to be present. Enjoy the journey as it unfolds.  All you have to do is listen to...

The Five Animals Form, an Explanation

7 May 2021 4 minute read 0 comments Ferrel

The animal imagery is a direct result of the Taoist influence within the Shaolin traditions. The mainstream understanding of these five animal categories is that there are different fighting styles, but actually they were different areas of knowledge...

Tai Chi

24 Apr 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Ferrel

The original meaning of Tai Chi is God/ Spirit/ Tao in the act of manifesting and maintaining Creation.  God is the Supreme Ultimate, and as the solo Tai Chi sequence (The 108) is performed, one practices being Godlike.  The performance of the 108 ca...

The Shaolin Tradition

22 Apr 2021 1 minute read 5 comments Ferrel

At the foundation of all great religions and theosophies is the same ultimate truth that each religion and each seeker of truth attempts to understand, live by, and experience. Aspects of this ultimate truth recognized by all the great religions and...