Fusion of the Five Elements 2 & 3

Open Chi Flow in the Macro-cosmic Orbit

with Michael Winn

Secrets of growing a powerful Energy Body
Psychic alchemy: open 8 core channels
• Supercharge spine in spirals of golden light
• Open thrusting, belt, arm & leg channels
• Heal chronic illness & deep pre-natal trauma
• 8 Extraordinary Vessels Qigong (on DVD)
• Pangu Mystical Qigong (on DVD)

8 audio CDs 11 hrs

6 audio tapes 9 hrs

1 hr DVD


1 hr. VHS video

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9 Major Benefits of Fusion 2 & 3 Audio

To make deep changes in your self or advances in your life, whether for healing or spiritual evolution, you need a deep understanding of who you are. Fusion 2 & 3 maps out the deep core channels that form the structure of our Energy Body, the matrix that underlies our physical body-mind. This knowledge, when combined with Fusion 1, offers extremely powerful tools for exploring your self and the creative process of life itself.

The 9 Major Benefits of Fusion of the Five Elements 2 & 3:
  1. Build a more powerful Energy Body by making conscious the deep energetic structure of your body-mind. You become far more powerful energetically in all spheres of your life. Everyone needs more energy; few understand where to find it and how to keep it balanced. Fusion 2/3 offers a template for a dynamic, flexible, grounded, and continuously flowing Energy Body.

  2. Activate the relationship between your 5 body-spirits and the 8 extraordinary vessels. Fusion 1 develops the pearl as the integration and purification of ego consciousness. Fusion 2/3 moves the pearl through the 8 channels. These 8 channels are the deep pathways the 5 inner “body spirits” of our heart-mind (“xin”) use to energetically manage our biology, our psychology, and our spirituality. Cosmologically, this is equivalent to hard wiring 5-phase and 8-trigram/8-cosmic force theory into one.

  3. Open chi flow internally in the Macro-cosmic Orbit. The Micro-cosmic orbit taught in Qigong Fundamentals 2 balances internal yin-yang chi flow. The Macro orbit adds in the arm and leg channels, which balances the chi flow between the environment and our body. It functionally integrates the chi flow between our inner self and our outer self/world. The macro orbit creates a wonderful feeling of deeper harmony with all that is around us. This Fusion 3 practice is made simple and easy-to-embody by use of the unique 8 Extraordinary Vessels Qigong form, which I custom-developed from years of practice.

  4. Gain a powerful tool for self-healing, especially chronic illness and “mystery illnesses” that don’t respond to other treatments. Since the healing with the 8 Extraordinary Vessels occurs at a deeper level, it dissolves chronic diseases that are hard to cure, and stubborn mental-emotional patterns that do not respond to standard medical or psychological techniques.

  5. 5.Learn to tap into the most effective secrets of Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM). TCM (“Traditional Chinese Medicine”, invented about 50 years ago) does not use the 8 extraordinary vessels. It’s because the 8 Extraordinary Vessels are deep meridians, mostly below the skin level, thus not easily accessible to acupuncture. These 8 deep ‘reservoirs and canals” feed the 12 superficial (vital organ) meridians. If the 8 deep channels are balanced, all 12 of the regular channels will automatically self-balance.

    Private studies show that 8 Extra treatments work faster and have a higher success rate of healing than regular 12-meridian acupuncture. 8 extra acupuncture treatments are slowly becoming known in the west, using ion-pumping cords and master-coupling points where the channels begin and start. But these channels are much more powerful when opened internally and in conjunction with pearl of inner will refined in Fusion 1.

  6. 6.Grow deep wisdom with “psychic alchemy”. Fusion teaches you to become a “Living I Ching” (Book of Unchanging Changes, 3000 year old classic that is foundation of Taoism). Learn the connection between the 8 deep core channels in your body and the 8 trigrams of the I Ching as symbolic system for mediating the 8 cosmic forces that hold form in place and dictate all patterns of change.

    This pattern of “8” is not just some Chinese myth – it is found in biological cell division, in DNA structure, and in sacred geometry of the 8 points of the cube/earth element. The 8 trigrams of the I Ching are used for divination. When you activate 8 deep channels awareness in the body, you become a highly intuitive or psychic person. You begin to spontaneously receive more information from the larger chi field of the environment.

  7. Supercharge the spinal cord, its physical nerve plexus and its subtle energy wiring with the Fusion 2 method of wrapping the spine with golden light (chi) of your inner pearl. This intense practice is like changing your body’s internal communication system from slow dialup to high speed internet.

  8. 8.Learn numerous practical ways to interface your physical body and your Energy Body. The two most important are using the belt channels for grounding and psychic protection, and activating the left, right, and center thrusting channels to clear internal blockages and extend your awareness deep into earth or high into heaven. The pearl can be extended like an antenna above the head or below the ground to receive cosmic chi frequencies without static. When core channels flow in continuous yin-yang circuits, they form an energetic torus (donut shaped aura) that is self-recharging.

    The purified chi of your pearl can clean your aura and spine if used to “slice” through energy blockages. Pearl is also used to rejuvenate your senses (especially helpful for eyes of computer users) with internal figure-8 spiraling techniques.

  9. Open pathways of communication between your Original Spirit, pre-natal self and your post-natal (physical) self. The pearl and the 8 Extra Vessels are like half-way meditators between your physical body and your formless inner self. Thus Fusion internal technology can be used to heal trauma that occurred in your mother’s womb. It facilitates downloading whatever our body-mind needs from the infinite, formless sea of chi within. Every human being was born from this dark ocean of potential energy. But more important is to realize we all carry that ocean of chi inside of us, and learn how to use it.

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Additional notes on Fusion:

Get the package? I recommend you get the 16 CD audio Fusion #1 and #2 & 3 together with the DVD. If you can afford it, you save on shipping and get a discount. The three fusion practices mesh with each other like a hand in a glove. Once you learn Fusion 1, it will be useful to have Fusion 2/3 at hand when you are ready for it.

Fusion 1 focuses on awakening the 5 vital organ spirits, Fusion 2/3 activates the 8 deep energy channels that the 5 organ spirits regulate. The package includes the 8 Extraordinary Vessels Qigong DVD, mainly used for Fusion #2 & 3.

The DVD has three qigong forms on it, including the Nourish the Five Body Spirits Qigong (renamed “Spiral Love in Creation Cycle Qigong) taught in Fusion #1. This qigong form is described in the Fusion 1 audio, and its simple enough to get from the audio plus handout, but its always easier to learn from the video.

Which to train first – Fusion or Healing Love? Fusion practices pave the wave for sexual energy cultivation of Healing Love, which regulates outer sexual desires and sex functioning. Our sexual drive is infused with many incomplete feelings. By completing those feelings internally with Fusion, we can then make conscious and manage what is purely sexual. Fusion is thus essential preparation for learning the inner sexual alchemy of the Kan and Li formulas – the copulation of one’s inner male and inner female energies.

Many people – men especially – tend to skip Fusion and race ahead directly to the sexual practices. But mastery of “sexual kung-fu” will be limited if you do not also master your emotions. It is easier to master your emotions when they are not inflamed with sexual passion. Fusion will be truly liberating for many women who feel controlled by strong emotion or overwhelmed by their sensitivity of feeling. Sexual issues for them will come into clear focus once the emotional aspects have been separated out and dissolved.

Fusion & Martial Arts: Fusion practices are central to developing a functional internal “energy body” or “chi body”. Without it, your energy body may lack a true center. There is a danger of developing too much chi through external movement practice. Fusion practices are thus helpful to martial artists, who tend to bypass emotional development while seeking power over others. Fusion offers a way to refine and integrate the emotional chi, and ensure it is expressed virtuously.

Summer retreat rebate: If you buy the homestudy course and later take the Fusion summer retreat within the year, you get half your money back. Note: Normally this rebate only applies to courses I teach. I do not teach the Fusion summer course, so be prepared for a somewhat different version, each teacher has their own style. I accept the Fusion 1-3 home study course as completing pre-requisites for live study of Lesser Kan & Li retreats.

Buy the Fusion book? Mantak Chia’s Fusion book is useful, but not necessary. Its very difficult to learn these practices well from a book, which is why “oral transmission” is always emphasized in the Taoist tradition. My home study course includes detailed handouts with the most essential illustrations from the book. Of the 9 formulas in Chia’s book only the first 4 are part of the original Fusion 1 practice. The last 5 formulas in the book are fragments borrowed from the higher kan and li formulas (and were published over my strenuous editorial objection).

There is no Fusion 2 or 3 material in Chia’s fusion book.

I personally recommend you do NOT skip ahead to those fragmentary formulas 5 through 9 in the Fusion book. One Cloud’s seven Tao Formulas for Achieving Immortality are a progressive training. It’s a mistake to absorb chi from the 5 planets before you have learned to manage even your basic emotions. The personal emotions just get overshadowed and buried deeper in your unconscious. Read my article on “Clearing the Confusion Over Fusion” in articles section.

I have evolved the Fusion practices I learned from Mantak Chia. I’ve integrated into my Fusion practice other aspects of Taoist alchemy that fit well with Western psychology. For example, Chia does not work directly with the Five Shen (vital organs spirits), only with their chi. I made these changes to meet the needs of the different emotional nature of Westerners, whose energy bodies are quite different from those of the Chinese.

Time Frame: Fusion 1 should be progressively learned for 100 days AFTER the Qigong Fundamentals 1 & 2 (minimum), and preferably after Qigong Fundamentals 3 & 4 for extra grounding. Fusion 1 trains one in the art of “emotional grounding”, and if you are not solidly in your body, its harder to ground your emotional body.

Once you’ve got a good grasp of Fusion 1, the Fusion 2/3 practices become much easier and can be learned quickly. But still allow yourself another 100 days to fully integrate the practice, especially the grounding belt channels and spiral into the earth. Many people find the Fusion 2/3 practices greatly strengthen the Fusion 1 practice. But you still need to learn Fusion 1 first, to plant the seeds of its own further development.

Each individual progresses at a unique pace. Time frame may be affected by personal nature, health issues, your openness to subtle energy, and amount of time spent practicing. Those who take a Healing Tao retreat or workshop, with its live transmission, may progress much faster. Live work with a group adds momentum to your chi experience.

The rule of thumb is to experiment with a new method until you feel you “own the practice’. This means the chi flow of that practice is inside you, you can tap it anytime, it feels comfortable and familiar. It’s become a tool, you can use it when needed.

You do NOT need to “master” or “perfect” these practices before learning the next course – which in my sequence is either Healing Love or Lesser Kan & Li. Just as the “self” is a fluid process, “self-mastery” is a continuous, lifelong process. Please, don’t use “lack of mastery” as an excuse not to try the next method.

I am still in process of mastering these practices – after 25 years! No matter how advanced you become, life will continually serve up new challenges to whatever level of clarity of feeling you’ve achieved.
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Fusion 2 & 3 Course Handouts & Contents



Michael Winn’s Fusion of the Five Elements 2 & 3 reveals the secret of cultivating the 8 core channels that form the structure of our Energy Body.

Note: The CD version is 11 hrs, tape cassette 9 hrs: the essential parts of a two day workshop. Both versions cover the same material. CD is the latest, slightly more in-depth version; separate CD tracks make training easy. Each Fusion course is unique, as the students involved ask different questions and different things may get emphasized more.

Fusion 2 & 3 Audio Course Handout (5 pages):
  1. Diagram: Cosmology of 3 Treasures - 5 Phases - 8 Forces
  2. 8 Extraordinary Vessels Qigong summary
  3. Fusion 2/3 Guide to CD Audio tracks
  4. Illustrations of core channels inside body (2 pages) with diagram of main points on Macro-cosmic orbit


Fusion of Five Elements 2 & 3

By Michael Winn

Digital CD Audio Guide
Recorded April 2005 Asheville NC
Time Track #
CD #1
37 min 1: Overview of Fusion within One Cloud 7 Formulas
7 min 2: Shaking to clear body: GUIDED Chi Kung Warm ups
36 min 3: Standing meditation, deep bone channel breathing
CD #2
46 min 1: 8 Extra qigong, Flowing Jing in the Macro Orbit
34 min 2: Q & A on 8 Extra Vessels + review Fusion 1
CD #3
13 min 1: cont. Guided Inner Smile meditation on polarity
34 min 2: Q & A on Macrocosmic Orbit
33 min 2: Arm channel qigong details + misc.
CD #4
4 min 1: Guided Qigong: Earth Fountain & Heaven Shower
5 min 2: GUIDED meditation: Entering sacred space
17 min 3: GUIDED meditation: Entering sacred space
40 min 4: GUIDED meditation Fusion 1 reviewed + 3
12 min 5: Q & A: Exploring Deep Channels (Start Day 2)
CD #5
71 min 1: Q & A: How Fusion transformation works
9 min 2: Guided Qigong 8 Extra
CD #6
28 min 1: Open eye, ear & bladder channel/heel
8 min 2 & 3: Guided Pangu Mystical Qigong
10 min 4: Inner Smile in core channel
25 min 5: GUIDED meditation Fusion Macro Orbit
8 min 6 & 7: Extending Energy Body to Heaven & Earth
CD #7
9 min 1: Guided standing meditation, cont.
1 min 2: changes to video version of 8 Extra qigong
44 min 3: Q & A, advanced theory
16 min 4: Fusion 2 cutting the spine/aura, misc. qigong
0 min 5: recording error – go to DISK #8.
9 min 6: FINAL Q & A (continuation of Disk 8): What to Practice
CD #8
43 min 1: GUIDED meditation, Macrocosmic Orbit –
Wudang Mtn. reverse flow version continues from track 4, disk 7.
37 min Fusion 2: Drilling into Energy Body technique.
Q&A about Macro orbit.
Continue Q&A on Disk 7. final track.


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Fusion of Five Elements 2 & 3

Open the Eight Extraordinary Vessels
to the Macrocosmic Flow of Life

By Michael Winn ©2003

Note: This is an edited portion of a Fusion 2 &3 workshop given in Asheville, North Carolina. If you order the current home study version of Fusion, it may be different, reflecting the nature of the students attending, their soul vibration, and their questions. Eventually the entire transcript will be edited and available as an ebook reference for those buying the audio course.

Folks, are you ready to have some fun? The reason I say Fusion 2 & 3 is fun is that we are going to expand our range of playing in the qi field. We’re moving from our backyard sandbox to the Big Kids playground. Or we are just like a teenager who has discovered a new video game where you get to shoot the ball around, go zooming and play around in a whole different way. In the same way, its fun in Fusion 2 &3 to get into a different relationship with your energy body.

Or, It’s like mom and dad gave you the keys to the car; here, go for a spin. And whole new worlds open up to that wide-eyed teenager. The video game inside your body becomes the greater video game of Life. Only now the stakes seem bigger, and thus more real. But really, the little sandbox inside your body-mind and big sandbox of the world are the same, a precise mirror of each other.

Fusion shows us how the inner and outer worlds are connected. We’re going to reintegrate the material we learned in Fusion one, and repeat that because that material is very important, it creates a kind of synergy with Fusion 2/3. Fusion 1 is the five elements creation cycle and also the mandala where the earth/Creative Intent goes into the center. What we will work with a lot this weekend is reviewing that Fusion 1 practice, making sure that’s strong. We need to get clear on that, because this process of opening the 8 extraordinary vessels is still happening within the framework of the Fusion of the five elements.

Once the energy of the five vital organs spirits is fused, what do you do with it? You take it through the eight extraordinary channels, or vessels. That’s what we will be playing with a lot now; the eight extraordinary vessels, and what are they, what do they represent, what functions or abilities do they open up. All of it is fun.

It is important to have fun otherwise your practice gets boring and tiresome. In Zen they say you’ve become a “Dead Tree” – there is no juice flowing, no life force. That juice has to be flowing even when your body appears still. Otherwise, you’ve stopped growing.

I encourage everyone to look at qigong and neigong; qigong is actually a modern term in china, from this century. It used to be called Dao Yin, or Liangong, or Yang Sheng (“nourishing life”) and many different names. The modern term has come to mean regulating the qi field through posture and breathing, and mind.

Neigong is doing it more internally; nei means internal so it means internal skill. Gong just means skill. Qigong means skill with managing qi, and neigong means your internal skill with managing the qi field. So I’ve found if you use the two of them together, they work like a hand and a glove.

I’ve found that modern people need to do some movement work because our minds are so bombarded, we have so many different patterns with TV and media, we move our homes around so much, we don’t have a very stable relationship with anything, so we need to develop a deep sense of pattern. Kind of like locating ourselves in space and time; energetically what are we, where is our center. So the combination of the qigong and the neigong together gives the strongest sense of that.

The Fusion practices are the ones that first really set off bells in me. As I mentioned in Fusion one, I was doing other kundalini yoga practices and checking this out. I discovered there is a whole map here of my body-mind, and that I might have bypassed some of my own inner territory while zooming up my spine with kundalini yoga.

My focus, after learning all these practices over the years - there are so many practices it seems dizzying - is to understand these practices not as things that you are doing to your body, but a process of communication.

Qigong as a Subtle Energy Language Process

My goal is to practice qigong and inner alchemy less as things that you are doing and more as a process of communication, as a language that you are learning. Just as you all know how to speak English, it doesn’t mean that you are speaking every moment.

Learning the language just means that you have the capacity to express yourself when it’s appropriate and when you need to. If someone asks you a question, you can say yes, no, or I go this way, or I do this about that. Your energy body, which is what we are cultivating here, is also a language system; it is a deep silent language system.

I remember in the last workshop, Gangotri asked a question, do you practice these things all the time, and do you have the orbits going all the time. I want to go further into answering this question before we learn the new practices, so you have a perspective on this. If we view qigong and neigong as a language, and we will call it a divine language because it is allowing us to communicate with our own nature and the macrocosm of nature around you - then you lose this kind of western pressure to achieve, to do, to make your Energy Body happen.

The stress-yourself-with-qigong approach: if I do this kind of qigong then I will get precisely this kind of result every time. Better to view qigong as the process of stepping into the unknown, a way of evoking infinite possible responses from the Qi Field. Surely, different kinds of qigong have different qualities and have known forces operating within them. But that doesn’t limit the experience you synergistically create in each moment with those forces.

Open Process vs. Forced-Head Practice

We need to get out of the head-driven expectations of our culture. Relax, open your heart, smile, step out of your tight little physical body and open up into a big, expansive energy body. You need lots of room inside your body to feel the qi flow. It may help to imagine a deep open space with beautiful colored clouds swirling through it.

The qi field is an ongoing field of open communication. You are constantly being bombarded by communications on the subtle plane. But you’re not hearing them, you are missing the subtle communications. Then when you occasionally do hear them, you don’t know how to respond or to talk back.

Really all we are doing with qigong is opening up channels and understandings of cycles and patterns so that you can start to listen to what is going on in your life and in the larger life of the universe. Its simple purpose is so that you can communicate back something in response to the energy coming to us from the larger field of life. It doesn’t mean that you have to do these practices everyday all day long.

You need to do them enough so they become open and they are there, so that you actually have the language skill. This is why it is important to practice, in the sense of doing it. Ultimately it is just like the wiring in your house, and the plumbing, you don’t run your electricity and your lights all the time, or turn your faucets on and let water run all the time.

But the system is there, if you need light or water, you turn it on. You have a structure, you have doors and windows that open and close, they let air in or out, or people and things go in and out all the time.

Your body and your mind are no different; they have a structure; you are letting qi in or out and you let it circulate. If you don’t let it circulate, it becomes this problem, the air in your house gets stuffy, the temperature gets too high in the summer and too cold in the summer, the pipes freeze and all these other things if you don’t have your structure in there.

We are still in the phase of building a foundation in this language, understanding the vocabulary and the grammar, how it works. And what you speak and how you communicate with yourself and with nature is up to you. Ultimately you become spontaneous. As is said before, this is not about following me or about following anybody, it is really about learning how to communicate and that is what allows your own nature to unfold.

If you don’t communicate with your own essence or with the essence of the universe, how can your own essence reveal itself? How can it express itself whether in society, internally in meditation or just being with yourself and nature; you have no way. And people get into crisis about the meaning of their life because they don’t have a language.

An Impossible Question: What’s the meaning of life?

People often ask this question; what is the meaning of life or my life? From a Daoist perspective, there is no answer to that question; there is no meaning on a verbal level. You can’t say any sentence or any paragraph that will fix the meaning of life. In other words the question is not answerable in surface language, a spoken language. Click here torticle" style="display:none">

Because life is much deeper than the concepts that our surface language - French, German, Chinese, English - allow. Those languages cannot possibly allow you to describe the totality of your experience; you can’t squeeze your life into a sentence, or a phrase or an idea or an image of a certain deity into any belief. Your life is always bigger than that because your life is connected to the whole life of the universe.

The principle of qigong and neigong is that the meaning of life is your experience of it in this moment. That experience is the meaning. There is no other meaning other than the present moment. It’s not something that you got in the past and you drag around in a sack with you and you say I found the meaning and here it is in this bag. You want the meaning? Here I’ll hit you over the head with this bag, did you get it, and did it hurt?

The meaning is constantly changing because the experience of the universe and your own experience is changing from moment to moment. So the meaning is spontaneous, and it’s not an accumulated thing. You can say wisdom accumulates, which just means that you are now in communication on a deep level with the parts of the universe that have evolved and know why they have evolved. You’re talking to the earth, that has had this experience and is holding form, but it is changing each moment; it has the experience of how to change and what the patterns should be.

There is wisdom in your gene code. There is wisdom in the shape of your energy body. All these things have evolved over time but their meaning is in the present moment, what their experience is. That’s why I’m saying you need the skill to communicate with yourself and experience your meaning, which means just experience. The thought, “I have found the Meaning of Life”, is just intellectual layering on top of it. Life is just an experience.

The universe is not having an identity crisis. Its not walking around saying what universe am I? What is the meaning of me being a universe? The Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching) is constantly saying this. If you read Lao Tzu, this moment is a kind of revelation. Its sometimes translated as “self-so”: it is just so, its just this, in this moment this is what its meaning is, it is just being itself.

We are learning patterns, cycles and forms, but just look at them as the alphabet, as the ABC’s, as playing with the movements and forms and energies. When you are in grammar school you need to to repeat them a few times, and write them over and over until you know: I got that down. Now I don’t have to speak word by word, I can speak in sentences, and now I can think in paragraphs.

Flowing Life Force vs. “Illusion” of Physical Fixity

It’s the same thing, your sophistication develops and you become more sensitive and more centered. The centering is the tough thing for most people. They are flowing along from moment to moment and they lose their center. They think, how can I change in each moment and still have an unchanging moment that truly belongs to me, and not an identity that changes in each moment.

That’s the crisis; they think I’ve changed, therefore I’ve lost myself, I’ve lost my old identity. I used to be this fixed thing, like a little snapshot: here I am: I had these clothes and this job and this name, social security number, and a house and a spouse, kids and an address. That’s a snapshot.

Each moment, even if all of those externals were to magically stay fixed and not change, all of your internals are changing. It’s like a river flowing through you. That’s kind of the Greek paradigm that says you can’t step in the same river twice, what flows through it changes; so there are streams of consciousness moving through us, and it has patterns.

Some schools of Hinduism and its offshoot Buddhism like to describe physical reality as “maya” and “illusory”. I feel these superficially translated philosophical words are misleading and often taken out of the deeper context of the actual spiritual practices. They mis-lead Westerners to deny the importance of their physical body and cause them to dream of or project a better, different yet still illusory reality elsewhere.

The Daoist (Taoist) view I find more grounded and integrated: the change that is happening is real, the physical plane is an ongoing, real manifestation of subtle energetic changes. The physical plane is an integral part of the Tao. Heaven, Earth, and Humanity are the three fundamentals. Earth is not a temporary aberration or illusion or hellish prison planet where bad souls are sent to suffer and learn hard lessons before being allowed to escape with an elite cadre of Enlightened Beings. Is that the planet you choose to live on?

Are You Afraid to Live in a Body of Liquid Light?

The main illusion I see on this planet is that physical forms are dense, fixed and unchanging, part of a separate matter-based reality unto itself, rather than being part of the smooth continuum of body-mind-spirit (jing-qi-shen). Its because people are afraid of change, that they unconsciously want physicality to be more fixed than it really is. This fear of change is the core problem, more than the density of physical bodies and matter itself

Think of physicality as liquid light, an aspect of spirituality that is constantly re-pouring itself, and crystallizing bodies and solid-looking particles out of the larger liquid light field in each moment. But our bodies are really just liquid light; not just the blood, even our bones are liquid crystals. (Note: see article by Mae Wan Ho on website). When you get good at qigong, your moving body feels and looks like liquid light. It is truly a wonderful and liberating feeling when your physical self becomes liquid enough to flow instantly as the expression of the soul self.

The latest theory in physics is that the Big Bang was not an explosion of primal gas, but rather the sudden expansion of primal liquids, followed by some condensing and cooling of elements within that primordial ocean of space. So next time you think you’ve achieved “empty mind”, with no thoughts, feelings, or sensations, it may just be that you are floating on the surface of a dark liquid layer of space inside your whole body.

Your body-mind has knowable patterns of communication inside of it, flowing between the deep dark unformed primal liquid and this light-reflective surface reality. That is what qigong and alchemy training is about – how to move and be moved by the deep currents. Nature’s body also has its physical patterns of communications, and that is the knowable language of the Mind of Nature. That is why there are seasons, solstices, equinoxes, eclipses and other regular cosmic cycles.

All these things are part of the flowing language of nature. This is what we are learning in Fusion: where are the deep, invisible patterns of flow that hold or “fuse” this reality together within our body-mind? You train each channel separately, then you put them together to communicate your total experience in the moment. Your increased skill allows Nature to communicate back to you.

The qi field is the language of the universe, it is the language of nature, and it’s the way you talk to your self, and evolve by communication. That’s how I would like everyone to approach these practices. Please don’t feel like you are accumulating a lot of knowledge and things that you need to “do” everyday. Learn to allow these deep channels to simply be present and functional, as needed. That “allowing-into-consciousness” process does require dedicated practice in the beginning.

Ask Inside: What is the Right Level of Practice?

Let’s say you skip a day of practice, and you feel guilty; oh, I’m not a good qigong/neigong practitioner because I didn’t do my Fusion practice everyday. You just made qigong and neigong into a thing, rather than a process, a language process and communication process. Better that you ask your shen everyday, ”what process do I need to practice today?”. Then there is no forcing the wrong practice at the wrong time.

If you only listen to one vital organ shen that is in total resistance to change or to your doing any spiritual practice, you will eventually find it out. The other shen will feel lousy and start demanding you do this or that practice to balance things out. You – the core self emanating from Original Spirit – will eventually be forced to harmonize the demands of your entire inner soul team.

This is why I say that the Dao is very different than other religions in the sense that it is a process. Dao/Tao is a spiritual process; it doesn’t define itself by fixed belief in a thing, or by naming a Deity or a pantheon of Gods and Goddesses who dictate the process to mere human mortals. Taoism is constantly absorbing new influences and experiences. Historically as it went along Taoism has absorbed other spiritual traditions and practices that it found effective in that moment. It’s the attitude, someone discovered another a good way to communicate, so we’ll draw that in and use it.

But there’s no need to convert to someone else’s belief system. New experiences or ideas don’t change the fundamental grammar that you’re working with, the fundamental principles of the Dao - the Yin, the Yang and the Yuan. The expanding, the contracting, and the neutral/original field. These three forces define the process of the five phases/elements, the cycle and the movement of the spirits through the eight channels. The vital organ spirits are managing the qi flows in the body’s deep 8 energy channels.

8 Extraordinary Vessels = 8 Trigrams of I Ching

The eight trigram forces of the I Ching (Yi Jing in pin yin) are, from viewpoint of inner alchemy, the eight extraordinary vessels manifest in your body. These eight deep channels in turn feed the superficial 12 channels. The deep channels are just an expression of the way the universe communicates with itself. We have these eight deep channels so there can be macro to micro communication, and vice-versa.

It’s also the pathway of Form Self to Formless Self communication. It is WHY when you ask the I Ching a question, “it” can give you coherent and insightful answer. IT is just the still unconscious 8 deep channels/trigrams communicating the pattern of subtle forces downloading into your life.

Lets get an overview of what we are going into today. The ancient Daoists used a kind of a map, where you have a mandala. I think all of you have seen the eight trigrams in a circle. These originally came from some older maps in china called the He Tu and the Luo Shu. The river diagram and the Turtle-horse diagrams.

They found these diagrams on the back of a turtle that supposedly came out of the yellow river in china many thousands of years ago. They were a series of dots, numbers, and these numbers were later converted into trigrams. There is some conjecture about this, about how the “magic square” first arose in China, much older than any patterns found in Babylonia, Egypt or Greece.

The mandala has four cardinal directions and a center, which is also found in other esoteric teachings and cultures, this is very universal. This is not just unique to Daoism, this is many cultural expressions of a common silent energetic universal language. I think the Chinese developed a very clear early understanding of it. You have four cardinal directions and then you have four intermediate directions; you have north, south, east west and you have northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest.

Cosmic Egg: 3 Divisions Crack Open 10,000 Things

The idea here is that as the universe creates itself - wake up, we’re going into Daoist cosmology here - it starts off as an undifferentiated. The Universe or original oneness comes out of the original not-oneness or non-being, the wu ji or Supreme Mystery. It births itself like a cosmic egg. But imagine yourself inside this egg.

You are the yolk inside the egg and you can’t see any light. There are all the raw elements of your cosmic self in there,, but they have not quite yet been born. Then something hatches out of that and that’s when the yin and the yang begin to move. There is the interaction between the yin and the yang, and there is the neutral force, the Yuan qi, which is the inner space itself inside the cosmic egg.

Originally, its all blended together within this neutral force. Its not moving, but it starts to polarize itself as it hatches; thus chickens have two legs, the yin and the yang. The chicken needs the polarity to walk and create. But the body of the chicken still has a single center of gravity, which is a kind of remnant of the original force. This neutral point within the chicken allows the legs to walk, the yin and the yang to move.

We could say that out of this cosmic yin-yang process of birthing, one of the ten thousands things that eventually gets born is a human baby. The interaction of the yin and the yang is what multiplies out; in the embryonic core of this human foetus, the yin/yang pulses and its cells divide out. They first are 2 and then divide to becomes 4, and that divides again to become eight (actually four pairs of yin-yang polarized cells).

It happened to all of us when we were born; we started off as sperm fertilizing the egg and after we merged those into one, then we went into cellular division. We started off as a single cell; and then our first act was to began dividing three times. We later went through many replications of these original divisions, and this is how we reproduced ourselves - until there were so many divisions in the foetus that we were able to gradually accumulate enough form to become a body. During that process the vital organ spirits gradually entered and materialized as the vital organ functions. That’s how we become who we are.

The Human Cube - 8 Vessels as Stabilizing Force

So the first three divisions of this yin/yang create a pattern of eight, and this is what happens with a human sperm and an egg. Eight seems to be the number of stability in this physicalizing process. When any point in sacred geometry is expanded in eight equidistant directions it becomes the inner structure of a cube. A cube has eight corners on it. Eight gives it the stability of squareness or “earth”. That is why our body is our mini-earth, it is held together by 8 deep earth channels. The cube also has 12 outside edges to it, which parallel the development of 12 superficial meridians sustained by the 8 deep channels.

The core patterns, the framework is laid out in the first three divisions. Three-ness is always there; yin, yang, yuan - and the three treasures in Daoism, heaven earth and man. The idea in the Dao de jing is that the one becomes the two, the two becomes the three, and the three becomes the ten thousand things. After these first three cycles of primal embryonic growth, you have enough ingredients to create with.

According to the Lao Tzu text (chapter 42), we all originally come from the unknowable Dao. From the “none” arises the One, the Yuan qi, the original qi, and then arises the Two as the yin and the yang, and the three is the interaction of the One and the Two; the Yuan qi and the yin/yang qi. Those three ingredients are all you need to co-create. Those three start creating in a pattern of five phases; the three becomes five, they become combinations of themselves. We will explain the relationship between the eight extraordinary channels and the five phases later. Just understand that a cosmology (or cosmogony, the cycle of human creation) is hidden here in the patterns of nature.

We are constantly recreating this cosmology. Our bodies are a microcosmos, which means that we are a microcosmos, a miniature cosmology of what goes on in the universe. We are the process of creation every moment, we are dividing our selves every moment, thus we are recreating ourselves anew each moment. The eight extraordinary channels in our human energy body are just a printout of this cosmology, just a reflection of the creative process of ourselves.

So this is what we are learning in Fusion 2/3. At the end you might go: “Aha, I finally know how I created myself!”. We laid down a blueprint of eight, then we started repeating and laying down octaves and spirals on top of that template. All our biological and psychologica function and structure and everything else crystallized around that core energetic blueprint. The essential functions are there in those first eight. It’s like the grid, the matrix, the compass, and the map: there’s north, south, east, west, and then the intermediate directions. Now we can start to lay out a body, now we can start to lay out a planet, now we can start to lay out time and space because we have a grid of sacred directions.

Without a pattern, how do you lay out matter, time and space or anything? You can’t do it. Without a pattern, you are ignorant, wandering in the dark. There is an order in nature and a pattern, and this is the deep pattern we are bringing into awareness. That’s all it is. The invisible center of gravity of this pattern of eight gives us a mysterious 9th number in the center of our diagram/mandala. But that will reveal itself only after you experience the four polar paired-forces of the eight channels.

Unfolding Sequence of the 8 Deep Vessels

We started talking about the cardinal directions, the main points on it; north, south, east and west. These are the most important four of the eight channels. What are they? You have already learned two of them; the back and front, fire and water channels, the du mai and the ren mai, spine and front, the governor and the conception vessels. In Chinese they are written as pictures, these are just words we are giving to describe the ideograms.

These are cardinal channels, they are north-south, front-back, the core yin-yang orientation of a human being. So we start with that, we start learning the microcosmic orbit up the back and down the front. You likely didn’t know you were learning the first two of the eight extraordinary channels when you started with the orbit; all you knew was that it was the primary yin/yang division that gives humans a front and a back. Okay, I’m now energetically divided into yin and yang, where do we go from there? That’s where we are right now. The answer: we get those two primary channels harmonized and running smoothly with six other channels.

You’re not a human being with just two channels; you need six more channels to function and to operate in physical time and space. You could perhaps operate in some primordial subtle plane with just two channels, you could pulsate like the cosmic amoeba. You migiht be the primal breath of the universe, but you wouldn’t yet have a time and space body.

What are the next two of the eight extraordinary vessels that we need to learn? The core/thrusting channel and the belt channel. In Chinese, the chong mai and the dai mai. Now some people might say that those evolved before the front and back channel. But historical sequence doesn’t really matter, these four all balance themselves out. The ren and du channels are more accessible and thus more functionally open to change.

There is an up and a down, there is an around, and there is a front and a back. The shape of these four deep channels forms a sphere with an axis. Front and back, we have an orbit; the belt channel is like the equator, and then a core channel, like an axis between the north pole and the south pole. Now you have created a sphere out of those four channels. Did you all follow that?

These are the four core channels that you use to create your core self. Atop them you lay out an energy grid, and then the other four channels unfold. They are called the positive and negative arm and leg channels, also known as the bridge and regulator channels. They let you reach out from the egg and interact and extend your core self into hands and feet; there are the other four directions. So the microcosmic orbit is just dealing with the core trunk of your body, and its acts as a kind of vessel binding together the vertical thrusting channel and the horizontal belt channel.

The arm and leg channels let you reach out from this core sphere and interact with the macrocosm, with everything outside yourself. So that’s what arms and legs are about. They are about interacting, from the core, from the center out and you reach out and get food, money, sex, you reach out for them and you bring them back into yourself, into your core, where you digest them at some deep soul level seeking completion. Your arms and legs let you move through the physical plane, through that time and space, so you can reach out and grab its fruits.

That’s it, that’s your human energy grid. The body is a printout from these eight channels combined with many other superficial branch channels. These other meridians in your body add layers of complexity and sophistication. They allow communication between the organs and the legs and the arms and other things; all the twelve meridians run out to the legs and the arms and through the organs in the body. The twelve regular meridians are just another layer of communication on top of the eight; they are sometimes called the six greater meridians.

Let me open it up to questions, and then we will get started on the practical skill of opening these channels.



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Profound thanks for the great, great Fusion 1-3 workshops. I thought they were taught at such an astonishingly deep level and am grateful for your ability to teach it with such respect for where each of us are.

Fusion has opened so much for me, it's difficult to describe. I feel I have long needed tools to deal with energy arising inside and energy projected at me from others. In prior years, they have knocked me far off my center.

In Fusion #1 workshop I noticed as I expanded the earth shen/pearl to embrace each of the other pearls, they began to reveal bits of them self. I began to get some sense of the depth and age of the blue, kidney shen, the exhilaration, delicacy, and energy of the green liver shen and, to me the overwhelming power of the heart spirit. As the heart shen began to open and reveal the power of real love, I had to stop, not seemingly ready to accept a full glimpse.

I am again on "speaking terms" with my lung shen. I greatly benefit from "downloading" trust, love, courage, kindness, and wisdom from the universe when I need it. I didn't know there was such bounty and generosity surrounding us.

Periodically, I have experienced an "opening" of my consciousness in which I am able to take in and sit and embrace the opposites in my life. This has taken me to places of great quiet and peace, a feeling that in Taoist terms might be balanced or harmonious. Some of the fun has been that everything seems lightly balanced, and susceptible to falling to one side or the other, yet has stayed with me through a variety of stressful stimuli. Perhaps it is not so fragile.

I look forward to studying the higher alchemy formulas, realizing how little I know.

Thanks again – you have my greatest respect as a teacher. It is a privilege to have been in your Fusion classes. I know you were carrying the energetic burden of the entire group, and yet you were able to lead the class so beautifully.

Dana B., Houston

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Shocked and astonished at how powerful Fusion process is!

I have been shocked and astonished at how powerful this Fusion process is! Shocked – at how much “stuff” that I thought was resolved, but it all came floating back up to the surface during my first Fusion meditation. Some painful old relationships that I thought were buried were still haunting me. They were probably responsible for an undefinable sense of anxiety I’ve been suffering from for years.

I am Astonished at how quickly these deep issues are being resolved. After only a few days of practice I feel so much clearer and more peaceful. I know there is more to go, but thank you and the Tao so much for giving me the tools I needed to go into these hurtful areas of my life. Thanks from the depth of my Heart!

- Amy G., Calif.

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Fusion Got Me Through A Big Emotional Test

The situation: a customer of mine called to complain about my wallpaper job. She railed about my incompetence, compared me to her dead father, who 'expertly' hung paper. She wanted to meet me at a model house to show me 'how much better another job was, compared to mine'. Oy!

Ironically, this wallpaper job was completed on the very day I left for Fusion 1 last month, and it’s the first complaint I met up with upon my return.

Inner process: I moved from panic and fear at getting caught at a mistake, to self righteous 'how dare you' anger, to worry at my reputation, and finally doubt of my own integrity. As the meeting date with the woman got closer, the thought of it made my stomach churn with adrenaline and fear.

How Fusion helped: Before the meeting, I brought this situation into my vital organ shen/pearls. I let myself really feel the shaking of fear in my kidneys and the fire of my anger in the liver. It brought up memories of my parents, authority issues, and my tendency to hide emotions from others and boil them inside. I would balance and dissolve these feelings in my perfect fusion weather system. But still, when the time came closer, fear and apprehension, a feeling like stage fright, ruled.

On the day of the meeting: I had a tape of fusion playing in my car and heard one sentence that drilled into me. The 'Po' lung soul is the one we meet the world with. It is constantly required to breathe in the energy of life, to embrace the outer world. I enlarged that pearl of white light and a feeling of peace ran over me. I was in neutral by the time I met the woman.

I explained my choices in doing the job, after assuring her I understood hers. I smiled at her, inner and out smile at the same time. Amazingly, she just let it go. "Thanks," she said," I just wanted to understand why you did it that way. SO much has gone wrong in that house. Now I see what you did and we'll just move on."

How I relate Fusion to my life: It struck me how I frequently have intense inner emotions and fights and talks going on inside. Yet due to protective instincts of my past, I have hidden them from a full expression with others or denied full feelings inside – I was worried about self image. Emotions run hot under my skin surface like volcanic magma waiting for an explosion, or more likely an implosion. My team of Lung souls were hanging around my aura, separated out of body because of this pattern: emotionally stuck ghosts of myself awaiting embodiment and expression in relationship.

My Fusion practice this morning: Strongly guided me to soften into my white pearl souls. My breath feels more connected to my core. I’ve added another layer of bonding between the many fragmented selves in my personality. There is a deeper recognition of these essence aspects in my core being. I can feel that collectively we really desire to achieve a new balance in the world out/in there.

Thanks to Fusion, we are creating that world of harmony and balance, one breath at a time.

- Barry P.

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Fusion Opened Up A Battle With My Shadow

I started fusion of the five elements this week using your audio tapes. First, I discovered that my heart was very arrogant and did not want to join the dance at first. It felt it was superior to the other shen. It wanted to be separate – the only way it could maintain its sense of superiority over the other organ spirits.

My feel was the fire spirit had compensated for past trauma to the earth and metal spirits. It was taking over some of their work, or trying to at least. Thus it felt it couldn't trust the others. It considered them to be worthless; it resented their weakness. I'm betting that just made the others even weaker.

I also had a powerful experience during the inner weather meditation. I encountered my Shadow. I wasn't hallucinating, it was similar to a dream, but was a vision. I was wide awake, the vision continued whether my eyes were open or closed.

The vision began: I sat down against a tree in the forest. The Shadow appeared and attacked me. I fought briefly with him and then stopped. I stood still as he thrust a claymore sword into my solar plexus. I fell to the ground, dying. Then I pulled the sword from my body and held it in my hand. My hand sent fire into the sword and it burst into flame, and then dissolved. I attacked my shadow with extreme ferocity, fire burning in my body. I struck him again and again.

Shadow then brandished a double-headed axe and swung it vigorously. I used the heavy weight of the axe to my advantage, throwing his body weight significantly with each swing. I fell to the ground and placed a kick to the back of his knee. As he fell I struck the jade pillow point at the back of his head. I hit it several more times after he had fallen. Fire poured from my hands, and I placed them on the jade pillow. My heart fire entered the shadow body, burning demonic looking creatures that hid within.

Shadow was now lying face up, my hands burning into his third eye. I began to move my hands to his heart. He began to struggle, writhing about trying to escape my hold. Knives appeared and fell into his hands and feet, pinning him. He still struggled. My resolve increased and I plunged my burning hands into his chest with increased power. (My solar plexus feels strange during all of this, it was somewhat painful.)

I then see myself with white hair and white clothing – the color of the metal element - swirled with black. I hold a staff of the same colors, with a spinning yin-yang at its head. I plunge the staff into the shadow self's solar plexus. I see many creatures I considered demons. Some are beautiful. Lucifer is the name of the energy. It says we are one. My power is your power. I am you. I feel an immense energy welling up from my solar plexus, filling my whole body, my third eye especially.

I then lose my resolve to vanquish the shadow, and it jumps up. It then leaps into my body. I fall to the ground. Darkness and light dance in many different ways. I see swirls of white and black, mixing, almost playing. I then see little angels above, and "demons" below. I realized that the demons were not demons, save for the negative charge I gave them.

I then asked for assistance of all beings that had my highest interest in mind. Little fairy-like creatures came and began to sew a glowing web over my solar plexus. I asked that they continue to work even after I shifted my focus away. My feel was that earth elemental beings would come to work on the hole within my solar plexus after the web was complete. I then finished the fusion of the five elements meditation, feeling balanced and complete.

- Alex Pizza

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