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It is customary, in the depths of winter, to turn inward, seeking inner vision.
On February 6th and 7th we are offering a weekend of introspection and personal empowerment. Participants will enjoy über-healthy vegetarian dishes brimming with diverse flavors. Food brings us both life and delight. Taste sensations enhance the assimilation of bio-nutrients and stream energy into our cells.
Come learn the art and science of intelligent nutrition.
Nutrition is not simply about food: it also requires movement, breath and emotional expression.
Energy then flows freely into us, recharging the flow within our arteries …
and this then allows our spirits to rise…
But all of this fluency relies on activating the number 5.
The mystery of the number 5 is well known in traditional medicine and equally so in spiritual traditions. 5 represents the presence of the divine creative principle within the human being: we have 5 toes on each foot, 5 fingers (including the thumb), and 5 sense organs. The human body itself (as shown here in Leonardo’s famous drawing) exhibits a pentagonal form with arms and legs extended.
The head, hands and feet inscribe a 5 pointed star. In nature there are 5 elements, 5 seasons and 5 directions of internal energy flow.
Foods themselves exhibit a spectrum of 5 principle tastes. Each taste has an associated energy which links up with our 5 organs of perception and with our 5 layers of feeling.
This weekend of discovery and delight presents a unique approach to nutrition: we connect the pleasures of eating with the delights of moving. In this way, we can increase our natural intelligence as we revitalize our bodies.
We will learn how to move in flowing, harmonic forms based on cosmic laws. These special movements help direct energy into our cells, our hearts and our spirits.
Can we cultivate the Power of 5 to fortify ourselves against the chaos and corruption we find in this increasingly unstable world? Can we condense this divine essence of 5 and then emit it outward for the benefit of others?
This workshop, Intelligent Nutrition & The Power of 5 has been designed to excite, challenge and innovate. It will revitalize you for the journey ahead. Space is limited so please don’t delay if you wish to sign up.
Date: February 6th and 7th, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Private residence, Friday Harbor
Price: $400 or $325 early bird (register by January 15th)
For more info or to register: email@example.com or 360-375-7052
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FACT: At a molecular level, the human being is 99% water
QUESTION: What happens if our water sources degrade or get further contaminated with run off, radioactivity and toxic sludge?
QUESTION: What happens when we run really low on accessible potable water?
QUESTION: What is being done about these mounting problems?
QUESTION: Who cares anyway?
Why Both Illness and Wellness Can Be Traps
If you open any health or conscious lifestyle magazine, you’ll probably be informed that wellness is now truly at your fingertips. The magazines suggest that if you follow their upbeat and expert advice, illness, aging and death will stay far away from you. Sound attractive?
According to these wellness gurus, health is something that can be actualized in two simple forms: supplements and lifestyle. If we just follow the correct dietary regimen, ingest the right combination of vitamins and minerals, sleep properly and de-stress on a regular basis, we won’t get old or sick like other people do. Perhaps we’ll even live forever on our juices and antioxidants. It’s a seductive message. However the purpose is to make us buy stuff. It may be organic stuff, but it is still stuff and it can cost you a whole heap of money.
On the other hand, the illness gurus (conventional doctors and the pharmaceutical industry) keep us in a constant state of fear and worry, corralling us into drugstores, hospitals and clinics for tests, jabs, and medications because, these illness gurus imply, we can never be well without them.
So who is right? What really lies beneath the surface? What is really going on within the depths of the body, and most importantly, within the heart and soul of the individual?
I think there is something fundamentally wrong this whole picture. Is our only choice between the illness industry and the wellness industry? Or is there another way?
If we ask what is truly necessary for maintaining or regaining our health and wellness, it comes down to more than good food and vitamins. It requires that we feel connected deeply with ourselves and with others. And it requires that our lives be meaningful and have purpose. When we lose these essential “nutrients” of the soul and focus only on the expensive superfoods hyped in the wellness ads, we can actually grow weaker internally as a result of becoming self-absorbed and narcissistic. Consider these two points:
The Power of Letting In: Not Everything Comes in a Bottle
In my book, The Power of Letting Go, I offer multiple ways to release the mind from inhibitions and negative thinking. At the core, we all remain children, and the child’s mind naturally connects freely and joyfully with the mystery of life. Unfortunately, as we grow into adulthood, we are all trained to mistrust this childlike aspect of ourselves, and to forget where we really come from. We are taught to forget our intrinsic relationship with the unfathomable universe.
The child’s mind is the don’t-know-mind, also known as the beginner’s mind, and it is always fresh and open. This original state of the mind is plastered over by the know-it-all-mind, which is actually controlled by covert forces in society of which we remain blissfully unaware. The child’s mind or the original mind is always reverent, compassionate, and willing to share.
Letting go of the plaque built up in the structures of the know-it-all mind allows the original mind to shine through again, as when we were children. We can now make conscious efforts to re-absorb the original life-force and share this energy with others, whether they be people, animals, plants, and whether they be young or old, friends or foes. We have come back to the well to drink. This openness adds a whole new dimension to the practice of wellness. It cultivates wellness at a core level of the mind and the heart, not just at the skin-deep level promoted in the magazines.
What is a well? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a well is:
The word well comes from an old English word weallan, which means to bubble or boil, and also derives from Old High German wella, which means wave.
So now we are beginning to understand what true wellness means. It has everything to do with depth and with that miraculous, clear liquid we call water; it also suggests waves and bubbles of energy rising. Wellness requires us to find our own inner well:
In the classes I teach, my students have made a commitment to their own self-care and self-cultivation. Their patience and focus has rewarded them. Slowly but surely, they have increased their levels of flexibility, strength, inner calm and overall vitality. I cannot say enough good things about their sense of commitment and their desire for inner growth. They offer wonderful role models to others who might also consider venturing along this path.
And it is a path. When we walk in balance and harmony, our entire system re-sets. We remember that we were designed to move just like everything else in nature, and that moving with wisdom and grace can be learned just like playing a musical instrument. In Tai Chi and Chi Gong, we honor ancient Chinese wisdom which shows us a special point on the sole of each foot called “The Bubbling Spring”.
This point connects us energetically with our source deep within the earth. It allows earth wisdom to bubble up into our brains via the spine. This is the opening move on the ancient Way of Wellness. It is different from the slick way shown in magazines. It is deeper, humbler, more powerful and much longer lasting.
Perhaps you find all this interesting, but don’t know where to start. Perhaps you find it a little strange or intimidating. Or perhaps you’ve already started, but don’t know how best to proceed. Whichever it is, don’t worry. Here’s something you can do right now.
This simple exercise is actually quite profound. It will dredge out both physical and emotional tensions, and it will activate the Bubbling Spring points on your feet, allowing your blood to circulate more smoothly within your body, and also allowing fresh energy from the earth to flow up into you and sustain you during the day.
If you have enjoyed this simple meditation practice and would like to learn more, please contact us for more information. I’m also sure that one of our more advanced students would be only too pleased to share with you how this practice has benefited them.
The Tuesday Self-Care chi gong class is ongoing through the Fall. Those people who attend this regularly are seeing quick health benefits, and the class also builds a sense of community. This Tuesday class is sponsored by San Juan Agricultural Guild and San Juan Hospice as part of their educational series. Donations are gratefully appreciated.
Since some participants requested him to add a second class, Nicholas has just begun offering Self-Care chi gong on Thursday mornings at the same time (8-9 am). The class started today and the response was fantastic. This class is open to all, but since it is not sponsored by the Ag Guild, the fee per class is $15, and students should pre-pay at the beginning of each month. We already have a wonderful committed core group as of today!
Tuesday, 8-9am Self-Care class at the Brickworks, donation class sponsored by Ag Guild
Thursdays, 8-9am Self-Care class at the Brickworks, $15 per class, pre-sign up required
Mondays, noon-1:00pm Chi gong at XYZ, $15 per class
Fridays, noon-1:00pm Chi gong at XYZ, $15 per class
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: please remember Monday, October 6th from 7-8:30pm is a free workshop at the Brickworks on how to apply the principles in The Power Of Letting Go. If you are curious about how Chi Gong works and what the Life-Force is, come along and find out. We welcome your attendance.
Are you keen on living to your fullest potential? Would you like to expand your awareness of cosmic energy and the Life force? Are you intrigued by how humans connect internally to the rest of nature?
Perhaps you have blockages, physical challenges or frustrations that you would like to transform into strengths and/or increased levels of health? Is a life of fulfillment at the top of your priorities?
If so, the upcoming workshop we are presenting at the Brickworks on October 6th will interest you.
In this workshop, author Nicholas Corrin will offer practical applications of the ideas presented in The Power of Letting Go: transforming fear into love.
Taking the first step is often our greatest challenge but, once taken, we quickly develop the confidence to move forward on our individual journeys. This workshop is about getting you started. It is not just about the Power of Letting Go, it is also about the Power of Letting In.
Finding the courage to let go of what has grown stale gives us the green light for a new relationship with ourselves. When we re-train ourselves to act with spontaneity as opposed to mechanical or habitual responses we re-enter the great river of life. This workshop is designed to provide you with the confidence and tools to get started. It will open up fresh opportunities lying dormant within you.
Date: October 6, 2014, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: The Brickworks, 150 Nichols St, Friday Harbor, WA
Cost: FREE; donations to the Ag Guild and Hospice of San Juan greatly appreciated
This workshop is sponsored by San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild, Hospice of San Juan, and San Juan Food Co-op. Books will be available for autographing.
In today’s fast paced world, we’re all in information overwhelm. Much like a compressed disk with masses of information on it, we are forced to contain and process unending streams of data we have hardly had time to digest, let alone sift through and assimilate what is truly meaningful and worthwhile. This frenetic activity is increasingly performed via smartphone keyboards, over which our fingertips glide like insects skidding over still water.
This fixation of the gaze into a “smart” appliance, while our physical body is excluded and uninvolved leaves us with a strange aftertaste, a feeling of being somehow “in exile” from our own physical presence in the world. So there is this hunger, this yearning amongst us to re-enter the body in ways that feel liberating.
While technology moves ever faster, we ourselves have slowed down, our natural athleticism and vigor have declined, and we are becoming overwhelmingly sedentary and often as not, obese. Our very way of living has been re-organized by technological culture with the result that, increasingly, we move our limbs and joints in an extremely limited number of ways. Just as biodiversity in nature is disappearing, so bio-diversity of movement (the ways we move our bodies) has been reduced.
The human body has been increasingly starved of an essential nutrient: richness of movement. Is it any wonder there are such high levels of stress, anxiety, tension, and depression?
Expressing Nature Versus Mechanics
The body was naturally designed to be expressive, not mechanical. Nature endowed us with complex articulated joints capable of moving in multiple ways and combinations. The very word “to articulate” means “to express an idea”. On a physical level “to articulate” means to conjoin our four limbs with our trunk in fluent ways capable of showing our thoughts and emotions. This is why animals are so “expressive” and why we humans love to watch them in the wild: the physical movements of animals express the creative essence of Nature.
Even our eye muscles have been reduced to near inactivity. In fact we use them mostly to stare fixedly in one direction: through the windscreen at the road in front of us, or at the TV or computer screen (also) right in front of us. In fact, this reliance on single-pointed vision encourages us to behave robotically, as it precludes the use of peripheral vision (intake of visual impressions from the side-frames of our visual field). This then shuts down our intuitive faculties and induces an incipient state of depression in most people.
For tens of thousands of years, the human body has labored, fought, loved, worshiped, played and danced in a rich tapestry of movements. Yet today, society offers us mostly mechanical versions of physical release whether in the gym, on bicycles, in a Pilates studio or hot yoga space or swimming laps in a pool. These do all offer some benefits to us, but they are nevertheless limited. The movements involved are not the flowing movements we find expressed in nature and exhibited by birds, fish, clouds and bodies of water.
How to Regain Connection
How can we regain this fluid terrain where the body feels happy and connected, and the mind is once again within the body?
Here is a simple suggestion for you:
1) Find a quiet place indoors or outdoors where you will not be disturbed. Start by bringing your feet about shoulder width apart. Now bend your knees slightly and curve your tailbone slightly forward, just enough so that your pelvis will relax, and your lumbar spine lengthens downward. Make sure to let go of all tensions first in this beginning position.
2) Begin to sense your feet connecting with the ground underfoot. Imagine roots sprouting from the bottoms of your feet and penetrating into the earth. Now sense a thread of energy leading upwards from the top of your head into the sky.
3) Deepen and slow down your breath as you maintain a sense of being physically connected with the great sky above you, and the dark earth beneath you.
4) Now start to move your right hip in slow, clockwise circles, about twelve times.
5) Then move your left hip in slow, anti-clockwise circles, about twelve times.
6) Now you are ready to combine the two hip motions: make a clockwise circle with your right hip followed by an anticlockwise motion with your left hip, followed by another clockwise circle with your right hip and so on.
7) After you have performed about 30 of these connected loops, pause, and switch direction: start making clockwise circles with your left hip, followed by anti-clockwise circles with your right hip. Make about 30 of these loops.
8) To finish, return to the still, symmetrical position with your feet about shoulder width apart; close your eyes and breathe slowly and with deepened awareness.
This one exercise, when done regularly, is capable of re-setting your body and relaxing your entire nervous system. If you haven’t already realized, it involves drawing an infinity sign in space with your hips!
This exercise is actually one of the foundational sets of our unique Infinite Body™ System. We have been carefully refining this system over several decades of research and development, securely grounded in our teaching and clinical experience. The result is a brand new and highly effective system of movements that can restore our bodies, and reawaken our natural intelligence.
These special Infinite Body™ movements can be combined with Yoga and Qigong exercises to provide even greater results, providing starved muscle groups and joints with the opportunity to re-experience the dynamic Life Force. With regular practice, a deep sense of pleasure will return as your body relaxes and moves gracefully, in tune with the rest of Nature and the greater Cosmos.
Our Infinite Body™. classes are now regularly available in Friday Harbor and are being offered in workshops and trainings. Stay posted for further information and updates or contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
In good health!