About Nei Gong 4 LIFE
Karen Reid was introduced to her own physical healing and the fascinating art of Nei gong (inner skill) through Master Yang in 1998, who has been internationally recognised as a Healer and Qi gong Master for over 40 yrs.
With her Master’s blessing Karen began introducing Nei gong energy transmissions and meditations through individual sessions, classes and seminars in 2003.
Lao Tzu said, “There are 10,000 approaches in nature”, and this applies to the art of Nei gong. Essentially a Nei gong practice teaches our body to collect and transform energy for a variety of purposes. Nei gong meditation meets your personal energetic needs and goals, and brings harmony and a logical structure into your practice.
There are many styles of Nei gong practitioner, some transmit energy through direct healing and miracles, others use their Nei gong to enhance their athletic skills or creative expression. Their goal may be to optimise personal health and harmonise their relationships, to be their best in work, rest and play; while others practice physical longevity and spiritual cultivation.
With a background in Natural and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Karen created Nei Gong meditation to help explain some of the concepts and processes underlying the ancient art of Nei gong. She also enjoys the ability to ‘read energy’ and to structure energy for personalised Nei gong connections to meet our unique needs.
When clients experience the healing benefits of Nei gong meditation, they can also learn to create their own practice at home. The meditation programmes build a strong, balanced physical and emotional platform for students to develop their physical energy, personal gifts, and to rediscover their passion for life.
Clients and students may experience Nei gong energy connections individually, in class, through online technology or by purchasing our Nei gong meditation audios and courses.
About Nei Gong 4 LIFE
Mindfulness, chanting, or keeping our focus are all practiced under the banner of meditation, as are prayer and contemplation. We have a broad spectrum of meditation styles available today. They can vary widely in their traditions, practice and the goals they set out to achieve.
Finding a meditation practice that is a personal fit can be very confusing, not every type of meditation will be right for you. As a child my Uncle taught me a famous story, (Uncle Siegfried followed Yogananda). It goes like this… there was once a Yogi who, after 25 yrs of secluded meditation in a mountain cave decided he was enlightened and ready to re-enter the world at large. He set off contentedly down the mountain-side, towards the nearest village.
As he entered the village, someone pushed past him and another shouted for him to move on. A child began banging pots and the Yogi suddenly lost his hard won equilibrium and became furious at the ‘chaos’ around him! This is a lesson in the ways we approach our meditation practice. What exactly do we want to achieve?
Encountering a spiritual dimension that provides much needed peace and respite is a wonderful experience, there just may be a problem in that the experience of spirit feels apart from our everyday lives. Our spiritually connected selves may not always integrate with our physical identity.
Nei gong meditation is for someone who wants an holistic outcome from their practice, that supports their everyday experience without having to change their lifestyle.’
NEI gong means ‘inner skill’. This style of meditation is also called ‘internal martial arts’. It is a still, body-based practice that ‘works out’ our energetic anatomy – the matrix or map that generates our physical body. NEI gong meditation melds the omniscient wisdom of Buddhism, the deep sophistication of Chinese internal alchemy (Taoist neidan), with the structure of Confucian Feng shui philosophy.
This deep mysterious Way is interlaced with spontaneity and colour of the Hindu pantheon brought over through Tibet into China by Indian Buddhist Yoga Masters (some examples are Milarepa 1052-1135 CE, and the 5th century CE Boddhidharma and Kumarajiva).
During the turbulent warring period of the 5 Dynasties (10th century CE, China) the traditions and practices of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism were exposed to each other and entwined to create Nei gong. Traditionally no words were used to pass on its secrets. Knowledge was imbibed through energy transmissions from Master to pupil, much like a download on your computer.
“I have combined the power of Nei gong energy transmissions, that work first on a subconscious level, with the orientation of consciously guided meditations involving all of our senses. This way my clients and students understand what they are experiencing and why; and it becomes easy for them to develop their own practice.”
The result of this fusion of Eastern style energy transmission and Western style guided meditation is Nei gong meditation. The results are speedy and feel very easy and natural, because we work from where we are at, with organic energies that support and resonate for us personally.
At Nei Gong 4 LIFE we use guided meditations combined with Nei gong energy connections. This especially suits very visual or kinaesthetic people, however it is not the way for everyone. Nei gong connections are also offered as pure energy transmissions for clients and students who feel distracted by an audio/visual guide. Once received, you can develop and deepen your connection, unveiling the mystery of universal energy in your own at home practice.
About Nei Gong
Qi Gong is described as having two complementary branches: wei-gong, the outer way which includes all martial arts training; and nei-gong, the inner way, that embraces a unique tradition of meditation, medical qigong, and inner alchemy or neidan.
References to ritual dances and martial arts have been found in texts bearing the ‘Yellow Emperor’ Huang de’s name from over 4,000 years ago. In this primordial time Chinese medicine, science, astronomy, philosophy, acupuncture, and systems of law and agriculture developed. Today’s medical and philosophical curriculums still rely on writings attributed to The Yellow Emperor.
Nei gong practice and theory blends 3 great traditions, Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism, (specifically Mahayana). These 3 autonomous philosophies were all founded in the 6th century BC, and evolved upon the foundation of the accelerated invention and shamanic beliefs established by the Yellow Emperor.
A fusion of the 3 philosophies became possible during the 5 Dynasties Period (906-960 AD) when Confucian scholars fled their government posts to escape the political chaos of the time. They took up the traditional lifestyle of Taoist hermits which incorporated the secret practices of neidan (inner alchemy), together with Buddhist (Chan, later called Zen) meditation.
Taoist and Buddhist practices integrated with Confucian education. Nei gong emerged forth out of this rich tapestry of cultural and spiritual tradition into a short-cut path to health, happiness, peace, and full consciousness.
The 3 great philosophies have some similarities and differences, 3 similarities are:
1/ The tenant that our physical body is a sacred temple connected to the universe, that becomes a gateway to enlightenment through our energetic blueprint.
2/ Each tradition teaches specific meditations to align with the Unmanifested or Tao.
3/ They each practice wholesome living, longevity exercises, and observe a deep respect for the natural world and it’s cycles.
We can glean some of their differences from the legends surrounding their respective Teachers:
Confucius (the founder of Confucianism) endured saboteurs and tremendous hardship his whole life to help us understand our Universe in order for us to reflect an Heavenly social order that grows out of a correct relationship. He sought to bring about political and social harmony; and he succeeded on the rare occasions he was allowed to influence government policy. Confucianism is the most culturally conformist philosophy, it places great emphasis on education and social responsibility.
Lao Tzu (the founder of Taoism) on the other hand, left his post as ‘Head of the Royal Archives’ or library when he saw his kingdom’s government disintegrating. He simply rode away on his mule at around 80yrs of age, stopped long enough to write his famous Tao te Ting – and was never seen again. Taoism is the least conformist of the 3 traditions. It has deep shamanic roots and follows the ‘natural Way’. Taoism encourages the cultivation of the individual on their own road to personal immortality.
Buddhism (the Mahayana lineage) is literally the middle Way. It emphasises compassion and enlightenment for all beings and balances scholarship with meditation. Boddhidharma, (Da Mo)the celebrated Shaolin Abbot, arrived in China from India in the 5th or 6th century AD. He taught Chan (Zen) Buddhism, and on arrival he was enthusiastically received by the Chinese Buddhist Emperor Wu. Boddhidharma was characteristically straight-forward in his teaching manner which…. was not so well received, and as the Emperor became more and more displeased, Boddhidharma travelled to meditate alone in the mountains near Shaolin for 9 years.
Nei gong meditation is a synthesis of concepts and practices that connect us with the essence of life. The life that transforms and regenerate us from within – true alchemy! Nei gong has been graciously bestowed upon us by spiritual and scholastic giants who have worked for our benefit over the course of millennia. Through their grace our own unique and authentic path is revealed.
How does Nei gong work?
Nei Gong is the practice of collecting, transforming and working with organic energy. Pure universal energies are invited to connect directly inside our energy fields and centres to activate and support them. Our energy fields (dantian) and centres (chakras) are power stations that interface between the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual realms of our being. Together they form a dynamic energetic matrix, the underlay and bedrock of our physical and emotional experience.
Connecting with organic energy feels completely natural because our body is made up of the same chemical structures as the rest of our natural universe. Our body filters out anything it doesn’t need and welcomes the energies it lacks to attain balance and harmony.
Just as our cells absorb elements from air, food and water, and then transform those elements into the physical energy stored as ‘ATP’, the practice of Nei Gong connects our energy fields and centres with self-regenerating energy sources that support and activate our whole being. For example the energies of the sun, moon, earth, water and stars may be collected, transformed and stored within our energetic body and used for specific outcomes.
Nei gong supports every department of our life by working directly with our energetic anatomy. For thousands of years, Eastern cultures have benefited from Nei gong’s secret practices, building longevity, spiritual gifts, happiness and health.
The first steps on our journey connect us to the living essences of our organic environment. This extra energy supports and activates our 3 dantian (energy fields), balances the chakras, and at the same time clarifies our communication pathways called meridians or nadis.
Nei gong meditations engage our physical senses with energy connections that are unique for us personally. We all differ in our needs and gifts, so a range of energies and exercises are introduced in harmony specific to each student or client.
As our practice deepens, our relationship with the natural universe become stronger and more refined; just as our physical potential unfolds with an athletic discipline, our authentic personality and gifts unfold in the areas of health, balance, gifts, intelligence, command and joy. Our growth potential is as limitless as the universe, only dependant on our heart attitude and goals. This is why Nei gong is called internal martial arts.
At first we may only connect with and play one melody on one instrument, but eventually we will conduct an entire orchestra of different energies to fulfil our personal potential for the benefit our environment and others.