Letting go and faith

There will always be things we don’t want to happen, but have to learn to accept. Things we don’t want to know, but have to learn… and people we don’t want to leave but have to learn to let go of. My thoughts of late have been revolving around...
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Middle School Nei Dan: fundamental principles and practices

Neidan is the art of energetic meditation in Daoism and represents the most direct route to cultivating the three treasures of essence, energy and spirit. Neidan was formalised under the masters Lu Dongbin, Zhang Boduan, and Wang Chongyang before the thirteenth...
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Return to *dao*: a personal account

Daoism as paradox As I sit down to think of how to describe what I know of Daoism, I see a complex and confusing tapestry open up before me – a fabric with rich hues, subtle textures and fascinating spaces that enfold and expand in mysterious dimensions. This tapestry...
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Baguazhang and Change

One of the greatest challenges when learning Baguazhang is remembering that it is primarily concerned with change. Constant change is the only key principle of Baguazhang that sets it aside from other arts. The internal engine of the system is remarkably similar to...
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Becoming who we are: Daoism and health

‘It is one of the commonest of our mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all that there is to perceive.’ – Charles W. Leadbeater When comparing and contrasting modern society’s view of health to that of Daoism, it is...
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Reflections on training

If it’s not too philosophical, I think it’s often important to reflect on why we practise. A daily practice is not as much about consistent progression in your technique as it is about giving yourself a constant background on which your behaviour, and thus...
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A Short Feng Shui Consultation

One of the many arts closely connected with the tradition of Daoism is Feng Shui or literally ‘Wind and Water’. This is the art of time and placement with regards to both Yang dwellings (homes) and Yin dwellings (graves). As with many ancient practices it...
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Window of the Heavens Points

There are many different classifications of points within Chinese medicine, some are commonly used and some less so. One of the more misunderstood classifications of points are the ‘Windows of the Heavens Points’. Unlike many of the other point...
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Bi Gu (辟谷) – Giving Up Food…

An important aspect of Daoist alchemical practice is Bi Gu (辟谷) or ‘abstaining from grains’. The term often appears within books on the internal arts but there is rarely anything in the way of further discussion of what the term actually means. In many cases the term...
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The Fire Rooster Year

January 28th sees the end of the lunar year of the monkey and the beginning of the year of the Fire Rooster. For many, the monkey year has been challenging and unpredictable and so many have been hoping for a somewhat more steady time in 2017. Unfortunately the year...
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Hubris and the plight of Ignaz

Acupuncture has undergone a substantial transformation over the last century. Whereas for many years it was confined to the Far East, it has now spread across the planet, and is now so commonly practised that it is routinely prescribed within the modern healthcare...
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Free Sample of Scholar Sage Book

Here is an extract from the new Scholar Sage book. Singing Dragon sent this sample out via their mailing list so I thought I would share it here as well. In the extract featured below we have one of the articles which was previously included on this site a while back....
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Daoist Reflections from the Scholar Sage

So it is finally here! The Scholar Sage comes to print! After a couple of years of collected authors producing articles for the website, Singing Dragon have put us into printed format. It was one of our most commonly asked questions – ‘how do I read your...
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Ghostly Points in Acupuncture

Chinese medicine contains many remnants of ancient Chinese beliefs. These beliefs stem back to an age where the majority of people saw the realm of the living as only one plane of existence. This plane ran parallel to the realm of the dead. The sensible person learnt...
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The Scholar Sage Book

Daoist Reflections from the Scholar Sage One of our biggest requests for this site was ‘please put some of the articles into print’. I guess, like me, many people do not like reading things on a screen as much as they like reading the printed word. Well,...
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The Scholar Sage Online Magazine

You have found your way to the Scholar Sage Online Magazine! Here you will find an ever increasing collection of articles written by Damo Mitchell and students of the Lotus Nei Gong school. Occasionally we also have guest writers but in the majority of cases this is a place for Damo and his students to share their thoughts as well as theory on various aspects of the Daoist arts.

The Scholar Sage site was set up several years ago due to their being articles by members of our school spread round various blogs. We decided to bring them all together into one place and hey presto; the Scholar Sage was born! We are a passionate school filled with dedicated practitioners who study Nei Gong, martial arts, alchemy and Chinese medicine amongst other subjects. Please feel free to look around and read our articles.

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Nei Gong/Qi Gong

Letting go and faith

Letting go and faith

There will always be things we don’t want to happen, but have to learn to accept. Things we don’t want to know, but have to learn… and people we don’t want to leave but have to learn to let go of. My thoughts of late have been revolving around...
Return to *dao*: a personal account

Return to *dao*: a personal account

Daoism as paradox As I sit down to think of how to describe what I know of Daoism, I see a complex and confusing tapestry open up before me – a fabric with rich hues, subtle textures and fascinating spaces that enfold and expand in mysterious dimensions. This tapestry...

Martial Arts

Baguazhang and Change

Baguazhang and Change

One of the greatest challenges when learning Baguazhang is remembering that it is primarily concerned with change. Constant change is the only key principle of Baguazhang that sets it aside from other arts. The internal engine of the system is remarkably similar to...
Yang Family Fajin

Yang Family Fajin

Here is an article on Yang family Fajin by my good friend, Taiji teacher, Adam Mizner. In the article he has included translated descriptions of the Fajin qualities of the various members of the Yang tradition. Adam teaches through the Heaven Man Earth school of...
The threefold path of Daoism

The threefold path of Daoism

In modern societies, many people study the Chinese martial arts without necessarily having any knowledge of the Daoist philosophy that underpins them. Thus, taijiquan students might go to a weekly class to learn this particular art; they might do so for many years...

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Latest Articles

Letting go and faith

There will always be things we don’t want to happen, but have to learn to accept. Things we don’t want to know, but have to learn… and people we don’t want to leave but have to learn to let go of. My thoughts of late have been revolving around...
Read More

Middle School Nei Dan: fundamental principles and practices

Neidan is the art of energetic meditation in Daoism and represents the most direct route to cultivating the three treasures of essence, energy and spirit. Neidan was formalised under the masters Lu Dongbin, Zhang Boduan, and Wang Chongyang before the thirteenth...
Read More

Return to *dao*: a personal account

Daoism as paradox As I sit down to think of how to describe what I know of Daoism, I see a complex and confusing tapestry open up before me – a fabric with rich hues, subtle textures and fascinating spaces that enfold and expand in mysterious dimensions. This tapestry...
Read More

Baguazhang and Change

One of the greatest challenges when learning Baguazhang is remembering that it is primarily concerned with change. Constant change is the only key principle of Baguazhang that sets it aside from other arts. The internal engine of the system is remarkably similar to...
Read More

Becoming who we are: Daoism and health

‘It is one of the commonest of our mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all that there is to perceive.’ – Charles W. Leadbeater When comparing and contrasting modern society’s view of health to that of Daoism, it is...
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Older Articles

Feeling the Energy Body

Here is an article which was originally written for Blog on Singing Dragon’s website. It concerns the process of feeling the energy body; a large part of the Heavenly Streams book. Anybody engaging with the internal practices of the Daoist tradition will no doubt...
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Excitement Killer!

A side affect of the internal arts rarely discussed is the adjustment of what I call your ‘excitement threshold’. This is the degree to which you can be stimulated by external events before reacting by becoming excited. The more you train in the internal arts, the...
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Nei Gong: Art of Change

Nei Gong – Philosophical Art of Change While most people will have heard about Qi Gong, Nei Gong is still a relatively unknown subject on our side of the planet. Qi Gong, meaning ’energy work’, often refers to various sets of exercises with specific aims—e.g....
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Congenital Heart Mind

Spring is the wood element within Daoist thought, a time of rebirth, new growth and the driving force behind the spiralling energy of Taiji. Within the cosmos it is the state between Wuji and opposition, the point prior to the forming of the Acquired branches of the...
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Mind vs Mind in Bangkok

Bangkok was abuzz today with news of the potential civil unrest which is set to begin in the next few days. Protesters are set to ‘shutdown’ the city in a demonstration of unhappiness with the current Thai governments recent policies. Businesses are...
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Wu Xing and the Emotional Spirits

When existence is born forth from the Dao, the first plane of vibration exists within the spiritual frequency. As the vibration changes, the energetic realm comes into existence and further change brings about the physical realm from the mass of information stored...
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Beginning the Jian

Training with the Taiji straight sword was one of the biggest wake-up calls for me in my personal training. When I first started to practice with a Jian I had only been learning Yang style Taiji for a short time. At this point I was very young and inexperienced; I had...
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Becoming Christ!

It is an interesting facet of human nature that we often wish to seek out some kind of higher purpose. This may be through the practice of an internal art such as Taiji or Yoga, through study of self-books written by modern Guru’s or through aligning ourselves with...
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Spinal Fires – Part 1

It is nice to be back in Thailand. I am back in Bangkok where, over the years, I have spent several months. Most people who come here see it as a city full of parties and night clubs. Whilst this is true it also has a wealth of culture, some great martial arts within...
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Spinal Fires – Part 2

This is the second article on the Spinal Fires. It would be wise to read the first part before this one or it will make no sense whatsoever! This process is not really for those with a vague interest in the internal arts or for those only interested in health...
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The Meaning of Daoism

‘No sooner is a form seen than it must resemble something, humanity seems doomed to analogy’ – Roland Barthes, Barthes by Barthes In just a few words, Daoism could be defined as the study of that which cannot be talked about: ‘The Dao that can be spoken of is not the...
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Breathing Preparation (Video)

Here is a short (ten minute) video shot in Thailand in early 20104. It shows Damo teaching a small group of students how to prepare their body for any breathing exercises. The ribs are massaged and the diaphragm is stretched. This helps with expanding the lungs and...
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Realistic Training Times

It has been commented upon by many that my books are quite uncompromising with regards to timescales. The feedback I get is that I am overly brutal with regards to how long you have to practice before you manage to attain a certain stage in your development. I am not...
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The Nature of Taijiquan

Taoist concepts like taiji, wuji, and yin yang are important components of Taoist creation theory and are often misunderstood. This essay, written by Steve Galloway in 2011, explores the vocabulary of Taoist creation theory: wuji, taiji, and yin/yang. You can skip to...
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Taiji for the Old

For the last few days I have been in Hong Kong. This is only the second time I have been here, the first time was several years ago and then it was only for a short time. Though Hong Kong was handed back to the Chinese government in 1997 it is still seen as something...
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Internal and External Arts

Conflict is an intrinsic part of life. Throughout history wars have been fought for power, money and greed. Even those who live in peaceful Western towns may be possibly subject to an act of violence whether it be a mugging, assault or simply an argument which gets...
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Taijiquan and Pu

The human mind is far too complex. Throughout the course of our lives we accumulate useless information, biases, assumptions, trivia and misconceptions. Our media bombards us with an infinite number of images meant to strengthen our dependency on pointless products....
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Congenital Qi Gong – Part 1

Below is a translation of guidance in Congenital Qi Gong which was written down by master Kuang Qang Xiu before his death. They form a part of the notes for the next book I am working on which is a Nei Dan alchemical book written in the same step-by-step format as my...
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Congenital Qi Gong – Part 2

Part 2 of the guidance on Congenital Qi Gong. Please read part 1 first. Once again kindly excuse my port grammar and spelling. This translation is from the notes for my next book, it was never intended to go public, I just thought some may find it useful. This is the...
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Meridian Acupuncture

One of the most widely practiced art forms born from Daoist teachings is Chinese medicine. Consisting of massage techniques, joint manipulations, herbal remedies, acupuncture, medical exercises and other, more esoteric, modalities, it forms a complete system of...
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