SOLSTICE VIGIL for Healing:
Ourselves and The World
Sunday, December 20th ~ 4 p.m. until…
I invite you to join me in this special event as we focus on deep practice in order to bring healing to each of us individually – and as we are connected to others – to the World at large.
All are welcome to attend for any length of time.
Over the course of the evening, we will be practicing many of the forms and series that have been taught to date. A specific hourly schedule will be announced in an upcoming newsletter and posted here, along with the link for the event.
At the top of each hour, starting at 4:00 p.m., “the doors will open” to allow entry in order to maintain the container of our practice. We will start the session shortly afterward. So, one could ‘stay in the class’ for several hours, or drop in and out at the official start/end of each hour’s session.
This Vigil will be less academic in nature and more of an opportunity for deep practice. At the 50 min. mark, we will allow for readings, questions, feedback, sharing, etc. as a way of developing Community, while also offering a little break. Feel free to bring something to share – we’ll see what our time frame allows.
This Vigil is primarily being offered for those of you who have been so beautifully consistent and dedicated in your practice these many months.
It is also open to others, so feel free to extend an invitation and share your self-healing and empowering tool.
There is no charge for this event.
All levels are welcome, so feel free to drop in and try any of the offerings. Beginners are introducing the forms into their bodies – I provide plenty of verbal instruction – ‘more seasoned’ practitioners are deepening their effect on one’s energy.
Feel free to pass this along to another who might also benefit.
PREPARATION: A relatively empty, un-caffeinated belly – wear comfortable, layered clothing. We are typically in bare feet, ‘sticky socks’ are an option, or wearing of supportive shoes if necessary. All classes can be modified for a seated position. Please plan to sign in and be ready a few minutes prior to class start time.
PLEASE NO RECORDING OF ANY OF THESE SESSIONS
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Mondays – NO CLASS
Tuesdays – 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. – WINDING DOWN & YIN TONIFYING
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Wednesdays 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. – STANDING MEDITATION, HAND SENSITIVITY EXERCISES & STANCES
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Thursday Evenings – NO CLASS
Fridays – NO CLASS
Saturdays 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – MORNING MEDICAL QIGONG
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ENTER Meeting ID: 627-121-831
Sundays 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. – SEASONAL TRANSITION: AUTUMN TO WINTER
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ENTER Meeting ID: 789-293-753
Classes continue to be offered at no cost, making them available for everyone. However, an exchange of energy is important. Whatever amount feels equitable to what you gain from these teachings based on your current financial situation. Donations – suggested at $5-$10/class – but any amount really so there is reciprocity. This is my livelihood and I am grateful.
Mail checks to: Rose Allen, P. O. Box 12364, Portland, OR 97212
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WINDING DOWN / YIN TONIFYING SERIES ~ Tuesdays 6:00-7:00 p.m.
This class will focus on bringing our energy down and centering ourselves from the day. We will focus on repetitions of forms that focus on grounding our energy, bringing quiet and calm into the body. Some weeks, we will practice and re-visit the five-form Series that tonifies the Yin aspect of the Five Organ System, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. We delve deeply into the particulars of establishing our foundation as we move into the Yin time of year: Autumn (“Young Yin”) and Winter (“Old Yin”)
STANDING MEDITATION ~ Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 a.m.
For centuries the ancient art of building internal strength was a closely guarded secret, passed down directly from master to their student. The Standing Form of Meditation is a fundamental part of many Qigong styles, as it is one of the best ways to build one’s Qi. Known in Chinese as Zhan Zhuang or “growing from within,” we generate energy without movement and while learning to relax the body entirely. The mind stays more connected to the body and the practice affects the body even more positively than seated meditation. This exercise is one of the very most effective for capturing and combining energy from the cosmos. The stillness cultivates internal movement and strength by utilizing these two great forces. All bodily systems and organs benefit as we learn to release and let go.
HAND SENSITIVITY/ONE FINGER ZEN
The full name of this system is Shaolin Temple Internal Energy One-Finger Zen described as “a meditative internal energy healing system that trains the fingers and hands to sense and transmit qi.” We learn the flow of this particular set of hand movements as we build sensitivity in the hands. This sensitivity enhances our Qigong practice, and is also beneficial for any who use their hands in the healing arts. I learned this practice from a workshop I attended with Qigong Master and Professor Kenneth Cohen.
HIERATIC or EMPOWERING STANCES
This series incorporates human ‘architectures’ or poses and follows a systematic pattern with respect to the powers and energies enhanced in each of the stances – fluidly connected and carefully considered. “Hieratic” refers to a heightened sacred and devotional attitude suited to the invocation of power. Typically, we remain in each stance for about five long breaths in order to harvest, absorb, and express the harmony of each, without actually moving into organ Qi. Each stance may also be utilized individually, as psycho-spiritual and physical medicine – for creating boundaries, as an example.
MORNING MEDICAL QIGONG ~ Saturdays 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Class will begin with warm ups and then move into the eleven-forms of the MogaDao Morning Medical Qigong. This series covers the entire organ system of TCM. In addition to the energetic and physical aspects, the forms represent and engage a vast array of Zhen Dao’s psycho-spiritual resources or archetypes within the human consciousness. The combination of these aspects makes this particular series powerful and useful – medically and spiritually. The forms are strung together, taichi-like, gracefully and fluidly in such a way that the energy or Qi that one is building is not lost or drained. Great benefit will result, in terms of physical vitality and flourishing.
SEASONAL TRANSITION: AUTUMN TO WINTER~ Sundays 8:00-9:00 a.m.
This series involves six Qigong forms that flow together, in order to help us move deeply into the Season of Winter. If you have a tendency for resistance or depression this time of year, you will find that this series helps to embrace the self-nourishment and self-reflection that becomes so available to us during this time.
In January, we will return to Building Immunity.