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Relaxing into Your Being: The Taoist Meditation Tradition of Lao Tse, Volume 1: The Water Method of Taoist Meditation Series Volume 1 (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 13. August 2001

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“Bruce Frantzis’ insight into the heart of these ancient meditation techniques can make the understanding of these precious teachings easily accessible to the mind of the western seeker.”
—Namkhai Norbu, Tibetan Dzogchen Master and retired professor, Oriental Institute of the University of Naples, Italy; author of The Crystal and The Way of Light

“Bruce Frantzis’ style of teaching demystifies ancient Chinese Taoist arts that have rarely, if ever, been taught in the West.”
—Elizabeth Whitney, Yoga Journal

“This is an important work. The author obviously has studied intensely for many years and brings that experience and knowledge to bear on his subject.”
—Solala Towler, editor, The Empty Vessel

“The practices in Relaxing Into Your Being and The Great Stillness are offered to us like pearls along a necklace. It’s the closest a book can get to the original oral tradition.”
—Cindy Banker, Shiatsu therapist, founding president of The American Shiatsu Association


AWAKENING INTO YOUR BEING provides new insights into how people can rediscover deeper levels of their inner being and reconnect and integrate themselves, both internally and within their environment. Energy practices and breathing exercises help release stress, calm the mind, heal diseases and dissolve obstacles to inner peace. The exercises are immensely valuable for reducing stress and building stamina. This is a must-read for all meditators.

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Format: Taschenbuch
When I first read this book on German, it seemed to me lack content. Months of work, soul-searching and practise later, I know it is a rare gem among its kind. First and foremost in its English edition, not the horrible German mistranslation by Windpferd publishing. If there are two books I'd recommend to anyone, than they would be this volume and "Opening the Energy Gates of Your body", who really belong together.

In the Qigong book you learn how to obtain body awareness, how to work with and through your energy body, and how to get the energy flowing again. This is a necessary skill best learned before trying to tackle the material contained herein. "Relaxing" builds on the material from the Qigong book and gives it a new, unparalleled depth.

In this volume you learn to deepen your breath and your awareness thereof, how to concentrate and how to combine this with the standing Qigong methods in a full standing meditation. Furthermore a snippet of Wu style Taiji is included and deepened into a full moving meditation, again expanding on a more well-known Taoist art and showing its true depth.

But its greatest strength this book shows as a guide towards what can happen for and with the practitioner if he (or she) starts the spiritual journey. Again and again I have been referring to this volume, which I am now deeply attached to, to know what's going on with me and within me as practise deepens.

The things within this book may well be part of your life for many, many years before you can think about practising stuff from its successor, "The Great Stillness".
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Having started with "Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body" (*****) by the same author, followed by the 2 volume set "Relaxing into Your Being: The Water Method of Taoist Meditation Series, Vol. 1" (this book) and "The Great Stillness: The Water Method of Taoist Meditation Series, Vol. 2" I must admit my ratings go from great over OK to outspoken disappointment - in this review I shall refer to the latter two books simply as Volume 1 and Volume 2.

Volume 1 (***) takes you through the curriculum of "Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body", only in way less detail and with many additional personal experiences and anecdotes. I find the book inspiring on its own, but the only thing that really kept me going was the promise that Volume 2 would come down to some serious techniques and give me new insight.

Volume 2 (*) fails completely in my view. In comparison with "Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body" and Volume 1 there remains only hints at what higher-level meditation experiences can feel like, yet nothing not already covered to help get you there. In summary, Volume 2 presents no alchemy whatsoever, except of course for a) a limited introduction to the Bagua (eight trigram) circle-walk as well as b) hints on how to increase the sensitivity of your fingertips in order to improve your sex-life...?!?

Honestly, if Volume 2 was the accidental sequel to this book, I would have forgiven the author for screwing up, but advertising the two as the natural extensions of each other makes the series appear to me as both a joke and a rip-off as the promises from Volume 1 for what to expect in Volume 2 turns out to evaporate just like morning dew on hot summer day. Thus, three stars for Volume 1 as an inspiring read and only one star for the series as "a whole".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Life-Changing Inner Work 27. Januar 2011
Von Jane - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Relaxing Into Your Being is an introduction to the Water Method of Taoist meditation taught by lineage holder and Taoist master Bruce Frantzis. This is a republish of the reader's edition, which was originally published in 1998 by Clarity Press.

Subjects covered by this instructive book include:

A comparison of Fire and Water schools of Taoism.
Breathing techniques, from the beginner to advanced
The Eight Bodies of Being and their relationship to one's self and spirituality
The Sixteen-Part nei gung system
The primary and secondary energy channels of the body
The inner dissolving practice
Encountering and working with the mindstream
How to sit comfortably and correct your own posture internally

It teaches the all-important who, what, how, where and why in terms of how meditation works, how to identify internal blocks, where you apply your intent, how to determine whether or not what you are doing is actually working, what to do with problems you may encounter, how to make the most of your practice time, and much much more.

This book, along with it's companion The Great Stillness: The Water Method of Taoist Meditation Series, Vol. 2 were invaluable to me during my twenties in dealing with my mental health problems. Prior to starting Taoist Water Method meditation in 1996, I suffered from recurring suicidal depression, severe anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder resulting from growing up and being repeatedly traumatized and abused both at home and at school, and later in institutions. By the time I was an adult, I was pretty messed up and not very happy.

Psychotherapy and counseling had little effect on me, and psychiatric drugs made my life even worse and didn't help me in any meaningful way. I did not come from a privileged family, so I did not have any kind of support network, or health insurance. As someone with severe and treatment-resistant mental illness, the outcome of my life did not look good. In the midst of all this suffering, I found Bruce Frantzis' meditation work.

Within the first two years of dedicated practice I found my depression had been cured. Within five years, I had, using the dissolving process and the nei gung system described in "Relaxing", completely healed myself of the neurological conditioning of PTSD. Gone were the nightmares, flashbacks and triggers that had haunted my life previously. Also gone were manic episodes and racing thoughts and anxiety attacks and I gained an inner confidence and self-esteem that I had previously never known.

This work made me stronger, mentally, physically and energetically. I can say that without dissolving the first four Bodies of Being, I'd probably still be suffering to this day. But thanks to the practice of Taoist Water Method meditation, I have not been depressed in fifteen years. While I'm hardly Enlightened, I am very happy with myself and my life, which is something that was missing when I started this. I cannot praise 'Relaxing Into Your Being' enough. The practice of the material within its pages totally changed my life around, and gave me a reason to live.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Breathing! 24. März 2003
Von V. K. Lin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This is my favorite BK Frantzis book (I've read all 4 that I know of...) It goes into detail, from fundamentals to more advanced, about breathing, relaxing, dissolving, meditating. This really helped me understand some things about my own kung fu practice that we were just told to "do it this way" without explanation. It is clear, well-written, and filled with fun anecdotes and stories along the way. This book is exactly what is advertised. Effective, well-written, step-by-step instructional. What to look for, feel for, be careful of. Nice!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A book every occultist should have 18. September 2005
Von Taylor Ellwood - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Every occultist who is serious about using breathwork may want to strongly consider reading this book and utilizing the practices found therein.

The taoist philosophy and explanation of the differences between fire and water methods of working with energy are insightful and useful for getting an Eastern perpsective on energy work, often lacking in the majority of western books on said subject. The exercises definitely work and will have an effect on you, in a variety of manners. I do urge readers not to take these exercises too lightly...practice them diligently, but be open to what experiences occur, as you will find yourself examining a lot of the emotional and mental triggers that are embedded in the fluid stream of your consciousness.

If nothing else, consider that this book provides a different way of understanding how you breath and that such perspective can be very enlightening...For the occultist this is a must have book! Ten stars out of five
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good book 13. August 2003
Von Massimo Maddaloni - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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All in all this is a good book. The matter is neatly presented and there is some interesting stuff about the fire and water taoist meditation. However, I think that this book doesn't present much information nor it delivers knowledge that is not present elsewhere. This book tastes like ... re-fried beans to me.
Frantzis' "Opening the energy gates of your body" remains his unsurpassed masterpiece. If I had to save one single book about Chi, the "Gates" would be it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen this is THE book to buy if you want to learn meditation 14. November 2000
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I found this book to be exactly what i was looking for, in regards to gaining a better understanding of the practice of meditation.
it gives an excellent overview, and is presented in a step by step manner that makes it simple for the novice to start the lifelong process of meditation, and gain all of the wonderful benefits thereof.
* It is simple, but not easy.
In the water method of meditation, nothing is forced, and in my opinion seems to be a much 'safer' method than the more common 'fire' methods, as taught by mantak chia, for example. (and i hope everyone will do their research before starting any of mantak chia's practices...i'm sure you'll run into horror story after horror story.)
i have been practicing BK Frantzis' method for a bit over a year now, and have IMO gained many benefits, including a better understanding of my practice of Tai Chi Chuan.
i highly reccommend this book to anyone and everyone.
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