Daily Tao - 1/22/18
 
The Dragon in Chinese culture is seen as very different from Dragons in the west. Divine, mystical creatures, they are considered to represent wisdom, benevolence, prosperity, and good fortune. Temples have been made in their honor, and they are considered the most divine of all the creatures.

They are known for controlling the rain, water, rivers streams, clouds, weather, and the wind. On the personal level they represent power, valiance, heroism, perseverance, and nobility. They are energetic and ambitious, decisive and optimistic, benevolent and wise. It is said that no obstacle can impede a dragon as he will continue in his drive for success until a goal is reached.

It is easy to see why so many in China might revere this creature of Myth, Legend and Lore. In the Formless Dragon System we model our behavior in training after the Dragons of this lore. We conduct our pursuit of skill with drive and determination, allowing no obstacles to overcome our path. Using wisdom, we seek insight as well as power and effectiveness. We pursue our goals with ambition, but also patience and nobility.

Why formlessness? In Taoist philosophy formlessness precedes form, just as Yin precedes Yang. Out of all possibility, we seek to create ourselves anew. Like a Formless Dragon, we transform moment by moment in accord with the Tao. We are always mindful of what is appropriate in the moment, what is a natural outcome of the flow of all current energies at play. We create from the formless realm in balance with the evolution of form. 

To this end, many of the training practices seem to be far from the usual form based systems of Tai Chi. Yes, we definitely learn forms. However, all of those forms are based upon basic practices that teach us how to move like the Dragon for which the style is named. As we master the Way (Tao) of this movement, we can apply it into the form, thus giving meaning to the framework that the form provides. The form, rather than being Tai Chi, becomes a finger that points directly at Tai Chi, as do all the component parts and exercises. Tai Chi is an eternal dance of form and formlessness, Yin and Yang. And we seek to dance within, along with, and around all aspects of this profound art.

Tier Benefits
Walking the Path Along the Shoreline
$1 or more per month
At this level you have my sincere gratitude for your patronage. You also get first peek at all the free content I release; the Free Qigong or Tai Chi instructional videos, essays I release about various elements of the Taoist Internal Arts, and exclusive peeks at my artwork. You will get all of these at least a week before I release them to the public. They will be made viewable only here during that time, and only to my patrons first.
Skipping Along the Path
$2 or more per month
At this level you have my sincere gratitude for your patronage. You also get first peek at all the free content I release; the Free Qigong or Tai Chi instructional videos, essays I release about various elements of the Taoist Internal Arts, and exclusive peeks at my artwork. You will get all of these at least a week before I release them to the public. They will be made viewable only here during that time, and only to my patrons first.
At this second tier, you also get included in my morning meditation. I will hold space for your well being in gratitude as I enter into my daily practice. I will transmit peace for you with my Qi and connect you with the current and power of the lineages to which I have been connected.
Qigong Initiate - Dipping your toe
$5 or more per month
In addition to my heartfelt gratitude for your patronage, once a month, you will be granted access to a new instructional Qigong video. Every month will be different as to what specifically is taught, but you will learn the fundamental principles and actions needed to gain the benefits of a regular Qigong practice. 
Qigong Apprentice - Up to your knees
$10 or more per month
In addition to my heartfelt gratitude for your patronage, and the benefits of dipping your toes, patrons of this tier will receive a second Qigong video class that will either deepen one's understanding of the previous video or offer an entirely new Qigong or Tao Yin set in the Formless Dragon system of Qigong. 
Tai Chi Initiate - Wading In
$15 or more per month
In addition to my heartfelt gratitude for your patronage, and the benefits of dipping your toes, and going in up to your knees, those who wade into the waters of Tai Chi will be granted access to a new Tai Chi instructional video each month. 


Beginning with the fundamental movements from which all Tai Chi styles derive, each month we will explore new movements and actions of the Formless Dragon style of Tai Chi Chuan. 

Tai Chi Apprentice - All In
$20 or more per month
In addition to everything above, patrons of this tier will receive a 4th instructional video that is unique to the Formless Dragon style of either Tai Chi or Baguazhang.


Basically, at this level, for the cost of a cup of gourmet coffee, you get a weekly class taught by a Master of the Taoist Arts. This is what my in person students enjoy, and I am very honored and proud to offer it to you here. 

Apprentice to Dragons
$50 or more per month
If you choose to become an Apprentice to Dragons, in addition to everything already listed above (4 instructional videos each month), you will be invited to participate in a live video chat with me. I love to talk and we can (and will) discuss anything related to the Tao and its internal arts. In addition, you can request that I view a video of your practice once a month and offer my insight and suggestions for rapid improvement.
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