The ancient teaching of Qi Dao, also known as Tibetan
Shamanic Qigong, works with the energy field or “dream being” of
a person and connects with the spirit by backtracking the energy
to its true nature. According to Lama Somananda, a local teacher
and holder of the lineage of Qi Dao, the spirit dreams up the life
experienced as the “dream being.” Like an iceberg, we are only conscious
of the tip which we identify as “self”, but there is a huge underwater
part that is the unknown aspect of our being. Qi Dao works to identify
with the whole of the iceberg, with the totality of our being. And,
just as the iceberg is simply a frozen part of the same substance
as the ocean that surrounds it, so our energy field is continuous
with the flow of universal energy of which it is a holographic point.
stresses the importance of “going with the flow” because when
you are “in the flow” the traumas a person experiences become
meaningful and full of synchronicities. We become intuitive, creative,
energetic and more powerful. We are able to understand that all
problems are lessons, and unless we learn the lessons completely,
they keep coming back. Once we have learned them we can go on
or switch to another dimension or a new dream. An important tool
that helps us learn is lucid dreaming – the ability to be aware
in a dream that you are dreaming and use it as a vehicle to explore
your issues and lessons.
practice of Qi Dao is the practice of merging ego and dream life,
integrating what we have learned in lucid dreams into our daily
life; being as powerful and creative in waking life as in dreams.
It is the unity of illusion and reality in which we open ourselves
to the universe and embrace it.
When we pull back from
the universe and throw up walls of fear around ourselves, we retreat
into the shell of the ego. This is the barrier between what we
call us – ourselves – and the rest of the universe. This ego barrier
is like a soap bubble that filters and polarizes our perceptions
so that the reality we choose for ourselves is linear and polarized
into good and bad. We define “good” as what is important to us,
like beliefs, children, possessions, etc.
Qi Dao initiates go
through four steps or dimensions of development. The first dimension
is centered on the head, which transmits Earth energy. Those working
at this level are linear and perhaps forceful and powerful, but
without grace and fluidity. The second dimension turns the attention
to the energy center of water in the stomach area. It uses Intuitive
Qigong to learn to move like water, surf the waves and go with
the flow. Initiates develop the attitude of Water and go around
problems or undermine and toss them aside. They don’t collide
with others or try to force their ideas on them. They learn to
enhance and navigate through the flow via lucid dreaming and shamanic
journeys. With practice they can progress into the 3rd
dimension of Air, where they can unloose their bonds to the earth
and fly, free as the wind with a birds’ eye view of creation.
The fourth step is awakening
in the dream that we call our life and merging the reality of
the dream with our daily life. Creator and creation are no longer
separate. Lama suggests that we learn to relax, use the meditative
state or guided visualization to daydream and allow ourselves
to be totally free. Explore in the dreamtime, do crazy things,
Tibetan Intuitive Qigong
is an ancient holistic practice, which helps to enhance intuition,
creativity, and emotional and mental clarity. It energetically
supports spiritual awakening and an enhanced sense of well-being.
For a Schedule of Lama Somananda's workshops see the Calendar
of Events. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at 503-239-5574.