A Gate to Healing Energy

How would you like to learn a simple qigong exercise that will open a gate to healing energy?

Knocking at the Gates of Life – Bamboo Grove Qigong

There is a circle around your waist that is poetically called the Gates of Life.  The term also references an acupuncture point (Ming-Men) located directly opposite of the navel, which was your connection to life in the womb.  This is the center of your body and the location of a sea of healing energy called Dantian (tan t’ien).

Robert Black BackgroundStand with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent.  Soften all of your joints by allowing them to round slightly.  In other words, don’t lock any of your joints.  Scan your body for tension.  If you find any, relax and let it go.  Tension blocks the flow of energy.  To help release the tension, lift the crown and sink your tail bone.  This will stretch your spine and open the spaces between the spinal discs.

You stand in the center between heaven and earth, relevant and powerful.

Breath deep.  Focus your breath a few inches below your belly button, the “Commander and Chief” of all balanced movement.

Begin to slowly twist at the waist, first to the left and then to the right.  Your feet should remain rooted in the earth, while your upper body moves as a unit, rotating on a central axis around your Dantien.  A classic beginning mistake is to rush your eyes, then your head, ahead of the rest of your upper body.  Relax.  There is no rush.

Imagine your hands are heavy weights dangling from the ends of your arms.  Allow them to swing loosely around your body and alternately tap your kidneys and your belly button.  Let them flop.  Your movement should be effortless.

You will feel energy building in your belly until it finally breaks free like a bursting damn after heavy spring rains.  Allow it to spill out and flow where it will.  Trust your body to send this healing energy where it is needed.

When it is time, you will gradually come to rest.  Stand tall and still for a few more breaths.  Have a moment of gratitude for the healing.

Peace out,


You can watch a video  of Robert demonstrating Knocking at the Gates of Life by following the link below:


A Cup of Kindness

Kindness in the face of adversity speaks volumes about a person’s character.  I for one would love to see the presidential candidates treat each other with more kindness.

cup-of-kindnessThis election displays fundamental weaknesses for the entire world to see.  It is filled with destructive criticism and the filth clings to the candidates like the aftermath of a cafeteria food fight.  Except, it isn’t a food fight.  Instead, it seems more like warfare and war leaves a path of destruction in its wake that could take generations to heal.

I don’t know about you, but I prefer civility to the brutality of criticism any day.  No one ever improves from criticism, because it stunts growth.  Either they fling it back tenfold or forever quit the playing field.

Let’s bring civility back in vogue.  When in doubt, make love, not war.

Peace out,




3 Simple Practices Will Get You Exactly What You Want

We have all wished at one point or another for a Genie in a bottle. Just imagine what it would be like to have someone with great power grant you 3 wishes  Wouldn’t that be something!  Since nature is not capricious, your desires can be fulfilled every time, on time, and I’m going to show you how. This is so simple a child can do it.

  1. Step 1: Identify exactly what you want and what it costs.  Everything from the latest and greatest new smart phone to a loving marriage has a price tag.   Once you decide what you want and what it will cost, then make up your mind to pay the price in full, without fail.  That’s all there is to Step 1.  You got this! Now on to Step 2.
  2. Step 2. Everyday work at paying the price for what you want,  even if you don’t feel like it.  There will be days when you are an absolute genius at the work and other days not so much.  That’s okay.  Work at it anyway.  There will be days when you have the energy of ten to put into the work and other days when you feel like you can’t hardly lift a finger.  If all you got on that day is a tiny amount of work in you, then do it and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.  How easy is that!  Now on to Step 3.
  3. Step 3.  Believe in yourself and in your work.  Remember the comment about nature not being capricious? That’s important to remember because there might be days when you are tempted to doubt yourself and give up.  Don’t!  If nature gave you a Want, then it also gave you the means to fulfill it.   You can do this.  Trust yourself.  Believe you can and it will be so.

Peace out,