UnderBelly – Upcoming New Book!

Rebecca is working on edits to my new book and my cover designer is hard at work to come up with the perfect book cover.

UnderBelly is the third book in a continuing story. In the first book, Naked Tao, the reader meets Grant Li, a young lawyer with a taste for adventure. When he learns that his big client has developed a dangerous bio-weapon, he sets out to stop them. Along the way, he joins forces with his childhood sweetheart, Ginny Bardough, a total babe. In the second book, Nostrum Conspiracy, Ginny sets out to find her missing father but disappears in the Amazon Rainforest. Grant goes after her. While he is in the forest, he receives an unexpected gift of a rare medicine from a mysterious group of people. In book three, UnderBelly, he and Ginny return home via the underworld with the new medicine. Together, they take on big pharma and a corrupt group of politicians in a high-stakes fight of epic proportions that could shift the balance of power.

I draw on my own adventures and enthusiasm for the unbeaten path to write fast paced novels that take my readers to far off exotic places. It may come as no surprise that I want to be Indiana Jones when I grow up.

Peace out,

Robert

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,

Robert

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

https://youtu.be/p57I6T_PKH4

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,

Robert

 

 

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,

Robert

Naked Tao Challenges Your Assumptions

Naked Tao Challenges Your Assumptions

Naked Tao is a modern fable that offers creative solutions to modern crises using ancient truths. This offbeat story is told by a modern Taoist struggling to find his way in the 21st Century. As you turn the pages you will find yourself examining your assumptions about sex, medicine, and relationships.

Our journey begins at 9:00 p.m. tomorrow night. Sunday Night Cliffhangers at NTPublishingCompany.com. Spread the word my friends.

Peace out,
Robert

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Spill Out Into the World

Spill Out Into the World

Excerpt from Robert Grant’s Upcoming New Novel

Yet, here I was making sand angels next to the mother of all sea turtles. Her presence was no accident. If I had learned nothing else from Ch’ing, the one thing he taught me was to pay attention and never assume events are accidental. The Universe gladly delivers the message we most need to hear. All we have to do is pay attention and the way will become clear.

I took a slow deep breath and focused on a pinpoint of light at the still point of my being. It is from this vantage point that I co-create my life with all sentient beings. The stillness radiated outward from my center until I was full of emptiness. Only then did I allow it to spill out into the world around me, because we are all in this together.

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Spread the word my friends.

Peace out,
Robert

Ancient Beginning

Ancient Beginning

There is a thread running from the beginning of time through the present and forward to the end. Yet it has no beginning and no end. It is known by all, but forgotten by most. Remembrance occurs in a flash and requires no special skill or knowledge. It is both change and changeless. It is here and not here. Know the ancient beginning, but live it now. Tao is but a word that suggests the essence. Truth can only be experienced firsthand.

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Fourteen

Look, it cannot be seen—it is beyond form.
Listen, it cannot be heard—it is beyond sound.
Grasp, it cannot be held—it is intangible.
These three are indefinable;
Therefore they are joined in one.
From above it is not bright;
From below it is not dark:
An unbroken thread beyond description.
It returns to nothingness.
The form of the formless,
The image of the imageless,
It is called indefinable and beyond imagination.
Stand before it and there is no beginning.
Follow it and there is no end.
Stay with the ancient Tao,
Move with the present.
Knowing the ancient beginning is the essence of Tao.

Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.

Peace out,
Robert

Infinity

Infinity

Legend has it there is a path to immortality. Most of us want to believe it is a true path and not a false one. However, if there are immortals among us, they guard their secrets well. Like many others, the Taoist have a tradition that speaks of immortality, but when we read their ancient texts, we see passages that encourage us to do less and permit nature to take its course.

Kevin Akers was a long-time student of Gia-Fu Feng. In this video we posted on YouTube, https://youtu.be/UjjpIIMoVVQ, he teaches a simple Chi Kung exercise that is called the “Infinity Exercise”. Rather than approaching this exercise as something new to learn, we suggest you think of it as a way of letting go of the things that keep you from remembering who you are. With this ritual of relinquishment, you will find the Tao and perhaps extend your days.
Bamboo Grove Infinity Exercise
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In the pursuit of learning, something is acquired every day.
In the pursuit of the Tao, every day something is relinquished.
Less and less is done
Until non-action is achieved.
When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.
The world is governed by letting things take their course.
It cannot be governed through interference.

Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.

Peace out,
Robert