SPIRITUAL TAO® Coursework

Universal Healing Tao

Steven's Training Resume (non-MC)


Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Formal Training

Dates Workshop/Retreat Names Location Instructor Hours
Summer 2017 Beginner Class: 108 Form Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
Academy of Ann Arbor
Sifu Genie Parker +
Certified Instructors
25
Fall 2017 Beginner Class: 108 Form Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
Academy of Ann Arbor
Sifu Genie Parker +
Certified Instructors
30
Fall 2017 Intermediate Class Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
Academy of Ann Arbor
Sifu Genie Parker +
Certified Instructors
13
Winter 2017 Intermediate Class Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
Academy of Ann Arbor
Sifu Genie Parker +
Certified Instructors
20
Spring 2018 Intermediate Class Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
Academy of Ann Arbor
Sifu Genie Parker +
Certified Instructors
11
Spring 2018 Spear Form Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
Academy of Ann Arbor
Sifu Genie Parker 9
Fall 2018 Intermediate Class Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
Academy of Ann Arbor
Sifu Genie Parker +
Certified Instructors
12
Fall 2018 Saber Form Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
Academy of Ann Arbor
Sifu Genie Parker 6
Winter 2018 Saber Form Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
Academy of Ann Arbor
Sifu Genie Parker 6
Winter 2018 Intermediate Class Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
Academy of Ann Arbor
Sifu Genie Parker +
Certified Instructors
12
March 24, 2019 Push Hands Workshop Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
Academy of Ann Arbor
Sifu Genie Parker 2
April 7, 2019 Workshop with the Grandmaster Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
Academy of Ann Arbor
Sifu Eddie Wu Kwong Yu 4
Spring 2019 Intermediate Class Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
Academy of Ann Arbor
Sifu Genie Parker +
Certified Instructors
14
Spring 2019 Saber Form Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
Academy of Ann Arbor
Sifu Genie Parker 9
Summer 2019 Intermediate Class Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
Academy of Ann Arbor
Sifu Genie Parker +
Certified Instructors
15
Fall 2019 Intermediate Class Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan
Academy of Ann Arbor
Sifu Genie Parker +
Certified Instructors
9

Total Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Formal Training Hours: 197


Chinese Metaphysics

Dates Workshop/Retreat Names Instructor Hours
Spring 2014 Chinese Astrology: Four Pillars of Destiny (webinar) David Twicken 20 + hw
Summer 2014 Feng Shui: Forms + Nine Palaces (webinar) David Twicken 6 + hw
Summer 2014 Feng Shui: Water Placement (webinar) David Twicken 8 + hw
Fall 2014 Qi Men Dun Jia: Auspicious Date Selection (webinar) David Twicken 10 + hw
Spring 2015 Feng Shui: Flying Stars (webinar) David Twicken 20 + hw
Fall 2015 Chinese Astrology: Purple Star Astrology (webinar) David Twicken 10 + hw

Zen Formal Training

Dates Workshop/Retreat Names Location Instructor Hours
Fall 2008 Introductory Zen Meditation: Five Week Course Zen Buddhist Temple Maum Cox 10
Mar 6-7, 2009 Introductory Zen Meditation: Overnight Retreat Zen Buddhist Temple Haju Sunim 10
Fall 2009 Introductory Zen Meditation: Five Week Course Zen Buddhist Temple Maum Cox 10
Dec 4-5, 2009 Introductory Zen Meditation: Overnight Retreat Zen Buddhist Temple Haju Sunim 10
Mar 12-13, 2010 Introductory Zen Meditation: Overnight Retreat Zen Buddhist Temple Haju Sunim 10
Fall 2011 Introductory Zen Meditation: Five Week Course Zen Buddhist Temple Haju Sunim 10
Nov 30-Dec 1, 2012 Introductory Zen Meditation: Overnight Retreat Zen Buddhist Temple Haju Sunim 10
Mar 15-16, 2013 Introductory Zen Meditation: Overnight Retreat Zen Buddhist Temple Haju Sunim 10
Dec 6-7, 2013 Introductory Zen Meditation: Overnight Retreat Zen Buddhist Temple Haju Sunim 10
Nov 21-22, 2014 Introductory Zen Meditation: Overnight Retreat Zen Buddhist Temple Haju Sunim 10
Nov 20-21, 2015 Introductory Zen Meditation: Overnight Retreat Zen Buddhist Temple Haju Sunim 10

Total Zen Formal Training Hours: 110


Other Zen Instruction

Dates Workshop/Retreat Names Location Instructor Hours
Fall 2010 Introductory Study of Buddhism: Five Week Course Zen Buddhist Temple Maum Cox 10 + hw

Crystal Instruction

Dates Workshop/Retreat Names Location Instructor Hours
Nov 13-14, 2010 Exploring the Wisdom of the Mineral Kingdom I Crystal Sun Academy Leo McFee 13
Jan 8-9, 2011 Exploring the Wisdom of the Mineral Kingdom II Crystal Sun Academy Leo McFee 13
Apr 23-24, 2011 Exploring the Wisdom of the Mineral Kingdom III (replacement class) Crystal Sun Academy Leo McFee 13
Feb 25-26, 2012 Exploring the Wisdom of Nature through the Mineral Kingdom I Crystal Sun Academy Leo McFee 12
Mar 24-25, 2012 Exploring the Wisdom of Nature through the Mineral Kingdom II Crystal Sun Academy Leo McFee 12
Apr 28-29, 2012 Exploring the Wisdom of Nature through the Mineral Kingdom III Crystal Sun Academy Leo McFee 12

Certification: Crystal Healing Level One (first run) (May 2011)
Certification: Crystal Healing Level One (second run) (April 2012)


Other Training

Dates Workshop/Retreat Names Instructor Hours
May 2009 Alexander Technique (private instruction) Jamee Culbertson 1
July 2009 Alexander Technique (private instruction) Jamee Culbertson 3
Jul 17-22, 2009 Energy Medicine + Energy Psychology Judith Poole 35
Jul 6-11, 2011 Energy Medicine + Energy Psychology Judith Poole 35
Jul 12-17, 2011 Magic of Qi Gong: Stretch and Flow into Inner Peace Lee Holden 35
March 2012 Alexander Technique (private instruction) Jamee Culbertson 3
Jul 17-22, 2012 Bagua Zhang as Moving I Ching Meditation Frank Allen 30
Winter 2017 Yi Jin Jing: 14 Weeks of BodyMind Transformation (webinar) Robert Peng 62

Hermitage Retreats

Winter 2007; 10 days
Spring 2008; 5 days
Winter 2008; 21 days
Winter 2009; 21 days
Winter 2010; 25 days
Winter 2011; 19 days
Winter 2012; 30 days
Winter 2013; 18 days

Overall Number of Days in Hermitage: 149

Introduction

SPIRITUAL TAO® Coursework is a comprehensive system of self-exploration methods for physical and spiritual healing.

The main practices that are used here in this system are:

 
  • Tai Chi                                   [See below, scroll down]
  • Qigong ("chee-gong")              [See below, scroll down]
  • Alchemical Meditations        [See below, scroll down]

 

Alchemical Meditations

Lineage

 

Descendant Taught By During

Steven Sy

Master Mantak Chia
2007-present

Steven Sy

Michael Winn
2007-present

Michael Winn

Master Mantak Chia
1981-1985

Master Mantak Chia
Master Yi Yun [One Cloud] 1958-1963
Master Yi Yun [One Cloud] Grandmaster [of no name] 1929-1932
Grandmaster [of no name] His Master ???
. . . . . . . . .
(Immortal) Lü Dongbin (attributed) (Immortal) Zhongli Quan circa 815
(Immortal) Zhongli Quan ? ?

History

The alchemical formulas for spiritual immortality come from a secret hermit tradition in China.
They were passed down from hermit to hermit over the centuries, and are now taught through SPIRITUAL TAO® Coursework.

Their history is attributed to the legendary Immortal Lü Dongbin, who received these teachings from the legendary Immortal Zhongli Quan around the year 815.

As the legend goes (in one of many differing accounts of the so-called Yellow Millet Dream) Lü Dongbin was travelling to the city to take an imperial service exam so that he could become a government official. On the way, he stopped at a tavern and met a strange old man, the Immortal Zhongli Quan. Zhongli Quan began to prepare some millet (grain) for them to eat, and as Zhongli Quan was talking to him, he fell asleep. He then dreamt of his future. In his dream, he had continued on to the city, took the exam, and passed it with flying colors. He was awarded a prestigious office, married a beautiful woman, and had two children. However, as this dreamed life continued, he saw that his success attracted the jealousy of others. Later, he ended up getting falsely accused of crimes. Then his wife betrayed him, his children got killed by bandits, and he became poor and homeless. In the end, he ended up dying on the street. At this point, he awoke and was surprised to see that he did not live an entire life. In fact, the yellow millet was still cooking on the stove. At that point, he instantly decided to change the path of his life and instead become a student of Zhongli Quan. Zhongli Quan taught Lü Dongbin the alchemical formulas for spiritual immortality, and Lü Dongbin became a legendary immortal in his own right.

Over the generations, the alchemical formulas for spiritual immortality were passed down in secret from hermit to hermit in the mountains of China.

We come to the 1920s. The location is Jilin, China . . . which is in northern China near the border with North Korea . . . a region often called Inner Manchuria. In a mountain cave on Changbai Shan (Long White Mountain) resided a hermit that was trained in the alchemical formulas. This grandmaster had no name, as he did not wish to be named. This grandmaster was to become Master Yi Yun [One Cloud]'s teacher.

Master Yi Yun [One Cloud], born in 1880, was a monk who studied in an old Daoist temple. He was taught chanting, tai chi, qigong, and other things. However, after being in the temple thirty years, he wanted to learn some higher level practices. After talking to an old Daoist master, he was told that if he wanted higher level practices that he would have to leave and find a teacher in the mountains to progress further. Yi Yun then left for the mountains. However, every time he would get close to where the masters would be, he would run out of food and have to come back. Eventually, he met a medicine man who taught him how to eat roots and drink dew (in order to travel lightly). After learning this, he found several masters meditating in caves, but many of them would not return from their deep meditations. Finally, in 1929, after traveling for 10 years, he came upon the grandmaster in this system, who was also meditating in a cave. He dusted off the grandmaster's body and took care of him. Then the grandmaster came back out of meditation, and Yi Yun told him that he wanted to learn from him. The grandmaster told him that he felt that this would be the last time he would return to his body, so the grandmaster agreed to teach him. He then taught Yi Yun the alchemical formulas over a period of 3 years. At some point, Yi Yun came down from the mountains to buy something, but the Japanese army had invaded the area [this was the invasion of Jilin . . . the prelude to the Second Sino-Japanese War]. He hid in a tree for seven days, but could not return to the mountains. Instead he walked by foot, following the Chinese army in retreat, back to Hong Kong.

Master Mantak Chia was born in Thailand in 1944, and started learning meditation and martial arts at a very early age. Having been captivated by stories about mastery of qi, he visited several Daoist temples looking for instruction. However, these temples told him he would have to be formally initiated into the temple as a Daoist monk in order to receive instruction, so he left empty-handed. Later in 1958 as a student in Hong Kong, he was outside with seven other Thai friends talking about qi. A classmate (Mr. Cheng Sue-Sue) told them that he could bring them to see his master, and his master could show them qi. It was agreed that they would meet the next day at ten. However, when the next day came, only Mantak Chia was there to go see the master. Nonetheless, Mantak Chia was then introduced to Master Yi Yun, who was 78 at the time. Master Yi Yun then told him that if he wanted to feel energy, that he should concentrate on his dantian. If he felt some energy, then he should come back and tell him about it. After spending most of the night meditating, Mantak Chia felt heat growing inside of him. On the second night, he felt the energy move. He then went and told Master Yi Yun, who was impressed. It was after this that Mantak Chia became his student. Mantak Chia then learned the alchemical formulas from Master Yi Yun over the next five years. Mantak Chia returned to Thailand, and Master Yi Yun later left his body at age 96 in 1976. Putting together additional teachings of martial arts and energy techniques from other masters, Mantak Chia began teaching his system, which incorporated his enormous body of knowledge. In 1976, Mantak Chia came to the United States, and in 1979 started teaching in New York first to Chinese students, and then in 1981 to Western students as well. 1981 is considered the birth of his system in America. Mantak Chia later returned to Thailand in 1994, where he has continued to teach--both in Thailand and in a sequence of workshops in countries all over the world. Mantak Chia is the founder of the global MANTAK CHIA® system, a comprehensive system of alchemical meditations, qigong, martial arts, and healing modalities, and is internationally recognized as a true master of Daoist spiritual arts.

Michael Winn, born in 1951, accidently induced his first kundalini awakening in 1978 after practicing a breathing technique he learned from Rajneesh's book "The Book of Secrets". This lead him into various yogic paths before settling down on Daoist alchemy that he learned from Mantak Chia in New York during 1981-1985. Winn has incorporated qigong and Western psychology into his teaching of the alchemical formulas. Every summer Winn organizes the Healing Tao Summer Retreats Program, which is a summer program of about 25 different week-long retreats covering qigong, Daoist alchemy, Tai Chi, martial arts, and more--as well as teaching his own local workshops in North Carolina during other parts of the year.

Steven Sy began learning from Michael Winn's home study course in Fall 2006 before attending live retreats in 2007. Subsequently Steven began taking other classes in the MANTAK CHIA® system from other instructors, such as Master Mantak Chia, Marie Favorito, David Twicken, Karin Sörvik, and Minke de Vos. Steven's training is on-going from Master Mantak Chia and others, and his collective training in the MANTAK CHIA® system and other external systems has been compiled into SPIRITUAL TAO® Coursework.

Tai Chi Staff 37


About Tai Chi Staff 37

Tai Chi Staff 37 is a Tai Chi staff form of 37 movements.

A staff is a long stick. The appropriate length varies from person-to-person according
to one's height. An appropriate length staff should go from the floor up to the person's
eyebrows or slightly higher.

Thus Tai Chi Staff 37 is a Tai Chi form where the practitioner uses a staff as a prop while
the form is being done. Not only is this form extremely fun to do, but the use of the staff
is great for toning the upper body. The whole form does not take long to do; it can be done
in 3-5 minutes. It is a great moving meditation and is a nice complement to other Tai Chi forms.

For those interested in learning other Tai Chi staff forms, this form is a great place to start.


Lineage

Descendant Taught By During

Steven Sy

Eric Wergeland
2000

Eric Wergeland

Allen Schwerdt
1999

Allen Schwerdt

Stuart Alve Olson (attributed)
???

Stuart Alve Olson (attributed)

Song Zhijian (attributed)
???

Song Zhijian (attributed)

Zheng Manqing (attributed)
???

Big Dipper Qigong


About Big Dipper Qigong

Big Dipper Qigong is a fun, 10-minute qigong form.

Big Dipper Qigong is attributed historically to the "Path of Female Immortals" lineage.
This form is a form for long-life. Daily practice of this form is purported to greatly extend your life.
Spiritually, this form connects the seven stars of the Big Dipper down through your body


Lineage

Descendant Taught By During

Steven Sy

Julian Davis
2008

Julian Davis

Jiang Nan
2008

History

I first learned this form in the Fall of 2008 from Julian Davis. Julian had recently learned this
on a trip to China in Summer of 2008 from the lineage holder of the form, Jiang Nan.
The form is part of the "Path of Female Immortals'' lineage.

After practicing the form daily thereafter for four years, I came across a limited recording of
a public workshop that Jiang Nan gave in which he taught the form. I was able to use this
recording to make subtle corrections to my practice. I have continued to practice this form
daily since then. It is one of my favorites.

This form is now taught through SPIRITUAL TAO® Coursework.