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Daoist Nei gong by Damo Mitchell


Singing Dragon, London and Philadelphia, 2011

ISBN:  978 1 84819 065 8


Damo Mitchell is the technical director of the Lotus Nei Gong School of Daoist Arts.


This is one of the best if not the best book on the Daoist internal arts that I've ever read. The book is specifically about nei gong which, according to Damo, is “the process by which a person may condition their physical body, cultivate their inner universe and elevate their consciousness.” He makes it very clear that it is a series of stages rather than specific techniques.


The book clearly explains the stages in the process of nei gong and the principles involved. He also includes some specific exercises to illustrate the process.


Damo clearly has a deep understanding of Chinese Medicine and of the Daoist internal arts. Unlike learning a few simple qigong exercises for health, nei gong requires a long-term commitment to practice and is a serious undertaking. Damo doesn't hide the fact that the training is arduous. It requires patience. It can't be seen as a quick fix.


The nei gong process has been traditionally described as transforming jing to qi, qi to shen, shen to dao. Jing refers to the energetic substances of the body. Qi refers to the energy which flows in the acupuncture channels but isn't restricted to them. Shen is our consciousness. Dao is also referred to as Emptiness in this process.


Damo explains the nei gong process in more steps to make it clearer. The practices he describes are very simple but enough to take you through the nei gong process. There are none of the magical and complicated practices described in other books.


Many books give practices but you don't understand the principles and reasons for doing them. This book is written so that you can understand the principles behind the practices. It is soundly based on the simple teachings of Lao Tze.


I'm not at all surprised that a practitioner of the caliber of Daniel Reid gives a glowing review of this books. As I was reading the book, I must have said to my wife at least a dozen times that this is the best book I’ve read on this topic! I would recommend anyone interested in qigong and nei gong to get this book.