Biology of Consciousness: One Mind, Five Intelligences
Anatomy/Physiology/Taoist Internal Alchemy
Wed-Sun, May 13-17, 2020
arrive Tues eve 5/12
Retreat location 1 hour north of SF/East Bay
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This course is approved for 27 Continuing Education Hours (CEUs) by NCBTMB and the California Acupuncture Board (Provider #260, Category 1).
The Biology of Consciousness class uses the philosophical concepts of classical Taoism at the origin of traditional Chinese medicine to help clearly differentiate the whole mind into its five different major mental states extending from our biological make up. During this class you will learn to delineate your very specific mental zones.
The net results will be:
To clearly differentiate the 5 major components of your mind and their specific intelligences
To provide yourself with more mental space and mental quietness
To free yourself from mental conflicts
To be able to alternatively exercise and rest each mental state independently
To create a complete mental, emotional and spiritual healing process in relation to your physical body and genetic background
To develop a solid sense of self-worth
To acquire mental clarity, emotional robustness, and to enhance your appreciation, enjoyment and guidance in life
Biology of Consciousness is the missing link that connects to all Asian philosophies, meditations, and traditional Asian, African and every other aboriginal medical approaches. It is so fundamental that teachers of such traditional disciplines, throughout the whole history of communication with our civilization, would not believe that, in the so technologically evolved and strong-minded Western culture, we are so lacking in terms of emotional maturity and ignorant about our different states of cognition.
When everywhere else in the world people have a reasonably solid belief system regarding consciousness and the meaning of life, even though these beliefs can be quite varied, and even rationally questionable, we, in the industrialized West, are quite confused when we come to a true science of consciousness. No amount of psychology or medical science has ever been able to give us satisfying answers about our different states of cognition. Our entire educational system is based on developing our short term memory and our rational thinking only. While this is very important indeed, it is not able to come to terms with anything beyond rationality, including emotional states and spiritual life.
Biology of Consciousness will greatly benefit both beginners as well as those familiar with Asian healing arts and/or meditations.
On the first night of this retreat we will be treated to a Five Intelligences Sound Journey with our very own David Sloves and his partner Sarah Jenness. This session includes sonic tools including Himalayan and crystal singing bowls, handpan, didge, guitar, harp, flute, voice, chimes and other instruments collected from around the world. It will help us explore the five elemental forces as well as facilitate relaxation, introspection and healing.
This is a required class for practitioner certification in Chi Nei Tsang/Taoist Healing Touch. It is also a class designed to facilitate the practice of the Human Potential Fusion Meditation, a monastic Taoist practice to enhance emotional processing and to cultivate our humanity. Biology of Consciousness is a great preparation for people who have not yet taken Fusion. It also serves as a way to integrate it at a deeper and more solid level for those who have. Gilles considers this practice the pearl of our teaching at the Chi Nei Tsang Institute!
The 5 Essential Points to manifest full consciousness of life
The 5 Powers and 5 Directions of Existence
Tai'Chi and the Pakua: movement of life, 8 trigrams, and the human body
Being plugged into life network: Biological clock of meridians and elemental forces
Biological manifestation from energy and information into being
Metabolism and Internal Alchemy
The connection of Internal Alchemy with External Alchemy
Chi Kung Practices:
Six Healing Sounds
Eight Directions (Misogi) practice of energizing and cleansing
Peace on Earth Aikido Practice
Redirecting breath out of heart and into lower abdomen
Dream Touch to trigger hormone and neurotransmitter production in intestines and enteric nervous system
Biology of Consciousness is required for Fundamental Level Certification.
"I feel that the Biology of Consciousness has changed my life and is certainly the answer to my prayers... In just 5 days with Gilles, it felt like being transported to a space of very deep and ancient knowing, and I learned or was reminded of the deeper language of my being – the ways my various intelligences (and not just my rational mind!) communicates. I learned about so many new parts of my being that had been running the show, but I had no conscious awareness of, and I gained a deep, deep respect for the purpose each played in my life and my family line. It was like being reminded of a secret that all of me already knew, but my mind was the last to catch up on.
By the final day, I felt a greater peace come through me than I have ever known. What I love about this class and Gilles’ teaching is that it is timeless, strikes a profound chord of resonance in my body, and that unlike all the previous teachings I received before this one, which gave me some good advice but never actually showed me how to implement it – this training seamlessly provided both the wisdom AND the ability to access it, right here and now.
I could not be more grateful, and I do believe these to be among the most profound days of my life. If you are drawn to this course, it must mean you are ready for it and the chance to experience a profoundly deep level of healing – and remembering."
- Yaeli Moonrise, July 2019
"I took this class to renew my certificate. It was a new class for me and I was pleasantly surprised. I liked the new style of teaching very much! I feel I absorbed much more. This class was more of an open flow with the ideas, meditations, chi kung, being repeated in a way that we kept coming back around to gain deeper understanding.
Healing comes from within, Gilles repeats over and over and this class showed/reminded us of the importance of that. The retreat was a place where that healing process began to drop deeper and deeper into each of us.
Cold Springs is a beautiful, healing and healthy retreat center. A wonderful place for future TaoTouch retreats. The accommodations are excellent, and the setting was wonderful. It is on 3 acres backing up to the hills in the east, and looking out over the valley towards west.
The food was amazing! Everyone’s food considerations were accounted for. I could not believe the effort and consciousness that was put into all the meals and the creativity of the food..."
- Nancy Belton, September 2019
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