Winter 2016 issue of The Empty Vessel

2016 Fire Monkey Year by Susan Levitt Shape Your Destiny  by Zhongxian Wu The Empty Vessel Interview with Lonny Jarret The Five Shen by David Twicken Grounding/Rooting by Solala Towler See our store (under Empty Vessel magazine) to order this issue in print or in digital format.

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In this issue: Internal Elixir Cultivation The Watercourse Way The Mind Inside Tai Chi Rediscovering the Roots of Chinese Thought   See our store to order this issue in print or in digital format.

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Solala Blog for week of 12/8/14

My but time doth fly by these days! My good news is that I just sold my new book on using the Tao Te Ching as a manual for self-cultivation to Sounds True, a great publisher! It will be out in the Spring of 2016. (Books, like people, take a long gestation period.)   Here’s a small taste of what will be included:   Step 52   All beings under heaven have an origin which is the Mother of all [...]

Fire in the Belly: Solala’s blog for 8/4/2014

            We talk a lot about the lower dantian in qigong training. Actually we use it also in meditation and nei dan (internal alchemy) practice as well. The lower dantian, while the first (if you count from the bottom) of three dantians, it is considered the foundation level. As in building a house, we have to start at the bottom, rather than at the top. Many people, on first learning meditation, want to start at [...]

Solala blog 7/28/14 Dancing in the Dark

I went to a concert last week with a friend. It was outside of town in a beautiful meadow with a wooden stage at one end. It was great to be in the country and visit with various friends and listen to the deep devotional music of my friend Matura, who was accompanied by much of the cream of Eugene musicians. After his set another pretty amazing musician named Fantuzzi came up on stage and shared his wonderful heart soul [...]

Solala Blog 7/16/14

  The black girl dog is Lili — short for Lilikoi (Passionfruit) — and the brown boy dog who always smiles and saved Lili’s life when she had kidney troubles as a pup is Koa (like the Hawaiian hardwood).      I’ve just returned from a trip to Boulder and Denver. In Boulder I did a short presentation to some of the good folks at Sounds True, my new publisher. It was great to meet some of the people I [...]

Solala blog 5/28

Daoist Nature Meditation   There was something formed in chaos, coming before heaven and earth, existing in the silent and tranquil void. it stands alone and unchanging, It pervades everywhere without becoming exhausted, it is the mother of heaven and earth. I do not know its name and so call it Dao. For want of a better word I call it great. Being great it is far reaching. It is far reaching yet it returns to its source. Therefore I [...]

Solala Blog for 4/25/14

Well it looks like once again I have been majorly remiss about adding a new blog. Life is just so darn full! We recently connected with a new printer in IL who, for the same price I have been paying for black and white printing of The Empty Vessel, does it in full color! We just did our first issue with them and it turned out great! (You can find it, the Spring 14 issue in our store.) It is [...]

What is Qigong?

What Is Qigong? by Solala Towler       “What is this thing you do?” he asked, hesitantly, over the phone, “this quee gong?” (The transliteration of Chinese being so ridiculous that no one knows how to pronounce anything they read. Taiji teachers all over the country still call it tai chee, people do divination using the eye ching, meaning romantic love in Chinese.) “Is it a martial art?” he asks, “or is it some kind of health practice?” “well,” [...]