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Fusion of the Five Elements 1 + Iron Shirt Qigong 2   (PART A)

Taught by Steven Sy

PREREQUISITE: Qigong Meditation Basics 3 + Iron Shirt Qigong 1
This course continues the course material from Qigong Meditation Basics 3.
No Tai Chi skill is assumed or used in this course.


The purpose of this course is to explore additional techniques for improving one's physical health and emotional health, and to act as a direct continuation to Qigong Meditation Basics 3 + Iron Shirt Qigong 1.

Fusion of the Five Elements 1 is a set of meditations that work to transform negative emotional patterns held deep in the five vital organs.
Iron Shirt Qigong 2 is a set of six dynamic tendon qigong exercises for youthfulness and flexibility.

This workshop is split up as a two-part course:  Parts A and B.
We do this to allow the necessary time that is required to learn and to practice this more challenging material.


Fusion of the Five Elements 1 is the continuation of the qigong meditation line begun in Qigong Meditation Basics 1-3.

Often hidden deep within the vital organs are deeper emotional issues. These are often being held and stored. This negative emotional energy often acts as a drain to our lifeforce. Moreover, because of this emotional energy and because of different unique voices talking inside (coming from the vital organ spirits), our body-mind can often feel like it has inner conflicts. In short, our desires and needs can feel scattered in different emotional directions.

Our goal with the Fusion of the Five Elements 1 work is to address these issues head on. First, at a basic level, we wish to open up a space for communication with the five vital organ spirits (five shen). We began this earlier in the Inner Smile, but we now take this to a deeper level by getting the five shen to open a communication with each other. Our entry point is to begin having the five shen share their deepest positive virtue qualities with each other. This creates a warm feeling of camraderie amongst the five shen, and then they begin to work together as a team. This is our first level of Fusion.

After learning to harmonize our five shen with a basic Fusion practice, we start to go deeper to help release stored patterns of negative emotions. We create a safe space for inner sharing of these emotions, whereby the whole shen team can feel the emotion and then transform it in a safe way.

To do this, we will learn two new intermediate-level meditations for emotional and spiritual well-being:

  1. Creation Wheel Fusion:  a basic version of Fusion that harmonizes the five vital organ spirits
  2. Inner Support Group:  deep emotional work process of inner communication and healing amongst the vital organ spirits
These two meditations--very transformative and powerful in their own right--set the stage for a more sophisticated Fusion process, namely Classical Fusion.

After teaching these two meditations, the background and basics of Classical Fusion will be taught in this PART A course and then covered in extensive detail (along with other material) in the PART B course

In addition to the meditations discussed above, we will learn some supportive physical qigong.
Aside from review of qigong from QMB1-3 and IS1, this will come primarily through learning the Iron Shirt Qigong 2 component.


Iron Shirt Qigong 2 is a set of six dynamic tendon qigong exercises.

These exercises use a unique technique of "body rocking", which when incorporated with gentle tendon stretches, fills the tendon system with qi rather easily. Consequently, the Iron Shirt 2 Qigong exercises induce the tendons to grow over time. The tendons become longer and more elastic.

The whole purpose in creating a vibrant tendon system is that this will contribute to our youthfulness. Both flexibility and reaction time are mainly determined by the tendon system. Moreover, the effects of changes to the tendons tend to last for a very long time, unlike how muscles deteriorate and weaken very quickly. It is not uncommon to find elderly individuals who appear very vibrant and youthful, simply because they have very healthy tendon system.

Iron Shirt Qigong 2 also includes use of the Mung Bean Hitter. This is a soft sock filled with mung beans, which we tap along tendon lines to help remove excess heat and toxic qi from the tendon system. The Mung Bean Hitter can also be used as a healing device for people who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, or simply for those who spend too much time at the computer.

Note:  It is not necessary that you own a Mung Bean Hitter or buy one for the workshop. They will be supplied during the workshop. After the workshop is over, you can (at home) perform the tendon line tapping with your hands (if you don't wish to get--or make--your own Mung Bean Hitter).

In this PART A class, we will focus on learning body mechanics, the first two tendon qigong exercises, and the use of the Mung Bean Hitter for detoxing the tendons. The remaining tendon qigong exercises--along with refinement of the material in the PART A class--will be covered in the PART B class.

While the above material is self-contained and complete as is, it will also lay the foundation for additional physical qigong and qigong meditations, which is taught in the follow up course "Fusion of the Five Elements 1 + Iron Shirt Qigong 2   (PART B)"

In total, I look forward to sharing "Fusion of the Five Elements 1 + Iron Shirt Qigong 2   (PART A)" with you.

If anyone has any questions in advance of the class,
Steven may be contacted at his email address:    steven [at] spiritualtao [dot] com.

At the end of this course, students will receive an attendance certificate which will identify hours completed in Master Chia's system, which may be used toward the certification requirements in his system.

Do you want to be an Associate Instructor or an Instructor? If so, click on Certificate Program for more information.
This course is a main core course in the curriculum.

Last Revised 10/9/2018