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Review of Qigong: A Beginners To Advanced Guidebook
Summary of Qigong: A Beginners to Advanced Guidebook by Michael Rinaldini – Report by Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald – June 2020
I feel extremely fortunate to have this book appear in my life at this particular time. As I am completing my Qigong Certification course facilitated by Shifu Michael Rinaldini, I am delighted by the auspicious timing of the availability of Qigong: A Beginners to Advanced Guidebook. I purchased it in early June 2020, while it was “hot off the press,” having been published in late May 2020.
I have read many books on Qigong, and I don’t believe I have ever read one written by a Daoist priest. As a Daoist priest has a deep commitment to the inner journey, the rich inner life of Shifu Michael is evident throughout the book. To have a rich Daoist practice informs the Qigong instruction and writing is truly a blessing to the reader.
I really appreciate the layout as it is easy to refer to and find various sections. As I read through the book twice completely, I find that I will refer to it again and again as a reference.
Part I consists of Warm-Up Exercises and a Purge & Tonify set. The descriptions are very clear, and I really appreciate the “Theory & Benefits” section after each exercise. Those sections really assist me in reinforcing the intention behind each exercise. The photographs are very helpful; there is a good balance between the written description and visual.
In Part 3, Chapter 5, Shifu Michael takes a deep dive into the Immune System, Wei Qi, and the Metal Element. A beneficial insight is the importance of Spleen Qi and Kidney Qi when fortifying Wei Qi. Given the current health challenges in the world, applying these valuable insights to cultivate Wei Qi is especially appreciated. In addition to Qigong practices, seasonal food cures are included. It is great that the author includes a reminder to take care of the Spleen, as I know the digestive system is a significant component of the immune system.
I had a similar experience with the section on Daoist Meditation. I can feel the author’s passion for Zuowang meditation (similar to how I could feel it in the written manual for the actual course) which is very inspiring. I had a regular meditation practice before I started this course. I realize it was similar to Zuowang, although I had never called it Zuowang. As I learned about Zuowang from this course, my meditation practice evolved. This section of the book touches my heart and provides valuable insights and guidance as I continue my meditation practice.
The book ends with Chong Mai Qigong and Compassionate Buddha Qigong, two forms that Shifu Michael developed after many years of practice. I have been practicing them for quite some time. The Chong Mai Qigong developed by Shifu Michael has great implications. This form has deepened my curiosity, interest, and relationship with the Chong Mai. It was great to revisit various aspects of the forms by reading the descriptions in the book, as they provided deeper insights and context and reminded me of some aspects that I may have overlooked. I find both of these forms very profound, and I plan to continue to incorporate them as a regular practice. I am grateful to have them outlined in the book so I can refer to them regularly and continually refine my practice.
Thank you, Shifu Michael, for this treasure of a book!
This latest volume of A Daoist Practice Journal is another gem. In my own copy of volume one of this series, Michael hand wrote the inscription, “Realize Not Two.” This book is a rare look at one person’s journey to doing just that. Henry McCann, DAOM, Lac
An ordained Daoist priest and founder of the American Dragon Gate Lineage, Shifu Michael explores what it means to be a Daoist in 21stcentury America. … a life of kindness, spiritual reflection, and self-examination. Linda Holt, M.A., D.Litt.
With his trademark style of journaling, Michael brings to life methods of altering ones qigong practices and eating habits throughout the seasons to harmonize with nature and the Dao. Christopher Collins, Publisher-The Empty Vessel Magazine
It’s the myriad steps along the path that make up the life of a Daoist, and Shifu Rinaldini warmly invites the reader to join him in his day to day life as a Daoist Abbot. Dan G. Reid, author of The Ho-Shang Kung Commentary on Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching