Introduction to Internal Alchemy of Mind

This is an online class that is part of our online "Introduction to Daoist Alchemy" series.
No experience required, this class is open to all interested participants.

December 18 & 19, 2021
2:00-5:00 pm Central Standard Time held via Zoom

Meditating by Lake

The superior person settles the mind 
as the universe settles the stars in the sky.
Connecting the mind with the subtle origin, it calms.
Calmed, the mind naturally expands.
Ultimately the mind becomes as vast and immeasurable as the night sky.
- Laozi

We see the world not as it is, but how we have been trained to perceive it.
From the moment we are born, we are immersed in social consciousness - parental, cultural, and societal norms and roles. Through our education and socialization our minds become weighed down with assumptions, expectations, biases, pride, and ego.
One aim of Daoist internal alchemy is to return to a state of consciousness in which we can see original nature in the midst of the clutter of distortions characterizing our life in this world. 
In the Daoist tradition, meditation, which seeks to achieve a state of stillness (静功 jìng gōng) by emptying all thoughts from the mind, has long been an important means of doing this. 

meditation on mountain

When your mind is detached, simple, quiet,
then all things can exist in harmony. 
You can begin to perceive the subtle truth.
- Laozi

When we are able to turn our consciousness away from the outside world, we can turn inward and see our original nature. It is not easy to achieve the state of tranquility and clarity in the midst of today’s busy and complex lifestyle. To achieve stillness and yet be involved and active is even more difficult.

Daoist Opening Door

Returning to the Temple at the end of the day. Similar to returning to our center and closing off all distractions.


Learning to regulate the mind fosters clarity and stillness while developing concentration. This draws it away from daily worries and tension. Learning to quiet the mind, lays a foundation for integrating the principle of stillness, leading to the recognition of our original nature throughout our daily lives.

In this seminar, we will delve into the level of Man through the Alchemy of Mind. Mind is the third and final Regulation of Qigong, and thus, it is vital in the development of Daoist alchemy.

In this seminar we will focus upon:

  • Purification of the Mind
  • Illumination of the Mind
  • Union of the Mind

In doing so, we will also learn:

  • How to Reframe Trauma
  • Tools for Training the Mind
  • Being Present
  • Concentration
  • Contemplation
  • Visualization and Imagination

No prerequisites for this class.  All are welcome.

Please note that our online classes are LIVE events only.  Recordings will not be made available.

Event Properties

Event Date 12-18-2021 2:00 pm
Event End Date 12-19-2021 5:00 pm
Individual Price $300.00
Location Online Class: CT Time Zone

Important Information about Online Classes

  • Important Info about all Online and Zoom Classes

    These events are LIVE only!
    Please note that all of our Zoom classes are LIVE events. Participants will not have access to recordings of the training for later use.
    There are many reasons for this. We are a very traditional school. We are used to teaching energetic medicine and cultivation to people with a wide range of experiences. We do this by teaching traditionally and experientially. We offer information, describe practices, and then have you experience those practices or skills. Dr. Shannon has always offered this experientially training in our onsite Medical Qigong and Daoist programs. He offers this same experience through Zoom. When you attend a seminar with Dr. Shannon, you are not just receiving information. You are receiving a transmission. In order to receive that transmission, you need to be there, with us, as the teaching occurs. Something special happens in that shared space.

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