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The Sequential Processes of Cosmic Manifestation as presented by Roy Eugene Davis in chapter three of his book, Seven Lessons in Conscious Living is a central component in the philosophy of Kriya Yoga.  It is both a study in Vedic cosmology and a description of the practice of Yoga.  Readers and practitioners new to this often struggle with understanding the concepts and how it applies.  It is my belief that if one invests the time to understand this it will increase one’s understanding of the Universe and individual practice.  However, one must realize it is not necessary to understand this teaching in order to practice yoga or any other spiritual discipline.  Any difficulty in grasping these concepts is certainly no reason to feel spiritually inadequate, challenged, or to abandon this practice.  If one keeps the teaching accessible and refers to it occasionally, understanding will eventually happen.  In the meantime, I offer my explication of this teaching in an effort to assist those new to this line of thinking.

In an attempt to explicate these teachings, I draw on a variety of sources and philosophies.  My personal resources and experiences are not exclusively Kriya Yoga- based; therefore this explication is universal in nature and uniquely mine.  I offer it in hopes that others may find it both interesting and useful.  Being that this is my personal interpretation, I must clarify that it may not necessarily be congruent with Mr. Davis’ teachings or those of any other Kriya Yoga teachers, nor is it endorsed by any of these teachers.  I am assuming the reader has read The Seven Lessons in Conscious Living, or some other source that references the process.

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The Hunyuan Qigong is the cornerstone of our Qigong training.  It is a very powerful practice in which one can engage for years and still grow and make new discoveries.  The Hunyuan Qigong is really a Neigong practice and in many circles is often referred to as such.  Neigong is a deeper concept than Qigong, basically referring to a process of internal growth, development, and understanding.  Qigong is an aspect of Neigong, which is a very big conceptual art.  But like many things associated with these arts, the terms get mixed and interchanged, and often confusion follows.  I’m not trying to add to the confusion.  Rather, I’m all for simplyfing all of this as much as I can.  In my world, it’s all Qigong and it’s all good.

However, if you want to know more about Neigong, I recommend Damo Mitchell’s excellent book, Daoist Nei Gong.  To that end, Damo has written a nice essay on Hunyuan that you can access here:

As far as the Hunyuan Qigong practice goes, the beauty for me is in both its simplicity and its complexity.  It is simple, so anyone can learn the external movements and immediately benefit from the practice.  It is complex in that as one investigates the practice and begins to look within, more and more layers reveal themselves.  The beauty of Qigong practice is in these qualities: the simultaneous aspects of simplicity and complexity.  One should never become bored with Qigong or feel there is nothing more to learn or gain.  If that happens, that one needs a new teacher.

Those who train with us will experience Hunyuan Qigong on a regular basis.  Hopefully, they will take it home and practice and share with others.  Hunyuan crosses over into and influences our Taijiquan, meditation, and day-to-day lives.  As such it is more than a practice; it is a way.