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Recommended Reading Deng Ming-Dao

Deng Ming-Dao is the author of numerous books. Many have been translated into fifteen languages. Deng began his writing career with a trilogy based on the life of his teacher Kwan Saihung. His books include:

Reading the books that Deng Ming-Dao has written has helped me to appreciate more deeply Taoist / Daoist thinking and philosophy as well as giving insights into the history and culture of China.


Master Lee Holden

Lee Holden, a Qi Qong Master, is a student of Grand Master Mantak Chia. He has also written many books with Master Chia.

His expertise, experience, and down-to-earth approach have made him a popular workshop facilitator, keynote speaker, and trainer.

His online QiQong training is simply excellent and so easy to follow.

The Power of Qi

Master Holden first discovered the power of qi at the early age of 10 from his parents’ meditation lessons.

Studies in Martial Arts, Taoism, Qi Gong, and Chinese Medicine

He studied a variety of martial arts including Karate, Kung Fu, and Capoeira and had an early interest in Taoism, Qi Gong, and Chinese medicine. After college, he set out on a path of self-discovery in Asia, visiting China, Japan, and Indonesia to study with master teachers, and Thailand, where he was hired to write books for Qi Gong Master Mantak Chia.

Popular DVDs & American Public Television

Returning home to California, Master Holden then opened his own healing arts clinic in California and produced and created a series of educational Qi Gong DVDs. Those DVDs were picked up by American public television and have been shown in more than 50 million households on more than 105 PBS stations throughout the United States and Canada.

Weight Watchers

He is currently working with WW, Inc. (formerly Weight Watchers) as a way to bring healthy movement and flowing practice to millions of members worldwide.

Holden QiQong

Master Holden is the founder of Holden QiGong and holds teacher trainings in his accessible style of practice and training.

My Teachers, Guides, and Mentors

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My Points of Reference

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Master Mantak Chia

Master Mantak Chia is the founder of the Universal Healing Tao System. This system is has been taught throughout the world to tens of thousands of students of the Tao.

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Master Chia’s Training

Master Chia began studying the Buddhist method of “still the mind” at the age of six, and later he studied Muay Thai boxing, T’ai chi ch’uan, Kung Fu and Taoist and Buddhist meditation practices from several masters.

The most influential of all his masters was Yi Eng (White Cloud), an eremitic (recluse) member of the Dragon’s Gate sect of the Quanzhen (Complete Perfection) school of Taoism. Yi Eng taught Mantak Chia a complete Taoist training system and authorized him to teach and heal.

Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort

Mantak Chia lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand at the Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort.

Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort

Mantak Chia created Tao Garden, a beautiful spa and health resort, to help teach the Tao. Students are welcome to come to Tao Garden and study with Master Chia and the Senior Instructors during his Taoist retreats throughout the year.

Books, DVDs, Media

Master Chia has authored many books about the UHT – Universal Healing Tao System and has created DVDs and other media to support his teaching.

  • Cosmic Inner Smile
  • Cosmic Healing Sound
  • Awaken Healing Light of the Tao : The Microcosmic Orbit Meditation
  • Chi Self-Massage: The Taoist Way of Rejuvenation

My Teachers, Guides, and Mentors

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My Points of Reference

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Welcome

Get new perspectives and experience adventures in growth as we are reconnecting with our Inner Spirit and Power Within. My name is Richard Ward. Welcome to richardedwardward.com. Thank you for visiting my eclectic blog focused on personal growth and spiritual development.

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Intuitive Consultant Career Life Coach

I work with clients as a Intuitive Consultant Career Life Coach because I have always enjoyed helping people with their careers and lives. I now work with a few clients every week from around the world.

Get new perspectives and experience adventures in growth leading to a more productive and fulfilling life with your career, in your business, and in your life in general.

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Free 15-Minute Consultation

I provide a 15-minute free consultation known as the Introductory Conversation. The Introductory Conversation is a great starting point. It a great time to find out if we can work together. I may also have some useful personal advice for you.

Coming Full Circle

My blog has undergone quite a few changes since my first post in 2006. (You can find my posts here and my pages here here if you want to explore.)

Now in September 2019, I seem to have come full circle going back to focus on spiritual things as I did when I began to study for a Bachelor of Theology degree at McGill University in 1970. While I was studying theology and comparative religion I was working as a bouncer in a Montreal bar. Hahaha. An interesting dichotomy. 🙂

Telling My Story

My goal with my blog now is to follow the advice given to me some years ago by a Medicine Man from Zimbabwe Mandaza Kandemwa who told me:

“You are an elder and you need to, you must, begin to tell your story.”

His words surprised me as I didn’t feel or think that I was an Elder as I looked around a room in which many of the men and women present were people who I considered Elders were present. Many of them looked at me and smiled.

Some Basics About Richard Ward

In sharing my story perhaps you will find some of my experiences helpful in your own life, so let’s start with some basics about me. A more detailed bio of me can be found here.

I am a Canadian born in Montreal, Quebec in 1948. I moved back to Montreal in 2016 after living in Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, and Beijing.

Having been around for more than 70 years now (2019) I have a lot of stories to tell as I have had quite a few experiences. I have not followed a straight path. As I mentioned I worked as a bouncer in a bar as I was studying theology.

In hindsight, it seems as if I have been wandering in circles, trying this and that, but always coming back to things spiritual.

And I have made a lot of mistakes. Perhaps you can learn from my mistakes.

Lots of adventures.

Underpinning my experience over the last few decades are a number of health related issues. I have been:

I have been a Reiki practitioner since 1992.

Over the years I have received training in Core Shamanism, Christianity, Druidry, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), I Ching, Feng Shui, Pure Land Buddhism, Tantra, Taoism, Tibetan Buddhism, and more.

I hope that I am successful in sharing my interests with you in a meaningful and useful manner.

Looking Forward to Connecting

I am looking forward to connecting with you here on my blog.

I am also on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media and these are my connecting links. You can also read a brief bio of me.

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Dive into your heart and follow your dreams.

Intuitive Consulting Career Life Coaching can help you to tap into your intuition and see your story, and to see your environment, in a new way, and from different perspectives.

New Perspectives

A new perspective can help anyone to experience an adventure in growth leading to a more productive and fulfilling life with their career, in their business or finding a job.

You may be able to find new and innovative ways to solve problems as we work together. Let’s bounce some ideas around. Let’s look at things differently. Let’s explore.

You may become unstuck, get out of the rut you may be in and find that you can now follow your path to achieve your dreams.

15 Possible Adventures in Growth

We are all unique.

Clients of mine have found that Sounding Board Coaching Sessions have unlocked adventures in growth for them. Do any of the following resonate with you?

  1. Break out of deadlocked problems and find original solutions
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  5. Become attuned to your inner self
  6. Become more aware of your environment
  7. Make more skillful use of your energy so that you can realize your full potential
  8. Inspire thoughts and feelings
  9. Stimulate creative thinking
  10. Develop a values system
  11. Empower yourself as an individual
  12. Create a time investment portfolio
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  14. Develop strategies for fighting boredom by changing your routines and expanding your interests
  15. Discover strategies for conserving inner energy by cutting down on criticism and defensiveness

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If this resonates with you contact me.

I look forward to working with you to help you to get new perspectives and experience adventures in growth leading to a more productive and fulfilling life with your career, in your business, and in your life in general.

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Prayer

Prayer is something that almost everyone does when things are tough and they are overwhelmed – even if they don’t want to admit to praying.

There are some prayer basics found in in every culture, religion, and spiritual tradition around the world.

I come from an Anglican (Christian) tradition and I studied Theology at McGill University. I have also experienced a number of different Buddhist, and Taoist traditions, as well as Hindu Sanskrit Mantra practice but I have been immersed in Shamanism for some 20 years.

I am going to be exploring prayer in these pages using approaches to pray and prayers that I have learned in a number of different traditions including Anglicanism, Pure Land Buddhism, Science of Mind, Taoism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Shamanism.

What is Prayer?

What is prayer? Prayer is an intensely personal communication with a higher source of power. For some this power maybe experienced as God, Creator, Great Spirit,Universal Mind, and so forth. For others it may be a personal deity or saint.

Prayers no matter what the culture deal with the most intense human needs and experiences including entreaties for material benefits, supplications for blessings, requests for opportunities, honouring Spirit, unburdening grief, releasing guilt, unloading afflication, woshipping, affirmaing desires, offering gratitude, wishing for escape from pain and suffering, and decreeing how things will be.

People of all races, genders, creeds, and cultures pray in many forms and styles.

Exploring Prayer

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Reconnecting with Our Inner Spirit and Power Within

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Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony by Deng Ming-Dao

Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony by Deng Ming-Dao is a companion volume to the bestselling 365 Tao: Daily Meditations.

Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony provides clear, specific directions on bringing the Taoist spirit into our work, our relationships, and other aspects of our everyday lives.

Each ideogram provides the starting point for a Taoist lesson. The narrative that follows shows how we can achieve an intimate relationship with nature, others, and our natural selves.

Buy Everyday Tao by Deng Ming-Dao

The Taoist spirit comes to life, made vibrant and contemporary through the Chinese ideograms whose images and stories speak of living in harmony with the Tao. Everyday Tao revives an ancient approach to meditation and reflection by using these stories as sources of insight for spiritual growth.

I really found the this idea to be so enlightening:

Tao is a person running along a path.

I use this book as part of my study of Taoism.

Deng Ming-Dao writes this about Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony:

This book takes the structure of Chinese words as its framework. Many words (though not all) are pictures, and oftentimes, understanding the picture helps illuminate the meaning.

Studying Taoism in the United States is undeniably shaped by translation. Oddly, studying Taoism in China is, in some ways, also influenced by translation: classical Chinese is hard to decipher even for current scholars, and the books are interpreted into contemporary Chinese. But by looking at the word-pictures and understanding what the ancients were trying to convey, we can have wonderful keys to the deeper meanings of Taoism.

With the help of Edward Thi, a professor and calligrapher, I explored the origins of each word. The pictures led me back to the beginnings of the Chinese language, and thus the beginnings of what it meant to follow the Tao.

Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony by Deng Ming-Dao is available from Amazon.com in Kindle and other formats.

I enjoyed reading the following reviews:

In this companion volume to 365 Tao, Deng Ming-Dao explores the central features of Taoism and their application to everyday life. Divided into sections with names like “Nature,” “Silence,” “Devotion” and “Self,” Deng’s individual meditations focus on virtues like charity, kindness, patience and diligence. Each meditation is preceded by a drawing of an ancient Chinese ideogram of which Deng offers a translation and an extended reflection on the drawing’s meaning, or instruction, for following the Tao. For example, in his reflection on travel, he illustrates the various ways in which the act of traveling is synonymous with following the Tao. In his words, “to travel means to trust the Tao.” Deng’s poetic conversations on the harmony and balance of living the Tao in everyday life should have broad appeal.
—Publishers Weekly

In his introduction, Ming-Dao explains that Tao is “literally the movement of all life … the total ongoing of the universe,” and that to live according to Taoist principles is to go along with this movement, this flow. Ming-Dao notes eight “special qualities” of people who internalize Taoism: simplicity, sensitivity, flexibility, independence and being focused, cultivated, disciplined, and joyous. The body of the book consists of texts based on Chinese characters emblematic of certain aspects of the Taoist way, including specific aspects of nature, silence, conduct, moderation, devotion, teaching, self, and union. In his clear and concise definitions of each concept, Ming-Dao provides a running history of Tao, a summary of Tao practice, and suggestions for how the study of Taoism can enrich everyday life in the Western world.
—Donna Seaman, Booklist

Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony by Deng Ming-Dao is available from Amazon.com.

Books by Ming Dao