Daoist Study Books
Damo Mitchell is a well published author on all things ‘Daoist-related’. In 2011 his first book was picked up by the London and Philadelphia based publishing house ‘Singing Dragon’. This book was entitled ‘Daoist Nei Gong – Philosophical Art of Change‘ and it was primarily an introductory manual helping guide the reader into the arts of Qi Gong and Nei Gong. The book proved very popular, it quickly became an Amazon bestseller and has since reached thousands of people around the world. It has gone on to be translated into two other languages and many agree that it is one of the most comprehensive introductory guides into the foundations of Daoist energetic practice.
Since this time he has explored further aspects of Daoist internal study in a number of titles which are listed below. His books have helped many people understand previously obscure material and his writing has quickly picked up a loyal following. Future projects by Damo will continue to explore the internal arts as well as Chinese medicine, especially the more classical sides of the subject.
Clear and Concise
Part of the strength of Damo’s writing is that is clear and to the point without deviating from classical meaning. Too many books fall foul of being either too flowery in their approach to what is essentially a very clear-cut system of practice or else ‘modernising’ the practices. Generally ‘modernising’ means either stripping out much of the original essence or else making it overly ‘new-age’. Damo has studied these arts in one form or another for the best part of his life, these studies keep him in contact with high level masters around the world with whom he continues his own practice. For over a decade he traveled extensively through the far-east fully absorbing himself in the culture and arts of Daoism; a journey that has placed him in a strong position from which to write about and explain the internal arts in a clear and yet traditional manner.
Feedback from the public has been positive and in particular many readers have found his book ‘White Moon on the Mountain Peak’ to be invaluable in explaining clearly the meaning and practice of Daoist internal alchemy. This is one of the most complex elements of Daoist practice and no other book has so plainly explained the ‘firing process’ aspect of the alchemical tradition. This book has now been translated into Spanish as well.
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White Moon on the Mountain Peak (2015) – Damo Mitchell
Damo’s in depth book on the subject of Daoist Nei Dan (internal alchemy). This book contains an introduction to the theory of Daoist alchemical meditation, an overview of the process itself and then detailed instruction on the early to intermediate stages of training. Various classical texts are translated and interpreted and Damo includes experiential insight into the phenomena which serve as clear signs of progress within the system. As an addition to this the book also covers the use of the yarrow stalks for divination with the Yi Jing (I Ching).
Daoist Nei Gong (2011) – Damo Mitchell
This was the first book written by Damo Mitchell. It provides an overview of the energetic processes inherent within the Daoist system’s. The start of the book looks at the foundations of working with the body whilst there is further exploration of the energetics of Nei Gong practice as well as the nature of human spirit. Emphasised within this book is the correct structuring of the body in order to bring the various elements into place which are required to awaken the lower Dan Tien. Also included is guidance on the Ji Ben Qi Gong exercise sequence as well as Sung breathing.
Daoist Nei Gong for Women (2016) – Roni Edlund & Damo Mitchell
This book was written by Roni Edlund and her partner Damo Mitchell as a joint follow-up to the Daoist Nei Gong book. The overview and practice of energy work is explored purely from the point of view of a female practitioner. The unique properties of a woman’s energy body is explored along with exercises specific to the Uterus and female Heart-centre. Women differ from men with regards to their energetic systems with regards to directions of orbiting flows and emphasis upon spiritual focus. Too often Nei Gong and Nei Dan books are written purely from the male perspective and so this book was written in an effort to redress the balance.
Heavenly Streams (2013) – Damo Mitchell
The follow-up title to Daoist Nei Gong was Heavenly Streams. This book was written in response to two key questions which are often asked of Damo on his courses. Firstly ‘are the meridians real?’ and secondly ‘if so, is it possible to feel them?’. Within Heavenly Streams a system of practice is presented which quickly enables intermediate level Qi Gong practitioners to experience their own meridian system. Further exploration of the links between Daoist and Chinese medical theory are then included in order to enable readers to adjust their own energetic body.
The Four Dragons (2014) – Damo Mitchell
Dao Yin exercises and Qi Gong exercises are two very different entities. The qualitative differences between the two mean that they bring about very different results for the practitioner. Dao Yin exercises are primarily designed to purge the body of pathogenic energies. This book explores the nature of Dao Yin training as well as the key locations within the body where pathogens can become stuck. The second half of the book is dedicated to the four Dragon Dao Yin sequences which are four short forms designed to work with the energies of the spine. With daily practice they can become a powerful form of preventive healthcare.
The Yellow Monkey Emperor’s Classic (2016) – Damo Mitchell & Spencer Hill
A horse complains of a chest as tight as a bear’s embrace, a goat bleats about skin as dry as parchment, and a rat describes his urine as darker than soya sauce. Join these lively characters and their friends as they seek diagnosis from wise animal sages and the Yellow Monkey Emperor.
In this witty and yet insightful book, Damo Mitchell and Spencer Hill team up to produce a training aid for Chinese medicine practitioners in the form of a comic book. The book is also relevant to those interested in Daoism in general as well. It will take even the avid Daoist enthusiast a long time to locate all of the references to internal practices and esoteric nonsense dotted throughout the manual!
This collection of fascinating short reads brings together some of the most popular articles from the Scholar Sage online magazine, alongside new material from Damo Mitchell. It includes such information as: How the teaching of the ‘three worms’ (Sanchong) demonstrates the way Daoism pulls together models of the physical, energetic, spiritual and psychological and a translation of and commentary on the Classic of Breath and Qi Consolidation, an important Daoist classical poem that discusses the relationship of Jing and Qi in the body.
Helping you to think about your practice in new ways, the book features contributions from senior students at the Lotus Nei Gong School of Daoist Arts, including Roni Edlund, Donna Pinker and Dr Seb Smith.