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Barefoot Doctor: 2012 – THE MESSAGE – What the Ancient Taoist Masters Say About The World in Wobble

Tuesday January 10th, 2012 – 7:30 to 9:30 PM @ The Spectrum Center
$20 before Jan. 8th/$25 after

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The Ancient Tao

2011 was a year of unprecedented change on every level – In 2012 these shifts will intensify.
There is marvelous sense of flux in the Tao at the moment, what with the very fabric of reality being stretched out of all shape on every front. We’ll soon be learning how to live with each other in a completely new way in a completely new world.

So how do you STAY STEADY, CALM & CENTRED and make sure the shifts you experience personally feel positive rather than negative – especially if the world is on the wobble?

Take Barefoot Doctor’s prescription for transformation:

Lao Tsu - Ancient Taoist Master

He’ll share with you techniques & tactics so powerful they were kept secret for centuries, the preserve only of emperors and warriors in ancient China.

Those emperors and warriors knew that the secret to success in every area of life rests on inner strength and personal power. These exercises are extremely powerful for resetting your internal systems and rebalancing your relationship with the world, and I’d love you to be part of it all too.

Are ready to make a positive shift in ALL areas of your life – relationships, health, work, finances, wellbeing and happiness?

Join Barefoot Doctor, aka Stephen Russell for 2012: THE MESSAGE. Stephen has dedicated his life to exploring, practicing and teaching these TAOIST LIFE MANAGEMENT SKILLS – and he’s brought them up to date for busy people like you in the modern world.

•    NEW EXERCISES – He’ll be demonstrating some sound, movement, visualization and meditation exercises you won’t find in any of his existing online trainings

•    CORE TECHNIQUES –  your opportunity to learn the ‘Eight Principles
Of Personal Power’ – the bedrock of sanity and of all the Taoist techniques he teaches

•    ENERGY MEDITATION EXERCISES – He’ll lead some relaxing meditation sessions to help you instill the principles I teach deep into your psyche

•    MY PERSONAL ROUTINES – He’s a martial arts master and he’ll share with you some of the moves from Tai Chi, Xing Yi and Pa Kua, as well as the chi gung moves he use in my daily regime to stay healthy, strong and focused

•    ASK BAREFOOT DOCTOR YOUR QUESTIONS – He’s here to help – ask him your specific questions – about the Eight Principles, the Taoist system, chi, putting the principles to work for you in life, any concerns you have.

Stephen is fully impassioned about the transformative power of what he teaches and know you’ll have a wonderful experience at 2012: THE MESSAGE. He looks forward to meeting you in person and teaching you techniques and moves to help you stay steady, centered and calm whatever the ups and downs 2012 brings you, so you can make quantum leaps forward in your relationships, health, work, finances, wellbeing and happiness.

WHO: Stephen Russell—The Barefoot Doctor

Barefoot Doctor: Stephen Russell

Stephen Russell, aka The Barefoot Doctor is one unique character. He has dedicated his life to exploring, interpreting, practicing and teaching the methods and philosophy of ancient Taoism, which he has made modern and funky—and appealing to the man/woman in the street.

He is a voice of wisdom for unsettling times, a martial arts expert, and meditation master, doctor of acupuncture, TV and radio presenter, author, dance music producer, columnist, and internet innovator.

Stephen has authored 15 books, all on the various aspects of work he has done so far including HANDBOOK FOR THE URBAN WARRIOR, LIBERATION, MANIFESTO, and PURE: THE MAN WHO DROVE WITH HIS EYES CLOSED. And more recently, he just published his 15th book, THE MESSAGE.

For five years, Stephen was also a weekly columnist for THE OBSERVER. Stephen has been featured on many popular UK TV programs including co-host of HEAVEN AND EARTH for BBC1, a stint on BIG BREAKFAST, many GMTV appearances, and he’s had his own series, THE BAREFOOT DOCTOR, comprising Stephen doing ‘street healing,’ which got all the best picks of the week, month and year at the time.

More recently, Stephen has set up some revolutionary ways of teaching via video and live online events, using his own websites.

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Stephen Russell: Barefoot Doctor in Houston, Texas

The Tao of Healing through Sound and Movement +
Taoist Manifesting & Magic

Two Days with Barefoot Doctor

January –  14th & 15th – 2012 – Houston, Texas –
$197 in advance
$227 at the door
@ The Spectrum Center –
9 AM to 5 PM both days
4100 Westheimer @ Mid Lane Suite 233
Houston, Texas 77027

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The Tao of Healing through Sound and Movement

The sound of the universe - AUM.

This entire universe is built on a sound wave occurring at 50 octaves below human hearing.  Physicists call it the background radiation wave. Yogis call it the AUM.

Taoist mystics thousands of years ago understood that sound is the primary carrier of energy and found a way to move sound through your body to heal your five vital organs.

They also understood that your five vital organs correspond to the five primordial elements which underlie all aspects of existence, the five ‘God Particles’ recently discovered by physicists working at the CERNE particle collider in Switzerland.

They discovered that by healing your organs you automatically heal all aspects of your life: the physical, psychological, emotional, personal, social, professional and financial.

Along with this they developed the most evolved system of energy medicine known. The most popular modalities of Taoist energy medicine are acupuncture and acupressure, as well as qigong.

You will learn how to use sound to flush out your pain on every level, and to heal all aspects of you and your life with the six healing sounds. You’ll also learn how to clear energy blockages from your system using acupressure and self-applied massage. And you’ll learn how to shift the energy powerfully with qigong.

No previous experience is necessary but you’ll emerge with the healing power of a master and within 24 hours will start feeling the results in your own health and life.

Stephen Russell - The Barefoot Doctor

Barefoot spontaneously heard the background radiation wave, the AUM when he was 6 years old and has been driven by the urge to explore and share the power of sound for healing ever since. He started training in energy healing at the age of 11 with his then Aikido master, Tio Honsai. He went on to study psychotherapy and consciousness with RD Laing and qualified as a doctor of Chinese medicine in 1983. He’s spent since then healing people and helping them heal themselves. He’s treated approximately 200,000 people, taught hundreds of workshops, held hundreds of sound-healing events of various kinds, and is experienced in demystifying the system and showing you how to use the method to heal all aspects of your own life.

He’s regarded as one of Europe’s leading figures in the self-development world and is author of 15 books and is master of the Taoist internal boxing forms, Xing Yi, Pa Kua, Tai Chi and White Crane.

Taoist Manifesting & Magic
(and how to use it to manifest what you need without effort)

Taoist Manifesting is the oldest sytem on Earth

While the Law of Attraction and the Secret have drawn millions of people to the notion you can transform the conditions of your life through intention, until now, it’s not been widely known that the oldest, most evolved system of manifesting was originated by the Taoist mystics of ancient China.

They called it ‘Wu Wei’, meaning effortless manifesting, or making something happen by doing nothing. It’s more commonly known as Taoist magic, but there’s no hocus pocus involved.

What you learn to do is hone your intention until it becomes a force as strong as steel. Then you learn to focus it on manifesting what you need. And the results start occurring within a 90 day time span.

Most people stumble in the manifesting process, simply because they don’t understand the difference between what they want and what they need. As soon as you understand this difference and know what you need, you’re able to set its manifestation in process.

The Wu Wei system shows you how to determine your actual needs, by focusing on the state you wish to attain, rather than on the details. So rather than try to manifest a sum of money, you look at the state having that money will facilitate in your life. You then manifest that state and the money you need comes to you by itself, without you having to do anything other than follow your fascination from moment to moment.

It’s a radical approach and stratagem and it works to manifest everything you need in all areas of your life – health, joyfulness, peace of mind, professional success, wealth, love, social congruence and everything else that makes your life a joy.

You will learn how to know what you need, how to hone and focus your intention, how to enter the requisite state of deep meditation, how to open certain key energy points to facilitate the magic flow, and how to support the manifesting process with élan vital or ‘chi’. And the ‘magic’ operation you perform will set in motion a chain of events that will transform conditions for you within 90 days.

Barefoot is 57 years old and has been training in the Taoist ways since he was 11. He studied Taoist magic in Hong Kong with William, the `Beauteous Master’ when he was 19, and has been using it ever since.

He used it over 30 years ago, for example, to undertake the unlikely enterprise of bringing Taoist practice, which was then almost totally unknown in the West, to the forefront of the popular self-help movement, and has lived a life so rich and colorful in the process, it almost belongs in the world of fiction.

He’s taught millions of people how to use it successfully both through his workshops and his books, MANIFESTO and PURE. You can find out more about his training with William the ‘Beauteous Master’ in his book, SUPERCHARGED TAOIST (Hay House).

January –  14th & 15th – 2012 – Houston, Texas –
$197 in advance
$227 at the door

Click here to register for Barefoot Doctor in Texas Two Day Seminar

Bonus – Barefoot Doctor Health Solutions

Thank you for choosing Alan Davidson & ThroughYourBody to support your freedom, growth, health, and happiness. Here are your three bonus mp3 audio interviews.

Stephen Russell – Open Your Heart to the Tao

Stephen Russell, also known as the Barefoot Doctor, is a practitioner and teacher of Taoism, its medicine, philosophy, meditation practices and martial arts and “magic” system, or wu wei.


T. Thorn Coyle – The Mystery of the Body in Prayer

T. Thorn Coyle



T. Thorn Coyle is an internationally respected visionary and teacher of the magical and esoteric arts. http://www.thorncoyle.com

The author of Kissing the Limitless and Evolutionary Witchcraft.


Diane Hamilton – Body, Mind, Spirit, Shadow

The Tao of Breath: A Simple Ode to Breathing

by Barefoot Doctor (Stephen Russell)

In this article, written in honour of my esteemed and wonderful friend, Alan Davidson, one of the truly good people on the planet, I’m about to extol the wonders of breathing as not only the most important thing in life (everything else can wait), but also as the most direct lever you have available in any single moment to instantly transform your state of mind, whenever caught in anxiety or negativity of any kind.

I’ll begin with the proposition, move onto explaining the mechanics of optimal breathing and finish with suggested uses of breathing to alter mood and mindset.

The Proposition

A few months ago, I contracted swine flu on a flight to Germany, which developed into pneumonia, which in turn caused my beloved left lung to collapse – during the course of which melodrama, I was half a breath away from dying three times in two weeks. I’ve been practicing breathing as a central activity for more than 40 years, having been an avid martial artist and meditator from the age of 11. So I already knew the significance and benefit of optimal breathing, but was afforded the clearest proof of it – if proof were needed – on finding myself only just able to take the next breath.

So when I write this, I’m not doing so in a merely intellectual way but as an impassioned exhortation to reframe your relationship with the whole notion of breathing as the very nub of life.

The problem with selling breathing as an elixir of life is that air is ubiquitous, hence apparently commonplace – and one of the most striking attributes of human nature is to go swiftly numb on the commonplace to the point that it loses all perceived value, even when we’re discussing something that, were it absent for more than a few seconds, would mean the end of the world for everyone.

Air is the elixir of life. Optimize your breathing and you optimize your life. And the first step to optimized breathing is to start appreciating air as an agent imbued with vitality.

Any quantum physicist or Taoist mystic will tell you, what you focus on grows. Focus on the life-giving properties of air and they grow. This simple focal shift is enough to begin the process of you becoming mindful of your breathing.

Most of the time you run around distracted by the external world, and the attraction outwards has an effect of drawing you forwards into the front of your body, thus losing contact with the back of you. Indeed, most people only become aware of their backs when they have back pain. However whenever you lose contact with the back of you by being all shoved up into the front of you, you’re severely minimizing and limiting your internal space. The effect then is of the front of you being all cramped up, which translates automatically into physical tension. This adversely affects the vital organs by limiting blood and energy circulation and generally squashing them – especially the diaphragm and lower lung region – thus limiting breath capacity.

Conversely, by training yourself to be mindful of your breathing, you all but instantaneously reintroduce awareness to your back, thus releasing the pressure from all the organs and affording you more internal space.

And when I refer to internal space, I allude as much to the psycho-emotional as the physical – meaning that, by expanding your internal physical space, you simultaneously broaden your perspective. This is significant in respect of any conundrum or dilemma, because it’s only by zooming out that you can appreciate enough of the picture to make informed choices.

The idea is to train your awareness on your breathing all the time – no matter what else you’re doing – for paradoxically, though the breath is in constant motion, it’s also the most constant factor in your life, aside from your heartbeat. So no matter what conundrum or difficulty life poses you, provided you retain active awareness of your breathing at the heart of your moment-by-moment sensation of being you, you’ll be able to maintain constancy at the psycho-emotional level.

The mechanics of breathing

As for the mechanics of breathing, retraining for optimal capacity and flow at all times starts by the very simple act of desisting from holding your breath. Many people walk around holding their breath without realising it; this is a well-intentioned, yet misinformed attempt to control the inflow of information coming at you from the world, based on the erroneous notion that if you hold your breath, you hold the world steady. But all it does is exacerbate stress and anxiety, thus actually reducing your capacity to process information.

Learning to stop holding your breath is perhaps the most important thing to learn in the world, yet all that’s required is to become aware you were holding it in the first place, and then let it go. You’ll find it a helpful reminder to place your palm on your solar plexus (upper abdomen) and allow the warmth to accumulate and penetrate, at least once an hour, especially when in conversation with others.

Next step, in order to get the lungs working properly (efficiently and fully as opposed to just using the tops of the lungs), is to reverse the normal breathing pattern of sucking the belly in and expanding the chest to inhale and allowing the belly to let go on the exhalation. Instead, exhale by firming the stomach muscles, as if drawing the stomach back towards the spine, then inhale by allowing the belly to swell.

Visualize a sponge in your lower abdomen just behind your belly button. Picture squeezing the sponge to push all the air out of it (and you). Do this as you exhale, gently contracting the stomach muscles to squeeze the sponge. To inhale, all you have to do is relax the stomach muscles, and the sponge refills with air all by itself. So the only mild exertion required is on breathing out; breathing in happens by itself.

Practice this every day for three weeks with your hands resting on your lower abdomen – 7 breath cycles each session – while lying in bed in the morning after waking and again at night before falling asleep. This practice will transform your entire breathing pattern, which in turn will transform your whole life (for the better by a long, long shot).

Tonal and qualitative adjustment

Once you’ve corrected the actual mechanics, you’re then able to adjust the tempo, tone and quality of the breath, and it’s this that gives you the magic lever on your mindset and mood.

By slowing your breath down and evening out the duration of the inhalation and exhalation, you instantly slow your mind down enough to be able to think clearly.

By evening out the duration of the exhalation and inhalation, you even out your relationship with the past and future, respectively; the exhalation releases the moment that went before, and the inhalation introduces the next moment to you. This effectively brings you more fully into the here and now, whence exclusively all your personal power is derived.

By softening the quality and tone of the breath until it becomes as smooth as silk and silent as a soft summer breeze, you soften and silence the quality and tone of mind; when the mind softens and silences, your thoughts instantaneously become more positive and optimistic.

Above all, always luxuriate in the breath, revel in its silken quality and bask in its life-giving power.

Finally, indulge in imbuing each in-breath with the power to bring you whichever qualities you most need to accentuate in your life that moment: perhaps peace, confidence, stability, security, joyfulness or so on. And imbue each out-breath to rid you of whichever aspects of self you wish to diminish: perhaps fearfulness, doubt, self-criticism, regret, guilt, shame, resentment or so on.


So from now on, allow your breathing to be central to every moment’s experience. No matter how awful you’re feeling, just keep breathing and it’ll pass. No matter how amazing you’re feeling, keep breathing and that’ll pass, too. Everything does – including the breath, in and out through your nose and mouth. And by attuning yourself to it, allowing it to be at the core of whatever else is occupying you at the time, you align yourself to that aspect of self that knows how to ride the passing of all phenomena with the most ease and enjoyment.


Barefoot Doctor (Stephen Russell)

Stephen Russell is one of the UK’s best-loved personal development teachers.  He has dedicated his life to exploring, interpreting, practicing and teaching the methods and philosophy of ancient Taoism. He specializes in making these ancient Chinese teachings accessible and relevant for busy people in the modern world.

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Stephen Russell~ The Barefoot Doctor: Open Your Heart to the Tao

Stephen Russell: The Barefoot Doctor

Stephen Russell: The Barefoot Doctor

Stephen Russell, also known as the Barefoot Doctor, is a practitioner and teacher of Taoism, its medicine, philosophy, meditation practices and martial arts and “magic” system, or wu wei.

Russell’s training comprised studying Aikido at 11, a Japanese martial art relying on the practitioner using the opponent’s strength against them without having to use their own. He also learned to meditate and do basic energy healing as part of the training. In his teens he switched to studying Tai Chi, one of the three Taoist ‘internal martial arts’, so called because they rely on following a set of internal principles while in the midst of movement or action. In his early twenties, he studied human consciousness with psychiatrist R D Laing for three years.

In 1979 he lived for four years with the Taos tribe in New Mexico, where he studied shamanism. During this time, he also trained in the two other Taoist internal martial arts, Hsing I and Pa Kua, as well as Taoist meditation and acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion and massage techniques.

He returned to London in 1983 where he set up and ran an acupuncture practice for 17 years, as well as facilitating self-help workshops based on using all these techniques as a self-help system. He also ran a series of music-based events he developed to raise consciousness in a group setting. These were originally called Drum-Offs as they relied on each audience member bringing a percussion instrument. He also taught baby massage with obstetrician Yehudi Gordon for five years during this time. Additionally he released two albums of relaxation music with Polygram International in 1986 and 1987, called First Orbit and Sundancer respectively.

Russell ran his own private healing practice until 2001. From 2001 until 2003 he created and sold a range of fragrant body products. These were called Barefoot Doctor’s Chi/Qi and Barefoot Doctor’s Damn Sexy which was on sale at 360 Boots branches across the UK as well as Bon Marche in Paris, Henry Bendell on 5th Avenue in New York and at Fred Siegel in LA

He has written twelve books, including Barefoot Doctor‘s Handbook for the Urban Warrior, A Spiritual Survival Guide and Pure: A Path to Peace, Power and Prosperity, as well as numerous spoken word CDs and DVDs including Meditate and Tai Chi Short Form. Russell was a weekly columnist for The Observer[2] for five years.

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