What is known from the Tao Te Ching, I Ching, and other Taoist texts is almost entirely literary. When Bruce Frantzis studied these texts with his main teacher, Grandmaster Liu Hung Chieh, he was taught their practical application: “This is what they say; this is what they mean; this is how to do them.” In the TAO of Letting Go, Frantzis offers a bridge to this pragmatic approach for living a spiritual life. Spirituality is not just an aspiration for which people strive, he says, but a genuine, accomplishable reality.
Frantzis shows how to expend maximum effort and yet not use force—the gentle way of the Water method—to enrich personal health and energy systems. The Water tradition continues the work of releasing inner conflicts, a process that begins with the Dissolving Method, passed down by Lao Tse in the Tao Te Ching over 2,500 years ago. The author shows how to completely let go of the blockages that bind and prevent the seeker from reaching full spiritual potential. Short, direct chapters and exercises cover such topics as breathing and awareness; Taoist meditation; fog and depression; modern anxiety; love and compassion; and more.
About Bruce Frantzis
Bruce Frantzis is the author of nine books, including Tao of Letting Go, Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body, and The Power of Internal Martial Arts and Chi. He contributes regularly to magazines such as Men's Health, Empty Vessel, andInside King Fu. Frantzis has served as an advisor to Harvard University's Qi Research Group and in 2010 received an award for lifetime achievement from the National Qigong Association.
"Frantzis’ style of teaching demystifies ancient Chinese Taoist arts that have rarely, if ever, been taught in the West."
—Elizabeth Whitney, Yoga Journal
"Frantzis has spent most of his life studying various martial arts, meditation, and traditional Eastern healing systems. His fluency in Chinese and Japanese has allowed him to pursue these arts to an unprecedented depth for a Westerner."
—Clarence Lu, contributing writer, Inside Kung Fu
"The dissolving process described in this book gives practitioners an immediate tool for altering patterns of being that contribute to their suffering. That is the gift of the Water method."
—Michael J. Salveson, advanced instructor, past president, Rolf Institute
"I've read a number of books on meditation, but The Tao of Letting Go brings an aspect of this ancient practice to light that was previously unfamiliar to me. Along with an introduction to the Taoist Water method, detailed descriptions of beneficial meditation postures and author-guided practice sessions round out this 'meditation for modern living.'"
—New Consciousness Review
“Collections strong in Taoism, meditation and spirituality will find a powerful pick in Bruce Frantzis' Tao of Letting Go: Meditation for Modern Living, which teaches techniques to help people overcome obstacles and learn to relax.”
—Midwest Book Review