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Into the Sea of Qi. Some elements of the story were inspired by a series of out of body experiences which the author had in the 1990s.
Movie rights - Jackie Chan please contact the author (you can be Mr Li).
Barren rocky desert, snowstorms, soaring mountains, bamboo thickets, and ancient temples provide the backdrop to the journey. Taoist and Buddhist scholars provide Ben with encouragement and some of China's rarest teas. A succession of supernatural adversaries stalks and confronts him at every opportunity. But, although this strange land has many dangers the most threatening of all may be the beautiful but cold killer who has followed him from police state Britain. The action shifts between modern Hong Kong and ancient Chinese landscapes but Ben is in both places at the same time.
Into the Sea of Qi is an adventure story set in an inner world - a parallel universe of soaring mountains, bamboo forests and ancient temples. Inside this beautiful world live immortals and scholars (eager to help and enlighten) but also ghosts and demons - determined to destroy.
An inner world is to be found inside each of us - endless overlapping universes containing whatever we are capable of imagining. Everything in these inner worlds - and the world we live in - is illusion. Everything is just energy, held in place by the shared mind of every living creature - human or otherwise. Everything is a sea of qi.
All possibility lies inside each of us - accessible through the mind via the openings and doorways which lie along the acupuncture channels. A secret known to Taoist masters, and those accomplished in meditation, for thousands of years.
People may sit 'til the cushion is worn through,
But never quite know the real Truth:
Let me tell about the ultimate Tao:
It is here, enshrined within us
Lu Dong Bin, Tang Dynasty
ISBN 978 1480247949
Author: Mark Popplewell
Editor: Kate Foster
|Ben Wakefield||Central character around whom the story (literally*) revolves.|
|Mr Li||Martial artist and tai chi expert who becomes Ben's teacher.|
|The Shabby Monk||Buddhist scholar accompanying Ben on much of his journey.|
|The Sword Taoist||Taoist monk and martial arts expert.|
|Blonde haired woman||Recruited by the forces of evil and in close pursuit of Ben.|
|Jan Wakefield||Ben's mother. Was supposed to get out of the way to allow Ben free reign but managed to grab her own storyline.|
|Keeling||Another incidental character who developed his character in the hope of getting an Oscar when the movie comes out.|
|Eva||May yet get to play a bigger role in the sequel!|
|* the storyline, and some of the chapter titles relating to the journey, follows the circular route of the microcosmic orbit meditation. From the Sea of Qi (to be found below and behind the navel) through the Ren channel, becoming increasingly Yin (and cold in the story) and into the Du channel which becomes increasingly Yang (and warmer in the story) in its ascent to the top of the head (and the mountain top in the story).|
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