Tom Swiss

Tom Swiss describes his spiritual path as "Zen Pagan Taoist Atheist Discordian", which usually baffles questioners enough to leave him alone. He has taught workshops to a wide variety of audiences on subjects spanning the gamut from acupressure to Zen and from self-defense to sexuality. Tom is an NCCAOM Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapy, a karate teacher holding the rank of yondan (fourth degree black belt), a poet, a singer/songwriter, an amateur philosopher, and a professional computer geek. He is currently serving as President of the Free Spirit Alliance, and is shopping his first book on Zen Pagan spirituality, "Why Buddha Touched the Earth", to agents and publishers. ( )

Cultivating and Controlling Sexual Energy

The ancient tradition of Chinese Medicine recognizes sexual activity as a valuable way to cultivate qi, the energy of life. In this workshop we will discuss breathing, visualization, and acupressure techniques that can enhance both health and lovemaking. While some of the techniques discussed will be specifically for men, many can be practiced by both men and women.

The History and Nature of Magic

What is magic? In a discussion sure to piss off both True Believers and Skeptics, we will talk about the development of magical practice, from the sympathetic magic of the shaman, to civilized literate magic, to the post-Enlightenment development of magic as a spiritual path. We'll look at the components that make up a magical ritual, as well as several important Keys to Magic that are often overlooked.

The Sword that Gives Life

A discussion of the concepts of the "peaceful warrior" and "the sword that gives life", and of the martial arts as a path of spiritual development. Intended for the novice to the master practitioner of both Eastern and Western arts - or even the curious without experience. Please come and share your thoughts.

















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