Cheng Hsin

Cheng Hsin

Invites you to

Personal Empowerment

through consciousness and skill

What is Cheng Hsin?

(pronounced cheng shin — ”True Nature”)

Cheng Hsin is a study of YOU, life and reality. It is a non-dogmatic investigation of the human condition and effective interaction. It goes beyond belief or hearsay, and instead supports you in significantly and directly increasing your own consciousness and skill.

You will develop honesty, integrity, effectiveness, and freedom from unnecessary suffering through the use of mental-emotional and contemplative practices as well as physical and interactive exercises and games. At Cheng Hsin you can participate in the apprentice program, live workshops, groups, online courses, and more.

This is a challenging and difficult road. It is not designed to make you rich, get you laid, or give you something quick to solve all your problems. Yet, it will give you real results and a shift in your experience of life that is hard to find anywhere else.

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Consciousness and Skill

Pursuit of Consciousness

Cheng Hsin consciousness work is a life long practice for you to grow, learn, transform, increase consciousness, and become enlightened. You will learn how to operate out of powerful principles like questioning and honesty that will change your life.

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The Art Effortless Power

Our main physical practice is called the Art of Effortless Power. It is a great tool for providing feedback, measuring progress, and providing grounding. This massive undertaking includes many areas of study. You’ll learn about Cheng Hsin Body-Being to pursue an effortlessly effective body.

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Where does it lead?
What do I get out of it?

Cheng Hsin leads to your growth and empowerment. It offers a unique understanding of yourself and reality.
Your perspective will change as you open up to new ways of thinking, and transforming your relationship to challenges through an increased ability to question and discover. You will experience greater effectiveness as well as a sense of being more whole and complete.

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How does all this get done?

There is only one way to do Cheng Hsin. YOU have to participate. There is no pill or outside force that can get the job done for you. You have to take on the spirit of open investigation and look into the considerations that are presented for yourself.

There are many ways for you to join this exciting adventure. We have programs, workshops, e-courses, and books. For serious students there are three month training programs, the Apprenticeship program—a seven and a half month intense study—the ACT program, where you can become a facilitator and take on changing other people’s lives.

Just like a journey of a thousand miles, the lifelong journey of Cheng Hsin begins with a single step. However, it ends abruptly if you don’t take the second!

How do I get started?

Make the decision to take action now. Joining in is as simple as declaring right now that you stand for your personal growth and transformation. If you have done that then you are already on your way to discovery.

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No amount of money can be substituted for the benefit I have achieved by participating in this work.

~Brendan Lea – Assistant Facilitator Cheng Hsin School of Consciousness


Ralston is unparalleled in his ability to clearly articulate both the key questions to contemplate, and the life-changing insights one can gain from doing so. I’ve learned more from him than any other author.

~David Spivak, Ph.D. Research scientist in mathematics at MIT


True innovators are, by definition, ahead of their time. Therefore, they remain largely unrecognized, except by a few. How many of us wished we had met Bruce Lee, sat in a session with Carl Jung, or walked around Walden pond with Thoreau?
Too late for that, but not too late to take notice of Peter Ralston. His creativity, commitment, and clarity shine through his teachings as he articulates higher principles based on direct experience and piercing insight.
A superlative martial artist and caring teacher, he has been to the mountaintop and bathed in the underground spring of Being. His insights speak to us all.

~Dan Millman – Author, Way of the Peaceful Warrior—USA

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Personal Empowerment at Home

How could you bring this work into your life more thoroughly, more deeply, and continue the work in life and not just on your own? How can you better actualize this consciousness in your self and your life?

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The Founder

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The founder of this school is Peter Ralston— a world renowned Zen master and martial artist, the first non-Asian to win the full-contact World Martial Arts Championships in China in 1978, and author of eight books on Consciousness and physical skill.

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