Hello Tao Bums, the administrators have kindly allowed me to return here. Since I was last here I moved from Seattle to Southern Ecuador in order to start a new life in a pure land where I've been living for several years now as a hermit in the wilderness. I bought 70 acres here South of the equator and close to the crest of the Andes mountain range, at 7000 ft altitude. The land is at the end of a valley and has a mountaintop on it. Due to the shape of the valley it's like being in and owning the entire crater of a big volcano. Due to this there are no neighbors or houses to be seen, and very few neighbors 'outside' the crater in any case, no barking dogs in the distance or crowing roosters, it's quiet and peaceful. All that can be heard is the singing of birds and chirping of crickets.
I moved here in order to escape the big city, the land of poison, and to live in a place with a 12 month growing season, the primary motives were survival, and peacefulness. The air here comes to us over the top of the Andes after having passed over the ten billion trees and being scrubbed by countless thunderstorms in the Amazon so it is the purest air in the world, and has an energy and sparkle that is outstanding. The sky is deep blue at this altitude. The water comes from springs and since we live on the ridge tops it doesn't have time to pick up much of anything in the way of minerals and so has an amazing purity of only 28 ppm of dissolved solids, which is almost like drinking distilled water. Since we live near the crest of the Andes we live right next to a cloud forrest zone where we get a lot of rain and also a lot of sun. The plants in the gardens grow amazingly fast, particularly now that we have a wonderful beautiful horse which gives us lots of fertilizer. We have planted a banana orchard which gives us a lot of bananas, and are also growing many kinds of tropical fruit, which includes papaya, mangos, avocado, tree tomatoes, bean trees, nispero, luma, granadillas, and chirimoya, which is called the ice cream of, and the most delicious fruit in, the world. Also it's hard to throw a rock around here without hitting a medicinal plant of some kind. It used to be real steep cattle grazing land and was burned regularly to prevent trees and shrubs from growing so I've planted about 9000 trees of the natural kinds occurring in the forests around here in order to reforest.
Due to the rain, a lot of times in the morning there are clouds drifting through the valleys and ridges and it feels just like those ancient Chinese paintings that show clouds among the peaks.
The place I have built here is a retreat and Taoist hermitage, built for the purpose of having some few serious students come for months or years in order to learn a most powerful system of cultivation while living in peace in the wilderness. I am also happy to share some of the deeper principles of Tai Chi, things which are being steadily hidden and lost from the mainstream, and a system of self defense which is a blend of over 100 of the Taoist internal arts, and consisting primarily of tai chi, bagua, praying mantis, and wing chun. It is not a martial art like the kind used in sports or competition, rather it is only for serious and deadly conflict, with the aim being to incapacitate an attacker in one second, as soon as they move.
My favorite subject though, is the Nei Kung, the path of power, and the Taoist path of the wizard.