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  1. Breathing into LDT

    For newer practitioners, I think it is quite important to specify WHERE the LDT is / point of focus. We all could be talking about totally different points of reference. Some books say the anchor point is QiHai acupuncture point, some say it is in the center of the belly. Some say the entire lower belly. In my own experience, I started at the external (the lower belly/ QiHai) and eventually the deeper layers opened and showed themselves as they pleased. Some excellent advice my old Teacher gave me was to make the LDT a part of your every day existence, include it in every activity you do. Move from it. Anywho, would anyone else like to chime in on their way?
  2. Hey Qicat, I see where you are trying to get to. There are a few problems to that ending. First is that, as you observed, man introduces a "force" into nature on a subtle level which adjusts flow to manifest an altered expression (drought-rain). How much force was need to alter drought- rain? What happens when that change alters the other various multitude of "forces" at play? Rain adjusts wind, wind adjusts temperature, adjusts earth/ ecology, etc. Well, lets say this cascade of changes takes affect, what happens when it reaches a breaking point? Flood. Mudslide. Then a sudden backlash leading into a larger wild fire. Why? Because the original alteration required a sizable force and that force will create more forces of equal power at different vectors. Now, you want to understand how to be more precise. Less nuke more precision warhead. Reasonable. Can you grasp all the vectors/ forces at play and understand how to adjust gently, with very little interference? Are you able to read the paths of the land and the heavens, thereby bringing harmony without interference? I sure as hell cant! haha. What I am trying to get to, is that the answer you seek is not easy nor simple. Study Feng Shui and you may learn to read and see the forces/ vectors. Maybe QiGong/ Meditation will do it. I cannot say. Just posing more questions and points for thought.
  3. As I am now, I think that it would be wiser to see why the drought existed to begin with. Strike the root and the tree will fall, no? Much good can come from a drought. Apologies, I do not know much about rain calling, I have only done so a few times. I learned many years ago to be careful with such forcing of nature. She has her reasons, best to nudge where nudging is accepted, not force her hand.
  4. Taoist Alchemy - good book resources?

    Such a thing requires allot of work and is very....simple. The lack of flash turns many off from the potential work. Sad....
  5. Qigong Basics: Gathering Chi?

    Indeed, this is why moving cultivation is so helpful. Along with dredging the channels. My personal opinion, though flawed it is, is that the question itself of "gathering" Qi is incorrect. We already have it, get it, make it, etc. The issue is more about function and flow. Does your energetic, physical, emotional, mental structure function in harmonious fashion? Does the Qi within your system flow smoothly when it should? Secondly, I think it is more...about cultivation itself. We don't gather a bunch of Qi into a TanTien, we transform and harmonize the function of the TanTien so it can by itself hold more Qi automatically/ function in a more efficient manner. Some ramblings to throw into the mix.
  6. daoist breahting techniques

    Funny thing, the book Anatomy of Hatha Yoga by David Coulter has a great chapter on breathing that also states we should work to cultivate a continuous breath, not utilizing holds for a long while. Very useful book, btw.
  7. True Fearlessness

    In the vein of this, I remember reading about the old greek difference between boldness and courage. The bold are reckless, stupid, fearless. They act without caution and thought. The bold are not to be admired. The courageous feel fear and are not stupid enough to think they are invincible. They are ones who cultivate virtue, right action in the right way at the right time. Courage is thoughtful, it is intent-full. There is even caution inherent in it as one does no want to give way to boldness and stupidity.
  8. Taoist transformations

    Beautiful. Thank you
  9. 8 Healing Sounds

    It looks like Yin style Bagua uses 8 healing sounds, not 6. Anyone know of any other sources that utilize a similar sequence? http://www.qigongfu.com/8HS_Article_web.pdf
  10. the importance of building qi in the dantian

    While I was sick recently I just laid in bed and breathed into the LDT. Eventually the subtle breathe reaches and starts to connect, stabilize and fill. It was....quite refreshing.
  11. Firstly, I have a small level of experience in regards to XingYiQuan. Take what I say and compare it with others more experienced, there happen to be a few here. As far as I understand it, the mechanics are very different to boxing. XingYi is more...like a piston. A steam engine. It is whole body, unified and expressing a certain force/ vector. You also use special walking to gain grown and express forces while utilizing gravity. Boxing does unify but not in the same way. Example- a strike in boxing is standing still and utilizes a chain from feet to hip to shoulder to hand. In XingYi your whole body would move as one, utilizing special walking to gain a more advantageous ground along with emitting force/vector. Bobbing and weaving are not something I see in XingYi. It is better to move like a steam engine/ piston and gain ground + destabilize. Bobbing and weaving also wastes too much energy. Why spend the energy doing that when you need to end the fight with as little effort as possible? Next enemy could be near. I think many styles of MA are influenced by boxing now. If it has aspects that work, it will be utilized. Is the XingYi you will be learning legitimate? Is it really going to cultivate your skill and body-mind in the right way? I dont know. Anywho, I hope that helps.
  12. I rarely comment anymore simply because it is rarely productive. In this case, I feel the need to make an observation without giving any further communication on the topic. In our spiritual and cultivation minded world, it is very common for discussions to become arguments. Defending views, proving others wrong, stabilizing superiority, etc. This thread originally peaked my interest as it started off talking about a topic I find worthy of deeper contemplation. Shortly after its creation it became consumed by a feud of opinion and lineage. Now seven pages later, it is just filled with pointless insults on character and knowledge. This is petty. It is pointless. If I was a newcomer interested in these arts, I would be led astray by posts and threads such as these. Reading this, I feel ashamed for the cultivation world. That this is the current state, of one of the only forums on the internet where people actively involved gather, is depressing. No wonder these arts are being lost. We are throwing them away. Spending our days fighting over who is right, instead of having actual discussions and deepening our knowledge. I use to enjoy reading this forum because there were intelligent conversations, sharing of knowledge and wisdom. Now.......This and masturbation.
  13. The Shen and Hun model

    Thank you! I will give it a listen and absorb.
  14. kong zhuan he che

    My experience concurs with this post. In doing a solid QiGong form, the processes initiated when they were ready. I got sidetracked and have yet to open the first of the three gates completel, though. I think its more about initiating and resting in that initiation then manually driving the process.... The processes are seeds within us. The right conditions activate the growth of the seed into the oak.
  15. Methods to turn sleep into cultivation?

    Thank you for hearing what I am looking for! I am a fan of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. If he does write this other book, I will read that, too!