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  1. Thank you for an amazing answer as always
  2. I have tried to learn the classical 5 elements and I just can't get into it. It's not as intuitive as the 4 western elements (it's a mystery why metal and wood aren't considered earth), and it doesn't make any sense to someone comfortable with the Western 4 elements. The wikipedia doesn't do a good job teaching the 5 elements (wu xing), and mainly just mentions their cyclic nature, which doesn't really mean anything (you can make a cycle of anything). There aren't particularly any good youtube videos explaining it either. Most sources give many reasons for the significance of the 5 elements, but never provide explanations/teachings to back up what they say. Does an organism really go through 5 stages of life in accordance to the 5 elements? Why are so many sources trying to awkwardly cram the 5 elements into the 4 seasons? So, I've come here in the hope that someone can teach a Westerner like me that the 5 elements are worth learning. I'm sure there is something interesting and useful in the 5 elements, I just can't see their use or significance. It also seems like an unnatural system to me. For example, metal overcomes wood, simply because a metal axe can chop wood (according to wikipedia). But if man didn't create that axe, how could metal overcome wood without artificial help? A system like this should apply without the intervention of man.
  3. Good answer but Im not after lots of jing to transmute it. I want my organs to have lots of qi because I had a serious infection/injury a while ago, so I prefer to have an abundance of qi so they can heal (unless they carry jing, not qi. A lot of sources are unclear). I am afraid that sexual thoughts have ruined all the progress of two weeks of celibacy.
  4. But doesn't almost every spiritual teacher in the east say sexual thoughts create jing by absorbing from your stores of qi? Im confused because you usually know what you're talking about. Could you elaborate?
  5. I am almost 2 weeks into celibacy. Unfortunately the weather was terrible so I stayed in bed all day (bad idea I know). From my inactivity I couldn't stop thinking sexual thoughts of beautiful women all day. So much thinking I felt a bit dizzy and very tense and probably all my kidney qi had become jing. So i looked on this forum to see what you guys had to recommend. It is widely recommended here that I do the rapid reverse breathing in a horse stance, while trying to tense the perineum and suck in my anus (like im trying to hold going to the bathroom). Others recommended the breath of fire pranayama (from yoga, which is the opposite to reverse breathing and much easier, where you expel the breath out of the nose, and relax on the in-breath, whereas quick reverse breathing is bringing the breath into the nose quickly while bringing in the stomach, and relaxing on the exhale). Trying to hold in the perineum and anus makes the exercise much harder. Its very hard to exhale while still holding the perineum and anal muscles. I did it in 10 second bursts because my horse stance is weak (my thighs were parallel to the floor though so I was doing it properly. My arms were stationary like I was hugging a tree in front of me). I did several of those, and my head felt a bit different. I was a bit more alert, there was pressure at the back of my head too. Afterwards I got really thirsty, so I had a glass of water, but I was still thirsty! Then my body felt much warmer than usual. My body was producing a lot more heat than usual. The effects stayed for about half an hour, and then dissapated. I still feel more alert and more thirsty though. Did it work (are these the symptoms of jing transforming to qi?)? Or did the qi escape through all the excess heat leaving my body? Did I waste all my kidney qi today by thinking of beautiful women?
  6. What do you put in your congee?

    I thought you didn't like legumes, nuts or seeds? You said there was too many bad proteins or something
  7. I’m sure i’m deficient in yin jing and I have the symptoms which show that, like the excessive bodily heat, fatigue, clear red tongue, etc. how can I replenish my yin jing, or at least improve the ratio between yin and yang jing? I know stopping/reducing sensual desires is the first thing. Anything else?
  8. A lot of my diet is raw. Lots of greens. I also mainly have vegetables as soups. I refrain from dairy, garlic and onions and I try to not have grains too. what do you mean chi profiles? Sounds interesting.
  9. Maybe the title wasn’t so clear. I feel actually ‘normal’ when eating meat. But when i’m on a strict vegetarian diet for a week, i feel like my body is ‘lighter’
  10. I have no clue. I would have thought both meat and vegetables both contain the same Jing and Qi.
  11. Grains

    I just read from some posters on here that chickpeas contain a lot of jing. Searching this forum again, it seems to originate from just 1 or 2 people. Maybe they’re wrong, who knows. But food science and studies about it doesn’t inspire me with a lot of confidence. One day you hear on the news that red meat/chocolate/red wine/etc is incredibly healthy and one is supposed to have it once a day (or something like that), and after a few years they release a study showing the complete opposite trend and urging everyone to stop eating it. For example, this quotes no fewer than 10 studies showing how the consumption of soy can have health benefits: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213453013000438 I personally don’t know well all of East Asia or their cultures, but I know that Sichuanese people love unfermented tofu and have it all the time instead of meat which is often more costly. Mapo tofu is Sichuan’s favourite dish, and they love adding large amounts of tofu to their hotpot, or anything really. All people there, young and old, regularly drink soymilk. If they have a higher unhealthy population than other areas in China, it doesn’t seem to be so and I haven’t heard anything about it. and here, comparing fermented soy and unfermented soy, the unfermented one seems to be better for one’s health, based on the results: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1349-7006.2010.01770.x/full
  12. Grains

    Aren’t chickpeas one of the best sources of Jing? And the study liking soy/tofu with all sorts of serious problems seems flawed. If it’s true, then how come most of east asia eats it and are still healthy (more or less) until old age, as much as anywhere else in the world?
  13. Shouldn’t you move from the lower chakras to the top instead of going straight for the third eye? And what are your thoughts of Bhante Vimalaramsi who says metta, rather than breath meditation, is the better way to the jhanas?
  14. Thanks, you were one of the accomplished people I thought of when I made this thread. the trouble is that when doing brahmacharya It is MUCH harder for me to be mindful. The same day or day after orgasm I am naturally calm and my mind is able to concentrate on emptiness. But after a few weeks of brahmacharya, the mind gets very energised, distracted and easily affected by outside influences (easy to get angry, anxious, full of lust, etc) and hard to get the mind focused on anything, let alone during meditation. Also, are you saying jhana burns your qi, just like orgasmic sex? I heard trataka also burns qi.
  15. I’m not looking for platitutes or people yelling ‘go find a teacher’. I have read so many posts on this forum, and it is clear to me that there are plenty of people here who have opened their chakras up to their crown or third eye. I’m tired of reading book after book, listening to hour long youtube videos, practicing and feeling nothing, etc. But i won’t waste anymore time on ineffective practices anymore. Life is too short for that. I’m looking for: 1. Someone to write a step-by-step guide to cleansing the energy channels. 2. Someone to write a step-by-step guide to opening the chakras. I have the willpower, i have the time to meditate as long as I please. I am sorry if I sound like i’m asking for too much, but i’m fed up with wasting my time now. ————— edit: What I shall do every day: 1. Wake up when sun rises (varies on the day). Get ready to sleep when the sun sets. 2. No lustful desires throughout the day, no music, no watching tv, no sensual pleasures. 3. Lots of rice, yogurt, eggs, and red meat during the first three weeks to build up qi (jing), and strengthen my lower chakras. Afterwards a strict vegan diet of hot homemade soups. 4. Pranayama first thing after waking up. 5. Begin working out, toning my muscles, stretching and adapting to the lotus position. 6. Relax in the sun as often as possible, whenever it is sunny. 7. Something to open the chakras (please advise). 8. Something to cleanse the energy channels (qigong, pranayama, etc) (please advise).