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  1. Thank you for the clarifications, I'll play with it
  2. This is a nice angle Trunk/John Dao! I think your approach, reasons and results are more in line with what I would want to get out of KYMQ than the original. Brain development is fun but whole body integration and greater sensitivity in the hands is more my path. Anyway, I wanted to ask you, you do not describe in your article very explicitly what you do with the hands. Do you keep them one above the other and make circles (as in the DGS promovideo on youtube) or do you hold them opposite each other on the same level and expand contract as seems implied in what you write (and seen in SFQ: https://youtu.be/vvhqDJ5kLlk?t=51s)? Or maybe even the joining of Yin and Yang from SFQ?
  3. The meditations on those are called: Sup Baht Sin Sunn Gong (90-80-50-40-30-20-10) 18 Goddess heavenly healing meditations Sup Baht Lohan Sunn Yee Gong (90-80-50-40-30-20-10) 18 Lohan healing Meditations And are very nice. I wish I knew more about them, where they are from, from what larger BFP system, what level, etc. Also, the first one is 9 meditations combined together? Can we identify those 9 and practice the separately? And also how to perform them, because GM Doo Wai shows them in a chair with side supports and it is hard to discover how low the hands should go for each move. BFP is very interesting, and getting a larger overview of what can be found in there, how it relates to each other etc. even if we stick to playing with FP, is still a beautiful thing. Terry, if you could post and sell video's (for example on vimeo) of how to perform the meditations GM Doo Wai demonstrates, even those free on youtube (detox and healing that looks like but is not Tai Chi), I'm sure a lot of us would be very interested.
  4. Has anyone one of these DVDs and is willing to trade? I have The Terry Dunn Short Form DVD and a nice collection of Qigong DVDs that I'm willing to part with. PM me for more info. CMC Form by Ben Lo Mr. Benjamin Lo CMC 37 Form Postures Tutorial Demonstrator: Hsu, Yee-Chung & Students Publisher: Tong Hai Tai-Chi Chuan Center CMC Form by William Phillips Cheng Man-Ch'ing's Yang Style Short Form Demontrated and taught by Sifu William C. Phillips, direct student of Professor Cheng Man-Ch'ing. CMC Form by Tricia Yu
  5. Hi Cheya, So what have you been practicing most and what are your experiences so far? How does a basic practice day of you look like?
  6. I had huis book Juice, Peng and Surge for Some while, but because of other interests I never got to it. But a few weeks ago I got his video Bare Metal Internals on Vimeo and the accompanying book the Aiki singularity, and in the span of just two short weeks of practicing has Shiko/ Catstepping protocol, coupled with his YouTube video railwork #1, has completely transformed everything about energy work for me, open up feeling in the feet and has been the most intense and consistent workout to start feeling the whole energy body flow he talks about, which I can now take into every other Qigong or Internal art I like, or can do when I wait for the train to arrive ;-) If you want to get started, I would advise the book Aiki singularity, Packing, and then anything that you like or fits your practice style. I'm picking up Tai Chi because of Scott again, because after his drills I feel the energy in the form, and this makes the practice worthwhile. I'm amazed, and grateful that I tried his two short drills for 10-20 minutes a day for a few weeks. My practice will forever be better thanks to that time spend.
  7. Thank you for clearing that up. I don't know why I added to the confusion by adding Wind Above the Clouds into the question. What I ment to ask was that Part B in Wind Through the Treetops the hands seemed to move in a wider arc towards Monk Gazing at Moon, than during Part B in Bending the Bows. But going back over both dvds I see now that there is no difference and that I have made the arc of Part B in BTB too small in the first place, as can be seen on my youtube video demonstration of BTB. Thanks for helping me correct that!
  8. Oliver Shanti is great music to train by. Thanks Tao Stillness. Question 1: The Bending the Bows-like move sequence that is repeated in Wind Above the Clouds and Wind Through the Treetops. I have a question about the part where you move toward Monk Gazing at Moon. During Bending the Bows itself and Wind Above the Clouds the hands move along a narrow egg like shape upward towards Monk Gazing at Moon. But while demonstrating Wind Through the Treetops on the DVD, the hands move along a wider circle like pattern towards Monk gazing at Moon. Is this purposefully different? And does it matter? Question 2: I'm planning to play Bending the Bows until I can do 18 repetitions (relatively) effortlessly. What is a good practice time and speed for this task? I was thinking 2 minutes per Bending the Bows for a total of 36 minutes. If I go as slow as possible for BTB how many rounds do you advise? Maybe in the far future I have the time and stamina to try a 18x 5 minutes practice of BTB, but I promised myself not to strive to hard and let my Gong develop naturally and without strife and (too much) effort. Thanks & Namaste! Question 3: This is a little weirder question. Are there powerwords, mantra's or such that have good synergy with FP practice? I like to do some sort of simple opening and closing ritual. I sometimes invite Feng Tao Teh into the practice space, and thought about writing some sort of invocation. Any thoughts or ideas? I like to keep it simple so just opening and closing with gratitude might do the trick... Who was the Goddess who reportedly inspired the reception of FP?
  9. Thank you so much Flying Phoenix Qigong! After a hiatus I'm back practicing. A chronic illness prevented me from doing almost anything, but there is enough energy to do things now, including Qigong and I hope to keep a positive feedback loop going. Lessons learned from previous Flying Phoenix startups and fails is to take it slow, do what my body can do, and do not rush through the program in a desire to do the capstone meditation. I've also tried different Qigongs but this one feels so different! It does indeed have a unique energy which I can only describe as gentle and nourishing. Thank you Terry, for showing us footage of Flying Phoenix Qigong practiced at the proper slow tempo. I always hoped you would share such footage. Anyway, here is my version of Bending the Bows. Normally I start with a few faster repetitions and then go progressively slower with each repetition. Here I started relatively slow, and also do get slower near the end of the video. Feedback more than welcome:
  10. YouTube is full of tips. I like the following one. I try to do a few of those stretches before any type of cross legged sitting. I've noticed less pain in both my sitting and standing practices. https://youtu.be/bJd9FVv6C_E
  11. Morning Practice: 18-20x Bend the Bows (yess!) = 35 minutes. First 10 relatively quick and then each round progressively slower and slower. Followed by the 3 warmups from DVD2 = another 35 minutes. Basked in the enjoyable calm feeling with a few minutes of silent sitting Last night I had another Lucid dream. I decided to practice BTBs. First round with eyes open and without the breath sequence, because I thought that would wake me up, which it did when I tried that next :-) Congrats with your upgraded site Sifu Terry! Looks great.
  12. Finally I catched up and read the entire thread. Well worth the effort. It answered most of my questions and gave loads of tips and inspiration. I'm now only practicing Flying Phoenix Qigong. As per a previous tarot reading, the other Qigong was... Page of Swords, and helped to prepare me to choose Flying Phoenix, by building up a gentle consistency in practice. In the beginning, Flying Phoenix with its many different meditations and amount of practice requirements seemed daunting, but now I see it challenges me in exactly the right way. Yesterday evening practice: To mask the sounds of the household I looked for the music that Terry Dunn uses on his DVD and bought the track Moonbeam Splashes on Water, put that on repeat and practiced: Seated warmup #1 10m MSW #1 20-30m Seated warmup #3 5m WOW! I honestly didn't know that breathing in a certain way, and moving in a certain way could engender so much bliss! I met my wife after the practice in tears of gentle joy and gratitude. I've read about these kind of experiences on this thread, but until you experience it yourself it are just words and hard to believe just HOW good this feels. Thank you. Bonus experience: every time I do the evening MSW practice (which is not as regular as the morning practice) I remember my dreams better, and this night I went into Lucid mode. I used to practice Lucid Dreaming in my youth but let it go because it took too much effort (I still occasionally visualize the Tibetan letter A in my throat while falling asleep because it calms my mind).That Lucid dreaming happened spontaneously tonight is a great joy, and I blame MSW meditation. I watched my hands, the rest of my body, massaged it to anchor my consciousness and played with the lighting in a museum. Any tips for what to do when Lucid, to make most of such a moment? p.s. The CD of music for Terry Dunns productions is called Poesis Athesis (http://www.aucourantrecords.com/catalog.php?op=detail&cid=38) and can be listened to on Spotify, but I bought the track Moonbeam on iTunes.
  13. I would like to share a progress report. Practicing FP is very enjoyable. The most notable experiences are a sense of calm, especially after the practice that stays for a while and is a good start of the day (I do FP in most mornings 30m-90m). My knees have improved (I no longer feel pain during Monk Holding the Peach, which I do for 7 minutes now, slowly increasing the time in that meditation). Bending The Bows is making me feel so much stronger and more fit! During the practice, when the practice is properly slow, I feel, especially during the in breath as if I am a sponge that is gratefully sucking up on nourishing energy, almost as if i'm starved for just this type of nourishing. I find the energy during FP practice calm, cooling, and as I said very nourishing. I had some trouble with setting up the practice in the beginning, because the level and amount of practice some of the people do on this thread (especially Sifu Terry) was so intimidating and definitely not something that I can manage without strain or obsession, or without upheaval of my life. Seeing those practice reports triggered two of either responses in me: 1) I can never get to that level, or 2) I-mmust-prractice-mmoorrre! Which resulted in tension and overreaching. I took me a while (and I have to watch myself still) to integrate the advice: practice without strain or obsession. I am living and exploring the question: "How can I live with a progressive path without falling into the trap of (over) striving? How can I reach an effortless doing in my Gong and in my life." Worthwhile questions to live with. So instead of rushing forward until I can do the long form, or taking the challenges that Sifu Terry has put before us (like doing 3 MSW's, seated warmup #1 30 minutes, and 18 BTBs) I come back to doing what feels natural, close to effortless, and sticks close to the basics, and trust myself in this process. When I do, I actually surprise myself with the level of practice that I can do, on some days I easily extend into 90 minutes so that is great. Other days 30 minutes, but because the practice is so enjoyable it often becomes more than that. I have set goals for myself and signpost to aim for before I move on to the newer material. I'd like to be able to stand pain free in the 3 standing meditations for 20 minutes. Pearl, check. Peach, 7 minutes, Moon 5 minutes (with pain). And maybe aim for 30 minutes in the first seated warmup. My favorite practice is Bend The Bows, which easily takes 30 minutes for 6-9 reps. I want to naturally extend this until BTB can be done for 18 reps. I love to have these goals, and explore the non-striving way of letting the practice reach those milestones. I'll let you know when I do. Question: If I have only 30 minutes to practice Bending the Bows, would you advice doing 7-9 reps, following a slower speed, or doing 18 reps faster? My own answer for this moment is practice the speed that feels right and let go of the quantity goal. But I'd love to here different opinions. Edit: My very enjoyable morning practice this day was: 20 minutes Monk Holding the Pearl (standing) 30 minutes Bending the Bows (8 repetitions) 15 minutes 3rd seated warm-up 10 minutes 2nd seated warm-up
  14. You may be pleasantly surprised when reading this newer translation, for the practice is simple and easy. And once you get the basic idea the practice becomes an effortless non-doing of resting in your Self (in 'just being') which can be done in a few seconds or minutes at any time during the day. You could start by reading the introduction and then the commentary first, before you begin with the main text. It actually works better that way.
  15. For those who have read the old translation of "The Secret of the Golden Flower" by Richard Wilhelm and commentary by C.G. Jung, or those who want to read it (it is one of Sifu Terry reading recommendations) I strongly recommend to read the newer translation by Thomas Clearly. He has translated other Taoist and Buddhist text and he takes that knowledge into this translation. Very cheap on amazon, please buy it: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Golden-Flower-Thomas-Cleary/dp/0062501933 An online version for exploring it until you buy it: http://terebess.hu/keletkultinfo/Cleary-Thomas-Secret-of-the-Golden-Flower.pdf He shows that the previous translation is dangerously missing the mark on many accounts. Reading this new translation I had so many 'aha' moments. The teachers that have been most influential on me have actually all advised to do something similar to this Golden Flower meditation (basically turning the light of awareness back upon itself, until that is recognized and then return there often). This practice has led to a seeing event of recognizing being that what needs nothing, goes nowhere, never dies or was born. Although that was just a glimpse, the practice of turning the light of awareness around is still helping the 'little me' to be better at integrating and embody that realization, and over time breaking down all striving and dissolving into just being happy. I love that book. And returning to that realization actually helps me to do Flying Phoenix "without strain or obsession" which is/was hard because of some strong remaining ego patterns of striving.