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  1. [DDJ Meaning] Chapter 16

    I notice on your avatar you have a picture of a head. The meditation practice seems to be an awareness practice, also done in the head. So it seems most of your focus right now is on head/ awareness type practices. Other practices open the heart in some traditions, then you would feel the world from the head and heart simultaneously and equally, a big change. And Taoist practices open up the belly similarly.
  2. [DDJ Meaning] Chapter 16

    What kind of meditation do you do ?
  3. [DDJ Meaning] Chapter 16

    Yes the verse discusses observing the 10,000 things and becoming natural and constant and then regal. So the discussion that was had was how to be in the state where one can feel this .... and that it is quite different to intellectual understanding. So how to do what the verse says ? How can I be the constant at the centre, how can I see the 10,000 rise and fall ? Well the Taoist arts teach you to feel the forces, for instance through empty-full movements in tai chi, or the 5 Animal Frolics teaching you the cycle of 5 elemental forces, and as you practice you start to feel these things .... in and outside of practice. When you are cooking you start to feel how your food is changing state, and that the food in the pan, each type of food is a different element. You start to feel the wind, sun and rain as elements ... because your dantien's intelligence is awoken, you now have a 2nd brain down in the belly that feels these energetic currents. Continuing in this way you become more and more sensitive to it, you live with this intelligence as well, and then you become like Verse 16 says. You feel the movement of the universe, but you are the natural in the centre.
  4. Hey there

    I've practiced the first part of the HT path with Michael Winn up to and including fusion and some alchemy. It's a path that comes with problems, one problem is that Chia over the years has filled the books with huge numbers of additional material making it confusing also his English not so much. There is a Fusion CD you can get from a Boston HT club which includes the older Fusion practices and they are far simpler. So that's one thing to watch for. Another is that the system tries to describe the inner energies too much and you lose the flavour of the beauty of qigong, because it's too much engineering. Also the physical movements somehow are too much like surgery rather than movements that have meaning. That all being said, it is a system that encourage comprehension of what is happening inside, other systems people don't know and don't care what's going on inside. With the caveat that what chia thinks is going on inside is a little complex. Also the HT teachers though they have powerful energies are to my mind somewhat flying too high, and they don't have the Eastern patriarchy feeling that some tai chi has which can be important. So there's my thoughts. Wuji standing is in my opinion after having experienced daily practice of quite a few systems is the only one you need and the most powerful. Depending on your goals of course, but for energy cultivation / healthy / spirituality it's hard to beat. 2nd most beneficial is spontaneous qigong. Again a difficult one, not difficult lots to remember, but difficult in the awareness inside and sensitivity to wield these practices. Just looked through the index of Eric Judelove's 100 day book. This is my very personal view of things : I don't think sexual kung fu is very good at all, in my experience doing the 5 elements well completely regulated my sexual energy and needs. Anything else is just imagination and entertainment not sure what people want a 10ft boner and Ukrainian supermodels jumping on you ?!!!! And I particularly don't like his set of breathing exercises. These are traditionally done, but in my opinion there is only 1 breath you want to do which is surrender to natural breathing at the belly. Because that is the only one that is natural and ever will be natural and it is in this way that we learn surrender. And surrender is Taoism. So basically just let go and follow the breath. Any other breathing practices damages your natural breathing and that's the last thing you want. I think it's a good idea to chose practices on the basis of which ones look nice and fun to do, or which practitioners you would like to become like. This is better than asking for the ones which give you max power. Anyway it's all my opinion on the matter.
  5. Which books sit on your nightstand?

    An excellent concise book. It has extremely accurate details on how to make Taoist enlightenment, in a multi step Wuji posture. I recognize the details from an enlightened Zen priest I am aware of who amazingly gives very concordant technical details, although both book and priest come from totally different traditions, the practical instructions are virtually identical. 2/3rd of book is Author describing details of hexagrams and their flow and use for materialisation and de-materialisation, and relationship between theory and use of human body. Which is interesting but practice instructions more interesting. Author gives very critical small details also, so has real experience. Very good.
  6. Chen Tai Chi : How To Learn

    Practical Method is expensive, 1600 USD for 1 month. Yiquan looks quite fun but a little unbeautiful. Anyway I am thinking that the best way to win is to connect with life and respect people were they are, to create a harmony between yourself and others. What good is fighting ? Then you look for fights. I like doing Change Quan because it's hard full body direct, and I do, keeps me honest. But I wonder if it would be more spiritual to do more Dayan, I am not sure to what extent you can go deep into Dayan, I have not seen that spiritual dimension so much. As for Chen best bet is to start with one of the short forms and see how it feels. The Tao of Yiquan Jan Diepersloot series looks good.
  7. [DDJ Meaning] Chapter 16

    Have you heard of a wintry person ? Or speaking from the gut ? Or venting our spleen ? Or crazy ivan ? Letting things flow ? All these expressions refer to the underlying energetics of ordinary life. They used to be more common and more detailed than today, for instance a "liverish" person, rarely heard today and people would buy an Almanac with details of the Sun and Moon. So examples are not far away. When practicing 5 elements or tai chi, then you develop more and more sensitivity to these things, you feel the chi of a season, or a day, the nature of it, in Autumn the contracting and clean force; you sense incomplete transitions, are places were something new has to come. You sense when your work project is in its Spring, or its Winter, the phase. When you are ill, you feel which climates are painful and which nourishing, and when you buy clothes which colours you choose and why. You feel the heat and meaning of colour when you see it in the land. And so on. Which of the Taoist arts do you practice ?
  8. [DDJ Meaning] Chapter 16

    You question - can you? Yes I can, becoming sensitive is a natural result of practice.
  9. what does the transcendent desire?

    So who cares what interests you. I am interested only in understanding correctly and not being another foolish monkey destroying himself and everything else.
  10. What are you listening to?

    Just can't get enough. I believe that when we listen to music our organs (and consciousness) is being individually stimulated by the different instruments the melodious guitar > the heart, drums > subconscious animal, voice > personality. And we love music according to the music it makes inside us.
  11. A New Image of Human Life

    Recently I have been contesting every single piece of negativity that arises in my mind. Judgements, cynicism, many things, many types of negativity. And I will not let it stand, I stand up in my mind and I say :"no it's not like that, we can walk in the shoes of that person, and we can understand and we can understand and we can have compassion". And actually consciously challenge this negativity in the head. And it changes everything inside you, all that negativity is a constant poison, a constant lack of trust. Partly due to some illnesses and partly due to a feeling of surrender have I felt it necessary to try and do this. And it works, and it is right. I believe now that the idea that having negativity in your head is normal ... is incorrect. It is a wrong idea. And in society, with so many people being negative all the time, we might expect that that is ... the way to be. But perhaps it is not the way to be at all, and we can be quite different and fairly easily as long as we get rid of that picture. We are given a picture of life that is perhaps quite miserable and fearful, and full of wrong ideas and wrong habits ... that others are doing. And then we do them. Actually not because we have to but because we choose to do them to ourselves. We choose to allow negativity to roll on in the head. It is a choice based on expecting everyone to have that and do nothing. It's quite strange, as if society has forgotten that it can be pleasant .... it has forgotten to remember. Strange thing. Human society right now has got this idea to maintain negativity inside its head as normal, and this is a terrifying trap, trapping the entire species in a low frequency of consciousness where there is always much running around but never escape. This image must be burnt down and the image of the Real Man, something more regal, take its place, so that we once again can remember. Humans follow these images, many lives are wasted. Fill your eyes with images of the Real Man, and correct all negativity the moment it arises with the calm and sane voice of the conscious being.
  12. what does the transcendent desire?

    When you experience the Source it may as well be the whole world to you as nothing exists outside you, but ... it is not actually the whole world and it is important to understand that you are an individuated being who is forming a communion that is individuated from the whole, it is in fact the "real" person. Unfortunately through being a species quite low on the ladder of consciousness, many awakened people have spread ideas that they are god and they are everything ... or they never existed ... such ideas inevitably degenerate into ...."oh so there is nothing to do then" "nobody to do any meditation". Which then becomes harmful. There is certainly plenty to do and only by doing it will the magic happen.
  13. [DDJ Meaning] Chapter 16

    Believing or non-believing is only for people who are very lazy to try, or in love with their minds, or both.
  14. what does the transcendent desire?

    Veiling and unveiling is only something that humans are experiencing because they are at a crossing point between two worlds. Existence lives through its beings. So the better question is what does my transcendent desire, and how can I find my transcendent.
  15. [DDJ Meaning] Chapter 16

    Are you surprised ? Did you think all you had to do was understand some concepts in the head ? Everyone who is practicing the Taoist arts is developing these skills.