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  1. This is an amazing paper, thank you so much for sharing this 🙏 I’d also like to thank everyone else who took the time to respond. It seems I have a lot to learn. I will stick with my current teacher for now. I am enjoying the motivation he instills. @Taomeow coffee and chat? Haha, you seem to know your stuff. I’m finding lacking the experimental factor of this internal system limiting to my understanding of its relationships. Hopefully in time. Cheers, E. S. A.
  2. Want to learn more about hinduism

    Don’t mind him. There’s a common view of the church being a vampiric power-obsesses organization. I’m glad you have found your way here. You will find some great sections related to these topics. May I ask, are you interested in more of the practiced work or the theology/metaphysics involved? I don’t know much of Daoism but I have studied many of the sutras and may be able to point you in the right direction. Cheers, E. S. A. The Wanderer
  3. My first post

    “A baby is born without an understanding of the meaning, or lack thereof, in the world, and yet it is born equipped with the desire to play in various games. The baby is quite happy being fully engaged in a game without feeling the need to question whether there is inherent meaning, or not, in the task. [You have stopped playing]. Perhaps [your] either taking life far too seriously, or are consumed by a search for the ultimate truth or belief system to explain the complexity of life in its entirety, whereas you may be better off taking a break from the bigger questions of life, and simply engaging in more playful activities. This is not to say that the bigger and deeper questions of life are unimportant, rather, a healthy and fulfilling life is better achieved through balance, and in this case balancing the serious and heavy subjects with a more lighthearted and playful approach to life” Nihilism is a tough beast but I would argue in practice it’s very broken. It would seem that we have an innate biological process for meaning. Whether we realize it or not. Cheers, E. S. A. The Wanderer
  4. My way or the high way

    I own the highway. Cheers ✌️ E. S. A.
  5. Searching for my way

    It’s not a silly question at all. More than happy to elaborate. From my personal experience, in energy systems, we begin to use our minds as tools to develop and effect our practice. We want to begin to learn to control the mind and not let it race. To teach it to have more powerful visualization as well as clear focus at whatever task is at hand. Just like any skill or muscle it can also be trained. I think the most fundamental sense of meditation is learning to quiet that background noise. You can’t begin to genuinely focus on a particular practice or technique of you can’t even quiet your mind and actually focus on that task. Personally, I have found the best method for beginning this mental control to be a simple Zen meditation. I feel at a basic level it does not influence the energy system much so you don’t have to worry about adverse effects. It will act as an introductory chi cultivation method as well (ID HIGHLY SUGGEST AGAINST VIEWING IT AS SUCH THOUGH, focus on control, not power). Sit relaxed whatever that is for you. In a chair, laying down, half lotus, etc... begin to take some deep breaths and loosen all the muscles in your body. Working around your face down your chest to your toes. Let your breathing try to slow to a natural rhythm. You want to aim as if you are breathing like you aren’t thinking about it. When you are ready to start, with each breath count up. You can start simply saying the number in your head. But if you want to get into visualization practice I would try and picture the number (as well as say it in your head if you wish). Continue this till you hit 10. Start over. You will often not make it close to 10. Wandering off in thought. That’s okay 👌 Just start back at one when you realize and keep going. You will get better and better until that background noise is no longer a problem. Again, my expertise is not in this area and there are likely people better suited to answer your question. But this is my view 😎 Feel free to send me a PM. Cheers, E. S. A. The Wanderer
  6. Searching for my way

    Hey Ashbell, welcome 🙏 I am in a similar circumstance to you. Over the years I have worked with many systems, looking for that “path”. In terms of QiGong systems I don’t know a whole lot. However, from everything I’ve heard people say it is more important to attempt to establish a strong foundation than get caught up in the complexities of one system or another. It would seem just as important to do what you can to set your every day life in order, not just every day practice. So things like sleeping ,eating and life habits should be paramount to ones system as it will cascade downwards and effect the results of your training. My teacher says that in China, devout students of TaiJiQuan would train a single posture or movement for potentially months. Only then moving on to another posture or movement. He listed roughly 10 fundamental stances/moves if I remember correctly. These were designed to teach the connecting ideas of the routine and how energy in the system moves at a basic level. Before going in to full routines. My teacher says that the only reason they teach routines now in the beginning is to satiate the short-term oriented western minds. Students would get bored and give up if he had them doing the same thing for months. But he strongly believes single postures before routines it is a much faster way to true Kung Fu. As far as meditation itself goes I think you can think of it very similarly. There are lots of complex systems. Different visualizations, breathing techniques, mantras, physical positions, tension flow, etc... but we want a strong fundamental first. I think it’s important to just take 5-10 min a day when you start and just do a basic meditation. Nothing fancy. Just sit and breath, try to relax, breath naturally calmly, don’t worry about your thoughts. Begin to count on each breath and visualize the counting. This is really as fundamental as it gets. Basic breathing, basic visualizing, no pressure. Then, once you feel yourself actually getting in that meditative state, go and learn a more advanced technique and get absorbed in a system. Cheers, E. S. A. The Wanderer
  7. I appreciate the responses you have all taken the time to give. Due to the current situation, going and checking out different schools is not an option. I was lucky enough to stumble upon a teacher a year or two ago. But only recently have I reached out to seriously attempt to study TaiJiQuan. It would seem to leave me feeling significantly more “fulfilled” than I have had with “western magick”. Here is the information on my teacher. Maybe you can relay to me whether I have made a good choice. From my personal experience he is a very humble man, has a certain aura about him you can feel, almost relaxing, but opening at the same time. Seems to be very focused on long-term slow individual development but while still entertaining people to keep their interest. https://tntkungfu.com/instructors/team/ http://taichiology.com/?page_id=278 Above are the links to his Martial Arts school and Publishing business. I would love to hear your opinions. Cheers, E. S. A.
  8. qi cultivation and body refining

    Hey Pramod! Welcome aboard. I’m new here as well and experiencing a similar struggle, but from a different angle. After the bit of research I have done on different systems of techniques I’ve found when you actually sit a master down and listen to the traditional training regiment it’s very fundamental. My teacher talks about how traditionally in Chen’s family Tai Ji Quan they would spend a period of roughly 6 months practicing roughly 10 fundamental stances and movements. These stances and movements teach the basics of proper twisting, spiral rotations on different planes, distribution of tension and relaxation as well as the timing of leading or lagging/ following or antithesizing movements. Etc. Then when the routines begin to be taught you can better navigate through them. I will send you a PM with these practices and the basic simplified Chen’s form. Unfortunately I do not have much personal knowledge of other forms of cultivation such as orbit practice, etc... It is my personal view that I would like to be sound of body and sound of mind before I begin to construct the temple of the spirit. And to be frank I have been rather lazy with my diet and exercise. So I am leaving that stuff and sticking with good diet, exercise, Tai Ji Quan and meditation. Another great book I can recommend is titled “The Root of Chinese Qi Gong” I’ll send you a PDF copy as well when I get home. Hopefully some more experienced members may chime in with the various cultivation systems to look into. Cheers, E. S. A. The Wanderer
  9. I tried my hand at finding more but was fairly unsuccessful. There is this YouTube video that shows a “Sword Finger QiGong”. Whether it is related or not you would likely be able to tell. The YouTube channel also seems to have other videos on the subject. Here is a YouTube playlist that includes an interview with the Master. Also this FaceBook video I found tucked away. Nothing specifically SFQG8F. Let me know if you find out more. Super interested 👌 Cheers, E. S. A. The Wanderer
  10. Thank you for the response. Hopefully it doesn’t turn into a wushu flame war 🔥 I very much appreciate the conveyed experience and anyone else with some experience willing to chip in. As I have no personal experience actually practicing Yang style, only reading of it. It would be nice to read various experiences.
  11. Wow, great forum

    Oh geeez haha. I saw Daniels post yesterday and just assumed. Totally my bad. I will be more diligent in the future 😂 glad to see you have become technologically awakened. Lol. Cheers.
  12. Wow, great forum

    Welcome Manitou 🙏 This website is a message board. There are many sections that are specific to certain types of discussion. Within each section people create a “thread” with a title. And then people respond to these threads. For instance, you created a thread called “wow, great forum” in the “Welcome” section and all of these replies are specific to this thread you created. You do not have to quote to reply. You can simply scroll to the very bottom of any thread and there will be a reply option. This will allow you to type a response and hit submit reply. There are many options in this reply box for stylization, links, etc... Sometimes you will want to quote someone which is what the “quote reply” function is for. You can go in and erase parts of the quote if you are only referencing a short section. Obviously don’t alter the quote. If you want to speak completely privately you can click on a users profile and send them a “Private Message” or PM. Hope this may assist your technological challenges. Feel free to send me a PM if you need. Cheers, E. S. A. The Wanderer
  13. Dear fellow Dao Bums, I have recently begun studying Chen’s style Tai chi after much research on different styles. It would seem to my personal views (which are limited to mostly Western/Hindu systems) that Chen’s style is the oldest and closely related to the original principles of TaiJiQuan. It encompasses movements of hard and soft. Tension and relaxation. Fast and slow. Unifying the polarities into a whole system. Chen’s style also has a great depth to the movement of chi and its movements. From what I have seen of Yang style it seems to only be soft slow movements. Now that being said, I have seen a few people express concern on any tension at all. I was hoping some practitioners of different styles could weigh in with their personal experience and start a conversation on the differences between the styles and the beliefs surrounding them. Cheers, E. S. A. The Wanderer
  14. Experience with tcm - Not qi gong

    While this is all very new to me it is my understanding QiGong isn’t quite as simple as just starting a routine. It’s more of a wholistic system. A lot of preparatory work is done to set a strong foundation for both the mind and the body. Just like proper TaiChi would never have you learning a routine until at least 6 months of movement/meditation prep.. I would suggest reading the book The Root of Chinese Qigong: Secrets of Health, available on Scribd. If you don’t have an account I will happily send you the PDF, just PM me. Cheers, E. S. A. The Wanderer
  15. Chi generator to store chi

    I was under the impression they proved external Qi. In fact from great distances. There is a document in the CIA archives I saved that went over all the studies done by the Chinese government or something along those lines. Read chapter 3 from the official CIA library. CIA-RDP96-00792R000300430003-5 If you don’t feel comfortable going to the link, PM me and I will happily send you the PDF.