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  1. body /arms movements

    Really interesting. I wonder how much this applies to all age groups. So it's both, right? The teacher teaches and, if necessary, corrects. And the student has to put the work in on their own to progress.
  2. body /arms movements

    I’d recommend finding a real life teacher who understands tai chi qualities and can give you corrections. In my experience, of the 3 big internals (along with xingyi and bagua), tai chi is the hardest to get right. ’Course, that doesn’t stop millions of people enjoying themselves getting it wrong…
  3. body /arms movements

    The movement should start from the centre surely?
  4. What exactly is neidan/internal alchemy?

    Yeah, I was more referring to the full consciousness of that, but it's not a fully-formed thought
  5. What exactly is neidan/internal alchemy?

    Just reacting to stuff in real time and thinking out loud: If we could attain full consciousness that there is nothing special about us – that we are in fact exactly the same as any other being or object – in that we are all ephemeral manifestations of a fundamental energy which can never disappear, but which is instead continually transmuting into something different, would that not in itself be a form of immortality?
  6. What exactly is neidan/internal alchemy?

    So true. And it's only when you finally manage to let go of that discipline and rigour – and just relax into it – that you integrate what the practice has accomplished. Word
  7. Looking for guidance

    I believe that qi also translates into English as "breath" or "air". If anxiety is one of your concerns, I wouldn't underestimate the positive benefits of basic breathing exercises. I'd also recommend starting out with a real-life teacher. Good luck!
  8. Looking for guidance

    I'm not here to diss people. And I can only speak from my own experience. Just be aware that there are people whose business is separating the gullible from their money, just as there are sharks in the ocean. If you're comfortably off with a big disposable income, check it all out and see what works for you. If you're not, and you have people who depend on you, I'd recommend thinking long and hard about who most deserves to see the fruit of your labour.
  9. Looking for guidance

    Buyer beware. The cost/benefits don’t add up for at least one on that list. I speak from experience.
  10. sitting practice

    Basic cross-legged would do me fine right now, let alone full lotus Well, longer sits are definitely part of the equation. But even sitting on a chair, I find that around the two-hour mark pain/discomfort always becomes an issue. Not the postural back pain I had at the beginning, just the sheer pressure of the body on the sit bones. My longer sits do tend to involve the observation of pain at some point...
  11. sitting practice

    Yep, me too...
  12. What exactly is neidan/internal alchemy?

    Interesting. What about the Baopuzi? Circa 317, no?
  13. What exactly is neidan/internal alchemy?

    Yep, fear of disappearance. The mind identifying with the incarnation. I finally got around to watching that Guru Viking interview with Damo Mitchell. Is what you say here in line with his "hacking" take on alchemy? That the power is necessary to drive a process of transformation that is ultimately spiritual in nature? I find being attentive to the crap thrown up by the mind to distract you during meditation quite helpful in this respect.
  14. What exactly is neidan/internal alchemy?

    It feels like you're talking about aspects of attachment/non-attachment. Acceptance of change without needing to take it personally. Not attaching to new desires made possible by change. Yeah, I guess my question really is: what is that power for? On a more trivial level, it reminds me of how I lost interest in the martial arts. It started to feel like everyone was seeking mastery either as an antidote to fear and insecurity, or for the power that mastery would confer, or some combination of the two. You know, I see these videos of qi emissions (real? fake?), and it's just like: what's the point?
  15. What exactly is neidan/internal alchemy?

    Could I ask what it is that you found so inspiring?