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  1. Elixirs

    My wife loves the flowering tea balls, jasmine and white tea. I prefer finer oolongs, still going through my supply of Baguashan oolong from Wang Family Teas. I need to find a way to slice my ginseng thinner so I don't wreck my jaw chewing, otherwise I make a tea from it.
  2. Elixirs

    Ahh, since I'm almost 51 this might be good to take for short cycles, particularly since I'm trying to strengthen some atrophied muscles. I would like to do a bit more research as well. Also, I still have a bundle of korean ginseng roots I need to steam up and slice, which may have similar effects.
  3. Elixirs

    Turkey tail mycelium (Host Defense), Chaga tea a few days a week, Vitamin D, lugol's iodine. Keeping a supply of food grade H202 for nebulizing in a saline solution if an infection comes (Dr. Robert Brownstein protocol). My look into pine pollen based on this thread, could use an anaboloic/yang push.
  4. Hey @freeform, it's inspiring to read your experiences opening the MCO! It can be deceiving when considering if it is open or not, as it takes so long for this accomplishment to manifest. When you were going through this process, did you have signs manifest like automatic breathing, contraction of pelvic floor muscles, spinal flexion/extension, or mudras? Also, in the manifestation of sweet viscous fluid, did you have stages prior where the jade fluid was lighter and not so sweet? I definitely feel the MCO going through stages of opening, but definitely not manifesting the fruits that you've achieved. I'm still trying to achieve longer sits, and it's quite painful in full lotus. I've been doing Wang Liping's basic foundation work, focusing on converting jing to qi.
  5. Interesting site, and the guy seems to have an impressive pedigree from his years with JAJ. The only thing putting me off is the 200 bucks a month fee, for one two hour class a week. It's 400 now to sign up, I guess to cover for July when they started, and it will close the end of this month to new students.
  6. Question on the dantians

    Hey freeform, if you were willing to share I'd love to hear your insights of jing/qi in the lower field transforming to dan/elixir. From things I've read, it seems the experience of jing and qi could be misconstrued as presence of an elixer, as the former can also be quite powerful. In both cases I've read experiences of heat/vibrations/light/movement can occur, so I'm curious what you would say was definitive that an elixir had been formed. Also, would you say that prior to elixir formation, qi in the lower field would automatically open MCO, belt channel, etc? Or is that an indication of elixir?
  7. Yubu to Bugang

    I would love to go to Ukiah and train bagua with you @zerostao,however the only option right now is online sadly. I ordered Lindsey's archive recordings of Yangshenggong to get a flavor of what she offers, which are excellent-she has a great presence and teaching style. I am still trying to regenerate some muscle strength from many years of metabolic myopathy syndrome, which I had resigned myself to only progress. Restarting a regimen of light yoga, along with traditional alchemy practices (WLP), has given me more energy to break through some of those limitations. I've picked up my old Yang Taichi short form and some basic circle walking during quarantine, which I've been tolerating well so far. I've been dying to learn more of the arcane bagua stepping patterns since reading about them in in the 'Lingbao Bifa Neigong Tongzhi' and 'Daoist Internal Mastery' (WLP), and hope this upcoming class can satisfy my curiosity.
  8. Yubu to Bugang

    I have a bit of a background in baguazhang, enough to basically walk in a circle and generate some qi. It's such a deep art, and haven't scratched the surface, particularly where the deep Daoist origins are concerned. Considering taking this upcoming bagua bootcamp with Lindsey Wei: Apparently this "Long Xin Zhang, Dragon Heart Palm" that Lindsey learned at the Five Immortals Temple in Wudang has intimate connection to the big dipper stars and 8 trigram arrangements. I'm debating how much this can be absorbed via Zoom instruction remotely, however Lindsey appears to be a talented martial artist with extensive personal instruction in Wudang by the abbot Li Song Feng. If anyone has any experience learning this style I would be interested in impressions, or the viability of picking some of this up remotely.
  9. Hi Walker, To add as a contrast to effi's video of shengong, the daoyin that my FFS has me do is quite specific. For example, I will sit zazen (something I've never done) and simply qigong breathe to my lower abdomen; hold both palms at various centers on my torso, and perform gentle stretches of both shoulders. The stretching is easing up crisis pain from years-long debilitating muscular disease. It's too early to tell, but I've seen improvement in flexibility and strength, and little milestones like being able to sleep in more than one position, give me hope that I can heal. If I had to guess, spontaneous qigong/practices can source from likely infinite origins--the body's innate intelligence, spirits, emptiness, the charisma of another. I have been a part of a shaktipat lineage--practicing it's sadhana for over 12 years--that also moves us by grace of Shakti awakening. Most of the movements are repetitive, however sometimes a practice will drop out of no where (asana, mudra, mantra, pranayam, etc). My guess it is intelligence of emptiness/divine, and we are told it's to purify karma for realization (can take lifetimes). The difference in XYP is it is specific to the school, with a delineated method that is shared among students. The best example for me so early on is the qigong breathing, it is exactly as it was discussed at the retreat and something I've never encountered, and right away FFS is making me do it Also, I am well beyond suggestibility (35 years of seeking and promises) I rarely get anything I expect and feared that XYP may be just 'another' spontaneous practice. I am pleased to find out that it is not.
  10. I have not done a detailed testimonial for my Xiao Yao Pai initiation in VA last week--I have a muscular disease that prohibits much of my activity (metabolic myopathy). I can say definitively that the relationship with FFS is legit; on the first day I was doing stretches and massaging of crisis pain that I've had in my shoulder for months (about 40% range of motion, extreme weakness, pain throughout day). I am improving when before I was spiraling down. Additionally, the qigong breathing described in the seminar is being automatically taught to me by FFS. It is not something I would normally attempt, as it's more martial and uses a lot of abdominal compression and holding of the breath. I feel the energy building up and coursing through my trouble areas--hand positions are placed on various energy centers, as well as automatic mudras. The largest benefit for me now is hope for improvement on a condition that no doctor I've seen can help, that I've suffered for over 15 years steadily worsening. Gratitude for effiliang and zerostao for all the info they've shared here over the years; I owe them and this site for my good fortune in finding Xiao Yao Pai!
  11. Mudras

    Hi Serene, Did you have a kundalini opening at some point? I have had spontaneous mudras for years after Shakti awakening. I think when they happen spontaneously they are a result of Shakti clearing out blockages and balancing internal energy. In our lineage it is interpreted that Shakti clears out accumulated impressions, "dust on the mirror" if you will. The impressions are converted to automatic movements, sounds, mudras, movements of prana. I wouldn't get too caught up with labels, but I know it's fun. Whatever your mudras mean, you look fantastic doing them! Cheers, Gordon
  12. Chaos Magic

    Probably referring to Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth (TOPY), which was a following to the band "Psychic TV"...chaos/Crowleyan magick inspired. I met some of those cats in my days in the OTO. The stuff they were into was a bit extreme for my tastes, made normal Thelemites seem conservative.
  13. OBEs, Vibrations, Lucid Dreaming

    I've had a number of these kinds of experiences...more of them this year. The vibes are very common, but getting away from your physical body is another issue. I've had the vibes (sleep paralysis) many more times than I've gone OBE. And they are like lucid dreams, except there is no break in awareness from "being" back in the body--real time, then shifing outside the confines of the body. I've also gone from lucid dream--to my body(vibes)--and out. I originally thought of it as a projection inside my deeper relative awareness. I like the concept of consciousness occupying ALL instead of "going" OBE, you are just changing "focus". This was Robert Monroe's conclusion in his later years. Here's a link from an interesting fellow that was a long time contributor on the astral pulse forums, explaining the "focus" model of consciousness: Phasing Awareness Satyalok
  14. MT

    Nice Aphex Twin track: Avril 14
  15. MT

    The Mediaeval Baebes are coming back to Maryland again for the rennfest! Every time I see them, their music sends me into exhalted states. Katherine Blake's voice is hypnotic.