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  1. Yi Jin Jing

    Yi Jin Jing principles are everywhere in the internal arts... it’s what makes these arts internal... The real stuff is all rather secretive. It’s also very powerful and can be dangerous. It’s not in any book or video (at least not fully). By ‘real stuff’ I mean taking things beyond just activating the Jing Jin - but building the (physical) Dantien... generating huge quantities of yang Qi and yin Qi and ‘filling’ the body... this eventually moves into the marrow changing work and alchemy... Robert Peng’s (yang Qi) skill is all based on the Yi Jin Jing - but from what I could see he doesn’t actually teach the real stuff.
  2. Qigong or taichi?

    Taiji is much more fun. Qi Gong has more scope for spiritual development. But the biggest deciding factor should be your access to a good teacher...
  3. Experienced views on Wim Hof method

    Yeah - that kind of hair loss is linked with kidney deficiency... also sore knees, lower back issues, graying hair etc... I’d say that if anyone is really set on carrying on with the practice, just bear this in mind... and maybe nourish blood and kidneys as much as possible...
  4. Tantra...

    Happy to discuss over PM if you’d like. But I’ll be going on retreat for a month starting tomorrow evening - so you’ll have to be quick
  5. Tantra...

    You mean what lineage? My main influence is from Quanzhen Daoism (Mostly Longmen branch) but also some training from the Shanqing line, Thai Forest Tradition Buddhism and a Burmese Theravada line.
  6. Experienced views on Wim Hof method

    It’s basically a method of quickly tapping the energy reserves of your kidneys to strengthen your Wei Qi... the concern is that you’ll deplete your kidneys - the damages of which will show up in later life. Some constitutions can handle it for longer than others. Sounds like it’s great for mental toughness though.
  7. Tantra...

    What’s ruschen? There are many Daoist (and non Daoist) systems that use this process (known as Zifa gong - sometimes as ‘spontaneous movement’)... it’s similar to Kriya I believe?
  8. Tantra...

    The Daoist training I’ve been through emphasises not delving into emotions at the level of emotions. To get here one must have achieved the skill of sinking the mind and sinking the Qi. (Takes a while!) Once these qualities are present, it’s pretty simple - you have no idea what it is that you’re releasing... you’d for example sense a constricted pattern of Qi literally travel through your body and come out of your extremities... sometimes it’s the pattern of trauma, sometimes it’s a pathogen, sometimes it’s something physical - like one practitioner whose fillings started popping out during this phase of training - another had a piece of shrapnel pop out of his leg... The key in my particular training has always been 1) not focusing on a specific trauma and 2) not trying to remember, analyse, re-experience or work with it in any conscious way. Just do the training and things dislodge and leave the system. What this can sometimes look like during training is like an emotional release - you’ll see people laughing or crying or roaring - but if they’re asked what’s happening or what they’re crying about, they’ll have no idea - there won’t be any conscious perceptions of emotions - just the expression... of course this is generally only in the early part of the training... later it’s a lot more subtle - like the constricted pattern leaving example above.
  9. Tantra...

    I think saying that in Tantric practices you ‘work with negative emotion’ is confusing things... You don’t work with the emotions, you work with the ‘substance’ underlying the emotion - which is Qi. On the level of Qi there is no emotionality - there’s just Qi - it’s sort of mechanical. The aim is equanimity - not indulging in emotionality... but also not trying to ignore emotionality... and dealing with it (and many other mental qualities and aspects of consciousness) on the ‘level’ of Qi. So for example in Daoist practice (which is also a Tantric path) what you experience as sadness has an energetic/Qi counterpart... when instead of focusing on the sadness, you engage at the level of Qi, you just experience a movement inwards - a sort of contraction/drawing in. In this way you don’t ignore what’s clearly taking place, but you don’t indulge in experiencing emotionality...
  10. Who is Loneman Pai?

    Im not talking about convection - I’m talking about Qi. Your conduct suggests that you never actually left middle school. At least now I know who not to engage in conversation again
  11. Who is Loneman Pai?

    But you haven’t addressed the fact that it’s a process that has characteristics of a substance in certain conditions... People get very flummoxed by paradox but that’s the nature of Daoist arts - constant paradox. We’re told that the Dao cannot be spoken about but then presented with 81 chapters on Dao... We’re told not to be drawn into ‘bookish bedevilment’ but then presented with countless classics and commentaries... We’re told that we must take no action, but then heavily trained using difficult and strenuous activity... So it’s a surprise to me that the paradox of Qi being purely a process and a substance at the same time is so unbelievable to some...
  12. Who is Loneman Pai?

    I see stagnation has set in and the autopilot is taking over...
  13. Who is Loneman Pai?

    Yes - kind of. Although I'd call it density. It behaves as a substance - not IS a substance. Being precise here matters. But you're right that it has substance like qualities... Yin Qi has magnetic qualities (but isn't magnetism) and Yang Qi has electric qualities (but isn't electricity). Sounds to me like Vonkrankenhaus hasn't come across any real practitioners of Qi emission - but this stuff exists and is no big deal once you get into certain circles. Also lots and lots of fraudsters too.
  14. Any particular metaphor you use for chi?

    I so just wanted to leave it at 'change-information in action' But that's unfair. Qi is already change-information in action - nothing drives it - although it is borne of Dao, yes. Qi is influenced by conditions or qualities... For example, let's take Ride's post: Trauma in the body - on the level of Qi - has the quality of stagnation... it's constricted and immobile - this information of stuckness is physically manifested as tightness in the tissues and muscles of particular areas of the body... on the level of consciousness, it will appear as a psychological trait that cannot be easily let go of. If you affect actual change on the level of consciousness like Ride managed to, then the qi will flow and the tissues will release. In the Daoist arts, making the change on the level of consciousness is considered risky, because it's very easy to 'reattach' to the trauma in a slightly different way, causing the qi to constrict again... If you affect change on the level of Qi then you won't even know you're letting go of a trauma - you'll just have a release (and usually a small spontaneous movement) and qi will flow and both the physical and consciousness aspects will be let go of without even realising.
  15. Any particular metaphor you use for chi?

    Yes. But not just the body - everything. Qi is the information behind change or transformation - whether in your body or in the environment. Everything is changing...