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  1. YES, I've made this argument many times before...but falling mostly upon deaf ears here. Colonized (left-brained) Daoism has been reduced to a left-brain, beta state, mental exercise...instead of the original, holistic Daoism. This is well-known in Chinese internal health culture. But New Age Westerners don't want to hear it because then it often requires long, grueling discipline, facing and fixing your own sh*t FOR REALZ, and very delayed gratification. And that doesn't fit neatly into fun weekend workshops! (Not that I am saying this is absolute, and there are always exceptions to the bell curve. But generally speaking, it is something to consider - as your study indicates.)
  2. Super enzyme Serrapeptase and Lower dantian

    ^ Interesting. What brands did you take, what was your dosage, and for how long? And how did your eyesight improve, exactly?
  3. Nature v. People

    Well, it's interesting how the world is an expression of our mass consciousness and the Devil is buried in its details... Now, ancient aboriginal societies revered Nature, and their artwork (petroglyphs, tattoos, etc) commonly depicted wildlife accurately, shamans often dressed as animals, and they were often viewed as spirit totems. Essentially, they wanted to be more like animals and Nature... Whereas "colonialist Christian" civilization clearly views humanity as superior to Nature, and so its pop cult depictions of wildlife are often anthropomorphized like Disney, instead. Basically, animals can't simply be appreciated as-is, but must be "civilized" and humanized in order to be. And so animals must be made more human, not the other way around...
  4. 2 theories about this one (injuries from a challenge and/or obesity):
  5. Robert Peng

    Interesting, I heard a very similar story about Lum DaiYong, a Maoshan Daoist Grandmaster who had started the Gee Yung school in Honolulu. He had once supposedly transferred a boy's (Andrew Lum's?) spirit to a tree - so that when someone chopped the boy's hand, branches from that tree fell off instead! His student, Andrew Lum, was Max "Kunlun" Christensen's teacher, btw... I'm a bit skeptical about his story in general, though - as it seems rather archetypically mythological and fanciful. I mean, progressing to standing in horse stance trance for 4 hours...after just 3 weeks??? I'd like to see it to believe it?
  6. Following the Tao and flexibility

    ^^ Yea, as I said, none of all that obscure theory will really make any sense until AFTER you've stumbled upon some personal experience of it. These old treasure maps are usually more useful in looking back, than moving forward to. As only then in hindsight, will they understandably corroborate what you've actually experienced. But as road maps moving forward...they suck! For example, even if you intellectually knew "which came first"...or how you were supposed to both "fuse" Yin & Yang...yet somehow become "pure true Yang"...you'd still be at a loss at how to put that into any real practice. As it's one thing to casually talk about jing/qi/she & Yin vs Yang...but a WHOLE 'NOTHER MATTER/LEVEL to be able to actually experience, feel, distinguish, and cultivate them as "real" phenomena!
  7. Following the Tao and flexibility

    Well, it is often referred to as jing/yang qi/xiantian qi/true yang...the loss of which causes the degeneration associated with "aging." But, this is all quite metaphorical, abstract theory - that is effectively indecipherable and unusable in concrete practice. Somehow, one must be graced with personal experience to understand what these terms were actually referring to... So, if anyone figures this sh*t out...please let us know!
  8. Following the Tao and flexibility

    Well, it's not just that - but about the archetypal desire to return to the "uncorrupted purity" and youthful energy (xiantian jing/yuan qi) of our "xiantian" source... Like, compare the natural flexibility and raw ENERGY level of a healthy baby...vs a stiff, white-haired senior, burdened with calcified toxins. Ever notice how kids run, and never walk? While adults walk, and rarely run? And, all that young energy level doesn't just manifest in activity, either...but also in immense, developmental and regenerative growth. Fetuses grow in water...and are born composed of about 78% water. Which then drops to 60% by adulthood. I mean, after reaching adulthood, we are all basically slowly dehydrating, fossilizing, and decomposing...lol. And, you can also extend this observation to all of life. Like, look at a young sprout bursting out of its seed and up through the soil. It is very soft and flexible, yet bursting with the same, fresh, newborn energy! So, this was the type of energy and state of life that the Daoists sought to recapture in their cross-cultural search for ming/xiantian jing/"immortality." Remember, no one ever searched for the "fountain of old age," lol! No, they always searched for the "fountain of youth"...not the "drain of old age." And, the Daoists sought to combine both the "fountain of youth" with the "sagacity of old age"...
  9. Yes, that's it! Remember, before language and civilization, aborigines were mostly quiet out in Nature most of the time - intently listening for both prey and predator... Whereas WIRED synths now might only randomly do that once in a blue moon...if ever in their entire lifetimes, lol...
  10. Another perspective claiming that the chakra model is quite arbitrary...while the dantian model is more naturally inherent:
  11. Grief; Coping with the death of a spouse

    Found an interesting distinction between sadness, grief, and sorrow (The Wounded Heart, p 224)... Basically, sadness is disappointment from a mild loss that essentially can be replaced (like a missed event). Grief is severe sadness over a severe loss that is irreplaceable (like a death). And sorrow is being sorry for the hurt one's caused others.
  12. Grief; Coping with the death of a spouse

    No idea how helpful this is?
  13. Financial tips for the bums

    True, that level's description is a false equivalence with 3 things that are ultimately independent of each other... Being post-money certainly guarantees neither purpose or happiness, and not that a purpose is even needed for happiness? But being post-money does relieve a lot of stress and frees up a lot of time. Which could then allow one to devote more time/money to purposes that pay little or even cost money instead (like caretaking family or the environment, for example) and/or the proverbial search for "happiness," etc.
  14. The dantian model seems to be more universal, while the chakras seem to be more arbitrary. I do think they are nonetheless quite useful, but I'm not sure how "concrete" discrete chakras really are? Perhaps the spine could rather be some sort of a "rainbow spectrum" that various chakra models simply approximate?