dwai

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  1. Taoist/Buddhist Book Promotion

    Looks like you used condensing breathing to convert jing to Qi and then Qi to Shen? IIRC you were following Waysun Liao’s/Temple Style Taiji method of CB at one point. How much did that help? What you’re describing is more or less how “Temple style Daogong” works (the breath work specifically, including CB and Spine breathing/condensing)…
  2. @silent thunder seems to me that, only once the "fear" of death has evaporated, is when we can truly begin to enjoy life. Otherwise, it is a struggle for survival and our obsession with the fight to "stay alive". This manifests in the form of basic survival instincts, but also in the form of developing and working on "immortality projects" -- sometimes literal, but usually in the form of an unquenchable thirst for wealth, happiness, love, legacy, and so on. Thanks for sharing my friend. Best, Dwai
  3. Books about spiritual masters

    https://www.amazon.com/Apprenticed-Himalayan-Master-Yogis-Autobiography/dp/8191009609 https://www.amazon.com/Living-Himalayan-Masters-Swami-Rama/dp/0893891568/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Swami+Rama&qid=1631570271&s=books&sr=1-2 https://www.amazon.com/Sadhguru-Mystic-Vision-Beyond-Paperback/dp/B00RWSRTXO/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=Sadhguru&qid=1631570300&s=books&sr=1-7
  4. I was trying to find an amazing video that goes from microscopic to macroscopic scale which illustrates how simple patterns transform into complex systems. I’ll post when I find it. For now, here’s an interesting one —
  5. Was on a walk today and noticed the leaves turning yellow as fall sets in. I closely inspected a leaf and noticed that the green in the leaf was gradually shrinking in a fractal pattern much the same as a plant grows in fractal patterns (branching fractal). Energy expands/moves in a spiral pattern (also a fractal pattern). It dawned on me that the “dying” of the leaves, which is a recession of energy/life itself, follows a reverse pattern of “coming alive”. This triggered a memory of conversations that have happened here about simplicity and complexity. Some (most) people view life, energy, nature and awareness as complex. I (and most nondualists) consider awareness to be the most simple, most rudimentary “building block” (some call it existence itself). When this expands, and since awareness in motion is energy or life force, it does so in spiral patterns. When this expands at a large enough scale, it takes on the appearance of complexity (much like the plant, or even a leaf). Is it plausible that what is considered life, is merely an expanding fractal of awareness/energy? Similarly, is what is considered death, merely a reversal of said expansion? Kind of like inhalation and exhalation go together. You can’t have one without the other — yang and yin, or yin and yang or simultaneously yin-yang, depending on what perspective one considers the process from. The outgoing breath can be considered as death, or it could be considered as making room for incoming breath, hence life. Or could it be considered both life and death at once — life-death, like yin-yang?
  6. moderator note - Old3Bob has made disrespectful comments against another member on this thread and therefore is restricted from posting on the forum for a set period of time.
  7. The TM rabbit hole

    Some mantras, I found make it so, that there is progressively greater pauses of stillness as we repeat them. Some others are not quite so, and require active focus. In the Hindu/Vedic mantras, those with lower number of syllables tend to be in the former category. Those with more syllables seem to be in the latter category. unrelated to TM, but a general rule of practice in the Hindu tradition is what is called a “purascharana”. One purascharana is 100,000 x number of syllables in the mantra. Depending on one’s karma, the benefits of a mantra can be attained by performing one or more such cycles. For some it can happen with a lower count, if they’ve done part of the work in a previous lifetime.
  8. The TM rabbit hole

    And (as most probably already know this) — there is a sensation of “falling in”, like if you suddenly lost the ground you stand on, only the mind goes deeper into stillness (like from the turbulent ocean surface going deeper and deeper). We have to be watchful or else the “surprise” of this “falling in” sensation can jerk us out of meditation. But with time this becomes a welcome process.
  9. Wuji Posture

    Thats' the way to start the inner work. Sinking the qi is step 1 IMHO, this Nei Dan/Neigong distinction is a false dichotomy and a recent development. The main teacher of my system never distinguishes between Neigong and Neidan, and yet, most of what he teaches as Daogong would be considered Neidan practices.
  10. Wuji Posture

    What is so hard to understand. There are both the ingredients and the "cooked" stuff. All refinement is based on the level of clarity/purity in our minds, and the ability of the mind to consolidate (as opposed to scattered by thoughts/emotions/feelings). Once the mind is consolidated, "qi" consolidates. Once qi consolidates, it can be directed to be stored in the dantien. Where is the need to over-complicate and make it sound like it is harder than it is (being able to consolidate the mind is a lifelong endeavor for most of us)? Stand, release and let the qi sink to the dantien. As the mind consolidates, the qi will consolidate and condense in the stomach area to the size of a golf ball. There's more to it, but mostly it will result in great outcries of disbelief and outrage if I share that info here openly In any case, it's best to not confuse the heck out of Dev -- he should pick a path and stick with it until he experiences the fruits of that path.
  11. Wuji Posture

    Agreed. I don't particularly subscribe to that view that the dan needs to be created. I've been told by my teachers, and my own experience also tells me that this is already present. How it's been explained to me is as follows "Think of the Dantien as an oven where you have a small fire going. The teacher will turn that into a big(ger) fire, which then you have to tend to and maintain/grow as you continue to practice". One can even grow this "fire" on their own, but it will take longer than if the teacher provided an accelerant. There are many strong opinions here that articulate that point of view.
  12. Wuji Posture

    better to learn to release and sink the Qi first. The stretching will come on its own when the Qi starts to radiate out from the dantien (imho). Beginners don’t really know how to be subtle with their bodies (unless they’re really gifted or physically very weak). Good, but there are many proponents of “the dantien needs to be created” too
  13. Wuji Posture

    There’s a lot of mythology around “stretching” and the “drumskin” concept. If you’re referring to the taiji classic - it has less to do with the physical body and more to do with Qi itself, and the surface tension of the energy field (like the surface tension of an inflated ball). Is that what you were referring to? Yes stretching is important, but it is not a physical/muscular stretching as I know it. It happens as a result of qi. Beginners can’t really achieve that kind of stretch — so it’s better to learn to release and learn to sink the Qi to the dantien (and no, dantien doesn’t need to be created - only identified via proper posture and relaxed focus of the mind).
  14. Wuji Posture

    One last piece of friendly advise, and then I’ll leave you in the good hands of the residents experts here… The reason why it’s suggested to lean forward slightly with the upper torso is because we tend to think we’re standing perfectly straight but end up leaning backward — this is especially true if you can’t suspend the crown and the martial crown is not raised up (which why we tuck the chin in slightly). The slight leaning forward also activates the Kua. These things take a bit of playing around with to find the correct combination — which will vary from person to person. Main thing is to relax the mind — if you’re constantly fretting over how your posture is, your qi will not sink. Just stand and let your mind rest in the lower abdomen area. If your posture is incorrect, your mind will move to where there is discomfort. The mind is blocked when it’s occupied. When it is unoccupied (with thoughts), it is unblocked. Without unblocking your mind, you can’t make progress in the internal arts.
  15. Wuji Posture

    @Dev if you’re interested in what I have to say, feel free to PM me. Obviously it’s not a good idea to have too many cooks/recipes.