Sloppy Zhang

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  1. Daoist Internal Mastery - new Wang Liping book

    Yeah, my own practice plate is pretty full. I got the first book they put out (Ling Bao Tong Zhi Neng Nei Gong Shu) and there was some good content in there but seemed to be mostly tuned for people who already had the practices from that lineage. Still I found it interesting to compare and see what they have going on.
  2. Daoist Internal Mastery - new Wang Liping book

    Been away from the ol' bums for a while, and coming back to find there's a new Wang Liping book @thelerner have you gotten the book yet? How long did it take to print? I just put in an order myself.
  3. I looked at Jerry Alan Johnson's book on Taoist Magic a few years ago because it was a subject I was interested in. I was looking for magic specifically from a Taoist point of view, but I saw his book would reference several western magic sources for several practices. Some of the western magic sources were good and I liked them, but not really what I was looking for. Also called into question, for me at least, some of where his information was coming from. But I've never met the man or taken a formal course with him so just take that with a grain of salt.
  4. Taoist microcosmic orbit vs kundalini yoga

    Bruce Frantzis tends to say something along these lines- Energy that goes up does not necessarily come down. Energy that goes down can more easily go up. Most of the reason why people experience qigong/kindalini psychosis is because energy rises into the higher centers (mental/psychic centers) and they cannot appropriately ground this energy or integrate it properly in their system. I would STRONGLY advise that you cease the above practices and work on the download flow of energy. Get into your body, get into your feet. I don't know where you live, but at the very least find a nice patch of grass and walk around barefoot for a while at the very least. When some of this stuff (particular kundalini) kicks off, you WILL mess yourself up if you aren't ready. I have a strong suspicion that thelearner is correct in his appraisal: Most of the early feelings in peoples' practices are psychosomatic. The feel a tingling somewhere because they put their mind there. That's not bad. But as the saying goes, "mind moves the chi". So you put your mind their first and eventually the energy goes there. Whether it goes there quickly or after much practice is up to a variety of factors. But when that kicks off... it will kick off. Nothing- this is not a knock against you. I'm not sure what your level of practice and experience is. But again, if you are having issues with the downward current, I would highly suggest prioritizing that and come back to the kundalini stuff later. For a practice, i would suggest Bruce Frantzis' "Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body". That set focuses on the downward current and getting the energy body "woken up". Once you get the downward flow down, going back up should be no problem.
  5. I Ching and Lottery winnings

    Word on the street is the lottery was set up to catch time travelers and magicians. You're probably better off laying low. Find some good tech startups to invest in, make a few million off a valuation or IPO, then cash out after a couple of years for a few million before it collapses in on itself. but I'm just a nobody so don't mind me!
  6. The Human Cost of Talking Trump

    I do remember the gender wars crazy times, and also a good example of how an individual may identify with a larger group, or with an ideology. It's hard to keep them separate. If I respond to your post with "that's crazy", am I referencing your post's ideology, or am I referencing you? If I respond with "how can anyone think that?" am I being critical of the idea for being unthinkable, or am I criticizing you for believing it?
  7. The Human Cost of Talking Trump

    Personally, I remember the good ol' days when there were less boards (it's just so hard to navigate now and keep up with new posts), and less moderation. I think it was around the time that teachers and authors started to have more of a presence here that the decision was made to "clean up" the board a little bit. To me it cut down a little bit on the "crazy wisdom". But I guess we got better advertising? Or something. Then I think it was around the time of the Kunlun craze that we started to get some posts revealing some, uh, personal and behind the scenes information of some Kunlun practitioners. Appropriate for public? Probably not. Insightful for those outsiders potentially interesting in checking out the group? To me, I like to hear all the feedback before going into something, good and bad. Again, rules were updated, posts got edited, pruned, moderated out, etc. And for me... that's kind of when the board lost its magic. I can't claim to be an expert in Daoist alchemy, but you need water AND fire to make steam. We can't always just be agreeable. We can't always just post "nice things". Sometimes we NEED to post something controversial, to "stir the pot", in order to get a good discussion rolling. Trump, in that respect, makes a great conversation starter. He's that spark of fire that will really get a conversation rolling. But the parties involved need to bring their own water. And too many times it just degenerates into personal attacks as one or both parties try to bail on the argument without saving face. I've always erred on the side of less moderation. I think you need to get a little heat to make things interesting. But some people would consider such an environment hostile. And to be sure, there are some hostile, unwelcoming online environments. So venue needs to be taken into account as well.
  8. You know it's interesting Taomeow, about a year ago I stumbled across the Youtube channel of a guy named Jeff Cavaliere, he runs a site and youtube channel called Athlean X: https://www.youtube.com/user/JDCav24 He's a physical therapist and strength coach for a professional baseball team, so he works with a lot of high level athletes at a very high level. And what I found so interesting is so many of the principles and exercises that he put into his videos were just like the principles taught in Tai Chi and Qigong movements. He frequently talks about how many of the mainstream sports, exercises, and strength training taught actually build HUGE muscle imbalances, and not just with opposing large muscle groups, but on the underlying small muscle groups and other fascia. Might be worth a look. [Edit] And since specificity was a requirement, here is a video where he points out specifically, amongst others, the Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, and Teres Minor (at 3:30) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBR4N95asKo
  9. The Taoist and Chopsticks

    Is this a sticky rice? Chopsticks are fine for that kind of rice. But most fried rice I've had at most Asian places in America is downright impossible to eat with chopsticks. Use the spoon!
  10. What constitutes Taoist alchemy?

    Seeing as how Daoist practices tend to do things differently than other practices, and have their own methods of doing things in general, I would absolutely say that Daoist Alchemy has its own set of practices as unique from other "alchemy" practices. The endpoints may be comparable, but I'm sure the methods are different. As far as it being "energy stuff", I feel like it is and then again is not just "energy stuff". It most likely occurs on an extremely subtle level, so in that respect is like "energy stuff" in that it's a subtle energy practice. But on the other hand, is so much more inconceivably subtle than just "energy stuff" that it's almost beyond compare. From a practical standpoint, at least for me personally, it's barely even worth talking about since I'm so far away from being able to sense (let alone control) those types of subtle energies. Even with an instruction manual right in front of me, I wouldn't be able to actually perform the steps beyond a complex visualization practice. So yeah, that's where I'm at with that.
  11. Taoist Meditation

    I've been around here and there I check in every once in a while to see what's going on. Good to see the old faces are still around.
  12. Taoist Meditation

    Great posts as always Taomeow!!! To the original poster or anyone else interested in learning Taoist Meditation, Bruce Frantzis has a Taoist Meditation Circle online group. It's $8 a month and lasts for 16 months. It lays the foundation for building awareness, lengthening your breath, and introduces the basic energies of the internal organs. http://www.energyarts.com/taoist-meditation-circle-online-group It's a great foundation for the meditative aspect of his other practices, and if you have the extra money, his Energy Arts Training Circle programs have some more advanced meditation stuff in there. But it all starts with the basics, and it's cheaper than Netflix too
  13. Marvels Iron Fist [potential spoiler alert]

    On this subject, we just had an email go out with our 2016 numbers, including the top performers in our frontline helpdesk teams. These are world-wide team members, and are highly diversified, even in our US office, between women and minorities. 90% of the top 10 were white men. 100% of the top 10 were men. Just something interesting that I noticed. Is that its role, though, to represent modern reality? That argument may hold true in a white-dominated society, but what about in, say, certain Asian cultures where "white traits" are considered more beautiful and desirable in models/actors? Does that reflect modern reality in those countries? Race is interesting in America, and personally, I'm not sure I like the direction it is going. Before it seemed about integrating everyone of a different racial background into one cultural group, where we learned about and celebrated different cultural histories. But now people don't even like to use the term "melting pot" because it connotes a loss of cultural identity! They instead like to use the "tossed salad" metaphor (not kidding... and yeah, double entendre) where you can still pick out separate cultures. People are afraid of things like "cultural appropriation" ("Taco Tuesday is offensive and reductionist to Latin American cultures you bigot!") And if you don't fall into a certain racial divide, you are almost precluded from making any comment on it, regardless of that idea's merit ("well you aren't Asian so you aren't fit to comment on how an Asian would perceive this"). From my perspective, it seems to be causing more divisions and tribalism than it promotes unity and education. Which of course carries over to representation in media, and the ensuing discussions. Well I came in at the end so I cheated
  14. Marvels Iron Fist [potential spoiler alert]

    See, I find this argument very interesting. If you'll let me switch gears a little bit (since I've never worked in Hollywood, I don't know...) to corporate hiring. I've been on the hiring panel for many interviews in my corporate life. Within my field (IT management) we hire overwhelmingly men. It's not that we turn away women... it's that we aren't getting a lot of women resume's coming in. Additionally, it is overwhelmingly white. Not to say that we consciously hire minorities. It's that the overwhelming majority of the resumes that get submitted to our job postings are of white men. So, moving further along in the interview process, we want the best candidate for the job. Who has a technical background? Who has an education? Who has prior work experience? We use a lot of proprietary software in our line of work, so it's not like we don't train you on the job, we do. But our stuff is just so damn technical, if you don't have a technical background, you aren't going to have a very fun time (believe me... we've tried.... it's not fun for anybody). So we find a resume that has 10 years prior experience in corporate IT, military background (networking in the military), associate's degree (not bachelor's) in a technical field, pursuing classes for a four year degree, and just passed a professional IT certification. Awesome candidate. What's his name? John fucking Smith. And before you know it you have an enterprise networking team of predominantly white men. (who are all super nerdy and love having conversations about the latest Marvel shows, and also into craft beer, so we can go out and drink after. Win win.) Did we, at any point, consciously choose for or against a certain demographic? No. But blow that up, what do you get? I've happened to work with phenomenal women in the field. As well as phenomenal minorities (including myself!) I've also happened to work with incredibly terrible people of all types. In some cases they had the background we wanted, in other cases we didn't. So... I don't know what I'm saying. It's hard to say. You can't always play by numbers. We certainly have a bias. We have a bias against people we think can do the job. And ultimately, we're a business. We need people who are worth the investment (time, money, effort in training). It sucks, but that's how it is.
  15. Marvels Iron Fist [potential spoiler alert]

    The other week I went with my girlfriend to see Beauty and the Beast (which also included some diversity) and we saw the "Fight like a Girl" trailer for Transformers..... she found it incredibly cringey... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW1byMeeZNA