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  1. Taiji fights

    I'm having some trouble finding a partner for the two person Taiji exercises in Damo's academy, because despite there being a lot of interest in Taiji in my town for its size, no one wants to believe that some white guy whose form doesn't look like what they were taught could possibly know more than their teacher from China in silk pajamas and kung fu slippers who graduated from a prestigious physical education university in Beijing etc etc. Doesn't help that Damo (and Adam Mizner's) demos of fajin, especially an jin, look impossible and therefore fake, especially to someone who has never seen any fa jin at all. All that to say, thanks for the lead on someone Chinese doing demos on high level external arts people, maybe that will have more of an impact on people I show it to. Or maybe not.
  2. BUDDHA AMITABHA

    Thanks for reminding me about Arya Kurukulla.
  3. A message to the moderators

    There are many tangents in this thread, and this one I find particularly interesting. I suspect thelerner's observation about book stores closing is a part of a larger trend of small local bookstores struggling against online behemoths, rather than a decrease in interest in "New Age" thinking. As far as I can figure it, every culture has their own folk religion, that gives people with no interest in difficult vows or practices geared toward otherworldly "enlightenment" a way to feel a connection to the spiritual world, both as a way to feel one has special knowledge, and to make this connection practical for their daily life. What typically gets lumped together as New Age is a major folk tradition of the Western world. It is the descendent of 19th century New Thought, Theosophy, and Spiritualism, and the use of Eastern motifs outside of their original context and meaning.
  4. As far as I can tell, there are degrees of "simplified for mass consumption." I imagine Peng's version has more power than the standardized PRC stuff, even if it's not the full indoor teaching.
  5. They also just added some lessons with his wife on mobility, stretching, body weight exercises, animal walks - highly recommended.
  6. Question about Spiritual Cultivation, Internal Alchemy

    If you are seriously interested in following a path all the way to light body, there is really no getting around long retreats and hard work doing practices that don't seem glamorous to you. For instance, there are Tibetan Lamas (Westerners for that matter) who teach basic Dzogchen-inspired meditations designed for Westerners, but you will never get rainbow body that way - for that there is no getting around an isolated retreat where you do ngondro, creation, completion, rushan, and treckchod in that order all day every day for a long time before getting to thogal. And that's just to get to thogal, after that you would have to do more retreats, and support for such retreats in the West is limited, so really going to Asia shouldn't be ruled out. But there are real Lamas with online programs that could serve as an entry point. As for Daoism, if you've read White Moon you know the higher levels of Daoism are no different. I've never read any Mo Pai books, but they would have to be much better than their reputation leads me to believe they are to still seem interesting after reading Damo's books. But then again Damo doesn't advertise himself as someone who can teach you to light things on fire with qi... I guess it's a question of, of all the powers or phenomena you could chase, are you really interested in spiritual cultivation, which is to let go of the self, above all?
  7. Kundalini discovery

    Hi Bindi, Don't know if you've come across this but I thought you might be interested:
  8. Entity attached somehow

    I wouldn't come down quite as hard on VF as virtue, and I think VF's line of inquiry is legitimate, BUT this last bit "then really what else is he considering" could be construed as an implication of wrongdoing, that he isn't really considering what he ought to to be saying what he says, that the things he does consider are not the right things or are illegitimate somehow. This is quite unfair to someone with Eric's level of talent and experience - no one should expect him to be omniscient. I'll also say that I once became very upset when a talented clairvoyant I worked with seemed to be missing important details when I had known them to be so accurate that I forgot they weren't infallible.
  9. That sounds really frustrating oglights. I was also really taken by Frantzis' material when I first found it, and wanted to use it to heal anxiety and depression and was inspired by Jane Alexander's story. Now years later I have my likes and dislikes about it. Jane studied with Bruce in person, including all the various components of his system that aren't in books. Having learned some of these from his online programs, I would say they are absolutely necessary. Honestly, I never liked the "dissolving meditation" the way Frantzis teaches it. Very rigid, kind of mental even, and giving the impression that any upward movement is something to be avoided. But if practiced along with the basic movement sets (Energy Gates, Heaven and Earth, Dragon and Tiger) with their internal components, as well as the Daoist Breathing work, it really works for some people. But you have to have a feeling for qi movement - if you are as blocked as you say (and I was too), there is just no juice for to get the process going. Now I primarily learn from Damo Mitchell. There are some similarities (he might not like me saying that lol) - his sung breathing practice has similarities to outer dissolving, and his anchoring the breath practice has similarities to Frantzis' Daoist internal breathing practice. But there are a lot more components that crank up the power, and Damo will tell you don't expect this stuff to fix all your issues (no overselling). Good luck, whatever direction you choose to go. Did you ever do any kind of physically intense practice, like a vigorous hatha yoga practice? What about "non doing" types of meditations like following the breath?
  10. Feet squared

    For long periods of standing, turning the feet in and turning the feet out create specific energetic effects, for "wuji" - neutral, they should be forward. Nothing should be forced, or the tension could go up into you knees, so if your feet tend to go out, there needs to be a lengthening/relaxing of the muscles responsible for that action (back and sides of hips), and possibly more engagement of the muscles on the inside of the thighs and pelvis. This can be trained through stretching, then it can be put into your standing safely.
  11. New yogi member

    Hi mYogi, nice to meet someone with dedication, sincerity and experience, and a willingness to keep learning. I was much like your friend years ago, focused on Daoist practices and thinking "sink the chest" meant "collapse the chest", believed yoga was too forceful and yang for me. Well, I realized my Daoist practices were exacerbating my depression, and I met a yoga teacher that impressed me, so I took up yoga in great earnest. I became, but most standards, quite proficient at yogasana and intense pranayama methods. Until I realized something was wrong, somehow the insides of my body weren't moving like they were supposed to even though the outside looked correct due to hypermobile joints, and it would be ill advised to continue. Not to long later became aware of a Daoist teacher that taught differently than I had seen in the past - he emphasized that the proper way to practice was to distinguish between relaxing and collapsing, and learn to relax the muscles while engaging the web of connective tissue throughout the whole body, which makes standing practice feel anything but relaxing! I knew that this is what I had been missing - in yogasana and breathing methods as well as my prior Daoist practice I had a complete lack of connective tissue integrity, and I very much thought relax meant collapse. Here is this teacher explaining these things, perhaps you and/or your friend would be interested: Honestly, good teachings on the internals of Tai Chi and qigong are very hard to find.
  12. Yeah that's the one.
  13. What now?

    Yes, because of habit. To retrain this requires retraining body, breath, and mind - letting go of the tension that squeezes energy up to the head, training the breath to be anchored in the belly even when you aren't thinking about it, and letting go of unnecessary thinking and residing in the body and senses unless conceptual thinking is specifically called for. freeform mentioned Damo Mitchell's material, which starts out with learning to do just those things. Here is a taste of it, to see how you respond to his person and his material. https://damomitchell.com/2020/06/09/anchoring-the-breath/ I recommend this meditation to literally everyone who expresses interest in meditation or energy work to me. It's that good.
  14. My will is too weak

    From what you've said, you sound like a water type person according to Chinese five element personality typing. Are you familiar with the five phases/five elements in Chinese thought? It's by far the most practical model in Daoism. Water's natural wisdom is to flow like you describe - it is a great blessing that you have had such success flowing without willfulness like this! Water's tendency under stress is to become fearful and compensate with willfulness. Our society doesn't have models of actualized water in the same way as it does other elements, like wood is the stereotypical "dominant alpha", earth is the stereotypical "helper". What about water? Maybe a scientist or philosopher, something obscure and cut off from the rest of society. So I want to suggest some self reflection may be in order - are you feeling the way you are feeling because you are comparing yourself to others who are "successful" and becoming fearful of being inadequate, and wanting to have more "will" to be like said other people? Because this is a big trap for a water type person. Your wish to reach your highest potential is admirable. For me, the perspective of the five elements suggests reflecting on if one of your elements is deficient. For instance, water naturally gives birth to wood, which is an expansive energy of growth and action. This energy may what you are really wanting when you say you need more will. Fire relates to what you are ignites your passion and joy, which others have suggested may be relevant. Also potentially relevant is metal, which relates to what you deeply value and would be disciplined, courageous, and/or austere to preserve or attain.
  15. Hindu Moksha as shamatha state?

    There is the perspective of one school debating another school to maintain their self-image of superiority, and the perspective of an individual seeker doing what they feel drawn to, regardless of who wins the debates. Does this Hindu-turned-Buddhist talk about how he has benefited from Buddhism in a way that he didn't get from Hinduism, from direct experience, not dogmas? Does this tug at you, like, "That really does sound interesting, like something I also feel I am lacking." Or not, for instance, "That's nice he has found something that he resonates with so much, but it has no appeal to me." My preference is make decisions that way, not by conceptual arguments about who is "best". Actually, from that place, you can hear the conceptual debates and know which you are more interested in. By the way, is the yogi you mention Mahayogi Sridhar Rana Rinpoche?