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  1. Retrograde orgasm (Mature conversation)

    Not qualified to say, I'm afraid.
  2. I've heard of methods like this - there was a discussion here of Wang Liping teaching something like this. I searched for it, but couldn't find it. But these methods go hand in hand with the main line of Daoist alchemy, in which you nourish and refine jing, qi, and shen. This gives the raw fuel needed to take such mental exercises to their highest level.
  3. Dantian vs Dhammakaya light 💡 orb

    I would hazard a guess that this is related to the yellow court region of Daoist alchemy.
  4. Qi Gong Keeps Making Me Manic

    Somewhat counterintuitively to how people typically think of grounding activities to sink rising qi, weightlifting encourages the body to hold the qi high. So other forms of physical activity, could be better for your situation. As for Spring Forest quickly having the same negative effects as Kriya Yoga, this is quite sensible. One of the major mechanisms behind persistent qigong deviation is that if one wires the system some way through a regular practice, any time one does something even remotely similar, the energy will follow the path it is used to following. So, Spring Forest has a component of intending energy to go up the spine by intending the activation of using points in ascending order. This is so similar to certain aspects of Kriya that the energy would surely just do what it was accustomed to doing when you were practicing Kriya. Other than non-weightlifting forms of exercise and not doing anything remotely similar to Kriya (including Spring Forest), there are other standard suggestions like time in nature/contact with the Earth, having time where you take breaks from being mentally oriented, focusing benefiting others rather than yourself, heavier foods, and nourishing your yin (eg. getting sufficient and regular sleep, not being sexually indulgent especially if your sexuality has a strong mental component - stuff you probably know all about).
  5. Out of curiosity I googled "Online Srividya course" and was shocked by how many I found. I'm glad to have this recommendation for investigating this beautiful tradition.
  6. Learning with Master Bruce Frantzis

    Since you mentioned the quality of instruction on subtle points, I did Frantzis' online programs for years and got a lot out of them, but I now study from Damo Mitchell's online program and haven't looked back.
  7. I think it's useful to be familiar with several definitions of enlightenment. 1. Samadhi model - Enlightenment is achieving the deepest possible state of meditative absorption, where mental activity has completely ceased. Called nirvikalpa samadhi in Yoga, and arupa jhana in Buddhism. The idea in Yoga is that if the body dies with the mind in this state the practitioner will be liberated from samsara. Buddhism disagrees that this is final liberation, but some branches of Buddhism still emphasize it as a part of the path. 2. Nondual awakening model - Enlightenment is a shift in perception where the fundamental categories through which experience is filtered are seen to be false and fall away to the extent that is possible while still being functional. Categories like time, space, self, other, etc. Emphasized in Advaita, and Zen. 3. The sage-in-flow model - Enlightenment is always being in perfect harmony with the flow of reality, all actions flowing from a connection to this higher principle. This is the Dao De Jing's perspective. 4. The taintless model - Enlightenment means anger, lust, and delusion are completely eliminated. You would not be afraid or angry by being tortured (or seeing another being tortured), nor would you feel desire if the most attractive person in the world tried to seduce you. This is what it means to be an Arhat in Buddhism (technically, a non-returner, the interested reader can investigate further). 5. The total realization model - Enlightenment means all levels of being from the physical to the most subtle are developed to a very high degree, for all practical purposes, as highly as they possibly can be developed. This means there are transformations to the very physical body, as well as all the siddhis that come from developing the higher bodies, in addition to including all of the above types of enlightenment. This is what is meant by "Buddhahood" in early Buddhist teachings.
  8. Anchoring the breath - regarding attention

    Got one coming up! Going to make the most of it.
  9. Anchoring the breath - regarding attention

    When Buddhist texts were translated into Chinese, they chose word that would typically translate to law to translate the Sanskrit word dharma. In a Chinese religious context, then, it came to take on the full implications of the original Sanskrit word, as would be expected. Feel free to take it up with Kumarajiva or Xuanzang if you think they were wrong.
  10. Anchoring the breath - regarding attention

    Not at all, I found you explanations about mental overstimulation very helpful. Whether or not I have the inner resolve to act on your advice is the question.
  11. Anchoring the breath - regarding attention

    Fwiw, law = dharma.
  12. Anchoring the breath - regarding attention

    Are you practicing his whole system? I'm thinking of people who are just practicing from his free videos. In my case I don't think I would have been able to get very far without movement exercises to help my tissues release. Not that I've gotten very far . I've seen Damo teach many variations of anchoring the breath, with hand positions, variations in the sequence of locations for awareness, physical stretches, and adding reverse breathing or song breathing as a next step. This speaks to freeform's point about being flexible/playful with it.
  13. Anchoring the breath - regarding attention

    What do think facilitates this transition? I can imagine a person doing anchoring the breath exactly as Damo describes it for years and not necessarily making this transition.