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  1. Damo Mitchell Free MCO Course

    I hear you. Two points: 1. You might find that in the next few lessons, the practices get advanced really fast. Not in the sense of complicated or technical, but in the sense of, they are easy to explain but not easy to master. The issue has come up on the facebook group multiple times, "There is no way I can really get this in one week." 2. You really don't need to get 1-2 years in to get the most important practices - actually the core practices are the ones in the first two months. Those practices take time to master, and already to do them all every day is impractical if you have much of a life, you will be doing the less important ones maybe every other day. So if you don't want to continue the subscription model, my advice is subscribe for two months, learn the Nei Gong, Taijiquan, Foundations of Qigong, and Heavenly Streams material (watch all videos twice, take notes), and then watch the free MCO program, and that will be plenty for years of practice. PS I promise the first two months of material in the Taijiquan program is worth learning.
  2. Damo Mitchell Free MCO Course

    If that is how you are seeing things, consider that you are missing something. The lecture on how listening (ting) to the body while doing the mobility work causes the connective tissue to engage might seem pedestrian, but it was a total game changer for me after years of physical practice with body awareness being done from up in the head. I now apply this principle to all my physical training and it makes a huge difference. The practice of quiet sitting probably sounds like it doesn't do anything, but consider if you can't do it that will hinder your progress later. You can also start the Taiji Module - even if you are not interested in martial arts I would recommend the first month or two because the exercises are incredible for learning how to sung properly - neigong training focuses more on ting and Taiji training more on sung, so they synergize with each other. If that still doesn't seem like enough material you can get a head start on neigong standing by watching the Foundations of Qigong program, or if you want a head start on working with the 5 elements and the channels you can start the Heavenly Streams program. You get out what you put in.
  3. May I share this on a small group for people focused on awakening via inquiry that I participate in?
  4. In the Dzogchen teachings I have been exposed to, it is emphasized that being completely open and allowing everything to be without clear experience of rigpa can turn into a dullness which is actually the opposite of rigpa. And that one way to turn an experience of stillness into an experience of rigpa is by using questions, such as, "Who is experiencing this stillness?" Also, "Where is the mind located?" Is this distinction emphasized in your lineage? How about the method of questioning as a way to induce rigpa?
  5. Someone I trust recently mentioned Healing With Whole Foods is OK but contains errors and biases, and recommended the red edition of Henry Lu’s "Chinese Natural Cures" instead.
  6. Going into other peoples bodies, and feeling them

    Yeah, do start slow if you try it. I had similar issues with mind body disconnect and connective tissue disengagement that weren't as pronounced, and when I bounced on a trampoline intensely while trying to relax unnecessary tension I ended up with some joint pain.
  7. Damo Mitchell Free MCO Course

    The weekly Nei Gong module of the Internal Arts Academy is what you're looking for. The "Foundations of Qigong" Vimeo course only teaches the physical mechanics, no seated work or lower dantian work. Moreover, you get automatic access to it with an Internal Arts Academy subscription. Try the Academy for a month and see if it isn't the most valuable neigong instruction you've ever seen, for a very low price. I asked Damo where the MCO material fits into the larger process of the neigong he teaches. He replied that it corresponds to some of the material in the second year of the weekly neigong program.
  8. Damo Mitchell Free MCO Course

    My impression is that the Taiji module of Damo's academy goes at about the same pace as Mizner's in terms of how quickly new postures are taught. The difference is in the level of detail: Damo's teaching style is to share a lot of detail, much more than Mizner, which I personally appreciate for self-study. It can be a lot to process though. I agree about Mizner's global network being more accessible though, as far as I can tell I could more easily study with Mizner's school in person than Damo's, but this will vary person to person. Damo is being exceptionally generous to give access to multiple modules and a library of miscellaneous lectures with a single subscription. Be advised that you only get access to some of the miscellaneous lectures with a monthly subscription, for everything you need to be a yearly subscriber. For instance his wife's Nei Gong For Women course that was previously on Vimeo and his Yi Jing lectures are only available to yearly subscribers.
  9. I remember you as a no-bullshit kind of bloke, so that's quite a recommendation. Why would you recommend Zen12 over other entrainment programs? I like the 12 minutes a day bit, rather than the 30-60 recommended by other programs, because I have a committed practice already which I have no intention of mixing with brainwave entrainment.
  10. I'm astonished by your posts in this thread. What blackfence is describing is, to my mind, exactly what Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche was pointing to when he would say the nature of mind is like a mirror. Remember how Rinpoche would always say don't try to explain about direct introduction to certain sects that emphasize Madhyamaka dialectic because their logic negates it?
  11. The perfect diet

    @silent thunderWonderful, thanks. I was advised to cut out sugar, lactose, and gluten. I'll look into phytochemicals, more smoothie ingredient variety, and cutting out the little alcohol I drink. Maybe this is a dense thing to ask, but what makes a food "processed"? For instance, I found a low sugar gluten free organic granola to eat for breakfast - would you consider that processed because it's prepackaged? What about an organic greens and plant based protein powder in smoothies in addition to whole food ingredients?
  12. The perfect diet

    Would you be willing to share about this process? I haven't looked into this kind of thing before, but it has just become a priority for me. I just consulted with Ayurvedic practitioner with inner vision siddhi (the one Earl Grey and virtue are always recommending to people) who told me I have weak digestion and it's causing a lot of inflammation in my body. (An aside - since you just mentioned it in the tea thread, he recommended gynostemma for the inflammation, along with dietary changes and digestion supporting forumlas.) _/\_
  13. Forum member "spotless". Missing messages.

    OK, good to know.
  14. Kundalini kriyas under rather different conditions

    Sounds marvelous when you describe it like that. Some questions come to my mind, more out of curiosity than anything. Spontaneous movements can be the results of other energy flows than kundalini, is there a reason you think it is that? You mention secret smile, are you in KAP? And "I AM" in all caps, is that from the Thusness seven stages?
  15. Forum member "spotless". Missing messages.

    I know you are being rhetorical, but just for fun let's look at the evidence. You brought up Trungpa Rinpoche's abuses. Now, Trungpa was Tibetan, and Tibetans have been targeted by the Chinese for cultural genocide. Dwai was silent. Then you brought up Sai Baba, and Dwai went off on a rant about how anytime someone criticiszes an Indian Guru, it is because they have been brainwashed by Evangelical Christians who want to destroy Indian culture, and he had the nerve to say this to a person who has spent years traveling Asia training seeking teachers, some of them Hindu, often being the only Westerner in the group! How appropriate that this comes up in a thread about how a person who has had profound experiences of transcendence can still be reactive.