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  1. Welcome to the internet

    Doro Pesch. Singer of Warlock and then her own band Doro. A Gemini Wood Dragon nonetheless. 2024 is her year. Amazing exuberant energy. So typical of Wood! The true Queen of Heavy Metal. Where else other than the Internet to find these hidden gems. That was in the happy 80s.
  2. all tea is not so good for us

    Ditch those bags and enjoy the real thing: It's an ancient art and a legacy of Chinese civilisation. Wonderful
  3. Tian Wang Bu Xin Wan

    Sorry but you can't possibly self-medicate in Chinese Medicine by using some random formula. A Chinese Medicine herbalist will never prescribe you the same herbal formula twice since your condition is always changing and as a result the practitioner will adapt the formula to the changes in the existing condition. You are dealing here with unseen forces ; the dynamic and complex nature of the Five Forces and how the they affect YOU plus your own energetic makeup and overall state of yin-yang imbalance not only Heart Yin deficiency. The doctor will slowly progress through various stages before tackling the Heart. The internal organs work together; you can't possibly tackle one without causing an effect in another and the whole system. You ought to see an experienced herbalist for that. And you are taking about the Heart, the House of Fire, no other than that. DO NOT MEDICATE YOURSELF FROM THE CHINESE MEDICINE PERSPECTIVE or else you can cause yourself some serious damage and worsen your own condition. Good luck!
  4. Does Qi cultivation supercharge human traits?

    More than that, more than egotistic goals: IT REVEALS YOUR TRUE NATURE What we really all are.
  5. Your all time favorite books

    In no particular order: -Alexandre Dumas - The Count of Monte Cristo -Edgar Allan Poe - Tales -Jack London - Call of the Wild -Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist -Manuel Mujica Lainez - Bomarzo -Bram Stoker - Dracula -Oscar Wilde -The Picture of Dorian Gray -Arthur Conan Doyle - The Hound of the Baskervilles -Carlos Castaneda - The Teachings of Don Juan -Marguerite Yourcenar - Opus Nigrum aka The Abyss -Middle Eastern folktales - One Thousand and One Nights -Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa - Tuareg -Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa - Sicario -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - The Little Prince - Patrick Süskind - Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Edited: forgot to add the last book on my list.
  6. Tree juice

    More tree juice. This time a Taiwan High Mountain oolong with a lot of Cha Qi grown at an altitude of 2050m facing the Eastern Pacific Almost tea drunk and with a very spaced out feeling. The Wood Dragon is helping too plus a full day spent in the rainforest wandering and interacting with the natural world. Tea drinking never feels this great! The Chinese are masters of tea cultivation and production. Been doing it for nearly 5,000 years so it makes sense their teas are a gift to humanity. Thanks China and Taiwan for making beautiful tea. Taiwan mountain.
  7. Maybe the connection is related to the Ba Gua Zhang's teachers location which is in both instances Beijing. It's quite possible they both learnt meditation material via their Chinese teachers which would be Taoist in nature. Dong Haichuan taught also meditation to his students not only a highly advanced and sophisticated martial art system. Dong himself learnt from mountain Taoists in his travels throughout China. The late Xie Peiqi from the Yin style BGZ also taught seated meditation techniques, eg:
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    Lung dysfunction. But in Taoism/Chinese Medicine nothing works independently, everything is interrelated. Basically you need to clear and heal all the organ networks. Circle walking Ba Gus Zhang is brilliant at this especially when practiced in the natural environment on a daily basis. Average time frame: 10 years for a significant change. May I ask what is your DOB?
  9. 2024 - Year of the Green Dragon

    The sky this morning nearing the new Moon. Celestial Dragon!' I'm about to brew some Yi Wu Mountain Raw Puerh to celebrate the view of the Dragon in the sky. Yin & Yang are in balance. Enjoying the movement of Qi this year. Very energising
  10. Tree juice

    Some of those raw puerh teas coming from China are just pure magic. Drinking puerh is basically absorbing the energy of the planet and those amazing trees growing in the Yunnan region of China. I drink this tea every day; it never ceases to deliver pure goodness in a small cup. Then straight to seated meditation practice.
  11. If you like I can post the 3-week entire Vipassana retreat according to the northern Thai Tradition (Theravada Buddhism). It's split into two main routines practiced equally: walking and seated meditation. It's not Taoist obviously but in any case extremely helpful since it will teach you how to meditate properly. The only problem is that having a supervising teacher is very important as they'll help you to get through the various stages of until the level of stream-entry is attained which is the main goal of a 3-week retreat.
  12. Christianity

    WHY ARE ALL RELIGIONS SO STRANGE? Who needs them anyway. Edit: About Christianity and the ultimate God which seems is like some sort of "dude" sitting somewhere on top of us watching everything. This creates a lot of fear. A person who doesn't believe in Christ will go to Hell. Yes indeed! A very flawed belief system, for sure.
  13. Transgender Q&A

    Hi Maddie, Knowing the past history of this forum being populated by really deluded individuals borderline pathological, I thought you were one of them too by posting photos of a friend, girlfriend or relative. Please take no offence, I had no idea you were a transgender. All the best, Gerard
  14. Why am I not Enlightened?

    Irrelevant. Finish all your created at once lifetimes and GAME OVER. How many? As many as you did with the initial *Big Bang (all souls/minds' efforts to create reality). It coukd be 201, 250, 310, who knows. "The Big Bang was the moment 13.8 billion years ago when the universe began as a tiny, dense, fireball that exploded. Most astronomers use the Big Bang theory to explain how the universe began. But *what caused this explosion in the first place is still a mystery." *Refer to the first paragraph. Time is still irrelevant as it's a mind construction to asign a date to an specific event from the space-time continuum. Outside that, it no longer exists.
  15. Year of the Water Rabbit 2023

    Goodbye Water Rabbit. You were such a drag. Glad you are gone now and I was offending the Grand Duke Jupiter (Tai Sui) as a Horse: Few will dare challenge the authority of the Grand Duke, in fear of adversity. I survived for sure.