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  1. Why do YOU think the world is so messed up?

    To answer the OP, as simple as this: The rest is and has always been the same ----> soul evolution.
  2. What happens to suicides?

    What would happen if you go ahead: 1. You'll come back again. Earth most likely. We are not in a very good shape at the moment. There is a chance you'll experience an even a greater suffering! 2. Continue from where you left as in resolve all the unresolved issues. Rebirth in exactly the same position is a risk I personally wouldn't play with. Just imagine starting all over again from baby to adult. It's just too much hard work! Good luck
  3. The ego and the heart in Chinese medicine

    There is no ego! Ultimately is a mind constructed mechanism to give you a sense of placement on this level of consciousness. If you manage to realise what you really are the EGO will dissolve, booom, just like that. It actually happens like that and you'll know it but like anything else it's a gradual process. What is me? Who am I? That's why I said: -Go with the flow of your own existence as you never really know when smaller or bigger awakenings will take place. -Nothing is certain so go with the flow of life.
  4. The ego and the heart in Chinese medicine

    The question is: What are we really? Pheeeew!! To answer that it will be akin to fi finding the value of ∞. Shi Chang Pu is mere drop in the ocean. Don't worry too much with that herb. Some personal advice: 1. Go with the flow of life and your own existence 2. Adapt to seasonal changes (Yin-Yang) 3. Eat good food cooked with love and enjoy what you eat! 4. Be calm and gentle 5. Practice your daily meditations without getting carried away. Like a routine thing 6, Next lifetime you'll be a different being and like that forever. No beginning no end. We are the Tao. Enjoy the ride!
  5. Living in the wrong direction is a recipe for disaster. Check this out:
  6. Your body doesn't need *dampness. This is absolutely ridiculous and erroneous. Damp is the Spleen's greatest enemy. A weak Spleen = a weakness in your entire energetic system. You need to learn how to eat correctly. Go see a qualified TCM practitioner with many years of experience and treating numerous patients so they can give you correct dietary advice according to your personal constitution. You can always contact Dr Bruce Eichelberger ( who has developed a tailored dietary program according to each individual. He uses software for this and it's a very extensive report. He has over 40 years of experience in clinical Chinese Medicine practice plus he also is a practising Taoist. Good luck! *A moist Spleen/Earth is a healthy one. A Damp (covered/stagnant in/with water) will bring forth a myriad of ailments, disease, a short life and a weak person with little energy; they are always tired and sleepy. A dry Earth isn't good either. A moist Spleen is like rich dark soil in which trees and vegetables grow and yields a healthy crop. This is the ultimate goal, to be able to turn your weak damp Spleen into a healthy one. Remember that a weak Earth leads to a weak Kidney too, hence KD yin and also Yang deficiency. You might also have an irrational fear or simply be a fearful person by nature caused by a traumatic event in the past, this has damaged our KD hence you are KD Yin def. Internal work will fix it but it will take you a long time tl heal and lots of discipline. Find a good method that suits your personality.
  7. While we are at this, let's also take care of: 1. Liver Yang rising 2. Stomach overactive (poor diet habits processing too much information on a daily basis) & weak Spleen ---> true Qi will leak downwards (diarrehea) with the chance of never rising again ---> numerous diseases will occur as a result and a shortened lifespan. One will live a life of permanent autumn and winter rather than spring and summer as this is the correct function of the Spleen & Stomach ---> moving and rising rather than sinking. 3. Lung not descending & a weak Lung Qi due to "lifestyle" and uncontrolled specific emotions. How much phlegm is blocking your Lung? Further reading: All of this results in the Kidney not being nourished properly by the Lung. Not enough 'sprinkling the morning dew' action is formed, since the Lung is positioned above, while the Kidney is below, which combines with the true water that the Kidney is. This combination forms the 'ocean' of bodily Qi. The Lung is therefore the master of Qi. As above so below using the cosmic principle of which the human body is a miniature image of the entire reality. A little drop equates to the whole ocean. 4. Weak Gallbladder. Further reading:'-news/eastern-currents-news/2017/05/01/a-curious-organ---the-gallbladder Three big principles: 1. Regulate your diet 2. Regulate your emotions 3. Change your lifestyle to suit universal laws (Taoism), Yin & Yang, 5E, Bagua (change/impermanence), etc.
  8. Too much thinking and worrying too! You were born in the year of the Dog, right? "I worry" is the Dog's motto. Eat slowly, mindfully and love the healthy meal you eat is the way to go. Also a weak Heart weakens the Spleen.
  9. Hello, 1. Stay away from banana! Damp forming. Weakens the digestive system, makes it damp and weakens the Kidney, hence KD deficiency. 2. Stay away from milk, juice, fruit, raw vegetables and salads and other damp forming foods. Meal plan for you: A. 1. Baked fish 2. Baked sweet potato/pumpkin 3. Steamed potato 4. Steamed green leafy vegetables, zucchini, broccoli or cauliflower B. Chinese congee made of brown rice and water. Add any vegetables you wish to the congee while being cooked. Use a bone/chicken or vegetable broth if desired to boil the rice and to add more root energy to the congee. C. Various soups using bone or chicken broth and seasonal vegetables. No honey until most of the dampness is gone. No other sweets either. Rice is sweet Carrot is sweet Pumpkin is sweet Corn is sweet Sweet Potato is sweet Adding other sweets on top of vegetables natural sugars overstimulates the Earth element, hence more dampness is formed. Regulating the Spleen is hard work but your health and longevity are directly related to it.
  10. taoist books on working with the mind ?

    Yes thelearner. My Vipassana teacher in Wat Chom Tong (Thailand) told me this: "Don't read anything in retreat, not even talking to others about your meditation experiences or insight. Only report back to me. This is the way it has been done for over Millenia since the time of the Buddha." This is how I learned in Bagua: circle walking, circle walking, circle walking, circle walking, seated meditation, seated meditation, seated meditation, walking meditation, walking meditation, listening to birds' chirping, listening to birds' chirping, listening to the trees sounds, listening to the trees' sounds, listening to my own breathing, listening to my own breathing... Listen, do, reading! To illustrate this again: It doesn't matter whether it is Buddhism, Taoism, Christian Mysticism or some religion of an human of planet X, Lyra constellation; the principle is the same. -Right Effort -Right Concentration -Right Mindfulness -etc. These three are the most relevant ones in our case.
  11. taoist books on working with the mind ?

    If you practice deep enough you won't need any actually don't even think of them at all. This is what really goes on in someone who has reached a high level of insight: 1. I go with the flow 2. I follow my own path. I don't need to know/I honestly don't care what others' experience or write about. That's their experience, not mine. Let me illustrate it with a real life example: One former Bagua student of our teacher who I just run recently, The first thing he mentioned to me was: hey Gerard about the book "Research of Internal Martial Arts" (the title goes along those lines, can't remember the exact name) do you remember I purchased it last time we met, I said ah yes, books, I actually can't read anymore or watch any TV just deep practice won't let me do it. I have zero interest in reading, practice is what this is all about, the slow opening of the Mind and it's body reflected blockages. The rest means little. Make sure to constantly fine tune the Y&Y and the 5E and with circle walking and a good diet is all you'll ever need. Not even a teacher especially after having practised over a decade. I don't think he had the wisdom to understand this stuff because his level of attainment is low. I also remember him as someone who puts more effort in reading than making sure he has 'deep carvings' in the soles of his feet due to the constant rubbing of his shoes on the ground's surface. This student won't need books, the other will buy an entire library!! Love this zen saying: "A donkey carrying a pile of holy books is still a donkey."
  12. taoist books on working with the mind ?

    One big book: It's what you'll ever need. Dont fall into the beginner's trap of thinking that you'll gain insight and wisdom by reading books. Good luck!
  13. I haven't watched it but how about: Exploring the energy centres of Gaia? Because Earth itself is a lot more than the physical shell. It's so vast that would blow people's minds away if they knew. 1. Also where does this 'Earth' come from? 2. How many realities are really 'out there'? 3. What is a 'human' being? 4. What is the 'soul'? 5. Why are we in physical form? Questions that will keep you busy for the rest of this/your lives...for now. Infinite Minds, infinite Tao.
  14. Let's be serious. A very ungrounded and irresponsible advice. A grounded teacher with either a background or deep knowledge of Ancient Chinese Medicine will provide you with correct feedback. Better than what the non-living can offer you. A reliable practice will help you understand the following:'-news/eastern-currents-news/2017/05/01/a-curious-organ---the-gallbladder And this is just the beginning of the journey because the Mind keeps going deeper, deeper and deeper. There is no end to it. But the beginning cannot be skipped; one must put diligent effort in healing, reconnecting and making sure the internal organs are working smoothly. The Qi clock is also a very helpful tool: A good, reliable and grounded practice is scientific and tested for millennia (Taoist Medicine) and it thoroughly connects with internal arts practice (Ba Gua and Xingyi). Good luck finding that caring and knowledgeable teacher!
  15. 1. Then go/travel to where the master is. It has been done countless times (myself included). I don't live in the country where I was born and raised. I left alone with an airfare and luggage 21 years ago. Best decision I did in my entire life. 2. Read the following file very carefully. It will further explain what I stated above. (Bagua, life and the mind). 3. What were you expecting? Automatic healing and in-depth learning over the Internet? The Internet is only a place to connect and find information. And that's about it. So please let's be serious. Good luck.