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  1. Long men pai nei gong and mo pai

    It's presented a bit bizarrely, and is one mans creation but from my limited reading, watching and correspondence I'd put LMP into an area like KAP, a very talented person creating a synthesis, a distilling of many energetic systems and traditions into something that draws from tradition, but without the trappings. SoG may look like he comes from a Mad Max movie, but the man has the mind of a scholar. He knows his stuff. I haven't been in contact with him for years, but he seemed to be a person of integrity who walked the walk. If you're looking for power, high energy route, this kind of 'Jeet Kun Do' of the energetics world could be worth a try (not my cup of tea). For that matter so could KAP, but I get the feeling that KAP is a less manic style of training.

    Strange stuff. I've read similar stories about transplants, but none that dramatic. I wonder if the mechanism involved goes into the psychic, ethereal realm? If so, could it be involved in the phenomena of when young children remember past lives. No physical organ transplant, yet memories are relayed..
  3. Polyvagal theory and tao

    I've wondered how you keep your cool
  4. anyone else gets this?

    Breath happens unawares, until we think about it. Which breaks the rhythm a bit, but not biggie. Bidden or not, breath happens. Nothing to worry about, I've found the benefit of practicing long breath cycles, 30, 45, 60 seconds, is one, it calms the mind nicely. Two it tends to make your normal breath cycle a bit longer. In Ki-Aikido we'd practice a long 60 second breath cycle; clap breath in slowly, clap breath out.. These days I like yogic patterns that are 1-4-2, like breath in 8 seconds, hold for 32, breath out (I humm out) for 16, repeat.
  5. Polyvagal theory and tao

    I don't know who created it, but many of Robert Monroe's beginning hemi-sync audio's he starts off saying 'listen to the right ear, a solid tone. Now listen to your left ear another slightly different solid tone. Now when we play them together, you'll hear (I forget his word) a rhythm, a staccato beat' as your brain creates a dissonance. A few hypnotists use a similar sonic device these days.
  6. This is what drinking is for. Not to get drunk, or get into anyones pants, rather to share a few drinks inorder to lower inhibitions and talk about feelings, attractions, hopes and the future. Hopefully in a less guarded and positive way that is harder to do when totally sober, ie a social lubricant that has been used to cut through social posturing since forever.
  7. taoist books on working with the mind ?

    I agree with this in the middle stages, but early on books inspire, give insight into what you don't know, you don't know. We can learn which path to follow but a book don't do the walking. Gerard is also right that we only get better from practice, lots of it. We Westerners tend to get way too head heavy, I know I did. Too much reading and theory and too little practice. Its an easy trap to fall into.
  8. Polyvagal theory and tao

    I don't know anything about polyvagal theory, but I did go through both Wim Hof programs. As far as I recall, no visualizations in it. Wim Hof had a very physical philosophy ie not much talk of chi, prana or channels. The vitality and progress came from the doing.. breathing, cold showers, cold conditioning, yogic exercises, horse stance.. FWIW we have a couple of good threads on Wim Hof here on the bums. I did a write up of my experience with it:-
  9. Yeah, singing can be uniquely uplifting. When I'm blue, I'll sing tunes from Godspell; Day by Day, Light of the World, Bless the Lord. Or from Rocky Horror Picture Show. We all have to find our own songs. Hopefully like a guitar or any instrument, you listen, you sing, you get back in tune.
  10. The internet is littered with self help advice. At the risk of adding more dreck to it, I'd say concentrate on one thing at a time. Sleep is important and sleep preparation starts in the evening. Stopping the news and internet. Doing something boring, maybe some sips of an night time herbal tea or pill like ZMA.. look into it, spend time, and get sleep right. Then healthy breakfast. Then a To-do list with 2 or 3 musts, relatively easy ones that you should accomplish. I'd also say, let go the past. Unless you've got a time machine, stop blaming and thinking about it. Every month, every day is a chance to begin fresh. Go forward. We all fall somewhere between best and worst. It doesn't matter. What matters is (cliche alert) doing your best (addon eh screw that, what matters is showing up and putting in honest effort). Start easy, measure, make progress.. continue.. get back up when you fall down..thats how we do better in life. Not a hard formula.
  11. Basic questions

    Definitely worth $5, probably 3 or 4 times that, but $56 seems steep. Hopefully they'll have another printing and the price will go down. The internet knows all, if you ask the right questions.
  12. Law

    What I got from the article is that the author is against the proposal, ie saying the provisions have nothing to do with gigong. Seems like a wise position to me. As windwalker points out, double edged sword, but hopefully in time, the charlatans lose out and the good stuff is acknowledged and rises to the top. Maybe government really needs is to warn people against bad practices. My business like all others was required to have posters stating employees rights. I could see a compromise of having to have a poster onsite with warnings, ones made up by good practitioners that might warn people against the dangerous or abusive practices, or at least having a link to internet site that discussed good practices from dangerous ones. Made by practitioners and not government people. maybe..
  13. Lately I'm digging going in the other direction. ie following a very experienced teacher's instructions, and they're very minimalist. No philosophy, history or explanations; pretty much sit and do. Is it yang this, or yan that.. inconsequential (for this practice) if its real, and I practice diligently results will follow. What they are, I don't know and that's okay. No schedule, nothing complicated, sitting and doing, working with awareness on the 3 dantiens and a downward flow. Which is good for me, cause I'm a KISS kind of guy.
  14. good sleep journal

    Sometimes we look for the exotic and spiritual when the answer is seasonal, ie allergies. I like to check the newspapers or some weather sites and see what allergens pollen, mold, particulates etc., are running high. For me, mold, which can hit just as hard in the winter, due to tramping snow in, can be a troublesome.
  15. What do you sleep on?

    nope, just finding 6 books and putting them stacked in 3's under the head of the bed. Couldn't be simpler. I did it to relieve nose congestion and help with any acid reflux problems. Not a powerful solution, but its so easy to implement that it seems like a no brainer. Except for my wife who doesn't like the look, thus for our new bed I need to find a commercial solution, which I'm sure is out there. Pilgrim> Recently I decided to do something about all my lucid dreaming and started learning about The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep from TWR I purchased the Kindle version and the audiobook for when I am driving. They are perfect companion pieces as we already have the paperback book. me> I think I have that book. I have a bunch of books on Lucid Dreaming with limited success. When I work on it, which is for a few months every other year, it tends to make my insomnia worse. An interesting project I had here was group Lucid Dreaming using Lillian Edens guided meditation on Shared Dreaming. Again not great results, but I think the weakest link in the small group was me. There's write up thread on it in my PPD.