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  1. For cultivators that enjoy midnight meditation, here is a calculator to determine one’s local midnight solar hour. For time use “00”. https://www.pveducation.org/pvcdrom/properties-of-sunlight/solar-time (If anyone has a better calculator/formula, or more insight, please share.) ** At midnight, the ren & du channels are connected, and energetic flow is smooth. **
  2. How lazy are you?

  3. Hi @Scholar Chi is a word cultivators use often to describe energy without being specific about where the energy resides. Here is a brief outline to help you. Jing is the heaviest energy of the body. It is stored in the lower dan tien (intestines area) and other parts of the body around the ldt. Jing is one’s physical energy. Many martial artists have a resonance for jing arts and have well-developed physical traits and explosive physical power. Chi is mental energy and less heavy than jing. It is stored in the middle dan tien (diaphragm area and heart and lungs too). Chang Tzu’s energetic center was in this area. He was an excellent writer and a sage. Einstein also was a genius in this chi area. Shen is lighter energy and is stored in the face area (chin to eyes). Once you go above the middle of the brows, you enter formless energies, entering the upper dan tien, the home of the north star, big dipper and beyond. Buddha is an example of a person who was born with his energetic center in this formless area. He had a natural talent for spiritual cultivation and did not need a teacher to guide him. Tao formless energy is in the middle of the brain. There are even higher formless energies beyond Tao (mother nature is one example). Lao Tzu wrote of mama. Every person is born with natural talent(s) that can be can be traced to one of these areas I mentioned above. Some examples of talents: athletic chi, engineer chi, artist chi, writer chi, debater chi, musician chi, leader chi, criminal chi, beach bum chi (some talents may not always be positive). Understanding chi may not be easy as a newbie. However, experiencing chi is simply engaging in life. You run? Feel your leg chi. You eat? Notice your food chi. You are digesting your food? Notice your stomach, spleen and pancreas chi. You pray to Jesus, Lao Tzu or Buddha? Notice your formless chi. Energy flows to where your attention goes. This means, watch where your mind is interested in going. A good cultivation practice is to reflect on your awareness often, so you can know if you are directing your mind, or if your mind is directing you. Enjoy the journey of life.
  4. The Soft Power of Totoro

    Love the koalas and other fuzzy Aussie creatures.
  5. The Soft Power of Totoro

    Keep the sweet Totoro goodness flowing...
  6. What would be your superpower?

    @sean - would you be willing to to move the Totoro / Studio Ghibli posts to a new thread? How about this for a name: The Soft Power of Totoro Then, others can continue to post super hero and super villain powers herein. Just a thought. Thanks.
  7. The Soft Power of Totoro

    L VE it that you and your son share a love for My Neighbor Totoro. Miyazaki incorporates so many unique creatures as well as meaningful female heroines in his films.
  8. What would be your superpower?

  9. Everyone post some favorite quotes!

    Sounds like an owl 🦉 that I know. His name is Henry.
  10. Paintings with a Wow Factor

    Hi Steve, Glad to hear you mention her exhibit. I enjoyed it as well. Great to see her development over the decades. I especially enjoyed her use of color and her large abstract works. Hope you are well.
  11. Road Trip 2

  12. Will to resist the flu (and other illnesses)

    1. Read about copper. Not as a supplement, but as a piece of copper to carry and touch your hands to (or even touch inside your nostrils!). 2. How much do you orgasm? Each orgasm pokes a hole in your protective wei chi. Your wei chi is an important protective nrg shield.
  13. Polishing qi among the crowd

    Very nice, @exorcist_1699.
  14. before thoughts, before she learns to smile

    The phase of the baby. Before she is indoctrinated by the human world. Hey baby
  15. Road Trip 2

    re: Ivan’s GF re: sprawling suburbia Thanks for taking us along with you on your trip.
  16. Road Trip 2

    Within the year or so before @Marblehead‘s passing, I posted a historical drawing of a manatee. But the tail wasn’t right. Marblehead told me so and maybe he even said it was a fakery. After his passing, I realized that the drawing was of a dugong.
  17. Road Trip 2

    Whale sharks! Dugongs!
  18. Positive virtue and subtle siddhis that are good are meek. They do not announce themselves. People who embody these spiritual traits wish no harm on others. The *strength* we see in a cultivator, such as mental or physical siddhis from a powerful qigong (or other) teacher, can be bothersome and irritating to the mind and soul. Once we have made an energetic connection with another, the mind can easily connect with that energy with any thought of that person. I know the difficulty in breaking these connections. In time, with a refocused mind, one can be free. Some good suggestions have been made herein. Please know that you don’t need another teacher’s mantra. Sunlight, fresh air, nature, pets, family, gentle exercise, any of your favorite (positive) activities. Above all else, try the simple act of connecting to yourself or your north star. What you say to your teacher is less important than what you positively do for yourself.
  19. simplify

  20. Neidan ( all experiences and opinions wanted)

    Thank you for bringing light to an important aspect of chi: context. How many factors might be implicated in one’s experience and cultivation of chi? Lineage chi Religion chi Teacher chi Scripture chi Movement art chi Fu chi Meditation chi Daily life chi Spouse chi Family chi Destiny chi Organ chi Food chi Location chi Cultivator’s level of chi body openness and intrinsic talents (Just a few that I can think of atm. )
  21. What have I done to you? What have I done for you?

    Sometimes life steps in the way and derails our best laid plans, dear @Marblehead. _/\_
  22. Haiku Chain

    I see I was wrong About the seasons, timing Of *spi*ri*tual* growth
  23. Haiku Chain

    I am whole again Round, buttery, soft inside Brioche for breakfast