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  1. Storing energy in Mingmen v Dantien

    Just do what they teach you and if you learn something else later that's great. Each tradition has its specific flavor. It's same same, but different. You know?
  2. Regarding the center of gravity dropping - it's a fairly accurate way of describing the mechanics of opening and closing physically along the Governing and Conception Vessels. I think that many here in the West hold a lot of excess tension in their upper torso and don't even understand how that changes things.
  3. Videos of strange forms of healing

    Looks like effective tuina. I learned something similar but we have very different cultural boundaries here. I've received extensive Active Release Therapy and myofascial release work and it's similar but very different setting and privacy level. The blowing method is taught in some more traditional Japanese and shamanic reiki lineages. Connecting to the reiki energy, invoking spirit guides, and projecting healing is pretty common. A lot of reiki is influenced by Pure Land, Tiantai, and Shugendo practices of mountain ascetics. The breath has a different quality when connecting to certain energies.
  4. Movement Arts That Are Non-Martial
  5. Your Current Cultivation Practices

    I like the term cultivation. I spent my summers helping my grandfather with his little patch of land. When you're actually connected to the Earth that way you know that you prepare the soil, plant the seeds, water, amend the nutrients as needed, combat pests, harvest, and repeat. You can have multiple harvests from the same practice just as you can have multiple crops, multiple years of work, and varietals. It's an apt comparison.
  6. Indeed, we have a lot of resources. Tons of academic translations out there. Do you not know how to use LibGen or Torrents? I'm currently learning how to read traditional Hanzi because I've encountered some very BAD translations. That stated, learning to read the traditional is not how modern people communicate but they should understand you in written language at least.
  7. Your Current Cultivation Practices

    Martial arts I'm mainly doing work on the Bagua Power Training DVD from Gerald Sharp as well as the Kenny Gong 5 Exercises as well as some stuff from Dragongate Sanctuary. For healing I'm working on Usui Reiki 3, Kundalini Reiki 1, and some Bon meditations.
  8. Reiki

    I think these guys are the bee's knee's on distance attunements. Great stuff. I've done a few other YouTube video attunements since and Love Inspiration still feels like the best resonance. I had to find more traditional versions of the characters though - my reiki guides were quite upset by the approximation of the kanji. I'm thankful I had more traditional version of Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen already. I'm working on the symbols for Usui 3 now.
  9. DGS's Dizzying DVD Collection

    They're on his newer YouTube channel as well.
  10. Reiki

    I was skeptical at first as I am about almost anything. So I gave them a try have really gained some benefit from these manuals and attunements from Love Inspiration.
  11. I would consider Daito-ryu to be a direct strategy internal martial art. Many of the teachers don't have it or only pieces. It's an attempt to channel baguazhang from Fudo Myo-o. So many parallels between the aiki arts and the internals.
  12. From a trusted LHBF and practitioner of other arts he says that the focus on the 4 ends (feet and hands) in taiji will keep you from attaining the 9 Joints 5 Hearts method. The same person also says that training in xingyi and bagua will most likely help you with your LHBF. Granted, what kind of xingyi and bagua are we talking about? Jiang Rong Qiao was known to have exchanged arts with Chen Yiren and at his Hong Kong school they still teach the Jiang bagua.
  13. Earthing while meditating

    How did you get introduced to Kunlun? I was taught One Breath as a grounding technique and I have a nice sticky note labeled grounding in the book. If you've only bought the book I recommend you cease all practice of Kunlun and get in-person instruction session ASAP. Damo Mitchell's Comprehensive Neigong book also recommends grounding. You can usually do this through tailbone/KD1 points or with prostrations. If you're very injured and your spontaneous movement is not grounding anything down I have grounded through my palms in the past.
  14. Damo is very practical and presents things as they are seen from an "indoor" perspective. I've been fortunate to only learn from indoor perspectives in person and this matches well and illuminates things for me. It all comes down to practice and this book does not provide that. Instead, it provides a lot of very good information about neigong from Damo's very well informed perspective. For years I was lost in the dark trying to learn from videos and books after my old taiji teacher was deported. All that reading and watching was a huge waste of time - if only I had found someone to meet with in person. After I showed my teacher Damo's book he encouraged me to go study with Damo - he said that Damo is probably a very nice person based on what he's seen and that he is showing stuff you won't get from DVDs and books alone.
  15. I think Garry had a falling out with his web admin but you can still contact him directly or purchase from Platform Purple. He's active on Facebook and a very genuine person who speaks his mind.