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  1. Would appreciate help

    Ladies and gents, thanks for all the help and encouragement. I'm still itching just a little bit, but after getting some amoxibustion done, I am feeling a LOT better. There is a big TCM clinic in town, so I just went there and told them what was going on. By the way, BaguaKicksAss and Moonnite- thanks for the compliments! Most folks think I'm nuts when I tell them what I'm doing with my life, so it's nice to get some positive feedback every now and then.
  2. Would appreciate help

    Oh, and I would hasten to add that while meditating in my apartment, I only do about five "sets." Also, yes, I've tried cold and warm water. Idk, it could be allergies, even though I've never had them before. At night in the forest, when I turn on my flashlight, the air glitters with pollen... so that's certainly a possibility.
  3. Would appreciate help

    Ah yes, allow me to elaborate. As to the symptom itself, there is no actual sign of a rash, hives, or anything like that. There are burst blood vessels where I've scratched too hard, but other than that, no visible problem. Let me tell ya' though: it itches like crazy, and I'm kind of hoping there's someone out there who's been through this too. Furthermore, yeah, Jim was my teacher. I'm more or less waiting until I've finished level two to go out and find a new teacher. I think probably tomorrow or the day after I'll ask around about an acupuncturist. I live in China, so I'm sure I'll find one somewhere. As to where I meditate, I meditate on the floor of my apartment (on the fifth floor, sitting on a stone connected to the plumbing) two days a week, and in my cabin during the rest of the week. My cabin is dug out of the side of a really steep incline, and I sit directly on the ground, butt naked.
  4. Would appreciate help

    The practice: Mo Pai nei gong. 2 and a half years. A year and a half into level 2. The problem: Horrible itching all over my body. I've experienced a lot of unpleasant chi-related problems, but this one takes the cake. At the moment, I don't have a teacher I can turn to for help, so I consider Tao bums, a forum which I know a lot of serious practitioners to use, the next best thing. Without limiting my meditation, what can I do to reduce the itching? My doctor has tried treating it as a bacterial infection, fungal, and so on, without any results. No medicine seems to be working. If I had the cash to fly out to Indonesia, I could go and see The Man, but I don't. What must I do to stop the pain???
  5. Myths, legends, stories

    “Nurture energy, forget words and guard it. Conquer the mind, do non-doing. In activity and quietude, know the source progenitor. There is no thing; whom else do you seek? Real constancy should respond to people; In responding to people, it is essential not to get confused. When you don't get confused, your nature is naturally stable; When your nature is stable, energy naturally returns. When energy returns, Elixir spontaneously crystallizes, In the pot pairing water and fire. Yin and yang arise, alternating over and over again, Everywhere producing the sound of thunder. White clouds assemble on the summit, Sweet dew bathes the polar mountain. Having drunk the wine of longevity, You wander free; who can know you? You sit and listen to the stringless tune, You clearly understand the mechanism of creation. The whole of these twenty verses is a ladder straight to heaven.” (Attributed to the Taoist Master Chang San-Feng, Translated and edited by Thomas Cleary) ...Another legend tells of one of the Emperor's sons who went hunting and encountered Zhang San-feng in the forest. The prince's curtiers ordered the disheveled Zhang to leave the area immediately, as his presence was disturbing the game and therefore the hunt. Zhang, quite literally up a tree at the time, politely refused. There was a order given do dispatch the recalcitrant monk to heaven with a flurry of arrows. Several ace archers fired there bows at the target, but, to the prince's alarm, Zhang San-feng jumped off his branch and proceeded to catch and break all the arrows as he descended. When safely on terra firma, he returned the snapped shafts to their surprised owners.
  6. Myths, legends, stories

    Greetings, one and all. I love reading stories about the Taoist immortals who catch arrows between their teeth, Christian saints who pacify and befriend animals, and other such things. I especially love the stories about Zheng San Feng. Does anybody have a yarn or two to weave about people, past and present, with awesome powers?
  7. Semen Retention: 100 Days and My Experiences

    Well, my new friend, that's an interesting quote. And certainly, I agree, celibacy is not the be-all-end-all. It is, however, an indispensable choice if one wishes to be successful in their respective practice.... to a certain extent, anyway. As for smoking.... yeesh. I honestly can't say much for it, other than the fact than a man I admire and respect smokes. Aside from that, it's just a whole lot of baggage. Anyways, I love talking about this kind of stuff, and I'd be happy to elaborate via PM. *Bows very slightly, almost imperceptibly, to Chegg
  8. Semen Retention: 100 Days and My Experiences

    Wow, my first blessing via the Inter-webs. Thanks Chegg! As to the benefits- If you are curious about enlightenment, siddhis, etc., then such things are more so in the hands of God than of strangers on the net, and it is thereto one must apply. As to conventional benefits- I don't know man, it's difficult to say. I'll just say it straight up- I'm a smoker. I'm still trying to shake off the last vestiges of a not-so-great life. So whatever benefits I've received have an obvious counterweight. *Bows low and graciously to Chegg
  9. Semen Retention: 100 Days and My Experiences

    Greetings to one and all, As a person who has been celibate for approximately a year (about one month until it's been a year), I wanted to share some of the details of my lifestyle, as well as some strategies for maintaining the path. Strategies: 1. Understand that it is OK to check out sexy ladies, to flirt, and to have female friends. As long you are honest and straightforward about your choices with anyone it might concern, just mentioning the fact that you are celibate should be enough to deter any prospective mates. Yes, it can be embarrassing and awkward to talk about, but being honest is an attribute espoused by many great texts, from the bible to the sutras, to the tenets of Sivananda yoga. You should be proud of your lifestyle, and unafraid to speak of it openly. Believe it or not, as many as shun you will respect you all the more. 2. You must have a very, very good reason. I won't go into the details of my own reason, but considering the nature of this forum, it shouldn't be too difficult to guess. 3. Your own individual personality is a huge factor. Although many of the folks who know me consider me to be scary-charismatic, I am, in actuality, a huge loner. I prefer to spend my time studying, training, bush-whacking, and (my guilty pleasure) gaming. I am keenly aware that if I was of a more social bent (i.e., someone who cared to have a social life), this lifestyle would be a lot more difficult to maintain, as I would inevitably meet more chicks. 4. In the words of a man said by Bill Hicks to have taken it up the butt by satan: "Ya' gotta' have faith." About me: In my 20's, I am a physically robust, well-molded badass. I've long since discovered a great tradition in which celibacy is required. However, I think it's worth mentioning that for pretty much all my life, I've more or less lived in seclusion. In high school and junior high, I was ceaselessly ridiculed by my peers, and this, as one might have expected, turned me off from social interaction for a long time to come. Throughout college, still smarting from my younger years, and too financially impoverished to participate in anything anyways, I lived alone. A miserable, lonely young man- for whatever reason, perhaps instinctively- I began to pray to God. Later, this led to me yoga, and in turn led me to something else. As for my love life, I had lots and lots of girlfriends, but really only three worth mentioning. As for those three, all of them led to heart-break. I don't know about the rest of you, but when I fell, I fell hard; grown-man-weeping-like-a-baby hard. Not a pretty sight. So even without the esoteric aspect, the idea of a romantic relationship has very much waned in my heart and mind. Nowadays, the only women to which I have access are my fellow travelers, expat-girls passing through the tiny town of _____; many of whom are sexy as hell, but definitely heart-breakers. Certainly, the sexier among them (how many Israeli girls have you met? Hooooooooooly shit! And those northern European girls......) have tested my resolve. But I am what I am. Best of luck to all of you.
  10. I don't suppose you could link the post, could you?
  11. Why can't I see what the guy said in the first place? It seems like it might have been interesting..
  12. Just like the title says. I'm trying to figure out if I've said something to offend him, or if he's... well, passed on. At any rate, I haven't heard from him in a long time, and as I don't know his family or anything, I have no way of knowing what's going on with him. Does anyone here know anything?
  13. Seasons Greetings

  14. Seasons Greetings

    Hello to one and all. Let me start by saying a little bit about myself, and why I signed up for this forum. As to the former, I'm a 25 year old male, and a bum indeed. While I'm not a renunciate, with the career opportunities available to a guy with a B.A. in philosophy, I may as well be. As to the latter, I joined because there seems to be an abnormal amount of literature and opinions on nei gong/kung. It's as simple as that, really. Anyways, I've recently been disenfranchised. Suffice to say, my teacher isn't talking to me anymore. Why is this so? you might be thinking. Did he do something terrible? Did he say something he shouldn't have? You're guess is as good as mine, although to clarify, I don't believe I've done anything terrible. Does anybody have the scoop on Jim McMillan? When last I spoke to him, he was not doing that well, with regards to his health. Now that I haven't heard from him in a while, I'm starting to get worried. I'm level 1 now, and I have no idea what to do. I don't even know if my teacher is still alive. If any one has any advice, or better yet, would take pity on me and tell the instructions for level 2a and b, I would be eternally grateful. I have to say in advance, I can't pay you. I have no money. However, in a few months, I'll be living in China, so if you need a place to stay while you're over there, I could repay you thusly. Peace be with you, Tim