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  1. Are there such meridians in our body ?

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3838801/ 4. DiscussionIn Table 1, we prove that the 15 minutes of PLB irradiation exhibits a reliable complementary effect on LCLMM, rehabilitating to or approaching the normal current level; a 15-minute PLB irradiation also tended to suppress the HCLMM. In Table 2, we show that the specific meridian channel current is indirectly affected by another meridian channel which has been treated by the PLB irradiation. Because the meridian channels and their corresponding acupuncture points are located in distinct locations, typical light energy irradiation should not be able to affect the electrical resistance of the skin or other meridian channels if no interconnecting network exists. Our previous water-based experiment proved that PLB weakens the hydrogen bonds and modifies the characteristics of liquid water [13, 14]. In this study, we applied the PLB technique to the Ryodoraku meridian point irradiation, attempting to detect its effects on the meridian current flow by the possible alteration of liquid characteristics in the meridian channels. Table 1 (Figure 4 as one example) shows that PLB irradiation has complementary effects on the current flow of abnormal meridians returning to its normal current level. Table 2 (Figure 5 as one example) shows that there are evident interactions between the current flows of relative meridians. Based on results of the current study, we suggest that the meridian channels are interconnected and acupuncture point stimulation induces a systematic wave-induced flow as shown in Figure 6. Figure 6 PLB irradiation of the specific meridian (acupuncture) points may induce a wave-induced flow in the meridians, by using the interconnection of various meridians. To strengthen our hypothesis, we searched for support in the relevant literature. Although numerous studies of TCM are published each year, the results and corresponding discussions are typically TCM theories, which are rarely proven through scientific methods. In order to decrease the amount of bias and avoid referring to unproven TCM theories, our discussion is based exclusively on the results of evidence-based publications. After reviewing recent studies of meridians, acupuncture, propagation, stimulation, current, water, fluid, anatomy, energy, transport, flow, and propagation (Table 3), we discuss the progression of scientific evidence regarding meridians and the possibility of wave-induced flows. 4.1. Current and Low Impedance Characteristics of MeridiansAfter using a single-power alternating current (SPAC) instrument to measure low-impedance acupuncture points, it was determined that the mean subcutaneous impedance at the acupuncture points was significantly lower than it was at the impedance of control points; subcutaneous impedance was lower at the low-impedance points measured using the SPAC two-electrode method. This suggests that a high amount of interstitial fluid lies beneath the low-impedance acupuncture points [30]. Previous studies have suggested that the acupuncture meridians are physiologically characterized by low electrical impedance and anatomically associated with the planes of connective tissue. 4.2. Anatomy of MeridiansRegarding the possible location of meridians, previous publications have suggested collagenous bands and the fascial plane. Collagenous bands, which can be detected by increasing the echogenicity of an ultrasound, are significantly associated with lower electrical impedance and may explain the reduced impedance that was previously reported at the acupuncture meridians. This finding provides critical insights about acupuncture meridians and the relevance of collagen in bioelectrical measurements. Acupuncture points are likely located on the skin overlying the fascial planes that separate muscles; thus, acupuncture meridians may be located along the fascial planes between muscles or between a muscle and bone or tendon [5, 32]. Magnetic resonance imaging suggests that acupuncture points are located at connective tissue sites and cleavage planes [31]. 4.3. Energy Consumption of MeridiansWhen a highly sensitive CO2 instrument was used to measure the transcutaneous CO2 emissions at the meridian lines, it showed that the level of the emission was highly related to the positions of acupuncture points and meridian lines on the body. It was concluded that a strong correlation exists in energy metabolism activity among the body surfaces along the meridian [38]. After moxibustion (or similar light stimulation) of the body in the 3 μm–5 μm range, light channels appear on the body, demonstrating the existence of the acupuncture meridian structure. It was proven that high temperature responses can occur along the meridians in physiological and pathological conditions, suggesting that meridians have infrared or near infrared radiation characteristics. These findings appear to confirm the existence of acupuncture meridians, suggesting that living matter is not in the ground state, but rather permanently excited [35, 41]. 4.4. Light Propagation of MeridiansPrevious studies have used non-invasive methods to detect the human meridian system. When the optical transport properties of visible laser lights and halogen lamps were used to irradiate meridian and nonmeridian pathways, it was suggested that the optical properties of the human meridian significantly differ from the surrounding tissues [42, 43]. The study concluded that the strong light propagation and optical properties along the meridian channel comprised a histological structure correlated with interstitial fluids [42, 43]. 4.5. Radioactive Isotopes Pass through the Meridian ChannelNumerous experiments have proven that a radioactive tracer inserted at an acupuncture point follows a course corresponding to the meridians described by TCM. According to human anatomy, these pathways are neither part of the vascular system, nor the lymphatic ducts, and the velocity of the radioactive message suggests that they are not transferred along the nervous system. Thus, the meridian channels are likely individual pathways, separated from the microcirculation, vessels, lymphatic ducts, and nervous system [36, 37, 39, 44–47]. 4.6. Flow Channel Characteristics of MeridiansA hydrodynamic analysis of the waveforms stimulated by vibration stimuli at meridian and nonmeridian points was conducted by using the optimal stimulator frequency at the pericardium meridian. It was determined that the mean transfer speed in the meridian was significantly lower than in the adjacent control region, and differences in the attenuation rate and peak amplitude were also noted [39]. Zhang et al. [40] conducted a hydromechanic study, exploring the fundamentals of acupuncture points and meridians, and measuring the transmission of artificial interstitial fluid pressure waves to examine their connection with the low resistance points; a strong connection was confirmed between the points. This indicates that the points form channels along the meridians (low-hydraulic resistance channels), corresponding with the meridian channels described in TCM. Interstitial fluid is an essential body fluid, which connects blood vessels, lymphatic ducts, and intracellular spaces; however, modern physiology pays little attention to interstitial fluid, and some clinicians debate whether interstitial fluid actually flows freely [48–50]. Their results showed that a lower hydraulic resistance channels (LHRC) existed along the meridians. The discovery of LHRCs provides the first physiological explanation for meridians, and the flow channel could interpret as the movement of isotope tracks. Another human study using an isotope tracing method showed that isotopes migrate along the meridian lines, deducing that this movement represented the flow of interstitial fluid along the LHRCs. Combining Zhang et al. [40] and other findings confirms that the meridian channels exist among the subcutaneous tissues and demonstrate the characteristics of fluid flow [51–61]. 4.7. Contributions and LimitationsIn our opinion, meridian lines are interstitial microscopic fluid channels and fulfilling most of the previously mentioned characteristics [62]. Although pure water containing no electrolytes or ions is an excellent electrical insulator, water is an effective solvent and always contains some dissolved solutes such as sodium chloride or other salts; water containing few impurities is a strong conductor of electricity [63–65]. In typical circumstances, water is able to propagate or transfer sound [66], visible light [67], heat (infrared) [68], and radioactive isotopes [69]. Based on the results of the current study and our review of the literature, we suggest that the hydrodynamic of waveforms fluid flow and interstitial fluid concepts [70] of the meridians and acupuncture points explains the reported transmission of current [30, 32], acoustic responses [33, 71], thermal responses [34, 35], optical transmissions [34, 43], isotope passages [36, 37, 72], hydrodynamic analysis [40, 73], and PLB stimulation [13, 14] in meridians. The hypothesis that meridians are open channels of interstitial fluid seems to be accepted, based on evidence-based research. Some limitations must be considered. In the future, we plan to create methods of observing and measuring the wave movement pattern and direction of induced flow within the meridian channels (Figure 6). Demonstrating the objective existence and 3D network of meridians requires combining various technologies including biophysics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and radiological imaging. Go to: 5. ConclusionIn this study, we applied the PLB technique to the Ryodoraku meridian point irradiation, attempting to detect its effects on the meridian current flow by the possible alteration of liquid characteristics in the meridian channels. Our data show that PLB has complementary effects for current flow of abnormal meridians returning to its normal current level, and there are significant interactions between the current flows of relative meridians. In the future PLB can be used to regulate meridian current flow and provoke the intermeridian interactions.
  2. I agree that a 24/7 mindfulness that incorporates vipassana style contemplation and analysis along with bodily sensation presents a risk of cogntive overload, but I think sensing the body and centering at the navel might be too narrow to work as a 24/7 practice for people attending to work and taks; I think the busy person probably needs a focus more similar to the "flow/in the zone" martial arts state, with awareness opened and attuned to external objects and movements.
  3. I think I underestimated the value of doing a lot of physical prepartion (e.g. hatha yoga, cardio exercise) as a starting point for preparing the body to reap the benefits of deeper work. If you are stiff and enflamed and in poor focus it is going to be hard to execute qigong forms with the proper mindfulness, and standing for 1+ hours in Zhan Zhuang or sitting for 1+ hours in lotus is going to be tough. Also I think the idea of energy centers being conceptual focus points for activating states of consciousness and mind-body resonance, together with the notion of the existence of a wide spectrum of realizable states of resonance and consciousness, is helpful to the syncretist because if you are thinking about energy centers as substantive objective organs it can bee really confusing trying to reconcile all the different chakras and vessells of energy presence described by different traditions; often syncretists fall into the trap of building complex correspondence tables in the attempt to map out an esoteric theory of everything, and they all usually abandon and revise the map to a representation of fundamentals after more reading and experience.
  4. Bak Fu Pai's Sunn Yee Gong-Q&A

    I have a question that didn't occur to me until I tried the second set of seated exercises that have full 100s in between some of the numbers, for example: Start:100-70-100-30-100 Finish:100-100-100 So normally it would be something like: Start: "3 full Breaths - 80 - 70 - 50" where e.g. "80" means [inhale full, exhale 80%, inhale full, exhale 100%] Finish: 3 Full breaths So does "Start:100-70-100-30-100/ Finish: 100-100-100" mean : 100 : inhale full, exhale 100% (10 seconds), inhale full, exhale 100% 70: inhale full, exhale 70%, inhale full, exhale 100% 100: inhale full, exhale 100% (10 seconds), inhale full, exhale 100% 30: inahle full, exhale 30%, inhale full, exhale 100% 100: inhale full, exhale 100%, inhale full exhale 100% Or are thoses 100s suppose to represent the normal inhales and exhales that bookend the percentages, in which case it would be: 100: inhale full, exhale 100% 70: inhale full, exhale 70% 100: inhale full, exhale 100% 30: inhale fulle, exhale 30% 100: inhale full, exhale 100%
  5. Assuming there is anything to it, I would expect it to be an example of will effecting change ("magic"), and such a thing would happen mostly only on the margins -- like the Princeton experiments with people "willing" a small particle to go left instead of right, thereby slightly statistically changing the expected outcome over a large number of trials -- so people in dire circumstances are probably outside of the margins of what one might reasonably expect to work. And really if it were any other way, if people of ordinary or slightly developed spiritual and energetic abilities could just will and manifest the world at whim, it wouldn't be the orderly and predictable physical world that we experience, it would be some chaotic dreamscape.
  6. Favourite Hermetic & Occult Books

    Phillip Farber's Brain Magick does a good job of explaining the NLP & Chaos Magick paradigm. Aaron Leitch and Lon Milo Duquette are really good for clear explanation and thoroughly sourced and researched perspectives on traditional western magic topics.
  7. Bak Fu Sunn Yee Gong Complete level 1 DVD

    In my experience, the shortform feels much more activated when I do it after a full 36-40m set of the static standing postures, the energy builds up and then when I do the shortform it flows and feels meditative. When I do the shortform cold I feel like I am not tapped in or at a high enough vibration; I suppose a high-level practioner could easily do it cold but for me it is so much better after I work up a sweat and clear out the channels first with the basics.
  8. Mixed internal arts - MIA

    I have read in some places that the Taoists and Buddhists borrowed practices from each other. I think at the general level of abstraction there is the issue of how various practices impact the physical, mental, emotional and astral bodies, and how certain constructs (e.g. focus on the Dan Tien) are beneficial for different reasons. Then there is the sphere of traditions and paradigms, and those traditions and paradigms might have specific ways of conceptualizing and doing things. The error is when there is false attribution or conflation between a practice as such and the philosophy/theology of the parent system. If, for example, skeletal shaking is a reliable technique for clearing blockages, I don't see the need to limit or color that practice with any particular dogma; obviously monks and lineage holders have their ceremonial and traditional obligations but those don't necessarily extend to the lay dabbler who hasn't initiated into those traditions. I think there is something to be said for respecting the wisdom of everyone that came before, just rationally speaking; so if a tradition has been working for a millennium and it has masters who say it is a complete tradition, then just for practical reasons one has reason to stick to it with faith that their practices all fit together and don't conflict with each other and have lead others to high attainments. All in all though I think the body of knowledge would be well served by more objective deconstruction and analysis from a supra-traditional perspective (ala Yang Jwing-Ming's "Embryonic Breathing" and Dr. Bynum's "Dark Light Consciousness").
  9. depersonalization

    In some Western traditions, detachment and depersonalization is only an intermediate step. Physical, mental, and emotional mastery frees one from all the "junk" and prepares one for willed self-creation and higher enlightenment, but union with oneness or void is not seen as a desirable endpoint for the existence in the here and now; further cultivating of enthusiasm and self-creating is necessary to make the most of a social life that participates in the world and enjoys it instead of shunning it, so one aims to build new ego masks for the purpose of enjoying life through them, without becoming completely lost in them: the enlightened element being the ability to step back and detach from a mask, to create a new one, to return to the void to ground oneself but also to individuate by intentionally developing the ego , and hopefully to experience the here and now with more joy, enthusiasm, and substance as a result of individuating beyond the shell that resides in oneness with the void. Someone once said that "cultivating enthusiasm" is the most important thing in the path, the highest attainment is to be able to will oneself into joy and to be as awake and curious as a child about all things. That enthusiasm compels genius and makes experience more than just perfunctory.
  10. Kundalini, Kundabuffer, Black Tantra

    I think a lot of that "demonic" stuff ends up semantic disconnect, very few groups seem to actually take themselves to be sinister malicious and destructive. Mostly indivi From reading up on that Aun Weor guy quickly, seems like he probably had some good techniques and methods and personal abilities from extensive study of world traditions but had a bad case of dogma and treating the map as the territory and seeing himself as a prophet.
  11. Flying Phoenix or Blossoms in the Spring?

    FP doesn't have to be a large overwhelming thing, they say to do each DVD in the order given at least once but after that you can take, for example, just bending the bows and do that for an hour. If your other practice is a lot of standing and movement you might want to check out the FP seated meds or SYG . I sometimes do a lot of other meditation in full lotus so at those times I tend to crave and prefer the body movement of the taichi style moving meditations for my qigong. On the other hand when I was doing more frequent and strenuous cardio and strength training, I felt much more like doing a seated or static session than getting my moving horse stance on.
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