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    You have expressed many lucid points. If you do desire to cultivate your energy, I would suggest starting with the classic texts of the Taoists of any other form of "time tested" spiritual practice. Many of them carry the seed of transcendence in them, much like the sexual encounters you are holding out for. Having an ultimate goal in mind with a personal practice is sometimes a inhibitor of growth. But in the beginning, it is beneficial to see changes take place within one's awareness; like being able to control the sexual desire and understanding why one is doing so. Retention is certainly not a universal approach, and many do it for different reasons; and many don't do it at all. Ultimately it comes down to a simple tenant: You are the one responsible for your qi. Thanks for sharing, Tsuki.
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    Hi Tsuki, A simple question: What is the purpose of your cultivation?
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    I can chime in on this discussion and share my experiences. I have learned much about "mind" and what makes "mind" work in the practice of refraining from self-satisfaction. In all honesty, it has been an easy process for me. I should probably have picked something that I am more addicted to. Currently, it has been 100+ days since the last time I had a conscious sexual climax. The last time consciously was with another person. In all, I have self-satisfied three times in 2013. Two of the three were part of my "experiment", and for the purposes of self-observation. I utilized no mental imagery in the process and intended to "love" myself. The third, I will admit, I gave in after an encounter with someone whom I have a great chemistry with. She gave me permission to use her image if I needed to as we do not live close to one another on a regular basis. I say that last part because I desire to be respectful with intent, and wish not to steal from anyone else. I have been the subject of lustful attention, both in person and at a distance, and it is a powerful thing. Non-locality is very viable and very real. I do not share all this information, but for the purposes of discussion. I am not looking for any accolades or to pat myself on the back. I will say two nights ago I had a nocturnal emission, and I have no recollection of any dream that inspired such a result. I don't view dreams as a one-way street (meaning that the creation of dreams is a co-creatve process with my physical existence), and understand that perhaps my body just needed to release some jing essence. This is the second nocturnal emission I have had during this time. Before that, the last time was in 1996 when I was 17. The first one this year was facilitated by a rather sexually intrusive and lusty "demon" in the dreamscape. I was ambushed by this character which would not let me go in the dream until I reached climax. Right before it happened, I woke up in my dream, but it was too late. I am currently practicing qi-gong as well as going through a personal process of internal alchemy. My energy body is in quite a transitional phase, which I feel is also adding to my lack of desire. In my experience, everything comes down to the the mind and what it feels it wants. The mind is susceptible to suggestion and temptation seemingly at every corner, until one chooses to alter this process. (Nothing new, just stating what I have realized). These suggestions can be as simple as habitually scratching ones head, or as complicated as being addicted to knowledge and "greater" ways of describing the seeming infinite complexity of our existence. I have done both. In our world of "anonymity", where one can hide behind online personalities offered in the comfort of the warm glow of a computer screen, there is mental temptation everywhere. Often the temptation is subtle, and it is generally a temptation to distract one from themselves and their "genuine" Self. The only real "judge" in the matter is the individual. This, in many ways, is what the experience of being human is, but a computer, to me, amplifies the process since it is basically a completely ego/mind experience. There is little movement physically, while the mind does somersaults and other forms of mental gymnastics. Compared to limiting my getting swept away in the internet and what it can offer my rapacious mind, abstaining from masturbation has been a cake walk. I do not say this to disrespect any who have had difficulty with this practice, just to be honest. I know there are "spiritual benefits" to abstaining from masturbation, but I will limit any of my discussion on them till I learn more on that front. Generally, qi usage is qi usage, whether it be through physical masturbation or mental. I re-iterate, this choice was made for self-observational purposes, as well as out of respect for others whose image I may have used in the past. In general, my energy has always settled much higher in my body, and in fact, grounding myself has been the most regular practice and most challenging for me. This may be another reason why sex has been a take it or leave it thing for me for most of my adult life. Sex is also one of the most emotionally charged experiences we can have as humans, and generally it is no longer respected for the truly creative experience it can be. I do not plan to engage with anyone else unless their understanding of what it can be is similar to mine. As for masturbation, the desire honestly never arises. Even as I talk about it now, it simply feels like a foreign act that I choose not to participate in. Were I on Seinfeld, I might have won some money by now... Much love, peeps.
  4. [HHC Study] Hua Hu Ching Chapter 12

    still enjoying... :-)
  5. [HHC Study] Hua Hu Ching Chapter 12

    I have much enjoyed the back and forth of this conversation :-) Thank you both for sharing.
  6. [HHC Study] Hua Hu Ching Chapter 12

    Ahhh yes :-) I lived north of Pittsburgh my teens. The easy answer is that every action is some form of "energy work", to me at least. Every thought and intention being the expressive/manifested aspect of "qi". You are correct in the specific practice of "energy work" in that if the cause of the imbalances are not addressed, the results will be short-lived. I have had a wonderful opportunity to to qi-gong "healing" on other people. Call it whatever you want though. It mostly has consisted of grounding the person, and getting them in touch with their own "spark" of infinity. Nothing special, as I feel we can all do this, but I will say these experiences have allowed me to connect with people on the closest of levels. Such an honor to have the opportunity. This is the energy work with a purpose, since there is a desire to understand the imbalance, instead of just fixing it. I don't perceive attainment of the "Tao" as being some sort of destination, though it can be seen as such in a life based in linear time. It can be a consistent intended goal to align oneself, but it seems to me to be a bit more like remembering what is "primordial" and forgetting what has been learned. Is it possible to be a functional human in the fast-paced world and still fall into alignment? I feel it is, but as you said, it is not easy sometimes. The illusion of separation is very real to me. I am reminded of HHC #80 saying that "enlightenment is not the end, but the means". The question my mind always asks is "how will we know we are ever there?" haha :-) Thank you for sharing your thoughts and giving me an opportunity to share mine.
  7. [HHC Study] Hua Hu Ching Chapter 12

    I was reading through the HHC today and noted I would be curious to pose the question to the "Bums" about this.... Any thoughts on the "8 energy rays"? When I read 8 I think the 7 chakras and the first closest to the head. In a sense, as with the grains of sand observation, this seems to be "fracturing" the "One". Energy work sets to balance energies, but simply in aligning with the feeling of the "Tao" it seems the energies align themselves. Any thoughts/feelings about that part. I did enjoy reading your back and forth on the matter. Thank you.
  8. Calling Out All Taoists

    How can anyone know who is "diving in" or not? An online forum is inherently intellectual in its means of expression. I know what you are saying, and I have asked the same question, but becoming fixated on an answer to that question tends to limit the "diving in" potential to me. Just from my own experience. Most of my genuine "Taoist" responses to posts on the forum, are never expressed :-)
  9. Outside linear time, the concept of re-incarnating doesn't completely jive as things can be perceived as happening simultaneously in "parallel" existences, until perhaps one aspect of "shen" pulls enough experience together in a single life time to move beyond a karmic condition, perhaps thus freeing all other aspects of the karmic condition as well. Perhaps some of these parallel existences are not even of the Earthly system. Robert Monroe speaks of this in his accounts. It is all pure speculation for me, so I won't spend much more energy thinking about it. :-)
  10. The MCO is Taoist fundamentalism

    Thank you for your elaboration. Which MCO are you speaking of? There are multiple. I think your concerns are valid, and I am interested to see others who have consistently practiced the MCO to chime in about their own personal experiences with it. I will add if someone isn't very grounded, and generally is carrying around a lot of unprocessed emotional energy, this sort of stuff CAN be dangerous. Qi deviation syndrome is a very legitimate "ailment" in my experience. I practice the bringing up in the back and letting it fall in the front. I find that this feels very natural to me and it by no means forced. There are others I have learned, but I do not feel compelled to pursue them at this point as they tend to run against my normal qi flow.
  11. Are you of the opinion that it will make an appearance into the collective reality? I hesitate to put a time frame on it.
  12. Ahh yes, Nibiru... I have spent enough time slogging through many a rabbit hole to get to the point where I probably won't poop myself if it ever makes an appearance in our skies. Though there are many different interpretations of it. Care to share yours, SOTG?
  13. As a former "intellectual predator" I can attest to vampiring qi in order to literally feel better. Only when I discovered my own ability to create enough energetics to be happy and functional did the desire to intellectually intimidate and dominate others go away.
  14. I agree, and perhaps Huxley was aware of it, though he definitely takes the position of an esteemed "intellectual" in this passage. I feel he is lamenting his abundance of knowledge which has not been transformed into a means of "living the way". Whether he got it or not, is immaterial to me as he is writing about something that often plagues the human mind. Nature/nurture, predisposition etc...