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  1. Day 144 golden flower

    Dear Dao Bums, This is my first post. I write because I feel the need to share my experiences with the golden flower method, as described in the secret of the golden flower and then explained by JJ Semple. Today marks 144 days since I started the daily meditation. Unlike other accounts, I haven't had a dramatic experience, but I do notice a definite gradual change. I'll try to keep this post short, so I'll only talk about a few things I've observed in my body: 1. At around day 90 I was napping in the afternoon and felt a very strong, VERY STRONG, electric current in all of my spine. I had the presence of mind to align my head and it also went into my head. It felt like when you accidentally get shocked at a power outlet and you can't let go. But it was not unpleasant nor painful, just intense. I'm not sure how long it lasted. Afterwards I felt like my usual self. 2. A few times now I've woken up at night because of intense heat in my body, followed by a lot of sweating, and a feeling that my insides are 'spinning' or ' vibrating' . When this happened, I had eaten red meat and had drunk alcohol (gin and tonic). 3. Twice now in those moments I 'wake up' and float out of my body, it's like I have enough energy to sustain myself outside my body; but I quickly lose awareness and fall into dream mode. I found the alcohol thing very interesting, usually for years now I've not been able to tolerate liquor; though I never stopped drinking beer and wine. I only drink socially on weekends, and don't usually get drunk, but it happens from time to time. Lately I had been drinking less and less because even one beer can give me a hang over and a headache the next day. Since, I've been meditating, (and also with some other practices I did in the past); when I drink liquor it's like adding fuel to the fire. It's like a reaction that has been wanting to take place, like a little engine inside me starts up and vibrates, moves around different parts of my body, and then generates heat, and finally sweat. Again, it's intense but not unpleasant. When I'm actually sitting at meditation, it's only a mild pleasant king of heat some of the time (sometimes nothing). Things seem to happen during sleep, but I think they are definitely linked to the sitting practice. The rest of the time life goes on as usual, no big changes, just maybe a bit more awareness about my inner emotional states. Naturally I turned to the internet for research. Most advice says not to drink alcohol while meditating, and to stick to a mostly vegetarian diet. I feel that meat and alcohol help the process in my case, they give me more energy. I found mentions of obscure tibetan traditions involving alcohol, and I read a book about Aghoris (an indian sect that eats meat, consumes intoxicants and allegedly does rituals with corpses...). My theory is that most recommendations have teenage boys in mind, who probably have excess fire (chinese medicine term), and need a cooling diet to be able to raise energy in meditation without loosing control. Also, recommendations probably stem from trying to manage teenage boys in a monastery that need to be kept in order and convinced to be celibate. In my case, I would say I have excess water and some wind (again chinese medicine terms), when I tried a vegetarian diet (for moral principles) I've felt quite weak and dispirited. Anyway, my question here is, has anyone had any experiences with meditation/ alcohol/ meat?
  2. What does your diet look like?

    I am trying to find my way with food. Particularly, coming off Suboxone, I need energy, liver, kidneys and brain regeneration. Sleep is an issue as well. On a deeper level, I'm practicing the very, VERY beginnings of internal alchemy, and thus am interested in changing my body's pH balance. I identify as a Taoist, because it is easiest, but I'm more specifically an esoteric mystic, I guess. I want to know what everyone eats, an their experience with food, changing diets. I just stopped eating meat a few days ago. I have decided I will not eat anything I would be unwilling to procure. So, I would milk a cow, takean egg, kill a shrimp, maybe even a fish. But nothing else. This happens naturally also. I have no moral issue with killing animals, but I do have a moral issue with industry. So ANYWAY: What do you identify as? (Taoist, Buddhist, atheist, gnostic luciferian,Catholic etc.) What does your diet look like? Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Snack? How did you come to this diet? What benefits have you noticed from it? How have your different diets made you feel? Any other observations about certain foods, supplements, etc? Drugs/medications: side effects, benefits and food interactions? Any other comments or pieces of advice? SPECIFICALLY FOR TAOISTS Grains or no grains? Are whole grains okay? Natural sugar vs. refined sugar? Carbs vs no carbs? Cooked versus raw food? Vegetable/fruit juice: Pastuerized or unpastuerized? Better or worse than eating the entire fruit/vegetable? Smoothies? FASTING: Resources? How long?(min./max) Experiences? I really appreciate it guys. I'd like this thread to be a resource for everyone. I find it very difficult to learn what the Taoists diet looks like. I understand this is because of the individual nature of Taoism, and it's feminine and embracing nature. But still, I'd like to know how others eat and why.
  3. Thread discussing if non-vegan diets are sustainable in the modern age and moving forward into the future.
  4. I recently realised that cooking a stew is like a perfect Daoist dish for a beginner (at least for a Westerner who hasn’t got easy access to all your fancy herbs). You got a lot of vegetables, meat, and few if any grains. Also it is very warming, and so good for the body. However, as I plan to cook this on a regular basis, I want to know not only the best ingredients, but ingredients that are widely available and not too expensive. So, in my stew I shall add hot water (of course) bones (for the marrow, which will strengthen my Jing energy). From which animal do you think is best? meat (again, from which animal do you think is best?) Vegetable oil Anything else? I look forward to any suggestions, like what vegetables, spices, etc to add. However, Lao Zi says not to make a dish appeal to the 5 tastes of the tongue, so a bland, tasteless dish is what I want. So if you add something sour, suggest also something bitter.
  5. Beautiful

    The food we consume - is the all that we take in We bring in through the eyes vast cubic miles every day The ears hear a thousand vibrations we never notice The nose speaks directly to our ancestry in each breath Our skin sinks to the marrow Please share here beauty that you have found so that it might be a well of delight and wonder
  6. hello, I have been doing tests and read about TCM and such, and i have been diagnosed by different tcm practitioners and tests that i have yin deficiency. these links of some tests and what i have been told by some tcm practitioners: " You seem to have several symptoms of a general yin deficiency. The burning of the hands, nervousness and flushing can stem from heart yin deficiency. some of your digestive issues and some of the constant worry could be from spleen qi deficiency. Eczema is commonly caused by damp heat and is probably made worse by your yin deficiency as well. As for your tongue, the deep centerline crack reflects yin deficiency. The soft, somewhat flaccid texture of the tongue reflects chronic spleen weakness. the bumps of the tongue reflect chronic heat accumulation, which in your case is probably a result of the chronic yin deficiency. it is a little hard to tell but it does look like the front of the tongue is a little brighter red than the rest, which is another sign of heat which has accumulated in the upper." tests: Can someone explain me the yin energy and how it is absorbed (ground or cosmos..or...) and what food or lifestyle is yin, and techniques and such that may help me in balancing, since i don't have much knowledge in tcm. thanks
  7. I was reading innersoundqigong's blog at so now I'm wondering what are the best foods/herbs/supplements for providing nourishment to the spleen?
  8. Eating practices

    Does anyone have a particular Taoist practice or discipline that they follow for eating? I live in the United States which is a country in which, ironically, it is the abundance of food that is making us gravely ill. So it makes good sense to have good habits that promote spiritual cultivation and growth. The below page I recently read, and found it to be a good resource for this topic: I think one large meal a day is more than possible, and honestly makes good sense because you can devote the majority of your day to everything besides cooking or eating. It just seems to be cultivating an "eat to live" mindset. I have never done well with several meals a day. I've had very religious experiences fasting for a couple days, it seems to open creative and soul channels which are closed after consuming food. I have never gone longer than a few days though because I'm already slender. I've also read about one bowl meditation where you put everything you want to eat in one bowl. Not sure about the practicality of this if eating one meal a day.
  9. Daoist Diet - Meal Suggestions?

    Greetings Bums, I'm trying to modify my daily diet to improve my practice (and general health/wellbeing of course) and would welcome suggestions from any and all about ideas for breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks that would be in keeping with a Daoist diet. I have seen plenty of lists of foods which constitute good Daoist types e.g. avoiud red meat, spicy food, cold food/drink, processed food etc etc. but I am an absolute incompetent in the kitchen and as regards cooking and preparing food etc. It is something that I don't have the time or the inclination for to be honest, so contstructing my own recipes and ideas is something that gives me the fear. I think I'd be much more successfull in my endeavours if I was able to have a clear and prescriptive structure to follow. SO if anyone could share what they eat on a daily basis - that they believe constitutes a good Daoist diet - then this would be much appreciated! I'm hoping to put together a simple plan for three simple healthy meals. I should say that I have a moderately active life - commuting/working with long days (though in a sedentary job) with some light exercise and qi gong in the evenings and daily meditation. Any input much appreciated. Thanks
  10. Hi All, Amazing and not so amazing animals/foods I have tried on my travels thus far; * Australia: Kangaroo, rabbit, jelly fish, birds nest soup and crocodile * Cambodia: Tarantula * Indonesia;: Frog, sea cucumber, snails and dog (stray) I have a Vietnamese friend who said she ate rat and snake in Vietnam... I'd love to hear what others have tried on their travels... Peace, FT
  11. Food

    What do you eat (or avoid eating)? What's your diet profile (or ideal diet)? Got recipes? What does the Taoist, Buddhist, or Spiritual diet consist of?
  12. I have tried several times to eat very simple foods, with limited spices and ingredients, and after only 1 to 2 weeks, it seems like my appetite goes way down and so does my energy. I have trouble sleeping, and I just always feel tired. I can force myself to eat more, but I'm not hungry, so I don't digest it well. I know in TCM that when you digest food, the spleen extracts the raw chi so your body can use it. Weak digestive fire means less food being eaten and less chi, resulting in much lower energy. This is my experience every time. I'm not saying being gluttonous is good or that we should go out of our way to prepare extravagant meals, but I've come to realize that enjoyment on some level of the food I eat is crucial to optimum health. I guess its important to find the middle ground and not go to either extreme. Who would have thought. What's your guys and gals take on this?
  13. Practice, lifestyle, and personal preference

    So I found a good read when I was younger, maybe 10 years ago or so, a book by Mary Summerrain called The Phoenix Rising. Another book she wrote, Dreamwalker, spoke of a concept that has been on my mind for a while and I figured it's time to just hash it out and put it into words. Maybe get some answers just doing so, but it's here as well, for discussion. (note, for some reason I cannot use the enter key to add vertical spaces between paragraphs, this wont be easy to read.) So! SummerRain makes note of something genuine: That a holy person, sage, monk, or other spiritually aware and/or advanced person's lifestyle is irrelevant. You can be a dreamwalker, as noted in this book, even though you drink sodas, smoke cigarettes, and eat red meat. MAYBE spiritual titles are irrelevant, that this applies across the board, or perhaps it's only relevant to dreamwalkers? It rings true, in my ears, that a physical lifestyle influences only the physical life-world, and is irrelevant regarding spiritual and/or psychic experiences and ability. So I am wondering to myself if it matters a person's sexuality, gender, diet, habits, addictions, or lifestyles have any genuine meaning in regards to practicing anything of the spiritual/energic sort? I personally do not believe smoking dope and promiscuity are going to directly inhibit immortality, but as with all things, everything in moderation...