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  1. Hello, I am a middle-age fart with 3 Kids and a Wife and I am doing my best to bring myself back into a state of balance and good health. I am somewhat new to Qigong (I started practicing through Ken Cohens CD/DVD's some 7 or 8 years ago, but didn't stick with it long, and renewed my interest a few months ago after stumbling upon Sifu Anthony Korahais online instructional for Lifting the Sky (thanks Anthony!)), though I have been practicing various types of meditation and shadow-work throughout the last few decades. I also found interest in Dao through the Tao Te Ching as a youngster, and I am always working to apply its wisdom to my life. I've been on this site a few times over the years while searching for various things, and I'm happy to finally join the site and get to know some of you better!
  2. Saying hi to the forum

    Hey there, just writing my intro post as I'm new to the forum. I am interested in reading the discussion here. I Googled this forum again after hearing about it a while ago after reading an interesting chapter on the feminine in Taoism in a book of lectures by Andrew Harvey. Looking forward to reading more!
  3. Hey

    Hey everyone, So, I don't really know what to say other than this seems like a great place and I like how Dao is spelled with a D rather than a T. I'm a writer, psychology undergrad, and lay/secular Buddhist. I love how Daojia and Chinese Buddhism riffed off each other and I incorporate both in my practice. I just turned 30 and live between two cornfields (well, now they're cornless) in rural Illinois. I'm constantly trying to walk the tightrope between pragmatism and mysticism without falling into either of the extremes. Nice to meet you, John
  4. Newcomer

    Totally new to Qigong (which is my interes). Read some articles of Sifu Anthony Korahais and found this forum.
  5. Hello!

    Hello. I've been fascinated with the Asian Culture since a I was a little kid. The writing system, martial arts, music, imagery, ... everything was misterious and intriguiing. It was many, many years ago; information about those topics were scarce and books in my native language (Italian) were extremely rare. Above everything, one thing has remained constant in my life for all this time: I Ching. I discovered them when I was 14 and since then I had a mentor and counseler that would help me looking through the situation (and myself) more clearly. That's my main reason to be hear. I hope to learn more and, possibily, share the little I know. Remo
  6. Greetings and salutations.From IL.

    Hello My name i go by is Asharana but if you would like to know my formal name its actually Kenneth. Ive practiced Microcosmic orbit from the mantak chia awakening healing light series as well as learning about the 3 dan tiens. Ive only recently been able to connect the spiritual body (macro) to the Micro(physical) so i am looking on where to go now i noticed each time ive connected to the northstar general other wise known as the northern star i feel either a strong spinning sensation or a pull from what feels like a strong vacuum effect of it. getting back to the intro i wanted to learn not only advance healing techniques but also how to have a strong or more fluid connection to the "Wuji" or emptiness I am unsure why but this seems to be one of the things on my bucket list before i move unto my next life. i can say ive experienced the silence of meditation and felt awakenings of the spiritual nature that hit me more then once like a mach truck of the universal energy . I was first developing or cultivating the energy that i have now when i was about 20-23 years old by first being attuned to reiki. then i realize there are methods that are more simple then reiki within in the first year of finding that attunement i decided that i would learn to be a healer to assist in developing my energetic body which i did not know could grow or i should say raise to higher levels until i started reading about "light/rainbow/diamond bodies" that is when i realize i had all the time i need to start working on my self to become better with my abilities and uncover new ones over time. So i am happy and hoping that within these few years ahead i'll be lead further down my path into the understanding of what my other spiritual bodies are like or even if my soul it self it manly multi-existantial
  7. Hello

    Hope to be very active in this forum!
  8. Hello TaoBums and other users, I am 36 year old epileptic man. Still unemployed and dependent on my parents. The few times I held a job I started becoming unconscious at work. Got to the point where even my father refused to hire me. My doctors claim stress is the trigger to my seizures. I have also had a few psychotic episodes. In a few months, they are going to assign me to an assisted living facility somewhere in India. Not sure about the details. I will become a trust fund baby when they pass away but they don't believe I can survive on my own. I never thought of myself as disabled, I am not sure if I should fight against this path or accept it until it is no longer an option. I am currently reading The Empty Boat and The Pathless Path by Osho. Only a little way in but makes for interesting reading. Hope I can ask question about my doubts and get clarifications through this forum, Regards, Anoop Alex
  9. Salaam Wa'alaikum

    Or, in English "Peace be with you." I'm new to these forums, and I'm also very new to this "Tao" thing as well. I'm so new to it that beyond still trying to understand what some of the poems mean in the Tao Te Ching I have no idea what to do or where to go. I have a feeling that is almost a good thing though, as long as I'm mindful of it and the possibilities that could arise. A little background on me: I'm an American woman in her mid 20's. Engaged, marrying next year to a Muslim husband. Big time gamer, geek, nerd (w/e you want to call it these days). Lifelong seeker. Since I could form the word "God" I've probably been seeking some kind of higher calling or purpose. Attended a Christian elementary school that pretty much killed every possible chance of me ever being a Christian. Studied(ing) Islam beginning in my late teens. Began wearing the hijab, dressing modestly, praying, sometimes fasting, etc. I've also worked in nightlife and been a model. I left those lifestyles behind after a few short years because I felt they offered me nothing in the way of progress as a soul, just a lot of materialistic and carnal noise. I studied philosophy in college. (Surprise!) In my very, very, very brief studies of this path I have seen the phrase on a few blogs, "You don't become a Taoist, you just realize you are one.", or something to that effect. I guess that's where I stand on the precipice of. I've come to admit some very harsh truths to myself about what I believe about the nature of God and the nature of, well, nature, and our relationship to it. I guess mainstream society and my Islamic disposition made it easy to push these things down, but I've had enough. I'm tired of tossing and turning in bed and living with mental discomfort about my beliefs. It's stifling. I'm not going to go into explicit detail about every single thing, but I'd be happy to talk more about it if someone wants to know more. Overall, I'm just hear to learn and hear people's opinions. I learned a lot about Islam that way and I felt it worked pretty well for me. Just listening and asking questions and talking with others. After all, this site if "conversations on the way" right? hehe I like it! Anyways, I'm open to any and all recommended reading and other suggestions about supplementing my study of this path. On the surface it resonates with me a lot, on a very basic level just as someone or something that exists. Really, I'd love any basic guidance for a neophyte seeker. I'll close with a verse from the Qur'an that stirred the first inkling of the Tao in me: "And to Allah belongs the east and the west. So wherever you [might] turn, there is the Face of Allah. Indeed, Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing." - Qur'an 2:115
  10. Hello!

    Hello Tao Bums, I am a Taoist martial artist and I enjoy reading your topics so I figured I'd drop in and join the forum! I am relatively new to internal but have practiced martial arts for almost 14 years and internal specifically for almost 4. At my school we practice Chen Tai Chi & Silk Reeling, Xingyi, Bagua Zhang, some Praying Mantis and Shandong weaponry, and a creative martial art called Tao style created by our Sifu. Tao has always resonated deeply with me ever since I first came across a Tao Te Ching in high school. In life I am an artist, astrologer (currently using western tropical, hoping to explore the akashic records soon), and teach some qigong and martial arts on a basic level OK, I hope this is a good introduction! I get nervous about these things. Look forward to being a part of the community.
  11. Hello From the States!

    Hi folks. I usually just tend to read forums but this one seems to pretty popular so I decided to join. I enjoy philosophy, metaphysics, exercise, and a good laugh! :-)
  12. Chinese Thought and Taoism

    Hello, I am a student in East Asian Studies. My current focus is on Chinese philosophy both pre-modern and contemporary. I look forward to discussing your views on any aspects of Chinese thought and its impact on your outlook in life. I am a Malaysian on a short tour to the College de France (Paris) and the University of Chicago. Thank you in advance for your participation in our conversations. Regards, hamida
  13. Hello?

    Hello everyone, I am very happy to find a community like this. I just began my journey into Taoism in September and I am interested in see everyone's views and beliefs. Sorry, I am a little awkward...
  14. Hello from Sifu Jeff Larson

    Hello Taoist Bums participants, it is nice to be among you to discuss topics of interest I wanted to say thanks to Vic for the nice words he mentioned. The DVD he is using to train will soon be unavailable, I am in the process of shooting a new series, which I believe will be even more effective and help additional people to learn Floating Monk Qigong I enjoyed making that DVD, but I think there was room for improvement Sifu Jeff