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  1. The problem with self-study is two-fold: it typically hinders cultivating the peace of heart and body correctly. Without confessing these as the primary way there is no true cultivation or satisfaction happening, but the genesis of agitation. It's an evergreen fare on this forum that people come looking for practices as a means to satisfy some fixed personal desire. Often this fixity is then channeled as meeting some whimsical aim and urge to take forceful control that deviates from the laid back wisdom of true contemplative and peaceful heart. Therefore there's a lot of room for creating errors. Not only are many people dissatisfied with simple and efficient exercises, but also they want to modify what they have previously seen or create their own brand new fad methods in order to evoke a sense of external mastery. Some are more modest and publicly only claim high mastery in kungfu or meditation without making alterations to established standards. All these are signs of self-initiation, which is in contrast to an open minded and respectful self-study. Yes, it's entirely possible to train energy in a multitude of different ways, but not all of them are beneficial in the long term or fostering fair character development. Safety is another factor that can't be neglected especially when learning on your own. Static standing exercises like Zhan Zhuang in internal martial arts offer simplicity and stability, but finding the correct beneficial physical alignment on your own can be very difficult, and especially so if starting when in ill health and a tense body. There are simple moving exercises in many Qigong styles, but even in these people may err while learning on their own or forget to foster adequate physical relaxation. Also, this forum has witnessed many occasions where a disgruntled practitioner lashes out against his teacher because the physical movement apparently invites overtly critical examination and experimentation. Therefore I have a bias against recommending very physical practices for people wishing to study on their own. Visualization practices are an endless mire because they don't easily offer the mind to really relax and diffuse the baseline agitation nor shed the desire to imagine new ways to cut the practice short. How could it then result in correct outcomes? The most difficult part really is that no instruction is foolproof for teaching how to not stir the heart, but gracefully accept even difficult emotions and thoughts that may surface and witness them with laid back awareness. If this obstacle is overcome, then the self-study has a chance to bear fruit. Some practices are more forgiving with them such that Flying Phoenix doesn't require mental stillness for effectiveness and Fragrant Qigong encourages an idle mind so much that it's okay to watch TV while practicing. There are upsides and downsides to every practice. Some don't mix well with others, some require adhering to specific precautions. Video instructions only rarely feature complete exercises without withholding the internal development and lineage skills as closed secrets. These that I have found have in-built safety mechanisms that also reinforce good results, unless deliberately acted against that design. However, the characteristic feature always is simplicity and effectiveness. Written instruction often are the best of complete arts that were detailed in popular booklets during the China's booming Qigong craze. These are simple enough instruction that they could be printed out and distributed. Video Instructions Flying Phoenix - Breath sequencing that quickly activates energy, which makes its static standing exercises uncharacteristically very safe for self-learning Fragnant Qigong (Xiang Gong) - Very simple movements, but apparently there are flawed public demonstrations circulating in the Internet, so it must be learned from an authentic source Wu Wei Qigong by George Xu - Supposedly activates an esoteric wheel in the belly to cultivate energy for the practitioner, which is similar to Falun Gong but without its limitations Written Instructions Relaxation Qigong (Fang Song Gong) - Relaxation as a way to deep meditation, therefore dismisses forms and takes it easy Longevity Self-Massage (Bedside Baduajin) - A quick and simple set of external massages, but supplements with an internal aspect I will keep updating this list if I receive convincing arguments why some certain practice should be included above. Please bear in mind that I am keeping the bar very high and I will not include anything without careful examination. Examples of what will not qualify for self-study: Taiji Qigong Shibashi, all spontaneous Qigong styles without any exception. If you don't understand why, then read my article again and contemplate what might be missing.
  2. Chapter 14

    Chapter 14: 视之不见名曰夷。听之不闻名曰希。搏之不得名曰微。此三者不可致诘,故混而为一。其上不曒,其下不昧,绳绳不可名,复归於无物。是谓无状之状,无物之象,是谓惚恍。迎之不见其首,随之不见其後。执古之道以御今之有。能知古始,是谓道纪。 Chapter sub-title: Mastery in true leadership [LP18a]From the very beginning, if I were to speculate what is in the mind of a leader (迎之) and then try to figure out what is the origin or motive of his action (其首), I could hardly ascertain the tasks that he wants to perform (不见). [LP18b]Later having followed his instructions and implemented his plan of action (随之), yet, I could not see (不见) its desirable outcome or consequences (其後). [LP19]Few people understood the theory of leadership (执古之道) and are able to apply these principles assiduously (以御) to current situations (今) and subsequently, develop them into model case studies on true leadership (之有). [LP20]Therefore, he who had learned the numerous case histories of our forefathers who had demonstrated mastery in the application of the theory of genuine leadership (能知古始), he can teach the others how to execute a plan of action, project, program or policy in accordance with the principles of true leadership (道纪). Note: The struck out words describe the elementary substance of the universe. I am not going to discuss this. It is quite misleading for me to underline and insert the Chinese texts that it should be relevant to. The better way is to read the Chinese translation. See below. 学说3:不怀疑上司的督导能力 [LP18a]从一开始就去捉摸一名领导的心意并投身于其所要执行的事情,却又看不见他所要执行的事情从何做起。[LP18b]按照他的计划去执行之后,却又不知道其后果如何。 [LP19]能掌握领导原理而且还将它用于现在有关的案例来分析的人士不多。[LP20]既然他力能所及【[1]】地学习以前领导的案卷*4是怎样周而复始【[2]】,于公于私,于情于理【[3]】都得实事求是【[4]】地告诉他人这些领导纪律。 [1] 力:体力,能力;及:达到。在自己力量的限度内所能做到的。 [2] 周:环绕一圈;复:又,再。转了一圈又一圈,不断循环。 [3] 不管是在公事的方面还是在私人的方面,不管是从感情方面还是从理智方面。 [4] 指从实际对象出发,探求事物的内部联系及其发展的规律性,认识事物的本质。通常指按照事物的实际情况办事。
  3. I have the Tai Chi Mastery Program. Is anybody interested to lend me his Hsing-I Mastery Program for a temporary exchange? For few months?
  4. I like very much what teach Bruce Kumar Frantzis (EnergyArts.com). I have some his books and old videos. Also last year I bought the Tai Chi Mastery Program. It is excellent!!! In this year I plan to buy his Hsing-I Mastery Program. Also seems his Bagua Mastery Program and his Old Yang Tai Chi Training Circle are very good. Any experience?