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Hi! One more point, or analogy....Let's think of two Trigrams forming a Hexagram on the Tree of Life as a Dao / De  (Tao/Te) relationship.

 

So in Hexagram 32, "Returning' (Fu)

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we have the Trigrams Thunder below, and Earth above. That's Netzah below, and Binah above.

I am reading the bottom ("inner") Trigram first, as Dao, then the top ("outer") Trigram next, as De: i.e., Netzah as Dao, Binah as De.    Netzah ----> Binah

That seems to be the Trigram syntax of the I Ching Hexagrams: bottom (inner) Trigram ----> top (outer) Trigram.

 

If the Trigrams are reversed, Hexagram 16 "Providing" (Yu)

Iching-hexagram-16.svg

then we have Earth (Binah) as bottom (inner), and Thunder (Netzah) as top (outer) Trigram. Here Binah is Dao, and Netzah is De.    Binah ----> Netzah

 

What I need to do next is go through the entire 64 Hexagrams, look at them in the same way via the Sefiroth of the Tree of Life, and see what makes sense as well as what doesn’t make sense to me yet! (I’m not about to expect that everything will make sense, by the way! It’s just an experiment. :) )

 

Then I’ll do the same thing with the 81 Tetragrams as Yang Xiong named them! (Those read as top Bigram = Dao, then bottom Bigram = De, which is opposite to the Hexagram direction.)

 

Wish me luck!   :)

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On 9/24/2017 at 2:34 PM, zen-bear said:

 When one brings the palms up the centerline with back of the hands touching and turn the palms clasped in "prayer" position, you actually bring the fingertips up to the third eye (brow chakra) for a split second, and then slowly lower the palms back down to the heart level.

 

See what that does for you.

Weil  I have incorporated the 3rd eye move ...  as is sometimes the case nothing new has appeared,  but I will continue to practice as there is often a 'lag' in the appearance of effect ..

this exercise has been one of the few resistant practices ...  i feel drawn to it,  but there is a resistance that is not present in the standing exercises.  

to be open about this I must also say that seated meditations are always less productive than are the standing exercises .. that has been true throughout my 40 year acquaintance with tai ji / ba duan jin / nei gong / qi gong ..

 

Jumping to another issue i continue to get  violet  flashes rather than blue ??   Recently i ran across Mantak Chia youtube which touts  the centrality of violet in Taoist teaching ...   what the difference is i am still not clear about .. though I am comfortable with my experience ...  remember as in earlier posts  any color image/flash is rare and uncertain for me  

 

peace   hoa binh  

just keep doing the forms!!!  

 

 

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I have been away on a 'spiritual' quest ... to visit my 91 yr old cousin in the nursing home  Coos  Bay OR,  to visit a student of my period in New Orleans 20+ years ago,  and to visit my high school friend (60 yr ago) who first introduced me to the idea of Tai Ji / qi gong /  et al.  physical practices of spiritual development. 

 At that student's home I had another extreme practice of the standing long form .... 36+ minutes followed by nei gong / horse stance low  30 min practice.  The whole experience is still vibrating as I complete a home coming mirror image w  Sifu Dunn's youtube video  ... extremely deep though only 15 min!  (i slowed the video to 75%).

 

I reiterate  just keep doing the form ... you will be amazed

 

Peace

 

( it also gives some release to the bombardment of current events )

 

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10 hours ago, ridingtheox said:

I have been away on a 'spiritual' quest ... to visit my 91 yr old cousin in the nursing home  Coos  Bay OR,  to visit a student of my period in New Orleans 20+ years ago,  and to visit my high school friend (60 yr ago) who first introduced me to the idea of Tai Ji / qi gong /  et al.  physical practices of spiritual development. 

 At that student's home I had another extreme practice of the standing long form .... 36+ minutes followed by nei gong / horse stance low  30 min practice.  The whole experience is still vibrating as I complete a home coming mirror image w  Sifu Dunn's youtube video  ... extremely deep though only 15 min!  (i slowed the video to 75%).

 

I reiterate  just keep doing the form ... you will be amazed

 

Peace

 

( it also gives some release to the bombardment of current events )

 

Hi Charlie, 

Thank you for giving sage advice to the FP Community to "JUST KEEP DOING IT."

"IT" being the capstone meditation to the FP Qigong system called "FLying Phoenix Heavenly Healing Chi Meditation" taught on Volume 4 of the DVD series. 

 

The Nike athletic shoe/apparel company might have the ad slogan "Just do it", which others on this thread and I have referred to in the past, but  "JUST KEEP DOING IT" is an even better slogan/watch-phrase/mantra for FP Qigong practitioners.

 

In fact, I shall now coin the abbreviation:  "JKDI"  to use in my future advisories on this thread. , "JKDI", as many of you know, tacks on one more letter to name of Bruce Lee's fighting style.

 

Cheers,

 

Sifu Terry Dunn

 

www.taichimania.com/chikung_catalog.html

 

 

 

 

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Just got back from Stonehenge. I know Sifu Terry has filmed there before.

 

I could sense a unique 'turning qi' of the place. It was like the vibration you get from turning one of those large prayer wheels in Nepal. It was somewhat faint, but I imagine in the past the turning would have been a roar.

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The impression I got from it was that it is some sort of energy mechanism that still serves a purpose in the world even today. Perhaps when it one day fails, there will be changes to our society or even natural disasters.

 

Back on the topic of flying phoenix, I have been practicing to music for the first time in a long time. Specifically 'Weightless' by Marconi Union, which was designed with sound scientists to be one of the most relaxing pieces of music in the world.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8830066/Band-creates-the-most-relaxing-tune-ever.html

 

It's definitely helped me to become more relaxed and slower in my movements of the long form. The piece is part of a wider album called 'Weightless' that you can get on spotify. 

 

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Hello,

Which exercises are recommended if someone has cough?  Any experience?

 

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On 11/1/2017 at 9:58 AM, Vajra Fist said:

Just got back from Stonehenge. I know Sifu Terry has filmed there before.

 

I could sense a unique 'turning qi' of the place. It was like the vibration you get from turning one of those large prayer wheels in Nepal. It was somewhat faint, but I imagine in the past the turning would have been a roar.

RXgMR3S.jpg

 

The impression I got from it was that it is some sort of energy mechanism that still serves a purpose in the world even today. Perhaps when it one day fails, there will be changes to our society or even natural disasters.

 

Back on the topic of flying phoenix, I have been practicing to music for the first time in a long time. Specifically 'Weightless' by Marconi Union, which was designed with sound scientists to be one of the most relaxing pieces of music in the world.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8830066/Band-creates-the-most-relaxing-tune-ever.html

 

It's definitely helped me to become more relaxed and slower in my movements of the long form. The piece is part of a wider album called 'Weightless' that you can get on spotify. 

 

Hi Vajra Fist,

 

I'm glad you were able to visit Stonehenge, discern the energy, its significance, and hopefully get some good FP Qigong practice  in while you were there.   Beautiful photo, by the way!   I hope that the stones were not roped or chained off as it had been in the mid- and late 90's and that you were able to get down close "and personal" to the stone formations.  I first visited Stonehenge in 1995 and unfortunately, the govt. had just cordoned off the stone formation because that summer some pathetic monkeys tried to haul down some of the raised horizontally placed stones with chains and tackle and pick up trucks. 

 

I could sense a unique 'turning qi' of the place. It was like the vibration you get from turning one of those large prayer wheels in Nepal. It was somewhat faint, but I imagine in the past the turning would have been a roar.

The impression I got from it was that it is some sort of energy mechanism that still serves a purpose in the world even today. Perhaps when it one day fails, there will be changes to our society or even natural disasters.

 

I understand what you call "turning qi" present at Stonehenge and would agree with thematic description.  If you were able to get inside the circular formation and spend time at the center of the stone circle, you can feel the energy of the portal with more intensity.  Outside and at a distance, the energy is indeed faint.   However, even at a great distance, I found, so long as I was able to see the formation, I felt the wide, turning energy.  "Portal" is the best word in English that I can find that closely describes the "geomantric"  power and function of Stonehenge.  Powerful portal.  And I will say this:  the design of the stone circle is congruent with Chinese 5 Element Theory.  Hint:  study the 5 of Disks in the Crowley Tarot deck...and see if it connects you to the Stonehenge energy. Many alchemic unions and operations were consummated at Stonehenge by the ancients there.   btw, my deepest intuition, furthered and affirmed by oracular devices, is that women Druids also led and conducted divinations--and fertility rights-- by drawing down the energy of the heavens to the earth--to the literal ground at Stonehenge...conducted by massive wands as long as military spears.  Thanks for inspiring me to look into ancient function of Stonehenge.

 

And thanks very much for sharing with the thread the "Weightless" by Marconi Union--and the online article describing the intresting research conducted by the British Academy of Sound Therapy.  I listened to the full  8 min. version several times, and practiced both Tai Chi form and FP Qigong to it.  It is indeed very, very relaxing and conducive for meditation and FP Qigong--but I wouldn't go so far to say (and I don't know how the British Academy of Sound Therapy or any persons can definitively declare) that "Weightless" is the most relaxing in the world or the most relaxing song ever composed.  I understand they have their "scientific" parameters and applied them to lots of songs.  But I strongly disagree with their theory that not having a repeating melody relaxes the  mind more because the mind isn't stressing itself out anticipating the repeated pattern of notes.  I believe that there are melodies, with repeating combinations of musical notes that optimally relax the human organism.  For example, one of the most relaxing songs that I  fortuitously discovered at random in 1987 was an instrument by composed by Vangelis in 1977 called, "Reve" (means "dream" in French), which does have a beautiful melody with repeating "riffs".   I instantly loved "Reve" and a couple of years later licensed and used as background music behind my final flow of the Yang Short Form and Yang Long Form on my two top-selling instructional Tai Chi DVD's.

 

This is "Reve", although it has more treble and less bass than the original vinyl recording on the Vangelis 12' album "Opera Sauvage", and thus sounds "tinny" to me:   

 

And my Tai Chi For Health dvd's (all-time best-selling in the English language from 1991 to this very day, btw) are available at my website:   

 

www.taichimania.com/taichi_catalog.html

 

Another favorite collection of music that I find most relaxing and great to practice Qigong to the album "Transparent Music" by English pedal steel guitarist B.J. Cole.  The album contains his interpretations of classical to contemporary music that have a strong Celtic flavor--and not just suggested by his artwork on his DVD case.  His music is utterly transformative and super-relaxing because the brain is induced into relaxation/somnambulism because it recognizes the traditional renditions of these songs and the comfort of the familiar plus the expansive, extended duration of every note created by the pedal steel guitar--PLUS the unique and exclusive ability of that  instrument to "bend a harmony like toffee" and to slide a chord enables him to make a beautiful song more beautiful, an eerie song more eerie and yet even more relaxing--e.g., Satie 's Gnossiene Nos. 3 and 5.

 

I found on Youtube only 2 of the 10 or so  tracks on the album:

01 Clair De Lune:   

 

03 Pavane Pour Une Enfante Defunte   :   

 

Try to find the rest, or purchase the album.  It's worth it:

 

02 Window On The Deep

04 Slight Rhapsody

05 Gnossienne No.5 (Eric Satie like you've neve heard)

06 Ely Cathedral

08  Gnossienne No.3 (Eric Satie like you've neve heard)

 

I had corresponded with B.J. Cole many years ago when I discovered Transparent Music and he said back then that he was up for composing new music as accompaniment for Tai Chi ad Qigong practice.  I will soon revisit the idea of a collaboration with him.

 

But thanks very much again for that article, for I am now exploring the "Top Ten" most relaxing songs listed in it--and I advise all FP pracittioners who liked to practice to music to check out this list of TOP 10 MOST RELAXING TRACKS:

 

1. Marconi Union - Weightless 2. Airstream - Electra 3. DJ Shah - Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix) 4. Enya - Watermark 5. Coldplay - Strawberry Swing 6. Barcelona - Please Don't Go 7. All Saints - Pure Shores 8. AdelevSomeone Like You 9. Mozart - Canzonetta Sull'aria 10. Cafe Del Mar - We Can Fly

 

Best Regards,

 

Sifu Terry

 

P.S.   Note to all:

FLYING PHOENIX QIGONG WORKSHOP

22+ hours of sublime, transformative instruction

and practice will take place at

Eastover Estate & Retreat in Lenox, MA on

NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 3

 

http://www.eastover.com/workshop/flying-phoenix-qigong-with-master-terence-dunn.html

 

 

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And here for all you music lovers out there is nice video of B.J. Cole explaining what fascinated him about the pedal steel guitar and how he likes to play it.  His sound, at least on Transparent Music, is clearly flavored ancient Celtic, which means it's close to Druids, which makes his sensibilities and way of expressing (sound) energy Taoist!

 

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On 11/2/2017 at 3:36 PM, centertime said:

Hello,

Which exercises are recommended if someone has cough?  Any experience?

 

Hello Centertime,

 

For cough, I suggest any of the Flying Phoenix Qigong exercises--but before you practice put a nice slice of raw ginger in your mouth and chew it thoroughly, and then continually hold it in your mouth as you practice.

 

There have been a number of subscribers to thei thread who practiced the ginger cleansing meditation for up to 108 days as suggested by GM Doo Wai in one of his videops.  Can anyone of you folks give 9th some further advice?

 

If you don't want to go the Flying PHoenix PLUS ginger route, there is always the Chris Rock remedy:  Robitussin!

 

Cheers,

 

Sifu Terry Dunn

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I was injecting influenza and testing flying phoenix without much results you would expect. It gives your body qi to fight of disease and get strong immunity so you do not get sick, but when you got sick you will need use FP as support terms and give it some time. Herbs and FP would do great job. 

 

What I observed is that.

 

- You do not get tired, whatever walking whole day or being active it's like not feeling tired.

- You do not get sick with flu and other seasonal stuff.

- You can greatly enhance your body and immunity system for chronic diseases. Qi heals greatly if done properly and in state of ding (emptiness)

 

The problem with FP is that you need to have digestion system for this energy as it's pretty slow in absorption. 

 

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Thanks for the music recommendations, I've tracked down BJ Cole on spotify and I'll give him a listen for my practice tonight.

 

I actually have a lap steel, very similar to a pedal steel guitar, at my parents house. It's gone unplayed for quite some time, but after listening to those tracks I feel inspired to give it another shot. 

 

Also fascinating insight into Stonehenge. I'll do a bit of reading about the Crowley tarot, but I can see from the five of discs card image the similarity with how I imagine the energy vortex around Stonehenge to be. Thanks again!

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Thank you so much Flying Phoenix Qigong!

 

After a hiatus I'm back practicing. A chronic illness prevented me from doing almost anything, but there is enough energy to do things now, including Qigong and I hope to keep a positive feedback loop going. Lessons learned from previous Flying Phoenix startups and fails is to take it slow, do what my body can do, and do not rush through the program in a desire to do the capstone meditation.

 

I've also tried different Qigongs but this one feels so different! It does indeed have a unique energy which I can only describe as gentle and nourishing.

 

Thank you Terry, for showing us footage of Flying Phoenix Qigong practiced at the proper slow tempo. I always hoped you would share such footage. 

 

Anyway, here is my version of Bending the Bows. Normally I start with a few faster repetitions and then go progressively slower with each repetition. Here I started relatively slow, and also do get slower near the end of the video.

 

Feedback more than welcome:

 

 

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I would like to reply to a few things that Sifu Terry mentioned above.

There is an interesting benefit to "just keep doing it" for chi kung. Eric Isen, the medical clairvoyant who by now has tested many chi kung forms for people all over the world, recently told me that he finds that sticking with a particular chi kung form for a long time is essential because chi kung works in levels. It heals something and then it goes on to another level of work for you in terms of what needs healing/balancing/cleansing. He saw that one form I have been doing daily for 2 years now has been changing my neurons to be able to produce higher states of consciousness. 

I saw online a video of GM Doo Wai recommending people have some form of ginger in their mouth when they perform chi kung so I asked Eric to test that to see if it does increase chi as GM Doo Wai claimed it did. Eric found that it indeed does increase energy. I admit that I have almost always forgotten to use ginger with my chi kung practice even though I have a root of ginger sitting in the fridge. 

I also want to comment on using chi kung to heal colds and flu. I have heard some chi kung teachers warn against doing any chi kung when you have the flu, etc. That makes no sense to me since I literally was cured of a very serious virus over night 4 or 5 years ago by doing 3 and one-half hours of chi kung when laid up in bed. I woke up the next morning with no more chills or fever and was full of so much energy that I was able to chop away at the ice around my car in an attempt to return to work even though I had hardly eaten anything for days. So the idea is to do as much chi kung as your are physically able to when sick like that. 

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1 hour ago, tao stillness said:

I would like to reply to a few things that Sifu Terry mentioned above.

There is an interesting benefit to "just keep doing it" for chi kung. Eric Isen, the medical clairvoyant who by now has tested many chi kung forms for people all over the world, recently told me that he finds that sticking with a particular chi kung form for a long time is essential because chi kung works in levels. It heals something and then it goes on to another level of work for you in terms of what needs healing/balancing/cleansing. He saw that one form I have been doing daily for 2 years now has been changing my neurons to be able to produce higher states of consciousness. 

I saw online a video of GM Doo Wai recommending people have some form of ginger in their mouth when they perform chi kung so I asked Eric to test that to see if it does increase chi as GM Doo Wai claimed it did. Eric found that it indeed does increase energy. I admit that I have almost always forgotten to use ginger with my chi kung practice even though I have a root of ginger sitting in the fridge. 

I also want to comment on using chi kung to heal colds and flu. I have heard some chi kung teachers warn against doing any chi kung when you have the flu, etc. That makes no sense to me since I literally was cured of a very serious virus over night 4 or 5 years ago by doing 3 and one-half hours of chi kung when laid up in bed. I woke up the next morning with no more chills or fever and was full of so much energy that I was able to chop away at the ice around my car in an attempt to return to work even though I had hardly eaten anything for days. So the idea is to do as much chi kung as your are physically able to when sick like that. 

 

Adding to this...

 

I didn't even know I had the flu virus until two weeks ago when after doing my usual martial forms, I coughed up some phlegm. An hour of Flying Phoenix later, my nasal passages cleared and I never would have known I was sick if it weren't for those symptoms I coughed up. I was still able to do calisthenics right after, and the next day was as though I had nothing at all. 

 

So keep practicing even if you don't feel anything working--it's always working.

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I read something interesting, and wondered if this blue state has anything in common with the sage Nisargadatta:

 

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Nisargadatta:  You must come to a firm decision. You must forget the thought that you are a body and be only the knowledge “I Am,” which has no form, no name. Just be. When you stabilize in that beingness it will give you all the knowledge and all the secrets to you, and when the secrets are given to you, you transcend the beingness, and you, the Absolute, will know that you are also not the consciousness. Having gained all this knowledge, having understood what is what, a kind of quietude prevails, a tranquility. Beingness is transcended, but beingness is available.

 

Questioner: What is that state?

 

It is something like a deer taking rest in the shadow of a tree. The color of the shadow is neither light nor very dark, this is the borderland. Neither jet black nor very bright, halfway between them, that is the shadow. Deep blue, like clouds, that is the state. That is also the grace of the Sat-Guru. Everything is flowing out of that state, but this principle does not claim anything, is not involved in anything that is coming out of it, but this beingness is available.

 

That deep, dark blue state, the grace of the Sat-Guru. This is the state of the jnani, this is a very, very, rare, natural samadhi state, the most natural state, the highest state.

 

You must have a firm conviction about this. Once the decision is taken, there is no moving away from it. The fruition of your spirituality is to fully understand your own true nature, to stabilize in your true identity. One must have patience, the capacity to wait and see.

 

The darkness you see when you close your eyes, that is the shadow of the Guru’s grace; don’t forget it, always keep it in mind. Take rest in the shadow of the Guru’s grace. Whenever you remember the words of the Guru, you are in the shade of the Guru’s grace.

 

Ultimately, everything merges into the Self. You may come across great difficulties, but your courage and stability in the Self should be firm.

 

April 19, 1980, p. 8

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Nisargadatta: You understand yourself as body-mind; therefore my problem is – how to make you understand.

Lord Krishna said, “All are my expressions.” The mountain is of gold and a particle of that mountain is also gold. I am that mountain and every particle is myself. The entire beingness manifest is myself, and each being is a sample of myself. The knowledge “I Am” in each species is myself. The very life force – luminous, bright, radiant, indwelling principle is myself.

If anybody understands me totally and fully and most appropriately, that one gets the  shelter in the shade of my benign being.

 

The state of the jnani, the highest state, has transcended the beingness, but the beingness is still there, so together with the beingness is the Absolute – the deep blue, benign state, without eyes.

 

Knowledge takes rest in that deep blue, quiet, peaceful, benign shade. When the shade is shifted aside, then he sees the various manifestations in the form of universes and worlds. But when the shade is there, it is the deep, dark blue state, fully relaxed.

 

May 4, 1980, p. 11, Prior to Consciousness, Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

Just worthy of note, Nisargadatta relinquished the notion of "I Am" in the last few years of his life:

 

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 You forget that I am not what you think I am. I do not suffer; I cannot suffer because I am not an object. Of course there is suffering. But do you realize what this suffering is ? I am the suffering. Whatever is manifested, I am the functioning. Whatever is perceptible I am the perceiving of it. Whatever is done I am the doing of it; I am the doer of it, and, understand this, I am also that which is done. In fact, I am the total functioning.

 

But digression aside, I was wondering if the blue color perceived in FPQG is related to this dark-blue - perhaps a precursor? Just curious!

 

 

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BTW, just to share again a list that Sifu Terry shared for reading:

 

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The Buddha on Meditation and States of Consciousness by Daniel Goldman

 

Vissuddhimagga by Daniel Goldman

 

Secret of the Golden Flower -- trans. by Wilhelm or Cleary.

 

Tibetan Yoga & Secret Doctrines - by W.Y. Evans-Wentz

 

And the optional and also highly recommended are these six books by Carlos Castaneda, which are beautiful works of Taoism:

 

The Teachings of Don Juan, A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

A Separate Reality

Journey To Ixtlan**

Tales of Power**

The Fire Within**

The Second Ring of Power

The Eagle's Gift

**especially these 3.

 

For Secret of the Golden Flower, I read this version, which seemed to be a good complement to the Cleary translation. Tibetan Yoga & Secret Doctrines still seem quite difficult for me, though I do recognize some of the practices.

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On 11/6/2017 at 8:37 AM, 9th said:

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Hello 9th,

 

So how is this an example of  SYNCHRONICITY?! --

 

Just last night I turned this 3 card spread (!!!) over a situation that I shall disclose next spring:

 

7 Wands

Universe

Fool

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SORRY FOR THIS EXTREMELY LATE NOTICE...BUT FOR THOSE OF YOU IN THE WASHINGTON, D.C. - DELAWARE AREA:

 

I am giving a full-day Flying Phoenix Qigong Workshop tomorrow, FRIDAY,

from 10 AM to 9PM in Bear, Delaware at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Hall:

 

Venue:

St Elizabeth Ann Seton

Parish Hall

345 Bear Christiana Rd

Bear, DE 19701


Contact:
Dr. Emil Mondoa at
jimbimedia@gmail.com
to register
Phone:
(302) 293-3904
Registration: $108
Lunch included

 

Also see info at my Tai Chi For Health Facebook Page:   https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10213061563685464&set=a.2881146959481.132753.1584272222&type=3&theater

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There is any chance that you publish other dvd with TTP or other rare styles? Also any chance of publishing DVD with the missing volume for athlete performance? 

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I would like to share with everyone a few insights lately from my personal practice.

 

1) I am in no rush to learn the forms beyond the DVDs (yet) because the depth of every single form from Vols. 1-5 and 7 are so intense that I really have to schedule my days to keep things flowing and not forget forms. By intensity, I mean that in the very beginning, they feel great and simple, but the more I practice even the basic meditations, the more profound each one is with the layers of development of the psyche. So it's a lot of work with what we already have and am grateful that we have as much as we do now, but echoing SeekerOfHealing, I do get excited at the prospect of the new DVD volumes you've mentioned in the works, Sifu Terry. :) And I'm simply waiting for things to align on my end financially so I can begin training with you on Skype and for when I inevitably go to your classes in Santa Monica. 

 

2) I practice intensely a couple other systems, and one of my students had until yesterday complained that she didn't feel much benefit from it (Wu Qin Xi) after 100 days, but when we practiced together, the power of training together really led to a breakthrough for her. Interestingly enough, we also meditate as a group for Flying Phoenix every new moon and full moon, and for my friends who practice at home, they feel benefits alone and exponential benefits together as a group. Why I bring these two points together is that it's easy to feel benefits in Flying Phoenix, alone or in a group, but with other styles I know, some people have a difficult time feeling the benefits without a group, as individual practice is difficult for them. 

 

3) I can't emphasize enough the importance of sitting meditation that was mentioned cryptically at least once or twice on this thread when doing Flying Phoenix. If you do not have a silent seated meditation, find one now. Your Flying Phoenix practice will drastically improve, and I can not describe how because it's beyond my ability to accurately convey in words what happens when you sit and when you don't. 

 

Now, I shall end with a question that Cihan mentioned in an earlier post about the Five Flash Meditations on Vol.5, the last one coming from Baat Din Gum: it can be done again and again repeatedly much like Bending the Bows, after one breath control sequence, yes? If so, how many repetitions do you recommend, 18 like in BtB? 

 

Enjoy your workshop in DC, Sifu Terry! 

 

May everyone have fruitful practice! 

 

EDIT: I recommend traditional Taoist Zuowang, or Golden Flower, which I practice for my meditation primarily, and my secondary seated method is chanting mantras. 

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2 hours ago, Earl Grey said:

I can't emphasize enough the importance of sitting meditation that was mentioned cryptically at least once or twice on this thread when doing Flying Phoenix. If you do not have a silent seated meditation, find one now. Your Flying Phoenix practice will drastically improve, and I can not describe how because it's beyond my ability to accurately convey in words what happens when you sit and when you don't. 

 

You can also do something else with FP to extract blue aura thru alchemical means and refine it. When I experimented with it, I have physical changes which never occurred before. Most of them are spiritual transformations and based on jing-qi-shen. but now I can realize if you not just sit, but do neidan practices with FP, you will have crazy effects and results.

 

FP is enhancement and have alchemical basis, if you know how to extract alchemy from FP.  

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A very interesting experience that I had (of course, just basic) was that suddenly I couldn't feel my arms while doing today's practice. For example, when doing that taiji movement of pressing down 3 times, my hand sensation just disappeared. It was like I knew it was there, but I couldn't feel it at all. It felt... so light. As if I could leave my hands sticking out at that angle without any muscular tension at all. Then my body became like that as well. I've never had this happen in my practice before. It felt so weird, as if I knew my arms were there, but yet there weren't there. 

 

But I need to work on some forms from levels 1-3 to get a better foundation. I do have some glimpses of colors, but I feel like they are produced from visualization, because they vanish easily. So it's possibly just a passing hallucination/reaction rather than being in that actual state of samadhi. Yeah, definitely keep going, FPQG seems to always pull a strange new phenomenon out of nowhere that makes you scratch your head.

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In terms of   music to accompany chi kung I almost always listen to one of the Asian themed albums by Oliver Shanti available on YouTube. I tried the Weightless piece by Marconi but I don't like New Age sounding tunes while doing chi kung. 

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Nice choice! I have also been listening to some guqin music while practicing recently. I find the silence points in between notes is utterly magical. 

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