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Hey y’all!  I recently read The Secret of the Golden Flower translated by Thomas Cleary. I started meditating a few days ago and was wondering if anyone here has any experience with this method. Actually, any meditation advice is welcome lol. So far I’ve just been trying to focus on deep abdominal breathing, letting go of thoughts that arise during meditation, and listening to the ringing in my ears. What sort of texts or practices do y’all use to meditate? Thanks!

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Very often people's practice of the Golden Flower is very different then others.  Being outside the culture and time its hard to know what's authentic.  Or even, as some suggest, a part of the practice was kept verbal and somewhat secretive.

 

I've written a bit about it.  Here's a post that is one of the most modern action oriented takes on the practice-

I started meditating simply, after years got involved in Healing Tao, which led me to more active meditations, esoteric energy stuff.  After a decade or two, I went to simple.  Just sitting.  The last few year or two I've been doing this style of meditation from Spotless-

 

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This took me a while to read over lol. Thank you so much, this was very helpful! I’ve been reading Thomas Cleary’s translation and it’s a lot to absorb! 

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1. Be careful. The habit of meditation you install now can persist for quite a period of time. Treat meditation with a healthy respect. You are, in mind, doing brain surgery on yourself. I would be careful about narrowing, too much focusing, fixating, etc. This stuff can cause knots and blocks that can be hard to remove later. I would urge a soft focus over a strong focus. 

 

2. Read up on it. Find what styles you are interested in, and what you will actually do. Try to get a sense of what traditions and traditional teachers say. This is important for the next step. Once you find what you are interested in, then:

 

3. Find a teacher you trust and who's instructions you will follow. You may have to try out a number of teachers. In this day and age, many teachers are available online and/or have online programs to follow. Take advantage of this. Meditation is best learned from a person. If you can't or won't, then at least follow a program. 

 

4. Relax! It is better to take your time and learn the basics now then have to go back and redo it later. Also, there is no hurry. It takes time to grow flowers and develop your mind. 

 

On 5/21/2020 at 10:24 PM, 3mty1 said:

Hey y’all!  I recently read The Secret of the Golden Flower translated by Thomas Cleary. I started meditating a few days ago and was wondering if anyone here has any experience with this method. Actually, any meditation advice is welcome lol. So far I’ve just been trying to focus on deep abdominal breathing, letting go of thoughts that arise during meditation, and listening to the ringing in my ears. What sort of texts or practices do y’all use to meditate? Thanks!

 

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Very good advice from @forestofemptiness ! It's spot on.

 

I would go further and recommend starting with something more simple and foundational than the golden flower method.

 

It's like diving deep into post-doctoral level of algebraic mathematics before having learned addition and subtraction.

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