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Personal and witnessed accounts of internal training gone wrong, and recovery from training injuries. Also, warnings about spiritually packaged scams and analysis of abusive and cult-ish behavior.
Fear of Missing out: A Marketing Ploy to Monetize Spiritual Cultivation There are many violent ways to control and entrap unwary people, but often times it can literally pay back in saved time and money if you pay attention early whether there are subtle mechanisms of manipulation that heighten base drives like greed and fear. Cleverly crafted psychological baits usually avoid all the direct...
Real Healer Saints and Communication with Angels? Hah! In the past years there has been a somewhat universal Western trend that some people seek personal connection with what they imagine as divine and come up with practical approaches which could accurately be described as a genre of self-initiated New Age Pentecostal shamanism. We have faith healers who produce apparent miracles (I can give...
External Conditioning and Hardening Skills in Chinese Kungfu The hardening skills in kungfu are about conditioning the physical body and its external qi field to respond in a specific manner. The end result is variably called either iron body, iron shirt, or golden bell. The key part of successful and healthy conditioning is keeping the subtle internal energy flowing while keeping the heart...
The following is modified from an e-mail I had sent a friend whom I had not spoken with for two years due to the titular scammer of this thread. The irony is not lost that I met this fraudulent teacher through the friend I have written this long e-mail to detailing the nature of Eric Randolph. Further details will be added with time, but the gist of who Eric Randolph is and how he operates is...
As you can see, the title plays with the name of this section. This one is inspired by almost a decade on forums. Why is it so, that some beginners, when starting to feel stuff, start to mix systems and fill in the blanks much like the gene sequencing described in Jurassic Park (1)? The motivation is often I feel things =It's powerful = it's the secret method =Why not preach this method...
Following on from the "Tai Chi Scammer" thread, this post inspired me to open this one: This sort of thing has got under my skin way too often, so I think I need to vent it here. The thing that I'm starting to open my eyes to is this trend of "everyone's a guru". Or if they're not a "guru", they are a sincere follower of a trend. Even if they mean well, don't get me wrong, but they often...
Dragon Sickness Below is a very good video series explaining some basic errors that can be met while trying to engage in practical Daoist and even Buddhist meditations. The first video is a great summary even for experts. The best benefit however is for self-initiates and newbies who are often clueless where to begin seeking teachings and questioning whether they can safely practice on their...
For some people, meditation is a way to relieve stress. But meditation can do so much more, for example one can have a change in the sense of ones self. This might be a welcome chainge, leading to insight and liberation. But it can also become a problem, leading to impairment. I’m not going to write so much about it, but rather just introduce three articles that goes into the subject...
About Exotic Forms of Energy and Dangers in Mixing Energies There are many ways to train the internal energy-body, and sometimes specific training brings simply unbelievable results. How could the materialistic world view accept the existence of energetic phenomena extending outside of the practitioner's physical body? The spiritual traditions of the east have traditional models of medicine...
Beware Psychic Trance States and Practices that Promise Much It is regrettably seldom discussed that there are many types of psychic absorption or trance. Some of them definitely are impure (i.e. drawing towards cyclic existence and suffering) and thus allow uninvited spiritual entities to attach into the practitioner who has been left weak and exposed. Getting one's mind into a random trance...
How to Arouse Someone from the State of Samadhi As a rule you should not touch them or shake people who are in samadhi because this can hurt the individual. This is because when someone is in samadhi, his or her body becomes extremely soft and vulnerable. For instance, there is a famous story about a senior Chinese nun in the school of Buddhism who entered a stage of samadhi. A younger...
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