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  1. Roots of Virtue

    essay Caution Against Fragmented Teachings and Incomplete Training

    Caution Against Fragmented Teachings and Incomplete Training All the proper spiritual traditions originating with realized masters have been given out as complete paths of their respective philosophies and aims, and the fruits of practice are validated through successive generations of disciples...
  2. Roots of Virtue

    group study Anger and Its Antidote: Patience

    Anger and Its Antidote: Patience Here we post articles highlighting how dangerous plain anger is for both aspiring cultivators and accomplished yogis. Community discussion about developing patience and avoiding anger should be had in another thread which doesn't exist as of yet but will be...
  3. question Where to start with nurturing oneself and one's internal energy?

    I'd like to take a moment to introduce myself and tell my story. I'm a beginner at this. A babe fresh off the teat of this grey reality I've lived in for quite some time. To give some backstory to my experience with cultivation, I started with the Tao Te Ching, then subsequently moved on to...
  4. Roots of Virtue

    group study Blaming and Seeing Faults in Others Is Harmful

    Blaming and Seeing Faults in Others Is Harmful Anyone interested in self-transformation and real spiritual progress should understand that blaming others and seeing faults are harmful for one's own character and health. These divisional projections entirely, yet perhaps subtly or deceptively...
  5. Roots of Virtue

    group study Natural Breathing

    Natural Breathing Naturalness and being unforceful are evergreen topics in all valid spiritual traditions. The wisdom supporting this view comes from the acknowledgement that it's natural to feel happy and have good health, so it must be man's acquired errors alone that contribute to his...
  6. Earl Grey

    feedback The Perils of Self-Initiation and Self-Learning Spotlight: Zhan Zhuang

    One of the most common misconceptions for internal practices is that people believe if something is simple, then it must be easy. A simple practice often means that the methodology is not complicated, but developing a deeper understanding comes from proper practice and guidance rather than...
  7. Earl Grey

    feedback Internal Practicing with Mental Health Issues

    Simple answer: don’t do it. Qigong usually is the big problem here because unstable and overstimulated qi easily rises to the head. If you allow qi to rise to the head and don’t know how to ground it, it can lead to later mental health issues such as delusions and anxiety, depression, anger...
  8. Roots of Virtue

    news Forum Branch "The Scamgong Bulletin" is Shutting Down

    One of the main theses about Alchemical Garden Forum is that there is a need to make a distinction between low quality and high quality practice. Therefore, we need to have some sense of awareness and curiosity about what happens in the world at large. I'm pleased to announce a brand new forum...
  9. One Finger Chan

    group study What will not go wrong?

    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...
  10. Earl Grey

    essay Eric Randolph: Tai Chi Cult Scammer

    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...
  11. Earl Grey

    journal Healing Stories for Flying Phoenix

    This thread is focused on some stories of healing from the practice of Flying Phoenix.
  12. One Finger Chan

    group study Perils of meditation – It might be a bumpy ride

    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...
  13. Roots of Virtue

    group study Dragon Sickness

    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...
  14. Roots of Virtue

    feedback External Conditioning and Hardening Skills in Chinese Kungfu

    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...
  15. Earl Grey

    group study About Exotic Forms of Energy and Dangers in Mixing Energies

    This relates to what I said over in the sensations are not progress thread. John Dolic told me that this is how you define what is trusting the gut versus looking at sensations and feelings. If there is discomfort, such as when he experimented with doing Relaxation qigong on the same day as...