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  1. Roots of Virtue

    essay Common Issues with Internal Power Training and Why Xin Yi Avoids Them

    As far as the safety of internal power training is concerned, Xin Yi is the best and the most holistic art that I have encountered. I'll tell you my opinion for why, but let us first look at what kind of issues aspiring martial artists and Neigong practitioners can encounter and what are their...
  2. Roots of Virtue

    group study Cross-Training in Internal Martial Arts and Qigong Styles

    How people progress in internal training is rarely a linear process or the result of a single-minded dedication to something exclusive, unless there is some special lineage or tradition related concern which demands all of dedication. To foster development, teachers may even encourage their...
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    group study Waigong or External Skill

    Waigong or External Skill We have a lot of discussion about Neigong or internal skill on this forum and it is for a good reason: Internal development always is holistic, thus its subtle benefits nourish every aspect of our being. What might be less known in the West is the complementary sister...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
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    question What Is Energetic Purity?

    First, you should understand that energy has different qualities that give it a tangible form or texture. This would be an esoteric and deep matter to discuss, as it delves deep into alchemy. Let's leave it at that. Second, on a more rational level energy can be like the light wave in that it...
  7. Earl Grey

    journal Healing Stories for Flying Phoenix

    This thread is focused on some stories of healing from the practice of Flying Phoenix.
  8. 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...
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    question How to Move Energy Around Meridians?

    Good question. The answer is that you don't move the vital energy by willing it to move, but the correct internal practice does it for you regardless why it should work in that specific manner or affect particular meridians. The work with vital energy for health purposes is holistic anyway...
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    group study Beware Psychic Trance States and Practices that Promise Much

    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...
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    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...
  12. Roots of Virtue

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

    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...
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    instructions How to Arouse Someone from the State of Samadhi

    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...