Is Taoism inherently fascist? I don't think so but when yoga meditation gets assimilated into Western culture then, as professor Morris Berman warned, along with Peter Levenda, the "vertical" energy gets misused very easily.
So then I emailed my pdf to a Tai Chi teacher who posted on the "internal martial arts" forum rumsoakedfist and he sent me a treasure trove of books, via dropbox. It was an amazing gift.
Now in my free pdf - I posted an image and I could not track the source to credit the image. Now I can source the image - in my last blogpost. And that image is based on completely corroborating the secret of noncommutative phase!!!
What was the image though?
So the previous blogpost is the source for that image. p. 92,
In this more advanced practice, both agonist and antagonist contract simultaneously - the first isotonically in shortening, and the latter eccentrically in lengthening, in effect they work against each other and create a dynamic tension between the paired muscles.
internal oppositional exertion....is more than anything a mental shift in awareness....such omni-directional mutually cancelling efforts engage the connective tissue web continually, they increase the elastic strength of the frame even while an external observer discerns no apparent movement.Citing the book
Masters of Perception: Sensory-Motor Integration in the Internal Martial Arts.
by Jan Dipersloot
Vol. 3, 2013.
And so that whole book that I cite in the previous blogpost is about the proper post to achieve that Wuji center of gravity as the real lower tan tien or dantien.
The book I'm reading now - Fire Dragon Meridian Qigong - is another good book based on standing active exercise.
Personally what I am interested in is the basic principles - and I have now distilled those.
So what is very fascinating is these basic principles of Taoist training goes against Western civilization. I mean structurally - logically - mathematically - and yet most people want to ignore this fact.
So here is an internal martial arts chart that discusses alchemy
As Zizek points out - what causes a united movement of support for the masses is to be unified against something - the negativity, the void.
So this blog has barely any readers - as I deleted my last blog - but when I posted against lonemanpai then I got lots of hits on that blog post. haha. Still no one posted comments - just lurkers.
Over on therumsoakedfist Kevin Wallbridge posted a fascinating analysis of the Small Universe or Orbit meditation. Well someone posted it from his blog.
Now he quotes a high level teacher saying if you're alive then your small universe is open. But the Fire Dragon Meridan qigong book states that for most people their 8 extraordinary "channels" are not open (and that includes the small universe).
So what gives? Someone asked me that question, when posting a vid from another Tai Chi master saying how to open the back blockages was very difficult - to get the energy into the brain.
So I said well there's different levels of the small universe. So we know it connects to the 12 channels - as the free pdf I have discusses - quoting Robert Peng.
My answer was this:
I did training based on the small universe - using the book "Taoist Yoga: Alchemy and Immortality" as the main text.
So when I posted on this text on thetaobums forum - people emphatically stated that the book was "too dangerous" and therefore should not be read.
So I didn't really study the book like I should have. I committed the main error in the training - which is described as "evil fire" in the Taoist Yoga: Alchemy and Yoga book.
So I was feeling energy - but because I had not studied the energy channels enough - and the dynamics - as Kevin Wallbridge states - the "orbit" actually refers to something greater than just a channel - especially once the macrocosmic orbit is opened up.
So it is especially the energy interaction with other people where things get very interesting - and this is really where I messed up in the small universe training.
So then if you see commentary on the small universe - some people insist it should not be practiced since it is too dangerous. Another point emphasized is that most people never really open up the "real" small universe and instead just feel the heat of the yin qi energy.
So I point out that the book "Taoist Yoga: Alchemy and Immortality" that is completely based on the small universe - it describes these different levels of the small universe meditation training.
The book details the problems that can arise - but the book really has to be studied in detail. I mean every word has to be considered and the terms have to be cross-correlated - as the different levels of training overlap.
I returned to study the book - only after the qigong master read my energy long distance to inform me, as I said, in fact it was going up the front of my body - when I thought the energy had been going up the back of my body.
Another point about the small universe practice is that it is supposedly a later derivation - from after the Song dynasty I think or even later. But as Kevin's article shows - in fact it is as far back as the Yellow Emperor Classic.
And fascinatingly - Kriya Yoga has a very similar meditation to the small universe - and Kriya Yoga seems similar to the oldest philosophy of India based on the "three gunas."
In my research I have determined that music theory is what correlates the Taoist philosophy with the "three gunas" of India - and the 12 points of the small universe actually are tied to music theory as well. I go into this in the free pdf I linked before - https://www.pdf-archive.com/2017/04/10/ ... t-alchemy/
So the other point is - Kevin mentions a high level teacher who says if you're alive then the small universe is open!
So this belies all the claims that the small universe is dangerous to practice and only is really open until an advanced level, etc. So as Kevin's article details - the Yellow Emperor Classic book then corroborates that claim by tying the meridians to the small universe.
So the other thing is the teacher I trained with who teaches the small universe through http://springforestqigong.com - he says how in full lotus meditation then the small universe will run on its own. He also says to "let the light guide the small universe." So this fits with Kevin's clarification of the very common claim that the mind leads the qi - when in fact as Kevin documents the real meaning is the shen leads the mind which leads the qi.
So the book Taoist YOga: Alchemy and Immortality goes into detail about the role of the shen in the small universe meditation. It is quite fascinating because the "evil fire" is when the energy goes up the front and out of the eyes - the eye balls actually pulsate from the shen going out along with the yin qi - via the pineal gland. This pulls up the small intestine anaerobic bacteria. So the acupuncture meridians confirm this fact of the front channel.
But in contrast when the energy builds up through the skull then it overflows out of the sinus cavity - with the tongue against the roof of the mouth - the cerebrospinal fluid is swallowed into the stomach, and it is ionized via the pineal gland, from where the yuan qi emanates from out of the heart. So this great heat of qi-cerebrospinal fluid is then absorbed back into the small intestines. This is why no food is to be eaten a half hour before and after the small universe meditation.
I'm just giving some examples - but as I said I greatly appreciate Kevin Wallbridge's analysis of the small universe meditation. I can't say I still practice this appropriately - I still suffer from the "evil fire" qi as I still transmit qi out of my eyes via the front channel. haha.
I'm just trying to recommend people closely study the book "Taoist Yoga: Alchemy and Immortality" - it is a free pdf online. It is an intense read. Some people try to dismiss it as missing some information. But I have not seen - if they state it is missing info then no one has provided the missing info that I can find. I will look into this.
Thanks for the vid link.
I can't reconcile it personally. I would just say there are different levels of open. The vid appears to be discussing the Yuan Qi opening - this is what I meant when neidan teachers say it's actually very rare for the small universe to be truly opened - which is to say the macrocosmic orbit. So you have small universe but once it really opens then you go into the macrocosmic orbit and notice in that vid he says - then if you focus your mind on your finger the qi will go there. So that is very definitely referring to the macrocosmic orbit. The yuan qi level is very rare - I got to this for a couple weeks but I had not studied the book "Taoist Yoga: Alchemy and Immortality" enough to understand how to control the energy. So then he says that the energy goes down very easily but is difficult to clear through the spine, but once cleared through then it goes down very easily. I would say on the yuan qi level as the macrocosmic orbit - in fact it is the shen that guides the mind that guides the qi. So shen is very much a subconscious or holographic energy level. So the difficulty with the macrocosmic orbit is where your shen goes then the qi goes (with the conscious intention in between and often after the fact). So you have to learn to understand consciously how to control your shen to then control the qi. And so in terms of the qi going down easily - if the shen goes up - then the qi will turn back into jing and get lost as fluid. So yes the qi goes down easily - but the shen has to be surrounded by the qi - so that when the qi goes down it is not separated from the shen going up.
It is a complicated book that I refer to - and so to say if a person is alive and their orbit is then open - this refers to the yin jing energy I would say. There are different levels of opening that the book goes into.
So as I read the internal martial arts trainers - basically they state that this high level of alchemy energy is real but just so rare now that no one really believes it. For example Bruce Frantzis had a teacher with this ability.
What my interest has been is to recover the real basic principles of the training - and this is from noncommutative phase - or as I posted in the last blog post - a tai chi teacher has this same secret - from that image above.
So in alchemy the real lower tan tien is behind the navel - not "below" the navel - it is the Wuji point. this is a debate question on my last blog. haha. Like I said - now I found the real source for that teaching and the same teaching is based on the same alchemy secret I discovered from studying the Taoist Yoga: Alchemy and Immortality book.
Too bad thetaobums does not seem to be really interested in this secret. It is THE basic principle of the training - as I quoted in the last blog post.
Citing the bookIn this more advanced practice, both agonist and antagonist contract simultaneously - the first isotonically in shortening, and the latter eccentrically in lengthening, in effect they work against each other and create a dynamic tension between the paired muscles.internal oppositional exertion....is more than anything a mental shift in awareness....such omni-directional mutually cancelling efforts engage the connective tissue web continually, they increase the elastic strength of the frame even while an external observer discerns no apparent movement.
Masters of Perception: Sensory-Motor Integration in the Internal Martial Arts.
by Jan Dipersloot
Vol. 3, 2013.