November 26, 2015 at 9:18 am #45313
I feel like I’m lacking a basic theoretical foundation for my qigong practice. I’m wondering if anyone can recommend any books or other resources that could help me begin building the conceptual understanding to support the practice of medical and spiritual qigong. I’m looking for something could explain the fundamental Daoist cosmological and ontological ideas, the energetic anatomy and medical constructs, the understanding of the spiritual path, etc in a way suited to the western understanding. I realize this is not necessarily one book.
Thanks for any thoughts.
elephantNovember 26, 2015 at 12:00 pm #45314
As far as my big mouth knows :
Taoism is a path of the Absolute.
What is the Absolute ? It is the source at the centre of this universe. Humans are connected to this source through the lower dantien or hara as they say in zen.
Whilst we are in the wonderful human body, there are 3 major centres, the heart, the head and the lower dantien. Each with different exciting functions. The heart of course is where love and feelings are, in the head there is intelligence recognition and clarity (at least supposed to be 😉 … and the lower dantien is where our “being” is.
Being is the foundation, the substrata, the mountain upon which the entire existence of this universe resides. It is so much in everything and under everything that is quite unknown in certain other paths.
For instance in India they always want to make the energy fly up the spine and explode out of the top of the head … hopefully it explodes after it leaves the head and not before, otherwise there is a lot of trouble !!!
And Sufism, Christianity, are more heart based.
Anyway, this is all a big secret, but for some Toblerone I can tell you everything. And it is Christmas time after all.
Taoists tend to sit on their ass a lot, because in this position the energy goes down. Especially if you surrender on the exhale, you go down down and more down. Almost like you disappear, you enter into the secret cave of the lower dantien and enter the very source of everything. When you dive into the ocean at first your buoyancy is pulling you up, but if you go deeper you start to descend to where the wild things are.
Some say that it is good to go up first before you go down, because without lights you can get lost down there on your own. And switching the upper dantien on gives you “lights” and then when you plumb the depths of your being you can see what you are doing and really do some damage.
What’s Qigong about anyway ? Perhaps my ideas are not very mainstream but I think that some people were either a bit bored of sitting on their ass, and wondered what this life was about, with all the dangly bits … and perhaps they could do something in this life as well to get bonus points. You go to the Absolute, but then without telling anyone you are also watching Game of Thrones on your iPad. Shhh, don’t tell the monks they take everything so seriously.
Then there’s this whole longevity thing … but in my opinion if you are already bonded to the energy outside of the body, don’t worry ! Death of the body is sure not to last that long, it can’t be that bad. Surely not as bad as when my last girlfriend dumped me. So don’t worry, just let the body go and remain in your immortal consciousness; she never deserved and that’s the truth.November 26, 2015 at 12:02 pm #45316
To be honest, taking a live course from a Healing Tao instructor is really your best bet. If you are not able, then an audio recording say of Michael’s homestudy is second best. There really aren’t alternatives that are better than this.
Yes, there are a number of other “Daoist books” out there, but in reality, they aren’t of much value: the authors who write them are typically “academic scholars” that don’t do qigong and alchemy, so they have no actual experience about the things they are writing. It would be like reading a book written by someone on how to win a mixed-martial arts fight, when the author has never been in a mixed-martial fight. I.E. these folks aren’t really credible resources.
If you want a book, a HT book like “Awaken Healing Light of the Tao” by M. Chia, is not bad, but HT coursework is actually better.
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