February 24, 2006 at 3:55 am #10872
In Taoist alchemy, you relax, smile, and let go of fixed energy patterns/identity using various methods, depending on how deeply engrained they are.
This Letting Go opens up some internal space; you then play with/shape the Life Force to express your innate power/virtue or to complete your soul destiny.
But what happens if your ONLY practice is to Let Go? Can you effectively just Let Go all the way back to the Source, and make Letting Go your way of shaping the life force as well?
This is the method advocated by the Sedona Institute, inspired by Lester Levinson. He was a physicist who got inspired by Ramana maharshi (“Who Am I?” fame) to just let go of all his problems, one by one, thought by thought, feeling by feeling, physical sensation/pain by pain, etc. it bears some resemblance to SOME schools of Zen/Chan Buddhism (although most also chant and do other practices, so not strictly analogous).
I rented their Sedona center in 1995 for three retreats, the foundation for what later became Healing Tao University, the year after Mantak Chia moved to thailand. And I had one of the senior teachers of the Sedona method, Larry (don’t remember last name), share his method with a bunch of Taoists, who are usually willing to try something that sounds like a half-interesting experiment.
So what did we find out?
It’s a great “first aid” technique, when you are in a situation and need to drop reactive feelings and thoughts that come up. And then the secondary and tertiary levels of those reactions. so you can be clear, neutral, and express free will to balance out the situation or take appropriate action, whatever.
But what happens if you keep doing it, to all the levels of your self, your desires, your soul impulses, etc. etc.?
Well, one thing we did was to go over to Lester levinson’s grave and tune in to him, with totally open minds, to see if we got some communication about his progress after death.
towards the end of his life, he had allegedly given up the desire to eat, and was a kind of breatharian, although he finally wasted away and died, letting go of his desire to breathe.
Five senior tao instructors and professional “psychic” went to the grave. And interestingly, all six felt Lester’s presence. But the consensus was that the news wasn’t good; lester wasn’t happy, he wasn’t complete, and that is why he was still hanging around. Like he had set something in motion that wasn’t complete, and now felt attached to that incompletion.
I took it as a warning lesson – about the importance of not just letting go, but also concentrating the chi and creating a vessel that would sustain transformation and information flow.
And shortly thereafter, we learned that Sedona Institute had been forced to “let go” of owning their beautiful retreat center. A bunch of ex-students/lawyers sued them for it, claiming they had been brainwashed and promised extraordinary benefits in life, etc.
so the Sedona Institute itself proved the danger of being too good at letting go. Poor larry – his home was on the Insttitute land, and he lost it and everything he’d invested, his life savings.
Flash forward to one year ago exactly, FEb. 23, 2005 if my memory serves.
Plato and I are the beginning of a lengthy and heated debate, and a friend of Plato’s called Blackhawk posts a heavy critique of the sacrilege of my challenging his and Plato’s teacher, nan huai chin.
I read the email, and feel a lot of strong negative chi. Wow, I thought, this guy is really mad.
And expected the bad feeling to pass, like any normal emotional exchange would for me.
but it didn’t. it got stronger, and stronger. It started hanging around me like a dark cloud.
I thought, maybe this guy has a team of spooks behind him, and this is a psychic attack.
And I watched for the next 24 hours as the dark cloud got thicker and angrier, definitely bothering me.
so I posted a reply to blackhawk, suggesting he was posting a kind of religious hatemail, and could he lighten up. And when he responded, I saw he was a sensitive and intelligent guy who just happened to disagree strongly with me (the way muslims get triggered over certain cartoons, perhaps). I saw he was somebody I probably like if we met.
But the cloud of black anger didn’t go away. It got stronger. I realized it was not coming from blackhawk; it had just piggy-backed a ride on him, and had nothing to do with his intention or some black magical skill of his.
so i decided to start communicating with the Black Cloud. And I found out that it wasn’t attacking me – that was just my paranoid initial interpretation. This cloud was a cloud of anger and sexual frustration that was very, very ancient. It had a long time to congeal into a very tangible form.
What I finally got was that this cloud was coming to me not as an attack, but asking, by its presence, to be transformed. It was stuck, and recognized me as someone who might get it unstuck. This of course shifted the whole dynamic.
I now took it in deeper into my field, and began dissolving it, testing which level of kan & li formula had the right polar forces that would undo its stuckness.In this case, it was the Planetary-Soul Alchemy, the Greatest Water and Fire practice.
It wasn’t pleasant; in fact, it was downright nasty, horrible yucky energy that I would never have volunteered to transform if given the choice. But in this case, I recognized that I didn’t have a choice really; either i transformed it or it was going to stay attached to me in its yucky form.
It took me four days to dissolve it completely. I was kind of pissed off, as i had a lot of other things to do. But I had to drop them and work on this, the choiceless choice. it took many many hours of meditation until it finally cleared up, changed into light clear energy. and i got my life back.
why do I share this story? Because working with this dark cloud of muck, I came to realize that it was anger and sexual feelings that had just been “released” or LET GO by an ancient religious group. Was it the group of Pali Buddhists that blackhawk identified himself with? I cannot say. Probably he would strongly deny that. But it was at least some negative thought form that resonated and linked with his posting – that the body and the five skanda (elements) were all illusory.
The experience helped me realize that not everything that gets “released” gets automatically recycled by nature.
Everything that manifests, is here to experience transformation of some kind. Just letting go of it shifts the burden onto some other part of the field to transform it.
Moral of the story: transform your own shit if you can. If you can’t, send a prayer of gratitude to whatever part of the field that is taking that on, a favor to you, because you haven’t grown up enough yet to take responsiblity for it.
michaelFebruary 24, 2006 at 11:11 am #10873
This is what I like about the daoist path – the transformation. You don’t just let go of the negative to make room for the positive to come in. You transform the negative into positive.
Self-responsibility is one of the highest principles. Daoist alchemy aims at self-sufficiency with the life force after transforming the negative into positive. Self-responsibility and self-sufficiency are the governing principles behind the self. Daoist alchemy is only dependant on what’s under your nose – the life force. Very simple and direct.
The modern world today is not self-responsible. It’s as Lao Tzu would have governed the nation, by making each man responsible for himself by first being educated about it well enough. Being educated in taoist alchemy allows you to take responsibility for yourself. What would the leader do – NOTHING. He wouldn’t need to do anything if everyone took care of themselves by being educated in it!
FajinFebruary 24, 2006 at 12:26 pm #10875
Can we say that ‘letting go’ is in some way death? If so you cannot say the only way of life is to die! Then where is the life? You cannot have one without the other!
Death is transformation. Something dies so that something else lives. If only the death occurs, the new and the life are missed. I felt this death-obssession in many Buddhist thoughts before and this was why I left it alone. It misses the creative! It misses that something *comes* of life, and of being in a body that you then discard.
The jettisoning of the body – whether a physical one or a mental one like a thought-form – is the death. The transformation and rebirth have to follow. We are all phoenixes!
just my thoughts NNFebruary 27, 2006 at 10:17 am #10877
I just wanted to relay my limited experience with the Sedona method.
I had already been a practitioner of HT methods originating from Chia and subsequently more from Michael when I decided to explore the Sedona method.
My experience was that the process became sort of a shortcut to Fusion.
In the past I had good results with fusion as a practice and had reached a nice place when I went into it. As far as using it while in everyday situations it wasn’t someting I was aware of. Sometimes the groundwork laid works automatically and sometimes those circuits get bypassed or overloaded, more wiring needed probably, to extend the analogy.
After learning the Sedona technique and trying it out I found it was having a definite result. What I discovered was that employing the method when experiencing things which I needed to let go of was very interesting in the context of my Taoist practice. My sensation when using the Sedona letting go technique was that whatever it was would seem to drop into the cauldron with a very definite physical sensation and get dissolved/transformed. So basically the wiring I had already developed just linked up with the technique and the technique became a conscious engagement of the Fusion practice during ordinary activity.
Subsequent to this it has become more apparent to me that true success with the fusion process, as with the alchemical process as a whole, is in aligning with the ongoing process which is always taking place and staying connected with it.
So my use of the technique didn’t result in releasing something which was cast away from myself, but more like releasing became a way of dropping it down into the cauldron.
Many happy returns
to the Tao
CraigFebruary 28, 2006 at 12:07 am #10879
This is just one example that neither proves nor disproves anything. To apply that kind of reasoning of ‘letting go’, Chia was forced to ‘let go’ a lot of things to his wife after the divorce. My point is there are a lot of underlying reasons for things happening, and just because some teacher ‘failed’ in the eyes of others doesn’t mean he did. And if he did, hundreds of others may have success in the future. Very few will reach high stages of spiritual development. Does it mean they failed?March 8, 2006 at 10:41 am #10881
Chia chose to.
It is common for woman to get angry and man turn scared.
Chinese say such combination is bad sex, among other things.
Reverse is possible too. But it takes forebearance. To its end.
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