Friday, April 5, 2013


Breathing is something that most of us take for granted, and never think twice about (unless you're a smoker).... But the breath, and learning to breathe correctly, is critical to not only one's spiritual evolution, but one's overall health and well-being.
  Watch any infant breathe, and you will see the true nature of the breath, as the air is drawn all the way down by distending the abdomen.... this is the key to proper breathing, bringing the air all the way in, filling the lungs completely by distending the abdominal wall outwards. This is called belly breathing, or the Buddha breath.
  You can practice this by lying on your back in bed, and placing one hand on your chest, and the other hand on your belly. ONLY the hand on your belly should rise and fall as you breathe.... for most people, this will require practice. Done often enough, it will become natural, second nature in fact. You will increase the oxygenation of your blood, and your respiration rate should drop. There are also breathing exercises one can do, such as nadi shodhana and "fire" breath, as well as many others.... learning to breath "properly" is the first step of any spiritual practice....

Tuesday, April 2, 2013



Existence:  If you've seen the original MATRIX movie, then you may understand that the point of the movie was that we live in an "illusion", of sorts. This is by no means untrue.... we DO live in an illusion of our own making, like a giant orchestrated play (as Mr. Shakespeare noted).... we are all "co-creators" of our "reality", but the truth is, NONE OF THIS IS REAL....
  Did you know, for example, that you (your "physical" self) actually winks in and out of "existence" 600 to 1200 times per second ?  ( 
    And, are you aware that ALL energy, including your body, is nothing more than the vibration of light ? Or that you are actually 99% "empty" space ? Your furniture "appears" solid because of what physicists term the "repulsion force", and we actually live in a fractal universe (space is not ACTUALLY empty, the dark matter that scientists have been hunting for is nothing more than what we call "Chi"or "Prana")....  PLEASE SEE:

  Evolution:  Darwin himself had doubts about his "Theory of Evolution". Please note the word, "theory", as this is defined as an UNPROVEN hypothesis. Unfortunately for Mr. D., the only actual "evolution" of a physical nature that exists on this planet is one of a "limited" nature.... as in the example of Darwin's finches, which apparently changed their beak structure according to the the available food supply. This has also been observed in the indigenous population of underground caverns, where inhabitants are "naturally" blind due to the lack of sunlight.... this would be evolution WITHIN a species (adaptation), not from one species to another.
  For those of you who are not aware of this, "mankind" was "created", not by "GOD", but by one or more alien races over time. I'm sure for some of you this will be difficult (at best) to accept. So, let me pose a couple of questions.... 
Do you REALLY believe that some 98% of our DNA is junk ? Does that make sense on ANY level ?
Why, according to anthropologists, do we have FIVE distinctly different races on this planet ?
Why do humans share 96% (or MORE) of our DNA with some simians ?
  No, we weren't cloned from apes, but instead from what we call "Sasquatch, a Yeti, or Bigfoot".... How do you like them apples....  PLEASE SEE:

Extinction:  And here's the kicker.... There is no such thing as "extinct".... all life forms that we observe (or have observed, past tense) continue to "exist" SOMEWHERE in our universe (I won't get into multi-universes). The "disappearance" of a species on this planet does not mean it has "left" anything but this particular "time" and "place"....

Monday, April 1, 2013


Extra-Terrestrials, Aliens, et al...

Are We Alone ?

Is There Sentient Life Elsewhere in Our Solar System? Our Galaxy ? The Universe? Other Dimensions?

  If I told you ALL of the above were true, would you lock yourself in the basement? Or would you drive to the nearest mountain top and search the skies?
  "Beings" from other worlds and other dimensions were here LONG before "man" came into existence. There are many who KNOW this....
  ALL mythology has some basis in fact. Man is not creative enough to "invent" things beyond the boundaries of his experience, at least on some level.
  The "Gods" that have been spoken of, all through out man's history, have been REAL beings. Not of the "Divine" nature, but one of advanced life-forms. Some have been what we would call "Good", and some have been not so good.... I do not know who was the first to arrive. I do not know them all. It is said that there have been the "Reptilians", "Greys", "Annunaki", "Sirians", "Pleiadians", "Arcturians", "Venusians", "Vegans", etc. The only ones I have "met" are the Greys (who are no longer here) and the Reptilians, neither of which was a positive experience, and the Dragons, which are incredibly loving, intelligent creatures NOT related to the Reptilians (mortal enemies they are) far beyond humans....
  I did get one glimpse of the Galactic Federation from outside the Council chambers, and I am just guessing, but there must have been a hundred or more members in the Grand Meeting Hall, or whatever it is called....


Tuesday, March 26, 2013


  "REALITY" and the

According to modern day quantum theory, there are eleven dimensions (mathematically).... 
  Now this would conform to the spiritual understanding of nine dimensions of "existence" (stay with me here). Of the eleven "mathematical" dimensions, the first two aren't actually present in the "illusion of separation", (there is no dimension lower than the one we are presently in, so, in effect, reincarnation is a step DOWN, devolution, if you will), hence, 11 minus two is: yup, 9....
  Being energy, the "difference" between dimensions is nothing more than the density of the energy. Let me give you an example; If I take an ice cube (water) and apply heat, you get ? Right ! WATER. And if I apply MORE heat, we get what ? Right ! WATER vapor. Has the material changed ? NO, it's still just water... the ONLY CHANGE has been the DENSITY OF THE WATER. Now apply this to ALL energy, and you can see how there could be dimensions beyond our current "scientific" understanding. One of the limitations of "science" is the fact that if you don't have the ability to measure something, it doesn't exist. WRONG. If you can't DETECT it, that doesn't mean it DOES NOT EXIST.
  So, moving on, there are no hard lines between states of matter. It is a progression. The same goes for the "dimensions". So there is a point between dimensions (at least between this dimension, and the next), where a soul can exist without actually being in the third OR fourth dimensions. This is the "between realms" (NOT "the VOID", that is what "exists" beyond the edge of our "universe", a place of NO sensory input, completely black, no sound, no up, no down,  NOTHING).
  It is in this space that those souls who do not realize they are dead, or those who have chosen NOT to return the "fourth " dimension (what people refer to as "heaven"), exist. They are often referred to as "lost souls". Many of these "entities" live off the energy of those in the third dimension that have "addictions". It doesn't matter if it is drugs, alcohol, smoking, sex, you name it, that draws them to you just as you would be drawn to the smell of someone cooking next door. They "attach" themselves to you energetically, drawing off your energy to "feed" themselves. This becomes a vicious cycle, as they encourage the behavior in you that feeds them. The only way out of this downward spiral is to have a capable individual "remove" them and their attachment, and teach you how to energetically "protect" yourself.
For an interesting discussion, go here...


Sunday, March 24, 2013



   "We must let go of the life we had planned,
    so as to have the life that is waiting for us" 
                                                       - Joseph Campbell.



Ever seen a wolf wear a watch? No? Of course not. Animals live in the present moment, they have to, their lives depend on it....
  Humans, on the other hand, spend most of their time living in the past, or off somewhere in a future that has not happened yet. Learning to live in the present (without having some sort of epiphany) is an arduous process for most people....
  No one is better known, or more associated with the concept of "presence" than Eckhart Tolle. I don't normally mention specific individuals in this blog, but here I will make an exception. If you have neither read nor heard Eckhart's masterpiece, "THE POWER OF NOW", I suggest you do so. I personally feel that Eckhart's reading of his own book is the most powerful way to absorb this material, but that is just my opinion....
  A good start to developing "presence" is to start living your life one day at a time. I'm sure this sounds familiar. Imagine what would be most important to you TODAY, if you knew you only had a month or two to live.... you never know, this might actually be the case, and if not, then you've got another month to look forward to! You will probably laugh, but this is no easy task....
  You must learn to take control of the mind. Most of us are mind-driven, meaning that the mind leads us around by the nose....
  Meditation is of great help learning to focus on one task at a time, whatever that task might be. For instance, if you are washing dishes, pay close attention to every action, the smell of the soap, the temperature of the water, the design on the plate, etc. Don't just mindlessly approach it as just another chore, see it as a potential opportunity to experience and grow. Start small, with everyday events, working one minute at a time, even a few seconds at a time if need be. See how your mind wanders to other things. GENTLY bring it back to the task at hand. Become the "objective observer", what Eckhart calls, "The Witness". Then gradually apply this to your entire day. You may find a sense of calmness overcomes you, and some of you may never have experienced this before....

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Friday, March 22, 2013



Chinese Energy Healing

  Most of you have probably heard of Reiki, the modern Japanese system of spiritual energy healing developed by Sensei Mikao Usui, but are you familiar with Qigong, whose origins in ancient China have been lost to history ?
  Qigong and Tai'ji are two halfs of a whole, often represented as being complementary by the Yin/Yang symbol, Qigong being 90% mental & 10% physical, and Tai'ji being 90% physical & 10% mental.
  It is said that there as many "styles" of Qigong as there are Qigong teachers....

Qi Gong (pronounced Chi Kung) is an ancient Chinese energy (Chi) practice. Qi means energy, or "life force". 
The Chinese character "Gong" represents the effort placed into Qi practice as well as the power gained through such practice. Qigong literally means the meditation practice of Qi energy. Qigong is based on the concept of Chi, energy which flows through the body, as well as thru the entire universe.  Breathing techniques help the chi flow. It can be a self healing practice that can lead to the connection of mind, body and spirit, and is also a powerful method for healing others. Qigong is considered modality of alternative medicine.

History of Qigong

The ancient history of qigong are identified with the segment within Chinese society where the training is cultivated. Over time, the concept and practice of different types of qigong acquired similar philosophical bases. Within the last three decades, those exercises were explained from a scientific basis. The common thread throughout history is the increasing popularity of this system of mindful practice, which has spread throughout China and now across the world.
The history of Chinese Qigong can be roughly divided into four periods.
Little is known about the first period, which is considered to have started when the Yi Jing - Book of Changes was introduced sometime before 1122 B.C., and to have extended until the Han dynasty (206 B.C.) when Buddhism and its meditation methods were imported from India. This infusion brought Qigong practice and meditation into the second period, the religious Qigong era.
This period lasted until the Liang dynasty (502-557 A.D.), when it was discovered that Qigong could be used for martial purposes. This was the beginning of the third period, that of martial Qigong. Many different martial Qigong styles were created based on the theories and principles of Buddhist and Taoist Qigong. This period lasted until the overthrow of the Qing dynasty in 1911; from that point Chinese Qigong training was mixed with Qigong practices from India, Japan, and many other countries.

Before the Han Dynasty (Before 206 B.C.) 

The Yi Jing - Book of Changes (1122 B.C.) was probably the first Chinese book to mention Qi. It introduced the concept of the three natural energies or powers (San Cai): Tian (Heaven), Di (Earth), and Ren (Man). Studying the relationship of these three natural powers was the first step in the development of Qigong.
In 1766-1154 B.C. (the Shang dynasty), the Chinese capital was located in today's An Yang in Henan province. An archeological dig there at a late Shang dynasty burial ground called Yin Xu discovered more than 160,000 pieces of turtle shell and animal bone which were covered with written characters. This writing, called "Jia Gu Wen" (Oracle-Bone Scripture), was the earliest evidence of the Chinese use of the written word. Most of the information recorded was of a religious nature. There was no mention of acupuncture or other medical knowledge, even though it was recorded in the Nei Jing that during the reign of the Yellow emperor (2690-2590 B.C.). Bian Shi (stone probes) were already being used to adjust people's Qi circulation.
During the Zhou dynasty (1122-934 B.C.), Lao Zi (Li Er) mentioned certain breathing techniques in his classic "Dao De Jing" (or Tao Te Ching) (Classic on the Virtue of the Dao). He stressed that the way to obtain health was to "concentrate on Qi and achieve softness" (Zhuan Qi Zhi Rou). Later, Shi Ji - Historical Record in the Spring and Autumn and Warring States Periods (770-221 B.C.) also described more complete methods of breath training.
Around 300 B.C. the Taoist philosopher Zhuang Zi described the relationship between health and the breath in his book Nan Hua Jing. "The men of old breathed clear down to their heels."
This was not merely a figure of speech, and confirms that a breathing method for Qi circulation was being used by some Taoists at that time. During the Qin and Han dynasties (221 B.C.-220 A.D.) there are several medical references to Qigong in the literature, such as the "Nan Jing" (Classic on Disorders) by the famous physician Bian Que, which describes using the breathing to increase Qi circulation. "Jin Kui Yao Lue" (Prescriptions from the Golden Chamber) by Zhang Zhong-Jing discusses the use of breathing and acupuncture to maintain good Qi flow.
Zhou Yi Can Tong Qi - A Comparative Study of the Zhou (dynasty) Book of Changes by Wei Bo-Yang explains the relationship of human beings to nature's forces and Qi. It can be seen from this list that up to this time, almost all of the Qigong publications were written by scholars such as Lao Zi and Zhuang Zi, or physicians such as Bian Que and Wei Bo-Yang.

Han Dynasty to the Beginning of the Liang Dynasty (206 B.C.-502 A.D.
Because many Han emperors were intelligent and wise, the Han dynasty was a glorious and peaceful period. It was during the Eastern Han dynasty (c. 58 A.D.) that Buddhism was imported to China from India. The Han emperor became a sincere Buddhist; Buddhism soon spread and became very popular.
Many Buddhist meditation and energy practices, which had been practiced in India for thousands of years, were absorbed into the Chinese culture. The Buddhist temples taught many Qigong practices, especially the still meditation of Chan (Zen), which marked a new era of Chinese Qigong. Much of the deeper Qigong theory and practices which had been developed in India were brought to China. Unfortunately, since the training was directed at attaining Buddhahood, the training practices and theory were recorded in the Buddhist bibles and kept secret. For hundreds of years the religious Qigong training was never taught to laymen. Only in this century has it been available to the general populace.
Not long after Buddhism had been imported into China, a Taoist by the name of Zhang Dao-Ling combined the traditional Taoist principles with Buddhism and created a religion called Tao Jiao. Many of the meditation methods were a combination of the principles and training methods of both sources. Since Tibet had developed its own branch of Buddhism with its own training system and methods of attaining Buddhahood, Tibetan Buddhists were also invited to China to preach. In time, their practices were also absorbed.
It was in this period that the traditional Chinese Qigong practitioners finally had a chance to compare their arts with the religious Qigong practices imported mainly from India. While the scholarly and medical Qigong had been concerned with maintaining and improving health, the newly imported religious Qigong was concerned with far more.
Contemporary documents and Qigong styles show clearly that the religious practitioners trained their Qi to a much deeper level, working with many internal functions of the body, and strove to obtain control of their bodies, minds, and spirits with the goal of escaping from "Samsara", the cycle of reincarnation.
While the Qigong practices and meditations were being passed down secretly within the monasteries, traditional scholars and physicians continued their Qigong research. (During the Jin dynasty in the 3rd century A.D., a famous physician named Hua Tuo was one of the first to use acupuncture for anesthesia in surgery.)
The Taoist Jun Qian used the movements of animals to create the Wu Qin Xi (Five Animal Sports), which taught people how to increase their Qi circulation through specific movements.
Also, in this period a physician named Ge Hong mentioned in his book Bao Pu Zi using the mind to lead and increase Qi. Sometime in the period of 420 to 581 A.D. Tao Hong-Jing compiled the Yang Shen Yan Ming Lu - Records of Nourishing the Body and Extending Life, which showed many Qigong techniques.

Liang Dynasty to the End of the Qing Dynasty (502-1911 A.D.)

During the Liang dynasty (502-557 A.D.) the emperor invited a Buddhist monk named Da Mo, who was once an Indian prince, to preach Buddhism in China. The emperor decided he did not like Da Mo's Buddhist theory, so the monk withdrew to the Shaolin Temple. When Da Mo arrived, he saw that the priests were weak and sickly, so he shut himself away to ponder the problem.
He emerged after nine years of seclusion and wrote two classics: Yi Jin Jing (or Yi Gin Ching) - Muscle/Tendon Changing Classic and Xi Sui Jing (or Shii Soei Ching) - Marrow/Brain Washing Classic.
The Muscle/Tendon Changing Classic taught the priests how to gain health and change their physical bodies from weak to strong. The Marrow/Brain Washing Classic taught the priests how to use Qi to clean the bone marrow and strengthen the blood and immune system, as well as how to energize the brain and attain enlightenment. Because the Marrow/Brain Washing Classic was harder to understand and practice, the training methods were passed down secretly to only a very few disciples in each generation.
After the priests practiced the Muscle/Tendon Changing exercises, they found that not only did they improve their health, but they also greatly increased their strength. When this training was integrated into the martial arts forms, it increased the effectiveness of their techniques. In addition to this martial Qigong training, the Shaolin priests also created five animal styles of Gongfu which imitated the way different animals fight. The animals imitated were the tiger, leopard, dragon, snake, and crane (sorry, no panda).
Outside of the monastery, the development of Qigong continued during the Sui and Tang dynasties (581-907 A.D.).
Chao Yuan-Fang compiled the Zhu Bing Yuan Hou Lun (Thesis on the Origins and Symptoms of Various Diseases), which is a veritable encyclopedia of Qigong methods listing 260 different ways of increasing the Qi flow.
The Qian Jin Fang (Thousand Gold Prescriptions) by Sun Si-Mao described the method of leading Qi, and also described the use of the Six Sounds.
The Buddhists and Daoists had already been using the Six Sounds to regulate Qi in the internal organs for some time. Sun Si-Mao also introduced a massage system called Lao Zi's 49 Massage Techniques. Wai Tai Mi Yao (The Extra Important Secret) by Wang Tao discussed the use of breathing and herbal therapies for disorders of Qi circulation.
During the Song, Jin, and Yuan dynasties (960-1368 A.D.), Yang Shen Jue (Life Nourishing Secrets) by Zhang An-Dao discussed several Qigong practices.
Ru Men Shi Shi (The Confucian Point of View) by Zhang Zi-He describes the use of Qigong to cure external injuries such as cuts and sprains. "Lan Shi Mi Cang" (Secret Library of the Orchid Room) by Li Guo describes using Qigong and herbal remedies for internal disorders. "Ge Zhi Yu Lun" (A Further Thesis of Complete Study) by Zhu Dan-Xi provided a theoretical explanation for the use of Qigong in curing disease.
During the Song dynasty (960-1279 A.D.), Chang San-Feng is believed to have created Taijiquan (or Tai Chi Chuan). Tai'ji followed a different approach in its use of Qigong than did Shaolin. While Shaolin emphasized Wai Dan (External Elixir) Qigong exercises, Tai'ji emphasized Nei Dan (Internal Elixir) Qigong training.
In 1026 A.D., the famous brass man of acupuncture was created by Dr. Wang Wei-Yi. Before that time, the many publications which discussed acupuncture theory, principles, and treatment techniques disagreed with each other, and left many points unclear.
When Dr. Wang built his brass man, he also wrote a book called Tong Ren Yu Xue Zhen Jiu Tu (Illustration of the Brass Man Acupuncture and Moxibustion). He explained the relationship of the 12 organs and the 12 Qi channels, clarified many of the points of confusion, and, for the first time, systematically organized acupuncture theory and principles.
In 1034 A.D. Dr. Wang used acupuncture to cure the emperor Ren Zong. With the support of the emperor, acupuncture flourished. In order to encourage acupuncture medical research, the emperor built a temple to Bian Que, who wrote the Nan Jing, and worshiped him as the ancestor of acupuncture.
Acupuncture technology developed so much that even the Jin race in the distant North requested the brass man and other acupuncture technology as a condition for peace. Between 1102 to 1106 A.D. Dr. Wang dissected the bodies of prisoners and added more information to the Nan Jing. His work contributed greatly to the advancement of Qigong and Chinese medicine by giving a clear and systematic idea of the circulation of Qi in the human body.
Later, in the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279 A.D.), Marshal Yue Fei was credited with creating several internal Qigong exercises and martial arts. It is said that he created the Eight Pieces of Brocade to improve the health of his soldiers. He is also known as the creator of the internal martial style Xing Yi. Eagle style martial artists also claim that Yue Fei was the creator of their style.
From then until the end of the Qing dynasty (1911 A.D.), many other Qigong styles were founded. The well known ones include Hu Bu Gong (Tiger Step Gong), Shi Er Zhuang (Twelve Postures) and Jiao Hua Gong (Beggar Gong).
Also in this period, many documents related to Qigong were published, such as Bao Shen Mi Yao (The Secret Important Document of Body Protection) by Cao Yuan-Bai, which described moving and stationary Qigong practices; and "Yang Shen Fu Yu" (Brief Introduction to Nourishing the Body) by Chen Ji Ru, about the three treasures: Jing (essence), Qi (internal energy), and Shen (spirit).
Also, Yi Fan Ji Jie (The Total Introduction to Medical Prescriptions) by Wang Fan-An reviewed and summarized the previously published materials; and "Nei Gong Tu Shuo" (Illustrated Explanation of Nei Gong) by Wang Zu-Yuan presented the Twelve Pieces of Brocade and explained the idea of combining both moving and stationary Qigong.
In the late Ming dynasty (around 1640 A.D.), a martial Qigong style, Huo Long Gong (Fire Dragon Gong), was created by the Taiyang martial stylists.
The well known internal martial art style Ba Gua Zhang (or Ba Kua Chang) Eight Trigrams Palm  is believed to have been created by Dong Hai-Chuan late in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911 A.D.).
This style is now gaining in popularity throughout the world. During the Qing dynasty, Tibetan meditation and martial techniques became widespread in China for the first time.
This was due to the encouragement and interest of the Manchurian Emperors in the royal palace, as well as others of high rank in society.

From the End of Qing Dynasty to the Present

Before 1911 A.D., Chinese society was very conservative and old-fashioned. Even though China had been expanding its contact with the outside world for the previous hundred years, the outside world had little influence beyond the coastal regions.
With the overthrow of the Qing dynasty in 1911 and the founding of the Chinese Republic, the nation began changing as never before. Since this time Qigong practice has entered a new era.
Because of the ease of communication in the modern world, Western culture now has great influence on the Orient. Many Chinese have opened their minds and changed their traditional ideas, especially in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Various Qigong styles are now being taught openly, and many formerly secret documents are being published.
Modern methods of communication have opened up Qigong to a much wider audience than ever before, and people now have the opportunity to study and understand many different styles. In addition, people are now able to compare Chinese Qigong to similar arts from other countries such as India, Japan, Korea, and the Middle East.
With the opening of China and the visit of President Nixon in 1972 and the subsequent exchanges between China and the West that Western society became aware of the promise of qigong practice. The ideas of qigong was quickly embraced by alternative health care practitioners. The idea of qi as a form of living energy also found a receptive audience within the New Age movement.[53] When the Chinese Qigong community started to report cases of paranormal activity, Western researchers in the field were also excited by those findings. Chinese findings were reviewed and some Qigong practitioners were invited to the West to demonstrate those results.
The American public's first exposure to qigong was in the PBS series Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers in 1993. In the documentary, Moyers provided an in-depth look at healing alternatives to Western medicine and introduced the audience to the success of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and Qigong. As a result, Qigong practice spread to the general public.
Today, millions of people around the world practice Qigong and believe in the potential benefits of Qigong in varying degrees. Similar to its historical origin, those interested in Qigong come from diverse backgrounds and practice it for many different reasons.


The central idea in Qigong practice is the control and manipulation of Qi, a form of energy. Similar representations of this Qi concept can be found in other cultures for example, Prana in Vedantic philosophy, Mana in Hawaiian culture, Lung in Tibetan Buddhism and Vital energy in Western thoughts. Some elements of this idea can be understood in the term energy when used by writers and practitioners of various esoteric forms of spirituality and alternative medicine. Some elements of the Qi concept can be found in popular culture. For example, The Force in Star Wars movies have many Qi like qualities.
The concept of Qi as a form of pervasive energy is a fundamental pillar of Chinese Philosophy. This energy is considered to exist in all things including the air, water, food, and sunlight. In the body, Qi represents the unseen vital force that sustains life. Qigong practice involves the manipulation and balance of the Qi within the practitioner's body and its interaction with the practitioner's surroundings. The method and ultimate objective for the practice is dependent on the practitioner.
Traditionally, Qigong training has been thought of as being esoteric and secretive. Over the centuries, the exchange of ideas between various elements within Chinese society has created a unified overview of Qigong practice even though each segment maintains its own detailed interpretations and methods.
A person is considered to have been born with original amounts of vital Qi. A person acquires Qi from the food by eating, from the air by breathing and from interacting with their environment. A person becomes ill or dies when the amount or type of Qi is unbalanced within the body. The practice of Qigong is to regulate and control the Qi within the body.
In broad terms, according to Taoist and Buddhist philosophy, the regulation of Qi is through three interconnected components: the Mind, the Body, and the Spirit (Soul). For Buddhists, the training of the mind is through meditation, contemplation and special exercises. For some Taoists, the training and regulation also include external agents such as the ingestion of herbs and interactions with others. For Confucius scholars the training involved the principle of cultivating virtue with virtue being defined according to a Confucian ideal.
The development of traditional Chinese medicine added more details to the role of Qi within the human body. In this system, Qi travels through the body along twelve main meridians channels and numerous smaller branches and tributaries. Those main meridians also correspond to twelve main organs: the lung, large intestines, stomach, spleen, heart, small intestine, urinary bladder, kidney, liver, gallbladder, pericardium, and the "triple warmer,", which represents the entire torso region. The amount and flow of Qi is affected by a person's emotional state which is ultimately related to the Mind, the Body and the Spirit. Most Qigong practices use this concept of proper Qi flow through those meridians as a basic premise.
All elements within Chinese society accept the importance of "Yin" and "Yang" (Feminine & Masculine) or balance between complementary principles. This view suggest that two forces are always interacting, opposing, and influencing each other. As a result, it is not possible or desirable to eliminate one of those forces. The ideal situation is to seek a balance between those opposing forces. This concept is also applied in Qigong theories. For example, the organs within the body are classified in terms of "Fire" (Yang organs) and "Water" (Yin organs), one of the goals in Qigong practice is to balance the Qi between those opposing organs. Other theories, such as the Five Elements, provide even more details to explain the role and effect of Qi within the human body.
Historically, the effect of Qigong practice has always been subjective. It ranges from a feeling of calmness and peacefulness to a sense of overall health and well being. Throughout history, remarkable claims have also been made as a result of Qigong practice. The journey towards self-enlightenment can include descriptions of out-of-body experiences and miraculous powers for both the Buddhist and the Taoist. For some individuals, Qigong training is seen as providing a curative function after extensive training. For martial artists, Qigong training is credited as the basis for developing extraordinary powers such as the ability to withstand blows and the ability to break hard objects.
In the early 1980s, the Chinese scientific community attempted to verify the principals of Qi through external measurements. Initially, they reported great success suggesting that Qi can be measured as a form of electrical magnetic radiation. Other reports indicates that Qi can induce external effects such as changing the properties of a liquid, clairvoyance, and telekinesis. Those reports created great excitement within the paranormal and para psychological research communities.
However, those reports were severely criticized by the conventional scientific community both within China and outside of China.The main criticism from the conventional scientific establishment about Qigong research is the lack of application of the principles of the scientific method notably the absence of scientific rigor, the small sample sizes, the uncontrolled testing environment and lack of reproducibility. In addition to those criticisms, the public acceptance of paranormal properties arising from qigong practice contributed to social unrest.
As a result of those controversies, the emphasis on Qigong research within Mainland Chinas has changed from externally verifying the existence of Qi to focus on effects on health and as a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine without any reference to other aspects of traditional Qigong practice.
In contrast, Western society has accepted the spiritual elements of Qigong practice and pay homage to its rich past. The Buddhist, Taoist, TCM or Martial Arts origins are recognized and used as justification for its effectiveness. Given this acceptance, Qigong practice becomes an important tool for improving one's health, or the health of others.
Similar to the subject of efficacy of Traditional Chinese medicine, the chasm between the Eastern tradition of Qi and the Western scientific viewpoints are not insurmountable if the analysis is limited to the effect on Qigong practice on biological processes without demanding a material interpretation of Qi. There is convincing argument to view as the concept of Qi as a metaphor for certain biological processes. The effectiveness of Qigong can also be explained in terms of concepts more familiar to Western medicine such as stress management, biofeedback and neurology.


Qigong is not just a set of breathing exercises as it encompasses a large variety of both physical and mental training methods designed to help the body and the mind based on Chinese philosophy. The implementation details vary between teachers, schools and the objective of the practitioner.
The practices of Qigong are differentiated by four types of training: dynamic, static, meditative and activities requiring external aids. Each type of training originated from different elements within Chinese society and emphasizes different aspects of Qigong theory. A Qigong system can be composed of one or more types of training. There are also training methods that involve an external agent such as the ingestion of herbs, massages, physical manipulation or interactions with other living organisms.

Dynamic Qigong
Dynamic Qigong can be easily recognized as a series of carefully-choreographed movements or gestures that are designed to promote and manipulate the flow of qi within the practitioner's body. Tai Chi Chuan, a Chinese martial art, is one well-known representation of dynamic Qigong. Other examples include Five Animal Frolics or White Crane Qigong, Wild Goose (Dayan) Qigong where the practitioner performs movements to mimic motions of animals. To an external observer, the series of movements are similar to calisthenics or other types of athletic endeavor. To the Qigong practitioner, the practice requires a unity of mind, body and spirit with the aim of promoting and controlling the flow of Qi.

Static qigong
Static qigong is performed by holding a certain posture, position or stance for a period of time. In some cases, static qigong bears some similarities to the practice of Yoga and its continuation in the Buddhist tradition. Yiquan, a Chinese martial art derived from xingyiquan, is a strong proponent of stance training. Eight pieces of brocade (Baduanjin qigong), a well known set of health exercises, is also based on a series of postures. To the external observer, the practitioner appears to be fixed in space. To the Qigong practitioner, the physical and mental effort required to keep the posture results in the appropriate manipulation of Qi.

Meditative qigong
Most Qigong training will involve some form of meditation. Meditation is a popular method of mind body training and can be found in many different cultures. The details of Qigong practice will differ depending on the origins of the meditation tradition. In Confucius scholar tradition, the meditation is focused on humanity and virtue with the aim of self-enlightenment. In one of the Buddhist methods, the aim is perhaps to still the mind, either through a focus outward such as a place, inwards such as the breath, a mantra, a koan, emptiness or the idea of the eternal as represented by a Buddha. In Taoist and TCM tradition, meditative Qigong seeks to lead Qi through the proper meridian pathways with the aim of completing a smooth continuous flow of Qi through the practitioner.

Qigong with external agents
Many systems of Qigong training include the use of external agents. In Medical and Taoist methods, specialized food and drinks are prescribed to aid in the manipulation of Qi. In martial arts qigong, the use of massage and various other forms of body conditioning are used to promote qi flow. In some Qigong systems, a Qigong master can emit Qi or manipulate the flow of Qi within the practitioner as a form of treatment or to guide the flow of Qi.



   Cosmic Consciousness -      The three states of existence


  In "spirituality", we speak of the "three states of being"....

ASLEEP: when one is not conscious of the "illusion", those individuals whose "self-awareness" is limited to the egoic identity and see "third-dimensional reality" as all there is....

AWAKE: the transition between being "asleep", and being "aware", usually brought forth by a pivotal event, such as an NDE (near-death experience) or an OBE (out-of-body experience)....

AWARE: when one knows that "existence" is far more than what we are taught to believe, that EVERYTHING is connected, WE ARE ALL ONE, like a drops of water in an enormous cosmic ocean, but no drop actually separate from any other drop, all one with, and not separate from the Divine....

Consciousness, Awareness and Being

By Remez Sasson

Watch closely your consciousness, this feeling and sensation of being aware and alive, and
observe what you feel. I do not mean that you look at the contents of your mind. I mean becoming
fully aware and conscious of the sensation of being alive and existing. Some concentration ability
is required to perform this simple exercise, because the mind and its thoughts will probably try to
stand in your way.
This consciousness I am referring to, is not the awareness of having a body, emotions or thoughts,
but of something beyond.
This consciousness is your inner being, and there is nothing mysterious or mystical about it. We all
experience this consciousness constantly, but never investigate or try to be consciously and intently
aware of it. This is because the mind and the attention flow outside, and rarely inside.
You might ask: "Why do I need to be aware of this consciousness? I have never thought about it
before. Why now?"
You are this consciousness - it is your being, and you therefore need to know about it. If you own a
car, don't you want to know, at least superficially, how to take care of it? If you own a TV, a mobile
phone or some other electrical appliance, don't you want to know how to use it efficiently, and
understand, at least a little, how it works?
The more you become aware of your consciousness, the more you become conscious and aware of
its power, and can utilize its power. Calmness, peace of mind, freedom from anxiety and worry, inner
strength and happiness are some of the by-products of becoming conscious and aware of your inner
When watching a beautiful, breathtaking landscape, do you sometimes become immersed and
overwhelmed by it, and for some moments you cease to be aware of your body, feelings and thoughts?
For a little while you become merged in some sort of silence.
A little while later, your mind starts verbalizing about the landscape, and you become aware again of
your feelings and thoughts. You return to your ordinary consciousness and awareness of your body
and its sensations.
You did not lose consciousness during this experience. It was a happy and joyous experience, in which
you became aware of something beyond your ordinary awareness.
This consciousness is beyond the body, feelings and thoughts. It is beyond beliefs, attitudes, names,
gender, family and social or economic status. It is your inner being.
Body feelings and thoughts are changeable and impermanent. Even the cells of the body change in
time. Yet, the Higher Consciousness never changes. It is immutable. It holds everything else together
like a string that holds a necklace of pearls. It is constant, but all the "things" attached to it or revolving
around it always change.
When you reject every component as not your "I", the residue that remains is something, which cannot
be described, only lived. It is an impersonal "I". It cannot be the object of thought, because it is above
and beyond thoughts and the mind.
You can know, experience and be this "I", but you cannot think about it or analyze it, as it is not an
outside object. This "I", this consciousness is the real you.
Discussing this consciousness is just mental acrobatics, because this consciousness is beyond thoughts.
It is fully experienced only when thoughts cease, whether unintentionally, as in the above case of watching
a landscape, or intentionally when special exercises are performed to enhance it.
By teaching yourself to be aware and immersed of this consciousness, the mind and the flow of thoughts
calm down, and you experience inner peace. This is usually done through meditation and proper mental
Being able to concentrate is a great help. Reading spiritual literature, or coming in contact with people
who are living in constant spiritual awareness are great aids. Your practice should be done in a relaxed
and calm way, without thinking of the target or worrying about it too much.
You do not need to search for this Consciousness. It is here, and you are living in it all the time. You only
forgot it. You are letting thoughts rule your life. The sky is always up there. If you don't see it, this is
because of the clouds that cover it. In the same way the clouds of thoughts cover your Consciousness,
but by removing them you become aware of it.
This Consciousness I am talking about, is not the everyday, ordinary awareness of our body, ego and
personality. It is not the awareness of the world around us. It is a sort of "Higher Consciousness" that
stands beyond the ordinary one, and is responsible for it.
The ordinary consciousness is changeable and intermittent. At times we are aware of the outer world
and at other times unaware or only partially aware. There are times of sleep and times of wakefulness.
Yet, the "Inner Consciousness" is always present. It never ceases to be and is always present. It is at the
background of whatever happens in life.
Developing the power of concentration, practicing meditation and trying to be aware of your Awareness,
Consciousness, and Being, is the way to the golden key that opens the door of Enlightenment.

Thursday, March 21, 2013



What it REALLY is, and what it ISN'T....

   Tantra, to most Westerners, conjures up images of orgasmic sex and orgies of sweating bodies, wildly copulating with abandon....

  Nothing could possibly be further from the truth....

  Tantra is a form of spiritual "energywork" thru which selfless, unconditional love and solitary devotion between two partners who are committed to each other in divine union, become one with the "GOD" energy.... It is the male and female essence joining and becoming one for "GOD" awareness....

  It is not an excuse to have wanton sex with whomever and whenever one pleases.... TANTRA IS NOT OF THE BODY !

  Those who pursue the path of self-debasement will have to eventually learn their lesson and balance the karma created.... know that "sex" is the ego's last stand. Many a teacher has been brought down at the last moment by succumbing to the base desires....

  A word of warning, tantra and kundalini should NEVER be undertaken without the guidance of a competent teacher ! 

What Tantra Is and Is Not

by Alan Finger
Sri YantraThere is a heated conversation about tantra going on in the press, partly due to the unfolding drama within the Anusara community, and partly in response to the recent article by William J. Broad in the New York Times in which he makes the dubious claim that yoga began as a sex cult. While I think it is good that yoga is so much in the public eye right now, I worry that some of the misunderstandings might discredit yoga. Tantra is a subject that is very close to my heart. My father was initiated as Kavi Yogiraj into a tantric lineage when I was a child, and my extended family consisted of tantric masters that visited our ashram in South Africa to live and to teach. As the yogiraj of ISHTA Yoga, a thriving lineage that draws heavily on the teachings of tantra that I grew up with, and having taught these practices for over 50 years, I feel a responsibility to talk about the issue of what tantra is and is not from this grounded perspective.
Yoga, tantric or otherwise, is a set of practices that help us expand our consciousness to connect with the universal intelligence and then to bring that experience into life so that we live in the world in a liberated state. While all yoga draws on the same sources, each school or lineage has its own set of practices and interpretations handed down from teacher to student in a very specific way, making it almost impossible for the modern yogi or scholar to tweeze out all of the influences let alone the specific provenance of the various practices. Some contemporary schools have been interested in creating yoga as an institution that can be branded, replicated globally, and sold for profit. But yoga, the real living practice, has always been more like an organism that grows organically and can only survive if it is grounded in the kind of relationship between teacher and student that fosters the direct transmission of what we call the shakti, or living energy, of this ancient wisdom tradition.
There is archaeological evidence that yoga has existed for at least 4,000 to 5,000 years. Tantra is considered to have developed within the various schools of yoga in the early medieval period as a reaction to the conservatism of the Brahmins, or priests, who advocated celibacy and retreat from worldly life in pursuit of spiritual enlightenment, and as a way to allow householders to practice yoga. The word tantra is a combination of the Sanskrit words tanoti, or expansion, and trayati, or liberation. Together they mean that through tantra we expand our consciousness to connect with the intelligence that governs our universe and then we weave that experience back into our everyday living. Tantra, like all yoga, embraces transcendence, or that experience of oneness. But it also puts an emphasis on living in this world and applying the experience of connection that you get from your practice to dealing with your karma on this plane of existence. Householder schools have existed side by side with the tradition of yogic monks for centuries if not millenia, and there is always this debate about whether we can practice yoga and still live in the world as a human with all our imperfections.
The tantric answer to this question of being embodied on this plane of existence as a human is to embrace the fact that we are perfect in our imperfections. These so-called imperfections are what we’re becoming aware of through our practice, and by becoming aware of them it allows us to grow beyond them. Sometimes, in our rush to transcend our human urges and desires, we may push them deeper into the unconscious, where they are bound to do the most damage. Our egos are built on unconscious belief patterns that in Sanskrit are called avidya, and part of the practice of yoga is to loosen the hold our belief patterns have on us. So, in tantra, rather than use strict discipline to avoid our weaknesses, we use training and discrimination in dealing with our human tendencies as the basis of our practice. If we have trouble being moderate in our eating, we practice eating one potato chip rather than banning potato chips from our diet.
The more intense the urge or tendency, the more difficult will be the challenge to bring it to consciousness. So working with the sexual energy may be a part of the practice for some advanced yogis. But that is far from saying that it is always part of the practice, or that hatha yoga began as a sex cult. Hatha yoga does sensitize us to the physical body, and it can generate physical energy, including the sexual energy. But it is not about whipping the libido into a frenzy. It is about moving energy that may be stuck and at the same time calming energy that may be aggravated to create balance. I’m not sure where or when tantra became conflated with sexual practices, but I guess sex sells in any culture and in all eras. We need to understand that the tantric practices are about understanding and mastering our own energy and that 99.99% of these practices have nothing to do with sex. Because all of this is so difficult to actually do, we need to apply steady and prolonged practice, beginning with practices like lengthening and controlling the breath, or visualizing energy in the spine as we do in the ISHTA diksha.
From the perspective of a tantric yoga practice, the sexual energy is important because it is part of human nature, and all humans have it because we need to procreate and evolve like anything else on this earth. Add to this that the act of sex requires that we let go our egos, even if only for a moment, so it can be useful as a tool in a practice that values making the unconscious conscious. But because it is so primal, it is also a place where our unconscious patterns manifest. Sexual relationships are not bad in themselves. They are inevitable because we are human, and they contribute to our growth. When we attempt to ban sex from our lives because we think it will make us more spiritual or enlightened, the sexual energy still has to express itself, and in the hands of someone that is less than a master, it can become covert. Then the problems come about when abusive patterns show up in relationships, especially where there are imbalances of power and status.
There is also a big difference between a swami and a guru or yogiraj. A swami is like a priest who has taken a public vow of celibacy. A guru, or teacher, is someone who has been initiated into a yogic lineage. All swamis are gurus, but not all gurus are swamis. Swamis having sex with devotees is never okay, not because sex is bad, but because it is a transgression of a vow and violates the trust of the devotee. Teachers having sex with students is not okay unless and until that relationship has been consensually transformed from a teacher-student relationship into a partnership relationship. The abuse of power by any authority figure should never be condoned in any circumstances.
It is so important to remember that releasing belief patterns is a delicate process that varies so much from person to person depending on their karma. Whether it involves sexual energy, eating patterns, emotional difficulties, illness, or any other area of human experience, it requires the help and supervision of a trusted mentor or guide. In Sanskrit, guru means “dispeller of darkness” or the one who helps us to become more conscious. Sisya means “disciple” or a student who brings to the relationship respect, commitment, and devotion. There needs to be an organic growth and a transparency to the development of the guru-sisya relationship because without such a strong foundation, the student cannot develop the trust and steadiness needed to master the subtleties of the practice, and the guru’s mastery may get stuck in ego. I hope that teachers and students of yoga will be able to keep coming back to this foundation so that the incredible light of yoga can continue to shine.