Daoist practice of everlasting life…

The way of everlasting life is a main focus of daoist practice. To go along this attitude the daoist practice are quite many depends on the school the adept is following. But the philosophy is the same. Everlasting life means not the bodily aspect. The name Immortal is for many people confusing and leads to wrong action if deeper understanding is missing.

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Here are few examples for a better understanding about daoist exercises. The text is written by Xu Congshi, disciple of Wei Boyang.

 The three jewels, the real crux

The ear,the eye, the mouth- these three jewels,

block and stop them up,do not let them gape.

The truth in man lies at the very depths,

He roams wide yet guards a proper compass within.

Sight and hearing are both crooked and winding,

They function entirely together

As the pivot and lynchpin or the self,

Their movement never exhausted.

Bank up and guard the sight within,

Do not employ the ears in hearing,

Close the mouth to chattering,

With rare words out of the teeming void.

These three are the crux of the affair-

To be with a relaxed body, resting in an empty room,

Abandon the will and return to the void,

And without thinking thus find constancy.

Let signs of difficulty promote your change,

And preserve one mind without rebelling:

In bed the spirit cradled in your arms,

Alive and alert to its care or neglect.

It identifies the three keys to the inner development of an Elexir- the ear, the eye and the mouth. They correspond to the internal vitality or body essences:

Jing > body essence

Qi > vital energy

Shen > Spirit

During one`s cultivation lowering down the sensory organs. Means just reacting less or even not (mastership) of whats going on. The meaning is not to become a stone the meaning is to stay focused and relaxed within the body whatever is coming across. If you stay in this state of mind the so called „Golden Elexir“ get created. This can be done because the mind stays calm all the time and you are beyond the point where Yin and Yang gets created. Not only in meditation you should get this point, no also during the hole daily action it is also called: „Refining the Elexir or Inner alchemy“

see k for a real master–the journey

I don´t know how many time people on my journey ask where my goal is. Which place which country or place of interests etc.. Ok maybe the next country or region I could imagine but no more. My search was not tourist places or beauty countrysides, beaches or buildings of stone. Of course I would not turn around if I would come close to one but it was not my priority. After many time I get ask about this topic more and more it became clearer. Even for me hahaha. The distance to my country longer and longer, the thoughts about smaller and smaller. Family, friends, job, parties so far and small already after only two and half weeks traveling. So many impression, so many new things so many people and cultures I crossed and still will. My observation became stronger and clearer, my listening get assisted from the other sense organs. Once in while I had really a hour or more conversation without to have any idea in which language the person was talking in front of me. Today its quite clear for me if the hearts are open you will understand any message from any person from any language. That idea of open heart understanding became stronger and stronger during my journey and later also a big part of the teaching what I learned from my Sifu(Master).

True Nature

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Now I had many time so I listed down for my self the true reasons for my journey and what I ´m seeking for:

  • is this the reality
  • is there are other realities
  • who am I beside name and job
  • where my emotional explosion / tension is coming from
  • why I´m born
  • hole purpose of live

This small list showed me again and again my deepest interest of live. My lifestyle at that time itself would not reflect this deep questioning. Easy going, every day party, lot of laughing, wine,dame,song beside work and studying. Everything good, enjoyable  but somehow not satisfying. All that easy going and fun could not quench the thirst of „I want to understand“. And somehow I just was following the internal call. Today I understand it was following my „true nature“ not my „earth nature“. Earth nature is interested in:

  • higher
  • further
  • faster
  • more
  • power 

These listing is used by status, family, job, any ranking, car….and so on. Comparison, status improvement  and measurement is the main ambition of an earth nature human. A so called heavenly human/ true nature is looking for answers behind all the so called important things of an earth human.

Transsiberian Train Dez 1984

seek for a real master…the journey

Only two days left toward to the Chinese border. After five days on the transsiberian train I´m used now to all kind of chicken dishes they were offering beside nothing else. During looking out of the train window I was dreaming to become a chicken. A old german song came to my mind: „ich wollt ich wär ein Huhn…“ Suddenly one of my cabin member was tipping on my shoulder and was asking to join in for lunch. I start a big laugher. At the train restaurant we had chicken soup together followed by fried chicken breast. The restaurant service always asking for dollars for the payment and my small money notes were close to be empty. I still had a lot a lot of rubles currency left after my red square black market money changing  and KGB experience. Asking to pay the double price but in ruble currency the service always shaking head to show the no go. The other restaurant guests from the USSR could pay in ruble but the five tourists on the train had to pay in one dollar notes. After lunch we went to an other famous place. The place were the samovar was steaming. In every second wagon was one and it was also a good place for a chat with others while drinking black tea.

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The colorful queue from different cultures in front of  samovar was a kind of meeting point for many who want to get in contact with others and to change information or for examples cigarettes. I was the one who get ask most to change cigarettes because I had tobacco to roll and most all smokers like to have a taste of it. To smoke we had to move to the space between the wagons. Between four and five people could stand there and the air was within seconds full of smoke. Full covered with thick clothes hand in the pockets cigarettes between the lips and the woolly down till eyebrows. The hole body was shivering while crossing meanwhile Siberia. Our smoking ritual became quite short because the temperature at the space between wagons was at least minus 30 degrees. Not even the warm smoke you could feel within the lungs and you got the feeling during breathing out ice cubes falling out of your mouth. After finishing we went always back to the samovar to get a cup hot water for warming our hands and body. I got somehow the impression that collective suffering makes it easier to become friends. Between chicken soup, tea from samovar, smoking in minus degrees and was at least 1-2h  learning Chinese language from a book as well to learn how to handle the chopsticks by fishing single nuts from a box. This was how the days and hours were passing by. Ones or twice a day the train were stopping at stations from cities or villages I never heard about. This was good opportunity to leave the train for few minutes. Like an animal at the Zoo I was running up and down along the platform to move and stretch my body and breath as deep and much as possible the cold fresh air in my lung. Inside the train it the smell was really nauseous. The people of course me as well had no chance to take shower only the small washbasin with icy water from the tap, brhhhh, the hole train was smelling like a Puma cage with no possibility to open windows. Running up and down the platform with bodily gymnastic as much and long as possible were the big highlights every day. Fill lung with fresh air and moving all joints how beautiful such things can be. Until the last whistle of train conductor I was enjoin jumping, running, slide on snow and ice, gymnastic and breath deeply. Around 4pm it starts to get dark in Siberia and the snow white wide landscape changed into a really. A further day was over and only one and half left to enter China border.

Transiberian Train, Nov. 1984

 

Yang Shen Fa- Daoist Health Preservation- promoting a long and healthy live

Yang Shen Fa the art of enabling self cultivation by taking our health into our own hands.Yang Sheng Fa promotes methods of self-healing, health cultivation, and encourages a positive state of mind, ultimately leading to the preservation of one’s health, well-being, and from a practitioner’s perspective, greater focus and treatment outcomes.

There are many aspects of Chinese medicine, and Yang Sheng Fa lends itself to the branches that can be used by yourself without having to visit a Chinese Medicine practitioner. These methods include the following:

• Food Therapy / Dietary Improvements

• Herbal Supplementation

• Mind Cultivation

• Acupressure / Self Massage (Tui Na)

• Energy / Breathing Exercises (Qi Gong)

• Physical Exercise (Daoyin or Taiji)

Yang Sheng can be a way of taking advice and training on health and wellbeing, and tailor it to your own individual needs and preferences.

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In my clinic for Classical Chinese Medicine a growing number of  patients asking for live and health guidance. This is actually very good because by guidance of daily live like it is named  at Yang Sheng Fa the speed up of to get healthy is really visible. After the patients get back their health and they keep on going on the Yang Sheng Fa principles they can keep their health and enjoy their live.

Here some quotes from Chinese classics:

Mind Cultivation

“Temperance in the emotions can prolong life”

Gong Tingxian, Ming Dynasty (Longevity and Life Preservation)

“It is man himself, not Heaven, who governs his life,

and he who abuses himself dies young, while he who takes

good care of himself enjoys a long life”.

Gao Lian, Ming dynasty

Daoyin Exercise

“Aging does not occur with bodily movement”

Lu Shi Chun Qiu (Lu’s Spring and Autumn Annals)

Teacher or master of an energy or spirituell art, Part 2

It is of course no doubt about all arts has to crowth. It means some can add some new because of expirience in his art. Only master are able and should to do so. But many creaters or changer of an art do not have deep knowledge and expiriences. In my opinion and my expirience they do have only little or even no sprirituell and /or energetic expirience. They thinking (and this is the problem) better do like this or leave out that or call it now like anyhow but different. They do not understand that in an energetic or spirituell arts has nothing to do with  intellectual abilities and I mean real nothing.

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After a short walking on a side- path (not the real path) these kind of people asking already how to get the title teacher or master or guru or what ever. And of course many schools or pseudo master are offering it like: „Get your master or teacher degree only in two years“, „Only 100 hours to master the art“ a big cashflow industry, yeah. Special for the provider. The cashflow engine is droping down arts who are already thousands of years old like Yoga, Qi Gong, Taijiquan and is overflowing market with so called teachers or masters. Within decades arts who survived thousands of years because of a good marketing strategy the arts by itself becomes superficial. And…the people realy thinking (because of marketing brainwashed) they doing a real highlevel art. If you are looking deeper into the history so many masters sending away seekers. Why ? … they understood quite fast the seeker is not ready for the highlevel art and they don´t want to waste own time or the time of the seeker.

I would not say anything about the right of somebody to learn a part of an art. It is of course good to perform something what is good for so called fitness or fun. But then the offerer should not use the old terms of the art who are realy good for health, vitality and spirituality. Create new names, new games, new offerings but do not blame or shame thousands of year old arts.

But how to find now the real arts how to seperate good from bad or truth and lie?

Thoughts about will coming soon ….

Nondualistic Mentality

All of the dualities of live are mutually depend and mutually necessary. Here the quote about from Laotse in:

Tao Te Ching (21-2) In the world, everyone recognize beauty as beauty, since the ugly is also there. Everyone recognize goodness as goodness, since evil is also there.

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When one searches only for beauty one stigmatizes the ugly. When people see beauty as pure beauty they view the ugly disparagingly. In valuing the good as purely good their judgement is based upon the idea of bad. But the universal manifests through the division of two from one, each depends on its opposite. So what ? One exist because the opposite exist ! If one would not exist the other would also not exist. Mhhhh, then it would be no separation no judgement means paradise, Shangri-La, nirvana, heaven or Wuji like the daoist are saying.

Teacher or master of an energy or spirituell art ? Part 1

Good question isn´t it ?  The confusion comes easily if you don´t know the difference and how to find points to measure. To read and belief advertisement can´t be the right for it. They are all similar, offering of course the best of the particular art for a better sell. For Qi Gong, Yoga, Taijiquan and so on many many schools with many many teachers or masters who knows where to go or why to chose this or yonder. They showing certification of their education, is that good or not ? But who knows is the organization or the person who certificate them are right or wrong or high or low a good one or a bad one.

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Mhhh, so what now ? If you really interested to figure out you have to go personally to the place, studio, gym or to the person who calls him- or herself this or that. The most certification are given because the has done so and so many hours in that particular art. With this information only you can already say to 99% this is a teacher. Because nobody can master an spirituell or energetic art because of training the art for xy amount of hours. A person can of course learn the techniques what also means he or she can perform the external movement or positioning picture perfect but it does not mean the art is mastered.  To master an energy or spirituell art you have to go through your own processes energetic, mentally and spiritually. This may take years after years and no tonly xy hours.

More about will coming soon, stay tuned for part 2.

seek for a real master….the journey

Laying in cabin on my bed with folded arms and was thinking about the motivation why I started the journey to the east. Thinking I mastered already the martial art Ju Jutsu was the youngest man with third Dan master degree at that time in Germany. Competing around 150 times and was loosing only four or five time. Something was missing something was not complete this was my internal feeling.

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Frozen Balkai Sea view from the train window“

I read about the masters in past from Asia who had so much different skills beside the fighting aspect.  At the TV was running series Kung Fu with David Carradine. Grashopper and the conversation with his blind master very inspiring. In that series I was hearing first time about the Shaolin and their high level Kung Fu and their history. Actually the hole 70´s until mid 80´s was full of Kung Fu movies and books and also not to forget to name Bruce Lee who was opening the eyes for the westerner about the Chinese culture. My teenager time and my twenties full of influence of Kung Fu even some music hits like „Everybody is Kung Fu fighting“ from Carl Douglas were entering the music charts. Before Kung Fu only Judo, Karate or Aikido was known in Europe. These are all Japanese styles now the time of the Chinese style had come. The arts of the Samurais and Ninjas was now exchanged to Konfutse and Laotse or for the  warrior monks of Shaolin. Years I was storing the money for the journey to the east to China. Now only two and half days left to enter the mysterious China. At that time still under the regency of hard communist leaders. With this thoughts and the typical sound of the train I was falling to sleep. Only two and a half days forward and I will be in the country were want to find my real master. I felt a bit sorrow for the travelers in my cabin because they just want enter China as tourist and to make photo shoots.

External enemies…

In Chinese medicine is a saying:

If your internal defense (Qi/vital energy )is strong and flowing no external enemy can strike you.

It sounds quite martial but its only a kind of view. And the so called not educated people in ancient China could understand its terminology easily.

External enemies:

  • Cold
  • Heat
  • Wind
  • Dryness
  • Dampness

These nature aspects of course not by it self enemies only if they can enter into your body. Then they can create so called blockages or in other words health problems. To prevent this it is necessary to keep our guard strong so these enemies can not enter the body. Several ways exist to keep the guard (defense Qi) strong. Here are some examples  from the classical wisdom of ancient china.

  • Live with nature rhythm
  • Exercises: Qi Gong / Chi Kung / Taijiquan
  • Food: 5 Element diet
  • Emotions: Keep them calm and balanced

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Crane is symbolizing long life and immortality in Chinese culture.

Each of the listed ones has its own benefit but all the together they are a quite strong army against the so called external enemies. Each individual of them are to strengthen our defense Qi i.e. the guard. All together they build a strong army. This is the secret of a healthy life but the knowledge by itself not very helpful better start to bring it into your daily action. If you don´t you are the owner of death knowledge….

Treating with food an old tradition in Chinese culture

About the importance of eating and cooking in Chinese culture you can read in „Huang Dii Nei Jing“, Yellow Emperor´s Inner Classic. There is a saying medicine and food share the same origin. Difference between food and medicine actually does not exist only the way when you gone take it makes its difference: „Taking when hungry it is food eating when suffering its medicine“ If you are able to have a good balanced food it is like  you treat diseases before it arises. This is the main message of Sun Simiao a famous daoist healer in Chinese culture. Master Sun create the „Yangshen“  nurturing live where the dietetics plays a main rule beside herbal medicine and bodily energy exercises (Qi Gong). Sun Simiao is also the founder of the famous  Qi Gong „Five animal play“ (Wu Qin Xi). Sun Simiao statement of medical intervention offers some general ideas and rules about the effects of vegetable, grains fruits and animals substances on the human body.

Perfect control of Tiger and Dragon (Yin/Yang) the great Sun Simiao is showing:

Sun Simiao

Sun Simiao advises on dietetic :

The reason for the presence of increased sickness in the body is always related to the excessive consumption of cold substances and by immoderate eating and drinking in the spring and summer. Furthermore, fish, minced fish, and malodorous and cold substances mostly harm a person. To stop taking them is of great benefit. Frequent consumption of milk, koumiss, and similar substances gives a person strength in the sinews, great courage, and a body glistening with health. But if eaten in excess, they can also cause upper abdominal distention and diarrhea and gradually cause damage.

If we can avoid harm, there is no need for toxic drugs or harsh interventions because disease will never break out in the first place. Of course you have to understand he meaning of five element food their action to come to reach the points like the advices are showing.

An other quote of the great Daoist Sun Simiao:

Cultivate disposition to preserve health