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In Topic: Internal Training w/Sam F.S. Chin (I Liq Chuan) in Boston, MA March 29-30, 2014

08 March 2014 - 02:24 PM

Prince, a lot of video from the Western Retreat was posted on the I Liq Chuan Facebook page and some of the ILC pages set up by individual members. It looks like everyone had an amazing time, and the teaching and training was what you'd expect! If you have FB access and haven't seen the clips, let me know and I'll post links for you.

I haven't been on Facebook much lately, but I should be able to find them. I know Sifu Ashe was posting to his YouTube account. I am in Sifu Kelley Graham's distance program, but I think I may need to find a way to touch hands with people closer. It's not so easy to make it to Tucson regularly and my off days when I start my new job will be Friday-Saturday.

I was originally planning to attend, though. I really wanted to meet Dasha. I've been a fan of hers even before I started trying to learn ILC.

In Topic: Internal Training w/Sam F.S. Chin (I Liq Chuan) in Boston, MA March 29-30, 2014

08 March 2014 - 09:29 AM

I wish that I had been able to attend the Western Retreat a few weeks ago. I am going to have to find a way to get out to Durham to practice with Ben's group sometime when I get back on my feet. It stinks that Sigung's son lives here in Nashville, but is not teaching.

In Topic: Does Anyone Have Power?

23 February 2014 - 10:37 AM

Yes, I have power-- but if spring doesn't hurry and get here, I may not be able to stand another $700 electricity bill until my new "big boy" desk job with the state begins in April.


Nashville Electric Service has been the bane of my existence lately...



In Topic: What has TaoBums taught you?

23 February 2014 - 10:22 AM

When I came herein 2007 or 2008, I knew more about the Mopai story then than some people know now. 


I had the opportunity back then to study with Share K. Lew-- I came here thinking people like Pak John and Sifu Lew were a dime a dozen as long as you knew where to look-- boy was I sadly mistaken.


I met Santiago Dobles here and met a close friend who was also around to learn from Dr. Morris with Santi and Tao. 


I learned that Wang Liping is not a myth as my Taiji teacher said to me in 2008--and even though I've forgotten everything I learned from his students, I'd still love to make the trip to China to attend a workshop in a few years-- it would be a fun adventure (and a nice piece for my blog!)


I met Michael Becker here, had a chance to glean all kinds of useful information from his post, and can joke about how Kosta owes me a beer and a few good stories when I make it out to Greece. 


I've learned that the Tao Bums is whatever you make of it-- some people will come here and sit on the sidelines and talk about what's going on in the game--others will get in the game, commit a foul; get frustrated; make a good play; fall; get hurt; win the game; be the hero; but no matter what-- they've done something more than sit around and bullshit. 

In Topic: Beginning Meditation | Kundalini Awakening | My Experience

01 September 2013 - 01:23 AM

Hey all-- 


Sorry for not updating... I've been really busy between school & trying to build up my personal training/kettlebell business. 



My thought about the push hands, is that even thou you sensed his intension he could feel the physical change when you started to neutralize, and he did not hold on to his intention so he just changed, while you held on to your intention to neutralize, and could not feel the change.


My Sifu would say that I started to anticipate-- I was not "present." To change with the change requires presence.  Thanks for your input!  :)



^ So, after around just 5 months of meditation, you experienced some degree of kundalini awakening with enhanced "telepathic" and "auric" sensitivity afterwards?  Not bad for "beginner meditation"...  :D


Have you been able to sustain those effects, or did they eventually wear off?  And what else have you experienced (quantifiably or qualitatively) from this opening since then?  B)

They eventually wore off-- I don't consider myself an expert on any of this stuff, but from the way I describe what happens, it sounds like something "went up and got stuck." I didn't want to come forward in the video, but David Whitley  (who was my KB instructor when all this happened) says the same thing in the comments on YouTube. He's since become a Hoshin Tao student of one of Dr. Morris's students. 



Very interesting. You sound pretty grounded about all this, which is good because K is just the beginning! Definitely keep going with this, I don't know what your end goal with meditation/cultivation is, but you can go far.  :)

Thanks, this all happened in 2008. A year later I took KAP 1 & 2 with both Santiago and Tao and left home for Seminary. I'll just say things got a bit interesting. At one point I was spending 6 hours a day on KAP, PSD, Yiquan, Taijiquan, and kettlebells.

The training was awesome, but I found that I really could not stand being around the majority of the people I encountered. I started having a lot of problems, some related to family issues back home and other related to my studies-- my Seminary classmates didn't think too highly of the guy doing standing meditation under trees and practicing weird kungfu all over the campus. I gotta admit that it WAS fun, though-- I'm a veteran, so I was basically being paid on my GI Bill to go to class, study, meditate, and practice kungfu all day long. The campus was like a big park, and it was up the street from a bigger park designed by the same person who designed New York's Central Park. 

To be honest, it's my goal to put myself back in that situation, but with something maybe a bit less extreme. As a personal trainer and soon to be nutrition/lifestyle coach, I HAVE to be able to interact with people (even some I don't like)


What I learned from this process is you'll have to face things about yourself and about other people that you might not quite like.


Prince, long time no see! Are you done with your seminar/training? How have you integrated it with your energy work? Maybe a huge topic. Shall I PM you instead? Mandrake 


Still working on this one. 


I'm not sure if I ever mentioned, but I started studying I Liq Chuan recently. My Sifu asked me to stop practicing everything else that I had done before-- that's not to say there's anything wrong with other things I've tried-- KAP, PSD, Longmen Pai, etc-- He wants me to become an instructor, so if I want to pick up that other stuff later, it's cool, but for now there's a ton of material to learn.