Is procreation really 'pro creation'?

Spiritual inspiration Sunday 16

The problem with our religious upbringing (regardless of the religion) is that morals are forced upon us in combination with guilt, so we now face two dilemmas: Trying to overcome our lower nature whilst at the same time having to shed moral dogmas which at times go hand in hand with our own insights. That makes it difficult to distinguish whether a resolution is based on your own insight or an external imposition.

But if we don’t resist spiritual voices of reason, they can serve as great reminders to be stored in the back of our heads to know at least what to gear towards slowly.

The most difficult worldly attachment to shed, apart from food, in my eyes, is sex, because our biological drive is so strong and we humans celebrate the dogma of multiplying to uphold our religion, nation, race or species – even more so, because it is so pleasurable. Yet, those are mere intellectual reasons to justify our hormonal drives, whether it is the sex-drive in men , or the biological clock in women – both are equally animalistic, designed by lower nature to ensure procreation and therewith merely to sustain itself.

Since I am not out to depress anyone who already is in a relationship or has children, I will include a video here, which will show how to transform into spirituality within the already chosen female family-structure.
From all angles we can gear towards our highest self – the key is to make each choice a conscious and meaningful one, but our life should not be a result of mere animalistic reflexes.

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The sense for cuteness seems so benevolent, but it is also just one of those reflexes we only redirect into stereotyping people, whom we feel attracted to, into niceness.

This pretty Indian lady for example []:::::::||=======>

stabbed her lover’s pregnant wife 42 times,

And this cute Austrian baby below… ▼

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… ended up becoming Adolf Hitler.

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Nature simply is our most archaic environment and whist it is much less pathological as we are, our natural instincts are just a program built into us in form of strong urges.
In order to make ourselves feel good about being enslaved by them we love to glorify them.

On an emotional basis cuddling serves as the ultimate absolution from feelings of guilt or feelings of insignificance, but that is a solution based on the approval of some other person whose mood it depends on.
Hence this blessing can backfire anytime, if it is withdrawn arbitrary.

Our longing for that one partner who likes us completely is dangerous, because it leads to a seclusion away from ‘the bad world out there‘ towards ‘but we are the good ones‘.
Our need for sensuality suggests that we would need physical contact in order to celebrate love, but this is a romantic instead of all-embracing love, which locks the energy into a couple instead of letting it flow out to the world. This is why often the most social helpers or saints are single.

By declaring procreation as a virtue we are heading in an ever increasing speed towards the extinction of the human race by overpopulation.
But only very few will even consider not to procreate for the sake of saving the planet.
The rest will rather blame anyone else for destroying it, whilst ensuring their own slice of the cake. That’s how huge the need of our ego is to sustain itself in form of offspring.

The same principle, by the way, applies to capitalism by first ensuring ones own wealth and later considering to donate a fraction of it to philanthropic causes. Such similarities give rise to the suspicion that our financial system is a lower-chakra-system of control but not one of the heart.

Another mere spiritual reason for not creating a family is because once the family is set up, your spiritual progress inevitably will come to a halt because you need all your energy to raise and provide for the children. It basically boils down to a preference of the horizontal multiplication of a species versus the vertical spiritual evolution.

An indication that our brain is wired to snap into the (worldly and literal) horizontal axis, is that ones sexual fantasies (for the ones who aren’t narcissistic) nearly always evolve around another partner – if it were merely about the own pleasures there would not be a need for another one to fulfil it.

You see this everywhere in nature: If the quality of life is good it blossoms (vertically and spiritually), but if it is bad it quickly multiplies (horizontally and materialistically) rapidly to at least ensure the survival of the species.
This is how lemons are bread: They are deprived of water to implant the fear of death into them so the rapidly multiply.
And then they are watered again.

The dogma to save human life above all simply stems from our fear of dying, so what contemporary western medicine has brought us is a mere increase in quantity of the all-devouring virus called ‘human’ instead of having elevated us towards our full spiritual benevolent potential.
Whilst democracy and free speech were designed to be means of equality, they now serve to drag down humankind’s consciousness to its lowest denominator.
Unfortunately the few who manage to rise above it are called unworldly, yet it clearly is not the mass of humans which elevates us, but the quality of our individual’s consciousness.

How can we practically transform our sexuality ?

As I see it, the best we can do is to gear towards it slowly, by not putting the oil of seduction into the flames of mutual temptation, and as I said in my post about diets: “Transformation is very slow, but if in doubt, cut it out”. This rule allows for a merciful flexibility and we can slowly tune into our higher inner voice (or as some call it: ‘the voice of god’).

Steps on the way are to separate sex from the moral guilt of our religious upbringing and from medical claims that it would be necessary to move energy or releasing heat.

What I don’t recommend, however, is to impose rigid morals to deny ourselves sex, because that would be like putting a spoke into the overactive wheel of our sexuality, which then would make it crack in forms of diseases.

But if we let our desires slowly swing off we make space for a serenity to enter our lives , which may give us the the clarity how to proceed next.

But what if you have children already? No problem. As soon as they left the house you will be free again to ascend beyond the average wellness-yoga and therewith may be even set an example for your kids to do so as well. My point merely is that as long as family is a priority your spiritual ascension works in the background, by mostly observing that of your offspring.
From a point of education, technically it would be best to raise children in maturity after an ascension, but biology does dictate it the other way around.

#abstinence, #ascension, #procreation, #sex, #spirituality

Turn loneliss into a bliss !

Spiritual inspiration Sunday 17

Because those videos are more targeted towards already dedicated practitioners, for more worldly inclined people I want to add that you can also just take a bit of his advice and take one day off for yourself weekly,
or if you are in a relationship, use one hour daily all for yourself.
(Not for distraction, but more for contemplation upon a personal issue until you got a grip on it.)
It works wonders how much you know when you stay with a lingering issue for a while.

General observations:

You might not understand why living seclusive is so important, but as someone who is currently full-time dedicated to a spiritual progress, my experiences do confirm what he says because a huge amount of dilemmas occur if someone shifts:

First one has all kinds of assumptions about life which then will lead one to (re)act in certain ways; and those reactions in turn will trigger new dilemmas which then start to build triangulations between different kinds of assumptions.

Due to experiences, education or the zeitgeist you may for example have a concept about genders and relate to one more than the other, and you also may have a political agenda, and maybe a religious one or many more on top – all results of your childhood-experiences in combination with your inherited energy.

Then you encounter a person from a gender you like, but political opinion you don’t like and there is the first dilemma.
You then react and a third person joins who shares your religious agenda, but not your political one but is of your preferred gender.
Then you start to play all sorts of twisted roles in order to react in a way which does suit all your contrary agendas.

Over that struggle in the end you totally loose focus over who you really are and have all your hands full playing a bunch of roles or withdrawing into a passivity which can’t be attacked, but that also is another role. So however you twist and turn it, as soon as someone does confront you in any way you are forced into a role – and be it only the one not to be passive aggressive by not responding.

To make it more complicated, people who know you (like friends, family or even like-minded ones) already made up their opinion about you and may impose huge burdens upon you for demanding changes which might be contrary to your own insights and current course of (non-)action.

Hence best is to withdraw for a while until the tree of your life found or built its stem and knows where to stand. By then your concerns will less and less be the ideas of others and you just are.

Personal experiences:

Now that I do Sodarshan Chakra Kriya for a tenth of each day, I literally can feel my gestalt (or aura) changing,
and such subtle shifts are easily trampled upon by disharmonious experiences. I realised three things going on:

  1. I felt offended and hurt, which did linger for a long time in my system,
  2. then I learned to express myself eloquently in order to push back adequately,
  3. but right now I am learning that I did perpetrate the mutual blame-game by at times having behaved too dogmatic myself.

So I am in a very fragile state of not wanting to be intruded by others, whilst trying not to interfere with others’ philosophies and lifestyles.
This means that I am deprived of the common ‘weapons’ of deflection and dismissal of others in order to defend myself.

Hence, after having tried for all my life to play it the way that everyone would be satisfied (in vain),
two days ago I told my family that I need a benevolent pause from contact with them for the next three years in order to avoid confrontations.
It took many of those in the past decades, for all of us to finally lovingly bless that solution.

And to still be able to fulfil my extrovert need to communicate I write this blog and only stay in contact with those whom I want to tune up my spirituality with – which right now are you, my dear readers.

#contemplation, #me-time, #solitude

Schlüssel zum Verständnis des Lebens #1 : Reflektion, Kontemplation, Meditation

english article here

Während das Leben für uns ein Mysterium ist, ist es hauptsächlich das Resultat vieler Faktoren – die meisten in tief unterbewussten Entscheidungen begründet, die wir vor langer Zeit gefällt haben – so tief, dass wir uns inzwischen einem Weltbild des “Schicksals” oder einer Hoffnung auf göttlichen “Gnade” einer externen Autorität verschrieben haben.

Man kann diese Änderungen der Persönlichkeit beobachten, wie man
* zuerst bewusst die Konsequenz zieht sein Verhalten zu ändern (was hunderte male hin und zurück gehen kann, bis es sich manifestiert), und
* dann, wenn die Entscheidung final ist, man etwas einfach unterbewusst tut, ohne überhaupt noch darüber zu sprechen.

Das kann eine Erleichterung von großen Lasten darstellen, aber wenn es in Bitterkeit geschieht, dann kann es Menschen zu körperlichen oder psychischen Pathologien treiben. Das ist, wie sich Charaktere bilden.

Charakterliche Veränderungen sind schwer bewusst zu erreichen, doch gibt es Möglichkeiten die Situation in die wir uns selbst hineinmanövriert haben zu entwirren;
und die unübersehbaren Ähnlichkeiten östlicher und westlicher Lehren zeigt, dass es Grundprinzipien gibt, die Jemanden aus der Misere seiner Ignoranz herausführen können.

Wenn man einen Eisberg anschaut, sieht man die Beziehung zwischen dem sichtbaren Bewusstsein oberhalb des Wassers …

… und den wesentlich größeren unsichtbaren Teil des Unterbewusstseins unter Wasser.
Also ist es klar, dass die Hauptaufgabe im Reich des Unterbewusstseins stattfinden.
(Schamanistische Reisen z.Bsp. führen einen meist zunächst durch einen Tauchgang in die Höhle des eigenen Selbst.)

Da alle Wege nach Rom führen, gibt es nicht nur den einen Pfad zur “einzigen Wahrheit”, sondern so viele Wahrheiten, wie es Menschen auf diesem Planeten gibt.

1.) Das Prinzip der Reflektion, Kontemplation und Meditation

Aktion ist das Yang Prinzip der Sonne:
Einfach zu scheinen und sprichwörtlich zu strahlen.
Reflektion hingegen ist das Yin Prinzip des Mondes: darüber zu reflektieren was geschehen ist. Das ist das Mittel der Therapie, und ein guter Therapeut ermögliche dem Patienten zu reflektieren,
um den Intellekt tiefer in das Reich der Kontemplation zu führen.

Ein Eremit wurde mal gefragt, warum er in Einsamkeit lebe,
aber anstatt zu antworten nahm er einen Stein, warf in in einen Brunnen, und fragte den Fragenden was er sehe.
Der Wanderer antwortete: “Ich sehe Wellen auf dem Wasser”;
und als sich die Wellen beruhigt hatten, fragte er den Wanderer nochmals, so dass der antwortete: “Ich sehe ein Spiegelbild meiner Selbst”.
Da antwortete der Eremit ihm: “So bald die Wellen des Geistes sich beruhigt haben, kannst Du Dich selbst sehen.
(Eine der wichtigsten altgriechischen Leitsätze ist: “Erkenne Dich selbst.”)

Während Reflektion eine passive Art ist,
ist Kontemplation eine gewählte Aktivität, um willentlich an einem Bestimmten Thema eine längere Weile dran zu bleiben.
Beide Wege funktionieren als Vermittler zwischen Bewusstsein und Unterbewusstsein, und beide Wege sind ineinander verschlungen,
weil man seine Gedanken nicht erzwingen, sondern eher anziehen kann, um dann darüber zu reflektieren.

Eine Behinderung einer guten Übersicht is der Tunnelblick, weshalb man um alle Sichten wahrnehmen zu können am Besten in der Mitte einer Kreuzung, und nicht in einer Gasse stehen sollte.

Medietas” heisst “in der Mitte” in Latein. Daher bedeutete das Wort “Medizin” ursprünglich die Rückführung auf die Gesundheit, wenn man in seinem Zentrum ist, und “Meditation” das Zentrieren des Selbst, um so viele Perspektiven wie möglich, und damit die Welt “wie sie ist” wahrzunehmen.

Das erklärt auch das Symbol des Kreuzes, was keinesfalls nur im Christentum verwendet wurde, sondern z.Bsp. auch bei Rosenkreuzern. Während das körperliche Zentrum der Bauch ist, wird es in anderen Richtungen als das Herz gesehen, was im alten Ägypten als “zweites Gehirn” angesehen wurde.

Gregg Braden setzt einen starken Wert auf die Herz-Hirn-Verbindung; und der Verlust davon ist die Wurzel der meisten internen und externen Leiden in dieser Welt.
Mitgefühl (wie es von den meisten Religionen propagiert wurde, bevor viele davon verkrusteten) ist eine gute Methode dies zurück zu erlangen,
und Buddhisten wie Thích_Nhất_Hạnh oder der Dalai Lama haben dies zu ihrer Priorität gemacht.

Für rationale Menschen ist Meditation oft das am wenigsten greifbare Konzept, so dass es ihnen für lange Zeit wie eine Zeitverschwendung vorkommt, weshalb es Anfängern meist als Entspannungsübung oder zur Selbststärkung propagiert wird, um mehr effizient zu erscheinen.
Während beides wahr ist, ist Meditation wesentlich mehr, denn es ist wie ein Sanktuarium, in dem interne Turbulenzen beruhigt werden, solange man nicht vom täglichen Leben aufgewühlt wird.

Der leichteste Weg zu Meditieren ist sich eine Minute hin zu setzen und den Atem zu beobachten, denn man kann sowohl bewusst, als auch unbewusst atmen, weshalb der Atem als Vermittler zwischen beiden Welten funktioniert.
Währenddessen kann man auch seine Gedanken einfach auslaufen lassen, indem man kein Öl mehr in die Flammen gießt, so dass Gedanken, die in Meditation aufkommen nicht weiter gefüttert werden, wie z.Bsp. der Gedanke an das spätere Einkaufen nicht durch eine ganze Einkaufsliste erweitert, sondern hinten an gestellt wird, so dass man sich wieder ganz dem jetzigen Moment widmen kann.

Bezüglich der Länge: Wenn Du Deine Meditationzeit (natürlich nur durchschnittlich) um nur 1 Sekunde mehr täglich vergrößerst, addiert es sich auf 7-8 Minuten im ersten Monat, 5-6 Minuten pro Woche im zweiten Monat, und während die Zeit zunimmt, wirst Du in eine regelmäßigere Vermittlungspraxis automatisch hineinwachsen, um zu viel nicht aufholen zu müssen, bis Du letzendlich alle zwei Monate eine Minute mehr täglich meditieren kannst.
Um solch komplizierten Berechnungen zu vermeiden, kann man im ersten Monat einfach so lange und oft man will meditieren,
im zweiten Monat versuchen, es wöchentlich zu tun,
und ab dem dritten Monat versuchen 2 Minuten täglich zu meditieren,
und ab dann alle folgende zwei Monate die Länge um 1 Minute erhöhen, bzw um 6 Minuten jedes Jahr zu verlängern.

Die leichteste Zeit, um zu meditieren, ist vor der Morgendämmerung – am zweit besten nach der Abend-dämmerung, und am Ungünstigsten in der Gesellschaft von Leuten zu meditieren die nicht meditieren.
Täglich ein bisschen zu meditieren ist wertvoller, als nur ab und zu viel zu machen, weil Dein Charakter dadurch durchweg abgestimmt wird.

Meditation, Kontemplation und Reflektion waren und werden intuitiv in natürlichen Kulturen praktiziert, wurden aber durch den Leistungsdruck unserer ersten Welt, ständig Gewinne zu maximieren (die dann gewöhnlich bloß als Entschädigungen für unser verlorenes ganzheitliches Glück dienen) marginalisiert.

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#buddhism, #centre, #christianity, #contemplation, #cross, #heart-brain-connection, #meditation, #reflection, #rosicrucianism, #spirituality

The precepts & tenets of my former Kung Fu System Nam Pai Chuan

Spiritual Inspiration Sunday 14

When I was half my age I did train with the Kung-Fu system Nam Pai Chuan and because I found the teacher Christopher Lai Khee Choong to be the spiritually most authentic of all Gurus I did meet so far, I reblog an article I wrote for the Kung-Fu magazine nearly 3 decades ago – without altering a single word.

Before we trained we had to repeat 18 precepts which a random student did read aloud to us. Don’t waste that wisdom: Read them attentive,
and then take a minute to reflect upon what those principles mean to you.

  • Revere your ancestor
  • Respect your guide
  • Train with your mind
  • Strengthen the will
  • Centre your energy
  • Focus on reality
  • Act with earnestness
  • Covet nothing
  • Subdue the “I”
  • Behave with fortitude
  • Approach with innocence
  • Ever hope
  • Life is death
  • Death is life
  • Teach with passion
  • Teach the deserving
  • Learn always
  • Assume nothing

Now you can read how I understood those tenets,
based on my studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine back then.

Revere your ancestor

Qi (or chi) is the energy of life, the force which is trained and directed in martial arts; the energy which flows throughout our body. Pre-heavenly Qi, the energy we inherit from our ancestors, is stored in the form of Jing. This is the essence of life, the factor which dominates our physical and mental growth, our determination and even our biography to a certain extent. It is stored in the kidneys from where the Yin and Yang of the whole body stems. So it can be seen as a seed of a plant. What we do with this inherited gift is up to us but it is important to make the best out of it. If one is given a certain amount of money and does not value it, one will lose it quickly, in opposition to the person who does see in the gift a chance for growth. So if we revere our ancestors we respect ourselves. This might be the reason why in Feng Shui (the art of applying Qi to space) it is very important to bury the ancestors in a place with good Qi. In the I Ging (the Book of Changes) it is written that as one who understands growth properly has to understand contraction as well, so birth can be seen as a mirror or a prism through which the ancestral Qi flows and then spreads again to build a new life – the better the Qi, the better one’s life.

Respect your guide

There are five different spirits in the body, housed in different organs. One is the Hun, the ethereal soul, which gives a person charisma. In its emotional aspect it has to do with anger and fighting. At rest the blood is stored in the liver; in a fight it is distributed to the organs. Each spirit and organ also belongs to an element which reflects principles of nature. The liver and the Hun for example belong to the Wood element which is responsible for growth; it is upward and outward in direction such as a tree grows. That is why angry people rise up from their seat in order to hit or shout at one another – upward and outward. On a mental level the wood element has to do with career – upward and outward movement. It is very important to balance ones own personal growth as it is balanced in nature. First, a good foundation has to be built to support the structure on top. A tree must have a good stem to support its crown. So you should respect your guide in order to acknowledge the fact that we all received help and have to help, that we are just threads in the fabrics of life. This puts everything into perspective and thus enables us later to judge clearly when it is appropriate to gain respect and when not. Therefore, our career will be balanced and suit our position in life. This does not mean that the humble person will not reach as far; vice versa, an aware person will see more clearly his or her destination and then go even further than people with ungrounded dreams.

Train with your mind

Another spirit is the Yi, the spirit of thought, housed in the spleen. In the case of imbalance, thought circles round and round: the process of worrying. There is a saying; “Where the Yi goes, the Qi goes”. This means where the mind is, the Qi – our energy, therefore our abilities and our whole life – will follow. A basic principle of some kinds of meditation is to let the thoughts go in order to have a clear mind – to be totally in the present and not to think about the past and the future. This is very difficult; yet important because it brings sense into the most boring activities of our life for we will be aware of what we are doing and therefore learn always. So when doing a horse-riding stance or a kick or a punch you’ve done a thousand times before don’t get bored but try to focus on nothing else but on what you are doing at the moment and you will discover how difficult that is and when you are focused your technique will improve because you will be aware of a lot of mistakes you have not seen before.

Strengthen the will

Willpower is a spirit called Zhi which resides in the kidneys, like Jing. If the kidneys are weak, there will be fear. People have to go to the toilet when they are scared, because the kidneys control the bladder: fear descends as water, the element of the kidneys. So if the will is strong, our determination and perseverance will benefit from it and also will the kidneys and therefore our Jing and our courage for the potential for fear will be reduced. In terms of our physical training the willpower will benefit from a grounded stance which draws the Qi down to the kidneys. This shows that certain Nam-Pai-Chuan techniques have a double meaning because they benefit on an exterior level our fighting skills and on an interior level our energy by balancing out bodily functions. This applies especially to the forms which have a very profound meaning far beyond the level of self-defence and contain elements of Qi-Gung, the work on Qi.

Centre your energy

The direction of the earth is toward the centre. The gravity force of the earth pulls all things towards its centre. By centring our energy we will be able to focus better. In opposition to pre-heavenly Qi as in precept 1, post-heavenly Qi is the energy which we get from food, air and all the things which are consumed after birth. Food and drink are obviously big parts of it and in order to transform them properly the stomach and especially the spleen have to be strong, otherwise the food will only be used to a certain extent and not to its full potential. This is obviously another reason to centre the Qi (to the stomach and spleen) in order to be and to become strong.

Focus on reality

Probably the most important of the five spirits housed in the body is the Shen. It is responsible for clarity, excitement and love. The Shen is housed in the blood of the heart. (The organs as seen from a Chinese medical point of view are seen as a collection of functions and therefore not identical to the Western concept of material things, but overlap to a large extent in their functions.) The heart belongs to the fire element. The direction of fire is upward; the Shen has to do with growth, especially in a spiritual sense and can be compared to the light which attracts all life. Like the sun, the Shen can never be deficient but clouded, which might cause depression and a distorted perception of reality. So focusing on reality means to keep the natural direction of growth in mind and never to forget the light even in the sky may (i.e. the mind) is temporarily clouded. To be out of tune with reality means to become mentally disturbed; and to be “en-lightened”. Here is the link to precept number 3 because a clear mind which is not distracted will not be clouded, hence access to the Shen is uninhibited.

Act with earnestness

As mentioned previously, determination and seriousness are qualities of the kidneys and the Jing. The quality of the Jing is the quality always to stand up again when knocked down by life. Determination has also to do with a sense of direction in life. To show direction, the index finger is normally used. The large intestine channel starts at the index finger – a channel is a pathway of Qi which flows from and towards all organs in the body – relating it to the sense of direction of life. The colon belongs to the metal element, as do the lungs. The lungs house the Po, another of the 5 spirits. The Po is the incorporated soul so is responsible for all involuntary movements in the body such as the metabolism, the heartbeat, breathing, etc. It is also responsible for getting things done. This is because it belongs to the metal element and metal cuts through any obstacles just like a sword. A very big obstacle in getting things done is sadness, the pathological state of the lungs when Qi is deficient. Sadness causes a stooped posture which further depletes the lungs, so when someone is determined to fulfil his/her own goals s/he cuts through this obstacle and breaks the vicious circle.

Covet nothing

When Buddha sat under a tree and tried to develop himself through meditation, five women came to tempt him away from the path of true development. These women represented corruption or criminal behaviour, grief, fear, ignorance, and greed. These are the pathological states of the five elements. Corruption is a disharmony of the earth element because it means that one allows another person to set a point of focus; and therefore, one’s own centre point of focus is weakened. Grief is an imbalance of the metal element because the metal contracts and grief also contracts the sad person, who becomes smaller and introverted. As discussed above, deficiency of the water element (kidney and bladder) causes or is caused by fear. Casual factors and caused factors are reversible in Chinese medicine which means that something which could be caused by a deficiency such as grief can also be the cause for this deficiency. Ignorance is a stagnation of wood energy – related to the liver and gall bladder; an ignorant person will not have the patience to explore the truth with care. Greed, finally, is an excess of the fire element: heart and small intestine. Over-excitement in the heart causes a thousand wishes; and the failure of the small intestine in its natural function of separating the pure from the un-pure will impair the person’s decision on what is not. There is too much energy in the heart and upper part of the body (fire rises) and too little in the lower part. This is another case in which centring the energy would definitely help.

Subdue the “I”

As much as the clouds (between the earth and the sun) belong to the earth, so the filters which are between reality and the observer belong to the person them self. These filters are the same which inhibit access to the Shen. They are: emotions, thoughts, beliefs, etc., in other words everything which belongs to the ego or the “I”. In order to challenge the individual to experience these filters and get rid of them, there are a lot of ‘unpleasant’ exercises such as conditioning or standing in a low horse-riding stance for a long time. These exercises are done much more in the east where people tend to have greater understanding of their value. The idea of conditioning, for example, is not only to get hard skin but to let unpleasant sensations, known as ‘pain’ pass through the “I” in order not to let them be felt as pain, and therefore to get rid of judgements which inhibit us to see reality for what it is. We can see for example how distorted our view becomes when we are in a hurry. Everything which gets in our way is extremely annoying and every minute waiting time might not even be noticed on other occasions. There was once a novice monk meditating in a monastery high up in the snow-covered mountains. The door to the meditation hall was always wide open so that it became so cold that ice would freeze on the noses of the monks. The novice monk told his master that this would be unbearable for him – and to his surprise the master agreed. So he asked him why they would not close the doors and heat up the meditation hall whereupon the master replied: “Let the cold inside you where it kills the student!” Every assumption is a reduction of the reality to a model of life and therefore a distortion of our perception of our environment. This inhibits one to focus on reality.

Behave with fortitude

Fortitude is defined as firm and lasting courage in putting up with trouble without complaining. How can this be done? By subduing the ego and strengthening the willpower!

Approach with innocence

The word “innocence” does not mean naivety in this context, but instead, open mindedness which helps the student to focus on reality. Innocence also means being without guilt – so an innocent approach is one without bad intentions which can spoil good training. Innocence also carries the quality of a subdued ego without wishful perception and thoughts so that the student is able to respect the guide.

Ever hope

This has to do with a focus on reality without judgement. If training at one stage seems not to progress any further; then it is time to train the mind by not judging ones own development. In training we are mostly asked to be Yang by acting and training hard but here we have to be Yin in be patient and preserving. This reminds me of the story of the two frogs who fell into a pot of milk which was too high for them to jump out, so one of the two frogs gave up and drowned. The other one had hope and continued to swim in the milk. The next morning it found itself sitting in a pot of butter.

Life is death

The Yin and Yang symbol should not be seen as a static balance, but a constantly changing balance, as everything changes all the time. When it is seen as a clock, four different stages emerge: 1) Yang within Yang: total Yang; midday, summer, brightness, life…2) Yin within Yin: total Yin; night, winter, dark, cold, death…3) Yang within Yin: Yin turns into Yang; birth, spring, morning…4) Yin within Yang; Yang turns into Yin; ageing, autumn, evening… This shows that growth means decline like a flower which blossoms and necessarily afterwards dies. The same applies for training, which is growth and development and therefore a preparation for death. It is important not to fear death because fear will not only become irrelevant at the time of dying but will inhibit our progress throughout life – for one who fears death is subconsciously scared to develop because growth means decline and life is death. I am convinced that nearly all people can improve their development immensely and reach far beyond their present existence if they accept death and dying as a necessity of life. It is important recognise the principles within Yin and Yang, just like the principles of the five elements. It is better to understand them properly than learning lists of attributes because if you know the principle you are in a better position to work out everything else. For example, what ascends – Yin or Yang? Yang because it means growth and action and every plant grows upwards to understand these principles deeply, I strongly recommend the I Ging, the book of changes; the most accurate translation seen so far is the one by Richard Willhelm.

Death is life

Apart from the continuous changes mentioned, there is the aspect of death as a transformation of our existence. The Po is the corporeal soul and the Hun the ethereal soul. After death, the Po goes into the earth and stays there for three generations. The Hun leaves the body after death which can be seen when an excessive amount Eaglewood incense is burnt in the room where someone is dying. This shows that our perception of our body being us is incomplete because the 5 spirits continue to act after death. A seed grows into a tree, the tree blossoms, the leaves die fall to earth and become soil, out of which the seeds which fell from the tree grow and become another tree. So in nature everything cycles. So it is quite likely that human beings recycle. It might be either that the soul or spirits as a whole continues to live until it is reincarnated or that parts fuse together with parts of others and manifests a new mixture such as rain drops which fall individually to earth, mingle with others to build a river and flow into the sea or into plants from where they evaporate again to fall down as rain drops. If a body is seen as a candle and its spirit as the flame, the question is whether the flame which is passed onto other candles is the same or a different flame. This is a matter of belief and individual experience; it is up to everyone individually to make up their own mind about reincarnation.

Teach the deserving

Initially this might mean “teach only the deserving”, because otherwise the spirituality could get lost and what is left over would only be a mechanical procedure without its contents. Nam-Pai-Chuan is not only a good system to gain technical skills but also highly spiritual because it is well balanced between form and content, i.e. physical work and mental work. Another aspect of this precept is also to teach all the deserving whether you like them or not. This is applicable to all grades at any time. This means not to get excessively involved emotionally in the process of the teaching; hence another step in subduing the “I”.

Teach with passion

Although the I should be subdued, there should be one’s passion (coming from the Shen – fire), mind (coming from the Yi, earth), and Willpower (Zhi – water). Passion is obviously important to make the lesson exciting for the students but it is as beneficial for the teacher because the water and the fire and the element have a very strong link. Water controls fire, as everyone knows. These two different forces have opposite directions and if one element is predominant and imbalance follows. Excessive fire causes inappropriate laughter, over-excitement, giving all the emotions away and thereby draining oneself. Excessive water means that one is determined without compassion, a career-type who does not care about others. Dictators are an extreme example of this case.

Learn always

To get the Qi flowing, which is very important for the health, an intake has to be equivalent to an output. The outlet is the teaching and the intake, to learn. We are mostly too comfortable and narrow-minded to learn always, but every situation can teach us, even if it seems to be boring. In fact a situation only starts to get boring when we can’t learn from it any more. If we have totally explored a situation that we are in, it is time to move onto another level and observe our reality from a new point of view. If you train, for example, one possibility is to observe very carefully its effect on the body, mind and emotions. This is training with the mind and can be done in any situation and everywhere. A higher level of sensitivity will then open new doors to different realities. It is also possible to think about the principles which determine the moment. It is very useful to apply acknowledged principles to other circumstances. This is how Albert Einstein worked out the theory of relativity, by simply finding the principles which underlie movement and mass, when he experienced it by sitting in a tram. Unfortunately he could not accept that particles could be found randomised in fields because his beliefs suggested that God organised everything. This was an inhibition to his step forward. This leads us to the tenet…

Assume nothing

Every assumption is a reduction of the reality to a model of life and therefore a distortion of our perception of our environment. This inhibits one’s ability and willingness to focus on reality. So assume nothing, and don’t believe this article as well.

#christopher-lai-khee-choong, #kung-fu, #nam-pai-chuan, #tcm

Spiritual inspiration Sunday 13

Special holidays movie to gain a 20-20-vision about society for 2020

Dear readers, since this is a time of many holidays, including new year, you may want to watch some entertaining yet profound movie you very likely never have seen.

It is well worth reading through the subtitles – I can assure you this movie stuck in my head since I saw it, because it conveys the absurdity of society in such a funny manner.
Watch and share with your friends!

Because it is quite difficult to find: If you know of any links where to purchase it, or of other language versions please share all informations you can get about it with us in the comments.

#1996, #besuch-vom-anderen-stern, #coline-serreau, #english-subtitles, #french, #james-thierree, #la-belle-verte, #movie, #social-criticism, #the-green-beautiful, #vincent-lindon

The insatiability of desires

Spiritual inspiration Sunday 12

I have a riddle for you:
If a wildfire burns towards you faster than you can run, how can you come out of alive?
I tell you the answer after the video.

Each Sunday we see a few minutes of wise words here, but I am well aware how this goes: The words appeal to our higher self and we open heartedly agree, only to have forgotten about them half a day later.

So despite the fact that those videos don’t need any explanation or can’t be improved upon, I write some introductions in order to make it a bit more relatable for common folks like us, simply to serve as an intermediate “translator” to make those wisdoms more relatable.

I simply tell you how long it takes me to shed one layer of desire after the other within my meditation project – all in the form of initial sacrifices without gains:

  1. sacrifice: I decided to meditate daily (nerve wrecking, but a good sacrifice of fun-time for a higher purpose)
  2. My ageing pushed it on me in ever increasing reminders that I should give up my desire to still be young and attractive.
  3. However, I still was hoping for to at least at one point become wealthy in order to get what I was aspiring for in my youth, but I realised that this is a never endling story – even Rockefeller as he was asked when he finally would be financially satisfied said “just a little bit more” – so I realised that greed is never ending.
  4. I also understood that the concept of enjoying life to the fullest does cause more suffering then pain, because fully expressing oneself without moral inhibitions will harm others and therewith impair their ability to express themselves. And like greed this also is insatiable.
  5. In the same way I realised that sexual desires never end, because we feel compelled have certain sexual experiences with certain sexual (arche)types but in times of desire forget that we already had this or that kind of experience or type of a person, so it is only our sexual drive tricking us into believing that we still have to undergo specific experiences. And let’s face it: sex is not essential to life as is eating or drinking. Only because the drive is strong does not mean that it is essential.
  6. I then held onto the concept of still being important by providing some unique value to it, (by healing people or rescuing the world from its self destruction,) but then realised that the misery of us humans are mere karmic results of our own doing, so first and foremost I should rescue and heal my own spirit, mind and body. Only then I might reconsider becoming more active again.
    Actually: Whilst pondering about that it dawned upon me that if I would have had the power to save the world when I was young I could have caused a lot of disastrous turmoil by my ignorance and blinkered approach.
    And who knows:Maybe I do a lot of good by cleaning out all my hidden demonic trades before they had the chance to even manifest?
  7. And every once in a while I got the urge to “treat myself well” – but more and more I notice that each of those fulfilments of wishes usually only lasts a few months and then is used up, rendering the object of desire old.
    So because each purchase endangers me to hoard, plus it essentially is damaging to the environment, I more and more refrain from buying things and “if in doubt, I cut them out”.

And now to the rewards after all of those sacrifices:

In the short run each sacrifice is a loss, but in the long run makes me stronger and gives me a radiance of walking the walk and not only talking the talk. There is some kind or aura people with integrity have – just think of the charisma spiritual leaders or social justice fighters had.

A simple life is something I also admired in lone fighters. The less I need the more mobile and flexible to travel I am also.

Not running after sex whenever the opportunity arises (merely “to better my statistics”) also helps me in not running into random troubles, because more and more I learn to see whether a person is compatible with me.

And now comes the answer to my riddle at the beginning:
If a wildfire burns in your direction in full speed the best you can do is to set a second fire in the direction the wind is blowing to, so that some ground will be covered before the wildfire reaches you.

Choosing to refrain from desires yourself is like anticipating what life would take from you anyway – but before it was forced upon you.
By having chosen that reality out of free will makes one emanate dignity.
If the same things are taken from a person against their will, it will result in a nervous wreck.

One word of caution though:
Especially when we change course; initially our sacrifices often make us stern and serious, so, especially in the beginning, don’t impose your new ways on others, because else it can turn into guilt and then backfire big time:

For me, the longest struggles to cut out some habit, desire or to undergo a change were usually the upholder of moral standards who got so much on my nerves that my rebellious ego stubbornly did resist a change for decades.

So just do for yourself what makes sense – even if others destroy the world we all live in – to push change onto them hardly ever makes a difference.