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Mark Foote
Post title: "Good morning- where am I?"
(Mar 3 2013 at 02:00 PM)

The pain in the left knee, I'm pretty sure is related to the support or lack thereof for the fifth and fourth lumbar vertebrae in inhalation and exhalation.

Cheng Man-Ch'ing prescribed relaxation from the shoulders to the finger tips, from the groin to the soles of the feet, and from the sacrum to the crown of the head, followed by relaxation of the chest, as a means to sink the ch'i to the tan-t'ien. His advice implies a relaxed extension up the spine, both in inhalation and in exhalation.

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Mark Foote
Post title: "Something Other Than"
(Jan 15 2013 at 01:00 PM)

Godel's incompleteness theorem is not only accepted mathematics, but the first theorem to be subjected to formal proof by means of a computer. The theorem says that maybe 2 + 2 is not always 4, which is hard for many mathematicians to swallow (google "Is Arithmetic Consistent?"), and the reason arithmetic may contain some contradictions is the axiom of extension, the method of proof used to demonstrate that the finite case implies all cases.

If we have assumptions that produce no contradicti

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Mark Foote
Post title: From the Temples in Egypt
(Jan 11 2013 at 11:44 PM)

I've been studying a couple of illustrations Apech turned me onto- from the temples in Egypt, a long time ago. You might find this useful, with regard to the sacrum and L5:

Hapi and Dyed


"I would suggest that the reed that the god is holding on either side of the pillar represents the horizontal ilio-lumbar ligaments, that engage as the spine is relaxed upward from the sacrum in the movement of exhalation. The presence of the

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