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Mark Foote
Post title: The Way the Chi Returns
(Apr 29 2014 at 12:58 PM)

Some people say that after the chi reaches the head-top, it returns to the tan-t'ien down the front of the body, in a kind of circulation. I do experience an odd kind of circulation, but the connection between the head-top and the tan-tien is not so direct for me.

Cranial-sacral theory is really near and dear to my heart. The premise there is that changes in the volume of fluid that surrounds the spinal cord and the brain cause flexion and extension of the entire body. The free movement of th

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Mark Foote
Post title: Consciousness as the Result of Contact
(Apr 16 2014 at 07:30 PM)

Oftentimes we think of our consciousness as continuous. Gautama the Buddha said that in fact, consciousness only takes place as the result of contact between a sense organ and sense object, and has no real continuity. I would say that Gautama's explanation probably had a lot to due with his experience of proprioception (proprioception is consciousness generated by particular muscle or ligamentous tissues, concerning the placement and orientation of those tissues relative to the body as a whole

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Mark Foote
Post title: From the Start
(Mar 16 2014 at 05:45 PM)

The other day I wrote about how Alzheimer patients die when they forget how to breathe, and how my experience seems to lead me to remember how to breathe as I never have before.

Speaking with friends, I thought of something I had read:  a mother's recollection of her daughter's birth, and of the eerie silence that continued for a full minute before her child drew a breath and began to cry. As I spoke to my friends, I realized that we are all remembering how to breathe as we never have b

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