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Mark Foote
Post title: "How do you properly drop your Brain into the Lower Dan Tien?"
(Nov 8 2014 at 12:02 PM)

On "The Tao Bums", a Tao Chi Kung teacher going by the moniker of Ya Mu responded to the question "how do you properly drop your brain into the lower dan tien?" with these words:

"You don't. Give up the mental, reduce brain waves to near zero and put a gentle awareness in Dan Tian. Make every move, every action, every energetic prelude to "thought" come from or centered from this place of awareness."

This, from a guy who was once in a lab where they measured him going through states u

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Mark Foote
Post title: About the Anatomy in "Fuxi's Poem"
(Oct 12 2014 at 02:42 PM)

The feedback I've received on my treatment of Fuxi's poem is generally positive, although many have questioned my inclusion of so many particulars of anatomy.

Mendocino Botanical GardensThe anatomy is an aid to me in relaxation. For me, the feeling is a lot like standing out w

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Mark Foote
Post title: Fuxi's Poem
(Oct 7 2014 at 01:08 AM)

"The sixth-century Buddhist monk Fuxi wrote:

The empty hand grasps the hoe handle
Walking along, I ride the ox
The ox crosses the wooden bridge
The bridge is flowing, the water is still

(poem by Fuxi, trans. Andy Ferguson "Zen’s Chinese Heritage")

The phenomena that Fuxi described in his poem are all phenomena of trance; that is to say, they require the induction of a state in which volition in activity is surrendered, to a greater or lesser extent, before they can be observed.

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