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Mark Foote
Post title: Autogenic training and Nishijima's SNS-PNS balance
(Dec 25 2011 at 08:10 PM)

Element, thanks for the link on autogenic training:


Some great history there. I didn't use the "warm" patter but I sure used the "arm is heavy", etc. bit, for self-hypnosis in high school!

Bloke, yer right, well-put, Nishijima doesn't elaborate on how his understanding can be applied. Then again, we know that it's not really possible to apply any understanding

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Mark Foote
Post title: The Meaning of the Ankh (reply on Tao Bums)
(Dec 21 2011 at 12:07 AM)

Isis and Nephthys

ankh purification

I still think the ankh represents the cranial-sacral rhythm. The "ankh purification" (second illustration) is a beautiful depiction of how the cranial-sacral rhythm is controlled by the nerves on the sagittal suture, and extends fluidly throughout the body. Thank you for that.

The Egyptians seem to have under

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Mark Foote
Post title: Storing chi at the tan-t'ien, from Tao Bums
(Dec 12 2011 at 01:02 AM)

I notice piriformis highlighted on that last set of illustrations. For me, accumulation of chi in the tan-t'ien is a reference to the consciousness that occurs naturally in the vicinity of the tan-t'ien, and sometimes that consciousness almost seems like it's continuously at the tan-t'ien but I don't believe it is just that. It's an inclusive thing, around the tan-t'ien. Reciprocal innervation of the piriformis muscles, from the femur to the sacrum on either side, results from the "hammocking" o

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