Tai Chi and some other Stuff
Crowley doesn't seem to have practiced martial arts, although he was challenged by William Butler Yeats at The Battle of Blythe Road when he attempted to commandeer the Golden Dawn temple, plus he reportedly beat up a few folks (see Confessions) and was beaten up himself a time or two. Maybe he should have practiced martial arts? Anyway, he suggested that the aspirant engage in some sport or physical activity that was calculated to keep his (her) body in the best physical condition, and many Thelemites are martial artists, so this little offering should qualify for airing on the LAShTAL "Stuff" forum.
We shot a video in May (2017), "Tai Chi," which you might not want to miss. I suggested we do it soon as my footwork is getting a bit clumsy. We had four (4!) cameras going, but only one was usable: a tiny digital recorder that fits in the palm of your hand - and it was on a tripod (steady), but the results are a bit grainy. The other 3 were stupid smartphones that bobbled and shook and cut heads off, plus they were all shooting in that ridiculous vertical axis, so that when cropped to movie standards they had a HUGE black border around them. There was no male Uke ("faller") available, so I had to beat up on a woman. Uke, in the “Applications” section, had never fallen even once before, so I had to be very gentle , what with the concrete “mat.” It's only 11 minutes long. Don't get bored by the slowness of the first few minutes ... It speeds up as time goes by.
You tube is famous for compressing it's videos, and the quality degenerates even more, But that's Life in the Fast Lane.
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Loved the outro music. I keep meaning to go to the tai chi classes my town offers, it seems like good old man exercise. You look remarkably like me when you peer at the camera at one point, and in general body shape. Since you are a good deal older, this tells us something about my misspent youth.
Ironically, the path that led me to Thelema was started with Korean Daoist Tai Chi and Meditation.
I was in College here in Colorado and it was a kind of cult to be honest. But in Colorado such things often go under the guises of commercial institutions that 'teach' you if you pay enough. (search Dahn Hak, or Dahn-hak)
I was young enough and interested enough (my 'teaching' at that time being formulated by synchronicities and readings such as Ramakrishna's Gospels falling on my head literally out of nowhere at the library; dreams of bathing in the Ocean of Milk with Kali and leaving my body; magickal moths leading me to places of power etc etc) that I joined because my friend urged me too.
At that class we did a lot of qi gong exercises enabling the (as the Koreans say) Tan Jon ,
or perhaps Dahn Jon (or dan tien) to energise. Via tapping of that organ, and also strenuous postures (asana essentially but very hard core) like lying on your back for an hour at a time with all limbs up in the air like a crawling infant ('the sleeping lion') I gained a lot of qi and interest in the field of energetics.
Now that I am 17 years older and slower I find those things enviable and unnecessary, but highly useful to my development.
I just wanted to input my own personal experiences in this realm of prana/qi.
My version now is just sitting qi gong, cycling the energy through all my chakras from base to spine and head to down again, and feeling the chakras light up. Also I like the God Asana.
I actually saw a guy doing tai chi in the park last week and it looked fun. It is too bad that a lot of people poo-poo it so he felt the need to hide amongst the pines.
Keep up the Good Work.
movin that shit around
makin it flow
pivot, redirection, control, direction, flow mixture soft and hard.
the beginning solo sequences are spectacular !
what a kundalini shakti pat
I used to specifically read Crowley to check for his writing on fighting.
I believe in confessions he describes a fight where he conveys he knows the art.
I would find it hard to believe that his teacher matters would not have asked him to put on the gloves at least for a minute.
Azidonis asked me today by email: ... what do you think of Leah Remini exposing Scientology and of the FCC ruling against the net neutrality law?
I dunno nuthing about Remini. I had Frater Taurus (my original Solar Lodge OTO [now clandestinely rated by (c)OTO] right-hand man), Division Commander of LAPD Hollywood Division, to tell me everything that I (mostly) already knew. The Scientist [sic] bigwigs, based in Hollywood, donated big bucks to LAPD projects, and came regularly to visit him and kiss his ring/butt/position while attempting to gain his favor. He was always polite to them, and little did they know that they were talking to the "enemy." He had thoroughly researched Parsons/Hubbard, and was amused by their efforts on his behalf.
I say "had," because he passed away last month, at age 78. We were born the same year, and thus I have now outlived both Aleister and Frat Aquarius by 6 years, which certainly requires your PayPal donations.
The FCC ruling merely classifies the internet as an "information service" and not a "communication service," thus taking regulation by the FCC away, and giving it to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), who will do nothing unless the [ISP] providers tell a lie or engage in some sort of trickery. Of course, whoever can PAY the most will soon get faster delivery speed, and mere mortals will have to drive in the slow lane. Like everything else today, the FCC vote was 3-2. Almost all gov decisions these days are hairline percentage votes, with just one vote tipping the scales.
Did you know that 70% of internet traffic is Robots? Kee-rist and the 7 dwarfs! The Borg is upon us. Add in Netflix and other movie channels, and there's not much % left for simple communication.
I cannot find the "Start New Topic" button, so I'll use this thread.
Some author (Leary? Wilson? Alli?), in some book, discussed the 8 neurocircuits ... AND gave a list of which part of the brain in which each circuit resides. I have used Google-Borg extensively, but cannot re-locate this info/data that I read ... once upon a time.
The first 4 circuits are left brain, and the higher 4 are right brain. But there is a reference to each circuit's location, but where?
Does anyone know where this data can be found?
Info-Psychology, 1987, is the first online citation i can find, though i think it was earlier, maybe Game of Life, or even earlier?
There are several citations here:
I can't find a listing like the one you've suggested, Shiva. You can find some of this information in Info-Psychology, though the hemispheric domain of only some of the circuits is given.
ignant666, I think the first mention of the 8-circuit model was in Neurologic (1973), where it is represented as having only 7 circuits. It's a fascinating little thing, a .pdf of which can be found by a simple search. I had a copy of the original self-published pamphlet once upon a time- a charming little relic of its age.
Shiva got me interested in the 8 neurocircuits, which i will begin to research
so far i got the law of octaves;
and some say Leary got the idea from,
the enneagram which has 9 points of reference
and the chakras which have 7 points of reference
There is also the octagram
How would the 8 neurocircuits be mapped onto the tree of life ?
if i come across the brain map i will post .
Thank you, arthur emerson, for jogging the circuits of my aging brain! Yes, Neurologic is the earlier Leary publication that mentions the circuit model that i was trying to think of.
There is some discussion of the right hemisphere as the "silent" hemisphere in it. The discussion is in the section on circuit IV.
The main focus of Neurologic is on the circuits as genetic imprints towards Space Migration: "... we believe the message of DNA is simple: Escape! The genetic entity wants off the planet."
The circuit model appears to be a fruit of Leary's nuttiest period, that Starseed Transmissions/SM(I squared)LE era that young david/dom embraced a few years back.
T: How would the 8 neurocircuits be mapped onto the tree of life ?
Just equate the circuit with the spheres.
1st circuit (survival) = 10th sphere (Malkuth).
2nd circuit (territory/emotion) = 9th sphere (Yesod).
3rd circuit (mental/dexterity) = 8th sphere (Hod).
4th circuit (socio-sexual/cultural) = 7th sphere (Netzach).
---Left-Right Brain Division-------Corpus Callosum = Dominus Liminis----
5tht circuit (Holistic) = 6th sphere (Tiphareth).
Now it gets complicated. In one sense, the 6th (Akashic) circuit can be seen to be at the 6th sphere (Geburah) ... but in another sense it would be at Geburah AND Chesed.
These two "senses" would put the 7th (metaprogramming) circuit at either (A) Chesed, or (B) Binah AND Chokmah.
There are arguments supporting both "senses." The 7th (metaprogramming) circuit involves the construction of "new reality tunnels." It is also the ONLY circuit that can re-program all the lesser circuits. This could apply to Chesed, because the Exemptus writes a book and becomes "the leader of a school of thought," thus he introduces a new viewpoint or "reality tunnel." But this is still Mental, and (by one definition) the Mind cannot change reality - So, in tsuch a case, the 7th (metaprogram) circuit would apply to Binah-Chokmah, where completely new concepts are generated.
There were originally 7 circuits, but the 8th (Quantum) circuit was added when Leary discovered some awareness that required "no biological container). So, again, this could be Binah (if we just equated spheres one-by-one), or it could be Kether.
I have studied and equated these circuits to the Tree for decades. I have recently completed putting it all down in print (again) in my current in-progress book. Yet I was still unsure about the 6th & 7th circuit attributions. R.A. Wilson was also confused. In earlier works he said the Metaprogram circuit was #7, then changed it to #6, and then back again.
It was only last night that I came across a key that might solve this dilemma. It seems like all initiations up to the Abyss must be taken in a physical body on the physical plane. But the initiation at Binah, being supra-mental, is taken out of the body - and out of the mind. If this is true, then the 7th circuit IS at Chesed, and the 8th (quantun) is at Binah (out of body, out of mind). This is confirmed by the idea that a Magister is "a master of samadhi," which also is out of body, out of mind. I am presently inclined to accept this, so I am now faced with the concept of re-writing an entire chapter (with snippets in other chapters) in said in-progress book.
There is even a parallel in the human energy field. All the "bands" line up with the spheres and the circuits, until one come to the two outermost spheres (the aura is built like the 30 Aethyrs, radiating out in all directions, but there are only 7 bands - like a rainbow, or the circuits - instead of 30. The 6th and 7th band have been titled the Spiritual and the Cosmic, but they are virtually impossible to differentiate, so they just get lumped together as "Spiritual-Cosmic." There is no 8th band/sphere, thus confirming the 8th circuit's definition of "no biological container required."
Thank you folks for your references, but I have read them all. Tiger's simple question has allowed me to explain the dilemma here in writing, so maybe this will help in adjusting the book. Somewhere there is a correlation/attribution of the circuits to specific parts of the brain. It is even indicated in one of the references cited that the first (survival) circuit is found in the "reptile brain," which is the primitive core of our being - as well as the main motivator of snakes and lizards. I not only read these correlations at one time, but I also mounted an internet search (about 5-6 years ago) to re-locate them ... and I found them, but discarded them as it was too complex for my needs at that time.
Now my needs are greater and more complex, but I cannot re-locate the attributions. Well, I'm a doctor and a teacher of anatomy-physiology-pathology (retired), so I'll just have to get it figured out by myself ... or else drop it completely.
This transmission has NOT been proofread, so I hope it's coherent enough to make sense out of nonsense.
Or I can just let it stand, as is, and somehow provide alternative attributions, as stated above.
Shiva, it occurs to me that the work you are looking for may well be Prometheus Rising. Robert Anton Wilson gives the "imprint sites" and locations of at least some of the circuits in that work - I'm not sure that he gives them all, however. You can see some examples in the quotes below. Hopefully this is of some help.
From p. 100, "Thus, the imprint sites of this [third] circuit are located in the left
cortex and closely linked with the delicate muscles of larynx and
the fine manipulations of right-handed "dexterity." The cortex
itself is so recent in evolution that it is often called "the new
brain"; it is found only in the higher mammals and is most developed
in humans and cetaceans (dolphins and whales)."
From p. 132, "The fourth circuit is located in the left neo-cortex—the newest
part of the left hemisphere of the brain It is linked neurologically
with the genitalia and the breasts (fucking-hugging-embracingprotecting
Addendum: After having written the above post, my curiosity got the better of me and I've looked more closely at Prometheus Rising. If he does not give the locations of all the circuits, he gives many of them.
p. 183, "and the fifth circuit is almost certainly located in the right
p. 202, "The neurogenetic circuit is probably located in the right neocortex
and is more recent than the neurosomatic circuit in the
back sections of the right cortex."
p. 223, "The seventh, meta-programming circuit is the most recent in
evolutionary time and seems to be located in the frontal lobes."
looking forward to the book !