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Body Energy Arts / Re: The Falsehoods of Radical Chi Explained
« on: August 27, 2013, 11:03:18 PM »

The Cafeteria / Re: How do you grow hot chillies
« on: July 25, 2013, 01:24:50 PM »
How do I get them to grow longer they are ave 1cm?

I'm not too sure, this is probably dependant on species.  I would suggest trying to grow a species with a higher scoville rating:

I don't think that Britain has a good weather for chilli, or do you grow it in a glass house?

England is home to one the world's hottest chillies, the Dorset Naga.



Dorset Naga[edit]
Dorset Naga (Capsicum chinensis) is a subspecies of the original Naga, selected from the Bangladeshi varieties of the chili, naga morich.[30]
Annually, since 2005, the heat level of Dorset Naga has been tested, taking samples from different sites, various seasons and states of maturity. The heat level has ranged from 661,451 SHU for green fruit in 2007, up to 1,032,310 SHU for ripe fruit harvested in 2009.[31]
High as the results were, the BBC's Gardeners' World television programme recorded a much higher heat level for Dorset Naga. As part of the 2006 programming, the BBC gardening team ran a trial looking at several chili varieties, including Dorset Naga. Heat levels were tested by Warwick HRI and the Dorset Naga came in at 1,598,227 SHU, one of the hottest heat levels ever recorded for a chili.[30][32]

The Cafeteria / Re: How do you grow hot chillies
« on: July 24, 2013, 01:15:54 PM »
Chillies are usually hotter when they are young (green), as they contain more capsaicin (the hot stuff) at this stage.  There are definitely some species that are hotter than others; I would try for at least a birdseye chilli if you after heat.  If you are feeling adventurous, try a habanero species, e.g. scotch bonnet; you can smell the potency when you cut these bad boys open!  There are also ways of drawing out the capsaicin via ethanol, however I wouldn't really recommend this unless you are a seasoned nutcase like myself.

Thanks Kouj,

Your time and effort is much appreciated.  I have learnt a lot from you in the past few weeks, and I would like to continue to learn from you in the future.


Qigong Study Group (2013) / Re: Rate the Study Group Survey
« on: July 16, 2013, 01:23:11 PM »
   How would you rate the content of the study group for things like terminology, clarity and authenticity?

   How would you rate the exercises and their progression in the course?


   How would you rate the effectiveness of the exercises in teaching you to develop Qi?

4 - I still can't prove that my perception of qi is not a fabrication of my own mind.  My current goal is to experience something that I can't explain via any method other than qi (or any other metaphysical activity).
   How would you rate the group leader's effectiveness in explaining things and answering questions?

5 - I find internal martial art training is often lacking explaination of the fundamental philosophy.  I really enjoyed all of the additional material, which helped me grasp a concept that is so foreign to my culture.

   How would you rate the group leader's overall participation in the group?


   How would you rate the group overall, all things considered?


It looks like I missed this one out.  My experiences with Wuwei mediation are as follows;  I focus on my breath and allow myself to sink into the ground.  After about five minutes of this, I can feel a distinct tingling in my palms and fingertips.  I try to maintain focus on my breath, but sometimes it slips to focus on the buzzing feeling instead.  One time I focused on the buzzing feeling in my head, and it felt like there was a force from above that was pushing me downwards.  I don't experience neural discharges like other people seem to, perhaps this is because they aren't significantly different from what I experience before sleep on a day to day basis, or perhaps my meditation is not deep enough.  When I come around, my hands continue to tingle for about ten minutes, and I feel very relaxed and refreshed.

I tried this on my blister after the previous exercise.  I was in a meditative state and could feel my laogong points throbbing before I began.  I tapped my wound a number of times but struggled to feel any penetration, probably due to the proximity to bone as opposed to muscle.  I will monitor this over the next few days and keep you informed.   

I practised this on my left leg and noticed a tingling/throbbing sensation, similar to how I perceive qi in most of our exercises.  I could also feel my laogong points throbbing.  The next day I tried this on a blister I received while snowboarding; I will keep you informed of any healing progress!   

I followed your advice Joe, and I can now feel intense shivers, similar to cold shivers, travelling up my spine.  Unfortunately I can't feel much travelling back down my front.  I seem to feel very awake afterwards, to such an extent that I almost enjoy being at work!

I am struggling with this exercise.  I don't seem to feel nearly as much energy movement as I did with previous exercises.  The back of my head appears to tingle as I roll my eyes backwards, but I can't feel anything moving up my back or down my front.  I will keep trying.

Qigong Study Group (2013) / Re: Qigong Study Group: Week 5
« on: June 30, 2013, 02:06:23 AM »
I'm a bit confused. So it should take one inhalation to move qi upwards, and one exhalation to move qi downwards. My breath cycles are about twenty seconds each (10 sec inhale and 10 sec exhale). This means 9 repetitions should take 3 minutes... This seems way too fast? What am I doing wrong?


3) Let breath lead movement. This may sound like a strange concept--not moving, but breathing and following movement. It can seem like a paradox, but it is important. Relax the mind, breath, and let the movement follow the breath. After you memorize the movements and you don't forget what to do, this isn't that hard, so give it a try and practice.

I found this advice really helpful.  I can now feel my breath 'pulling' parts of my body like magnets.  It's quite a cool, yet strange sensation.   

I don't know about everyone else, but I'm finding it much easier to feel my 'qi' in everyday life.  The parts I feel the most are my hands, shins, and the back of my neck/head.  I'm looking forward to learning how to use this to influence something external so I can be sure this is not my imagination.

This tingling could have been influence by jimdare, because I read his experience post around 20 minutes before starting this. To the best of my knowledge, I was keeping a fairly empty mind, but I'm not sure now. :P

Haha, I struggle with the same thing.  It's very easy to perceive someone elses suggestions.

1. Supporting the Sky with Both Hands

Mild tingling in my hands.

2. Draw a Bow to Each Side (modified Shaolin Archer)

I noticed a weird haze around my hands, but can't be sure that this is not an arifact of eye relaxation.

3. Splitting Heaven and Earth

I really felt my laogong points with this exercise.  This was the first exercise where I really started to feel the tingling sensation.

4. Monk Gazes at the Moon

My hands became very warm.  I could distinctly feel tingles in my middle finger.

5. Lowering the Head and Hips

My lower hand was almost throbbing.

6. Touch the Feet with Both Hands

Not so much with this one.

7. Clenching the Fists

Not so much with this one.

8. Shaking the Body

My lips began to tingle.

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