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Internal Martial Arts Nei-gong: Cultivating Your Inner Energy to Raise Your Martial Arts to the Next Level Paperback – December 5, 2011
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The idea that with 10,000 hours of practice, one can become an Olympic level performer in any field, is expanded in this book with the authors own interesting input.
The practice of Celibacy for males. How this can build one's mind and improve performance. For example, how athletes are told not to have sex before game time (Helps players focus and develops internal power over time). How one doesn't need to be single, but how overindulging can deplete a man's vital force or Jing; the fuel that helps us to accomplish great benevolent tasks for humanity, or whatever our altruistic or philanthropic goals are.
There are interesting stories of martial artists and people who followed similar strategies which Mr. Bodri writes about and makes the read highly absorbing and interesting.
Other topics include: Visualization's power to create results, breathing exercises to improve health and increase internal power, anapana- the quickest and safest way to transform the body, mind, and energies, diet and cleansing tips to speed up our efforts.
This quick read is your ally if you want to make something of your life.
I highly recommend all of Mr. Bodri's books. His site contains tons of material to read at Meditationexpert.com
If you want to find out how to become a leader, a pro, a master in any field of life, get this book! If it's too pricey, visit Meditationexpert.com and read the articles and his blog. They will assist you also.
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May you achieve great success and greater wisdom for creating a meaningful happy life.
Yes, many neigong terms were used throughout the book, and no, I didn't see any description of how to achieve the various techniques (e.g. microcosmic orbit).
I wanted a how-to book, I'll be looking elsewhere.
That is, this book offers a top-notch introduction to the physical aspects of cultivation practice, the "how and why" of internal energy cultivation, the range of potential experiences, the reasons to start, and tips on what to watch for when you practice.
However, it really offers nothing in terms of actual technique. If you want something to teach you even the most basic nei-gong, this definitely is not it. The various 5-star ratings are not doing potential readers any favors if they do not mention the lack of practical techniques, as the book's title & description does imply that such information is present in the text.
So, take that as you will -- if you are interested in a MUCH deeper understanding of Nei Gong than most teachers will ever offer, by all means, pick up this book. It's truly excellent.
If you want to actually learn viable nei-gong techniques, look elsewhere -- of this author's material, Bodri's "Little Book of Meditation" and "Little Book of Hercules" would be a better choice.
For example, if readers of this book actually were able to follow the instructions and cultivate methods like the white skeleton meditations, this would completely transform the face of martial arts traditions. The martial arts would be changed from the modern day status as physical sport, and into the stuff of legends, approaching the higher practices of Buddhist monks and Daoist immortals.
As an anecdote, a Shaolin monk said in recent years that to him, the practice of martial arts without Buddhism is kind of shallow. I do not agree entirely with this type of statement, but there was a lot of truth in what he said. He was saying something that everyone knows who has been practicing martial arts for some time: martial arts are fundamentally inseparable from meditation.
When someone develops neigong (internal skill), their martial arts will improve. This book explains how this happens, why this is so, and how others were able to succeed (in a scientific yet informal manner). Highly recommended.