Monday, September 25, 2017

Field Walk (田野步行)

Whether one is practising Thai medicine or Thai magic, field walk in an integral part of the training. 

Field walk is not the modern day version of 'power walk' stuff.

Field walk to a herbalist and a magician is just like the walking meditation in Theravada Buddhism.

For a herbalist, field walk is performed after the morning prayers to the lineage masters and ancestors. The aims for herbalist field walk are first to look for fresh herbs, the second to have 'conversation' with mother nature and the third is to 'discharge' contaminated energy absorbed while treating patients.

For a magician, field walk is also performed after the morning prayer. The aims are to have conversations with the mother nature as well as to discharge negative energies; and also to sharpen his/her 6th senses.

The difference between walking meditation and field walk is that, walking meditation seeks to tame our mind in order to achieve enlightenment. Field walk on the other hand, aims to seek the help of mother nature to purify a practitioner's aura while attaining new knowledge.

Ideally speaking, field walk should be performed in the wilderness such as jungle or mountain as the air is fresh and free from contamination. However, a recreational garden works fine either though you will get a very different result.

As with walking meditation, field walk requires one to settle his/her mind and that he/she must temporarily discard any type of anticipations. It is best that just let the nature take its course and if field walk is done by others, then talking should be kept to minimum.

The method is simple:

When one starts to walk, he/she can imagine that he/she is at the center of an invisible ball. 

As he/she starts to walk, this person can start counting 1-2-3 and walk 3 steps while inhaling with his/her nose. At the same time, he/she can imagine as he/she inhales; external energy enters the ball and the ball started to fit into the person's size.

After the inhalation, the person should hold his breath and his/her visualization and then walk 3 steps while counting 1-2-3.

After holding breath and walked 3 steps, the person shall release his/her breath and walk another 3 steps. And then by holding his/her breath, he/she took another 3 steps.

Simply speaking, the exercise is as follows:

breathe in - hold breath- walk-breathe out-hold breath-walk

After doing this walking exercise for a while, the person shall notice that someone talks to him/her. He/she should just listen to the messages and take note but do not follow any instructions given or the person might be possessed.

The counting of numbers is only for beginers. We can instead think of the words 'how-are-you?' and the effect is the same. `An experience person can coung up to 9 but the main idea is just to relax and enjoy the walk.

Beware Of Tummo Syndrome (拙火症候群)

It brought to my attention that many of people who tried to practise the Tibetan Anuttara Tantra tummo exercises suffered from the so-called 'tummo syndrome'. Unfortunately these group of people has no one to guide them and I hope they can ride trough their problems.

Tummo syndrome is not recorded in any of the Tibetan texts and very few masters will ever tell you. Too bad that not many masters even master the technique of tummo or psychic heat themselves.

The occurrence of tummo syndrome is when the rising fire filled a person's head and the heat has no where to disperse to the whole body. The initial symptoms are headache, insomnia and feeling uneasy all the time. Gradually, the person will start to hallucinate and hearing things. In long run, not only this person's health will be affected, he/she may also suffer from mental depression. Worse, he/she may be treated as crazy.

The cause of blockage of energy in one's head is due to over concentration during meditation. This is a common mistake for beginners who wanted to push their progress in order to achieve certain 'signs of accomplishments'.

On the other hand, tummo syndrome can also happened to those office workers who are constantly under tremendous pressures. The over stressed body produces excess heat and this heat normally accelerates the upward air in our body towards the head.

So, it is natural that you will feel head ache, dry eyes and restless after a day's work in your office. In long run, the stagnant heat will also accumulate in your heart and causing heart burnt as well.

Another group of folks tends to be affected by tummo syndrome is those young men being too engross in magical things especially the Thai magic. The thing is that once we concentrate our mind feel tense and heat will be generated and gathered in our body.

Through long period of meditation and visualization, more and more heat energy accumulated inside a youngster's body and since Thai magical items generates negative energies, more and more heated negative energy accumulated and moves up the head.

At this point, if such negative energy is being channel out; it will affect the young man's behavior. And this person will start talking something very strange and negative. You will see a lot of these folks around you.

It is not difficult to cure tummo syndrome.

The best way is to do outdoor meditative walk in a jungle with fresh air or in a small stream with clear water so that the excess heat energy can be drained off or 'grounding' in Western term.

One can also lie flat face upwards in a 'corpse position' imagining that all of the excess energy is being drained to the ground.

It is sufficient to perform 'grounding' once a week or when you feel there is a need. Also avoid any magic or meditative practices during the grounding period or you will not see much effect.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Thank You Seafood (感谢师父)

Religion beliefs to many are console of the heart and enhances the relaxation of body and mind.Generally speaking,people would not interfere on what others' beliefs are...

So said, a man from Taiwan was indignant that his girlfriend consistently spoke about her 'seafood' (sifu) and hence exposed his problem in a facebook page: 'Anti-MiaoChan' (反妙禅).

This is what he has said:

"Miaochan has taken away my girlfriend whom I have known for many years. It is my heartiest advise that you should not let your love ones be brainwashed!"

This gentleman has also posted his conversation with his ex:

At first, his girlfriend asked when the man would visit the center again. He however advised the ex that there were rumors about her master being a fake, and he hoped his ex would consider not to attend.

On hearing those words, the ex was furious and scolded him: "You rather believe in rumors instead of me?"

The lady further added that her master is a 'living Buddha' and continued to persuade the man to give it a try.

But the man insisted that he didn't like the environment at the place and that he was extremely tired right after work.

The ex learnt of the man's mind and said: "I am disappointed that you cannot respect my belief."

Then the lady said if she were to choose, she would choose her master over her boyfriend.

The man think that his ex has reached such a fanatic stage so much so that the lady attributed everything to the grace of her master even up to the extend of making loves. His ex shouted: "Thank you for the grace of sifu' (感恩師父). He scolded furiously: "I am the one who had worked hard! Not your SEAFOOD!"

Of course, this lady still adamant that the pleasure was due to the 'grace of her sifu.

After the men's plight was exposed in the net, many people cannot agree with the ex's behaviors. Some of the comments:

"She is obsessively crazy, if her 'seafood' gone to heaven, would she follow?"

"She even thinks of sifu during making love,I disappointingly laughed. Let her go if you will, since she only thinks of her sifu, she would not have any partner."

"He misunderstood the lady! She shouted thanking the grace of sifu due to extreme comfort! She was just praising in comfort!"

Laugh if you may, but when this happens to you; what would you do?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ms Secretary Vs Dr No (秘书对医生)

If you still recall that in modern behavioral science, people can roughly be categorized into two categories: 'doer' and' thinker'. The question now is: 

What happens if you put a 'doer' with a 'thinker'? 

If you want to know, the answer is that they will physically KILL each other. Now let me tell you a true story...

For a very long time I haven't received any long winded calls but this law was broken twice lately and all calls were from Ms Lulu whom I knew very many years ago. Both calls were so long that they lasted for about 2 hours and the system automatically cut in to disconnect the calls... but new calls continued for another half an hour or so.

It was a hot afternoon and I was quite drowsy and my phone rang. I answered the call and a familiar voice came from the other end:

"Do you know who am I?" 

"Of course, how can I forget. You are Lulu the almighty company secretary!" I answered.

Carefully, I asked: "Since our last quarrel... What can I do for you?"

Lulu: "Can you still remember the astrology chart you done for me? It is inaccurate!!"

Me: "Tell me about it..."

Lulu: "Well, last year I was introduced to Dr No from HK. We communicated for a few months and he disappeared for 6 months and then wanted to reconcile. Then I found out that he has LIED to me and after some arguments, the Dr No sent me a sarcastic email to end the relationship and I retaliated with another..."

Me: "Well... I said you will have an 'opportunity' and the 'opportunity' did come didn't it?"
Lulu: "I hate anyone to lie to me and this no good doctor is a complete swindler! I want to see him suffer!!"

Me: "Hang on Lulu... You both just got to know for less than one year and how can you deduce that this Dr No has lied to you? Although you are lovers, he must have his privacy also... Did you manage to talk to him personally?"

Lulu: "Fxxk! I am always busy you know handling those big bosses. I have no time to talk to Dr No during the day so I asked him to call me after 8pm Malaysian time... but he said that he was too tired back in HK due to different time zone..."

Me: "Well, from what I can see... Lulu, you shoot up like a 400mph bullet train to start and end a relationship in one months... and the good old Dr No took 7 months to consider if he wanted the relationship. If you hold on to your horses, you might just saved this relationship! I can't help you now..."

Lulu: "I want him to suffer what he deserved..."

Of course, I am not going to tell you the whole of the conversation as Lulu's words of revenge still echoing in my ears.

So, what is the problem here? 

Based on Lulu's account, my judgement would be simply a mismatch of communications of two very different characters. The problems lie in the highly impatient control freak secretary versus a super slow respond Dr No over a few thousands of nautical miles.

But seriously, pay extra attention if your girlfriend is a teacher or a secretary to a company boss. Unless you are of those obedient type; find another partner for your peace of mind in many years to come...

Introducing Buddhist Diet N Medicine

There is so much talk about magic. I will now switch some of my efforts to discuss about Buddhist medicine etc.

It is very difficult to have a comprehensive coverage about Buddhist diets and medicine in a single blog. So, I will just share on what I have.

There are three major schools in Buddhism: Tantric, Mahayana and Hinayana. Each school has developed quite a different way in theory, illness treatments and diet requirements. Generally speaking, Buddhist medicine is heavily influenced by Ayurveda with some localized folk medicine added in.

I will try to explore mainly theories, herbs, mantras, herbal formula and treatment methods mainly pertaining to Thai medicine with some materials on Tibetan medicine and others. There are many mistakes that I have yet to find time to correct them so please be caution that when you refer to the materials.

Mantras and plant names are recorded from the mouth of those masters who taught me orally and then recorded down. So, for most of the part; I don't know the exact meaning and pronunciation. Other than that, this blog can be boring and not suitable for general reading.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Right Cancels Wrong (对错扯平)

A friend of mine is a teacher and he used to set exam questions. He told me that 'right cancels wrong' is a technique used to trap those indecisive exam candidates during answering objective type of questions.

For example if the answer for question A is true, then the answer for question B must also be true. If a candidate gotten A wrong, then he is likely to get B wrong as well. Of course, the above only occurs in examinations.

There is another type of mistake modern magicians made which is to mix religious doctrine in magical practices. This mistake is particularly noticeable in modern Thai magic and Taoist magic. 

Since Taoist magic is almost extinct by now, I would just elaborate problems with modern Thai magic in this discussion.

Before we venture into any form of rituals, we must first study and understand their 'structure' or how they are composed. By going through the structure, we will know what the ritual wanted to emphasize.

Let us just quickly refer to Tibetan Buddhist ritual since it is normally well structured with a central theme. 

A Tibetan ritual normally starts with homage to the three gems and lineage gurus, and then the generation of Buddha heart. After that everything would be resolved into emptiness and the regeneration of the main deity. The deity would then dissolved into emptiness and then emerged from emptiness.

The Tibetan masters have kept this structure very rigidly throughout the years but not so in Thai magic...

Traditional Thai magic rituals normally requires a practitioner to pay homage to lineage gurus, and one's ancestors and the guardian spirits. The structure was pretty crisp and clear.

I am not aware of since when the modern versions of Thai ritual started to see the seeking refuge to the three gems, and the calling upon of Hindu deities but fall short of calling the God.

Perhaps people who composed such rituals think that they would get the best of a few religions to empower their rituals? If so, then these folks are seriously wrong because religions and magic have conflicting aims. It is also true that between religions too the doctrines are different.

By simply calling all the Buddhist deities, Hindu deities, Thai deities and some other deities will make the energy of such ritual very confusing. Not only no spirits can and will carry out the instructions of the magician, the magician himself would become blurred in long run and started to doubt what he have learnt really works.

Let us examine what happened to these modern Thai magic rituals:

If a ritual is started with seeking refuge to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha; then you have effectivelly instructed your spirits to become a Buddhist and abide by all Buddhist teachings.
After that you start to invite Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu to join the party. Such act is strictly forbidden by Buddhist teaching because following any external paths is not acceptable after seeking refuge.

Now the question arises as to the identity of the magician as a Buddhist or a Hindu. Such a situation is in real conflict here and which one do you want your spirit to abide by?

Later, you instructed the spirits to bring you the boy/girl you love to satisfy your lust. Hmm... by the power of the Buddha, Brahma, Shiva or Vishnu or something else? But isn't that it is forbidden in religions to used magic for satisfying one's own lusts?

It is indeed in such a way that your instructions to your spirits are being cancelled off step by step until the end of the ritual every day, and every time.

The best way and the most primitive way to instruct the spirit is simply: "Go and get me this man/woman..."

Simple is beauty but our modern entangled mind likes to make things complicated and cancels each other. Or which ever ways that I tried to explain the situation, magic really don't work one way or another...

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Enough Is Enough (适可而止)

People who practised magic in Asia tends to over casting magic or curses. A good example is that a magician would put a 'flying needle' curse followed by a 'soul catching' ritual, and then another another rounds of bad luck curses to a person.

If that is not enough, he would then curse the victim's wife, his son, daughter, siblings, mother, father, grandparents, great grandparents and even the ancestors...

Of course, I am not going to preach if all those death wishes would take effect to his opponents; or would I want to give an ethical or any sort of religious advice because it is his right to do so in his own place and time.

To say this bluntly, multiple curses seldom work but if the person can release some hatred energy inside him, than it would be good for him to do so and move on with his life.

However, if this person made an open curse, then he would face the consequences very soon. He maybe sued in the court of law or be beaten up or boycott by his community.

Personally, I seldom have the stamina to throw more than one curse at one time; and my hatred only lasts for a few hours. To me, it is enough just to throw a curse once to make it a point. It would be up to the spirits to carry out the curse if they so wish desired to do so.

Many people came to me wanting me to perform curses on their business competitors because they believe that those business rivals spread rumors to harm their booming business.

Although there are indeed many rituals that can harm those who made false remarks, I would just advise those victims just to hold on to their grounds and make use of social medias as platform to expand their businesses.

In such a way, customers who do not believe in those slender will come forward to those victims to seek clarifications directly over the intranet. Normally, over a short period of time the slender will subside by themselves. 

Even MagicSEA is a consistently a target of slandering remarks but the blog stays on to provide postings until to date.

So, the best method to handle rumors or gossips is to clarify in your own right and ignore the rumors because false news will never stand the test of time.

While staying on the same topic, Taoists, Buddhists and Thai magicians like to keep many statues. I have visited many fellow magicians who had installed so many statues until there is no room to walk.

Contrary to the common belief, it is not the more the merrier to have multiple statues. I have migraine when I see a place crammed inside a small room. Not only the air circulation is bad, those toxic gases and dusts accumulated over time cannot be cleaned. 

Actually, one statue is sufficient for those statue worshipers. In Thai magic, you will only need one statue of lersi which represents your lineage gurus. The spirits only recognize your lineage gurus and nothing else. The addition of a statue of other kinds will divert your guardian spirits' attention and attract other wandering spirits.

I have met many folks who would cast magic rituals willfully and this must be checked too. For you cannot curse a person whom has declined your love and then put a death curse on him or her. 

Perhaps the person you love now is not your soul partner? There are very bad consequences if two unrelated persons are forced together. I remember that I have told a story of a lady who loved a man but the man was not interested.

The woman somehow cast a love spell on the man and they finally married.

After a few years, the woman met another guy and wanted to be with this new love. But her husband wasn't ready to get a divorce. So, one day this jealous hubby splashed some strong acid on the woman's pretty face and her life was destroyed completely.

In short, you can do what you wish with magic but enough is really enough while the condition still looks good.