Exporting Coherence in the New Year

Many of our New Year’s resolutions are quickly left by the wayside for one reason: lack of immediate gratification. We just don’t see results soon enough to encourage our participation for very long. It’s probably why we had to “resolve” to do it in the first place. Our good angel knows that we need to drop ten pounds, quit smoking, meditate for a half hour a day, run a mile, or read La Divina Commedia (after first learning Italian), but pretty soon we’re out smoking behind the gym with the class shirkers, slackers, and layabouts. I’m a big fan of… Read More

Luoxuanzhang: “Spiral Mystery Palm”

Luoxuanzhang is the martial arts equivalent of eating braised short ribs: you can’t believe all that flavor is packed into such a small package. It is astounding how much energy is unleashed in a few movements. When Master Yang Fukui first showed it to me I was dazzled. What was happening? The movements were exquisite and dynamic and…strange. They didn’t seem to follow the rules I had then accepted as fundamental. How could such power be manifested while violating so many of the hoary “truths” I held as gospel? I had to know more. And what I have found so… Read More

Interview with Creative Consciousness Radio and Overtone Singing in CT

Two things happened last week that I’d like to share: Interview on Creative Consciousness Radio with Sam and Cabrini Greco, and overtone chanting at a poetry reading at the “Gaia’s Lament: Art Cry!” in New London, CT. First the interview. I was contacted by Sam and Cabrini to go on their web-based program and we did it live last Tuesday (Bastille Day! “Liberte. Eagalite. Fraternite.”) It was an honor as well as a real joy. Sam and Cabrini are on a mission to give voice to those on a spiritual path who are working to make a difference in people’s… Read More

RB @ SCS (part 2)

I was excited to present this stuff to the Society for Consciousness Studies Conference at Yale. For many of you, this is what I have been saying and writing about for years, but it’s brand new to a non-martial artist group like this. Most of the presentations were Power Point lectures on rarified topics, delivered from an academic perspective. What I wanted to do was to show how shifting states of consciousness in real time affects the physicality of those involved. I needed some demonstrations that were big enough to be obvious to the audience. In Finding You in a… Read More

Three Things We Learned in Class

1. It’s Winter! (At least for those of us north of the Equator.) Yup! January here. And that means we’re in the most yin part of the year. This is the time to lay the foundation for the rest of the year by cultivating the Water Element. Kidney qi. Restore your pre-natal qi. That means your qigong is really, really slow and quiet. Here’s a Water Meditation from Fukui Yang (courtesy of Rabbi Andrew Hahn) that demonstrates the ultra-soft attitude of the season.   You can still hit the gym in winter. Or ski. Or chop wood. External (muscular) exercise… Read More