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Cynthia Sue Larson
"Makes excellent reading for energy practitioners and armchair explorers alike who are ready to feel yin and yang energy."
From the Introduction
Primitive man was free to explore his world without the constraints of a rigorously mechanized society to bind him; he was free to investigate his earth and discern its shape without preconception. The realm of dreams and that of the physical were not so far apart; indeed, the shaman, whose job it was to sojourn into the world of dreams and twilight, was an integral component of society. One could say that primitive man used his dreams as an extension of his five better-known senses. Even today, however, the dreams that dance in our subconscious mind can take shape in the physical world. Progressing as we do through life, we frequently come to find that the myths and legends of humanity, the stories our grandmothers told us, are indeed true. And then what? What do you do when a myth presents itself to you in the flesh? What do you do when a quaint folk belief, accepted by your ancestors but denied by our modern day, knocks at your door? Do you run away? Do you have a heart attack and collapse?
I myself do not. Never having used drugs and being healthy in all respects, I do not doubt the testimony of my own senses. I do not run away. I do not hide. Nor am I afraid, for fear of ridicule, to share with others the revelations I unearth. Part of me is a warrior, you see, and loves a good fight—and as anyone who has given one knows, an academic presentation often turns into a good fight, played with the mind rather than with the fists, and against multiple adversaries at that.
Welcome then, once again, to my world. It is a place where there are no limits, where whatever once had shape and form in the history of humanity has found a home. My world revolves around that forgotten part of our soul—that forgotten side of ourselves—that has been trod upon for reasons of control and domination, I believe, for the last four millennia of our development. What exactly is the forgotten side of ourselves? It is that portion of our heritage that is scoffed at as superstition or make-believe today. It is that part of our innermost being that quietly acknowledges aspects of reality we know to be true, yet hesitates to openly acknowledge them for fear of ridicule. It is our inner connection to those archetypal aspects of existence that primitive or less "modern" cultures continue to embrace, but that we Westerners look upon as quaint, or backward, or even as (shudder) "neat." 2 It is that side of ourselves that exists with open access to all that may defy our world's ideas of logic and reason.
In 1994 I saw a documentary on television that changed my life forever. Called Ring of Fire: East of Krakatoa, and produced by the brothers Lorne and Lawrence Blair in 1988, the film described their experiences in the Indonesian archipelago. Central to the documentary was a brief sequence with a shy and somewhat reclusive Chinese-Javanese acupuncturist who performed wonderful things, unbelievable things, for the camera. He demonstrated his full mastery of the phenomenon of ch'i, or bioenergy, by generating an "electrical" current within his body, which he used first to heal one filmmaker of an eye infection, and then to set a newspaper on fire with his hand.
Ring of Fire caused thousands to seek out this individual in pursuit of instruction; I was one of the successful ones. In the book The Magus of Java, I described my initial encounter with this master, whose true identity I have hidden behind the pseudonym John Chang (though John really is his name, and so is Chang, after a fashion). After many trials and tribulations, he finally accepted me as his student, and I have since been privileged enough to witness phenomena that most people can only dream of. In my years of study with John Chang, I have experienced pyrogenesis, telekinesis, levitation, telepathy, and things even more exotic. I have spoken with spirits and can testify to their reality. Equally important, I have learned my own teacher's story, and have been given permission to publish it. John Chang is a direct heir to the lineage of the sixth-century B.C.E. sage Mo Tzu, who was Confucius's greatest rival. His discipline, called the Mo-Pai, was, until now, little known in the West.
The method through which these incredible abilities are arrived at is called, in Chinese, nei kung, or "inner power." It is the equivalent of the Hindu-Buddhist practice of kundalini yoga, though nei kung involves a martial art and martial practice. Central to the discipline is the transformation of sexual energy into pure unadulterated power, a force that the practitioner can use at will. The "cauldron" in which this formidable elixir is brewed is called the dantien (elixir field) in Chinese, and is a bioenergetic nexus located four fingers below our navel. . . .
1. Whispers from the Past
5. The Thunderbolt
6. The Warrior Elite
8. Wenwukuan Stories
Posted July 14, 2009
I've always believed in ancient myth. I, like Kosta Danaos, believe that the only reason why fact ever converted to myth to begin with, are for the reasons he outlines On Page 21 of Chapter 1, to page 31. Since then, we have become detached from our roots, our core inner-self and the old ways now become the very bed time stories you were told as a kid ( so long as you were fortunate to have an ancient-esque family). Being half Asian, I was raised with similar myths (?). A sense of belief had always been inscribed in me. It wasn't until my early 20's, I had finally past them off as myth. I need direction.
Kosta Danao's points out to me, the primary issue in this world. Offer them the truth in the form of carefully harvested facts but don't lend out too much instruction. We aren't official students, thus, should not be given any real direction. Kosta is really careful in hand picking this information. This book is not really meant to be used as instruction, it is primarily a story of his life before and after meeting the Great Immortal "John Chang". It would seem, that this books sole purpose (like his other book), is to be sure you are not a skeptic by offering his life experience but not to instruct one on Mo Pai.
Kosta is crucial on the fact that "we must bring the Shaman back". He points out, how even John Chang believes that the west may be the future solution for carrying on the ancient ways that have seemingly been lost in it's origin countries, due, to a lack of pride but Kosta does little to instruct us, instead, Kosta references us to one of the other thousands of text that have been written on similar matters, offers no references or recommendation, and in a contradicting fashion, points out how Mo Pai has many differences e.g. Mo Pai does not use Mantra, Mo Pai does not use visualization, etc. Wouldn't two determined masters release vidoes/documentation if...?
By time you finally reach the last few chapters of the book, you break from the life story for instruction on meditation (the key to everything). Now, I have no qualms about learning ones experience, when this person has the potential of being your instructor, you want to know everything he/she willing to share about him/herself. Anyway, you begin excited to learnin but this is where the book begins to fall apart. This is where the constant referencing to other unnamed sources steps in, and he even advises you to seek out a master instructor in "non-Mo Pai" methodology. Kosta illustrates the key problems of anything martial. There are too many secrets! Humanity hogs them up yet believes we should learn. Whatever happened to the concept of the Knights Round Table? Even if it hadn't really existed, it was probably one of the best concepts ever created..."all are equal, all have equal say" but apparently, this does not apply to ancient old teachings. Why hand down the information that took you decades to master? Why make it that much easier and efficient for others to learn these methods? We are to discover and withhold these methods/secrets on our own. It's no wonder old religion died ever more quickly, no wonder John Chang has only known of two masters in the entire 3000 year old practice of his lineage...it's not the methods, it's what's withheld. Nobody shares methodology, they do not appreciate being the pioneers for the benefit of all people, you must stumble upon it yourself...even if, in vain. Th
Posted January 5, 2004
'Nei Kung: The Secret Teachings of the Warrior Sages' is a wonderfully written book. As a practitioner of martial arts (Shotokan-Ryu, Chinese Kenpo, some Wu Shu), this book struck a chord. Before reading this book, I never really understood the concept of c'hi, the nature of Yin and Yang energies, and had never even heard of the Mo Pai tradition or Nei Kung. The author goes very in-depth, citing historical evidence to modern situations and experiences. This man was given a once in 20 lifetimes of a chance to be shown something that lays undiscovered to most people, whether through cultural taboos or just being uninformed. Now, he is sharing it with the world. It is good, however, to accompany this book with his first book 'The Magus of Java', for he refers to it often in the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2009
Kosta Danaos continues his mission to carefully mete out selected tidbits of Mo-Pai style nei-kung training in NEI KUNG, the sequel to his riveting book, THE MAGUS OF JAVA. While Danaos gladly shares the foundations for the training he received from nei kung master John Chang, he cautiously avoids providing so much information that readers working without aid of skilled trainers could get themselves into trouble (and spontaneously combust). Nei-kung utilizes both yin and yang energies to sense conditions in patients' bodies and aid in healing, and can also be used for increasing one's strength and performing astonishing feats. Yin energy is capable of absorbing energy from speeding bullets or cars, leaving human practioners unharmed. Yang energy is noted for how hot it feels (John Chang can set crumpled papers on fire from a distance with it), and it's preference to flow upward through the body. Nei-kung harnesses the yin and yang energies together, and requires regular meditation practice and chakra awareness to master the art of moving yin and yang energy within and beyond one's own body. Danaos wrote NEI KUNG as a level two practioner of Mo-Pai, which has left matching dark circular scars about 4 mm in diameter on his palms near the pericardium meridian acupuncture points. Danaos explains, 'These stigmata are essentially localized hyperemia generated by the flow of bioenergy, which the doctors monitoring me could not explain with Western medicine. I could use those 'wounds' to feel the condition of a patient's body, sensing the flow of the ch'i throughout his or her organs and limbs.' Danaos is a wonderful story-teller who combines fascinating personal accounts with historical overviews and illustrations of ancient art to clarify the significance of subjects ranging from DNA to chakra knots to the warrior elite. NEI KUNG makes excellent reading for energy practioners and armchair explorers alike who are ready to feel yin and yang energy -- and learn more about how these two work together.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.