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There are a whole selection of books by Sifu John Fey that are all worth reading. Many
are worth memorizing! I have memorized a couple of them because the information is useful and I want to be able to access it anytime and anywhere. The Whole Heart series is especially amazing and you can get this information, in this way, no other place. These books are out of print However you should be able to find used copies here. We are all hoping that new editions will be printed of some of the books in the future but for now this will have to do. Click Here or the book for all of his titles.
Sifu Fey, is an extraordinary teacher and has very few peers left in the world with his depth of knowledge and The Blue Dragon Lineage he is tasked with keeping alive is vast. Being one of his students for over 30 years I can personally attest to the extreme dedication to preserving the depth, quality, and original intent of the arts he has been tasked with preserving.
I am Rereading ‘The Spell of the Sensuous‘ By David Abram I love his perspective and investigation into how we perceive. Here is a quote from the Book ““A story must be judged according to whether it makes sense. And ‘making sense’ must be here understood in its most direct meaning: to make sense is to enliven the senses. A story that makes sense is one that stirs the senses from their slumber, one that opens the eyes and the ears to their real surroundings, tuning the tongue to the actual tastes in the air and sending chills of recognition along the surface of the skin. To make sense is to release the body from the constraints imposed by outworn ways of speaking, and hence to renew and rejuvenate one’s felt awareness of the world. It is to make the senses wake up to where they are.”
― David Abram, The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World”
I first read Hare Brain Tortoise Mind many years ago. Thought it was a good time for a refresher. As a person who daily takes a little time to unplug and let a quieter part of the mind work it is still good read. In the face of the momentum of current times reading about the parts of us that are dismissed by thinking to fast is a good reminder.
If You are Interested In Chi or Qi
Explorations with Qi is a fascinating book written by American Doctors doing research on Traditional Chinese Medicine and this concept of Qi. It is a name that describes something as common as dirt, as air, as life. We here in the west have not come up with instruments that can measure this all pervasive phenomena. But there are those that train for many years to sensitize themselves and work with this quality of life. This book is a great introduction and has some interesting stories.
Audio Book of the Week
I have read a lot of Michael Pollan’s books and he does a great job exploring a subject so that you feel as if you are doing the exploring. He creates a balance between the Objective and the Subjective experience. Especially in this book where the subject matter lends itself to dive deeply into the subjective experience he grounds the book with the research that has been going on for years that has huge potential for helping people. He also reads his work well which only a few authors can pull off. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that If you engage a solid Meditation practice though slower you find yourself in many similar states of consciousness that are equally helpful. He mentions this in the book as well.