I just discovered on the internet a practice known as Falun Gong. The spiritual movement of which it is a part is called Falun Dafa. I already see similarities between Falun Gong and what Tom says. It is brand new to me, and I am just now reading into it, but so far it is fascinating! Li Hongzhi is the founder of this exercise. He talks about Gong being non-physical energy. It can be measured above the head, the height of which signifies how spiritually evolved or powerful you are. This reminded me of the My Big TOE trilogy. In it Campbell Man says he could see people's auras. He looked at a photograph and was able to pick the one who was the psi researcher. I am going off of memory, but I believe he said the way he could tell was by the energy ABOVE THE HEAD, same as what Master Hongzhi describes. Also while I was at the Hawaii lecture with Tom, and he was giving healing exercises, he kept talking about the importance of people not directly handling the illness. He said to use mental gloves of some sort and to throw the illness into the sun. (Or pick a similar metaphor for not handling it). This is also what Falun Gong says. --
"Karma is a type of black matter that surrounds the human body. It has physical existence in another
dimension and can transform into sickness or misfortune.
Supernatural abilities exist in everyone, and the idea is that they need to be developed
and strengthened through continual cultivation. You want to be a practitioner, but if you
only pursue abilities, you are shortsighted and your mind isn’t pure. No matter what it is
you want abilities for, your pursuit of them has selfish things mixed in that will definitely
hinder your cultivation. The consequence is that you will never get abilities.
Some practitioners haven’t practiced for very long, yet they want to give people
treatments to see how their skills are.(Like Tom telling us beginners to try and heal people to see if we have an effect). When those of you without high gong potency
extend your hand and try, you absorb into your own body a great deal of black,
unhealthy, filthy qi that exists in the patient’s body."( which is why, per Tom, we shouldn't handle it directly)
These are only the first two things to jump out at me as far as parallels with MBT go. I am sure there are more to come.
I plan on practicing this as soon as I learn it. They have free teachers worldwide. I have very briefly toyed with general Qi Gong, but am either too lazy or busy to follow my dvd instructions of it. I had never heard of Qi Gong until I heard Iggy Pop reference it. He says he does 30 to 40 minutes a day. In an interview for a magazine he also mentions Falun Gong, which was the first time I had ever heard of it. Everyone always asks him how he stays in such great shape, and he said daily Qi Gong is his secret.
And well, since I want to look like Iggy when I am 65 ....
Here is what I am reading right now: http://www.falundafa.org/book/eng/pdf/flg_2006.pdf