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How much of the damage done at Hillsong is the fault of the every day person? Of the leaders? Of the people up top? We start opening the dynamics of this power and how abusive systems perpetuate by talking with Dave who spent 13 years following his 9th grade conversion experience dedicated to making the world a better place for God with his youth group. Looking back though, he worries about the influence he had as he rose up in the leadership ranks and we talk about how that happened and what to make of it. Join us for this important discussion about a happy kid who wanted to hang out with his friends and use his energetic, fun loving personality to bring about change for humanity and wound up thinking it had all disappeared... Producer : Kimberly Robinson
Even when she's no longer with the group, Vipera is finding new ways to make our lives tougher. This time, it comes in the form of someone searching for her in all the wrong places. Emotions just might rise a bit here. As always, you can find us on Twitter (@inspired_incomp) and on Facebook to follow along with our exploits, you can shoot us an email at InspiredIncompetence@gmail.com if you're so inclined. You can find out more about us at InspiredIncompetence.com and join our Discord server from the link at the bottom, where we are always around to chat with our fans (or whoever wants to chat, we're not picky). Lastly, if you're enjoying the show, we humbly ask that you consider supporting us on Patreon to let us know that our efforts are not in vain. Thanks everyone, and enjoy the show!
Tyrants/Demagogues perpetrate evil, play innocent, then blame their opposition. Example: Democrats have always been the party of slavery/Jim Crow & created the KKK. But Pres Joe says MAGA Republicans are racist? Hey Joe! Republicans are the party of abolition. We ended slavery!
Tyrants/Demagogues perpetrate evil, play innocent, then blame their opposition. Example: Democrats have always been the party of slavery/Jim Crow & created the KKK. But Pres Joe says MAGA Republicans are racist? Hey Joe! Republicans are the party of abolition. We ended slavery!
Joe Biden said over the weekend that the “pandemic is over” but Dr Anthony Fauci the world's most evil lab coat-clad smurf decided to overrule Biden, and “translate” what he said into something that will allow the libs to keep being crazy and maintain power with Covid as the excuse. On the issue of crime, Mayor Adams through a brain-mumblingly loud concert that shook windows for half a mile around Times Square for 5 hours on a Monday, which really pissed Buck off. Maybe Adams could focus on cleaning up the city and bringing crime down instead of throwing parties? Plus Fetterman is walking away from his pro-crime past, and Ron DeSantis may be sending more illegal migrants to Biden's Beach home area in Delaware.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lord Richter and Lady Toast are back this week with a quick recap of Episode 83 of our Tyrant's Grasp playthrough, in which they spend an inordinate amount of time discussing the finer points of Matt's new character and even discover a flaw or two. As always, you can find us on Twitter (@inspired_incomp) and on Facebook to follow along with our exploits, you can shoot us an email at InspiredIncompetence@gmail.com if you're so inclined. You can find out more about us at InspiredIncompetence.com and join our Discord server from the link at the bottom, where we are always around to chat with our fans (or whoever wants to chat, we're not picky). Lastly, if you're enjoying the show, we humbly ask that you consider supporting us on Patreon to let us know that our efforts are not in vain. Thanks everyone, and enjoy the show!
In this thrilling episode, Chris sits down with Paul Fischer, author of the book A Kim Jong Il Production, as they discuss the astonishing tale of Shin Sang-Ok and Choi Eun-Hee. The husband and wife team that took South Korea cinema by storm, only to be kidnapped by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il to make movies for despot. The duo made several films for Kim, most notably the kaiju film Pulgasari, and how that film ultimately lead to their freedom. A tale so wild, it feels like a Hollywood story, but it's anything but. Notes: A Kim Jong Il Production Find Paul on Twitter: or his website Twitter @TheKaijuKingdom Instagram.com/TheKaijuKingdom Facebook.com/TheKaijukingdomPodcast www.thekaijukingdompodcast.com
We return from our short hiatus this week to find ourselves wandering into what should be the last place of safety before we really make our push into the heart of Ustalav on our way to Gallowspire. Safety is never something we've really experienced, and this place is no different, but perhaps we'll get a bit more help along the way. As always, you can find us on Twitter (@inspired_incomp) and on Facebook to follow along with our exploits, you can shoot us an email at InspiredIncompetence@gmail.com if you're so inclined. You can find out more about us at InspiredIncompetence.com and join our Discord server from the link at the bottom, where we are always around to chat with our fans (or whoever wants to chat, we're not picky). Lastly, if you're enjoying the show, we humbly ask that you consider supporting us on Patreon to let us know that our efforts are not in vain. Thanks everyone, and enjoy the show!
Turn of the Torrent… Our rebels continue their daring plan to rescue the Armigers from the Kintargo Holding House. Support us on Patreon to access our actual play of the Tyrant's Grasp Adventure Path and other content: https://www.patreon.com/FindthePath Cast Rick Sandidge is Gamemaster and Host Heather Allen plays Cesare Nightbloom (N male elf Wizard 4) [...] The post Hell's Rebels Episode 47: Rescuing the Armigers appeared first on Find the Path Ventures.
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In this second of three sermons from Acts 12, we see God respond to the earnest prayers of the church for Peter. In this message we learn a lot about how to prayer earnestly and more effectively. If you are in the neighborhood we would love to have you gather with us on Sundays at 76 Lewis Mill Rd. in Gatesville at 10 a.m. If there is anything we can do for you please reach out and let us know. Connect with us at: hopegatesville.com firstname.lastname@example.org Online Giving YouTube Facebook
With the passing of the Queen, the UK's next monarch has some dangerous ideas to usher in the Great Reset. Biden regime says California leads the country in energy policy while their grid is shutting down. John Fetterman is a radical lefty who is unfit for U.S. Senate. The corrupt Deep State persecutes Steve Bannon again. Also, our Patriot, Liberal Lunatic and outrages of the week.Copyright Sean Casey All Rights Reserved
Mat Taylor joins us once more…this time with VIDEO evidence. The geometric shapes form and dissipate according to frequencies from our internet, phone and 5g towers. Pfizer has been caught RED HANDED! Ask Dr. Jane is BACK to expose the metals in the jabs, how ivermectin could be cancer-killing, and why the Elites are injecting animals with mRNA! New Mexico County Commissioner, Couy Griffin joins to expose how he is being removed from office for attending the J6 rally at the Whitehouse! Trudeau is now installing amours and interrogation rooms for the “ministry of climate change.” Dictator Justin Trudeau's government is currently recruiting an entire army of new “environmental enforcement officers,” who will be armed and empowered to go around enforcing the government's climate directives. Visit our friends at Goldco! Call 855-706-GOLD or visit https://goldco.com/stew Prepare your family for famine and shortages by purchasing food through: https://heavensharvest.com/ Righteously stand against vaccine tyranny by supporting Christopher Key. Reset your testosterone by trying IGF1+: https://www.vaccine-police.com/ Check out https://nootopia.com/StewPeters for help increasing your mental & physical strength to battle the deep-state's KRYPTONITE plot against Americans! Destress today, Stew crew sleep sound! Use promo code STEWPETERS10 at checkout for 10% off your order. http://www.magbreakthrough.com/stewpeters Check out: https://kuribl.com/ STEW20 for 20% off your order or premium CBD! CACOA is a super food, and may be the missing link to strength and happiness. Buy it now: https://shop.earthechofoods.com/stew Check out: https://patriotsbreakfastclub.com/, for premium coffee, mugs, and more! Use promo code STEW10 at checkout for 10% off!Go Ad-Free, Get Exclusive Content, Become a Premium user: https://www.stewpeters.com/subscribe/ Follow Stew on Gab: https://gab.com/RealStewPeters See all of Stew's content at https://StewPeters.com Watch full episodes here: https://redvoicemedia.net/stew-full-shows Check out Stew's store: https://stewmerch.com
"I am the senate!" Who said it, Darth Sidious or Dark Biden? Chase and Remmington discuss this interesting speech by president Biden and talk about how he "Othered" The MAGA republicans, why that is dangerous, and the historical precedent behind it.
We are back in Jerusalem and Herod killed the Apostle James to earn political points with his cronies. Sound familiar? In this sermon we learn the true meaning of government and its role in our lives and we learn how to pray, how to stand, and how to fight in the midst of government overreach. If you are in the neighborhood we would love to have you gather with us on Sundays at 76 Lewis Mill Rd. in Gatesville at 10 a.m. If there is anything we can do for you please reach out and let us know. Connect with us at: hopegatesville.com email@example.com Online Giving YouTube Facebook
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“How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!” ― Samuel Adams Yep, which is why the ATF actually believes they have the right, power and authority to change definitions of plain words according to whim, and always in favor of the federal government and against the citizenry. Tune in and share around, but fair warning,....you'll probably be placed onto a government watch list for listening to this.Support the show
Surcease of sorrow... Our rebels enact their plan to rescue the Armigers from the Holding House. Support us on Patreon to access our actual play of the Tyrant's Grasp Adventure Path and other content: https://www.patreon.com/FindthePath Cast Rick Sandidge is Gamemaster and Host Heather Allen plays Cesare Nightbloom (N male elf Wizard 4) Jessica Peters plays [...] The post Hell's Rebels Episode 46: The Holding House appeared first on Find the Path Ventures.
Using rare grassroots archives, Tiger, Tyrant, Bandit, Businessman: Echoes of Counterrevolution from New China (Stanford UP, 2022) dives deep into four true criminal cases during the political campaign to suppress counterrevolutionaries of the People's Republic of China from 1949 to 1953. The first casefile recounted a story of a Confucian scholar who found himself allied with bandits and secret society members. The second casefile was on an assassination of a Communist cadre by a farmer, who was condemned as a landlord and an evil tyrant by the Party. The third casefile was about how the two runaway landlords avoided prosecution of the Party-state by exploiting relative and religious networks in local community. The fourth casefile was on a hapless merchant who accused of a crime he did not commit. Read collectively, the book shows how the newly-established Party-state brought its power to village society. More importantly, the book persuasively demonstrates that the rural revolution could only be understood within its specific local context. In addition, the book also does a model work in showing the historians' craft of critically reading, analyzing, and using archival documents. Yi Ren is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/east-asian-studies
Using rare grassroots archives, Tiger, Tyrant, Bandit, Businessman: Echoes of Counterrevolution from New China (Stanford UP, 2022) dives deep into four true criminal cases during the political campaign to suppress counterrevolutionaries of the People's Republic of China from 1949 to 1953. The first casefile recounted a story of a Confucian scholar who found himself allied with bandits and secret society members. The second casefile was on an assassination of a Communist cadre by a farmer, who was condemned as a landlord and an evil tyrant by the Party. The third casefile was about how the two runaway landlords avoided prosecution of the Party-state by exploiting relative and religious networks in local community. The fourth casefile was on a hapless merchant who accused of a crime he did not commit. Read collectively, the book shows how the newly-established Party-state brought its power to village society. More importantly, the book persuasively demonstrates that the rural revolution could only be understood within its specific local context. In addition, the book also does a model work in showing the historians' craft of critically reading, analyzing, and using archival documents. Yi Ren is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/history
Using rare grassroots archives, Tiger, Tyrant, Bandit, Businessman: Echoes of Counterrevolution from New China (Stanford UP, 2022) dives deep into four true criminal cases during the political campaign to suppress counterrevolutionaries of the People's Republic of China from 1949 to 1953. The first casefile recounted a story of a Confucian scholar who found himself allied with bandits and secret society members. The second casefile was on an assassination of a Communist cadre by a farmer, who was condemned as a landlord and an evil tyrant by the Party. The third casefile was about how the two runaway landlords avoided prosecution of the Party-state by exploiting relative and religious networks in local community. The fourth casefile was on a hapless merchant who accused of a crime he did not commit. Read collectively, the book shows how the newly-established Party-state brought its power to village society. More importantly, the book persuasively demonstrates that the rural revolution could only be understood within its specific local context. In addition, the book also does a model work in showing the historians' craft of critically reading, analyzing, and using archival documents. Yi Ren is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/chinese-studies
Wellness + Wisdom Podcast Host and Wellness Force Media CEO, Josh Trent, shares how we can learn to love the tyrant within with tools including both the Curious Compassionate Inquiry Emotional Intelligence Squared (EI2) processes plus the Wellness Pentagon. In this solocast, you will learn: Your biggest narrative and how it is guiding you Our relationship with the default mode network Breathwork and how it keeps us anchored How to do a CCI - Curious Compassionate Inquiry Healing our triggers with the Emotional Intelligence Squared (EI2) process How to live your life by the Wellness Pentagon Are You Stressed Out Lately? Take a deep breath with the M21™ wellness guide: a simple yet powerful 21 minute morning system that melts stress and gives you more energy through 6 science-backed practices and breathwork. Click HERE to download for free. Is Your Energy Low? Get more superfoods to improve your energy, digestion, gut health plus also reduce inflammation and blood sugar. 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In this special (limited time) offer, you will receive: - Lifetime access to BREATHE - Free upgrades to all future training modules - Free additional training modules - Special VIP coupons for safe vape, essential oils, CBD, nootropics and more - Private WF group access Listen To Episode 464 As Josh Trent Uncovers: [00:00] What Is Your Biggest Narrative? This is Josh Trent. This is the Wellness + Wisdom Podcast. This is a very special solocast. It's something I've been ruminating on for a long time. I wanna know if you can relate. Do you ever feel like there's a tyrant inside of your mind, a tyrant who bullies you, talks down to you, and it makes you feel like shit? If so, let me know. In the comments, what is your biggest narrative? When it comes to the tyrant inside of you today, I'm gonna give you some big tools, some big rocks that I'll break down with mindfulness and with care. So that by the end of this podcast, you're gonna leave with less created self-stress. So you can show up for life, more powerful, less controllable, and somebody who embodies more courage and more peace. Let's start here. [1:00] Where is Your Tyrant Narrative Guiding You? We have narratives in our mind. We always have these narratives that either guide us toward love or guide us towards hate. Now, the reason is, that we're half beast, half spirit, we're a biological being, but we're also a spirit inside that being, having a spiritual experience. So inside of our brain, there is a default mode network. We're gonna go into this later on in the video, I'm gonna share with you how conscious breath awareness can actually turn down the volume of your default mode network. And I'm gonna tell you what the default is, and I'm gonna tell you what the default mode network actually is and why it's so important to your emotional intelligence and your piece. I'll give you another big tool. That's called Emotional Intelligence Squared. This is something that I've been working on for an upcoming book. We'll talk about CCI, which is Curious Compassionate Inquiry, and why these are the ways that all of us can get down to what I call the lens of the kaleidoscope, the kaleidoscope that's connected to our head, our heart and our soul. [1:56] Learning To Love The Tyrant Inside - Let's Get Started So we can make great decisions and not just be in our head all the time. Let me know if you can relate to this, you ever find yourself in your head and it's been days or weeks or maybe a month or more where you've actually felt your stomach felt your breath? I'll talk about how to get out of the mind and into the body. So you can make decisions from this alignment of the kaleidoscope. And lastly, we'll talk about the five sides of the Wellness Pentagon, something we've been going into depth on for Wellness + Wisdom, but it's the mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial ways that we all nourish ourselves. So we can show up in life with more peace and with more courage and be less controllable, especially what's going on in the war, for our minds and our souls on social media. So let's dig in. If you're the kind of person who has the narrative in your mind, that sometimes makes you feel like garbage, take a deep breath to your nose, fill your belly, and let it go through your mouth. [2:52] Understanding the Default Mode Network Let's begin. The default mode network is a structure in the brain that is the prefrontal cortex, the posterior singulate and the amygdala. Now, these are three big ancient structures. There are many more inside of the default mode network. But the key that we have to understand about the default mode network is it's most active when we're at rest. Now, why is that? If the default mode network, which is essentially the thing that's scanning for danger, the thing that remembers when you've been through pain, when you've been hurt or back in the day, if you're a cave person being chased by a tiger, it's probably a good thing to know. So I'm not here to demonize any structure of the brain or any structure of biology. What I'm saying is we have to be aware that these ancient structures don't necessarily apply anymore. Like they used to. So when we get this activation of the default mode network, it puts us in what's called a fight or flight state. It pulls us out of the present moment. It makes our respiration decrease. It makes our heart rate increase and it makes our stress hormones increase. [4:03] Understanding Our Fear Response We have structures near our kidneys called cortisol. We have structures near our kidneys called adrenal glands, which release cortisol. This is exactly what happens when we are in two places. One is anxiety, which is fear of the future fear of not being able to handle it, not being enough or one is depression rumination of the past, beating yourself up for what didn't happen, depending on your level of integration of trauma or stress, or just things that have occurred for you in life. You are going to have either a high volume or a low volume of the default mode network. Now here's where it gets awesome. One of the reasons that I use breathwork in my own life and for the thousand plus students that are in our BREATHE: Breath and Wellness program at breathwork.io is because when you use conscious respiration when you are actually having conscious breath awareness, you can scientifically and somatically turn down the volume radically of that default mode network. [4:30] Active vs Resting Brain Here's why it's active when our brain is at rest. When our brain is at rest, we also want to be engaged in loving activities or a flow state, but we get pulled out of it because of this rumination or this anxiety. So when we start doing circular breathing, and I'm gonna talk about some more of these tools, when we get to the Wellness Pentagon section in this solocast, when we're experiencing anxiety, we have a shortness of breath. When we're experiencing depression, we have a compression of breath. We don't have as much volume in our breath. So the best way to do this, which I talk about in our program and that you and I are gonna do right now to turn down the volume of this tyrant, which is really attached to the default mode network. We do it like this. We breathe in through our nose. We breathe out through our mouth three times without any pauses. So it looks and feels just like this. [5:00] If I Can Breathe, I Can Choose I like to continue to do that up until about 21-30 times, somewhere in between. You'll notice that when you're breathing like a circle, and also when you breathe like a box, we'll talk about this later, your mind is at rest over the course of time. The more that you do this practice, this circular practice with no pausing at the top or the bottom, you will scientifically and somatically turn down the volume of your default mode network. And when the volume is turned down, this is the most amazing thing. When the volume of your default mode network is turned down, you can show up more, present, and more loving. It's on my arm in Italian. I've talked about this many times, "se posso respirare posso scegliere," which means, "If I can breathe, I can choose." I myself fought depression, anxiety for a long time coming from my own familial situation, my own trauma. [5:49] The Anchor of Your Breath And I found that, you know, I did plant medicines and I did lots of other things and conferences. And you fell on the gamut. I mean, I did lots of things, but it was my breath. It was the anchor of my breath. It was seeking me out the entire time. And that is why I believe that conscious breath awareness is what we all need to learn right now. And that is what is going to turn down. All those structures, turn down the volume of the default mode network and allow you to unlock some peace. When you have peace, you're able to build more courage. This is the key. When you're peaceful, you're more courageous or when you're more courageous, you're more peaceful. It's the chicken or the egg. That's a big concept. I'm gonna link a resource right here to three different podcasts that I've done about the default mode network, about how our breath works. So you can dig in more. Let's move on. We're gonna talk about emotional intelligence squared or my EI2 process. [6:46] Josh's Vision Quest Experience So this came to me earlier this year after I did a vision quest. If you haven't done a vision quest, it can be incredibly transformational. Once you have a foundation of conscious breath, awareness and self-inquiry, and the Wellness Pentagon, the three things that I'm gonna give you in this solocast, but beyond just a deep dive into my soul, what I really felt from God's wisdom, nature's wisdom in nature. When I was fasting for four days with just water is I felt this compassionate inquiry. I really knew that everything I've ever wanted was inside of myself. And it's inside of you too. We're all just trained by society and the media. And unfortunately, our parents, who were trained by our grandparents, that we don't have the answers, but we actually do. The EI2 process is where we align the thoughts that we're thinking in our head, the feelings that we're feeling in our heart, which direct us to the energy in motion, the emotions that we're experiencing, and our intuitive faculty to connect with soul, to connect with God. [7:47] Your Guiding Kaleidoscope: Better Understand the Tyrant Within So head, heart, and soul make up what I believe is the kaleidoscope, the lens of awareness that we all have, but we have to, to cultivate the vision, to see through it. Here's how we do it. You take a piece of scratch paper or a journal. And on the left side of the page, you're gonna write down 10 things that you truly know are causing you pain. So go ahead and do that right now. Pause this podcast, pause this video, grab a journal, grab a piece of paper, grab a pen. Or if you want to, you can do it on an Evernote or a digital journal. So do this right now. This is truly going to be a starting place for you to relieve the narrative of the dogma and the torture of this tyrant that lives inside of all of us. And really we're gonna learn today how we can love it. [8:33] What Are You Grateful For? So write down those 10 things. Now that you've done that draw a line down the center and on the right side of the page, write down 10 things that you really, really love. And on the right side of the page, write down 10 things that you truly love. Things that fill your body with gratitude, things that you actually experience on a very deep level. Don't just be like, oh, I like food, I'm grateful for my food. Like things that you are, unless you really are, things that you are really, really, really grateful for things that you feel. Maybe it's holding your son, your daughter, your partner...your friends, something exciting. Maybe you love to paint. Write that down, take a big breath, let it go. Make sure your phone is off. Make sure you have no distractions. And I want you to circle the one on the left.. [9:21] Paralysis by Analysis ...that's causing you the most pain and you know what it is. Sometimes we get in this paralysis by analysis and it actually is a figment of the ego that keeps us stuck by being so overwhelmed or confused that we can't move forward on the one thing that we know is causing us the most pain. Now, here's why we did the 10 on the other side. So from that list of 10, that you're most grateful for, circle the one that you know is the most energetically aligned with your heart. The one that feels the best when you tune into it, you love it the most, maybe it's like your wife or your son or your daughter. I'm not here. Or your husband. I'm not here to tell you what that is, only you know what that is. So you've done the exercise. You've begun this emotional inventory in the emotional intelligence squared process. [10:15] Sharing Your Journey with Someone You Trust The EI2 you've began by doing the emotional inventory. So, you have your paper. You've circled the two, be honest with yourself because the next step is actually the most challenging. And the most liberating. You reach out to someone, maybe it's a coach, maybe it's somebody in the Wellness + Wisdom community. Maybe it's somebody in your community and you call a friend, someone that you trust and you tell them, "Hey, I've done a process and I'm changing my life. And I wanna share something with you. Can I share?" Now to the degree they give you back a response that's trustable, share with them, but do not share - This is a big key. Do not share your inventory process with somebody that, you know, secretly may not support your highest dreams, may not support your highest goals. So, be careful who you share this with, and then you share with them, "Hey, what's causing me... [10:55] What Are You Committed to Changing? ...the most stress is my current work what's causing me. The most pain is at my current work. I know that I'm destined for more. I know that I can make more money, whatever it is, or maybe it's a relationship you're in or health or finances, one of those big ones. And then you actually share to that person, this is what I'm committed to changing." And you put a date on it by when I'm gonna change it. By this point on this day, it's so empowering. And here's the key. You tell that person, "And I'm doing this because I may not have the biggest, I may not have the biggest amount of love for myself right now, or I love myself enough right now to change this..." Whatever your degree of self-love is, you talk to the person who you're sharing with about the thing that you love, the most, the thing that's gonna be worth it for you when times get hard. [11:37] Curious Compassionate Inquiry And when you're confronted with your ego and when you're confronted with the things that are not making you change, I know you can feel this. It's like palpable - in order to change and let go of something that's hurting you. That scares you. You have to have the fuel from something that you love. Otherwise, what's the point.? What's the point of changing? What's the point of evolving if you're not connected to someone or something that you truly love? And then from that place, you have taken away the first part, the most important part of this EI2 process. The next part of the EI2 process is where you look at the people in your life that are triggering you the most, the experiences of your life that are triggering you the most and just your general way of being. So the way that this works is now that you've done the first part, you can move on to stage two. And in stage two, you're gonna ask yourself five big questions. In other words, five wise deep, and you do this through the CCI process. The CCI is Curious Compassionate Inquiry. Now, if I'm having an experience, like let's say for an example, that my partner is triggering me... [12:37] Healing Our Triggers & Calming the Tyrant Within For an example, a traditional one is where somebody leaves their clothes all over the floor, right? And so just in this example, we'll say, "God, my wife left her clothes all the floor. Again! What in the hell is wrong with her?" You notice that response that you and I get, or that any of us get when we're triggered by a partner, when we're triggered by life, when we're triggered by an event. Obviously that is something that comes from the mind. The mind is making up a story. And so here's how we go five wise, deep. And by the way, you can apply this to anything, right? It could be capital "T" trauma. It could be lowercase "t" trauma, or it could just be an event that's occurring for you in life. The first thing that you do, and you do the same thing where you grab a piece of paper and you actually script this out. [13:22] Really Get Curious About Your Inner Tyrant! So you've already done the first part with the EI2 process where you did the 10 and 10 circled each one and told a friend, and that was putting you in the momentum of this next stage. And this is a thing you can do at any time. You can do this 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 times a day in the beginning, and you might have to, and that's okay. But the first thing that you write down on your page is what am I thinking? What am I thinking? And remember, you're gonna be compassionate to yourself. This is the CCI. So it's curious, compassionate inquiry. Be curious right now - don't run right to the answer. Just write it down. What am I thinking? I'm thinking that I hate it when my partner leaves the socks on the floor. I hate it.when my partner does this. What are the thoughts that are running through my mind about this person's circumstance or experience or situation? [14:12] Are Your Tyrant Thoughts True? Write it down, "What is the story that my mind is telling me?" Um, my mind is telling me a story of (I'm writing it down with you right now.): My partner doesn't actually care about me and they're lazy and they don't care about my feelings and they know it pisses me off. And this totally sucks. And you know what? This is a deal breaker. I hate this. That's really good to get out. Then the next question you ask is, "Am I reliving the past?" So maybe in another relationship, you had somebody that left socks or clothes on the floor and that was one of the reasons why the relationship didn't work out. Keep being curious here, keep being compassionate in your inquiry. And then the last one is, "Am I projecting into the future?" Maybe when I write that down, I'm feeling like they're never gonna change. Next week... [14:59] Unpacking All of Your Tyrant Stories ...it's gonna be the same thing and keep going until it doesn't hurt anymore. Keep going. You can go five. You can go 10, but make sure you ask those exact questions in that order so that you get to the bottom of it all, where you just realize this has nothing to do with my partner. This has everything to do with the experience inside of me. And when I really tune in to this kaleidoscope lens, through this compassionate inquiry, through this CCI, I can start to make decisions from a solid beam, a solid column inside of me. And that is the emotional intelligence squared. Now that you've done the CCI, you know what your mind is thinking, you know, all the stories, you know, all the fabrications, you know all the bullshit. Now go to your heart. What is your heart feeling? [15:51] What Is Your Heart Feeling? Your heart is feeling sad. Your heart is feeling sad. It's directing you to grief, the emotion of grief. Maybe it's directing you to the emotion of despair, whatever it is, write that down. You know what your thoughts are thinking, cause you just did that. And now go to your soul, close your eyes, take a deep breath. And I want you to visualize all those thoughts that are running in your head. All the feelings, all the emotion that your heart is truly feeling. The thing that maybe you don't wanna share, cause it's really vulnerable. And then I want you to connect with God. I want you to connect with your soul and feel your soul, giving you a lesson, giving you something that you know is for your greatest good. So, let's do this process. In my mind I just did the CCI, the inquiry. "I know my partner loves me, but God, it pisses me off. It reminds me of my last relationship and it makes me feel like they don't love me." [16:49] Listening to Your Heart's Wisdom Now, go to the heart. When I don't feel loved, I feel alone. When I feel alone, I feel like someone might abandon me. Huh? There's wisdom. There. There's a deeper emotion there. Keep going. It's not about just the socks on the floor. Just the laundry on the floor. It's about the emotion, the subconscious emotion that is being experienced from the thoughts that are narrating by the tyrant. And then go a little bit deeper. Now go to this experience with God, with soul and tune in and understand that this event is neutral. Your partner is not on purpose, trying to be mean to you or trying to hurt you. Even if they are - now, this is your experience to go to them with the head, the heart and the soul and give them a realistic understanding of what's happening inside of you. [17:43] How to Share with Your Partner And you do it by non-violent communication. Here's how, "Hey babe, I just did my inquiry. And I noticed earlier this morning, the socks were on the floor again. And my mind was telling me all these stories like you don't care about me. You don't love me or you're lazy. And it was really intense. I mean, the thoughts I were having were projecting me into the future and making me ruminate about the past. But really what I wanna share with you is that when I see the laundry on the floor, it makes me feel sad. It makes me have an experience that I'm not loved. And when I'm not loved, I might be abandoned. And it's super vulnerable for me to share with this. And it's super vulnerable for me to share this with you right now, but that's the truth. I know that this is happening because my soul is telling me that this is a way that you and I can get deeper..." [18:29] Emotional Intelligence Squared "...and this is a way that you and I can be closer together. So can you do me a favor please from now on just pick up your laundry on the floor." Now, can you imagine if you gave your partner that type of inquiry? Oh my gosh. Way different than, "Pick up your fucking socks!" Right? The way that we experience ourselves and the way that we articulate our experience is everything. It is truly everything. Try this on for size today, tomorrow, this week. I hope you've enjoyed this section two and really gotten something from this EI2 process, emotional intelligence squared, where you did the first part, where you wrote down the 10 and 10, you circled them. You shared, and you took action on a specific date. Then you went through a process of CCI, curious, compassionate inquiry, where you went at least five wise deep, and you recorded everything. [18:55] Power from Peace and Courage And then you actually shared, you took it upon yourself to align in this third portion of the EI2 process. You aligned your thoughts, your head, your heart, and your soul. And then you shared, then you came with the wisdom. Then you came with the courage. Then you came with the peace. And that is powerful. When you have power from peace and courage, that can be trusted, but brute force power. When you're just yelling at your partner, it's just not integration. It's just not emotional integration. And there's no shame to this because the tyrant is very loud. Let's go to the third part of our video today of this solocast. [19:29] The Wellness Pentagon And this is the five sides of the Wellness Pentagon. So in this last portion of the cast, we're gonna talk about the mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial ways that we nourish ourself so that our nervous system, our biology can actually hold the load of doing the EI2 process and of understanding what this tyrant is actually telling us. In other words, if our conduit is dirty, if our physicality is loaded, if we're stressed out, if we're underslept, if we ourselves are over-stressed, it's going to be really challenging. Let alone, I think even impossible to love the tyrant inside of yourself, by doing this compassionate inquiry, by having curiosity. So let's begin. [20:02] The Power of Box Breathing The first aspect is the mind. The mind obviously feeds itself on thoughts. So if we want to calm down the mind, if we want to let the mind lose some weight, maybe the mind is obese. We have to give it a stimuli to do so. And so what we do is we do a conscious connected. And so we employ box breathing. Box breathing is powerful. It is what I learned from Mark Divine. It is what I've also seen Navy special warfare do before they go out into battle. It feels the same for you and I, whether we're with our spouse or in life or in battle, it's all the same. Box breathing is known to not just pull us over to the parasympathetic side of the nervous system, but also it's known to decrease cortisol, decrease stress hormones. And this is really key. When you're doing box breathing, I'm gonna show you how to do it. You're focused on your breath. That's all you're focused on. How to do Box Breathing When you're focused on your breath, you can start to bring in a calming mantra. My mantra is "I am loved. I am supported. I am on the right path." So let's do two rounds of the five-count box breathing to satisfy this mental construct that is wanting more, wanting more, but really it just wants a deep breath. Inhale for five through your nose. Fill your belly. Hold for five Exhale for five Hold for five Inhale nose for five Hold for five Exhale for five Hold for five [21:53] Grounding Ourselves Through the Breath Now imagine if you did that 10 times, 10 times, if you did a five count box breath, you are going to bring yourself to a place that is totally at peace and totally calm. And you can do this for free anywhere, anytime. We also go into depth. So you can use not just the box breath, but also the circular breath and many different things for your nervous system, to clear your stress with your breath. That's at breathwork.io. And by the way, if you're here on this video, you can just use this discount code. I give it to my friends, my family, or people like us who are interested in calming down our nervous system and that's PODCAST25. So you can get that at breathwork.io, just enter the code PODCAST25. So with this mental construct, calm down, we can bring in that mantra. [22:40] The Physical | Wellness Pentagon I've done my box breathing. I bring in the mantra that says, "I am loved. I am supported. I am on the right path." Now you can bring yourself to the physical. This is the next part of the Wellness Pentagon. The physical is so important because obviously, you know that it's important for you to move. So choose whatever you'd like. I'm not here to tell you how to work out or train. Get sweaty first. You can also do the sauna. In the sauna, there's very special heat shock proteins that are released by your body. These build emotional resilience, they're called hormetic stress or hormesis. Very fascinating. I'll leave a link right here in the show notes below this video. So you can learn more about hormesis, but we also get something from cold as well. And so as we're nourishing this physical lens, this physical part of our Pentagon, it's important to know that after your movement or your sauna, if you go right to the cold plunge, not only are you getting the heat shock proteins from the heats, which give you more immune response and give you better health... [23:38] Cold Plunge Benefits to Keep the Tyrant at Bay But now you're gonna get the cold shock proteins from the cold. I like the brand, Plunge. You can go to joshtrent.com/plunge. With the code, "WELLNESSFORCE" you get 150 bucks off a Plunge unit, which is amazing. Then when you're doing this and when you do the cold and the hot and you cycle that one, maybe even two times, I promise you, now that you've done the mental calming, you've done the physical calming. Now you're ready for the emotional. See people jump right to the emotional. They try to get their charge outta their body without getting their body to let go of the charge. You see the difference. It's like one of 'em is push. One of 'em is pull. So now that you've pulled the things out, that no longer serve you by doing your box breathing, your physicality. Now you can go to the emotional process. We can do a two part breath. We can also just go into another CCI. The curious, compassionate inquiry. [24:32] Two Part Breath & Strike Pose The two part breath looks and feels just like this. You can do it nasally. Or if you want to have the two part breath looks just like this. Notice. I have my hand on my heart. I have my hand on my stomach. That's allowing you to get that cry response. A lot of times, remember when you're a little kid or just people that cry, cause crying's normal. When you cry, you go like this, right? The two part breath is so powerful for letting go of emotions. And also you can do what's called a strike pose. So you get on the ground with, with your knee about shoulder width apart and you take your hands, just like this so that your fingers are together and the palms of your hands are down and you strike, you, put your hands over your head and you strike the pillow with a full body motion up and down. So that you're actually getting rid of the energy, getting rid of the anger that you may have in your system. [25:12] Getting Rid of Energy in Motion One of the best ways that you can nourish your emotional self is yes, doing the EI2 process going deep into what's happening for you, the head, the heart, the soul, but also sometimes we can be so overwhelmed by what's happening for us emotionally that we have to get the energy in motion out. We have to just get the energy out of our body. So yes, you can do the two part breath. You can do that. Just like I showed you for three minutes or five minutes and just allow what comes out to come out. Or if you're feeling really intense, you can go into that strike post. That is a big one. We talk about many of these things in the BREATHE program. Again, I've already given you the discount it's at breathwork.io (PODCAST25). [26:01] Centering After an Emotional Release with MitoZen I like to stack my breathwork with the tool from Mito Zen. This is Dr. John Lieurance's company and this has oxytocin and hoppe in it. So a lot of times after I do a big purge or release, I'll relax with this nasal spray. It is so powerful. I actually use it for breathwork practices as well, but you can get this joshtrent.com/mitozen. There's a code "WELLNESSFORCE." You get 10% off. The reason I like it the most is because after I've had the release, it helps me to reset. It helps me to actually be more in my center so I can calm down. And it actually gives me a little bit of a high. Now it's not the kind of high like psychedelics, but it is absolutely powerful. I totally recommend it. It is my go-to for emotional intelligence and for emotional release. [27:00] Cleaning Our Spiritual Lens +Understanding the Tyrant Within The next is our spiritual lens. So now that we've gone through the physical, the mental, the emotional, the spiritual is where we actually connect with that part of our soul. That part that connects to God. And we do that through either reading some type of scripture, doesn't have to be the Bible - I'm not a religious man - or some type of intelligence that you know is godlike or angelic. Maybe you could just do a dedicated prayer or a loving kindness meditation. This is a big one because when you sit still and want to put your hand on your heart and your stomach, maybe you just sit and do a loving kindness meditation. You just allow thoughts to come up that aren't loving and you let them go. When you do this, you actually start getting information from the collective, from the ether, whether you're scientific or spiritual, you know that there's lots of things out there that you don't understand and whatever created us all, whatever's gonna give you that spiritual connection because without spirit, you can't do anything. [28:00] Tools for Greater Spiritual Connection Whatever's gonna give you that spiritual connection. You can find that by being still. One of the ways I love to be still is this Feel Free product (40% off with code "WELLNESS40"). It's a plant tonic. It's got really beautiful adaptogens in it. One of them is kava so it relaxes you. It also gives you a focused euphoria and I've found that after I've cleared my physicality after I've done my breathwork after I've purged emotionally when I really want to connect to my myself, the God in me and the God outside of me, I love, love, love to use this Feel Free. It's one of my most favorite tools, actually the Mito Zen spray and the Feel Free are like every single day. Actually, that's not true. The spray is more like three times a week. I don't do the spray every day, but the feel free is my go-to for connecting with the deeper parts of myself. So I can have that focused euphoria. And also you don't need this. You don't need the Feel Free to connect with God. I'm not sitting here saying you must have any of these tools. They just have helped me a lot more so I thought I'd share. [29:07] Build Greater Financial Health And the last one is financial. Many of us experience this anxiety about finances or depression from our epigenetics about finances. We can shift the story. And I know this. I came from welfare, I've been $75,000 in debt myself. I've had quite the money story. And here's what you do to fill your financial self. You ask yourself who do I know that I feel is wealthy and that has a life that I love? Who do I know that's wealthy and has a life that I love? Add your time for them. Add your time as value for them. So you might take an inventory of your phone or all the people in your community. And you might go to someone who's a mentor or somebody that you really think is doing both. Has a great life, has a life that you would love and has has wealth. And you ask them, "Hey, would you mind? I'm actually like in a process right now where I'm growing my own intelligence. I'm moving forward in my life. And I'm honestly sick of being poor. I'm done with the anxiety and depression that comes with being poor. And with being financially strapped, would you be able to allow me to volunteer for you?" And don't be surprised if they say, "No," it's okay. You can have maybe 10. I guarantee you. If you ask 10 people, one of them is gonna say, "Yes," and you can just share with them. Your goal is to share with them, your dreams and let them know you'd love to volunteer. [29:32] The Beauty of Volunteering Your Heart Energy This is key. There's something so reciprocal about volunteering your heart energy, which is the most incredible thing connected to your time, which is a gift that time can never be replaced. So when you offer your time and you offer your heart to someone that is wealthy and also has a life that you feel like you would love, you can tell that they are embodying love in their life. That is gonna bring you closer to you saving money, you becoming more wealthy and get excited. Get excited about growing your own wealth regardless of your external circumstances. Now we just filled all the five sides of your Wellness Pentagon. You should feel incredibly nourished. Watch this entire video again, write down all of your notes. [31:18] Getting Closer to Your Wellness Goals You can also go to joshtrent.com/464. That's where everything here is laid out for you. All the discounts, all the resources, the BREATHE program, and everything we've talked about today. From my heart to yours, if anything, you moved 1% closer to being more emotionally intelligent by turning down the volume of this default mode network and giving this tyrant an outlet that lives inside of you. It's not about beating up the tyrant. It's not about being a tyrant. It's about recognizing that inside of me, inside of you, inside of us, there is always a tyrant cause to be human is to be a tyrant, to be on the path of emotional integration is to sometimes find that you need to love the tyrant inside of yourself. I know for me, this came on full strength recently in the vision quest. [31:55] How Do You Live Your Life Well? And if you're like me, you're on this path of constantly learning about yourself and constantly reflecting about, "How do I live my life well?" How do I be the person I know that I'm capable of? How do I step into my potential? And these are not terms that Tony Robbins speaks on a stage. These are feelings and experiences that you and I are feeling probably right now. Otherwise, you wouldn't be watching this video or listening to this podcast. So again, joshtrent.com/464. It is my wish. It is my desire that from this solocast, you have been able to get rid of the self-created stress so you can live better. You can have more courage. You can have more peace or vice versa. And if you did get something from this video, please drop in the comments below. If you're on YouTube or wherever you're watching this solocast. If you're listening on audio, you can always write to me. It's email@example.com. That's firstname.lastname@example.org. From my heart to yours, thank you for being here on this solocast. Stay tuned every week. We're gonna be releasing more solocasts so we can all dive in together and do the real work. Josh Trent saying goodbye. So until I see you again, I'm wishing you love and wellness. 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Using rare grassroots archives, Tiger, Tyrant, Bandit, Businessman: Echoes of Counterrevolution from New China (Stanford UP, 2022) dives deep into four true criminal cases during the political campaign to suppress counterrevolutionaries of the People's Republic of China from 1949 to 1953. The first casefile recounted a story of a Confucian scholar who found himself allied with bandits and secret society members. The second casefile was on an assassination of a Communist cadre by a farmer, who was condemned as a landlord and an evil tyrant by the Party. The third casefile was about how the two runaway landlords avoided prosecution of the Party-state by exploiting relative and religious networks in local community. The fourth casefile was on a hapless merchant who accused of a crime he did not commit. Read collectively, the book shows how the newly-established Party-state brought its power to village society. More importantly, the book persuasively demonstrates that the rural revolution could only be understood within its specific local context. In addition, the book also does a model work in showing the historians' craft of critically reading, analyzing, and using archival documents. Yi Ren is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/law
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Using rare grassroots archives, Tiger, Tyrant, Bandit, Businessman: Echoes of Counterrevolution from New China (Stanford UP, 2022) dives deep into four true criminal cases during the political campaign to suppress counterrevolutionaries of the People's Republic of China from 1949 to 1953. The first casefile recounted a story of a Confucian scholar who found himself allied with bandits and secret society members. The second casefile was on an assassination of a Communist cadre by a farmer, who was condemned as a landlord and an evil tyrant by the Party. The third casefile was about how the two runaway landlords avoided prosecution of the Party-state by exploiting relative and religious networks in local community. The fourth casefile was on a hapless merchant who accused of a crime he did not commit. Read collectively, the book shows how the newly-established Party-state brought its power to village society. More importantly, the book persuasively demonstrates that the rural revolution could only be understood within its specific local context. In addition, the book also does a model work in showing the historians' craft of critically reading, analyzing, and using archival documents. Yi Ren is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/new-books-network
Blaise and Team Yay may have contained the Shadewoken, but still have much to grapple (ha) with. Can they get past the sentries to the crystals? Can they get out of the room alive? Or without being taken??? Music/Sound Effects include: A Spoken Battle/Theme by Hannah Tobias, Dragon and Toast by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.filmmusic.io, success by grunz at free sound.org, Jelly Sneakers by Hannah Tobias, Junkyard Tribe by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.filmmusic.io, In a Heartbeat by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.filmmusic.io, District Four by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.filmmusic.io, I Can Feel It Coming by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.filmmusic.io, Metalmania by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.filmmusic.io, EDM Detection Mode by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.filmmusic.io, The Lift Hi by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.filmmusic.io, Tyrant by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.filmmusic.io, Corruption by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.filmmusic.io, Bleeping Demo by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.filmmusic.io, Forest Fire by dynamicell at Freesound.org, and Your Call by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.filmmusic.io.
Today on Too Opinionated we sit down with up and coming actress Sophia Eleni. Sophia Eleni is known for her work on Call the Midwife, Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Whatever After, Walking against the Rain and Tyrant. Want to watch: YouTube Meisterkhan Pod Check out the Website: Meisterkhan.com
We got a firsthand lesson just how dangerous our new mission is. After our first random run-in with what we can only assume is an average undead patrol we've already suffered heavy losses. Now that we have a taste of what's coming, we can move forward with the appropriate caution. As always, you can find us on Twitter (@inspired_incomp) and on Facebook to follow along with our exploits, you can shoot us an email at InspiredIncompetence@gmail.com if you're so inclined. You can find out more about us at InspiredIncompetence.com and join our Discord server from the link at the bottom, where we are always around to chat with our fans (or whoever wants to chat, we're not picky). Lastly, if you're enjoying the show, we humbly ask that you consider supporting us on Patreon to let us know that our efforts are not in vain. Thanks everyone, and enjoy the show!
A right-wing tyrant will soon rise, and when you only have two choices, Jesse is choosing Franco. Debate with David Marcus on the future of American politics. The science evolved. There's no substitute for awareness.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Turn off the news, really minimize social media, and don't look at your phone for the first hour of the day. Removing these kinds of things are absolutely vital before we have any hope in hell of understanding what we actually think. Whatever I'm getting emotionally charged at; that's a mirror for me in my self-growth and spiritual realization. I ask myself, 'How am I being a tyrant towards myself? Have I already enslaved myself? How am I censoring myself?' to find out what I can learn from my triggers and then the tyrants become our teachers. - JP Sears Are You Stressed Out Lately? Take a deep breath with the M21™ wellness guide: a simple yet powerful 21 minute morning system that melts stress and gives you more energy through 6 science-backed practices and breathwork. Click HERE to download for free. Is Your Energy Low? Get more superfoods to improve your energy, digestion, gut health plus also reduce inflammation and blood sugar. Click HERE to try Paleovalley's Apple Cider Vinegar Complex + Save 15% with the code 'JOSH' *Review The WF Podcast & WIN $150 in wellness prizes! *Join The Facebook Group Wellness + Wisdom Episode 463 Comedian and Creator of the popular YouTube channels, Awaken with JP and JP Reacts, JP Sears, joins Josh Trent on the Wellness + Wisdom Podcast to discuss how he has been such a powerful voice of reason when the plandemic theatre began in 2020, to explain how he handles anger and censorship that is thrown his way, to explore the origins of gender dysphoria in America plus the power of human connection and how to stop outsourcing your power. If you are someone that notices from time to time that inside of your mind lives a demanding dictator who tends to have a tyrannical radical bent... or are someone who is deeply concerned with what you see as the loss of freedom and rise in censorship in America, this will be a truly life-changing conversation for you. 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Listen To Episode 463 As JP Sears Uncovers: [1:30] Speak Your Truth & Stop Censoring Yourself JP Sears Awaken with JP on YouTube JP Reacts on YouTube Why JP was really the voice of reason for Josh when the CV 19 theatre began. JP's first thoughts on CV19 and asking, 'Why is freedom becoming political?' The two types of people when facing stress: Those who stay stressed out and don't do anything compared to those who do take action and allow that stress to dissipate. Josh and JP's shock at other wellness influencers and podcasters not speaking out about the mandates and control during CV 19. Why it was surprising to see so many people be blocked by their fear-based compliance and then shame or intimidate other people for using their own critical thinking. [12:30] Free Will & Dharma: Is Life Pre-Destined? 451 Laura Coe | Understanding Akashic Records: How To Live Your Dharma, Spiritual Bypassing, Twin Flames & Soul Mates Is free will actually destiny as part of our soul contract and dharma or do we have any real say in it? JP's take on free will and the experiences we have had, are having, or will have in this lifetime. Paul Chek | All is God Living 4D with Paul Chek: Episode 5 – JP Sears: Friendships, Relationships and Personal Growth JP's experience working with Paul Chek and how his encouragement helped him in, "an exquisite degree," to believe in himself. Why Paul is like a surrogate father for JP as he learned so much from him. Josh's bad experience during an Ayahuasca ceremony and how Paul helped him be rid of this dark entity plus the words of wisdom that forever shaped Josh's life. What Wilder, JP's son, has taught him about life, what really matters, and the joy of being a parent. The experience JP and Amber had bringing Wilder into this world during the CV 19 plandemic. Why JP had no fear of being censored and de-platformed from YouTube and other social media channels for sharing his thoughts during CV 19. How JP had to tweak his content and express himself in a different way to avoid being kicked off. [22:30] Healthy Methods to Embrace & Connect with Our Feelings of Anger How JP shifts his fuel source to come from a place of love with all of the energy he receives every day. Healthy boundaries JP sets up for himself to not be brought down by other people and their negative energy. Why JP feels more like a whole man now that he is a father and has the mission of creating a better future for Wilder. Why living for someone else besides yourself is the greatest fuel source according to JP. How JP is embracing his emotions of anger now (compared to ignoring them before) as a fuel source that pushes him in the direction of what he loves like a Father Gorilla or Mama Bear. The fear JP used to have around anger that he wasn't willing to try and connect with it at all. How JP has faced the backlash of cancel culture and why he uses humor to get his message across to people. Why he believes we're pre-destined to express ourselves through different archetypes like the Joker or the Jester (in his example) for our personal expression. How JP balances the two worlds of humor and being serious in his teachings by being resourceful. [33:00] Vital Lessons the Light & the Dark Teach Us Unpacking the #MeToo movement, COVID-19, and how the pendulum has swung that it is greatly impacting ourselves and society. Exploring the importance of the light and dark, pain and pleasure - why experiencing these opposites are vital for us to uncover who we are at our core. Why it's so important for us to remember who we are again and not betray ourselves by swinging too far to one extreme. You are the Universe - Alan Watts How we can let ourselves be free through humor and why insecurity stops it in its tracks. Why humor helps us be present in the moment and is a powerful expression of connection between two people. Important lessons that many people have forgotten: we're loved no matter what and we matter as individuals Why we substitute that knowledge with the amnesia that we need other people's approval. The fight, flight, faun, or freeze modes we automatically go to when we're afraid, insecure, or nervous. PaleoF(x) 167 Michelle Norris: From Healing & Growth To Paleo f(x) 354 Keith Norris: Bread, Circuses, & Mind Control [42:30] Humor from the Heart How JP uses humor from the heart to bring light to issues that are taking away people's freedom and sovereignty. The disappointment we feel when we have such high expectations and then life doesn't serve up what we were hoping for plus why that can be exhausting. Why JP has come to accept and expect more corrupt situations and narratives are bound to keep coming our way. How JP uses satire, metaphors, and tweaks his script to avoid censorship. JP Sears: BOMBSHELL Safety Data Released on “Life Jackets” Why Life Jackets Should Be Mandatory! Mike Rowe: Off The Wall: Disappointed by the Absurd Meme How we can avoid being slaves to our anger and self-regulate ourselves. What led Josh and Carrie to decide to move from California to Texas. The instant connection JP and Amber felt to Texas as well after being there for just 36 hours for an Onnit event with Aubrey Marcus. 196 Aubrey Marcus: Owning The Day, Open Relationships, & Skipping Breakfast? [53:00] Fighting for Our Freedom The saga of cancel culture and calling people conspiracy theorists when many of these ideas turned out to be true. Dr. Robert Malone Why the difference between a normal mind and a conspiracy theorist's is about 6 months. JP's participation in leading the March Against Mandates Rally in Washington D.C. with 40,000 people of all different backgrounds and how that experience made his heart more whole. Why the tyrants of this world cannot control you unless you actually allow them to do so. The energy of freedom vs division that we're all witnessing in our world today. Lessons from the Civil Right Movement and how it's helping people find their courage today to stand up for what they believe in. [1:01:30] Taking a Look at Ourselves & Healing the Tyrant Within The roles we all play in this universe and both of Josh and JP's missions to leave the world a better place for future generations. How JP pauses and takes a closer look at himself when he gets emotionally charged and triggered by something. Questions JP specifically asks himself including how he is censoring, punishing, or controlling himself when he gets triggered. Why we're seeing more and more tyrants in the world because it is a perfect energetic match. How we can shift our own energy when we see ourselves in the tyrants. David R. Hawkins Josh's own emotional journey in 2020 going through the different vibrations starting at the bottom with despair. [1:05:30] The Genesis of Gender Dysphoria in America Taking a close look at the gender dysphoria campaign that we are witnessing all over the world. Mike Dillard Exploring the genesis of gender dysphoria and why JP believes it's Marxism and an agenda to control and weaken people. Mikki Willis The war of the psyche and how people with good hearts and agendas are manipulated by others with bad intentions to comply and obey. Reid Hoffman How people's empathy can and are being hijacked today. The incredible harm that can sometimes be done when we're trying to do good in the world. Jordan B. Peterson | Article: Twitter Ban Why it's beneficial for us to sit in our discomfort to grow and learn from it. How JP knocks down the wall of deception with comedy to help the viewer see what there is to be seen and think for themselves. [1:13:30] The Power of Human Connection: Tuning Into Our Hearts What JP would say to people about their amygdala's being hijacked with all that is going on with mask mandates still such as in California and the mental health crisis that comes from it. The power of human connection but also exploring our own thoughts and what we actually think plus what our hearts really want without the narrative manipulating us. Why we start to suffer so much when there is a kink in our own energy field and we're out of alignment with our heart's guidance. Exploring what constrictive energy like fear can teach us about ourselves and about life. 411 Gay Hendricks | The Genius Zone: The Breakthrough Process to End Negative Thinking and Live in True Creativity The importance of getting curious and becoming accustomed to that instead of aligning with fictitious expectations. Why there's nothing wrong with being afraid or experiencing constrictive energy plus why it's amazing to embrace those feelings. [1:18:50] How to Quit Outsourcing Your Thinking What practical steps we can follow to help our mind, body, and heart be in greater alignment. JP's favorite methods to tune in and stop outsourcing his thinking. Why it is vital to get comfortable with the discomfort and open ourselves up to explore and experience the negative emotions, not just the positive ones. How to find the courage to let our critical thinking and heart flow out to the rest of the world through our words and actions. Why doing things that are uncomfortable like ice baths, hard workouts, and more are actually good for us and what is comfortable like eating a bunch of sugar or sitting on the couch all day are bad. How to reframe your mindset and remember that what is uncomfortable, within reason, is good for you. Why relationships will do so well and grow when we do have those uncomfortable talks with our significant other and hold space for them. Exploring hard life decisions and moments in JP's life: Why they were hard in the moment but he benefits from them the most. Why having a difficult conversation with someone is always the scariest thing for JP. How JP started to get innovative when all of his comedy shows were canceled at the start of CV 19. [1:26:30] The Metaverse: What Does it Mean for Humanity? How life shifts when you are in a committed relationship; especially when there is a child too. Why he believes having a family helped him be more innovative with his career than he would have if he were single and didn't have Wilder in his life. Maps Of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief by Jordan B. Peterson How becoming a father has helped Josh become a stronger person. What lights JP up about the next things he's planning on creating for the world. 428 Dr. Ben Lynch | Health Freedom: The Truth About Genetic Testing, Histamine, Healing Sinusitis, & Metaverse 453 Sky King | How To Exit The Matrix: The Psychology of Propaganda & Marketing Exploring the metaverse and what it means for humanity as far as safety and danger. The downfall of the metaverse and voluntarily living in a fake reality instead of embracing the here and now in this actual reality. How one can make meaning during their own awakening process. Tony Robbins The spiritual bypassing of "good vibes only" and avoiding the lesson you need to learn in the pain you're feeling. What wellness means to JP and what life can teach us every day. Power Quotes From The Show Gender Dysphoria + The Current War of the Psyche "We can do incredible harm while we're trying to do good. It can be so uncomfortable to see someone else uncomfortable that we want to help them. The method that we're doing to help people with gender dysphoria can be incredibly hurtful on them and that is very selfish of us to inflict hurt with our helping hand because we don't have the courage to experience our own discomfort." - JP Sears How Human Connection Keeps Us in Alignment "Human connection - we've been told it's the deadliest thing for us but I think it's the most enlivening thing for us. It reminds us who we really are and we need it. Part of that human connection is understanding, 'What do I actually think?' - Not just what your brain is thinking and the thoughts that are in there but what you actually think and what your hear wants. The more we can let our words and actions be congruent with what our thoughts are and what our heart's guidance is, the more peace and purpose we will feel. When that is out of alignment, we start to suffer." - JP Sears Letting Go of Constrictive Energy "To me, feeling nervous and constrictive energy is fear and a common denominator of maybe a lot of those fears is the fear of being who and how I really am in this moment. Will that be accepted by others; by myself? Will I get approval from my peers? I don't know how I will show up in the upcoming given moment so there can be fear of the unknown. The more we get accustomed to being curious of how we're going to show up rather than trying to align with a fictitious expectation, the more those constrictions go away." - JP Sears Links From Today's Show Awaken with JP on YouTube JP Reacts on YouTube 451 Laura Coe | Understanding Akashic Records: How To Live Your Dharma, Spiritual Bypassing, Twin Flames & Soul Mates Paul Chek | All is God Living 4D with Paul Chek: Episode 5 – JP Sears: Friendships, Relationships and Personal Growth You are the Universe - Alan Watts PaleoF(x) 167 Michelle Norris: From Healing & Growth To Paleo f(x) 354 Keith Norris: Bread, Circuses, & Mind Control JP Sears: BOMBSHELL Safety Data Released on “Life Jackets” Why Life Jackets Should Be Mandatory! Mike Rowe: Off The Wall: Disappointed by the Absurd Meme 196 Aubrey Marcus: Owning The Day, Open Relationships, & Skipping Breakfast? Dr. Robert Malone David R. Hawkins Mike Dillard Mikki Willis Reid Hoffman Jordan B. Peterson | Article: Twitter Ban 411 Gay Hendricks | The Genius Zone: The Breakthrough Process to End Negative Thinking and Live in True Creativity Maps Of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief by Jordan B. Peterson 428 Dr. Ben Lynch | Health Freedom: The Truth About Genetic Testing, Histamine, Healing Sinusitis, & Metaverse 453 Sky King | How To Exit The Matrix: The Psychology of Propaganda & Marketing Tony Robbins Shop the Wellness Force Store breathwork.io Paleovalley – Save 15% on your ACV Complex with the code ‘JOSH' Seeking Health - Save 10% with the code 'JOSH' Organifi – Special 20% off to our listeners with the code ‘WELLNESSFORCE' Drink LMNT – Zero Sugar Hydration: Get your free LMNT Sample Pack, you only cover the cost of shipping Botanic Tonics – Save 40% when you use the code ‘WELLNESS40' Essential Oil Wizardry: Save 10% with the code 'WELLNESSFORCE' Cured Nutrition – Get 15% off of your order when you visit wellnessforce.com/cured + use the code ‘WELLNESSFORCE' M21 Wellness Guide Wellness Force Community Leave Wellness Force a review on iTunes JP Sears Instagram Twitter Facebook Rumble About JP Sears JP Sears is a comedian who tours the country extensively doing stand-up comedy and publishing weekly online videos. His videos have been viewed more than 500 million times. In addition to inspiring laughter in a weird world, JP's work takes an unapologetic stand for freedom, free speech, and encouraging people to free themselves from fear. JP lives in Texas because of FREEDOM! There he's set a world record for how much he loves his family. When he's not making videos or performing on stage, JP spends his time passionately playing all out, scaring himself daily, and choosing to live guided by his own free will. JP uses comedy to share "sincere life advice" and balances "the sincere and the satirical" while avoiding the idea that "you're either serious, like Deepak Chopra, or you're only joking around like a comedian”. Sears has rejected being categorized as either "sincere" or "humorous", explaining that he is both, and the premise of the question is like asking "do you have a right hand or do you have a left hand?"
We're officially in enemy territory now, but at least we have a clear objective to work towards. Now we just need to keep our heads in an oppressively hostile land and we'll all come through this in one piece. As always, you can find us on Twitter (@inspired_incomp) and on Facebook to follow along with our exploits, you can shoot us an email at InspiredIncompetence@gmail.com if you're so inclined. You can find out more about us at InspiredIncompetence.com and join our Discord server from the link at the bottom, where we are always around to chat with our fans (or whoever wants to chat, we're not picky). Lastly, if you're enjoying the show, we humbly ask that you consider supporting us on Patreon to let us know that our efforts are not in vain. Thanks everyone, and enjoy the show!
Working on a jailbreak! Our rebels return to Kintargo to gather everything they need to infiltrate the Holding House. Support us on Patreon to access our actual play of the Tyrant's Grasp Adventure Path and other content: https://www.patreon.com/FindthePath Cast Rick Sandidge is Gamemaster and Host Heather Allen plays Cesare Nightbloom (N male elf Wizard 4) [...] The post Hell's Rebels Episode 45: Ruba Fenquay appeared first on Find the Path Ventures.
Após Teixeira fazer uma defesa ao bacalhau que ninguém entendeu, o episódio entra no papo de videogames com Fashion Police Squad, um jogo de tiro no qual os vilões são roupas fora de moda. Há também conversas de Tyrant's Blessing, jogo que se inspira em Into the Breach, o recém lançado Two Point Campus, e retomamos South of the Circle e Multiversus. Participantes: Henrique SampaioCaio TeixeiraHeitor De Paola Assuntos abordados: 00:00 - Teixeira e o Bacalhau06:00 - Fashion Police Squad22:00 - South of the Circle32:00 - Batman Arkham Asylum e a memória de peixe do Teixeira37:00 - Multiversus56:00 - Two Point Campus1:07:00 - Tyrant's Blessing1:21:00 - Momento da Moda Venha fazer parte do Discord do Overloadr!Apoie o Overloadr: https://www.overloadr.com.br/ajudeSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Fields of Ice When tutoring the Tyrant's children, Lector Marsius is caught in a trap, one of his own making. Jay Caselberg is an author and poet whose work has appeared in many places around the world and been translated into several languages. He currently resides in Germany. You can discover more at www.caselberg.net More TTTV stories by Jay Caselberg https://talltaletv.com/tag/jay-caselberg/ ---- Story Submission ---- Got a short story you'd like to submit? Submission guidelines can be found at http://www.TallTaleTV.com ---- About Tall Tale TV ---- My name is Chris Herron, and I narrate audiobooks. In 2015, poor control of my diabetes left me legally blind for the better part of a year. The doctors predicted an 80% chance I would never see again, but I changed the way I was living and through sheer willpower beat the odds. During this time I couldn't read or write. Two things that I had been turning to for comfort since I was a small child. With the sheer amount of stress I was under, this was devastating. My wife took me by the arm, lead me into the local library, and read out titles of audiobooks to me. I chose the audiobook versions of books I had loved such as the Disc World series, Name of the Wind, Harry Potter, and more. They brought my favorite stories to life in ways I never thought possible and helped me through the darkest time of my life. Once my vision recovered, I maintained a love for audiobooks. I decided I would turn my focus from being a writer to becoming a narrator. I devised Tall Tale TV as a way to help out all the amazing authors in the writing communities I had come to love before my ordeal. I created Tall Tale TV to help aspiring authors by providing them with a promotional audiobook video. A way to showcase their skills with the written word. They say the strongest form of advertisement is word of mouth, so I provide a video to a platform of readers to help get people talking. Help them spread the word. Click the share button and let the world know about this author. ---- legal ---- All images used in this video are either original or Royalty and Attribution free. Most stock images used are provided by http://www.pixabay.com or https://www.canstockphoto.com/. Image attribution will be declared only when required by the copyright owner. All stories on Tall Tale TV have been submitted in accordance with the terms of service provided on http://www.talltaletv.com or obtained with permission by the author. Common Affiliates are: Amazon, Smashwords
Lord Richter and Lady Toast are back this week to discuss Episode 80 of our Tyrant's Grasp campaign - The Welcome We Expected. This was our first taste of real combat in Book 4 as a newly-shuffled adventuring group, so discussions abound about some new abilities and the newest member of the party. As always, you can find us on Twitter (@inspired_incomp) and on Facebook to follow along with our exploits, you can shoot us an email at InspiredIncompetence@gmail.com if you're so inclined. You can find out more about us at InspiredIncompetence.com and join our Discord server from the link at the bottom, where we are always around to chat with our fans (or whoever wants to chat, we're not picky). Lastly, if you're enjoying the show, we humbly ask that you consider supporting us on Patreon to let us know that our efforts are not in vain. Thanks everyone, and enjoy the show!
Green has stolen something very valuable from Team Rocket and now the villainous group is after her! Also on Green's tail is our hero Red trying to get his gym badges back which Green also stole. Whose side is Green on? And what did she steal from Team Rocket that's got them so angry? Find out on today's episode!Music: Route 26 by Zame! check out his music at:https://www.patreon.com/posts/route-26-hgss-61509502?utm_medium=clipboard_copy&utm_source=copy_to_clipboard&utm_campaign=postshare
We finally have a clear goal and a plan moving forward. Now we just have to execute it, which is much easier said than done. First things first, we need to cross the Path River into Ustalav, where we will officially be in enemy territory. As always, you can find us on Twitter (@inspired_incomp) and on Facebook to follow along with our exploits, you can shoot us an email at InspiredIncompetence@gmail.com if you're so inclined. You can find out more about us at InspiredIncompetence.com and join our Discord server from the link at the bottom, where we are always around to chat with our fans (or whoever wants to chat, we're not picky). Lastly, if you're enjoying the show, we humbly ask that you consider supporting us on Patreon to let us know that our efforts are not in vain. Thanks everyone, and enjoy the show!
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Danielle, Nerium and merritt assemble for another week of discussion and diatribes, this time involving Danielle's girlfriend's deadly Disco Elysium choices, playing games developed by alligators (such as Xenoblade Chronicles 2), the anti-gremlin murder instincts that all moms have, Mario Kart 8's new courses, the latest on Steam's New and Trending list, and as always, a bevvy of helpful recommendations for your daily life. Segments: Most Tense and Relaxing Moments, Steam New and Trending, Get Rec'd Games discussed: Disco Elysium, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Super Adventure Island, Fortnite, Mario Kart 8, Tyrant's Blessing, Guilty Gear Strive, Desktopia: A Desktop Village Simulator, Deadwater Saloon Prologue, Hard West 2, GigaBash, Hooked On You, Turbo Golf Racing, Last Call BBS, Star Valor, The Mortuary Assistant, PlateUp!, Spellbook Demonslayers Prologue, SNKRX, Into The Breach, The Looker, Live A Live Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dice and Salt is here this week going over Episode 79 of our Tyrant's Grasp playthrough, entitled "No More Secrets." The episode holds true to its title and the salty dice crew secured a conversation with GM Alex's wife, Michelle, who voices Mictena back in book 1 as well as the Undead Lady in Red in this episode. As always, you can find us on Twitter (@inspired_incomp) and on Facebook to follow along with our exploits, you can shoot us an email at InspiredIncompetence@gmail.com if you're so inclined. You can find out more about us at InspiredIncompetence.com and join our Discord server from the link at the bottom, where we are always around to chat with our fans (or whoever wants to chat, we're not picky). Lastly, if you're enjoying the show, we humbly ask that you consider supporting us on Patreon to let us know that our efforts are not in vain. Thanks everyone, and enjoy the show!
Last time we spoke, the Qing took Beijing and immediately set out a campaign to destroy the nemesis of the Ming and man who had broken them, Li Zicheng. The Qing smashed his Dashun army and caught the bandit leader ending his life. Yet as they did so a new threat emerged, that of the South Ming Regime. A few Ming princes took the Dragon Throne, each bickering with the next until the Qing smashed each one. Last left standing was Emperor Yongli, who promptly fled for his life at every sight of the Qing enemy. With the South Ming regime on the ropes, the Qing began to focus on quelling the hundreds of peasant uprisings against their new state. But the more they suppressed the peasants, the more the peasants fought on even harder. Now we will tell the horrifying tale, of a man who many of the peasants flocked to, and with that I actually think I will give the audience a graphic content warning. This episode is the holocaust of Zhang Xianzhong Welcome to the Fall and Rise of China Podcast, I am your dutiful host Craig Watson. But, before we start I want to also remind you this podcast is only made possible through the efforts of Kings and Generals over at Youtube. Perhaps you want to learn more about the history of Asia? Kings and Generals have an assortment of episodes on world war two and much more so go give them a look over on Youtube. So please subscribe to Kings and Generals over at Youtube and to continue helping us produce this content please check out www.patreon.com/kingsandgenerals. If you are still hungry for some more history related content, over on my channel, the Pacific War Channel where I cover the history of China and Japan from the 19th century until the end of the Pacific War. Before I start I would just like to make a little acknowledgement. To those listeners who learnt of the man I am about to talk about in the education system of mainland China, I apologize if my take on him does not mirror exactly what you might have learnt. I do not in anyway pretend what I am telling is the facts at all. I read 2 vastly differing accounts of Zhang Xianzhong and I mean vastttttly different. One portrays him as a peasant revolutionary who fought for the rights of the peasant class and was misconstrued later on by the Qing who placed blame upon him for crimes against humanity they performed during the unification period. That account was written by a Chinese historian of the PRC and I will just outright say it, it was written more so for political ideology than history in my opinion. Another source I read was by a renowned Historian of Chinese history and he states that Zhang was undeniably responsible for an unreal amount of crimes against humanity. The truth is probably a gray, I did my best to use both sources anyways on with the show. Ok so way back when many episodes back you might remember the name Zhang Xianzhong. He was basically the rival to Li Zicheng. Li Zicheng and his Dashun army managed to take Beijing, while Zhang Xianzhong and his Daxi army moved further southeast, fortunately for him considering the Qing blew the door open. Zhang Xianzhong's operations at the offset were brutal to say the least, he had a reputation for cruelty. He also acquired some of the best military bandit leaders under his banner. One was named Sun Kewang, a native of Yanchang, and although he had a peasant upbringing, he knew how to read and write which proved very valuable. There was also Li Dingguo who was a tall and sturdy man, kept himself clean at all times and was extremely gifted in leading armies. He ended up being one of Zhang Xianzhong's most trusted commanders who was able to restrain Zhang or his other colleagues when necessary. It is said while others raped and butchered cities after taking them, Li Dingguo prefered to avoid these activities and restrained his men. Then there was Liu Wenxiu and Ai Nengqi, each not as famous as the previous two, but equally were formidable commanders who earned the loyalty of their men. In the year 1643, Zhang Xianzhong entered a new phase of his career. He had gained valuable experience in both siege and naval warfare, moving beyond commanding just a mere bandit army. He led some 100,000 or so men and was regarded on an equal level to Li Zicheng, the de facto largest bandit army leader. Unlike Li Zicheng however, Zhang was not as successful at building a regime and tending to just pillage and move on. Now the last time we mentioned Zhang Xianzhong he was raping and pillaging Hunan province. He had a bit of a dilemma, he had plans to take Nanjing, the secondary capital of the Ming, but Li Zicheng and the Ming commander Zuo Liangyu made it impossible to get near Nanjing. Zhang's forces though enormous at this point, some estimates indicating possibly half a million were under him, were taking heavy casualties. With so many men, he was concerned primarily with how to feed his army and he began to speak to his commanders. They all spoke to him about “heaven's storehouse”, a name given to Sichuan province. Many of the commanders pointed out the geography of Sichuan and how it would prove a better base of operations against Li Zicheng's Dashun forces. Thus Zhang Xianzhong abandoned Changsha which he had been occupying for some time and moved with his army upon Sichuan province. And here is the horrifying story of what happened to the people of Sichuan. In 1644 Zhang camped in western Huguang capturing Xianyang and dozens of towns in its vicinity. Rumors spread in Sichuan that Zhang Xianzhong was leading an army 400,000 strong to sweep the province at any moment. The South Ming officials in Sichuan had completely ignored their own defenses. They lacked supplies because of a shortage of funds, corruption was rampant in all levels of government, they bickered amongst another and there were barely any disciplined troops to make much of a stand. As a result Chongqing was left with only 3000 troops to defend it. To make matters worse, like many cities in Sichuan, Chongqing had been infiltrated by bandit spies serving as the “eyes and ears” of Zhang's men. The defense of Sichuan's capital, Chengdu was commanded by Zeng Ying. Zeng Ying was a large imposing man with a huge mustache, greatly feared by his enemies for his spirit and conviction in battle. Zeng Ying and his Ming general colleagues fought many battles against Zhang's invading forces. Zeng won a significant battle at Zhongzhou killing over 1000 of Zhang's bandits and sinking 100 boats, but overall the Ming were simply outnumbered and out gunned in Sichuan. Over the course of quite a few battles it is estimated the Ming loyalist armies would lose up to 100,000 men. Zhang eventually dislodged Zeng armies from Fuzhou where Zeng was wounded by arrows. Ming fronts began to collapse and Zeng had to withdraw Wangjiang pass, killing many during his retreat. With Zeng gone, Chongqing was open for the taking. Zhang's vanguard was 100,000 strong backed by 200,000 in reserve. He began his attack on Chongqing with probes while he built floating bridges. Zhang was eager to take Chongqinq as by this point in time, he received word that Li Zicheng had captured Beijing, and in Zhang's mind it was only a matter of time before Li Zicheng turned his army upon Sichuan. Once he had constructed 100 boats his men sailed force with great yellow banners proclaiming dengqing Chuan yue” “quelling the disturbances in sichuan”. As told by Historian James Parsons “the rebels converged on Chongqing from 2 directions: 1 force continued the advance up the Yangtze, and another, under Zhang's personal command went overlord and approached the city from the west. The magistrate of Chongqing, Chen Shiqi, was undoubtedly demoralized by the fall of Beijing to Li Zicheng and the suicide of the Chongzhen empror. He made no attempt to defend the approaches to the city, apparently because he was afraid that his troops would flee if he allowed them outside the city walls. Thus, in July 1644, Chongqing was completely surrounded. The outcome of the content was apparent, for Zhangs forces outnumbered the defenders, and he had by now acquired great skill in attacking walled towns. But fighting continued for several days with both sides using cannon as well as the more conventional, and probably more effective, bows and arrows. Finally the rebels succeeded in digging a large hole in the wall and filling it with gunpowder, which was exploded by a means of a fire arrow. Thus they were able to gain entrance to the city and all resistance was overcome on July 25, 1644”. As the walls fell, the invaders swarme in like ants and the Ming defenders tried to repel them leading to blood street fighting, but all were cut down. The magistrate and commander of the defenses of Chongqing, Chen Shiqi was captured by Zhang who offered him the opportunity to surrender and join him. Chen spat “if a petty little official of the seventh grade doesn't fear death, how can I, who am still a court official of the second grade and a high frontier minister, submit to you a bandit?”. Zhang in fury tortured Chen before having him publically flayed. In the words of the Jesuit priest Gabriel de Magalhaens who heard the story secondhand “they begin the butchery with the toes until they complete it at the top of the head, cutting off small pieces of flesh, some smaller and some larger depending on the orders of the tyrant, which ranged ordinarily from 300, 500, 1000 and 10,000 pieces, a butchery so inhumane, prolonged from sunrise to sunset on one man”. The bloodbath of Chongqing is one of the most infamous moments of Zhang's rather dark career. Zhang began taunting Prince Rui asking if he was fiercer than Li Zicheng before telling him that heaven gave him a message in the form of lightning that he had to kill him an thus he executed him. Then it is said he ordered all the defenders of the city, 37,000 soldiers to have their sword arms severed off, though those who submitted peacefully “merely” had their ears, noses or hands cut off. Some accounts state Zhang severed the left arms of the women in the city so that couples would be matched sets, wow. Tales of people being strung up to walls and trees and used as target practice are told, countless thousand were butchered filling the rivers with blood. Its hard to gauge what's exaggeration or not in these tales, but one thing is for sure, Zhang killed a significant amount of people for both strategic and psychological purposes. As seen countless time in history, engaging in one great atrocity might well convince others to submit without fighting, thus preserving resources and allowing someone like Zhang to capture cities intact further down the road. But in the case of Zhang, this behavior seems to persist and more and more massacres will occur. It should be noted that Li Dingguo and Sun Kewang were said to try and curb Zhang's murderous side when possible. After Chongqing, Zhang's forces fanned out and attacked the localities, and in a short time 47 districts and prefectures fell to his men. Many independent bandit groups such as the Yao-Huang bandits would come to join his forces bolstering him by another 50,000 men. Then Zhang set his eyes upon Chengdu which he thought would make a perfect capital for his new regime. At Chengdu Prince Shu made the same mistake as his cousin, Prince Rui at Chongqing, he sat upon his treasure rather than spend it to bolster the cities defenses. The city's defenses were organized by Liu Jiachong and Yang Zhang who raised a force no larger than 10,000. They dug moats, repaired walls and trained the troops as best they could. Zhang's troops approached Chengdu from 3 directions. At this point, the official Shen Yunzuo, fed up with the greed and incompetence of Prince Shu, gave up trying to press the prince for funds and raised a funds from other officials instead acquiring enough to hire a mercenary force of 2000 troops. They would not make much of a difference. As with Chongqing, Zhang first offered the city a chance to submit sending envoys ahead, but the envoys were executed. Li Dingguo pushed Zhang to slip some spies into the city to learn of its defenses which proved very useful. Zhang's army hit the city from all 4 sides on the first day. The initial assault of ladders was repulsed by the commander Liu Zhibo. Soon Zhang's men set to the old strategy of finding weak points along the walls and setting sappers in to use gunpowder to blow them up. Always reminds me of the Scene in Peter Jackson's LOTR two towers, sorry had to say it. As the charges went off , several parts of the walls collapsed and the bandit soldiers clambered through the breaches. The Prince of Shu tried to escape but failed, so he drowned himself in an old well when he heard the rebels had entered the city. It is alleged Zhang Xianzhong began to systematically massacre the population of Chengdu for 3 days, though the numbers are disputed. Reports of bodies being tossed into the river or left on the streets to rot made for a horrific scene. But a lot of accounts also state that after the 3 days some sort of order was established. Some scholars argue Zhang's generals began to protest all the killing, such as Sun Kewang who said to Zhang “My king has fought battles for over a decade and has repeatedly slaughtered without acquiring an inch of territory to defend. Your generals and soldiers can no longer follow this way of thinking. Now we'd risk ten thousand deaths to see the completion of our king's enterprise. But if you kill the masses, who will be left to implement your plans? I beg my king to put up your sword and spare the common people from death.”. Eventually the other generals joined in to convince Zhang to make Chengdu his new capital and stop killing its populace. Soon Zhang proclaimed himself emperor Da Shun. This of course was ironically the same title as Li Zicheng who was of course his former rival. His kingdom was called “Da Xiguo” the great western kingdom and Chengdu was renamed Xijing “western capital”. Zhang then appointed special titles for his 4 adopted sons as he called them. Sun Kewang was made “pingdong Jiangjun” generalissimo who pacifies the east in charge of conquering Shandong, Liaodong, the coast and Korea. Li Dinggou was generalissimo of the west in charge of conquering western Sichuan and Tibet. Liu Wenxiu was generalissimo of the south in charge of conquering Guizhou, Yunnan, Burma, Thailand and Southeast Asia. Last was Ai Nengqi generalissimo of the north in charge of conquering all northern provinces and Mongolia. Pretty ridiculous tasks, but the more you learn of Zhang Xianzhong, who might I add talked to himself in third person, heard and saw things no one else could, well it makes more sense. Zhang restricted his entire military into 120 camps and appointed countless commanders with 5 chief military commissions similar to the Ming Dynasty military structure. His force is loosely estimated to have grown at this point to 600,000 to a possible million strong. With such incredibly high numbers of mouths, a ton of feeding was required and this is the crux of a horrid story. Zhang soon had to form an intensively strict government designed specifically to maximize resource acquisition and find any semblance of sedition. Districts were organized into units which were expected to inform Zhang's authorities if there was any seditious talk or activity, failure to do so could result in execution of that person and or their entire families. Light punishments could be a good old flogging, for example if you enter the wrong door or face the wrong direction during certain events. Then if you were caught lets say hoarding anything, well you could expect a ear, nose, a hand or foot cut off, so a more moderate punishment? If you did something a bit worse than that, there was decapitation, even worse crimes met with slower deaths, dismemberment for example. If you did something really bad, Zhang's favorite was to flay someone alive. It is said the outer walls of Zhang's palace were decorated with flayed skins of offenders and piles of severed body parts, divided by type amassed in front of his residence…remember that last part because oh boy it comes around later. Zhang had secret police everywhere, strict curfews were enforced, people required travel passes and if anyone was caught messing about it was a quick execution. The populace could be arrested and questioned for anything. It is alleged from the year 1644 to 1647 the land of Sichuan was drenched in blood. Yet despite the horror, Zhang apparently had plans for a peaceful administration of Sichuan. Seals of office were used, government organs operated all the while the citizens were threatened with death if they fled or resisted. Zhang set his army to work, hunting any Ming royal family members or supporters who were to be brought back to Chengdu, for some gruesome endings I imagine. His army fanned out into the countryside scouring for resources, anything that could be eaten or traded for food. It was reported that all cattle, pigs, chickens, dogs and even rats if it's to be believed were scavenged by his armies. Commoners were forbidden to hoard livestock or valuables and you can imagine how many would die as a result. It is alleged that Zhang “deemed a day without killing a wasted day” and he began to refer to himself as “heaven's executioner” claiming he had a divine mission to kill. Now I want to make another point like I did at the beginning of this episode. Modern Chinese historians stress the positive aspects of Zhang's regim, after all if you read between the lines you see how he was redistributed wealth and …well…for the most part the higher classes were the ones being squeezed the most, cause the peasants could only offer so much. There were many aspects of his government that seemed like they worked, surely everyone was kept in line. Zhang was extremely paranoid, we are talking Stalin levels here, he tried to control everything. His army was enormous and their tasks were even larger than them, this required an incredible amount of resources, which shows an incredible amount of capability…however it was done in quite a horrifying and irresponsible way. Regardless many of these modern Chinese scholars argue the merit for Zhang's promotion of the peasant class, one could see great revolutionary here. But their arguments are laid out with endless excuses for what is a known fact, one of the most insane death tolls imaginable for the people of Sichuan. They say, it was the Qing invaders who eventually show up, other bandit groups, climate problems and drought, which might I add is true, the climate at this time is responsible for unbelievable famine and death. But why do we face so many sources telling of unbelievable atrocities performed by a man, who quite frantically is seen to be the harbinger of doom. Anyways I wanted to give some of their side in this, cause from here on, its going to heavily skew to the anti-Zhang side. A Jesuit priest who was with Zhang had this to say of his early reign and I find it a bit revealing “His wisdom and perceptiveness are vast and exceed that of most people. He is certainly capable of governing a state.” “He began to govern at first with such liberality, justice, and greatness that all were taken by him; however, this benignity did not endure, because little by little he began taking off his human disguise and showing his ugly countenance of cruelty.” “So immense was this man's ferociousness that from the beginning of the world right up to the present day there has never existed a tyrant so wild and so inhuman.”. Zhang made claims to those around him that he could see entities, ghosts or spirits if you were, because of his capacity as the Son of Heaven. At times these entities or better said heavenly spirits told him to commit slaughter. He would also go on to say the people he killed sometimes came back to speak to him and in his frustration he could not kill the entities. After only a month of establishing his new Kingdom, matters began to spiral out of control. This would lead to 2 years which would go down in the annals of Chinese history as some of the bloodiest and in Sichuan, Zhang would earn the moniker “the butcher”. Between 1646 and 1649, Sichuan which some called “heaven's storehouse” would become a charnel house. Zhang's forces lashed out all over Sichuan hunting anyone down who did not hand over food, funds or anything else necessary for the regime. Anyone who tried to flee Zhang proclaimed “would be regarded as a rebel in the eyes of the law”. He proclaimed to the countryside that he would punish bad officials and reassess land taxation for the peasants which did swing some of the peasants to him. Despite his best efforts to fleece the rich, there was such general chaos that tax collection or the conduct of official business was in quite disarray. Despite all of this his forces for at least the first month of the regime remained quite disciplined and many prohibitions were in place to stop looting, rape and pillage. But many historians argue this was the work of his subordinates trying to build local level support and not so much Zhang himself. Four different regimes were competing for Sichuan, Zhang's regime, Li Zichengs Dashun kingdom based at Xi'an, the Qing regime in Beijing and the Hongguang South Ming Regime in Nanjing. Zhang's northern forces managed to repel Li Zicheng's incursions on multiple occasions, the Qing were not yet this far south, but the South Ming regime remained a constant thorn. The South Ming loyalists were fighting back tooth and nail against the Zhang's Da Xi army on all frontiers. The Ming loyalist commander Yang Zhan soon established a base of operations in southern Sichuan. He inspired the locals to help resist Zhang Xianzhong's regime and harassed multiple cities under Zhang's control. Southern Sichuan soon became a hotbed for resistance against Zhang's rule furthering others to do the same. Another fire was the Ming commander Zeng Ying who also began raising forces in resistance and reclaiming some lost territory. Zeng Ying managed to recapture Chongqing and greatly bolstered its strength. To add to this injury, other bandit groups such as the Yao-Huang bandits within Sichuan began to rebel against Zhang in retaliation for his massacres upon the people. Some estimates suggest the Yao-Huang bandits numbers in Sichuan could had been up to 100,000, so this was no minor issue. Soon Xuzhou fell to the Ming loyalists and the more Zhang lost the more furious he became and unhinged. He soon sent his commanders with orders to indiscriminately kill, which was not a popular policy for them. Zhang had local militias rising up against him, Ming loyalist armies and soon the Qing would descend upon Sichuan. On March 8th of 1645 he suddenly began multiple campaigns in all directions as Zhang declared his intention to recover vast lost territory. His 4 great generals went off in their respective directions. Liu Wenxiu was sent to pacify Chongqing, Sun Kewang and Ma Yuanli were sent into the north and Ai Nengqi was sent into the south. It is said by the time their eradication campaigns had finished ““One could travel for a thousand li and see only red earth and in ten thousand homes there was no smoke [from cooking fires]. Travelers encountered no one living in Shu; there was land but no people, and the environment made it hard to stay there.” Ai Nengqi won a few battles in the vicinity of Yazhou, driving the Ming forces further south, but it was only temporary as they kept coming right back recapturing lost territory. Its said half the residents of Yazhou died at the hands of Ai Nengqi's army before the Ming retook the city. Liu Wenxiu with a force of 30,000 men hit Chongqing by land and water, but Zeng Ying sent 2 riverine units and land forces pincer attacking Liu's main force at Duogongcheng and smashed his army, apparently 3000 of Liu's men would survive. Zeng Ying was promoted vice commander and made an earl of Jinpingkou by Prince Fu for the great victory and his forces allegedly grew to 100,000. This was the first major defeat for Zhang Xianzhong in Sichuan. Xuzhou was captured soon by other Ming loyalists, taking the lives of 2000 Daxi soldiers. One of Zhangs commanders, Feng Shuangli retook Xuzhou only to lose it again to Yang Zhan who burnt Feng's boats not allowing him to retreat and killing most of his forces. Yang Zhan would follow this up by ambushing a force led by Zhang XianZhong's younger brother, capturing tons of men, money and supplies. With the booty in hand he soon hired 8000 more mercenaries and many spies to send into Zhang's armies to cause mayhem. Even Buddhist monasteries began joining the resistance against Zhang in Sichuan. Zhang was livid at the reports and sent more and more forces out to kill indiscriminately. Zhang began to form repeated conferences with his advisers and noted that Chongqing needed to be rid of the Ming so that Zhang could refocus his attention upon the Dashun army in the north and the Qing even further north of them. By this point Zhang only really controlled an area of 30 miles around Chengdu. As he faced more and more defeats, his fury grew and massacres mounted. Corpses piled outside the offices of the Ministry of War as Zhang vented his rage. He began to purge his eunuch cohort, killing 280 out of a possible 300, possibly because he suspected them of being spies for his enemies. The courtyards and grassy areas around the palace were said to be stained with blood and the stench of rotting flesh. Official appointments became death sentences. By the time Zhang's armies had finished their campaigns which can be better described as eradication campaigns all he had really done was create more and more resistance. As his enemies multiplied so did his paranoia. This is where you find a ton of sources talking about Zhang seeing and hearing things. In the early part of 1645 it is said he was seeing headless ghosts stalking the halls of his palace, he claimed at one point to one of his advisers that one of the ghosts stole food from his plate…perhaps a starving servant? He complained that he kept hearing the cries of those flayed outside his halls at night. It was around this time where Zhang became fixated with what he called his divine mission to slaughter. He claimed to receive directions from a “tianshu” “divine book” that only he could read and understand. He would rant “There are too many commoners in China, and their wickedness is unchecked. Therefore the Lord of Heaven has sent old Zhang to the world to kill people. . . . I want to fulfill the charge of Heaven, so my plan is to kill all the evil people in China.”. He told the populace of Sichuan to cleanse themselves lest he be forced to do it for them “His majesty is truly acting on behalf of Heaven. All of you, officials and commoners alike, must wash your hearts and cleanse your thoughts in order to avoid Heaven's wrath.”. It was after stating this to the Sichuan populace that we get that famous line he told his subordinate Wang Zhaolin about how “if a day went by and he did not kill somebody, then he was really unhappy”. How much of this is real and what is exaggerated or blemishing of character I leave up to you, but man does it make for a hell of a story. It's frowned upon to give psychology diagnosis for people too far back in history who we cant really know how they were like, secondary sources and all. Even myself with a degree in neuroscience, not sure if I ever mentioned that hear on the podcast, bit bizarre to hear, my first degree is neuroscience and my second is in history, don't ask long story there. Anyways Zhang's condition based on these sources indicates he was at minimum suffering from paranoid delusions if not full blown schizophrenia. His apparent delight in the torture and murder of so many also indicats typical behaviors of anti-social personality disorder aka psychopathy. Another account form the Portuguese Jesuit Gabriel De Magalhaens tells us “It seems that he ate and drank with greater gusto when people were being skinned alive or being cut up into pieces in his presence and at the same time that the pieces of human flesh were being cut off and dropping to the ground, he would be cutting up and eating the meat on his plate. And while the blood dripped, he drank his wine.”Things got so bad in Chengdu that Li Dingguo and Sun Kewang complained the capital had become a cemetery. Things got much worse when Zhang began the practice of having soldiers submit severed body parts for rewards and promotions. Apparently Zhang was enticed by this practice because of a subordinate under Sun Kewang who showed up with 1700 hands to show his work. Chengdu became a scene of horror as shipments of hands, ears, and noses started coming in and piling up around the city. As one could imagine, with so many body parts came scavengers and soon the city became filled with scavengers such as wolves, leopards and tigers. Now a lot of modern scholars point at Zhang's insanity leading to the desolation of Sichuan, but there is also another aspect I have mentioned. Zhang had an enormous army that required an enormous amount of food. Zhang was estimated to have a force of 600,000 to a possible million which required nearly twice what all of Sichuan's annual crop yields could manage. As the old saying goes, killing the chicken to get the eggs led to disaster. Zhang's men might have killed many on their own accord simply to acquire food and yes if you were wondering there were widespread reports of cannibalism. As seen with so many tyrants throughout history, the policy of killing to overawe reached a breaking point. Local bandits, Ming Loyalists and commoners were resisting all over in greater numbers. Da Xi soldiers and officials alike were being killed wherever they went. Zhang's armies would systematically come to places, “pacify” them and as soon as they left the areas were in the words of Li Dingguo “as soon as we leave these righteous armies spring up. The officials we appoint are killed one by one and after 3 or 4 months they are all dead. If the previous dynasty had not tried to do this to us, we never would have survived. So we must prioritize protecting the people”. What could make matters worse for Zhang you might imagine, how about the new enemy finally reaching the scene, the Qing. The Qing finally managed to kill Li Zicheng and his Dashun army, well most of them defected to the Ming loyalists. At the same time the Qing also defeated Zuo Liangyu who would defect to them. Zuo Liangyu's defection bolstered the Qing with 100,000 troops, 40,000 boats and soon Henan, Huguang and Jiangxi were looking like easy grabs for them. Yet in order to take these places it was viewed that Sichuan required pacification as Zhang Xianzhong was a major menace with his giant army. In 1645 the Dorgon sent emissaries to persuade Zhang Xianzhong to surrender proclaiming “everything Zhang Xianzhong's army had done during the Ming Dynasty was over, let bygones be bygones”. Provided Zhang Xianzhong and his army surrender, he would be appointed an official and his children would enjoy honor and wealth within the Qing dynasty. Well Zhang Xianzong chose to adopt a wait and see attitude, not surrendering, to no surprise the Qing were not too happy. Sun Kewang and some other generals began to complain to Zhang that the massacres of the population were creating more enemies and pushing them into the arms of the Ming and Qing. Zhang retorted simply that those who resisted must be slaughtered. In the beginning of 1646 the Qing sent an expedition against Zhang Xianzhong, but it never reached Sichuan as it got held up by various Ming loyalist armies along the way. Then the Qing sent a 2nd expedition led by the Prince of Suqin, Haoge and Wu Sangui to march south and attack the Daxi army in Sichuan. Now as bad as Zhang has been to the people of Sichuan thus far, it was at this point with the Qing coming to his doorstep where Zhang performed some of the most horrible atrocities against the people of Sichuan. Our portuguese man on the ground, Magalhaen claimed that Zhang's hatred for the people of Sichuan stemmed from his belief that their perfidy had undermined his campaign in Hanzhong the previous year. For whatever reason, Zhang resolved to kill all Sichuanese people. Specifics are hard to gauge, but it is estimated Zhang would kill 140,000 people in only 4 days. Just to showcase again the character that was Zhang during his regime in Sichuan, here is a little story. Zhang was known for his cruelty and horribly stories are attributed to him, such as Shu Bi's story about Zhang's “heavenly-candles”. The story goes that Zhang got sick and vowed that if he recovered from his illness he would offer 2 heavenly candles as a sacrifice. No one understood what he meant at the time, but when he recovered, he ordered the small bound feet of many women to be cut off and placed in 2 large piles. The feet of one of his favorite concubines were unusually small and he had them served and placed at the very top of each large pile. Oil was poured on the piles and they were ignited fulfilling his vow to offer 2 heavenly candles. Have to say I've read some gruesome things but this one was particularly gross. According to Shu Bi Well that was just 1 story, during Zhang's rule in Sichuan, now let us talk about how he quote “engaged in one of the most hair-raising genocides in imperial history”. When word came that the Qing were sending an army against him in Sichuan, Zhang ordered the massacre of all Sichuanese people. Zhang had people skinned alive, with their bodies stuffed with straw and sent ahead to their home villages to spread terror. People were killed for the slightest offenses, like not cutting weeds in their courtyards or miscopying characters in official documents. Some people were simply pulled off the streets and executed for allegedly using seditious words like “defeat” in public. Magalheans wrote this of the decaying situation “There was no exchange among friends, no one visited anyone; even though they were relatives there could be no conversation between two men under pain of being skinned alive immediately. When doors were shut for the night, so were mouths. If a door was left open or a fire kindled in one's house, if one word were spoken, punishment was swift, not just for the culprit, but for those living in the ten neighboring houses on both sides of the guilty one's house. Parents accused children and children their parents, and those who did this were highly praised by the Tyrant. If a large group of people were talking together even though there were the mandarins living in the royal palace, spies would immediately arrive on the scene, if they weren't already there, and ask what was being discussed. This caused such horror and fear that these men no longer resembled living men but mute statues and portraits of death itself.”. People were killed indiscriminately if seen outside their homes after dark. Women were being raped enmasse. If you had a lock on any of your doors, you died, if a Dr failed to cure any of Zhang's official, they died, if you failed to show travel papers you died, you get the picture. At one point someone lit a literary temple on fire and Zhang took this as an omen that he must kill all scholars in Chengdu…..cause of course. When Sun Kewang heard the order to kill all scholars he said “The intellectuals are scattered all over. How can we kill them all?”. Well here is a story of how Zhang figured out how to solve that problem. During 1 incident it is said he organized an imperial examination at the Qingyang Daoist Temple under the guise he was recruiting scholars for his regime's new administration, only to have the an estimated 5 to 23 thousand candidates butchered. Apparently they entered through the east gate of the temple and were “processed” out of the west gate. Bodies were tossed into the nearby river and their exam writings were “piled up like a mountain in front of the temple”. Zhang followed this up by inviting Buddhist monks for ordination ceremonies at temples only to kill them. People were tied to horses to be torn apart at the blast of a cannon. Zhang men went into the countryside to purge and at Qiongzhou alone, Liu Wenxiu reportedly killed 10,000 refugees and 1000 Buddhist and Daoist monks. It was said that for 50 miles around Qiongzhou “the plains were awash with flesh and blood”. Another incident alleged Zhang killed 4975 out of his 5000 corut eunuchs because 1 of them used his given name at a banquet, that one I have a hard time believing, but these are the stories I read. On january 8th of 1646 Zhang held a military conference and said that the massacre of the entire populace of Chengdu would commence the very next day “not a single person will be spared”. Accounts say the river of Chengdu was crimson red with blood and rose several feet up on the city walls. It got so bad, Zhang had to order his men to go in boats downriver from Chengdu to unclog it and the smell of decaying flesh filled the air for miles, imagine doing that job. Sun Kewang wrote of the massacres “This truncates our wishes. After all weren't our years of rebellion on behalf of the peasants? Now we're roaming back east and for what? If our fatherly king acts like this, then he's really not pondering things deeply. Our fatherly king should regard the peasants of Sichuan like his head, like the trunk of looting heaven's storehouse his body. Now if you've already cut off your hands and feet, how can the head survive? What kind of state has a king without subjects? Is this not only a king in name?”. After a couple of days of massacre, Zhang summoned all his court ministers, separating the Sichuanese from the rest and executed the Sichuanese ones. Chengdu was virtually empty by the end of the year and Zhang's armies fanned out into the countryside. All the while he proclaimed his forces were preparing to face against the Qing. Some have made comparisons to this moment to that of Hitler pursuing the holocaust while neglecting his military aims during the last years of WW2. Zhang was fixated on the extermination of the people of Sichuan over all other goals it seems. Some accounts go as far as to claim Zhang had fetuses ripped out of the womb and children rounded up for systematic executions. Mountains of hands and feet piled up outside Zhang's palace in Chengdu “like Mount Fenghuang”. Zhang is said to have been seen stalking his palace at night with his sword trying to kill ghosts. Zhang told advisors he was seeing disembodied hands stealing food from his plates, headless females playing instruments in rooms and all the while he heard the cries of the dead. Zhang began to believe Chengdu itself was haunted and had all his highest ranking officials flogged to break the curse. Zhang had begun a new military program where his soldiers could be promoted based on how many limbs they brought to him. Feet, hands, heads, ears and noses were stacked in separate piles and Zhang would supposedly gather the severed heads together for banquets. Promotions and ranks for his soldiers were based on the number submitted. 200 pairs of hands and feet got a rank of squad commander, 1700 pairs could get you promoted from vice commander to commander. If 1 soldier killed hundreds in a single day, he could be promoted to supreme commander. According to Shun records for 4 months in 1646 alone, Sun Kewang, Liu Wenxiu, Ai Nengqi and Li Dingguo each killed around 10 million people, an exaggeration of course. Records state they razed up to 8 towns a day seeking grisly trophies. Anyone above the age of 3 was said to be subject to attack. Zhang would even kill disloyal soldiers, and it is said “that the trail of corpses extended for seventy li north and south of Chengdu and the “lands ran red with blood and bones piled up like mountains.”. Jesuits in Sichuan claim that Zhang left the city in the summer of 1646 for a military campaign and spent 40 days on a killing spree in the countryside before returning to Chengdu and killing 25 out of 30 of his high officials, including his minister of war. Civilians were rounded up and killed in the central park in Chengdu. Children were cut to pieces, and officials were flogged without reason. Zhang then ordered his soldiers to kill their own wives and daughters so they would be less encumbered by them in the upcoming campaign. To set an example he killed 23 of his 300 serving maids and concubines. People were killed for drinking tea, soldiers were flayed for trying to flee, mandarins were killed for sleeping at a banquet, and more servants were killed for smoking tobacco. Hoarding a single tael meant decapitation, hoarding ten meant death by flaying. Some were even cut open and their skin stretched to resemble bird's wings. The modern Chinese scholar Zheng Guanglu estimates that from 1.8 to 2 million people died in Sichuan between 1644 to 1645 out of a total population of around 3 to 3.6 million. He concluded that 1 million died as a result of direct military operation and the rest died from starvation, disease, marauding wildlife eeeek, and other factors. 40-50% of the Sichuanese population had been killed in just a few short years. Sichuan would see up to 75% of its population decline from death and people fleeing. It was a combination of the massacres and also drought and famine that led to the flight. This by the way occurred before and after Zhang, many Chinese scholars argue it may have been the Qing armies who performed many of the atrocities that may have been attributed to Zhang. For example in Chengdu a stele (stone carving) known as the Seven kill stele holds the inscription “Heaven brings forth innumerable things to nurture man. Man has nothing good with which to recompense Heaven. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill.” In the summer of 1646, Zhang was receiving word of the military situation from Li Dingguo and Sun Kewang that both the Ming loyalists and the Qing were making significant inroads. Zhang had spent too much time and effort on his insane butchering of the people and not enough against the Ming loyalists. The Ming loyalists controlled south and east Sichuan now, the most fertile and productive areas. They drained Zhang's resources and drew the attention of the Qing towards Sichuan. They also controlled Chongqing which was the transport hub of the province especially by river. Zhang gathered his officials and proclaimed “I've been in Sichuan for two years, but the Sichuanese haven't accepted my kindness, nor do they dread my awesomeness. The more I pacify, the more they rebel. As I consider what I can do, I've decided to abandon Sichuan and go to Shaanxi [lit. leave Shu for Qin] so I can take Chang'an [Xi'an] and use it as a springboard for recovering the central plain. This was my base of origins before, and my generals and soldiers are all folk of Qin. I can rely on Qin as the place to strengthen my troops and war horses. So my master plan is to return to Shaanxi and then follow the river south into Huguang and then come back into Sichuan.”. Sun Kewang argued they should not so easily abandon Sichuan and that they should begin extending relief to its people, in his words “replace killing with kindness”. With that perhaps they could restore a new government, to throw away all they had done in Sichuan would be such a waste. Li Dingguo concurred with his colleague and this forced Zhang to think a bit more on his decision. However in the end Zhang concluded he would follow through with what he proclaimed. Thus Zhang prepared a sortie, spending months gathering all the treasure he could find or loot from all around stored on boats. He then ordered Chengdu burnt to the ground, which also allegedly took months. Zhang began to send out boats filled up with treasure and sent his 600,000 strong army forth by land and river southeast. Zhang made a rather bizarre strategic error and decided to attack Yang Zhang and seize his controlled territory, despite being hampered by his treasure and massive numbers of refugees. Well Yang Zhan who had countless spies amongst Zhang's forces found out about Zhangs plan and ambushed him by land and river at Jiangkou near Pengshan. Yang managed to cut Zhangs fleet off from the shore and set fires to his boats. The battle almost immediately turned into a rout with most of Zhang's navy being sunk to the bottom of the river. It is said Yang Zhan would spend months salvaging tens of thousands of taels worth of treasure and supplies from the bottom of the river. Yang would use all of his new found funds to pay his own army and help refugees in southern Sichuan. Yang pursued Zhangs forces all the way to Hanzhou, but upon seeing the scene of rotting corpses everywhere he apparently turned back in horror, who can blame him. Zhang then attempted to take back Chongqing but was defeated by Zeng Ying yet again. It was around this time, Zhang's commanders began to lose the stomach for his campaigning and many deserted. This also prompted as you can imagine, Zhang to kill those who seemed to be faltering. He had 13,000 of his followers executed and apparently Liu Wenxiu captured 6000 soldiers trying to desert and flayed them alive. Zhangs Da Xi army moved east, but he left many subordinate commanders to garrison key locals, but most were defeated by Ming loyalist armies. Zhang's army was so large and difficult to feed that he soon feared illness would spread amongst them and apparently he ordered his 4 great generals to kill anyone who looked sick. Allegedly this would see 4000 of his men butchered by their own commanders. Zhang reached Shunqing and besieged the city for 3 days before Zhang's cannons broke its walls and he burnt the city to the ground killing an estimated 100,000 people inside. When his army continued to march on, he sent forces into the mountains and forests to forage for food and any who came back without a required quota of food each day were executed. Zhang then made his way to Mount Fenghuang located outside the city of Xichong. He attacked a fortified mountain stockade which was garrisoned by 2000 troops. Once he took the mountain he began to construct defensive works and built boats to try and head southeast on Haguang. But then his massive army ran out of food and he sent them fanning out to plunder, starting a wide array of massacres. It is at this point we get a lot of accounts of cannibalism amongst the troops. It is alleged Zhang had more visions telling him to kill more people and that at some points he was killing 10 to 20 thousand per day, beginning with Sichuanese, but soon people from Huguang and then Shaanxi. Supposedly he is said to have killed half of his own men in under 2 months, which has to be exaggerated. It is reported some of his advisers would often find Zhang talking to himself saying things like “Heaven has instructed me to kill. I dare not avoid killing.”. Around the time Zhang and his army occupied Xizhou, Emperor Yongli took the throne at Zhaoqing and Emperor Shaowu at Guangzhou. Thus the Qing had plenty of work on their hands with the south east and soon appointed Prince Haoge to focus his attention on defeating Zhang Xianzhong. Prince Haoge soon captured Xi'an and continued to march south into Sichuan. The Qing began proclaiming to all the areas the occupied that no one was to be killed and that they would protect them. As you can imagine many of the populace fled into the arms of the Qing immediately. One of Zhang's commanders Liu Jinzhong had an army of mostly Sichuanese who for understandable reasons did not want to butcher Sichuanese people and he decided to defect to the Qing, most likely fearing for his life. Liu Jinzhong fled north and met with Prince Haoge telling him the exact location of Zhang. Liu told him “to save the people from fire and water” and that he would guide Prince Haoge and his men to Zhang personally. Thus Prince Haoge and Liu's armies marched together into northern Sichuan finding roads strewn with bones. This prompted Prine Haoge to ask Liu if all of Sichuan was like this and Liu sighed and replied “For years Sichuan has endured the local bandits Yao and Huang and been trampled underfoot and since been subjected to the massacres of my old lord Xianzhong.”. Haoge replied “As soon as we encounter Huang, Yao, and the Zhang bandits, we must extinguish them immediately so as to alleviate the people's suffering.”. In early January of 1647, Prince Haoge was led by Liu to Mount Fenghuang and Prince Haoege sent his most elite bannermen as a vanguard to find Zhang Xianzhong. Zhang got word of the incoming Qing force and initially disbelieved his own scouts, in fact he killed them. He then exclaimed “The Awe of the Eighth Great King encompasses the realm and my name resounds over the Four Seas. Who comes here to die? I will personally go forth to greet them.”. Then Zhang emerged from his tent, grabbed a spear, mounted his horse and went to investigate with only 10 men. They reached the Taiyang Creek and saw enemy troops on the other side of the creek. As Zhang galloped into view, Liu allegedly pointed him out to he Qing force, prompting a Qing archer to shoot Zhang through his torso with a single arrow killing him. Prince Haoge recovered the body and decapitated it, cut him up and burned all the pieces on the spot. It is alleged when they cut Zhang's body open he had a heart that was as black as ink and that he had no liver. Stories told of strange thorns growing in the spot of Zhang Xianzhongs deaths and that a black tiger guarded his gravesite. OhhhhhHHhhHHH. One of Zhang's men fled back to the army camp, relating what had happened. Upon hearing of Zhang's death, Zhang's surviving commanders immediately served under Sun Kewang who became the de-facto leader. They attacked Chongqing and managed to take this city this time and killed Zeng Ying. It seems Zeng Ying had finally made a tactical error and underestimated their force going out to fight them in the field and lost. Sun Kewang did not stay long in Chongqing, fearing the Qing pursuit and fled south taking Qijiang where Sun Kewang attempted to reorganize the Da Xi army and resurrect some form of government. They then marched on Zunyi and it is here, the former bandit army of Zhang Xianzhong had a change of heart. They began to join forces with the Ming loyalists, moving even further south to Guizhou. The Qing for their part had to abandon the pursuit rather quite owing to lack of supplies as Sichuan was a barren wasteland. They soon pulled up to Baoning where they butchered 10,000 of Zhang's former men. Meanwhile the hardship of Sichuan would go on for many years. Famine was rampant in Sichuan as a result of Zhang's chaos. It was said “women of good families offered their bodies in exchange for food but could find no takers”. The land of Sichuan was desolate, people resorted to cannibalism and allegedly human flesh was sold by vendors and that bandits were making “lamb stew” out of their victims. There were tales of people looting coffins of the recently deceased for flesh. One source lamented “because of the long period of disorder, the cattle were all gone, so people replaced cattle”. Disease and pestilence sprang up everywhere as a result of malnutrition. Recorded illnesses such as “big head boils, horse eye disease, horse trot disease” were reported. Apparently in Sichuan the number of tigers increased 100 fold as did packs of wolves and wild dogs…so yeah on top of everything else imagine being chased by a tiger while your family is starving? I would like to take this time to remind you all that this podcast is only made possible through the efforts of Kings and Generals over at Youtube. Please go subscribe to Kings and Generals over at Youtube and to continue helping us produce this content please check out www.patreon.com/kingsandgenerals. If you are still hungry after that, give my personal channel a look over at The Pacific War Channel at Youtube, it would mean a lot to me.
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