UPDATE: 3/18/15 The Search for the Hidden Door is now in print again for the first time in 35 years! Buy it here!

Okay this is starting to really get fun. Last night I had a new member join the site looking for this rare book. The lady was asking if I had a copy for sale, and unfortunately I told her no I do not. The only copy I have is in the library of "Old Chinese" which is my personal library that I am creating for students and teachers of Old Chinese. But I did tell her I have someone typing it into a PDF document, but that will not be completed for sometime. Sometime later I fell asleep and woke up in the middle of the night and I had another email from her. She sent me the attached photo of the book. She was ecstatic! She found a copy that she had stored away someplace in her house. So the book she was seeking all along was already in her presence but either she didn't know it was there or forgot about it! Very cool either way. That book is worth its weight in gold, and not to mention the power of the knowledge inside is invaluable. 

UPDATE: 3/18/15 The Search for the Hidden Door is now in print again for the first time in 35 years! Buy it here!

This is perhaps the only known digital photo of Through the Hidden Door. This photo was sent to me by a friend who owns one of the only copies. I asked them to send me a photo of it because I thought it was important to make it's cover image available to the public; perhaps for the first time on the internet. To me this helps in visualizing, understanding, and attracting it to me. I have had many people contact me in regards to The Search for the Hidden Doorand I hope one day to completely unify the information and create a through understanding of the "Old Chinese" Philosophy. 

AJ US Marine Circa 2009
AJ US Marine Circa 2009
This is my experience of the spiritual journey, transforming myself from defensiveness to openness, toughness to tenderness, moving from the world of fear to peace, and learning to accept the evolution of others. When I was a teenager I wanted to be tough, because with toughness came what I perceived as safety, security, and success. 

So I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Infantry, to become as tough as I possibly could become.  Sure enough my body was hardened, my emotions were controlled, and I was a living, breathing, walking fighting machine. I was a warrior. I had no fear of death, and I lived life to the fullest because I was at my maximum physical potential. I could run 9 miles in 55 minutes and I seemed to never get tired.

UPDATE: 3/18/15 The Search for the Hidden Door is now in print again for the first time in 35 years! Buy it here!

I recently obtained an original copy of the increasingly rare out-of-print book The Search for the Hidden Door by Marshall N Lever. The book was published in 1981, and follows the diary and series of realizations by the author Marshall N. Lever during his sessions with the Chung Fu. Much of the information is not necessarily new concepts since it was one of the first books published about the "Old Chinese" philosophy. If you were/are a student of Chung Fu, Stuart Wilde, Khris Krepcik, or any derivative of "Old Chinese" you will probably be familiar with most of the teachings. Nonetheless the book is worth obtaining and it offers a deeper understanding of the philosophy and history.

Here Marshall first introduces the concept of the Nature Self (the natural you that flows effortlessly like an animal: The instinctual human side of your psyche.), which is the basis of many of Stuart Wilde's books, Geof Spaldings 33rd Sage series, and Chung Fu's own book Under the Plum Tree edited by Marjorie Giles. To the best of my knowledge this book is the beginning of the publications in regards to Chung Fu with the exception of personal jottings, diaries, or other publications I have not been able to locate.

The purpose of this blog post is to share some of the contents online because it is becoming increasingly hard to obtain a copy, and the information is not readily available. I am limited as to what I can share because I want to respect the current copyright laws, but what I can share will be beneficial and it will bring you one step closer to "knowing" the books contents. Nothing can replace owning a physical copy but for now this is all ya got!

Lets begin with a detailed list of the chapters, something you will not be able to find elsewhere on the web, and I am happy to be the first to share! Each chapter begins with the chapter title and a quote from "An Old Sage." Which is presumably direct words of Chung Fu. If you missed my blog post before last I talk about the correct pronunciation and meaning of Chung Fu. I clarify a few misconceptions that will help you better understand; if you wish to read it please click here.

Book Contents:


Chapter 1.-- The Search for the Hidden Door.
       Spiritual growth is an individual accomplishment. Others may point the way, but you do the growing. 
       An Old Sage

Chapter 2. --The Journey Begins.
       Man never reaches his highest potential when he is safe and takes things easy.
       An Old Sage

Chapter 3. --Thought - Word - Action
       Your thought can never rise higher than the state of realization created by your thought.
        An Old Sage

Chapter 4. --The Universal Laws
       Universal Law is the only law. All other laws are formed from the results of the Universal Law.
       An Old Sage

Chapter 5. --Denial and Affirmation
       An affirmative word used at the right time and with the right thought behind it has more value than a sack of
       polished emeralds.
       An Old Sage

Chapter 6. --Impossibilities [in the book the "im" of impossibilities is crossed out.]
       Nothing is impossible providing you believe you're God.
       An Old Sage

Chapter 7.-- Unlimited Limitations
       To be unlimited in thought, word, and action is to be a completely free human being.
       An Old Sage

Chapter 8. -- Change
       Change is necessary if you ever want to know where you have been.
       An Old Sage

Chapter 9. -- The Journey Continues
       The man who does a thing always has the thing he has done before his own eyes.
       An Old Sage.


The book is fairly short with only 147 pages and 9 chapters, and much of it is wrote in a nontraditional way such as a diary format, thoughts, and etc. Below I have attached some photos of the books contents. I will continue to write about this book as the weeks go on. I am currently reading this book along with two others, The 33rd Sage. A Modern Fable, and Under the Plum Tree by Chung Fu. I will incorporate what I learn into the upcoming articles and hopefully this will give you a better insight into the philosophy, along with a clearer picture of the unveiling of the wisdom that is "Old Chinese."

As always, thank you for reading and visiting my blog. Stay tuned. The Truth Awaits.

~A.J. Chirstoph