I didn't read this whole thread because it's so long, and I know next to nothing about butyeko, but I am a WHM certified instructor and have practiced chi Kung since 1995. WHM has 3 pillars, breath, cold, mindset. There is a 10 week online course available on Wim's site. It's where i started over 3 years ago. My recommendation is to start there or with an instructor. Trying to listen to a podcast and do it is like trying to learn to swing from a podcast. You might figure it out, but why waste the time and effort when there's faster, more sure ways.