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    Great Adepts are a shadowy presence. Mediocre Adepts are loved and honored. Lesser Adepts are awesome and feared. Hypocrites are reviled and defied. Great Adepts use words sparingly. Put great store in what they say! When they complete something, the hundred families say: "It happened of itself." dao de jing 17, tl Liu Ming One of the keys, I feel, to being a warrior of peace, lays in leading things to emptiness. When things are led toward emptiness, even if they only take a few steps, they become a few steps closer to forming synchronistic relationships with everything else. This is where things begin to happen of themselves. Perhaps a warrior of peace is like a hidden conductor of the orchestra that leads itself in perfect harmony.
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    When younger, I read a lot of fiction, and could actually see the story. When asked if I had seen a movie of the book, I would not be sure until I saw an image from the movie.... and then I would realize "nope, not my movie. Must have just read the book."
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    Well done to all those who put in the time and effort to make this happen! Functional and smart, except maybe the 'Staff' list seems in need of streamlining? I mean, V Origin's listed in there as well?? LOL
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    OK, new round of adjustments. Cover photos may now be added to the profile... apparently that was disabled by default. Signatures are now enabled again, which apparently was also disabled by default. Default return behavior in editor is now new line (the way it used to be) instead of new paragraph. All Activity stream no longer displays when people thank stuff, change profile photos, follow members, or follow content. Activity stream WILL show new member registrations, but not sure if it shows up until the new member is approved, in which case it won't show up at the top, but down the list (in the time slot when it was created): We've tested Guest permissions and ensured that these visitors cannot see areas they should not see. We've tested some of the changes to the new member registration and approval process and things seem to be good here too.
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    I absolutely believe it's possible. I've gone decades with naught but well chosen words in some very tense situations. My wife and I have been watching The Hobbit films again. And as Thorin lay dying and he seeks the forgiveness of Bilbo, he has a particularly potent line... "I would part from you as friends Bilbo... Go back to your shire and your books. Plant your trees and watch them grow. The world would be a merrier place, if more folk were like you and valued home over gold."
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    I was once employed as a wilderness therapy instructor. "Wilderness therapy" was explained as a "bootcamp alternative" for mostly adolescents who had parents who could afford to intervene using force and money to send their children away before they got into trouble with the law. Many of them were there for drugs and beligerant behavior, but there was a wide range of emotions. Now, as a wandering daoist, I think the model might be one of action without action, interference without engaging - responding to the invitation to "face-off" without ever looking the situation directly in the eyes. Sorta like dodging a blow by bending over to tie a loose shoe lace. However, when we are in a role directly responsible (by social or legal contract) for responding to instigation directly, there are still cards to play. And even when the instigation is direct, misdirection may still be utilized carefully. With these youth, many of them would try to start fights, try to engage in power struggles with the figures of authority. As a model directly compared to boot camps, I was first in love with how the setting deep in the woods, without any personal belongings or distractions of modern society so cleanly prevented many coping mechanisms from being engaged in. Naturally this led to built-up pressures, and the staff took the brunt of them. We were taught to essentially lead to emptiness, by describing the situation we were in not in authoritative terms, but in natural terms. Our role as staff was not as "prison guards," but as shepherds - we were there to protect the safety of the entire group. This primary role was not something easily argued against. The rest was natural consequences. So we would have a student face off against a staff member, and the staff would respectfully listen to the student's concerns, and explain simply and calmly, that, certainly the student was welcome to throw their pack down and refuse to hike, but there was no water source nearby, so we were going to have some trouble with being thirsty and would not be able to cook our dinner. Furthermore we might be on a ridge and could get struck by lightning, and it would get cold as night fell and the winds picked up. There were many "consequences" in our arsenal, but the key was more in how we used them. The key was in how we held space with the escalation. It is remarkably easy to become defensive and reactionary when someone engages in a fight with you, and very difficult to hold yourself open and calm. But when you do, that open, solid, grounded field helps to stabilize and ground their own field, deflating their attempt at escalation energetically. There are other keys, like avoiding facing off directly opposite the person, but turning at different angles, ideally coming to face the same direction as them and holding a similar posture, increasing the energetic resonance and making it more difficult to be perceived as an enemy. They want something to attack, but if you take away the edges they can grasp at, what is left to justify spending so much energy on something so futile? I was not very good at any of this, but some instructors were quite adept, easily de-escalating students in situations that were incredibly chaotic. I developed so much respect for them - but it was largely in their great courage to be calm and accepting, a pillar of equanimity, never betraying a change from a peaceful state, never deviating from confident calm replies, never becoming emotionally engaged. Yes, I think empathy is a good description. For my own experience, I recall getting into screaming matches and chasing a young woman down a mountain to watch her smash the groups expensive water filter with rocks, only to realize by the end of the week I had actually reached a deeper place in her than anyone else, because she knew I cared and connected to her struggle. The struggle wasn't with the group, it was internal, and likely related to her family situation... but by holding space with her I broke through... not enough to do anything as by the next shift she was gone, but for me an important lesson remains. The path is ever right before us, and sometimes we engage and exchange ourselves with others. Sometimes we slip past untouched even as we change everything invisibly. How can we ever know how much we engage in, every moment, well enough to make choices about it all? We can only set the intention to be sincere, to hold our integrity, to follow our inner heart. Beyond what any teacher says, I feel something deep inside that calls me onward. There is no right or wrong, I just struggle again, yet again, to follow that way.
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    How it unfolded, and will continue to unfold is unique to the individual. It is what it is - the fruits of realisation have so many flavours, which is what makes it so profoundly delicious. As observers, all we can hope for is to learn of others' experiences, ideally with an open mind and heart. We love making comparisons, and in comparing, there is an immediate appeal to return to the intellect. The intellect, being limited in its scope, naturally, can only comprehend the enlightening experience to a certain point, never beyond, before it seeks some sort of validation as to its own supremacy, albeit in vain, much like a dog chasing its own tail. First everything appears real, then it all seems dream-like, then finally, with the utmost clarity, one simultaneously sees both in all and nothing.
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    !I've just realised I can now see every comment I've ever made since 2007!!!! OMG! All I can say is how sorry I am
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    I don't think that going out of your way to be friendly is a good when someone is going after you in some way. There is a presumptuousness that goes with that. The presumption that you are not actually doing anything wrong and that a smile will make everything better. Above and beyond any specific course of action, there should be an openness to the situation and a literacy of the what is going on and also a respect for the person even if they seem unreasonable at the time. There are reasons for everything. Some of the reasons suck. But, at the same time, they make perfect sense in the minds that are bound by them. As an example, when I was a cashier, I had a customer who seemed to be unreasonably angry. He wanted to do a return without a receipt and was bothered by the fact that it would take extra time to complete. (When there is no receipt, there's a lot of extra identifying information that I had to enter into the computer in order for the various liability requirements to be met in the company). So anyways, he needed to get to a bus stop in 5 minutes or less and the return would take more than 5 minutes to complete. He was angry and had a bit of an outburst when I mentioned that the process would take longer without the receipt. Smiling and pretending that everything was fine wouldn't have been a good course of action. There needed to be empathy and literacy of the situation. If I was in his place and that angry over an issue, I would probably be seconds away from smacking someone up-side the head for smiling and not understanding my situation. I informed him of the time requirements and told him that if he really needed to get to the bus stop, then he would need to do the return at a later date. And away he went. The next day he came back, had the receipt, and even apologized for the day prior. So, though I have jumped around to a few different points, empathy is a key thing. Trying to take control of a situation and projecting an emotion at someone just to try and sway them is not always a great thing to do.
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    For me, it's being kind and friendly in the face of someone trying to up you, intimidate you or bait you. Its checking your ego at the door and taking the high road. even knowing you have trained for years to dismantle opponents, yet choosing to show compassion and help if possible. Choosing to smile at an insult, knowing this person is hurting or angry inside. Hoping they find the freedom from suffering every human desires.
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    Very cool understanding. Warriors of peace have the courage to face their own shadows. They face their shadows, allow inner conflict to fall away, and share the resulting peace with the world.
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    The Quakers try to live a life which takes away the occasion of wars. I think that's a good peace testimony.
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    violence is abhorrent to me and represents a failure... there is no glory in violence and heroes to me are those who can avoid violence, harm and war. but sometimes it is required. Seems no way around that in a life filled with bodies and tyrants and innocents. Verse 31 puts it plainly and I quite agree with the sentiment. 31 Weapons; tools of pain, used for violence and fear, decent men abhor. Yet in direst need and if compelled will use them, with utmost restraint. Peace, highest value. When the peace has been shattered who can be content? Glory in fighting? Those who delight in killing do not know true self. Your foes not demons. Simple beings like yourself. Sage desires no harm. No victory dance. victory by force, no joy how rejoice in this? Sage battles gravely with sorrow, and compassion like tending a grave.
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    1. Eating includes all consumption - we consume approximately 18000 gallons of air a day - it weighs more than all of the physical food and drink we consume - yet we are conscious of only a tiny fraction of our breath. We take in hundreds of square miles in a day with our eyes yet focus on and judge only tiny amounts. What we read and reread in our minds is our main consumption - we live the compulsion of beliefs - yet we can choose to neither believe nor dis-believe. It is possible to examine and try and test without taking position or barring another look. 2. Exercise - we learn to dance, we learn to lift weights, run on mills, do "sport-yoga" - but we take little time in exercising our minds - teaching them to stay tuned for more than a millisecond - exercise them in restraint - exercise them in non-position, non- judgement, neutrality. We exercise our hearts in crudeness and harshness and false love and gobs of hate and rage - we view death and killing like we drink water. We take our bodies into the reflection of sewers and scenarious of a thousand sad lives in a day - and we cannot stand stillness - it is death, boredom, mamby pamby lifeless withdrawal goo. We are accustom to exercise in low vibration - edgy cutting edge judgement. the beauty in Presence - the lightness in the moment - not torn forward or reversed - the gods can come forward in this - it is only where they exist - other is dead and deaf. 3. Sleep - the vibration you go to sleep in sets the frequency of your sleep. Do not review what you will be doing tomorrow - you will be in tomorrow all night. Go to sleep in gratitude and you will foster Joy all night.
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    this one used to be my fathers, I asked for it at a young age. He's about 50 years old now (the statue) definitely seen better days
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    interesting thread, for many years, decennia really, i was like your wife. Unable to visualize ( although I did have dreams that were 'real' meaning i could give an description of the surroundings that were in my dream) some years ago something happened and from that moment on i was able to visualize, probably not as strong as some others but it was sort of amazing for me. i'm sure could train it quite easily now if I wanted. reading this thread i realize that as a child I was able to visualize too. And that I've lost that possibility after a traumatic experience. but of course i do not say that that is the reaon that your wife can't. but still, thought i should add my experienceto the thread
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    One of my favorite. Once, hiking with a group down an experimental path somewhere south of little switzerland, we came out upon a narrow ridge covered with blooming mountain laurels. There was a steep drop to either side with beautiful views, and the entire stretch was covered in white. It felt like walking through a cloud. Since then this has become one of my favorite friends. Just love the delicate and refined flowers, compassionate leaves and hardy, flakey stems and branches.
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    Pomegranate - very nice blossom right now.
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    One of the post profound clairvoyants I have know explained to me several years into knowing him quite well that he did not see any pictures - zip. It was nearly inconceivable given what he "saw". He explained that he did it all from "knowing" and "certainty". I have taught people who do not see pictures well to start by imagining things they love - like a car or a food or a place - to recognize that many of them do see but have not transferred the ability to regular use. It can be learned by many and certainly honed and increased exponentially. it is not a "third eye" ability - but it transfers to this and it was surprising to even conceive of the concept of no visuals in the mind.
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    Dawei asked this question in another thread and I thought it was worth of its own. I think a warrior for peace defends but rarely attacks. His cause is always humanity, never nationalism, religion or abstract notions. His dual goals are protection and ending the conflict while minimizing harm to civilians and when possible the opposition.
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    This is an interesting thread! It would never have occurred to me that there are people who cannot see things in their mind's eye. Speaking as a female (but not for all females) I can most certainly see images in my mind - entire worlds, in fact. I've had numerous conversations with women (and men) after group meditations and other sundry gatherings where we discussed what we 'saw', and it was very clear that they were also seeing images. I don't think it's a gender thing...
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    Didn't realise how dusty it was till I took the picture - must do some housework
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    A great warrior for peace must first have slain multitudes - multitudes of "I's" within - the battle field of Divine Natural Essence and the world of identification, coveting and competition. He/She carries a million paper cuts and body blows from willfulness and position. Is made strong from a hundred thousand poundings of a square peg into a round hole. A great warrior for peace knows the folly of his battles and has set aside the onslaught upon himself - he is now on the side of the sideless.
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    I remember my first encounters with the TKD folks. Asked some of the best if they competed, and the youngsters said yes, and older folks said no. Why not? Haven't you won this and that? Yes, they said, but. Too traumatic, they said. Too many broken ribs, knee surgeries, torn ligaments, I've no time or stamina or money to keep getting hurt like that, it's painful and annoying and interrupts my life. Same conversations when I started taiji -- asked the best if they competed. Well, my teacher did when he was around 20, was the champion of Beijing. He's incomparably more accomplished forty years later. But how would he prove it to a gaping spectator of sports?.. He would have to compete or else the spectator might suspect he's fake?.. "I was just a kid," he says, explaining the competing past. I once asked him if he could recommend a good TCM doctor, and he replied, apologetically, "I don't know any doctors at all, I have never been sick." Taiji is for grown-ups. Biological age doesn't matter. Psychological age of a real taiji player is "adult." Competitive sports -- "just a kid." What adults do, some perennial little kids might think of as "fake." E.g. fighting a battle for not knowing any doctors and winning it, for eliminating as many doctors as possible from your students' lives and winning it... that's probably part of what's "fake" about taiji, and putting your body through as many pissing contests as it can handle before falling apart to prove you can take the pain and hurt the other guy -- that must be something "real." At least to some little kids who are fighting with all they've got for their chance to grow old and sick without growing up.
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    I wanted to thank the staff for Day 1 attention... we were busy in group PM trying to resolve issues most of the day. I got so many emails and notifications I just turned it all off Welcome to the next software phase of TDB
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    I once was let off of eleven traffic tickets in a row - meaning I was pulled over and let go with no ticket. here is one example: i was going around 100 mph descending from a trip to Tahoe down toward Sacramento on my way to San Francisco at about 6am. Got pulled over and the cop asked what the hurry was? I said "no hurry, it's just that all the lanes are clear, I have about two hundred mile visibility, I'm going down hill on new steel radials, headers and dual exhaust and 55 didn't make sense" he looked out toward the valley, at the hairs sticking out from the new tires, turned back and told me to slow down as he handed back my paperwork. Another: I was completely plastered and pulled over by two cops - two cars - I had no out. Then they got a call - a top priority call because they definitely did not want to leave me and normally could at least split one with me and one leaving but in this case they got yanked away and left saying only "walk home - you got lucky!" Another: I'm on my way to Yosemite and to visit some land I had in Groveland. i get stuck behind long line of cars and RVs which are in a flat winding but completely visible road in the flats before the foothills. It is easy to see all oncoming traffic so I hit the gas and fly past everyone - but then a guy pulls out and follows me by about a foot or two in something like a tan Maverick. At one point soon thereafter he pulls up next to me flashing a badge from his hand - at about 75mph. I decide he's a nut case cop and I do not want to be pulled over by him so I continue along with this guy up my ass for several miles. Finally at a large clearing with a very big shoulder area I spot a Highway Patrol and pull over. The warrior in the Maverick pulls up to the Highway Patrol and gets out. The Highway Patrol gets out of his car and looks about 6'5 with full knee high boots and a slow clear headed walk. the warrior is very upset and his arms are flailing and making all sorts of gestures - the HP holds up both hands as if to say "Ok Ok let me talk to this guy over there". He then proceeds to walk over in a saunter that is completely out of the movies - bends down to the window and says "so what's your story?" In a perfectly suited low slow voice. I tell him the whole story as stated above - he asks - "what about the badge" - I say "it could be fake and even if it wasn't I was not about to be pulled over by him alone, and what he did following my bumper was way more dangerous than anything I might have done - the guy's a nut case" he says "that's my assessment - let me have your paperwork" I hand it too him and he goes to his car. He then speaks with the warrior in the Maverick who becomes very excited again and makes many more hand gestures. Then he walks over to me, hands me my paperwork and says "you can leave I'll keep him occupied" (technically I was not pulled over on this one but I would have been if I had not stopped so I include it and consider it to be "legally" a part of the 11 in a row)
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    Today I was attending the Buddhist Temple retirement service/party with my wife and son. We each received a ticket stub for some drawing that would come up later. The drawing commenced and a thought came to me that if I won I would give it to one of the ladies at a table across the way if they had not also won something. It was announced that one of them was 99 but they sat in a group and I was not sure which one it was so my wish to give was generalized to that group. I looked at them from time to time and one of them looked younger than the others but quite uneasy and looked like she was having a tough time with herself. My son ended up calling out the numbers - and my wife won a pot of Orchid's. The second to last call was my ticket - and I went up and picked out another pot of Orchid's. The women over in the other area had accumulated a good number of prizes so I gathered up things in the end and headed out - but I spotted some iced lemon water in a cold sweating glass dispenser and decided to pour myself a cup. i set down the two plants and a women came up and clearly stole one (grabbed it and quickly turned to cover it). I stopped her and let her know that was ours and she explained that a woman who had been a member a very long time had received nothing - and so I said "please then give it to her" and she walked off. She gave it to the woman that was sitting with the others across from me at the other table that looked pretty grim. Had she asked me for one the result would have been the same - but that was beside the point - it was nice to see them both smiling as the one handed over the potted Orchid to the other. Seeing futures is not always clear until it has occurred
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    And this is the Catawba rhododendron, also indigenous: It's blossom is about 2.5 inches across.
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    More "bush" than "tree" but... This is a mountain laurel: Each blossom in a cluster is about the size of my thumbnail. Here's a closer look:
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    The above photo has such great energy to it! My heart flowed when I saw this. Thank you for sharing this Sifu Terry. I had consultations over the phone with Eric since 1998 and then finally met him in person about 5 years ago when he flew in from San Diego to attend an inaugural Oneness event for the U.S. held in Wash., DC. It was a treat to experience his joy and warmth. I will always remember last year when I emailed him from a surgical waiting room in Johns Hopkins Hospital and asked him to tell us what was wrong with our then 5 year old daughter who was there for exploratory surgery. He graciously dropped everything to tune in and immediately got back to us and described what he saw and he told us the surgeons would not be able to see the source of the problem due to the intestines being so flimsy. Shortly after that the surgical team called us in to report their findings and they were exactly as Eric had reported to us, almost verbatim! My wife and I looked at each other in astonishment as the surgeons each gave us their findings. At times I have trusted my life and that of some of my loved ones with Eric's care.
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    What a great post. Wilderness therapy. Love that idea. Thank you for sharing. That to me is a peaceful warrior. Your going into battle with these poor kids by using peace - calmness and openness. And your winning by not fighting. It's straight out of the Dao de Jing or sun tzu. For many years I searched for a purpose or skill that I excelled at - career wise. It wasn't until my early 30s that I found out I can use my strengths - empathy, compassion, calmness - and actually help people while creating a career for myself (health care, mental health) its actually a trait that many people in our modern world feel it is at best useless (get walked on or taken advantage of), detrimental or not an actual skill. i would argue it is essential for communication and relationships. But I'm terrible at math, so the world does balance out. and of course it is also my greatest weakness. So you do need the other half - wisdom / emptiness
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    Hello Everyone, Last night I enjoyed a lovely Oneness Meditation session last night at the Santa Monica Unitarian Church led by the gifted Eric Isen, a Deeksha in that tradition (founded by Sri Bhagavan) who has worked full time as a medical clairvoyant since 2004...after spending 30 years as a monk in Ayurvedic traditions. It was our joyous first meeting after years of mutually beneficial teaching of our common students/clients. You may recall from posts by Tao Stillness starting about 2 or more years ago that he had given, one by one, most of the Flying Meditations for Eric to remotely read each one's specific therapeutic, healing effect on Tao Stillness. Over the course of many months of Tao Stillness kindly sharing Eric's remote readings of the FP Meditations with me, I found Eric' readings to be uncannily accurate and profoundly enlightening as well, for he put into words a certain few experiences I had of each FP Meditation over the past 25 years that I had not put into words yet because Eric uses Ayurvedic language ("chakras", etc.) and I use my own based on Taoist and Buddhist terminology. As I think I've posted before: the Deeksha energy and consciousness of the Oneness Meditation movement--for which Eric Isen is a "battery"-- is very powerful, very healing, comes from a spiritual source, and is somewhat similar to Flying Phoenix Qigong in that it activates specific brain centers--but not the same brain centers as FP. The wonderful fact is that once you master Flying Phoenix Qigong to a certain extent, you can spontaneously channel and partake of the Oneness Meditation energy channel. Quite honestly, my brain centers and brain surface are profoundly "lighting up" as I simply type this. So I want to take this opportunity to thank Tao Stillness in Baltimore, MD for introducing me and all the members of the FP Community to Eric Isen, who is a very fine, totally legit and effective medical clairvoyant. That is, Eric will remotely read the health benefits or anything deleterious that would result from taking any type of medication--eastern or western, natural-herbal or pharmaceutical, and that results from practicing any form of Yogic, Qi , Meditative or martial art exercise, or undergoing any type of medical or therapeutical, psychotherapeautic operation, procedure. I think y'all can tell from this photo below what type of a deeply compassionate and gifted teacher, guide, and healer Eric is. He has been most helpful of course, in clarifying and corroborating for many FP practitioners and subscribers to this thread the very precise effects and effectiveness of each FP Meditation that they have asked him about. Eric is also a Harvard grad, but I forgive him for that! Have a very enjoyable weekend as you further explore the wonders of Flying Phoenix Qigong. Sifu Terry Dunn
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    This is our avocado tree grew out of the compost heap,we have had fruits mostly just one or two our was about 12 avocados.
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    To clarify. This isn't done to make a certain outcome, or to sway in any way. Its done because it is natural. Not sure how else to describe it.
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    My bad... stuck my head under the hood and worked on improving the performance... only the new engine had some fuel injection issues and took a moment to sort it out. I'll do the rest of this work later. Just want to make things a little snappier, cause they can be. Sorry for not being able to test these things separately first.
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    Hello everyone...Here is the story of my spritual journey: https://nellaishanmugam.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/the-journey-of-a-seeker-my-story/The post starts from how I viewed life in my early childhood, clouded by the irratational beleifs that I had.. Then I explain how my spiritual search started. I have written about evey significant event that happened along my spritual journey. I have talked about the spiritual awakening that I had in 2014 and what followed after. At last, I have also put the concept of spiritual enlightenment in a scientific perspective and tried to explain it using the terminology of academic psychology. It is a very long post. But since it goes like a story, I believe it will be easier for you to read. I am looking forward to your comments and questions...
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    A friend of mine shared this to me on Facebook, and it seemed to me it was quite a nice visual representation of wu wei. Anyone got any others they'd like to share?
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    A great warrior for peace might also know the folly of complete success, just as there can be no day without night, and fights on anyway.
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    To live in persistent duality is to live in conflict. Many who dont consider themselves warriors are ignorant that in fact they do battle very often armed with their likes and dislikes.
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    My teacher, early in his training, would explore different external styles, looking for the right style for him. He's a sincere person, and learned all he could from these styles before he'd move on. One such style (I don't remember the name), required taking blows during training. They learned to do their forms while being hit all over their body, and did it well. However, they were also required to trade blows with each other, and he'd often be faced against someone three feet taller than him who likely looked much like the quoted caricature. At some point he became a little frustrated with the futility of standing there and taking the punch, so he started disappearing. He just wouldn't be there. His teachers got upset about it, but his point was more that if it's about winning and losing, they couldn't win if they couldn't hit him. I think this may have been one starting point for his looking for internal styles, which were difficult to find back then. Today he teaches us to be invisible in two-person work. Another story is from when he was at a (I think it was silk reeling) seminar, and one of the sessions was push hands. At this point he had already developed some internal skill, and due to his sincere practice it was pretty refined. He agreed to participate, and it wasn't long before people started saying "hey, did you practice with him? It's like he isn't even there." And the next night he didn't return to the push-hands session. There wasn't much point, and nothing to prove. Back in college, I had a friend in the Aikido club, and would show up from time to time. One of the teachers was a little old lady, so pleasant to be around. Not very strong at all, not much over 5 feet tall. But her skill was high. It didn't matter if people tried to use force on her, they'd just find it used against them. Pretty much the same principle of not being there, but while also adeptly leading the opponents force as they try to find you. These are refined skills, that take sincere time and careful practice to develop, often under the instruction of a good teacher.
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    Silat master explaining (from 2.15) why Silat is an art of love. Even though the aim is to defeat the aggressor or enemy, within oneself there must not be aggression - if there is, the defeat is meaningless cos you have already lost the battle/combat before it even began.
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    I¨m grateful that I can see who thanked other people´s posts now. At first I got notified about who thanked me, and saw the number of thanks others got, but not from whom. One of the things I like most about Daobums is the feeling of community. Noticing which posts other´s are grateful for helps me get to know them and I like that.
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    Sorry to hear it's tougher for the mods. Thanks for all that you do!
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    If you think thinks look a little odd on the front end, the back end is completely different and missing about half the tools. Those they left take more work to effect than before. The 'staff' is anyone the software sees as a 'moderator'. As anyone with a PPD is a 'local moderator' they become 'staff'. The oddest change is they got rid of the 'banned' group I don't see any way on the front end that you can know someone is banned And they reverted them to a group that doesn't make sense... so I tried to put them in a group that makes more sense but was told I cannot use that email... as it is banned... so now I can't really touch a banned account unless I start deleting emails ? The previous version was a million times more efficient in the back end but the front end had run its reliability course.