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  1. 12 points
    Jung’s observation puts me in mind of an insightful quote from Dag Hammarskjöld: “God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illumined by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason.” Spirituality for me means discovering who I am and allowing myself to manifest in the most spontaneous and authentic way possible.
  2. 11 points
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirituality has the whole topic covered. Here's the opening paragraphs....... For me, spirituality is the inner essence of true religion. It's unfortunate that this central aspect has been virtually lost from the contemporary meaning of religion because of the disconnection of the mainstream religions from underlying spiritual reality. Hence the very notion of religion has become toxic for many people. This is unfortunate as this observation from Carl Jung makes clear.... “Of all my patients past middle life, that is, past thirty-five, there is not one whose ultimate problem is not one of religious attitude. Indeed, in the end every one suffered from having lost that which living religions of every age have given to their believers, and none is really cured who has not regained a religious attitude, which naturally has nothing to do with creeds or belonging to a church.”
  3. 9 points
    For me, spirituality points to my inner essence, my state of mentality regardless of external conditions.
  4. 8 points
    full, authentic presence complete release in the now... as it is playful bouyancy... blissful loss of self in action and raw connected presence a softening of the notion of a boundary between a self and an other a dissolving of certainties a sense of awakening after a long nap
  5. 8 points
    Once you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
  6. 8 points
    I think modern qigong (taiji included under that) isn't a workout. People who exercise tend to look better, so qigong practitioners should simply add real exercise into their routines. They should do a balanced routine of non-intense cardio and resistance training. With qigong, there's not mind training and the cultivation of goodness like Buddhism has. So if a qigong practitioner were to add Buddhist training to their practices, they'd end up radiating that personable warmth. Or any other kind of cultivation of love, kindness, compassion, etc, would do basically the same thing. If you practice being warm toward others, you will end up being warm toward others...you are what you practice. It's actually important to cultivate such things intentionally when you open up energetically, because your field and energy is increased compared to others. A normal person thinking the typical negative thoughts that we all have from time to time has less negativity than a practitioner who is thinking those exact same thoughts. So, there's an imperative to elevate ourselves as we advance...or else we get negative results. Speaking of being open energetically...I think there's too much focus on feeling sensations and having experiences, rather than genuinely cultivating healthfulness. I prefer more physical types of qigong, and think ones which cause strong qi sensations (aberrations of the nervous system) and/or cause a disconnection of qi or spirit from the body can be damaging...my view is that health is when the spirit is embodied, and the person feels perfectly normal. Some practitioners might think that feeling abnormal from practices is a sign that things are working, but I think it can potentially be a sign of the cultivation of abnormality. Imagine, on the other hand, if you were feeling a little bit off and then you did practices that made you feel good again and restored you...at least personally, that's more of what I'm interested in.
  7. 7 points
    Are they spiritual, who having known pain, loss, betrayal, unfair evisceration of beauty, when face down in a puddle of tears, suddenly catch sight of the sun's rays shimmering upon the wavering surface, and still manage to crack a smile?
  8. 7 points
    Whatever spirituality is, I`m pretty sure we all have it. My mom once told me she`s not a spiritual person -- but I think she is. Perhaps my mom meant that she didn`t go to church or believe in God. Or perhaps that she`s not the kind of person that feels comfortable chanting OMMM in a yoga class or who would find much interesting to read in a New Age bookstore. To me, none of that stuff matters. The world is full of secretly spiritual people whose spirituality doesn`t fit into the conventional molds. I think of spirituality as that force in my life which is drawing me towards being my best self. It`s the force that is drawing me towards wholeness, towards integration. It`s the inner tug that pushes me to be who I really am. When I`m avoiding what I need to be doing in life, my spirituality can make me anxious or depressed. Sometimes it tells me to meditate. Just as often it nudges me to pay my taxes or clean the bathroom.
  9. 7 points
    light is not a color the jade seal scripture says "the light is not white or green". Using the light we can see colors but it is not the light. All apertures emit light, the light of seeing, the light of hearing, to name a couple but seeing is not the light just as hearing is not the light. To know this is called the light of wisdom Many text associate colors to a specific energy but the energy is not the color. What is the color of light many use the term gold but gold is not the light it is a term for those that have turned the light around. The light of awareness. The light is within us. Most use the light to shine the outside world but few shine the inside and discover the source of true yin essence and true yang vitality “The Supreme Medicine has three distinctions: Ching [essence], Qi [vitality]. and Shen [spirit], Which are elusive and obscure. Use the spirit to join true yin and true yang this is the meaning of dragon and tiger meeting. How did they met, who introduced them,they are meant for each other but appear to be opposite to each other the only thing capable is the eternal spirit within us. If all goes well we remember who we are, where we came from, where we return and realize we never left in the first place.
  10. 7 points
    There are so many types of energy and endless growth. One can radiate at times and at the very same time be going through massive changes - for many years. Some learn invisibility and others are more on the surface while some are charismatic. Traditional yoga is primarily meditation - western “yoga” is primarily a work out regime. For some Qi Gong masters it is like walking in a volcano in private - for others it is a Well to draw from - for some it is like walking in a sun and for some it is all of these. For many- it is like Western”Yoga” - a work out of sorts to ward off aging and stagnant Qi. For some it is a tidy business with good money to be made in seminars. For some it is their way and the students are simply practicing with them.
  11. 7 points
    Things appear as they are perceived. Perception is partial and interpreted.
  12. 7 points
    I think there are several reasons for the OP's observation - - Our expectations are not always satisfied, or realistic - True masters don't often publish videos of their practice - Can the radiation of vitality be transmitted through low quality video? I've seen video of masters and met them personally and the experience of personal presence is a whole different ballgame - Qigong and taiji masters are still human, they live, they get sick, and they die No question IME that these practices offer profound benefits and enhance vitality but such benefits are best assessed through personal practice.
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  15. 6 points
    Seems to me you answered your questions when you wrote 'I should probably find a new hobby and take a step back'. Living and being is its own preaching. Way more powerful then a strangers rants on the internet. It reaches less people but shines truer.
  16. 6 points
    Hi ben. Welcome to the Bums. Two of my three teachers speak almost no english. And my chinese is limited to phrases and words. As there is not always a translator present, a fair amount of my training has taken place without explicit verbal instruction. While I deeply appreciate this aspect to how my training has unfolded, I have found the words of Dr Yang Jwing-Ming and Damo Mitchell to be particularly resonant and beneficial. I find their words to be based from deep experience and to be very clear and direct in their descriptions of processes, practices and energetics. I recommend any works by either of them, but particularly from Dr Yang... Embryonic Breathing and The Root of Chinese Qi Gong and from Damo: The Dragon Dao Yin Exercises stand out for me. I also still routinely spend some long wonderful hours perusing old conversations here and highly recommend that as well. Either entering a particular term or concept, or simply ambling along through a section. There's no stigma here against reviving old conversations. Cheers mate!
  17. 6 points
    I think spirituality refers to meaning behind every appearance. A spiritual person strive to find the deep meaning behind every event of life and eventually to become one with this mystery of life. By this definition a spiritual person is not necessarily practice tai chi and yoga or does not use crystals, orb, manta, etc. but he is living a meaningful life. p.s. In person language spirituality is equal to "Manaviat" which roughly translate a meaningfulness. And there is a bunch of peoms that talks about in in their poems like this beautiful verse from Rumi: ای برادر قصه چون پیمانه است معنی اندر وی مثال دانه است دانه معنی بگیرد مرد عقل ننگرد پیمانه را گر گشت نقل which roughly translates as: Every story (philosophy, tradition, teaching, etc.) is like a plate Meaning is like the food inside the plate Wise man takes the food But leaves the plate behind, no matter it's an ordinary plate or a majestic one So if one can reach to that ultimate meaning he can leave everything else behind
  18. 6 points
    i think it's more subtle than that. First of all yin and yang are principles and no person is pure yang or yin, but males tend to be more yang than yin and visa versa. Yang is seen as active and yin responsive, so in terms of attraction and so on, the first overt act is with yang. But of course you could ask what induced the yang to act - and the answer would be yin. So its more like a wave of action response which continually ripples if you see what I mean. Not a simplistic relationship at all.
  19. 6 points
    I love his quotes. Really interesting guy, too, if you haven't looked into his life. ... For me, spirituality is something I currently aspire to. I'm only aware of the realm of the spirit in terms of feelings...maybe also a vision every once in a while, or having insight. From this perspective, for me, the spiritual is something which exists, but not so much materially. Like love, peace, etc...we can be very aware of these things, but we can't weigh them. I'm aware of the presence of God as a feeling, or as newage people would put it, the divine...I just think about God and my admiration (some would call bhakti), and then experience elevating feelings that surround and envelop me. But I think there's more to it than what I'm personally aware of...I think my spiritual senses are dim and very average. So I study this stuff, explore different traditions and methods constantly, and do daily practices, in the hope that one day I'll become attained and actually know what I'm talking about.
  20. 6 points
    doing one thing at a time
  21. 6 points
    Well put. Spirituality for me is the shifting inward, and the exploration therein.
  22. 6 points
    Spirituality , is practising, advocating and exploring systems that develop our spirit. Now, all we have to do is define 'spirit' .
  23. 6 points
    Not sure where you want to go with this, but maybe helpful are the traditional indications of chi movement. Some of the common sensations people report when they feel the chi starting to move in their bodies include: feelings of warmth, extreme heat, electricity, heaviness, lightness, expansion, contraction, pressure, an internal sense of wind or water moving. Sometimes that is simplified down to hydraulic (fluid movement) or electrical (buzzing) feelings in the body. Re: "thought like feelings" you mention above, I can't say a I've ever felt thoughts.. but I have felt a kind of energetic chaos in my head. When you write "like if inside my physical body there is another more subtle body that is in a chaotic state" ...this is exactly it! See if you can track that "subtle body" when you do some simple energy practices... grounding and simple chi exercises can shift that, and you start to be able to notice the changes in that subtle body more.
  24. 6 points
    The I AM consciousness is the awareness that all is the cosmic consciousness. All humans, all animals, all trees, all rocks; but all with varying degrees of consciousness. The thing that prevents the atoms from flying apart when they're in the shape of a rock, is because the rock too is infused with the consciousness of being a rock. Striving to be good is to assume that there is bad. That is dualism. There is no place where there is not cosmic consciousness (call it god if you want). Best not to try to determine good from bad, as judgments are best avoided. Judgments tend to reinforce our egos, which is the polar opposite of enlightenment. I too try to stay in the place of the I AM, but it's easier said than done. I can do it for a time, then sure enough, thought will enter my brain and I'll be off and running - usually propelled by ego. What defines true enlightenment is the ability to stay in this consciousness without the mind interfering. Nice topic, rideforever.
  25. 6 points
    I've not read the book, but anti-depressants were not helpful for me. My mother passed away in a car accident. I had a very hard time coping with her death so I decided to see my MD at my husband and sister's urging. He prescribed Zoloft. I had not been and still am not keen on taking pharmaceutical drugs of may kind. I took the lower dose for 3 days. Two hours after taking the third pill, my exterminator, who I was expecting, knocked on the door and I was terrified. I froze. I did not open the door, instead I hit the floor. I waited for him to get started taking care of the outside and crawled like a combat soldier to my bedroom where I hid under the covers on my bed for hours. To this day, 15 years later, I am still puzzled by it. I knew Greg. He'd been coming to my house the second Tuesday of every other month for 5 years. I kept telling myself there was nothing to be afraid of, but I was scared and my body would not move. I laugh about it now, but needless to say, I have never taken another anti-depressant. I coped with my mother's death much better and rather quickly after that experience. It was a real eye opener.
  26. 6 points
    I was reading my first teacher's notes - his records of what his master taught him over several years (he maintained it like a diary), which he gave to my taiji brother and myself. He writes in his notes from 2000 -- This points directly to non-duality and the context in which works like DDJ should be studied and understood. Feel free to discuss
  27. 6 points
    There is little that is more supportive to me than cultivating a feeling of gratitude. I'm grateful for the DaoBums, those of you who contribute, and those of you who moderate our insanity. Warm wishes for the holidays to everyone.
  28. 6 points
    ufettered... unencumbered... liberated... they all resonate... I can veritably feel it in the soles of my feet with every breath. for me the word that describes it is unfolding the experience of life... of awareness, is one of continual unfolding in simple presence just me as i am, within the all that also is... all one interflowing process with many aspects the simple sensation of my feet touching the earth and releasing into bathing in the sounds of my family and neighborhood unfolding in what is, as it is... and that is it simple one flowing unfoldingness many rivers, one ocean all flowing
  29. 6 points
    Gratitude and Love Fellow Wanderers... on whatever Path may be yours.
  30. 6 points
    Let's imagine I wrote this: A person who wants to change the oil in their vehicle may find this information useful. Of course it's also possible that this is a coded message teaching teenagers how to get laid. I guess it's all a matter of your point of view...
  31. 6 points
    This seems to me that your teacher is telling you to develop a personal understanding of Tao instead of taking his or anyone else's. TTC and other works are guideposts pointing to the way, they are not the way itself.
  32. 6 points
    Great topic. Winter is the season of the kidneys, so anything to nourish kidney chi is good. I like the Swimming Dragon Qigong, a form featured on Michael Winn`s kidney/sexual qi tonification dvd. (See Youtube video below.) Also, anything that focuses on the lower dan tien.
  33. 6 points
    ... with a legion of celestial beings featuring ancient emperors, mythical monkey beings, immortals (in spirit form), ancient philosophers, impersonal spiritual energies, gods that created stuff, gods that destroy stuff, gods that resemble dramatically other buddhist gods, which in turn resemble Indian gods, etc... It is all that and more. That is what Daoist Religion looks like to the outsider and the lay practitioner or member of a Daoist Temple, but to the practitioner it is a very powerful system of internal cultivation with both ritual and meditative aspects that provides powerful tools both for magic and internal alchemy. I first became familiar with the broad outlines of the "Religious Daoism", which I prefer to call Ritual Daoism a little over forty years ago when I read Michael Saso's Taoism and the Rite of Cosmic Renewal. At the time I had been studying, since I was about twelve and practicing, since I was seventeen, Western magic, and since my early Twenties supplementing it with qigong and what I would call Daoist awareness meditation based largely on my understanding of Charles Luk's Taoist Yoga book supplemented with what little literature existed at the time. Saso's book was a real eye opener and I was immediately taken with the whole system described there. I liked it so much that in humorous response both the the "born again" Christians who were popping up every where and my Neopagan "witchy" friends, I started jokingly referring to myself as a "born again heathen". I don't know how much detail the OP wants about Daoist Religion, but there is a lot to it and it is both a fascinating study and rewarding practice. ZYD
  34. 5 points
    NeiDan specifically means inner alchemy and has the specific goal of creating the 'pill' or elixir within the body to achieve immortality. It comes out of a tradition within largely Daoism (though also some other systems) and focusses on certain key ideas which were first elaborated in text called the Cantong Qi (sometimes Zhouyi Cantong Qi). Dan means pill/elixir and NeiDan is distinguished from Waidan which is external alchemy i.e. the use of substances/herbs and so on to achieve immortality eg. lead, sulphur, mercury etc. The Cantong Qi quotes from the LaoTzu and even more from the YiJing (as a way of validating its claims) - but neither of these is actually a Neidan text - more they supply a world view in which Neidan functions, a context if you like, and it also refers the substances of external alchemy but used symbolically for the energy systems of the subtle body - so the text will talk about lead but mean a quality or state of internal energy and so on. The processes of alchemy like purification, sublimation, distilling and so on are also used to signify internal processes. Nei dan specifically departs from using deity practice. Whereas previous traditions might rely on spiritual entities interacting with organs say, the Cang Qi refutes this practice. However what is retained is the idea of harmony and synchronicity of internal processes and cosmic cycles such as the sun, moon and Big Dipper etc. So the qi system regulates to the hours, days of month and so on. This is important, so you can discount any practice based on possession and so on. Qi is a universal term in Chinese philosophy as are yin/yang - and are used in different ways in different systems. So just the inclusion of qi or qi breathing and so on is not enough to make it a Neidan approach. It has to specifically deal with how to create the pill and then to achieve immortality. There are many schools within this tradition which use different symbolism - some is the same but just with different terms - but there are variations - so this may also until you unlock the key to how those terms are used be a source of confusion.
  35. 5 points
    I trained in Chen style for a number of years and can offer some guidance. First of all ... and this is true of any taiji ... you need hands on instruction. The simple matter is that at the beginning there is alot of correcting of posture and movement. So look around for a Chen style teacher. Chen style has become more popular largely due to the efforts of the 19th generation Chen family masters Chen Zhenglei, Chen Xiaowang, Zhu Tiancai and Wang Xian. If you can findd someone that trained under them and/or closely follow their instruction, you would be getting core Chen style training. Some of the younger masters of the next generation are increasingly becoming more active in teaching and spreading Chen style. Chen Bing in a notable example. Expect to learn Laojia Yilu (Old form First routine) as the the basic training. This 74 movment form is foundational but it will not look as dramatic as some demonstrations (including above) since the emphasis is on slow correct posture and movement. You may find that some will teach a 38 movement form created by Chen Xiaowang, and it is a very good form, but Laojia Yilu is the more traditional line of practice. The 56 form above is not a traditional form in the truest sense. Within the Chen style there are several variations. The 56 form is a form that was developed for competition purposes that takes elements of the several variations and levels in Chen style in an attempt to provide a standard by which to judge Chen forms. It is a very good form but is not traditional. It is generally introduced when one is ready to compete. There are quite a few good books and DVDs out there, especially by Chen Zhenglei. He is generally considered to be the lead standard bearer of the 19th generation. As far as I know, he still lives in Chen village but travels extensively worldwide to teach. There are quite a number of videos online, many by the masters cited above, that you can view to see authenic Chen style forms. Good luck on your search.
  36. 5 points
    Discernment is actually considered a wisdom - one of the five wisdoms.
  37. 5 points
    Hi All.. This is my first post on this forum. First of all i will tell you my symptoms that i have been living for 1 year 3 months now. I just did meditation for 10 month, and all of the imbalance thing happened. I guess its because i was just too focused on my third eye and crown chakra area, not doing any kind of grounding, and not prepared. 1. feeling bumps in the head( forehead, around the eye sockets, crown, and both of my temples) 2. depersonalization and derealization, feeling disconected from reality ( people, places, enviroment, myself, and my mind) even i dont feel its me whose typinh right now, and my hand that typing right now now syncronized very well with my brain because i just feel so disconected. 3. brain fog, loss creative, indecisive, hard thinking prossess, cant read or understand a deeper topic on books, when the first time i experienced this is just so much harder,, i cant understand 1 sentence from books. 4. losing motivate to do anything. because everything looks heavier than before. 5. depression, panic attacks everyday, anxiety.. feeling like what happening in this world is too much for my brain to take. 6. every concepts in the world seems confusing, i cant understand a thing anymore 7. losing the sense of self, like i have been born again. 8. plants and tress look vivid and crystal clear, so beautiful.. except objects, animal, and human.. still looks the same but it disconected way. I have been doing energy follow attention to reduce all of the energy that got trapped in my head the techniques is pretty much similiar with the MCO ( but just for the front channel to drown the energy down, not the spine because it can bring more energy to my head and i dont want that), and also i did grounding visualization and its worked. I have been using all of the techniques for 2 months, and its give relief day by day.. But i feel the energy still so much in my head, and theres also energy got trapped in my throat. Like i feel there is something in my throat, but when i try to get it out, i just burp. So i burping everyday to get out the energy that stucked in the throat. My family thinks im weird, and made me want to go to the Doctor, but i dont want them to spend money to go to the doctor, while the problem obvisiously just about the stucked energy in my throat. Thank you so much, for anybody who kindly helped me out through this!
  38. 5 points
    Being aware (and connected) of the greater picture, the inner world/order (the entire reality itself of which you are a mirror)...and live accordingly. Chop wood, carry water is in fact the hardest part in this whole business!! I wish I didn't have to cook like monastics do. Aren't they lucky?
  39. 5 points
    For what it is worth I have found the best way to experience qi is to learn to relax physically and to cultivate stillness. Standing or sitting. To stimulate qi then gentle qi gong movements. The odd thing I found was that many of the normal body feelings (even something like indigestion!) are qi related once you feel the qi movement behind the feeling. the problem is. I think, that you can't force qi sensitivity - you just have to let it develop. Also qi is a very general term and there are actually many forms of qi (even air can be thought of as qi) - so for instance if you do martial arts you work to develop a kind of hard qi/force which feels quite different to the qi of internal arts (although it is fundamentally the same thing). One thing that is a problem is too much expectation or mental searching, vizualisations and wotnot which are not helpful. Any kind of expectation tightens you up in a way to inhibit qi. I know that's not very helpful but it is how it is.
  40. 5 points
    Debunking some commonly accepted rules and assumptions. Audio is sometimes a bit out of sync but it is the thought that counts. https://youtu.be/eW8fMZq8I7I
  41. 5 points
    I am sorry cannot resist: Stephen Chow • Kung Fu Hustle • • The Harpists Full Fight Scene Don't f with a gu player. [edit] While i'm at it.. who could forget this one:
  42. 5 points
    I had Thanksgiving three times this week... and my stomach is thankful it is over Best wishes and hugs as the week winds down... Monday work is coming
  43. 5 points
    We see things as we are, not as they are
  44. 5 points
    Practice is Tao and Virtue. They hope that by practicing virtue they will be able to break through the Tao, when they break through the Tao they will become immortal. Because they are so dedicated and devoted, they gain access to stillness. Stillness presents itself to the priests. They don’t need to fight for it, they don’t need to look for it. If we still have something to worry about and things that we want in the material life, then we have not made up our minds to get out of this world yet. And so it is difficult to find the stillness. Stillness is about personal behavior, daily behavior, every day’s virtue in life is to gain access to stillness. The easiest way to have stillness present itself is through virtue. No matter how great the technique, if we are still attached to the material life we will not gain access to stillness. Quality of stillness is equal to the quality of virtue. The higher the level, the more compassionate we can be toward ourselves. There are still emotions and stuff but there is no attachment to the emotions, they don’t go in. The lotus grows in the mud and presents the most beauty. If reading the Tao Te Ching makes you a better person, gives you peace or a sense of stillness or just makes you feel better about the world we live in, showing a better way to live in it, then you are reading correctly.
  45. 5 points
    Hello All, I'm excited to be part of this forum and to explore new dimensions of life. I have been practicing Hatha yoga from last 16 years and got initiated to Kriya yoga last year by Sadhguru. Looking forward to learn more and share ideas and experiences with you all 🙂 Regards Ajay
  46. 5 points
    The grandmaster of my lineage trained in Daoist alchemy and taiji quan since the age of 12 in Taiwan. I'm quoting from my teacher's notes again below, taken directly from Advanced Master classes taught by his master --
  47. 5 points
    Have discussed this in the past, but will bring it up again, because I feel that it is important to say. My dreams are lucid, and not from anything special about me, but because of doing sitting meditation for many years. It was never my intent to have lucid dreams, but here we are, and more importantly, I believe that anyone can develop lucid dreams from a daily meditation practice. Nothing special, just don't get in a hurry. It took me at least a couple of years of daily sitting, 2 to 3 hours a day before the majority of my dreams were lucid. With that said, this has been an interesting, and constantly developing story. I never heard of Tibetan dream yoga, until I decided to investigate what the hell was going on with the dream changes. I first looked at the western wealth of lucid dreaming techniques which included things like, "reality checks" during the day, which is a process of asking yourself many times a day if you are dreaming right now, or in the "real world". With my experience in already having lucid dreams, this did not set well, as the western premise was that there was a solid "real" world, and then the "un-real" world of dreams. But if it helps folks , then more power to them. The more problematic thing I saw in the western take on lucid dreams, was the idea that a lucid dream was kind of like one of those computer games kids play, a kind of fantastic game where you could do anything you wanted. This too struck me as being focused on a self centered desire to just experience some kind of pleasure or excitement and seemed kind of on the low end of shallow. Not the say that I don't have fun walking through walls or flying in my dreams at times, but there are much more deeper things to explore, and that is where Tibetan dream yoga comes in. The Tibetans seem to have a take that is closer to my experiences. Instead of asking if "this is the real world or am I dreaming", I tend to see the so called real world as being more of a non lucid dream than the dream world. If you are dreaming and don't realize you are dreaming, then that world is as real, in that moment as this one. You get frightened, angry, happy, excited, etc, just like in this world, then you wake up and say, "this was not real, it was only a dream". In lucid dreaming, you know it is a dream, and one can use intent to see different things, talk to different life forms, lots of things, but one still feels, taste, hears, all the physical experiences are there. In fact in lucid dreams, the colors, the intensity of nature is much greater than most day to day waking world sights. Lastly, for me, this process of dreaming is evolving. I find myself more and more both in a dream, and at the same time experiencing myself laying in bed. both are occurring at the same time, and I find that going into the dream state is much faster now, and fluid. Lucid dreaming also gives me a better understanding of so called, "experiencing the moment" in my day to day life. Instead of seeing this world as solid unmovable matter, I see it as a kind of lucid dream, and If i put my intent in daily life, it does tend to unfold much the way a lucid dream would. Just scratching the edges of this deeper aspect of consciousness, have not idea where it will go, but I encourage anyone who is interested to develop a simple sitting meditation practice. Sit with no intention of getting anything out of it, but just sit to sit, just witness. Like I said, I think everyone can do this and it is well worth the time. happy sitting,
  48. 5 points
    I question the opinions of historians and scholars regarding the objectives of spiritual practice, and suggest everyone does the same! They use words like immortal vs emptiness, as if they were pointing in different directions, having defined those words conceptually but not having had the realization themselves. They have no frame of reference to have credibility. We're talking about the results of spiritual practice. That is best learned from a master or practitioner. Practitioners are aimed at following the instructions of their discipline, being fully open to whatever manifests as the experience and results of their practice, and are generally discouraged from being focused on a conceptual fabrication of the endgame. Both Daoist and Buddhist masters are cautious not to bias their students, at least that's been my personal experience. It is a very personal and experiential matter. Nevertheless, did you know that immortality is a quality of emptiness in the Dzogchen tantras? Conversely, emptiness is a characteristic of immortality, as is evidenced by your wiki quotation. In fact, all of the descriptive terms used in your wiki quote are used in the Dzogchen tantras to describe the Nature of Mind, except perhaps vacancy, as that might imply a sense of disconnection - too nihilistic. I wouldn't use that word nor have I heard it used... direct, experiential connection is at the core of all of these practices.
  49. 5 points
  50. 5 points
    Taoism really doesn't have an end goal in my opinion. Some might say immortality is an end goal but is immortality really an ending? I think of Taoism kind of like the Gospel's teachings by Jesus in the sense the are instructions for living life. Taoism is focused on living a life in balance with nature (all things), as can be seen in the yin yang. I like the word harmony rather than balance because balance suggests adding or taking away something to achieve it. Taoism is all encompassing, organic spontaneity enacted selflessly. I suspect others will have different views and thoughts on the subject, but this is how I see it.