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  1. Fascinating topic. Thanks for sharing @Taomeow Donald Hoffman is a neurophysiologist involved in Entangling Conscious Agents, Consciousness/Reality Interaction and Fitness Modeling research for a couple decades. I happened upon a short intro to the topic of Fitness Modeling and how humans hallucinate our reality. His work and revelations are fascinating in the extreme and he shares their implications in a very direct, accessible manner. I recommend any of his lectures, or interviews for anyone intrigued by the topic. Haven't sought out any of his books. I'd love to get in a time machine and invite he and Robert Anton Wilson for an evening of conversation on the nature of reality tunnels and human perceptual modeling...
  2. Light of the Golden Sun - a Bon gift

    Moonlight on water, reflecting on Mountain's walls. May we all reflect.
  3. Retrograde orgasm (Mature conversation)

    Yea, it's odd territory, sublimation and reversal. Not without benefit in certain conditions, but... buyer be wary. I'm a naturalist in regards to these things. To me, two rivers that meet should merge and both flow toward the sea... one shouldn't randomly turn and flow upstream to its connector... besides, if you manage to back the flow of the semen river into the bladder... what do folks imagine happens when you purge the bladder? ok, enough peepee observations for a while... ciao all.
  4. Retrograde orgasm (Mature conversation)

    I had to invest a bit to get passed the fact that Romeo is asking about avoiding orgasms... Romeo. It made me chuckle. Landing on the side of you're not just getting jolly by talking about touching your nedster online... l echo liminal_luke's take. Retention practices, Sublimation, Abstention can all cause major issues (particularly in younger men) even among those who've built a directed practice on a foundation with an in person, dedicated teacher. I have practiced sublimation and retention when beneficial, but for me, it has always been for a set duration, (usually three cycles of the Moon) and only during a specific phase in my process with a directed purpose. It is not and never has been a life long practice to me in any of my learning (aside from a handful of monastic folks throughout history and their calling seems too obsessive in my opinion) At the least, it should never in my experience be undertaken willy nilly, or cuz you read in a book that it'll supercharge your energy practices. It will supercharge a whole load of shite if you have uncleared blockages in your system. Our forum is rife with folks arriving here asking for help reversing damage due to tension filled retention practices they followed out of a book. As a side note, now into my 50's, looking back I have become aware that in certain phases of life I found myself inadvertently abstinant without consciously intending it. It arose naturally, of itself, tzujan. There are times when sexual union and orgasm have simply fallen off my radar for months at a time. Sexual union and arousal in particular, are utterly natural, so overtly trying to throttle this is grounds for problems... above all, if you go into it, try not to turn it into a 'success/failure' model in your mind. This will breed tension and tension is more an enemy than any orgasm. Becoming aroused and having orgasms is an utterly natural function of our form as human, particularly younger men. Taoists had wives all throughout history. Wang Liping is married and has a son. Calming the mind and breath are much more worthy pursuits in my case. The struggle, if there is one, is your first sign you're off the rails. There should be no struggle, fasting of any kind should arise in joy. If you are fasting from food and find yourself grouchy about it and thinking about food constantly all through the day, you're treading water at best and bleeding off the merit as you gain it. Fasting and denial steeped in struggle and tension is backwards motion in my experience. Cultivate clarity, calm and simple joy first. And if you can, find a dedicated teacher to lead you when the timing is beneficial. Asking strangers online about when to stop stroking your nedster... well that's just humor to me, particularly when your chosen name is Romeo.
  5. Asking for feedback

    Yes that's much clearer, thank you. Clever idea for revealing the moving lines using the matching symbols and I like the use of rotating the top card 90o to form that relationship. How many cards comprise the entire deck?
  6. Asking for feedback

    The design is beautiful. With my limited knowledge of the topic, I'm curious how one would use the card to cast a hexagram in response to a query. I'd be interested in knowing that process if you care to explain further.
  7. It is known

    He projects weakness to me.
  8. Archons and egregores

    Synchronous, happening upon this topic this morning. Egregores and Tulpas were a rare show as a topic of conversation at work yesterday, due to a co-worker's inquiries into fellow workmate's beliefs, or non-belief in angels/demons and other similar beings. He was mostly interested in stirring up debate about beliefs, but when he got to me, my response surprised him as it was neither 'yes' or 'no', it was both and conditional and he was intrigued by the concepts having never heard of them before and it primed me for some more exploration myself. I've almost no study on Archons, but Tulpas and Egregore are a fascinating realm of inquiry to me. Glad you found it too and had a bit of time to respond @Zhongyongdaoist, i always appreciate your contributions here, moreso due to understanding how challenging it is to approach such topics when busy... you've always done admirably in my opinion, engaging with depth and insight even when being brief. Any recommendations for authors in this realm would be welcome (lately, acquiring engaging reading material has been like gathering mist with a net).
  9. Year of the Buffalo main page logo change

    a bit of ban and a whole lot of self exile...
  10. Looking for tips on reducing pride/ego.

    Yes English, with its built in premise of nouns that cause verbs has been problematic for me since middle school. How utterly absurd it is, this notion that a static thing, could somehow be the cause of a process. There are no static things, at least I've never perceived one. Every 'thing' I perceive reveals itself as a process unfolding, never a static thing at all... but a constant, interconnected flowing... a beingness. A thing may have a shape that maintains for a time, my friends still recognize me after three decades of friendship, but I look almost nothing like my 20 year old self. All form to me is like a whirlpool which maintains a shape for a time, yet is comprised entirely of flow. Humans are like this to me. As are homes, animals, clouds, pebbles, mountains. The shape is recognizable and stable for a time, but in any given moment, like the whirlpool, it is comprised of the motion of its innate being. Constant flowing, unfoldings of interconnected process. I appreciate the word being. Human being. It implies a fluid process. An unfoldingness. When I walk through life, I see beingness, everywhere. Stone beings, insect beings, building beings, human beings. All form is being in flow. To trail it back to the OP, Ego arises in my experience, as one current among many.
  11. Everyone post some favorite quotes!

    But tomorrow, dawn will come the way I picture her, barefoot and disheveled, standing outside my window in one of the fragile cotton dresses of the poor. She will look in at me with her thin arms extended, offering a handful of birdsong and a small cup of light. Billy Collins
  12. It is known

    I've ceased participating in any form of news broadcasting directly again and instead, just deal with the filtered versions that arise in conversations with work mates. These will end in another week or so when our show officially wraps, but in the meantime... any bits that make it to me, just cause me to shake my head and say fuck, fuck, fuck as my worst suspicions begin to pale compared to what is actually playing out... and the implications of what may yet come.
  13. An inside view of the situation in India

    What is the sound of the color 9?