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  1. What Is Nothing?

  2. Yin and Yang

    I am influenced by what someone ‘saw’ coming out of my eyes many years ago, which involves this dynamic cycle between the black and the white channel. What would a daoist make of this? There were two small swords, I only painted the hilt, the rest of the sword was also gold.
  3. Yin and Yang

    To completely pare it down, does jing naturally fall downwards when it follows sexual desire (in men and women), but it actually has to travel upwards to reach the middle dantian, which is why desire is such an important issue.
  4. Yin and Yang

    I honestly think when it comes to these major polarities ida and pingala really are talking about the same concept as yin and yang: Ida is on the left side and called the lunar nadi. It is associated with feminine energy, active at night and contain water properties. Pingala is on the right side and is called the solar or the sun nadi. It is associated with masculine energy, active during the day and contains fire properties. But I fully respect you wanting to come at it from a purely Daoist perspective. I particularly resonate with the daoist descriptions of dantians, jing qi and Shen etc. I just happen to like the Ida/pingala concept to clarify duality.
  5. Yin and Yang

    That’s a tick for your tradition 😉 Good to hear. Yes I was taking it as actual blood and semen only, what is the non-physical counterpart of blood and semen?
  6. Yin and Yang

    I cannot fathom how stopping menstruation would a) be possible without starvation or menopause, or b.) would indicate spiritual progress. It’s not like menstruation is associated with desire or lack of it in any way. To me at least, stopping menstruation is not equivalent to semen retention, and seems more like a false association born from lack of physiological knowledge and external equivalence. Also, I’m a woman, yet found I was drawn to starting from my lower dantian.
  7. Yin and Yang

    For me yin and yang are best envisioned as Ida and Pingala Nadis. True Yin and True Yang IME swap certain specific ‘natural’ qualities, so that what we might think of as a Yang quality is actually True Yin, and vice versa. As far as I can tell, it is Ida Nadi that is most blocked in humanity nowadays, maybe it has been for a long time - in the DDJ it states “Know the white, keep to the black”. Know the ‘masculine’ energies but keep to the “feminine” energies. I have found that 99% of what I needed to do was in the Ida channel, the Pingala channel was hardly any work, and always very brief. When energy is flowing freely in both, they couple naturally.
  8. I’d describe it exactly like that, at a certain point we have to get out of the way and let the black and the white do their thing.
  9. I don’t think so. The central channel seems a better candidate for beyond polarity to me. But aren’t ‘illusory’ and ‘veiling’ something to go beyond as they are limiting and restrict consciousness? On the internal subtle level Ida Nadi isn’t a negative thing, perfect flow through and balance between Ida and Pingala is required. Ida isn’t ultimately a limiting concept. My own understanding of ‘the Black’ is as the active force, capable of subtle action, with ‘the White’ as the words or intention directing the action. Something like the brains and the brawn, working together. Each are distinct, but take one out of the picture and nothing can happen, there is only chaos and misaligned intention.
  10. There seem to be two particularly strong theories. The first is that the images were darkened to illustrate a text from the Song of Songs: "I am black but beautiful." [Negra sum sed formosa] In support of this theory, note that many of the black Madonnas exist in France, and date from around the time of the crusades, when Bernard of Clairvaux wrote numerous commentaries on the Canticles, comparing the soul to the bride, as well as many on Our Lady. He was also known to have visited several shrines of the Black Madonna, for example: Chatillon and Affligem. In the Gothic period texts explicitly interpreted the Bride in Canticles as referring especially to Mary. Once artistic precedent had been set, subsequent black Madonnas may be explained by artistic convention rather than theological motivation. Based on historical correlations, Ean Begg speculates that the genre developed from an esoteric popular religion common among the Templars and Cathars, perhaps as a complement to the impetus from Bernard. The other prominent theory is briefly summarized by Stephen Benko: "The Black Madonna is the ancient earth-goddess converted to Christianity." His argument begins by noting that many goddesses were pictured as black, among them Artemis of Ephesus, Isis, Ceres, and others. Ceres, the Roman goddess of agricultural fertility, is particularly important. Her Greek equivalent, Demeter, derives from Ge-meter or Earth Mother. The best fertile soil is black in color and the blacker it is, the more suited it is for agriculture.
  11. Need Help Interpreting a Dream Symbol

    I wonder if you did tune into the emotional stuff for a few minutes, if you made a point of it in a few moments of quiet time, whether your rude and unhelpful dreams might be appeased and do an about face to support that endeavour. Dreams can get very cranky if they’re being ignored, but are very quick to be satisfied if you start working with them instead of against them.
  12. Need Help Interpreting a Dream Symbol

    I think your dreams are saying the thing you consider to be ‘inferior’ is actually beautiful and valuable, and I imagine that thing is most likely to be your female aspect given the context of your dream. Black, which is being equated with good in your dreams, is a Daoist symbol for Yin/female. I wonder if you are being presented with your female side in waking life through the circumstances around you, and if you are vehemently rejecting that aspect when it comes up.
  13. This Western notion that the Father/light is good and that darkness is bad is regrettable and unhelpful to the psyche and leads to all sorts of imbalance. Assuming there is a subtle reality (and I believe there is) how can anyone discover it with an open mind if they are biased from the start? And how can the two polarities start working together if one side isn’t even acknowledged let alone nurtured? Yoga acknowledges these two as ida and pingala nadi’s, this is a saner and sound basis from which to start IMO. But it is equally a mistake to imagine that they are beyond polarity, though I believe they are capable of union. People in the Western theology system can find balance still, many orders have a devotion to Mary, and there is the curious case of the black Madonna, a perfect symbol for the female/dark side of duality. And the words at the bottom - Nigra sum sed formosa, meaning "I am black but beautiful" (from the Song of Songs, 1:5)
  14. Damo Mitchell Free MCO Course

    Not even entering into the argument of whether this view is correct or not, it is the traditional Daoist perspective. Komjathy states this clearly in Daoism, a guide for the perplexed, where he writes, "a transcendent spirit is created [his italics], not given. From a traditional Daoist perspective, immortality is not an ontological given; it is actualised through Daoist training (p. 128). As it so happens I do agree with your (and traditional Daoism’s) perspective.
  15. Who thinks Bill Bodri is right?

    An independent Yin Shen/subtle body? An unusual position, up till now I’ve only heard of the aim to generate a Yang Shen. I don’t know Bill Bodri at all, but I think his idea (that you posted previously) that no one actually knows what works so do everything is pretty funny, though quite possibly true.