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About Earl Grey

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  1. Quickly detecting a fool is invaluable

    And I used to say the exact opposite until the end of last year. Both times my assessments have been accurate.
  2. Quickly detecting a fool is invaluable

    Never argue with idiots, for they will beat you with experience every time. Try to talk sense to a fool and he will call you foolish. To argue is to make both of you look like fools, and upon realizing that, continuing to argue then makes you alone both a fool and idiot.
  3. Haiku Chain

    Gee, thanks for breaking the chain.
  4. Deleted

    I get tempted myself to do the same as many others have been more and more frequently. I am about ready to bring a mob with pitchforks and torches to demand the Off Grid area and the Trump and other related threads be eliminated from this forum and taken to an entirely different forum for that nonsense instead of polluting this place since some people can't seem to separate their quarrels from thread to thread. But we know it ain't going to happen because those who are having the most fun in those threads don't see a problem with it. I'm off to the Fun Machine because I'd rather discuss things that bring joy instead of bring out the anger and resentment in others.
  5. Today's Biggest Threat: the Polarized Mind

    My signature in all my posts basically sums up my view of dealing with the polarized mind. Some have set their options to not see signatures so it is copied and bolded here for emphasis: Cynics regarded everybody as equally corrupt... Idealists regarded everybody as equally corrupt, except themselves. It's only possible to see people when one is able to see the world as others see it. Everyone has a belief system, B.S., the trick is to learn not to take anyone's B.S. too seriously, especially your own. Of course I’m crazy, but that doesn’t mean that I’m wrong. Only the madman is absolutely sure. You are precisely as big as what you love and precisely as small as what you allow to annoy you. - Snippets of Wisdom from Robert Anton Wilson
  6. Healing Hands - Maybe?

    Good that you're researching rather than just taking things blindly. You can't be sure who to trust and who claims to be an expert too, many of whom are on this forum. Try to have a serious meditation instructor who is qualified. I don't mean going to YouTube or downloading an app--try to actually learn Golden Flower meditation (my teacher offers it but charges and arm and a leg) or do the long Gayatri meditation as it cleans and expands the chakras while also downloading from the higher realms: Om Bhur Om Bhuvaha Om Swaha Om Maha Om Janaha Om Tapaha Om Satyam Om Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dimahi Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayat. This is the one you use, not the shorter one as the shorter one is only root, navel, and solar plexus. VERY bad idea. You can strain your head and cause blood clotting in the head as well as congestion at this early stage of discovery. STOP. Unfortunately, the leaked instructions online are missing information as well as have been meddled with due to people adding things into it that don't belong to it. The actual instructions are a closely guarded secret in Java, and the instructions from Jim and Kostas are being held by the Western Mo Pai group, an informal name of students who learned from Jim McMillan before he died and have his notes for practice. What you are doing is not only dangerous, but also not even Mo Pai, strictly speaking. Mo Pai alone without the guidance of the actual teachers is dangerous, and Mo Pai mixed with the distorted instructions that have been leaked online are worse, and one place people here can be in agreement with is that you should never get the leaked instructions and practice on your own. The sensation you feel is not the thing you should be looking for either. This is not as uncommon as you think. Wang Liping's lineage sucks energy from trees via the palm (lao gong point). Without a scan it's hard to tell, but most people who think they stored energy or opened the dantian may be simply aware of their chakras and don't have jing or qi, but li (strength). Don't bother with reverse breathing now--let it come naturally if you have a qualified teacher. Mine says it comes on its own after enough practice of seated and standing meditation (Golden Flower and Zhan Zhuang plus proper breathing before reverse, mindful, and intentional breathings). Yes, you did. STOP. Don't focus on "parlor tricks" as Paramahansa Yogananda calls these psychic techniques, focus on being One with the Divine. The psychic techniques are gifts to be taught and used properly by those deserving of it and to help others improve their relationship with God/Tao/Allah/Oneness/Source. Otherwise, people worship techniques, not God, and become separated from Oneness by focusing on Ego. Healing is an honor and sacred duty. Do not take it lightly.
  7. Can anyone teach me Psychic techniques?

    And are proud of the name of the school and its reputation before they even get accepted, let alone have the effort and knowledge evaluated. Power is not useless but flaunting power one doesn’t have or criticizing the concept of power is again one thing I will say about it: when you have actual power, you won’t talk about it or prove it to anyone because the real thing is not what people believe it to be. And it’s not worth it trying to explain when people have their own ideas about power already and won’t listen.
  8. Can anyone teach me Psychic techniques?

    Sounds a lot like most people with what they want to do after college before they've even been accepted into a university.
  9. Tin Yat Dao Sect

    Yes, but can anyone see Uranus in this pic?
  10. Tin Yat Dao Sect

    A suggestion for the mods: with the way this thread is going, is it perhaps worth considering splitting this off from the original thread given that it's no longer anything to do with the OP?
  11. LMP, SonOfTheGods, Mercury Fire Blood and Honey

    This hearty attitude is why I enjoy the Loneman Pai fellows. I don't practice it, but I sure would love to grab a beer with them and party in the vein of the Beastie Boys.
  12. Tin Yat Dao Sect

    I am under the belief that we have both good and bad days and this is one of the few bad days we've seen for flowing hands here. Even the ascended masters like Jesus got angry and blew up or the goddesses like Chamundi are wrathful against those sincere adherents who stand in the way of awakening. There is fun but I'm also here out of duty to my teachers who often get mentioned here. I'm only responding because you quoted me, but if you want to carry this further, message me privately or go to my PPJ as I'm done with this thread.
  13. Type of QiGong On-Line

    As your post is viewable in web searches as opposed to other sections of the forum, you may want to have others just PM you directly here and give them your e-mail from there. You are opening yourself to spam from bots as this is searchable in Google and other web search engines.
  14. Tin Yat Dao Sect

    One of the biggest frustrations I have about this forum and the anonymous nature of the Internet is that it also takes something very difficult to fundamentally measure fairly rather than objectively or equally, which is the esoteric path. I will actually be referencing a few groups here including our favorite WMP friends and am trying to speak as respectfully as possible with the full disclosure that I am making zero attacks on anyone mentioned here. To put it simply, none of us for the most part know each other's complexities as human beings, even divorced of our practices and our participation here. What we especially don't know about is the veracity or legitimacy of someone's practice, which can vary with topics outright decrying Mantak Chia and Michael Winn as frauds and weak or unhealthy practices versus people who are very happy with the results. What is more important is the sincerity of each practitioner, and even then, it's hard to verify, because besides generational, national cultural, political, and linguistic barriers such as many who don't speak English as their first language here, we also have the further limiting factor that is people's ability to communicate in writing their depth of understanding, let alone the difficulties even I as a writer and professional struggle with in conveying my points. By the logical positivist school of thinking, we are all failures in our ability to communicate effectively. By my own humanity, that failure is what makes us closer to one another. The administration here describes this as a café-like atmosphere where decorum and etiquette are determined by them, but when you mix spiritual and esoteric practices, it becomes more of a pub in that regard since these practices affect our perceptions and relationship with the veils of the myriad of realities we pass through, but more apparently, it stirs egos, both our own and others. And while in an actual physical establishment where people will gravitate towards others who share similar interests and can ignore the others who clash with them, the problem with the nature of an Internet forum is that these conversations, unless edited, hidden, or deleted, stay here forever and people are judged by those posts, which are also impacted by the above complexities I've mentioned with language, age, culture, and such. I'm not ashamed of my posts, but I am also not proud of a few of them over the years, and I went from being an idealistic and curious individual in 2015 to someone more settled into my path, suffice to say I am more of a journeyman and an adept in 2019 rather than a recently-elevated senior apprentice then. And as a human being, I of course have my moments and struggles. What I have found helpful was talking to people in private and even offline, especially when I gave free or voluntary donation-based Akashic readings here and got to know many individuals on video conference or phone calls, and even meeting up in person with some. It helps to hear the tone, to know someone as a person, an individual, and a human, and find out how they sound and look and their little tics and quirks are far different from their ability to express themselves in writing, and likewise, people don't see us, they assemble us through the filter of their own projections as we do to them. In short: we have both hands and feet tied to the chair, our mouths gagged, eyes blindfolded, ears plugged, and are judged by our ability to understand Shakespeare, Sartre, and Solzhenitsyn in Sanskrit and communicate it in a translation into Esperanto while using only morse code to others, and the consequences of this stay with us for a long time because they only know what we've said and do not how we look or feel, nor do they know anything about us. The metrics by which people measure their own practice and others is not a constant in this forum. Flowing Hands is someone that could be a fraud or a holy man and nobody knows without knowing him or being part of the same school. By the metrics of my own lineages, I give him my respect because I can sense it in him and in GSMaster, while those same metrics are the ones that make me grateful for Flowing Hands informing us of new developments from Tin Yat Dao and advising caution. By those same metrics I personally have, I may not agree with the deviations from traditional transmission of the WMP group, but I can empathize with them even if I can't agree with them since their metric is not mine and my metric is not theirs, and still be friendly with them so long as we understand that we aren't converting each other the same way a Jew and a Buddhist talking about their different views doesn't have to be about burning synagogues and temples but about understanding why they believe what they believe and don't necessarily agree with your views. (Briefly, I offer apologies to any of you members of that group reading this because I only say WMP since that's the common recognized title for you as they separate you from actual and current students of JC's lineage). As a result of the lack of consistent metrics to measure and verify practices or recognize authority in others and their practices, we can't really help but be agnostic about everything, even if the actual masters people revere were to post in this forum. It already happens as I know even Sifu Terry Dunn of the Flying Phoenix thread is so busy that I've been asked to help manage that thread as his student. The problem with the above as a representative of Terry Dunn is that when an incident occurs that his own students understand what is wrong (trolling our thread, insulting Sifu Terry, and defending a scammer), those on the outside and not in the know have indeed construed their own version of events and I have endured their insults, including the most amusing one when someone said "My flow is better than yours". It's an opinion and not the most endearing thing to hear (to say the least), but it's also an uninformed opinion because it has more to do with that individual looking through the lens of their practice, their values, and their ignorance of the internal situation in our own corner of the café (which will not be available to see as most of the offending posts have been edited out), as well as the emphasis on the overall forum's view of fairness, which again is not consistent even amongst mods as it is to their own discretion with again their own human fallibilities. This thread has gone from being a public service announcement to stern warning on civility and now the questioning of legitimacy and authority or qualifications of individuals like Flowing Hands and another exhausting chapter of the battle between the mods and the individuals over what is proper, and unfortunately, even if I agree with Flowing Hands, we're in their territory and it's a lost cause since their priority is to give everyone an equal opportunity to speak and have themselves protected within reason. It is one thing to be non-judging, but the problem here is people are also being non-discerning in an effort to appear non-judging. A political example here (and again, apologies to those who fall into the partisan divide, particularly Americans): in the vein of John Locke, I don't agree with someone's opinion, but I will fight for their right to speak it, so when someone in Berkeley says something in the vein of white nationalism and calling dark-skinned individuals like me part of the problem of the eroding identity of America, I consider why he says that even if I am biting my tongue already and know that he may not view me fairly because of his bias, but I win because I have heard and considered him and done my own investigation through both dialogue with him and research about his views. I lose if I am the Progressive idiot who punches him in the face because even if his views are alarmingly bigoted, I feed the bigotry by resorting to violence. (Disclaimer: I am a Progressive-leaning political Moderate, but find both parties disappointing). So in order to protect people's speaking privilege here, mods step in before they see someone potentially being punched in the face or what they see as a perceived threat of a punch, and I leave it to your imagination to figure out how that translates to online communication. Whether you are actually going to proceed to punch them in the face and if that is actually your intent are two entirely different things, again subject to debate and what they see. I apologize to everyone for this long-winded post and hope my view has offered some insights. I am uninterested in participating any further on this thread because Flowing Hands has already made his point, the mods have made theirs, the new direction of this thread is a repeat of something else I have already experienced, and I have spoken my piece on this as an individual member. In the words of Rodney King: "Can we just get along?"
  15. Tin Yat Dao Sect

    This is a gift to ALL practitioners of iron shirt according to him and his successor: DO NOT HIT USING YOUR KNUCKLES ON YOUR FLESH. Just use your palms. Those who do this variation of iron shirt using the body tapping version will understand, those who do the internal version using breathing and mind won't need to worry at all (I do both). He wants everyone to know because the world could lose true gems of individuals who don't know this simple mistake cost the martial world his life.