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  1. Transmission: Useful? What? Where? How to?

    A transmission is such that, if you were to learn on your own solely from a book, you'd have a vastly different experience in comparison to learning with the teacher giving the transmission. You'd have a lesser experience, or an off the mark experience, on your own. But with a teacher, you have the genuine experience and learn in the right way. There are different forms of transmission, many of which don't make sense to me...but they do something. Always go for it, if that's your chosen path.
  2. Does Buddhist meditation replenish yin qi?

    "Yin qi" is a weird term, not really sure what exactly that, hard to say.
  3. I think eating bone broth is good for kidney yin deficiency. Also good to go to sleep at 10 pm each day. For your information, winter is considered to be over already in Chinese Medicine. Spring started February 4th.
  4. Ba Duan Jin Energetics Visualization

    No, I don't think that's part of it. It's a physical practice; best to just move the body as instructed.
  5. Mystical Christian Thread

    Going simply based off of the translated language, part of this could imply there was an old man, which is cast aside and which he no longer is. The new man may not have been either of the two (because it's created new). It's also solely "in himself", so it's not referring to the "one flesh" concept of uniting male and least externally speaking. I'm not sure of the Bible ever teaching about the two genders being internal within one person. I'm truly interested to see if anyone has other verses that speak of something related to this notion of "the two".
  6. Mystical Christian Thread

    What do you guys think are "the two"? Any Biblical support for your idea?
  7. Mystical Christian Thread

    Also Revelation 2:26-28 NIV: "To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’ (a reference to Psalm 2:9)—just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give that one the morning star." And 2 Peter 1:19 NIV: "We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts." I've heard that the Isaiah verse is related to Ezekiel 28:1-19. Not sure if they're about the same king, but both have to do with an excessive hubris (thinking one is more than just a mortal, or trying to be greater than the Most High) and loss of conscience...and they seem to use Satan as a metaphor for the king; or the king was identified as Satan/the fallen one. I think it'd be questionable to interpret "morning star" as being Satan, though, given the other verses. It's clearly a good thing. But it's definitely a tricky subject given the Isaiah verse.
  8. Loving Your Neighbour

    Probably even a more accurate barometer than one's family, is one's stepmother.
  9. Loving Your Neighbour

    Nope, I was just speaking about how I tend to be, in relation to someone who was a great example of love.
  10. Loving Your Neighbour

    The pastor's wife at my church growing up was one of the most kind people I had ever met. She always warmly greeted me (and everyone), had deep concern for us on an individual level, made the day fun and bright, was genuine. If you needed anything, I'm sure she would've given it without a second thought. Just a true friend. When I think about "love your neighbor", I think about her example, which is something I truly don't live up to...I tend to be more brutally honest with myself and others, rather than warm. She was never harsh like I am. While she knew right from wrong, I don't think she viewed anyone she came into contact with as irredeemable, as I often do.
  11. "Righteous" Anger & Rage?

    It's also your perspective, though. Honesty is the best policy! It's not a matter of holding on. We are by nature individual and separate...yet interconnected. When you cease grasping, you're still differentiated, even if your mind isn't (for a time). There are many notions regarding nonduality which are false, and have their root in dualism rather than genuine realization. realization of our own ends the suffering of others in a sufficient way. But we just covered that individual realization doesn't change the fact that there are still problems for people in the world. It can't be argued that from a "nondual perspective" (which is a dualistic concept) that there are no problems. To put it into other terminology, relative truth doesn't cease being the case when taking up an absolute truth perspective...if we can even honestly take up that perspective. Those realizations have no impact on the problems of the world. We're spiritual bypassing here... They're still valid after even the final realization. No genuinely enlightened being ever taught, "forget about those people's issues, just think about nonduality" (or however you'd prefer to word the same idea). When you transcend the mind entirely, the real world is still fact, even more so, because then one is unclouded by false notions of spirituality.
  12. Idk about shamanic journeys, but I think 2 ideas are good: 1) Focus on the things that redeem them as a person. Let's say if they were once kind to you, but no longer are...focus on what they used to do for you. Or let's say they're not kind to you, but only to one other person...focus on how good they are to be that kind to that person. Or let's say you know of no redeeming qualities...imagine in a past life that they were the kindest person to you. Focus on that. 2) Imagine they're destined to endure the worst possible torment, for 100,000 years without ceasing. Keep imagining that happening to them, and think if it could really be real that they will go through that as a result of being unacceptable to you. If you truly keep envisioning it and thinking it could really happen to them, compassion will rise up for them naturally, and you'll want it not to happen.
  13. "Righteous" Anger & Rage?

    That's advice for beginners, which I'm definitely not; not even saying that with an ounce of hubris. Further down the path, we reach a point where we have focused on and changed ourselves (and/or continue to), and have seen that it hasn't impacted the real problems in the world at all. There are just subtle changes in others we come into contact with (which is a good thing, sure...but not enough). After that point, one advances to the level of "changing others after you've changed yourself", which is a whole new ballgame. You thought changing yourself was difficult? Try reasoning with someone else, and seeing if they'll budge at all! We advance to this stage, that is, if we have the heart to take up the challenge. Many are prevented from taking action due to adhering to fraudulent philosophies, such as believing that keeping positive thoughts will help someone starving halfway around the world. Or if not actually believing that, lacking action due to excessive focus on themselves, and little sayings which for one reason or another, make them forget about the problems of others. "If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?" - James 2:15-16 ESV One of my favorite verses of the Bible. Those on the spiritual path can sometimes lack integrity in certain areas, and this is one of them - we overestimate the impact of our beliefs and inner changes. In reality, in the objective universe, we're still basically the same old person. Just ask your family members if you want to know how enlightened you are. Their laughter will be the most truthful thing you hear. Another area of lacking integrity is the repression of anger and emotions in general, leading to passive aggressive behavior, disguised as peace. It is anything but peace, and is actually a stronger form of anger than the little feeling we had to begin with. What makes us angry is something that we need to reconcile if we want to advance spiritually. It's an opportunity for character development; but those who have aversion to emotions and anger can miss the chance - for instance, becoming apathetic bliss junkies spouting impotent platitudes, lashing out (politely) at those who say anything disagreeable to them...rather than actually being of service to those in need. Anger is a poison, sure...but a worse poison is the apathy we assume when we know of children being abused (for instance) and then try to feel and do nothing about it.
  14. "Righteous" Anger & Rage?

    Definitely not. Therein lies the issue central to this thread: how can we deal with such an unjust and disturbed world? Obviously, attaining realization doesn't solve the real problems. I think if you go back and reread our exchanges again, you'll see that I'm not making any assumptions, but am trying to hone our spiritual philosophy into something more honest and accurate.
  15. "Righteous" Anger & Rage?

    We're interrelated, connected, yet distinct as individuals. This means it's all the more important to take care of these others, as what affects them ends up affecting us in some way, and vice versa. It's untrue that being inseparable means we're indistinct - ie, that the mother isn't a mother but is you, or that you aren't you but are the mother. Honestly, this isn't true. You claim to have this realization and see the world differently, but despite what you think your realization is (none of my post is meant to be offensive toward you, but is instead meant to provoke a response of greater integrity), there are still serial killers, starving people, abused children. These still exist in your world. How can it be said to be "clarity" to consider the problems of the world something that one gets "caught up" with? That's honestly more like apathy than a genuine positive state of attainment, or philosophy. Clarity would understand the problems of others, have no issue dealing with them, and not be preoccupied getting sedated with inner bliss. What about acting as needed for future moments, or to fix something that happened in the past? Those are off limits; why? Are not issues continually arising in our world due to the negligence of many, including ourselves? It's only important when it enters our individual minuscule awareness, despite us being interrelated with all things (even outside of our small individual view)? What's with the aversion to the suffering of others, and calling it "the world of multitudes"? Is this not also another dualistic concept (duality vs nonduality), and therefore equally as fraudulent, in principle? I understand some people think this kind of philosophy helps them with meditation, and they think it will lead to enlightenment. On the other hand, it can be viewed as thoughtless apathy - and that definitely doesn't help us in our attainment. Outside of our minds, the world has some terrible things taking place. In reality. Should we be painting pictures of happy joyous worlds to numb ourselves to reality? I don't think that's clarity. Is being aware of actual problems in the real world, outside of our minds, something which causes a terrible world of suffering in our minds? I don't think so - that is what's actually happening. So why aren't all of the problems fixed yet, if you've already accomplished your goal? Apparently realizing bliss as our true nature doesn't solve the world's problems...therefore, we must respond.