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About moraldilemma

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    the all-singing all-dancing crap of the world
  1. What are you listening to?

    Been listening to a lot of ska lately.
  2. faith in humanity

    Man, sometimes I don't see the point anymore. What's the point of helping people if they don't want to help themselves? I see humanity going in a downward spiral. People don't care about the environment- the planet they depend on. All people care about is entertainment and collecting crap they don't need. And having more kids. It's so obvious that overpopulation is becoming a huge problem yet everyone still wants to keep reproducing. I feel I'm supposed to be a healer and a teacher. I want to teach about the Dao. But will anyone listen? I thought about becoming a Zen priest, but I don't know if I can take vows to be compassionate if humanity keeps being so self-destructive. Maybe it's because I'm in the US and I'm surrounded by "lol what war are we gonna start next omg." But occasionally I feel like war is a good thing if only to help control the ridiculous population explosion. I don't know, maybe I'll sell all my stuff and go live in the woods. Anyway, I don't know if this is the right place to post this. I'm not trying to vent only, so it's not exactly a journal. I would like some opinionated discussion on this.
  3. Has anyone here switched bodies with someone?

    lol. i like your style. ask for advice, ignore advice, go for the kill. i swapped my consciousness with a bottle of scotch once. it didn't go well. the scotch ended up in my giving me liver damage and a whole day was lost forever. the next day wasn't great either.
  4. You might be a Daaoist, if...

  5. What are you listening to?

    I'm gonna be volunteering at a small community fair. They're putting me in charge of the Octagon, a one on one challenge with American Gladiator-style pugil sticks. I'm trying to make a playlist of epic fight songs. Among "Through the Fire and the Flames" by Dragonforce, "Protect Ya Neck" by Wu Tang Clan, and "the Final Countdown" by Europe, I'm trying to pepper in truly rousing scores such as this. Also war drumming from any part of the world, Celtic punk rock, really anything that can be labeled under "Epic Fight Music." If you can give me any suggestions, that would be super.
  6. Best Qi-gong practice

    IMO a person does not have to have a certification/diploma from a Chinese authority on qigong to teach. I'm not sure that's what you meant. I think if they have a picture with their master and some kind of letter (or calligraphy) approving them, it's enough. And they don't have to be from China. Qigong has been spreading outside of China for at least a hundred years, so there were probably non-Chinese masters before any of us were born.
  7. You might be a Daaoist, if...

    if you've invented a martial art based on an animal (or group of animals). then people talk about how cool that it's based on the movement of the animal. but you get all persnickety because it's based on the *spirit* of the animal, not the movements! yeah, if you do that, you're most likely a dao bum.
  8. [DDJ Meaning] Chapter 14

    I was having some trouble understanding this one earlier. It reminds me of the Heart Sutra a bit. Form does not differ from emptiness; emptiness does not differ from form. Form itself is emptiness; emptiness itself is form. So too are feeling, cognition, formation, and consciousness... Shariputra, all Dharmas are empty of characteristics. They are not produced, not destroyed, not defiled, not pure; and they neither increase nor diminish. Therefore, in emptiness there is no form, feeling, cognition, formation, or consciousness... There is something in this chapter of Lao Tsu that I need to figure out. I'm going to meditate on it.
  9. Looking for feedback; learning online or with books

    Thanks everyone. Found the Eight Extraordinary Meridians audio guide too. I've been doing Reiki Hatsurei-ho, or at least my own version of it. After learning reiki five years ago, I'm still kind of on the fence about it. It appears to be a system that totally focuses on the positive. It just doesn't seem right for some reason. I told my shrink about it. Reiki feels good, and it definitely works. I don't know. I have this deep need for balance. If everyone did reiki then the world would be a lot more positive. My therapist of course replied that there will always be darkness and life will always find balance. Then if course there are reiki teachers. Most of the call themselves masters, having taken three or four weekend seminars. And most charge what I consider exorbitant amounts to share it. The man who originated reiki in its modern form allegedly discovered it by accident. When he taught it, he charged almost nothing because he believed it was a gift to mankind. Thus my emphasis on finding a system that is free. This guy gets it. We need to let the world know about Chi!
  10. Hey guys. I've been trying to get into qigong for the past seven years but there is no teacher near me. Also, I plan on moving around a lot in the next ten years. Is there a good source for learning by yourself? I did take taijiquan classes for a year or so. So I know the basics of posture and relaxing into movements. I've also done lots of meditation and some progressive relaxation and things like that. And a bit of reiki and yoga. So not a total beginner. I've picked up The Complete System of Self-Healing: Internal Exercises by Stephen Chang and The Way of Qigong by Ken Cohen. They're both pretty comprehensive as far as I can tell. I also got a copy of Nourishing the Essence of Life translated by Eva Wong, which is too advanced for me. Here are some things online: A guide to "give you an overview to what you can do to enable you to practice Qigong yourself" by James MacRitchie A "simple, yet very powerful free energy practice." However my BS sensors go off whenever someone says their method is "the highest technology of all technologies.",20707.0.html "first in a series concerning how this qigong variant can gradually lead to superb health, physically, mentally, and spiritually." Though I'm somewhat weary that the author didn't supply a background or credentials. one's nice because the guy really believes qigong should be freely available for everyone. The movements seem like they were derived from martial arts. I'm leaning toward the Eight Extraordinary Meridians right now. Until I figure it out I'll stick with Zazen and Zhan Zhuang. If anybody wants to weigh in, please feel free. This place seems pretty serious about qigong so I look forward to your responses!