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  1. Let's Scry!

    Correlation does not prove causation. As long as Gandalf doesn't get pissed at me I should be okay.
  2. Let's Scry!

    I used to think that it was best to ignore such things, but I have changed my mind. When unconscious voices speak to you through whatever media are available (images, phobias, pains, sounds, etc) it is essential to hear them. You don't need to act upon them any more than you need to act upon the screaming of a child, but you would never ignore a child so why ignore your unconscious?
  3. Let's Scry!

    Did you drop a truck on your foot? That must have been painful!
  4. Let's Scry!

    I shall dip my big toe into the pool of insanity, having faith in my ability to withdraw it.
  5. Let's Scry!

    Scrying life. It starts out with a ball, staring into the crystal hoping to see... something. But it doesn't end there. Scrying is everywhere. Behind every truth, under every event, beside every artifact there is something hidden, unseen but able to be seen. It's the split frame, spliced between the regular frames. Easy to miss, but once seen it cannot be unseen. Something is indeed changing.
  6. How Not To Be Negative

    Thank you. I've had a pain in my neck and shoulder for the last few days and it really colors my mood. It's easy to last out at others when you feel pain. I remind myself to be light, to be soft, and to let my negative feelings go. That is easier said than done. Ultimately we're all the same. We all feel the same pain. We all lash out at others when we suffer or when we think we might suffer. Om mane padme hum... That's a good place to start.
  7. 19 year old interested in improving vitality and brain health.

    @rideforever gives good advice. I would add the following: Write stuff down. Write down what you want to achieve in the next year, two years, five years. Built a list of milestones (steps) that you need to achieve in order to do these things. Periodically evaluate your list to see where you are, how far you have gone, how far you have yet to go, and adjust as needed. Few people have true genius but everyone can do what I describe.
  8. What is wrong about being judgemental?

    Is there a case where one person can judge another person without bringing themselves into the equation...?
  9. What is wrong about being judgemental?

    Does judgement necessarily involve comparisons to oneself? I can judge a car as good or bad with not relation to me. Are we implying that one cannot judge a person as good or bad without bringing oneself into the mix?
  10. What is wrong about being judgemental?

    I have no absolute reason why one should not be an ass other than because one chooses not to.
  11. What is wrong about being judgemental?

    "Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement." Gandalf speaking to Frodo in The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien Bingo! What we're really saying is "don't be an a$$#*!3." That's a far cry from "don't be judgemental."
  12. What is wrong about being judgemental?

    Well said. There is a time to judge and a time not to judge. Discerning between the two is itself a form of judgement. I have been working on letting go of my judgments since most of the time they serve only to bring me pain. It's not easy. But I still believe that judgments are fundamentally necessary to cultivate wisdom. The Tao may flow like water and that may be our ultimate ideal, but we are not water and to pretend otherwise is (at this time) foolish.
  13. Anger as Power

    This came up on YouTube. It seems apt.
  14. Anger as Power

    The Wikipedia is limited in its treatment of him. The Eight Immortals of Taoism, by Kwok Man Ho and Joanne O'Brien is an interesting book that delves in detail in to the lives of the Eight Immortals. It shows that gaining immortality does not mean letting go of human emotions, at least not right away. pp. 79 https://www.amazon.com/Eight-Immortals-Taoism-Legends-Popular/dp/0452010705 Eventually Lu Dong Bin realizes the futility of anger, or at least the futility of holding on to anger after it has served its purpose, but he realizes this well after achieving immortality. If you decide to buy this book then let me know. It's an interesting read.
  15. Anger as Power

    There are also stories about Taoist Immortals who use sex, drunkenness and anger to know Tao. Take a look at the Eight Immortals. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight_Immortals My favorite is Lu Dongbin. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lü_Dongbin