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  1. right in the feels.
  2. The Cool Picture Thread

    Here is a funny one of me smoking a Sage/Demiana/Mullein root rollie while doing horse stance , a few years back Other than the taiji slippers and shades I am wearing, I would usually not wear this get up. A friend of mine who was quite the fashionista and was going travelling, had to rid herself of tons of possessions (mostly a staggering amount of clothing ). Whilst digging through the belongings she was gifting to all of the staff at the hotel we worked at, I found some thai fishermen pants that I wanted, and also found this strange oversized silk sash thingamajig..... I ended up folding it into a robe and wore it for the rest of the day while we were cleaning our staff accommodations together. Tofino will always be a dear place to me; the old growth rain forest has such a magical mystique about it. Would be nice to live a stones throw from the ocean/surf again too! g.
  3. New Book - A Lineage of Dragons

    Patiently waiting on the book @Starjumper , you've got another buyer here : -) can't wait.
  4. It seemed that simple to me too, but the amount of seemingly with it people who spew out this non sense is high.. I think I doubt my own judgement on these matters a bit too much because I am so novice. I almost used an analogy like yours in my post because I just don't get the point of saying you have something when it's been lost in the dust for ages and you haven't a clue where it is. Thanks @Taoist Texts
  5. what does your diet look like when following these guide lines? congee, rice / veg, and bread?
  6. I don't think what he has to say is always the case for every trans person, but I think there is more truth to his testimony than people would care to believe. i was abused as a child and as a result felt like somehow I was gay my whole life even though I've only ever been sexually attracted to females. Pair this with being teased for being too effeminate and sensitive most of my life by my father/peers, and it causes a ton of confusion about your sexual identity well before you're even having sex... Luckily I never repressed the things that happened to me to the point where I just started to believe that I actually was supposed to be a girl, but I think it is very plausible that these kind of scenarios do result in a lot of gender dysphoria and etc.. some food for thought anyways.
  7. This one particular subject has been stumping me lately, and I wanted to throw this out there in hopes that some of the more advanced wayfarers that frequent here can shed some light on the subject, and maybe clear up some confusion for myself and others who are curious about this... Anyways... here goes nothing! How do we reconcile these ideas of already being complete and having nothing to do v.s. following a path and deciding to work willfully towards some kind of personal/spiritual development... and before I get the tongue in cheek Who is asking? all is one typical new age sounding answer, can we please engage in a bit more of a thoughtful conversation on the matter? Of course all is one but my left hand isn't my right nor is my heart my head. Is there really any denying that there are layers and levels to this all and that it does take a lot of hard work and eating of the bitter to achieve spiritual progress... I'm sure there are levels in which there is nothing left to do and you just let the rest unfold. I am also fairly sure the people that are actually at this stage are few and far between. Not like the " doing the dishes is meditation enough folks" will have you believe. It seemed to me for the longest time that the idea of already being whole, was entirely a new age fallacy, until I was visiting golden elixir press and saw this quote from Liu Yiming.. “Golden Elixir is another name for one’s fundamental nature. There is no other Golden Elixir outside one's fundamental nature. All human beings have this Golden Elixir complete in themselves: it is entirely realized in everybody. It is neither more in a sage, nor less in an ordinary person. It is the seed of the Immortals and the Buddhas, the root of the worthies and the sages.” The way this contrasts with statements in other texts of man essentially being a crude animal before deciding to undergo transformations just baffles me really. If the Golden Elixir is already complete, then why are the stories of so many great masters filled with years upon years of hardship and sacrifice in order to achieve great attainments? Statements like that fail to mention that it isn`t an overnight process to lose your acquired nature in order to see / express / be what is fundamental... Sorry if this post is a little all over the place, but the contrast of opinion on this subject leaves me feeling confused really..
  8. What are you listening to?

    That would be quite the show! He told a story before playing burn one down about an experience he had whilst touring Brazil and it was pretty hilarious. Ben was walking through the streets of Brazil and a bunch of kids probably around the age of 10 started singing his song with my own two hands at him because they had recognized him and admired his music. He explained how overjoyed he was, and since it is a very positive and uplifting song ( like a lot of his music is ) he felt like in some way he had made a positive impact on these youngins lives.... That`s when they transitioned into serenading him with the song burn one down , and that nice moment he was having turned into an experience of mild shame for exposing children to a song about smoking pot Not that they hadn`t already, or wouldn`t have eventually discovered marijuana, but it was a funny story leading into that song nonetheless. Then the place got real skunky, real fast.
  9. What are you listening to?

    one of the best live performances I have seen to date : - )
  10. What are you listening to?

    oufffff, Jedi mind always puts me in the mood for some groovy rounds on the heavy bag. You've gotta love vinnie paz.
  11. I'd assume because it was much more of a patriarchal society and there is a complete lack of lunar ( feminine,yin) influence on Christianity as far as I can tell.. I am just a toddler on the path though, so this is all a bit confusing for me. I suppose the lack of dual cultivation of these forces can account for the the very polarized thought in the world today, as a large part of modern societies are based on christian principles, but i do not have a deep enough experiential or intellectual understanding to say much more with any certainty... I don't think this lack of the feminine principle is only a result of societal norms in the cultures in which these systems arose, I think that the fruits of the cultivation when you only focus on this solar / masculine principle is quite different than dual cultivation or solely lunar feminine cultivation and I think that true adepts know very well what they are doing in these regards, with a clear goal in mind ( some of them at least )... What these fruits are,is what I am trying to find out before I devote myself to any path. It seems to me to be a newage fallacy to think that all paths lead to the same place when you are not even cultivating the same thing... I am just too new to these studies to understand what the goal exactly is on the right, left and razor edged / middle path. My premature and overwhelming experience of the divine seemed very motherly at first really, and was very dark and confusing. everything was there but it was without substance and can be best described as infinite potential. Kind of like how there was potential for me to be born when i was but a yet to be inseminated egg inside of my earthly mother ( an as above so below kind of dynamic ? ) The masculine moving principle did not come til later and then things felt a little more clear.. my awareness was not so foggy at this point, but I was still rather confused about what i was to do, or not do for that matter. It was whiter than white, but I didn't know what to do with the light. I got frustrated at not having the means to complete this circle that would move clockwise and counterclockwise changing back and forth, and it continued to turn into a luminous man sitting in full lotus posture and then completely exploded and then there i was disoriented and back in my body, sitting in my room. I felt like I had tried perfecting the circle infinite times with no success, but had no recollection of the other times, it was just something i intuited. Made me really start to truly consider the idea of past lives and reincarnation. Anyways, that is enough of my confused rambling for now. I really enjoyed reading this thread. Thank you Fa Xin.
  12. Late to the party, but I agree 100%. I had never read the apocryphon of John til now... The only major discernible difference for me is the masculinity ascribed to the one here, as opposed to the femininity ascribed to it in Daoism..
  13. subscribed : - ) great chat, looking forward to further youtube content.