paragon

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  1. New here -excited

    Welcome friend
  2. Gosh, I feel sorry for the poster. I choose not to buy into his story but yes, loneliness has been a great trial for me. (If any chicks between the ages of 20-32 want to marry me, send me a PM. *) *I'm serious
  3. Attainment of the Tao

    Perhaps not literally "attainment of the Tao" itself; but naturally there is something to be sought through Taoism; and although I'm sure our search will continue beyond this realm, naturally it must be at least partially attainable in this life, otherwise we're wasting our time in a fruitless search.... So I read the question less literally as "what is the highest goal we could possibly attain through Taoism?"
  4. Attainment of the Tao

    I'll be very interested to hear what everyone has to say about this. I personally thought of it as being ready to move to a higher realm, with no need to return to the physical plane. But I am very much a n00b to all this so it's entirely possible I completely missed the point.
  5. I Don't Care If You Hate Me ...

    Wuschel, I'm not 100% sure what he meant, either - but I felt that there was kindness in his words, and that to me gave them value. Thanks, rideforever! And thanks for all the other thank yous in this thread!
  6. Please leave ego aside to read this

    Sorry, I don't want to start a debate - I regret mentioning it now. Please ignore my comment.
  7. Please leave ego aside to read this

    Obviously as you figured out, I meant to do a quote there not a spoiler.
  8. Please leave ego aside to read this

    Hmm.... he thought Walt Whitman was enlightened.... Was tempted to read the book before that.
  9. Please leave ego aside to read this

    Great to hear your story - hearing about these experiences leaves me in awe!
  10. Reminds me of that call centre worker in Scotland who took a photo of himself in his grandfather's army uniform and created a wikipedia page painting himself as a war hero. He was invited to be the guest of honour at some charity event.
  11. Call to Vikings!

    I'm blond and everyone says I have viking features. Probably from the Norwegian on my Mum's side. Never been there though - can I still join the club?
  12. Greetings from Paragon

    Thank youuuuuuuu
  13. Greetings from Paragon

    How do I join the slack chat? When I try to invite myself it says it doesn't have my email address.
  14. Greetings from Paragon

    Thanks for the welcome! I've actually had lots of amazing experiences with energy healers, particularly Reconnective Healing, the Body Code and the Yuen Method. Lying on my bed while waves of powerful energy soared through my body from a Reconnective healer on the other side of the world was a pretty eye-opening experience. Disposing of persistent bad emotions virtually instantly using the Body Code was another. Perhaps the technique that really swung me round was the Yuen Method - it's amazing the way my practitioner can look at an issue in my life from the other side of the world and then usually with no prompting from me, can tell me exactly what it's about in a way that makes absolute sense. She often grasps what it's about more clearly than I do, just from reading the energy. And yeah, I definitely see a different, more palatable reading of Christ now that I've become aware of these things. But there's a little too much guilt and shame in those texts for me right now. Sometimes I wonder how faithful they are to his original teachings.
  15. Greetings from Paragon

    Hi all, I just started getting interested in “new age” philosophy (or whatever you care to call it) this year, after spending 15 years as a Christian. After having a few experiences with energy healers and realizing that we create our own reality, I amicably divorced myself from Christianity this year (unfortunately they got half my stuff though). So the search for a new philosophy began, and Taoism seems to be the simplest and straightest road. Unfortunately one of my greatest blessings is also one of my greatest curses: I have a hyperlogical brain that prefers to deal in tangible realities and practical steps, so naturally the Tao is not the easiest book in the world for me to grasp. Hope I can learn some more about it here and maybe meet some likeminded people. Nice to meet you all!