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  1. Was listening to this lovely song and it was so beautiful and moving that I'm sharing with you all. Enjoy
  2. This is different from what I mean. Let me elaborate a bit more -- In my experience the "imagined" images that I create, are different from the 3rd eye imagery. Usually the 3rd eye imagery is a result of some spiritual practices...such as meditation or taijiquan + neigong. When I meditate (still meditation) or even holding postures during Taiji practice, I see faces of people, sometimes dragons. People I don't know or recognize, or even sometimes my teacher's master shows up, enters and I experience the world through his eyes (he becomes my 'I AM'), if that makes any sense. I'll see him standing in front of me or standing in the horizon, immensely large. The ground and all around is his being....each movement is a ripple in the fabric of his being. Or sometimes he is tiny, like a miniature figure standing inside the taiji ball I have generated during practice. Sometimes he sends energy to me, into the LDT or the MDT. Other type of 3rd eye vision I see is during circle meditation or taijiquan when I see the energy all around (like clouds of slightly grayish, white smoke). This happens irrespective of whether my physical eyes are open or closed. All of these are very difficult for my local mind to conjure up as usually they pop up unbeknownst to me. Does my local mind play a role in forming a local objective interpretation of the vision? More than likely it does, as it's role is to manifest objects for and in one's consciousness.
  3. Regarding "the extra arms"...in taijiquan, we have to pick two points and project our mind out between the two points to support the energy + physical body. This is done in order to form a large background against which we can use both as a launching platform as well as counterbalance. Furthermore, It could be simultaneously be vertical, horizontal and the energy is projected in the 3rd perpendicular plane (x, y and z axes). The Nataraja (the dancing Shiva form you posted earlier) contains the martial arts of India, codified in the 3000-4000 year old text called the "Natya Shastra" composed by the Sage Bharata. "Natya" means "performing arts" and is rooted in the sanskrit word "Nrt" which means "Dance". This book has many martial techniques which were codified in Lord Shiva's famous dance of "tandava" (the dance of destruction). This is still living in various martial arts/dance traditions of india, albeit the more internal aspects are only known to a few masters, passed down over the ages orally (in family lineages).
  4. What is the "sub-conscious" mind and how is it different from the witness "I am"ness? I think what you call subconsciousness is what I simply call consciousness
  5. Third eye imagery is different from mental imagery though, in my mind experience. Mental imagery has to be evoked, 3rd eye imagery appear, as they are not imaginary. thoughts?
  6. Beautiful story and thank you. Yes, I'm often in such situations. I find the Buddha's perspective on this very valuable -- http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dhamma/sacca/sacca4/samma-vaca/ But that is indeed very true. The "Real" Seer does not speak. That which speaks is not the "Real" Seer. Hari Om!
  7. This gentleman seems to know what he's talking about --
  8. Indeed...that is an irony
  9. Yes. But as a "method", the negation needs to happen, to get to the realization of the Self first. Otherwise, one is usually left staring at the finger instead of the moon.
  10. The "rejection" of the form is a necessary precondition in the Advaita Vedanta/Jnana Yoga path. If one doesn't negate all those things that one considers to be the self (Body, mind, thoughts and emotions, intellect - basically going through the 5 sheaths or panchakoshas, and thereby the "form" and it's various manifestations), one cannot easily find that which one truly is. When one realizes that anything that the senses + mind apparatus perceives and conceives of, is essentially just modifications of consciousness, one can begin to do "self-inquiry". Yes there are many Guru lineages and various interpretations of Vedanta, even some which predate vedanta, such as Sankhya. But they don't complete the realization of either Brahman or Atman, unless they follow a path similar to Jnana Yoga. Even in Tantric systems, there are references to the direct method (Advaita style self-inquiry) and indirect methods (using mantras, yantras, ashtanga yoga) to help a seeker get to the "truth". Not everyone can follow the direct method, as it requires pre-conditional qualities/qualifications that most don't have. That's why the indirect methods help prepare the seeker to eventually get to the Direct Method.
  11. The "transcendent" is always there, so there is no question of transcendence or reaching us through form, imho. What is "missing" while in form (for almost all of us) is the knowledge of what we truly are. This is forgotten (for whatever reason) after being caught up in "samsara". While pure advaitins will hold steadfast to the statement that only Brahman is real and the world is artificial, it is only from the perspective of the non-dual. No one denies that the material universe does not have a relative sense of realness to it. Sometimes teachers take what seems like extreme rejection of the "form", but that is usually, as a teaching tool. If we take something out of context, we risk misunderstanding what is being conveyed. Hari Om Tat Sat!
  12. My Sifu tells us to train this way - starting with push hands -- after we have built sufficient sensitivity with listening and understanding power, and with the ability to transfer power, we should increase the speed and pressure within push hands, while remaining empty and sung. After this is done, the next course is to do full contact sparring with striking. Can a taiji player stay suspended, rooted, empty and sung while facing a flurry of jabs, crosses and hooks coming at them from random directions at full speed and mixed in with full power strikes? How long would it take for said taiji player to "close the gap" and get into push hands range? Can the taiji player neutralize the strikes and stick, adhere, follow? Does the taiji player know how to make use of concepts like hwa jin and bii jin? Does the taiji player know how to "swallow and spit incoming" attacks (tu and na)? Does the taiji player know how to "separate and diffuse" incoming forces? Can the taiji player lead their attacker into emptiness? Going a bit higher level now... Can the taiji player transform incoming forces without sending to the ground? Can the taiji player return incoming force, immediately, from the surface (Golden Bell)? There are two different tracks of Taiji training. One is for cultivation and spiritual practice. The other is for martial efficacy. In some respects the two are orthogonal, until one gets to a advanced level of practice when there is no difference between the two, but then one goes into the "magical" realm (which is very real BTW).
  13. DK Yoo is an IMA guy too. He has a series of videos on what he called "chamjang gong" which I think is Korean for "zhang zhuang gong". in most of his videos he is showing how to move from the waist, fold the kua, move the spine, etc. His drills are interesting and he does some using exercise balls etc - a more modern take on internal training (at least the biomechanics part).
  14. That is my experience as well. The mind seems to rise from the spiritual heart, which feels like it's located in the middle of the chest area. I think Brian explained it very nicely in another thread a while back (how the guru chakra and the spiritual heart forms a massive energetic/spiritual heart, like a flower in full bloom).