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  1. Everyone post some favorite quotes!

    never knew he had so much in common with Mark Twain.
  2. Responsibility

    Agree with the OP. Life is like a poker game. You're given hand of cards, good or bad, random cards come along. There's luck, there's skill, there's bluffing.. Perhaps the secret is realizing it can be a friendly game and having pals around who'll let you look at there cards.
  3. Pangu Shengong

    My latest bastardization of Pangu (masters forgive me) is coffee grinding. I've got a small Haribo coffee bean grinder (burr style ofcourse) and I'll spin the top and bottom, grinding 26 times on my left, then right (switching top & bottom hand), then middle. Repeated if needed, trying to feel the vortexes until the coffees ground. knees bent and enjoying the rich earthy smell
  4. Hello Everybody

    that's great. Thank you for sharing your experience. I'm unfamiliar with Fragrance qigong, but I'll have to look it up in a youtube. I like zhan Zhuang. Lately there's a guided meditation I'll listen to that has chakra work ( note I've made a shortened mp3 version of the above that cuts straight to the chakra part. I don't find either to be too physically demanding, though I generally keep my ZZ to 15 minutes. Different forms have different goals. Undoubtedly there's some overlap though.
  5. when time runs out...

    Here's another song on time and loss
  6. Seeking D-cell battery charging advice

    There are a couple of such chargers out there, but beware. Most of the affordable ones <$100 are slow, like two days to charge slow and may be troublesome. A cheaper solution might be buying a bunch of cheap rechargeable batteries, charging and bringing enough with you so that you can recharge them at home days or weeks later. caveat emptor On the third hand, there are portable radios that run by crank. Often having lights in them too. I had one, it wasn't very loud, but it worked. That might not be a bad way to go. This kinda thing, or this one for $19 note both get better reviews and are rated higher then solar battery chargers.
  7. What is the Taoist religion?

    What the Author Silvers was getting at is that those two books while important, were part of a much much larger library of must readings for religious Taoist. ie for for a philosophical Taoist they're must reads, for a religious Taoist they're within a subsection of must read.
  8. It's November here in the Midwest**. Just got the first snow. Thus Winter is Coming here. I hope for myself it brings longer meditation. To ditch the usual 20-30 minutes and start moving towards longer sits. Catching up on some podcast dharma speeches I've missed. Maybe more sitting and writing, versus the usual long walks. Doing some tonics, gathering the nuts and chi. What about you guys? Any new practices, themes or thoughts about Winter? will there be any Starks left and will they be happy? **It's probably November where you are too, unless you've got some sort of time travel device or are reading this in the future. In which case it's probably not November or even Winter. In that case, I hope the future's working out. You know.. it usually does but you know, past results are not indicative of future trends.
  9. What is the Taoist religion?

    For many religious concepts, I get the feeling India did it first. As far as possessions, I work with paradigm, its very very rare and if you leave it alone, it leaves you alone. The more time, effort and reality you give it, the more likely you are to see/be entrapped by it. I was thinking that while it exists its not a channel I watch. Funny how TV channel and 'psychic' channel are the same word. Yet in my mind there's much truth to we get what we watch, where we put our minds and attention. Are possessions/ghosts real? Illusions of a coping mind? Something in between? I don't know and at this point in my life, its not an important question. I got other channels to watch.
  10. What is the Taoist religion?

    Thing is, do it right and your pantheon talks to you face to face. That's the goal, intimacy with your altar's god. Not worshipping from afar, but getting them into your room and finding out what's what. Which is actually a very Hindu/Yogi thing too. From what I've heard, the point to learn the prayers and prostrations is because they're a formula to build a relationship and get an appearance. I don't prescribe to those religions, but I don't diss or disallow there reality either. Big Universe.
  11. Financial tips for the bums

    These days stockwise I'm keeping things simple, ie a third 40% big market etfs (DIA, QQQ, SPY, VYM), 40% high dividend payers, maybe 20% stocks with a good growth story. My thinking is more dividend oriented too. Thus less interested in price and more in how solid the financials of a firm are, and how its been growing its dividend. I'm less infatuated by a stock price that's gone way up, and more by earning 8, 10, 12% on the money originally put into a stock, and that takes years, but holding a good dividend payer 8 or 10 years and some become nice cash cows. Which I prefer to shooting stars. on a more practical basis, I have a target card that saves me 5% at target, a similar 5% one for Amazon but I just got a Starbucks card that in the short run beats them both. It's $49 a year, but buying $500 in the first 3 months got me 6500 points, enough for 52 free items. If I made them all the Zatar Chicken salad lunch at $9 a pop, $10 w/ tax, that means $520 of value for spending $49 (the $500 I'd have spent anyway). Even using it to buy my usual small dark coffee $2.25 means over a $110 of value for $49. (I'll quit the card next year if no similar bonus) You could certainly make the argument its way cheaper to make your own, but that a slippery slope to drinking well water in a cave. And what fun would that be? The internet connection would suck. Every now and then unusually good deals are available. The site will list especially good ones.
  12. What is the Taoist religion?

    For good insight into the Taoist religion I recommend The Taoist Manual by Brock Silvers. It goes into depth about the religious side of Taoism, its pantheon and practices. Starting with a certain disdain for so much 'pop' Taoism. Good read because most books on Taoism have so little about the Taoist religion. Right now the Kindle version (which I bought) is $5, a good deal.
  13. Let's try this again

    Glad to have you onboard. For Hermetics I like Rawn Clark's works. He's heavily influenced by Franz Bardon and has many free online multi-level courses based on Bardon's work, yet don't require the commitment. From elemental stacking systems like the Archaeous to chant as canticle like the YHVH system. His work is at . I also like the writings of William Mistelle.
  14. Who really was first?

    They certainly compliment each other. Was it Einstein or Newton who said, If i've seen further then others, its because I've stood on the shoulders of giants. ** Geniuses get lost in the cliff notes of history, until there genius become applicable or some how capture the public's imagination as opening up new insights. ** it was Newton Letter To Robert Hooke Feb 1676, If I have seen further it is by standing on ye shoulders of Giants. Here's another interesting quote of his on wikiquote- I have not been able to discover the cause of those properties of gravity from phenomena, and I frame no hypotheses; for whatever is not deduced from the phenomena is to be called a hypothesis, and hypotheses, whether metaphysical or physical, whether of occult qualities or mechanical, have no place in experimental philosophy. Letter to Robert Hooke (15 February 1676) [5 February 1676 (O.S.)]
  15. What are you watching on Youtube?

    What a great memory. Music is so powerful. Its too bad we live with it so separated from our lives. I was in a choir too. Growing up on long car rides we'd listen to cassesttes of famous musicals and spend hours singing along. Good times. Music.. singing soothes the soul.