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  1. Lin Ai Wei (Yes it's me)

    Just seeing this now. Welcome back. I hope you'll be active and share your wisdom and considerable experience here. How are you and what have you been doing lately? As a long time practitioner how does ones practice evolve? Thanks Michael
  2. Buddhist Practices vs Taoist Practices

    I fill my belly with water. From waist down I am earth. My lungs and chest are air. My head is lightness of awareness, shifting and exploring. I keep the elements close so I can call on the one or combination that I need. addon: I'm not kidding about belly/water thing, I enjoy Rawn Clarks Archaeous series. 9 levels of hermetic elemental stacking Synopsis- RAWN'S SELF-HEALING ARCHAEOUS Stage #1) Healing through discerning and integrating your three bodies -- Integrating the Physical: Situate yourself comfortably. Turn your attention to your feet and relax them completely. Intimately experience every physical sensation that your feet relay to you at this moment. Slowly move your attention up your legs, relaxing and connecting with each vein, muscle, bone, organ and patch of skin. Continue upward in this manner till you have established a clear and relaxed awareness of your entire physical body. Though certainly healing in its own right, this primary step of connecting closely with your physical body, is a common one and therefore is not counted among the Archaeous' thirteen enumerated "levels" of healing. In effect, this step corresponds to zero and, quite appropriately, it is where the Archaeous both begins and ends. Integrating the Astral: With your awareness thus spread evenly throughout your physical body, expand your focus outward a few inches till you sense your astral body's vibrant energy. Though difficult to adequately describe, once it is encountered and experienced, the feeling of the astral body's "bright" energy will be unmistakable. Generally, it is physically stimulating -- for some people, it is dangerously so. Therefore, it is best to approach a conscious sensorial contact with your astral body, in controlled and small increments. Begin with just a few brief moments of contact with this energy, and then immediately restrict the focus of your awareness back down to the dimensions of your physical body. Whatever energy you feel stimulating your physical body, must then be consciously integrated into your physical muscles, bones, organs, skin, etc. By mentally guiding this bright astral energy into your physical body, into your very cellular structure itself, you effect the first level of healing in the Archaeous. Acclimate your physical body to your astral energy slowly. Your goal over time, is to be able to comfortably sense your entire astral body and consciously integrate it into your physical body. Your focus at this point is not to be upon "astral travel" or the separation of your astral form from your physical; rather, it is to be exclusively upon the integration of the two. Again, a note of caution is in order: The astral body acts as a matrix for the physical body. Its bright energy is the medium through which the mental body determines the nature of its physical vehicle. The character of the astral energy, is that it is shaped by the mental level (thought and will); and in its own turn, it shapes the physical level. Therefore, when you consciously (mentally) connect with your physical body and then expand that awareness to include your astral body, you will have opened nature's own pathways of healing. Consciously integrating your astral matrix into your physical body, grounds this bright energy into physical manifestation, bringing your physical body into closer accord with your astral matrix..
  3. Is ‘desire’ just a release of dopamine?

    We are Pavlovian animals. We set up 'If Then' Loops around many of our behaviors. Some things physically light up our pleasure senses, ie fat sugar sex**. Some things do it psychologically, praise, material gains. We set up or are conditioned to set up feed back loops. I suppose in the spiritual game its a matter of setting up healthy disciplines and down grading desires into preferences. Where I'm happy if I do, and its fine if I don't.
  4. A New sense ?

    In the West we're considered to have 5 senses**. I was told in the East it's 6 senses, with applied imagination, ie how well we can turn the minutiae of tiny almost subliminal cues into a full real picture, being the 6th. **Did they include a magnetic compass-like feature as 6th sense. Some people, like birds have enough iron near the eyes. researching.. Do humans have a compass in their nose? Asked by Lee Staniforth of Manchester, UK Some years ago scientists at CALTECH (California Institute of Technology in Pasadena) discovered that humans possess a tiny, shiny crystal of magnetite in the ethmoid bone, located between your eyes, just behind the nose. Magnetite is a magnetic mineral also possessed by homing pigeons, migratory salmon, dolphins, honeybees, and bats. Indeed, some bacteria even contain strands of magnetite that function, according to Dr Charles Walcott of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York, "as tiny compass needles, allowing them [the bacteria] to orient themselves in the earth's magnetic field and swim down to their happy home in the mud". It seems that magnetite helps direction finding in animals and helps migratory species migrate successfully by allowing them to draw upon the earth's magnetic fields. But scientists are not sure how they do this.
  5. Anything with the potential to help, also has the potential to damage. It's just the way things are. Intelligent people realize this and use care.
  6. glad I don't subscribe to the OP's religion. I think we have to battle the greed and selfishness within ourselves and not project onto gods and what not. Mankinds problems are caused by well.. mankind, us. If Shiva beats up some dark goddess, we're still the same, and will create the same problems. Blaming gods for the problem of man or our own shit, doesn't get us anywhere**. Usually violence begets more violence and crappy unintended consequences. Best to work on ourselves and try to do some positive things, even the small stuff for our fellow man and our environment. **heck, maybe we're the ones driving the gods crazy. cause that's what kids do.
  7. CLUB 27 ??????

    only the good die young. or at least are most remembered. there are probably incredible artists who out lived there fame. Is it better to grow old and fade away or burn out and be remembered?
  8. Interval Timers for Practice

    I like Insight Timer too. Course having a smart speaker like Amazon Echo Dot or Google one, both around $35ish, mean you can set timers by voice. Speaking of ZZ, I like standing to Rawn Clarks Archaeous series, and the lessons are about 15 minutes long, so they act as a natural timer. I wonder if you could find 3 minute music segments, even better if they somehow relate the posture and string them together in a playlist. Might make for a pleasant experience. I suppose even the same 3 minute piece repeated a few times would act as a timer
  9. Moon Phase

    I believe its supposed to be a very reddish full moon too. In that it'll rise close to the sun's set. Here abouts in Chicago, moon rise 4:26 pm, Sunset 4:50 pm. Which can mean a spectacular moon rise over the Lake Michigan.
  10. Just seeking my path

    I thought that too but a preamble I often do before meditation is I'm not my body, it is the vehicle I inhabit and a prized possession. I'm not my thoughts, they are like clouds passing in the sky I'm not my emotions, I acknowledge and let them settle.. I'm not my past.. future.. possessions, family.. ..I strive to be breath and awareness. A couple years ago, I had a heart procedure, a stent was put in. I was doped up, but not completely under. I heard the surgeon say, 'well this isn't going well'. Because I so often repeated I'm not my body.. not my thoughts, I could accept the moment gracefully. Keep calm and be with whatever happened next without fear. or maybe it was the drugs but holding things too tightly, creates tension and fear.
  11. Weapons training with PVC pipe

    I've had fun moving in the opposite direction. Having a metal pipe as a jo and using a suburito, extra heavy bokken. Heavy creates respect. Slows you down, enforces proper body mechanics, especially if you want to control the weapon rather then have it control you. It's nice to whirl around a light instrument, hear it whistle as it moves, like a cheap kung fu flick, but heavy has its rewards and honesty to it. As does old fashion striking (repeatedly) a large tire. Striking the air, no matter how fast or pretty does not substitute for hitting a hard target.
  12. Attainment of the Tao

    To live well centered with a sense of flow. To have grace and shibumi, simplicity and efficiency.
  13. Meditation sickness and related deviations

    Some traditional teachers, particularly from Japan, were very strict, and off putting but.. thats window dressing, a cultural flavor.. how they were taught. It was important to look beyond it, play by there rules and thus learn from them. I'm sure our Western flippancy was just was just as hard for them to stomach. I think its good for people to be exposed to ye olde strict traditional. No nonsense, little instruction- see and do, then shut up and listen. Not everyones cup of tea, but good to be flexible enough to deal with it. back to OP. I don't think most people have problems with beginning energy meditation, but some are energy sensitive and too much too soon, screws them up. Thus for them and most, when things go sidewise, heat up, its best to slow down or stop. As people advance, I've found getting more energy without getting more equanimity, balance, te, means they wobble more. Bad traits become worse. Most traditions have dharma lessons for a reason. Without wisdom, power, internal, external- corrupts.
  14. Just seeking my path

    funny, I was just thinking that my favored style of immortality would be to grow old, and at some point have control to set myself back to say, 22. At which point the clock starts again. No healing powers, or super powers other then that reset button. An accident could kill or cripple me, but risk adds spice to life. Growing old is an integral part of the human experience. Just seems one life time is too short, but after a few, I think I'd call it quits and see what if anything comes next.
  15. What's a problem you have? See if you can break it down into 5 elements. Which ones are there, which are waning, which ones are complimentary or warring? Giving some time for analysis, what strategies, also based on the 5 elements can you employ to solve the problem?