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Everything posted by rainbowvein

  1. Road Trip 2

    re: Ivan’s GF re: sprawling suburbia Thanks for taking us along with you on your trip.
  2. Road Trip 2

    Within the year or so before @Marblehead‘s passing, I posted a historical drawing of a manatee. But the tail wasn’t right. Marblehead told me so and maybe he even said it was a fakery. After his passing, I realized that the drawing was of a dugong.
  3. Road Trip 2

    Whale sharks! Dugongs!
  4. Positive virtue and subtle siddhis that are good are meek. They do not announce themselves. People who embody these spiritual traits wish no harm on others. The *strength* we see in a cultivator, such as mental or physical siddhis from a powerful qigong (or other) teacher, can be bothersome and irritating to the mind and soul. Once we have made an energetic connection with another, the mind can easily connect with that energy with any thought of that person. I know the difficulty in breaking these connections. In time, with a refocused mind, one can be free. Some good suggestions have been made herein. Please know that you don’t need another teacher’s mantra. Sunlight, fresh air, nature, pets, family, gentle exercise, any of your favorite (positive) activities. Above all else, try the simple act of connecting to yourself or your north star. What you say to your teacher is less important than what you positively do for yourself.
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  6. Neidan ( all experiences and opinions wanted)

    Thank you for bringing light to an important aspect of chi: context. How many factors might be implicated in one’s experience and cultivation of chi? Lineage chi Religion chi Teacher chi Scripture chi Movement art chi Fu chi Meditation chi Daily life chi Spouse chi Family chi Destiny chi Organ chi Food chi Location chi Cultivator’s level of chi body openness and intrinsic talents (Just a few that I can think of atm. )
  7. What have I done to you? What have I done for you?

    Sometimes life steps in the way and derails our best laid plans, dear @Marblehead. _/\_
  8. Haiku Chain

    I see I was wrong About the seasons, timing Of *spi*ri*tual* growth
  9. Haiku Chain

    I am whole again Round, buttery, soft inside Brioche for breakfast
  10. Was the Buddha a Genius?

    Yes, born with huge spiritual potential. O:-)
  11. All things umami

    Vegan 'sushi', raw tuna substitute Creative humans. Plant-based umami 'replacing' sea-sourced umami.
  12. Summer Salads

    Rainbow indeed, Karen! Here's a chilled lentil salad I enjoyed recently. Ingredients 2 cups lentils, picked over and rinsed 3 1/2 cups water 1/3 cup red wine vinegar 1/3 cup olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 medium tomatoes 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1 cucumber, cut into 1/2 inch pieces 1 small red onion, finely chopped 1 cup coarsely chopped parsley
  13. The Human Cost of Talking Trump

    We live in an energetic sea. Inherent in words is energy. The energy experienced can vary: The actual meaning, perceived meaning, and also the energy and intent of the author. One person's energetic nick is another's incision.
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    supersedes rainbow
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  20. Ghost immortality

    In the spiritual world there are “ghost immortals.” They are very mortal, Only given the title because they represent an energetic extreme. Unlike the pure yang of a golden immortal, Their energy is pure yin. As yin is gross, formed, closer to earth, People will feel, sense, and respond to ghost immortals quickly. They will always attract many followers. Often these followers feel like they have gained abilities. And they have: Their energies have dropped to the level of their teacher. This relationship is like playing in the mud-- There is splashing, and more splashing. Ghost immortals are not evil. They are just deluded. This makes them more unpredictable. The spiritual world can be dangerous-- Not unlike paddling a canoe in the dark night. We can lose ourselves without knowing it. I hope we can all be careful.
  21. Everything has a chi profile. You can't escape that. People, things, food, activities, places, and more. Yin foods/herbs/activities/cultivation practices help you to feel grounded. Meat, grains, some tonic herbs (like schizandra), many tai chi or chi gong forms, walking in nature. Yang foods/herbs/activities/cultivation practices may make some feel light, even ungrounded. Raw salads, light herbal teas (such as peppermint), sun salutations at dawn, spiritual teachings from achieved teachers, listening to a thunderstorm. How is one going to head to the heavens if one is always grounded? (I saw your other post today.) Strike a balance. I know a chi gung teacher who is vegan weekdays but eats fish and meat on the weekends. I have experienced both lightness and heaviness in my cultivation. But it's the lightness that will carry me to the heavens. (I was a vegetarian but now include fish in my diet.) You will have to put up with some spaceyness if you want to progress spiritually. But in the end, It's all about finding balance. Good luck
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    Oh, it is!