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  1. Bliss in hands and feet

    thanks for the follow up and am now reading freeform's comments which I do agree with.. which seems to suggest it is mental, sensory stuff... what I call, 'local mind' experience. I was trying to give a step by step attempt to feel energy... next step is, I use my hand over your palm and you feel it.. then next is, I am remotely in another location and you can feel it still., etc... In the end, it is just seeking the feeling of it... we have to start somewhere... but as freeform suggests, it is not getting to the source of it, yet. Our experience is usually from a local to remote one... and then more and more remote... Eventually you can realize even there is no separation with the universe too... but I like what freeform says... carry on. BTW: I don't do, and never have done sitting... Are you doing that because you feel lead to from a destiny point of view or because you read about doing it?
  2. thanks for some review... this topic is of interest to me but I can't flesh out enough respect for the Confucian point of view. I did catch the "Song" era aspect and the three teachings which always leaves me suspect... like a modernization of the relationship or explanation. But I appreciate your comments on the topic.
  3. Bliss in hands and feet

    Here is a simple test... Once you feel your breathing is steady and slow and focused on a palm... lets say the left palm... and smiling to engage the heart (or not, if you don't feel it, that is ok)... then take your right hand index finger and very slowing move it around the left palm in a circle... focus now on the index finger projecting to the left palm as a singular connection... Do you feel the circular energy movement in the left palm based on the right hand index finger ? This is the Index finger (Large Intestine Meridian) reaching to the PC channel , 7 stages instead of all 12... but you passed through the heart at stage 3 for a boost ! remember to smile with the heart...
  4. Bliss in hands and feet

    fair enough. thanks for the clarification
  5. Bliss in hands and feet

    Pre and post have no real difference except in our dualistic mind application of life. Once we get behind the curtain that divides them... we see they are the same thing. Until then, they will always be different, called pre and post to the mind... Drop every label you can, yet understanding how to apply labels in the mind field.
  6. Bliss in hands and feet

    I hate to get too technical so you can say where to dial it back... There are 12 meridian lines and each has special points; one can press them and sense pain in most cases instead of sensing energy. That is generally because there is energy blockages or need for better flow. While this is good therapy, to sense Qi it is better to do Qigong exercises. Taiji is the best established movements but can take a long time to feel anything. So I'll skip over my personal experience there. In Chinese energy, the heart is considered the General that directs and controls everything (in energy)... but one may not feel it. There are but two meridians through the heart (HT and PC), then why is the heart the General ? Because to get through any meridian, you must get through them ALL... so eventually, you do get through the heart on all [spoiler that I just semi shared a Taiji experience]. I once taught a lady on a flight how to feel energy in her hands and we played with energy sensations... so I'll just share an idea similar: Breath really slowly and deeply. like it takes about 8-10 seconds to inhale and exhale... it should feel stable... then focus on the palm of your hand. See the palm as a source of energy and outlet... and smile... after a minute, now smile at the palm from your heart for a minute? Your palm and heart are not two things, they are one thing joined... Does your heart energy arise in feeling? That is the middle idea.
  7. Bliss in hands and feet

    Very cool !!! You are feeling the end-points or turn-around points in the meridian flow of energy (Qi); Six meridians run through the hands and six run through the feet... I might encourage you to start focusing on some lines of choice, and then find the middle points for energy sensation. Some acupressure might help to just sense certain areas but not that necessary. or maybe focus on the seven chakra energy sources and see if you feel them ? You have lots to explore and wishing you happy energy travels
  8. ZYD: Any comment on this work: https://www.academia.edu/38538959/Laozi_Teaching_Confucius_History_of_a_Text_through_Time?email_work_card=title
  9. Tin Yat Dao Sect

    I've seen him at more than one website over the years to share his 'business' offerings. I've been suspicious of his ghost / possession stuff and his ability (at his level) to understand and handle this properly (or at all). I've seen / found entities in others and have wondered what is it that causes such things; are such folks just vulnerable, or have created an atmosphere to attract such things ? But I have serious doubts he understands the spectrum of spirit/beings/entities/deities that 'visit' folks or even may stick around. If he thinks he is going to blast a deity away, then I would suspect him even more. Reminds me of the childhood saying we had about "I'm rubber and you're glue...". Although I don't think it is just about being rubber; one can be very clear and thus, nothing sticks too.
  10. [DDJ Meaning] Chapter 81

    *** The last chapter of this series is dedicated to Marblehead... he often said certain passages were still a struggle and yet, he was very clear as to his thought. To be clear and yet also murky is the Way of water. MB often appealed to the anarchist way... yet he stated it with typical aplomb that gave an air of knowing exactly who he was, where he was, and what he was doing in the moment. Being in the moment was his hallmark and a lesson we will cherish about him. *** To Marblehead, Peace to our friend: David Hinton 2002 81 Sincere words are never beautiful and beautiful words never sincere. The noble are never eloquent and the eloquent never noble. The knowing are never learned and the learned never knowing. A sage never hoards: the more you do for others the more plenty is yours, and the more you give to others the more abundance is yours. The Way of heaven is to profit without causing harm, and the Way of a sage to act without contending. Dwight Goddard 1919 81 Faithful words are often not pleasant; pleasant words are often not faithful. Good men do not dispute; the ones who dispute are not good. The learned men are often not the wise men, nor the wise men, the learned. The wise man does not hoard, but ever working for others, he will the more exceedingly acquire. Having given to others freely, he himself will have in plenty. Tao of heaven benefits but does not injure. The wise man's Tao leads him to act but not to quarrel. Bradford Hatcher 2005 81 True words are not embellished Embellished words are not truthful To be right is not to be argumentative To be argumentative is not to be right To be knowing is not to be sophisticated To be sophisticated is not to be knowing Wise ones do not accumulate Though intending to act on behalf of another The more they themselves have gained Though intending to give to another The more they themselves are increased Heaven’s way is to benefit, but without doing harm The wise ones’ way is to work, but without competition Wing-Tsit Chan 1963 81 True words are not beautiful; Beautiful words are not true. A good man does not argue; He who argues is not a good man. A wise man has no extensive knowledge; He who has extensive knowledge is not a wise man. The sage does not accumulate for himself. The more he uses for others, the more he possesses of his own. The Way of Heaven is to benefit others and not to injure. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete. Gu Zhengku 1993 81 True words are not embellished, The embellished words are not true. A good man does not quibble; He who quibbles is not good. A man of true learning does not show off his learning; He who shows off his learning does not have true learning. The sage does not store up. Helping others as best as he can, He is helped even more. Giving others as much as he can, He becomes richer and richer still. The Tao of heaven benefits rather than harms all things; The Tao of the sage is to give rather than rob the people. Ch'u Ta-Kao 1904 81 He who knows does not speak; He who speaks does not know. He who is truthful is not showy; He who is showy is not truthful. He who is virtuous does not dispute. He who disputes is not virtuous. He who is learned is not wise. He who is wise is not learned. Therefore the Sage does not display his own merits. Flowing Hands 1987 81 Truthful words are not necessarily beautiful. And very often, beautiful words are not truthful. Those who are enlightened do not argue. Those who do, are not aware of the nature of all things. People always think they know; but the Sage looks and talks like an idiot to men, but he is enlightened. That’s why clever men never understand the nature of all things. The Sage never stores things up, he remains open and yielding to all. The more he gives and does for others, the greater his abundance. The Dao of Heaven is sharp and pointed, but it does not harm. For it remains with all good creatures. The Dao of the Sage is work without interference.
  11. [DDJ Meaning] Chapter 80

    David Hinton 2002 80 Let nations grow smaller and smaller and people fewer and fewer, let weapons become rare and superfluous, let people feel death's gravity again and never wander far from home. Then boat and carriage will sit unused and shield and sword lie unnoticed. Let people knot ropes for notation again and never need anything more, let them find pleasure in their food and beauty in their clothes, peace in their homes and joy in their ancestral ways. Then people in neighboring nations will look across to each other, their chickens and dogs calling back and forth, and yet they'll grow old and die without bothering to exchange visits. Dwight Goddard 1919 80 In a small country with few people let there be officers over tens and hundreds but not to exercise power. Let the people be not afraid of death, nor desire to move to a distance. Then though there be ships and carriages, they will have no occasion to use them. Though there be armor and weapons there will be no occasion for donning them. The people can return to p. 52 knotted cords for their records, they can delight in their food, be proud of their clothes, be content with their dwellings, rejoice in their customs. Other states may be close neighbors, their cocks and dogs may be mutually heard, people will come to old age and die but will have no desire to go or come. Bradford Hatcher 2005 80 Shrink the domain, spread out the people Let there be tens & hundreds of people with specialties But unemployed Let the people feel the weight of death And not wander far Though there be boats & wagons No place to ride them Though there be armor & weapons No reason to show them Let the people return to knotting cords And counting on these (To) sweetening their own food Embroidering their own clothing Secure in their own homes Rejoicing in their own customs Neighboring realms overlook one another The sounds of each other’s roosters and dogs are heard (Yet) the people grow old & die Without goings & comings between them Wing-Tsit Chan 1963 80 Let there be a small country with few people. Let there be ten times and a hundred times as many utensils. But let them not be used. Let the people value their lives highly and not migrate far. Even if there are ships and carriages, none will ride in them. Even if there are arrows and weapons, none will display them. Let the people again knot cords and use them (in place of writing). Let them relish their food, beautify their clothing, be content with their homes, and delight in their customs. Though neighbouring communities overlook one another and the crowing of cocks and the barking of dogs can be heard, Yet the people there may grow old and die without ever visiting one another. Gu Zhengku 1993 80 The state should be small; The population should be sparse. Tools, though of many kinds, Should not be used. Teach the people to fear death And not to migrate to remote places; Although they have ships and carts, They will have no need to use them; Although they are well armed with weapons, They will have no place to make them effective. Encourage the people to return to the condition Under which the knotted rope was used to record things. The world best ruled is a place where The people will have delicious food, beautiful clothes, comfortable living quarters, cheerful customs. Though within easy reach of neighbouring states, The dog's barking and the cock's crowing in one state are heard in another; The people of one state will never have dealings with those of another, Even if they get old and die. Ch'u Ta-Kao 1904 80 Supposing here is a small state with few people. Though there are various vessels I will not have them put in use. I will make the people regard death as a grave matter and not go far away. Though they have boats and carraiges they will not travel in them. Though they have armour and weapons they will not show them. I will let them restore the use of knotted cords (instead of writing). They will be satisfied with their food. Delighted in their dress; Comfortable in their dwellings; Happy with their customs. Though the neighbouring states are within sight And their cocks' crowing and dogs' barking within hearing; The people (of the small state) will not go there their whole lives. Flowing Hands 1987 80 A small village has fewer people. Within the village there are machines that can work ten to a thousand times harder than man. But they are not needed. In a small village, the people work together. They use their labour to sow and grow food. Their time is spent naturally on this occupation. They live in harmony with nature, and the Ten Thousand Things. So being in harmony, they return to the state of the uncarved block of wood; simple, honest and straightforward. The people take death seriously and so they strengthen their bodies, and do not travel great distances. They remain at one. Being at one they have no need for boats and carriages. Being simple and possessing very little, they have no need for weapons, so they don't display them. They return to craft in place of writing. Their food is plain but good, their clothes simple but strong and warm, their houses safe and secure. They are happy in their ways, for they live without interference, and too many laws. So they do not intrude upon their neighbours. They live in peace and grow old and die in harmony with nature, and the Ten Thousand Things.
  12. [DDJ Meaning] Chapter 79

    David Hinton 2002 79 You can resolve great rancor, but rancor always lingers on. Understanding the more noble way, a sage holds the creditor's half of contracts and yet asks nothing of others. Those with Integrity tend to such contracts; those without Integrity tend to the collection of taxes. The Way of heaven is indifferent, always abiding with people of nobility. Dwight Goddard 1919 79 When reconciling great hatred there will some remain. How can it be made good? Therefore the wise man accepts the debit side of the account and does not have to enforce payment from others. They who have virtue (teh) keep their obligations, they who have no virtue insist on their rights. Tao of heaven has no favorites but always helps the good man. Bradford Hatcher 2005 79 (When) reconciling a great grievance There will surely be lingering resentments (And) how can this be regarded as good? This is why wise ones will post the greater bond And will not press upon others To have character is to look after obligations To lack character is to look for entitlements Heaven’s way has no favorites But usually sides with the right person Wing-Tsit Chan 1963 79 To patch up great hatred is surely to leave some hatred behind. How can this be regarded as good? Therefore the sage keeps the left-hand portion (obligation) of a contract And does not blame the other party. Virtuous people attend to their left-hand portions, While those without virtue attend to other people's mistakes. "The Way of Heaven has not favourites. It is always with the good man." Gu Zhengku 1993 79 When the great enmity is allayed, There must be some remaining hostility; Even if one requites hostility with kindness, How can that be considered perfect? Therefore the sage keeps the stub of the receipt for a loan But never presses for payment from people. A man of virtue is as tolerant as the sage who keeps the stub of the receipt; A man of no virtue is as harsh as tax collectors. The Tao of heaven never shows favouritism; It always helps those who are good. Ch'u Ta-Kao 1904 79 Return love for great hatred. Otherwise, when a great hatred is reconciled, some of it will surely remain. How can this end in goodness? Therefore the Sage holds to the left half of an agreement, but does not exact what the other holder ought to do. The virtuous resort to agreement. The virtueless resort to exaction. The Tao of heaven shows no partiality; It abides always with good men. Flowing Hands 1987 79 In the affairs of men, know how to conduct yourself. When men lack honesty and trust, quarrels will occur. When they occur some resentment and bad feeling remains. The answer lies in people's hearts. Know your part and keep your word, then all will be well. The Sage keeps his word and knows his part, but does not expect others to fulfil their half. With virtue a man performs his deed, but a man without virtue is rigid in his desire for others to act. Go with the flow and fulfil your part. The Dao of Heaven is impartial and treats all things equally. But it remains with good men all the time.
  13. What is Patriarchy

    you mean defined by you in the two quotes... I can try and stick to that. I wanted to see the range of thought on the definition and it was wide but likely too modern in many cases. So the first one talks of 'descent is traced through the male line'... so does that mean that Jared's (Ivanka's husband) position and future potential positions or roles he achieves are not a part of the patriarchal system because he achieves it through Ivanka (the female line of descent)? Somewhat rhetorical... I think the concept of 'descent is traced...' can be loosely applied on some level given my example but I'm not trying to argue a new definition, this is just what jumped out at me. I see it more of an overall system and less individualistic and why I likely liked the sociological comment I already commented on... So I think your two quotes are better than any I saw. Thanks.
  14. What is Patriarchy

    I found this rather interesting because it seems very difficult come up with a definition and this seems to want to side with the social interaction as helping to define it. Although it is still rather vague, I didn't find a specific, ultimate, definition. Like I saw many that talked of men wanting to subordinate women through the use of even violence in certain circumstances... So I asked myself, 'is a matriarchal' definition the subordination of men through the use of even violence in certain circumstances? A voice in my head in my head said, NO!... but I then asked that voice in my head, based on what ? We cannot based it on 2,000 year of matriarchal structures but, what if women had the power to yield in society on the same level... we would not see some oppression ? So it's not clear to me if we would define them relatively the same, in modern day, just exchange the sexes... or we'd see completely different (or somewhat different) definitions based on what we perceive as gender qualifies. I liked this article and several things mentioned: Patriarchal Society According to Feminism https://www.thoughtco.com/patriarchal-society-feminism-definition-3528978
  15. [DDJ Meaning] Chapter 1

    Trodden does work as 'Way' means path... ergo, to walk the path [of the Great Way]. So in the opening lines, it is juxtaposed with the idea that as a name (whether spoken or trodden), it is not the eternal Way/Dao. I like the logical unfolding of Spoken because 'Ke Dao' means spoken and then the second line reminds us that 'names' are not eternal. Later, we get manifest (world of names) and mystery/primordial (without names). But I'm not trying to dissuade embracing Trodden but hope to help deepen one's choice on some level.