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  1. What appears to be the long path is generally the shortest and most sure. Much discussion would have you believe that 10 or 20 years is a long time - it is not - and it is not as though great and miraculous transformations are not happening all along the path. Nor does it always require a great deal of time - much can take place in just a few years - or months. Upon Awakening a foundation in the "bottom up approach" - an organic self revealing no-effort approach affords incredible strength in the simple habits that have been formed and the roots that are fully established in the gross physical and gross subtle bodies and in the subtle bodies. Even a few years in foundational practice will be of tremendous benefit if you move to top down practices - you will be far more grounded in fundamental practice and weather the winds in the head and heart far better. It is extremely easy to fallter even in the most exquisite of ways from the top down approach - and it is easy to become as the rabbit - very impressed with oneself and the many siddhis but unable to move beyond their mesmerizing effects while absolutely certain one is under no spell at all. One can reach very high degrees of being stuck and few will see the difference. If you own the mountain the head and heart will have no fear - refuge is never an issue. In the more heady teachings and heart teachings answers and assistance from the outside is more often sought and anxiousness and doubt abound. Heavy reliance on words and concepts create a vagueness and self reproach or dogmatic repetition of thinking. The bottom up approach encompasses the whole - nowhere does it not include the head and the heart and the bodies both subtle and gross The domino effect is only partially true - the idea that "a full head or heart opening" - 'enlightenment" will take care of the rest - this is false thinking however true it may happen. Much continues and much may not continue - it very much depends on the foundation of practice. Enlightenment is not a finished state.
  2. Q's...ONLY Teachers may Answer.

    Some suggestions/considerations: Generally static holds take time to work up to because among other things such as the muscles getting acclimated - certain channels need to open up in order to support the holds and it may be that you have jumped ahead of your channels capacities. Start with increments that push the limits just a bit and allow time for them to become relatively easy and then move up a few minutes to another level. It can also be that you are not breathing deeply enough and or that you are supporting your "efforts" with too much effort and the adrenals are coming in to play. Most students do not breath deeply enough and as frequently as would be most beneficial. It can also be exacerbated by timing - how soon after a meal as an example. Also obviously diet in general. The posture is obviously a concern but if we go past that and assume your posture is good, breathing OK and overall stance is correct - then where you hold your awareness is often also a simple factor and can easily effect several factors mentioned above. Are you breathing into your lower dan tien (LDT)? Breathing and Awareness in this center is particularly helpful to general pain - blocked energies - overloads - and stress/strain. It is where the Mountain is owned - it is the root - the base - the foundation - all the limbs have their core strength in this. It is a place of neutrality and power and compassion. If you find that awareness is somewhat difficult to simply have in the LDT - do not worry - but try to have it in the central axis. This axis is seen in the gross physical from the perineum to just slightly back of the top of the head - awareness anywhere along this axis is in touch with the root. I am not referring to the central back channel. Feel your breath as you are in your stance - feel it come in the nostrils - cool the bottom of the eyes balls - circulate near the ears - and pass down into the LDT. Be in the center of your head or in the central core of your middle dan tien - anywhere along the central axis - and find yourself dwelling more and more in the lower dan tien as you are in your stance. Do not pass judgement upon yourself if you float up or down on this axis - simply find yourself there and move down when it occurs to you - if this is difficult it does not matter - awareness in the central axis is a far greater asset. Hand and foot massage prior to practice is extremely helpful - foot is very helpful and hand is generally completely overlooked. Energies that must move out of the hands may be held there and have repercussions elsewhere. Energies that are required in the side channels and elsewhere will require the feet to open up. Twist the toes and the fingers from side to side and press the tips where small chakrams can often use a boost to open them up. Bend all the fingers back and open up the wrists. In general the pain does go away - it will be replaced by a warm effortless sensation. Perhaps this will be of some help
  3. Turning Difficulties into Practice

    It can often be difficult to lay aside striving and give to ones self - to give the body ease - fun or a walk or sail. To lay aside the noise of mind loops and position - and breath. To not be right To just let go To not talk Becoming accustom to a free fall floating without grasping for a twig - breathing into and abiding in it. A never ending presence in Now - it seems it must be a life of service in happening
  4. Proposed simplification of forums

    Sometimes the specificity of groups has made it difficult to figure out where to post - I am mostly "Way" oriented and not to a specific lineage. Foolishly perhaps but at this point (in contrast to decades ago) I see little differnce in the greater traditions of the East - and I mean that in the best of ways. Obviously in what I consider the small things there is a great deal of difference - but anyway - I wanted to put this in to convey what I feel when trying to figure out where to post a new topic (which I don't do all that much). There is no question that regarding the specifics of lineages in the details - I know next to nothing - so I defer to those above - specifically dwai and Michael Sternbach - their guidance may be far more exercised than mine.
  5. Proposed simplification of forums

    Good god Zork - what the fuck is this? Don’t be a dork - read what was written - I never came close to the words you put in my mouth. Wow - what a shallow read.
  6. Proposed simplification of forums

    No - it is not an umbrella term for any linage what so ever - but it has been bastardized by the religious right and old religion platforms and denigrated to now stand for what they have propagandize it to mean - a term that now brings nausea to many. The Sport “Yoga” calisthenics that Earl Grey referred to and the types of behaviors of those that mix and match and are in rehab - this has nothing to do with New Agers (accept as viewed from the propagandize inculcated view) In the broadest sense the New Ager is the epitome of the Daoist - “trying” not to be trying to be in present, spontaneous and in harmony. And that will look necessarily silly at times, concocted and bleached - but it is not ill intended though it certainly can be a bit insufferable at times. And it can be noted that instead of coming up with a good catch word for Non-Yoga Asana Calisthenics and never really making that a primary known and clear fact - we now have such things as Christian Yoga which again has absolutely nothing to do with Yoga. Nude Yoga is also catching on and in reverence to Marblehead I will not state that it is fake or demean it in any way.
  7. Proposed simplification of forums

    I think Discussions of the Way is excellent - ! Meta-Talk means nothing at all to me - it may be my extreme age - I would go there just to see what it was about. Wanderers and Ponderers - not so bad - a suggestion from Silent Thunder Regarding the dislike or cast aside view of New Agers - The term New Age was vilified by the Religious Right - in reality it was and is (to me of extreme age) simply a headline name for a great and wonderful spiritual change that took place/is taking place in which the old and fossilized religious doctrines - and assumed at birth indoctrination was refocused upon - released - tossed out altogether - torn asunder. It was and is Women saying fuck this bullshit. It is Anti-establishment Anti-corporate Pillage Anti-pollution Pro-Earth Pro-Human Interaction Pro-Spiritual Investigation and Growth Pro-Openness and Exploration. It is also people into crystals and angels and other things which we may laugh at - but we seem to forget just how laughable are the many religious teachings which nearly all followers toss out as ridiculous even if in reality it means they are not actually believers in the religion they profess to be a part of. Most Christians toss the entire Old Testament off - and something like 60% believe in Reincarnation. Everytime I hear New Agers used as a word of denigration in a similar vein to Fundamentalists as brainless shallow fools here - in a site that is the exemplification of a teaching that speaks of spontaneity / non pretense - it is like slander from a falsified understanding - one fostered by the religious right and the blunt force of spiritual competition. -- Regarding a distaste for YouTube "initiates" and students of the potpourri lineage - it is what it is - if they were entirely enmeshed in a school they would probably not be here. Centuries ago when I first began studies I had to go to Occult Book Stores - that is where this stuff was sold. Regular book stores did not carry this stuff. I could not be happier that Practice is now showing up everywhere - and yes - most of the quality is not very good - but Wow is it ever better than the strict childish old crap I was fed as a child! I embrace the naive - even as they are cringe worthy and dickheads and often in rehab of some sort - this has been a place for the sincere to find their place and shed their jagged edges and the soft edges of this padded cell allow for a great deal of transmission to take place. Very fine transmission. (It is very exciting to see these changes take place - how they take place - what forms are offered up - the speed and clarity amid the clusterfuck - all the best and thanks to everyone!)
  8. No more right-wing bullshit.

    This is a great example of a Straw Man argument: It is basically impossible to find any cognizant "normal" human that does not see "a few points" that their political opponents could be right about. Arguing with no-one that exists within "normal" society is a favorite of those that have not done their homework.
  9. No more right-wing bullshit.

    The above quote was a re-quote from me/Spotless: "The Nazi Germany tactics - have found real root again - they have become the Way forward in the Republican Party. Repeat lies and with enough repetitions they become real (and simple people become the machines for our greatest tragedies)."
  10. No more right-wing bullshit.

    From Apex: "From a Buddhist perspective I think it might be helpful to say that anger, fear, uncertainty, dissatisfaction and so on - in any situation - are indispensable aids to vajrayana practice. By this I mean they give an opportunity for realising emptiness - because those emotions are fundamentally empty. By saying this I am not saying they don't matter - or that the political situation doesn't matter - I don't want to fall into the nihilist trap of saying 'its all illusion, man'. But it is very useful to use both good and bad situations for practice. So when we find a good situation we are happy for the benefit that arises - when we find a bad situation we are 'happy' for the opportunity to realise that what we are experiencing is a flux of energy." This is fine - and both true and difficult work. From Apex: "It must be true to say that whatever arises depends on causes and conditions - and this includes Trump. If you attack Trump then you are attacking the appearance of Trump - but if you look to the causes and conditions which gave rise to his election and deal with them then he will literally disappear (yes really) since whatever supports him will no longer be there. This is why I say that people voted for him because of dissatisfaction(s) in their lives - if you like, they were emotionally drawn to him (in sufficient numbers but not a majority) because they had needs. Needs that were not being met by the alternative narratives being presented about what had happened and what will happen. Perhaps you could say needs and aspirations - which I would say were born from (looking at the local time frame) chiefly the events since 9/11 when the USA was shocked into action/reaction leading to and through the 2008 financial crisis. Violent acts have violent results. Karma. I think that is why Trumps main bad feature, to me anyway, is instability - he's angry, defensive and personal when he doesn't need to be" No - simply not - partial truth and certainly inarguable partial truth but imagine saying this about Hitler - seriously put it in those terms: Trump became President partly because of dissatisfaction and attraction - but he was fundamentally elected on a pack of vitriol and hate and propaganda coming from he himself, from the Russian government, the religious right, the hate radio specialists, the "say anything you want against Hillary regardless of the truth" haters - his own birther myth about Obama - the anti-science crowd - the anti-women-choice crowd - and a great many organized Christian religions where in many cases the congregation was taught "that a vote for Hilary Clinton was a vote for the Devil". https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/sd-me-church-bulletin-20161102-story.html. There was a reason well over half the nation threw up when they discovered the mistake that had taken place - that this mentally ill person was the head of The "United" States of America. It may come as a surprise to many here but I am not held in this web of hate or vitriol - I do however understand framing and the democrats have had a surprising lacking in the ability to frame an issue - though since Hitler Germany the world has not had a large western nation so under attack from complete and utter lies and propaganda - and the inertia's of complete Insanity. The "Republican Party" is truly insane - and those that are still breathing some portion of reality are leaving or distancing themselves - like Christian's distancing themselves from nearly the entire bible and picking out what they like - and enjoying the momentum of centuries of Inquisitions, torture and mind control/fear/propaganda - its why so many are leaving but so few are stating why. For those from other countries - it may be like hearing about a daughter being raped - it is horrible but not personal. When your own daughter is being raped and it is being done while you are held to watch - it is personal - doubly personal. There is nothing about this President and his followers and the machine of hate that it spews that is normal politics - this is indeed nothing of the sort. In my previous posts I took a picture of what is happening - and put it into words - I was not in a frame of mind of hate - not in a frame of mind to spew - I was not in the inertia's of Democrat's ideology. Nazi Germany tactics - have found real root again - they have become the Way forward in the Republican Party. Repeat lies and with enough repetitions they become real (and simple people become the machines for our greatest tragedies). On a clear day - it is easy to see smoke rising - and it is not opinion to say that the smoke is rising. One does not need to be mad in order to state the perils of a fire spreading to a town just downwind of the fire that is spreading. When trying to summarize in words a fire of hate and lies - it may appear that the person summarizing is lost in the fire - but I assure you I am as cool as a cucumber - and I stand firmly against the machine of "exclusiveness and agenda at all costs" and the nazi machine of the Republican Party.
  11. No more right-wing bullshit.

    I was just about to ask her if she really thought they were the same - the above is perfect!
  12. No more right-wing bullshit.

    The “right” : The Christians Who Blamed Hurricane Katrina on Sinners Are Very ... https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/.../the-christians-who-blamed-hurricane-katrina-on-... 1. Aug 29, 2017 - When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, there was no shortage of pastors who said it was just God’s wrath for the city’s sexual permissiveness. ... No Christian with a sizable following is blaming Texas for being too godless, too accepting of abortion, too tolerant of homosexuality ... Gay people to blame for Hurricane Harvey, say evangelical Christian ... https://www.independent.co.uk › News › World › Americas 1. Sep 6, 2017 - A number of Christian leaders have blamed LGBT people for causing Hurricane Harvey. Despite overwhelming evidence that supports climate change as a factor in the devastating storm and subsequent flooding, a handful of evangelical leaders have ludicrously suggested the LGBT ... 6 most absurd things the Christian right has blamed on gays | Salon.com https://www.salon.com/.../6_most_absurd_things_the_christian_right_has_blamed_on... 1. Apr 11, 2014 - 6 most absurd things the Christian right has blamed on gays .... entered a classic in the genre when he blamed Hurricane Katrina's destruction ... --- On a lighter note: The Actor playing Jesus and the director were both hit by lightning during the shooting of Mel Gibson’s movie – The Passion of Christ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3209223.stm Not a word about God’s wrath or the odds of it happening – and it happened twice to the director during the shoot – just exactly what do you think the odds are of that happening?? God only knows... Someone asked in apparent seriousness "How on earth is so much anti-trump rhetoric acceptable?" and they put it is all caps so I think they were actually serious. Just in case you have not been near any media or listening devices for the past 50 years - or only local media and you live in a jungle - Trump said his followers would still be behind him even if he killed somebody in cold blood in the streets in the daylight - and they agreed. Trump is a proud pussy grabbing pathological liar who demeans women, our country, our democracy and its foundations - a proud con-man, cheat and buddy of murderers and bullies abroad. He walks on the face of our strongest allies and shits on the best of humanity. We have been so entirely easy on him it is ridiculous. And you do not have to be positioned in hate or malice or some lack of love to see it and understand it - he is dis-ease - a very sick human - a certifiable mentally ill person - leading a flock of nuts and a mob of fools. He is Everything in the making of a Hitler and the blind fools that Made Germany Great Again (NOT).
  13. It has also been said to be compassionate to kill a terrorist rather than allow the terrorist - murderer - rampager to kill and murder and create hate and madness. It is compassionate in several senses - if the killer of the terrorist is not mad or in hate but simple aware of the graveness of the situation and the easily seen consequences of such a life of the terrorist continued. It is possible to point out a great force of madness and not become identified with the pointing to the madness - one can see smoke in a clear sky and point it out - and note that a great fire may be in the making - it does not mean the one pointing it out is mad at the smoke or against the smoke - but it does not mean one can or should do nothing - particularly if a whole town is immediately downwind of it. Many a great and peaceful happy sage has no problem identification with "death" as relates to crazy people and murderers if the situation is grave and warrants it - yet killing a mosquito or ant may be of considerable concern. It is entirely possible to undress any false front and call it for what it is in clear language that does not couch the facts - and at the same time be entirely at rest inside.
  14. No more right-wing bullshit.

    Dawei: If we were all sages, it would likely be a very boring site Dawei: I view it as simply the ten thousand arise in sundry ways. As an aside, there have been 2-3 energetic shifts in the world in the last several years. So I see there are some forces at work that many might not consider or feel. Dawei: I've said before, I think he represents a reset on some level. I generally agree with what your suggesting. Trump is not a reset - he is a replay - he is the epitome of replay - he is the face of ruin and deception - of the worst of Religion over and over again. The "Republican Party" of today in the USA is the face of complete decay and indecency. It is prostrating with your ass to the world and shamelessly wagging it in the face of all that has come before. No - this is not some cleansing in a good sense - this is exercising depravity and teaching our children it is OK to grab pussy and laugh at killing and revel in a false Gods will - it is Idol worship - Devil Worship - it truly is the embracing of Sodom And Gomorrah and a repeat adnuseam. And everyone sitting with their hands under their legs looking at this as some sort of inevitable happening that is "good for us" is woefully detached from the inner teachings of this sites name sake. A mentally ill person is at the helm of the worlds largest arsenal of Nuclear Weapons - we are allowing this to continue - it has not "just happened". Its not a lollipop convention - and many previously sane people are standing ever stronger behind ever increasing mental illnesses that our "commander in chief" has in the multiples without doubt or bias - he is certifiable.