Starjumper

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Hi Starjumper welcome back - that place looks amazing.

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I almost envy you but I won't because it's not good for my spirit.

 

Welcome back.  I'm glad you were able to convince Admin to allow it to happen.

 

Best wishes with your retreat.

 

When  you get the chance, have a mango slushie for me.  I love those things.  My experience with them was in Mexico.

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Hi Starjumper welcome back - that place looks amazing.

 

Thank you, it is very nice, but you know in some ways familiarity ends up making you take it for granted, although I'm sure I would feel it severely if I ever had to go live in a big city, or even a small town.  

 

What is especially nice is getting up early in the morning when it's still dark and just starting to get light, when the birds start to sing, and sit on the front porch drinking some tea with a cat resting on my lap while the day begins.

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I almost envy you but I won't because it's not good for my spirit.

 

Welcome back.  I'm glad you were able to convince Admin to allow it to happen.

 

Best wishes with your retreat.

 

When  you get the chance, have a mango slushie for me.  I love those things.  My experience with them was in Mexico.

 

Thanks Marblehead, I'm happy to be back, and the retreat is getting a slow start ... which is the main reason I wanted to return to Tao Bums = ) , it seems to be the about only place left on the internet that has people who are looking for a true system.

 

I will have a Mango smoothy and think of you, with best wishes.

 

One thing I forgot to put in my OP was that there are many people around here who are over 100 years old and still working on their farms.  It is called the Valley of Longevity, and the Sacred Valley.  it is one of the five official Shangri Las of the world and it is said to be the land of eternal springtime because the temperature here is always between 60 and 80 degrees F.

 

You should come on down and visit, and we can have a mango slushy.

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I was looking at the thread 'Questions to Kostas' and see that some people think it is really important to sit in full lotus, but I just want to say here that it is absolutely not necessary.  It is traditional for Taoists to sit meditating in chairs and it can get you anywhere you can possibly get by sitting in full lotus, in fact full lotus is limiting in some ways as far as energy cultivation aspects are concerned.  I know this because in my system of Nei Kung which my teacher used to achieve a very high level of immortal, full lotus is not required.

 

Taoists sit in chairs because Taoism is a warrior tradition and warriors need to be able to get up in a hurry in case of emergencies.  When sitting in bed cross legged with a pillow under your butt is perfectly fine, there is no need for full or half lotus.

 

Once upon a time a Taoist master made fun of those who sit in full lotus by asking "Watcha going to do if someone comes along and knocks you off your cushion?"  Which sums it up fairly well.

 

Speaking of Kostas, I met him when he came to a semi secret weekend self defense seminar in the mountains of Oregon where I taught some chi kung.  He told me that he left the system on his own initiative in order to study with Christian monks in his homeland who he said can develop the same kinds of abilities as John Chang.

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Here's a video I made which shows a bit of the land.  I call it a one inch punch but technically it is fa jin, more or less the same as a one inch punch.  I made it while wearing a tank top so those interested in self defense can see in detail the arm movement that's used in slow motion, and with no verbal instruction in an attempt to emulate "the sage teaches with out speaking".  What is kind of cool is that if you turn your volume up you can hear the spooky background sounds of nature here in slow motion.

 

https://youtu.be/xsIZYKFaa28

 

I can't find how to attach a video in frame.

 

Also attached are pictures, the first one is a picture of the highway that goes to the property here, which is just up over the ridge to the right.  

 

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The second is what part of the driveway is like,

 

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and the third is what that part of the driveway feels like to some flatlanders, who say never again will they drive on that road.

 

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Hello Starjumper, I tried to PM you enquiring about your hermitage however it returned saying you cannot recieve messages. I wish to express my interest and open a dialogue with you about it, is there a way I can privately contact you?

 

Kind regards,

Shannon.

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Hi Shannon, sorry I can't see how to turn on PMs here on this forum.  Please write to me at my email address  Starjumper7@hushmail.com  ...   My website is http://www.tienshan.net/index.html which also lists contact info.

 

Have a wonderful day,

Steve

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Hi Shannon, sorry I can't see how to turn on PMs here on this forum.  Please write to me at my email address  Starjumper7@hushmail.com  ...   My website is http://www.tienshan.net/index.html which also lists contact info.

 

Have a wonderful day,

Steve

 

I've turned it back on... sorry to have missed that :)

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Starjumper was invisible for a short while?  I think I will relate "enlightenment" with "invisibility".  Chuang Tzu speaks to the concept of being invisible.

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Starjumper was invisible for a short while?  I think I will relate "enlightenment" with "invisibility".  Chuang Tzu speaks to the concept of being invisible.

 

 

 =)  I wasn't able to sign on yesterday due to a software problem with the forum but it was fixed, thank you Dawei,

 

I don't know what Chuang Tzu wrote about invisibility but the word brings to mind the concept of an extreme case of yielding.  For example, whatever life (or people) throws at you you just let it pass through you and out as if it never was there, like you never were there.  Similar to the Bene GesseritI litany against fear.  I suppose it's also like an extreme case of non attachment for all you Buddhists out there.   However, unlike in Buddhism, attachments are allowed in Taoism, you just have to be mature about it and know what you are getting into, know if the attachment, which should bring joy, is worth the pain it will also bring.

 

I did have a self defense teacher, though, who had been a student of and learned this from my chi kung teacher, who was a high level operative in the CIA, who knew the art of physical invisibility and taught it to some CIA agents.  He was an amazing person.

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Posted (edited)

Early this morning view from the front veranda:

 

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I bless your efforts. Good luck!

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Here's some pictures of our horse, nicknamed Horsey, looking in the kitchen window to see if there's anything good to eat.  She likes to watch the fruits and vegetables on the counters just in case any of them want to jump into her mouth.  She gets to roam free a lot of the time.  In the pictures she's wet from a recent rainstorm, and thunder rolled in the distance as I took the pictures.

 

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In the background of the first picture you can see the wood shed where I lived for a year while we were building the retreat center.  I think I liked it more then, with no electricity other than an occasional run of the generator, almost no internet, and having to go down to the spring to fill up a water bottle from the bucket in the spring.

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Yesterday morning Horsey was out bright and early because it was raining too hard the night before to get motivated to put her in her ten acre enclosure.  She got really frisky and went running up and down the road over and over, running way down the road and then racing back at full speed, which is a beautiful sight to see.  When she got to the house she would come to a screeching halt, making long skid marks/ruts in the wet lawn with her front feet, and then go racing back down the road again.  So the lawn isn't such a beautiful sight to see right now, but it heals fast.   :)

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She might be practicing to out-run a jaguar.

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Posted (edited)

She might be practicing to out-run a jaguar.

 

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Posted (edited)

It is debated whether this is natural or manmade.  They say it's part of a giant temple area in a very remote place.

 

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Posted (edited)

Do you think this is a one root civilization or just very similar pictures among many many different ones?

There are many discussions whether ancient people had advanced knowledge an technology but the evident answers have not come yet.

Rgrds, Ilya

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Cool stuff. Thank you.

 

Is there any estimated time frame for the two pics?

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