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Hi. Im a parent, artist (commercial), student of philosophy, seeker, and an amateur in spiritual, meditative practices.


Each point in the trifecta of my personal enthusiasms (art, philosophy, spirit) has at one time or another jostled for a position of dominance. Typing this now, I see the obvious parallel with one of my favorite books, Kierkegaards Either/Or.


After college, I started to learn. First with illness, then learning to live in health. I started a correspondence with the writer that initially inspired me to study philosophy, the great rogue philosopher and fantasy artist, Kenneth Smith, who became a mentor to me. I was astounded to see am embodiment of aristos, wise, loving, and living with utmost integrity. His writings, lectures, and voluminous book recommendations were illuminating, but the greater lesson was erudition is worthless without intuition and the deepest personal honesty.


Currently Im lucky to have a wonderful Master. Im learning to listen and see the course of love.


Who am I? Finding the answer to that question is one of the reasons why Im joining a spiritual forum. ;-)

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The Daophin is finally free here.  Go to town.  You've got a great atttitude.


Welcome to the Tao Bums.  A wonderful forum to learn, discuss and cultivate.  Below are 3 important sections: Our Rules, The Insult Policy and our 3 Foundations.  Before you join give them a read. 


Most of it boils down to being respectful.  No name calling or trolling.  Post as if your mom's looking over your shoulder.  Discussion and arguments are what the board is about.  Keep it civil, don't get personal.  Don't be a troll or one issue zealot. 


We're here for good conversation and make some friend along the way, to be a community.  Jump right in, start threads asking questions, look for interesting threads and post your (relevant) thoughts. 


For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day.


Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you,


Michael and the TDB team


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So.. who are you?  I look forward to your replies :)

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