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  2. FaXin

    TTC Chapter 31

    I like your perspective. Well said!
  3. nidoj

    TTC Chapter 31

    Freedom may be an illusion. But if we make a scale from the simplest creatures and elements to humans. We can see it becoming more and more real. Our energy is our ability to choose what changes we create. Loose all energy - become like a raindrop. Absolutes turn into each other, freedom no exception, but I'd rather not.
  4. FaXin

    TTC Chapter 31

    So we have no free will? Everything we do is predestined to happen?
  5. nidoj

    TTC Chapter 31

    Every drop of rain changes the whole universe, but it has no choice in what changes it creates, no freedom.
  6. FaXin

    TTC Chapter 31

    very nice!!!!!! There is unlimited energy with the Dao path… no need to have worry about having less or more, as it’s always flowing.
  7. nidoj

    TTC Chapter 31

    Yin and Yang? Diplomacy and Force? Give them a path to what they want, in a way that benefits you. Or force them to do what you want, then constantly spend energy to keep things this way. Give things a path to their natural goal - they'll voluntarily keep going there. Spend energy to change the world and maintain your changes - have less energy. A good path can even increase our available energy. But unlike a sage who can see the heart of any creature, regular people aren't infallible.
  8. FaXin

    TTC Chapter 31

    Here’s the rest of the verse. If you think of hands, usually the right hand is dominant and strong, left is passive/receiving. But maybe as the verse says, “Peace and quiet are dear to his heart”
  9. Vadim

    TTC Chapter 31

    Good weapons are instruments of fear; all creatures hate them. Therefore followers of Tao never use them. The wise man prefers the left. The man of war prefers the right. What's "the left", peace, love? Something that's the opposite of fear
  10. Thanks Trish! I forgot about the last line Jesus spoke, “Into your hand I commit my spirit”. That says it all.
  11. Great replies!!!! For me, the present moment is always getting deeper. I notice when I think about the past or the future, it's in my own mind. Plus, when you really drop into the moment, it is a profound energetic experience. I think the heart opening thing that Siva brought up is fascinating. While the work is never done, I think it's a profound shift for some people. I know for me that experience was simply seeing that there was only here and now. Its when the real work starts IMO. I heard something cool the other day... When Mary Magdalene approached
  12. i used to think it is just some bullshit like "how/where/when do we live if not here and now", but now i feel its when nothing is really important. no reason ever needed to do anything or nothing. maybe i'm just swinging from one end to the other. Tips from my experience: find the root/cause of things that happens around "me", realize who create the drama. It will eventually happen if we learn to broaden our awareness by meditation (simply doing nothing and observe)
  13. Here's a talk from Tau Malachi that takes it a step further:
  14. Totally agree with what you're saying there - it's a daily practice of going within and surrendering, come what may. Our outward life might or might not change as a result, but letting go of any attachment to it being a certain way is key.
  15. I like your perspective that our understanding changes. Yes, it truly feels to be “home” within ourselves once we discover what that really means. Curious what you make of the verse above (particularly line 24.) Any thoughts on the life saved / life lost?
  16. In some ways it seems like the willingness to embark upon this journey shows a deep knowing and trust in one's own self and ability to make the journey - with or without god's mercy. Maybe the self is ultimately surrendered or maybe our understanding changes as to what it really is. Really, it feels like losing my mind more than anything...
  17. Luke 9:23 "And he said to them all, 'If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.' 24. 'For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.' The first thing that sticks out for me here is the word "daily". This implies an ongoing process. Each day, each moment we need to redirect our awareness and turn inward, tuning into the spirit. The next verse we've seen many times throughout the New Testament: this idea of dying and finding life. When one first e
  18. This is just to let you know that I like being a hermit so much, and visitors are such a pain in the ass, that I'm no longer offering a live in type school. People can do what they want with my on line, for sale videos.
  19. S1va

    Kalachakra

    These videos are lengthy, about 2 hours. I liked this one also.
  20. To me staying present using mindfulness techniques is a life-long practice, basic but powerful and effective. It ranges from occasionally just focusing on one deep breath and acknowledging the things immediately around me and then getting back to whatever to just heading into the woods for a total reset and head clearing. Whether or not it's all it's cracked up to be is I guess a matter of personal experience. The benefits as I experience them are more ease and flow, and an increasing ability to do a reset in a given moment. Just to drink in the present moment objectively and in it
  21. I used to have these notions about staying in the present based on some books. Now, I feel it's just residing, bring present in the energy flows. I think there are also multiple levels or layers of residing, or staying in the present as we progress. It's not one thing for everyone at all times in my view. This is what some of the books I read earlier implied. Some teachers teach others how to stay present through books and talks. I am not sure if this can be taught in a book. As we progress and clear energetic blockages, the residing or staying present seems to happen as a na
  22. Would like to chat about staying present. any helpful tips? Experiences? Theories? Is it really all it’s cracked up to be? What are some benefits? Any corresponding verses from ancient texts?
  23. Thanks - I really liked the brahmacharya response as well, how it seems to say that every path is the path and that it's more about being present in every moment.
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