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  1. FaXin

    TTC Chapter 5

    straw dogs were used in rituals in China, and then thrown away. The term is (In this case?) used to mean something that’s you’re not attached to.
  2. FaXin

    Peace pilgrim

    I like her There was one line she said that struck me. "What I want, and what I need, are the exact same."
  3. FaXin

    TTC Chapter 3

    Great convo! ”Ruthless self honesty” to me means letting all things arise to the surface. Not quite thinking about them, just shining the light of awareness and letting them fall away. I like the muddy waters metaphor. The more you splash, the muddier the water gets. It’s only when the water is still, and the dirt settles, the water can become clear.
  4. FaXin

    TTC Chapter 2

    the harmony of yin and yang make a whole circle. No need to push away yin or seek after yang. There’s a natural flow of both that happen, no matter how much we try to control it one way or another.
  5. Sorry, I misread. I thought you had met a new master/immortal to train with. Haven’t heard of links issues but I will check into it.
  6. Cool opportunity Steve! Please let us know how it goes...!
  7. FaXin

    TTC Chapter 1

    One thing I get from verse 1 is that creation is infinite and unlimited. You cannot “name” it because it is constantly changing. the named are the “manifestations” already in existence. The “nameless” is the potential it has.
  8. Hey @Billa I wanted to post a follow up to this... The last couple weeks I've started practicing Tai chi again, and I've noticed a few things I wanted to share. I feel like my original post was dismissive of all practices, and something about it bothered me. While I do think there is wisdom and truth in needing to let go of practices, sometimes we learn more by doing those practices and following it to it's natural destination. Short history: I've practiced Taijiquan on and off for about 20 years. I've never been a serious student, but I've been serious enough where I've studied with a few high quality teachers, read books and practiced. It was a hobby I enjoyed. So I picked it back up a couple weeks ago. From time to time I will practice the form, just for the fun of it. The last time however, I felt a great draw to it. The energy was flowing very strongly, and I felt very present, and in the moment. It seems the spark was reignited, and I decided to practice again. It quickly became a priority of mine. I dug out a few of my old books and DVDs, and started from the ground up, correcting my form and learning new things. The benefits are there. I've definitely been more mindful and in the present moment. I've felt clearer proprioception (the awareness of my surroundings). I've also slept better and feel I have physically more energy. I'm also in my mid 30's, so any exercise would benefit me for the future. I won't go into the other health benefits of Tai chi, as they are well documented everywhere. Suffice it to say they appeared on Day 1. Now comes the "drawback"... the practice has been hitting my ego. There's a saying in Taijiquan that you "play Taijiquan" - you're supposed to have fun with it, and not take yourself too seriously. Well I must've forgot that. I immediately was questioning my technique and structure. I emailed my old teachers and asked them a few questions, even looked into taking some classes. After a few days, it seemed I had taken on the burden and baggage of a "new practice" - even though I've been at it for years. Maybe that's what made me take breaks in the past. What was really happening is my ego was being "hit". I noticed that thoughts of "my kua should be open" - which noticing and correcting is part of the practice - turned into "My kua isn't open, maybe I'm doing this wrong. I should contact my old teacher. Maybe I shouldn't even do this anymore. Could another art be better?" Feelings of self worth, attachment to my self. There's having fun with a hobby, and letting it "get to you." I quickly found my clarity diminishing. I knew I was getting caught on stuff. Here's the catch though - without the Taijiquan practice to highlight this, I wouldn't have the opportunity to clear it. So for a while I was blaming the practice itself - but in reality, it's just how I am reacting to the practice. And in a way, it is helping me clear my own ego crap. I do plan on continuing to "play tai chi" and seeing what happens with it. Bottom line, and most important - I enjoy it, it's fun... and that's why I do it. I just have to remind myself that. Cheers!
  9. One can get carried away or attached to the blissful feeling of energy stuff. To me, being “intoxicated” means chasing that feeling or trying to hold onto it, instead of letting the “bliss feelings” come and go as they may.
  10. Welcome Kat! Nice to see you here.
  11. "Is it not necessary for all those who possess everything to know themselves? Some indeed, if they do not know themselves, will not enjoy what they possess. But those who have come to know themselves will enjoy their possessions." -Gospel of Philip
  12. A time for slowing down and turning inward as it gets colder.
  13. "The world came about through a mistake. For he who created it wanted to create it imperishable and immortal. He fell short of attaining his desire. For the world never was imperishable, nor, for that matter, was he who made the world. For things are not imperishable, but sons are. Nothing will be able to receive imperishability if it does not first become a son. But he who has not the ability to receive, how much more will he be unable to give?" Gospel of Philip
  14. So maybe it’s considered a secret because most of society would not understand it, or desire it? Not that it’s guarded; but that it’s not recognized.
  15. Thank you Jeff. It does seem like they’re all talking about the same thing. Why does the woman (or mother) always hide it? Why is it kept a secret?
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