April 20, 2017 at 2:57 am #1444
What tools do you incorporate into your life to speed up your evolution apart from practice itself?
For example, I have found wild Chinese tonic herbs like Reishi, Ginseng, Schizandra, He Shou Wu, and Goji to be fantastic accelerants in my growth. I also like to incorporate various frequencies into my daily life that can be played in the background (528 hz being one). I also use crystals, essential oils, incense, hot/cold showers, western exercise, indian yoga (strictly americanized physical postures for spinal health), and try to spend regular time in nature. Okay I’m wavering off tools and into lifestyle, but you get the picture.
I’m always interested in adding in routines, tools, etc that effortlessly amplify my results.
Any cool ideas out there? Other modalities that pair well with the healingdao path?
I intend this question to be like a hiker asking what type of pack you carry – not what route are you taking up the mountain.April 26, 2017 at 3:40 pm #1463
Zen / EFT / Qigong= Soul/ Psyche/ Energy
Recently I have been doing EFT right after meditation and I have discovered something. Just that I recognize that at a deep level there is in-sincerity. Meaning I am not self-sincere or self-integral. It is difficult to explain, but if I stop at any point in the day … where am I in this ? I might feel happy, sad, or anything – but am I there ?
Sincerity is rather a quiet thing.
Is it even valued ?
If I am myself do I value that ?
When you have a plan, an idea, an image of healing, of doing, of trying, of ….
But sincerity is silent.
It is just who I am, it doesn’t have all these dramas.
If I am what I am and I do what I do, what else is there to say ?
But it needs watching and careful watching to slip out of the cloak of outward habits.
To meet oneself.
Hello, I barely know how it is to be sincere.
All pain comes from insincerity.
What hope can there be in not being who one is ?
Whatever it is.
I have heard such words many times, but one day after meditation I felt something inside, like I was able to compare something quiet inside, and the outward movements of pain-healing anger-confusion … and I tried just to be quiet.April 28, 2017 at 5:56 am #1466
…indian yoga (strictly americanized physical postures for spinal health)…
Sorry for my broken English.
In my opinion it’s worth to spend time to study also Indian practices more thoroughly.
Although David Gordon White, according to his own words, would be a textualist his book about Indian alchemical practices is very interesting; similar material which comes from Fabrizio Pregadio from Chinese ones.
Actually it’s very difficult material if one doesn’t know names of the asanas, mudras, bandhas etc. because these are not mostly described in any detail, but it could be even more difficult if there would be more material about Jyotisha (astronomy/logy) and Ayurveda (medicine) which of course are essential elements of the alchemical practice.
Bhagavata Purana states that Dhanvantari emerged from the Ocean of Milk and appeared with the pot of amrita (elixer for immortality) during the story of the Samudra (or) Sagara Mathana whilst the ocean was being churned by the Devas and Asuras, using the Mandara mountain and the serpent Vasuki. The pot of Amrita was snatched by the Asuras, and after this event another avatar, Mohini, appears and takes the nectar back from the Asuras.May 2, 2017 at 7:22 am #1473
What about becoming familiar with these practices?
HOWDYMay 3, 2017 at 3:37 am #1475
These matters also sadly coincided with TKV Desikachar having to increasingly withdraw from teaching and public contact over this past decade due to his deteriorating mental health. This decline led to his passing away on August 8th 2016 at 2.45am Madras time. We can but reflect on the loss of the light and clarity he offered to all who had the privilege to have contact with him and his teachings.
T.K.V. Desikachar is not doing well. According to reports from those close to him, Desikachar’s condition has worsened and he is “near comatose.”
If this is true, what did happen?
HOWDYMay 13, 2017 at 9:06 am #1498
While Peaches Geldof appeared to have beaten her drug demons, her continuing fascination with the occult, and particularly a mysterious religious cult called OTO, worried her family.
Just three weeks ago Peaches, 25, tweeted a picture of bookshelves groaning with works by Aleister Crowley, the British founder of the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO).
She also posted a photograph of Crowley’s book, Magick – In Theory And Practice, praising him as a ‘beautiful writer and thinker’.
Her interest in OTO ran alongside previous fascinations with the Scientology cult, and Judaism, the religion of her husband, Thomas Cohen.
Crowley, who styled himself as ‘the Great Beast, 666’ and was dubbed ‘the wickedest man in the world’, revelled in sadomasochistic sex rituals with men and women, and the use of hard drugs including opium, cocaine, heroin and mescalin.
Peaches, who had ‘OTO’ tattooed in a heart on her right arm, is said to have become interested in the occultist’s religious theory during her short-lived marriage to musician Max Drummey when she was 19. At the same time, she also pursued an interest in Scientology after talking to actress Katie Holmes, then married to Scientologist Tom Cruise.
She was said to have visited Scientology centres in Los Angeles and New York, before losing interest in the cult. More recently, Peaches, whose husband, Thomas Cohen is Jewish, developed an interest in Judaism.
While the marriage to Drummey failed, Peaches’ interest in Crowley’s teachings persisted, and she has previously urged her online followers to read his ‘super interesting’ books, an interest that worried her family.
Last year her father’s girlfriend, actress Jeanne Marine, said of Peaches’ interest in the cult: ‘You don’t know if it’s something that will pass or if it’s longer than that. The thing is, young people, they change their minds a lot.’
She said neither she nor Bob Geldof knew anything about the cult, but said the fact that Peaches had tattooed its name onto her skin indicated that her interest in it might be more than a passing fad.
OTO was said to have been brought to Britain from Europe in the early 20th century by Crowley, an infamous occultist and drug addict.
Crowley, who was said to have filed his teeth into fangs, was rumoured to drink blood and stage drug-fuelled orgies, and was widely criticised for being ‘in revolt against the moral and religious values of his time’.
He founded the religion of Thelema, which was based around the idea of free will, and reorganised the OTO’s teachings around the same principles.
One of his books, The Diary Of A Drug Fiend, was among those pictured on Peaches’ bookshelf.
Crowley’s followers, however, say he was a highly influential thinker and writer in the field of western esotericism and counter-culture, and in 2002 the BBC ranked him 73rd in their list of the greatest Britons of all time.
‘His work within the OTO was nothing short [of] miraculous and he was a beautiful writer and thinker too, as well as magical practitioner’
Peaches Geldof on British OTO founder, Aleister Crowley
On 16 March, Peaches posted a picture of Crowley’s Magick book alongside the slogan ‘Do what thou wilt’, a central tenet of the philosophical law of Thelema, upon which the thinkings of the OTO were based.
When one follower asked her if Crowley, who died in 1947, was a satanist, Peaches replied saying: ‘No, it has nothing to do with Christian ideas like satan or Jesus at all.’
And when others made references to his less appealing traits, she leapt to his defence, saying: ‘All the stuff about him being a Nazi sympathiser and a racist was lies made up by the press who hated him.
‘He would also just say controversial stuff purely to subvert people’s perceptions of him in the media. If you read any of his work, he makes this abundantly clear.
‘His work within the OTO was nothing short [of] miraculous and he was a beautiful writer and thinker too, as well as magical practitioner.’
Other celebrities linked to OTO include the rapper Jay-Z, who has been seen wearing a t-shirt bearing the slogan ‘Do what thou wilt’, and Led Zeppelin guitarist, Jimmy Page.
Last year the head of OTO in Britain, John Bonner, 63, told the Mail that its followers here numbered hundreds rather than thousands.
He said: ‘We are used to being misunderstood. Many stories about Crowley, like people saying he filed his teeth down into fangs, are nonsense.
‘You could call us a sex cult in a way, because we recognise, accept and adore the whole process which goes towards making tangible the previously intangible.’
Devotees of OTO say it can take years of study to understand the religion, something Mr Bonner, who lives in Sussex, acknowledged.
He said: ‘You’re not supposed to just jump straight in to it. It takes time and study, but our rituals are not for public consumption. You need to join us and go through the initiation process before you can begin to understand.
‘But according to our beliefs we can’t turn anyone away. So if you are over 18, are passably sane and are free to attend initiations, then you have an undeniable right of membership.’
But we would not normally say What did happen?
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