March 13, 2007 at 11:57 pm #21672
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1. Essay on whether its possible to achieve
Enlightenment in one week. Hint: the answer is yes. In
fact, it generally happens in less than a week. It all
depends on one’s ability to grasp the value of
Ignorance. That makes my essay about enlightenment akin
to chasing a greased pig into a pit of
quicksand….i.e. it is a very slippery topic.
1a. Essay is followed by an insider’s guide to the 25
very cool one week retreats this summer in the New York
Catskills. These offer great possibility for fun,
friendship (or find a spiritual playmate, as I once
did), high “chi” experiences and the deep wisdom of
seasoned masters in their field. Note: these retreats
carry no guarantee of enlightenment – but do raise the
We’ve upgraded the website so you can fully register
online for housing as well as tuition, with our low
prices and numerous discounts. Details at:
2. “Taoist Hermit One Cloud’s 1st Formula – Advanced
Training” is the Spring Equinox retreat Mar. 17-23 in
Holland. It’s already full. I mention it because my
monster 23-CD audio recording of it (last time I was in
Holland) I feel is my best integration of the broad
range of Taoist foundation qigong & meditation
Part of the quality of this recording is due to the
impressively high level of preparation by the 35 Dutch
students, each with 4 to 7 years practice in the
foundation Tao methods. So the questions they ask are
deep. It’s also a credit to the seven Dutch Healing Tao
teachers, who have developed a wonderful synergy and
commitment to Tao as a community process. Perhaps
they’ve mastered the beauty of living in a small
country. I’ll be journeying with this disciplined group
through all the Kan & Li formulas in coming years.
A few thoughts on One Cloud’s 1st Alchemical Formula.
it is essentially a summary of the whole of internal
Chinese medicine. it embraces Inner Smile, 6 Healing
Sounds, Microcosmic Orbit, Internal Chi Breathing &
Bone Breathing and Rooting, Fusion of 5 Elements 1,2,3,
and Healing Love/Taoist Sexology. These are all the
foundation practices for cultivating your Energy Body
from every possible angle. It’s a potent spiritual
cocktail, and a lot to digest. The equivalent to
getting a good education at a top private school.
After you graduate from the the 1st Formula, one gets
into the “college level” Water & Fire “soul
enlightenment” alchemy formulas – Lesser, Greater, and
Greatest Kan & Li. These practices move into deep areas
of the collective unconsicous, from bloodline ancestral
to sun-moon and planetary/astrology cycles. For your
Phd, you go for Star Alchemy and Heaven & Earth
Alchemy. Of course, this is all metaphor. No matter
what your skill level, we are all constantly being
tested in the Tao of living in each moment. Everyone
has a front row seat with the Life Force flowing
through them. The challenges we face ground us in our
Way, our process of endless transformation.
If you’ve been studying the foundation practices for a
while, you might be interested in my integration of One
Cloud’s formula in this week-long set of 23 CD’s. This
is not intended to be a replacement for doing these
courses separately, but does summarize all the
refinements I’ve added over the last 27 years. The
audio does not duplicate any of the qigong training on
my DVDs, it assumes you have/will get those DVDs or
know the forms. This 23-CD audio set is not on the
website, you’ll have to call the office at 888-999-0555
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to order. $295.
Healing & Universal Tao instructors receive a 40%
3. Fusion of the Five Elements 2 $ 3 on April 28 & 29,
in Asheville, NC. This lays bare the infrastructure of
the “macro-cosmic orbit”. This is about the Eight
Cosmic Forces that flow in the body via the Eight
Extraordinary Vessels. These are key in preventing and
healing chronic illness and undiagnosable “mystery
diseases”. It develops the psychic skill of your five
shen/organ spirits that control the eight channels –
the interface of your Energy Body with the environment.
Cost: still only $144. April is a lovely time to visit
the Blue Ridge mountains surrounding Asheville. The
Fusion 1-2-3 courses are most powerful taken in
sequence, but could be taken as stand alones.
4. We’ve still got a few spaces on the May 18-June 3
China Dream Trip. We do accept last minute signups, but
airfare may be higher for late signups. See full trip
itinerary at: http://www.healingdao.com/chinatrip2007.html
See my top 60 China Dream Trip photos at:
Dear Seekers of Any Kind of Enlightenment,
The question is sometimes asked, how long will it take
to find enlightenment once I embark upon the “pathless
path” of the Tao? I once had this question, asked with
some angst, by someone thinking of signing up for one
my summer retreats. The hidden question was, “Can I get
enlightened by the end of this week?”
Normally I decline to discuss the topic as a hopeless
quagmire of hard to define concepts. But in this case,
after enjoying a silent chuckle, I gave my best answer:
“Only the most Doltish and Dorky adept would take a
whole week to achieve enlightenment”. I explained that
in my opinion, enlightenment happens all the time, it
is part of the natural process of living. And it always
happens spontaneously and in a split second in which
perceptions are expanded to some new level.
There is no waiting for a week. It is not a time-bound
game. And yet I also believe it is a loser’s game to
chase after some Final or True Enlightenment beyond
time. From my study of the Life Force, for humans there
is no Absolute State. We humans – including those who
transcend death and achieve immortality – are destined
to experience transformation and endless change, tiny
cells in a vast multi-verse. Likewise, in my
understanding, all deities, including any Creator God,
must follow the Principle of Change initiated by the
Is Enlightenment a Process or a Permanent State?
If the Life Force is about Process, then humans
necessarily reflect that, at all levels of awareness.
It doesn’t matter if we have a clunky physical body of
flesh or one of glorious radiant light – change still
happens. The most ancient Chinese wisdom classic, the I
Ching, is also known as the Book of Unchanging Changes.
To put it in religious language, God/dess can’t stop
creating. S/He/It is a compulsive Creataholic, and the
endless cycles of the zodiac is the local 12 step
program to work out the kinks and bad habits. The
purpose of this cosmic game plane is to strengthen the
ground of love and free will, so they can manifest more
In a cultivated human life, enlightenment of the Taoist
variety offers the promise of a somewhat smoother life
process. The sharp edges of our suffering gets
polished, yet stubbornly insists on remaining, lest we
grow too comfortable and stop changing. The doors of
perception can somehow always open wider, to
increasingly paradoxical levels. A small pain triggers
a memory, which unleashes an odd neuron, which sets off
a strange new bliss. And so it goes.
Our souls are bound to the collective stream of
consciousness of our ancestors and children, and our
future selves stare at us with bug eyes from alien
lands. We are on an endless journey between creation
and source and back again. This is the great or
Macro-cosmic cycle of life, mirrored in the meditation
practice of the Taoist Micro-cosmic Orbit. Most
puzzling of all, this endless spiral of life is
mysteriously fed by and feeds back into a core silence
that is somehow not quite human.
The question of “achieving enlightenment in one week”
did honestly express the concern of an ordinary mind
engaged in the flow of physical events. These events,
the chunks of life that constellate into our most
poignant memories, appear to be happening in linear
time. It seems much of life in the linear time zone is
spent reveling in the mundane. You must pay your bills
on time, show up at work on time, and settle the fight
with your partner in a timely fashion before it leads
From this ordinary mind perspective, the Time Frame is
always there. It is a legitimate to ask if
Enlightenment-Beyond-Time really exists, and if so,
where it fits into the Time Frame. How will achieving
it affect our life destiny? If Enlightenment doesn’t
really affect us – if after achieving “IT” we just go
back to “chopping wood, and fetching water”, then why
bother with cultivating it?
To Kill or Not-to-Kill The Ego?
The question also comes because of a lot of fuzzy ideas
floating around about Enlightenment, part of the modern
tension between Eastern and Western spiritual cultures.
The New Age is perhaps the largest repository of that
fuzziness. There is a separate interesting path this
discussion could take that compares Eastern ideas to
the Western Renaissance notion of Enlightenment, which
I am not entering, nor the esoteric Western traditions.
Here I discourse upon an Old Age cosmology and specific
terminology which I’ve adapted into English from the
Taoist tradition in China.
Let’s deal with one of my pet peeves, the notion that
for Enlightenment to occur, the ego must be killed. Ego
is just a concept of self invented by psychologists in
recent times. My view is that just because
Enlightenment is spontaneous, it doesn’t mean the
ordinary sensory mind entrained with linear time has to
be “killed” or “de-activated”. Yes, I’m all for
transforming our reactive, compulsive aspects, and
embracing the shadow side of the mind. But ordinary
mind functions remain an essential part of human
Silencing the chattering Monkey Mind is one (widely
advertised) aspect in the process, but ofttimes is
taken to rigid extremes of asceticism and body denial
in a doomed effort to silence desire. Silence can never
be final or total while living in monkey bodies in
linear time. The function of silence is to give us
clarity in unfolding who we truly are. We are always
going to think, feel, act and perceive as long as we
have a monkey body and have enough chi to enough to
respond to our environment.
Veil of Ignorance is Mankind’s Greatest Virtue
Contrary to popular myths about shutting down the
Monkey Mind, without the ordinary mind (“xin”, or
Heart-Mind to the Taoists), Enlightenment does not
exist and would cease to exist. It is the very
ignorance of the ordinary mind, the very boundary of
sensory perception, and its corresponding sexual and
psychic tension, that allows the process we think of as
Enlightenment to even exist. Ignorance has been
unfairly given a bad name as the cause of all desire
and evil. I believe the human Veil of Ignorance is the
ultimate driver behind the human quest for spiritual
development and creativity.
Ignorance is a good thing. We could even go so far as
to say that Ignorance is mankind’s greatest virtue, our
gift to the universe. Its our common defining
characteristic. Other animals are born knowing who they
are and what to do. Only human animals are baffled by
life and obsess on its meanings. Perhaps it’s why
aliens in high-tech ships hover in nearby dimensions,
spying upon us humans stuck in our 3-D zoo. I suspect
they are amazed and baffled at our sophisticated level
of Ignorance, in the same way we humans are fascinated
by animals in the wild.
Perhaps they ponder, how can humans possibly survive
the level of chaos caused by their Ignorance? Mind you,
I’ve never met an alien, but I have friends who claim
to have been poked by aliens, the way we might
fearfully poke a wild animal with a stick. There are
many who report that aliens seem afraid of human
unpredictability – and are trying to figure out how
that can possibly be programmed into our genes. Its
like we have built-in “Ignorance software” that they
cannot decode. Yet that very same ignorance is also the
source of our wildest enlightenment. It is what leads
us to emerge from the dark, and perpetually bring new
forms of consciousness to Light.
I believe it’s why our “formless, all-knowing soul” is
veiled when it begins to crystallize itself into a
clump of flesh, an embryo floating in the amniotic
fluid of our mother’s womb. The soul intentionally
separates itself from the transcendent mind of
Heaven-Earth in order to challenge itself, to discover
something new through physicalization in human form.
Who else but our soul, putting on the blind-fold called
Monkey Mind, would ask the curiously dumb questions?
Its our monkey-ness that veers off into unexpected
directions, or tosses out wildly unconscious energies –
that lead to fresh insights and stimulate new solutions
to old problems. The Soul is not stupid when it dons
the Veil of Ignorance. Ignorance is just Wisdom waiting
to be born.
The Black Hole of Enlightenment Talk
Of course, any discussion of what Enlightenment
actually “is” immediately falls into the black hole of
language problems and the limits of conceptual
definition. English may be particularly limiting, with
its mushy boundaries between words like “soul, energy,
spirit, mind” or “God, Absolute, Void”. This is
further beclouded by quantum physics attempting to
muscle in on the consciousness act with “zero point,
wormhole, and parallel universe/self” dancing at the
end of a musical super-string. Enlightenment language
becomes a giant bowl of cosmic alphabet soup. Our
monkey mind stirs the letters and sips the tasty
potential, but is unable to shape them into coherent
The net result? A lot of paradox talk about
Enlightenment. It often takes the form of those who
allegedly “know” what its like to live in the space
beyond Earth time, dropping hints to those still asleep
or doped up on the sensory explosions of event-driven
linear time (i.e. birth, sex, love, death and any
intense low or high points in between). These whispered
hints from the Already Enlightened could be viewed
either as acts of kindness or as the spiritual
arrogance of those who’ve become self-convinced of
their elevated state or appointed position.
But what do these Perennial Philosophers whisper to the
monkey mind when it asks, “If we monkeys are all
destined to end up with a single consciousness of
Oneness beyond linear time, why does Nature/space
continually explode into endless new life forms, an
expanding spiral of complexity and Manifesting
Many-ness? “Patience, child, patience – you will
understand someday” comes the patronizing answer.
Instant vs. Gradual Schools of Enlightenment
Historically in China, there have been two major
schools of Enlightenment – the Gradual School and the
Instant School. The Taoists are mostly in the Gradual
School, as they are process oriented. You might
gradually experience a series of “instant” mini or even
mega-shifts. But they are still part of the never
ending process of the chi field. These shifts require
integration with the flow of linear time, which
includes completing one’s destiny on earth.
The Instant Schools often disregard the body or worldly
destiny. They are more oriented towards seeking sudden
shifts into “permanent states” of higher consciousness,
that are identifiable to their believers. We simply
need to wake up, as from a dream, and live in some
higher dimension once the Veil is lifted. These instant
schools tend to be more other-worldly – some would say
escapist. Does “permanent enlightenment” mean “no more
change”? Does detachment from worldly life create
spiritual freedom, or is it an unconscious tactic to
avoid deeply embrace of Earth and avoid accepting
responsibility for what manifests?
Or is there a grid, a series of recognizable states and
stages that can be mapped out, as per the Ken Wilber –
Alan Comb’s Matrix? Comb’s “Radiance of Being:
Understanding the Grand Integral Vision” is an
excellent summary of research and contemporary thinking
on these consciousness issues. This is the domain of an
emerging spiritual science, which is trying to redefine
the ground on which older schools of Enlightenment
stand. It is trying to plow a new field somewhere
between religious belief and empirical science. It
explores issues often not resolvable by old models. The
most frequent problem: the difficulty of using our
subjective interior states of experience as evidence.
So why bother even talking about Enlightenment? Are we
better off silently chewing bubble gum, than blowing
hot air about the wattage in our cosmic light bulbs?
Well, since I have the podium, I’d say a focused
discussion about Enlightenment can be beneficial on
several levels. It might positively affect the mental
body reading the words. Concepts can lead to trying out
useful practices that are more embodied. Words might
occasionally stimulate shifts in perception in other
subtle bodies. The subtle bodies are all linked
energetically, so if the mental body shifts, it ripples
through the others. Words have chi in them, one of
humanity’s special gifts. Words are part of the dynamic
flow of Humanity.
Mind Enlightenment vs. Whole-Body Enlightenment
People will drink in talk about the Light Fantastic
according to their need and their interest. Some will
seek Head Enlightenment, and claim their body no longer
really exists – they are now Pure Mind, the body is
relegated to illusory status. Is this transcendence,
or just another mind-body split being projected out as
Enlightenment? It depends on your belief, and on what
the “words” like Pure or True Mind mean.
Others will sense the intentional chi flowing behind or
through the words, and use the body to concentrate the
chi power and intention hidden within language. This is
more likely to lead to what I call Whole-Body
Enlightenment, which is typically sought by the
immortality schools of Taoist alchemy. This approach
focuses on the invisible essence that underlies
physical form, or “jing”.
The fire/spirit in the head and heart must be brought
down into the instinctual center of the belly, or lower
“dantian”. This becomes an internal cauldron space in
which spirit and matter are “cooked” into a more
refined state. In Western alchemy, it’s known as the
process of refining Prime Matter.
Why cook the spirit/shen in the lowest center? It’s
because the belly is our center of gravity in the
physical present moment. It’s where we create our body
from. In women, its where babies come from. The
instinctual belly-brain is also the most spontaneous
brain, unlike the head brain with its complex
self-reflections and manipulations. The belly brain,
known to scientists as the enteric or gut brain, is the
brain that is functioning in new born infants. So the
instinctual brain is more spontaneously itself, just
like babies don’t worry about impressing others. That
need to impress is acquired. Spontaneity is the key to
the Taoist notion of enlightenment.
Wu Wei: Spontaneous Action as Enlightenment
The Taoists have terms to suggest enlightened qualities
of being. One is “authenticity” (zheng), another is
“self-so” or “self-arising” (ziran), a third is
“spiritual virtue” (de). But I believe the Taoist
equivalent of Enlightenment is best summed up by the
term “wu wei”. Wu wei is inacurrately translated by
some as “non-action”, giving Taoists a reputation for
quiescence and passivity. According to the scholars of
ancient classical Chinese that I trust, wu wei is
better translated as “spontaneous action” or
“effortless action”. Wu wei is the quintessence of the
Wu wei implies that Enlightenment is very much involved
with living in the world and completing one’s destiny.
It is about allowing the LIfe Force to guide us to live
in harmony and balance with a chaotic world. The key is
to live without resistance or struggle, while
maximizing our creativity. That involves integrating
the Heart-Mind (ego-self) and allowing one’s inner soul
– from the Timeless Realms – to express itself through
the vessel of the physical body into the Linear Time
Realm. It could be called the Soul in Action in the
Example? When I am deciding whether to buy a book or
not, I hold the book and close my eyes. I mentally ask
my shen – the vital organ spirits that manage my
biology, psychology, and spirituality – to quickly read
the book first and let me know if my brain-centered,
slow sensory ordinary mind will benefit from reading it
word-by-word. I get an immediate vibrational response,
ranging anywhere from dead silence to excited pulsation
to hearing the sublime music of the spheres.
Did my liver or heart spirit actually read the book on
some deep level of my unconscious? No. They just
tracked the vibration of the book back to its author at
the moment of writing, and responded to that by
vibrating my body. All knowledge is stored in the
field of Life Force’s universal memory bank – otherwise
known as Nature. Our body is a microcosm of Nature,
which makes our body divine. Thus the Taoist focus on
on the belly brain and whole-body enlightenment – the
body is the true and innocent ground of the mind. The
essence of the physical body is really our closest
portal to the higher dimensions.
The Practical Use of Enlightenment
At the end of the day, I am a pragmatist. Enlightened
talk is designed to speed enlightened action. It’s
meant to inspire either outer deeds of selfless virtue
in the world or internal deeds, a practice that deepen
one’s chi flow – qigong, tai chi, meditation or other
chosen self-cultivation modality. The faith that at
some level our Becoming is flowing out of an
action-less Being (call it Original Spirit, Creator,
God/dess, or Void) may be reassuring.
But these transcendent agents are ultimately irrelevant
to the ordinary mind. The ordinary mind is busy
navigating the flow of those chunky linear events that
sometimes appear like icebergs in our path. We are
being constantly challenged to choose, to act, to
exercise our free will in navigating the flow of
events. We are provoked to survive, to be creative and
to love in enlightened ways that transcend mere
survival. Our life challenges us to peek behind the
Veil of Ignorance. Praying for some God to pull back
the Veil for us is a childish dream. Its our job to
grow up and pull back the curtain, as far as we need
Of course, anyone can decide for themselves what
qualifies as enlightenment in the chaotic context we
call life. Who besides yourself is qualified to judge
the relationship between your own soul and
personality-in-a-monkey body? Why give that power away
to someone else, to an abstract deity or even a great
In my book, any moment you accept some new level of
self – you are enlightened. The toughest part is the
challenge of truly embracing our physical body and
accepting that it arises directly from Source via the
pathway of own divine Soul. Whenever we embrace
embodied life in the present moment with a deep hearted
Inner Smile, we experience a moment of enlightenment –
our body vibrates its divine support to that child we
call our mind.
Embracing the Neutral Point is Key
My experience is that our Monkey Mind’s innate
cleverness can be directed to good use. The monkey has
a heart-mind that can be trained to embrace the neutral
point between past and future, Water and Fire, Female
and Male, form and formless. There is a neutral
observation point where the Soul is hanging out, in the
portal between different dimensions of the self. When
the personality brings its free will and focuses its
sexual volatility at that neutral point – Bingo! Our
old resistance to change in linear time/3-D space is
overcome. Soul and Heart-Mind couple and a new identity
String enough of those mini aha! moments together and
the Monkey Mind gradually begins to accept the timeless
perspective of its own Soul as an equal reality to its
linear physical perspective. This can ignite an
alchemical marriage between lesser and greater self.
Neither side dies nor kills the other; the appearance
of spiritual battle between spirit and matter is
finally revealed as illusory. They both live happily
ever after – that’s the Tale of Eternal Life. In China,
its called Immortality, and implies that some essence
from the personality continues to create after death.
We simplify the tale for this short essay. There are
other dimensions to Self and Mystery not discussed
Rewriting the Enlightenment Story
I frankly would like to re-write the Enlightenment
Story as its generally been received into popular
culture. In my version, it’s not about escaping into an
ideal spiritual paradise of Enlightened Beings or
Angels living in a (boring) world on Cloud Nine without
challenges. Nor is it dying to a Supreme Nothingness
State in which absolutely no change is allowed to
manifest less we suffer once again on the Wheel of
Life. To be fair, many hold a story somewhere in
between those two extremes.
I prefer a story of growing a multi-dimensional bridge
between the Time and Timeless aspects of our Self. I
envision a more playful continuum, a Great Process or
Way, that is functional in new ways. I vote for a new
paradigm of Enlightenment in which both the embodied
personality and the timeless soul release their need to
suffer extremes (aka violence and illness) as part of
the learning curve.
I am investing my energy into a process in which we
humans can more easily transform challenges and pain
into greater bliss. Perhaps the Veil of Ignorance
becomes translucent, but is not lifted entirely. The
Veil that keeps humans ignorant is a needed boundary,
put there for good reason. The veiled boundary gives us
definition, and keeps us creative and alert to
unfolding our essence.
Insider’s Guide to 2007 Summer Retreats
“Talk does not cook the rice” is a old Chinese proverb.
So enough talk of Enlightenment. Its time for practical
action in the world.
It’s time to decide if there is summer retreat awaiting
you. A fun week that will hopefully awaken the sleeping
How does one choose between 25 retreat offerings? Easy.
Read the list below slowly. The close your eyes, drop
your focus down into your heart. Breathe in and out of
your heart a few times. Then ask, which retreat serves
my highest good? Your heart won’t lie to you.
In 2007, we are still offering the only live-in retreat
with Mantak Chia. It’s great to just hang out with him
at meals and around the campus. He may not be
travelling here forever, so don’t postpone the
opportunity to check out the heavy chi pumping out
through his energy field. He’s offering a totally new
topic, DNA repair and Immune Building Qigong, plus
Tao-Yin (Taoist Yoga).
We’ve got a hot new Classical Tai Chi training from
Tina Zhang opening up the summer with Mantak Chia. She
recently authorized an excellent book on the Norther Wu
Style, a style I happen to practice and really love.
Tina also has a Women’s Earth Qigong retreat later in
the summer. Co-author witih Tina is Frank Allen, who
offers three of the best Bagua Zhang training seminars
in the USA at Dao Mountain.
David Twicken is continuing his brilliant integration
of Chinese Astrology, Feng Shui, and Qigong. I will be
offering his books shortly in the new astrology section
of my website, and you will be able to get a Free natal
chart. David offers a free detailed reading to each
person attending his seminar, which also carries CEU
We have all the old standbys – the HealingTao Senior
Instructors offering a top notch Instructor
Certification training (courses open to the public):
myself, Marie Favorito, Masahiro Ouchi, Rene Navarro,
and recently tapped for Senior status, Karin Sorvik.
This is the core curriculum track – Fundamentals, Iron
Shirt, Fusion, Healing Love, and for the body workers
Chi Nei Tsang.
Adding new spice is my friend Robert Peng, an top
qigong healer who shares his secrets in a Qigong
Healing Intensive over the July 4 week. Robert is
lovely, humble, and powerful – he was born with the
ability to “spark” chi in a tangible form, like an
electric current. If you want to learn Qi Emission,
Robert is the man.
Later in the summer we have the irrepressible Madam
Wang Yan, a spry 70 year old who is a walking
encyclopedia of medical qigong and the Grand Madam of
weight loss qigong in the West. If you want to breathe
away fat and lose 4-6 pounds a week, it is achievable
by natural means.
Another healer and empath is Judith Poole, who has
gather the top Energy Medicine and Energy Psychology
tools under her single roof. If you’ve got an intense
crisis or issue to heal, Judith is the Woman.
Finally, our Retreat Registrar, Rob Renahan, is
unveiling his stuff for the first time at Dao mtn.
He is developing his version of Zen Qigong, based on
his extensive practice in the Zen tradition and his
integration of it into the Taoist qigong and inner
alchemy tradition. If you want to get to deep quiet
space with, Rob is the Man.
They are all great teachers, and they attract wonderful
people who create a beautiful synergy. These are high
energy retreats where you will walk away with new
skills, new friends, and a burst of amazingly high
energy that you will surf on for months. Plus the real
kicker – the discovery that you’ve achieved
Enlightenment in less than one week. 🙂
Love, Chi, and the Blessing of Enlightenment in One Week,
Who takes Heaven as his ancestor, Virtue as his home,
the Tao as his door, and who becomes change is a
Chuang Tzu, Inner Chapters
“The Tao is very close, but everyone looks far away.
Life is very simple, but everyone seeks difficulty.”
— Taoist Sage, 200 B.C
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I had the privilege of translating your post for my fellow members on the H.A.T forum. It is really something. I am doing a parallel search regarding the so called
I think I finally got your point today. And I can say there is a lot of personal work to do, in order to fully appreciate a more mature vision.
I dont know if I have any smart comment or question, but your message surely deservese at least a couple of those.
All that I can think of is what I read in the HealingTao archives… regarding the fight against ego, and the fight against the body. The ego – they want to kill it, and the body – well, in years past, there was some discussion about the relief that one would experiment, if he would just cut his balls of. Funny as hell, one might say, but those guys were taking it – seemingly – pretty serious.
And I think I can put together now what Ive read on this forum, and I reffer especially to your answers to the “neo-buddhist rebellion” that you guys enjoyed more or less some time ago.
So this is a little feedback, from little 1.
By the way, does the name Sheng Neng mean anything to you?
E, ManuelMarch 15, 2007 at 3:26 pm #21675
I enjoyed reading on paper what I fluidly felt. I think this relates well to the wisdom of the Zhi. I interpret Alien intent a little different. I do think they fear our unpredictability, but it is only because of the power of our intent has to focus our soul team to sometimes nasty means. Though I think the common idea is that they are curious and not the Aliens from Independence day, not to say its enjoyable to be woken up and poked at.March 18, 2007 at 5:22 pm #21677
this is a really big issue of darkness and unconsious versus light and superosncious and cycles in between..
why call it enlughtnement if it involves both?
but DANGER–> who said endarkenment would work?
can you substantiate that endarkenment is survivable, with all it’s pyschosexual animal impulses?
perhaps enlightenment should be achieved first and endarkenment handled with all due ignorance..
one way or another, a new name like “ultimate realization” would be far better and would require a genuine grip on how to live your lifein the face of bothMarch 29, 2007 at 6:31 am #21679
This is an issue of semantics (the meaning of language), but I think you are raising a valid issue. Do we start with integrating our conscious side, or focusing on the unconscious/dark side. It’s not really a linear/time choice. The more that either side is integrated, the whole is integrated, and we deepen the process of whole-body enlightenment. In your context, I am guessing that “endarkenment” would mean eliminating Fear from the process?
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