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  • Meditation or adrenaline pepper spray?

    The Tao Bums
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:59 pm
    So the paperwork has went through I will be doing a volunteer police thing. Basically crossing guard stuff and directing traffic during events. Possibly helping swat train by being a hostage or such.   Anywho I am going to ask some police guys and such if they would be willing to help me do a video to be put on youtube about how OC (pepper) spray works. I will be getting shot with pepper spray 3 times once after meditating another after swinging a bat and yelling obscenities to get the adrenaline running. A third as a control. What way do you think I will "last" the longest? Adrenaline…
  • Top 5 authors to see at Supanova - Brisbane Times

    Taoism OR Taoists - Google News
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Brisbane TimesTop 5 authors to see at SupanovaBrisbane TimesWhen she returned to Australia she used her knowledge and study of Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Buddhist and Taoists philosophies to help weave the stories of her successful trilogies Dark Heavens and Journey to Wudang. Chan's most recent book is Demon ...and more »
  • The Biggest Outdoor Wind Harp In Malibu

    Taoism News
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:48 am
    Looking for light holiday reading? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and University of California, Irvine, professor Jack Miles, author Reza Aslan and Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR discuss the new Norton Anthology of World Religions. Miles edited the two-volume compendium, which, at a whopping 4,000-plus pages, comprehensively covers the six "major, living, international religions" - Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Daoism - and features text from religious scholars, theologians, missionaries, philosophers and poets, including rapper RZA of the Wu Tang Clan, who contributed to…
  • Rain, Snow, Then Rain Again

    Beyond the Fields We Know
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:49 am
  • The Discipline of Wild & Free

    Personal Tao
    Julie Alessio
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    What is Freedom? Freedom is a wild river flowing… Wait, is a river really free? In daily life, freedom is often a matter of perspective.  For example, a river is constrained by its banks.  And, we know it will end up in the ocean. Maybe freedom has to do with being wild.  What is Wild? Google’s definition of Wild is: “Living or growing in the natural environment…uncontrolled or unrestrained…” Wild is a part of freedom.  A river is naturally restrained by its banks, however, it can shape these over time. A wild river will overflow its banks and discover…
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  • Top 5 authors to see at Supanova - Brisbane Times

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Brisbane TimesTop 5 authors to see at SupanovaBrisbane TimesWhen she returned to Australia she used her knowledge and study of Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Buddhist and Taoists philosophies to help weave the stories of her successful trilogies Dark Heavens and Journey to Wudang. Chan's most recent book is Demon ...and more »
  • Author Thomax Green gives to UNICEF - Arizona Daily Wildcat

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:59 pm
    Arizona Daily WildcatAuthor Thomax Green gives to UNICEFArizona Daily WildcatThe old man then proceeded to call Green a butterfly, which in Taoism means someone who does great things. Green said the man gave him a copy of the “Tao Te Ching,” which he said is related to the part of his book where he rewrites the ancient Chinese ...
  • Taoism Is Environmentalism - Huffington Post

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Taoism Is EnvironmentalismHuffington PostBecause environmental awareness and Taoism go hand in hand, I frequently conflate destruction of our environment with trends in the way we express ourselves spiritually, or fail to do so. These trends include a ... In the same way that environmental
  • Governing religion democratically in Indonesia – Jeremy Menchik - The Malaysian Insider

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:12 am
    Governing religion democratically in Indonesia – Jeremy MenchikThe Malaysian InsiderThe 1965 blasphemy law states that other religions such as Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Shintoism and Taoism cannot be banned in Indonesia, and makes clear that the Religious Affairs Ministry could simply recognise additional religions. Another policy that ...
  • Not proper to be compared with natives of America - Malaysiakini (subscription)

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:40 am
    Not proper to be compared with natives of AmericaMalaysiakini (subscription)Sometimes, I wonder whether someone else with the same name was appointed the chief justice of Malaysia years ago. I have my doubts because our judges come from a very intellectual kind of human beings in Malaysia and are always respected.and more »
 
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  • The Biggest Outdoor Wind Harp In Malibu

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:48 am
    Looking for light holiday reading? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and University of California, Irvine, professor Jack Miles, author Reza Aslan and Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR discuss the new Norton Anthology of World Religions. Miles edited the two-volume compendium, which, at a whopping 4,000-plus pages, comprehensively covers the six "major, living, international religions" - Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Daoism - and features text from religious scholars, theologians, missionaries, philosophers and poets, including rapper RZA of the Wu Tang Clan, who contributed to…
  • Chance to get in tune for inner peace

    10 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Over the past few years besides publishing books on feng shui, metaphysic and Taoism, I have worked with my niece, Jacqueline, and Mahmood aka Lam Mo Tak in producing Taoism songs. My niece is an amateur singer in Malaysia, while Mahmood in the 1980s and 1990s wrote well over 1,000 songs including hits for stars such as Hacken Lee, Leon Lai, Roman Tam, Sammie Cheng, Anita Mui, Alan Tam, Eason Chan, Danny Chan, and many more.
  • Wu Wei: The meaning of doing without doing

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Taoism has been misunderstood by many throughout its vast and ancient history. The misunderstandings are common among those that consider themselves Taoists and even more among those who have no training in the system, yet however, choose to write about and teach isolated principles.
  • Paths of the Spirit: Choosing between commitment and rejection

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:34 am
    Jesus leaps off the pages of the gospel as many different persons, just as we all appear to others.
  • Zen

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:42 pm
    The teachings of Zen include various sources of MahA yA na thought, especially YogA cA ra, the TathA gatagarbha Sutras and Huayan.
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    Beyond the Fields We Know

  • Rain, Snow, Then Rain Again

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:49 am
  • Sunday - Saying Yes to the World

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    Wherever you are is always the right place. There is never a need to fix anything, to hitch up the bootstraps of the soul and start at some higher place. Start right where you are.Julia Cameron
  • Field and Winter Light

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
  • Friday Ramble - Dazzled at Sundown

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:15 am
    Falling snow, then rain and freezing rain, then snow again... At sunset, the world is rendered in dusky blues and taupes with flashes of deep red, burgundy and stormy purple. The setting sun is so bright it hurts the eyes. Sketches and paintings executed in such light look like photos; photos captured in the same light look like sketches and paintings.  One could be standing almost anywhere, but whoever she is, and wherever she happens to be, she is dancing in liminal light, and she knows it. What is odd on our winter rambles, pleasing and enchanting too, are the elements that don't…
  • Thursday Poem - Sometimes I Am Startled Out of Myself

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    like this morning, when the wild geese came squawking,flapping their rusty hinges, and something about their trekacross the sky made me think about my life, the placesof brokenness, the places of sorrow, the places where griefhas strung me out to dry. And then the geese come calling,the leader falling back when tired, another taking her place.Hope is borne on wings. Look at the trees. They turn to goldfor a brief while, then lose it all each November.Through the cold months, they stand, take the worstweather has to offer. And still, they put out shy green leavescome April, come May. The geese…
 
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  • The Discipline of Wild & Free

    Julie Alessio
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    What is Freedom? Freedom is a wild river flowing… Wait, is a river really free? In daily life, freedom is often a matter of perspective.  For example, a river is constrained by its banks.  And, we know it will end up in the ocean. Maybe freedom has to do with being wild.  What is Wild? Google’s definition of Wild is: “Living or growing in the natural environment…uncontrolled or unrestrained…” Wild is a part of freedom.  A river is naturally restrained by its banks, however, it can shape these over time. A wild river will overflow its banks and discover…
  • A Personal Tao Update

    Casey Kochmer
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:48 am
    Well Julie and I have been working long and hard but the first month of site updates are finished. Please explore the expanded site. If you find anything not looking right or have suggestions of improvements please comment below. Brief Update List New Theme and Layout Better mobile support 7 new videos. Even better: each video page is a complete article onto itself, merging together materials we have been writing over the last 10 years. New Workshops!   We added a new workshop: Introduction to Shamanic Journeying for April 2015 in our yearly line up. New Articles Power Animal Retrieval Soul…
  • Lessons in Pictures

    Casey Kochmer
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Here is a picture that has been shared thousands upon thousands of times. Yes this picture has a good lesson on the surface to live happily. Also it makes you feel good after reading it. But does the lesson it tries to teach help you change your life? The answer 99.9% of the time will be no. Wonder for a moment how many of the thousand upon thousands of people liking this picture actually took a moment to follow thru with what this picture suggests to do? Did you actually take some time off the computer to find something to laugh at or took a second off to hug your child or make a pet happy…
  • Sacred Joy

    Julie Alessio
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    What is Sacred Joy?   I found a journal entry I’d written in 2006 about finding inner joy. I’d been practicing movement meditation and as part of my dance, I found joy in everything. I found joy in hate, anger, pain and sadness. I realized sacred joy was not a feeling found only in happy moments. At the Farmer’s Market earlier that same month, I had an older man tell me that he would rather live with his foot pain than go to acupuncture. He said, “The pain is part of the joy of living.” At the time, this truly baffled me. Through my moving meditation, it was…
  • Zen Moments in Taoism

    Casey Kochmer
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Lets have a Zen moment for a moment… How does a Zen Moment teach Taoism? Taoism is actually pretty simple: Taoism is a path of a person exploring their essence. The core principles of Taoism are simple: kindness, modesty, striving not to be first and non judgement. Then the applied human teachings get more complicated such as action/inaction or working with potential. People being people, are complicated, so people create wonderfully complicated practices to match to our reflection of the world. As a result Taoism does have many practices that take a life time to master if you so desire…
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    A Quiet Watercourse

  • Seeing what isn’t there

    Richard
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Recently, I was watching the progress of the Rosetta mission when the whole thing had a shadow cast over it by a certain shirt. Dr Matt Taylors shirt’s been pictured pretty much everywhere else, so I can’t see the point of linking to it; the commentary it’s generated has been huge, there’s no benefit in […]
  • Making Exercise Difficult

    Richard
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I took up Yoga a few months ago, and I find myself returning to the thoughts that I had during my Tai Chi years. In the West it seems that health is something to be pounded into the body from outside. We have the whole “no pain, no gain” mantra, the idea of straining for […]
  • Ever More Intense

    Richard
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I found myself finishing “A Clash of Kings” recently. After closing the book, I reflected on the differences between the book and the TV series. This is a series that I stopped watching after the opening couple of episodes of the fourth season, when I decided to put something a lot more pleasant into my […]
  • Reinforcing the Illusion

    Richard
    1 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Last week, I mentioned the idea of the world as we see it being an illusion. I think that there’s a bit more to be said on this. It’s very easy to interpret this as a thing that happens purely in the individuals head, but I think it’s important to realise the outside factors that […]
  • A World of Illusions

    Richard
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I recently found myself reflecting on the idea that the world is an illusion. In Buddhism, the world is said to be “Maya”, though I prefer English terms for plainness.  It can seem pretty strange to insist that the world around us is some sort of illusion; I mean, try to walk through the nearest […]
 
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  • Meditation or adrenaline pepper spray?

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:59 pm
    So the paperwork has went through I will be doing a volunteer police thing. Basically crossing guard stuff and directing traffic during events. Possibly helping swat train by being a hostage or such.   Anywho I am going to ask some police guys and such if they would be willing to help me do a video to be put on youtube about how OC (pepper) spray works. I will be getting shot with pepper spray 3 times once after meditating another after swinging a bat and yelling obscenities to get the adrenaline running. A third as a control. What way do you think I will "last" the longest? Adrenaline…
  • Accomplishment

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    A.K.A. achievement, success, doing big things, etc     I watched an episode of The Big Bang Theory where the main characters are cleaning out the office of a university professor who recently died. They lament the idea that he seems to have been unsuccessful and died without having "accomplished" anything.   The kind of accomplishment they're talking about is, we assume, proving a scientific theory that has some kind of impact, discovering something, or somehow gaining some kind of renown for one's work. They want this. They feel like their lives won't have been "worth"…
  • Premature Kundalini. How to tread careful?

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    Been on my Kundalini due to meditation and spiritual search since about 3 weeks back now.  I have felt something changing in me since about 2 years back but it was not until the moment I decided to stop smoking weed and doing acid (changed my diet and other parts of my lifestyle previously) that my prana started running wild.    Had come across information on Kundalini about a month before and haven't had much problem to stay calm but due to bad advice both online and IRL I have gone through a real intense time the past week.    Snake biting my ass and rising through…
  • The Tao of uncertainty

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    How do you deal with uncertainty? And I mean epistemological uncertainty, as in when you just can't process something because it simply inaccesible due to uncertainty. Like, for example, intelligent people avoid certain subjects because of this process, this subconscious Occam's razor, this mental Cerberus, guarding the gates of the inner world.   I can't process information when the context is not fully understood, I cannot jump into an epystemological abys, risking injury to my sanity. Usually things that I cannot process in the moment, but suspect of being true, end up stored in a…
  • creating

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:19 am
    it is the greatest thing we humans are capable of doing, the highest level of attainment is to be a creator. creating is fusing yin and yang, prana and apana, it is yoga. through mastering the ability to create we can enter into the immortal state.
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  • Friday Abide: Putkonin Chapter 4

    Ronda Snow
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
      Read about the “Friday Abide” series of posts HERE This week: Chapter 4 of the Tao Te Ching chapter 4, Amy Putkonin’s version Tao is like an empty cup that cannot be filled, Although we drink of it continuously. It is the deep source of the Ten Thousand Things. Tao smooths our sharp edges, Untangles the knots in our lives, And blends our brilliance with our dust. Its depth is eternal. This speaks to me of intellectual curiosity and the virtue of life-long learning and growing. Other parts of Taoism equate rigidity and stagnation with death, while life is changing,…
  • Twice as many diphthongs as needed, or desired....

    gigoid
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    Ffolkes, “Diogenes said once to a person who was showing him a dial, “It is a very useful thing to save a man from being too late for supper.” ~~ Diogenes Laertius (c. 200 AD) — Menedemus, iii ~~     Time moves on, day by day, whether we pay much attention to its passage, or not; though we seem to be the only creatures we know who bother to formalize its presence, by counting each tick of a second on the Cosmic Clock that rules this Universe…. In fact, I believe we are the only creatures who have bothered to name it, or count each time the clock moves its…
  • 14 Nov 2014 | 2:07 am

    edgarddetroyer
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:07 am
    We beings who are beset by delusions – endlessly indoctrinated & under the influence of illusions. Yet 2 free ourselves from delusions & along with that from chronic diseases & 2 free ourselves from obscurements of the Truth ? We ought 2 put into practice what we believe in, we should pursue our ideals or do what we individually & personally believe & think is the best & Truth. We need 2 put teachings into practice 4 our minds have been under a grip of delusions 4 a long time. So we cannot cleanse it in a short time. We cannot free our mind from delusions by…
  • Modules

    alphilo
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:31 am
    Genre types are written in bold and my notes are written in italics. All files in the Bible genre are bblx files and all files in the Commentary genre a commentary files. Unless otherwise noted all other files are topx. Bibles The New Revised Standard Version with the Deuterocanonical books, including 3 and 4 Maccabees and Psalm 151. This is personally my favorite Bible, and is the most ecumenical Bible currently available. https://mega.co.nz/#!7wthCBLD!5KnwGhSsKmV3P0zMhaw5kqS0jZMx_6EGHcps3moODK The Jefferson Bible (Gospel of Matthew)…
  • A Prayer for Thich Nhat Hanh

    inspiringyourspirit
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Ancient healers were one with infinite love. But they ignored social convention So people thought they were crazy. They would pay attention to what others overlooked; While others debated, they would be silent While others would worry, they’d be unconcerned. Alert, they discover the world anew with each footfall Humble, they greet you with the innocence of a child Patient, they wait for nothing, knowing everything is here Present, they respond to change like an eagle in flight Open, they listen without judgement Gentle, they cradle your soul in the memory of light. Intent on deepest…
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    Diary of a Daoist Hermit

  • Be Like Water and Let Your Ego Drown!

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    I've been spending a lot of time thinking about what it means to "be like water". That is to say, what does it mean to "go with the flow" when life creates obstacles in your path?I often have little patience for "groovy, hippie Daoists" who seem to interpret this ideal as an excuse to never get engaged in any sort of effort at all---especially one of a social nature.  "Why bother trying to make the world a better place?  What will be, will be."  I've always seen this rejection of civic responsibility as not much more than laziness. But having said that, there are instances when…
  • Walking on Two Legs: Spirituality and Religion---Activism and Consciousness

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    I recently read a comment on a FaceBook group that crystallized something that's been bubbling in my mind for a very long time.The fellow was responding to a panel discussion that occurred at the recent New York climate protests and included luminaries like Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Sen. Bernie Sanders, etc. It continues to confirm what I have seen most of the time. These "Leaders" in the shift in the presence of humanity on the planet know nothing about consciousness. ---- All their suggestions are just trying to do more, better, or different from the same level of consciousness that…
  • Book promotion!

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    Howdy guys, I know that I've been breaking a cardinal rule in blogging in that I've only been posting very infrequently lately, but I do still see a lot of visits to the site.  So I'm going to keep it up. I'm currently putting a lot of my energy into writing books, which, unfortunately, seems to include a fair amount of marketing.   So, I'm doing a promotion for my first offering. I'm doing a promotion for my book, it is free to download from SmashWords until the end of October. You have to register with SmashWords and use this coupon code: SD66Z . The book is at this link:…
  • A Daoist Take on the Race Riots in Ferguson Missouri

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    I've been following the events at Ferguson Missouri with especial interest as the events are taking place close to my dear and beloved wife, who lives in metropolitan St. Louis.  There seems to be a consensus emerging that something really wrong is going on in that part of the US, but what exactly seems to be somewhat vague. Much of the concern seems to be directed at police brutality and the militarization of the police.  But as an outsider who has developed a cursory familiarity with the area, I think that people should understand that the St. Louis area suffers deeply from racial…
  • That Elusive Feeling of "Oneness"

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    I've been walking around in a vague sense of funk lately.  I have had a hard time identifying why, but several very different things have made me depressed. First of all, I am somewhat upset about the huge amount of effort that I am having to put into marketing my book.  Everything I've read says that it is more work selling a book than writing it, and it is certainly the case that I've had to go through a big learning curve as I figured out how to format it, register it so I could get an ISBN (International Standard Book Number), register a copy with the National Archives, get an…
 
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  • Scattered Life Collective: November 21st

    amy
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post was inspired by a blogging adventure  called Scattered Life Collective by Cynthia Lee. It’s a great series and I hope that you will check out the rest of the participants and perhaps even join us! ——- current time: 5:42 AM. Monday morning. I am trying to get back into the habit of blogging regularly again and mornings are my best time. My daughter will be up soon and things will get lively around here, but for now it is quiet and dark. LATER: 9:08 AM on Friday, Nov. 21st. Coming back to complete this post. It’s Friday, my favorite day of the week! My…
  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 74

    amy
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com! Who needs Taco Tuesdays when you can have Tao Tuesdays? I am sure that Einstein would have really loved this… Here is How it Works I will post a chapter of the Tao Te Ching each Tuesday.  (My version – you can see all of the chapters on my List of Chapters page if you want to work ahead!) I will put a Mr. Linky entry form with it so that you can write your OWN commentary to the chapter on your own blog and then come back here after you post and add your link! Simple! (Please add the DIRECT link to your post about that particular chapter to…
  • I Ching Hexagram #15: Humility

    amy
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
      At first glance, it might seem a bit disconcerting to receive “Humility” as your hexagram for today. Often times, humility comes unwillingly as a harsh reminder of not getting too much of oneself. We are forced to eat “humble pie” when our arrogance has caused us to falsely claim honors which are not ours to claim. But there is another side to humility. Deng Ming-Dao’s interpretation from The Living I Ching offers us a different way of thinking of humility. Ming-Dao suggests that humility is only available to us when we are coming from a place of…
  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 73

    amy
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com! Who needs Taco Tuesdays when you can have Tao Tuesdays? I am sure that Einstein would have really loved this… Here is How it Works I will post a chapter of the Tao Te Ching each Tuesday.  (My version – you can see all of the chapters on my List of Chapters page if you want to work ahead!) I will put a Mr. Linky entry form with it so that you can write your OWN commentary to the chapter on your own blog and then come back here after you post and add your link! Simple! (Please add the DIRECT link to your post about that particular chapter to…
  • Scattered Life Collective: Nov 7th

    amy
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    This post was inspired by a blogging adventure  called Scattered Life Collective by Cynthia Lee. It’s a great series and I hope that you will check out the rest of the participants and perhaps even join us! ——- current time: 2:45 PM It is a somewhat dreary day here in Minnesota, and I would swear the sun is already setting but I know it can’t be. We just had the “fall back” for Daylight Savings. Since I am walking to work most days now, this has improved my morning walk (at least for a little while) but I sure don’t like the sun going down earlier…
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