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  • The marrying of Heaven and Earth, in the Sacred Heart. From there illumination of psychic centers occurs naturally, effortlessly

    The Tao Bums
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    The lower chakras are given by the earth   the upper chakras by the Heaven   the Union is found in the Heart of Man.     We have individuals on this planet, great psychics who are not living a fulfilled life because they miss this essential peace and piece.   If you are uncertain because you have read less about these truths then I can assure you: You will not miss anything, if that is what your ego thinks, if you first connect to your Center and then move up from there, naturally and effortlessly.   Most "ancient" texts are written from a third chakra and…
  • With the Great Trees, Singing

    Beyond the Fields We Know
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
  • Personal Tao is Being Updated

    Personal Tao
    Casey Kochmer
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Julie and I are doing a major update to the Personal Tao site. As a result you will be seeing many changes over the next few days. Our site has been around for 10 years now and this will be the third major improvement in those years to keep up with the changing times. One major benefit will be that the site will be easier to use on smartphones now. If you find something that doesn’t work do let us know. For now we are porting the old site layout first and getting basic functionality smooth. Cleaning up and getting use to the new tools. After that we will be then improving the site flow…
  • Encrypted by default

    A Quiet Watercourse
    Richard
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Soon after the storm over the NSA and the cloud services and operating systems we use some months ago; the likes of Google and other cloud and Internet Services companies announced they were encrypting everything. Now leaving aside my ongoing disgust with how they handled the whole thing, this announcement gave me reason to raise […]
  • Jeet Kune Do

    The Tao Bums
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    I'm having a hardcore epiphany right now - I've never had an epiphany like this about my training before. Jeet Kune Do is the right style for me...I've come through schools and loved their arts but this is something quite profound - I may have been connected to Master Lee in a past life, because this feels like coming home (for real). I was just out on the Muk Yan Jong (I have a Muk Yan Jong in the shed out the back) and I started realizing The Way of Jeet Kune Do is the art I'm supposed to learn. I wanted to share this profound moment with the Tao Bums. Love, Unseen_Abilities.
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    Beyond the Fields We Know

  • With the Great Trees, Singing

    25 Oct 2014 | 1:51 am
  • Friday Ramble - Comfort

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    This week's word hails from the Middle English word comforten, meaning to make strong, and that word comes in turn from the Old French verb conforter, also meaning to strengthen. Both forms have their origins in a Latin compound consisting of com (prefix conveying intensity) and fortis meaning strong. To comfort is to soothe in time of affliction, to ease or relieve, and the noun form describes a feeling of ease, well-being and contentment. A comforter is someone who conveys such ease, although the word is used mostly now to describe a quilted bed cover - they're grand things to have on one's…
  • Thursday Poem - Unchurched

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Autumnal sun streams throughthese yellow maple leavestranslucent as stained glass.The ground beneath my feetis strewn with pine cones, acorns.The random pattern of continuance.Etched columns of pine and oak.Incense of resin and fungi.Great glacial stones for altars.High winds and choirs ofminor breezes, the whispering hush.It is the Sabbath. It is enough.Dolores Stewartfrom The Nature of Things(printed here with the kind permission of the author)
  • Wordless Wednesday - Morning Lights the Way

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
  • Little Friend in the Road

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
      Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) From its size and the length of its tail and wings, my little friend was a young male - he stood in the center of a gravel road in the Lanark highlands, vaguely aware that he ought to be doing something, but not sure what that something was.His barred and dappled plumage was lovely, ranging from a deep rusty burgundy to cream and gray.  The coloring is a form of wild woodland camouflage, designed by nature to protect grouse from predators in their native habitat, the eastern Ontario highlands.  If the little guy lived in scrub or on the…
 
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    Personal Tao

  • Personal Tao is Being Updated

    Casey Kochmer
    3 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Julie and I are doing a major update to the Personal Tao site. As a result you will be seeing many changes over the next few days. Our site has been around for 10 years now and this will be the third major improvement in those years to keep up with the changing times. One major benefit will be that the site will be easier to use on smartphones now. If you find something that doesn’t work do let us know. For now we are porting the old site layout first and getting basic functionality smooth. Cleaning up and getting use to the new tools. After that we will be then improving the site flow…
  • Energy Work

    Casey Kochmer
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Based on Hollywood and popular stories. This is what people think energy should look like The truth is energy work is not flashy. Anything flashy is actually geared at stirring up emotional energy. Energy work is a subtle art. What you see as energy and how to work with energy varies from person to person. However, most of  what people imagine as energy work in a flashy manner is imagination. Imagination is powerful, but without connection and action it merely remains imagination. Effects/Flash (visual or physical) require activating actions, to put some of your own energy into motion, so it…
  • Innocence

    Casey Kochmer
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Taoism embraces innocence. Being youthful in our essence and approaching life with a smile. Now as we get older we may end up using many words to help balance us to be on this path. We teach Wu-Wei and Pu to stop forceful actions and to keep ourselves open to potential. We teach compassion / kindness to keep our minds open in seeing others as they are -> not what they *project*. We teach modesty to grow slowly, to not lose heart. We teach non judgement so we don’t limit our spirit and thus maintain our innocence . We teach nutrition and healthy lifestyles to keep the body elegant.
  • Graceful Aging

    Casey Kochmer
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:38 pm
    The best thing about hitting 50 as a Taoist… I finally now have crossed the line into being a teenager. Nothing like teaching a practice that feels everyone should shoot for 150. I am a 1/3rd of the way there! Woo hoo I am a teenager now! Still time to play! We approach aging in Taoism… as a reflection of one’s maturity and ability to see the universe with less obstructions… The label of being called an adult is not a final marker to a Taoist. Age represents a series of many changes. Every 7 to 9 years we evolve into a new story to hold. Aging as a process does…
  • Hard Relationship Lesson #4

    Casey Kochmer
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    A hard truth for some in a relationship is this: The lesson isn’t always about how to stay together. For some the lesson is about what we learn from breaking up. In many cases we need to grow and expand against our weaknesses. Often times it’s the breaking up that serves as the fuel and material to learn against. A break up is also the chance to improve oneself within the quest of becoming a more complete person. People all too often focus in finding completion within another. Unfortunately, more times than not, it’s the breaking apart that teaches us to be stronger and also…
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    A Quiet Watercourse

  • Encrypted by default

    Richard
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Soon after the storm over the NSA and the cloud services and operating systems we use some months ago; the likes of Google and other cloud and Internet Services companies announced they were encrypting everything. Now leaving aside my ongoing disgust with how they handled the whole thing, this announcement gave me reason to raise […]
  • Are We What We Buy?

    Richard
    11 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I was driving home the other day and a thought returned to me. It’s not a new thought, but reoccurred after a conversation that involved designer brands. I was struck again by the notion; it seems we are what we buy. It helps define our identities. Our society seeks to define us as consumers. It’s […]
  • Too Hasty

    Richard
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The thoughts continue to form after my experiences of the last few weeks. I’m pondering what I’ve learned about speed. I’ve long held the opinion that too much speed is a very bad thing, the last few weeks have solidified that opinion. On my course, we were asked to consider the justifications for driving too […]
  • Technical Beauty

    Richard
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Stop for a moment, consider a beautifully designed piece of technology. A classic car, or an elegant piece of mobile gadgetry. Pause for a moment to admire its lines. Explore the user interface, the things it can do for you, the way you appreciate it. Nice, yes? Maybe even fun. Now in your mind, take […]
  • Thoughts on Imperfections

    Richard
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The subject of imperfections has been on my mind for quite a long time due to work and gym challenges.  This has provided food for thought and of course, the thoughts on my mind have been largely questions of imperfection, flaws, faults and so forth. We are not perfect beings, the lessons life has had […]
 
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    The Tao Bums

  • Jeet Kune Do

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    I'm having a hardcore epiphany right now - I've never had an epiphany like this about my training before. Jeet Kune Do is the right style for me...I've come through schools and loved their arts but this is something quite profound - I may have been connected to Master Lee in a past life, because this feels like coming home (for real). I was just out on the Muk Yan Jong (I have a Muk Yan Jong in the shed out the back) and I started realizing The Way of Jeet Kune Do is the art I'm supposed to learn. I wanted to share this profound moment with the Tao Bums. Love, Unseen_Abilities.
  • The marrying of Heaven and Earth, in the Sacred Heart. From there illumination of psychic centers occurs naturally, effortlessly

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    The lower chakras are given by the earth   the upper chakras by the Heaven   the Union is found in the Heart of Man.     We have individuals on this planet, great psychics who are not living a fulfilled life because they miss this essential peace and piece.   If you are uncertain because you have read less about these truths then I can assure you: You will not miss anything, if that is what your ego thinks, if you first connect to your Center and then move up from there, naturally and effortlessly.   Most "ancient" texts are written from a third chakra and…
  • Breath: Cold sensation while meditating

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Meditating, breath in breathing tube gets a cold feeling to it. Like as if one would in- and exhale with a throat covered in eucalyptus fluid. Very pleasant   Any similar experience and can explain his/her findings from there?     With love
  • New here

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:25 pm
    hello , i am here to learn.
  • Buddha is a game. Buddha is not a game.

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I 'heard' this line back then in one of my post ayahuasca nightmares. Since I only have theories about what it could mean, but it's all vague, I'm curious about any thoughts you might have when reading that.
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  • Day 636

    Matt Smith
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    The turning, the right; In the darkness, the sounding Larks taking to flight. The sighs of yearning Trembling an inch beneath skin, Like a cold burning. Abstinence is something that I have attempted many times. And though it may be something that is commonly unspoken of, it is a big part of the spiritual process. The idea, written through the scriptures and known through various esoteric practices, especially in Taoism, is to harness that energy for the greater self and great feats for the welfare of mankind. But the stumbling block I come across, is in the act of abstaining my sexual drivers…
  • Political blog version 2.0

    whatliamsays2013
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Some interesting reactions to the political views below. My journalist friend M think that’s austerity was a ‘choice’ and not a necessity. I really am not so sure. I really need to do more reading about the economics of the present time. M seems to believe that human action is decided on some kind of Platonic level, on some idealistic basis but we are all flesh and blood creatures, full of desires and passions and ultimately casting a shadow. The world is dominated by Macbeth like struggles for power, seemingly not by rationalistic discourse and debate about the best way to run human…
  • Poignant palindromes prevent perverted pixels....

    gigoid
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Ffolkes, Truths would you teach, or save a sinking land? All fear, none aid you, and few understand. ~~ Alexander Pope ~~  — Essay on Man, Epistle iv, Line 261 –     A while back, you may recall a series of posts here with The Wise Old Pine Cone as the featured subject, with pictures describing his adventures living here with me, his girl friend, and The Young Paduan Cone….. Then, the stories stopped, simply because the Old Cone disappeared, along with his charges, not to be seen again until a couple days ago, when I happened to spot him, managing to speak to him a…
  • 13 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am

    edgarddetroyer
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Some say that human beings make nature happy & beautiful by good actions & by good actions only ! Well this is not true ! Human beings make nature happy & beautiful by good thoughts, sound views & ultimately their compassionate action(s) springing forth from their refined attitude or being.
  • 13 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am

    edgarddetroyer
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    Human beings make nature happy & beautiful by good actions & by good actions only & this does not perse mean action in the literal sense of the word like labor, physical & manual work but in fact quite the opposite !
 
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    Diary of a Daoist Hermit

  • 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…
  • What is a Martial Art?

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    I have some tracking software on this blog that allows me to understand which posts bring the most traffic.  I've been surprised to see that a few posts that I made years ago totally swamp all the others in popularity.  Those are the ones about how I got involved in Daoism in the first place.  And of those, the discussion focuses repeatedly on the Taoist Tai Chi Society (TTCS) and Moy Lin Shin. I suppose that this makes sense, given that the TTCS is a huge organization with affiliated schools and temples all over the world.  But in the on-going discussion that takes place…
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    Tao Te Ching Daily

  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 70

    amy
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 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…
  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 69

    amy
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:30 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…
  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 68

    amy
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:00 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: Oct 3rd

    amy
    3 Oct 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: 9:57 AM on the menu:  ciabatta with hummus slathered deep & lots of veggies. My husband and I have been eating less than 10 grams of added sugar a day for almost three weeks now. We have both lost some weight, although our scales like to play tricks on us and test our endurance. I’ve loosened up somewhat on not eating meat or dairy since I…
  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 67

    amy
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 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…
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