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  • Wordless Wednesday - Morning Lights the Way

    Beyond the Fields We Know
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:50 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…
  • Energy Work

    Personal Tao
    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…
  • 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 […]
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    The Tao Bums
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
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    Beyond the Fields We Know

  • 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…
  • Resting Easy in the Season

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
  • Sunday - Saying Yes to the World

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    ... the roots of all living things are tied together. Deep in the ground of being, they tangle and embrace. This understanding is expressed in the term nonduality. If we look deeply, we find that we do not have a separate self-identity, a self that does not include sun and wind, earth and water, creatures and plants,and one another. We cannot exist without the presence and support of the interconnecting circles of creation, the geosphere, the biosphere, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere, and the sphere of our sun. All are related to us; we depend on each of these spheres for our very existence.
  • Gathering Light

    18 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
 
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  • 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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    22 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
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  • Hello everyone!

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Hello eveyone!   Glad to be here and glad that I had the idea of typing on google "taoism forum", and now here I am typing this message in which I want to tell you that I would like to learn more about this culture, religion and lifestyle.    
  • afterlife!

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    what do you think happens in the afterlife. do you think people find peace there; what about all the suffering that's going here, on earth; do they feel it. thanx
  • Sikhism

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    Is Sikhism an off shoot of Islam? or Hinduism? Or both?  How does one copy and paste from two opposite ends of the spectrum and make a new religion, how is this possible?
  • Dont give up!

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    Don’t ever give up. Even when it seems impossible, Something will always pull you through. The hardest times get even worse when you lose hope. As long as you believe you can do it, You can. But When you give up, You lose !
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  • Every Religion is the Same - Part 1

    amoderateextremist
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:58 pm
    All religions when it comes down to it, are the same. Religion, when you strip it down to its root is nothing more than a set of rules set out to guide people on how to live there lives. No matter your religious views it should be clear that the commandments, laws, path or philosophy of the faith is the most important part. This is because you can’t truly worship your deity and ignore the laws and rules that the deity has laid out. In other words, how can you bow down or pray to your high-power with don’t first accept the moral code that is demands? Treat others as you wish to be…
  • Bruce Lee's Application Of Taoist Philosophy In Jeet Kune Do

    Chhay Lin Lim
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Bruce Lee was born on November 27, 1940 and died on July 20, 1973. Even though he was just 32 upon his death, he had achieved so much in his limited lifetime. He was recognized by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.[1] He was a cha cha champion in Hong Kong at age 18, a world renowned martial artist and a Chinese actor who was not only immensely popular in Asia, but who also made his breakthrough in Hollywood at a time when oriental actors were barely accepted for lead roles. What is less known among the public is his keen interest in philosophy, a…
  • Reverting to paleolithic mode....

    gigoid
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Ffolkes, “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.” — Buddha     The flower looks a bit worse for wear, doesn’t it? I took this picture in late July, when all the flowers had been blooming for some time, all through the summer, collecting comparative photos to show off the very little bit of seasonal change we see here in Northern California. Living here, we don’t see much of the dramatic changes seen back east, but, there are smaller, more subtle signs, if one is the type to notice them… but, then, I suppose one…
  • The Golden Pill

    jupiterbeings
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:09 am
    Ancient Immortals used the term Golden Pill as a metaphor of the essence of true consciousness, which is fundamentally complete and illumined. The ignorant who do not know this, consider the golden elixir to be a potion made from minerals. Liu I Ming Taoist Adept
  • 10 Oct 2014 | 1:32 am

    edgarddetroyer
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:32 am
    Transcend the oppositions ! Mind or matter, mental or physical, physical or spiritual, big or small, etc. The patterns of change & transformation return 2 non-being through being (on Earth), therefore being & non-being produce each other & complement each other. While one thing or the other contrasts with each other, it is only through differentiating & making distinctions, thereby accentuating the contradiction(s) that all gets separated in the end. Differentiation is the creator of choice, naming & words, while words & naming surely where & still are the start of…
 
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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 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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