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  • Unraveling the mysterious and misunderstood concept of P'u

    Taoism News
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Many people who study or casually read about Taoism will at some point come across several principles and concepts which are considered important to the Taoist system.
  • William Edelen: Time and the River Flowing

    Taoism News
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Sitting by the River, surrounded by the beauty and magic of Oak Creek Canyon, in Sedona AZ, has been one of the most enduring Joys of my 92 years of life.
  • Spencer is Eight

    Beyond the Fields We Know
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Happy eighth birthday to the beautiful little guy (shown in the first photo with his favorite stuffed toy, a plushy moose) who has been our constant companion since he came to us as a two year old in late August, 2008.Like most German shorthaired pointers (GSPs), Spencer is intelligent and very athletic.  He is a strong swimmer and runs like the wind, has oodles of endurance and is a perfect sidekick in the woods. He likes to run off with socks, and he excavates phenomenal holes in the garden when the spirit moves him.  Having an impressive vocabulary, he understands almost…
  • Letting Go Now

    Personal Tao
    Casey Kochmer
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Feel your life for a moment. Are you ready to feel like this?   Look around at all the tension, all the people being polarized…. trying to be right. No one screaming their “right” is right at all… This is a sign of the times, of the change before the storms. The lesson from Taoism is this: It’s best to let go of the shit…long before it hits the fan.   *** Think about it. *** Instead of gearing up for a fight, for the end, for the “oh shit” moments… Let go, take a moment to rest in the sun, take some time to improve your life,…
  • Is it healthy?

    A Quiet Watercourse
    Richard
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I bought a men’s magazine this week. It’s a health related one, which I’ve not read for nearly 10 years. I noticed immediately, it’s thinner than I remember; not unexpected in the digital age, I’ve seen several magazines go this way. It usually doesn’t end well for them. I read through it and, I immediately […]
 
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    Beyond the Fields We Know

  • Spencer is Eight

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Happy eighth birthday to the beautiful little guy (shown in the first photo with his favorite stuffed toy, a plushy moose) who has been our constant companion since he came to us as a two year old in late August, 2008.Like most German shorthaired pointers (GSPs), Spencer is intelligent and very athletic.  He is a strong swimmer and runs like the wind, has oodles of endurance and is a perfect sidekick in the woods. He likes to run off with socks, and he excavates phenomenal holes in the garden when the spirit moves him.  Having an impressive vocabulary, he understands almost…
  • On the Line

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
  • Sunday - Saying Yes to the World

    20 Jul 2014 | 2:38 am
    To open our eyes, to see with our inner fire and light, is what saves us. Even if it makes us vulnerable. Opening the eyes is the job of storytellers, witnesses, and the keepers of accounts. The stories we know and tell are reservoirs of light and fire that brighten and illuminate the darkness of human night, the unseen. They throw down a certain slant of light across the floor each morning, and they throw down also its shadow.Linda Hogan, The Woman Who Watches Over the World
  • By the River Tay

    19 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
  • Friday Ramble - Earth/Earthy

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    Earth is a good word for pondering in this shaggy season as we toil in our gardens and tend the sweet beginnings of the harvest to come.  All things, or at least most things, arise from the earth and return to it in time, us included.The word dates from before 950 CE, and it comes to us through the good offices of the Middle English erthe, the Old English eorthe; the Germanic Erde, Old Norse jǫrth, Danosh jord and the Gothic airtha, all springing from the Ancient Saxon eard meaning soil,home, or dwelling. All forms are likely related to the Latin aro, meaning to plough or turn over.What…
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    Personal Tao

  • Letting Go Now

    Casey Kochmer
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Feel your life for a moment. Are you ready to feel like this?   Look around at all the tension, all the people being polarized…. trying to be right. No one screaming their “right” is right at all… This is a sign of the times, of the change before the storms. The lesson from Taoism is this: It’s best to let go of the shit…long before it hits the fan.   *** Think about it. *** Instead of gearing up for a fight, for the end, for the “oh shit” moments… Let go, take a moment to rest in the sun, take some time to improve your life,…
  • Polishing Our Inner Story

    Casey Kochmer
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Don’t take answers to be held inside as a truth… Take answers inward to reflect against your own ideals: -> To help polish your personal stories to be bright and reflective of your own inner nature.   Working with Your Inner Story Keep your life story simple, by not trying to only live one story. Understand you have an inner story, that is all yours and goes beyond words. Then you have the stories that are shared with others: Mother, father, son, worker, artist and all so many stories to hold and describe neatly with our words and actions. Don’t try to use only words to…
  • Hold Each Other Warmly

    Casey Kochmer
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:56 pm
    More and more it feels like we , as a culture, as communities and as individuals are moving in between a dozen different realities all trying to be “The New Reality”. Looking at people in the street you can see in their essence, Magical creatures wanting to fly out and be alive. People not wanting to be shaped by only the job they do or prejudice of others. And yet: all around the world governments , corporations and major religions are doing their hardest to kick people back to the curb, to keep them living in fear as a hurt human being. And so you also see people in fear rushing…
  • Your Decade is Now

    Casey Kochmer
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:44 pm
    How we define ourselves is a collage of many viewpoints and experiences. All too often in our stories, we wait for a plot line or look for our inspiration to come from the outside. Inspiration in action always flows outward from your own inner well spring of spirit.  To drink inspiration from outside sources is to leave yourself high and dry later when you are on your own again. To wait for permission to act normal, is to go stale and to never break out of established rules. To live -> is to experience your actions. Sadly many people merely only consume experiences, which leaves behind no…
  • ism is all about your path.

    Casey Kochmer
    17 Jun 2014 | 3:19 pm
    To learn Tao ism: is to listen to the world itself. Zen isn’t Tao ism but the two traditions walk along a similar path. The lessons for Tao ism are all around you. Yes at times a teacher like myself will help a person when they stumble or are confused. Always remember, teachers are optional, the world is always present for us to work against. All too often people get lost within teachings simply because they allow the teachings of the “ism” to over ride the connection to the world itself. All too often in being literal, a person will let ancient disconnected and dusty words…
 
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    A Quiet Watercourse

  • Is it healthy?

    Richard
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I bought a men’s magazine this week. It’s a health related one, which I’ve not read for nearly 10 years. I noticed immediately, it’s thinner than I remember; not unexpected in the digital age, I’ve seen several magazines go this way. It usually doesn’t end well for them. I read through it and, I immediately […]
  • Walking the road away from Big Data

    Richard
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Over the months since the initial Edward Snowden revelations, I’ve been keeping an eye on the big tech companies. I’d hoped to see some kind of gesture here, but it seems to have been a case of completely failing to learn the lessons. Instead we’ve seen denial, misdirection and media spin. In a recent speech […]
  • Knowing the Path

    Richard
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Recently, I was browsing through some torrent sites. It’s a truth of life in the UK that the various attempts at filtering things are ineffective, for all the government might try. Of course my own views on this are that it’s Orwellian, but more of that another time. So, there I was looking at the […]
  • The View from the Roadside

    Richard
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:43 am
    A week or two ago I had the opportunity to travel to Yorkshire. I wasn’t there long, and the purpose and hurried nature of the trip made me think back to the novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It also evoked a feeling that’s been creeping over me for quite some time, which […]
  • Holier than what?

    Richard
    12 Mar 2014 | 2:57 pm
    A theme that has been running through my mind very recently regards the notion of holiness. I was reading some Taoist literature and thinking back over my old Tai Chi training and I remembered my teacher telling us that the key was to do less, not more. The Taoist literature echoed this with the advice […]
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    Pondering the Myriad Things

  • Just Camping

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Yesterday, my sister and I were running together, down a lovely country road.  As always, we were talking as we ran, and we talked about how much we enjoyed camping.  We enjoyed many things about the camping, but most of all we enjoyed how when you're camping, you just do one thing at a time.  Make breakfast.  Eat breakfast.  Visit.  Play at the park.  Make a fire.  Sit by the fire.  You get the picture.  We were Just Camping.  It struck me today how much camping is like meditation, because meditation is Just Sitting.  Not thinking,…
  • Impermanence

    1 Sep 2013 | 8:10 pm
    Since my dad died, I think a lot about impermanence.  I think about small impermanences, like my breath that comes and goes every second, and big impermanences, like other people I love dying, or me dying one day, or 'the end of the world as we know it.'  And everything inbetween.  I've become a lot more at ease with small and medium impermanences, and I've gotten a lot better at appreciating things for how they are right now, even the things I don't like so much.  Because I know they won't be like this/that forever.  Maybe not even for today. I'm getting better at…
  • It's been a while...

    31 May 2013 | 10:04 pm
    Well, hello there.  It's been a long while since I've posted.  A lot has happened since my last post, way back in November 2010.  Since then, I've been trying to do things more than write about things.  I've been eating more mindfully, and running more regularly.  I've managed to keep off almost all of the 40 pounds I lost through mindful and balanced intake of calories and output of engery.  I ran some 5K races, and a few 10Ks.  Life was good. Then came the year of 2012.  It started off well, with a nice trip to a southern location, for some rest and…
  • Waiting

    28 Nov 2010 | 7:52 am
    It's nearly Winter again and so we've been firing up the woodstove regularly. I really like lighting the fire, and doing so when there are still some embers from the night before has been a good exercise in the benefits of waiting. It can be tempting to throw a match in there or use the butane lighter, but more and more I like to just lay the wood on top of the embers, sit back and wait. I'm trying to do that more in life as well: set the proper conditions and then wait for the results in Nature's good time.
  • Mindful eating - revisited

    31 Aug 2010 | 11:34 am
    I have struggled for a long time with my eating habits. I have gone from whining in my head (and sometimes outloud) about 'how come other people can eat whatever they want?' to blaming western society in general for unrealistic body expectations, to saying, 'what the heck' and eating whatever I want, whenever I want, and then getting angry and belittling myself for not having the will power to eat less and exercise more. I've also found it maddening that I've been able to cut back consumption in other areas of my life, but not in the food area. I've blogged about that frustration before.I've…
 
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    The Tao Bums

  • What's REALLY possible from Magic/Magik/Magick? What have you achieved?

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Hello,    I'm just interested in the scope of what is supposedly possible through magical practices, AND, would like to hear personal stories of what any of you've managed to achieve through it.    Primarily interested in ESP and healing stuff, but, any manifestation, Siddhi/Siddhis in general, invocations, OBE, Astral Travel, anything interesting I guess.    Cheers guys
  • Zhan Zhuang "Under the Hood"

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    Hey Buddies,    Help me figure out the chemistry that goes on during the Zhang Zuang holding the ball excercice (or standing like a tree).   More specifically, I'd like to get an understanding for the energies that we are generating, transforming and feeling.   One obvious effect is that the Dan-Tian or lower abdomen get warmer.   Member "Zoom" wrote a while back that the heat actually came from qi being converted into Jing, but I always thought that it was the reverse.   Additionally, another member here was raving about Zhang Zuang because it supposedly…
  • What Is My True Nature?

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:56 am
    http://youtu.be/GZ5JjRTpEkQ
  • Path of The Hero

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:52 am
      The Seven Archetypes:1 Hero:  "The Hero is the protagonist or central character, whose primary purpose is to separate from the ordinary world and sacrifice himself for the service of the Journey at hand - to answer the challenge, complete the quest and restore the Ordinary World's balance.  We experience the Journey through the eyes of the Hero." Mentor:  "The Mentor provides motivation, insights and training to help the Hero." Threshold Guardian:  "Threshold Guardians protect the Special World and its secrets from the Hero, and provide essential tests to prove a…
  • Good News at the Doctor's Office

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Well thanks to Mr. President Obama I got my first regular check up in ten years and some blood, urine, and other panels in the works. My blood pressure is normal which is odd, it's usually low. I've had asthma since childhood and he said my breathing was normal but did prescribe an inhaled steroid to help manage it. He thinks it will probably go away once I quit smoking cigarettes.   Biggest thing was my back. I've had scoliosis since I was about 12. A little over a year ago the X-ray showed a C curve in my thoracic spine. Today the doctor's words were, "Spine straight, no scoliosis,…
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  • Tossing beans with butter, in a bowl....

    gigoid
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    Ffolkes, Late, again…. Fuck it, I’m not even going to worry about it a little bit; whatever happens, happens. I’m too bloody grumpy to care, so, it’s just as well I’m giving up right out of the gate…. I have the distinct feeling that if I made any attempt to be normal, not only would it fail, but, the Universe at large would enjoy a huge guffaw at my expense…. with which, I’m sorry to say, I’m becoming all too familiar…. Murphy’s myrmidons must get promoted by merit, because each bloody one of them laughs harder than the last…
  • 12 Jul 2014 | 1:47 am

    edgarddetroyer
    12 Jul 2014 | 1:47 am
    Having a fruitful & meaningful Life isn’t really a necessity. We all pretty much have the same needs & desires, whereby in fact the need 4 Love & social interaction producing reflection, dominates over the desire of making the best of our Life. Life doesn’t really have 2 make sense 4 meaning in Life &/or Living isn’t a prerequisite 4 happiness. Meaning & Love are the main things we are in desperate need & search of & desire so dearly. Meaning overwhelms us in case of loss &/or suffering & meaning can blow us over when shit happens. We also get 2…
  • The Talking Problem

    dvonziegler
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Despite my many and long texts, something I could and can never fathom is how people treat words and many other of their most precious resources. However, I can understand, but never agree. Maybe it is because I have too many thoughts and ‘thoughts’ for them to exist in a language in my mind (and which has and does often cause me to seem inept in the most simple situations, as many would be able to relate, some more, others less), or because I grew up in a world of both tranquility and noise, but words have always been entirely undesirable to me. I think I have addressed this…
  • 100 Happy Days

    Harper W. III
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    To try and help my blue mood I started the 100 Happy Days Challenge with a friend today. I’m doing it on Instagram under Kichara8. Since I’ve been watching the sunrise every morning I figured that is a good place to start. Now that I am doing it I want to keep putting more and more pictures up, though, haha. I don’t know if you’re supposed to only do one per day, but I guess I’ll just save the happiness for myself right now. I’ve put many hours into studying and practicing Theurgy and Taoism. In both these spiritual traditions, the sun and moon are held in…
  • Words

    dvonziegler
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Words are Wind; Serenity – not Storms. Vitalising – not Exhaustion. Divine – not Empty. Words are Blossoms; Rare – but Majestic. Abundant – but Fragile. Tempting – but Parlous. Words are Claws; Public – yet Elitist. Fatal – yet Arduous. Godsend – yet Baneful.
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    Diary of a Daoist Hermit

  • The Individual Versus the Collective

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    I've finally published my book, so I think it's time I got back to blogging for a while. %%%%I've just finished reading a couple very interesting books that catalogue various insights from modern psychological research and how they impact society at large.  The first one was The Better Angels of Our Nature, by Steven Pinker.  The second was Evolution 2.0, by Joseph Heath. What is fascinating about both books is the way they encourage the reader to break down the Cartesian idea that human beings exist as individual, discrete entities who influence the world around them but are…
  • Finally published: Walking the Talk: Engaging the Public to Build a Sustainable World

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    13 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    I have finally published the book I've been working on for the past five years. It is for sale at SmashWords, Kobo and Kobo affiliated distributers (such as Chapters/Indigo.) I've decided to not publish on Amazon for various reasons (my understanding is that the company is not the best corporate citizen.) If you have a Kindle, you can download a copy that will be compatible with that device (mobi files) from Smashwords. If you aren't sure that you want to buy a copy right away, but are interested, you can download the first 20% from SmashWords just to see what it's like.
  • Journalists and Global Warming

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    28 May 2014 | 9:33 am
    (Howdy readers.  I've spend the last two years away from this blog working on my book, Walking the Talk:  engaging the public to build a sustainable world.   Since then I've started working on smaller projects.  Here's the latest one.  It is a response to all the jackass reporters that I've talked to over the years who seem to think that their paper should give equal time to climate change deniers.  The original piece has a lot of footnotes, most of which I haven't bothered to make into hypertext links on this posting.  If anyone is interested in seeing…
  • Acceptance

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    16 May 2014 | 8:55 am
    I've been working on my book for the last while, which is why I haven't been making any posts.  But it's "in the can" now, awaiting art work.  When that is finished, I plan on publishing it myself on the Kobo website.  It's title is Walking the Talk:  Engaging the Public to Build a Sustainable World.  Eventually, I will have to start publicizing it, which will involve a note on this blog. %%%%Right now I'm sitting at the dining room table of my wife and mother-in-law's home in St. Louis.  I'd been looking forward to this visit for a long time.
  • Dao of Time

    The Cloudwalking Owl
    16 Apr 2013 | 5:35 pm
    I like to watch cheesy science fiction shows and some of my favourites come from the "Stargate" franchise.  A while back I watched a rerun and found myself thinking about some things. The plot involved a woman finding an ancient time machine and using it to go back 10,000 years in time to visit an advanced race of people who had built an ancient city.  In her time, she was part of a group of explorers who discovered the abandoned metropolis, but in doing so set in motion a process that resulted in the destruction of said city and the death of everyone else in her group.  In…
 
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    Tao Te Ching Daily

  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 57

    amy
    22 Jul 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 56

    amy
    15 Jul 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…
  • I Ching Hexagram #9: Small Accumulation

    amy
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Rice Fields This hexagram is all about the little things. I loved what Hua Ching Ni wrote about this hexagram, “One has to practice the healthy way daily and unconditionally. Without daily practice, the little progress one makes will quickly wither away.” I often find while studying these hexagrams that the one that is most relevant to me shows up on that day.  “Withering away” perfectly described my blog, my writing, my studies of the I Ching… lots of things in my life. Consistency can be a bit of a thorn in my side sometimes. But I have learned to appreciate…
  • Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 55

    amy
    8 Jul 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 54

    amy
    24 Jun 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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