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Fosdick · in its eye are mirrored far off mountains · Veteran


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  • Re: Free at last ...

    Freedom is a relative concept, a conditioned state. Freedom from what? Freedom to do what?

    Freedom from the law of cause and effect, now that would be something - but I doubt that's what Dr. King was talking about.

  • Re: Meditation and Chronic Fatigue

    With apologies, I guess I will give another plug for energy healing practices. I had pretty severe fatigue problems some time ago, could hardly walk 1/4 mile without having to lie down on the ground. I don't know that it had any organic cause however, might have been more a consequence of long-running depression.

    This toe tapping exercise seemed to improve my energy levels noticeably after a couple of weeks, and is fairly undemanding to do because it's done lying down. I found it possible to meditate after a fashion while doing it.

    Toe tapping involves lying on your back and tapping the toes together fairly rapidly, using rotation of the hip joints to do it, not the ankles, and using momentum to do some of the work - takes a while to coordinate the movement. I used to do this for 20 minutes a session, once or twice a day. There are other body-tapping exercises also, this one just seemed to be the easiest for me. Reference: Energy Healing - Essentials of Self-Care by Ann Marie Chiasson, MD

  • Re: Bodhi of Christ

    Much of the good stuff is in there, certainly, but Buddhism seems better organized, more coherent, easier to enter. It's got a raft, you know, and you can actually see it and get on it and start paddling.

    Christianity seems more like a pile of twigs and branches, some of which seem to be useless, and no rope to tie them all together. Have to make your own rope, I guess, and someone has to tell you that it can be done - perhaps that was my problem with Christianity - no guidance worth mentioning, and the focus seemed to be on the useless materials.

    Meister Eckhart may be the only Christian writer I've gotten anything very significant out of, but I haven't read all that many, either - I suppose I got tired of digging through the detritus looking for something solid.

  • Re: Being free from fears


    I've been going through a tough time of late, my doctor says it's a mental health issue. I'm currently chemically assisted by large doses of lorazepam. Spontaneous arising of these troubles at my age is rare but not unheard of. We shall have to see.

    I had a very miserable time with anxiety and depression a few years ago when I was close to 70. Felt like I was carrying a ball of molten iron in my gut and thought that death was looking more attractive all the time - these symptoms went on ceaselessly for months, including when I was trying - largely without success - to sleep.

    I emerged from this sorry state only after I began to look into (self-administered) energy healing as a possible solution. I began doing some exercises from that discipline - both physical and mental - and saw a significant improvement in symptoms within a week, culminating in reasonably good control of the problem inside of two months or so. After that, I pretty much quit the energy healing stuff and went back to the more Buddhist style practice that I had laid aside while I was doing the energy healing.

    I have no idea if your experience is anything like mine, and I am certainly no expert on energy healing - I only mention this because it worked so well for me once.

    If you want to check this out, I recommend the book Energy Healing - Essentials of Self-Care, by Ann Marie Chiasson, MD. I think she may have a couple of videos on YouTube that illustrate her approach.

    Some of the practices I found most useful in my situation were toe-tapping, circular breathing, and anything that served to remove excess energy from the head area and relocate it to the hara/lower dan tiens/second chakra area. Every practice in the book is useful, but there are rather a lot of them to get through.

  • Re: Being free from fears

    My own greatest fear is that I will be unable to fulfill my responsibilities - that I will croak off, become incapacitated, or go flat, stony broke while there are still those who depend on me.

    In recent years, I have been completely free of this fear only once - when I went into the hospital for heart surgery and they split me open like a watermelon. It was all out of my control then, and I could relax.

    Fear of death? Pah, it did not exist. Fear of death arises only when you think there is something you can do to avoid it.