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Mark Foote
Post title: What was it?
(Aug 9 2015 at 05:21 PM)

Moon and VenusA friend wrote me this:


'Waking up this morning I had the clear realization of something rising with awareness from the lower dantian through the middle dantian, to the upper one as consciousness arose. I had precise awareness of the sensation moving through these points of reference. What was it? That's not happened to me before! I had been dreami

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Mark Foote
Post title: How so?
(Jul 26 2015 at 06:50 PM)

I wrote:


"Sometimes that activity of support for the fluid ball feels like this:

The empty hand grasps the hoe-handle
Walking along, I ride the ox
The ox crosses the wooden bridge
The bridge is flowing, the water is still"


A friend of mine asked me, "How so?"; I wrote the following in a late-night response:


'Bartilink says there's pressure in what he termed the "fluid ball" of the abdomen, even in just standing around. More so if you are lifting weight (he put something in

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Mark Foote
Post title: The Backward Step of Turning the Light
(Jul 22 2015 at 11:02 AM)

"Therefore, ...take the backward step of turning the light and shining it back."

(Eihei Dogen, "Fukan zazengi" Tenpuku version, trans. Carl Bielefeldt, "Dogen's Manuals of Zen Meditation", pg 176)


If I feel as though I'm moving backward in space, I may suddenly have an acute sense of where my awareness is in my body, and that location may not be in my head. Of course, it's not necessary to physically step backward to invoke a sense of location in awareness.


"'The millstone turns b

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