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Mark Foote
Post title: Feeling to the Surface of the Skin
(Jun 14 2012 at 12:23 PM)

I did reply to humbleone's request for more description of the practice with a recap of the science of referred sensation, meaning that allopathic medicine uses the presence of numbness on the surface of the skin to locate pinched nerve exits along the sacrum and spine. I offered that in my experience, the ability to feel to the surface of the skin of the entire body is related to the ability of consciousness to occur freely in three dimensional space with respect to the senses, and in fact it's

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Mark Foote
Post title: Buddha Nature and Weird Conversations (comment on hardcorezen.info)
(Jun 13 2012 at 12:42 PM)

With regard to your recollection of past conversations about everyone having Buddha nature: "...then we get into these weird conversations where one participant asserts that there isn't anything change in the mind that one might wish for." And the correction, "any change in the mind".

My contention would be that the mind moves right before we fall asleep, if we are able to hold to consciousness long enough to observe it. That's a big "if"; I personally played with hypnosis a lot in high scho

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Mark Foote
Post title: Consciousness Taking Place Without Motor Ability
(Jun 8 2012 at 10:08 AM)

When I'm falling asleep, I generally have a few moments where my mind seems to be shifting around in my body, right before I drop off. This is probably more apparent when I've had enough sleep so that I'm lying there in bed wondering if I'm going to get to sleep, what a luxury that is!

Because I know that I have to let go of any direction of mind in order to fall asleep, I tend to turn my attention to where my thoughts just took place, to where my awareness is in my body. That's when may

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