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Mark Foote
Post title: Fuxi's Poem
(Oct 7 2014 at 01:08 AM)

"The sixth-century Buddhist monk Fuxi wrote:

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

(poem by Fuxi, trans. Andy Ferguson "Zen’s Chinese Heritage")

The phenomena that Fuxi described in his poem are all phenomena of trance; that is to say, they require the induction of a state in which volition in activity is surrendered, to a greater or lesser extent, before they can be observed.

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Mark Foote
Post title: Aviation Terms:  A Conversation
(Jul 20 2014 at 07:21 PM)


I get out of balance sometimes because something's not quite comfortable in my posture and I've somehow become numb to it, and over the years I have formed a habit of checking where I left myself physically when things get weird.

That's why I wrote:

'My own practice in response to any "cutting off" of breath is to look to discern pitch, roll, and yaw wherever my awareness takes place ("bite through here"), as a critical aspect for me of letting go of action in favor of a spontaneous

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Mark Foote
Post title: The "Turning Phrase" of Zen
(Jul 11 2014 at 05:07 PM)

A teacher of neigong said:

"For the neigong we do, brain activity approaches zero and yes, we can do that almost instantly and I have proven this in a sleep lab, but natural awareness increases."

Milton Erickson also described an increase of awareness in trance:

'I go into trances so that I will be more sensitive to the intonations and inflections of my patients' speech. And to enable me to hear better, see better.'"

(Wikipedia, "Milton Erickson")

Both statements assert th

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