Post title: on dreaming- from the Castaneda thread, on Tao Bums
(Dec 14 2010 at 10:55 PM)
For the most part I believe waking and sleeping is the same effort. As I reflect on dreaming, I realize that maybe the same effort that's involved in waking and sleeping can be a part of dreaming. We realize the place as the place is what is, single-pointed yet inclusive past what can be known. If we see our hands, or travel out of body, the effort is still only this?- my guess, since I can't claim to have done either.
Just the occasional lucid dream. Sweet dreams!
Post title: "...where we are sits, stands, and moves beyond doubt."
(Dec 10 2010 at 01:00 PM)
Dogen said: "To study the way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self."
We forget ourselves in our habitual activity, and we also forget ourselves in activity that is generated without any intent. As consciousness takes place, we realize an ability to feel. When our experience of our ability to feel acquires continuity, we can lose ourselves in "being where we are" (the famous Zen master Yuanwu advised a student in a letter, "just be where you are, 24/7").
Post title: the breathing techniques..are they supposed to help you achieve a certain state of mind
(Nov 17 2010 at 09:03 PM)
The point of what I wrote is that sometimes a physical posture or a set of movements can provide those fresh eyes to see things as they are. I walk a lot, and it helps me to get down to empty, so the bigger picture can emerge.
Sounds like you are up against it with family, and friends aren't much help; I can sympathize with your desperation, sometimes the breathing is just there for me and the mind and the stretch I have come to learn follow.
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