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In an ancient scripture from Hinduism, we find a scripture that explains the elements for spiritual growth. This is in Taittirīya Upanishad which is a very ancient writing. This Upanishad states:
“From Atman did space come into being;
from space, air;
from air, fire;
from fire, the waters,
from the waters, the earth;
from the earth, plants;
from plants, food;
and from food, man...” - Taittirīya Upaniṣad
This ancient scripture outlines the unfolding of elements in the spiritual sense. Unfortunately, people read this in the literal, physical sense, and think that is its meaning. It does have some application to physical matter, and how matter is created literally and physically, but this not why the Upanishad was written. The Upanishads and the other scriptures of ancient religions were written for the growth of spirit, not the growth of physical matter.
From the spiritual point of view, physical matter is the lowest, most unimportant aspect of life. We need physical matter, and that is why we have physical bodies, but physical matter dies. Physical matter is impermanent. So, scripture is not written for physical purposes, it is written for spiritual purposes. This scripture explains that “from Atman did space come into being.” Atman is a Sanskrit word that literally translated means “self,” but it does not mean our terrestrial self. It means our spiritual self. We can say that it is our innermost or our inner Buddha. The space referred to here is not physical space. It is a psychological and spiritual space. The elements therefore represent the subtle energies, psychological, spiritual forces in nature, in everything, in every level from the Absolute down. The space, the Absolute, comes into being. That is the manifestation. Aether represents expansiveness, air represents mobility, fire represents temperature, water represents fluidity, earth represents solidity. The elements are the attributes of the Absolute. By working with mantra or vibration—conscious energy—these qualities can be developed, invoked, and nourished. Some mantras are related to all the elements, for example, the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum - ॐ मणि पद्मे हूँ • #GnosticTeachings 🙏🏼🕉

{Enjoy context} "We're creating the values of the past right now in the present—we're buying them all along [...] We must abandon completely the notion of blaming the past for any kind of situation we're in. We must reverse our thinking and see that the past always flows back from the present—now is the creative point of life. For example, when you forgive someone, you change the meaning of the past. Or when you're reading a sentence in German or Latin where the verb awaits you at the very end, it's only then that you find out what the sentence means. The present is always changing the past." ~Alan Watts page 78 of the most recent publication: "Out of Your Mind" (2017) {http://amzn.to/2pY2TGF}
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Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.
Winnie the Pooh

✨PIONEERING THE PRESENT✨
How human it is to feel subject to reality, each moment rolling on off the tongues of the collective (un)conscious, each wave of time's unfoldings pushing and pulling at our beings. So how can we, amidst this seemingly involuntary succession of events, step into the roles of "Reality Creators"? By recognizing that creators are already what we are. For reality does not seemingly copy paste its form day after day after day; it takes each of us to perpetuate this symphony of repetition OR recreate reality with each stoke of intention+action we paint onto the canvases of our lives.

THIS was the very power that I learned to cultivate and embody at New Culture Summer Camp East just a couple weeks ago. Literally practicing a new culture into form daily, I began to share my inner truth, truly listen to others, and bow to the divinity of both lenses of multidimensional reality with each interaction I would have. And with each moment of open hearted pause I would share with these souls, how powerfully I would see reality shift before my eyes... recreating culture together through not only by rejecting the facade-laden social norms we came in with, but by actively living the alternatives through the collective daily social experiment of our interconnected lives.

It's been two weeks since I left NCSC, but I'm so thankful to be returning to the beautiful microcosm of New Culture in just a few weeks at their next retreat
Endless Poly Summer (you don't have to be Poly to go! We're not 😉👌🏼). I cannot rave enough about how much New Culture has empowered me to BECOME the new culture through my daily life. So to share this amazing bounty of growth with you all, I'm partnering with New Culture East to gift you all with a little discount (see below)! We would absolutely LOVE to see you there!✨
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I'm writing for SuperFeast on all things Jing ... one of my fave topics, this stuff. Taoism is the closest thing I've found to a truth so far. I love exploring the nuances of such an ancient and complex philosophy. This is me presenting a workshop at one of our retreats on a practice I'm developing that merges myofascial release, yin (Taoist) yoga and chi ne tsang...I'm tentatively calling it organ yoga. 😉 Anyway, that's for another time. Tonight, go read about Jing. Check it out over on the @superfeast site. Link in bio. #jing #taoism #energy #practices #thetao

Reading about Taoism made me sleepy 😅. #sundaymood #taoism #thetaoofpooh

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Building up my #vasisthasana I still cannot look up and hold up my foot with my hand but I can at least lift up my upper leg ! The benefit is this pose:
This is a great pose for strengthening and toning the arms, core and legs. This also helps concentration and stay focused (because u got to otherwise u collapse!) Intermediate to Advance level!!
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{Enjoy context} "We're creating the values of the past right now in the present—we're buying them all along [...] We must abandon completely the notion of blaming the past for any kind of situation we're in. We must reverse our thinking and see that the past always flows back from the present—now is the creative point of life. For example, when you forgive someone, you change the meaning of the past. Or when you're reading a sentence in German or Latin where the verb awaits you at the very end, it's only then that you find out what the sentence means. The present is always changing the past." ~Alan Watts page 78 of the most recent publication: "Out of Your Mind" (2017) {http://amzn.to/2pY2TGF}
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Pre-typhoon shoot in Chiaohsi, Taiwan 🇹🇼 I feel so blessed to have my family around me here to help me take these yoga photos! Their presences are the best birthday present 🎁 well and with that additional help for my headstand! This is the easiest pose of all my attempts but the turn-out is one of the best. The more we grasp, the more we lose. This makes perfect sense of #taoism

"Wander where there is no path." — Chuang-tzu
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WHAT IS WUJI? The Chinese word Wuji (pinyin) or Wu Chi (Wade-Giles) refers to the unmanifest aspect of Tao: Tao-in-stillness, in other words.  Wuji is the undifferentiated timelessness which, in the Taijitu Shuo (a traditional Taoist diagram) is represented by an empty circle. In Taoist cosmology, Wuji refers to a state of non-distinction prior to the differentiation into the Yin and Yang that give birth to the ten-thousand-things-- all the phenomena of the manifest world, with their various qualities and behaviors. WUJI & TAIJI - WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Wuji can be contrasted with, and is often confused with, Taiji. While Wuji points to Tao-in-stillness (which is essentially nondual), Taiji refers to Tao-in-motion. Taiji represents the spark of movement--the emergence, oscillation or vibratory modulation which allows the defined “something” of manifestation to be born of the infinite “no-thing” of Wuji.​ Wuji exists prior to all sets of opposites (in other words, before all yin-yang polarizations), including the opposition between movement an quiescence. 🌜🌌🌛
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