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Main Hall / Veritas Steam Group
« on: August 17, 2012, 12:48:50 AM »
Since PC games are fun, and blah blah blah, I made a steam group for Veritas members so we can see who else is playing what, and maybe get some game servers going later on depending on turnout. I've got it set to private right now, so people don't come in and mess the place up, so either post your SteamID here or PM it to me, and I'll send you an invite. There are already a few of us in the group, so I hope to see a whole crapload of members so as to be able to blow a whole bunch of stuff up.

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Psionics / MOVED: Lost Love
« on: January 22, 2012, 01:47:15 PM »

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Martial Arts / MOVED: Reverse Police Brutality
« on: November 06, 2011, 10:34:21 PM »

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Psionics / MOVED: Hello,every one
« on: June 25, 2011, 01:33:02 PM »

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Psionics / MOVED: Tarot Readings
« on: October 03, 2010, 02:50:28 PM »

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Mentoring Board / Mentor Program closed until further notice.
« on: March 07, 2010, 04:03:04 AM »
Topic says it all. Due to repeated lack of interest from both mentees and mentors, the program is closed until such time as there is adequate support for it.

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Body Energy Arts / Need info about Tai Chi
« on: May 28, 2009, 10:43:16 AM »
Well, I'm delving into unfamiliar territory here. I don't have access to anyone who can help me learn Tai Chi, and while I'm well aware that the only good way to learn it is with an instructor, I'm looking for helpful materials to learn it on my own. Books, tapes, anything is helpful.

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Applications are now closed.

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Main Hall / The death of a master.
« on: April 05, 2008, 09:07:40 PM »
Let us all pay remembrance to Charlton Heston, one of the greats, who passed on April 5th.

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Mass Conscious Triangulation with Scanning
By TakeV

Abstract: The purpose of this article is to explain a technique to (hopefully) more accurately find a desired thing that is hidden behind one of several possible choices, with the requirement that a reasonably large number of people also know about said thing, and have desire attached to it.


So, as the abstract says, let's get down to it. Imagine a hypothetical situation, let's say you are on the game show Deal or No Deal.

Note that in this article, I specifically use desire, as it is a great example. However, it could be any type of emotional attachment, such as love, hate, happy, sad, want, do not want, and quite possibly strawberry flavored.


I shall describe this show briefly, for those of you who are unfamiliar with it. The basic premise is that there are around 20 possible cash prized for the contestant to win, which range from one cent, to one million dollars. Obviously, the contestant wishes to win the million dollars. Challenge from the show comes from the fact that there are also 20 identical cases, and each case contains one of the 20 prizes. At the start, the contestant must choose one of the cases, and hopefully, it is the million dollar one. Than, he will start choosing the rest of the cases, and hopes that they are low amount, because throughout the game, "The Banker" will make offers to buy the case, judging from the chance that he has a high amount of money in the original case.

What matters to us with this stops when the contestant chooses the first case. Now, this seems much like a game of chance, and it really is. Yet to a psion, it is a game of scanning. Most psions I know would attempt to scan each case directly, to see what number value is inside. However, this way is problematic for two reasons:


   1.

      This way is greatly subject to analytic overlay, and
   2.

      Even among the best, the ability to accurately scan for something, such as a number, is lackluster at best.


Obviously, with these two issues, the task of scanning the most desirable of the cases (The one containing the million dollars) is difficult; providing a slight edge at best, and horrible misinformation, at worst.


But wait. Notice how I said "the most desirable of the cases". Indeed, the case that contains the million dollars is quite desirable, and you can use this to your advantage. You see, there are a few hidden benefits to being in a situation like this, namely:

   1.

      There are many people viewing this situation, and
   2.

      Almost everyone, whether they know it or not, also desires the million dollar prize, and thus have some emotional attachment to it.


This is your edge. In scanning, it is possible to scan, not only hard information, but also how much emotional attachment is attached to an object. I'm sure you can see where I am going with this. Basically, the entire method relies on the fact that people also desire what you desire, and that desire gives you a much easier target to scan for.

So, back in our game show situation, rather than scanning for the number each show contains, a better way would be to see how much (positive, in this example) emotional attachment is attached to the number inside the case.


Note that you must scan for the attachment on the number, as scanning for the attachment on the case would prove to be disastrous, because everyone has their own preference on cases. You must also scan for the quality of the attachment, for example, both the million dollar case and the one cent case will have great emotional attachment; however, the million dollars with be relatively positive, while the one cent will be relatively negative. Your own judgment and common sense is the best way to decide what you are looking for, in a situation like that.

Now, there is an issue with this method. For one, it involves scanning for the greatest amount of emotional attachment. This is problematic for a few reasons, but the most important is that the least desirable may also have great emotional attachment, usually in the negative (Or the positive, for the really, really cynical people). I doubt that you'll find much in the middle road of choices, so most of the problem comes between deciding which of the two with the greatest attachment is the correct one.


So, how is this practical? Well, there are situations that you could use this for, and it doesn't have to be an object. It could be a person, place, thing, etc, just provided that people have emotional attachment to it, and there are several possible places it could be. Just scan for the desire attached to the object at each place, and the greatest will be your correct answer, provided that your target has the greatest attachment.


I hope that some of you may find this way to be useful.

~V

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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Chi and Ancient Arts / Qing Gong (By Fireblade)
« on: November 26, 2007, 07:30:57 PM »
Qing Gong
Written by: Fireblade

Qing Gong, (Chinese for “light body skill”), is often considered to be a fabled skill seen only in legends, films, and stories. When heroes are depicted as jumping on water or gliding through the air, Qing Gong is the skill they are supposedly using. Despite Qing Gong being real, the way it is represented in popular culture would certainly discredit whatever claim this skill possesses in reality. With the exception of a handful of books, this skill is only rarely mentioned in Western martial arts literature. In the hope of shedding some light on this topic I will attempt to present some of the philosophy and techniques in an easily understandable manner.

I have been practicing various martial arts for approximately ten years. These arts include generic Karate, Wing Chun, Muay Thai, Bagua Zhang, Tai Chi Chen/Yang, Chi Kung, Guandong Gung Fu and several weapons-oriented arts. For the past three years I have been a Tai Chi instructor, and I began learning Qing Gong about two years ago under the supervision of a martial arts master in China. However, I must make it a point that I have neither mastered this skill nor have I learned everything there is to know about it. Therefore I will only give the instructions of the things I have learned and performed myself.

Qing Gong can be roughly divided into two aspects: The ability to jump high vertically and the ability to move quickly forward. When these abilities are combined, a person will be able to jump higher and cross a larger distance. (Some traditions also include the ability to climb rapidly).

What are the mechanics of Qing Gong? The traditional explanation is that through the strengthening of the body, inner energy, and mastery of techniques, the martial artist is able to direct his energy in such a manner that he body becomes nearly weightless, allowing him or him to seemingly “glide through the air.”  However, I feel that a more accurate, modern, and relatively easier way of explaining Qing Gong exists. A martial artist would use techniques and body strength to generate a near constant forward momentum that would maximize the person’s possible speed. This would not cause as much impact stress on joints as normal running or jumping would.

The training of Qing Gong can be divided into three separate and equally essential parts. Without all of the pieces, mastery cannot be accomplished. The three aspects are…

1. The physical training (strength, fitness, flexibility, balance)
2. The mental training (meditation, endurance)
3.The technique training (technique, balance)

All three parts of Qing Gong must be honed before they can complement each other. No aspect is more important than the next.  In depth, the first portion of Qing Gong to be described in detail will be physical training. (I am not responsible for any injury sustained by use of this article.)

1. Physical training
 
The most important muscles to train to excel in Qing Gong are the leg, back and abdominal muscles. Stretching and flexibility is required to avoid injuries and difficulty in performing Qing Gong. Below are listed some traditional exercises for improving strength, jump height, and balance. After the basic move is perfected it is recommended to add weights. Please be careful with these and especially pay attention to your knees.

1.1. Ankle jump.
An ankle jump is performed only with the ankles instead of with the whole body. Simply kick down with your toes so hard that you jump into the air.
The number of sets and repetitions you'll have to decide for yourself. As for when I started this training, we had to do 100reps for 1-3 sets and when we started to manage that quite nicely....bodyweights were added to make it hard again.
This is also a good jump to practice up and down small hills, stairs, or ledges.

1.2. High jump.
This time you are supposed to jump with the entire body. Put your feet together, stand on your feet and sit down until your knees reach your chest. Then put your hands on the ground a bit apart from your legs. When you jump, you push with the hands, kick with the legs and stretch as far upwards as you can. 3 x 20 is a good start.

1.3. Continuous jump
Keep your feet together and jump with the whole body without crouching down. You are to jump as high as possible. Once airborne, crouch yourself together as small as possible then stretch out and land. This exercise is not done standing on one spot like the others are, in this exercise you are to continue jumping from a high spot to a low spot and back up again, without any pause or halt between. Traditionally this exercise is trained by digging a hole and jumping into it and up again. Every day/second day/week that goes by you are to dig it a little bit deeper to continue to improve.

1.4. Circle walking
 
  -1.4.1. Put a number of small bricks (or similar) in a circle and walk the circle while focusing on the center and balancing on the bricks. When you can do this without much problem, you may put the brick on its end. Continuing you can use smaller stones that aren't completely stable on the ground and you can elevate the stones/bricks. Once you have done all this and attained good balance, you can start over with bodyweights.
 
 -1.4.2. Get a large container of some sort that can support your entire bodyweight without breaking, but it should be a little unstable or shifting as you shift you weight on it. It must be large enough for you to be able to walk on its edge in circles. Once you have such a container you are to fill it with heavy stones or sand so that it doesn't move when you stand on it. Now you can begin training by doing the circle walk on this container, every day/second day/week of training you are to remove a rock or some sand from the container, making it more unstable when you walk on it. Once the container is empty and you can balance on it without falling of or tipping it over, fill it up again, add some bodyweights and repeat.


2. Mental Training
 
 2.1. Meditation
Usually a form of zhan zhuang (standing like a tree) meditation is used. The purpose is to strengthen the legs and posture through static training, increasing the inner strength as well as deepen stages of meditation which may aid both the development of your art as well as your personality.

 2.2 Standing Tree Meditation
Stand with your feet parallel a little wider than your shoulders, sink your weight down and hold your hands and arms in a circle in front of you in chest height with the palms tuned inward. Your spine is to be as straight as it is in any sitting mediation asanas. Relax your shoulders and elbows while your hands hang in front of your chest. In the beginning this exercise will be felt the worst in the legs. If you just started training and you can stand more than 5 min without any pain in your thighs, you are doing it wrong. In the beginning it is best to set a certain amount of time to practice and to increase it steadily.
This is a terrible bastardized explanation of zhan zhuang so please study some other sources before you start doing this.


3. Technique Training
This technique can basically be described as a "low long distance sprint." As all Qing Gong it is supposed to be able to maintain a high speed both over short and long distances. It is "low" because that is the core of this technique (low stance). By keeping your spine straight at all times you lower your center/dan tien/gravity point while constantly moving forward. (i.e. With the upper body relatively straight, you crouch with your legs until your thighs are almost parallel to the ground.) At this stage you should keep your arms close to the body and then run. At this point you'll start to figure out the mechanics of basic Qing Gong by yourself.

There are but a few things I will ask you to keep in mind while practicing. When you try to run low in the beginning, it isn't low enough, if it is, then you aren't running fast enough. I don't mean to push your hopes down, but it is at this stage you'll learn exactly why basic strength is such a requirement to grow in this skill. KEEP YOUR SPINE STRAIGHT. Balance is important when running at high speeds. Balance your upper body upon your lower body. Your center of balance is hardly supposed to move at all vertically. You shouldn't go up and down each time you take a step and your body should remain at a level height. The movement will come from the hip and your center which rotates. The power comes from your legs and the will to endure the pain and push yourself further comes from the mind.

To better help you understand some of the basic exercises I am including a Youtube video of an ankle jump and circle walk.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Pkpde4vSuwc
 
This article describes only the most basic of basics in Qing Gong. There are several other techniques, exercises, meditations and breathing techniques. Any questions or comments both on what has been explained here and other things related this skill are welcomed.
I hope this article has given you a bit more understanding on Qing Gong. Just remember, take what you need and discard what you do not. Do not believe my words blindly, but put them to the test and see for yourselves.

Humbly yours,
-Fireblade

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Other Articles / Infrequently Asked Questions About Tarot (By Frozen)
« on: October 23, 2007, 09:07:44 PM »
Infrequently Asked Questions About Tarot
By Frozen


What is tarot?


Tarot is the use of tarot cards to predict the future, examine the present, see into the past, or obtain information. Tarot can provide insight into your life, another person's life, an event, or a problem. Tarot decks are widely available, as well as Oracle cards, or regular playing cards. All of these different types of cards can be used to a similar effect. The major difference between tarot cards and Oracle cards are that Oracle cards are not divided into suits, and generally do not focus on the negative side of events or ideas. They are often themed and frequently depict faeries, angels, etc. 

How do I know which deck to buy?


There are many different kinds of tarot decks to be purchased. The most commonly available decks are the Rider-Waite-Smith deck (RWS), the Llewellyn deck, and the Thoth deck. For the beginner to tarot I highly recommend the use or purchase of the RWS deck. Cards and their names vary by deck. For example, a traditional guide book will most likely display Strength depicting a woman and a lion. If you purchase the Thoth deck, which uses the title Lust instead of Strength, it can be confusing when consulting a how-to. Since the RWS is classic and really the standard of other decks, it is the most easily used and readily available among new practitioners of tarot. However, any deck will do and won't affect your success rate. 

Decks generally run around 30 USD, but a regular deck of poker cards can be used if there is no substitute. Oracle cards have a slightly higher price range, averaging around 40 USD. Tarot books and guides are in the range of 8-10 USD for a paperback. 

Do I have to practice psi or magick to read tarot?


You do not have to be a practitioner of magick or psionics to be able to successfully perform tarot readings. There are ways to incorporate tarot into both of the above fields, but it isn't necessary to have any knowledge of them in order to begin tarot. They will merely complement your existing abilities and make you a well-rounded practitioner. For example, knowing how to establish a psionic link and/or scan a person can come in handy when using tarot cards. Information obtained through psi or magick can confirm and clarify what has already been found in the cards. However, it is absolutely possible to become an adept reader without studying or honing skills in other areas.

What is the best kind of information to seek using tarot cards?


Tarot cards provide in depth and complex answers to many questions and problems people have. The cards will not provide a simple yes-or-no answer. They probe into the motives and causes of events as well as personal details of a subject. The cards do not respect privacy and are not limited to the person in possession of the cards. Questions about other people can be answered by tarot readings as well.

What is in a tarot deck?

A tarot deck consists of a major arcana (22 cards) and a minor arcana (56 cards). The minor arcane is divided classically into Wands, Cups, Pentacles, and Swords. (Hearts are sometimes substituted for Cups). Each class has cards labeled 1-10, a page, a knight, a Queen, and a King. (In many decks a prince and princess are used in place of a page or a knight). The major arcana has the trump cards. Examples of these cards are the Devil, The Magician, The Wheel of Fortune, Strength, The Hierophant, etc. 

If you are using a regular deck of playing cards, you will not have a major arcana. While this will affect the outcome of the reading, it will not drastically hinder you in your practices. 

How does a poker deck stack up against a tarot deck?

When using a poker deck the suits are obviously clubs, hearts, spades, and diamonds. The transition from a tarot deck to a poker deck is as follows.

Clubs = Wands

Hearts = Cups

Spades = Swords

Diamonds = Pentacles

If you have purchased a tarot guidebook it is important to know the relationship between the tarot and poker suits. A book will only list the Pentacles, Swords, Cups, and Wands used in a classic tarot deck.

What do the different suits in tarot mean?

Many spreads call for the use of a significator or a persona card. Sometimes this card is chosen from the deck beforehand and used to stand for the person having the reading. The significator is always chosen based on these suits and by appearance or personality.

Clubs – The clubs represent creativity and ingenuity. A person who is the King or Queen of Clubs is generally brown-haired and brown-eyed, quick and witty, and very social.

Hearts – Hearts represent love, emotion, compassion and kindness. A person is the King or Queen of Hearts if they are dark-haired, noble, and shy. 

Spades – The spades stand for the thinker and the unfeeling. A King or Queen of Spades is typically defined as someone who is dark-haired and dark-eyed, somewhat malicious, cold, and apathetic about social events.

Diamonds – Diamonds stand for the scholar and materialism. Physically a person is the King or Queen of Clubs if they have blonde or fair hair, are temperamental, and judgmental.

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Constructs, Grounding, and Filtering


Psi is a very impressionable energy, being controlled, no matter how minutely, by the slightest intent. In this act of manipulating psi, we will notice conceptually distinct intents group and form on their own. Whether we consciously do this or not, psi will form into these groups, which we call constructs. A construct is psi imbued with intent, used to bring about some sort of change. Constructs can be immensely intricate and complicated, or simple.

Applications of Constructs

Constructs are used for a multitude of tasks, ranging from conveying information to kinesis itself. A construct may be used to 'enchant' an object, enabling it to bring about certain virtues in the user. Construct communication is a very useful application of construct dynamics, and is great practice for creating, sending, and reading constructs. A construct can autonomously gather energy without the active will of the psion guiding it, which can open the gate for more advanced constructs and kinesis. Constructs may be programmed to conflict with other constructs, and ground locations and people, as well as scan and store information.

The Development of a Construct

A construct is created when intent is formed and coupled with psi. A construct exists in the conceptual realm, being a grouping of intent. As a construct is formed by any act of kinesis or intent coupled with psi, this is obviously a prerequisite to creating a construct. A construct may be more cleanly and efficiently made with conscious effort. Begin with focal meditation, preferably on the soul. Start by gathering psi, which was covered in the Introduction to Energy lesson, located http://forums.vsociety.net/index.php?topic=10460.0here.
Having a surplus of ambient energy will enable better reception of the intent and programming to the construct, thus making it easier for beginners or practice. After a sufficient amount of psi has been gathered, form an intent to gather the psi in one location, whether the location be physical or nonphysical. At this point, and even far before, you should have a purpose for your construct, or some form of intent. Conceptualize this and work on actualizing this intent, using the psi energy that you've gathered. After adequate time has been spent on actualizing the intent (which can also be directly related to the creation of the construct, e.g., “This construct will operate on gathering ambient energy and storing it until so-and-so date.”) expect that your construct has been firmly and completely created, and finish. Construct dynamics are a rather large aspect of working with psi, and immensely boost knowledge of the inner workings of psi.


Grounding & Filtering

The processes of grounding and filtering are, arguably, some of the most important to upkeep and restoration of psi practices. Through active cleaning and scrubbing of one's surrounding field, a psion may find mental clarity easier to attain, acts of kinesis come easier and cleaner, and an array of abilities come naturally.

Grounding

Grounding is the act of 'recycling' impure energy on all planes of existence around oneself.  The process requires a quieted mind, so begin grounding with focal meditation. Acts of energy require intent as much as kinesis, so form a solid intent to cleanse the energy surrounding you on all planes. Locate a focal point within the soul and actualize this intent, dispelling all of the impurities, virtues, and preconceived concepts saturating the energy. Be thorough, and make sure the energy is completely pure and clean on all planes. The process may be repeated several times to ensure cleanliness, but try to be very deep and thorough about it.

Filtering

While grounding cleans the surrounding energy and area of virtues and unclean energy, filtering cleans your immediate area and self of constructs. Constructs may be formed without realizing it, picked up elsewhere, formed by others, or forgotten about. Begin as you did grounding with focal meditation. Form an intent to dispel and dismantle any surrounding constructs, attached or otherwise. Form a focal point in the soul and actualize the intent, feeling your surrounding area become cleaner and less 'cluttered'. Again, this may be repeated, but one should be very thorough about it. Through grounding and filtering, a stable working environment may be created and maintained, and other workings will come easier.

Feel free to post questions. Discussion is encouraged. :)

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Main Hall / New ebook fileserver!
« on: August 24, 2007, 12:36:40 AM »
As the VLibrary project is in a standstill, a new bot has been added to the VSociety chatroom: an ebook fileserver!
Server: irc.sorcery.net
Chat: #vsociety
Alternatively: http://chat.vsociety.net/
Type '!ebooks' without quotation marks to activate the server and accept the request. The server contains a wide variety of ebooks on a variety of subjects, including Hermetics, Chaos magic, Qabbalah, Divination, etc. Requests will be honored the best they can, and suggestions are welcomed.

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