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Body Energy Arts / Re: Ask any question about Qigong or Yoga.
« on: June 17, 2014, 05:52:06 PM »
The Soul Mirror is a training method to ready one's self for Hermetic Magic. You write down mercilessly all your flaws and then without exaggerating write down your virtues. You then rate them and then assign them to whatever key you're learning. This paints a perfect portrait of the self in a very clear fashion that allows for introspection without idealization. The thing is that I HAVE concrete knowledge of all my faults, but I never do anything with that knowledge.

The reason I want discipline is because I can trace every single thing that I find myself discontent with in my life directly to one of two vices, lack of motivation and lack of discipline.

I honestly don't know why I am attracted to neigong and daoist practices in general, but I can say that I am. It's the tradition that has solidly captured my interest most solidly out of any paradigm. Chaos Magic was a bad fit for someone as mercurial as myself, Hermetic Magic is too rigid, some paradigms are too poorly understood now for me to follow them reliably with all the misinformation spread in the name of a quick buck.

I've noticed that after practicing dantian meditation steadily for a days I end up worse off than before after one lapse in self control.

I want to overcome my lack of constancy in practice and my lack of self control because I've got several rare gifts(not relating to metaphysics, I wouldn't know if I have any knack for occultism) that are being completely squandered because I refuse to do anything with them.

Body Energy Arts / Re: Ask any question about Qigong or Yoga.
« on: June 17, 2014, 01:16:59 PM »
I'm not regular with my practice of meditation but I want to get into Neigong because I'd like to believe that by the time I have gained any tangible results the personality flaws I haven't already been able to dissolve will be ironed out by the practice. Are there any methods (not specifically relating to Neigong) that I could use to improve my personal integrity?

(lack of) Diligence is a weakness of mine that I want to overcome, but it's been strangling me since my early teenage years.

Body Energy Arts / Re: Chinese energy transmutation, help!
« on: June 17, 2014, 01:12:14 PM »
With practice.

I learned authentic Muay Thai when I was little and even though I moved away from my instructor I still practice and recently I'm applying the principles of Yi-Quan to my practice to alter it from a Wai-Jia (external style) to a Nei-Jia (internal style).  

Jing as in vitality is analogous to the concept of Form, you learn the forms then you deliberately practice them until you can perform them properly.

Qi is analogous to Breath, you co-ordinate your breathing with the forms and try to experience them and understanding their meaning and uses.

Shen (I haven't gotten to this point in MY practice so take my words with a grain of salt) is where you've internalized the forms. You formulate your intent to carry out a form and you just Do.

Wuji is the point where not only have you internalized the forms in both meaning and application, but you've integrated them completely into yourself so there is no Martial Artist or Martial Art. There's nothing. Your strikes will come from nothing and return to nothing. No thought, no intent, no action. True spontaneity, which is a major attainment in Philosophical Daoism.

Granted the martial path isn't the only way, the alchemical transmutations of the energies is equally viable and not mutually exclusive. My Neigong practice is far from adequate so I'll leave Kouji or Mystic to speak on that since I highly respect their experience in those matters.

Main Hall / Re: What does the Bible say about Psionics?
« on: October 15, 2013, 05:44:55 PM »

I wouldn't say face value.  But I would say it requires a selective fundamentalism to think that all forms of the metaphysical arts are against the will of God.

I merely meant that for a devout Christian, any metaphysical practices that don't rely on the particular cosmology they subscribe to would be heresy. There are plenty of Christian forms of Mysticism that they should be plenty comfortable with. The version of Simon the Magus that I referenced seemed to imply that the Metaphysical Arts are only black magick or sorcery when the Judeo-Christian god isn't part of the process.

I actually dug out that issue of Lapham's and re-read it...

It's not the original telling so much as it is an excerpt of a book by Danilo Kis. I'm not apologizing.

Main Hall / Re: What does the Bible say about Psionics?
« on: October 15, 2013, 01:40:19 PM »
I think the best possible conclusion we can draw is this:

Do you believe in the Bible and take it at face value? Then don't practice any form of occultism that is divorced from the worship of God.
If not, take up whatever path you personally identify with.

I love engaging in semantics and sophism as much as the next guy (really, I have a real problem with resisting that temptation), but it's not a complicated problem.

If we use that summary of the original telling of Simon the Magus as a standpoint then we can reasonably draw the conclusion that the Bible's stance is "Whatever you do, do with God"

Case Closed, Let's get Drunk!

Main Hall / Re: What does the Bible say about Psionics?
« on: October 15, 2013, 11:51:04 AM »
I hate to jump into this late, but I have an issue of Lapham's Quarterly from earlier this year which has an english translation of the story of Simon the Magus that differs quite distinctly from the one in the New Testament.

Essentially in this telling, Simon is preaching Gnosticism and sees Peter who begins to effectively heckle Simon by interjecting with his own Sermon.

Peter then challenges Simon saying that Miracles are proof of Christ's divinity and that Simon should just shut up. Simon says Miracles are only proof for gullible fools, to which Peter responds that if Simon could perform a miracle then he and his Disciples would respect Simon as if he were the Nazarene.

Simon the flies into the air after delivering a speech that could be summarized as "I don't want to live on this planet anymore"

Peter is shocked and momentarily has a crisis of faith, but then god whispers to him that Simon's flight is an Apostate miracle and that Peter may end it by his Faith (Keep in mind that in most Magical traditions it's said that magic is only omnipotent to the extent that someone's will interferes with yours) and Simon plummets from the sky and dies upon hitting the ground.

In my opinion, this scenario makes Peter a murderer and his god as well for impelling him to do so.

So... yeah...

Since this interpretation is likely closer to the original, I question the validity of a religion that decries using the occult as a tool for murder when a Disciple of Christ literally prays a man to death.

Now to not post for another year. Bye! =)

Main Hall / Re: Spam on the wiki... what...?
« on: October 28, 2012, 12:21:58 PM »
Since it's a wiki, everyone can do something about that, since everyone is allowed to edit it.  We would have spam cleared off of there more quickly if more members kept an eye on the "recent changes" page on the wiki.

But then I can't take perverse pleasure in delegating minor inconvenient tasks to other people who are under no obligation to carry them out.
Where's the fun in that?

Main Hall / Spam on the wiki... what...?
« on: October 27, 2012, 09:13:19 AM »
Yeah... so...
I was browsing the V-tas homepage and noticed that someone inserted an advertisement for some random telemarketing company underneath the articles links.

Somebody should definitely do something about that.

Hello and Goodbye / Re: Telekinesis plz help me
« on: September 29, 2012, 06:57:28 AM »
You're not gonna get anywhere without any of the basic groundwork, and even then you're not gonna suddenly be able to become competent at psychokinesis in only a week's time.

There's plenty of literature on the subject here, go read through the articles section to get a good grasp of what you're lacking. Practice regularly, if you don't practice you don't get better.

Magick / Re: Dream Theater
« on: August 18, 2012, 06:51:47 AM »
That's not quite how I learned that meditation OR what I learned it as.

Beyond the Wall of Sleep.

As I learned it; doing both opposing forces separately doesn't accomplish anything, because the purpose is for them to destroy each other.

One contemplates both forces (and they need not be virtues) wholly, and then one contemplates them existing together, and then one contemplates neither of them existing at all.

Magick / Re: So what about Transmutation? How??
« on: August 15, 2012, 11:23:39 AM »
We used to have a fairly competent alchemist here, I wonder what happened to him.

I haven't heard from him since I dropped off the face of the internet.

The Cafeteria / Re: Free For All
« on: August 15, 2012, 11:22:01 AM »
Casts a curse on supadude so that whenever he tries to do something, every noun is replaced with a completely different numerological equivalent.

The Cafeteria / Re: Checkmate, Atheists!
« on: July 27, 2012, 07:19:58 AM »
I'm a bit envious of fatherhood. I've always been more than a little bit heavy in paternal instincts, I picked up an "adopted" little brother when I was 15-16 and now I can't get rid of him (I'm 21 now). I know it's not all sunshine and smiles, but I still very much like the idea of raising a kid.

Of course my close friends would be horrified at the thought of me siring an heir to my legacy of evil science and obscure movie references.

The Cafeteria / Re: Checkmate, Atheists!
« on: July 26, 2012, 03:32:39 PM »
Go read a modest proposal, akenu. That's what my proposition was based on.

I know for a fact that it would get corrupted by politicians ulterior agendas or another country would shut it down, but my proposition is not nearly as severe as it should be.

Also it's equal opportunity fascism. Gender, Sexual Orientation, Race, and Creed have no bearing on whether or not you may be executed.

The only thing that gets you killed is if your existence significantly hinders the intellectual growth of our youth.

The Cafeteria / Re: 3D Art Challenge
« on: July 26, 2012, 03:21:19 PM »
My avatar was made in 3d studio max and I made it myself.

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