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How to Transform Anger in 4 Steps. Illustration by Heidi Kalyani. Using the traditional metaphor of the poison tree, Judy Lief teaches us four Buddhist techniques to work with our anger According to Buddhist psychology, anger is one of the six root kleshas, the conflicting emotions that cause our suffering. Its companions are greed, ignorance, passion, envy, and pride. Anger can be white hot or freezing cold. Anger can be turned outward to other people, to a particular situation you are stuck with, or to life in general. It can be turned inward, in the form of self-hatred, resentment, or rejection of those parts of yourself that embarrass you or make you feel vulnerable. Anger can cause you to kill; it can lead you to commit suicide. Anger is fueled by the impulse to reject, to push away, to destroy.

Anger can be extremely energetic. Like the other kleshas, anger is a part of our makeup. Because the experience of anger is so potent, we usually try to get rid of it somehow. How Mindfulness Undermines Aggression 1. 2. 3. 4. Transmuting The Five Poisons Into The Five Wisdoms | Third Eye Activation Course. How The Five Poisons Become Five Wisdoms “Know that aggression and malice are Mirror-like Awareness itself, Radiance and clarity have no other source than a hostile mind filled with anger and enmity. Look into your anger, and there is the strength of the Diamond Being, Vajrasattva!” ~ Yeshe Tsogyal In the system of Vajrayana, 5 Magic Powers of Illusion permeate and create all of reality. These are represented by elements, aggregates, unpurified manifestations, and other manifestations, which are all interconnected, and part of the indestructible Diamond Body. “By repeating the mantra and assuming the mudra of any Buddha,” writes Buddhist monk and teacher, “one can not only place oneself in correspondence or alignment with the particular order of reality which he personifies but also be infused with its transcendental power.”

The Five Dhyani (Wisdom or Meditational) Buddhas The Vairochana family represents earth. Ratnasambhava family represents earth. Amitabha family represents fire. Introduction to Emotions. "Delusions are states of mind which, when they arise within our mental continuum, leave us disturbed, confused and unhappy. Therefore, those states of mind which delude or afflict us are called 'delusions' or 'afflictive emotions'. " His Holiness the Dalai Lama "Monks, there are beings who suffer not from disease of body for 1 year, for 2 years... even for 100 years. But it is hard to find in the world beings who can admit freedom from mental disease even for one moment, save only those who have destroyed delusions.

" As mentioned in the page on Rebirth, Buddhist psychology describes four Mental Aggregates: Feeling, Discrimination, Primary Consciousnesses (5 senses and mental awareness) and the other aspects, gathered as the Compositional Factors. The Feeling Aggregate is defined as 'an omnipresent factor of the mind which labels experiences into three categories: pleasant, unpleasant or neutral': When the label of pleasant is given to an object, we develop attachment.

^Top of Page. Welcome. New to out center? Here are some tips for getting started - here Join our email list, ask questions, and for some tips go - here If you would like to join our community go - here This week’s email - here Save the Date: April 29 - May 1 - ‘Taming the Mind-Finding Freedom’ Meditation Retreat with Tim - registration is now open - here Welcome to The Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs Inside our website, you’ll learn all about our community: our monthly calendar, our practices and activities, as well as information about our spiritual lineage, a guide to finding Buddhist related resources in the internet, and some lists of recommended readings. . * If you’re new to our community go here’s a quick guide for newcomers - History The Buddhist Center was founded in 1996 by Tim Olmsted in an effort to share the Buddha’s teachings in the Yampa Valley and to support those who were already practicing Buddhism, or other spiritual teachings.

In 1994 Tim returned from Kathmandu and moved to Steamboat Springs. Lucid Ability - Lucid Dreaming Experiments. Learn Bizarre Magic. : : L e a r n . . B i z a r r e . M a g i c > >Take your spectators on a journey, deep into the mystery of magic. Explore the darkest corners of the mind, exert powerful control of body, and demonstrate that which is purely impossible.We feel that it is important to mention bizarre magic because it is a highly versatile genre of magic that few magicians exploit. The power of bizarre magic comes from the use of suggestion, presentation and performer personality. By allowing spectators to fall deep into the moment where they become vulnerable to the most powerful of magic’s secrets, the performer can leave a lasting, spellbound impression on the entire audience… from even a single trick.

How to Design Your Dream Life and Activate Your Highest Potential, One Ritual at a Time : Lightlab Creations. Ritual dynamics is a pragmatic modality for building a lifestyle in alignment with the principles of right relation. It is a psycho-spiritual technology—an intricate interweaving of art, science, psychology, mindfulness, and spiritual practice.

Image: This is your brain on ritual dynamics. Original painting by Michael Garfield. Optional Reading Music: Mastery is almost universally appealing. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t like the idea of having an aesthetically perfect body, exhibiting perfect mental and spiritual poise, manifesting financial prosperity, or being a virtuoso pianist. I’m ineluctably drawn to the archetype of the psycho-spiritually sculpted Jedi entrained to the resonance pattern of a higher-order self-organizing principle, inwardly carried onward toward the goal of co-creating a noospheric, planetary culture. Perhaps you share my inclinations. Regardless of what outward form self-mastery takes, one thing’s for sure: it isn’t just a personal pursuit. 1. 2. Apollonian – Dionysiac – Hermetic – Persephonic.

In the years 2010-12, I engaged in lengthy researches into the Eleusinian Mysteries, seeking to penetrate the veil that had descended over those secret rites with a conviction that what had been anciently concealed would have great value for modern humanity. In brief, I found that the experience of the celebrants at Eleusis involved a radical transformation of perception through the inherence of shapeshifting deities, the consumption of a visionary sacrament and a world-healing ritual of such efficacy that the rites culminated in a visio beatifica granted by the visit of Persephone in her guise as Thea, Everliving Goddess as Visionary Event. A series of artworks, entitled Eleusis, resulted along with an accompanying book containing several essays published in summer 2012. :: Introduction :: Bivalent perceptions and dynamics are common in the modern West. :: Apollonian and Dionysian :: :: The Narrative at Eleusis :: :: A Fourfold Process of Transformative Perception :: :: References ::

Talking About Ritual Magick: How I Venerate Ancestors. A recent comment from a reader asked me to reveal what I actually do to venerate my ancestors, both genetic and spiritual. This comment was triggered by an extensive article that I posted last month about ancestor veneration, and how it is an important but often forgotten element in modern paganism.

Since I have already pretty much explained the why and wherefore, I guess that I should just write up exactly what I do to venerate my ancestors. (You can find that previous article that I wrote and posted, here.) What I do to venerate my ancestors is to put together a couple of different shrines. As for my spiritual ancestors, these individuals reside in the temple proper. I also make distinctions with those entities that I consider to be personal demi-gods, such as Hermes-Thoth, or actual deities, such as Dionysus and personal aspects of the God and Goddess of the Witches. So there is nothing overly formal or regimented in regards to how I venerate my ancestors and my spiritual allies. THE GREEK, INDIAN, & CHINESE ELEMENTS -- SEVEN ELEMENT THEORY.

The four classical elements, each originally conceived as the unique , arché, "beginning" or "original stuff," were independently proposed by early Presocratic philosophers: water (Thales), air (Anaximenes), earth (Xenophanes), and fire (Heraclitus). Empedocles proposed that they all existed together in fixed quantities from the beginning, mixed and unmixed by Love and Hate. This allowed him to agree with Parmenides that Being never really changed. Plato later conceived of them as consisting of atoms with the geometrical shapes of four of the five regular geometrical solids that had been discovered by the Pythagoreans but described by Plato (in the Timaeus).

The fifth Platonic Solid, the dodecahedron, Plato obscurely remarks, "...the god used for arranging the constellations on the whole heaven" (Timaeus 55) . , aithér (aether in Latin, "ether" in English). Aristotle's theory of aether came in for criticism from some later commentators, such as John Philoponus in the 6th Century AD. ). ). THE SCOLE EXPERIMENT - Home. French Polymath Henri Poincaré on How Creativity Works. In his fantastic 1939 Technique for Producing Ideas, James Webb Young extolled “unconscious processing” — a period marked by “no effort of a direct nature” toward the objective of your creative pursuit — as the essential fourth step of his five-step outline of the creative process.

The idea dates back to William James, who coined the concept of fringe consciousness. T. S. Eliot called this mystical yet vital part of creativity “idea incubation,” which Malcolm Cowley echoed in the second stage of his anatomy of the writing process. John Cleese similarly stressed the importance of time in creative work. From French polymath and pioneering mathematician Henri Poincaré — whose famous words on the nature of invention inspired the survey that gave us a glimpse of how Einstein’s genius works — comes a fascinating testament to the powerful role of this unconscious incubation in the creative process. One evening, contrary to my custom, I drank black coffee and could not sleep. He concludes: The Greatest Advice For Science Fiction Writers: "Ask The Next Question" No. 6 - Theodore Sturgeon, The Next Question, Well-Meaning Scientists and The Evil They Can Cause.

2013 Feb 10 – Theodore Sturgeon, aka/Edward Hamilton Waldo, is best remembered for asking “What’s the next question?” In some portraits, you’ll see Sturgeon wearing a “Q,” with an arrow pointing forward, suspended from a thin, silver chain around his neck. He believed in questioning our assumptions. He would push further inquiry by suggesting that you “ask the next question.” Our original sin, in a sense, was our failure to pursue further inquiry. Ask the Next Question – Solar flare (NASA -Photo Gallery) I suppose I could argue that Sturgeon was really the true father to our favorite Vulcan, Spock, since he coined both the phrase “live long and prosper” and the accompanying split-fingered hand gesture. Humanity undoubtedly has a wide range of perspectives concerning human sexuality, but individuals commonly tolerate only a narrow vision of the same. Theodore Sturgeon – Emory Literary Trust Slow Sculpture is a short story; a quick read with high impact.

What is the human condition? Okay. 10 Laws of Good Science Fiction « Resources for Science Fiction Writers. Author’s note: These rules are intentionally provocative, and they have generated much discussion and some intense opinions for and against. This is as it should be. They are not all original with me. Rules 6, 8, and 9 have been stated (in different words) by SF editors for years, so if you write and submit stories, you may have been reminded of them in rejection letters. These rules are more applicable to written SF than TV or film. Please don’t trash me (or my spelling) when you think that you disagree. 10. Subscribers to Science Fiction magazines in the 1950s were predominantly adult educated white men working as engineers or other technical jobs.

Today, SF readers are younger and much more diverse. Science Fiction should expand the worldview of its readers and expose them to much more than the normal, expected and ordinary. 9. It is quite possible that we will meet such beings, but it will not be such a good story because the aliens will destroy us, ignore us, or take us as pets. 8. 8 Ways to Think Like an Entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs come in all shapes, sizes, ages and can be from anywhere. They, as far as I know, do not wear a uniform or carry membership cards for an entrepreneurship club. If you passed one on the street or sat next to one in a restaurant, you’d likely not even know.

So what makes someone an entrepreneur? We used to think that people became entrepreneurs based on something they did. Most often, we’d identify entrepreneurs as those people who started companies. Related: 5 Key Characteristics Every Entrepreneur Should Have Now, we tend to see entrepreneurs as people who think in a pretty specific way.

The way entrepreneurs think is called the entrepreneurial mindset. At my organization, we’ve been teaching young people how to think like entrepreneurs since the 1980s. As part of the ongoing study of the entrepreneurial mindset, and based on our experience, we have been able to break it down into eight key parts -- specific ways entrepreneurs think about and approach things. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.