Reading Experience: Emptiness Dancing

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Emptiness Dancing

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Reading Experience: Emptiness Dancing

I do not consider this to be a book review, because it is not something I simply read.  Emptiness Dancing is something you experience with an open heart and mind.  Reading is simply the vessel that takes you there.

“You are not a human being, you are being appearing as human.”- on Satsang

Throughout my life, I have always been an over achiever and have subsequently blamed this on the combination of being an Aries and the first-born child.  This strive for perfection has always been followed by stress and anxiety, and I had often found myself incredibly overwhelmed with life.  It was at these times that I asked myself, what is my purpose?  How did I come to be this way?  What am I?  Who am I?

These questions would to scare me.  I felt hopeless and confused; I realize now it was because I did not know how to answer them.  I’ve always struggled with concept of not knowing, the ‘unknown’ being a frightening, desolate place that I did not want to plummet to.  But the reality is, it is impossible to answer these questions.  There is no answer.  I have come to realize there is no ‘me’ or ‘you’ – just be.  Flow.  And I am finally okay with that.

“We see that we are not who we thought we were, and the world is not what we thought it was. Everything is new and open and unpredictable, which makes the ego feel insecure.”- on Innocence

A friend recommended Adyashanti’s Emptiness Dancing to me over a year ago.  She felt it would open my senses and help me to resist conventional methods of livelihood, which I so readily relied on.  It took several efforts for me to actually commit to the read.  Perhaps I just was not ready to experience some sort of awakening, or at least try.  But when I began to truly read—understand the words rather than just put them together—I immediately connected with the voice of the text.  Adyashanti asked the same questions I often asked myself in times of despair or stress, the ones I couldn’t answer and was afraid to even think about.

“The true I am is so unbelievably empty.  It’s so free of everything you thought you were.  It has no limitation.  It has no definition.  Any definition would be a disservice to what you are.  All that’s left is consciousness, and it’s not even that because that’s just a word.” – on Depth

Most of what I found through Adyashanti’s teaching felt similar to shedding several layers, until you are raw and exposed.  Even now, I am still in the midst of this process.  Finding satsang, which Adyashanti describes as “to be in association with Truth,” was the easier part.  It basically meant asking myself the questions I already had—What is my purpose? Who am I? –without fear.  Without a script.  Letting go is much harder.

Yes, I am still afraid.  I need to accept my role as having no role.  No attachments, like a puppet cutting its strings.  My experience reading Emptiness Dancing was unlike anything I had ever done before and nothing that I expected.  But what did I expect?  Was I hoping to magically flip a switch on (or off) and become something different?  Awakening is deeply internal.  It is the root of being and not easy to find.  I am working my way there, trying to accept life as it comes, and reminding myself that being alive means more than what you do.

“You can sense an aliveness.  It’s a presence that’s inside your body and outside your body.  It permeates everywhere.  When you are looking for it, you are looking for a gross presence, a heavy presence to hit you over the head.  This isn’t going to happen.  The true quiet is a brightness.  You feel bright.  There is an awakeness, a deep sense of being alive.” – on Silence

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Kundalini Awakening

Kundalini Shakti

Kundalini Shakti

Kundalini is a dormant energy within most people.

In Hindu mythology, Kundalini is a serpent goddess who lies asleep at the base of the spine, coiled three and a half times around the first chakra.

Under certain circumstances, the Kundalini energy awakens and begins to rise through the body, piercing and opening the chakras. As Kundalini releases stored and blocked energies, the movement can be quite intense, sometimes painful, and often leads to mental states that seem out of this world.

Circumstances that stimulate Kundalini awakening are many and varied, but are usually triggered by such things such as extended periods of meditation, yoga, fasting, stress, trauma, psychedelic drugs, or near death experiences.

Kundalini is a condensed, primal force, similar to the potential energy found in water. When released, it creates a vertical connection between the chakras by opening the subtle channels known as nadi, most specifically, the central channel that moves up the spine called sushumna. If we put water through a small hose at very high pressure, the end of the hose will undulate like a snake. Similarly, the intense energy of Kundalini undulates in the body as it rises through the chakras.

Kundalini can also be seen as a result of the chakras connecting to each other.Theoretically, as the chakras enlarge, the spinning of one can enhance the spinning of the one above or below it.

Kundalini is basically a healing force, but its effects can sometimes be quite unpleasant. Such effects may last for minutes, days, months, or even years.

Kundalini Energy

Channeling Kundalini Energy

If you find yourself dealing with uncomfortable Kundalini awakening symptoms, you should:

1) Purify the body. Abstain from recreational drugs, tobacco, alcohol, and caffein, prescription drugs. Avoid food additives, high sugars, or greasy foods. Eat well, especially protein which is generally grounding. Get massage and vigorous exercise.

2) Reduce stress. If you are in for a major spiritual transformation, make time for the necessary changes in your life. You may need to devote more time to your spirituality or health.

3) Find Support. Find other who have knowledge of this experience.

4) Educate yourself. Read about Kundalini, Kundalini awakening,Yoga and learn about Chakras.

5) Treat underlying psychological issues. As Kundalini brings up unresolved issues, this is the best time to deal with them. It will make the ride smoother.

6) Examine your spiritual practices. If you have not been practicing meditation, yoga or some spiritual practice, it may be time to begin. You might need to stop meditating for a while if it increases unpleasant Kundalini awakening symptoms. See what increases or decreases the unpleasant effects.

7) Practice grounding. Kundalini is most difficult when the energy is moving upward without enough energy moving downward to balance. Investigate the possibility of the first chakra issues that need to be resolved in order to give a firmer base.Practice grounding exercise daily.

If you are emotionally weak and you still have fear inside you, it can be really dangerous to awaken this energy. So if this is the case with you, you should strengthen your nervous system and gain better understanding of yourself.

It is very advisable that if you decide to awaken this energy, you should do so together with a spiritual leader or a meditation expert. Such people know the dangers of this energy and they know how to control it. They will pace your development and advise you if you need to slow down or progress quicker.

It is said that the awakening of this energy is the only way to become enlightened and experience bliss. When this energy goes through your crown chakra, you become aware of your connection with the entire universe and therefore understand the truth. You attain the divine wisdom and your consciousness expands infinitely.

When the energy is released into the universe, you completely understand yourself and your purpose. You become filled with joy, limitless knowledge and unconditional love of the whole universe.



Rangers Should Not Trade For Rick Nash

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Rick Nash

Written by Contributor John Schiesser 

New York Rangers hockey is back on the sports map.

They are currently first in the Eastern Conference with only one true all-star. Henrik Lundqvist currently leads the NHL in shutouts and save percentage.  Henrik Lundqvist is the only true all-star on this team. The Rangers are winning because of great goal tending and great team chemistry.

What is better?

Team chemistry or star players?

You’re seeing it now with Jeremy Lin, and the same goes for the Rangers, nothing beats team chemistry. Trading for Rick Nash will break that team chemistry the Rangers have built so far. Rick Nash is not a bad player by any stretch of the imagination, Nash can score at will and dominate games.

However the Rangers already have their goal scorer in Marion Gaborik. Coming into the season the big name the Rangers got was Brad Richards.

The big question was can Richards get Gaborik back on track?

Gaborik has responded with one of his better seasons in terms of scoring. In reality, Gaborik and Rick Nash are the same player. They are finesse players with one job, score goals. The Rangers are a physical hockey team that grinds out games, hence why Ryan Callahan is team captain.

The Rangers are winning because they have the right amount of grit sprinkled with the right amount of finesse in Marion Gaborik. If the Rangers trade for Rick Nash their getting too much finesse and lose part of their grind it out mentality.

Instead of having one finesse goal scorer they will have two. This will force the Rangers to change-up what they do best to make sure Nash gets involved. John Tortorella is a coach that stresses physical hockey. Gaborik is not a physical hockey player. However, the fact that he is the lone finesse goal scorer allows the rangers to still be a grind it out team.

Gaborik is just the right amount of finesse in an overall physical hockey team. Adding Rick Nash will add to much finesse thus upsetting the balance of the Rangers.

The Rangers are in first place for a reason.

Let’s not mess up what this team has done and try to change the identity of the Rangers as the playoffs are approaching. Let the Rangers keep grinding out games, that is New York Rangers hockey, and that’s the brand of hockey that will bring them the most success.

Where do I believe Rick Nash will land?

I believe he will ultimately stay in Columbus. Most of the contending teams this year are young teams who do not want to mortgage their future for a playoff push.

I do not see Nash moving because the Blue Jackets are asking for too much. Nash is a pure goal scorer which is great, but contending teams will not want to give up their top players young prospects for a playoff push.


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The MTT Grind

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My Biggest Cashes To Date (click to enlarge)

It has been a fun ride since I started focusing exclusively on multi-table tournaments on

When Full Tilt was around, the cash games were very juicy, but all the money is now in tournament poker in the online world.

I have played close to 1,200 tournaments since November of 2011, and have netted close to $8,000 in profits.

It took me almost 1,000 tournaments to hit my first big score, which goes to show how much of a grind it can be to play multi-table tournaments profitably. I can definitely say I have become a better player through experience, and that was probably the reason I was able to hit another big upswing 200 tournaments later.

This is why I play tournament poker.

This is why I grind day in and day out, for the big cash.

To be successful in tournaments, you can’t focus on simply cashing, you have to focus on winning.

I have three goals when I sit down for a tournament:

1. To make the money

2. To make the final table

3. To win the tournament.

Although my biggest scores have come from 2nd and 3rd place finishes,  I have won a few tournaments along the way for some nice cashes as well.

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My MTT Graph over 1,200 Tournaments

In the two tournaments I finished in 2nd, I was the favorite with all the chips in the middle, only to get unlucky on the river.

It is a sickening feeling to have thousands of dollars change hands on a single card, but it makes me hungry to be back in those spots again.

And hey, the 2nd place consolation prize ain’t that bad either! 🙂

For my latest series on tournament poker end-game strategies, check out this article: Multi-Table Tournament Poker End-Game Strategies Part I: The Money Bubble

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