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Scarlet Dragon

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  1. A worthwhile discussion, I think, no matter how many times it occurs in these cyberspaces! And despite the large numbers of thinkers entering this philosophical fray based on plant medicine experiences it is always worthwhile to consider what those titans of philosophy from our past have concluded. It is unfortunate I think that some have mystical experiences but don't see the value in actually studying what has been said before about these experiences and then using these past thinkers to re-consider their own experiences in light of this. So I applaud your invitation to consider what the Buddha and Plato, for example, had to say about all this. We then can factor in our plant-based medicine experiences into their theories. Of course, the problem that then arises is the difficulty of understanding these great thinkers and the tremendous effort that has to be invested in order to do so. On top of that difficulty, there is another one: these great thinkers of the past, Buddha and Plato particularly, thought that it is impossible to understand their teachings in their entirety without practicing certain exercises (like meditation) in very precise ways, with tremendous vigor and dedication, over a prolonged period of time! So, it is worth adding this particular consideration to this discussion: according to both the Buddha and Plato (i.e., Socrates) one needs to first live a spiritual life in order to gain the mental capacity to know things as they truly are. What is the spiritual life that they describe? Unfortunately it is virtue. I say unfortunately because our current culture and education discredits virtue and leaves us with very little experience and inclination towards developing virtue. What is virtue? Unfortunately it is morality (do unto others, including the Earth herself, as you would have them do unto you--to put something complex into a simple package). I say unfortunately again, because becoming morally good is laughed at within our culture and age as the foolishness of those who deny the harsh nature of reality. That is, we have received an education that is first and foremost grounded in the survival mentality: i.e, "I need to get enough to survive because otherwise no one else will do that for me." This fear-based orientation makes a serious consideration of morality as more than a social nicety (a collectively determined idea put into law so that there is order in society) very difficult. Much more so, actually living according to moral standards. Nonetheless, both the Buddha and Plato were very clear that virtue (of which morality is a defining part) is the first step in the process of waking up, so to speak, to what is actually real and what is not. And without that development, such a waking up is simply not possible. Maybe, however, plant medicines can jump start this process perhaps by giving some experience that leads one to gain a sentiment towards others necessary for developing a truly moral, virtuous life? That's the really interesting question when considering what the Buddha and Plato had to teach at least.
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    distilled water thing.

    Yes, I can picture using a solar oven to boil the water in the double nested tanks instead of the usual pot of grub. Someone must have done this on Youtu somewhere. Post a link if anyone finds one (of course, there's all kinds of neat devices being fake-invented on that channel -- anything to draw the views).
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    distilled water thing.

    If you put tank 2 below the level of the distilled water collection bucket and made the distilled water bucket a double bucket (one inside another) and drilled a hole into the side of the inner bucket towards the top then you could eliminate the pump. Gravity would drain off the distilled water out the bottom of the outer bucket into a holding tank. Reliable commercial pumps draw huge power and the smaller versions would need to be constantly monitored for failure. Keeping the holding tank bacteria free would be another issue I imagine unless you're not needing to drink it directly.
  4. Comment from a friend in the US where this stuff is available and still legal (for how long?): I have used it for treating pain and know others who have as well. I haven't heard of anyone who has tried this plant as a pain treatment report any "withdrawal, dependence and tolerance" issues at all. I am VERY VERY sensitive to addictive substances. I've had my problems with them and give them a wide wide berth. I have never had any addictive feelings with this plant pain medicine. It works for me instantly and I never even think about using it again until there is another experience of significant pain. The thought to take this medicine when there is moderate or transient pain does not even arise. Certainly not when I have no pain. But it is something I know I can rely on at times when serious pain may arise. In my opinion the amount of international money behind the efforts to ban and discredit the effectiveness and harmlessness of this plant medicine is astronomical and so, efforts to eliminate this plant from the face of the earth will continue and probably gather in intensity. It is near insanity to me that this plant has been made illegal in one or more of its countries of origin: Thailand. Farmers there, who have been growing it for untold generations, must be quite perplexed at the whole situation.
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    Large Acacia Giveaway! (Moving House)

    Beautiful trees! So precious! I would love to take them all but I'm directly on the opposite side of the planet. lol. I recently planted one of my confusa's outside (here in New York) and am praying it can survive the winter. But I'm rather discouraged right now after an unusually early frost. I hope yours find a more suitable clime.
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    Visitation by birds

    Thanks for sharing such a magical experience, Lost. I get such a thrill hearing of uplifting interactions with birds. Birds have and continue to bring me so much joy and I live in New York where bird life can't compare to what I've experienced downunder. I was reminded by your story of an experience of having a flock of wild turkeys take off about 10m away from me and fly directly over my head, landing about 10m away in the other direction. I almost fell down from not only the sound of their feathers in flight, the beauty of their outspread brown-flecked wings but also the woosh of pure energy that I felt had rained down on me. Super great moment that I will remember as long as this mind still functions.
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    Youtube vids

    Some good points against moral relativism but I don't see how anyone can claim Jesus was an anarchist unless they completely ignore his words & deeds. "give to Ceasar what is ceasar's and God what is God's" & "if someone forces you to walk a mile with them, walk 2 miles with them". Etc. Certainly not antigovernmt
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    Advice for a Short Visit DownUnder?

    Lots of great tips, thanks! How do I find the SAB nursery? That sounds particularly worth the effort. I will be staying at large venue halls and trailer parks (including sleeping in a classroom at a Sydney High School) so I'm not sure how to get a deliverable mailing address but I'll work on that one. Of course getting anything back to the US is a big challenge so maybe I'll just enjoy what I can while there and leave it at that.
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    Advice for a Short Visit DownUnder?

    Any suggestions for activities for this enthneo-shaman in Australia? I will be in Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast in the middle of April and would love to see some special plants and maybe acquire seed. I will be busy with a fundraising group from India that I work for but would love to sneak away for some visits to sacred plants. I live in US & India but I treasure my chances to visit Australia.
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    Visitation by birds

    One of the highlights of my visits to Australia is watching, listening and even interacting with the Magpies there. They are something special. Nowhere else in the world have I seen or heard of birds like these. They have an otherwordliness to them that reminds me of experiences with Ayahu. . . . On one visit a certain Magpie would come right up to me and take food from me. I saw other Magpies watch it from a distance. It was kinda awkward walking and flying like it was a little dumb or a little "special." I got a sense that the other Magpie's were watching over it but it had no fear. I love these birds! What great wealth to have them around! I could listen to them talk to each other for hours. I can hear the special sounds they make, in my head right now. lol. Looking forward to seeing them again. Long and the short of this is that any visitation by them is certainly a spiritual calling in my book. Take the next step, you know what it is that they're calling you to do.
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    Youtube vids

    Wow! Thanks for sharing. I am imagining many different possible reactions to this. I like it as a support for the existence of God or a super consciousness but I would guess I'm not in the majority here.
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    Visitation by birds

    I visit Aus from time to time from the US and one of the most special treats I look forward to is the birds. AUS has bird life like the US must have had 200 yrs ago. I mean that the birds there are not YET completely shell shocked by the cruelty of modern humans (&their pets). Birds there still have a sense of thriving, of living a sustainable life. I'm a bird watcher and DO see special birds occasionally in the US and in India but it's nothing like the bird interactions that I've had down under. I know can be contentious but I will say it anyway: I think that cats are one of the main reasons why bird life gets decimated by humans. I have seen plenty kittens who spent every waking moment stalking and killing birds just cause, not because they're hungry. ALL pet cats should be fitted with bells IMO. They will still catch rodents wearing a bell.
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    Visitation by birds

    I, too, have heard these other worldly sounds a magpie can make. Sounds like I hear in ceremony. Sounds from another world. Sounds that say to me, Wake Up! There is more to this world than meets the eye! "
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    Live A Life That Matters

    That the good things that I've done DO matter is my definition of positivity. Being positive makes my life a better one whether I'm right about it in the end or not. And so, positivity is a logical choice to make. Thanks for the thread.
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    Acacia acuminata seed giveaway 2018/2019

    I am in the US so am not asking for you to send seeds, however I am about to start my own batch of a.confusa and would love some special advice for sowing & growing. Or a thread referral if there's one you like.