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The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja

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We know little about the origins of the Ninja, the ‘children of darkness’ – mysterious shadow-warriors who maintained their eerie mist-shrouded mountain secrecy in the Iga and Koga Provinces of Japan from around 900 AD, practicing the arts of stealth and invisibility. Legends, however, tell of the Ninja warrior’s supposed descent from tengu, savage demons that were half man half crow and were able to bend the laws of nature and control the human mind.

Probably closer to the truth, according to Stephen Hayes (the first American to be accepted as a personal student of Masaaki Hatsumi, the thirty-fourth master of Togakure-ryu Ninjutsu) is that these warriors were ex-military men who fled China after the collapse of the T’ang dynasty and settled in Japan. Here they became teachers of martial arts, philosophy, and mysticism adapted from the esoteric knowledge of India and Tibet and the spiritual practices of Chinese monks and shamans.

“They expounded systems of integrated mind-body awareness, based on personal understanding of the order of the universe [and an] unconventional way of looking at situations and accomplishing things… The original Ninja were mystics, in touch with powers that we would describe as psychic today. Their ability to tune into the scheme of totality and thereby become receptive to subtle input from beyond the usual five senses was strange and terrifying…”

Their spirituality or mysticism, however, was not based on empty and impractical religious teachings but on highly advanced combat skills and practical arts of deception and warfare, where warriorship was linked to natural law. Spirituality was not regarded as an external projection onto distant deities, as our religions are in the West, but as a way to inner knowledge, self-mastery and personal power.

To arrive at their understanding, the Ninja developed a comprehensive and holistic map of the human psyche and life cycle, which linked the inner and outer worlds – the world of creativity and imagination and that of time, space and nature – to give a full picture of life and the challenges facing every warrior on his path to liberation and happiness, as well as the means of overcoming these trials. This map revolved around the elements of Fire, Water, Air and Earth, and the qualities of Fear, Power, Clarity and Fatigue. The map can be looked at as offering four gates that we must all step through if we want an authentic spiritual life and one that has meaning for we who we really are.

In the modern world we are still at war, looking for peace, and our personal freedoms are still constrained by people and institutions that tell us who we are, how to behave, how much power and freedom we may have – work demands, tax demands, commuter timetables, celebrity fashions… the list is endless. Spiritual warriors know these things as ‘tyrants’. They are not so different from the demands and dictates of the power-crazed emperors that led to the formation of the remote mountain communities of the Ninja rebels.

INNER TYRANTS

In these turbulent modern times we are at risk as much from inner tyrants – ways of being and seeing that we have internalised as we have grown up and become socialised into our culture’s way of viewing the world – as much as external tyrants in the form of terrorists and warring nations who use military force to impose their worldview upon ordinary citizens (us) who get caught in the middle of their petty ideological skirmishes.

Our inner tyrants are fixed patterns of behaviour that get in the way of our search for freedom and divert our attention from the real work of the sacred human being: to live fully the beautiful and finite lives that are given to us. They lead us inevitably into external tyranny since, if we have not dealt with our own issues we end up projecting them out onto the world where we see monsters and chaos all around us which, in our fear, we must oppose and destroy before they destroy us; or else we feel too weak to oppose such lunacy because this system and habit of war is so much bigger than us.

Magically, however, if we deal with the inner tyrants, the external ones vanish like mist. In this respect, the warrior pathway of the four gates is as relevant today as it ever was and probably more important than ever.

The quest of the warrior has always been to overcome the impositions of tyranny and find a unique code to live by so that he or she can harness wisdom and power and find happiness in the material world. In doing so, warriors from many different traditions and cultures have noticed that we all face four ‘enemies’ to personal freedom. These enemies can be seen as our beliefs about the world, which have been passed down to us from the tyrants around us – the leaders, power elite and self-appointed experts in our societies who have set up systems and institutions to enforce their worldview upon us. We have internalised these worldviews and while we believe that the world operates in a particular way we can never be free because we never see an alternative.

If we face these enemies, however, we find that they transform themselves naturally and easily into the allies that can help us achieve the happiness we seek. Thus, these ‘enemies’ – Fear, Power, Clarity, Fatigue – are not only the challenges that face us, they are the means to their resolution as well as the gateways we walk through in order to resolve them. We are then empowered, clearer about who we are, and able to see the truth of our lives. That, in itself, is freedom, and greater freedom always equates with more happiness.

THE FOUR GATES

According to the four gates model, we are born in the East of the circle that represents our self and our life journey. In infancy, we are not even aware of a separate self, so intimately are we still connected to the flow of all things and so deeply a part of primal, universal consciousness. This stage represents a time of no-self in the sense of a socialised conception of who we are with a unique identity distinct from everything else in the world or any expectations upon us to perform or be anything but what we are. Although our socialisation will begin at this time, we are less conscious of this ‘mind stuff’ and more aware of our bodies and their physical demands, as anyone who has heard a newborn scream to have its needs met will know only too well. This physicality and passion of the young child is represented by the element of Fire.

As we grow, the world moves in to ‘hook’ us into its worldview and so we progress to the South, becoming teenagers and young adults, with more and more socialisation taking place into the ways of our culture. Although there is no firm age structure or chronology to this journey (and, indeed, some people do not naturally achieve all of these stages, becoming stuck instead in one or more of them as they go through life), this aspect of ourselves is best represented as an age period of perhaps 15-40 years, with the main action taking place from 15-25. It is at this time that we first begin to express ourselves as unique individuals in the world, out to make a place for ourselves and carve our mark. It is a time of ambition and emotions, when we first fall in love, have our first sexual experiences, have our hearts broken, find partners, and ‘settle down’ to focus on home and career. Spiritual work becomes unconscious, bubbling on within us while our minds and bodies are occupied with the physical world. Because of the emotional content of this period it is identified with the element of Water, whose ebbs and flows correspond to the highs and lows and the emotional comings and goings of this age.

As we reach the West we find that we have entered what we in the Western world call middle age. This is a time for large-scale recapitulation of self, a time when many people re-examine their lives up until this point, the assumptions they have made about the world and the agreements they have made with it. It is a time when, in the words of the philosopher Noam Chomsky, many of us will realise that “The average man follows not reason but faith and this naive faith [has been founded upon] necessary illusions and emotionally potent oversimplification by the myth maker to keep him on course.” We have been living a lie, in other words, which has been based on the mythology of our culture and its definitions of what makes a ‘real’ (socially acceptable) man or woman, success or failure. This myth, most likely, has never been us, but we have still lived it without ever seeing this before. Now, from the perspective of greater life experience, we begin to question who we are and, even if we are successful, settled and wealthy in social terms, whether this is enough to satisfy us on a personal and spiritual level. We have been hooked for perhaps 20 years by a vision of success defined in consensus or corporate terms but now begin to reassess who we have been and, with death starting to breathe down our necks, to reconsider our lives and ask ‘Is that all?’ as we look at who we might have been and how we might better spend our remaining days (more ‘face time’ in the office or watching our children grow? Climbing the corporate ladder beneath a mad and ungrateful boss or surfing the Rockies for kicks?). This is a time of consideration and thought about who we truly are and what we want from our lives, offering us the potential for adaptation, reinvention, rejuvenation and re-emergence into someone new. It is a time of life when the powers of the mind are more fully and productively used, both in reflecting on the past and revisioning the future. Because of this it is characterised by the element of Air, which has the ability to blow away our past lives and sweep us forward into a new and deeper sense of a more authentic self.

Finally, we arrive in the North and, if we have done the necessary work throughout our journey around the wheel, we may experience a true understanding of self, leading to deep peace and harmony, where we can look back on life and see our real place in the world, the meaning of our life’s path and, perhaps, the flow of all things, from a perspective of wisdom and good humour. We are able to take a more spiritual and reflective look at things and to experience maturity and groundedness, where we can be of service to our community and happy in ourselves. This grounding quality of the North is represented by the element of Earth, which is fitting because this is also the place of death, where we return to the Earth before rebirth to the East as the cycle continues into new lives to come.

Once again, it is worth emphasising that these four are only enemies when you have not confronted them; as soon as you enter into battle with them you automatically transform them into allies who can help in your quest for balance and internal harmony and, once you achieve this, external success is assured since you are the great dreamer of your world.

The way of all warriors is not to hide within fantasy or to search only for the ‘light’ (as is the way of many modern ‘new age’ practices) but to embrace the darkness as well, for it is only in our shadows (when the light is behind us) that we see ourselves truly reflected, and only then that we can address ourselves and heal our pains so that the world itself is healed.

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How to Record Zoom Meeting as a Participant & Without Host Permission

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Zoom meetings are fast-paced and frenetic, which makes it challenging for your team to stay on the same page. This can make it difficult to keep discussions brief and concise. To help keep everyone on the same page, you can use a Zoom meeting recording app. Participants can listen to the meeting and take notes without disrupting the flow of the meeting. The best part? You don’t need to be an IT pro to set up a Zoom meeting recording. Follow these simple steps to start recording your team’s meetings.

What is a Zoom Meeting Recording?

Unlike a normal meeting, which is audio-only, a Zoom meeting allows you to both see and hear everyone in the meeting room. Zoom takes notes during the meeting and sends the audio recording straight to your inbox. Then, you can edit and annotate the recording with your team’s comments. You can also share the recording with others who are on the meeting attendee list. Once you start recording, you can pause and resume the Zoom recording if you need to. And don’t worry, your team won’t be able to see that you’re recording them. Zoom offers several different recording options, so you can find one that works for your team.

Record Your Team’s Meetings with Zoom

If you’re looking to start recording your team’s Zoom meetings, consider setting up a recurring meeting. Every week, you can schedule a Zoom meeting to record the meeting. This makes it easier to stay consistent. You can also use a Zoom meeting recording app like Webex Meetings or Zoom to record your team’s meetings on your smartphones and tablets. Before you can record a meeting, make sure the option is turned on in your Zoom settings. Next, invite everyone to join the meeting via the company-wide Zoom app.  If you have any questions about the recording, click “Ask the host” and send an email to the host.

Set Up a Zoom Meeting Recording

While recording a Zoom meeting is convenient, you’ll want to make sure it’s set up correctly. Begin by inviting everyone who will be invited to the meeting to join via the Zoom app. Then, start the meeting and make sure the “Record” option is turned on. If the meeting is audio-only, then you won’t be able to record it. But, you can use a screen recorder like Camtasia to record the meeting. If the meeting is audio-only, then you won’t be able to record it. But, you can use a screen recorder like Camtasia to record the meeting. Once the meeting is finished recording, you’ll be able to view and edit the recording in your Zoom inbox. When you’re ready to save it, select “Save” from the header. If you have any questions, you can send an email to the host or host leader.

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If you’re looking to start recording your team’s Zoom meetings, consider setting up a recurring meeting. Every week, you can schedule a Zoom meeting to record the meeting. This makes it easier to stay consistent. You can also use a Zoom meeting recording app like Webex Meetings or Zoom to record your team’s meetings on your smartphones and tablets. Before you can record a meeting, make sure the option is turned on in your Zoom settings. Next, invite everyone to join the meeting via the company-wide Zoom app. Once everyone has accepted the invite, they will automatically be added to the meeting. Then, you can start the meeting and begin recording.  When you’re ready to save it, select “Save” from the header. If you have any questions, you can send an email to the host or host leader.

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If you want to start recording your team’s Zoom meetings, you can use a screen recorder like Camtasia. This will allow you to record the meeting audio and take screen recordings. If your team uses Zoom, you can also use a screen recorder like Camtasia to record the meeting audio and take screen recordings. This will help you stay on the same page with your team. Once you’ve set up your Zoom meeting recording, host the meeting and start recording. Then, start the screen recorder to record the meeting audio and take screen recordings. You can use these recordings to help your team stay on the same page. Make sure to set the screen recorder’s audio level to “Mic +” or “Mic Only.” This will make sure you don’t accidentally record the meeting audio. Next, share your screen recordings with your team. They can then view and edit their screen recordings to make sure everyone is on the same page.

wrap up the meeting after the recording

 When you’re ready to save it, select “Save” from the header. END the meeting by announcing that it’s time to end the meeting. If you want to add a closing remark, then do so. But, make sure to announce that the meeting is over. If you have any questions, you can send an email to the host or host leader. END the meeting by announcing that it’s time to end the meeting. If you want to add a closing remark, then do so. But, make sure to announce that the meeting is over. If you have any questions, you can send an email to the host or host leader.

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One benefit of recording your team’s Zoom meetings is that you can use a screen recorder like Camtasia. This will allow you to record the meeting audio and take screen recordings. If your team uses Zoom, you can also use a screen recorder like Camtasia to record the meeting audio and take screen recordings. This will help you stay on the same page with your team. Make sure to set the screen recorder’s audio level to “Mic +” or “Mic Only.” This will make sure you don’t accidentally record the meeting audio. Next, share your screen recordings with your team. They can then view and edit their screen recordings to make sure everyone is on the same page.

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6 Tik Tok Mistakes To Avoid For Building A Good Marketing Strategy

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6 Tik Tok Mistakes To Avoid For Building A Good Marketing Strategy

Sometimes we people can lag having something new in a day, but our technology speed would never. Tech fields have touched spikes from the past to now by seeing the launch of social networking sites every day. If it comes to sharing an example, then nothing can beat the craze of Tik Tok marketing that people are still in the same passion and looking to shift to another platform that helps them gain popularity within a night. Counting the estimate from past years, Tik Tok has reached 800 million+ fans worldwide.

Tik Tok has gained massive success till it has ruled the market singlehandedly. But there are some mistakes if tackled with time then, the future can be different for it. If you want to build a good brand identity, you must avoid some mistakes that help you eliminate the situation that might become a hurdle for you in the future ahead.

  • Not Targeting The Right Audience.

The most common reason for not surviving TikTok in the market so long is that it is mainly coming into force to entertain the public at large. As it has whooping popularity with 8-00+ billion followers, people have started placing their ads on that. So selecting the niche where you need to target your audience is very important for avoiding mistakes for existence.

  • Not Being Fun

Before posting something on any social media or engaging platform, we have to analyze the content that needs to be placed accordingly. Like TikTok is a platform for entertainment and fun, you can’t place serious and wooden content there for gaining views. It’s just like you are ruining the pace of things meant to be there.

  • Not Sharing User-Generated Content

It needs to be deeply researched into what kind of videos can gain a high engagement rate. Not all kinds of videos are supposed to be posted there, as TikTok marketingdemands user-generated content. Try to build or gain the trust of your followers by making them feel comfortable with your linking. 

  • Not Feeling The Urgency Of Influencers

People love to believe those they feel more engaged with regularly or more frequently. So taking support from influencers to boost engagement on your platform would be a great move that can help you increase your brand visibility and increase followers’ reach. 

  • Lagging In Hashtag Challenges

If you have stepped into social media platforms, you must have good knowledge of how beautifully you can use hashtags. So sit and research what could be the best hashtags that can go well with your brand reach and how you can use them to increase your audience range.

  • Not Looking Realistic

Excessive promotional activity can snatch the realness out of your brand. Alternatively, you can go with content that indirectly benefits your product or services. Finally, try to adopt a more natural approach to encourage the brand so that followers love to become a part of your journey.

Takeaway

If you are searching for a reference where you can get all the amazing things done with your social media handles, you can reach out on the page ‘Socialboosting“. If your purpose is to increase the number of followers, boost engagement, Quality followers, and marketing tips, you should not delay reaching out there. Give it a right try in just the right way.

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Secrets to AI PRAPHRASING TOOL

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PRAPHRASING TOOL

If you’re like most people, you probably think that artificial intelligence (AI) is some sort of magic. After all, it can do things like read and understand human language, recognize faces and objects, and even beat humans at complex games like chess.

But the truth is, AI is just a tool. And like any tool, it can be used for good or for bad.

In this article, we’re going to talk about some of the ways that AI can be used for evil purposes. 

We’ll also discuss what you can do to protect yourself from these malicious uses of AI.

1. Creating Fake Videos and Photos

One of the most worrying ways that AI can be used for evil purposes is to create fake videos and photos. This is also known as “deep fakes.”

Deep fakes are created by using a type of AI called a generative adversarial network (GAN). A GAN consists of two neural networks: a generator and a discriminator.

The generator creates fake data, while the discriminator tries to distinguish between the real and fake data. The two networks compete with each other, and as they do, the generator gets better and better at creating realistic fake data. Check RemoteDBA for more details.

Deep fakes have been used to create fake celebrity porn, as well as political propaganda. In 2018, for example, a deep fake video of Barack Obama went viral. The video featured Obama saying things that he never actually said.

2. Stealing Your Personal Data

Another way that AI can be used for evil purposes is to steal your personal data. This is possible because many popular applications and websites use AI to recommend content to you based on your interests.

In order to do this, these applications and websites need to collect data about you. This includes things like your age, gender, location, and what you like to do online.

Once they have this data, they can sell it to advertisers or use it to influence your behavior.

3. Manipulating the Stock Market

AI can also be used to manipulate the stock market. This is possible because there are now algorithms that can automatically trade stocks based on certain conditions.

Some of these algorithms are designed to take advantage of human behavior. For example, they may buy stocks when prices are low and sell them when prices are high. This can result in huge profits for the people who own these algorithms, but it can also crash the stock market.

4. Disrupting Elections

AI can also be used to disrupt elections. This is possible because AI can be used to create fake news articles and social media posts. These fake articles and posts can then be spread by bots, which are automated software programs that control online accounts.

Bots can be used to automatically like, share, and comment on content. They can also be used to message people en masse. This means that they can easily influence what people see on social media and other online platforms.

If you’re like most people, you probably think that the best way to get better at paraphrasing is to practice on your own. However, this isn’t always the case. While it’s true that practice makes perfect, there are some other things that you can do to help improve your paraphrasing skills. 

In this article, we’ll share with you some of the secrets to becoming a master paraphrase.

The first secret is to understand what you’re reading. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s actually very important. When you’re reading something, take the time to think about what it means. If you can’t understand it, chances are you won’t be able to paraphrase it correctly. 

The second secret is to take your time. Don’t try to paraphrase something if you’re in a hurry. If you rush, you’re likely to make mistakes. Instead, take your time and focus on getting it right. 

The third secret is to practice, practice, and practice. The more you practice, the better you’ll become at paraphrasing. To find a text that you can use for practice and start working on it. 

Conclusion:

By following these secrets, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a master paraphrase. So get out there and start practicing!

If you want to improve your paraphrasing skills, there are a few things you can do. One is to practice on your own, and another is to understand what you’re reading. You should also take your time when paraphrasing, and focus on getting it right. And finally, keep practicing!

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