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  1. @Outer From the materialist scientist's perspective: to make a distinction between what's obviously bullshit and what's proven.
  2. @seeking_brilliance Let it do it's thing if it wants to. Who cares?
  3. It has value. Don't expect to learn anything about spirituality in your courses though. But relative knowledge is valuable to live in the world. Actually I think spirituality should be a part of psychology. But it will take some time and some effort. Maybe you can help with that.
  4. You can be enlightened and have a trauma. Enlightenment means seeing the nature of the self. The thing is, since animals very probably don't think conceptually, they don't construct a conceptual self. So there is no self to see the nature of. That being said, I heard that dolphins are very intelligent. It might be possible that they developed a conceptual way of thinking. Actually this is an interesting question, I'm going to look for some research on that.
  5. @Serotoninluv This is actually a very good way to look at it. I don't agree that 'Samueling' is always happening though. It's a verb or an activity and sometimes you are not doing it. When you are in a state of flow, you are not doing it, or when in deep meditation, watching a movie, sleeping. These are all selfless activities. The fact that 'selfing' is not always happening is what makes it unreal. This is what the buddhists call impermanence: it comes, it goes. It is not you. That's why they say 'you're already enlightened'. You're already not the self. The self is already an activity that is not always happening. You just don't realise it yet. In my definition enlightenment points to having realised it, but it is true that nothing really changes with enlightenment.
  6. @Gabriel Antonio hahah yes exactly
  7. The thing is, anything you will find is by definition not you. But don't let that stop you from looking. Maybe you'll find nothing yes, now do it
  8. @seeking_brilliance Please keep me up to date
  9. @LaraGreenbridge We definitely need to make a distinction between the conceptual self, which is entirely conceptual and so can't be said to point to anything real, and what you really are, which definitely does exist because you are it.
  10. I very much agree with you and Nahm. When facing these emotions it helps to completely allow them to be and to face them with love. This poem by Rumi always provides great comfort to me: The Guest House This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice. meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes. because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
  11. Good curiosity. Try to feel into the question instead of asking the questions on an intellectual level. Instead of reasoning "what is there without Sam", experience what is there without Sam. All answers will come from inside. Others can only suggest where to look. If you want you can try this technique. It helped me a lot:
  12. @Pouya What do you mean with the full circle thing?
  13. Could be the case. A big part of letting go is relaxing the tensions in the body. Especially relax the knot behind the eyes. Another thing is having faith that it is okay to let go.
  14. @B_Naz What some say is not it. Let it go.