Focus Shift

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  1. What appeals to me about the Tantric school of thought is the integration of desire. Of course, we can become stuck in our desires if we view them as ends in themselves. However, if we see our desires in context to service of mankind and the universe, this liberates us from the suffering of karmic cycles. Ideas and excerpts from Tantra Illuminated.
  2. Many of us have experience with meditation/psychedelics. This leads us to the realization that all is one, that reality is a manifestation of consciousness. We are a node in a fractal, holographic, infinite universe. However, does this account for spiritual beings which may also guide us to enlightenment? Do you have a connection to a being that you do prayers or mantras to? Can they help guide us to the mystical experience? Are they just an "archetype"? Or are they real beings that we can have a relationship with? In terms of the feminine, how important is it that men integrate their feminine energy (and vice versa) ?
  3. Greene uses examples from the greatest seducers of history, Errol Flynn, Casanova, etc. I'm not claiming I'm some master seducer, but instead sharing my favorite insights and examples into a half hour. The Art of Seduction shows you not only what to do, but also traps to avoid. But sure, I can show all you like, if you subscribe to my onlyfans
  4. I figured this would be fitting for Valentine's day. How does seduction work? Are people born seductive? Or are there strategies that one can implement to become more attractive? I find it's much more empowering to take ownership of our behavior. Do we need to adopt new strategies for seduction in the digital age? Or are these patterns pretty consistent across time?
  5. This one has a similar theme to Leo's on Self Acceptance. As Ram Dass points out, through the process of socialization we are conditioned to reward and punish ourselves. This is so that we can "behave" and function in society. This comes with a cost though, we identify as being "good" and deny our capacity to be "bad". Through accepting all the aspects of our humanity, we transcend it and access the divine.
  6. @binyamin1 For the inward side, developing a meditation practice (mantras, mindfulness practice, etc.) is critical to dive into that feeling. Sometimes you will get a glimpse of how separation is an illusion, and the unity of all things. It's funny how to wrote suffer and benefit from ego death. It can be the most beautiful experience but it can be a bit isolating. For the practical side, a fitness practice will keep you moving and the blood pumping, with a sense of self discipline and focus. You can also go on yelp or meetup.com to find yoga and meditation places to connect with others. Do a bit of digging and see if there's any communities of like minded people out there, or create your own! Like McKenna said, create your own culture. Lastly, you are not alone in being alone I get frustrated too sometimes but it helps to be solution oriented to resolve any obstacle that comes your way.
  7. @Leo Gura That's a fantastic resource on this, might make a montage or animation out of it at some point thanks
  8. Erwin Schrödinger argues that we don't necessarily need to use science as the only way of understanding the world. I find this especially peculiar considering he was one of the founders of Quantum Mechanics. His interest in Vedanta and Eastern Mysticism is also of interest as well. Does Quantum Mechanics scientifically "prove" Eastern Philosophy? Or, do the discoveries of quantum mechanics open us to a worldview that is similar to what the Vedic texts describe?
  9. @Husseinisdoingfine This was taken from Religion of Tomorrow. I'm amazed, it's actually a very thick book, quite insightful though.
  10. In the past four years we've seen an escalation of conflict between stage blue (religious fundamentalists), orange (materialists), and green (post modernists), particularly in the past year or so. From a spiral dynamics point of view, is all the clashing between these groups a necessary part of our evolution, or should the focus be towards de-escalating conflict?
  11. I've found the 50, 30, 20 rule to be pretty useful. 50% for expenses, 30% for joy, 20% for debt and savings.
  12. @mmKay I like all of Robert Greene's books, Tim Ferriss for sure, Robert Kiyosaki, and perhaps a little Tony Robbins. Mark Manson is great as well.
  13. After meditating for a while, one notices how the mind works. It's occurred to me recently just how brutal the ego can be to myself and others when I really observe my thoughts. When we put aside judgement towards reality, this allows for a space to see reality in a greater context. To tie all this into all the conflict we see today with politics for example, perhaps this state of deep listening could help us become more compassionate to other points of view. How do we bring the meditative state from the 20 mins or so of daily meditation, to when we are with friends, family, and people we disagree with?
  14. Secularists often ask the question "What kind of a God would allow so much cruelty in the world?" This is based on the assumption that a God would create a world that is benevolent only to a small aspect of its creation. Our pain and suffering may be illusory from a cosmic perspective, but it is difficult to detach from it because we are so close to it. Considering the infinite nature of what consciousness can experience, what is the purpose of this "self" inflicted suffering?