Focus Shift

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  1. Zen Buddhism seems to have a mixed view on psychedelics, which of course varies depending on the Zen Master you speak to. On the one hand, it cannot be denied that psychedelics produce mystical experiences as described in eastern writings. It is not uncommon for people to have a psychedelic experience and then take up a meditation practice soon after. Others who are more traditional think that psychedelics are a cheat, and produce a more shallow kensho (as opposed to getting there purely with decades of meditation). Is the belief that enlightenment can only be attained through meditation (and not through psychedelics) just religious dogma, or is it beneficial to have a practice like Yoga or Zen before radically altering one's consciousness?
  2. @WaveInTheOcean Yes, I believe this is what the Perennial Philosophy, and other mystics have pointed to.
  3. Huxley points out that although mystics acknowledge miracles as "real" they are a distraction to true spirituality. What do you make of psychic powers, the paranormal, and levitation? I levitate in this one for real! I didn't use After Effects I promise
  4. The sixties, not unlike our current time, was filled with strife and social conflict. However, it was also a time of expanding awareness through new and eastern ways of being. With greater acceptance of psychedelics today, are we seeing a more precise psychedelic renaissance today?
  5. “The divine Ground of all existence is a spiritual Absolute, ineffable in terms of discursive thought, but (in certain circumstances) susceptible of being directly experienced and realized by the human being. This absolute is the God without form of Hindu and Christian mystical phraseology. The Last end of man, the ultimate reason for human existence, is unitive knowledge of the divine ground - the knowledge that can come only to those who are prepared to die to self, and so make room, as it were, for God. Out of any given generation of men and women very few will achieve the final end of human existence; but the opportunity for coming to unitive knowledge will, in one way or another, continually be offered until all sentient beings realize Who in fact they are.” - Aldous Huxley
  6. Not gunna lie when he said they call that bull Nancy Pelosi I lol'd
  7. Where does man end and reality begin?
  8. @Rilles It's a great book by John Horgan that I got a while back and finally got around to reading Figured it was very fitting with Leo's critique of materialism.
  9. When we think of science, typically we think that theories are verified or unverified by a rigorous process. Unlike literature or philosophy for example, where different interpretations can be argued about forever. Is science purely no-nonsense and rigorous? Or are there theories that can be argued about forever? What are the limits of science? Does science have a lifespan, and if so, when will it end? There's also a few jabs at Richard Dawkins in this one
  10. "Some pretend our consciousness is just an illusion, but that doesn't explain it because illusion is a mode of consciousness."
  11. I've been reading a few books on marketing to help with my YouTube channel and set up a website as well. Currently I do freelance video editing but would like to create products like courses in the future, but I don't feel I have the audience or brand to do that most effectively yet. I've noticed the power marketing has even within spiritual/high consciousness businesses. I've read dotcom secrets, this is marketing, hidden persuasion (though, that's more advertising thank marketing techniques) and I'm currently on Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday. Most of the books about this subject I find to be kind of basic, so I was wondering if there were any really good resources for marketing out there for content creators or small businesses.
  12. @Globalcollective Right on, will definitely do more tests to get that consistency.
  13. In Waking Up, Harris argues that it is difficult to see the relation between consciousness and matter. Thus, a more precise way of examining consciousness is with meditation. To this view, the practice can be taken up without the formalities of organized religion. Religion has its dogma and lack of scientific rigor in comparison to the scientific worldview of today. What do you make of taking up spiritual practices from a rational point of view?
  14. @Leo Gura Right on, I'll check it out. And thank you, I made most of the scenes in Blender 3D
  15. @Sid X I would say take your favorite books, make notes, get a decent camera/audio/lighting gear, and then make some videos examining the topics you find to be of use. What are some insights you've found on your personal development journey that reduce suffering, and would be of use for others to know?