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  1. We can make a distinction between being God, which is what we are anyway, and realising that we're God, which is partly what Actualized.org is about. In order to realise that we're God, we must first realise that what we think we are is not God. Most of the time people don't think that they're God so this is fairly straightforward, but it helps to reiterate it here because there are all kinds of people wandering around telling each other that they are God, which can confuse the mind, which is good but people can also latch on to it as a belief, which is not realisation. Actually one thing I hadn't thought of, which is so obvious that I missed it, is that the average person's mind would also have to drop the existing belief that it's not God Huh... interesting.
  2. In order to teach you that you're God, the spiritual traditions must first help us to drop our existing personal identity. And if I, as a person, am so fucked up that I believe I am God, then a spiritual teacher would be there to help me drop that identity. With an identity like that, I might not make it through the door and if I did they'd have their work cut out, but who knows, I might get lucky.
  3. I'd recommend watching The Behavior Panel's YouTube analysis of when Graves, Grusch and Fravor testified. In summary, they interpreted Graves and Fravor to be displaying what appeared to be higher authenticity than Grusch. In any case, listening to the panel's analysis reveals the variety of ways in which people convey information verbally and nonverbally.
  4. I think sometimes people imagine infinity/absolute as like a number line that carries on going forever. Whereas in infinite/absolute terms there is no 'carry on going' because 'carry on going' occurs within dimensions like 'time' and 'length' Drop all distinctions and it will make much more sense. It's in-finite. It's not finite in any way.
  5. Thank you for the apology Leo. I accept it. I am thankful for your teachings. You are unique and you are loved. I'm sorry to hear that you have been suffering. I hope it passes soon.
  6. mr_engineer I would agree that it might be harder to quantify a man's soft skills, values and virtues, than to ask him how much he earns. Are you saying that because women earn salaries now too, they will search for men who earn significantly more than they do? Are there enough very successful men for all these average women?
  7. I suppose if a person: - has a need and an appetite to learn how to have more helpful thoughts; and - believes that this is, or may be, a key issue for them; and - will work on themselves (CBT takes work both in and out of sessions); and - there isn't deeper trauma or other difficulties e.g. relational or personality difficulties that would make acting on the helpful thoughts difficult then yeah maybe CBT could help with resilience in cognitive tasks and also with success by helping someone to think open-mindedly about challenges and opportunities. Personally I'm less keen on CBT as I find it a bit shallow and would likely rebel against being told how I should think. I prefer psychodynamic or person-centred therapy but that's just me.
  8. What we, when identifying as people, normally experience as our existence could be thought to take the form of distinctions and unifications. In other words, separations and connections. It might seem that out of this contrast, every thing arises, or of this type of contrast every thing consists. When we ask a question, it's because we've realised separation and are seeking a connection. When we receive an answer it's because we've realised connection and in time we will seek separation again in the form of another question. I wonder if the fact that you're asking a question about the essence of questions, and how it's related to you, makes it seem fundamental.
  9. First off, yes. Nothing is just anything And also, if you like, no, nothing is not "just" anything. The word "just" is a manipulative tactic used by the ego/relative mind (similar to the word "but") in order to suggest that ourselves and others should place less value on one concept, in this case consciousness/nothingness relative to another, such as the quantum field. It's understandable that we might use this tactic here. After all, if we were to suppose, or realise, that the words nothingness, consciousness and quantum field were all being used interchangeably for the same relative purpose, we might indeed agree that they are synonymous, at least in practical usage. However I don't often hear people say "While meditating, I experienced a state of the quantum field". I imagine that's because quantum field, which is a theory, is used more intellectually as a concept. A framework. Whereas, the word "consciousness" is more often used to describe our experience, or even, we might say, the essence/basis of experience. Hmm... my words won't do consciousness/nothingness justice here
  10. A social group is a bit like a rowing boat, in that in order for it to go anywhere, people have to put in the effort of rowing i.e. speaking. This statement is not absolutely true but it may help. It's natural for groups to contain some disagreement over the direction in which to take a conversation, or even the kind of conversation that's worth talking about. What kind of conversation would you find interesting and could you find a group that discusses it?
  11. I get the feeling Jordan Peterson hasn't made much room in his life for promiscuity. He married his school sweetheart, started a family and became a workaholic to the extent that in the years when his testosterone was higher, he prioritised writing papers at his desk rather than... what would you say... seeking out new ink pots into which to dip his pen. Since becoming a global celebrity, it seems inevitable that he's received sexual invitations and I imagine his flirting skills could be high. That's about as far as my imagination goes though.
  12. A teacher is arranging a game of baseball for a school class. A democrat says "we should give each student the opportunity to choose which side they want to play for". A conservative says "the teacher traditionally has the authority to decide the teams, and should do so again this time". Then someone without an ideology comes along. They observe what's being proposed, they consider how the game might turn out if either of the existing proposals were implemented and, if they're feeling bold, they might make a suggestion about the method of team-allocation not being overly important so long as adjustments can be made in order to ensure that the two sides are roughly evenly matched, as this will likely create optimal conditions for a decent practice.
  13. What I personally like about Spiral Dynamics is how it reminds me that the views of those with whom I disagree might be in part seen as a consequence of the development of the groups to which they belong. And me too. It has sometimes helped me relate to others.
  14. Love is only authentic only when it gives freedom Osho
  15. I tick most of the privilege boxes. White male, no disabilities, educated, tall, middle class background etc. etc. As far as I can work out, being born prematurely as well as having several minor but impactful incidents like bouncing off my parents bed when I was 2 and needing stitches, someone throwing a rock through our family's car windscreen (didn't hit anyone) and perhaps having a socially anxious mother, also bit of an insecure (but successful) father, boomer parents who don't know much about "the self" the way communities like this do, resulted in me turning up to school feeling nervous and not wanting to explore the environment and socialise. My personality test results show that I'm very introverted and not very conscientious. I'm 37 years old now and I live a fairly hermit-like life outside of my administrative job. I'm intelligent and did well at school and I did have friends but work always felt way more difficult and I never progressed beyond a low-level job, despite trying different projects and teams and even a different organisation. I also had psychodynamic therapy for two years and saw a life coach, so I know how to set reasonable goals and work towards them but I still feel overwhelmed by the thought of spending more time around people or trying to progress career-wise which seems to require bigger changes. I took a few low-level counselling courses and loved them but the thought of committing to a proper diploma, which I've tried twice now, created so much stress in me, for weeks, that I simply had to let the idea go, for fear of the stress affecting my health. I think this mostly relates to actually meeting clients as a trainee for real. I'm not really interested in any other subjects though. At this rate I'm worried I'll become one of those millennials who are expected to be homeless when they're too old to work, because rents will keep rising faster than pensions. I couldn't afford, or handle the commitment of buying a house and my low income will mean that I have a small pension. Any thoughts from the community would be welcome and I'd be happy to elaborate on any of the above.
  16. @Average Investor thank you
  17. When were we ever not getting real here? We all know, or at least suppose, that Leo made millions of dollars by talking to, what appears to be himself, usually very arrogantly, about how dumb 99% of other people on the planet are, about every facet of their lives, and then resorting to dangerous substances because he wants some kind of cookie. It wouldn't surprise me if he had elements of insecurity in his attachment style (many of us do). We also know, or at least suppose, that he does meditate. He does read. He has had genuine enlightenment experiences, his content is some of the deepest, most open-minded, yet also digestible material available on YouTube. He is an accomplished psychonaut, presenting educational information about substances for your benefit, at great risk to himself. He regularly and carefully makes all kinds of checks and disclaimers to do his best to make sure, as far as possible, that nobody is dumb enough to follow him blindly down the rabbit hole. He has an amazing book list, he introduces people at a good pace to other thinkers and concepts they might not have encountered otherwise because many of us are lazy degenerates. Even this forum, where we so often complain about Leo, is such an important place for so many people to interact and share problems. There are some real saints on here and Leo's responses, while painfully blunt, are also sometimes helpful. And Leo is very dedicated, the forum requires a lot of cultivation. Most of the benefits of Leo's work are completely free to the public. And he has a vast library of videos that he's been making for years. Let me know if I've missed anything.
  18. Leo would never say that he doesn't want kids without also giving a reason. Therefore, while it might also be true, you arrived at the conclusion yourself that he doesn't want them. What made you do so?
  19. Imagine that: you suddenly discover that the entire universe is actually, fundamentally, profoundly horrid and terrifying it/you can't be fixed because essentially nothing's broken. You just realise the awfulness of existence and other people don't those around you can't see what you see. In fact, they think there's something wrong with you This causes your entire sense of self to weaken significantly, meaning you feel vulnerable and threatened, even by your closest family, friends and medical staff
  20. Hello I couldn't see any existing references to Dr. K on the forum and wondered if it might be beneficial to bring this individual to members' attention as he tends to teach coaching and a range of meditation techniques. He produces content through his organisation Healthy Gamer, on Twitch and YouTube. Dr. Alok Kanojia as he's more formally known, was at one point playing too many videogames, so his father sent him to India where he spent seven years training to become a monk. However, he met a girl, fell in love and decided to come back to the US again. Upon returning, he completed his degree and went on to become a qualified psychiatrist at Harvard medical school. Rather than pursuing a traditional career, Alok founded Healthy Gamer. We might say that he wants to help his former self, the loser who played too many videogames. Dr. K combines experience from both his psychiatry and his spiritual training to provide coaching sessions to individuals, some of which are streamed publically and shared as videos. He recently mentioned both Neti Neti and Siddhis, which made me think about Actualized.org. I've not heard him mention Spiral Dynamics but he managed to hold a room containing both David Pakman and a passionate Trump supporter recently as a demonstration of the power of empathetic listening and understanding. Admittedly Pakman didn't speak much.
  21. @Preety_India Are there ideas which, if shared, might assist with, not necessarily awakening but spiritual growth, if the reader is ready to realise them?