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  1. I feel like a fair few people consider science to be more "real" than what gets referred to as "paranormal" because sometimes science can seemingly be reliably used to predict outcomes. e.g. believing a vaccination can prevent polio works, whereas believing an exorcism can prevent it doesn't work.

    To use an analogy, in a videogame, some items might make Mario stronger, whereas some items might be redundant or harm Mario. When Mario gets an item that predictably helps him, he thinks "hooray, I got a real item". However what Mario doesn't realise is it's all made of the same code.

    Or something.

  2. People in general are amazingly good at convincing themselves of all kinds of things.

    I like to think Leo sets out to share insights passionately rather than trying to convince people of things.

    I guess it's possible that despite his best intentions, some people will still convince themselves of things. Me included, I'm sure.

    Fortunately, the videos are peppered with caveats and warnings not to become convinced but to try things for ourselves.

    By including such warnings, Leo is communicating responsibly.

  3. The folders go on the shelf because that's their home. That's where we like them to be. We take one, we use it, we put it back.

    At the weekend, we look around the room. We ask, is it tidy? Is it clean? Just like we clean ourselves in the shower, we must remember to clean the shower too!

    When we get home, we ask, have I bought anything? Do I need to put it somewhere?

    When we have time off work, do we have a "spring clean?" Do we sort through old drawers and boxes and clothes?

    At work, is our desk tidy? Do we know what's in our pockets? Do we know the contents of our wardrobe? Our glovebox? Our bank account? Our mind? Are our thoughts in order? Are our relationships in order?

    Where could we start? What's realistic? What's the smallest change that we could be grateful for?


    Ultimately I don't know enough enlightened heroin addicts to give a reliable answer but thought I'd play with the question a bit.

    If the addict declined the heroin, would it prove that they weren't addicted in the first place? Similarly, if the enlightened person took it, would it prove that they weren't enlightened in the first place? Maybe it depends on our definitions.

    If we define addiction as "inability to avoid something" and enlightenment as "awakened but might still have some addictions", then maybe we get one answer.

    If we define addiction as "tendency not to avoid something but might still be able to avoid it if lucky/determined etc." and enlightenment as "grasps the true self to the extent that extreme desire and physical needs are largely mastered" then maybe we get another answer.

    A key part seems to be "in the room" as I assume most people who successfully cease heroin consumption aren't locked in a room with it.

    I thought it was a nice question by the way. I hope the mods don't get a hold of it and lock it because it's not directly relevant to the average person's immediate personal development. Half the fun of learning is getting to ponder the unusual and quirky things that most people don't normally consider or pay attention to. This is partly why I like Actualized.org.


  5. "I'm sorry Winterknight, my experience doesn't seem to match with what you're saying. As creator of this forum and its related content, I must direct its purpose and the truth from which that purpose derives, as I see it. I hope you understand. I'd really love it if you could remain here and continue to help others as you have been doing such a great job of so far.

    I'm sure there are many benefits to psychotherapy and indeed violin lessons. I do have a strong focus on psychedelics and who knows, maybe I will become delusional and psychotic. Such is sometimes the fate of the pioneer. Nobody knows the long-term effects of 5Meo. But I do feel as though being that pioneer is my path and so it too becomes a focus here on this forum.

    There will be other forums where psychotherapy is discussed. We could even set up a thread if you like as I like to include all the aspects of personal and spiritual development that I can. In fact I'd really like it if you could be a part of that. If you would like to. I know that I personally could learn a thing or two from you. I saw a couple of the videos that you made on YouTube and thought they were great. I would be glad to have further discussions with you about my experience with psychedelics too, if it's something that you're interested in."

  6. I think some of his frameworks would be useful for developing a helpful ability to shift perspective in different situations.

    From his tone and facial expressions, I read that he's quite angry inside and that to some extent, that anger is fuelling his productivity in a way that he's not fully aware of.

    This is just my personal impression.

  7. After returning from a 30 day solo retreat in March, Leo announced: 

    • that he was "so much more conscious" than before;
    • that it felt like a year had gone by, rather than a month;
    • that there had been 13 back-to-back awakenings, each deeper than the last;
    • that he had experienced "life-transforming stuff";
    • that remembering it all was difficult because it felt like he was going back to another lifetime;
    • that it had been the most productive month of his entire life, so far as his growth was concerned;
    • that he'd had "truckloads" of insights, too many to fit into a two hour video; and
    • that he was different than in his old unconscious life.

    Oh yeah, and he also changed his shirt.

    In 2018, Leo switched to the black shirt from a black T-shirt after a previous retreat.

  8. 18 hours ago, Thetruthseeker said:

    should I stick this out, because it will grow me the most?

    How do you like to make decisions?

    E.g. cointoss, talking to people, making a pros and cons list, mulling it over?

    The reason I ask is that we have limited background information to go on here.

    Can we really trust the advice of well-meaning forum users who've only read a few lines about us?