winterknight

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  1. True , and that’s the paradox of the seeker, who has to maintain in mind simultaneously the contradiction of their seeking and their already being what they seek...
  2. Do self-inquiry while you are working. Or set aside a certain amount of time during the day for sitting practice doing self-inquiry at first if you cannot do that. Do your work with the thought that you are doing it out of duty, and that you are not entitled to the results, that you are indifferent no matter what happens -- this is known as karma yoga. All of these are perfectly compatible with your work.
  3. Well, all desires are nothing but being, we could say if we wanted Yup. Although chitta vritti nirodha (the stopping of disturbing thoughts) is ultimately something that only the Truth can do -- or rather that the Truth already is. In the presence of Truth, the vrittis aren't, even when from the outsider's perspective they "appear to be," in the same way that candelight ceases to be seen when the candle is placed next to the Sun.
  4. In some very deep sense, that may be true, but for a seeker, the kinds of desire that are problematic are the ones that agitate the mind, which are only certain ones. Hunger is not a problem, but gluttony may be. Desires that are based on unexamined, unconscious cravings that are the big problem issue. A seeker doesn't have the option of avoiding all desire. Even the attempt to avoid all desire then becomes a desire.
  5. Not all desires do -- only ones based on greed, lust, and anger. An audio clip on the point.
  6. Well, it's just not true that enlightenment work means you can't do the other things you mention. Do them while engaging in self-inquiry, reading the scriptures, and becoming more aware of your emotions and desires. Perform all actions in a spirit of sacrifice, without worrying about their results one way or the other. Give up those results to God or the universe.
  7. Hrm... no institute in Orlando per se, but what I would do is call the Florida Psychoanalytic Center and ask them if there's an analyst near you who might be willing to do a reduced-fee arrangement. There might be someone who is willing to work with you to a large extent.
  8. If there is an institute nearby you can find it much cheaper through treatment with a candidate... what city are you in, if I may ask?
  9. It sounds there are other desires which you need to be honest about and pursue first. There may be parts of your life you're neglecting, or feelings or emotions you're not admitting to yourself. This is what psychoanalytic psychotherapy and/or what I call the 'science of desire' are good for -- for becoming more honest about what you want, and not what you think you should want (not even spirituality).
  10. Well that's because you're trying to understand it intellectually. Do self-inquiry relentlessly... look into the "I" who is trying to understand. There is another way of knowing that is not intellectual understanding.
  11. If there's speculation there's a thinker. Thoughts imply a thinker. But the very idea that there is speculation may be erroneous. From the spiritual standpoint, both these positions are wrong. All positions are wrong. There is a silence within which questions like these are seen to be, in a sense, meaningless.
  12. My belief is that psychedelics can be a useful and cool way to open up, experience some mystical states, and perhaps integrate psychologically -- but that they are not a substitute for the rest of the spiritual path. Yes, an allegory is a thought. So it definitely implies a thinker. Not that it isn't fun to speculate.