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  1. Definitely not at all the same. Psychoanalysis & psychodynamic therapy are similar -- psychoanalysis is more intense; psychodynamic therapy is less intense. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is totally different. It focuses on trying to "fix" you -- and it assumes that you know what needs fixing. The therapist is very active, gives you homework assignments, ask lots of questions. Psychoanalysis focuses on trying to help you achieve self-understanding, and in the process you start moving in various areas of your life. It focuses up on opening up the unconscious.
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  3. My advice for you is a) go into psychoanalysis (something I recommend to all serious spiritual seekers) and b) start looking with curiosity at your negative emotions. What makes you think they are there to be mastered? Perhaps they are trying to give you a message. Perhaps you might try to listen. How? Maybe start writing or drawing or composing songs or other art about them... what is it like to feel these emotions? Try to capture what it’s like to feel these emotions as accurately and originally as you can...
  4. They can be useful to open your eyes and provide some insight and motivation, but I don’t believe they can replace the rest of the spiritual path. You must still deal with your intellectual doubts and your psychological obstacles. And you must still look inward, whether in the depth of a psychedelic experience or not, to clear away the ignorance.
  5. I'm a huge proponent of psychoanalysis (here's how to find one) for everyone who is curious about themselves, spiritually seeking, or wrestling with deep emotional problems. It is the gold standard for therapy that helps you understand who you are at a deep level. It's hard to find videos which discuss what it's about, and give you a sense of what good practitioners are like. This is excellent:
  6. They recommend presence in the body (though that's not my recommended technique) because it's a way of quieting the mind and getting away from verbal thought. Though experience is an illusion, it's not enough to simply think that. It has to be realized in your experience. That's what all the practices are for. Neither. You should engage in constant self-inquiry.
  7. Keep gathering info and also start practice. You do need to keep reading and thinking until you have more of an understanding of what's going on. Here is my set of recommendations, which basically revolve around a contemporary version of a Hindu school of thought called advaita vedanta. I'd follow that set of links. In particular, to manage general fear and insecurities, I'd recommend psychoanalysis (a specific kind of therapy). If you want a practice to start immediately, start with self-inquiry. It also has the virtue of being the practice you can end with...
  8. Well, the Self cannot be objectified, but the "I" can be. That's the funny thing. But what it means for the "I" to be grasped as an object (because: by whom? what? how?) is of course precisely what can't be talked about. To answer your question, either way works, and I'd sort of try the second at times when you get tired of the first. But the second entails the first. After all, who is faced with this choice between two options? Who is trying to "rest in the remembrance"? So basically one way (concentration on self-inquiry) or another (concentration on surrender) one tries to quiet the mind, detaching it from other phenomena, and focusing it on one of these thoughts. Then look within and ask: "what exactly is it that I'm doing, and who is doing it?" Well, to be clear, you don't need the words "to whom is this thought" -- you need a redirection of attention towards the I. It can be totally silent and almost effortless. But what a redirection of attention towards the I means is and is not obvious. You try your best to redirect it towards the I, notice that sometimes what you've thought is the I is something else, and keep trying to redirect. At a certain point -- if it is hasn't happened already -- you should have a breakthrough, but then it's very likely you'll fall away from that breakthrough. So then you redirect attention again and try it, and this time it should be a little easier. Rinse and repeat. And I definitely went between this and surrender.
  9. No self is not a thing such that there can be "distance" between it and ego, whether that distance be large or small. Follow the path -- do the reading and thinking and engage in relentless self-inquiry.
  10. If you are not the doer of actions, you are not the enjoyer or sufferer of karma either.
  11. You can't. Follow the path to find out who it is that's asking this question. That will take effort. The end of that process -- which may take a long time -- will be the end of the illusion of effort.
  12. I don't know what you mean by "not the character knowing itself as imagination." Yes, ego is the sense of being a separate entity.
  13. I know it in a way that can't be understood until you know it too. I say it because it's useful advice to seekers who are easily confused about enlightenment experiences.
  14. Yes. If there is even the smallest doubt left, it isn't the real thing.
  15. What is your doubt? Can you put it in your own words?