Consilience

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  1. @K VIL2 @FlyingLotus This is one of my favorite stories. It was definitely in one of Leo’s videos but I too don't remember which one. However, it’s also in Peter Ralston’s “Book of Not Knowing,” which is where I learned about it first. - In ancient China a terrible and ferocious warlord was ransacking the country side. Coming upon a Zen monastery his army began killing and pillaging. When the warlord entered the inner courtyard he found the abbot of the monastery sitting in a chair. The abbot said firmly, “Get out of my monastery.” The powerful warlord walked up to the abbot, sword in hand and said, “You don’t understand. I could kill you without blinking an eye.” The abbot replied, “No, you don’t understand. I could die without blinking an eye.” After this, the warlord became a devotee of the abbot. ... Fucking savage 😂🙏
  2. Shinzen Young teaches that after a certain threshold in one’s practice, there tends to be an exponential take off. It seems like you’ve hit this threshold.
  3. A shitload of meditation, contemplation, using psychedelics, learning from numerous teachers from numerous traditions, having tier 2 SD thinking from rigorously studying Actualized.org content and creating this hyper meta model of reality backed by serious direct experience via spiritual practice. Eventually the model was so vast, so interconnected, and the meditation started becoming absurdly deep that the whole thing just imploded. Many existential crises, many bouts of depression and ecstatic bliss, happiness and appreciation, states of cosmic love and terror at the fear of absolute vulnerability and death, all from formal meditation as well as psychedelic exploration. I think my biggest stroke of luck has been my ability to balance the two seemingly competing positions that there's nothing to do, no practices to practice, and absolutely nowhere to go with the spiritual path, the cultivation of consciousness through rigorous practice, the exploration of altered states and the faith that there is a "higher" more authentic, more powerful, higher consciousness baseline to operate from. These two positions have merged into a paradoxical unity I still have no way to explain, but that push me further into God, into the self, into absolute emptiness and love. What's true is always true across all states, yet when one actively cultivates attentional skills (i.e. mindfulness i.e. concentration + sensory clarity + equanimity i.e. non dual awareness) that which was always the case becomes exponentially more obvious and the ways in which it informs the activity of self'ing, how one lives life, are just as infinite. So the mind continues to become increasingly purified, letting in the truth of what is true at ever deepening levels all while holding the meta understanding of the primordial perfection of all moments of life, of all steps (or lack thereof) along this pathless path.
  4. How long are you practicing and how many minutes are you practicing per day? I assume by practice it’s some form of meditation.
  5. How many gorilla’s stare at a piece of grass? Yes spiritual practice does not. Literally.
  6. The biggest thing that’s changed in my experience is that there is a seeking without seeking taking place. A recognition that where I am is perfect, is the absolute, yet an understanding that how this perfection shapes the rest of my life is an ever unfolding, ever deepening journey. Going meta on what already is has infinite degrees, yet all degrees are known to be held in perfect equilibrium. The paradox of the path. Seeking without seeking. 🤷‍♂️
  7. First, super interesting report. Thank you for sharing. I would say yes. Meditation ultimately starts "changing" the way sensations appear across different phenomenological "dimensions." This would be due to a mind that's cultivated powerful levels of mindfulness (concentration + sensory clarity + equanimity) which is a trainable, achievable skill revealing an underlying equilibrium across all perceptions and states of consciousness. A follow up question would be, if this never ended would that be an issue?
  8. Since enlightenment is already the case, meditation, by definition, cannot bring enlightenment. Yet if you don't attempt to raise your consciousness and traverse 'the path' you're stuck in delusion. Meditation can become a survival strategy, a new identity structure, just look at the modern secular mindfulness movement and community. Yet on the other hand, meditation trains the attention's capacity to see clearly into the nature of reality, to see that which was always the case at ever deepening levels. It is literally THE primordial paradox, the paradox that there are infinite degrees of awakening, all revealing that which must always be so.
  9. Biggest piece of advice I could give is immediately schedule your next retreat after completing the first. Doesn't have to be with the same organization, teacher, or even lineage. Maybe do a Zen Sesshin next, for example. Just a silent meditation retreat of some kind. I'd highly recommend doing at least 1 retreat per year. If you're 22 now and did this until 32, your entire life would be radically transformed by 32. And you'd still have an entire lifetime to live.
  10. By recognizing you’re already aligned with the will of God. There is no individual will to align with God’s - that would imply you’re somehow going against the intelligence of the Universe. You are not. The idea that you could exert a will in contrast with the will of the whole is a position steeped in illusion, fantasy, and projection. What we can do, however, is recognize that this ‘Will of God’ is already and has always and will always be what is happening at deeper and deeper levels. All of these stories about personal will are not needed to behave, move, speak, and act in the world. Letting go does not mean surrender the ego’s will, or somehow killing the ego until “there’s nothing left.” There’s already nothing there. Letting go means recognizing the underlying reality that you can’t do anything, there was never a choice in the matter. All blame, guilt, shame, frustration, envy, jealousy, pride, arrogance, etc is based on this false premise of “personal will.” So letting go simply means recognizing there is nothing to change because the will of God is already manifesting perfectly, completely, and wholly. Even in the grips of delusion and sense of objectified consciousness, even that is God’s will. Practically, walking meditation while placing attention on the fact that you aren’t doing the moving is a powerful way to begin seeing this clearly. Or speaking while recognizing the words are flowing without your having to think of the words beforehand, they simply flow, you don’t control anything. The sharper our attention can pierce into the subtly of experience, the more deeply we see all desire and intention to act is driven out of a spontaneous emergence of perceptive experience, leaving 0 room to exert control or manipulation. Yet when entranced by the illusion of control or manipulation, or even the idea that you could stop controlling or manipulating, all you do is control and manipulate.