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  1. This is key. We also start to see how a lack of equanimity at these subtle, microscopic sensations leads to grosser, macroscopic suffering. When we purify the depths, the surface starts to shine.
  2. Ive taken the vaccine. Never has meditation been as deep, or my life as aligned. This is months after having taken the vaccine. This.
  3. Typically vipassana is practiced by mindfully scanning one’s perceptive field while focusing one one of the three marks of existence, impermanence, not-self, dissatisfaction. You can do this while limiting concentration to the body sensations, or other sensations like sights or sounds, or you can do all three. Id highly recommend Shinzen Young’s See Hear Feel article. He breaks down the basics in a much more powerful way than how it’s traditionally taught. Shinzen’s emphasis on the expansive and contractive elements of our moment by moment experiences is extremely powerful and much clearer than how traditional vipassana practice is framed.
  4. Posted this on my IG story earlier, quite relevant: Pain is not equivalent to suffering. Suffering can be present during emotional feelings of happiness and pleasure. Suffering is when the mind is pushing or pulling at perceptive experience, whether internal mental perceptions, or external physical perceptions. When the mind rejects whatever is present, that is suffering. When the mind is craving for an absent experience, that is suffering. When the mind is craving for more of a present experience, that is suffering. When the mind is holding onto a present experience, that is suffering. There are many examples and ways of framing this phenomena of suffering, but fundamentally it is about the mind being discontent with what is. The degree, subtly, and significance of this discontent is generally only appreciated once we take on the effort of investigating our personal suffering. There are absurdly deep dynamics at work fostering the mind’s discontent with experience. To prove this, we can set a timer for 60 minutes and sit in silence, stillness, and without stimulation. We can watch as the mind struggles for peace, sometimes to the point of panic. However, when the mind strategically and systematically practices being with what is without interference, in other words practices letting go, acceptance, being, this is the beginning of the cessation of suffering. This is the opening into true happiness.
  5. From what I understand, this seems unlikely. The relativity required for true embodiment of stage yellow would require transcending nihilism. Absolute relativity = nihilism; to push through yellow you’re going to have to embrace the relativistic nature of systems and reality. Coral would be way beyond relativity at this point.
  6. I remember when I had this ideology… then I started being conscious of God while sober. 🤷‍♂️ As long as you cling to states, as long as you setup the duality between ‘this’ is better than ‘that’ you will be in bondage. The ego hates the possibility that all states, all forms of delusion and suffering could somehow be just as perfect an expression of God as the most radical psychedelic trip. There’s nothing to cling to and no goal to achieve. Let that actually sink in. In terms of the sober state being trash, yeah that’s also just a load of bullshit you’re believing based on unconscious biases. If you do the work with rigorous meditation and have a really solid conceptual framework, your sober state of consciousness can DRAMATICALLY increase, but even this increase is not it. But if you believe the sober state is trash, then it will be trash, as is the tricky nature of self deception and ideology.
  7. 🙏🏼❤️ Nothing but gratitude for this man and his contributions to humanity.
  8. This is only partially true. What is the line between belief and experience? In my own direct experience, the more sensitive Ive become towards direct experience (ie as Ive cultivated more and more mindfulness both in meditation and living life), the more I can passively and actively harmonize with the energy of the surrounding space, as well as manipulate the energy of the surrounding space. All this to say, the belief that this idea of absorbing trauma/energy is a belief should be looked at and acknowledged with relativity. Partially true, partially false. Which is more empowering? Well it depends on the ego/mind/self activity. By recognizing this as a possibility of consciousness, this may help someone who’s particularly empathic learn energetic grounding principles. From within this space of energetic grounding, letting go of this belief in absorbing other’s emotions may then radically open up, or not. Sometimes you can’t out believe reality; an apple is going to fall from a tree no matter what you believe about gravity.
  9. I was talking about your picture. 😂
  10. @The0Self Good lawd
  11. Psychedelics would help a lot. Rigorously questioning the mainstream’s metaphysical positions would help too. Scientific materialism is based on a whole host of unconscious beliefs about how we ‘should’ interpret scientific date, as well as how one ‘knows.’ Questioning your own epistemological process is critical as well. Apply the skepticism in on itself, apply it on the sense that you’re even in a position to objectively critique anything about mysticism. How do you actually know anything? Are there things outside of the rational mind’s ability to know? For example, you do not need to explain the taste of an apple through rational argumentation, you fucking bite that shit and taste it. Expecting someone to prove to you what the the taste of an apple ‘is’ through logic would be absurd. So even with this utterly basic example, we can logically see there are certain facets to existence that can be proven without the use of the logical mind. It may be the case that awakening is another such direct knowing, so direct that it’s prior to interpretation, logic, and reason, not entirely un-similar to the taste of an apple. As an aside, Awakening experiences are directly proportional to mind inactivity. Beliefs actually get in the way of experiencing reality directly, but this is only seen after one starts to reliably have access to Awakening experiences and has the meditative training to understand when the mind is less or more active. On the topic of meditation, 20 minutes per day is nothing for deconstructing and getting to the bottom of reality and what’s existentially True. You’d need 1+ hour per day for multiple years, learning from many masters and traditions, going on at least 1 silent retreat per year before meditation starts to yield significant results. If you want an Awakening from meditation, silent retreats and a rigorous daily practice are the fastest way.
  12. Do you see how death is this very moment?
  13. I would recommend reading the book "The Mind Illuminated" which provides a long term road map of meditation progress across 10 progressively deeper stages of practice. As you progress across the stages, your experiences while meditating will become progressively more mystical and intrinsically rewarding. Once you're established at around stage 7 - 8, you can also start learning how to access jhana states, which are even more mystical. However it's worth mentioning this as well - as you start to reliably gain access to these mystical states with practice, their value starts to diminish. While on the one hand, it's utterly profound that the deepest states of emotional happiness and pleasure exist entirely from within, we do start to realize that this mundane, boring, fatigued, sober state as it is in this moment is just as mystical as the most profound mystical states you can achieve through meditation or even psychedelics. A mark of maturity on the path is recognizing an equilibrium across all states. This recognition of the 'divinity' of all states, all perceptions, all forms of suffering, bliss, dissatisfaction, and satisfaction, as they are, exactly as they appear, as an expression of the Absolute is where meditation practice leads in the long run. From this context, meditation is not about getting something or doing anything at all, it is merely about being exactly where you are. There is nothing to do and no where to go. Letting these profound mystical states carry you home, carry you nowhere at all is the path. I may also recommend practicing "do nothing" meditation in tandem with the techniques outlined in T.M.I., is it will help balance out some of the inevitable over-efforting goal based practice produces. When it comes to daily practice, I would establish a daily minimum, something so stupid easy you can't not do it. For me, it's 10 minutes per day. I know even when I feel my worst, I can sit down and do 10 minutes. When I first began practice, I would have made it something like 1 minute per day as my daily minimum. Daily consistency is the most important variable of practice when you're first starting out. Ideally, you want to work up to an hour per day. As far as motivation, this is why I recommend "The Mind Illuminated" as it gives you something extremely tangible to work towards while also facilitating absurdly deep states of consciousness. The skills you develop using that system will serve invaluable in pretty much all domains of life and every step along your own spiritual path. But more than that, meditation is an entry way into God, into what you really are. The amount of empowerment, fulfillment, wisdom, compassion you start to experience when being able to sit in your own being is ineffable. The skills you develop from meditation are THE keys to living a good life... Yes it's a fucking grind for the first few years. Hell maybe the first 10. But if you're serious about the work, it becomes magic, all of life becomes magic as the distinction between practice and every day life fall away. In my opinion, trust that feeling in your gut that's pulling you to turn within. The fact that we live in an age of such distraction and over-stimulation yet you feel a calling to turn your attention inward is beyond significant. It's only until you advance a long will you realize just how significant it really is. Hope this helps.
  14. @r0ckyreed I agree with everything you wrote in the highest sense dude. All Im advocating for is that externally imposed retreat settings can serve a utility for the un-liberated mind, learning from external influences can serve a utility for the un-liberated mind. You’re going to seriously claim you were born enlightened, did zero studying or learning from other masters Ramana Maharshi style? Why devolve this into a non-dual word game? Making the (accurate) claim that we are our own best authority and therefore all forms of external retreat are less powerful than doing the work solely from ourselves is fine, but unhelpful for those beginning the work. And again I will point out, you criticizing externally restricting retreats is bullshit, again all is one. Those retreats you’re shitting on are you literally shitting on yourself. Picking and choosing when non-dual logic applies and doesn’t is just mental masturbation.
  15. Psilocybin mushrooms are a very powerful medicine. Finding the right meditation technique and meditating enough is also helpful. Very likely 5-30 mins per day isn’t enough for serious healing. For meditation to facilitate serious healing, it’s best to practice in a retreat setting. Id recommend techniques based on shamatha/jhana.
  16. Foolishness 101, self deception 101. Other masters are you teaching yourself. Edit: moreover, if you don’t have the humility or accompanying understanding of how other masters further along the path would have helpful insight you’re lost. If you don‘t see how entering into an environment that externally imposes challenges on to you could be helpful, you’re completely deluded. School, sports, any sort of physical domain of mastery requiring training…. No reason meditation is any different. If you grew up with free education, you’re benefiting from these very systems.
  17. Wanted to share this gem I found a while back. If you're seriously interested in pursuing truth and understand the wisdom of serious meditation practice, this is one of the most powerful resources you'll ever encounter. For the past couple of months I've been listening to tons of videos from this channel and it's radically deepened my meditation practice, as well as my level of understanding of Truth. The channel was started by a Buddhist nun who has a formal education in comparative religion. She reads spiritual texts from many different masters from many different forms and lineages of spirituality. Advaita Vedanta, Theravada Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Christian Mysticism, Jainism, Tibetan Buddhism, Dzogchen... There's even one Neo Advaita series thrown in Moreover, the way she reads these texts is in a meditative tone often times using music in the background to create a synthesis between heart and mind. Extremely powerful material from true masters. I believe her ability to create these types of offerings is only possible because Samaneri herself is an advanced practitioner on the path. I've found the best way to consume this content is as a form of meditation practice. Here is one of my favorites she posted recently: I'd originally found her channel looking for videos on the 10 ox herding pictures which she did a series on which I'd also highly recommend.
  18. @r0ckyreed How many hours have you practiced on at home retreats? How many years have you practiced meditation?
  19. There's no such thing as strong will or 'self' discipline, there's no one to have discipline. The distinction you're creating around retreat and discipline is imaginary; a retreat imposing discipline is just as much you imposing discipline on yourself as you imposing discipline on yourself during an at home retreat, or with no retreat at all. You are literally the entirety of the experience of going on retreat, there is 0 separation. Moreover, there's an advantage to going on a retreat, immersing one's self under the guidance of a master and feeling the collective intention with the fellow retreat goers. You're also much more likely to push harder while being swept in the momentum of the collective psychology of a retreat. Wisdom.
  20. Wow this is such a beautiful articulation. 🙏