Arman

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  1. Depends. Letting go is more of an undoing but as you are touching on, the mind has a tendency to turn it into a doingness. The mind also tries to complicate it as subtle resistance sets in and distorts the practice. Allowing something to go on is a natural quality of letting go and one way to access it. Letting go can also be done instantly by use of decision, or the Will. For example if you were in a situation where someone has upset you, then you can choose to allow the upset feelings to be there, or you could simply choose to let it go and have the whole thing dropped and forgiven in an instant. Instant relief and increase in energy. Not all feelings will disappear instantly, but on many subjects and situations in life, they will. This become more apparent the more you practice. On subjects where the emotion continues, then the feelings are let go of in layers and the stack of energy is allowed to dissolve moment to moment. The emotional charge may not always be something that you can immediately sever, but the resistance to the experience typically is. You can immediately drop any subject and the sensations of the emotional charge may continue to surge out the remaining energy. Choosing to let go of attachment/resistance then allows you to discover immediate freedom from the experience. Trying to let go of the manifestation (feelings, situations) is often less effective than letting go of the attachment or resistance to it. Once that is let go, the manifestation tends to also disappear or shift to something better.
  2. Nailed it, well said. The fear isn't new, it's not being 'created' To avoid reflexive victim mentality when processing the fear, it can be of use to remind yourself of the following: "I have carried this fear for a long time, even if I haven't always been aware of it's effects. Now is the opportunity to address it" Note on letting go of fear: All the techniques to release fear, such as the suggested questions above, are designed to bring up the fear and recontextualize it. Fear is released by not resisting it, which is done by dropping the story and being with it as it is. Your mind will attempt to weave stories, narrative and meaning. The fear is meaningless, and once the fear comes up, any attempt to think about it or understand it is your mind attemping to sedate the fear through mentalization. It is a defense mechanism. Let go of the thoughts and return awareness to the feeling. There's nothing to be understood, the work is to be with what if and allow the energy to process. The emotions coming up is a sign of progress, well done!
  3. That's awesome, thanks for sharing. I saw him doing some camera tests over the last few days and wondered what he was doing. Eben Pagan is hands down one of the greatest self-development teachers of our time. What a gift to have him back. Looks like he just delivered a new uncut product live in that video, so nice find. I'd download that if I were you, as I suspect he's going to cut it up and sell it at a several hundred dollar product.
  4. uhh have you ever paid attention to what twitch chat is actually like? It's like a monkey with a high speed internet connection. anytime you put large amounts of the public into a stream or chat group, unless they've been highly filtered, you typically end up with a moderate level of retardation. case in point: There's a good chance I would be in streams with Leo, almost certainly devolving the conversation with the stupid shit I would be saying.
  5. Reduced cortisol, easier to meditate and do spiritual work, reduced stress and general mood benefits. 600mg is a good daily dose.
  6. Haha, nice. You might be very impressed by the results.
  7. Here's another mushroom that is equally as epic as psilocybin but doesn't get the same accolades: Its called Reishi mushroom; it's legal and can be bought in powder form or capsules. It acts as a nootropic but also does much more. It is historically renowned and revered in ancient china as holding a divine spiritual potency. It is an adaptogen which means it acts to balance systems within the body rather than creating excesses energies. It has a very calming and soothing effect on the nervous system. Imo it is like natures valium, but without the negative associated costs. I've been taking it and have been really impressed by the results. Google some information about it, you will find it quite interesting.
  8. no, just very interested in certain spiritual practices
  9. You've pretty much got it. Habitual thought patterns emerge out of a feeling energy which first emerges as a subtle impulse, then an emotional impulse, which then finally produces thoughts. There are various 'tones' of feeling energy that produce different kind of thoughts. I.e the feeling of grief will always produce the same kind of thoughts - 'It's too late... I'm not good enough... if only... I miss her...' etc. The source of the thoughts may be perpetual and unceasing unless addressed directly. Trying to remove the source of the thought patterns by addressing the thoughts themselves is like trying to chop down a forest by snipping at the individual leaves with scissors. In fact, at best, you will assist the trees to propagate. Thoughts have only one true purpose which is to reinforce the sense of small-self at all costs. Small-self is built up of negative feeling patterns which have been deemed as necessary for survival by the mind. Because they are unconsciously categorized as necessary for survival, the ego will resist the release of these feelings at all costs, and its most effective tool in keeping you enslaved is to produce more thoughts on the subject (even just to keep you thinking about the _idea_ of improving, rather than actually doing and letting go/growth) The technique is to ignore the thoughts when they arise and place your awareness on the feeling energy within without wanting to resist it, change it, or do anything about it. This starts to release the underlying energy and creates a positive feeling of release. In time, once the reservoir of feeling energy is relinquished, the thoughts that it generates naturally disappear from awareness and you typically forget you even had them because they're no longer part of your identity. The beliefs, behaviours and circumstances which these thoughts produced also dissolve and are typically replaced by a more enjoyable ones. The process does not take much effort. Really only one step is necessary, which is to set your intention to let go of the energy/behaviour, while surrending to who and what you are, now. The process then does itself over time and you don't have to worry about it because you're choosing to feel whole, now.
  10. Nice, I love his books, too. 'I - Reality and Subjectivity' is one of wildest books I've ever read.
  11. <3 letting go <3 Doc Hawkins Cool that you linked that video - I've spoken to that guy (Josh Vos) personally and he spent many years attending Doc's lectures and even volunteered for veritas pub. Really cool dude. Have you read Power Vs. Force or any other of his works?
  12. And then are you going to read the books that the recommended books also recommend? And then the recommendations of the books that were recommended by other recommendations? And so on and so forth I think you should do that - you might end up reading every book ever written. Imagine how smart you'd be then?
  13. Try listening to the audiobook while also reading along on the ebook at the time same. Seriously, it's a game changer for how absorbing it is. Give it a try. The whispersync on kindle is awesome - you can tap on any sentence and it starts playing the audiobook from there, and highlights the words as it plays the audio. You can often get the audiobook on audible for way cheaper if you buy the ebook first. For example an audiobook I wanted was priced at like $35 dollars, but after buying the kindle ebook version first (which was only $3) I was then able to buy the audiobook for $15. Often you can buy the ebook for very cheap and then get the audiobook for only 10-15 bucks.
  14. It means allowing the emotional energy to do whatever it does. Sometimes emotions will spike, intensify, plateau and then dissipate, but not always. By letting it run its course it means if it wants to get deeper and more intense, let it do so. If it wants to shift into other emotions, let it do so. If it wants to dissipate, allow it to do so, and you stay with it for as long as is necessary until it either dissolves completely, shifts into something else, or you just feel kind of done with it. It sounds like you're doing well. It's not necessary, though it can be a helpful technique for those who aren't familiar or experienced with releasing, as a kind of scaffolding so that they can see what it's like. From my perspective, any additional visualization or steps is not helpful for the dedicated seeker. The profundity of the technique is in its simplicity. While visualization and added 'intention' can work, you are losing the effectiveness of being able to train yourself to do it at anytime, anywhere with anything. You don't want to become reliant on extended techniques. For example if your boss starts yelling at you - you may not be able to start doing the visualization on the spot. Visualizing makes it no more effective and creates openings for resistance imo. To quote the book, instead of thinking about how to do it, it's better to just 'do it'.
  15. "Letting go involves being aware of a feeling, letting it come up, staying with it, and letting it run its course without wanting to make it different or do anything about it. It means simply to let the feeling be there and to focus on letting out the energy behind it. The first step is to allow yourself to have the feeling without resisting it, venting it, fearing it, condemning it, or moralizing about it. It means to drop judgment and to see that it is just a feeling. The technique is to be with the feeling and surrender all efforts to modify it in any way. Let go of wanting to resist the feeling. It is resistance that keeps the feeling going. When you give up resisting or trying to modify the feeling, it will shift to the next feeling and be accompanied by a lighter sensation. A feeling that is not resisted will disappear as the energy behind it dissipates. As you begin the process, you will notice that you have fear and guilt over having feelings; there will be resistance to feelings in general. To let feelings come up, it is easier to let go of the reaction to having the feelings in the first place. A fear of fear itself is a prime example of this. Let go of the fear or guilt that you have about the feeling first, and then get into the feeling itself. When letting go, ignore all thoughts. Focus on the feeling itself, not on the thoughts. Thoughts are endless and self-reinforcing, and they only breed more thoughts. Thoughts are merely rationalizations of the mind to try and explain the presence of the feeling. The real reason for the feeling is the accumulated pressure behind the feeling that is forcing it to come up in the moment. The thoughts or external events are only an excuse made up by the mind." - Letting Go - The Pathway of Surrender