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  1. Funny,,,, Yesterday in @mandyjw’s Journal I used Martin Butlers admission about being somewhat uncomfortable in front of the camera as reasoning for me not to push my comfort zone. Particularly in relation to expressing myself on video. Today, after 3 years of doing his podcast, he appears in front of the camera. Ha! Am I going to reverse my decision about letting myself off the hook for not working at being a good public speaker? ,,,, Not right now. It will be my decision and not connected with whatever Martin Butler does even though I have some respect for his perspectives.
  2. ,,,,,,Whoever is calm and sensible is insane You that come to birth and bring the mysteries your voice-thunder makes us very happy Roar, lion of the heart and tear me open I would love to kiss you The price of kissing is your life Now my loving is running toward my life shouting What a bargain, let's buy it,,,,
  3. I found this pretty interesting. She discusses emotional purification in a round about way. The effects of low consciousness, negativity, etc.,, on the subtle body,,,, I really resonated with her statement that healing comes through understanding,,,
  4. This reminds me of a practice that helps one with not identifying in which you agree with everybody for 1/2 of the day and then disagree with everyone for the other 1/2 of the day. Identifying completely with ones own point of view it seems to me is at the heart of most conflicts and arguments. Unfortunately I still observe this tendency in myself on occasion. How do you deal with people who are extremist on either side of the covid debate? Practice non-identifying or non-attachment 🤔😰🤷‍♂️
  5. I watched Scarface repeatedly as a teenager until I could say everyone’s lines as the movie played. Lord of the Rings has been a favorite for sure. The original Star Wars with its prequels and sequels really affected me. I was 10 years old when it came out. Lonesome Dove and Missouri Breaks and the original Rooster Cogburn with John Wayne and Glen Campbell are my favorite westerns. I don’t consider Little Big Man or Dances with Wolves ‘Westerns’. These two movies are in a league of their own. Little Big man delivers some profound truths but in a quirky way. I’ve hardly watched any movies in the last twenty years. Inception was good. What Dreams May Come, Life Is Beautiful, The Sixth Sense and Contact with Jodie Foster affected me deeply. Im going to make it a point to watch Sunshine and The Last Airbender from what y’all have said,,,,
  6. Negative Merging https://www.diamondapproach.org/glossary/refinery_phrases/negative-merging There are some good excerpts here about negative merging. This phrase is used referring to the bond between mother and infant during the symbiotic phase. This phenomena can greatly affect a person throughout their life in interfering with the development of trust and having confidence. For those who find it of interest you may also like the excerpts about basic trust- https://www.diamondapproach.org/glossary/refinery_phrases/basic-trust
  7. This email showed up today I went ahead and registered. It’s free,,,, Dear David, The experience of nondual awareness can give us the sense that we are one with everything. Settling into this awareness, our familiar conceptual boundaries around self, other, and world dissolve into an unbounded unity. Since this often ushers in positive states, like peacefulness or belonging, many people strive for nondual experiences in their spiritual practice, and many spiritual teachers try to elicit them. Modern nondual teachings owe much to the Indian tradition of nonduality known as Advaita Vedanta, and this Saturday at 10am Pacific, A. H. Almaas, the founder of the Diamond Approach, will be offering a free lecture about some of the most widely known Vedantic teachings of our time, situating them in their Indian origins. He is aiming to help those interested in this tradition understand what the classical Vedantic teaching requires from students—something not often emphasized by Western teachers of nonduality. Register for 'Advaita Vedanta: Western Expressions' The lecture will last approximately 75 minutes, and will be followed by a question and comment period. This lecture is the fourth in a six-part series Almaas is giving this year, in which he is delving into some often-overlooked nuances in the works of some of the world’s highly regarded spiritual teachers and traditions. Read more about the full 2021 A.H. Almaas Lecture Series here and join us for his upcoming talk on Advaita Vedanta. I clicked on the link given which the contained the following - The Ridhwan Foundation, the home of the Diamond Approach teaching, is pleased to be offering the 2021 A. H. Almaas Lecture Series for free thanks to the generosity of a donor. All are welcome to attend at no charge.* We look forward to seeing you at the lecture! The Ridhwan Foundation P.S. After Saturday's lecture, we will be sharing a recording and handout with everyone who has registered. Even if you can’t attend live, registering will ensure you receive access to these resources. Advaita Vedanta: Western Expressions Date/Time: September 18, 10am-12:00pm Pacific Find your local time The first texts of Advaita Vedanta, a nondual teaching of Hinduism, date to 500 CE. Through the ages, it has remained a powerful force in India. The great 20th-century teacher Ramana Maharshi employed Vedantic methods of inquiry into the nature of the self. His spiritual path centered on the question, “Who am I?” Many streams of Advaita Vedanta came to the west from India. The teachings of Ramakrishna were brought to the west by Vivekananda. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi brought another lineage of both Vedanta and Advaita Vedanta westward. Some nondual teachers in the west trace their teachings back to Atmananda and his direct path. This transplanting of Indian spirituality onto new soil has led some people to wonder if something has been lost, or misconstrued, along the way. In this lecture, Almaas will explore some of the most widely known Vedantic teachings of our times and situate them within their Indian origins, to help those interested in the rich tradition of Advaita Vedanta to understand what the classical teaching requires from students—something that is not often emphasized by Western teachers of nonduality. The lecture will last approximately 75 minutes followed by a question and comment period. For those who may be interested this link should work which I just gathered from the Diamond Approach website. https://online.diamondapproach.org/a-h-almaas-lecture-series-or-ahls-wi21/
  8. Years ago I bought this dvd and watched it many times. It has some morsels in it. I’ve never really read any of Jung’s books but have read those who have studied Jung. For those who don’t know much about this great pioneering psychologist this documentary should be of some help besides being quite interesting and somewhat entertaining.
  9. @mandyjw I remember giving you encouragement to continue with making YouTube’s even though at the time you were saying things I didn’t really agree with. It was maybe a couple of years ago. One reason I did was because I saw in you a willingness to put yourself out there. That was a courageous willingness that I didn’t have. And still don’t really. I’ve let go of the inner criticism to push beyond my comfort zone in that regard though, and let go of the idea that I need to be a more polished speaker who is comfortable in front of the camera. Hearing Martin Butler confess his reluctance for being in front of the camera kind of made this notion click for me. So it’s definitely possible that I’m seen as a hypocrite instead of being comfortable with paradox but I care less of what others think of me as time goes on which is a huge improvement from being a lifelong people pleaser. I feel I’m speaking my inner truth when I claim that what’s true and good for me might not be true and good for you and vice versa. So seeing you continue with expressing your inner truth in your own way encourages me to continue expressing my inner truth in my own way. In case there are any Zen Devils or know-it-all’s reading this who feel compelled to lecture me regarding the idea of separate self, it should be known that I still carry a permit allowing me to use personal pronouns as freely as I choose even though technically or in appearance the “I” may be only an “i” and only one of the crew members aboard this ship of fools who fight over the helm and act as spokesperson when given a chance. As Leo said concerning some of his videos 2 or 3 years ago which I will paraphrase. ,,,,This doesn’t need to be taken literally. This is poetry. Abstraction abounds somewhat here,,,,,
  10. Wisdom given to me years ago from a friend. i said i was infatuated with her. She made a solemn face and said, “That doesn’t last and it’s trouble.” A few days later i said i had fallen in love with her. She replied, “Yeah, whatever,,,,,,, I think that what you call love, though, is directed at what you think I am or maybe would wish me to be. A month or so passed. I looked into her eyes and said, “I Love You” She looked into my eyes and said, “It feels wonderful to be Loved” She taught me through example to never coherse an - ‘i love you too’ out of anyone.
  11. If anyone is interested,,, Ralph Losey lays out a map of our reality where he combines an altered version of the Jungian functions which occur in time. Sensing, thinking, feeling, and willing ( willing instead of Jung’s intuition) combined with 3 spacial realms of body - soul - spirit Combine the 3x4 =12 Its got everything but the kitchen sink. No, I guess it’s got that too,,, https://schoolofwisdom.com/laws-of-wisdom/laws-of-human-consciousness/ George Carlin said that sometimes a little brain damage helps. I agree on that, maybe.
  12. I’m not much of a psychopath. I’m just frenetic. Scored the same as Leo. You score for primary psychopathy was higher than 10.51% of people who have taken this test. You score for secondary psychopathy was higher than 34.17% of people who have taken this test.
  13. Hey mama, when you leave Don't leave a thing behind I don't want nothin' I can't use nothin' Take care into the hall And if you see my friends Tell them I'm fine Not using nothin' Almost burned out my eyes Threw my ears down to the floor I didn't see nothin' I didn't hear nothin' I stood there like a block of stone Knowin' all I had to know And nothin' more Man, that's nothin' As brothers our troubles are Locked in each others arms And you better pray They never find you Your back ain't strong enough For burdens doublefold They'd crush you down Down into nothin' Being born is going blind And buying down a thousand times To echoes strung On pure temptation Sorrow and solitude These are the precious things And the only words That are worth rememberin'
  14. It Comes From Outer Space by Dr. Jim Rosen ©2021 Dr. Jim Rosen The world is certainly not the same place I grew up in. The world is changing. It’s becoming more and more stressful, more pressure filled, more ill tempered, at times quite vicious. There are more of these kinds of outside influences on us than ever before. Not necessarily from the stars and planets, but definitely from out there in our world - our space. Fears, angers and frustrations are upon us. Money pressures, including an abundance of greed. Pressures to achieve. Pressures to acquire things. Attacks on our safety and our perceptions of security. These outside influences are upon all of us. However, some people are more affected by them than others are. Some people allow the outer pressures to penetrate their lives more than others do. Some allow other people and outside influences to crash through their personal boundaries. Some people even lay their boundaries down and invite the chaos into their lives. All of this makes right now an important time to reassess your boundaries. More than ever before, and especially because you have so little control over what happens out there, you have to exercise more control over your choices. What to let in and what not to let in? You have the responsibility to decide what and who you allow into your home, your personal space and your being. And then assert yourself. If you haven’t learned how to be assertive, seek out the teaching that you need.
  15. Castaneda There is no completeness without sadness and longing, for without them there is no sobriety, no kindness. Wisdom without kindness and knowledge without sobriety are useless. Seeing is a peculiar feeling of knowing, of knowing something without a shadow of doubt. Self-importance is our greatest enemy. Think about it--what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellow men. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone. Every effort should be made to eradicate self-importance from the lives of warriors. Without self-importance we are invulnerable. * * * Self-importance can't be fought with niceties. * * * Seers are divided into two categories. Those who are willing to exercise self-restraint and can channel their activities toward pragmatic goals, which would benefit other seers and man in general, and those who don't care about self-restraint or about any pragmatic goals. The latter have failed to resolve the problem of self-importance. Self-importance is not something simple and naive. On the one hand, it is the core of everything that is good in us, and on the other hand, the core of everything that is rotten. To get rid of the self-importance that is rotten requires a masterpiece of strategy. Almaas Global Disidentification The capacity for global disidentification allows us to be permanently in touch with our essential presence, although the identity and the self-representation remains in experience. This condition allows the experience of self-realization to arise, at least occasionally, when the identity relaxes to the extent of total absorption by (or into) essential presence. The more this capacity for global disidentification develops, the more frequent, and the deeper, are the experiences of self-realization. This development continues, in principle, until permanent, full self-realization, where total global disidentification coincides with complete absorption of the self-representation, and complete openness and flexibility of identity. Complete flexibility of identity raises the phenomenon of disidentification to a new level, beyond the normal egoic experience. This flexibility involves the dissolution of self-identity, or more accurately, the cessation of the activity of identifying. This condition, which occurs in isolated experiences of self-realization but is the permanent condition of full self-realization (enlightenment), is what is referred to by some traditions as “ego death” or “the death of the self.” In this state of complete annihilation of identity, one does not have identity in the usual sense; our identity is now with the presence of Being. In other words, our identity has shifted from the self-representation to Being. The Point of Existence, pg. 129