Lilia

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  1. I got inspired by Leo’s recent video “Everyone Acts from Good Intentions” and put together a list of loving principles for interacting with people. I thought it would be nice to share them and collect more suggestions! Recognise everyone acts from their best intentions Recognise everyone acts from the breadth and depth of their consciousness Seek to understand, not to agree or teach. Understanding does not mean agreeing with another’s interpretation of reality; it’s simply having respect for the conditioning another mind has had and the compassion which flows out of that recognition. Understand that people often mean different things when they use the same terms. Clarify what they mean by their terms when necessary. Do not presume people mean the same things when they speak about happiness, love, higher self, etc. Care to represent experience in words as accurately as possible. Words won't express the absolute unless they are recognised to be a form of it, but it doesn't mean we should not bother to try and convey reality as clearly as we can. Clarify people’s reasons for saying something when unclear. Don’t make unnecessary assumptions. Be grateful for experience showing up the way it does. When interacting with another human being, be conscious you are God interacting with God showing up as you interacting with them.
  2. @Someone hereCan I wonder why you created this topic? If you do hold the purposelessness of your being as a negative, why so?
  3. As Consciousness, we get fascinated by the concepts invented. There comes a moment when the distinction "special" is created. Now it's time to bend over backwards to embody whatever the distinction entails! Just like you, I've also struggled with this concept. In my experience, a breakthrough occurred when I realised that I created the concept rather than learnt it. I saw it was empty, and uncreated the term. Although the mental component has almost dissolved, associated bodily sensations may linger. It's like with any addiction. Time will burn the remaining momentum, and it's OK.
  4. Absolutely agree. Selflessness and love for yourself go hand in hand. Know thyself and love thyself - because there is no one other than thyself!
  5. Zen writing! In love with your style.
  6. I think there's a distinction to be drawn between bliss and happiness. I'd say bliss is loud and occasional, whereas happiness is permanent and quiet.
  7. In Matt Kahn's words: Love the one who wants to be special! Could it be the case that the one who wants to be special needs more love, not less? Edit: Even more importantly, love the one who does NOT feel special. It is Your love, God's love that this apparent one is craving.
  8. For those who speak Russian, check out Anthony Surozhsky:
  9. Thank you for your response. Do you happen to know the Russian translation of the term that would work for our context? Google suggests quite a few, but I don't think they are adequate.
  10. I have been reading Pavel Florensky - The Pillar and Ground of the Truth and savouring his articulation of Truth from a solid Orthodox turquoise perspective. On the forum, I've seen @Leo Gura mention Orthodoxy as the purest branch of Christianity. What grabbed my attention was illumination. Is illumination enlightenment? Or is it rather God-realisation? I would like to put together a list of books written from the perspective of Tier Two Orthodoxy. Would appreciate your suggestions.
  11. I think it is an interesting question. In fact, I think there might come a point in evolution at which consciousness formed as human will no longer leech off other beings and will solely use the body to sustain itself. The configuration of such a body would have to be very different though, perhaps unimaginable today. But would not consciousness say then: "Why is it necessary to leech off this form I have created?"? We might say that 'leeching off' means sacrificing one form to sustain another. In a certain sense, that is reminiscent of what God does to create form, otherwise known as love. As above so below. There are descriptions of yogis who tend to eat very little - not because they are renunciates or want to make a point, but simply because there is little desire to do so, I guess. Or little need. Seen through developmental models, they are the cutting edge of evolution. Perhaps that is where every form is heading to.
  12. I would like to understand genesis. To experience knowingly how the Great Nothing I am gives rise to apparent forms. Doing that in a human form would be nice. That has brought me to the study of the recesses of the infinite mind, sometimes called archetypes, of which the waking state mind is the cutting edge, so to speak. Have any of you guys directly accessed the archetypes underlying finite minds' formation? They must have been experienced by mystics and yogis throughout centuries, hence the consistency in descriptions from traditional literature. Resource recommendations are much appreciated!
  13. @SQAAD I'd say the reason why you are struggling so much embodying the wisdom of "no free will for the ego" is that, on some level, you do feel and do know there is free will - because your experience tells you so! Time for recontextualisation.
  14. That's an interesting observation. From my perspective, I would say there are more men among gurus - perhaps because spirituality is a business, and business is more of a malish thing. Also, here in Eastern Europe, where women have been downgraded to a role of a "man's companionship" for years, men are more respected and seen as trustworthy. Information coming from men sounds more "expert". There's even a phenomenon here that has become a meme: "a women's psychologist". That will be a man in his late forties, often with a pickup background, who would teach single women how to make men happy!
  15. This is not the end. Now it has been recognised that free will from the conventional viewpoint is an illusion, time to upgrade the perspective: yes, there is free will, and it is precisely because of it that anything whatever is possible. Free will does not belong to an individual. It only belongs to God. And there is no difference between the two. It's just a matter of how you see it.