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  1. thanks for sharing!! the intro by Gregory is also great to listen to.
  2. a short and beautiful video.
  3. @Shaun I don't really understand what you mean, but I would answer: of course there is truth to this. I think it is the basis for compassion. Spirituality is not solipsism. do you know 'the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows' youtube channel?
  4. @ActualizedDavid I've posted this a few hours ago on this sub-forum. I think it is appropriate here. you may like it. @ivankiss I think there is change, but that doesn't mean that the brain activity change is causal.
  5. @Leo Gura what do you think of Bernardo Kastrup's theory of us being dissociated 'alters' (i.e. parts) of mind-at-large and the body / brain activity being the outside appearance of that dissociation? do your experiences corroborate it?
  6. @Consilience would you mind writing a sentence or two about 'Do It Now' or 'Get Shit Done'? It sounds simple enough, but was there a specific insight that made them game changers for you? I'm just curious.
  7. I think I haven't seen this TED talk already posted here on the forum. It is a great and moving talk. "I remember thinking there is no way I will ever be able to squeeze the enormousness of myself back inside this tiny little body."
  8. @Forrest Adkins if I understand you correctly you are trying to understand why it seems that there is an external world while at the same time it is said that there is no material universe. but maybe there is an external world, but it is just not made out of 'material stuff'. as Bernardo Kastrup sees it, there is an outside world, but that world is made out of the experiences of 'mind-at-large'. you yourself are a dissociated part of that mind-at-large. when you interact across the dissociative boundary with mind-at-large it presents itself in two ways - 1.) as the subjective experience of space and time you are having right now, and 2.) as an outside 2nd person view on that subjective experience, which looks like light bouncing off of objects hitting the eyes and signals being send to the brain. for clearer explanations you could read 'why materialism is baloney' or 'the idea of the world' by Bernardo Kastrup.
  9. @remember thank you for writing this. what you wrote somehow really affected me although I haven't watched such content.
  10. @Aaron p if I remember correctly, Ramana said that with each thought arising you should ask yourself 'to whom has this thought arisen?'. but I think first of all you should be clear about your expectations. what are you expecting to get from self-enquiry? be clear that there will NEVER be an answer to that question 'who am I?'. there will also never be an experience which will solve the question. "Recognition has nothing to do with anything that happens." -Franklin Merrell-Wolff
  11. @Chives99 good point. if you think that you can win and as a consequence that you can lose, there will always be fear. all finite games are based in fear. paradoxically, true motivation can only come when you let go of the idea that you can win. I highly, highly recommend reading 'Finite and Infinite Games' by James P. Carse. It's my favourite book.
  12. I can relate to what you are saying. when I experience a scotoma (you can google it), i.e. when a part of my visual field disappears, I often get the sense that the world is in fact a 2D screen from which my consciousness constructs a 3D world. this has nothing to do with enlightenment I guess but it at least makes you question the idea that there is a self-existent 3D space 'out there' independent of consciousness.
  13. @fewrocker the 'Academy of Ideas' youtube channel has a few videos on Jung. + the biography 'Memories, Dreams, Reflections' is often recommended as an introduction.
  14. I think this fits this thread. I've read it yesterday. It's by Aldous Huxley: "To formulate and express the contents of this reduced awareness, man has invented and endlessly elaborated those symbol-systems and implicit philosophies which we call languages. Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he or she has been born ... the victim in so far as it confirms him in the belief that reduced awareness is the only awareness and as it bedevils his sense of reality, so that he is all too apt to take his concepts for data, his words for actual things."