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  1. What would you love to know more about in regard to the relationship between Geography and society/environment/development/politics/self-actualization/Life-purpose work etc.? Currently I am planning my topic for my Geography Masters thesis, which will give me the opportunity to dive deep into some topic and spend hundreds of hours studying and doing research related to it. So if there's anything related to Geography that you would love to know more about, I would love to know! For example one area of research that came to mind was to look at the changes in people's values related to environmental issues from the world values survey, and use the Cook-Greuter Ego development model to see if higher degrees of ego development are associated with an increase in environmental concern in a certain geographic area. What do you think?
  2. @AwakenedSoul444 When the pain of not taking action becomes greater than the pain of taking action, that's when you will do it.
  3. Excellent insight into the Blue worldview from Pastor Sempa
  4. Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh with over 1 million bike rickshaws. These hard working drivers make about 5$/day. I visited this country a couple of years ago and the people there are some of the most genuine and friendly I have ever met.
  5. The issue is not police brutality, that is just a very surface level symptom of many deep and systemic issues. The black population has gotten left behind in education, work and they are stuck in poverty. Poverty keeps communities stuck in a cycle of crime and the struggle has many people in these communities resort to drugs as a coping mechanism. Drug addiction and the war against drugs plays a key role, because these people get arrested for nonviolent drug offenses and are sent to jails and prisons, which basically force you to become a violent criminal by having to join a gang etc. Rates of violent crime are significantly higher in blacks and that can cause a bias when police are interacting with them. The police are also concerned with their own survival as much as anyone else and they are subject to unconscious stereotyping, (although deliberate racism definitely seems to exist within the police). This is just one example of the probably dozens of systemic issues in the U.S that this is just a symptom of. Some possible systemic issues that this is a symptom of: A prison system that doesn't aim to rehabilitate and profits from keeping people in. War on drugs which gets people into cycle of crime Lack of oversight on police forces, minimal training of police Large amounts of guns in the general population, which causes police to have a highly sensitive trigger finger Lack of public preschool which would even out the playing field for education. It is not helpful in any way or for anyone to say that the ONLY cause of this problem is systemic racism or police brutality. We need to accurately diagnose the issue if we want to solve it. Outrage can actually make things worse by focusing on the wrong problem, although the emotional reaction people are having is totally understandable..
  6. @Zigzag Idiot That's very interesting. It seems to be true that the sense of being a separate self only stays alive because we believe in the reality of the "negative" emotions. Fear tends to be retractive/restrictive and Love seems to be expansive. So the only way we hold "ourselves" together is by believing the fear which is necessary for the illusion to exist. By letting go of the insistence on fear being real we are released into the base state of infinite Love. Let me know if this sounds right from the course perspective, I'm a new student
  7. @The observer My intuition based on some spiritual experiences is more on the side of love being the fundamental thing, that's why I spoke to you because you have a different view, my aim was to not be confrontational in any way but I guess I didn't succeed in that. I just felt like you were being completely dismissed by everyone so my aim was to point out that your view could also be right and bring some kind of balance between the two sides here.
  8. @The observer I do see what you're saying and I think it is entirely possible. Honestly we have no idea, just arguing at the level of words is never going to result in anything. Only experience can tell us the reality of it and if what you said is your experience, who are we to dispute your direct experience? I am open to the possibility of what you are saying to be true, but I also think it would be fair for you to entertain the possibility that there is a deeper level of understanding. But of course it's your choice. I wish you all the best on your journey!
  9. A very fun video about the road to stage yellow with art and music typical to each stage
  10. The insistence on the reality of fear and suffering is precisely what keeps it alive. We must hold on to the reality of it or otherwise it dies. And of course the fear is like an entity of itself, it is afraid of losing it's identity. A month ago I experienced something I would say is a miracle. I was extremely deep in anger and suffering in my apartment almost breaking stuff because I was so intensely furious. But then, suddenly I realized (thanks to A Course in Miracles <3) . That anger was only there because I insisted on it being real. I insisted on holding on to it and I could feel something in my mind being threatened when I started questioning the reality of the anger. I kept questioning and suddenly all the anger just instantaneously disappeared like it was never there and I started laughing and I was suddenly completely filled with absolute joy, peace and love. I just wanted to share this beautiful experience here. For me, fear always feels like a closing down, fear requires resistance and fighting to keep it alive, to keep it real. Love is expansive, it requires only letting go of the illusions. It seems to be more like the base state of everything.
  11. A very important distinction to make here would be between "states" and "stages". You can access the highest states at any stage of development, you will just end up interpreting the states through the framework of that stage. Stages are permanent and states are temporary. If a highly egotistical stage orange person experiences God consciousness, he could very well interpret that as him (and only him) being the messiah and the second coming of Christ. All stages will have their own ways of interpreting temporary peak states. Credits to Ken Wilber
  12. Any ideas on how to plug psilocybin? As far as I understand, it is broken down to psilocin by stomach acids, and that is the molecule that is actually active. So maybe if we make an extract and mix it with lemon juice to activate the psilocin, we could create a psilocin liquid, which could be plugged. What do you think?
  13. @lacsativ Wow this is amazing. Thank you