Beginner Mind

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  1. I hope you're not suggesting that he leave this community simply because he doesn't agree with you.
  2. I don't doubt what you're saying, but I'm not quite there yet. To me, there's definitely still a "me" here. It's possible that my current focus on non-doership is more of a temporary phase, a necessary step along the staircase to the realization of no-self. Who knows? But for now, I'm satisfied with realizing I'm not the doer.
  3. Yes, there is the danger of someone using this teaching as an excuse to act unconsciously. One might say, "I'm not the doer, therefore I can pick up a machine gun and kill a bunch of people." But, the question is, is such action truly in your nature? Is it really in your nature to grab a gun and murder someone? Chances are, probably not. A less extreme example would be someone who hears this teaching and says, "I'm not the doer, therefore I'm going to just sit on my couch and do nothing for the rest of my life." But, again, is it really in your nature to do that? Chances are, there are other inclinations you have. Goals and desires that you will find yourself pursuing according to your nature. At the end of the day, all we have to do is follow our natural inclinations, while realizing that those inclinations are actually the will of God... And not our doing.
  4. Did non-doership dawn on you prior to waking up, or was the realization a byproduct of waking up?
  5. Legend. Yes. The belief in being the body brings with it the belief that we are in control of the body's functioning. Perhaps cultivating the witnessing position is the remedy for this? True. The conditioning of being the doer has been drilled into us from a very early age. Breaking free of that conditioning is not easy. An ego that realizes its powerlessness doesn't necessarily have to fall into a victim mentality. There can be the understanding that, "I am not the doer, but nonetheless I must act out the natural inclinations of this body-mind organism." Indeed. There was an author by the name of Wei Wu Wei who wrote about non-doership quite a bit, heavily influencing the teachings of Ramesh Balsekar who came later. Yes. The question might arise, "If I am not the doer, then how do I live my life?" The answer is, simply do whatever it is that you feel you should do. Follow your natural inclinations.
  6. We have all lived our lives with the mistaken belief that we are in control of our actions. But over the centuries, the great sages have told us that we are in fact not responsible for our actions. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says: "The self, deluded by egoism, thinketh: 'I am the doer.'" Ramana Maharshi said: "The present difficulty is that man thinks he is the doer. But it is a mistake. It is the higher power which does everything and man is only a tool." Even Leo has mentioned that we are not the doers in his video, "Enlightenment Experience Explanation & Key Lessons". There is tremendous freedom available in realizing that you are not the doer. With this realization comes the dropping away of guilt for so-called mistakes, for you see that your "mistakes" were not your doing. Feelings of hatred towards others dissolve as well, as you see that no one has really ever done anything harmful to you. As Ramesh Balsekar said: "Events happen. Nobody does anything. All things happen exactly as they are supposed to happen, according to the will of God." The heart is beating by itself, hair is growing by itself, even thoughts are appearing by themselves. From head to toe, it is obvious that we are not the doers. So, why is it that we cling to this false sense of doership?
  7. Open your heart.
  8. Too much texting is a turn off for women. You should only use your phone to set dates with her.
  9. Your boyfriend sounds pretty immature.
  10. My bad, I must've missed that post. Thanks for your answer.
  11. @winterknight Do you think that a real, embodied realization of non-doership is sufficient for enlightenment? There was a spiritual teacher named Ramesh Balsekar who made this claim. For him, enlightenment is simply the end of suffering, and the end of suffering is the realization that you are not the doer.
  12. @Vedashri According to Ramana Maharshi, animals do make spiritual progress just like humans. In fact, there was a cow named Lakshmi that Ramana claimed was fully enlightened.
  13. Your English is excellent for a non-native speaker. And I'm not surprised that you don't like the Course. After all, it's all about forgiveness and love, your most hated topic.
  14. Agreed. I think this is probably one of the main reasons why the book came to be created in the first place.