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  1. A person could potentially grow and develop more in those six months than their entire life beforehand if they went balls to the wall. It also depends what you consider success in this scenario. Reaching higher levels of consciousness in six months of real work in line with Leo’s teachings than the person had ever reached before is highly likely in my opinion. If we’re talking about what modern society generally views as success, the person in question might seem worse off than before the six months began. I’d say that’s pretty much how my first six months went at least.
  2. The main objection I have is that some in Theravada become fundamentalists who discount other forms of spiritual development as well as practices and teachings in later forms of Buddhism. Theravada is a great tool for a specific goal — ending suffering.
  3. The Four Noble Truths 1. There is suffering/dissatisfaction/stress/anxiety/lack of fulfillment inherent within life/existence. 2. The cause of this suffering is clinging which arises from desire. 3. There is a way to end suffering. 4. The Noble Eightfold Path (worth looking up) is the way to end suffering. The three marks or characteristics of existence are 1. anicca - impermanence (everything changes, nothing and no one lasts forever) 2. dukkha - suffering/dissatisfaction/etc. 3. ānatta - non substantiality of the self/non self/no self There is a process through which ignorance leads to suffering called dependent origination (worth looking up). The lasting eradication of this ignorance is full awakening. Brahman/Atman is not the ultimate truth or realization to be had. Consciousness is not permanent, some ultimate truth, or your true self. Gods are lesser when compared to one who is fully awake. The cultivation of unwholesome thoughts and states lead to suffering and ignorance. The cultivation of wholesome thoughts and states support awakening. Wholesome = free from the five hindrances of greed, ill will, ignorance, sloth and torpor, and restlessness. Emptiness isn’t focused on as much in Theravada as it is in later forms of Buddhism, but it is the idea that nothing at all has inherent existence or exists on its own. There is no self nature to phenomena. Everything leans on other parts of reality in order to appear how it does to us. Consciousness doesn’t exist on its own for example. It arises with craving, clinging, ignorance, material form, feelings, mental formations, and perception. Looking into dependent origination is a good way to see more what is meant by the term emptiness. Put simply, the experiential world is a sort of magical illusion with many parts working together simultaneously to convince us that the individual parts of reality as well as reality as a whole is a solid, real thing. Seeing emptiness takes the bite out of suffering and also dismantles the illusion of the self. Nothingness in Buddhism typically refers to a specific meditative absorption being the seventh in a series of eight meditative absorptions called jhana which are temporary states that reduce suffering and fabrication. The jhanas are seen as very central tools in Theravada Buddhism as they are wholesome states which provide a temporary refuge from the hindrances.
  4. This sounds like a very rare and important connection. I’ve not experienced something quite like this myself, but I encourage you to explore it. Other beings can awaken immensely valuable spiritual processes in us; this I have experienced. It sounds like you’ve found a very special person in your life. Cherish her, cherish yourself, and do your best to promote and retain the positivity in your interactions. Intense connections can sometimes call us to evolve to maintain them.
  5. From what I’ve seen for myself and heard of from others, usually the only real antidote to calm the side effects of the awakening process is to go deeper. Eventually, the peak insights of the past can become ordinary and even unremarkable. It is hard to not get used to something which persists 24/7. Until you become incredibly familiar with radical territory, it will always have the potential to destabilize your life. I’m not trying to claim anything about your levels of attainment or awakening here. I’m merely pointing out that it is difficult to handle momentary peaks. It’s much easier for a life that is always at a peak to become second nature.
  6. I’ve had plenty of moments in discussions of peeling back some layers of insight for people to see awakened consciousness more clearly. The issue is that it takes a lot more than occasional glimpses in conversation for awakening to stick in a lasting way. This part, the most important part of the equation, is up to the person themselves to do the work. And I’ve only had success in helping with these glimpses with people who have already been doing the work themselves. Someone who is only interested in enlightenment in a cursory way will usually not even be interested enough in real awakening talk for it to go deep enough to take traction. It looks like in most cases someone will have had to clear the crust from their own eyes and opened them slightly before you can predictably assist in opening their ability to see any wider.
  7. If nothing is possible, how is letting go possible? Seeing that letting go, trying to improve anything, or steer reality in any way is impossible is an important insight to see.
  8. How much have you looked into Buddhism? It’s astounding how much work has been done toward ending suffering in its various traditions. The more I learn and practice, the more I am shocked at how detailed and effective the various Buddhist positions have been. Here you outline one aspect of Buddhist teachings on ending suffering. Anatta or the non-substantiality of self is an important part of the equation. If there is no fixed real you, there is no one to be threatened of course. Anicca or impermanence shows that not only everything changes but also how quickly experience shifts from one plethora of sensations to the next with all being unique and instantaneous. Dukkha or suffering/stress/disatisfaction shows that all of experience contains various degrees of clinging which compound the illusory character’s discontent. Dependent origination shows that nothing has inherent existence. All of reality co-arises with all aspects depending upon other aspects for the show, your experience, to emerge. Form, physical objects, and your body rely upon consciousness to exist. Consciousness relies on your emotions and other feelings to take the shape that it does. Mental formations depend upon perception to take the shape that they do. Mental formations alter consciousness. Consciousness alters the perception of objects. The interactions continue between these five categories with no one existing alone. Seeing that no one thing has a true independent substance, we can see that there is even less of a reason to worry or suffer. The entire show comprised of an individual being in a world of other beings and objects occurring within consciousness is made of nothing of real substance at all. All that remains is the ephemeral, magical dance that is imbued with liberated divinity.
  9. Hah! Of course you wouldn’t believe in spiral dynamics. You’re (insert derogatory color here)! I’m (insert cooler color grading here) 😂
  10. Hi @strika When I first saw this reply, I felt that you were likely under some false impressions. I usually don’t like to start back and forth discussions on here as they often fail to really help anyone or bring people to better understanding. I saw this video today and immediately thought of you and what you said. By your standard that you have set, not even the Buddha meets your expectations. Now, it is possible of course that you’re correct in all of this, but I must say after a decade of going after spiritual development to a pretty hardcore degree, it seems more probable that you are picking up incorrect expectations from people who are either blatantly inflating their own level of realization or are lying to both themselves and any who follow them. I’ve experienced plenty of blissed-out states of consciousness while entirely sober, and it is my opinion that this is not the highest goal for a sincere individual on the spiritual path. The Buddha felt pain and Christ even for a time felt forsaken by God while on the cross. Having these expectations might harm yourself as well. Eventually, it is probable that you yourself will not be in a 24/7 state of immense bliss, and at that time, it might be hard to be compassionate even to yourself at some levels. I wrote this to try to help you. If this was not of benefit to you, please feel no need to reply as I am not interested in unproductive debate. I wish you all the best in your spiritual practice ❤️
  11. With no awareness of chakras, it is difficult to claim that there are chakras. Having gained knowledge of chakras and implemented practices to develop them further, it is difficult to claim that there are no chakras. Anyway, chakras and the maps which spring from them are great tools on a spiritual path.
  12. Consciousness is a duality. Consciousness does not exist without an object. Conscious of ________. Without an object consciousness and all of the ongoing worlds of beings and activities ceases entirely. At least this is what significant portions of eastern spirituality have discovered.
  13. Apologies if I’m obsessing a bit, but aren’t you attempting to change someone’s thoughts with your reply? 🤔
  14. There is no such time as “NOW”. The ending chapters of the book Seeing That Frees by Rob Burbea explain this quite well. If any of what I say resonates or intrigues you, I encourage you to read Rob’s book. He explains things in a way that far outshines my explanation of this. If there is no past leading to the present and the present does not lead into the future, where is there room for the present to exist at all? In the same way you say that those in traffic no longer exist once out of your experience, the present is leaving your experience in an incalculable number of sensations at an incalculable rate of change. There is never even one particle of experience which remains from one “moment” to another. There is no such thing as “moments” because there is not even the smallest component of experience which is stable for the time it takes for a moment to be a real thing. Reality is a mirage consisting of many smaller mirages. No thing you can point to, speak of, think of, or even directly perceive including consciousness, awareness, form, God, time, the present moment, Brahman, Maya, Atman, Nirvana, the Absolute, the Relative, etc. has a truly substantial self nature. This is what I mean by mirage. All apparent phenomena arise together dependent upon illusions. And yet there is still the appearance of something real actually happening in time to a real person. Seeing that reality is truly empty of any substance, you can transcend all bondage. This is Liberation, and even this Liberation is not any more real than the numerous apparent illusions that one can be Liberated from reifying.