Michael Paul

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  1. @Leo Gura How come I’m imagining extreme levels of suffering if I don’t want to suffer at all?
  2. By this I mean, could some people be totally lacking consciousness and higher intellect? Are there some people who look and act like conscious beings but on the inside they have no subjective experience of reality? And how would we ever know? I ask this because I also wonder whether everyone possesses Kundalini and if that determines whether they have a subjective consciousness. I’m not claiming this to be the case of every human, or even the majority of people. But some segment of the population.
  3. Also, for anyone following this thread, Spinoza claims that humans and all finite beings are “modes” or expressions of God. So there is no contradiction here with what Leo teaches.
  4. The ultimate truth can be pointed to through language and philosophy, but I agree with you that getting lost in philosophy won’t ultimately lead one to realization. I think it’s good, however, to find people who share common views to you who have a general understanding of how nature works. Even if they’re no longer alive and were from a different time period. Confirmation of knowledge through various sources can prove to be a great way to solidify understanding, in my opinion.
  5. Spinoza was a European philosopher in the 17th century who was one of the first of his time (in his culture) to propose a pantheistic understanding of God or Nature. His magnum opus, Ethics, directly challenged fundamentalist, traditional Judeo-Christian religion (and all religion in general) and tenets of God being an anthropomorphic being with characteristics of man. His understanding of God or Nature was that of an all-encompassing, eternal, infinite substance. He denied humans and even God as having free will, as everything is dictated by causes. Is anyone familiar with his work? If so, what are your thoughts on this great philosopher? It is my opinion that he had a certain degree of spiritual enlightenment.
  6. @Buba I’ve been through something similar. It’s hard. You have to keep going and not give up, eventually it gets better and you learn how to live with it.
  7. @Buba Everyone is on a unique path. Some people are being elevated through different experiences, some of which are dark. These can be an extreme catalyst for growth. @bobbyward Masturbation can be grounding during the kundalini process. Just don’t over saturate yourself with it.
  8. @Nahm Another deep insight for me to contemplate Nahm! Thanks!
  9. @Nickyy We have to talk about free will as if it were an attribute of being human. It would be inaccurate to say that “we are” free will, rather it would be a part of us if it existed. So, how would this part of us come to a place of choosing something? We say “we choose”, but in reality it would be our free will choosing (if we had it), not us. That’s the point I was trying to make.
  10. If free will were an attribute that humans possess, on what basis would it make its decisions? So far in thinking about this question I’ve only been able to come up with three categories of answers, all of which seem to negate the existence of the “you could have done otherwise” free aspect of our will: 1. Deterministic (cause and effect) answers. This obviously is not free will. 2. Appeals to randomness (including quantum indeterminacy). Since, by definition, we cannot influence chance events, this does not match our intuitions of the “free” aspect of will. 3. Some combination of both determinism and randomness. Perhaps I’m not thinking deeply enough about this question. If you think you have a good answer to this problem that doesn’t fall into one of those three categories, please feel free to reply. If not, you’re still welcome to discuss!
  11. @Buba I kept doing basic meditation for awhile but eventually you’re in a semi-meditative state 24/7 post-Kundalini awakening.
  12. @Good-boy Reiki does not help significantly (maybe slightly) in my personal experience. I recommend doing basic meditation. @Nickyy Dark night(s) can last for extremely long periods of time.
  13. @Maximus Sounds like kundalini arousal. Bliss states come and go, it’s best not to be attached to them. Some people are determined (meaning, you can’t avoid it) to experience the darkness at certain points in their journey. This is completely normal, don’t be afraid of it. However, the light will return when you continue to meditate and seek higher truths. When it does, you realize it had been there all along, you just couldn’t detect it.
  14. @waking_dreams Did you read my thread called “A warning to those pursuing Kundalini”? In it I address some aspects of kundalini awakening, but I’ll go into a little more detail here. So from what I can tell you’re at least having a legitimate energetic arousal. A total kundalini awakening is different from kundalini arousal. If you had a total awakening, the energy would have entirely left the bottom of the spine, traveled up the spine into the brain and top of the head, and come to rest there permanently. You would feel pressure and energy circulating at the third eye and crown chakras, as well as the sensation of the energy encasing your entire brain. Let me ask you, do you experience this exact phenomenon now? If not, you had a kundalini arousal that will dissipate. This does not mean, however, that you won’t have some symptoms of an actual awakening during arousal. I recommend holding off on psychedelics (even microdosing) and stopping all practice for the time being to allow yourself to integrate the experience. What happened to you is not a bad thing, in fact quite the contrary - it’s a sign of spiritual and consciousness evolution. Feel free to ask more questions here or PM me. I do recommend reading the thread I started a few days ago on kundalini, though.