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  1. The best way to see Love is to understand fear. Let go of what you fear the most, and you will see Love. What are your worst fears? That's the sacrifice you need to make for God for Its Love to unfold before you.
  2. Thank you! I agree with everything you said. And I think you've captured the essence of that balance very well with the duality adapting vs. organising. Still, I'm a bit vague or unsure about how to go about this. How to create that balance and maintain it? This is very critical for me because my environment is highly unstable and changing very quickly, sometimes even drastically. This problem makes it difficult, and rather pointless for me to create habits because then I will need to drop them and replace them with something else every now and then. I keep coming to the conclusion that I need to become more aware, both in quality and quantity. What do you think?
  3. I believe the word "can" expresses possibility, not predetermination. Dude, why are you doing this? Besides, assuming that conflict is inevitable, why are you trying to avoid it? Interesting questions.
  4. @Serotoninluv Hmmm, well, in this case, I think it's easy to be aware of both dynamics and to shift from one to another. I understand that the example you provided was for the most part for illustrating the concept of how awareness works, but I think it gets messier and way more complicated than this, especially when your environment is changing all the time. From my experience, I could create a bunch of habits which obviously would be difficult to maintain at first, but then with practice and time they'd become part of my conditioning, so as you hinted, the word discipline would be more appropriate in the beginning, but then when the discipline becomes effortless, we could start calling it a habit or a conditioning, whether conscious or not. That makes sense. However, what I'm specifically interested in here is if it's possible to skip the difficult part, and to shift from one effortless habit to another in short amounts of time. That is when you hold many projects simultaneously and try to make them all work together fluidly and effortlessly. Like for example, let's say that I have to live among people who aren't vegetarians, and it's difficult to communicate that concept with them like you illustrated. On the one hand, when I'm on my own, I could discipline myself to become a vegetarian. On the other hand, when I'm with them, I'd need to act like I belong. You can already see how difficult it is to create a habit in this case. Oh, and by the way, for something to become a habit, it has to become somewhat permanent, but what I'm asking about is if it's possible to install habits and remove them selectively, on a daily basis (or even on a real-time basis), without having to worry about maintaining them. Like making my default mode a vegetarian, while at the same time having the luxury of dropping it every single day, without the latter becoming my new habit. And that's just one habit, think about ten or more habits at once. How is it possible to be that flexible?! I don't know if it sounds bizarre, but if the environment is highly unstable, then how is one going to be able to become disciplined and remain flexible simultaneously. It seems possible theoretically, but I find it really difficult practically. It probably requires having extremely high levels of awareness in every single moment throughout the day. I hope there will be further discussion. Thank you. @mandyjw Welcome to the club!
  5. This question may sound weird, but I'm asking with all seriousness. Reality is changing all the time, and at the same time it's just the present moment. Flowing in the present moment is easy, and it doesn't require discipline. Discipline is easy too, since it's a bunch of habits. So, when reality changes but your habits don't, you fall out of flow. For the most part, discipline seems like a tier one quality, like rigid unconscious discipline without being connected to reality or to what actually needs to be done. What I'm aiming to discuss here is discipline at tier two. How does it look like? How to achieve it? Would it still be discipline if it became flexible? Are flow and discipline opposites? Is discipline even necessary at the highest levels? Lemme hear your thoughts guys.
  6. I like how all of you guys described it. It takes practice, though, to unwire the old patterns.
  7. Simply put; insights emerge when you confirm the thoughts you were holding about reality, through your direct experience. A quick example would be if you heard stories and watched documentaries about Australia, that would be your thoughts. The insights in this case are the experience of the actual Australia by going there. So, why are insights reliable while thoughts aren't? Well, that's a question that needs to be questioned instead of being answered.
  8. You did not become a devil. You were always The Devil, you just didn't know it. The devil is eternal just as much as God is. They're one and the same. But you'd need to go beyond 'knowledge' for you to 'know' that!
  9. So, it's been a while since I have written anything here. I'm procrastinating again, falling into my unconscious mode.. The good thing is that I've worked good over the past few weeks so I am accepting the negatives better. Although, I think that leaving the gym wasn't a wise decision because working out made me really aware and disciplined. It's been ten days since I've stopped going, and I can tell; I'm having an ego-backlash, even though I'm still exercising at home and doing some push-ups and pull-ups. I have a theory, I think that the people you interact with always affect you, one way or another. Like they really affect you. If they're having an ego-backlash, it'll be transmitted to you. If they're unconscious, then your consciousness levels will lower down as well. However, this seems to be like a dynamic. So, when their ego-backlash is transferred to you, they become cured. When your consciousness level decreases, theirs increases. It's like a dynamic for balancing things out. But the problem is that if someone has a generator source for egoic/low-consciousness life, that is their mindsets. The mindsets/beliefs you currently hold are the generator source for your current level of consciousness. Really, it seems like all the levels of consciousness are equal after all. From nothing to something, from formlessness to form, all creations come into life, and the levels of consciousness are merely one form of this life. The only difference seems to be in the frequency that they are summoned in. It now appears to me that it's completely ridiculous to claim to not have a point of view/paradigm/ideology. This just seems to be impossible, although this itself is something of a point of view/paradigm/ideology. Back in strange-loopery! In my culture, there is a saying about the effects of other people on a foreign individual. They say: "whoever stays for 40 days among our tribe, they're us". So, I'm kind of thinking they're right. I think 40 days is enough time for losing oneself for the "tribe". Anyway, and on a more practical level, if my theory is correct, how can I utilise it for my own benefit? How can I attract positives into my life from the people I interact with? What kind of people should I be befriending? How can I become an infinite generator for positive energy? How can I stop others from dragging me down, and actually rather start dragging them up along with me? The questions are many, but they share the same core; what is the most harmonious/flourishing way to be? Maybe it's balance, maybe it's something else. I think it's presence, but that alone does not seem to be enough. Perhaps it's the balance between presence and illusion, and that balance comes in the form of consciousness. So, the more you learn about the external world (reality and others) and the more you learn about the internal world (yourself), the more conscious you will become. And the more conscious you become, the more balanced you will become. And the more balanced you become, the more in alignment with God you will become. And that will probably be the epitome of life! You will become God itself! The ego creates false divinity. For example; there seems to be a halo of divinity towards celebrities, for some reason. I don't think this is just me. I think everyone falls for this trap, and actually I think a lot of people fall so hard and fail to see that. I've realised the mundane-ness of everyone! It was an insight about Trump. I don't know why I thought he's (or anyone famous for that matter) somehow special or divine. Not that he's a good person, not at all. Just that he didn't seem earthly, so to speak. I realised that politics is all just a game, a lot bigger than any other game, that's for sure. Trump is affecting my country the same way my boss affects my decisions/powers in the workplace. It's much more complicated than that, but the essence is still the same. That's the main insight. Falling in love is not easy, but the right person makes it so. I never thought that I would meet someone I would like this much, I never thought that I would meet the perfect girl, but I did! She's smart, humorous, positive, passionate, compassionate, caring, supportive, open-minded, strong, strategic, mature, independent, committed, fun, disciplined, and so on... And she happens to share a lot of my interests and opinions. We've had great discussions so far, and I'm looking forward for more. She's definitely the one! Oh, yes. I've finished working on the graduation project. It needs some tweaks, still. I will dedicate one hour a day starting from tomorrow for reading whatever I can from V-8. I don't want to read his posts on a surface level. I want to understand everything he says, even if it'll become a lifelong project (it sure won't). And I still haven't read anything about the Enneagram model. I should dedicate 30 minutes a day for that. Just thought the journal wanted to hear my thoughts today, my monkey-mind seems to have calmed down, and I feel more relaxed right now, I think I should do this more often. I should get back to studying now.
  10. @Serotoninluv I really appreciate you man! You've made my week. I think you are exceptional! You seem to be able to, almost evertime, step into other people's shoes. I look forward for becoming more like you. Hey, do you think this ability has something to do with the teacher/student dynamic you're practicing at your work? Does this transcendence come from going full-circle with that dynamic? Have you become both and neither the teacher and student? And finally, do you think it is related to your empathetic abilities? I mean do you feel empathy for your students? And do you feel respect for others as your teachers? How do these feelings work? Have they become more intense? Please keep your journal active.. You inspire me! 🙏❤️
  11. Don't resist the monkey-mind. Allow it to move like crazy, and be watching over it. Right now, in your mind, there's a separation between awareness and thought. But that separation itself is a thought and is illusory. Ask yourself: why do I not want to have a monkey-mind? The answer is probably because you think the monkey-mind prevents you from being present. But does it really? You have always been present. Otherwise, who was there to be able to describe it to us? 😉
  12. Indeed. The best time for any serious investigation/contemplation/inquiry usually comes after meditating the monkey-mind into silence/stillness.
  13. Lesser jihad seems to be a means for ridding the world of unconscious people. Unconscious people are busy fighting each other, and the most conscious climb the hierarchy, and then rule and control the unconscious.
  14. This question becomes irrelevant when you realise more important things. Focus on more important things.