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  1. Of course, belief is a core component of spirituality, just like any other intellectual system. Keep in mind that most of Leo's audience are rationalists who are sensitive to religion and its accessories, and are programmed to trust direct experience as the only way to verify facts, because they are programmed to be skeptical objective scientists, or at least that's what they think of themselves. 'No beliefs required' is just a marketing strategy, unless Leo himself is unaware of this obvious fact, which I highly doubt.
  2. Low-consciousness is a judgement that you're creating from your current paradigm. Let go of it.
  3. Happens to me too. Sometimes I get an exaggerated feeling of positive energy and emotions, with heightened awareness when I listen to music while reading the lyrics. But then I start clinging to that state, and it starts to go away. I guess gifts feel best when they come out of nowhere.
  4. @outlandish The illusion doesn't go away when I stop breathing πŸΈπŸ™ƒ
  5. Probably just a misunderstanding on my part. But I don't think spirituality is just a gum that you chew and then spit out. I think growth happens by integrating, and adding more. It's true, you don't need knowledge to be conscious, and yet, you do need knowledge to be conscious. It's paradoxical, but it is what it is. I am trying (have just created a journal for this purpose) not to attach myself to a certain limiting point of view. Besides, reality is always moving and changing, and we need to stay up-to-date. We can't live with the knowledge we'd learned in the past alone. We need to always allow new things and ideas to flow.
  6. This journal is going to be dedicated for tracking my progress towards achieving the ultimate way of living life, which is balance in all aspects of life; God and the devil, conciousness and unconsciousness, the heart and the mind, selfishness and selflessness, freedom and discipline, thinking and doing, wants and needs, success and happiness, Enlightenment and Life Purpose, socialising and solitude, working and resting, waking and sleeping, and basically everything. The thing is that I've spent many years in the past practising selfishness and its accessories (unconsciously), until I've got to a certain point where I'd completely burnt myself out and gradually started gravitating towards the opposite side of the pendulum. And then out of a sudden, I've become completely selfless and known how life looks like from that point of view. Recently, I started gravitating again towards the opposite side of selflessness, and so I wanted to make sure that I apply more awareness on that dynamic this time. I think I have had enough experiences with the extremes, and that time has come to live in harmony with everyone and everything, including myself. The main goals of this journal: Maintaining health. Creating and maintaining a high-quality (the highest) lifestyle. Becoming more systematic/nuanced with the way I deal with life in general. Balancing what I want to do with what needs to be done. Quitting internet and phone addictions. Finding the balance in being unbalanced, which is the ultimate goal of this journal. I imagine that as living a fully balanced life without having to consciously balancing it all the time. I think it'd occur when I reach levels of awareness where almost no more awareness is required to manage going through life. I'm not sure this is realistic, but it's an inspiring goal to look up to. So... Here I go...
  7. It has nothing to do with the breath per se. It's just an optical illusion created by making two images appear and then disappear constantly one after the other. The dots are not moving. But they appear to be moving in two directions, because they are symmetrical. Here are the screenshots showing the trick: Sorry for ruining this breathing exercise for you guys πŸ˜›
  8. Change = death Maybe the problem is that we don't see that: death = new life Not all change is devastating, some is enriching. Consider a tree growing year after year, and changing its leaves. Maybe the problem is that we only accept richness and that we always reject devastation. We want the positives without the negatives, which is not realistic, because positive and negative cannot be separated.
  9. Judgement = value
  10. I've been contemplating.. How could I not see it before?! It's all about balance! Aim for balance.
  11. Well, obviously it's just a general advice. It certainly does not work in all technical cases. However, I do believe that changing the way your external environment is structured can change the way you internally think and talk to your self. After all, external vs. internal is a duality, and change doesn't only occur on one side of the spectrum. So, maybe try changing your outside if you can't seem to be able to change your inside. You know, a killer counter-intuitive move.
  12. With more awareness and going meta. Change the structure, and then the content will change automatically.
  13. I know all the paradigms. I just can't tell you about them unless we are talking in audio format πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚ "The main ideas, respectively" πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ˜‚