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  1. It's probably a mix of both. It's dissatisfaction with my material circumstances, but also fear of changing how I relate to these circumstances internally, because I fear loosing myself in the process, which is precisely what must happen since "I" have to "die" in order to create true change. What would that look like? @Hojo @ivankiss How do I stop manifesting these beliefs?
  2. The intuitive answer would be... nothing. If there was nothing keeping me from being awake, wouldn't I already be awake? Nobody can validate for me whether or not I am awake. I don't know what "awaking" truly means, so maybe that points to me not being awake, but maybe that's just more appearances. I have loose memories of awakenings to which I can compare this present experience, but that's also just appearances. So how do I stop appearing as "not awake", if what I am is that which is appearing to be the dream character asking this question (assuming that I have control over what's appearing, or in other words, Self-control).
  3. Aren't these conflicting ideas? Humans are limited, but they can still do cool things. Similarly we can acknowledge that these robots are limited, but hey they can still do cool things. So why expect robots to do all of these things, when we could appreciate the current, very limited robots we have instead? Wouldn't that be more loving?
  4. A lot of scam artists in the self-help field, the stereotype of people who blindly consume self-help without applying any of it, and people just being idiots. It's mostly criticisms from below. The criticisms are valid, but they're coming from people who haven't actually learned how to navigate all of these traps and so they just dismiss the entire thing as a whole, because that's a lot easier than to think for yourself (including questioning the way of thinking you've been conditioned with since birth), which will be required of you if you want to help yourself. Some world views are simpy incompatible with self-help. If you believe in some big, bad evil out there in the world which must be stopped, being told to help yourself might seem counter-intuitive or even selfish. I've talked to socialists who were against self-help because they believed that it was nothing but a cooperate farce to keep you from looking at the material conditions. They couldn't differentiate between self-help and the good old conservative "Just pull yourself up by your own boot straps" and equated it with ignoring the problems of the world. If that's what someone believes it's logical that they won't like the idea of self-help.
  5. The intentions might be good, but I don't see how you would keep these teachings from devolving into blind religion, just like has happened in the past with different, presumably enlightened sages and teachers. One person gives their knowledge to the next and they pass it on again and eventually you end up with people believing all sorts of religious stories about heaven and hell, God being a judgmental asshole, and jesus christ being the sole personification of God, but NOBODY else!
  6. Thanks for believing in me. I really appreciate it. However joining me now is our AI correspondent ChatGPT. ChatGPT what do you think about this talk of paradox and all the AI slander?
  7. When I was a child I had a lucid dream where I was with a friend. Once I became lucid I was trying to tell my friend how we were both in a dream, but he was like "I don't think so". I climbed up a building and jumped down without dying. I said "See? Just a dream!" and he still insisted on it not being the case. I jumped in front of a car and didn't get harmed. I said "I can't die! It's just a dream!", he was still skeptical and said that this wasn't a dream. I started flying around and said "How can this not be a dream?" to which he said "Well there could be a logical explanation for all of this." (he was a very scientific and materialistic person). Oh the foreshadowing...
  8. I assume that I exist. That's an assumption. I'm not saying that I don't exist, but rather that I can't say anything about that "I" that is "existing". What does it mean to "exist" as "a" "self"? That's the running assumption. There is me, the human, existing as a separate self, or rather all the thoughts referring to "me the separate self". But how is that "me" any realer than a character in a book or a movie? How am I any realer than Luke Skywalker? Because I have "my own internal experience"? That seems like a rather arbitrary line to make. The character of Luke might not have an "internal experience", but he has still had a real world influence. Maybe he doesn't have the same relationship to existence as a physical person, but why does it matter if his "existence" has actual consequences in the "real" world? He has probably inspired a lot of children, people dress like him and swing around toy light sabers, he probably made people cry and feel all sorts of emotions. So how can "I" claim to "exist" any more than "that"? Maybe that's where non-duality comes in, in that you collapse the duality between "self" and "other" to arrive back at "existence" (Joke is you never arrived because you've never left). True Existence. But that's also an assumption. That there is a true existence as opposed to a false existence. What if there merely is Existence and it is whatever it is? That seems like the simplest answer. Ironically this would answer everything and nothing alike. There still appears to be a human searching for answers, who simultaneously wants to end his seeking. I want to stop seeking, but I'm fucking addicted to that shit. It's like you're punching yourself and you want to stop punching yourself so you keep punching yourself some more in order to eventually arrive at a point where you can stop punching yourself. You're trying to stop the questions with questions.
  9. "What I know is that I don't know" That's something I've heard often, but do I actually UNDERSTAND what that means? What is "not knowing"? What is "ignorance"? What's True? Not just apparently true, but TRUE! I appear to not know that. I appear to be ignorant. A small little stupid monkey on a spinning rock. But this is just what appears to be true. Even though it appears to be true, it doesn't change the fact that I still don't seem to know. When people say "I know that I don't know" they seek security in that knowing. But what is it like to actually not know? Imagine not even knowing that you don't know? Is that even possible? I mean can God truly "not know" something, or is does God "know" at all times? You could obviously say that I am God being a human that doesn't know, but is that even true or is it just a game that I'm playing for my own entertainment? Am I just acting right now? I'm a real good actor if I am. I've managed to convince even myself of my act. And when I'm talking about myself I'm talking about you too! Unless you can see though this act. Shout out to you!
  10. Why call the absolute anything but absolute is what I'm wondering. Are you talking about absolute love, or is this "alien love" a facet/dimension of the absolute. What confuses me is how "alien love" relates to "absolute love". Is it one and the same? Why change the language (especially when the language is going to be insufficient in communicating this aspect of reality one way or the other)
  11. When you say that I am God and I just chose to forget it, so that I could experience what it's like not to be God, then what is that forgetting? How is that being done? Does God create through forgetting? I mean I should already be everything. I am a squirrel, but I must not know what it's like to be a squirrel in order to know what it's like to be a human, because how could a human know what it's like to be a squirrel? Ironically one of the paths to this seems to be to forget all of the human stuff. Removing old beliefs and making space for actual understanding. But that seems to be just the ground work of what you are pointing towards. Any input is appreciated.
  12. Yeah I've asked the same question (roughly) before and I didn't get any answers. I could figure some things out for myself, but it's a slow process. Just sit down with these apparent sensations/energies and see where it gets you. You shouldn't rely on other peoples advice too much, because it should be seen as a kind of science, where you just sit down and see what actually happens. What happens if you focus on this point for 5 minutes? 15? 30? 1 hour? What happens if you focus on it while you're in bed trying to fall asleep? Nothing might happen, something might happen, I don't know. You're own direct experience is an infinite gold mine of understanding. Ask it.
  13. When I try to locate my thinking process it directs me to something you might call the crown shakra. I'm hesitant to call it that, but for me it doesn't just feel like it's happening where the brain would be, but it rather feels like a small energetic flame/tornado that is dancing on top of my head. So somehow there is an energetic connection or tunnel between the apparent inside of my mind and an apparent outside. But don't ask me what that means. I have no clue. All I know is that that point is the easiest point of mediation (at least for me) to get into a state of no-mind.
  14. I watched an episode of SpongeBob on shrooms and it was the funniest shit ever. I'm convinced that they didn't make this shit for children, but for stoners and psychonauts.