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  1. Thanks. I really liked your post, relaxation is indeed important and fruitful. Can you clarify what do you mean by observing unconscious tensions with 'heightened awareness'?
  2. Sounds to me like you are in a haste. I suggest considering a month rest between such heavy doses. This way you won't lose the magic of the experience; allow your body and mind to readjust; and reset the tolerance. Safe travels..
  3. When you leave the room, it can only exist for you as concept (memory or imagination). And concept is not what's true. So no, it does not exist when you leave the room. When you are in the room, there is a perception of what you recognize in your mind as a 'bottle'. But without your interpretation of this perception, it would have been just a perception. If a cat would to enter the room, there will be no bottle for the cat, because cats do not conceptualize objects the way humans do, and I suspect that they don't conceptualize at all, or on a very basic level. The cat may perceive a distinct object in his field of awareness, and may become conscious of it's difference in relation to other objects in the room, but this perception will be totally different from yours. This is because this distinct object in the cat's awareness will be absent of all the conceptualized data or knowing that you impose on this perception, which allows you to know it as a 'bottle' (You can pick it up, it can contain liquid or other substance, it has a bottle neck, a cork, it is useful or not, you hate to drink directly from the bottle and what not). What I am saying is that you relating to a perception in your awareness, is what creating the bottle. Otherwise it would have been unknown data perceived by some senses.
  4. Get a cat
  5. In your dreams you also believe that your 'Consciousness' comes from the body, but we all know this is not the case. In the dream you are not conscious of the deeper reality of the dream, which is the dreamer's mind. Even if your perform surgery on your brain in a dream, you might still perceive a brain. Moreover, damaging the head in the dream might even cause damage to the perceptions within the dream. This is because even the dream world has some persistency and realness to it. If someone is hurting you in your dream, you will be fearful and might even react to protect yourself. But when you wake up, you realize the the entire dream, including the one who tried to hurt you, was of your own making. When you realize this to be the case, your identification with your dream character dissipates. Although the dream analogy does fall short in some aspect, the case in our "reality" is not very far from it. The perception of body and the feeling of a subjective experience and an ability to control an object of perception or awareness does not negate the possibility of a fundamental existence.
  6. You can take psychedelics such as Psilocybin, LSD, DMT that on a certain dose will lead you to a "no mind" experience. You won't have all the complex conceptual activities that are imposed on your perceptions (memories, imagination, interpretation, thinking, etc.). In this state you will not identify with your self, because the mind that generates the self is temporarily inactive. You might also do meditation or contemplation. But usually they are not as effective as psychedelics, and usually require tons of persistence and discipline.
  7. This post actually feels like a good first step in the direction of honesty, which will allow you to rebuild your integrity.
  8. The Meta-Skill of knowing how to acquire any skill efficiently.
  9. I think I can get what you are communicating. But a name is only a concept, used for the purpose identifying a certain object (usually a life form that participates in human culture such as humans, cats, dogs, etc), or a group of objects (such as a family name which refers to some linkage between human beings). Given it's conceptual nature, name has no meaning whatsoever, unless we assert meaning to it. And I sense that it is you who is 'trapping' yourself inside a certain character, that is recognized by some name. Of course you are not your name. This is not the only concept you are not Being. Your entire self-concept is a fabrication, and is not who you really are. So feeling trapped by a specific name is no different from feeling trapped by some belief, such as that you are smart. If you believe you are smart, you will act to reflect this self-image to others, reinforce it for yourself, and avoid activities that may nibble in this belief. Feeling trapped is the reasonable outcome of any self-distinction you assume. So, name is just a small piece in the puzzle of the self. And yes, if you have associations or meaning that you imposed on your name, you may find you are trapped by them, because you identified with them, maybe even without noticing. The only one trapping you. is. your. self.
  10. Yes, this happens when you are being dishonest with yourself, and lack the consciousness to distinct whether your understanding comes from belief or from Consciousness. This is pretty basic stuff IMO, distinguishing between concept and realization. But it is a common trap to fall into. Hope your head is fine though.
  11. Look, I can really sense you man. But why care so much? Peterson, Harris & Co. (and also more self-help "gurus" such as Jocko WIlling, Tai Lopez and whatever) are all on same band-wagon of materialism intellectualism, who got stuck really hard in the "orange" values domain. That's their thing, and being trapped in belief system for so long should not interrupt you, because this is just how society works. You can't have Tolle, Ramana, Spira, Adyashanti, Leo Gura, Ralston, Osho, Wilber, and so on (order has no significance) without throwing some Petersoniasim in the mix. That's how society works, it has different layers of mind that reflect the consciousness of the individual. You should deep in the Spiral Dynamics water, maybe it's model might clarify this for you.
  12. Truth is what is. That's it, you don't have to go any farther than that, because that wouldn't be the Truth. And yes, of course you can't think the Truth. A thought is a concept, an abstraction of the thing it refers to, and so it will never be the thing itself. But I sense you are confusing the Truth with some relative truth (such as, the fact that I just farted). I suspect that you know very well when something is relatively true, and when it is relatively false. For example, I could tell you that my penis is 25cm long. This is false, on a relative level (which is the level by which human beings measure stuff). From an absolute 'perspective', there is no penis to begin with. Experience is not the Truth, because experience is the end result of processing the Truth for the purpose of self-survival. Your senses and your mind are designed to serve the persistence of your self, not what is Truth. So yes, in the reality of self-survival, which is the relative reality you know, your experience is true in the sense that it reflects what you know. Of course experience can change, if your self transform. But the experience will always reflect the self that you are at that 'moment in time', and nothing else. You can take a psychedelic and transform the self for some time, and have a different experience. But it will still be an experience of some self. It's ok, you can stop with the mental gymnastics, it won't get you the Truth. But relative truths are pretty easy to come by, you only need to know the parameters by which it is known to be distinct from the false.
  13. Shit, this is interesting. I want to read this.
  14. Do you really believe you are all those things? I think you are confusing who you really are with some self-concept you have about yourself, which is what is causing you to feel so separated and judgmental toward the 'other'. Good luck.
  15. If you'll do the work, you'll start to notice that alcohol does little to relieve you of your traumas and makes you feel a lot worse than before. That is because raising your consciousness will decrease your ego energy, and you will be more tuned with your body. So you can drink, but don't be surprised when you'll find out that drinking is a shitty activity.