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  1. @Sonny Have you come across the writings of Paul Brunton, who taught about the Overself, a bigger version of self inbetween the individual and the whole. I like the idea of levels of selfhood to progress through, however a warning, I found his writing style a bit hard to follow and he's dated nowadays, so there's probably other teachers on this.
  2. @Ananta odd, I remember one member about a year ago who asked to close his account, and soon after all his posts disappeared (no names but you may remember him). Maybe it was just hidden rather than deleted? But you can manually hide your own posts one by one, although not anyone else quoting you. I had an account closed by a mod when I requested it, who gave me the max warning points permanently, effectively banning me, I can no longer log into it. But the old posts are still there.
  3. @DefinitelyNotARobot hi, your ideas aren't far fetched or weird at all, in fact I've met plenty of voluntarily celibate people who I enormously respect. I'd say it's a matter of knowing yourself well enough, to know what's the most fitting lifestyle for you. Horses for courses kinda thing. Personally, I'm not judging which is more or less advanced. @DefinitelyNotARobot nice
  4. @wildflower thanks for sharing your experience, I guess we've all been hurt by following our desires. I certainly have, I'm no sage. But on the other hand, resisting my desires is suffering too. Maybe that's another level of meaning to the middle way.
  5. @dflores321 there's a scene in the 2005 film King Kong when the big gorilla sits on a clifftop at sunset just looking and taking it all in. Not at a blade of grass, but it gave me respect for gorillas lol.
  6. Sensory pleasure is sensory pleasure in the moment. Suffering is caused when you are attached to it, like an illusory ego wanting to hold onto something impermanent. If you simply surf the wave of pleasure while it lasts, and let go when it goes, where's the problem? Murdering kittens is suffering because you (hypothetically please!) are both the murderer and the murdered kittens. No two, no separate me.
  7. Not had time to watch the video (is this bad form on my part?) but perhaps we're more unhappy now because we've got more time on our hands to think about our lives. And more time spent watching how the other half lives on our screens. Rather than working hard all hours, spending most of our spare time mending clothes etc to make ends meet. Not to mention discarding the traditional religions which seem designed to make us resigned to our lot in life.
  8. Hi, you need to ask the mods to do this for you. They may pick up this thread anyway, but if not, try going to the sub-forum page for Serious Emotional Problems, which lists who's online at the bottom. Mods are in green, you can try PM-ing one of them, or tag them in a new reply. Best wishes for your journey wherever it takes you
  9. @BipolarGrowth thanks, I may put MCTB on my reading list, after TMI and Boundless Awareness 👍
  10. Bad posture might be a cause. If you're on your phone a lot with your head tilted forward it can give you neck strain. Or if you use a desktop setup, your chair, screen, keyboard and mouse need to be positioned well to avoid muscle strain. Also you need regular breaks for your eyes. Here's one reference (from the UK): Lastly, regular eye tests are a good idea.
  11. @BipolarGrowth hi, yes I've had some experience with Buddhism although not MCTB so thanks for the link. It's true that we're in a field of consciousness. Early Buddhism focuses mainly on how to end suffering, which is really important but seems less interested in the philosophy of what reality is grounded on. How about if a scientist uses some equipment to get data which is outside the range of our senses, like x-rays or magnetic fields, does that suggest reality is made up of more than our human senses, perceptions, awareness etc? My own current and loosely held view is that reality outside our awareness is a mystery which we can only guess at indirectly from whatever data we can get into our minds, via sensory or extra-sensory means.
  12. @BipolarGrowth sure, the outside objective world is a theory based on our transient sense perceptions. But where do those perceptions come from? Some folks here seem to suggest that consciousness creates itself, but that's just another belief isn't it?
  13. I'm not going that far, just saying that we have to use our free choice either way to make plans on behalf of the not-yet-existing people who don't get to have their own choices until they're grown up enough, or not at all if they aren't born. When we are grown up, it's too late to go back and opt out of life anyway. But that's life, as a parent you're making lots of big choices for your kids like food, education, religion (or lack of), clothes etc. No wonder it's a source of arguments! If there is a reservoir of souls somewhere I'd hope they can choose whether to jump into a human body / foetus and be born, perhaps even choose which parents to have. I've read some people who believe this type of thing, that after death we review our lives with a spiritual guide, and you can even choose a difficult reincarnation, like being very poor, in a warzone, or disabled, because of the lessons they will learn. Personally I don't buy it, lack of evidence. Edit - pressed submit too soon. "My personal opinion is that we may want to address the industrial forced breeding of animals for human consumption. About 70 billion animals per year are "produced" for food, not counting the billions killed by the farming of crops to sustain these captive populations. I suppose that would have been considered a bit of an ethical crisis for humanity. But it's only considered a practical problem because the industry has become a threat to human survival in the way of environmental destruction." Totally agree, there's huge suffering caused to animals and we treat them badly. Being a wild animal isn't easy either, but we can only do so much.
  14. There's some interesting musings I can have with this area. Whether we decide to have children or not, we're playing God either way, because nobody chooses to be born into the world, and if you don't have them, they don't get to make that choice about whether life is worth living. You're making the choice for potentially thousands of other people. Yet we say suicide is bad, we're content to live our own lives as best we can. And how about animals, should we try to stop them breeding too? Life is pretty tough for them, but I like to feed the birds and encourage other wildlife in my garden. Another contemplation is that currently there's no shortage of people having kids so there's no problem economically with relatively large numbers abstaining. As long as we're ok with immigration to even the balance. In middle ages Europe there were many thousands of Catholic priests, monks & nuns opting out of family life altogether, also in some Buddhist countries there's many long-term monks & nuns. They don't get into these kind of arguments. Population predictions are fascinating and I wonder what it will be like when the total human population starts to decline: will that be a good time to live in, or not.
  15. I'm a parent myself, one of the last baby boomer generation and I can see that the younger generations are becoming more knowledgeable and responsible towards these issues of sustainability than my generation (I'm generalising here and only aware of my country). But there is a new atmosphere of change in the air, so imo having children now isn't any more irresponsible than say 100 or 200 years ago, when fewer people cared about human and environmental exploitation. But it's an individual choice at the end of the day.