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  1. @Leo Gura - Any input on your experience with Vipassana would be awesome! Was that the type of meditation you were practicing while you were in Hawaii? I was talking to Phil today about Vipassana. He probably would like to know your answer as well. Thanks!
  2. Hi Everyone! I am very interested in finding out more information on Vipassana retreats and classes to take. Which events do you go to? And do I need to take a course on vipassana to better understand how to practice it correctly? I currently practice meditation using TM (Transcendental Meditation) and from what I heard it's very similar to Vipassana. As much as I love TM and the health benefits I'm experiencing from it, I don't like the fact that there is such a time restriction on the meditation. Anyone who took this TM course (from the official TM website and affiliated teachers) would know that you're only allowed to do TM meditation twice daily for no more than 20 minutes, unless you are a student, pregnant, or are so sick you can't get out of bed. Which permits you to meditate more only if you fall under one of those circumstances. Thanks for your help and guidance!
  3. *My awakening experience seems to have a direct correlation with my dietary changes to 100% raw vegan with no cheating. I thought it would be more appropriate to post here since it's about my direct experience. I have currently been 100% for about 1 1/2 months now. I just wanted share my awakening journey to help inspire those around me. I was divinely guided by the spirit world to go raw vegan fruitarian for many years. I did it once before a few years ago and I was raw vegan for 6 months and I reversed my ovarian cysts. I finally took the plunge a month and half ago and it has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. My depression is diminishing and I’m currently going through a spiritual detox. My thinking, logic and my spiritual connection has strengthened and improved. Old painful memories from the past are coming up in my dreams and I’m being given the opportunity to heal so I can create new abundance in my life. On day 28 of my new diet I had an awakening experience. I was out walking my friend’s dog and my monkey mind shut off for about three hours. Consciousness was experienced and realization of the truth...awareness. Things were complete, whole and at peace. Utter bliss. Problems, stress, worries created by the ego were gone. There was nothingness, and this nothingness gave satisfaction and fulfillment that can not be fulfilled or found through seeking outer experiences. Things were experienced, seen, felt, heard but without expressing opinion or emotion (ego). The ego was gone. The dog would bark at random strangers and the ego would normally get annoyed, but as awareness it was noticed without judgement, emotional output and with indifference. The dog can choose to have it's own experience. Awareness is connected and shared as all one consciousness...it is harmony and it is peace. And that awareness loves and accepts the dog for what it is regardless of it's circumstances. I also wanted to add this.......I (the ego) has been struggling for a long time to find and discover a life purpose. And after having this consciousness experience the spirit world led me to this book by Eckert Tolle called “ A new earth. Awakening your true life purpose.” I knew for a long time the importance of the law of attraction and manifesting your desires but I felt a gut feeling in my stomach that this wasn’t the whole basis of our existence. Something wasn’t right. Yes it is nice to manifest your own reality but I could see as I was cleansing from this detox that my emotions and desires could change instantly at any moment. I also knew that just because you want something and you manifest with the law of attraction it doesn’t mean it will make you happy and fulfill your life. Our ego is a bottomless pit that can never be completely satisfied and is always craving more.... dwelling on the past, and looking too far into the future. When the truth is the present is only thing here to experience and that exists. It is to be appreciated and enjoyed. We are always seeking to fill these gaps and these fears with relationships, addictions, food, money, etc. I was doing this with romantic relationships...I thought I was seeking love but I was really craving an attachment..which isn’t healthy and low vibration. True happiness and success comes from within. I discovered in this new book and through my direct experience that we have two life purposes, an inner purpose and an outer purpose, that are intertwined with each other. The inner purpose ( the primary purpose for everyone) is to become awakened/enlightened to who you really are, consciousness, to get rid of the ego....the end of all suffering. Once you know you are consciousness you can use the law of attraction to manifest abundance but from the right vibration and perspective for your outer purpose. The outer purpose can always change, and be altered, but the inner purpose remains the same. A lot of this may not make sense to you unless you have directly experienced consciousness, the infinite, nothingness, all that is.
  4. I wanted to share something exciting that happened to me recently. Maybe a few of you can relate! lol. Two days ago I made my first direct contact with my spirit guide. I woke up in the middle of the night and my brain was wired from reading my Eckart Tolle book, and I was repeating in my mind...I am consciousness not the ego ....when I noticed my hand started moving by itself...I wasn’t controlling it! Lol. Whatever the spirit was, was trying to get my attention. I sent reiki to it to make sure it was a positive entity. And on a regular basis I cleanse and smudge my bedroom. This spirit continued to stretch and flex different parts of my body...my wrists, hands, feet and legs. I was laughing and could feel it’s positive energy. It even jokingly lightly smacked my face a few times. I figured at the time it might have been one of my ex bfs since he knows how to Astro plane and visited me once before. This activity lasted for about an hour and I went back to sleep. I woke up the next morning and went to work and the spirit or whatever it was showed up again at my office and started stretching my wrists. I felt good because of the stretching from the night prior. I had better movement and energy. I asked Connie, who is my friend, Hypnotherapist and Reiki instructor to SEE what it was....it was a male spirit guide that apparently has a funny sense of humor and wit to it. Unfortunately I didn’t catch his name. I’m so glad my intuition was right. She also saw 5 other angels in the room with this spirit guide. (I’ve seen an angel once before but I have more of the Clair-cognizance ability..I receive downloaded information and guidance mentally). Last night he came back at 5am and acted like some sort of physical therapist and I was doing all these crazy stretches. I’ve always had hip problems but from all the stretching activity that I’ve been doing there has been a huge improvement. I noticed that the spirit guide could only control my body if I completely surrendered in the moment mentally. And I could always make it stop. It was weird because even though I couldn’t physically see my guide It could read my thoughts and adjusted the movements if I thought it was hurting or I needed to stretch this muscle instead. Has anyone else had something like this happen?!? Lol @egoeimai
  5. @RawJudah, @egoeimai Here are the titles of the books and the dvd I rented from the library if you are interested.
  6. @RawJudah I was recently watching a video I rented from the library by Eckhart Tolle where he was talking about his enlightenment experience. I also read in his book "The New Earth, Awakening your True Life Purpose," that he had depression after his first awakening experience for a few years and was on the brink of suicide. This book has really been helping with the awakening process as I'm learning to differentiate between the ego and my true self, awareness. Transcendental Meditation or aka TM mediation says enlightenment is a natural, normal thing. From what I read in Eckhart Tolle's books he was realizing some things logically in his mind about emotions and thoughts as he interacted with people. He was understanding what the ego was and that it wasn't who he really was. Enlightenment isn't one experience and everything is done...it's a process, a transition. And once it is experienced it is hard to go back to everyday life knowing the truth. The book is worth reading and is said to help the transition process. A few weeks ago I had a brush with Consciousness, the infinite, nothingness. It was great. The monkey mind shut off for three hours and was just directly experiencing everything. There was wholeness, completeness, bliss, peace. ... Yet nothing can compare to this experience... No outer experience or life purpose could ever fulfill that need. It's all inner. This awakening experience was random but I've also recently changed my diet, been practicing TM meditation, and have been using reiki and the law of attraction to manifest this transformation faster. @egoeimai
  7. @Leo GuraI live in the Washington, DC area. You should do some type of poll to see where everyone is.
  8. My favorite food is pizza and Ice cream cake! lol If I could I would eat it every day and turn into a ninja turtle. But I'm allergic to many of the ingredients in pizza and ice cream. So i guess you can say my favorite healthy non-allergic food would be fruit smoothies!
  9. @WelcometoReality Thanks for your support and message. I was definitely stirred up to say the least! lol
  10. @egoeimai You do have a point here. Enlightenment can not be achieved through the ego. It involves losing the self. You are a great friend, and thank you for your support.
  11. @Vercingetorix Perhaps you are right. although I can not say since I have not experienced it. And I agree with @Leo Gura. I don't know! lol I think the Law of Attraction is a great way to control the ego, and manifest things that you want regarding your life purpose. Although I do find it rather fascinating that I attracted this TM class...which they say can lead to enlightenment.
  12. @Leo Gura You are right. And I am humble enough to admit and say that I don't know! lol And I read and study a lot during the majority of my spare time and I still don't know! lol. Like you have taught all of us here that "we are infinite" I agree there are perhaps infinite stages of enlightenment, and infinite things to learn. The learning and personal development growth will never end. My ego, thoughts and beliefs are creating enlightenment stages that I must complete. Yet there are many paths and ways to achieve enlightenment. And no two experiences of enlightenment are the same. Thank you for your guidance and your insight.
  13. @Nahm I could not agree more with you. There is always more to learn. We are infinite, and there are infinite ways to grow and learn. There is no rush in time, as time does not exist. I will evolve and change at my own pace. I've reflected and returned to my studies the last few days and feel an overall improvement. This has been bothering less and less as I've regained clarity and answers. lol. Shroom tea....I wish it could be that easy for me. I can't even drink a glass of wine without passing out on the floor! I have a ton of food allergies so I eat pretty much a raw vegan plant based diet. I can't risk the chances unfortunately. Although I'm happy for those individuals that have used various psychedelics and have had break throughs and enlightenment experiences.
  14. @cetus56 Thank you for asking. She hasn't received the results that she wanted, and that's partly because she doesn't truly understand the nature of transcendental meditation. (Although I absolutely loved it, and TM has helped me cope tremendously with dealing with my Dad. Other students in my class were also receiving noticeable results.) My friend has a lot of other personal healing to do. She's expecting to find "instant gratification" relief using meditation and other methods for all of her problems, when transcendental meditation pulls out your thoughts and emotions as a cleansing process, which is normal. The true healing with this sort of meditation is doing the meditation work, and feeling the positive effects outside of meditation. Which has been proven statistically to help those with PTSD and other depression issues, etc, when the effort and work is put in. She also can not focus on anything for long periods of time (and with this meditation, you need to focus on a mantra for 20 minutes twice a day). She struggles with even 5-10 minutes of meditation, and also sometimes doesn't make an effort. She has a lot of physical health issues that prevent her from concentrating and has very severe PTSD. I've tried EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and TFT (Thought Field Therapy) with her earlier this year and she has had very minimal relief. Not that these methods don't necessarily work, as I've seen them work on others (and myself included) but because she can't do the tapping long enough to receive results. But I will say since she has changed her diet, there has been some drastic results in her health, which has improved a lot of her concentration and her mental issues! Earlier this year, which was very close to when my Dad passed, my friend was also in the hospital. She was close to death as well. It was her wake up call to get her act together. She changed her diet and started to lose the weight. As she lost the weight, I've noticed that she could start reading, and listening to audio books again. She made an effort to get better, and took this TM class with me instead of moping around and being depressed. She also made an effort to become more outgoing and meet new people. She has made big changes, but not big enough to her pleasure. I've learned on my journey that healing is in truth holistic (aka whole-istic) - physical, mental and spiritual. You need a balance in all three to receive full healing. My friend has a severe "unbalance" in her physical health. I think as she continues to lose weight things will likely improve even more and she will benefit from the TM Meditation. I'm expecting more drastic changes in the next few months. She's currently on oxygen and can only leave her home for extended periods of time. I've read in holistic books and it was also mentioned in my TM class a few times that there is a huge connection with our body and our mind. Our mind (beliefs and thoughts) can greatly influence our physical health causing a weakening of the immune system and development of various illnesses and diseases. And our physical health (as if we eat poorly) can effect the output of our mental (weakening parts of bodies that govern our emotional output). There are books that talk about how various "certain thoughts and beliefs" can cause very "specific illnesses" in the body. I've seen and experienced this in myself and in others. And forgiveness is a huge part of not only the mental healing but also the physical healing process (which many people are not truly aware of). I've literally forgiven myself and others while being physically sick, and experienced illness leave my body. (I've dropped the names and titles of these books, and brought up the healing power of forgiveness on this forum several times. I'm not sure if others on this forum really understood what I was talking about, so I stopped mentioning it.) I have a feeling I will be returning shortly to these books for further healing for myself. Surprisingly my friend that is ill is the one that has given me the copies of these books. I'm hoping as time passes I will be able to help her address a lot of her PTSD so that she can forgive those that hurt her and treated her poorly while growing up. Thank you again for your support and concern.
  15. @Maxx - Very true. And you make a good point here. My ego is fighting for this, when there truly is nothing to fight for. I just have to surrender. Just be. I could not agree more with you that "time is definitely a projection of the mind". As a reiki master we have different symbols that are used for healing and one of them that is used among Reiki masters focuses on the time illusion. The symbol means "no past, no present, and no future." I don't know how many people on this forum follow Bashar, but I do like his explanation of time and space and absolute infinity. I'm going to copy and paste some of the points that he makes that resonate with me. They are provided from the link below. Perhaps these ideas will resonate with others. http://iasos.com/metaphys/bashar/ 1 You exist. (I AM) 2 Everything is Here/Now. 3 The All is one, and the One is all. 4 What you put out is what you get back. (aka Law of Attraction, for those that are not familiar with this idea) 5 The only constant in the universe is change - except for the first 4 postulates, which never change. 1 You exist. (I AM) If you exist now, your existence is eternal: You have always existed and you always will exist. You may change form, but you are existing always . So.....relax.....you'll be around forever. 2 Everything is Here/Now. Time and Space are illusions. (But your experiences within Time/Space are "real".) There is only Here/Now. 3 The All is one, and the One is all. Just as each tiny section of a hologram contains the information for the entire hologram, likewise we are all inter-connected. Everything is truly just one totally-interconnected "thing". 4 What you put out is what you get back. The "outside" is a reflection of the "inside". Physical reality is actually a mirror: Your physical reality is just a holographic reflection of what you most strongly believe to be true. And like a mirror, physical reality will not change unless you change first (change what you most strongly believe). 5 The only constant in the universe is change - except for the first 4 postulates, which never change. So.....might as well get used to eternally-changing Creation. Enjoy the ride! Surf the changes! All "things" are the same one thing vibrating at different rates Just as water and steam and ice are all the same thing vibrating at different frequencies, likewise, matter and energy are the same substance vibrating at different frequencies. highest frequencies steam Consciousness medium frequencies water (liquid) Spirit (electromagnetheric energy) lower frequencies ice Matter All things are Spirit vibrating at different frequencies. Matter is solidified energy. Matter is Spirit energy vibrating at a slower frequency. Your body is solidified Spirit, crystallized Spirit. Your Spirit is not in your body. Your body is in your Spirit. As you raise your vibrations, you become more Spirit-like, moving closer towards fluid-like Spirit, thereby making your reality creation more malleable and easily changeable. Trusting your Timing We, as our Higher Self (Over-Soul) actually creates Time (as we experience it). Our Higher Self exists outside Time and Space. It projects portions of itself into specific time/space holograms (time/space matrixes), which we then experience as an incarnation. So, from the point of view of any one incarnation, there is time, there is "past, present, and future". But from the point of view of the Higher Self, there is no Time. It's all happening NOW. It's just one big Eternal-NOW. So keep in mind that our Higher Self is creating the actual "time" that we are experiencing in a linear fashion. It's all a hologram of many holograms. In a hologram, each part of the hologram contains the information for the whole hologram. The universe is structured holographically. You are holographic. Each possible "version" of your reality is also holographic. You contain within you all possible versions of reality. All holograms (versions of reality) are contained within you. From all these infinite possibilities, you "select" the version to be experienced with your beliefs, imagination, and feelings. Your imagination is the "archive" of all your possible holograms. From this archive of possibilities, the version that you "imagine" (believe, or focus your imagination on) is your currently-selected version of reality. Then you "activate" this selected version with your feelings. The more intense the feelings, the more powerfully you activate this version, and therefore, the more quickly it manifests as your tangible reality. Positive feelings activate the positive desired versions. Negative feelings activate the negative undesired versions (the dreaded outcomes). Your beliefs are the result of what you imagine, and then activate with your feelings. The version with the most intense feelings attached to it, is the version that gets activated. As an analogy, if your computer screen offers you many choices, and all you have to do is click on one of them to select it, then your imagination is the total of all the available choices on the screen. Moving the mouse to the desired choice is like focusing your imagination on one particular vision. And then clicking on that choice is like using your feelings to activate your selection. The PRESENT is not the result of the PAST. The PRESENT is the result of the PRESENT. Creation occurs only in the PRESENT. The PRESENT is the Now result of what you Now believe to be most true for you. Continuity from one present moment to the next is considered "normal", but is actually optional: If you suddenly make a discrete shift in beliefs, you will experience a sudden discrete shift in your Now reality. The PRESENT is the Now result of what you Now believe to be most true for you. The past has absolutely no effect on the present - except to the extent that you believe it does. As you change your present (by changing your present beliefs), you are "shifting" into a different parallel reality and that different parallel reality has its own "future" and "past". Said another way, when you change your present, you are likewise also changing your past and your future. That is, you are shifting to a totally different hologram which contains its own "past" that is consistent with its "present", and also its own "future" which is likewise consistent with its "present". As I believe Bashar says: "You create the past and the future from the here and now." Continuity is an "illusion", just like the continuity in movies is an illusion, since it's really 24 discrete pictures per second. Therefore, continuity is optional. The past progressively leads to the present, but it does not cause the present. And just as movies can suddenly shift from one scene to a totally different scene, likewise you can too - since continuity is really not necessary. Only the present is real. Therefore only the present can create the present. If you insist in believing that the present is the result of the past, then you are (now) dragging the past into the present, and (now) "projecting" that this seeming past has an effect on the present. (Notice, by the way, that all this "dragging the past into the present" is also all occurring ONLY in the present.) This is like dragging an anchor around, rather than simply letting go of the anchor (the past) and living freely and easily in the present. Be free of the past! Live joyously in the present!