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  1. @Jacko It's never too late to go to college. You'll find older students on pretty much every college course, and often much older than 26. I was once told by a professor that the older students are the best students because they're more mature, hardworking and usually have a much better idea about what they want to do. So you can certainly still go to college/university at your age. But, it depends on the course and what you might end up doing afterwards. As Leo mentioned recently on a different thread, college is somewhat necessary if you're going to do medicine, engineering, law, nutrition, psychology or something like that. But for a lot of other careers it might not be necessary. As an example, if someone wanted to get into the film industry working in production, going to college is basically pointless. You'd be much better off getting a job as a runner and working your way up.
  2. It would be awesome to see Leo on JR but I think the majority of JR's viewers would just not accept or even understand some of things Leo has to say. I've shown some of my friends (who don't watch Leo regularly) various recent videos from Leo and they just don't get it at all. Even the more practical and easier to follow videos like contemplating with a journal is still very difficult for people to understand. Just to clarify, i'm obviously not saying I or we are better than people who don't watch Leo but it's only after watching a bunch of Leo's previous vids that I can understand his newer videos. Saying that, i'm sure a conversation between Leo and JR would still be great and very insightful.
  3. @Wasem It is very interesting to hear about your life in Iraq. I only ever hear about the conflicts and bad things going on there occasionally through the news. It makes me appreciate my life in the UK much more. Thankyou for sharing. You're hardwork and perseverance will pay off, so don't give up!
  4. How do you know it's related to your Kriya practise? Could be caused by a number of different things. If you do think it is the Kriya, maybe try pausing the practise for a while and see if your symptoms improve? Or try reaching out to a professional Kriya Yoga teacher.
  5. @John Iverson 12 chants counts as 1 (6 on the in breath and 6 on the out breath). So you do 108 x 12.
  6. @John Iverson 1. Yes you can. He only advises against it. It's up to you, but personally I do. Holding for 90 seconds is not an absolute necessity, but you want to be getting as close to that as possible. If you can't hold it for atleast half that I probably would work on improving your breath. Work up to it. You know the time by setting a timer at the beginning. 2. You chant Ohm 6 times on the in breath and 6 times on the out breath. 12 chants counts as 1 out of 108. Start with a lower number of pranayama's if thats easier in the beginning. 3. Yes. 4. Google 'where is the 2nd chakra and 3rd chakra'.
  7. 1. Yea it takes practise but you can get to a point where the breathing is relatively slow making the 6 ohms easier. In the beginning i'd say just focus on chanting the ohms as clearly as possible in the third eye area and keeping your attention there for the whole duration. Sometimes I like to just tap my finger on the third eye area and that helps to know where to chant. Also, mentally chant the ohms quite loudly. I find this helps with keeping the focus on that area. 2. It just means chant the word in your mind but imagine it emerging from the front of the forehead between the eye brows. Takes a little bit of practise but you'll get it in no time, it's quite easy.
  8. If you have the money, go to one of Peter Ralston's retreats in Texas, ideally the Contemplation Intensive (I think thats the week of dyad self-inquiry). Incredibly direct and effective method for grasping the deep insights you seek. It will also provide you with an excellent foundation for solo contemplation.
  9. I recently changed the order of my routine to do supreme fire first, then mahamudra and then pranayama. I find the pranayama puts me into a really relaxed and quiet state of mind which is great for the after-effect poise. Previously i'd do the supreme fire after pranayama and it kinda disrupted my flow a bit. Worth experimenting with though. What I haven't quite nailed down yet is visualising the energy flowing and down the spine during mahamudra. I'd say this probably makes quite a big difference.
  10. I was going to mention the same thing. Eating a candy in your dream could be a reality check used to make you lucid dream. Not the most practical way to go about it but probably possible, as Leo said.
  11. @Alec Interesting, I didn't know you could have those sorts of insights on MDMA. Thanks for sharing
  12. @Pouya I think you should aim to be doing both. They both have their benefits. The meditation helps to slowly train and re-wire the mind which is very important for your day-to-day experience. Self-inquiry is obviously much more focused and direct. You're just going straight for the Truth without the long arduous path that often comes with meditation. So both are important. Work on establishing a daily meditation habit first. You need to find the balance between doing long enough sits to actually make it worth while, but also not so much that you burn out and quit. If you find Vipassana too difficult, read Culadasa's The Mind Illuminated. It's a very simple to follow technique that will take you all the way if you stick with it. Whilst you're implementing the meditation habit try to get in some occasional self-inquiry sessions here and there. You should read the books relating to self-inquiry on Leo's booklist for guidance. But again, a balance is required because too much information can very much hinder your self-inquiry progress. One very very important piece of advice with self-inquiry is to not just do it for the sake of the technique. Don't just do 30 mins if self-inquiry just so you can say to yourself you've done 30 mins and thats great, and feel good about it. Rather, the focus should be on getting the truth right this minute. If it takes another minute to get the truth then do another minute, and so on. I say this just because I wasted many hours doing self-inquiry just to tick that box for the day, and was not concerned with the actual purpose of the technique.
  13. @Vasiles Stefanis Ralston is completely beyond SD. He's certainly not Yellow.
  14. @Self Discovery Well done for going solo on your first retreat. I recently came back from my second group retreat and whilst they have their benefits, there are also many downsides with meditating with lots of other people. I'm considering going on my first solo retreat later this year so I have a few questions: Were you doing just meditation, or did you incorporate other things like self-inquiry, yoga etc? What did you schedule look like? Did you plan out your schedule prior to the retreat, or did you make it up as you went along? Did you rent a place like Leo has done? Did you find it challenging to motivate yourself at any point?
  15. @Karlos Totally forgot about Ben Smythe! Definitely a great example of Yellow, possibly moving into Turquoise (I think he's had some sort of awakening, not sure though).