Juan Cruz Giusto

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  1. Think about this as a negative habit. The less you do it, the less you will do it (duh). Start meditating and observing your mind. Catch yourself when you are being negative. Also create some healthy habits: - Exercise every day for 30 minutes - Meditate - Visualize - Journal - Read - Do Art Hope this helps!
  2. Move out to a bigger city and make new friends. I live in Argentina, and even though it's difficult to find people to connect on an intellectual level, I connect with people on an emotional and playful one. Enjoy yourself and other people more and stop judging. It's not healthy for you
  3. Because some people are so deep into their own shit that can't afford to look for the next person.
  4. So, yes and no. Yes because you start to dismantle many beliefs you thought were true. No, because you start to ground yourself in what's true, not in fantasy. In the beginning, it might be difficult and bring some confusion, but it's worth it Or at least is more honest.
  5. 1 is 1 because it's not 2. 1 is 1 relative to 2 and to the other numbers. It's nature is relative. 1 is defined as 1 because it is not the other numbers.
  6. Your existence is totally irrelevant if you believe you are here out of luck and randomness. BUT what if that's not actually the case? What if the universe and human existence is not just a result of a random process (darwinian evolution) but something intended. What if the Universe is intelligent and aims at developing higher and higher levels of consciousness? And humans - AND YOU - are a result of that intent. In that case, you are not irrelevant. You are very important. You are at the edge of cosmic evolution. And it's your job to keep expanding that edge by creating and living and experiencing. If you love Physics and Maths go for it! It's a beautiful expression of mind and logic. It's a form of art. And in a way, you will be contributing to evolution. Do you think that's irrelevant?
  7. Acceptance and letting go are very interrelated but not the same. You cannot let go something if you don't accept it. You can also accept something but cannot let it go. Let's say that acceptance is the act of enabling or letting something be in your awareness. Letting go is taking the emotional weight out of something so that it naturally leaves your awareness. Notice that stuff doesn't come into your awareness if you don't care about it.
  8. Nope, this is still within the relative world. Enlightenment is the realization of what you are, whether you feel or not. What are you if we take away all your senses and even your thoughts. What's left? What remains? What are you?
  9. True. Humans are naturally social and not doing so can have big implications. Babies need love and nurture if they want to develop a healthy mind and psyche. Saying adults do not is just illogical. But obviously there are some people that are more social than others.
  10. With the spiritual stuff, not anymore really. For me, reading "Conversations with Infinite Intelligence" was too much. If it's not in my experience, I don't hold it as true. What would be the difference between me and a Christian or a Muslim? I will stick to my contemplation and try to get what am I. Then the pieces will fall where they may.
  11. There seem to be two schools of thought here: 1- The realization happens once and there's no going back to being unenlightened (there are obviously different degrees of enlightenment but once you see it, you can't unsee it). 2- The realization is gradual. You can become enlightened and then the realization fades away. It takes a couple of non-dual experiences for the mind to settle into that state of consciousness. I am not enlightened so I cannot tell you which one is correct. From my research, it seems improbable to have an enlightenment experience fade away. But Leo and many other teachers say otherwise - go figure. Let's do one thing. You go become enlightened, come back and tell us what happened :).
  12. @lukej good stuff! Since I'm not into this subject, I'll be happy to hear what you find. If you haven't already, there's a song from Tool called Third Eye which talks about psychedelics and music.
  13. A quote from Chozan Shissai in seventeenth-century Japan might offer something to consider: In life one fulfills the Way of life and in death one fulfills the Way of death. Mind is not stirred in the slightest and the thoughts are motionless. Therefore, one is free in life and free in death. In contrast, that other person [Zen monk] sees nothing but illusion and deception in the creation; nothing but dream and pretense in the world of man. And thus he believes that to fulfill the Way of life means to cling to life and to suffocate in its activities. To surrender to life while alive and to death at dying is not to divide the Heart.
  14. Good argument. You are defining consciousness here as the ability that you and other human beings have to be conscious and aware of experience. Let's say consciousness = qualia = subjective experience. Cool. Materialism says that the brain is the one that produces consciousness or qualia because that's where the electrochemical reactions are happening and we only see consciousness when there's a brain. They claim that consciousness (mind) is originated by the brain (matter). Now, let's definite matter as the stuff reality is made out of and matter is when arranged in a complex way, originates consciousness. Notice though that you never experience matter, you only experience consciousness/mind/experience/qualia. So, if nobody ever experienced and found matter (is in principle impossible since whatever you find will be consciousness or mind), why do we claim it exists? If the only thing we are 100% sure it exists is mind, why do we add matter to the equation? Let's say that reality is made out of the same stuff your mind is made out of, but since it's bigger let's call it Consciousness. Not because your personal mind falls asleep when you get hit by a bat means all of reality isn't made out of consciousness. Also, not because the world functions in a very specific and predictable way, it is not made out of the same stuff your experience is made out of. It's useful to divide Personal Consciousness and Consciousness as a whole. They don't have a different nature, they are the same. That's why it's said that reality is made out of consciousness. As to materialism, correlation doesn't mean causation. Not because each time you see a brain there's consciousness, it means that the brain generates consciousness. They are correlated, like a coin and its 2 faces. The brain is how a 3rd person sees your experience. The less complex the exterior, the less conscious the interior. Practically, no matter what I say and the philosophy behind it, you and I still don't know what Reality is. A Direct Consciousness will only suffice. If it turns out to be Consciousness or Nothing or Matter or Candy it doesn't really matter. What matter is what's true.