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  1. Find what's beautiful, and you'll find what's true. Find what's true, and you'll find what's beautiful. Even for what you think might be ugly at first. Tenacious D once wrote a song called Tribute. In the song, they describe having played the best song in the world but forgetting the lyrics. Now, they can only pay homage to the song, and hope to listen to the greatest song again. This is what spirituality is like, except with the Absolute truth. The reason no one can tell you the absolute truth or even describe the absolute truth is the closest you will ever come is the act of witnessing and feeling pure divine beauty - a sign of the underlying Truth that connects all. Do not think that enlightenment is an event that happens once and never again. The question is: Do you see the beauty now? Can you find the underlying connection now? Are you aware of the great song in the world - the song of life - right now? So make no mistake - I can not, will not, should not ever purport to tell you the absolute Truth. No one can. Not even Jesus. Anyone who does is a false prophet. No word, no painting, no book, no drug, no meditation can either. Those are even falser prophets. The only thing Thing that is the Truth is The Truth. But at least Beauty will point you in the right direction. Will you choose to pay attention to the Beauty of the Truth in everything and the Truth of Beauty in Everything? That is up to you.
  2. The brain isn't as simple as poking a needle into it to destroy memories. Scientists have been on a search for a one-to-one correlation between memories and brain cells and they have yet to find it. They found one instance of a cell that fired only when shown images of Jennifer Aniston and it made a huge splash in the literature. But that is not the only cell that responds to images of her, thus it still doesn't count as one-to-one functioning. Indeed, it takes up to 50 to 60% of all brain cells to get damaged before someone even begins to notice the symptoms of something like alzheimer's. Imagine if your computer got 50% damaged before you noticed something was wrong! And yet, scientists everywhere continue to use this stupid 'brain-as-computer' analogy - there's no fucking computer that works this way! Moreover, I even wrote a post where I demonstrated clear evidence of a man who's brain had 90% of his brain gone and yet he lived a normal, healthy life. It seems that the brain doesn't even come close to working like what you described. Instead, it seems to be holographic. That is: 1 - every part contains functions, memories and aspects of every other part. 2 - It works by shining a light onto reality to recover a 3D image. So stop thinking of yourself as this limited little consciousness produced by a mass of jelly in a calcified water-bag worth about $20 at the Ace-Hardware store for 99% of it and $160 for 100% of it. Scientists like Daniel Dennett love to rub themselves over this delusion, but it's simply not the case. Instead, realize that Capital-C consciousness is analogous to the combination of a holographic card, a laser light, and a holographic projection. Your brain, instead of creating consciousness, is better described as a way to anchor or tune into conscious percepts. Another way to think of it is that a radio doesn't create radio waves and it doesn't create music, instead it taps into radio waves to play music from a specific frequency. You don't create consciousness and you don't create your perceived life, you tap into consciousness and play out your life at your own frequency. So how are you not your brain? first off, you are the perceiver, the act of perceiving, and that which is perceived. Without any one of these nothing would exist and its basically incoherent to say otherwise. The brain is only within the category of that which is perceived. At best, it is only 1/3 of the necessary components of existence. So describing yourself as the brain leaves out other important aspects of you. Again, you are the whole of perceiver, perception, perceived. This is what is meant by transcending the limited view of yourself. Second off, you are confusing the brain's correlations to consciousness with creation of consciousness. Correlation is not causation! So consider that the same way that if I destroy a radio, radio waves - and thus music - don't cease to exist ... then if I destroy a brain, consciousness and thus the music of consciousness don't necessarily cease to exist. And yet, a radio's functions correlate with music. In this way, what the brain does is kind of filter and limit consciousness down to one small, distinct perspective. destroying the brain simply means going back to an unfiltered, unlimited consciousness that is completely non distinct perspective. It would be so non distinct that any description of it would simply not come close to describing it... and yet it would be the capital T Truth. So you ask would a person be enlightened if they destroyed their brain? DUDE WAKE UP: ENLIGHTENMENT IS SPECIFICALLY WHEN YOU "DESTROY" YOUR BRAIN AND GO BACK TO UNLIMITED CONSCIOUSNESS.
  3. Everyone Has Intuition, Even You All of God’s children are endowed with the highest intelligence: intuition, the all-knowing wisdom of the soul. Intuition is that power of Spirit inherited by the soul by which truth is perceived directly, without the medium of any other faculty. Intuition is soul guidance, appearing naturally in man during those instants when his mind is calm. Nearly everyone has had the experience of an inexplicably correct “hunch” or has transferred his thoughts accurately to another person. Every man has the power of intuition, as he has the power of thought. As thought can be cultivated, so intuition can be developed. In intuition we are in tune with Reality — with the world of Bliss, with the “unity in diversity,” with the inner laws governing the spiritual world, with God. …but it needs to be developed: In the life of every person, two forces of knowledge are operative from birth: (1) the power of human reason, along with its satellites of sensation, perception, conception, and so forth; (2) the power of intuition. The former is developed through social institutions and interactions. The latter usually remains uncultured, undeveloped, because of want of proper guidance and methods of training. So long as one’s intuition remains undeveloped, he is guided mainly by the limited understanding of mortal intelligence, with only occasional promptings of intuitive wisdom. Thus he engages in some good actions, but also in many wrong actions, and acquires many bad habits. Through the operation of the law of cause and effect, or karma, he finds himself following helplessly his own self-created destiny, which often leads to misery. A life can be successful, healthy, and complete — balanced with wisdom and happiness — when activity is guided by God’s inner, intuitive direction. The only way to know and to live in truth is to develop the power of intuition. Then you will see that life has a meaning, and that no matter what you are doing the inner voice is guiding you. While animals are guided primarily by instinct, and ordinary man is guided by his ego, the yogi who is united to the Self is guided by the soul. This intuitive power can be developed by learning the step-by-step methods of scientific deepest meditation that lead to Self-realization. Qualities of Intuition It is distinct from senses, thoughts, and intellect… “Intuition manifests in the calm consciousness as feeling, perceived mostly through the heart. When such feeling comes, you receive through it a definite sense of right direction and unshakable conviction.” The senses and mind are the outer doors through which knowledge percolates into the consciousness. Human knowledge filters in through the senses and is interpreted by the mind. If the senses err in perception, the conclusion drawn by the understanding of that data is also incorrect. A white gossamer cloth fluttering in the distance may look like a ghost, and a superstitious person believes that it is a ghost; but closer observation reveals the error of that conclusion. The senses and understanding are easily deluded because they cannot grasp the real nature, the essential character and substance, of created things. Man’s highest faculty is not reason but intuition: apprehension of knowledge derived immediately and spontaneously from the soul, not from the fallible agency of the senses or of reason. Intuition comes from within; thought, from without. Intuition gives a face-to-face view of Reality; thought gives an indirect view of it. Intuition, by a strange sympathy, sees Reality in its totality, while thought chops it up into parts. …and yet it includes feeling Beyond the senses and intellect, intuition manifests in the calm consciousness as feeling, perceived mostly through the heart. When such feeling comes in meditation, you receive through it a definite sense of right direction and unshakable conviction. Increasingly you will be able to recognize and follow this intuition. That doesn’t mean you give up reason. Calm impartial reason can also lead to intuition. Use common sense. But remember that arrogant or emotional reasoning leads to misconceptions and mistakes. “Pure reason and pure feeling both have intuitive qualities. Pure feeling sees as clearly as pure reason.” Pure reason and pure feeling both have intuitive qualities. Pure feeling sees as clearly as pure reason. Most women have a keenly developed intuition. Only when they become unduly excited do they lose their intuitive powers. Pure reason is also intuitive, if this power is sufficiently developed. Otherwise, should the premise be wrong, the conclusion will be wrong also. Sooner or later, every man who reasons clearly will develop true intuition, which never errs. You must feel as well as think; if you do not have feeling along with your thoughts, you will not always be successful in reaching the right conclusion. Feeling is an expression of intuition, the repository of all knowledge. Feeling and thought, or reason, must be balanced; only then does the divine image of God within you, the soul, manifest its full nature. Hence Yoga teaches one how to balance his powers of reason and feeling. One who does not have both equally is not a fully developed person. The harmonious balance of reason and feeling leads to intuitive perception and the ability to know what is Truth. Achieving this balance, men and women become gods. Consequences of Undeveloped Intuition Ignorance of what you really are: Undeveloped intuition is a crystal placed before the soul, producing a double image. The soul itself is the real image; the reflection is unreal — the ego or pseudosoul. The more undeveloped the intuition is, the more distorted the ego image will be. When human life is guided by this false identity, which is brought about by the presence of undeveloped intuition, it is subject to all the limitations and false notions of delusion. A chaotic existence of error and its consequences is therefore inevitable. “Anyone seeking success would accomplish more if he concentrated upon increasing the receptive quality of his brain cells, instead of depending just on books and college work for his progress.” When a man is identified with his body, he feels nothing more than the sensations of sight, smell, taste, touch, sound, weight, and movement....God sent man to earth to be entertained by the bodily dreams, not to obscure his consciousness of immortality by being identified with the body. If one can for a sufficient length of time remain unidentified with thoughts and sensations, and without being unconscious, he will know through the development of intuition the nature of the soul. “I am not the breath; I am not the body, neither bones nor flesh. I am not the mind or feeling. I am That which is behind the breath, body, mind, and feeling.” When you go beyond the consciousness of this world, knowing that you are not the body or the mind, and yet aware as never before that you exist — that divine consciousness is what you are. You are That in which is rooted everything in the universe. The advanced student should meditate deeply until his thoughts become dissolved into intuition. In the lake of intuition, free from the waves of thought, the yogi can see the unruffled reflection of the moon of the soul. Undeveloped intuition brings errors in judgment and wrong decisions. . . Errors in judgment are a result of not having developed intuition. Most of you have had the feeling that you could be great, and do great things; but because you have lacked intuitive power, that potential has, for the most part, remained dormant. Since the judgment of your mind is conditioned by the information fed to it by the senses, if your senses become deluded you may think a person is wonderful without knowing what he truly is inside. You may think you have found your soul mate, so you enter into matrimony; and then end up in the divorce court. But intuition will never make such a mistake. It will not look at the magnetic power of the eyes or at the attractive face or personality of a person, but will feel and perceive accurately in the heart what that person is really like. . . .while developed intuition brings success in life: To progress and to avoid the misery of mistakes, you have to find what is the truth in everything. This is possible only if you develop your intuition. That is the practical truth of the matter. That is why I am asking you to cultivate and use intuitive power in everything. In your relationships with others, in your business, in your married life, in every part of your life, intuition is essential. By not developing the faculty of intuition, you make wrong decisions, pick up the wrong business associates, and get caught up in wrong personal relationships. There is always uncertainty in depending only on the material ways of success. But the intuitive way of success is different. Intuitive perception can never be wrong. It comes by an inner sensitivity, a feeling by which you know in advance whether or not you are going to succeed by following your determined course. Many people, lacking intuition, put a lot of money into financial prospects that do not produce anything, and consequently they lose everything. I have been successful in every decision I have made through intuitive power. It never fails. The scientific man or the businessman or anyone seeking success would accomplish more if he concentrated upon increasing the receptive quality of his brain cells, instead of depending just on books and college work for his progress. The world starts with books and outside methods, but you should start by increasing the receptivity of your intuition. In you lies the infinite seat of all knowledge. Ways to Develop Intuition First develop common sense. . . Intuitive wisdom, though transcending ordinary knowledge, does not make one otherworldly or impractical; it is the parent of common sense, which is simply intuitional reaction to one’s environment. . . . then add some research and deliberate practice to set the stage for intuitional guidance: Learn all you can about your goal and the practical steps needed to achieve it. Whether you are investing your money, starting a business, changing your occupation, after you have investigated, compared, and applied your intelligence to the limit, don't rush headlong into it. When your reason and investigation points to one thing, then meditate and pray to to your inner God. In inner silence, ask your higher self if it is all right to go ahead. If you meditate deeply and earnestly and find that something is turning you from it, don’t do it. But if you have an irresistible positive impulse, and you meditate and pray and go on meditating and this impulse still persists, then go ahead. Your request for guidance must be sincere, so that whatever impulse you feel will be from God and not mere reinforcement of your own flawed desire. That is the way I developed the practical application of my intuition. Before starting any endeavor, I sit in meditative silence in my room and go on expanding that power in my mind. Then I throw the concentrated light of my mind on what I want to accomplish. “Only when restless thoughts cease can one hear the voice of God communicating through the silence of intuition....In the devotee’s silence God’s silence ceases.” Always ask your inner God - the True you - to guide you. If your ego is blind and has a strong voice, it may drown out intuition and mislead you. But if you seek only to please The Universe by your efforts to do something worthwhile, He will guide your footsteps from error to good. Meditation is the surest way. . . The surest way to liberate the expression of intuition is by meditation, early in the morning and before going to bed at night. Whenever you want to solve a problem intuitively, first go into deep meditation or silence, as you have been taught in the Lessons. Don’t think of your problems during meditation. Meditate until you feel that a sense of calmness fills the inner recesses of your body — until a divine happiness fills the inner recesses of soul — and breath becomes calm and quiet. Then concentrate simultaneously at the point between the eyebrows (Christ Consciousness Center) and the heart. Lastly, ask God to direct your intuition, so that you may know what you should do about your problems. The clear-thinking man should be distinguished from the man who thinks too much....Intuition manifests only in calmness; in the undeveloped man, it only occasionally peeps in through the loopholes of leisure periods of the active mind and restless senses. The clear-thinking individual does not allow intellect to overrule intuition; by his patient calmness, he permits the full play of intuition in guiding him to right determinations. To attain a higher state of consciousness and divine perception, it is necessary through meditation to withdraw the mind from its continual restless activity. In that interiorized state, spiritual sensitivity, or intuition, awakens. An advanced Kriya Yogi, who in samadhi meditation has withdrawn his consciousness and life force from the realm of the gross body and senses, enters that inner world of wisdom revelations. He becomes aware of the seven sacred altars of Spirit in the spine and brain, and receives all knowledge emanating from them. Thus in tune with truth through intuitive soul-perception, he knows invariably the correct guidance for all aspects of his spiritual and materially dutiful conduct. Let me be clear about something: the goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may hear the infallible counsel of the Inner Voice. God speaks to you through your intuition. . . Spirit does not necessarily talk through the lips of a form in a vision, or a materialized human body, but may intimate words of wisdom through the medium of the devotee’s awakened intuition. God may counsel a devotee by assuming the form of a saint, but usually He adopts the simple method of speaking through the devotee’s own intuitive perception. God’s voice is silence. Only when restless thoughts cease can one hear the voice of God communicating through the silence of intuition. That is God’s means of expression. In the devotee’s silence God’s silence ceases. No devotee should be satisfied until he has sufficiently developed his intuition — by impartial introspection and deep meditation, as in Kriya Yoga — to experience the communion of soul and Spirit. If a devotee meditates intensely for at least short periods every day, and has longer periods of three or four hours of deep meditation once or twice a week, he will find his intuition becoming sufficiently superfine to realize unendingly the dialogue of blissful wisdom exchanged between the soul and God. He will know the interiorized state of communion in which his soul “talks” to God and receives His responses, not with the utterances of any human language, but through wordless intuitional exchanges. Real Religion Is Based Upon Intuition All bona fide revealed religions of the world are based on intuitive knowledge. Each has an exoteric or outer particularity, and an esoteric or inner core. The exoteric aspect is the public image, and includes moral precepts and a body of doctrines, dogmas, dissertations, rules, and customs to guide the general populace of its followers. The esoteric aspect includes methods that focus on actual communion of the soul with God. The exoteric aspect is for the many; the esoteric is for the ardent few. It is the esoteric aspect of religion that leads to intuition, the firsthand knowledge of Reality. Intellectual discourses about the Creator will not give you God. But by seeking Him within, making the effort every day, you will find Him. The way to God is not through the intellect, but through intuition. Ordinary human beings, studying and working with material life, are circumscribed in their understanding by their sense perceptions and rationalizing intelligence. With undeveloped intuition, their limited power of intellectuality cannot truly comprehend matters of the spirit even when such truth is expounded to them. Though colossal intellects and famous theologians may be well read about the soul, they may nevertheless understand little about it! On the other hand, even illiterates given to deep meditation will be able clearly to describe the nature of the soul from their own direct experience. Intuition bridges the chasm between intellectual knowledge of the soul and actual realization of the divine Self. Intellectual giants, masters of many languages, veritable walking libraries of knowledge and deductive philosophy, but who are devoid of the help of clear-eyed intuition, have a deluded intelligence — functional on the plane of relativity, but obstructive to divine wisdom. It is by intuition that God can be realized in all His aspects. We have no sense that can reveal knowledge of Him; the senses give knowledge only of His manifestations. No thought or inference can enable us to know Him as He truly is, for thought cannot go beyond the data of the senses; it can only arrange and interpret the impressions of the senses. “God is beyond mind and intellect…His true nature can be felt only through the soul’s power of intuition.” God is beyond mind and intellect…His true nature can be felt only through the soul’s power of intuition. We must find His consciousness through the superconscious mind — the nucleus of mind and intelligence. His infinite nature is revealed to man through the intuitive superconsciousness of the soul. The joy felt in meditation reveals the presence of Eternal Joy spread over all creation. The light seen in meditation is the astral light from which our tangible creation is made. Beholding this light, one feels a unity with all things. Intuition Produces True Wisdom, the Antidote to Kosmic Delusion Man is so drunk with delusion, it obliterates his true perception so that the darkness of his ignorance cannot apprehend the light of God vibrating everywhere. Both cosmic delusion (maya) and individual illusion or ignorance (avidya) work together to thus obscure and confound the soul’s inherent intuitive sense of God’s omnipresence. In meditation this darkness of sensory dependence goes away and intuition prevails, revealing oneself as light in the magnitude of a whole universe of light. When man is settled in that inner kingdom of divine consciousness, the awakened intuitive perception of the soul pierces the veils of matter, life energy, and consciousness and uncovers the God-essence in the heart of all things. When by meditation and devotional practice of divine teachings the soul’s intuition begins to guide the development of intelligence, it is then that delusion instead of wisdom is doomed to destruction. The Transcendent Vision This life is a master novel, written by you as God, and man would go crazy if he tried to understand it by reason alone. That is why I tell you to meditate more. Enlarge the magic cup of your intuition and then you will be able to hold the ocean of infinite wisdom. The devotee who transcends the myopia of body consciousness sees with the superior vision of divine intuition, and resolves all formerly incomprehensible dualities in the ecstatic perception of creation as Beauty and Joy. How expressively the Gita extols this truth: “adorned with countless celestial robes and garlands and ornaments” — the stars are His crown jewels; the earth His footstool; the lightning, thunder, storms, and cataclysms the flash of His accoutrements and snap of His cloak as He dances in joy the whirling rhythms of creation, preservation, destruction. Everything in the objective world is an added decoration to beautify the cosmic garment of God; behind all these is the hidden Divine Reality. Meditate with patience and persistence. In the gathering calmness, you will enter the realm of soul intuition. Throughout the ages, those beings who attained enlightenment were those who had recourse to this inner world of God-communion. Jesus said: “When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” * Go within the Self, closing the door of the senses and their involvement with the restless world, and God - the real you - will reveal to you all His wonders. adapted from an article found in Self-Realization Magazine, fall 2011
  4. Doesn't this sound really spiritual? Dude, 'Waiting room', especially given the context of the whole album, is about as blunt about the capital-T truth as an allegory could be. 'Spirituality' is just about removing one's emotional blocks to realize that the stuff discussed in Waiting room is True. You might say - oh no but how do you know that this is the capital T-Truth. I say oh yes, how else could it be?! I've posted a number of times about this shit but yes, this is the enlightened truth in a nutshell. There is nothing else to realize. If God's omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, how exactly would he not know you're whole life? Who else was doing everything in your life? Who else saw everything you know to have seen? What else could we build other than God if he's omnipresent? It's 'the Devil' inside - the ego - that refuses to recognize that there is no boundary between self and god. In fact, the whole process of spirituality can be defined as un-realizing everything un-true - which is everything else - and getting used to this Truth. That's the fundamental process in god's training program known as the human life matrix. As the album begins, open your mind. open your mind. o-pen-your-mind. But its' not enough to just listen to the song or read my words. You have to actually live life with the perspective that you are God learning and interacting with other versions of God learning and interacting with you to one day become God. Do this for a number of years and it will be obvious that there is no other way. It's like having a pair of glasses that make everything beautiful and clear. Again, the truth is always there, you, me, we all just refuse to see it and feel it 100% of the time - so we suffer infinite lives until we do. Stop the suffering NOW. See the Truth NOW. Wake up! And if you haven't listened to the rest of the album, in order, definitely try to do so. The whole thing is woke as fuck.
  5. I just found one of the coolest web-apps ever. Cube.gif is an experiment visualizing gifs as 3D cubes by encoding animation time as another spatial dimension. We can then slice the gif cube using a plane, projecting the data back into two dimensions and producing images that capture multiple frames of the original animation. Using the app kind of helps me visualize higher levels of reality. Mainly, it helps me see reality as one frozen block of absolutely infinite conscious potential. So take this 3d gif block and then add sounds, tastes, touches, thoughts, emotions. Then instead of imagining a 2d gif getting played back, make it 3d. This by the way, is how Einstein thought up general relativity. For, the way a line is an infinite series of 0 dimensional points smoothed together, the way a square is an infinite series of 1 dimensional lines smoothed together, the way a cube is an infinite series of 2 dimensional squares smoothed together, the 4d is an infinite series of cubes smoothed together. Notice how by moving the plane in a certain direction, 'movement' appears in the block. Anyway, our soul is itself that which penetrates the block using a form of existence known as the now - a made up plane to help us see things "moving" frame by frame. We make up and are time as a way to experience and manipulate the world. Depending on the angle that you penetrate the block you would have a totally different experience - one of Me, one of you, one of George W. Bush, etc. That would literally be the only difference - the perceived angle of the space-time penetration. Apart from that, it is exactly the same being penetrating the universe. To anchor in a certain plane of perspective, a brain or other nervous system might be used. In this way the brain would not be a generator of the block, just an anchor for a plane to cut through the block. Now make shit a little crazier. Instead of having a frozen block with everything determined already, instead take the block and add different timelines of potential. Infinite choices at any point, where the block can split off. Imagine so many choices that every possibility gets exhausted. So much so, that the terms predetermined vs at random are useless because literally every possibility gets realized at least once. Then imagine the aforementioned plane of existence going through one angle, then another, realizing every single possibility. Each time the plane goes through, the block "disappears" - its back to nothingness before going through another go around to figure out the block. The plane would forget entirely about the previous experience before returning again. That is, every time the plane passes through, it would have no recollection of its previous go around. No plane penetration, no block. This is our infinite soul. It's the perceiver (the plane), the perception (the slicing), and all the infinite configurations of the perceived. The plane would pass over everything you see. The thing that you are encompasses everything and everyone you see. The plane would not be able to exist without the block either, by the way. For without penetration of the block, it would have nothing to perceive, including itself. I hope you can now begin to have a small little window into the craziness of the meaning behind total non distinction. An absolutely infinite block of every possible percept pasted together - its useless to describe unless you come up with some type of little window to describe it. And that's what we are, a little window to describe it.
  6. When children ask me those fundamental metaphysical questions which come so readily to their minds -- “Where did the world come from?” “Why did God make the world?” “Where was I before I was born?” “Where do people go when they die?” -- again and again I have found that they seem to be satisfied with a simple and very ancient story, which goes something like this: “There was never a time when the world began, because it goes round and round like a circle, and there is no place on a circle where it begins. Look at my watch, which tells the time; it goes round, and so the world repeats itself again and again. But just as the hour-hand of the watch goes up to twelve and down to six, so, too, there is day and night, waking and sleeping, living and dying, summer and winter. You can’t have any one of these without the other, because you wouldn’t be able to know what black is without white, or white unless side-by-side with black. “In the same way, there are times when the world is, and times when it isn’t, for if the world went on and on without rest for ever and ever, it would get horribly tired of itself. It comes and it goes. Now you see it; now you don’t. So because it doesn’t get tired of itself, it always comes back again after it disappears. It’s like your breath: it goes in and out, in and out, and if you try to hold it in all the time you feel terrible. It’s also like the game of hide-and-seek, because it’s always fun to find new ways of hiding, and to seek for someone who doesn’t always hide in the same place. “God also likes to play hide-and-seek, but because there is nothing outside of God, he has no one but himself to play with. But he gets over this difficulty by pretending that he is not himself. This is his way of hiding from himself. He pretends that he is you and I and all the people in the world, all the animals, all the plants, all the rocks, and all the stars. In this way he has strange and wonderful adventures, some of which are terrible and frightening. But these are just like bad dreams, for when he wakes up they will disappear. “Now when God plays hide and pretends that he is you and I, he does it so well that it takes him a long time to remember where and how he hid himself. But that’s the whole fun of it -- just what he wanted to do. He doesn’t want to find himself too quickly, for that would spoil the game. That is why it is so difficult for you and me to find out that we are God in disguise, pretending not to be himself. But when the game has gone on long enough, all of us will wake up, stop pretending, and remember that we are all one single Self -- the God who is all that there is and who lives for ever and ever. “Of course you must remember that God isn’t shaped like a person. People have skins and there is always something outside our skins. If there weren’t, we wouldn’t know the difference between what is inside and outside our bodies. But God has no skin and no shape because there isn’t any outside to him. The inside and outside of God are the same. And though I have been talking about God as ‘he’ and not ‘she,’ God isn’t a man or a woman. I didn’t say ‘it’ because we usually say ‘it’ for things that aren’t alive. “God is the Self of the world, but you can’t see God for the same reason that, without a mirror, you can’t see your own eyes, and you certainly can’t bite your own teeth or look inside your head. Your self is that cleverly hidden because it is God hiding. “You may ask why God sometimes hides in the form of horrible people, or pretends to be people who suffer great disease and pain. Remember, first, that he isn’t really doing this to anyone but himself. Remember, too, that in almost all the stories you enjoy there have to be bad people as well as good people, for the thrill of the tale is to find out how the good people will get the better of the bad. It’s the same as when we play cards. At the beginning of the game we shuffle them all into a mess, which is like the bad things in the world, but the point of the game is to put the mess into good order, and the one who does it best is the winner. Then we shuffle the cards once more and play again, and so it goes with the world.”
  7. @Joseph Maynor My zen teacher would slap you in the face dude. You don't need any more books or videos. And The forum is no longer of any help to you. No more Leo no more Me, no more any of this. You have substituted enlightenment for other forms of addiction and it is now crippling you You need to go to a stripped down soto zen sangha (not Rinzai zen!) and begin to interact with a master. And while you do that, focus on everyday life in the "matrix" again. Focus on money cars, sex, etc - all of that seemingly wack "ego" shit. I know this is counterintuitive. But I'm telling you right now that you have met the Buddha and decided to make out with him instead of kill him. You're getting off balance and going off your own path. Im serious, get off the forum for your own mental health and go to a pro with +35 years of experience in Soto zen before you end up seriously hurting yourself. If you argue with me on this and/or cannot do this for one week, then let it be proof of your subtle addiction. And don't give me some bullshit about having no self to hurt. You are going to end up creating far more suffering than you realize. You've read enough of my posts to know I'm an open minded guy, so you know I'm not the type to usually say something or someone is going off the edge of too extreme. So for me to say this to you I must be pretty serious.
  8. The following excerpts are taken from this article at Skeptic, a website written by a man who lived as a monk for 14 years. I highly recommend you read the article in full, because there is a ton of juicy information in it. Think of the following the next time you think “If I lived in a monastery I’d be happy and peaceful praying and meditating all the time.” "Monks’ Ashram Weekday Schedule The typical weekday schedule of an SRF (Self Realization Fellowship) monk consisted of: 6:00 a.m. Gong rings, arise for private meditation in your bedroom 7:00 Group meditation in Monk’s Chapel 8:00 Vegetarian Breakfast served in Monk’s Dining Room (Silence) 8:30-12:00 Office work in Monk’s assigned department 12:00-12:30 p.m. Meditation (Silence) 12:00-1:00 Vegetarian Lunch served in Monk’s Dining room (Silence) 1:00-4:30 Office work (continued) 4:30-5:30 Recreation (group or individual physical fitness) 6:00-7:00 Group meditation in Monk’s Chapel 7:00-7:30 Vegetarian Dinner served in Monk’s Dining Room (Silence) 9:00 Private meditation 10:00 Lights Out (Silence) Everyday there was a strict rule of silence–no talking or noise–between 10 p.m. to 8 a.m., and during all meals and meditations and all day Sundays. [Read my post Ashram Silence.] During my first 5-7 years inside the ashram, I was quite self-disciplined in forcing myself to get up by six in the morning. and in following the monastic vows and rules of the Order. Later, after 10 years or so, I realized that the monks who lasted that long or longer inside this cloistered system had managed to carve out their own routines. When a monk felt reasonably secure in his seniority or status in the ashram he can take liberties with his schedule; whereas the younger, newer monks feel the need to follow all the rules and vows or they may be reprimanded, or worse, asked to leave the Order. Fear often motivated monks to follow the weekly routine." ------ "Is living in a monastery a happy peaceful affair of praying and meditating all the time? Monastic routine–including praying and meditating–is founded on the ideals of increasingly handing over control to unchallengeable authorities. These authorities propagate the virtues of renunciation and self-sacrifice. Presumably followers are required to sacrifice their selfish impulses to attain the superior or higher states of selflessness, enlightenment, samadhi and so on. In short, a follower’s concerns with their own interests becomes the source of their own problems. Self-centeredness (ego) becomes the villain to be sacrificed, slain, destroyed. Once one’s self-trust is undermined its fairly easy to allow oneself to be manipulated and controlled by authority. It’s not necessary for any of the individuals within the monastery to consciously manipulate or control others or to allow themselves be manipulated and controlled by others. All that is required is to follow the routine and ideals of the monastic order. Yes, outwardly the ashram routine allowed for plenty of peace and quiet time for prayer and meditation. A superficial vibe of peace, harmony, and happiness was present. But underneath the surface, inside the hearts and minds of monks was much anxiety, fear, even psychosis. The irony is that the ideals that lead one into a monastery, to pray and meditate all the time, are the very source of their problems. Going “within”–using meditation techniques and monastic routines–are following outward systems, promulgated by spiritual authorities. When we look outward (to renunciate or monastic systems, practices, or techniques) for validation we are barred from self-knowledge. We then are enslaved to routine and validation from authority."
  9. @Shakazulu You want to satisfy women? Work on becoming totally vulnerable. Be so vulnerable that you allow others to become vulnerable. A sex god is someone who inspires other people to let out their inner sex god. See? I've literally had girls cry of joy after fucking me because they didn't know it was possible to feel so sexually open and unleashed. The greatest sex organ is an integrated, in-tune, in-the-present, open mind. You can make girls come without touching their genitals just because you are so at peace with yourself and them and the situation you find yourselves in. Non neediness + the ability to express sexual desire = the hottest thing in the planet. So your training should first and foremost be about becoming totally vulnerable with yourself here and now forever. Get to a point where there is no "effort" involved whatsoever when it comes to opening up to women. If you make an effort to please her, stop the effort immediately. If you make an effort to pretend to ignore her, stop the effort immediately. If you make an effort to keep up conversation, stop the effort immediately. You will find this practice takes an incredible amount of effort. Weak people cannot do this practice. Emotionally unintelligent (read: weak) people try to mask their weakness by faking strength. After some time, Emotionally unintelligent people unconsciously make themselves look weaker than ever. And the only people who don't see this pathetic show are Emotionally unintelligent themselves. So Emotionally unintelligent people end up with Emotionally unintelligent people. Only the strongest, most emotionally intelligent people consciously allow themselves the possibility of showing weakness. They are so strong that any weakness is no big deal. And only the strongest people will recognize this nuance. So emotionally strong people end up with emotionally strong people. At the beginning, the only real concern should be whether you two are compatible. Not "how can I make myself fit her" Not "what can I say to make her like me" Not "how should I present myself? What should I text her? When should I text her? etc." Compatibility should have no effort. The only questions should be: "Are we compatible? Are we both self-aware? Are both able to help each other grow?" Learn to be so comfortable being you that people can't help but take notice. This begins before the bedroom. This begins before the approach. This begins before the training room. This begins every moment you take every action NOW. The training is itself becoming totally fucking okay with everything NOW. Surrender NOW. Be vulnerable NOW. There is no other time! @Leo Gura is right: you will one day realize that girls cannot satisfy you - the only question is when. That said, there are two ways this could go. One is that this is itself what's going to make it so that every single girl goes out of her way to satisfy you, ultimately satisfying you when you find the right one - the only question is when. It seems like a paradox, but you will get it when you go through it. And you can't fake this realization. If you fake this realization, you will only delay the realization.
  10. the data might be a small clue. I did an interesting experiment once with 5-meo and the headband, but again the headband is far to unreliable to say much of anything about it. There's a big gap leap between a $200 headband that covers only the front of your head and a quality EEG that covers your whole head and costs a few thousand. This gap is big enough to render most of the data useless. Here's an example of the bare minimum There are neurofeedback facilities you can go to to use their devices however. Muse's headband data has influenced me to try on of these facilities in the future. For now, it's pretty darn expensive either way.
  11. @AleksM @Real Eyes @Wouter I've personally used Muse for a period of 3 months and talked to a few others about it Once I got over the honeymoon phase of having something new, I began to find distracting and ditched it for regular old zazen One of the girls I talked to who tried it found it a waste of time after a few months as well It only has a 3.5 / 5 star review on amazon with over -- I too would give it a 3.5 --- for something that was $200 I better have a 5/5 product. The Zen Master I practice with said it was just another delusional product made by delusional people and that the state of "calmness" is a distraction from the pursuit of truth. He further claimed that in general things like stopping Brain waves in EEGs are like a form of juggling trick -- cool, but unnecessary for enlightenment. (I don't necessarily agree with his view, but he has +30 years of experience in zen, which is worth at least considering. And no, he's not a close minded dude overall, so he's not just being crotchety.) Leo described it as a toy and that for proper neurofeedback you would need an EEG for that costs a few thousand dollars. Overall This is not to say I'm now totally against the idea of using EEGs, it's just that I don't think we have the technology for cheap ones yet.
  12. I found two great songs by a little-known musician named Stuart Davis. One of them is featured in the Audiobook Kosmic Consciousness with Ken Wilber, which I will put a review of later. Ladder The first song is called "Ladder." It's a lovely song about our personal and species-wide evolution and the natural clash with psychological entropy. That is, as we grow more complex as individuals and as a species, we also have more stuff that can topple us. I've got brains like antique floors I built each one on the one before I use all three but they don't agree One of them wants to love you Another one would love to club you I guess my old natures move like glaciers Chorus: The fish became a lizard The shrew became an ape Will the ape become an angel? The higher that we climb The more the ladder sways I'm the bastard child the one who got the head of Einstein and the soul of Pol Pot there's no compassion but I can split the atom Better give me a microscope for a different eye Better give me a telescope for the inward sky and a ladder leading up from Eden Chorus If Ramana Maharshi came from clay there's more to evolution than a little DNA Cut off the moorings to the inward ark Aiming it into a question mark The fish became a lizard The shrew became an ape will the ape become a Mother Teresa? She came from clay There's more to evolution than a little DNA Personal Commentary: Ladder bases itself off of the integral idea of Holarchy. Holarchies are made out of Holons. A holon refers to the something being both a whole and a part with no actual distinction between itself and other whole/parts other than arbitrary measures. Each holon is a system (or phenomenon) that is an evolving self-organizing dissipative structure, composed of other holons, whose structures exist at a balance point between chaos and order. Higher level holons are always at a more precarious position than lower level holons. This goes for physical objects, ecological systems, psychological stages, social organizations, and even spiritual development. With reference to holarchical human development, Alan Watts serves to help us see the issue: "how is man to be best related to his environment? Especially in circumstances where we are in possession of an extremely powerful technology and have, therefore, the capacity to change our environment far more than anyone else has ever been able to do so. Are we going to end up not by civilizing the world, but by Los-Angelizing it? In other words, are we going to foul our own nest as a result of technology? But all this gets down to—the basic question is, really, what are you going to do if you’re god? If, in other words, you find yourself in charge of the world, through technological powers, and instead of leaving evolution to what we used to call, in the 19th century, the blind processes of nature—that was begging the question, to call them blind—but at any rate, we say, we’re not going to leave evolution to the blind forces of nature but now we’re going to direct it ourselves. Because we are increasingly developing, say, control over genetic systems, control over the nervous system, control over all kinds of systems; uh then, simply, what do you want to do with it?" This song responds to Watts inquiry by pointing out that Perhaps there is a universal Telos. That there is a point to all of this and the despite the hemming and hawing and guffawing that we know as human violence and suffering, it works out in the end such that we become the gods that oversee us. We made a universe that is perfect for ourselves, despite seeming otherwise. Creating Heaven is Heaven. Watts echoes this sentiment at the end of his own lecture. What is your idea of heaven? What would you really like to have happen, if you could make it happen? That’s the first thing that really starts people thinking because you soon realize that a lot of the things you think you would want are not things you want at all. Supposing, just for the sake of illustration, that you had the power to dream every night any dream you wanted to dream. And you could, of course, arrange for one night of dreams to be seventy-five years of objective time, or any number of years of subjective time, what would you do? Well, of course, you’d start out by fulfilling every wish. You would have routs and orgies and uh uh all the most magnificent food and uh sexual partners and everything you could possibly imagine in that direction. When you got tired of that, after several nights, you’d switch a bit, and find yourself involved in adventures, and uh contemplating great works of art, fantastic mathematical conceptions; you would soon be rescuing princesses from dragons, and all sorts of things like that. And then one night you’d say, now look, Tonight what we’re gonna do is, we’re going to forget this dream is a dream. And we’re going to be really uh shocked, and when you woke up from that one you’d say, ‘Oooh, wasn’t that an adventure!’ ----- Nothing In Between The second song is called Nothing in Between. It is a wonderful tome about Nothingness, aka God. There is nothing in between us when we sleep Every night the bliss begins to leak Nothing in between us when we laugh it’s something that our head will never grasp It’s seen in between There’s nothing in between your joy and mine It’s all a lot of nectar on the vine Joy is how my parents were entwined and there’s nothing in between their lives and mine We’ve seen There’s nowhere to hide in the open Reality Love is so wide, there isn’t a boundary There is only one eye without any enemy when you’ve seen in between There’s nothing in between our skin and light Nothing in between the wind and kite Nothing in between our lips and grace Nothing in between the tongue and taste It’s seen (Refrain) There is nothing in between you and I Nothing in between blue and sky Nothing in between us and love Nothing in between wings and doves (Refrain) There is nothing in between Personal Commentary: This song struck me as a great way of pointing to non-distinction. This morning as I meditated using Headspace, I was instructed to feel that the center of creativity deep in my heart. I was then asked to extend my awareness of that center past my chest and to my whole skin. From there I was asked to expand this awareness to the walls around me. From there I extended it to my whole apartment complex... The City of LA... Earth... The Solar System... The Galaxy... The Virgo Cluster... The Laniakea SuperCluster... The whole Observable Universe that seems to form a universal Brain/mind complex... Then I pushed further - I asked what would be beyond that -- where is that universal brain? And I kept pushing outwards to see the next order of fractalization... and what came up was me! That is, I saw that cosmic brain complex residing in my own head or another version of me or maybe an alien or maybe some computer who itself resides in some version of the city of LA which is itself on some version of earth... And so on for all of eternity outwards. And so on for all of eternity inwards as well! Which is to say, I can't describe it as One because it has no end or beginning to its outwardness and inwardness. And to call something one, it must reach an outward and inward end. I could call it zero because it has no ground, but it's clearly here and now. " _____?!?!NOTHING?!?!______ " is all I that can be said about it. There's me = you = everything, which breaks down into ____!?nothing?!?!____ upon further investigation. There's ___!?!nothing?!?____ between physical material and conscious object. There's ___!?!nothing?!?_____ between past and future. It all happens Now - the only place that remains Absolutely unchanged EXCEPT that its also Absolutely Relative as proven by Einstein. There's ___!?!nothing!?___ between me and you. There's just ____!?!nothing??!___ between anything. There is no distinction. There no such thing as a thing-without-some-other-thing which means that there is No thing-other-than-the-whole-thing which means I cannot point to any-one-thing as-itself in-and-of-itself other than ___!?!nothing?!?____ . This is the Holarchical perspective. ---- Putting the ideas of both songs together we can intuit a holarchical ladder with nothing in between. We see an universe of other universes with no part distinct from other parts as it builds itself and destroys itself at the same time - Now - in a fashion that is relative to the timeline of each observer. This universe would: know all from a wide perspective and it would know all from a limited perspective - the one "we" see out of in our everyday understanding. Indeed, in knowing all it would know what it is like to not-know it all. It is from each one of these limited perspectives that the wide perspective gets generated. The manifestation of such wide perspective gives universal purpose. It would be a wild adventure.
  13. I can completely relate. It's fucking hard man. I've gone through many, many rejections this year as well. Stay focused on what you can control. I know this might sound difficult, but see each rejection as a positive: They rejected you because you two wouldn't have been a good fit. You know a little bit more about your strengths and weaknesses During applications make sure to emphasize a how you will help the boss in as direct a manner as you can. Literally aim to eliminate the word "I" from any and all applications and maximize the usage of the word "you" as in "Help you obtain as much money/learning/value as possible" Next, stop sending applications through the usual route. Go through a route of nepotism whenever you can. That is, use friends and family to your advantage to find a job or help. Keep pounding at it. In know it hurts. But Keep pounding. Keep the same type of schedule you would when actually working. That means don't sleep in. Work 9-5 as if your job is to find a job. Then again, that also means take weekends off and take the occasional vacation like usual. Take this time to explore alternative routes as well. This is a great chance to explore weirder aspects of your interests. The longer you rest in Not Knowing, the better. I have an entire post about the topic of Not Knowing written here: Finally, I hope you know that you will suffer greatly if you continue to take the route of looking to get hired. Our economy is geared to totally fuck almost everyone that is an employee in basically any field. As much as possible you want to find a niche where you have: Autonomy – some sense of control over your time Competence – the feeling that you’re good at your work Relatedness – connecting with other people in the process Sadly, this is missing from more and more career fields. The best thing is to see how you can go off-roading to generate these three values in your career. The way to do this is to get better at what you do. If you find the career field is not accepting you, you have to take it upon yourself to get better at a certain field and make them come to you. In general, get to a point where you are so good, people cannot ignore you as quickly yet steadily as possible. From this point of advantage you can create the life you want. There's this saying we used to have in football: Slow is smooth, smooth is fast. Take your craft slowly and smoothly so that you can progress upwards fast and smooth. See?
  14. First things first, The True Way is The Way that Cannot be spoken. So get rid of the idea that "Spirituality is the Way." I know this sounds counterintuitive. But It's similar to how it would be unskillful to say "Vegetables are The Food." Yes, sure Vegetables are a great base, but its not like even vegans literally only eat vegetables. I'm not sure what "The Food" is. Neither are you. I don't want you to now go overboard and think that I'm saying to stop meditating, contemplating, reading, etc. Instead, Just recognize that spirituality itself is not capital-I "It" And Its definitely not capital-I "It" for a person who's life you don't 100% know and who's context you don't 100% know. People get upset because they think you're assuming too much about their life. In general, the skillful person will pack wisdom into everyday language such that anyone can understand them without realizing that they're being taught Original Gangster Zen-Master Shit. In other words, meet them where they are at with the wisest words possible for that level of understanding. There are a series of codes and cues that exist to tell how awakened a person is and thus how deep you can go with that person. This is why Zen masters seem so weird at times -- they know that people freak out at high level information and must use the code of the Koan. (Side Note #1: Leo doesn't care about this too much and has no problem opening up about the weirder aspects of consciousness work, which is why I like his videos. But I can understand why a lot of higher level stuff gets hidden away - its easier to help people to master the lower level stuff first.) (Side Note #2: Hell, theres a reason even high level mathematics gets hidden away. Higher level math is one giant slap in the face to all of logic. For this reason, students get taught boring arithmetic and algebra that seems totally pointless. Imagine that math doesn't get crazy exciting until you become the equivalent of a Zen Master.) Again, the code allows you to recognize where the person is at in cognitive functioning so that you can proceed skillfully. If you're wondering what the code looks like here's a good example: When I take a ride in Uber, I always ask the driver what three good things happened to them that week. Its entertaining to hear their stories. It's also a great way to figure out where to take the conversation. There are a few general answers I might get: If the driver starts telling me about how they can't find anything good that happened to them in the whole week then I know they're either going through deep shit and/or pretty unawakened so I might ask them about why their suffering is so and I make sure to keep things practical yet empathetic during the discussion "Oh Jeez yes that sucks. I've been through something very similar myself. And we're not alone -- plenty of people struggle with this. I got out of it by doing skillful action X and realizing insight Y. Just remember that this might be a set up for something awesome later down the road." If the driver starts telling me about how their three things all involve some material possessions that they obtained that week then I know they're doing well but concerned about materialistic stuff so I might ask them about why they're interested in that stuff - what about it gets them going I make sure to keep the conversation focused on their underlying passion for those materials instead of the materials themselves "I'm so glad you killed it during your presentation! Isn't it weird how when you practice hard and get into a tough situation like that everything seems to just drop away? Like its not even you thats talking any more? Like you're in the zone but it goes almost beyond that? Fuck man, thats the best! I'm so happy for you!" If the driver starts telling me about how they're just happy they're alive and that they have a job and that they had a roof then I know they're pretty awakened so I might ask them about how great it is to practice gratitude and I make sure to simply talk about how they practice gratitude, in this way I learn new skills I might implement "Hell yeah, I'm glad you can appreciate the little things. Its hard, you know? Most people get stuck on random bullshit. I bet you have some secrets for how you manage to stay focused on what's important?" If the driver mentions anything about going out into nature and meditating then I know where they interest lies about spirituality and I might ask how they got into it "Oh wow so how long have you been meditating for?" "Awesome! I rarely meet people who do that stuff! What got you into it? If the driver mentions something about Joe Rogan or psychedelics or holotropic breathing then I know its okay to talk about insane shit and I might ask them about their insane shit and in particular whether they believe its 'real' or 'not-real' or 'Both' "Fuck yes. I love hearing trips. I want you to tell me a) you're craziest trip and b) whether you think it's real or not real and/or what you think reality is. Be 100% honest? I'm an openminded dude. So aliens, ghosts, and the matrix, are all fair game." I want you to imagine that we are all stuck in a game where the secret way to win is itself to know you're playing the game but you can never simply have someone tell you that you're playing the game. Namely, You have to realize it yourself -- because, technically, you are the only player in the game. There are three commonly reported rules to The Game: Everyone in the world is playing The Game. (Sometimes narrowed to: "Everybody in the world who knows about The Game is playing The Game", or alternatively, "You are always playing The Game.") A person cannot choose to not play The Game; it does not require consent to play and one can never stop playing. Whenever one takes The Game as anything other than The Game, one loses. You don't. They figure it out themselves. No! There's nothing missing! The idea that there's something missing is itself the thing that's "missing." But, again, there's nothing missing. Missingness is the whole illusion. It is the game at work. Stop spreading around missing-ness and lack-of. Stop trying to convince people of anything. Show, don't tell. My life sucked when I tried to tell. My Life is amazing because I choose to Show. You want to convince people of the Truth? Make your life a statement of what it looks like to realize that there's nothing missing. Fucking Inspire them by being an inspirational person! Get your shit straightened out and others will naturally follow. In particular, others will simply begin to ask 'how did you do it?' Only then will they truly listen. But they must come to you first. I have this saying that I got from Gay Hedricks. I write it down every once in a while as a reminder of my main missions. It goes: Today, I expand in abundance, integrity, success, and love, inspiring others to do the same.
  15. I have a new idea to implement the "learning = behavior change" video. Whenever Leo give us a "homework" assignment, we can each keep ourselves accountable by posting it here on the forum under threads titled Homework and whatever video it is. This is a nice, small behavioral change to get us started with applying his concepts. But really, that is just the start - learning will only occur with our next action after doing the homework. Post what it is that you got from the latest video as he'd asked you to do in the middle of the Learning = Behavior Change video. ------ Here was my response: Technically I haven’t learned anything from this latest video yet because I have yet to take 100% action. Doing this homework doesn’t count as taking action. The fact that “Learning = behavior change” is NOT the lesson from the video. The lesson is the new behavior that I take! Until I have exhibited some new behavior that incorporates that lesson, I cannot say I have learned anything. So I will say that learning on this video has occurred only when I take exhibit a new behavior that occurs as a result of some other lesson. See what I am saying? Again, I can officially say I learned something from this video If-and-only-if upon the next thing I research or experience or contemplate I: · Actively look for what type of behavioral change may occur because of the lesson · And take action on that lesson. ----- Let's get more specific to the homework itself: How will this information change my behavior? I will become more focused on applying lessons through behavior by constantly asking whether information changes behavior. From now on, I am not allowed to binge on lessons without writing direct action plans for each lesson and finding direct ways to implement through things like 30-day challenges or my hour-long Deep Work sessions. at least one direct action plan per lesson using the four questions. no more just watching random youtube videos or reading random books without guidance for what's going on and what's getting applied. I want to write the following answer per lesson: In situation X, I will do concrete thing Y to achieve subgoal Z now with self-compassion. This new paradigm is great because it shortens my notes I used to write whole tomes that summarized the books i read now I can just answer the 4 questions, the concrete sentence, and be done with it. this is especially useful For Sex, Ecology, and Spirituality by Ken Wilber. That summary was going to take forever. what did I learn? Learning = Behavior change Disregard information that doesn't lead to behavior change. This takes out news, gossip, youtube junk, video games, etc. How did my behavior change? We will see! I think we could have a whole forum section called "Video homework" if @Leo Gura would make it so. What did I learn about myself? I actually do a pretty good job of this, but this lesson bears out what I had as an internal feel into what are now direct words to live by. When I get 'stuck' its because I haven't taken steps through a concrete action plan. Best quote: Real wisdom results in living a certain kind of life ----- Sidenote -- Mark Manson released a very similar article on this topic just a two days ago. Here’s what he had to say in an article titled ‘how to be a better learner’: Memory works based on relevance. We’re selfish creatures by nature and we only remember what our brain has deemed important to our own lives. You can learn the coolest thing in the world, but if you don’t find a way to make it relevant to you and your well-being in some way, your brain will conveniently forget it. If you want to remember information, then you need to stop and take a second to ask yourself, “How is this relevant to me?” or “How can I apply this in my life?” You basically have to get personal with it. And if you’re not willing to get personal or think about your own life critically in that way, then most of the information you consume will just wash away. ------ Post your homework below and the new behaviors that will result.