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  1. @Alexo45 you can do it both ways. In zen it is often done in combination with gazing at a blank wall. The advantage of this form is that you don't doze and fall asleep that easy. But if you are not tired at all than you can also do it with closed eyes.
  2. That's a good sign that a shift towards the non-dual form of experiencing is taking place. When this happens there is no sense of "here and there" but of "this" without a specific reference point in space, right?
  3. Historically there seem to be two sources. In the west it seems to be ancient Greek and/or Egyptian mystery schools. The most famous one is the Eleusinian mysteries. Furthermore there were some ancient Greek philosophers who were probably enlightened. Anaximander, Heraclitus and Parmenides come to my mind. In the east the earliest sources seem to be vedic.
  4. I think I cannot give a general answer to this question. It depends on the individual. First of all you have to keep an eye on your health, your happiness and on your well-being as such. You have to balance things. In many cases I do not recommend to go after enlightenment as "the only goal". Most people are not intelligent enough and don't practice effective methods anyway. I doubt that people become enlightened by following a spiritual path in most cases. Many become hippies or somehow awkward (look at what happened to Jim Carrey for example ). Since many people don't go into the deep stuff, I recommend to practice Zen in a healthy fashion. You should focus on your work and not on other people. Comparing yourself with other people is in most cases ego bullshitting anyway. Stay open minded, not only towards people you like, but also towards those you don't like. Don't categorize people into good and bad people, or into stupid and clever people etc. Look at the individual actions. Don't become spiritually arrogant. That's ego. And that makes you more stupid than the people you look down to. Avoid cults, especially small cults. If you want to follow a spiritual tradition choose a big one. Follow Buddhism for example. Stay skeptic to some degree. Most people and organizations try to sell you something. Especially now in the west, where it's mostly about money. If you become a member of western type of organization, inform yourself first and always be ready to get out again the same day if you want to. There are organizations which are very clever and they try to impress you with something. Try to look behind the curtain and if it's really worth it. Avoid extreme views like nihilism. Keep the law of cause and effect in mind. Actions have consequences (karma). Understand that this life is a kind of fighting pit. Like Heraclitus said about 2500 years ago: War is the father of all things. You have to take on the challenges of life. Use your own mind. Don't believe things just because someone says so. Not even when people like Eckhart Tolle or a Zen master or whoever it may be says it. Like the Buddha said: Don't believe anything I say, find out for yourself what is true and what is not.
  5. When someone is neurotic it doesn't matter what he does or does not. He will be neurotic anyway. If he has a family, a girlfriend, a life purpose, he sees beautiful sights before he dies or not, it won't change his neurosis. Neurosis is in the way you think. It is in your brain, not in the things you do as such. But what people do is that they distract themselves successfully so that they don't see it all the time. And they expose themselves to activities where thinking decreases. Sports (extreme sports, car racing...), alcohol etc. Of course one can have a family, a girlfriend, a life purpose, and see beautiful sights in a non-neurotic way.
  6. There are many risks in doing consciousness work. Like for example: Using it as a means to escape from the everyday world and its challenges Nihilism. Believing life to be pointless and meaningless and therefore not taking on the challenges of life anymore. Believing everything is a hallucination and thus losing touch with reality. Turning spirituality into belief system. Believing something to be true just because a guru or master has said it, but without own experience. Spiritual arrogance. Believing to be superior to people who don't do consciousness work and who are not into enlightenment stuff. Looking down at them as "chimps" or just ignorant people. Becoming a cult follower. Becoming dependent on a guru or a cult. Wasting your lifetime by practicing ineffectively. Becoming awkward and socially incompetent. Retreating from everyday life in order to avoid distractions to such a degree that one becomes socially isolated. Becoming weak on individual interests and survival instincts. etc.
  7. It doesn't require a guru to practice dzogchen. I'm not an expert on mahamudra. I think it can be helpful to have a kind of teacher there, but for intelligent people who are honest towards themselves it's not a necessity imo. It also depends on what kind of mahamudra teaching we are talking about. There is sutra mahamudra, tantra mahamudra and essence mahamudra.
  8. Very good video. Eckhart is absolutely on point here. The whole problem is that a seekers mindset is by definition an "I am trying to find enlightenment", which of course cannot work. It can't work, because it is already a projection of the mind. It is already a trap, which automatically makes you overlook it. If we had to put it in formula it would be like this: A trying to find B - me trying to find enlightenment. This is taking place within wholeness. As long as A is trying to find B, wholeness is overlooked. A is a projection, B is a projection. Both are appearing in wholeness. A can never find B, because it is just a projection. So therefore the whole seekers mindset cannot work. But when A falls away and therefore B falls away, then wholeness might appear. You cannot make it appear. This is a kind of dilemma. But anyway, I like to view this whole topic from a practical perspective. What are the alternatives we have? We have the alternative to just forget about enlightenment, to say "screw you" to all practicing and to go on live the normal everyday life, going to work, watching basketball on TV etc. Ironically this can bring about enlightenment - lol - but in many cases it doesn't work. Because the human mind will always find new projections. It is not enlightenment then, but some other stuff. Building a house, traveling the world, trying to make the world a better place - whatever. Or you can go on doing the practices, doing meditation or self-inquiry or whatever. This can also be a trap, and unfortunately it often is. Because the seeker lives in a mindset of "someone" who can become enlightened. Is there a solution to this? I think so. It starts by practicing the right techniques. And unfortunately almost no one knows them. I have almost exclusively found techniques or methods in Dzogchen and Mahamudra, which I find to be convincing. The whole point is to stop the mind-projecting and conceptual fabricating. Wholeness already is. It is just obscured by a hurricane of mental projections and other fabrications. You are literally already the Buddha, but it is hidden behind thousands of concepts, projections, idea-makings and the whole activity of the intellect, in which people tend to get lost in. The human mind is like a train driving with let's say 150 miles per hour. Meditation techniques like focusing on the breath and self-inquiry don't make the train stop. Or they hit the brakes very softly so that it takes a very long time to make the train stop. And sometimes these methods can even have the opposite effect and make the train just go on driving. The do nothing technique found in Zen is better, but it is a soft hit on the brakes in many cases. It is only when the mind looks at itself, when naked awareness directs its attention to itself, the train of perpetual conceptualizing can stop. It is the Dzogchen and Mahamudra approaches taught in Tibetan Buddhist traditions especially, which are the best in my opinion. At least I have found almost no other methods having a similar effect, and certainly no better approach as such. So, if there is a solution to this, it's that what I tried to make clear.
  9. Go to https://www.actualized.org/forum/notifications/options/ , scroll down and change your settings.
  10. Your experiences Their spiritual value Tipps Substance comparison Etc.
  11. In Tibetan Buddhism there is something similar to what is taught as kundalini yoga in Hinduism, read this for example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deity_yoga#Completion_stage. In Theravada Buddhism kundalini is not a topic afaik. In zen kundalini is known, but not focused on. I have listened to a lecture by a well known zen master (Enomiya-Lassalle) where he talks about kundalini.
  12. @Thesnakerising Well, let's see where you're at in a few years time. Don't dismiss the possibility that it will be you who has to revise his opinion. Just sayin, without implying that it will happen. Thank you for sharing your opinion on the topic I have linked above. I don't agree with many things you're saying, but anyway. I don't want to get into the details here. If I understand you correctly you're saying that there are (at least) 3 stages of enlightenment. Most non-duality teachers (advaita / neo-advaita) and almost all zen masters are at level 1. You have been at level 1, but now you're approaching level 2, which means you are above the non-duality teachers and zen masters. You seem to be very convinced of yourself. @ajasatya well said.
  13. My view on this is different. First of all it is not even about a "self-realization" in a sense that one realizes his "own inherent nature", because there is no such thing. Even bliss is not the "true inherent nature" of the self. There just is no inherent nature of anything, including of the self. The Hindu's and some of classical adaita vedantans might believe it, but it's just not true. Buddhism has overcome this notion about 2000 years ago. What the true nature of reality is, is layed down in the teachings of sunyata and dependent arising. I don't have anything to add to that. It's perfect in my opinion. But of course, if you want to follow the older Hindu / Vedic teachings of sat-chit-ananda, you can do that. Who cares if something is boring or not? That's just a personal evaluation. And I don't know what you mean with "my" humanity. But it isn't important anyway. It is more about the nature of reality as such, not of the self or "my humanity". That said I find the kundalini rising very important on "the path". I recently wrote a text about it: I would appreciate your comment, since you obviously know a lot of things.
  14. @Wormon Blatburm I have found this video some time ago on youtube: However, I would expect some weight loss. In general I would say about fasting that it is more unhealthy to not eat for 1 day than it is for example for 3 days. In order to get into the "fasting mode" and that effect of fasting takes place fully you need 1 day. In my opinion the optimal duration for fasting is between 3 days and about 10 days let's say. When you do fasting for more than two weeks you really get problems with the lack of nutrients. When you do it for less then 3 days the fasting effect - which is a purging effect - doesn't take place fully. These figures are just estimations depending on the individual. If you were really fat then I would recommend LESS days - because the purging effect would be too strong. If your diet is bad, like just fastfood and other unhealthy stuff, I would also recommend less days. If you are a bit skinny or not is not that important. You will gain weight quickly anyway after fasting. But it is important if you do fasting, that the fasting effect takes place fully.
  15. I've once fasted for a period of about 5 days as far as I can remember, only drinking water during that time. It was a good thing imo. Have you ever read works by Arnold Ehret? Pretty interesting stuff imo.