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  1. I've played Undertale. It was an all right game. A lot of people love it but I wasn't too impressed with it.
  2. You'll love Disco Elysium if you like Planescape Torment. It is extremely unique.
  3. I've purchased a PS5 on launch date. Currently playing God of War 60 fps on hard mode and I've got 3 hours or so left until I beat the game. My mind is blown. This is one of the best gaming experiences of my life. Just finished the final valkyrie challenge - Sigrun - on hard mode and it was fantastic. Forced me to use all the skills and techniques I've learned. I don't play games as often as I used to but here are my favorite games in no particular order: Witcher 3 Xenoblade Chronicles 1 and 2 - (The first game is one of my favourite games of all time) Disco Elysium Planescape Torment Torment: Tides of Numenera Pikmin 3 Uncharted series Bravely Default series on 3DS Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward PoE series and Divinity 2 God of War PS4 Chrono Trigger The World Ends With You Castlevania: The Order of Ecclesia God of War 3 Fallout New Vegas Zelda Breath of the Wild Donkey Kong: Country Returns Doom 2016 Mario Galaxy 2 --- These are some of the best games I've experienced in my life.
  4. When you play video games in a state of mindfulness, you won't experience guilt. Even when you experience dullness next day, you'll be equipped with the skills to work with it. If it is not possible, due to strict mindfulness training, you'll feel better after a 20 min nap. Playing the games is not the issue. Your mental reaction of guilt after playing is. Be careful how you condition your mind and impute certain emotions with activities. Much love,
  5. Thanks. Glad you liked it. This is something you do when you realize there is an inaccuracy in your worldview. Not always Much love,
  6. You probably do know many things. But do you know what it means to know something? How do we know something to be true or false? Epistemology is the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope, and the distinction between justified belief and opinion. Skepticism as a philosophy is a family of philosophical views that question the possibility of knowledge or its certainty. Philosophical skeptics are often classified into two general categories: Those who deny all possibility of knowledge, and those who advocate for the suspension of judgement due to the inadequacy of evidence. This is modeled after the differences between the Academic Skeptics and the Pyrrhonian Skeptics in ancient Greek Philosophy. Ask yourself these questions and self-reflect: 1- By what process am I making this claim from? What evidence do I have? What is the quality of the evidence? Is it direct or hearsay? 2- How do I know this claim to be true or false? How do I know I’m making an open enquiry without cognitive biases? Remember that true understanding arise through these key modes of perception: 1- Direct Experience 2- Contextual Framing 1- Direct Experience refers to the sort of intuitive and non-conceptual knowledge that arises after deep investigation of your mind and sensory experience. Its awareness is developed in meditation and psychedelics. If any information arises in conscious experience that conflicts with your existing worldview and understanding, you modify or replace your understanding rather than trying to fit your inaccurate wordview with how reality is observed to operate. This is how science is idealized to operate as well. You are merely applying this strategy to mental processes, perception, behaviours and cognition while utilizing attention and awareness in meditation. 2- Contextual Framing refers to the personal interpretation that is required to effectively integrate second hand knowledge to your mental patterns, behaviours and worldview. Verified knowledge is the process of personal verification of the knowledge regardless of the truth property. An information can be accurate and true but it is still second hand information if you don’t verify it. Generalized information needs to be contextualized and modified for your specific mental patterns to utilize the intended benefit. This results in an easier access to deeper levels of understanding. Much love,
  7. Hi everyone. This is just some of the qualities of what the initial stages of awakening entails. This is not an exhaustive list. Here are some of the key shifts in perception and understanding that occurs with awakening. Interconnectedness & Ego Transcendence: This shift is described as the dissolution of self, merging of the wave in the ocean and union with the infinite. Don’t allow these terms to produce negative mental reactions. This is only an experience you can understand personally. It is a beautiful thing. Timelessness & Spaciousness: No thing or concept remains fixed in time and space. Enlightenment sets into play a moment to moment existence. There is a realization that the present moment is all there is and a sense of fluidity pervades life. Acceptance: This is relaxation or surrender, a revelation or insight that all is transpiring according to a plan or randomness that surpasses the individual will. The struggle ends and gives way to an acceptance of reality free of bondage from and attachment to personal desires, thoughts and feelings. Equanimity: This is profound non-reactivity, a process where one goes beyond pleasure and pain. Awakening can also be described as infinite love and contentment. Sensory Clarity: The awakened mind is spontaneous, immediate and flexible. Thinking is clear without limiting thoughts and beliefs. Thoughts are purposeful and intentional free of extraneous mind chatter that usually pervades our baseline state of consciousness. This clarity pervades to other sense modalities. Much love,
  8. Yeah. The source is my life experiences. But there are similar road maps everywhere.
  9. Ah yes. This would coincide with a deep stage in #3 as a natural progression. You are right.
  10. Hi everyone. This is a relatively predictable process of evolution our psyche goes through on this path of actualization. Here are the 3 epistemic attitudes one can adopt: #1- Proudly Defending Unexamined Beliefs: This is the stage where the person heavily identifies with belief systems. Notions such as right and wrong are clear and defended dogmatically. No contextual understanding or empathy is practiced. The individual views life in a black and white way. Rules are followed strictly and authority is never questioned. The individual tends to make decisions based on their self interests and acts irrationally when one’s beliefs are challenged. #2- Become A Truth Seeker: Linguistic Knowledge This is the stage where the person values truth seeking more than belief systems. The relative nature of beliefs, ideas and concepts are seen through. Contextual understanding and empathy is heavily practiced. An event is perceived more objectively from multiple angles. The individual makes rational decisions based on what is good for everyone in the long term. Open mindedness is practiced diligently when one’s beliefs are challenged. Less is taken personally. #3- Become A Truth Seeker: Direct Experience This is the stage where the person realizes the limits of thoughts, linguistic knowledge, beliefs ideas, symbols and concepts. Truth is experienced directly without symbols via mindful awareness and consciousness work. Beliefs are hold very lightly. Self-deceptions are mostly seen through. Reason, logic and science is integrated with spirituality, meditation and mindfulness. ---- Each tier has significant depth and breadth. Much love,
  11. Hi everyone! I wanted to give a quick tip for those who are struggling to live their spirituality day to day. The frustration of this spiritual ideal and real life can be challenging to reconcile. You need to understand that it is normal once you use powerful entheogenic substances and experience such profound realizations that your state of consciousness in daily life will start to dissatisfy you by producing craving and aversion due to your existing state of consciousness. The mind desperately wants to elevate the consciousness back to those peak experiences so that you break through the delusions once again. Unfortunately, this entire process resolves around tendencies of dissatisfaction, self, desire, aversion and ultimately duality. If you want a consistent strategy you can use to elevate your consciousness in the long term, keep this in mind: 1- Desire and aversion empower self-clinging. Self-clinging also empowers desire and aversion. Once you break one cycle in this chain, the other chain also breaks with time. 2- Whenever you become aware of ANY desire or aversion towards ANYTHING, consistently train the mind to accept the momentary experience and increase contentment for your existing state of consciousness. For instance: This is a usual negative mental habit cultivation people experience in daily life. Before my practice deepened, this was my life: - You wake up at 11 am. You feel grogginess and guilt for not waking up earlier. Now you'll need to skip meditation quickly so that you can start doing your daily activities as soon as possible. - You wash your face in this subtle planning mode and all of a sudden you feel this itching sensation in your hair. You certainly can't work like this and scratching doesn't help. You'll need to take a shower but it is already 11 am. So you start to feel conflicted. You know that a shower would make you feel good on the long term but it has an upfront cost of time and possible energy decrease after the shower. Now, there is no reason to go further from here. Just in these few mental reactions, significant amounts of desire and aversion has been produced unconsciously by the sub-minds. One of the effective methods this cycle can be understood is to produce a state of mind in formal meditation where desire and aversion is subdued temporarily. Now if you have depression, you can't do something like this. Your meditation skills are almost certainly not developed to this degree. So the next best thing is to investigate whatever gives you some level of joy, satisfaction and contentment in life. Look at your hobbies. Even if you believe that life is torture - nothing ever makes me happy, I assure you that there is at least one subject matter your mind finds some level of fulfillment while engaging in it. If you still can't find it, just create the external conditions as an anchor for motivation. If the hobby is playing guitar but you can't even get yourself to sit up straight to play it, watch inspirational music from your favorite musicians. Remember, it can be anything you find some joy in. Don't moralize and judge your hobbies. Now, as you do this activity, you need to have some mindfulness to discern what exactly is different right now vs in a state of craving an hour ago. Realize introspectively that the mind is relatively content as you do this activity. Of course, you are not blessing out like a yogi or anything. Our objective here is to realize how our usual daily experience of craving tends to disappear slightly while we engage with our favourite subject. Investigate that mental state and the next time you meditate, try to bring that state of mind to the forefront of your mind. Just as your mind reduced craving in that activity, it can do the same while observing the breath. Once you get a sense of how this is possible, keep being aware whenever the mind produces desire and aversion. When you become more discontent, just relax, re-balance attention-awareness and produce that contentment through the same process. ---- Now this is your formal practice, How will you bring this to daily life? Well, you'll need to train yourself to produce this state of mind with awareness while attention moves from object to object. In daily life, one's attention rarely stabilizes on a single object for long periods of time. Your job in formal sessions is to strengthen introspective awareness by stabilizing attention so that even when attention moves from object to object, awareness can still know if the mind is content or in a state of craving. Focus on this awareness angle in meditation. And then in daily life, whenever you become aware of discontentment while attention moves around, remind yourself the flow state and attempt to perceive, produce and sustain that state of mind in daily life. Regardless of how 'busy' or 'impatient' you may feel at the time. You need to pick up your phone to answer that text message and you become aware of this craving. Don't skip this moment. Don't downplay the moment. Attempt the produce this contentment as you reach for your phone. With this modification, you slowly reduce craving and self-clinging in each moment. Extrapolate this state of mind to months and years with consistent application and you have an extremely powerful systematic practice. Hope this helps and opens up new investigation paths in your practice. Much love,