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  1. FOUNDATIONAL CONCEPTS -- 15 THROUGH 17 OF 20 -- SOME OF MY MUSINGS FOR CONTEMPLATION (15) Enlightenment -- We're here to explore reality fully. This is a life where you are expanding. Do not waste your potential, do not waste your life. Discover your authentic-self through a life-long, multi-faceted process of exploration. PILLARS OF ENLIGHTENMENT (REALITY EXPLORING REALITY FULLY): 1. Daily Meditation Habit (Microscope on the Mind) 2. Non-Dual Theory (Scaffolding to orient the Mind to favor awareness over the Ego) 3. Psychedelics (Exploring inner-being) 4. Self-Inquiry (Realizing no-Self fully) 5. External World-Inquiry (Realizing no-World fully) 6. Cosmopolitanism/ World Travel (Exploring outer-being, world cultures through travel, learning other languages) 7. Education (Exploring world ideas, culture, and history leading to reliable knowledge and wisdom) 8. Cultivation of the Authentic-Self (Maslow's Pyramid, Life Purpose (including Career), Self-Actualization, Self-Transcendence) 9. Spirituality (Reconnecting to being the Watcher and purifying away illusions) 10. Cultivation of the Body (Nurture and fortify the Body, it's your constant companion) 11. Exploration of Art (Exploring non-linguistic ideas and patterns of ideas, exploring linguistic arts like poetry and fiction) 12. Life Practice (Perfecting your strengths in a way that makes you feel good/proud, eradicating weaknesses if authentically desired) 13. Being Good (Being a source of love and inspiration to others rather than not doing this, assisting others) 14. Authentic Relationships (Where you realize and perfect the idea that we are all One) (16) Philosophy -- Philosophy is a cultural-narrative that a lot of people are not privy to. There are people who can drive a car and people who understand all the details about how a car works -- the Philosopher can do both. And Philosophy has happened all over the world. We often do not realize that the language and ideas we use today have a history. Those ideas didn’t just come outta nowhere, they were birthed and then cultivated into what we use today over many years. This explains culture, or the milieu of our 2017 Western Mindset that we have. A lot of you folks are aping aspects of the Eastern Mindset too in your language and notions. Do you realize that? You are aping, that's right! I majored in Philosophy and have studied this Philosophy narrative from East to West, and every one of you should too! How can you be Enlightened if you don't know where your words and ideas come from? Can you really get up under culture if you don't see fully what culture is? How can you locate your authentic-self when you are so trained on paradigms that you can't unhook yourself from all of them -- because you don't see all of them in the first place! You gotta be capable of seeing something to be able to treat it. Smart people have been talking to each other, recording ideas, and publishing these ideas, and then building off these ideas -- which continues the narrative into the future: That's Philosophy! Philosophy is an ongoing conversation, an ongoing discourse or narrative, that has now spanned at least 2,500 years, which is around the time that thought could be preserved in writing. Smart people then take these ideas and build off of them or oppose them, like a mischievous child might add a new head to an existing hydra built by a prior-generation. Philosophy is intellectual culture and history. Philosophy is language. Philosophy is what has been that has been preserved, and all the norms and traditions that have been built around that -- our intellectual cultural development basically. You are not a blank slate: The Mind needs to fully realize the scope of that intellectual conditioning and how that conditioning is causing a lot of suffering to the Authentic-Self. Studying Philosophy and the History of Philosophy is not optional in this work, it's mandatory. Try to always put Philosophical ideas into a Historical context. You need to be seeing how Philosophers are like artists being influenced by each other's work. How many of the words and ideas that you use today are genuinely original with you? But you feel so original don't you? Haha. The Mind likes to think of itself as being original -- but this is a delusion. You're running so many borrowed-scripts it's shocking. This is why I make such a big deal about Culture -- you gotta shine your light of awareness fully under that hood! You can't just drive the car, you gotta understand fully how it works too. That's what the study of Philosophy exposes you to. (17) Value -- Value is interesting because we are so clueless about the values of the Authentic-Self. The Authentic-Self has values, which is kind of odd to say like that, but it does. And those values are very different, although not entirely different, from the vague values you think you have now. This is what makes Life Purpose work the other side of the same coin from Enlightenment. You need to be doing Life Purpose too even if you are damn Awake! Life Purpose is not just for other people, it's for you too. Unless you do Life Purpose work, you're got gonna examine the Authentic-Self like a scientist examines a slide under a microscope. Just because you've found the Authentic-Self doesn't mean that you have fully charted it. You don't really know jack about the Authentic Self yet. What you think you value now are the Ego's values, not the Authentic-Self's values -- unless you have already done some of this archaeology work. You gotta be like Indiana Jones in the Temple of Doom going down into that underground city and finding out what is down there. You can't learn anything first-hand any other way. You gotta mine that Authentic-Self by exploring it. This is what Life Purpose work is all about guiding you to do. So, just because you have done Enlightenment work doesn't mean you know squat about the Authentic-Self's personality at the micro level. This is why Enlightenment and Life Purpose are two sides of the exact same coin -- you need to work both ends of that coin to get to where you wanna be in this work.
  2. BOOK RECOMMENDATION Everybody should buy and read this book. If you want to start understanding the mechanics of thought and language, this book is right up your alley.
  3. Meditation is just the beginning of your journey to explore the Ego. For now, just watch the monkey-mind. Observe it like a scientist. What is the monkey-mind doing when you meditate? Are you keeping your awareness on that?
  4. Get your diet down to a science. Make sure you are meeting all your dietary needs. Get some supplements that help you. Know how much of the different macros you are getting when you eat and how much more you need at all times. This will keep you fueling your body with maximum awareness. Since I have been doing this, I don't get tired anymore. Now I let my body tell me what it needs, and it does. Listen to your hunger -- it communicates very clear information to you. I also have certain things that I eat like beans, and I use a lot of indian spices that are healthy and flavorful. I also try not to eat meat or breads. I stay away from white rice too -- and all pre-packaged foods. I only eat real food. Whatever I can eat that is real, I'll eat it. But, again, I am trying to stay away from meat and carbs and things that have a lot of empty calories like fried foods. Watch out for peanut butter too because it has palm oil in it, which you need to Google to find out what that is. Try to stay away from sugar, it's as addictive as Cocaine and it throws your whole system out of whack. If you're getting too much sugar, that could be why you're tired. A little sugar from time to time keeps the brain happy though. I can sense when my brain wants a couple sugar packets -- like when I've been thinking for a long time. But know when to stop with the sugar too -- you gotta give the proper dose at the proper time when the Body asks for it. If you saw how I eat you'd be shocked. I eat like a scientist charged with the task of keeping a machine properly fueled. I am so sensitive that I can perceive the smiles and frowns that the Body gives me after a fueling session. If you are feeling like shit, it's because the Body is sick from shitty food and shitty information being fed to it too much. You gotta purify yourself sometimes. Eat a bunch of carrots and drink a few cups of green tea back to back -- that's a nice cleanse. Raw "adult-sized" carrots (eat them whole not the peeled ones or the baby ones) are great to have around to snack on, and the Body loves them too because of the fiber and vitamin content they have. They do have a bit of sugar in them, so if you eat carrots a lot you gotta watch your other sugar intake. Peanut butter and margarine contain palm oil. http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/Whats_the_issue.php https://www.theguardian.com/environment/green-living-blog/2010/jun/14/palm-oil-margarine
  5. No. Are you watching the movie that the monkey-mind is giving you? That's what you need to be doing. Just be the Watcher, the observer of the monkey-mind.
  6. THIS IS SUCH A GREAT SONG Rocky Mountain High -- Lyrics He was born in the summer of his 27th year, coming home to a place he'd never been before He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born again You might say he found a key for every door When he first came to the mountains, his life was far away on the road and hanging by a song But the strings already broken and he doesn't really care It keeps changing fast, and it don't last for long And the Colorado Rocky Mountain high, I've seen it raining fire in the sky The shadows from the starlight are softer than a lullaby Rocky Mountain high, Colorado. Rocky Mountain high He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below He saw everything as far as you can see And they say that he got crazy once and he tried to touch the sun And he lost a friend, but kept the memory Now he walks in quiet solitude, the forest and the streams, seeking grace in every step he takes His sight is turned inside himself, to try and understand The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake And the Colorado Rocky Mountain high, I've seen it raining fire in the sky You can talk to God and listen to the casual reply Rocky Mountain high, Colorado. Rocky Mountain high Now his life is full of wonder, but his heart still knows some fear Of a simple thing he can not comprehend Why they try to tear the mountains down to bring in a couple more More people, more scars upon the land And the Colorado Rocky Mountain high, I've seen it raining fire in the sky I know he'd be a poor man if he never saw an eagle fly Rocky Mountain high, the Colorado Rocky Mountain high, I've seen it raining fire in the sky Friends around the campfire and everybody's high Rocky Mountain high, Colorado. Rocky Mountain high Rocky Mountain high, Colorado. Rocky Mountain high
  7. I'm gonna continue on. Enlightenment -- We're here to explore reality fully. This is a life where you are expanding. Do not waste your potential, do not waste your life. Discover your authentic-self through a life-long, multi-faceted process of exploration. PILLARS OF ENLIGHTENMENT (REALITY EXPLORING REALITY FULLY): 1. Daily Meditation Habit (Microscope on the Mind) 2. Non-Dual Theory (Scaffolding to orient the Mind to favor awareness over the Ego) 3. Psychedelics (Exploring inner-being) 4. Self-Inquiry (Realizing no-Self fully) 5. External World-Inquiry (Realizing no-World fully) 6. Cosmopolitanism/ World Travel (Exploring outer-being, world cultures through travel, learning other languages) 7. Education (Exploring world ideas, culture, and history leading to reliable knowledge and wisdom) 8. Cultivation of the Authentic-Self (Maslow's Pyramid, Life Purpose (including Career), Self-Actualization, Self-Transcendence) 9. Spirituality (Reconnecting to being the Watcher and purifying away illusions) 10. Cultivation of the Body (Nurture and fortify the Body, it's your constant companion) 11. Exploration of Art (Exploring non-linguistic ideas and patterns of ideas, exploring linguistic arts like poetry and fiction) 12. Life Practice (Perfecting your strengths in a way that makes you feel good/proud, eradicating weaknesses if authentically desired) 13. Being Good (Being a source of love and inspiration to others rather than not doing this, assisting others) 14. Authentic Relationships (Where you realize and perfect the idea that we are all One) Philosophy -- Philosophy is a cultural-narrative that a lot of people are not privy to. There are people who can drive a car and people who understand all the details about how a car works -- the Philosopher can do both. And Philosophy has happened all over the world. We often do not realize that the language and ideas we use today have a history. Those ideas didn’t just come outta nowhere, they were birthed and then cultivated into what we use today over many years. This explains culture, or the milieu of our 2017 Western Mindset that we have. A lot of you folks are aping aspects of the Eastern Mindset too in your language and notions. Do you realize that? You are aping, that's right! I majored in Philosophy and have studied this Philosophy narrative from East to West, and every one of you should too! How can you be Enlightened if you don't know where your words and ideas come from? Can you really get up under culture if you don't see fully what culture is? How can you locate your authentic-self when you are so trained on paradigms that you can't unhook yourself from all of them -- because you don't see all of them in the first place! You gotta be capable of seeing something to be able to treat it. Smart people have been talking to each other, recording ideas, and publishing these ideas, and then building off these ideas -- which continues the narrative into the future: That's Philosophy! Philosophy is an ongoing conversation, an ongoing discourse or narrative, that has now spanned at least 2,500 years, which is around the time that thought could be preserved in writing. Smart people then take these ideas and build off of them or oppose them, like a mischievous child might add a new head to an existing hydra built by a prior-generation. Philosophy is intellectual culture and history. Philosophy is language. Philosophy is what has been that has been preserved, and all the norms and traditions that have been built around that -- our intellectual cultural development basically. You are not a blank slate: The Mind needs to fully realize the scope of that intellectual conditioning and how that conditioning is causing a lot of suffering to the Authentic-Self. Studying Philosophy and the History of Philosophy is not optional in this work, it's mandatory. Try to always put Philosophical ideas into a Historical context. You need to be seeing how Philosophers are like artists being influenced by each other's work. How many of the words and ideas that you use today are genuinely original with you? But you feel so original don't you? Haha. The Mind likes to think of itself as being original -- but this is a delusion. You're running so many borrowed-scripts it's shocking. This is why I make such a big deal about Culture -- you gotta shine your light of awareness fully under that hood! You can't just drive the car, you gotta understand fully how it works too. That's what the study of Philosophy exposes you to. Value -- Value is interesting because we are so clueless about the values of the Authentic-Self. The Authentic-Self has values, which is kind of odd to say like that, but it does. And those values are very different, although not entirely different, from the vague values you think you have now. This is what makes Life Purpose work the other side of the same coin from Enlightenment. You need to be doing Life Purpose too even if you are damn Awake! Life Purpose is not just for other people, it's for you too. Unless you do Life Purpose work, you're got gonna examine the Authentic-Self like a scientist examines a slide under a microscope. Just because you've found the Authentic-Self doesn't mean that you have fully charted it. You don't really know jack about the Authentic Self yet. What you think you value now are the Ego's values, not the Authentic-Self's values -- unless you have already done some of this archaeology work. You gotta be like Indiana Jones in the Temple of Doom going down into that underground city and finding out what is down there. You can't learn anything first-hand any other way. You gotta mine that Authentic-Self by exploring it. This is what Life Purpose work is all about guiding you to do. So, just because you have done Enlightenment work doesn't mean you know squat about the Authentic-Self's personality at the micro level. This is why Enlightenment and Life Purpose are two sides of the exact same coin -- you need to work both ends of that coin to get to where you wanna be in this work.
  8. Do Leo's Life Purpose Course if you haven't done it. What you think is your life purpose is probably not very well thought out. You need to dig deep and chart your authentic-self very accurately. I thought I had a life purpose too, but it was way off. I'm doing the course myself now.
  9. Everybody here is just as scared as you are. Just put yourself out there. That’s how you’ll grow fastest. If you hold it in, you can’t grow. So, just develop an I don’t give a fuck kind of an attitude. Everyone here is embarrassed to some extent, but we’re all doing it, so the shame is minimized. Openness will make you grow so much so fast. You’ll catch some shit too — but just ignore those posts. Your mission is to grow. To grow, you gotta break yourself open so people can have a look inside. Then you’ll get some great feedback and you’ll develop more and more awareness. If you hold it in, you are here but not here, if that makes sense. You wanna get the most outta your participation on here. We’re all in the same Personal Development boat.
  10. THIS IS SUCH A GREAT SONG Followed by this one And finally this one
  11. Enlightenment is a tricky beast of a thing to try to teach someone, because it’s easy to give the Mind more limiting-beliefs to avoid doing this work. I am trying my best to explain Enlightenment in a way that resonates with me that is least harmful to those trying to unhook themselves from culture. Even Enlightenment theory is a part of culture. What you want to do is free yourself from the shackles of culture, while still being in it. Then the authentic-self has a chance to get to know itself and to get out from under the mama-bear of the Mind. No quick answers in the form of beliefs are gonna help you. You gotta find the authentic-self and then convince the Mind that culture is causing you suffering. Then the Mind will release the Ego on its own through raising awareness. So, only raising awareness correlates with Enlightenment, and it takes about 6 months of consistent work to start to see real results. You are changing habits by building awareness. Some things can’t be unseen. That’s what you are shooting for. Those the Mind can’t sweep up under the rug or conveniently forget about. You know how a wet dog swivels its body back and forth to try to dry itself off? That’s kind of what Enlightenment is. You gotta shake all that culture, all that conditioning off. And no-one can do your swivel for you, you gotta do it yourself. They can tell you about their swivels, but that doesn’t really do much to help you with yours. It might mislead you to what your swivel will actually be like — because now the Mind has a bunch of notions in the air telling it what to expect from the swivel. That’s why Enlightenment teachers are very careful about what they say and how they say it.
  12. Leo — can you help her, I feel bad.
  13. See, that sounds too speculative to me. Why can’t we admit we don’t know what happens fully? The Mind is addicted to knowing, and that’s why we neurotically cling to all these silly beliefs. All we can do is be. Whatever the Mind thinks is true is most probably false. Thinking everything is cyclical is just a belief. Don’t cling too hard to that. That’s a trap. Reincarnation is a piece of culture, an article of clothing, laid-up on top of awareness. It’s like putting tennis shoes on and then thinking the shoes are part of the feet. No — tennis shoes are a part of culture. Beliefs like reincarnation are like that too. Ideas are in the air, they have a history.
  14. I don’t believe in reincarnation as of now. Not in the sense that it is commonly believed. When I had my Ego-death experience, I was taken out of here and then came back, but that wasn’t really a reincarnation. When I was in hyperspace I was just Being. Whatever carnation there was dissipating like a breaking television set flickering in and out, although it didn’t happen fully. It happened like 90% — enough for me to see the being behind the purported carnation. But to believe in some cyclical kind of reincarnation is probably just the Mind trying to impress itself or to calm itself down. We don’t know! All we know is what we have experienced. You gotta watch out for the insecure Mind which has a powerful need to know. You gotta release that. Awareness in the Now is all you have. What doesn’t change is being. All the content is in flux. That’s what that experience taught me. Believing in reincarnation is clinging too hard to the experience. Being/awareness never ceases! Reincarnation sounds like a trap to me. Nothing ever dies! It’s only when you cling to experience that the Mind conceives of death. Death is being too beholden to the content of awareness rather than awareness itself. Awareness itself never dies, although the content is always changing. The Mind pretends that the content is what is real. No, awareness/Being is what is real. That’s a sneaky trap that the Mind plays on us. But it seems so real! Yeah? — that’s where psychedelics can really help you see this trap fully.
  15. My bad. I shouldn’t laugh because you did get a painful result. Did Leo get back to you AK?