Joseph Maynor

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  1. YOU GOTTA GET UP UNDERNEATH ALL CULTURE TO DO ENLIGHTENMENT WORK Culture runs deeper than you think. All your beliefs about reality are culture. All those ideas have had a lifespan in the realm of ideas. Those ideas are not reality, but we believe there's a correspondence between those ideas and reality. We really have a lot of faith in that. We gotta challenge that linchpin belief. Try to get up under culture when you experience reality. Wipe your window off to clean all your presuppositions about reality away. Burn all that culture away. All culture too, not just your culture. And remember -- conceptions, ideas, beliefs, theories, philosophy, science, religions, and ideologies are all culture. All those ideas have a history, they all came from someplace in culture. We can trace the trajectory of ideas, and the History of Philosophy actually does this. This is why it's important to study Philosophy, both Eastern and Western Philosophy, and the History of Ideas generally. You need this awareness in this work. This will help you get out from under the tyranny of beliefs. Being controlled by beliefs just is Ego. So you see the connection. You wanna develop a space in your awareness between you and beliefs, so you can just watch the beliefs float by without necessarily getting gobbled up by them. It's getting gobbled up by beliefs that float through Awareness that causes Egoic experience. So, we wanna get to the place where we make attaching to all beliefs much less important than we consider it to be in Egoic life. But to do that, we gotta understand what we're dealing with. This is why, paradoxically, to get over one's addiction to thoughts, one must first indulge in them. It's removal of ignorance that leads to Enlightenment -- and a lot of removal of ignorance boils down to unscrewing from our psyche the cultural beliefs about reality that we've picked up. What happens when you unscrew those beliefs from your psyche? That's what you wanna explore in this work. So, culture runs really deep, down to your conceptions of reality, including you, other people, and the external world -- and all this is belief.
  2. BELIEFS ARE FRONT AND CENTER IN ENLIGHTENMENT WORK Basically, what you're doing is realizing that what you believe you are is not what you really are. Beliefs about reality, or what I call conceptual-truth, is twisting reality into something that reality is not. And instead of questioning our beliefs, we assume reality tracks our beliefs. Pretty big assumption huh? But when you start to look at these beliefs (and the cultural milieu in which these beliefs arose), you'll realize the error in this presumptive belief that reality tracks our beliefs, concepts, paradigms about it. There seems to be this presumption that we can conceptually-know reality. But is that true or just a lingering cultural fantasy? What if our beliefs about reality are very wrong? What if reality is something that we're not used to thinking -- and even worse -- what if reality is something that cannot be grasped, captured, or encapsulated by thought at all! (1) Do beliefs about reality have anything to do with reality? (2) What is the best way to get to know reality? (3) Is there a difference between knowing reality and being reality?
  3. TRADITIONAL PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT THEORY COMES RIGHT OUT OF PLATO! Check it out for yourselves! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Form_of_the_Good https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metempsychosis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eros https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arete_(moral_virtue) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedonism
  4. Thanks for posting this. I'm listening now. I need to explore Osho.
  5. This is the kind of ideology that we're very accustomed to. This is Science, Metaphysics, Philosophy, Religion. This is the seeking for unchanging wisdom, or beliefs that are context-independent -- true across space and time.
  6. Yep. Keep writing man. Write more on here. Open yourself up and just let stuff flow out more. You gotta trust it too. I think a lot of people judge what comes out, and that's a huge mistake. You gotta see what's there first. Don't let your insecurities sabotage your authentic content! It's important to see what comes out. Let it come out and just focus on capturing it, and then perhaps organizing it and presenting it. You can always make it more ordered and less chaotic; that's one of the great uses of writing -- one of the reasons why writing is such a great tool and technology.
  7. ABOUT MY WRITING -- I'M NOT THE ORIGINATOR OF MY IDEAS -- I'M JUST THE PRESENTER OF THEM I don't know what I think until I write and and let it magically flow out. And it does just flow out -- that's what's amazing about writing. Just tidy it up after it's birthed out for you. Organize what Nature has delivered to you and present it well. That's the job of the writer. Paradoxically, when you try to write, that's when you suck at it. To be a great writer, just learn to organize, tidy-up, and present what the Soul releases through you. That's when you can focus on writing style. You don't need to think anything anymore, that just comes out on its own. Your job is just to present it through the art of writing as structured, easy to comprehend. and beautiful. I find that as a writer, all I do is organize and communicate the wisdom that seems to flow through me constantly. A lot of what fascinates me is the art of writing -- the art of revising my sentences and making them understandable and beautiful at the same time. There are some useful principles of good writing, and to put those into practice is really fun for me. But all I do is present through the cultural technology of writing, the content that is constantly flowing through me. I'm not generating any of the content. It's not like I'm sitting here and just thinking this stuff up. I'm just tidying up the material to make it presentable to others. I'm just a communicator really. I'm a technician that knows how to present the thoughts that magically arise in me in written language. That's the sense in which I'm an artist: I'm a presenter, using the artistry of writing as a medium. Write more. Open yourself up and just let stuff flow out more. You gotta trust it too. I think a lot of people judge what comes out, and that's a huge mistake. You gotta see what's there first. Don't let your insecurities sabotage your authentic content! It's important to see what comes out. Let it come out and just focus on capturing it, and then perhaps organizing it and presenting it. You can always make it more ordered and less chaotic; that's one of the great uses of writing -- one of the reasons why writing is such a great tool and technology. http://www.thepunctuationguide.com/top-ten.html
  8. ABOUT MY WRITING -- I'M NOT THE ORIGINATOR OF MY IDEAS -- I'M JUST THE PRESENTER OF THEM I don't know what I think until I write and and let it magically flow out. And it does just flow out -- that's what's amazing about writing. Just tidy it up after it's birthed out for you. Organize what Nature has delivered to you and present it well. That's the job of the writer. Paradoxically, when you try to write, that's when you suck at it. To be a great writer, just learn to organize, tidy-up, and present what the Soul releases through you. That's when you can focus on writing style. You don't need to think anything anymore, that just comes out on its own. Your job is just to present it through the art of writing as structured, easy to comprehend. and beautiful. I find that as a writer, all I do is organize and communicate the wisdom that seems to flow through me constantly. A lot of what fascinates me is the art of writing -- the art of revising my sentences and making them understandable and beautiful at the same time. There are some useful principles of good writing, and to put those into practice is really fun for me. But all I do is present through the cultural technology of writing, the content that is constantly flowing through me. I'm not generating any of the content. It's not like I'm sitting here and just thinking this stuff up. I'm just tidying up the material to make it presentable to others. I'm just a communicator really. That's the sense in which I'm an artist: I'm a presenter, using the artistry of writing as a medium.
  9. ARISTOTLE'S THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE AND SCIENCE IS WORTH BEING EXPOSED TO
  10. It makes you normal paradoxically. That's an interesting result, huh? It might be due to the lack of neurosis. The Mind is relaxed, not agitated all the time.
  11. Keep walking the path. It's a process. You gotta deprogram a lot of cultural stuff from your psyche.
  12. That's Egoic too though. Reality is one, so to think you are talking to another is delusion. Just rest as awareness and get beyond the beliefs of reality. They're tripping you up. Reality is magical, not material. Be the unchanging Soul and just let reality play itself out -- and try not to cling to beliefs about reality. Just watch the beliefs float by but don't cling to them. Reality doesn't change after Enlightenment. You don't change after Enlightenment. Your relationships don't have to change after Enlightenment. Enlightenment is simply realizing that our beliefs about reality are not reality. And experiencing the profound crack that this causes. Pay attention to unconditioned reality for a while. This is the reality that's there before concepts are attached to about it. Just focus on that for a while. See what that is. See how thoughts lie on top of that.
  13. THIS IS SUCH A GREAT ALBUM https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reign_in_Blood
  14. Make sure you're not confusing being the unchanging Soul with Egoic authenticity. That could be a trap for you. I'm not sure. If you're trying to be authentic -- that's Ego.
  15. A NOTE ON BELIEFS IN THIS WORK -- PSST! HINT -- YOU DON'T REALLY NEED THEM I try not to have too many beliefs about things. Just be reality. Rest as awareness. There is no need to believe. There is no need to do anything. You wanna get to the point where you're completely surrendered to not doing anything. Yet reality still moves by magic. Nothing changes after Enlightenment. That's the thing. You're already Enlightened, you're just programmed with erroneous beliefs about reality. You think that you can know and that you can control and that you can do, etc. That's all belief, or conceptual-truth as I choose to term it. And there's this underlying belief that reality mirrors the structure of our beliefs, or at least corresponds with them. But that's a pretty strong assumption on our part, isn't it? That's pretty much most likely to be false, isn't it? That just a pretty good-hunch based on our acquaintance with our huge library of fossilized-ideas cataloged in Philosophy. Ideas seem to have lifespans, but Reality is not limited in this way.