Joseph Maynor

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  1. Well, there's only one way to find out, and no one has come back from it to tell us what's what. So, here we are.
  2. You can say whatever you want, that won't stop your death. Death is a funny thing that way, you can't take anything with you. It's the Great Wiping Away.
  3. You will indeed die, make no mistake about it. There's two certainties in life, death and taxes.
  4. You guys crack me up for all the wrong reasons lolz. Oy vey. Hehe. Oy.
  5. ON BELIEFS A belief is a linear statement (a type of thought) purported to be true or reasonable to accept by the Ego-Mind; or a linear statement that the Ego-Mind has a vested interest in assuming is true or reasonable to accept for whatever reason.
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  7. A belief is a linear statement (a type of thought) purported to be true or reasonable to accept by the Ego-Mind; or a linear statement that the Ego-Mind has a vested interest in assuming is true or reasonable to accept for whatever reason.
  8. ON RELATIONSHIPS What little bit I know about relationships is you wanna shore up the connection at all costs. Then you play within the connection. You don't wanna play around with the connection, that just causes mistrust which rots the relationship. The relationship is sacred. It has to be defended and shored up. Then you can be playful within the relationship. That's how I see it anyway.
  9. THIS IS SUCH A GREAT ALBUM https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_(Metal_Church_album) Album cover:
  10. WHAT IS "TRUTH" REALLY? What is truth? Another word with associated meaning(s) that you decide to cling to or not? In many matters and in many contexts reasonable persons can arrive at different conclusions regarding the same issues. The Mind likes to think of truth as this oversimplified thing, a quality that the Mind projects on a lot of concepts and scenarios. The Mind likes to abstract this “truth” as an analogy to very specific, empirically verifiable facts. But there’s a hidden analogy being used by the Mind here -- it’s an abstraction and a projection that the Mind does.
  11. YOU CAN TAKE A PRAGMATIC INTERPRETATION OF EGO, IT'S NOT NECESSARY TO INTERPRET ALL CONCEPTS IN TERMS OF TRUTH The Ego is a concept but it has utilitarian use or what you might call a "cash value" because it can be used in actual situations to raise consciousness about what happened or what you’re doing. It’s a concept that may not be true per se, but it’s useful so we stick it in our knowledge grab-bag and bring it out every now and again to solve actual problems situations in contexts. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pragmatism
  12. WHAT TRANSCENDING DUALITY LOOKS LIKE IN PRACTICE What you do is transcend being hamstrung by the issue which is only created in the Mind. It's thoughts flapping back and forth over being, nothing more. It's blah bah blah. Being is not hamstrung or dependent on blah blah blah. So you carry water and chop wood and transcend letting these issues of the Mind distract you. If you pick up a football and throw it, that has nothing to do with the Mind's blah blah blah about choice vs. no choice. You just pick up the football and throw it and watch those thoughts, but you don't become fixated on them or sort of dominated by them.
  13. ON THE ISSUE OF CHOICE OR NO CHOICE -- IT'S A THOUGHT DUALITY LAYING ON TOP OF BEING When no thought is there, the issue of choice is not there. There is no issue raised as to choice that is always there. The issue of choice is only raised when a thought is present. See, what the Mind wants to do is force this issue on every context without revealing that the issue itself is only a thought laying on top of what is happening. The Mind says, this must be what's happening. But that must is itself a thought.
  14. HOW TO PROPERLY TRANSCEND DUALITY -- A GENERAL TEMPLATE FOR USE WITH ANY MENTAL DUALITY Not this, not that, not anything. [Insert your favorite mental duality] Most people only grok "not this, not that". They miss the "not anything" part. That's why you need Zen teaching to cover that final bit. You can't beat duality with more duality.
  15. ON TEACHING ENLIGHTENMENT FOR REAL Nobody wants a real Enlightenment teacher around. It's too devastating to your cherished beliefs and your Ego-Mind will resist it. Teaching Transcendence of the Mind is like asking to be on the business end of a horse kick to the mouth. What people want is either entertainment, distraction, or corroboration of their strongly held beliefs in an Enlightenment teacher. But these are not real Enlightenment teachers. A real Enlightenment teacher is a gadfly, a Socrates, someone who you probably can't stand, and somebody whose motive you probably misunderstand -- someone who eventually either gets killed or thrown out of the community. It's just the way things must be.
  16. THIS IS SUCH A GREAT ALBUM https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blessing_in_Disguise_(Metal_Church_album) Album cover:
  17. AVENUES & SOURCES OF GROWTH Relationships and connection are an avenue for growth that I only recently fully started to appreciate. I recall my buddy talking about all the lessons he learned from each girlfriend he had as I sat there perplexed. Now I get it. Top heavy people like me tend to over-emphasize thought as the vehicle and conduit for growth. But no, you have relationships, you have contribution (projects), you have health and fitness, you have art (creativity), you have action (right conduct), you have meditation (connection with being), you have travel (especially international cultural travel), and probably others that I'm missing. Avenues and Sources of Growth: Thought Relationships Contribution (Projects) Health & Fitness Art (Creativity) Action (Right Conduct) Meditation (Connection with Being) Travel (Esp. International Cultural Travel)
  18. @Zetxil I always capitalize Mind, Ego, Enlightenment, and Ego-Mind. But for some reason I never capitalize being which is odd. It's just how I roll.
  19. THIS IS SUCH A GREAT ALBUM https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turbo_(Judas_Priest_album) Album cover:
  20. The Ego is a concept but it has utilitarian use or what you might call a "cash value" because it can be used in actual situations to raise consciousness about what happened or what you’re doing. It’s a concept that may not be true per se, but it’s useful so we stick it in our knowledge grab-bag and bring it out every now and again to solve actual problems situations in contexts.
  21. Yep, because He’s a concept — or more accurately, a family of often more or less but not always related concepts.
  22. Yes, but in many matters and in many contexts reasonable persons can arrive at different conclusions regarding the same issues. The Mind likes to think of truth as this oversimplified thing, a quality that the Mind projects on a lot of concepts and scenarios. The Mind likes to abstract this “truth” as an analogy to very specific empirically verifiable facts. But there’s a hidden analogy being used by the Mind there. It’s that abstraction and projection that the Mind does.
  23. What is truth? Another word with associated meaning(s) that you decide to cling to or not?
  24. Common sense is not so common. I still appreciate your answer though. I will say this — you decide how to use words and their associated meanings.