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  1. I have been deeply interested in Personality Psychology in the past few years, and there are many insights that have stood out for me and I will be sharing them in this post. I have been interested in Questions like: Why are the majority of people on the forum Introverted Intuitives? (INTP, INFP, INFJ and INTJ personality types make up 70% of the forum) Why Leo has a very different way of teaching (stoic, seemingly detached from feelings, 'no nonsense' approach) from most other spiritual gurus? Why does he have no regard for stories that we tell ourselves (Mankind is the Bullshitting animal / Nobody wants the Truth) Why are Leo's teachings so appealing to some people and is utter blasphemy to others? Why TJ Reeves(ENTP) seems to have progressed so fast on the journey where Leo (INTP) is plowing deeper and deeper unconcerned about 'going ahead'? How can I model my self-actualization journey and map my growth? Why I find communicating with some people to easy and natural and a mutually frustrating experience with others? How can I be more open to perspectives? How can I communicate better with others? Etc. A brief introduction to Type to those who have no idea what it is. Personality Type theory is based on the works of Carl Jung and it divides one's personality into a combination of 8 functions. Every Individual has different preferences of using these functions and the top 2 functions in the stack broadly define the person's way of looking at the World. For most people, the Dominant and the Auxiliary functions are well-developed in most individuals by the age of 25. The Tertiary function develops until one is 50 and Inferior function until one dies. The Four functions are Intuiting, Thinking, Feeling and Sensing. The four functions can be directed towards the outer world (Extroverted - concerned with the 'objective' world) or the inner world (Introverted - concerned with the 'subjective' world). People with dominant Extroverted function seek Breadth. On the other hand, people with dominant Introverted function seek Depth. For Leo (a well-developed INTP), the most dominant function is Ti (Introverted Thinking) and on his relentless pursuit of Wisdom(and having the time and resources to do so), his growth is faster than most of us. An INTP type has the following preferences: (Dominant) Introverted Thinking (Ti) - Analyzing, categorizing, and evaluating according to principles Young atheist Leo with aversion for anything 'spiritual' seeking a 'purpose' Drawing clear boundaries around concepts and equating them (Love = Truth) An attempt to analyze and categorize all Personal Development material evident from the (unfinished) project of Personal Development Blueprint (Auxiliary) Extroverted Intuition (Ne) - Interpreting situations and relationships and pickup meanings and interconnections to other contexts This is really the superpower Leo possesses. This is from where he is making his unique contribution. The combination of Ti and Ne is where his Genius lies. One of the reasons behind his success is going ALL IN on these two functions. (Tertiary) Introverted Sensing - Reviewing and recalling past experiences and seeking detailed data In recent episodes, Leo has opened up about his past memories and how they related to his then-latent purpose (Inferior) Extroverted Feeling - Connecting and considering others and the group This forum Moving to Patreon Plans to have more in-person interactions with people The 4 Shadow functions are the opposites of the four main functions: 5. Extroverted Thinking (Segmenting, organizing for efficiency, and systematizing) 6. Introverted Intuition (Foreseeing implications, transformations, and likely effects) 7. Extroverted Sensing (Experiencing and acting in the immediate context.) 8. Introverted Feeling (Valuing and considering importance, beliefs, and worth) The journey towards greater fulfillment, maturity and wholeness can be defined as the full development of all of the functions and the ability to choose a function to engage in at will. Type Development gives great insights into how one's psycho-spiritual development will occur with time, and how to supercharge it consciously. Roughly speaking, if you are a 25-year old INFJ (Ni > Fe > Ti > Se), the greatest opportunities for growth (also likely to be most uncomfortable) lie in developing your Introverted Thinking (refining arguments, logical consistency, etc.) and Extroverted Sensing (Hiking, Running, Meditation, etc. ) In case of Leo, in my understanding, he has a great opportunity for growth in organizing workshops and getting involved directly with people. Even starting live Q&A at Patreon will be a great move. In directly getting involved with people is also where, I think, he will start to embody Turquoise on a much more deeper level. Speculating about it, I also wonder if developing and integrating his shadow functions (particularly 7th and 8th) will lead to developing into Stage Coral. I have certainly simplified the model in order to explain it. If you come up with any questions while reading it, let me know. I have been researching a lot about Introverted Intuition to aid my own growth and will be sharing those resources soon. @Emerald I am aware of your interest in MBTI. Would love to know your comments on this Just to be clear, this is a model of preferences. While Jung claims that these preferences remain the same until we die, it is a potentially limiting worldview you do not want to adopt. Just being intellectually aware of your preferences gives you a greater control over it. Experientially knowing your preference to use certain function over others can free you to choose the most appropriate function for the situation. Know that this is a lifelong journey. In the end, thank you @Leo Gura for your commitment to being authentic and making the best of who you are. You are a great case to study
  2. How to get over deep rooted self hatred and self sabotaging behavior?
  3. What are subtler levels of communication possible between human beings? How to deconstruct my worldview step by step and free myself of all psychological constructs I've built since childhood? Should I focus on doing good or being good?
  4. How can I tap into infinite creative intelligence and get answers? How to go META and get a big picture understanding of my life (why I am the way I am) and of the world (why the world is the way it is)? How to know if someone is as evolved as they seem / claim to be? What is time? If it's an illusion, why does it persist? What is creativity? How can I be sure that what I am doing is actually good for the world? (For ex: Is it sufficient to ask: Does it support life?) What are the highest goals humanity should strive for? What is the greatest good that can be achieved by, say, the end of this century? What are the universal spiritual laws? (For ex: Every action has its consequences) How do personal values evolve over time? What are some models to map my personal evolution? (Other than SD and Cook-Greuter) How to integrate logic and intuition in everyday life? How to integrate masculinity and femininity? What are the deeper dimensions of effectiveness? How to become more effective at bringing change within myself and the World? How to reconcile non duality with life purpose?
  5. Pretend you are Really, use visualizations to put yourself in the situation. The more you do it the naturally it will come in real life. Deida's work really goes to the core of sexual communication. I've realized that the more integrated I become (integrating range of emotions, impulses, desires and OWNING them), the more grounded and more attractive I become to the opposite sex. So far in my experience, women can sense much more than men think they are giving away. The one that I really liked was Function, Flow and Glow series. He demonstrates some of the practices with volunteers.
  6. Books and lectures by David Deida are highly relevant to the discussion happening here. He has developed his own spin on Tantra, goes deep into masculinity and femininity - is a joy to listen to. He has a number of recorded sessions on YouTube. Check him out. One pick up channel that embodies stage green values is The Natural Lifestyle / James Marshall. He's good.. Like a wise / well matured middle aged guy sharing his wisdom. David D'Angelo (Eben Pagan) is pretty old but has some great (stage yellow?) material to help. He's unbiased, logical-oriented and gets to the core. If you like his work, his ebook Attraction isn't a choice is a great read. Gave me a lot of insights.
  7. Why does the earth go around the Sun?
  8. You have touched upon this in a video detailing four stages of personal development.. Victim > Fighter > Creator > Ego Transcendence Osho has mentioned this in many of his lectures as well.. One cannot transcend ego until it is strong enough to unite and sustain a personality, independent of others. A weak (or inexperienced?) ego is always fearful, greedy, or needy. Being self sufficient is a milestone in the path to being selfless. I might be missing some nuances here. I am sure most people on the path realize this, sooner or later,but being conscious of the fact definitely brings a lot of clarity.
  9. One of these books: 'Sadhguru-More than a life' or 'Mystics's musings' . Not sure which one, I read it passing by a book store. The book is in a question-answer format in which Arundhati asks something along the lines of: What is enlightenment experientially? How has it changed your day to day experience? That said, 'Sadhguru-More than a life' is a great stage-Turquoise motivation, if you will.
  10. When asked what is his everyday experience after awakening, Sadhguru mentioned that he can have upto 8 to 12 thought threads (related /unrelated) simultaneously in his mind, and yet go about his business (without getting caught up with any) That's incredible! It would be really interesting to know the changes in Leo's experience over the years, particularly after this awakening experience.
  11. Leo's latest video on scientific dualities triggered a deep sense of discomfort within me, for good. It felt like falling in an endless well. It started with panic (of having lost the pointers to map my experiences) and soon transformed into bliss (of realizing that I was the creator of those categories anyway, and I can make them as up as I want, if I want). My mind tends to be really active in symbols and symbolic imagery, and with the intention of integrating this with my everyday life, I started to wonder what the role of symbols (like the language I am using to get this across to you) is - in the whole network of reality. Have you seen a Rainbow? It doesn't just have seven colors. The distinction between what we call Violet and Indigo is not easily discernible. An example, quoted from an Environmental Psychology book 'Drunk Tank Pink' A 'thing' does not exist until it is categorized in some fashion. A category does not exist until it is 'defined' within rigid boundaries and is given a name. This seems obvious when you get it. Leo's 3 part series on Dualities is to trigger an unlearning process of the 20 years of schooling / scientific indoctrination. Analysis is crucial for intellectual work. For finding distinctions, developing a set of characteristics that define it and studying those set of characteristics to form conclusions. But the problem with this approach is that Analysis leaves out more than it covers. We keep adding new words into our dictionaries every year because new concepts are born every year. Further, different cultures have a fundamentally different concept of, for example, time. Synthesis attempts to rectify this problem by zooming out as wide as possible and noticing all the subtle and nuanced ways everything is networked together. True Holism is the integration of Analysis AND Synthesis.
  12. What is the cause behind the chaos and destruction in the World?
  13. How to absorb your awakenings experiences fully within one's body-mind-spirit and inform one's every experience! How to integrate awakening states to get to awakened stages? Specially when access to these states are gained through psychedelics. Body relaxation? Writing / Journaling?
  14. OR How to be creative? Is it just connecting things? Is a creative mind a fallacy? What is true creativity? What are the different levels of creativity? I have heard you mention the 'source self' as 'infinite creative potential'. How does one tap into this existential creativity? What is Genius? Why do all creative insights seem to come from alternating periods of intense focus and utter relaxation? What is the relationship between being a 'giver' in general and being a 'creative'?
  15. He won't talk about it in the whole video - just to fuck with our brains.