Timothy

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  1. @AleksM Hey thanks for posting this! I have a couple of questions if you wouldn't mind. 1st: It seems you have used your breathe for your object of focus in your 24/7 awareness practice. But let's say I was driving my car, interacting with someone, and needing to use my mind to solve some external problem at work or at home, what technique would I use in these cases? Being totally absorbed in my breathe while driving , let's say, would be dangerous because it requires visual focus on multiple objects to stay safe along with other mind factors etc. And my concentration skills aren't yet strong enough to practice vipassana (keeping track of multiple sensations). I was also curious what your meditation was like during the night (sleeping). 2nd: I'm glad you pointed out that a very strong intention to raise consciousness is the key to undergo this process. The problem with me and probably with most is that death is my biggest fear and that part of me is holding me back from a full commitment. I am only 20 years old and I've already exhausted many of my external pleasures, and I've been lucky to do so. Basically half of me is sick of the quality of life I am living, and the other half is terrified of death so I am having a hard time fully committing. I was curious how you yourself made it through your own death and how you were able to stay motivated and committed through such a terrifying and painful process. Any pointers you can leave on how I should approach my own death would be appreciated also. Thanks!
  2. Your radical open mindedness video was really great. It introduced us to Not-Knowing and the power of having a true state of openness. Contemplation and Self- Inquiry are super important and you have mentioned these over and over. In my personal practice, I am having a hard time trying to undermine my own beliefs and assumptions holding me back from this state of not knowing. As important as it is to undermine the "self" belief, I also noticed that undermining my peripheral beliefs and assumptions such as how I think the world works, the fact that I was even born, the world is round etc etc, helps bring me more to the moment. And we did this in your radical open mindedness video. But for the purpose of self inquiry and contemplation, I think if you gave us further techniques on how to get into this state, and maybe a step by step process highlighting what common assumptions we should undermine relevant to the self and our sense of reality, then we would be well on our way. Many people currently contemplating, such as myself, are wasting a lot of time searching for our selves rather than undermining ourselves and beliefs about reality. I feel very often when I am self-inquiring that I already know who I am, but other times I can become scared and feel very undermined. But it needs to be more consistent. A video on how to practice not knowing practically, would be sweet The books on your list are great for this, but I think it should be addressed more in your content. -I noticed how when I begin to move in that direction of not knowing, I begin to get scared and very emotional. I have had times where I have almost cried and wanted to stop the investigation. I have also had other times where my ego is like "I want to know now!" but I already felt like I knew who I was. I can now really appreciate how terrifying true not knowing and true spiritual development is. I haven't yet had a full terrifying existential episode, but it is almost like I can "see" it coming in this distance. And I am scared shitless. When I first got involved with this work, I was so naive and didn't actually think I would be facing my own death on this path. Holy smokes.