WorknMan

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  1. I don't know if this topic has been talked about here, but I'd like to hear from the yellow crowd :) I've noticed a trend happening where people (esp. on the left) are trying to get certain groups like anti-vaxers and white supremacists deplatformed wherever they happen to show up, with the latest efforts I've read about revolving around 8chan. I'm curious what this community thinks about these 'brute force' methods to silence people; is this a good strategy to deal with very toxic ideologies, or will denying people the ability to express themselves and be heard ultimately backfire and cause more problems than it solves?
  2. There is some evidence to back up what this poster is saying. Here's John MacArthur (a preacher that I greatly respected when I was at stage blue) talking about Trump before the primaries: But he ended up voting for Trump anyway: Insofar as stage blue is concerned, voting for Trump was a better choice than voting for whom they considered to be the devil incarnate who supported the murder of unborn children. Having said that, even when I was at stage blue, there was no way in hell I would've voted for Trump. Heck, I didn't even support George Bush Jr.
  3. I find that weed (ABV in particular) is a very good tool for contemplation. On it, I've managed to drop just about all my beliefs. The only one I'm still holding on to (albeit not voluntarily) is consciousness being 'brain stuff'. I imagine that weed edibles would be even better, but I live in an apartment in a red state, so making cannabutter would be a bit tricky without alerting the neighbors. But with ABV, you can just take some and sprinkle on a peanut butter cracker, and you're off to the races I'd much rather do psychedelics if I had access to some, but we work with what we have.
  4. I mean limited insofar as I can't experience reality from the point of view of anyone else but me. As in, even if we're technically both the same entity, I can't, in human form, inhabit your experience to see what you see and feel what you feel.
  5. Well, @Inliytened1 said 'Reality is a Mind (consciousness) imagining itself through different perspectives'. I can only speak from my limited perspective, where consciousness (true self) is separate from the mind (false self), but still feels like 'brain stuff' (even if it technically isn't), and is lodged firmly in my skull. Other than being present, it seems to have no other properties to speak of.
  6. As I understand it, at least in our experience as humans, the brain is responsible for things like thoughts, emotions, sensations, and all that good stuff, whereas consciousness/awareness was just the experiencer of all of these things, without any motivations to speak of, other than to be. Or in other words, it acts as a 'container' for everything in our direct experience. Is that basically the gist of it? Because I've heard consciousness described in two different ways - as a silent observer, and as a thing that has values (truth, unity, etc), desires (such as to know itself), and takes actions (such as sending probes into itself). Is it just a silent observer when using a brain as a window into sensate reality, and a thinking 'entity' (for lack of a better word) in its infinite form? Or do I just have this completely wrong?
  7. Same. Watching people go through their little dramas and yell back and forth at each other about politics feels like a dream that I woke up from. But at the same time, I don't judge any of them, nor do I feel superior to them. I wish I could help them, but I don't know what to say to them. So I usually don't talk to them.
  8. All that is known, or could ever be known, is experience. (Or in other words, experience is all that can be known.) Struggle as we may with the implications of this statement, experience itself must be the test of reality. If we do not take experience as the test of reality, belief will be the only alternative.
  9. Specific activities are bad and good; every action has its price, and its pleasures. Recognizing both sides, you become realistic and responsible for your actions. Responsibility means recognizing both pleasure and price, making a choice based on that recognition, and then living with that choice without concern. As for murder, do you reckon it's really worth spending the rest of your life in prison? I've had desires to kill as well, but if it's anything like sex, then doing it isn't going to scratch the itch for very long, so I'd hardly say it's worth it.
  10. When it comes to smoking DMT, LSD is going 0-60 in 6 to 8 hours. DMT is going 0-120 in 6 to 8 seconds Think of it like a roller coaster where you go up a hill slowly, vs. one where you blast off immediately (like Top Thrill Dragster). If you've ever seen the Butterfly Effect, the transition is similar, like this (minus the spinning), starts at 40 seconds: You literally go to hyperspace about that fast, similar to what is shown in this clip, and it feels like dying. As in taking the last hit feels mentally like jumping off the edge of a cliff. A smoked DMT trip only lasts for about 5-15 minutes, though it'll take you about an hour to feel normal again.
  11. I've never tried 5-meo, but I've probably smoked DMT 12-15 times and had a nearly instant ego death on almost every breakthrough trip. Unfortunately, my mind would splinter into a thousand pieces and I remember almost nothing after that. It's like I would die, 'blank out' for several minutes, then come back, feeling like I had just gone through a near-death experience. I remember there were visuals, but I have no recollection of what I saw, other than it was like a demented fun house. Anyway, after many tries of this, I eventually said 'fuck it' and gave up. This was about 4-5 years ago, before I knew anything about enlightenment (or plugging), so I wasn't even sure what I was trying to get out of it. But that's as close to a mystical experience as I've had, and I don't have access to psychedelics anymore.
  12. Question about Exercise #8: Should 'can' in bold say 'can't' instead, or am I just misunderstanding what it's trying to say?
  13. I first tried psychedelics about 5 years ago, before I found this site and knew nothing of enlightenment at the time. I had smoked cannabis before and done a lot of reading about tripping, and I still wasn't prepared for the mind fuck. I'd heard a lot about ego death, but didn't have a clear concept of what that actually meant. (IMO, people really like to over complicate it.) And then I literally experienced reality without an 'I', and was like, 'Oh, so that's what that is' Still, I didn't really understand what self as illusion meant. I had the stage orange realization that if I could destroy the self, then I could rebuild it into whatever I wanted. I've since come to understand that doing so is a waste of time, because there actually isn't a 'self' to rebuild. Anyway, I don't really know what point I'm getting at here... just relaying what the experience of being a new psychonaut was like If I had to give you any advice... something I wish I knew when I first started... go read the lyrics to the song 'Tomorrow Never Knows' by The Beatles, and follow their instructions.
  14. I got to thinking about this after watching Leo's latest post-retreat video and reading the notes from his blog, as honesty and selflessness seem to be incompatible at times. Like, say you have someone in your life (maybe even a spouse or close relative) that you really don't want in your life anymore, but you fear that telling them how you really feel might cause them a great amount of emotional turmoil, esp. if they're already emotionally unstable as is. So, what if you tell them and they go jump off a bridge or step in front of traffic? Or even worse, go on a murder spree. Is that really a win for the greater good? Being that honest certainly doesn't seem like a selfless act, leading me to believe that sometimes, you have to choose between the two.