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  1. Depending on your choice of psychedelic substance, the dosage, set and setting, etc one might experience ego death, infinity, or deep insights into the nature of reality.

    That said, these expansive states of consciousness are not triggered by alcohol! Not even close. 

    You would know this if you tried Psylocibin or DMT and brought spiritual work into those trips.

    The state of consciousness from which you do personal development on Psychedelics compared to while drunk is as different as going on a run and laying on the couch. 

  2. This was a truly beautiful and emotionally compelling game, but I didn't really see much lessons in spirituality unless we're talking about the Buddhist notion of Duhka and how suffering arise out of Ellies attachment to vengeance and the ensuing karma from her actions, however there's something to be said about the of emerging stages of green and yellow in the structure of the narrative and characters.

    You see a role reversal of genders by having strong female protagonists and straight up gay characters (stage Green). 

    Then there's how the game developers flip the script part way through, which leans towards a more inclusive perspective by revealing the dynamics of community and humanity within Abby's group (stage Yellow). 

    So in summary, we don't really see as many woman with powerful and resourceful roles in stages Orange and below and even more so don't see the humanizing of our presumed enemies less we call in to question our perspective upon reaching stage Yellow. 

    These points are in my opinion the source of the outrage among gamers who are in GENERAL at stage orange. 

    Lastly, LoU2 took me 3-4 days of hardcore gaming hours to finish amid an ego backlash brought up during lockdown so I'm hesitant to agree on whether it's worth spending that much time...unless game developing and storytelling is part of your life purpose.

  3. On 8/9/2021 at 1:32 PM, aurum said:

    The challenge here is this: how do you reap the benefits of participating in the stage orange system without getting stuck in its toxic aspects? How do you not “sell out”? 

    This is not an easy question with an easy answer. I’m still not sure I’ve found the balance myself. And undoubtably it will be different for each person.

    The key here seems to have a strong vision and to really know yourself. That will keep you grounded in your values as much as possible. Surround yourself with positive, higher consciousness influences.

    I'll remember this, thanks dude! 

  4. 14 hours ago, Average Investor said:

    Something to consider is that you can use many different stages to approach business, which will likely make it much more meaningful. For example a stage green business would show a lot more appreciation towards helping the world and others. Yellow would integrate more systematic structures into the business and more insight on how it effects the eco-system as a whole. Also, even stage blue would be important in business as that is where a good amount of integrity and discipline can come from. 

    Thanks for the response man, yeah that's the plan.  Since this is a creative type work, there's room to grow in the next 5 years so that I might work with higher stages of the spiral. 


    14 hours ago, Average Investor said:

    Are you passionate about this? Or is this just a route to escape the 9-5? 

    Yes, I am passionate but recognize that this motivating force is also something that we must stoke and cultivate rather than relying on it to last of it's volition. In other words, it's necessary to bring passion to the work


    14 hours ago, Average Investor said:

    Some options might be to start looking into other jobs that you are more passionate about in the mean time. 

    15 hours ago, MDMD said:

    Time I spend working at another 9-5 and building up those skill sets can instead be spent creating a business that get's me closer to my vision and purpose instead. Also the growth opportunities at most 9-5's (without years of specialized education and skill development) are mediocre at best. 

  5. Recently I've started making moves to become a copywriter so I can have the resources to leave my soul sucking 9-5, attend spiritual retreats, do more consciousness work, create a more conscious business model  etc. That said, I am continually realizing my mentors and teachers are just hyper egoic, angry, Liberal bashing devils! It's like I'm a Jedi working with the Sith lol. 

     My gut tells me to return to Orange ideals so that I may climb out of this hole I'm in, but surely I'm living inauthentically when my core ideals revolve around truth and consciousness.

    Anyone relate to this? How are you approaching holism in an environment that rejects outside perspectives? 

  6. Hey Aden, 

    It's my hope that this work you are doing on yourself will lead to a beautiful and more conscious way of life, one where you can love and connect with all of reality on the deepest levels. This includes with your family, friends, and future partners (who ironically are you from a non-dual perspective). That said, this is the time to question and contemplate every thing you ever thought about the world, even if it's rough road at first and puts tension on your present relationships. At the end of the day, most folks wont understand the process of pursing truth, tough pill but that's just the way the world is presently. Speaking from experience, you will probable get lost, but thanks to the resources here and online I'm sure that you can find balance again.

    Take your time and think deeply about your wants, it's a process and be sure to soak in as much higher consciousness/quality knowledge as you can. You got this! 

  7. I can completely relate to this, even today folks have told me "I thought you were older" and "you're so mature for your age" type stuff. 

    That said, you got to understand that you're taking another path here, spiritual work and personal development ,as fulfilling as it can be, is like going off roading into the unknown. The majority of the western world is preoccupied with "survival" i.e. social media, partying, sex, dumbed down politics, sports, and scraping by paycheck to paycheck.

    If you're like me, then you're probably completely right about standing out as the weird one in the group and let me tell you that's totally okay. If it helps, try and find a more relatable activity that helps you connect with others that you can enjoy and be more social. For me this has been hiking and being a part of spiritual book clubs etc. 

  8. On 5/26/2018 at 2:36 PM, Spinoza said:

    I'm trying to understand non duality, 

    I can see the duality and the non duality (for me now both are right, it depend from which angle we see it) but i can't clearly see that the duality is not real and only the non-duality which is real

    I came up to an idea that seem to me clear, that we are all a "one" experiencing "himself" in an unlimited number of different experience, every experience is a person

    Me and you = the same essence, we look separate and different because of material world influence that created a different experience and a different visual 

    If we erase all the material world's influence and the characteristics that we did not choose, the only thing that remains, it that we are the same "thing" "same essence" 

    The other person you see, is you. If you had the same experience, background, genetic, environment. you will see clearly that he is you

    i don't know if this is a way to explain non-duality, for me it make a lot of sense.

    That makes a lot of sense, at least to me. 

    Here's the thing for everyone on this's impossible to put any personal experience exactly into words because... "What is said, isn't always what is heard."

    Anyhow, for the sake of conveying a functional understanding of non-duality, take a metaphor Leo has said which is we are each individually fingers on a hand with infinite "fingers". The fingers each represent a person and their experience/perspective of reality, and the hand represents the source of which yields every perspective. Not too sure what that source is called, perhaps it's nothingness because existence and experience can only "be" if there is an opposing state of being. Ying and Yang. 

    In my opinion, it sounds like you got this figured out! 

  9. 1 minute ago, Slade said:

    Money isn’t evil. It’s a tool which can be used for good or evil. 

    I think what Leo is trying to get across is that the pursuit of wealth is hallow and unfulfilling. I can affirm this as I chased money in real estate for about a year until I realized that It wasn’t going to fulfill me. I also heard a man say once that he spent ten years of his life chasing money, and looking back now he said he wasted that ten years. 

    Theres nothing wrong with wanting money but it should be a bi product of wanting something greater. Find the impact you want to have on the world, the work you love to do the most. Not because it makes you money but because you actually love and enjoy the work you’re doing. Find the way you can provide value to others using your greatest gift. Find that, master it, and wealth will flow to you. 

    I couldn't agree more! Just thought to add that once you find those higher consciousness values that you're passionate from, you'll be in the best position to gain wealth anyways while at the same time hitting those sweet spots of inner fulfillment that chasing money alone won't get you. 

  10. Don't go unconscious anymore! Look at your emotions and trace it back to where you're afraid. This is all about fear. Reflect on what "catastrophe" are you playing in your head when you silence your authenticity. If you're not ready for this in your daily life, then give The Six Pillar of Self Esteem by Nathaniel Branden a try. You won't' need your Dad to approve of you if you do this, and honestly, it will help you mature into a person that knows how to fill their own cups of happiness and love. I've been where you're at, it does get ugly if you don't change. That said, you have the rest of your life ahead of you and so much possibility! Ask yourself, is there anything out there in the world that is worth dedicating my life towards? Hope this helps. 

  11. Good question, personally I've come to see that operating from a place of higher consciousness tends to lead to less suffering and higher levels of success and fulfillment. That means not partaking in lower consciousness activities all the time. These are things that are linked to fear, anxiety, anger, and depression. When we are willing to live out values like understanding, love, or freedom you have an inclination to grow and thus experience life in a new way. This attitude of moving towards higher ideals for yourself is arguably a necessary trait in order to become a happy human being, psychologist Abraham Maslow has lots to say on this matter in his book "Toward a Psychology of Being" 

  12. First off, as a coach in training, I sympathize with your difficulties here. You are dealing with real challenges right now, however, there is no doubt in my mind after reading these posts that you're a very capable and resourceful person.

    Honestly man, you have all the resources you need to make this happen. Take a good long look at your business, and begin to get creative! Read some good books, maybe Tony Robbins and Jack Canfield for inspiration and really bare down on marketing. It's important to get your brand and name out into the world. From an even more practical perspective, this might look like putting up posters or Facebook ads or having an article written about you or your business. With your target group being millennials perhaps a public speaking event at a school might benefit you.

    You don't necessarily need to quit your job right now but I do encourage you to spend more time in your business. The quality of your effort will determine the quality of your results. That's obvious.

    You've stated yourself that you are holding onto fear around this decision, which there is nothing wrong with that, in fact, I completely resonate with you on this, but why don't you ask yourself a few questions to get on top of this Fear based thought pattern,

    "What am I in this for?"

    "How else can I look at this situation?"

    "What kind of beliefs must I have to feel this way?" 

    "What accomplishments and legacy would have ultimate significance for you?"

    "What are you prepared to sacrifice to achieve your dream?" 

    Lastly, be present of how your actions make you feel and how your thinking brought you to that point of action. This is to make sure you see how your thoughts and feelings are directing you to experience fear and anxiety throughout the day.   

    Best of luck man