DocHoliday

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  1. That's a very strange way of thinking about it. If you want to suffer, shoot yourself in the foot. I guess that'll surely suffice. Otherwise, living life in fear is just unneccessarily limiting and it probably won't help you all that much to realize your true nature.
  2. @mandyjw Hah, yeah, Ralston probably just doesn't give a fuck... As long as he's got all he needs, why should he, right? The people that are serious enough about the whole thing will come to him, but he doesn't come to them.
  3. @How to be wise Well, there you go. You've practically answered your own question. Their egolessness is exactly what makes them so invisible and insignificant to all others who can't recognize the "specialness" of someone like that. It's just not something they really care about.
  4. @Raptorsin7 That's good! That's progress. Happens time and time again.
  5. @Raptorsin7 So, if you would ask me whether or not I have had experiences of non-duality and enlightenment like having eaten scoops of ice cream, then yes, I've had some of those. But, then again, even the "experience" of eating a scoop of ice cream never stops to affect you life, you know? It's not like you eat it, digest it, shit it out, and then you're done. The experience of having eating that scoop if ice cream will still affect you for the rest of your life in some subtle ways. It's kind of the same with "experiences" of enlightenment. You know when back in school you had those "Aaaahh-ha!"-moments when you finally understood a math problem or somthing like that? Enlightenment experiences etc. are basically just like these A-ha moments but on a metaphysical, spiritual, [EDIT] existential level. And just like that math problem, when you didn't work on the further embodiment of your insight, years later you might have already forgotten what you first understood. So, you always have to "work" on it and go deeper. It just becomes your new, natural way of life.
  6. @Raptorsin7 Well, that's an interesting question. I wouldn't say that I had "one" distinct experience of non-duality. Enlightenment and the realization of non-duality is not comparable to the experience of eating an ice cream, let's say. So, it's not like eating that ice cream and then saying "Okay, I ate it, now I'm done, now I never need to eat any ice cream ever again because I had the experience." No, it's not quite like that. There is a moment of realization, of course, but from then on, one either embodies his insight - or not. That's what mmakes it permanent or not. That's (probably) the best way I can put it into words right now.
  7. @Raptorsin7 Hah, I appreciate your honesty and self-reflection. If I understand your question correctly, then yes, people can definitely slip back into perceiving reality from a dual perspective, but it all depends on the depth of the insight I guess. If you get an intense enough Breakthrough, you may permanently keep the non-dual perspective. But even then, as Leo often mentioned, the distinction between non-dual and dual is also just duality, so one can never escape duality forever and ever. One has to come to the point of realizing the Absolute Relativity of it all.
  8. Rather than trying to get from A to B, try to see how there is absolutely no differnce between the two. Even "after" enlightenment, ego still remains. Furthermore, drawing such a heavy line between the "egoic" state and the "enlightened" state is duality. It's Non-Duality you'd want to reach, i.e. realizing that there are no real or true separations between anything. But, well, do whatever feels good for you. If you like so sit for an hour consistently, then do that. Just don't get caught up in all kinds of conceptual stuff, focus on the greater Actuality of it all.
  9. @eleveneleven Thanks a lot for your elaborate reply!:) There was a lot of helpful stuff in there that was nice to read for me right now. My biggest concern is not actually beong criticized or judged for that matter, but it's failing to live up to the responsibility of not misinforming people about what they will read in my book, so that they don't get any wrong ideas about the topics etc. But I guess I just have to have more trust in that reagrd because I always did my very best to present the topics as clear and understandable as possible, even though that may just be so in my mind. I think it will all be a lot clearer when I get some people to test-read it all. That's very likely going to give me the certainty I need that I can't give myself exclusively from my own perspective. Because, sure, from my point of view, it's absoltely perfect. But I just gotta be sure that that's not self-bias and all...
  10. My current situation is that I just finished writing a book that I was working on for the past 3 years. Now I'm in the process of reading through it all again for the last time before the final version gets published and printed and so on. I've never before published or released anything else that I will profit from financially, so I'm very concerned about the quality of the book and the final product in general. I really want it to turn out as good as possible because I wouldn't want to make people waste their hard earned money and I also wouldn't want my reputation to be ruined in the form of people remembering me as the horrendous author who just wrote a bunch of crap and basically scammed people into buying his expensive book. So, my actual question is: Do you also sometimes wonder whether what you created and are about to publish is actually not even worthy of being published/released and/or sold in the first place? Do you also occasionally have certain doubts about your own credibility and the quality of your work? -------------------------------------------------------- Now, don't get me wrong, I'm definitely going to publish this book and let it be printed eventually, no matter what. It's just that I have this strange feeling that whatever I do to improve it further and further, it will never be good enough and that, therefore, people will somehow judge it as bad writing. Are some of you able to relate to this? If so, how do you deal with it or have dealt with it in the past? And what results did you get by publishing your work?
  11. @Yog That's an interesting perspective! And also one that does have some truth to it, indeed.
  12. probably in many cases because consumerism and the constant pursuit of materialistic pleasures just isn't truly fulfilling in the end and people lack the spiritual connection. They are (likely) too seperated from the world as it actually is. And due to this lacking connection, life just becomes very meaningless in the negative sort of way, not the neutral one, unfortunately.
  13. @Leo Gura I guess it can go both ways, depending on the level of consciousness of the people that are either directly affected or "just" emtionally touched by it. But, of course, if it's a serious, serious threat, it's highly unlikely people will take the higher consciousness route.
  14. @remember Buying it would be a nice idea, but, as a solution, that's (probably) not systemic enough. At least from my very limited understanding, the best we could do is to radically cut down our collective meat consumption so that these huge forest areas don't need to be logged off or burned for cattle farming and whatnot.