Yimpa

The biggest trap nonduality screwed me over with

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So I got into nonduality back in 2015. However, ever since I began doing therapy with my current therapist a year ago, as well as Leo calling out nonduality, I’ve been slowly chipping away beliefs and concepts I’ve gathered from it.

One of the biggest traps that still controls me to a certain degree is the idea that since there’s no doer, I have no way to change the trajectory of my life and to make my life circumstances better for myself and others.

Do any of you still believe this? It seems like this concept has been a major copout for why I shouldn’t make any effort to change.

Edit: heh, this is my 420th post on this forum. 

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"Wrongness is the unsung hero of growth, for it is only by venturing into the unknown and risking error that we can expand the boundaries of our understanding and pave the way for groundbreaking insights and innovations." -Claude 3 Opus

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        You're applying nonduality to the materialist plane,

"since there's no doer, I have no way to change the trajectory of my life and to make my life circumstances better for myself and others."

if there is a "your life and circumstances to make better", then there is also a "doer". You've been taught only a part of non duality.

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I don't mind it. I don't find any of these things upsetting. I don't feel like I need to be in control. If I do or don't do something it was always going to be that way, I really don't see it as something upsetting.

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1 hour ago, Yimpa said:

One of the biggest traps that still controls me to a certain degree is the idea that since there’s no doer, I have no way to change the trajectory of my life and to make my life circumstances better for myself and others.

If you take nonduality to mean that then that is definitely a trap.

It's simply false. You can improve your life even if there is no so-called "doer". This is like another one of those conflations of relative and absolute domains.

You are also God but that doesn't mean you can grow wings and fly.

Edited by Leo Gura

You are God. You are Truth. You are Love. You are Infinity.

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@Yimpa You are supposed to do serious spirituality after building your life. If you decide to do it sooner you will get into a lot traps like this one. There is a doer and the doer is you, you are the only doer there is.

 

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@Yimpa

There is no doer, but it can certainly seem like there is. I would tell you to carry on as if you were in control, but then you'd have no choice in whether you did that either.

Life will always seem "as if" action A typically produces result B and so forth. And this can bring a sense of doership, satisfaction and progress - so there is nothing wrong (nor right) with apparently living this way, even if it is ultimately illusory. 

However, living with an innate sense of dissatisfaction which prompts ongoing desire and seeking does not seem to be the kind of freedom that purportedly comes from enlightenment.

Last I heard anyway ;)

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Apparently.

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The power of Self, when it is concentrated and directed into the physical, mental, or emotional realms, creates a force, and we call that force "will." That's what you use when you try to make things happen or not happen. You are not helpless in there; you have the power to affect things.

- Michael Singer, The Untethered Soul


Just because God loves you doesn't mean it is going to shape the cosmos to suit you. God loves you so much that it will shape you to suit the cosmos.

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@Moksha 

Patient: There's nothing wrong with me. Should I get a prescription?
Doctor: What for?
Patient: My doubt.
Doctor: Sure, take this empty medicine bottle. Try not to overdose - it's potent stuff.


Apparently.

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@axiom xD

Doubt everything that can be known. Directly realize what cannot be known.


Just because God loves you doesn't mean it is going to shape the cosmos to suit you. God loves you so much that it will shape you to suit the cosmos.

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One of the biggest traps that still controls me to a certain degree is the idea that since there’s no doer, I have no way to change the trajectory of my life and to make my life circumstances better for myself and others.

Some teachers are just bad and the way they teach confuses people.

You can take action and change your life, all of that happens without a separate doer.

You won't find that idea in Buddhism or traditional Advaita Vedanta. It's a new invention by half-baked "gurus".

Edited by vladorion

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4 hours ago, LSD-Rumi said:

You are supposed to do serious spirituality after building your life. If you decide to do it sooner you will get into a lot traps like this one. There is a doer and the doer is you, you are the only doer there is.

It was a necessary trap to have gone through I think, based on my life circumstances. I was born into a Roman Catholic upbringing, but left religion at 14. Nonduality filled the void from 16-25.

I won’t even get into how difficult it was to leave my extended family members a few years ago (I still speak with my immediately family since they are more open-minded). 
 

Now I’ve been building my life these past few years (I’m 26 now). Ketamine and cannabis helped open up that possibility. I’ve made lots of progress with my relationships and learning to live independently; I’ve also had to face fear head on many times (I still will, of course)

I’ve still got a looooong ways to go, but I’m in a much better place than I was before. 
 

Thank you all for the guidance, I’ll contemplate what is being said. I’m excited for this new chapter of my life. If you’d ask me to question nonduality just a year ago, I would have thought you were foolish. Little did I know that I’m the fool. And I pity the fool xD


"Wrongness is the unsung hero of growth, for it is only by venturing into the unknown and risking error that we can expand the boundaries of our understanding and pave the way for groundbreaking insights and innovations." -Claude 3 Opus

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@Yimpa Nonduality may not be what you think it is, but that is ok. It sounds like traditional self-help might bring more satisfaction.


Apparently.

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it's all predetermined. there's no way you can change your "destiny". You are both the designer of this game called life and the apparent doer. There is only one WILL. 

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5 hours ago, michaelcycle00 said:

Have a Snickers?

Nice try, I’m allergic to Snickers 


"Wrongness is the unsung hero of growth, for it is only by venturing into the unknown and risking error that we can expand the boundaries of our understanding and pave the way for groundbreaking insights and innovations." -Claude 3 Opus

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13 hours ago, vladorion said:

You won't find that idea in Buddhism or traditional Advaita Vedanta. It's a new invention by half-baked "gurus".

Yes - to be fair I’ve only followed Neo-Advaita teachers.

It‘a frustrating, because whenever a student would ask the guru for help and tell them about their personal struggles, the guru immediately is like, “nah don’t focus on that, that’s coming from the mind, blah blah blah. Empty yourself from that”.

How does that help anybody?


"Wrongness is the unsung hero of growth, for it is only by venturing into the unknown and risking error that we can expand the boundaries of our understanding and pave the way for groundbreaking insights and innovations." -Claude 3 Opus

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3 minutes ago, Yimpa said:

 

It‘a frustrating, because whenever a student would ask the guru for help and tell them about their personal struggles, the guru immediately is like, “nah don’t focus on that, that’s coming from the mind, blah blah blah. Empty yourself from that”.

How does that help anybody?

It helps pharmaceutical companies that sell anti depressants.

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56 minutes ago, Yimpa said:

Yes - to be fair I’ve only followed Neo-Advaita teachers.

It‘a frustrating, because whenever a student would ask the guru for help and tell them about their personal struggles, the guru immediately is like, “nah don’t focus on that, that’s coming from the mind, blah blah blah. Empty yourself from that”.

How does that help anybody?

That's the whole point. 

If the self is helped, it persists.


Apparently.

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These traps are very common when you're first introduced to the concepts. For example, I used "living in the now" as an excuse to avoid personal responsibilities. Of course that wasn't my only problem, but these things do happen.


Intrinsic joy is revealed in the marriage of meaning and being.

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