Search found 5578 matches

by Sighclone
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Spiritual Teachers
Topic: Wild Wild Country
Replies: 21
Views: 743

Re: Wild Wild Country

I remember Adyashanti describing something like this in the awakening process where one just asks "What am I doing?" It's a great question. My question was "what's going on here??" It really wasn't about "me." While I was intrigued by "Zen Enlightenment" when I first ran across it in the early writ...
by Sighclone
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Spiritual Teachers
Topic: Wild Wild Country
Replies: 21
Views: 743

Re: Wild Wild Country

When I was an active Christian, I used to ask the question: "If you were in a knife fight with Satan and he suddenly disappeared and left his knife behind, could you toss it in your knife drawer and use it when needed?" Imagine if Hitler's set of pointers had no author, but were just carved on a cav...
by Sighclone
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Awakening / Spiritual Enlightenment / Truth-Realization
Topic: It's Simpler Than You Think
Replies: 81
Views: 20501

Re: It's Simpler Than You Think

And the most primary thought is the "I" thought...the first step away from awakening.

Andy
by Sighclone
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Spiritual Teachers
Topic: Wild Wild Country
Replies: 21
Views: 743

Re: Wild Wild Country

I visited Antelope during Osho's "reign." Went to the "Zorba the Buddha" restaurant. And watched this 6-part series. A very good friend practiced law with Phillip Toelkes, the lawyer who narrates most of it. My visit was perfunctory - I was with my uncle. The Rahjneeshees were all about themselves, ...
by Sighclone
Wed May 30, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Apathy
Replies: 59
Views: 2276

Re: Apathy

I think that psychotherapy can actually be quite harmful to people who are seeking a deeper truth (and who cannot benefit from psychotherapy), because the lack of improvement over time, despite the therapy, can reinforce the feeling that they are beyond help/hope, cause mounting frustration, eventu...
by Sighclone
Tue May 29, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Apathy
Replies: 59
Views: 2276

Re: Apathy

Jukai - I completely resonate with your experience - had the same response to ET - first few pages were a huge blast of relief and a big trigger for me. But, of course, both you and I had, at that point, recognized that our search was not for a "cure" for a mental disorder, but rather an answer to a...
by Sighclone
Tue May 29, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Apathy
Replies: 59
Views: 2276

Re: Apathy

Niki - The DSM-V is the American Psychiatric Association's "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders." My essential point was about unrealistic expectations from spiritual teachers. I'm glad you have found Gabor Mate - my wife speaks highly of him - addiction and trauma are his special...
by Sighclone
Tue May 29, 2018 1:55 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: Apathy
Replies: 59
Views: 2276

Re: Apathy

Niki - Many people who approach spiritual awakening do so out of a secret or not-so-secret desire to rid themselves of disorders of the ego (by this I mean all the material in DSM-V, and other obsessions, neuroses, syndromes, etc. that fall under the broad definition of "significantly debilitating m...
by Sighclone
Fri May 25, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Apathy
Replies: 59
Views: 2276

Re: Apathy

I'd like to think that was a Freudian slip, but it's probably just a typo...I may use it more intentionally in the future, however! The whole issue of drugs and the mind and awakening is large. Roland Griffiths at Johns Hopkins led a NSF or FDA-grant sponsored program using psilocybin...but I genera...
by Sighclone
Fri May 25, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: Apathy
Replies: 59
Views: 2276

Re: Apathy

Welcome Niki! Sorry to be a bit late returning to this revived thread. Your SRIN (Self-referential internal narrative) is bumping along at full tilt. "SRIN" is Gary Weber's phrase to describe his thought-storm before awakening. One of his techniques to shut it down was "Self-inquiry" - a direct path...
by Sighclone
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Having difficulty living in the present
Replies: 28
Views: 689

Re: Having difficulty living in the present

Relatively conventional self-help books and videos can help here. Even after awakening, there are psychological challenges in our personalities, mainly a result of deep conditioning. I like the work of Brene Brown in this general topic of self-worth.

Andy
by Sighclone
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Personal Experiences
Topic: Chasing the High
Replies: 48
Views: 8429

Re: Chasing the High

Snowy - We are touching on another problem here, that is the use of the English language to define these subtle "state/no states." But to fully comprehend the Sanskrit, there is a big cultural milieu that is required. My sense of "stillness," however, probably does have some measurable similarity to...
by Sighclone
Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Experiences
Topic: Chasing the High
Replies: 48
Views: 8429

Re: Chasing the High

I can fall asleep, yes. Just this morning, during a meditation, an image of a room full of people arose. That was a memory from last night, when I was in such a room. Then the room began to rotate and move. That was the "dream center energy" taking the memory and beginning a "story." I was aware eno...
by Sighclone
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Identity is Gone, is This Common?
Replies: 11
Views: 697

Re: Identity is Gone, is This Common?

Welcome TA - I had a similar experience about ten years ago...fortunately kiki was around to hold my hand even then! I spent the next three years deeply enmeshed here, thousands of posts, reading hundreds of books...(pestering old professors and friends at first). Ego pretty much vanished for a few ...
by Sighclone
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: I'm Having Trouble With My Conversations
Replies: 5
Views: 188

Re: I'm Having Trouble With My Conversations

Meditation is immensely powerful. Effective meditation can begin to re-wire a brain so that obsessions fall away. And that experience can be utterly life-changing. Awakening happens also - usually years after a steady meditation practice or yoga or chanting, etc. But simply the discovery of the powe...