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by James
Sat Jan 29, 2011 4:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Advaita Trap
Replies: 26
Views: 1439

Re: The Advaita Trap

Thanks for the cartoon Jason. Mistral wrote: a cartoon is a really good way to bring up this whole 'advaita boondogle' . I would be careful not to paint all Advaita with a broad brush stroke, I don't think that was your intent here. The cartoon was posted by an Advaita teacher Jeff Foster, his point...
by James
Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: critiques of Tolle?
Replies: 9
Views: 801

Re: critiques of Tolle?

Hi Joe, I understand where you are coming from, I have wrestled with these very issues in the past, as I think most spiritual seekers do, they are universal questions. You wrote: Overall, as I stated before, I think Tolle doesn't have anything new to say. In the absolute sense there is nothing new t...
by James
Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: critiques of Tolle?
Replies: 9
Views: 801

Re: critiques of Tolle?

I've read numerous criticisms of Tolle on the internet. My sense is that most of the criticism comes from the mind and its need to compare, categorize and label. Some of it may just come from fear or defensiveness that the teaching does not appear to fit with another teaching or belief system. But R...
by James
Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Conspiracy theories, paranoia.
Replies: 3
Views: 374

Re: Conspiracy theories, paranoia.

Lately we are seeing a blend of so called spirituality and conspiracy theories, it sometimes has a New Age flavor to it. I like to call it "conspirituality". Though there are some legitimate conspiracies happening, they are rarely as grand and complex as the conspiracy theorists insist. Most of thes...
by James
Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Personal and serious question about medication
Replies: 10
Views: 780

Re: Personal and serious question about medication

Salem Wrote: That's a very insightful question, James. Thanks for helping me focus on that. If I look at myself honestly, yes I want to be happy. That's a big reason, but not the only reason. I feel trapped in my mind; I don't want to be stuck on my thoughts and feelings and on the internal commenta...
by James
Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:39 pm
Forum: General Eckhart Tolle Discussion
Topic: 2012 - End of psychological time?
Replies: 11
Views: 2888

Re: 2012 - End of psychological time?

Bardobeing wrote: I wanted to see if anyone has heard ET refer to or provide his perspective on 2012. It occurred to me that perhaps the Mayan calendar ended in 2012 because that's when time (specifically psychological time as ET calls it) becomes irrelevant and essentially ends because of the compl...
by James
Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:09 am
Forum: General Eckhart Tolle Discussion
Topic: 2012 - End of psychological time?
Replies: 11
Views: 2888

Re: 2012 - End of psychological time?

I think the guy that was carving the Mayan calendar in stone probably got tired and decided to call it quits at 2012.

What did Eckhart say about it Natalie, the link did not work for me.
Thanks
by James
Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Personal and serious question about medication
Replies: 10
Views: 780

Re: Personal and serious question about medication

I think only you can know what is best for you. Taking medication is not necessarily mutually exclusive of awakening. However there is a caveat. What is that you want, to feel good, or to know what what you really are ? I would reflect on that. As long as the goal is to feel good, then the interest ...
by James
Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why absolute Monism (Nonduliasm) is impossible
Replies: 77
Views: 3917

Re: Why absolute Monism (Nonduliasm) is impossible

Gen6 The teachings are not about belief, faith or following a religion. You have misunderstood, which is easy to do, many people do that. The teachings are merely pointers, an invitation to look or explore your own experience, to discover the nature of your own existence. I remember reading in your ...
by James
Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why absolute Monism (Nonduliasm) is impossible
Replies: 77
Views: 3917

Re: Why absolute Monism (Nonduliasm) is impossible

Yes the concepts of truth are useful just as a roadmap can be useful. The misunderstanding is taking the roadmap for the territory. In the truth seeking game there are a lot of different roadmaps, and they're not all useful to everyone, yet that does not necessarily make the pointers wrong if we don...
by James
Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why absolute Monism (Nonduliasm) is impossible
Replies: 77
Views: 3917

Re: Why absolute Monism (Nonduliasm) is impossible

Thanks runstrails, some good points you make. There are lots of ways mind keeps itself active, trying to figure it all out is one of those ways; it's another form of seeking. But perhaps it is a necessary step for most of us, that is until we grow tired of it, and are able to see through it. The yea...
by James
Sun Jan 02, 2011 7:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why absolute Monism (Nonduliasm) is impossible
Replies: 77
Views: 3917

Re: Why absolute Monism (Nonduliasm) is impossible

I don't know of anyone that was able to apprehend or discern reality with the mind. Though it's been tried by the brightest, most logical, philosophical and scientific minds throughout all ages. The mind is a beautiful instrument as an avenue of awareness, but the best it can do is point or bring on...
by James
Mon Dec 13, 2010 5:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: fear and attachment
Replies: 29
Views: 1501

Re: fear and attachment

Enigma wrote: Essentially the goal is not (and cannot be) to realize Truth, but to live consciously.
I see truth and living consciously as synonyms. Truth to me means knowingly being what one really is.

Words always fail to adequately describe what that is, but they can point to it.
by James
Fri Dec 10, 2010 5:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: fear and attachment
Replies: 29
Views: 1501

Re: fear and attachment

Hey Runstrails, I have no parenting experience, but I don't think awakening and being a good parent are mutually exclusive, in fact I think the awakened parent is the best thing one can do for a child in terms of giving them a start in life, and being a wise caregiver; as I think that awakening is p...
by James
Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tolle was right, you can't talk about this...
Replies: 43
Views: 2908

Re: Tolle was right, you can't talk about this...

That's a good observation KPO. I've found It's often easier to detect ego-ing in others than in oneself. Although in time I've found It becomes more apparent in myself, quicker and more readily noticed, and thus it does not last, it's more like a temptation. It's only egoic sense that opposes and re...