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by 18andlife
Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Experiences
Topic: My issues with sex and lust
Replies: 29
Views: 5317

Re: My issues with sex and lust

There are probably many people here who can relate to what you are saying on one level or another, but I highly doubt that anyone here would be qualified to give you any advice about it, and therefore it would be reckless to do so. I would recommend that you look into therapy from a qualified profes...
by 18andlife
Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:27 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Staying Sane In A World Filled With Comparison.
Replies: 9
Views: 942

Re: Staying Sane In A World Filled With Comparison.

Comparison is an act of violence against the self.

Iyanla Vanzant
by 18andlife
Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Experiences
Topic: Following my heart
Replies: 11
Views: 1792

Re: Following my heart

Interesting situation, I can identify. I was a real late bloomer myself. I lived off my parents (and later my spouse) until I was in my mid 30's. I managed to graduate college, but other than that I didn't do anything to speak of. Eventually I got into a sink or swim situation and I had no choice bu...
by 18andlife
Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:37 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: Not getting what you want
Replies: 3
Views: 622

Re: Not getting what you want

As the old saying goes "success is getting what you want, and happiness is wanting what you get"

Choose the latter, always and often.
by 18andlife
Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:48 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: How can I tell thought from non-thought?
Replies: 5
Views: 470

Re: How can I tell thought from non-thought?

Take a look for yourself and I have a feeling you'll discover that thought is really no difference than any other sense perception which arises. Essentially it''s no different than a sound that you hear, or an object than you see. As far as I can tell there is no reason to give thought any special s...
by 18andlife
Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Is it correct to say; "You are not your thoughts"
Replies: 6
Views: 1287

Re: Is it correct to say; "You are not your thoughts"

Interesting that you'd mention your question in the context of waves on the ocean. There was a great enlightend guy who passed away in the 90's named Bill Hamilton, and in his only book "Saints and Psychopaths" he related what I think is one of the most profound spiritual realiztions of the 20th cen...
by 18andlife
Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:34 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: Using My Hand to Cover My Navel (Belly Button)
Replies: 7
Views: 1309

Re: Using My Hand to Cover My Navel (Belly Button)

That's quite interesting. It's a very unusual mudra, I can't say I have ever run into it in yoga circles. Are you using the same hand every time? Can you give the other hand a try and let us know what happens? Is there a difference?
by 18andlife
Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:45 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: I am new to Tolle, but have a concern
Replies: 2
Views: 460

Re: I am new to Tolle, but have a concern

Hi Steven and welcome; Love is an arising, in it's best form a divine abiding. Certainly something that you should protect and foster in your life, by all means love your family dearly. As the Dali Lama said "you can live without meditation and religion, but you can't live without human affection" I...
by 18andlife
Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:25 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: My ego's strategies?
Replies: 3
Views: 518

Re: My ego's strategies?

Besides Tinnitus I constantly have music and snippets of movies or stuff I've seen that day or week 'in my head', usually a loop. That discription strikes me as being remarkably similar to a repetitive dream. Could this be my ego's tactic to keep me from being present? It might be best to try not t...
by 18andlife
Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Duality when inquiring.
Replies: 10
Views: 778

Re: Duality when inquiring.

If i were to inquire into the nature of hurt, and I ask , " Who is it that is hurt? Or what is is that is hurt" Arent i creating a duality there. When i inquire, it is the false self that inquires. The false self that wants an outcome from the inquiry. It wants to dissolve the all the hurts. Any ad...
by 18andlife
Mon Dec 24, 2012 9:38 am
Forum: Awakening / Spiritual Enlightenment / Truth-Realization
Topic: How are spiritual experiences generally regarded in India?
Replies: 4
Views: 2668

Re: How are spiritual experiences generally regarded in Indi

jan-sandahl; My other faults not withstanding I am rather well traveled westerner in India, both in North India and South India. Foremost I'd probably warn against being too idealistic about awakening in India. I think someone running down the street shouting that they were God would be a bit of an ...
by 18andlife
Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:14 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: Meditation help needed please
Replies: 6
Views: 765

Re: Meditation help needed please

As far as I can tell there is no difference between a thought and any of the other 5 sensations which might potentially arise during meditation. The Buddha [in the Chappana Sutta] said your whole experience is just like 6 animals (each represeting one of the senses) all bound together by six strong ...
by 18andlife
Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A fail-proof path
Replies: 4
Views: 512

Re: A fail-proof path

Good advice all around; you defined the benefits of doing those 4 steps, but I didn't see any clear defintion of the actual problem. Of course that doesn't discount anything you are saying, but just for interest's sake can you tell us what you feel the actual problem is?
by 18andlife
Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Successful People
Replies: 16
Views: 2130

Re: Successful People

Do you think that a massive quality in successful people is naturally being present. Not necessarily, but it's definitely been my experience that a massive quality in happy people is naturally being present... As Dale Carnegie said: "success is getting what you want and happiness is wanting what yo...
by 18andlife
Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Experiences
Topic: Awake
Replies: 10
Views: 1627

Re: Awake

I have a hard enough time judging my own personal level of attainment, call it what you will, let alone trying to size up others. But I would say kiki without a doubt; I am also semi-certain about Ananda , but I haven't seen him around for awhile. By my count that makes one and a half of us who are ...