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by rachMiel
Wed May 16, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Inner body and thoughts
Replies: 7
Views: 126

Re: Inner body and thoughts

Am I doing it too forced or not? Yes, a bit, from your description. But if staying with the inner body is your goal, it sounds like you're on the right track. Try *softening* the transitions from inner body -> thought -> inner body. Don't rush the return from a thought to the inner body by pushing ...
by rachMiel
Mon May 14, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Inner body and thoughts
Replies: 7
Views: 126

Re: Inner body and thoughts

Rupert Spira talks about the stream of thoughts (and inner narration, looping song clips, flashing images, emotions, mind noise) as a train. The trick is to not board the train, rather to let it run happily along and do its mind-train thing "on its own." Try it, it might help!
by rachMiel
Tue May 08, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Awakening / Spiritual Enlightenment / Truth-Realization
Topic: Thought For Today
Replies: 230
Views: 3567

Re: Thought For Today

(Hope it's okay for me to post something here?) I got this from a friend today and thought of this forum: Decades ago in the 70’s, before the Dalai Lama became famous, his smiling face was on the cover of a newspaper called The Snow Lion. The quote under his photo struck me so powerfully that I cut ...
by rachMiel
Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What Determines Value?
Replies: 18
Views: 540

Re: What Determines Value?

Interestingly, I posted a thread in another forum recently: "What matters?" To you, those around you, plants, animals, Earth. I'd say... Love. (The unconditional, boundless, timeless sort.) :wink: Love, yes, in all its forms: beauty, awe, compassion, kindness, tenderness, affection, wonder, underst...
by rachMiel
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Having difficulty living in the present
Replies: 28
Views: 582

Re: Having difficulty living in the present

Having difficulty living in the present You are always living in the present ... you can't live anytime else! So no problem there. :-) Being aware that you are living in the present moment = being present in the moment ... now that's trickier. A good way to get that going is simply to pay attention...
by rachMiel
Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What Determines Value?
Replies: 18
Views: 540

Re: What Determines Value?

Webwanderer wrote:
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:34 pm
I wonder that that self-sense may be the greatest gift from Source.
To me it's the ultimate miracle: the individual in the totality, the totality in the individual. A dynamic identity of apparent opposites. Or something like that ... ;-)
by rachMiel
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What Determines Value?
Replies: 18
Views: 540

Re: What Determines Value?

How would you define a valuable life? Or what makes a life valuable? I see not one, not two ... but three levels to answer this from. :P On the ground floor level of conventional/consensual reality, a valuable life is just that: one that adds some kind of value to the individual, the collective, th...
by rachMiel
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OBERF: Out of Body Experience Research Foundation
Replies: 2
Views: 118

OBERF: Out of Body Experience Research Foundation

Just ran into this and thought some of you might find it interesting:

http://www.oberf.org

The site's a bit hard to navigate. To see more into on a topic, click on the teensy tiny Read More link below it. Enjoy! :-)
by rachMiel
Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Merry Christmas. A Beautiful Gift
Replies: 16
Views: 602

Re: Merry Christmas. A Beautiful Gift

Merry, everyone! :-) Such a nice group you are, we are ... a blessing.
by rachMiel
Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why does the mind seem to gravitate towards conflict?
Replies: 5
Views: 302

Re: Why does the mind seem to gravitate towards conflict?

I know exactly what you mean. Conflict is addictive. Not only psychologically, but physically I would wager: Conflict is arousing, it gets the blood and endorphins flowing. We are taught to find, create, nurture conflict from the earliest age up. Be better than, beat, win, never be satisfied with yo...
by rachMiel
Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Barometer of spiritual progress
Replies: 19
Views: 644

Re: Barometer of spiritual progress

This well-known and effective Buddhist litmus test for the realization of emptiness/nonduality reminded me of the OP barometer: How much do I hope for happiness / fear suffering ? How much do I hope for fame / fear insignificance ? How much do I hope for praise / fear blame ? How much do I hope for ...
by rachMiel
Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:18 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: Gateways to Now
Replies: 4
Views: 264

Re: Gateways to Now

Bodily sensations work well for me. I've always been hyperattentive to what's cookin' sensation-wise in my body. A pleasurable touch or intense pain pretty much always trumps thought.

How about you, joe?
by rachMiel
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What does oneness mean to you?
Replies: 20
Views: 687

Re: What does oneness mean to you?

Great question, Ervin. To me, oneness is an attitude. A willingness to look at what connects rather than what divides, the whole rather than the parts. This attitude can come from different sources. Some might have a direct experience of oneness, others might have an intellectual Aha! of oneness fro...
by rachMiel
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Pain and Suffering
Topic: A touch of Madness
Replies: 25
Views: 1026

Re: A touch of Madness

Ohh, I see. My sister has 2 pain syndrome's (fibromyalgia and RSD), she also gets chronic neck/back pain- she fell out of a tree when she was young and fractured some vertebrae in her back and neck. She takes narcotics daily to control all the pain, she gets them from a pain doc she sees monthly. Y...
by rachMiel
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Pain and Suffering
Topic: A touch of Madness
Replies: 25
Views: 1026

Re: A touch of Madness

Thanks. :-) I'm not "officially" housebound. I can walk quite well (just not fast or long), can drive to nearby places, etc. It's just that staying put (most of the time in front of a computer) minimizes the pain. I have a ridiculously sensitive neuromuscular system ... always have ... and sciatica ...