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by rachMiel
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Self or Nothingness, a choice
Replies: 1
Views: 93

Re: Self or Nothingness, a choice

Choosing suffering or nothingness.

Neither sounds like much fun! Although nothingness, if done up right a la Buddhist emptiness can be massively freeing.

Are you sure you need to pick one or the other?
by rachMiel
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: What can I do with my aversion to responsibility?
Replies: 2
Views: 140

Re: What can I do with my aversion to responsibility?

You might find this short passage from a Krishnamurti dialogue interesting/useful: Questioner: You have said that, were you in a position of responsibility to others, you would fulfill that duty, but that you would not undertake further responsibilities. Why not? Why avoid action and work in this wo...
by rachMiel
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: We came from the universe but we also made the universe
Replies: 1
Views: 242

Re: We came from the universe but we also made the universe

It’s as if we are in the world and then the world is in us and then we are in the world and then the world is in us, infinitely regressing. Indra's Net Far away in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net which has been hung by some cunning artificer in such a manner that...
by rachMiel
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Done going around in circles
Replies: 3
Views: 342

Re: Done going around in circles

Been there! I'd wager pretty much all seekers have. You're in the middle of the river and have neither the joy of the other shore nor of the old familiar one. You could paddle back to where you started, but it just won't be the same. Things are worse than before you started seeking!
by rachMiel
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Direct Path
Replies: 7
Views: 504

Re: The Direct Path

I agree. Which is why I'm slogging through traditional Advaita, to stabilize the ground.
by rachMiel
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Direct Path
Replies: 7
Views: 504

Re: The Direct Path

Standing as Awareness, Greg Goode is solid. The Direct Path also, especially if you like guided exercises to develop your awareness.
by rachMiel
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Direct Path
Replies: 7
Views: 504

Re: The Direct Path

With a forum name like turiya, I'm not surprised! Have you studied traditional Advaita too? I feel it's a good foundation for Direct Path'ing, which without solid grounding in nonduality/awareness teachings can be very difficult, I think. Which of the Direct Path teachers resonate strongly with you?...
by rachMiel
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Direct Path
Replies: 7
Views: 504

The Direct Path

Are there any Direct Pathies in the house? Readers of Sri Atmananda, Greg Goode, Rupert Spira, Jean Klein, Francis Lucille? I'm drawn to Direct Path teachings because of their ... directness. ;-) They don't beat around the spiritual bush, they go straight for the heart of the matter: awareness/consc...
by rachMiel
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Recommended Links
Topic: My book Refuting The External World is free for the next 5 days
Replies: 1
Views: 718

Re: My book Refuting The External World is free for the next 5 days

Just downloaded. Good opening hook:

"Haven’t you always wondered," I begin to ask Walt, "whether things really exist when we no longer observe them?"

I'm not Walt, but yes ... I have (often) wondered whether things exist independently of a mind/observer.

Thanks for offering this for free!

Rick
by rachMiel
Wed May 16, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Inner body and thoughts
Replies: 7
Views: 731

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: 731

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: 298
Views: 14410

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: 1917

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: 1942

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: 1917

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 ... ;-)