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by arel
Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:25 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: What Would be Your Step by Step Idiots Guide
Replies: 18
Views: 2711

Re: What Would be Your Step by Step Idiots Guide

A better way to describe it might be 'Amness' rather than I am as there really is no separatation between you and anything else. There is only Amness, Being, the One. I was just explaining the process I went through. Yes. I resonate with this. There seems to be a process of person perceiving object...
by arel
Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:32 pm
Forum: General Eckhart Tolle Discussion
Topic: Who am I?
Replies: 14
Views: 3605

Re: Who am I?

The answer to this question is simple though I guess is subtle to sense in experience. It is subtle because it points to what is so familiar. And I'm not talking about ego. Awareness that you are, is familiar to you, and me, more then anything else. It pervades all experience. It's that, that never ...
by arel
Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:23 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: What Would be Your Step by Step Idiots Guide
Replies: 18
Views: 2711

Re: What Would be Your Step by Step Idiots Guide

Hi Alex. I enjoy your posts. This caught my attention: "Come to know that this alive presence truly is your 'I Am' that it, rather than the thought 'I', is your true identity". Do you mean to distinguish presence of awareness, as the real "I" from the "i" of this body and its persona? I'm nitpicking...
by arel
Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:37 pm
Forum: Beyond the Physical
Topic: Is There Really an Afterlife?
Replies: 225
Views: 24410

Re: Is There Really an Afterlife?

The survvival of the individual personality after death depends upon the nature of consciousness. If consciousness is independent of the brain, perhaps introduced from outside, that is evidence of an afterlife. If consciousness is purely a product of the brain and dies with the brain, that is concl...
by arel
Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yielding to Stressors
Replies: 22
Views: 1157

Re: Yielding to Stressors

Is there is a witnesser? Or is there only witnessing going on? Great question in that it quiets my mind to check in and see. There is unchanging background to whatever happens. All evidence points that for "whatever" to happen the background is there. I see no evidence that the "background" needs a...
by arel
Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yielding to Stressors
Replies: 22
Views: 1157

Re: Yielding to Stressors

Karmarider I can't say I understand clearly what you are talking about. Stressors appear for me and I often get lost in them. When I reflect on that process I always conclude that what happened is the rise of a set of thoughts and feelings that make up "me" as the person. I would say that "I" in tho...
by arel
Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yielding to Stressors
Replies: 22
Views: 1157

Re: Yielding to Stressors

The periods of confusion don't feel much different from unconscious suffering, and so it can bring up questions of whether any real awakening is happening. If we're honest, it very well could be the mechanics of a diabolical ego which has convinced itself it is awakening. This must have been your e...
by arel
Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How can we know there's no death
Replies: 537
Views: 34717

Re: How can we know there's no death

But there is no evidence that consciousness is independent, one, eternal or spacious or any such thing. The most extra-ordinary thing about consciousness is that it has no qualities, except constancy. Good stuff Karmarider. Constancy = eternal. Also this constancy pervades space I would say. Wouldn...
by arel
Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How can we know there's no death
Replies: 537
Views: 34717

Re: How can we know there's no death

The rope isn't an illusion. Even though the rope is merely an image in our mind, it's an image that can be verified in other biological minds so its classified as real. A whole lot of biological minds would answer that "I am a persona" when asked what is their sense of who they are. I don't agree w...
by arel
Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How can we know there's no death
Replies: 537
Views: 34717

Re: How can we know there's no death

Perceiving a snake in dim light ...when it's a rope is an illusion... don't you see that? I absolutely see that (even though it looks as a real snake at the moment and not at an illusion). Then when you turn on the light and see a rope, I see that rope as an illusion too. It only looks more "real",...
by arel
Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How can we know there's no death
Replies: 537
Views: 34717

Re: How can we know there's no death

I don't understand why this discussion has been going on for so long. To me it is obvious that anything that is seen or otherwise sensed is of the mind illusion. So NDE reports of what is seen or sensed is of the mind. Isn't death by definition a disappearance of any sensations? Ashley, question for...
by arel
Wed Oct 03, 2012 5:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Consequences of Mind Fog
Replies: 12
Views: 767

Re: The Consequences of Mind Fog

Karmarider, so the practice advocated by some respected religious traditions is suspect to you? :) Yes, it is. No practice is necessary. And the practice of presence is particularly misleading. Being present to the moment was and is particularly helpful to me. So I hope people don't take this your ...
by arel
Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Consequences of Mind Fog
Replies: 12
Views: 767

Re: The Consequences of Mind Fog

Yes I'm familiar with this "mental fog". Snapping out of it once was a moment that surprised me. I found myself here and now and realized that I was rarely, if ever, there. Since I was reading Tolle at the time there was an instant agreement with him saying that I was the present moment, awareness, ...
by arel
Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How can we know there's no death
Replies: 537
Views: 34717

Re: How can we know there's no death

What is so lovely about Advaita at its core is it is not really a teaching or a set of explanations, it is a constant open invitation to see directly what you are. There is nothing in the messages of the true sages that suggests the existence of a knowing outside yourself of any importance. I agree...
by arel
Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:18 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: need help becoming conscious of being conscious
Replies: 18
Views: 2549

Re: need help becoming conscious of being conscious

So first I will give a simplified definition of consciousness: "I define a being, entity, and/or thing as being conscious when that being, entity, and/or thing possess a 'self' that is aware of the environment we {conscious humans} exist in and is capable of reacting with that environment for the b...