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by rachMiel
Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Awareness Watching Awareness
Replies: 44
Views: 4078

Re: Awareness Watching Awareness

In Hinduism the Self is called variously Atman, Brahman or Sat- Chit- Ananda (Being- Awareness- Bliss). The Self is that which is aware by it's very nature, and is the 'inner' witness of the three states (waking, dreaming and dreamless sleep). I use the word 'inner' not as opposed to outer. but to ...
by rachMiel
Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:58 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Formication on top of the head, why?
Replies: 2
Views: 413

Re: Formication on top of the head, why?

jake, I want to thank you for teaching me a new word: formication. :-) I thought at first you had misspelled fornication, which of course got my interest. ;-) I have an energy bird that lives in my head. At the beginning of every meditation I let it out and it proceeds to fly in exquisite patterns o...
by rachMiel
Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Awareness Watching Awareness
Replies: 44
Views: 4078

Re: Awareness Watching Awareness

Thanks, Sighclone. It's good for me to understand terms as they are used in this discussion forum. (I'm assuming most forumDwellers would use "mind" and "Self" in the same (or very similar) way, yes?) Each forum/approach has its own insider language. The distinction made here between mind and Self s...
by rachMiel
Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Pursuit of Pleasure
Replies: 18
Views: 845

Re: The Pursuit of Pleasure

James wrote:Losing your true identity in the experience of pleasure (or pain), is what constitutes being asleep.
What is my "true identity?"
by rachMiel
Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Pursuit of Pleasure
Replies: 18
Views: 845

Re: The Pursuit of Pleasure

There may be a useful distinction between taking pleasure in the conditions at hand - that is enjoying whatever happens to manifest in any given moment, and the pursuit of pleasure for pleasures sake. Is there anything inherently limiting (in terms of personal growth) about loving pleasure, even if...
by rachMiel
Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Pursuit of Pleasure
Replies: 18
Views: 845

Re: The Pursuit of Pleasure

Coming back to the original thread question: If one flits from pleasure to pleasure without attachment -- smell this flower, then that one, on and on, no end of flowers -- is it fine and dandy? Or is there something intrinsic to the serial enjoyment of pleasures that, attachment or not, nudges one a...
by rachMiel
Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:40 am
Forum: General Eckhart Tolle Discussion
Topic: Does Eckhart have a fee-based forum?
Replies: 9
Views: 1287

Re: Does Eckhart have a fee-based forum?

Aha! Okay, thanks. :-)
by rachMiel
Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:11 am
Forum: General Eckhart Tolle Discussion
Topic: Does Eckhart have a fee-based forum?
Replies: 9
Views: 1287

Re: Does Eckhart have a fee-based forum?

Actually, I meant that unironically. :-) Is there something negative about Tolle's site? If so, I'd like to know.
by rachMiel
Tue Feb 16, 2010 4:08 am
Forum: General Eckhart Tolle Discussion
Topic: Does Eckhart have a fee-based forum?
Replies: 9
Views: 1287

Re: Does Eckhart have a fee-based forum?

Do I detect a smidgen of cynicism towards Tolle's commercial site?
by rachMiel
Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Pursuit of Pleasure
Replies: 18
Views: 845

Re: The Pursuit of Pleasure

18andlife wrote: Everyone knows not to become attached to hell, but very few people know not to become attached to heaven. ~Adyashanti.

...I don't think it could be said much better than that.
Yes, that IS a good one, thanks. :-) Who is Adyashanti?
by rachMiel
Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Awareness Watching Awareness
Replies: 44
Views: 4078

Re: Awareness Watching Awareness

the conceptual mind has taken hold Who is it that notices that the mind is in control? Oops. I guess the mind has not really taken control if there is "something" who notices it, and can transcend it. The noticing generally happens after the fact, like waking up from a trance/stupor. "Egads I've sp...
by rachMiel
Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Pursuit of Pleasure
Replies: 18
Views: 845

Re: The Pursuit of Pleasure

If one surrounds oneself with a cloud of constant pleasures, why would one ever WANT to transform? It's already heaven on earth, except for the fact that when the pleasures abate or pain intercedes, it quickly becomes hell(ish). Is it possible that there is something which you currently perceive as...
by rachMiel
Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Pursuit of Pleasure
Replies: 18
Views: 845

The Pursuit of Pleasure

Slowly but surely over the years most of my belief systems have fallen away. And though this has at times been difficult (dis-orienting), I've welcomed it, because I see how the illusory nature of belief systems prevents me from reaching my destination: Truth. :-) But I've begun to realize that what...
by rachMiel
Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Awareness Watching Awareness
Replies: 44
Views: 4078

Re: Awareness Watching Awareness

Thanks, Sighclone, for the kind and helpful response. :-) A trigger word of great value is "surrender." At times this works for me. I can let go of pretty much everything. But when the conceptual mind has taken hold, when the false I is fiercely defending its territory, surrendering is nigh unto imp...
by rachMiel
Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Blessing everyone/ everything
Replies: 18
Views: 826

Re: Blessing everyone/ everything

Wander, blessing others as you describe is mostly helpful in creating a benevolent state of mind - by use of mind. But to make it fundamental and uncontrived, realize your own true nature. By spending frequent moments in clear, thought-free awareness, a true sense of present being can arise. As thi...