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by rachMiel
Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Merry Christmas. A Beautiful Gift
Replies: 16
Views: 2238

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: 2710

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: 2492

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: 1041

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: 3612

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: 4611

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: 4611

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 ...
by rachMiel
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Pain and Suffering
Topic: A touch of Madness
Replies: 25
Views: 4611

Re: A touch of Madness

Hi RM, Thanks for your reply. How's ur back pain? Still there. Sciatica can take long time to heal, and I'm not a good candidate for surgery (it would only weaken the discs more). I'm learning to live (contentedly) with it. It's hard ... physical pain is a bitchofa teacher. There's no fooling yours...
by rachMiel
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Pain and Suffering
Topic: A touch of Madness
Replies: 25
Views: 4611

Re: A touch of Madness

Great replies! :-) Sorry to hear of your suffering, dij. Plenty of that going around! Glad you're feeling better. You might be interested to hear I'm taking Pass 2 through Advaita. (My first pass was a few years back.) Reading some great books, sliding back into the feel of Advaita-flavored nonduali...
by rachMiel
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Spira short video really worth watching
Replies: 6
Views: 1018

Re: A Spira short video really worth watching

turiya wrote:Good video! Thanks for sharing :D
With a forum name turiya I'm not at all surprised you're a fan of Spira. :-)
by rachMiel
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Spira short video really worth watching
Replies: 6
Views: 1018

Re: A Spira short video really worth watching

Direct Path, yes. I'm a big fan. From Spira's book Being Aware of Being Aware : From awareness to awareness there is no space, no distance, no time and, therefore, no possibility of a path or practice. Thus, being aware of being aware is a non-practice. This is why the Direct Path is referred to as ...
by rachMiel
Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Spira short video really worth watching
Replies: 6
Views: 1018

Re: A Spira short video really worth watching

Glad you enjoyed. :-)

Spira is not for everyone. He's soft spoken and seems to be very in the head, leading from theory. But, actually, I think pretty much the opposite is true. He sees everything within the framework of awareness, and awareness is as real/factual as it gets for him.
by rachMiel
Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Spira short video really worth watching
Replies: 6
Views: 1018

A Spira short video really worth watching

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMgTq_Vh_DY

Very short (< 7 minutes) ... but REALLY hits it on some utterly key points. Highly recommended! :-)
by rachMiel
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: General Eckhart Tolle Discussion
Topic: What do you think I experienced?
Replies: 10
Views: 1516

Re: What do you think I experienced?

Beautifully said, WW! And kodanope: I agree with WW, sounds like you got yerself a glimpse of the bigger picture. Congratulations! And yes, it can be scary ... terrifying even! But it's the terror of freedom, not of bondage or delusion. I'll give you the advice my teacher has given me (many times): ...
by rachMiel
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:57 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: Eyelid and toe twitching
Replies: 1
Views: 602

Re: Eyelid and toe twitching

Matheus, hi. :-) Sounds annoying! Similar things have happened to me, though more in the mental than physical realm. I'm quite sure they were attempts from my ego to sabotage meditation/mindfulness, because ego sees non-ego-centered activities like these to be threats to its (ego's) dominance over t...