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by ashley72
Sat Oct 03, 2015 2:22 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: Anxiety/panic at night
Replies: 11
Views: 1968

Re: Anxiety/panic at night

A panic cycle, like the one you described, is caused by a positive feedback loop. Our fear response circuitry in our nervous system, has input signals and output signals. On rare occassions, we can sometimes feed the output signal (response) straight back into the input signal and cause an increasin...
by ashley72
Fri Oct 02, 2015 10:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Belief
Replies: 72
Views: 9656

Re: Belief

That's because your an integrated system. You have billions of neurons in your brain with trillions of connections all integrated to your senses (transducers) with the environment. Can't you recognized your a communication system with extraordinary integration with the environment? ... That's basica...
by ashley72
Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Belief
Replies: 72
Views: 9656

Re: Belief

Bill, I'm not really following why perceiving self identity is deemed a lie, but somehow perceiving a selfless state would supposedly be closer to the truth? Let's consider this... Human beings are a system which functions entirely through self regulatory processes. Everything from sweating to maint...
by ashley72
Thu Sep 24, 2015 1:32 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Describe your daily practice ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1381

Re: Describe your daily practice ?

I usually start my day with a coffee & a couple of pieces of toast. Seems to work for me.
by ashley72
Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:45 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: General anxiety not alleviated by acceptance
Replies: 5
Views: 980

Re: General anxiety not alleviated by acceptance

What your describing here is something that disturbs you or bothers you to the point your feeling anxious tension when you focus on the unwanted sensation. Based on your descriptive post... I could deduce that you are in a hyper-vigilant focused mode whilst these unpleasant physical sensations arise...
by ashley72
Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Boatloads of anxiety while meditating?
Replies: 5
Views: 1185

Re: Boatloads of anxiety while meditating?

Fear that steadily increases (panic cycle) is due to treating the physical symptoms caused by first stage fear or anxious thoughts as "danger" itself. This causes the output signal from your neurons (nerve endings) in your network to feedback into the input signal via the dendrites again... which in...
by ashley72
Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Belief
Replies: 72
Views: 9656

Re: Belief

A belief is something that a person thinks is true, with or without any solid proof or empirical evidence. Someone might put forward an argument... "God must existence, otherwise so many people would not believe in a God." This is because they want to persuade a non believer to believe in God withou...
by ashley72
Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Belief
Replies: 72
Views: 9656

Re: Belief

"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
by ashley72
Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Belief
Replies: 72
Views: 9656

Re: Belief

The Interesting property of belief is it has the capacity to act on human behaviors. So much so that a self fulfilling prophecy can occur. Whereby a belief can be false to start with, but that false belief can act on social behavior to an extent that the false belief can become true! This happens be...
by ashley72
Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Belief
Replies: 72
Views: 9656

Re: Belief

Another question worth exploring is what is a "Concept"? Take for example the concept "tree"..... what is a tree? If you look at this illustration below you can see that a tree isn't just derived from one mental representation... its intrinsic structure is defined by a group of symbolic mental repre...
by ashley72
Fri Aug 28, 2015 4:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Belief
Replies: 72
Views: 9656

Re: Belief

This diagram provides a simple visual understanding of how belief fits in with relative to truth. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/Belief_Venn_diagram.svg To really understand belief, you first need to have a well define understanding of "truth". Let's define "truth" as a process ...
by ashley72
Thu Aug 27, 2015 3:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Narcissism
Replies: 33
Views: 4912

Re: Narcissism

Most people take being in the NOW or present moment to the extreme... When it's not the holy grail of being free from mental suffering. You are correct, being free from mental suffering is being free from the attachment to outcomes. No expectation. Allowing the moment to be, is an altogether differ...
by ashley72
Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Narcissism
Replies: 33
Views: 4912

Re: Narcissism

I'm also not a big fan of the obsession seekers have around Universal Consciousness & so called Oneness... I don't see how this helps the individual alleviate mental suffering (unhelpful thinking styles) in anyway.  If it's not for you, then I'd say don't get involved with those conversations. Im ...
by ashley72
Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Narcissism
Replies: 33
Views: 4912

Re: Narcissism

So any obsession with trying to stay present in the NOW all the time is really unnecessary Well, the irony here is that any obsession would be happening, now. So, as tolle mentions thinking of past or future can happen only in the now. However, most people don't know they only have this moment, the...
by ashley72
Tue Aug 25, 2015 11:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Narcissism
Replies: 33
Views: 4912

Re: Narcissism

Most people take being in the NOW or present moment to the extreme... When it's not the holy grail of being free from mental suffering. This is why the part of the talk I really liked is when eckhart clarified in relation to thinking about past/future events. Eckhart reiterated that it is necessary ...