Enlightened2B wrote: Absolutely. If you and I are merely disagreeing on a matter of terminology, well that's understandable. But, yes, I resonated too with what he said about 'going within' as opposed to actually 'going out of the body'. Because there is not actual 'going out' of body. Out of Body Exploration, ironically just like any form of meditation is actually 'going within'.
There is out of body exploration, there are extremely subtle states of mind, that can be known, very difficult to describe as the five sense doors are not functioning in these realms. There is no liberative wisdom when one leaves the body, practice is recommended within the framework of ones body, where sensation is experienced and not reacted towards. This severs the link in the chain of self creation. The moment we stop creating new self, our past selves(residual fuel) comes to the surface and we begin to burn through this.
Enlightened2B wrote: Curious that you would make this claim that this would not end suffering.
By observing the apple and seeing oh yes this is me, you are clinging to the apple. How can conscious awareness(self realization) occur if we are clinging to these impermanent states of being. He says we are not the skin of the apple, but then goes on to say that we are these bodies of light, I assume this is some deeper core element of the apple. Light is a wave, vibrating very quickly, this is scientifically proven to be made up of trillions of individual wavelets, all coming into existence and passing away with incredible speed. Which part of this body of light are you? Before you could answer, it is gone, and replaced by new wavelets, you are not a body of light. This I find as confusion on his part, he is identifying with this subtle form and his progress has stopped. We must go through the pearly gates, this does not mean entering a dimension of light, we are in the sphere of light already. Passing through the pearly gates, one enters the neither light nor darkness, the five sense doors shut down. This also is not you, this infinite vastness of mind is also not you, one must pass through this stage, mind sense door shuts down. "That which remains" is you, conscious awareness.
Enlightened2B wrote: He actually describes very much so in his books (and his videos as well) how his fear of death and life are completely gone
Not being afraid of death is not liberation, this is not the end of suffering. Birth is misery, he knows a new birth is awaiting in one of these other realms. These other realms are not eternal, birth in any realm is misery(ripples on the pond). Nothing but misery(vibrations) awaits him in future. I do not see a complete abolishment of suffering with this approach. I see Samadhi practice, and temporary states of bliss, which apparently need to be repeated over and over again like any addictive behaviours(intoxicating effects wear off eventually).
Enlightened2B wrote: from understanding his true nature and understanding the greater web of connectedness of reality (What SmileyJen learned in her own NDE). William says it actually in this very video. As have countless other out of body explorers and near deathers (who I've written about many times) who have completely abolished suffering by gaining a direct non physical experiential knowing of who they are and a greater understanding of their eternal nature.
How is this gaining a direct non-physical experience, when the sense doors are functioning perfectly? He said it himself this is not out of body, but going deeper into body. I agree completely with him on this part the experience although subtle is well within the realm of body(six sense doors). Also how is having a non-physical experience enlightening, there is only mind. How are we to come out of the habit of mind reacting to body without body to observe?
There is no magic pill, we need to do the work, we need to practice in developing awareness. Reaction is so strong, awareness has become so weak.
Enlightened2B wrote: Just like insight meditation for you, out of body exploration and techniques is simply another path to explore which can most certainly lead to enlightenment
Not if you do this identifying(clinging) with each entity you come in contact with.
Enlightened2B wrote: Meaning, If you believe there is only one path, you merely limit yourself to that one path and then, in return, it might appear that everyone else who's experience differs from your own, will seem 'confused' of course.
There is only one path, from misery to happiness. It will be experienced differently for everyone, we are all uniquely twisted.
There are however common waypoints along the path, that each must progress through.
Enlightened2B wrote: I'd say, use whatever works for you. If you find insight meditation to be transformational in your own experience in awakening, then by all means, keep at it, as it's worked for thousands of Buddhists in the past
Insight development has nothing to do with Buddhism.
Enlightened2B wrote: I'm meditating every day for over a week now(used to do it daily for years) indoors, outdoors, and incorporating mindfulness into every activity of my day. I take multiple moments throughout the day to simply connect with presence and allow my experience to be and most certainly am choosing to explore this path because it brings me joy in my life as does out of body exploration. There's an inner knowing inside of me that feels right when I explore this path of out of body exploration and I'm most certainly not going to stop, but I also understand that it's just one avenue.
I'm not here to tell you what to do, I'm simply sharing my insights on this matter, if you find them beneficial, then this is good.