A discussion community revolving around Eckhart Tolle but not limited to him
Onceler wrote:I had a similar experience with anxiety.....mine went away over time as a result of an inquiry method suggested by John Sherman. I have written many post about this and the evolution of anxiety in my life. Help yourself to them. I realize that everyone is on a different route to wherever.....this worked for me and many others in the long term. What's curious is that with the loss of fear, I also lost the interest in spirituality. And I was intensely interested. I don't think there is a quick fix for anxiety, but there is a long plan using Sherman's method and other strategies. Once the fear of life is gone, other strategies like meditation, qigong, and yoga work better. Mainly to heal and increase enjoyment of life, not to reach some kind of other state, in my experience.
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dijmart wrote:For me, on top of not wanting to suffer, came a burning desire to know what was really going on here!!! Lol! Which continued the search...but I'm happy to say I'm no longer a seeker and that's a relief.
Anxiety can bring about suffering, no doubt about it! But, I feel a duty to remind you, you're not what you take yourself to be. You are awareness, under the spell of ignorance, which makes you (awareness) identify with the "person" you appear to be, instead of your true nature. The anxiety will most likely continue if it's been a pattern throughout your life, unless or until you can recognize who you truly are. Sure, pain and pleasure will continue even when you know who you are, but suffering ends. You will know that whatever happens to the "person" (you're associated with), you (awareness) are left untouched by the "apparent" reality...it exists, because you experience it, but it's not ultimately real! What comes will also go, in this apparent reality, it is ever changeful. Awareness, the knowing, "I AM" and "I exist" has never changed in your entire life, that's what's real. It's the background to everything that appears in/to you.
When I get through this, it will be something else without fail.
dijmart wrote:Thank you MJB, but if you have missed the posts, ive said that I had a suicide attempt in 2009. I was in a coma and on life support for 5 days. So, family or not, if you're miserable, it might lead to a horrible situation.
I was given Tolle's book a few months later. Found this site 6 months later. Back then members were posting constantly, so feedback was readily available, good or bad. I will try to respond to you when you post.
dijmart wrote:Also....When I get through this, it will be something else without fail.
Yep, the world is a pain/pleasure machine and pain is painful, so if you don't know your true nature/identity you will suffer. Suffering is the psychological bullshit we add to the pain. No matter who you are you will have pain to endure, so you're not alone, your in good company!
Ride out the storm, the clouds will part eventially and the sky will become sunny again. Just accept that the storm will come again and you can't change that, pop open the umbrella and move forward, knowing this too shall pass.
I could see how somebody would want it to end. Do you know what your triggers are? What provokes you or sets you off?
Its easier to accept if "passing" meant transcending but rather, its one health complication to another.
I could date somebody. They can leave.
dijmart wrote:Hi MJB,
This happened in 2009, I can tell the "story" when I need to, but I don't identify with it any longer. I don't have triggers to suicidal ideation now.
Yep, this "apparent" reality is changeful...nothing stays the same forever. The only thing that doesn't change is you, awareness!
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