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    A dried up old human being full of life!

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    Only to be competent in my reasonings
  1. Hey, Rosebud! The word exist is from Latin existere/exsistere "to step out, stand forth, emerge, appear; exist, be" An inquiry into the "details of” existence is where “meanings” and definitions get in the way. (I'll come back to this.) A definition of the word pantheism is a doctrine that equates God or gods with the forces and laws of the universe. Alan Watts said, “What you [and I] are basically, deep, deep down, far, far in, is simply the fabric and structure of existence itself.” Whether you listen to the spiritualist or not it does seems for many of us
  2. Good luck with that, Raven! I’m not convinced that funguyrye has “split enough wood” or “lifted enough stones” to say what he means. Umm... is this the Gospel of Thomas? Yes. An interesting resource: http://www.utoronto.ca/religion/synopsis/meta-6gv.htm I just noticed that Paul quotes the Gospel of Thomas. 1 Cor 2:9 "But as it is written . . . " which means the Gospel of Thomas might predate Paul. If so, that might make it the original gospel. Original or not the Nag Hammadi Library seems less contaminated by the “authorities”.
  3. Good luck with that, Raven! I’m not convinced that funguyrye has “split enough wood” or “lifted enough stones” to say what he means. Umm... is this the Gospel of Thomas? ...Hasn't "chopped" enough wood or "carried" enough water, would sound less Thomas.
  4. The majority of my life has been about breaking the desire of “being enough”--coming to all my senses, experiencing that sense of self I call “myself.” For me it was like realizing that I was a separate entity and all that goes along with learning what is required in surviving and thriving, learning and figuring all that it takes to “make it” in life. And the time came (though I can’t say exactly when) that I longed to realize (desired to experience for myself) that “I” of which was “doing the looking,” the seeking. “What we’re looking for is what is looking.” ~David Bhodan) Th
  5. Good luck with that, Raven! I’m not convinced that funguyrye has “split enough wood” or “lifted enough stones” to say what he means.
  6. What we tend to forget or ignore is that subjectivity or interiority is a monologue of “presence” or “ attention.” The danger being, rather than liberating one it (introspection, meditation, contemplation) can merely “cement” one’s cultural embededness, thus (if one isn’t cautious) allowing social and cultural interests-- egotistical, patriarchal, sexist, ethnocentric, andocentric (placing male human beings or the masculine point of view at the center of one's view of the world and its culture and history)-- to ride undetected into one's awareness and then call that “awareness“ dharma or gospe
  7. Apparently his (the man himself) followers got more than a little dualistically carried away with his non-dualistic notions turning them into a system of "belief about" --a theology that would "break societies and rebuild humanity with a new mindset.” Horrendous try but no cigar!
  8. I call some people "conventional" - its just what they are - you could also say they are normal, with really they are not. These are people who tow society's line and are the same at 55 as they were at 17. Deva, Here's a quote from page 6 of Integral Spiritualty by Ken Wilber (2006) that illusidates that notion. EGOCENTRIC, ETHNOCENTRIC, AND WORLDCENTRIC To show what is involved with levels or stages, let’s use a very simple model possessing only 3 of them. If we look at moral development, for example, we find that an infant at birth has not vet been socialized into the cultur
  9. Azaria, I'm providing excerpts I’ve put together from Paths Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision, edited by Roger Walsh, M.D, Ph.D. and Frances Vaughan, Ph.D., that have been helpful in my inquiry of self-realization, integration and actualization. I do so with the intent of encouraging you that there are avenues of inquiry worthy of your attention that are not bogged down in metaphysics, illusion, supernatural groping, magical thinking, etc. All things change, including ideas about development. Contrary to long-held assumptions, psychological development can continue throughout th
  10. "Hello darkness my old friend"

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    2. asanerman


      florduh caused this tune to stick in my head:


      “Hello friends (walls), how'd things go for you today?


      Don't you miss her…?


      I'll bet you dread to spend another lonely night with me


      But lonely walls, I'll keep you company.”


    3. asanerman


      Here's Willy before pig tails.

      BTY I'm no country Music fan!

  11. asanerman


    Gilbert O'Sullivan - Alone Again Naturally with Lyrics - YouTube
  12. asanerman


    florduh, I'm convinced (from experience) that we are the only living species able to reject, sabotage and betray our only means of survival--our minds, our compassion (heart) and the health and the maturity of those that show up for us.
  13. asanerman


    You see what I mean perfectly, florduh. Authenticity is hard to ignore!
  14. asanerman


    End, You sound disenchanted. Welcome to life as it is. You do not have to listen to a word I about to say. If you pay no attention to what I say, at least pay attention to that sense of 'meaninglessness" I sense in your words and what it says about your sense of self worth and efficacy. IMO life is an amalgam of thought, emotion and behavior; an existential mode of being in one's own skin and in a material world. I'm not Buddhist yet that does not prevent me from "hearing in my gut" what Siddhartha Gautama was saying when I read the following: "He who experiences t
  15. If a problem is fixable, there is no need to worry. If it's not fixable, then there is no benefit in worrying whatsoever. ~Unknown

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    2. asanerman


      In any ultimate sense life cannot be fixed, it's a moving target, terminal in the end.

    3. Deva


      Life is not fixable. First principal of the Dharma

    4. asanerman


      Yes, Deva. That is the hardest truth for me to "hear"

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