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You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?)
    #6989312 - 05/31/07 12:01 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

I once knew someone that had a "feeling" that they had become enlightened, then after the administered chemical influences faded away,  :smirk:  that person was left to reflect on the very possible reality that it might have been merely an illusion that he created to trick himself into **thinking** he was enlightened.....

What is the real objective meaning and feeling/state of "being enlightened"....?  :shrug:  Is it an abstract subjective state/idea that one creates for themselves by skillfully adjusting the normal circuitry driven mental mechanics by pumping a dose of select neurotransmitters into the synaptic sweet spots....?    Is it a skill....?    Do you actually get momentary glimpses of it....?    Is it an illusion....?  Is it a delusion....?  Is it all of the above, yet none of them really....?    Is it dancing with a riddle that rhymes....?


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: PhanTomCat]
    #6989603 - 05/31/07 12:54 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

the word enlightened has a lot of unnecessary associations with it. kind of the same thing as with god. ultiamtely it cannot be understood by the mind.

enlightenment is when there is no longer the question of whether you are enlightened or not. the you who seeks to be enlightened never gets enlightened. there is no doer. only doing.

realization does not happen after enough information has been understood. it is not some altered state which must be maintained.

it is the natural state.

right now we live in an altered state which must be maintained by our beliefs and ideas. enlightenment happens when there is no more interest in beliefs or ideas. no more hiding from the truth that you already know. no more illusion.

it is total surrender to the unknown. there is no security in freedom. yet there is. this shit makes no sense. haha that sort of just came out.

enlightenment is being ok with always being like this:  :shrug:


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: palmersc]
    #6989643 - 05/31/07 01:01 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Acceptance of being the in state of knowing that you may never know....?


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: PhanTomCat]
    #6989665 - 05/31/07 01:05 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

right.

once you are ok with not knowing, there is nothing to do. no more scrambling to get things just right. truth does not care what we think about it. it does not change because we think it should.

so we submit to it and find that everything we thought was so important was not even real. then you can laugh about it.


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: palmersc]
    #6989783 - 05/31/07 01:34 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

enlightenment is being unafraid of embracing the fear.


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: Syle]
    #6989822 - 05/31/07 01:51 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

do you really have a choice in the matter? or does it just happen all on its own?


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: palmersc]
    #6989847 - 05/31/07 02:03 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

When you know what is truly possible, and how to bring another to understand as well.

When you understand why nothing matters. Or why there is nothing to be afraid of.

Anyone who believes they've reached a final state of enlightenment is fooling themselves.


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: PhanTomCat]
    #6989942 - 05/31/07 03:04 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

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Acceptance of being the in state of knowing that you may never know....?


>^;;^<



maybe in one one millionth of its fullness this is so.
you are correct is seeing that it is an adjustment to programming and attitude, but you are still visualizing it by filling in content and limiting to that. i.e forcing the player into a media aspect.

the approach has to be unlimiting.

try not to confuse the media the player of media, or the moment with the entire unlimited stream of consciousness.

meditation adjusts the player, the media can be anything.
the player is not the movie, it is more transparent.

so it is not possible to see what it is like, and if you do this adjustment to your player, the obvious thing will be more transparency which is not something that you can really see.

and since it is ongoing, you don't know it like other content, it is not a knowable thing as media is, it is the doing of transparency.


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: PhanTomCat]
    #6989952 - 05/31/07 03:10 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

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I once knew someone that had a "feeling" that they had become enlightened, then after the administered chemical influences faded away,  :smirk:  that person was left to reflect on the very possible reality that it might have been merely an illusion that he created to trick himself into **thinking** he was enlightened.....





...whether or not he was enlightened (if we assume this exists)
it seems like your friend is very hard on themself...

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What is the real objective meaning and feeling/state of "being enlightened"....?  :shrug:  Is it an abstract subjective state/idea that one creates for themselves by skillfully adjusting the normal circuitry driven mental mechanics by pumping a dose of select neurotransmitters into the synaptic sweet spots....?    Is it a skill....?    Do you actually get momentary glimpses of it....?    Is it an illusion....?  Is it a delusion....?  Is it all of the above, yet none of them really....?    Is it dancing with a riddle that rhymes....?
>^;;^<




Perhaps it doesn't matter what it is if you have it, it only matters
what it is if you conceptualize it. Only humans have this dilemma...
animals do not have the same concept of world that we have, they cannot
step outside of any already-stepped-outside-viewing myself. Enlightenment
in most Eastern traditions entails that you would not place yourself outside of enlightenment,
hence you do not mention it (because you are fully incorporated with it).


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: Lakefingers]
    #6990301 - 05/31/07 08:18 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Just an observation...

I've encountered a number of individuals within the online environment who claim to be enlightened. In most every case I've found that I preferred to put as much distance between them and myself as possible. Often, they were arrogant, pushy, bullying even with an inflated sense of self-importance and grandiosity that they wore on their sleeve of "egolessness" [See addendum].

The difficulty, as palmer touched on earlier in the discussion, is that status is linked to the term and some individuals will grasp onto that as a means of securing "specialness" and identity -- the epitome of what enlightenment is not. The other difficulty is that in claiming the label as a descriptor, you have just climbed into a box of limitations -- enlightenment is not about limitations.

"Enlightened" is one of the terms that was applied by others to my own experience, so it's one I've sat with and investigated much as I investigated the other label that was applied. I don't consider myself to be enlightened although I do consider myself to have had some powerful awakening experiences. If ever I was enlightened if was within the darkness of that space I entered. I don't know how long I held that space because "I" did not exist. "I" was nothing in those moments or hours -- however long that portion of my experience actually lasted.

There is some merit to the idea that we are all enlightened already, just as it is true that beneath our clothes, we're all naked. But enlightenment is not about being all bundled up beneath multiple layers; it's a process that requires the stripping away of those layers to rest in our inherent nakedness. Neither is enlightenment the equivalent of stripping ourselves naked for a quick plunge and then, pulling our layers of clothes back on. Enlightenment is a permanent state and it's one that I'm not convinced can fully occur as long as you still retain the ultimate piece of clothing -- your body. The only way to take your body off is to die.

What I have discovered about enlightenment thus far is that it's not something anyone would ever want to be. There is value in picking it up, turning it this way and that, examining what it presents itself to be, but ultimately, you have to throw it away -- it will limit you if you actually take it on. It's just a trick of the light. Spit, don't swallow.


[* As an addendum: One area where I expect to see a certain degree of grandiosity and inflation is in individuals undergoing psychosis. Quite frequently, they will self-identify in those states with being Christ, Buddha, etc. This is often interpreted literally by those around them when it should be interpreted metaphorically -- they are expressing a state of consciousness accompanied by the degree of emotions we would associate with Buddha or Christ, e.g. universal love and compassion.

Usually, the inflation passes when it's understood as a normal and common component of the experience. In the one situation I've seen where it didn't, I suspected that the attachment was a form of compensation for the shame and inhumane treatment that individual went through during his experience.]

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Edited by spiritualemerg (05/31/07 08:58 AM)


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: spiritualemerg]
    #6990513 - 05/31/07 10:26 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

This I which thinks it is on some path is fairly new, but it doesn't matter. If what I say is true, this is only you reflecting back you. Even if its not true, its still you.

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If ever I was enlightened if was within the darkness of that space I entered. I don't know how long I held that space because "I" did not exist. "I" was nothing in those moments or hours -- however long that portion of my experience actually lasted.




This is something I used to believe. This belief is limiting because the mind comes back in and says: "how can I keep doing that?" It thinks that if it can grasp on to that state, then it will know enlightenment. The mind associates enlightenment with some mystical state. But that is just the mind's idea of it. Mystical states are no less impermanent than any others.

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Enlightenment is a permanent state and it's one that I'm not convinced can fully occur as long as you still retain the ultimate piece of clothing -- your body.




What happens when you drop this belief?

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it will limit you if you actually take it on. It's just a trick of the light. Spit, don't swallow.




or this one?


Yes this is an on going process. Taking each layer as it comes up and dispelling untruths. When the security of the illusion of knowing is no longer satisfactory, that layer will be dropped.


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: PhanTomCat]
    #6990853 - 05/31/07 12:33 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Enlightened ...


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: PhanTomCat]
    #6991545 - 05/31/07 03:24 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Here's what I see. I see a lot of stoned or not youngsters telling each other about enlightenment when IMO they are just repeating something they've read somewhere. Anyone here who is not enlightened really doesn't have the authority to say what enlightenment is. So I'll add my worthless opinion to the pot. Enlightenment (whatever the fuck that is) is for pretenders. Sorry if I rained on anybodys parade.;)

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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: Icelander]
    #6991853 - 05/31/07 04:49 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

it's ok. all appropriate.

there is no need to go anywhere to find out who you are. but a realized being can facilitate the process.

but these guys aren't saying anything you don't already know. so the mind hears it and it really isn't intended for the mind. these truths go past the mind and into the silence which knows.

i know you dig castaneda's work and i do too. what don juan was doing when he talked to the tonal or mind was trick it into letting the nagual hear what was going on and awaken.

while don juan is cleverly hacking away at the cords which keep carlos in the trance state, his mind is busy trying to compute and being frustrated. at some point the mind sees its limitations and gives in to the unknown.

attention is no longer fixated on the limited tonal which he had built up, and he can see the totality of himself. it does not depend on age or social class or education. it is entirely intuitive.

so really when you read these things it is best to just let them seep in and not think about them. and of course it is best to listen to somebody who can see since they are dealing out the real deal.

i just find it helpful to try and put into words what resonates for me. kind of like carlos always writing. it doesn't matter though.


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: palmersc]
    #6992037 - 05/31/07 06:00 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

palmer: This is something I used to believe. This belief is limiting because the mind comes back in and says: "how can I keep doing that?" It thinks that if it can grasp on to that state, then it will know enlightenment.

I would suggest that a mind that believes that enlightenment is a goal worthy of pursuing might go down that path. I'm not interested in being enlightened. History is riddled with tales of enlightened gurus and masters -- many of whom may have had awakening experiences, but it didn't stop them from being human. Being human is what I'm interested in being; not being enlightened.


Re: The ultimate piece of clothing...

What happens when you drop this belief?

Hmmm. I like that belief. It's based on some honest experience. I think I've left it a time or two but for now at least, I have one.


Re: Spit. Don't swallow.

or this one?

I'm keeping that one too. It works for me. I've never read Carlos Castenada, I'd never read about mystics or shamans or Buddhism or Jung or anything like that. I didn't try to make things happen; they happened. I wasn't seeking enlightenment before, I'm not seeking it now. If enlightenment wants me, it knows where to find me. I'm going to keep on doing what I have been doing. Others are free to do what they wish to do.


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: spiritualemerg]
    #6992197 - 05/31/07 06:47 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

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Being human is what I'm interested in being; not being enlightened




I know man. The whole thing is quite disillusioning. Realizing who you are and living from that place does not mean you are any less human. I noticed you have not read castaneda, but don juan uses the term "controlled folly." perhaps interpreted as being in this world but not of it.

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I'd never read about mystics or shamans or Buddhism or Jung or anything like that. I didn't try to make things happen; they happened. I wasn't seeking enlightenment before, I'm not seeking it now. If enlightenment wants me, it knows where to find me. I'm going to keep on doing what I have been doing.




This first transformative experience of yours just happened. That is how it happens. it happens. how it happens... who knows. But it looks like after it happened you starting reading all you could to figure out what the hell happened.

yes we continue doing what we're doing because we've never stopped doing what we're doing.

unfortunately it's out of your hands now. perhaps you have let yourself know this. perhaps the the you that thought it had control has reasserted itself with command. but it is wounded.

this whole conversation about enlightenment lately might be a little too in your face. but the whole process is natural. evolution of consciousness and it's entirely impersonal. not in a negative way... just not about you.

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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: PhanTomCat]
    #6993123 - 05/31/07 10:13 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

EVERYONE  that has responded in this thread made sense, to my friend....  :grin:
Even Icelander's "rain on the parade" resonates with how my friend may feel about it all now, looking back....
He just knew there was some wonderful feelings, and some magical "ultimate confidence",
and knowing that each person that you would come into contact with that day would be a powerfully positive experience,
and some kind of knowing understanding of "everything", and so much more that can't be described in words -
and all of that wrapped up into one ball seemed to find an association with the word "enlightenment", or even something "divine"....
Just because it seemed to feel so real, and so powerful, and so new, and so utterly incredible....

Had he not actually gone thru the experience himself, he would not be able to fathom someone else's description of it....
There were things learned and taken from the experience that play a positive effect on his life today....
Whether it was actually "enlightenment", or not - that single fact makes it something that was well worthwhile, and valuable....
The "ultimate confidence" is gone, and the wonderful feelings are gone (not just drug induced feelings, there was something more)....

My friend enjoyed his brief stay in whatever/wherever it was that was happening, and it would be nice place to visit again (or even stay!),
but then one has to wonder if achieving something that may not actually be reality would be a place one would want to stay for an extended period of time....(?)
Unless, the actual goal of life is to escape the physical reality we all have grown accustomed to being part of....   
But, that is like having a goal of becoming MORE than life, which seems like it may start bordering on delusional/illusional thinking.....


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: PhanTomCat]
    #6993686 - 06/01/07 12:06 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

When you have no attachments to yourself, the questioning of others whether you are enlightened or the idea of enlightenment, then it seems naturally your consciousness escapes all attachments.

If you still feel the need to attain enlightenment for inner peace, to teach others or to escape the fear of death, then you are a far ways away from Nirvana. Attachments such as these will bring you back time and time again, as we can never have enough inner peace or teach enough people to permanently escape desire.

The fact that we question enlightenment and our human attachments, and that others answer it, indicates that people care about what enlightenment is, why others don't believe they've attained it and why we haven't attained it now. These are delusions. There is no you to attain enlightenment, and there is nothing to teach. The Buddha said that attached people thought of him as enlightened simply because he had not attained a thing. There is nothing for us to attain here either, because there is no self to claim ownership.


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: PhanTomCat]
    #6993814 - 06/01/07 12:31 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

I am certainly more Enlightened than I used to be. There was a time when I had not heard of Enlightenment. I took my first psychedelic in 1971 (not counting cannabis - hashish - which I first tried New Years Eve 1969), and I have been consciously working towards a full time Enlightenment ever since.

I am of the opinion that Enlightenment occurs relative to one's own stance in life, not another person's. I do not compare myself to mythic figures like Gautama Buddha, Jesus the Christ, Padmasambava, or anyone else. I compare myself to the pre-Enlightenment Mark[os] of my ignorant youth. The mythic paradigms are my lighthouses to follow to solid ground. I am not them, but we share the Light as our true nature. In the words of BE HERE NOW: "You are the desire to be Enlightened. You are Enlightened."


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: Ravus]
    #6993972 - 06/01/07 01:14 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Now mind you, this "EXPERIENCE" happened almost two years ago, and it lasted for about 2 months or so....

The "need" was not felt to "find" anything, it was more-less just the "urge" to search and find anything and everything....
I don't think that there is anything to teach anyone about the "experience", to be honest with you, it really wasn't even about "me"....!?
It was more about everything/everyone else, and how perfect everything/everyone else was....
And EVERY little tiny detail was noticed about everything, and everything that was noticed, was just perfect....
And that "feeling", or "realization", or "acknowledgement" of knowing that everything/everyone else was perfect,
is what made the experience so fucking grand....  :grin:

With death, it really is pointless to fear.... 
We are already physically dead - at some point in our time-line, we just aren't "there" at this moment.....
Nirvana = "enlightenment"....?  The experience was two years ago, it don't feel quite like that any more.... 
Actually, in regards to the feelings/euphoric level, nothing even close to what it was back then....!
Desire....?    There are many desires....    :lol:   
Make money, spend money and collect a lot of shit....!    :lol:
Why not....!?    It is all here just for amusement/entertainment anyways....    :smirk:

**IF** the actual state of "enlightenment" was reached back then (which I am not saying was),
then it is just another part of the collective experiences in the past that are part of who I have been in "my" own memory....
The experience was very much enjoyable, on a euphoric level....   
Is that "needed"....?    It isn't food, water, sex, or oxygen (nor ice cream!!! :smile: )....   
Seeking the feeling again would be feeding a desire for the pleasure aspect of the experience, not really a "need"....

I just think, eerrrr.... 
My friend just thinks that it was a very cool experience, and would recommend it to everyone -
whether it was actually a passing state of "enlightenment" or not....!  :smile:


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: MarkostheGnostic]
    #6994032 - 06/01/07 01:33 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

:smile:



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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: PhanTomCat]
    #6994150 - 06/01/07 02:01 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

well im gona try this one but i still dont claim to know it all so nothing much to argue with me about since ill prob not disagree with w.e anyone thinks

but enlightment is mostly a different meaning to people since that area has been so widened

but to me its nothing more then Shine or Light in ones self

cause to us life is a room that we mysteriously showed up to
and mostly the room is dark caused by guilt, anger, stress and most of all decisions

now to get rid of the dark the only way to do it is by learning to shine the light and its much much harder doing then saying
and by doing this you must eliminate all thats negative and i mean ALL (from yourself, from others, from society and from life)

we all posses the power of light, to show the way (decisions) but then comes our thoughts thinking if its the right way, is there another way and it goes on an on
so we can shine the light
but then we start thinking is this the right way
is it pointed to the right direction
and from that thinking you cause darkness coming in again

its good to widen your decisions till that one comes that makes the most sense that feels the best and there you achieved a light, maybe a small one, but its a start that can expand the whole room
the room has no limit but that doesnt mean you dont achieve one step of the stairs to another
we cant be so eager to stop going up the stairs
but being happy that we have moved from one step to another
because we all know that the stairs are always going and goin
but thats ok

so overall from light to enlightment
you must learn to cover the room with all the light, from every inches and a shadow shouldnt be found
but

and in doing this you recieve
confidence, the best decisions in any situation, a full self and the list goes on to positive and more positive

For me i just see it as a light that must cover the dark thats in us most of the time. And of course its hard since we have no guide to life and what to do but its all a direction of the best path for you and others (even if you dont see them with you, people and things are always attached to you)

in best terms of light vs darkness
you must see that darkness is never really there
the monster in the closet is only behind the door in your head
with light or dark in the closet its still a closet
the rest is created in your head

--overall if what i said doesnt make sense
*nothing holds you back cause you relise its only you who does
everything you ever searched for was already there

((PS)))...if wat im saying is comlpetly wrong then please PM me, no way of knowing your moving forward if its been wrong since the start

im sure it is like this for now until i look and learn more


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: spiritualemerg]
    #6994294 - 06/01/07 04:07 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

To your addendum:

A man I know had taking acid for the first time when he said
this is like enlightenment. I didn't comment on that. Importantly he
himself said "this is like" but not it. I don't know if he caught
on to that or not, nor if he meant it or not. But that's for him, not me, although
it's clear his state was not permament. I also imagine enlightenment
as a state where such claims and weak self-insights might arise, but
are dealt with mindfulness and do not consume the enlightened person's consciousness.


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: Lakefingers]
    #6994434 - 06/01/07 06:16 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Lakefingers:
anything identified by associative mind is like something else or links to something else because some property it has is like some property something else has.
your acid buddy has a preconceived notion of enlightenment that his experience matched.
That notion may be from stories or an actual experience he has had that surpasses others buried in his memory.
Being as enlightenment is elusively entangled with the ongoing flux,
and that it is not any particular single shape of the flux,
all the preconceived notions are error,
but some notions will still be enlightening.

surge:
there are at least 2 aspects to light, one contrasts to dark (as you indicate) and another contrasts to heaviness (which relates to immobility).
in both cases the inclusive duality is an important part of the image, en-lightenment suggests that a measure of lightness is brought into the darker picture.
both light and dark are important partials.
fear of dark, and fear of heaviness are not necessary. the mix of dark and light is where vitality begins.
the image I would leave you with is 'yin-yang' in which light and dark refresh eachother and are mobilized together.




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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: Ravus]
    #6994810 - 06/01/07 11:01 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

There is no you to attain enlightenment,

Speak for yourself, oh enlightened one.:tongue:


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: palmersc]
    #6994822 - 06/01/07 11:06 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Quote:

palmersc said:
it's ok. all appropriate.

there is no need to go anywhere to find out who you are. but a realized being can facilitate the process.

but these guys aren't saying anything you don't already know. so the mind hears it and it really isn't intended for the mind. these truths go past the mind and into the silence which knows.

i know you dig castaneda's work and i do too. what don juan was doing when he talked to the tonal or mind was trick it into letting the nagual hear what was going on and awaken.

while don juan is cleverly hacking away at the cords which keep carlos in the trance state, his mind is busy trying to compute and being frustrated. at some point the mind sees its limitations and gives in to the unknown.

attention is no longer fixated on the limited tonal which he had built up, and he can see the totality of himself. it does not depend on age or social class or education. it is entirely intuitive.

so really when you read these things it is best to just let them seep in and not think about them. and of course it is best to listen to somebody who can see since they are dealing out the real deal.

i just find it helpful to try and put into words what resonates for me. kind of like carlos always writing. it doesn't matter though.




Pretty good, all that.

My point being that enlightenment is not anything that interferes with our being human and full of shit. It all co-exists in strange proximity.


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: Icelander]
    #6995509 - 06/01/07 02:50 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Quote:

Icelander said:
There is no you to attain enlightenment,

Speak for yourself, oh enlightened one.:tongue:




It seems more logical to speak of existence in the circumstances. My existence, your existence, my words, your words, where is the black line between the two?


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: Ravus]
    #6995573 - 06/01/07 03:05 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

There's a black line?:whoa:

Maybe a flat line will solve the debate.;)


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    #6995584 - 06/01/07 03:06 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Sorry, LOL.


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: backfromthedead]
    #6995617 - 06/01/07 03:13 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

This is so confusing :blazed:


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: PhanTomCat]
    #6996172 - 06/01/07 05:45 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

chop wood...
carry water...


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: gnrm23]
    #6996214 - 06/01/07 06:01 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Eat burgers

Fart loud.:thumbup:

My aren't we wise?


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    #6996976 - 06/01/07 10:25 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Burgers


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: redgreenvines]
    #6998526 - 06/02/07 04:43 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

I love this word mind. It has few counterparts in other languages.
What a good framework to associate things into and even dangerously
(mis)guide conversation

The bringing of light, the gathering into a clearing, the uncovering,
the surge from the well of light into the dark and vice versa, is the
covering, uncovering (aletheic) aspect. Thanks for the image. Alethic!

Among other qualities of light: wet and dry, which are a yang of heavy
and light. "Cold things warm up, the hot cools off, wet becomes dry, dry becomes
wet" (Herakleitos).


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: Lakefingers]
    #6998612 - 06/02/07 05:32 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

the word mind is a riot i agree
the associative mind underlies that and is even more of a riot.
lots of psycho drama and posturing goes on.
I am thinking of ants at a picnic.


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: redgreenvines]
    #7005513 - 06/04/07 12:03 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Hello palmer -- I'm back from a weekend away and thought I'd revisit this thread.

palmer: this whole conversation about enlightenment lately might be a little too in your face. but the whole process is natural. evolution of consciousness and it's entirely impersonal. not in a negative way... just not about you.

I think it's possible you misunderstand my position. As earlier noted, two labels were given to my experience by those who witnessed it; the first was enlightened, the second was schizophrenic. [Since then, I've discovered a number of other terms.] I explored both those labels and ultimately rejected both, but in the process I learned a little about each of them.

If you want to understand "schizophrenia" you study the experiences of people who are reputed to be schizophrenic; if you want to understand "enlightenment" you study the experiences of people who are reputed to be enlightened. There are some famous historical examples we can draw from, such as Jesus Christ or Buddha and then there are some not so historical and not so famous, e.g.: Osho, Sai Baba, Andrew Cohen, Ken Wilber, the Dali Lama and countless gurus, masters and teachers on the internet.

In order to assess whether or not "we" are enlightened or someone else is, we need to have a marker we can measure ourselves and those others against. If you run this term through a search engine, you're going to come up with lots of answers and many of them don't agree within one another: What is enlightenment? Pinning down a definition of what enlightenment actually is is about as difficult as pinning down a definitive cause of schizophrenia. But presuming we could pin one down, then what? What if I was an enlightened human being, or you were? What happens then? Does the world become a better place for everyone? Do we cease to feel joy or pain or delight or anguish? Would babies smile with joy in our very presence? Would men admire us and women love us? Would we have our own talk show? commune?? harem??? Would we be feared and powerful? Loved and powerless? What would be the motivations for wanting to be "enlightened"?

I'm fast running out of steam in this response but for those who are interested, here's a few good links I've picked up in my explorations. It's all good food for thought...


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: spiritualemerg]
    #7005577 - 06/04/07 12:24 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

I didn't read all of these but enough to see that I agree with basically what they are saying.

I think it's hard to stay true to yourself. Often when you are having the success you are looking for. In Carlos Castaneda's books the warriors way is stressed throughout all his works for this reason. Sobriety and losing self-importance are some of the most difficult parts of any spiritual life path.


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Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: surge]
    #7005803 - 06/04/07 01:20 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

surge: ... mostly the room is dark caused by guilt, anger, stress and most of all decisions

now to get rid of the dark ...

For me i just see it as a light that must cover the dark thats in us most of the time....

in best terms of light vs darkness
you must see that darkness is never really there
the monster in the closet is only behind the door in your head
with light or dark in the closet its still a closet
the rest is created in your head...


Re: Darkness and Shadows...

    The New Age seeks to denigrate the dark. They speak of only the light. But they misunderstand the true significance of the dark and of the black. They fail to realize that there can be no light without dark. They fail to see that the light can only be perceived through the background of darkness.

    Within black is all things. All things manifest from the black.

    Source: The Black Madonna


See also:

  • The Shadow
  • Encountering Darkness
  • Really Get to Know the Bottom



    Music of the Hour: More Than This


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    Re: You know that you actually ARE Enlightened....(?) [Re: Icelander]
        #7006163 - 06/04/07 03:13 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

    Icelander: I didn't read all of these but enough to see that I agree with basically what they are saying.

    I think it's hard to stay true to yourself...


    Quote:

    The wise Rabbi Bunam once said in old age, when he had already grown blind: "I should not like to change places with our father Abraham! What good would it do God if Abraham became like blind Bunam, and blind Bunam became like Abraham? Rather than have this happen, I think I shall try to become a little more myself." The same idea was expressed with even greater pregnancy by Rabbi Zusya, when he said a short while before his death: "In the world to come I shall not be asked: 'Why were you not Moses?' I shall be asked: 'Why were you not Zusya?'"

    ~ Martin Buber (1878-1965),
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    Source: Markers on the Path to Personal Authenticity






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