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  1. Are there any other leftists here? 👀

    Hi Manitou! Yes, I remember my weekend in Springfield very well. The S-M energy still kicks in even now when I'm sitting, and I'll occasionally have a go at Ya Mu's Gift of the Tao - the world's scruffiest movement form, yet quite potent. Love your endlessly soulful compassionate posts. Be well. R
  2. Are there any other leftists here? 👀

    It's true you're one of those whose insights i find helpful JB but whose politics I find lacking in humanity. Thanks for joining in. I'm ok with a handful of people taking the piss out of welfare, for the vast benefit those who really need it gain. For a decent education and better opportunity I'd wager even most of those would sooner or later choose to wean themselves. Your plastic island comment is truly of Daily Mail tabloid standard. Serious Q: do you think the rightward tilt comes about as a result of particular practices? I recall all the tough-guy karate wannabe samurai warrior types when I was a kid were militaristic.
  3. Are there any other leftists here? 👀

    Hi my name is Rich, and I'm a leftist. I'm in the UK, so socialism, equality of opportunity, NHS, social care, workers rights etc. It's weird to see good, insightful posts from people in the main forums, who I then see also hold strong right-wing views. I wonder where the development of compassion got left behind. Mind you, I see it IRL as well where seemingly reasonable people with apparently healthy cultivation/meditation practices dive right down the conspiracy rabbit-holes at the earliest opportunity. The result is that I no longer trust peoples' insights, and have to take more care to investigate practice as-it-is instead of taking things on more face value. Rich
  4. Edward Selim Michael - The Law of Attention

    So has all been revealed? It doesn't matter too much how many people we meet who say they're enlightened unless they can clearly communicate how others can get there - and point to those who have been successful. Too many so-called teachers are 'natural mystics', or what I call 'truck-wreck enlightened' after accident or illness. Frankly I don't think they have anything to offer us normal types. As for my critical approach I'll cite Adi Shankara , Jnana Yoga and Adwaita Vedanta as authorities on the value of a 'neti neti ' analysis of my experience. And yes, my thanks to you too for engaging.
  5. Edward Selim Michael - The Law of Attention

    Ok, I intended to say that if you feel you need a teacher get a live one. Kabir probably says it better than me If you've been working with a live teacher for 30 years, closely, and you're not cooked then I suggest it's not working - you, her, or the both of you. How many of her other disciples are finished, according to whatever definition of enlightenment is in use? How do you rate your chances? I don't equate seeing light/hearing sound with Enlightenment. Enlightenment is not an experience as far as I can tell. I think it's quite possible that enlightenment in terms of these concentration practices is not the same enlightenment as realised through e.g. dry vipassana: however I've never come across anybody who has progressed both Shamatha and vipassana to their ends. I'm also of the view that shaktipat, or initiation, can be of benefit, at least at the outset of one's path. But I don't have a well-defined model of how that works - kundalini blah blah blah, but at some point needs to go beyond the individual body/mind. Atman => Brahman, as it were. I found Salim least convincing when he talked about other people's delusions and ruts. I liked his simplicity (naivety?) with regard to his self-discovered path, but I think he brings an unfortunate outsider psychology to, let's face it, thousands of years of spiritual practice and realisation.
  6. Edward Selim Michael - The Law of Attention

    So the Sound Current and Inner Light crop up all over the place. Salim Michael has been an inspiration to me and others, but isn't around any more: get yourself s living teacher if you must have a teacher. In (shamatha) concentration practices there's the idea of a nimitta/sign. often this is an external object - a disk, or candle flame perhaps, but the external sign is just a key to trigger the internal experience of light. The sound current tends to arise when concentration is strong. Then in Vedanta there's a long tradition of light and sound, and nowadays there are a number of groups (cults, sometimes) that hold tight to the idea that you need to be initiated by the guru or an enlightened person into them. Divine Light Mission (Elan Vital), Radha Soami Satsang Beas, and others. I was involved in the 1970's/80's with a similar group where people were realising classical enlightenment quite frequently, and nowadays (without a guru) there are people giving the initiations freely around the world, and once again people are realising enlightenment all over the place, often with little previous meditation experience. The teachings aren't particularly sophisticated or technical, but as I say do seem to be effective if you're after those kind of states. Have a look at http://www.lightandsoundmeditation.com/. Rich
  7. I second both Sifu Matsuo for energy work, and Pa-Auk Sayadaw / Shaila Catherine recommendations above for Jhanas. Sifu Matsuo - this is really nice central channel work. User Trunk OTP has some info on him / Dragon Gate in these forums and his private area. If you have a martial arts background you may well love it. From other sources: I also like the Cobra Breath (example here, use the "Second Cobra Breath technique") too for explicitly bringing chakras into central channel work but not too NewAgey. Kriyas/Pranayama are good anyway for settling down and clearing before the main act. White Skeleton is basic but a nice contrast /balance to all the channel focus. which can feel a little harsh if overdone. I'll add Leigh Brasington as well and his book Right Concentration for Jhanas. Some more hardcore/traditional teachers say nobody in the modern age can achieve Jhanas. Those of us who have done so tend to disagree. Pretty much everybody seems to agree though that a period in retreat with a competent teacher is necessary to gain some ability with Jhanas, and then they can be accessed in an ongoing 1-2 hours/day practice. Leigh is guest on a recent Deconstructing Yourself podcast, which is worth a listen. A lot of practices are kind of one or the other - Jhana practices have not much to do with chakras - completely different traditions I guess. In my experience Zhan Zhuang standing can be a bridging practice helping to open channels and develop strong concentration simultaneously, but in any case it's valuable to do QiGong as well as sitting.
  8. Consciousness leaving the body at death

    BBC Radio interview here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p052gbnm (fixed ink - thanks rex)
  9. Who am I?

    “I Am Not I” By Juan Ramón Jiménez Translated by Robert Bly I am not I. I am this one walking beside me whom I do not see, whom at times I manage to visit, and whom at other times I forget; who remains calm and silent while I talk, and forgives, gently, when I hate, who walks where I am not, who will remain standing when I die.
  10. you are not your body

    "To see yourself as attacked is to believe you are a body." -- what if my ideas are attacked? Does that have relevance to the body? "True perception has one law, that you see the Son of God (which is all beings) as not a body." -- perception isn't open to ideas of true or false. Surely it's how sense experience presents. -- All beings (is?) are not a body - that's not even grammatical. This Son of God stuff is... aarggh! "The advanced Teacher of God no longer believes he is a body." -- What's a teacher of God. What's God? What's the point of believing? He either is or isn't. I could never get on with ACIM. Just a bunch of random statements, often not even grammatically correct, let alone conveying any useful insight or practice instruction. Pretty much no two consecutive statements build any kind of momentum. AFAIK it was written by CIA operatives and is IMO an intentional attempt to head-fuck genuine spiritual inquiry. And and and... ISTM we're not a body and not not a body - "we" are an emergent systems thing. Old skool you'd have blind men and an elephant. Nu-skool you've got Systems Theory: check out "The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision" by Capra and Luisi. And finally - there's no actual self anyway.
  11. Why all the antagonism towards the Taiwanese? Why not just let them do them, and you do you?
  12. Teacher who advertised themselves

    I do disagree. Forgive my frankness: My opinion FWIW is that you're too idealistic right now. I know 'cos I can be too. Easily solved by putting butt-cheek to cushion.
  13. Teacher who advertised themselves

    Bodhisattva, won't you take me by the hand?
  14. What happens after death?

    Contending with the monkey... stumble and grumble, at the "those who know do not speak" implication. Isn't that just so tired by now? Anyway, I can't get everywhere, so I have to rely on others' experience to pre-filter (especially when it comes to brain surgery to investigate consciousness, or re-running the Stanford Prison Experiment). What should I do? Head East, or is it West? Maybe Kwai Chang Kane had the right approach? Just one Tulku to be sure, but a Tulku is supposed to be a conscious reincarnation isn't he? And also trained in precisely the inner practices that elaborate on the mystery of death. And AFAIK he didn't just smile inscrutably, he actually admitted to not knowing. But yeah! I'd LOVE to travel, and meet folks, and do long retreats, and all sorts. Just haven't got (and can't quite see how to, without causing a deal of suffering to others) the setup to do it right now. Sometimes I grumble about that as well.
  15. Afterlife and present spiritual practice(?)

    Sorry, misheard you