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About paulno

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  1. What has TaoBums taught you?

    Want to get the one bad one out of the way first... Even Eastern Religious practitioners can be full of crap. Western Religion doesn't hold a monopoly. This site helped me learn tons about Advaita Vedanta and Nonduality. Interesting posts on Taoism in all its forms. Amazing John Chang videos. Inspiring information about people from 12 step groups, later becoming fully involved in spirituality. Anytime you hear something unusual in spirituality, usually someone here knows something about it. This site is an invaluable resource for seekers.
  2. Telekenesis documentary

    Didn't James Randi totally debunk everything Uri Geller did years ago? I'm probably telling my age, but I remember an especially embarrassing moment for Uri on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
  3. A Holotropic Breathwork Experience

    I tried some on my own (probably shouldn't have), almost instantly I felt a state of euphoria over me.
  4. A Holotropic Breathwork Experience

    Wanted to up this thread instead of starting my own. Wondering if anyone has any background in Holotropic/Shamanic Breathwork? Find it pretty interesting.
  5. Aggressive Evangelical Atheism

    If we agree on that point the rest is details to me. Cheers and thanks for your response.
  6. Aggressive Evangelical Atheism

    1.You could make the argument that religion isn't just about God. So, therefore a belief in God isn't to blame for the atrocities committed throughout history. 2. The reality was he killed and tortured several religious people. Do you think they taught him to do that in seminary? 3. How many anti-theists aren't atheist? 4. You missed the spirit of my original post. Blaming genocide on religion OR atheism isn't valid. Extremism in ALL schools of thought is a very dangerous thing.
  7. Aggressive Evangelical Atheism

    Fundamentalist anything is bad. When we stop listening, conflict consumes. Also, I don't want to hear about how atheists have never committed atrocities. Stalin? Mao? Pol Pot? I'm not saying all atheists or all theists are good or evil. Fundamentalists though? More evil than not.
  8. 'No self' my experience so far...

    I'm not really focused on the charlatans. Just mentioning them. Mooji does have some good stuff.
  9. 'No self' my experience so far...

    This very post sent me out on my quest to learn about nonduality. While the phiosophy is more than intriguing, I was dismayed to find how many charlatans are involved in it. But, you could say that about every and any ideology under the sun. There's a site called Buddha At The Gas Pump run by a guy named Rich Archer. He does a great job of interviewing Nonduality teachers, facilitators, guides, gurus etc. Anyone who is interested should check it out.
  10. What is the secret of being ultra smart ?

    Actually, this makes loads of sense to me. Sex is probably the number one distraction for most men (myself included). Coupled with the focus one can gain from meditation, I'd say your mind would be thirsty to use its new found powers. I could never be celibate though. As I get older I have noticed I'm not as hormonally challenged as I once was. Could be why I feel a bit smarter.
  11. No, disrespect meant. But, that wasn' for you.
  12. Debating Vmarco about anything Christian is a waste of time. He has a deep hatred for Christianity and will branch off from the original topic just to bash it more. Little will be gained aside from frustration.
  13. Horrible sexism? The "N" word in a post? I believe this guy might be an ascended master. Because it seems like he's posting from a cave in the 1920s. Sheez man.
  14. Can't get over my EX

    It takes time. Bad relationships can be a beast on the emotions. I had a bad breakup a number of years ago and for months it haunted me. I tried prayer and meditation and it really didn't help. What I found helped the most? Distraction. Especially, at night. Don't let yourself get too bored. You'll just sit there and marinate in your thoughts. Video games, thought provoking movies and or books, go out dancing, a sport you love etc. etc. Try to stay active as you can for a month. I promise you'll feel better. Now will it be 100% better? Certainly not. But, you'll be further along. That's the key. Time will take care of the wound. You just need to redirect yourself from the monkey mind in the meantime.