Author: xlr8happ

Last night, watching the Ravens v. Raiders football game I noticed the message the Raiders had fittingly written on their end zone: End Racism. Which made me wonder, what will it take to do so? Fighting between us because we are different has been haunting mankind since the beginning of time. We have fought each other, and continue to do so to this day, because of racial differences but also because of differences in religion, differences in political views, differences in economic resources. Heck, if we look at fighting in general, even within our own families we fight about differences…

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Yep, you heard right. The dreams that Neo talks about in the therapy session scene of the Matrix 4 are dreams that you can aspire to have. That is, if you haven’t already. Dreams of the sort that Neo describes as “dreams that are not dreams at all”, which reveal the true nature of reality are the ultimate goal of the practice of Clear Light of Dream Yoga — a meditation style described in one of the most ancient arms of Buddhism, the Dzogchen tradition. Dream yoga proposes that a lot of Life happens while we’re sleeping. So, instead of…

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This post is from the website www.psychology-spot.com and can be found here. Originally entitled: “We do not free ourselves from conventions by despising them, but avoiding being deceived by them, according to Alan Watts”, the article was written by Jennifer Delgado> “To be free from social convention is not to spurn it but not to be deceived by it. It is to be able to use it as an instrument instead of being used by it”, wrote the philosopher Alan Watts. We tend to think that the best way to fight against a convention, belief or idea that we do…

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This article originally appeared in theMay 2003issue of Yoga International. Author: Georg Feuerstein So long as we are not enlightened, we experience ourselves as limited identities—islands of embodied consciousness. We think we are a particular body-mind and relate all our experiences to this inner center we call the ego. If we do this in an exaggerated fashion, others regard us as egomaniacs. If we attribute the workings of the larger world to ourselves, we are delusional. Psychologically speaking, the ego is an essential and necessary aspect of human development. From a spiritual perspective, however, the ego is a mechanism by…

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Think about it. I bet everyone you know wants to be happy. We all want to be happy. Even the bad guys do what they do because theybtjink that is the only way they have at their disposal to reach some sort of better level, some sort of happy. They’re wrong because bringing harm to onto others only recalcifies the bad situation a bad sees themselves being trapped in, but the details of that are fother for another article. But we don’t know how. We don’t come to this world with a manual to life, or at least we dont…

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Using photos of babies to catch our attention is one of the most time-tested tricks of the marketing trade. Science gives us many reasons for this: The field of transcendence might explain from the point of view that babies amaze us because they are still in that blank state of mind that we long to our core to return to again: the primordial state of non-attachment to material things and social conventions. Babies enjoy life without thinking, going with the flow by instinct.

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A key feature of some of the most ancient meditative practices was their focus on waking the self up to phenomena that happens within the brain at times when our senses, and with it our mind’s perception capabilities, are inactive rather than on numbing the mind from thinking, as most modern meditation practices have us do today. This is because the objective of ancient practices like the practice of clear light and samatha is to achieve self liberation. The freedom sought by these fields is that of freedom of perception. The practices train our minds to release itself from all…

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