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by Scott1989
Sat Sep 22, 2012 3:38 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A path
Replies: 7
Views: 814

Re: A path

equilibrium says: Step 1 suggest you are trying to surppress the "ego" and the "I".....meaning it is still there. One must go beyond the self, to do so, one must know oneself first.....when you know oneself, you won't have to suppress it. This is a practice of recognizing it, not feeding it further...
by Scott1989
Sat Sep 22, 2012 2:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: A path
Replies: 7
Views: 814

A path

The definition of the word 'ego' as I use it here is identification with something (feeling like you are doing something or have to do something). I am not saying that this is what ego means, only that this is what I mean when I use the word. step 1: Drop ego whenever it comes up. Don't try to stop ...
by Scott1989
Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Is there something I can do?
Replies: 3
Views: 567

Is there something I can do?

Some say it is helpful to drop the involvement in the story in the head. They say that whenever something seems to be the point of what we are doing, that needs to be dropped as it is a form of craving. When something seems to be the point of what we are doing, then the present moment has become an ...
by Scott1989
Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:30 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The greatest danger of the spiritual path
Replies: 2
Views: 430

Re: The greatest danger of the spiritual path

Yes, we constantly interrupt our practice because we want to know something, or because we want to know if we are doing it right. Or, we stop our practice because we think we already know. If we wear doubt like an armor, we can no longer be interrupted by anything and no more questions will need to ...
by Scott1989
Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:47 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: The greatest danger of the spiritual path
Replies: 2
Views: 430

The greatest danger of the spiritual path

I've already talked about being aware of being aware in another topic. This practice can be helpful and seems to me to be the final key, but there is one great danger that comes with this kind of practice as well as with any other kind of practice. Once you think you 'know' what to do, you will feel...
by Scott1989
Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Being aware of being aware
Replies: 14
Views: 1857

Re: Being aware of being aware

bodom wrote: "Those who have awakened don't talk of what they've awakened to, because it lies above and beyond all words." - Ajaan Dune Atulo So basically someone who has awakened to something cannot share it with others and someone who has not awakened cannot learn anything from anyone who has awa...
by Scott1989
Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Being aware of being aware
Replies: 14
Views: 1857

Re: Being aware of being aware

Yes, I agree with all of you, but I think that the problem lies not in what I said but in the application of what I said. If this is practiced in a way like 'I have to do this because I have to be enlightened and I have to achieve this and that'... delusion will be hard to get rid of. The right inte...
by Scott1989
Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Being aware of being aware
Replies: 14
Views: 1857

Re: Being aware of being aware

Resistance to what is cannot be when you are aware of being aware, because you are aware of what is. This is seeing things as they are instead of how you want them to be. This is living in the present moment 100% since you are always aware of what is. Resistance to what is happens when you 'become' ...
by Scott1989
Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:43 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Being aware of being aware
Replies: 14
Views: 1857

Re: Being aware of being aware

That is indeed true, since every label you can give only exists inside the dream. Your essence is the one thing that is not in the dream and thus cannot be described. The description would only be part of the dream. Still, when everything is surrendered, watching remains. Complete freedom from being...
by Scott1989
Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Being aware of being aware
Replies: 14
Views: 1857

Re: Being aware of being aware

Why does this work? All objects are without a self. What can the body/mind still do when it realizes there is no self in it? Nothing more than surrendering everything but watching. Attaching its 'identity' to awareness itself. When you are dreaming, you are a character in a dream with a personality ...
by Scott1989
Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:22 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Being aware of being aware
Replies: 14
Views: 1857

Being aware of being aware

Being aware of being aware. As long as I am aware of being aware, this means being consciously aware of something. I cannot suffer. When I am watching the breath, I cannot suffer, since I am consciously aware. When you are suffering, you are at that moment no longer consciously aware of the breath. ...
by Scott1989
Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:02 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: It is inevitable ... My thoughts on spiritual practice.
Replies: 61
Views: 7941

Re: It is inevitable ... My thoughts on spiritual practice.

Unspoken, the point of this realization is to let go of everything. Even choosing not to study or not to change should be let go of. Every conscious choice of doing or not doing comes from craving and keeps karma alive. Choosing to think "I shouldn't think this way" or "it's all inevitable anyway" i...
by Scott1989
Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:01 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: What is Mara to you?
Replies: 22
Views: 2813

Re: What is Mara to you?

Perhaps we could say 'Mara is me' or 'I am Mara'. When there is no 'me', no possessive entity in the head, there is no Mara. In this way you could actually argue that Mara is a demon that possesses us :lol: What it brings is the story of me: my wants, my cravings, my needs, my memories, my opinions,...
by Scott1989
Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I am no thing
Replies: 24
Views: 2288

Re: I am no thing

What is Mara for me? Do you mean what is delusion for me? When would I speak of a problem? Because I don't really see Mara as a female demon who is trying to seduce me :tongue: When you are having a dream at night you are always the main character of that dream. As long as you are the main character...
by Scott1989
Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:27 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I am no thing
Replies: 24
Views: 2288

Re: I am no thing

unspoken wrote: When you realize something deeply, you dont need to keep maintain it because its part of you already. I disagree. I find that practicing something can deepen your understanding. There is a lot of conditioning that needs to be undone and it's hard for me to believe it will all be und...
by Scott1989
Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:13 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I am no thing
Replies: 24
Views: 2288

Re: I am no thing

Thank you, Dawn, I am happy too :D To Reflection, I agree with what you said. What you say is kind of similar to what James meant. The point of this exercise is that "I am no thing" becomes a pointer to the realization that there is nothing to hold on to (including that thought itself) and no one wh...
by Scott1989
Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:29 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I am no thing
Replies: 24
Views: 2288

Re: I am no thing

Hmm, perhaps you are right in saying that many people are not ready for this kind of path. I am not a regular on this forum, but I was under the impression that many people here had already realized no-self. Maintaining this realization is the hard part, so that's why I thought my topic might be of ...
by Scott1989
Mon Sep 03, 2012 1:51 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I am no thing
Replies: 24
Views: 2288

Re: I am no thing

To equilibrium, I have no fingers I can use to type, so I am sorry, but there is no way for me to answer your post. :D
by Scott1989
Mon Sep 03, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I am no thing
Replies: 24
Views: 2288

Re: I am no thing

That's true. Some sort of awakening experiece is required first. But there are many ways to achieve that. Like you said, reading up on buddhism, precepts, eightfold path, etc. I feel like most people on this forum have already done that. But after the awakening experience things get tricky. This is ...
by Scott1989
Mon Sep 03, 2012 12:08 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: I am no thing
Replies: 24
Views: 2288

I am no thing

My last topic got a lot of negative responses and misinterpretations, so I decided to make a new one to make up for the previous one. Perhaps this path is more helpful. I am no thing. Everything is simple once this is realized. Whenever I am no thing, there is freedom. Suffering is resistance to wha...