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  2. Thanks for the post. Amongst other things, just reading that felt like a breath of fresh air and i feel more present now
  3. Greetings all, just sharing some thoughts. For the last few years, I've worked with various deities... too many to list. Each day seemed like a new deity would pop into my mind, and I would merge or connect with them. It seemed I would be "pulled" to them, like feeling a desire towards that particular deity or tradition. It also felt like each deity was helping me clear a different part of "myself". The last few weeks I've noticed a new trend. Lately I've been feeling pulled to various topics, hobbies, music, movies... this is no different than it's always been in my life. But I'm beginning to notice each thing I'm "pulled to" helps me clear new stuff. Some examples... I've been very interested in the American Revolutionary War, and took a trip to explore some historical sites. It felt like I was clearing a part of myself with the trip. Felt lots of flows and emotions. I also feel it happening with certain experiences in my life, like going to college or moving into a new place. Even small things such as interactions with others, can sometimes provide a bigger energy than merging with a deity. I've seen a few "new age" teachers say that it's good to follow your passion, what you enjoy in life. Maybe this is why? The tantric path is all about using your everyday life to clear yourself of issues and fears. Noticing the energy underneath things like fears, passions or experiences, and using that energy to propel you forward. I think for a while, and still now, I use connecting with deities as an escape or at least a relief from everyday events that are challenging. Maybe I do that, until I am ready to truly be in the moment and reside. Just some musings as we go. Enjoy your weekend
  4. FaXin

    Sound and Noise

    Thank you for sharing @rideforever. I’m not too sure about buddha himself, but I thought the video captured a beautiful experience of practice and how our mind can cause conflict. I found the “sound vs noise” idea a great way to explain how the mind likes to jump in.
  5. @FaXin When a bird sings I experience his song ... and as I register the sound inside my presence I also experience my presence itself, I experience me that is receiving the sound, from within. The external manifestation triggers recognition of sound inside my presence, and I use this opportunity to taste my own presence itself, to sense my soul that is receiving the sound. Then I reset gently with this taste of my own soul, and gently remain embodying my presence ... meaning that I enter my real body and step out of the material world. If you are deeply conditioned with the ancient belief that you do not exist as an individual being that is hidden within the human being ... then it is difficult to carry out such instructions properly. Because always you are trying to kill yourself, so you can only carry out one part of this practice. Buddha had this problem which was why he struggled so hard with the "demons of Mara" ... only at the end of his ordeal was he willing to consider that he might actually exist as an individual being and when he touched the Earth he accepted that he actually existed ... then he was able to complete the practice and accept his existence as a real being.
  6. I think this may be fantasy. Where are they then, where are the people that they help ? If they do help then it must be just a few. People on the Earth are unloved, lost, bereft in a spiritual desert and their souls ache if they still feel anything. They dream of being who descend from heaven and love everyone. And as these people lie on their backs dying, they still dream of love carrying them off like a mother or father. Unfortunately many spiritual seekers spend their time with these fantasies, they ache for love so much they cannot really practice. They dream of one day being a Bodhisattva because they don't have the honesty to simply cry, to cry and cry and cry until the floor is wet. To collapse, to totally give up ... give up holding on. Give up being strong. Give up waiting to be saved. A painful process that requires a sort of inner crumbling. And to see yourself honestly a small person on a small planet. But it is from such falls, simple honesty, it is from giving up ... that one becomes ready to practice honestly. Those that hold on to their lives will lose them, those that give them up for My sake's will gain them.
  7. I have read in some Buddhist texts that Bodhisattvas postpone their realization inorder to help others. This was a bit problematic for me to understand at that time. Right now I feel that Bodhisattvas are those that have reached such levels of refinement that if they choose to, they could just revel in a blissful state and not have to come down and undertake actions at worldly levels. But they seem to choose to come down from such high levels of refinement inorder just to help others. Indeed they are noble, and their path is noble because they guide others to the light they discovered.
  8. A new question was asked... Q13. Are sexual energies some of the most difficult to control, and is it safer to hone techniques by addressing other areas first? Sexual energies are the most basic and accessible for all practitioners of any tradition. They are no more difficult to control than other energies, but may seem that way as they are usually the first energies that people are able to access. The sexual cross between the physical and mental layers so are more broadly available. Additionally, even when working on higher "heart level" energies, it is very common with an energy build up to spill over into the mind, then the mind often associates that energy with the sexual. Fundamentally, energy is energy, it is more a question of what the energy "hits" as issues and obstructions in your mind. Most people have sexual desires and issues, so it is most common for them to come up.
  9. John 19:10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? John 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. — This is such a powerful line. No need to explain this one...
  10. John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. Love this verse, to me, it tells us that the Truth continues to unfold, to greater and higher potentials than previously known. And that we are all capable of experiencing such things.
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  12. While agreeing with faxin, i would add to confront the situation at hand. Are they beint jerks? Do you deserve that Kind of treatment? Will they change their behaviour if confronted or will it get worse? Thats your male side speaking then.
  13. Nice. It’s easier said than done! Lol. But starting to notice what we (subconsciously) run from is important, and sometimes when we “face our fears”, we see that it’s more the fear itself that does the damage. Sometimes I notice, during the day, I’m moving more quickly, thoughtlessly, almost on autopilot. I will slow down and tune into what’s making me “run”. Could be some anxiety about work, or a conversation I had earlier in the day. Could be some anger directed at me the day before. Once I slow down and feel it, process it, I no longer am on autopilot, I’m no longer unconsciously running. I don’t need to deconstruct the other persons actions, or dissect it in any way. Simply noticing my own reaction is enough. Noticing how I’m trying to escape it, and choosing to let it “catch up with me”. Sitting with it. Seeing it’s not as bad as I think it is.
  14. Thank you, that's really useful I will try doing that!
  15. I would say try the opposite of shielding - sit with what you want to escape from, let it pass through you. Most likely their anger is hitting stuff inside of you, which causes the overwhelming and uncomfortable feelings. Just my experience at least. It can be a blessing in disguise, because it shows us things in ourselves that we have to deal with.
  16. I am very "female" and two of the people I live with (family members) are very "male". When they are angry or upset they pour that energy out massively and I absorb it readily. We are all isolating together so it's quite overwhelming sometimes! I was wondering if you guys might be able to offer some advice/tips/techniques about how to shield ones-self from absorbing all of this unpleasant energy please? I'm quite new to energy work and haven't developed my male side very strongly yet! Thanks guys xxxxxx
  17. Yes, I have found it again. But it still comes and goes That’s the nature of things I guess, the tide, ebb and flow, expanding and contracting, coming and going.
  18. Thank you Tuesday! That sounds really interesting, I will join the chatroom and ask about dives, thank you for the great advice! Thanks FaXin, that is so true! That is a very good point about the usefulness behind the yearning feeling! Did you manage to find that feeling again, if you don't mind me asking?
  19. Sounds like you have some great practices going. They say bliss comes from grace, not by anything we do. Accepting the mundane can be difficult. I had an opening a few years back which left me seeking for that feeling again, for quite some time. The seeking can be beneficial - it draws us to explore ourselves deeper.
  20. Hi Jazz and welcome Yes, those blissful moments are great. Remember a couple from my own life. Even greater is when bliss integrates into your everyday life. We do energy practices here called dives. There are people here who can explain it better than me, but if you are interested in hearing more or even trying them, come to the chatroom. There is usually someone there, lots of people from all around the world (though most from the US.)
  21. Not really one particular thing :) When meditating I either focus on chakras, breathing, loving kindness, chant mantras or body scan, observe that pesky ego!, or a mishmash of the above! In terms of philosophy I enjoy reading all sorts of stuff like Eckhart Tolle, religious texts and buddhist texts, and am watching lots of videos by Sadhguru at the moment (he's awesome!), but am still exploring and trying lots of new things all the time! Recently I've been catching myself wishing I could glimpse this blissful 'nothingness' love state again - I saw it once for about 2 minutes 3 years ago and never again since haha!! It's a bit frustrating because it was the most wonderful experience of my life (strangely, during one of the darkest periods of my life too!) and I can't seem to get there again but I also realise that seeking it so strongly will make it ever more elusive please might any of you guys have any suggestions? I've spent lots of time dropping all expectations during meditation but just ended up with nothing happening at all haha, then tried researching to work out what the meditation aim was but think that made it more difficult because then I assumed a particular outcome. I had PTSD in the past so might that have impaired my ability to feel emotion properly? Thanks in advance for your advice :) Lots of love to you all!
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