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  1. JosephM

    The Power of Now - By Eckhart Tolle

    Burl, If by repress, you mean .. restrain, prevent, or inhibit , I got the opposite understanding. Clearly his words to me seem to say "be a witness" and "do not judge your thoughts". He doesn't to me seem to be advocating restraining or stopping thoughts but rather stressing that instead we should witnessing them ( rather than identifying with them) which brings them into the light of consciousness so that we will see they are just conditioning and that their power comes from that conditioning and our being unconscious of what is really happening . In essence he is saying identifying with our thoughts as our true self is giving those thoughts power over us. He proposes that the more we practice witnessing them the less frequently our mind will use us and the more we will use it as a tool rather than the other way around. Hence the Chapter 1 title "You are not your mind" as it is just a very small part of consciousness and who you are on a deeper level. At least that is my take on his words. Joseph
  2. JosephM

    The Power of Now - By Eckhart Tolle

    I have another 7 pages to go in Chapter 1 before i officially comment but so far i see him saying don't think about what I am saying and try to understand it so much intellectually but .... rather try and be a witness to your own mind and see if what i am saying is true for yourself. I do agree he doesn't seem to be aligned with any one exclusive religion. Joseph
  3. JosephM

    Objective or Not?

    I really like this statement of yours. Joseph
  4. JosephM

    The Power of Now - By Eckhart Tolle

    Good. We can start with 3 and anyone else is welcome to join. Do you have the book already Paul and Burl? If so Read the intro and Chapter 1 then comment. If not let me know when you are ready. Chapter 1 " You are not your Mind"
  5. JosephM

    Objective or Not?

    Can any moral or religious document be objective in the values it presents? Please explain.
  6. JosephM

    CIA whitepaper on consciousness

    Especially found surprising investigation into the future and time along with their experiments in what some call astral travel. I didn't realize the Army was so interested in a study into consciousness 40 years ago.
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    CIA whitepaper on consciousness

    Wow. Lost me in a few areas but very interesting. Looks like a bonified CIA site from the http address.
  8. JosephM

    The Power of Now - By Eckhart Tolle

    Fair enough Burl. Would like to get more than just 2 of us to start. Anyone else? The book is a #1 NY Times Best Seller. Joseph
  9. Anyone interested in a book discussion of "The Power of Now , A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment" by Eckhart Tolle? It contains an introduction and 10 Chapters and we could discuss 1 chapter a week over a 10 week period. "You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!" ---Eckhart Tolle
  10. JosephM

    Who are you?

    Paul, Well, you make a good point. I have had revelations since i was a toddler but was unable to process it with my mind. The revelations never changed but yes my understanding of it has. Revelations are in my experience without words and we use the mind and vocabulary we have at the time to describe them and interpret as best we can. There is never doubt present in the experience, only in ones thoughts afterwards as the conditioned mind attempts to process it in language. So the words indeed change over time but the experience remains unchanged. It is , at least in my experience , an evolving process in terms of interpretation, but the experiences are complete in themselves and require none. Joseph
  11. JosephM

    Who are you?

    One could think that and it is understandable for an enquiring mind to reach that conclusion. In fact it would be difficult for a reasoning mind not to do so. Reasoning in my view, has a God view point that processes abstractions and what one might consider a consciousness level that has a meaningful life view and emotions of an understanding nature. However, without processing revelation it is, my experience, that one can go no further toward joy or peace and an understanding that comes not from the mind but rather a knowing from revelation, transfiguration and illumination that is innate in all only when one steps beyond the limitations of the reasoning process. I see it as a very difficult barrier to breaK through. So your view in my mind is understandable and there is no fault present. Joseph
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    Who are you?

    Ok so here is my post to the question .... Who am I? i have a body and a mind and a story which are all conditioned and to perish with the using. If I identify Self as these things I will be subject to these things and what most humans consider the ills associated with being subject to them. This will continue through chapters of what we refer to as time whether in or out of body until we come to the knowledge of who or what we are. Who are we? We are One mind experienced as an evolving energy tree of creation with many branches and leaves all connected and interdependent yet not necessarily perceived as such because of identification to a part of the whole. How and why it evolved as such are questions that arise from that perceived separateness and misidentification which is but illusion. When realization occurs there is an identity shift in consciousness to the One which in reality is all there is. All in All. It is without words or questions or locality or time which are all to perish as manifestations or changing energy patterns of the Unmanifest. So who am I? I am not the things you see and we are the same. Joseph
  13. JosephM

    Who are you?

    Paul, I see it as the physical mind which separates. It is not the mind that itself sees all is One. The mind feeds on separateness for fear of death which is inevitable for it. It is a creation, a manifestation of consciousness and has no real permanent reality itself.. It thinks it is separate from others. Hence the only separation between us is in your mind. Essentially the physical mind is a tool that through evolution has taken on an identity of its own as if it is you. Consciousness in the manner i speak of it is not thought or the identity the physical mind has taken on.. It is Life itself. Thought is merely a product of consciousness as is the body and is not consciousness itself. Joseph came into being as an identity in the thinking mind some 70+ earth years ago as a creation. Before that he was not and after physical death he is not. Yet there was never a time when "I" was not. There is no exterior or interior except to the physical mind. Consciousness has no locality. The proof is in the pudding. 😄😄 and the gaps.... Reside there and see 😄 Just another conundrum to ponder on as everything is energy and reality as one sees it is nothing but a persistant illusion. (not real).... ha... and that's scientific quantum physics proof.
  14. JosephM

    Who are you?

    Paul, I can understand your view especially since consciousness is not really a visible thing nor does it require thinking to be present. I certainly could offer no evidence other than some of what you already mentioned and some would say that scientifically it is no more than conjecture. However, since i perceive that very subtle presence even without thought which some might classify more accurately as a feeling, to me there is no internal debate going on in mind on its eternal existence which is not separated from what we call others and view as separate in our evolved thinking mind but in reality is One. It seems to me the more one identifies with mind as in the physical brain, the more difficult it is to perceive. In actuality i think you will find God is in the gaps of thinking so to speak. Being thusly, thinking to me cannot resolve the issue nor offer proof. Such a conundrum! 😉😉 Joseph
  15. JosephM

    Who are you?

    Concerning the sentence I made bold: in the copy of your post: Interesting. I see it the other way around. To me, Physicality would not exist without consciousness. I know Descartes said I think, therefor I am but in my experience, I am is primordial. I am therefor I think, in my view, would be more correct. Joseph
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