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"Enmeshed, entangled, you can still get out unless, poor fool, you stand in your own way." - Lucretius   Far too often do I find myself engaged in a conversation about spiritual enlightenment, and the other not knowing what this actually is. There are many common misconceptions about awakening, and this is the first way the ego keeps us from finding any sort of deep insight. These realizations you can have are extremely threatening to you. In other words its extremely threatening to the self, ego, identity, etc. The core purpose of the self is to survive at all costs....

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"Doubt is the incentive to truth and inquiry leads the way" - Hosea Ballou   Have you ever asked yourself, “who am I really?” Or better yet, “what am I really?” This kind of introspection would be called self inquiry. What are you, literally? We can only assume that there has been a handful of people from every generation asking this question. But how many of those people keep asking this question. Most people get stumped and give up. Even more don't even start because going this deep into the nature of yourself is scary. Maybe subconsciously they know that...

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“It is necessary… for a man to go away by himself… to sit on a rock… and ask, ‘who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?”  - Carl Sandburg   Contemplation is one of my favorite tools for consciousness work, and introspection. To question your reality very deeply is an efficient path to genuine understanding. How would it even be possible to achieve an understanding if you're not going to question anything?  You can use contemplation for any topic. What is meaning, what is understanding, what is the self, what are senses, what is nothing. These are...

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“The best spiritual practice is to be still” - Ramana Maharshi   One of my favorite things to do is sit down and meditate. Because it really does feel like I'm coming home. People that have never meditated or “don’t know how,” ask me “isn’t that boring?” Ever since my first time meditating it has never been boring. When have you ever, in your conscious life, sat down and actually just do nothing at all.  Going through childhood we are taught to always be doing something and stay busy. People always want you to be doing something to set yourself...

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“Wisdom is limited to an awareness of ones own ignorance.” - Socrates   Why do I say “stay curious?” Why be curious? Curious about what? What do I mean by this? Im trying to express the art of unattachment. Not only externally but most importantly internally. Unattachment is the core of a lot of spiritual practices. Unattachment is a very tricky practice with too many pitfalls to count. The reason why I promote the “stay curious” message is to encourage a healthy skepticism, vast open-mindedness, an unattached lifestyle, and really to get people thinking on a broad level. Which is...

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