a reply to: _damon
You make some good points.
I had success and riches in my life, but I never felt fulfilled, I was always searching, had at times quite a bit of anxiety, then I had some losses
and suffering. Luckily, I didn't lose anyone close to me, others have suffered world's more, but the distance from what I started out with to where I
ended up was great. At that point I had zero spirituality in my life, and I decided I needed some so I went on a search.
To make a long story short, I eventually discovered, though it took a few years, about consciousness and the ego. I have attempted since then, with
success and failure, to just be aware of my ego, and I have found, as many of the great sages have said, that this practice will naturally raise your
consciousness. When you are aware of ego by definition it is no longer unconscious.
In this way you naturally start to feel more connected to everyone and everything. When you feel more connected (love) to everyone and everything,
you do what naturally feels right for everyone and everything. Of course this doesn't happen overnight, I still have some selfish tendencies, but
much less than before, and they dwindle.
So when you feel this way, you are more inclined to take correct action for the whole, but be less attached to the consequences for that is just
This is the road to peace of mind, enlightenment, IMO. Since I have started down this path, my immune system has improved, I haven't been sick once
(for a few years). Being on the older side of 40, before this I would get a cold a couple times a year, and maybe the flu once or twice a decade.
Now I can feel sicknesses coming on, but they never develop, and go away. This is nothing magical, when you have peace of mind you have much less or
almost no anxiety in your life, and this obviously helps your immune system. I have also lost my fear of death, and I think a subconscious fear of
death in most people contributes to raise their overall anxiety which contributes to immune system suppression.
Many people have seen these changes in me, and ask me how it happened, and I refer to some of the most impactful books that I have read, though there
have been many in my search. Probably the most influential for me was "A new Earth, Awakening to your Life's Purpose" by Eckhart Tolle, I have
listened to this book over 50x. But there are other books and teachers with similar messages.
So I have already influenced many people, in the classic way of "be the change you want to see".
What made me even look in these directions? Well it was websites like these, alternative and conspiracy websites, which have many jewels in the rough
in terms of posters and threads, sometimes you just stumble across them. Without these websites and posters, it probably would have taken me much
longer, if ever to come across the great info and resources on consciousness and the ego and many other related topics. So if these people had never
tried, I would still be stuck in my old reality. I don't have to change the world, that would be great, but to awaken just one person would make it
worth my while. Most things start like that, with just one person. I am eternally grateful others tried and I found their attempts.
I know for sure that if you give up and don't try you definitely won't awaken anybody.
It is true when you become awakened you become somewhat detached from the world. However, because you care about the whole, you stay involved. For
sure there are some downsides, you will probably lose some friends (I did), and finding a partner of the opposite sex just became much harder, because
you can only be with someone else who is somewhat or fully awakened and "gets it". However, as you minimize your ego, you care less about these
things. And if your child or children are young enough, you can teach them what is important in life, and who knows how many they will touch?
I completely disagree about awakening destroying your sanity. I don't know if it makes you more sane, but in my experience it makes most of the rest
of the world appear for the most part insane, or at least lost. How can gaining peace of mind make you insane? Isn't complete peace of mind the goal
of most psychology, psychiatry, therapy etc? And complete or being on the road to peace of mind is what you get with TRUE awakening. My friend, if
you haven't gotten peace of mind, I'm sorry to say with no judgement you haven't fully awakened, only partially.
I disagree again that it has to be one person that will change the world today, it could be; Jesus, Buddha and others seemed to be that way and tried
in their times, but with the internet we don't really need that. How many people do you know now that are truly awakened? Maybe 1% or less? But how
many have the potential? I think a very large percentage have the potential, probably up to at least 50%. And at what percentage awakened would we
start to see major changes in the world? 5%? 10%?
I you haven't, I suggest you read Eckhart Tolle's book, "A New Earth, Awakening to you Life's Purpose", his other one is good but not as good (The
Power of Now).
Remember, there is no good and bad, only your thoughts make it so.
edit on 14-11-2014 by PlanetXisHERE because: spelling
edit on 14-11-2014 by PlanetXisHERE because: epiphany