So, I see alot of people on ATS that aren't acknowledged, not that it's necessarily a bad thing, but people don't always take their context into
There is alot of intelligent users on this forum, and I'm happy to meet them, even if I don't agree with what they have to say. I know that their
points can be just as valid as mine, and from time to time I may be wrong and they may be to.
Everyone should have a genuine belief, whatever it may be. Everyone should be able to indulge in something, and fill their brain up with something
that sparks their interest. Some people aren't able to do this, they'd rather be glued to a tube, or waste their lives away on drugs.
But for those of us fourtanate enough to find something we actually enjoy, and can gain from, we become of a higher concious. We constantly do this,
everyday, in the smallest of events. A shed of a smile and one recieved, is gaining.
But there are some people that simply refuse to live like this, and they wish only to take, and use what they know against other people. This comes in
all forms, science, religion, strength, ego etc.
When you typically only find pleasure in taking from someone, trying to destroy or mold whatever it is they believe, then you are at fault. Share your
theory, share your science, share your religion. Do not force upon others that believe what they wan't to believe. They may very well be wrong, but
if being wrong in our eyes is what makes them happy, let them do so, and do not become angered by it.
I recently shared a very deep conversation with a monk friend of mine, he's helped me throuh my trials I've had to deal with in the past year. Given
my mental condition (bipolar), it was very hard for me to cope with reality at one point in my life awhile back especially when I stumbled upon ATS,
it flared my mind into a downard spiral.
After my episode, I had to fight my way back to what I was like the past 18 years of my life before the incident, I struggled with severe depression.
It took almost every ounce of belief for me to pull myself out of that hole I buried myself in. After awhile I beat it. When I was getting to the end
of my battle, I had met my monk friend, who works for Social Services, and he had gaven me a few pointers some 4-5 months back. He told me he saw
great potential in me, as he does probably everyone he meets, but the difference is when I grabbed that ball some time after our first meeting, I ran
So here I am, my life has been more chaotic but yet I made choice to stand outside of this conflict, and achieve a higher state of being and not in
some way where I know everything, in a way that allows my depression to stay to a minimum, and help my family with everything they're going through
as I am the only person able to at this time.
I met with Joseph my monk friend this last Tuesday, and we shared a very good conversation with me.
You can't fill a quart with a gallon.
I had told him that I recently had came upon what I perceived as spiritual/metaphysical enlightenment. It led me to a higher understanding of this
I explained to him that I had talked with a certain individual, which I could tell was completely enlightened and knew more than I knew, and I wanted
to know everything he knew. But yet, it backfired on me and caused me to have an anxiety attack.
That's when he told me you can't fill a quart with a gallon.
Joseph is in his mid 40s, I'm 20.
I told him that I know he knows more than he could possibly explain to me, at this given time. He smiled and nodded. So we proceeded to talk about
He explained to me the tangibility of reality. He said that the imagination is the most powerful force. He explained to me whatever you focus on, it
will become real. If you focus on conspiracy, fear, etc, it will become real yet *it is not*. He explained to me it's the same vice versa, by me
currently focusing on positivity in my life and good things, I will head down a path that will bring me positivity.
He also explained to me, that us as humans need to do what we have to do regardless of the outcome, because if you focus on why you have to do
something and what the end result is/could be, you are focusing on the wrong part of life. The goal of life from what I gathered from our
conversation, is the following...
We must do what we must do, Responsibility.
But we must never forget what is most important, our well-being.
However, we must not fall into the hands of control.
We must never control another, we may only control ourselves.
Serenity is at the tip of our fingers, we must learn to believe this.
When we know that serenity is at the tip of our fingers, enlightenment will follow.
I explained to him, that I know that alcohol and tobacco are my physical magnets.
He told me that with knowing what I know now and following the road I'm following, I will break the habits. He explained to me also, that I must not
directly focus on trying to beat these things, but follow through with the way life will shape itself around me in the future.
At which point I have lost my physical debilitators, found natural serenity, and solidified my health, I know I will have reached enlightenment.
The reason I write this post, is because I think some people might find it useful in their own lives. You don't need to take it to heart that what
I'm saying is a key to enlightenment, but there is some pretty neat ideas that my friend helped me with.
I hope I help someone with this.