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Originally posted by RighteousDude
Yes this is the end times. No doubt.
Humanity has been through this before. Our life spans blind us to the reality that we are as leaves on trees. We give ourselves too much credit because we don't know any better. Now we are entering another winter of human existence. We are past our prime and corrupted as we have been four times before.
It will get much worse.
I am amazed at how obsessed people can get over money and things. More money than things. It is morbid to me. I have things, tools mostly, and clothes. They rule my life and determine what I can and cannot do. I have had made bad financial decisions based on sentiment alone. Now I pay the price.
This is the end times. I know redemption and safety comes through the Holy Spirit, but one has to cross a treacherous bridge from known materialism to the great mystery.
I don't know about you, but I feel a bit lost at this juncture of the journey.
Here is where we have to have a difference of opinion, friend. To you it is the "Holy Spirit" that "redeems," and "brings safety." I'm actually glad you didn't say the standard "saved" word that Christians throw around like a much sought for Baseball Card. Then you go on to talk about "treacherous bridge from known materialism to the great mystery" that has to be crossed. Friend, we have all, with very few exceptions, crossed that bridge before, many times, actually. And it is not really a mystery, some of us have remembered it, what is is like, but most deny this, and say it's just the brain misfiring at the moment of death. Several of us have postulated our remembrance of the Afterlife, I know I have, it is a Higher Dimension. It is only a city of Gold if you wish it to be, it can be something else too. I like to call it the Nexus. A better word I cannot yet find. The Nexus is an extra-dimensional realm, in which one's thoughts and desires shape reality. Inside the Nexus, time has no meaning, allowing one to visit any time and any place that one can imagine. One can, with practice and will, and daring, explore this Realm.
I had the good opportunity to get to see it firsthand once. I will never forget it.
I have no difference of opinion here. I defaulted to my christian roots all too easily. You describe a keystone of Buddhism that I acknowledge and that's good. I usually seek out Native American spirituality for comfort. I guess I don't want to hear about reincarnation because this place has kinda beat me up these past two years and when my ticket is punched I would prefer a world that is a little less confining. This joint is over the top with everyday/everyman pitfalls. Like I said before, it is stifling here at the end of time and we can be so easily blinded.
Your allusion to an NDE piqued my curiosity. Care to thread up and elaborate, or is that asking way too much?