Spiritual Enlightenment - Intro
By Leo Gura - February 9, 2015 | 385 Comments
The most SHOCKING truth you’ll ever hear!
Hey, this is Leo for Actualized.org, and in this video I want to talk about the most advanced, most profound, most important and most challenging concept that I have discovered in all of my personal development research, and that is spiritual enlightenment.
Warning — this video will cause you emotional distress, including anger, depression and confusion.
There is a profound truth that virtually no human beings on the planet understand. This includes you. This includes humanity, society and science at large. This truth is so rarely known that, just to give you an idea, out of the 7 billion people who live on Earth, on this planet, we don’t know for certain, but we can estimate that perhaps 10 thousand of these 7 billion understand this truth.
The rest do not. They are completely clueless to it. What is worst of all is that this truth is fundamental to your happiness and emotional well-being in life. This is not some abstract philosophical truth. This is a very practical, most important and most profound truth that you can understand as a human being. The problem is that this truth is also extremely nuanced and delicate.
To understand this truth takes something really extraordinary of yourself. It takes extraordinary open mindedness, extraordinary self-honesty and extraordinary commitment to the path to discover this truth. This truth is not discovered through a simple video or reading a book.
It takes a lot more than that. In this video, I am going to put you on the track towards this truth. This video will not give you the truth. It will tell you about the truth and how you can undertake a journey to discover this truth for yourself, if you should choose to do it.
I want to start off by giving you a sense of what I mean by the need for open mindedness in this investigation and what I also mean by nuanced truths. Because as we go through society, as we are raised and go to school and go to college, we’re off in the business world, all these places don’t teach us to deal with nuanced truths very well.
Even if you are an intellectually rigorous person, you went to a university and you did research there, that is still not going to be sufficient to do this investigation. What we’re going to show you here is this. I will show you an experiment right now that’s going to help to open your mind to the possibility that there could be something that’s true, right before your eyes, right under your nose, but yet you’re not seeing it.
So, this truth we are talking about, it’s not going to be some hidden dragon, mystical unicorn or some deity out there somewhere that you are never going to get to see. It’s right before your eyes. You can see it right now, except you’re not aware of it because you haven’t developed your psyche far enough along so that you can see it.
Now, it’s not immediately clear that this is even possible, that something could be so obviously there, but then you’re not able to register it. So, to give you a taste of that, I want to show you an optical illusion to start to open up your mind. In a second here, this screen is going to change.
What I want you to do is when the screen changes, you are going to press the pause button and then you’re going to look at this optical illusion. Here are the instructions for what you are going to do. You are going to put your face up towards the screen, not too close, maybe a foot or two away from the screen.
You are going to focus your eyes. Hold your head steady. Focus your eyes on a little dot right at the center of the screen. There is going to be a little dot. You are going to focus on it, and you are going to keep looking at it.
Just look at it, and look at it, and look it. Hold your head straight and see what happens. What’s going to happen is an interesting phenomenon with your visual awareness. I am not going to spoil the surprise, so go ahead and do that right now. Then, we will talk about it when you come back.
This is not what spiritual enlightenment is, but it’s a little bit of like an analogy of what it might feel like to experience spiritual enlightenment, in the sense that there could be something right there that appears one way to you under certain circumstances, in a totally different way under slightly different circumstances.
This is in fact so, even though the facts of the situation haven’t really changed. That’s what this truth is. It is the truth that’s kind of hidden out in the open. It is hidden in the open so much that when you find out and discover the truth for yourself, it’s going to shock you just how obvious it was the whole time and how obvious it should be to everybody else, and yet nobody knows about it.
As a possibility, I want you to consider that a truth can exist that cannot be communicated. Can you open your mind to this possibility? This is very important, for you to be able to understand what we are talking about in this video. A truth can exist that cannot be communicated.
Think about that. Why would that be the case if that could be possible? How could that be the case? Well, our communication is a system after all. This system has to function in certain ways. Could it be that this system functions in certain ways that produce blind spots as we’re communicating?
By the way, communication also involves thinking. Sometimes, people think that thinking is separate from communication. Actually, these two things are very closely related because, in your own mind, you communicate with yourself all the time.
The way in which you think is basically a form of self-communication. We’re including communication and thinking together here. Imagine this communication, plus you’re thinking in just the way that it was built and designed that it can produce blind spots.
If you’re not aware that these blind spots can exist within the way that you communicate, within language and within the system of thinking and logic itself, then you might not see things that are right there and really obvious. Could that be possible, just in theory? Can you allow that to be a possibility?
Also, consider this additionally. What if your psyche, your very psyche and how you rationalize and think about the world, what if this system was also designed in such a way that, just to get it up and running, it had to be based on certain assumptions and certain mechanisms?
These mechanisms and assumptions also produce blind spots for your psyche to exist at all in the first place, for there to even be a psyche, because what is a psyche? A psyche is not a simple thing. We might look out into the world and we might say a tree is a simple thing.
A rock is a simple thing, but a psyche – what is a psyche? We don’t even know if this is a physical object. Consider that this thing we call a psyche, for it to even exist, it might have to be founded on something that is fictional and that is not true.
Can you open your mind to that possibility? Good! We are going to continue building on this. I am going to tell you exactly what spiritual enlightenment is, in a very clear—cut way. I’m not going to beat around the bush. Before we get to the actual meat and before I tell you, I want to set up your mind so that you can understand this truth.
Like I said, this truth is so delicate and so subtle that it’s very easy to misunderstand it. The first thing I want to say is that this video is designed for rational people. If you consider yourself a rational, scientifically minded, serious and intellectually rigorous person, that’s perfect.
That is how I was before I discovered this truth. Early in my adulthood, I spent a lot of my time discovering and researching what is the actual truth. How do I get to the bottom of things, and not just believing what people tell me?
This meant thinking independently for myself and really doing serious research to discover this, not taking it for granted that we already know what the truth is. So, that’s good. This video is not for New Age, hippie and dogmatic people.
There isn’t going to be any New Age stuff in this video. There aren’t going to be any hippie notions. There isn’t going to be any dogma. There isn’t going to be any mysticism. We are not going to be talking about Gods, philosophies, conspiracy theories, deities, mythology or religion.
All of that is going out the window here. If you don’t like that stuff, great! In this video, what I am going to help you to do is I want to help you to start an empirical investigation into this truth yourself, because this truth can only be discovered through a personal empirical investigation.
You have to start doing the research, doing the looking and finding the facts for yourself, generating your own proof. Remember, if this truth is actually incommunicable, it cannot be communicated. That means that I can’t give it to you, nor can teachers, professor or a spiritual guru.
You have to find it for yourself. This empirical investigation is going to be very important. What I mean by empirical is that you’re going to be using your own faculties, the things that you know the best. You will be using your own sight, sound, feelings and emotions, your own consciousness and your own thoughts. You will be using all of this to discover this truth for yourself.
You’re not going to have to rely on other people telling you things. You’re not going to have to believe people. Another thing you should understand is that this investigation that you will be doing is going to be very different, radically different than anything you’ve ever done in your life, even if you’ve done scientific research before and even if you come from a university background or whatever your background might be.
This is a very different investigation than you are used to. If you are a spiritual person, this is different than any kind of investigation you’ve done in your spiritual work as well. Be open minded that you can be using a process here that is different and something that you’re not comfortable with using.
That’s okay. You’re going to have to learn along the way. Here are a couple of things you are going to need to make this journey successfully, even to begin the journey and to just understand what I am going to tell you in this video. You are going to need these things – open mindedness to the ultimate degree, complete open mindedness and the ability to embrace paradox.
That means if something is paradoxical or contradictory to you, after I say it, you need to be comfortable with holding that paradox and embracing it for potentially a long period of time, not just hours and days, but potentially months and years. Can you embrace a paradox for years, before you’re able to get it to resolve?
It will resolve in the end, but it’s going to take patience with you and from you. It’s going to take a willingness to want it to resolve. You are going to have to work for it. The third thing you are going to need is a desire for Truth. That is truth with a capital T.
You’re going to have to really want to know what the truth is, not because it serves you, it’s pleasant, interesting or because you can come up with some theory and you can now justify certain actions that you do in your life with this truth, but simply for the sake of knowing the truth itself.
The fourth thing you are going to need is that you are going to have to be completely objective as you do this investigation and as you listen to me as well. You will also need a healthy dose of skepticism here too. Be skeptical about things I’m telling you, but also be skeptical about the things your mind is telling you because while I’m talking, your mind is talking.
You have a tendency to be biased towards what your mind is telling you. That’s the whole danger of discovering this truth. It’s very tricky because your mind is going to play games with you, to prevent you from seeing it. I’ll talk more about that a little bit later.
The Truth Will Scare You
This truth is going to scare the shit out of you. That’s not an exaggeration. It is also going to confuse you. It’s going to confuse you, especially if you’ve been following some of my other videos, the more normal videos that I do on personal development topics.
It is going to confuse you. It is going to confuse you if you are a religious person. It is going to confuse you if you are a scientific person. It doesn’t matter who you are. It’s going to confuse you. It does not matter who you are, but it is going to scare the shit out of you.
It’s going to emotionally disturb you. Why is this the case? It is necessarily the case because this is how the psyche protects itself and protects its own structure. To discover this truth, we really need to break down the structure of the psyche, which is not a comfortable thing for most people.
If you’re a Christian, Muslim, Buddhist or a spiritual person, the things I’m telling you in this video, if you actually take them seriously, will crush your models of reality. They will crush you. If you’re an atheist, scientist, academic or Agnostic, you will also be crushed by the things I’m telling you.
Why is this so? Because the models you’ve built up over your entire lifetime, no matter how true you feel that they are, we are going to be challenging these models here. These models are built on somebody’s assumptions that we are already questioning, and you do not like questioning these assumptions.
The end result of this journey will be the dissolution of your models of reality. If that doesn’t sound scary, trust me, it will be when you start doing it and feeling it in practice. However, also realize that when you are feeling this fear, you have to be very self-honest and ask yourself – why is there fear here?
Why do I fear going in this direction? Why do I fear doing this investigation? After all, I’m doing it very objectively and honestly, yet they’re so much fear there. What is the psyche hiding? You have a very firm mental model of who you think you are, you, as an entity in this life.
You have assumptions that you’ve made about yourself that you have never really questioned. What we’re doing in this video is we want to challenge some of those assumptions and start to question some of those. You need to be open to question this stuff.
If you’re closed to that, then you might as well turn off the video. The problem is this. When you say to yourself and you say to me – “Yes Leo, I want to do this investigation, it sounds interesting, let me do it.” The problem is that you don’t appreciate just how psychologically tricky your psyche is going to be here.
You are going to be psychologically manipulated and sabotaged by your psyche to prevent you from seeing this truth. Now, you might wonder why that is the case. It sounds very nefarious, almost like a conspiracy theory. We’ll talk more about that as we continue.
For now though, what I want you to do as I am about to tell you the truth, I’m getting to the truth and I’m going to tell it to you right now, point blank, is I want you to watch extremely carefully for an emotional reaction in you.
Your psyche will produce an emotional reaction right now. I want you to watch for it. I want you to just observe it. Don’t react; just observe your emotional reactions. So, here’s the truth.
To get you to really understand it, we need to get your mind around what we mean by the concept of you. When I talk about you in this video, I want you to be very clear about what we mean by you.
The Truth – There Is No You In Reality
Right now, I want you to stop everything that you’re doing. Focus right now on what I’m saying. I want you to get really comfortable in your seat. Relax; get your back up straight. I want you to close your eyes right now, as I’m speaking, and follow along.
Now, what I want you to do is I want you to get in touch, as your eyes are closed, with the present moment. Feel yourself breathing gently, in and out. Feel those sensations in your body that you really were not aware of before, such as the pressure of your butt on the seat and the pressure on your feet.
Feel your hands. Get in touch with the present moment. Also notice that there are thoughts. There is like an inner dialogue that is happening inside your mind. It might be saying any kind of random thing. Notice that there’s a thinking going on inside.
Notice that there’s awareness inside of you, an awareness of life and awareness of being and existing, of living and all these feelings, even the colors that you see through your closed eyelids. Notice that.
Now, what I’d like you to do is I want you to get in touch with YOU, who you know that you are, the most true thing that you know about yourself, which is that you exist. Get in touch with the evidence of your existence. Maybe you think it’s your thoughts, the thoughts that are being thought or the feeling in your body.
Maybe you say your name, whatever your name is. You can say it. That is me. Maybe you can think of some memories from your past, which are you. Most fundamentally, who you believe that you are is this thing that’s experiencing life, right? You are like at the center of life. Life is happening to you.
It’s your life. You own this life. Get in touch with that right now. Get in touch with it. You got it? You got that sense? Okay, now – the truth. Keep your eyes closed. Focus on that.
Focus on that feeling. The truth that I’m going to tell you here, the truth is that there is no such thing as YOU in reality. What you’re feeling right now is an illusion and that does not exist in physical reality. That thing that you think you are, that feels most true about life, is in fact false.
Go ahead and open your eyes. So, that is the truth. It is a very simple truth. The problems are these. A – You cannot believe this is true. That doesn’t sound plausible to you. B – Even if you do believe it, the problem is you don’t actually have an experience of it. You just have a belief, even if you took what I just said, on my word.
Let’s continue working with this truth because there’s some more stuff I need to tell you about it. Let me give you another taste of what we mean by you. I’m pointing at you right now. In your mind, you are registering this, that I am pointing at you and I’m talking to you. I’ve been talking to you this whole video. That YOU I’ve been talking to, we’re saying that YOU doesn’t exist.
Not theoretically, not philosophically, not poetically or not figuratively, but literally and physically. Everything that I am saying here is literal. I want you to register this, what I’m telling you. I want you to open mindedly register it as a truth.
Remember, also watch for that emotional reaction. Keep watching for that emotional reaction. I am going to talk about that a bit later. Let’s now continue. I want you to take your hand. Put your hand in front of you so that you’re looking at your hand.
I want you to look at your hand and I want you to notice and register it in your mind and ask yourself who is looking at this hand. Get in touch with the feeling that you, some sort of entity which we call you, is looking at this hand and seeing this hand.
This hand is being seen by someone. Have you got that feeling, that you’re seeing this hand? Good! The truth is that you’re not seeing this hand. There is no entity looking at this hand or seeing this hand. This is a pretty freaky and mind melting notion.
It is hard to even understand how this could be possible. Let me start elaborating a little bit. What we mean here is that who you think you are, this entity experiencing life, also the body, the mind and thoughts, you think about all this as you. That sense of this is myself. This is a personal cell owning life. That’s an illusion.
This doesn’t mean that the body doesn’t exist. The body clearly exists and reality clearly exists, but your notion of ownership over this reality, over this body and over your thoughts doesn’t exist. That’s a fiction.
Also, you believe that you are a perceiver, that you are something perceiving objects. So, we have this kind of model that we use. We basically assume about life that there are agents in life and then there are objects. Agents can perceive objects.
Conscious beings, like animals and humans can supposedly look at the world and see things and then other things can’t see anything. We think that we are these entities that are seeing stuff. We call ourselves perceivers. We call our perceptions perceptions.
Well, what we are saying here is that there is no perceiver. You then might wonder what is there. There is simply perception itself, without a perceiver. The hand that you’re looking – look at your hand again – this hand is real. It’s a hand.
We are saying that it’s not your hand. It’s just a hand, no different than any other hand. It’s just a hand, not yours. Moreover, no one is seeing this hand. The hand simply exists as a perception, what you would call a perception. It just exists as a perception, without a perceiver of it.
The feeling that you have, that you perceive it, is an illusory feeling. You can come into a realization that, in fact, it is not the case. You can come into realization that you are not a perceiver. What you currently believe that you are, what you think you are right now, is that you think that you’re a body and this physical entity.
Actually, what you really are, without knowing it, is that you are a thought, not a physical entity. That’s who you currently believe you are. There is kind of the false self and the true self. The false self is who you currently believe you are.
If you think that you’re the body or the one perceiving things, then that is actually not a physical entity, but a thought which is telling you who you are, this physical body. This thought is false. This is the very core of spiritual enlightenment. It is this truth.
There are also a few other corollaries to this that I want to mention and some details that I want to fill in. I want to tell you exactly what spiritual enlightenment is. When people say spiritual enlightenment, a lot of them are confused. The ones that actually know and who have experienced it, this is what they mean.
The Meanings of Spiritual Enlightenment
Firstly, they mean that who you think you are right now is a thought, not a physical entity. Secondly, what they mean is that you are not the body or the mind. Of course, immediately the question comes up – but then, if that’s the case what actually am I? That is the truth that can’t be communicated.
You have to actually experience it for yourself to know. But, we can say some things about it to give you a little bit of a sense, like a story about it. So, I will talk about it a little bit. The truth is that there is no you perceiving anything. Reality simply exists and that is the end of it. There’s no need for a perceiver of reality, which we assumed that we need.
Actually, that’s not necessary. Also, it’s the notion that we have about matter. We think about it that there are perceptions, colors and tastes, but there’s also like hard physical matter. Well, this distinction is a false distinction too because what we call matter doesn’t actually exist.
In reality, what we call matter is a conceptualization by us. What exists in reality is actually a field of awareness. So, what you call matter is actually a field of awareness. In this field of awareness you will say – “Okay, I can kind of buy that notion maybe, but then isn’t this field of awareness localized within me? Isn’t it me who’s aware of the world?”
What we are saying here is no. That’s an illusion too. The field of awareness that is reality is a non-localized field of awareness. Think of reality being self-aware, like every bit and pixel of reality.
If we can see that reality is composed of bits and pixels, then every bit and pixel is self-aware, whatever that might mean. That is very core to spiritual enlightenment. Another thing about spiritual enlightenment is that it means that life is totally impersonal.
There’s nothing personal about life, which means that everything that you take personally about your life is an illusion. In fact, life is completely neutral and completely impersonal. Even your very body is impersonal. Even your thoughts, your very thoughts about you, are impersonal.
The other thing spiritual enlightenment means is that all thoughts and all beliefs, no matter whether they’re religious, spiritual, scientific or everyday beliefs, are all just stories. They’re not reality and they’re not truth-telling. They are just stories.
They are stories about reality, but not reality itself. They don’t carry truth about reality, even though we believe that they do. Another aspect of spiritual enlightenment, which is really cool, is that because the you is an illusion and it doesn’t actually exist, mortality becomes irrelevant.
You are not the body. Sure, the body is going to decay and die. You can’t really prevent that. At least, at this point of our technological advancement, we can’t prevent that, but the body is not you. When you dis-identify with the body, you’re not going to be really too attached to what happens to it in the end.
Another important facet of spiritual enlightenment is that there is no free will. By free will, we’re not talking about philosophical concepts of free will. We mean very practically. So, the control that you believe you have over your life, all the decisions you think you make, even the motions you make with your body and your hands, even the blinking of your eyes, the thinking of your thoughts and the talking of your mouth, is all done without any input from you.
Even though it feels like there is input from you, that you have control over these things and that you consciously dictate and direct the stuff, it is actually a part of the illusion as well. When the self and the you go, the free will goes. Also, this means that all the fear, all the suffering, all the emotional distress that you have had in your life and all the problems you have in your life, are all fake.
Your entire life is a pathetic excuse, basically. It’s a pathetic escape from your true nature, from ever discovering true nature, because this is how your psyche is inherently and necessarily constructed. Your psyche cannot be constructed otherwise. It has to be constructed this way to currently sustain the way that you live.
Also, this means that all religions, all philosophies, all schools of thought, whatever they are, whether you think they are scientific and rational or irrational, are all just stories. They’re not true. They’re just stories. Another important facet of spiritual enlightenment is the thing that we’re talking about. What is spiritual enlightenment itself?
It’s an insight that you have. It is an insight into the truth of reality. That’s what it is. This insight happens in a split second. It happens in a split second, when you have it. Technically, it’s not even a you having it, considering there is no you to have the insight. The insight simply happens.
It’s important to not mistake this with an emotional state or a high of some sort. This is not some sort of a drug induced high, nor is it an emotional state that you pop into and then pop out of. It’s not a meditation high or whatever else you might think about it. It’s the truth. The truth exists always, so this is a permanent state of realization if you can attain it.
The real trick of it all is that it’s actually impossible. It’s impossible for you, you who you think you are right now, to understand any of this. Not really, you can get a taste of it through metaphor. I am kind of giving you metaphors here.
But, you don’t actually understand it because your psyche has to break down and dissolve to understand it. Only when the psyche dissolves and what’s left is the truth itself, then you understand it. It is not about just really understanding it. It is just a being of the truth itself.
When you get rid of your you, what does that leave? That only leaves reality, raw reality, no more separation, no more thoughts, no more theories, no more models, none of that stuff – just raw reality. You are it. You are the raw reality.
We were talking about the false you. The true you is actually very paradoxically nothing. You are nothing, and you are also simultaneously everything, nothing and everything. This is hard to understand. It’s impossible to understand without experiencing it.
Nevertheless, this is what it is, a fact. Everything I am telling you here is not a theory. It’s an observable fact. You don’t have to have faith in it. You don’t have to believe in it. In fact, you can’t believe in it.
You want to believe in it, but that is going to prevent you from seeing it. You have to actually see it for yourself. So, it’s an observable fact which means it can be discovered through this empirical investigation that we talked about.
Another interesting wrinkle is that all “spiritual” – I use the word with quotes, I don’t really like that word – all “spiritual” stories from the Bible, from various religious texts from the East and the West and from mystics, point to this fact right here. Except, what they do is they cover it up with a bunch of nonsense, a bunch of stories and a bunch of metaphor which makes it very confusing.
But, what I am really trying to do here is to lay it out very strictly for you, because this is what actually helps you to see it. It is a very dry fact about reality. There are no gods, unicorns, deities, heaven and hell. Reality is exactly what it appears to be, without any addition of you to it. This means that we have to subtract you from it for you to see it.
Understand And Confront The Truth
At this point, what I want to do is I want to pause. I want you to actually soak it in and take in everything I said. Drink it all in and notice your emotional reactions right now, as I’ve been laying all this on you. What are your emotional reactions? What’s your mind doing? Is it getting upset? Is it getting frustrated and angry?
Is it getting stubborn and confused? Is it getting excited? Is it having an “aha” moment? Is it getting sad? Is it getting depressed? What’s going on in there? Notice it and notice that it might be something very subtle and not as obvious as a major depression or a fit of anger.
It might be something very subtle, like a subtle resistance, a subtle not wanting to listen anymore and a subtle shifting away of attention and focus towards something else in your awareness.
Notice that? Just watch that reaction. Also, take in what I’m saying here. Take it in. The problem is that people hear this truth. This truth is talked about in spiritual books. The problem is that they just gloss over it. They just run through it.
They don’t actually understand what is being told to them. I want you to understand it. The way you know that you understand it is that you have an emotional reaction to it. So, make sure you had this emotional reaction. I hope you can sense it. This truth is outrageous.
What I told you is outrageous because I did not say it figuratively, like other spiritual texts tell you. I said it literally, and now you’re forced to confront it. In other spiritual texts, what you do is you read it and then you think it’s just a story and it is parable. It is just something from three thousand years ago when people were stupid.
No, confront the truth right now. It’s outrageous, right? It is outrageous. What I said is outrageous. Just notice that. Notice it. Just because it’s outrageous, it doesn’t particularly mean that it’s false.
Right now, also notice that if you have a lot of objections and counter arguments happening in your head, notice that it is happening. A voice inside your head is saying stuff about me and about these ideas. Notice that.
Also, notice what that is. Is that part of the communication system that we were talking about? Remember that I said this. What if your communication system was flawed and was designed a particular way that creates blind spots? Could it be that this communication system, which is functioning right now on overdrive and in your mind, is doing its usual thing and creating more blind spots?
Right now, a blind spot was exposed to you, but the communication system in your psyche doesn’t like seeing these things. So, at this point, you might be saying – “Okay Leo, this is very outrageous. Let’s say I give you the benefit of the doubt for a few seconds. How can I be so deceived? How come I am so deceived if this is in fact true?”
Well, what we’re saying is that this is not the Matrix. We’re not talking about the Matrix. Some people confuse this and say – “Leo, are you saying that nothing is true and I am living in a dream? Is that what you’re saying?” No, that is not what I am saying. Everything is real.
The world is real. Reality is real. Your hands are real. They’re just not your hands. It’s not your reality. It’s not your life. So, the only thing that we’re questioning here is the you at the center of it. That is what we are questioning.
It is kind of like five hundred years ago, before we understood astronomy. People believed that the Earth was the center of the whole Universe and that we were at the center of it all. Well, we still believe that we personally are the center of the Universe, right? Long ago, science has found out that we are not the center of the Universe.
We still personally believe that each one of us is at the center of the Universe with this life that we have, which turns out to be an illusion. So, that’s what we’re questioning. How can you be so deceived? I’ll tell you. Remember that voice inside your head, spinning objections and talking to me right now?
Well, the key assumption you made that everybody makes, that every human being makes on the whole planet, is that the inner voice that’s talking is truthful. Now, consider this. What if the inner voice was talking and labeling reality and it wasn’t truthful?
What if it was just arbitrary? You are just saying stuff and slapping labels on reality. We will call that thing a tree. We will call this thing a person. We will call this thing a building. We will call that thing a planet. We will call that thing the Sun. These are just random labels, just slapping labels on.
Also, use a random form of logic to connect these things together into some sort of conceptual framework. Then, it says – “Look, we’ve got reality! This is what reality is!” That is not what reality is. That is a very heavy conceptualization of reality. You’ve got reality itself and then you’ve got the voice, spinning stories about reality.
It constructs a web of concepts. Then, this web of concepts gets layered on top of reality. This happens so quickly, fluidly and outside of your awareness that you then get this hybrid and this augmented reality. We then look at it and say it is reality.
No, that is not reality. Reality is this thing that it was, before you spun all of this nonsense about it and all these stories. The stories that are spun, they are stories that are spun from our intuition, from our naïveté, from science, from religion, from philosophy and from every corner of life. Stories are being spun all the time.
You might wonder – “But Leo, aren’t certain stories more true than other stories?” Well, what’s telling you that your stories are true? See, to believe that your stories are true, you have to tell yourself my stories are true and then lie to yourself about it while you tell yourself that.
So, what a true story is isn’t actually a true story. What you call a true story is actually a story that has another story behind it that tells it that it is true. Sometimes, we take this up to very crazy degrees. You might have layer and layer and layer and layer, a dozen layers deep of story, telling you that this story is true.
It is a story backing up a story backing up a story. If you dig all the way down to the chain and you get to the very bottom of it, what you discover is that there’s no truth there at all. What you are creating in your mind is that you’re creating self-fulfilling prophecies or basically, a better way to put it and a more technical term, you’re question begging all the time.
You are creating vicious circles, vicious logical circles inside your mind. You then cleverly hide this under the rug and then you prop up your stories as truth. This is what you are doing. You have to strip away.
Take reality that you have hybridized and augmented and strip away all the thoughts. Just keep stripping away. Just keep stripping away until there is nothing left except the raw reality. Then, you get to the truth.
If you do that, you will then discover that there is no you at the center of it. It’s pretty cool. That is the fundamental explanation of how this stuff works. What I want to do is I want to get you another taste of what a spiritual enlightenment experience can feel like. I want to give you just an analogy of it.
I think that this is going to work pretty well. Another optical illusion is coming up here. You are going to do the same thing as last time. You are going to pause the video when the optical illusion comes up. You are going to look at it.
What I want you to do is you’re going to see a tridimensional cube. This cube can be looked at and seen from two different perspectives. The first time you look at it, you are going to see it from one perspective automatically. Keep looking at it. You might stare at it for 30 seconds or maybe a couple of minutes.
If it takes you that long, then that is good. What is going to happen is that you are going to see it flip. Try to see it. As you look at the cube, try to see it from the opposite perspective. What you see is that it will flip, in a second.
It will flip and then you will see it from the other orientation. This is a cool phenomenon. You have probably seen this before. It is called the Necker cube. Indulge me here and take a look at it again. Go!
What is interesting about this example, which is what I really love about it, is that it shows you that the facts of the matter in that picture stay the same. Nothing changes. What changes is your shift in perspective, right? That turns out to be a pretty significant difference.
The picture didn’t move at all, but in your mind, the picture moved. That makes all the difference in the world. You might wonder – “Well Leo, if what you are talking about is that the body is still here and the world is pretty much exactly as I see it except there is no me, is that like a semantic argument then? Are we just splitting hairs here and quibbling about words?”
Actually, no! We are not quibbling about words. Not at all, because based on this one falsehood in your consciousness and in your awareness, this creates a lot of your suffering and trauma in life. In fact, all of your suffering and trauma, which I am going to get to in a minute, is created by this.
This makes a very important practical difference in your life. It makes all the difference in the world. Just like in this cube example, you notice that it is subtle. It is not like we are saying that everything is going to change.
We are just saying that your perspective on things is going to change. In fact, I want to twist your mind a little bit more. What I want you to do now is to skip back and rewind to the cube again. I want you to look at the cube again.
This time, I want you to notice that we are in fact talking about cubes, but when you notice the picture, there is actually no cube represented in the picture at all. Can you remember that? Can you remember what the picture actually was?
If you cannot remember, go back and look. What it was is this. It was just a couple of circles with some stuff carved out of them. You were seeing the cube as a wireframe negative that your mind was projecting onto the image because your mind is really good at filling in blanks and stuff like that.
If you look at that picture very strictly, very dryly and very objectively, you will notice that there is no cube represented at all in that picture. It is a projection of your mind. I hope you can get a taste and a sense from this example that you are you, yourself and the ego. Say your name right now.
Nod your head right now. Who is nodding their head? No one is nodding your head. The head is nodding itself. It sure feels like someone is nodding your head, doesn’t it? Yes, it does, in the same sense that the cube really feels like it is there when, in fact, it is not.
If you live your whole life believing the cube is real, when it is in fact not real, and then you base your entire set of actions through life on the fact that the cube is real when it is not, you can imagine that it might create some problems, right? It might create some problems for you.
At this point, you might be wondering – “Leo, it is sounding a little bit plausible, but kind of crazy. Okay, let’s say I buy into it for a little bit. I just cannot understand how come society has not been buzzing about this? If this is true, it is so outrageous and revolutionary. How come more people are not talking about it?”
Let us address this question, because it is important. Otherwise, you are not going to even trust me here that this is even worth pursuing for you, as an investigation. Why isn’t society buzzing about this?
First of all, most people don’t know. Second of all, society is ramped on group think, conditioning, cultures and all sorts of delusions of the masses. We know that for a fact, just based on other theories and studies of social dynamics. So, group think is very ramped in society.
Third of all, you have to understand society. What do you call society? This great thing called society is actually a playground of distractions for your psyche. Do you understand this, what society actually is? Do you understand what it’s designed for?
Just like your psyche, the entire social system is designed so that the psyche is distracted from looking at what the psyche is not seeing. Do you understand that? This isn’t obvious, but when you start to see the truth and do the investigation, you start to see that all of society is like this without even knowing it.
This isn’t done in some sort of evil or nefarious way. Because people are unconscious, they behave in unconscious ways. They suck you into it too. It’s everything, buying houses, going partying, having drugs and drinks, the political and educational system and the corporate system.
It is all of this, and religions as well. Religion brings us to the fourth point. Why is society not buzzing about this? Actually, society is buzzing about this. It’s just that this is happening. The people who buzz about it and who actually know, nobody listens to them because they sound crazy, like I am right now.
Religions were originally supposed to be communicating this truth. Religions are ubiquitous around the world. The problem is that religions distort this truth so much because they don’t recognize that the truth is impossible to communicate. Yet, they try to communicate it anyway.
Over time, over thousands of years, the distortion becomes just so enormous. It becomes so enormous that it loses all touch with reality. In a sense, you could say that society is buzzing around it. That’s why people are religious.
They are just extremely confused about it. This truth is very difficult to communicate. This point needs to be appreciated. It is hard to understand that there can be a truth that cannot be communicated.
It doesn’t seem like that can be possible. Actually, it is very easy for this to be possible because communication is part of your language system and part of your thinking system. It is part of your psyche. Communication is part of the psyche.
Do you understand this? It assumes that the stories that are told in your mind are true. Sure, we allow for lying and deception. It never even occurs to us to question the assumption – wait a minute, all the communication that is happening in the world that has ever happened, all the thinking that has been done, could these have just been empty shells, stories and labels that were completely arbitrary?
Where Is The Proof?
Could that possibly be true? We never think about that. We never seriously consider that. You also have to ask yourself this. At this point, some people might say – “Well Leo, where is the proof? I need proof of this. You are making a really bold and outrageous claim. We need some scientific proof.”
People can get hung up on this. They can use science as an ego defense. I have a video about that called How Not To Use Science As An Ego Defense. In that video, I talk about this at length. You also have to ask yourself this.
What proof are you looking for exactly? What kind of proof are you expecting? What do some people expect, like a study? Do you expect a study to prove to you that you don’t exist? Do you expect a scientific consensus? What exactly do you expect?
Are you expecting like a microscope picture? You have to understand that we are talking about something internal. Understand that science’s proper domain is external. Science does not really deal with internal and subjective matters or what you call subjective matters.
Science is concerned about looking for molecules, calculating distances, calculating quantities and this kind of stuff. This is not what we are talking about here. Here, we are talking about a certain perspective that you have on life.
Even if there were scientific proof, you would have to wonder what kind of proof it would be. This is a very different animal than we are talking about. In fact, right now, there is a lot of research being done on neural paths and the brain.
We don’t really understand the brain very well at all. We are pretty much in the Dark Ages as far as that goes. We just don’t have the tools and technology to understand the brain. The brain is very complex. Science has theories about consciousness and reality, but one of the currently open questions in all of science, that we haven’t even scratched in the last 3000 years since it was discussed in the Greek and Roman days, is this.
How does matter, what science calls matter, and energy connect and relate to consciousness? We think that matter and energy exist, but we also tell ourselves that consciousness is the most real thing we know. We know there is consciousness.
We know there are colors. We cannot deny that colors exist. Then, on the other hand, what are colors? Are colors matter or are they something else? In philosophy, colors and sensations are called qualia.
This is the qualitative aspect of reality, which science doesn’t really do a great job at explaining. The only proof that you can get for this is by doing the empirical investigation yourself because you are investigating yourself. No scientist can go inside your mind and investigate you for you.
Only you can do that. The looking for external truth is not going to help you here. Another difficult part of this communication is that you literally cannot understand what I am telling you. Why can’t you understand it?
You can’t because there is a you that believes it is there. If you understood it, the you would not still be there, which is the thing we are trying to get rid of. For you to understand it, the only way it is going to happen is if the you dies and if we get rid of it.
It has to dissolve. This is why this is called an ego death in certain spiritual circles. They call enlightenment an ego death because your ego needs to die. One thing that I see people mistaking and getting wrong about ego death is this.
They assume that the ego is like some aspect of them. There is me, and then there is the ego, like the arrogant inside of me. Let me kill the arrogant inside of me and then I will be left. The wholesome me will be left.
No! We are not saying that there is a wholesome you and then some sort of nefarious ego. We are saying that all of it is one thing. The ego refers to everything, so it is your sense of you. Remember, I am pointing my finger at you right now.
Nod your head. That is you. That is the you. It doesn’t have to be something arrogant or nefarious. The other thing is this. To understand this idea, it requires very deep self-honesty. Why? This is because the self is inherently dishonest.
The way the SELF perpetuates itself is through lying or just unconscious behaviors and lack of awareness. What is required to do this empirical investigation is to simply raise your awareness higher and higher, until you see that the self doesn’t exist anywhere. But, this requires self-honesty.
You firstly tell yourself that you are already conscious. You are already fully conscious. That is what you believe. You believe that you are real. You believe in your beliefs. You believe in so many things about life that you are not ready to go in there and question them very objectively and very honestly.
You just give lip service to self-honesty. You don’t actually practice self-honesty in your life, so that is why it’s very difficult. It is also very difficult to communicate this because you don’t like it. This is not a pleasant truth.
When I go around talking about this to other people – I don’t really talk about it to other people. If I chose to, what do you think would happen? First of all, this is a very difficult communication. It is a very nuanced communication. Most people do not even listen to you.
The next thing is this. If they hear it and actually register it, they get upset. They get angry and depressed and they blame you for it. They get confused, or whatever. Their ego defense just kind of entirely keeps them away from this truth.
They might spend their entire lives not looking at this truth, not knowing that it is there. Everyone does this. Everyone in society does this. All of your friends, family, professors, business partners, wife and husband, everybody does this.
This is not a pleasant truth. You have to appreciate it. This will make sense to you. If you study how society works, you have to understand that the stuff that spreads through society is stuff that people like. It is the stuff that is pleasant.
That is why society is all built upon the most low consciousness entertainment and other things that you can possibly come up with. So, what is the most popular food, the most low consciousness and unhealthy food? It is the food that tastes the best, but is the unhealthiest.
It’s McDonald’s. What are the most popular movies and video games? They are also the most low brow and low consciousness movies and video games that you can possibly construct. They appeal to everybody and they are satisfying.
They have no intellectual value, really. You have to use your brain. That is a struggle because most people do not want to use their brains. They just want to unplug. What about music? It is the same for music.
What about politics? Politics is that way too. Who are the political leaders who win the most elections? They are the ones who are the lowest brow, dumbed down and black and white candidates. They are the ones who are the least qualified to run the country.
What about governments? Governments work this way too. Find any system in society that is widespread like this, such as religions. They are the same thing, right? It is all about making something as low conscious as possible. That is what makes it spread through society.
If there is a truth that people really hate, it’s not going to spread very well. The last and most difficult part of this communication is this. To really do this empirical investigation and to understand this communication fully, you need to spend at least a thousand hours doing this investigation yourself. I am not exaggerating.
Spend Time Investigating
I am talking about hard work, hard and emotionally distressing work that takes a thousand hours to do if you really want to understand what I am saying here. You think this video is long? This video is not long. That is at least a thousand hours.
That is in the best of circumstances. That is if you cut out all the religious dogma, all the spiritual nonsense, and go straight to the core of it. You just sit down, drill down and do the empirical investigation day after day after day, a thousand hours at best.
Many people won’t’ do this in their entire lifetime. To be more realistic, it’s more like 10 thousand hours than a thousand hours. Try to understand this. There is a truth that needs to be communicated that nobody likes, requires enormous self-honesty, threatens the shit out of your current life and world view, literally cannot be communicated and it takes a thousand to 10 thousand hours of sitting down and doing hard work to understand it.
Who is going to know this truth? About 10 thousand people in the whole world will know this truth. That is about it. You have to appreciate this. Why do you have to appreciate this?
This is because your mind is coming up with excuses right now not to listen to me. At this point, you might be saying – “Leo, this is very heavy. You are talking really heavy stuff. Some of this stuff sounds really dark, depressing and nihilistic. Where are you going with this? All I want is a good life.”
“Why would I undertake this journey a thousand or 10 thousand hours? You want me to invest that much time studying this. Are you crazy?” Actually, there are some awesome rewards which we have not talked about yet.
There are rewards of doing this work. Why would you want to do this work? It is difficult work. It is long work. There needs to be a worthwhile reward for this. Here they are. I want to numerate some of them.
The Rewards Of Discovering The Truth
Number one – You get access to the truth. It’s the Truth with a capital T. if you value truth, which you should because this is one of the highest values for a human being, then this should interest you.
If you are a scientific person, a philosophical person or even a religious person who has been looking for the truth your whole life and you think you found it or you’re not satisfied with what you have found, this is the ultimate truth. What we are saying here is the ultimate truth.
If you are scientifically minded, this sounds ludicrous to you. If you study philosophy like I have, for six years, this is a ludicrous notion. Actually, this is one of the rewards. It is the ultimate Truth, with a capital T. How? I will talk about that in other videos.
Number two – The other reward you get is lasting happiness and peace of mind. You will have true happiness. What you have now is not true happiness. You are living in a living hell. With this truth, you can actually have true peace of mind, regardless of circumstance.
This is a very cool thing. From the moment you were born and up to today, you have been living your life looking and chasing for happiness. You keep telling yourself that if you watch enough of my videos or if you do enough of the personal development work, you will find happiness.
Well, I hate to break it to you but you never will. You never will. You can already sense it because you have been trying your whole life and it hasn’t been working, has it? Don’t lie. It hasn’t been working.
No matter how many houses you get, girlfriends you get or marriages you get, you are not going to be truly happy. Why? It is not possible because the you is an illusion. This illusion needs to be perpetuated by constant motion. Constant motion creates suffering.
If you want to fix this happiness thing and be peaceful, if you want to be peaceful independent of what is happening in life, no matter if you are rich or poor, if you have a girlfriend or not, if you are married or you’re not, you’re kids are doing good in school or they are not, you’re healthy or you’re sick, you need to be spiritually enlightened. It sounds too good to be true. Again, this is one of the awesome rewards of doing this work.
Number three – The other cool thing you get is an instant elimination of self-image problems. This means all of your self-image problems. You just don’t get how powerful this is. I don’t know about you, but for me, it is very vivid.
My entire life is a drama of self-image problems. What do I mean with that? I mean caring what people thing about me, people pleasing, worrying how I look, worrying about your hair, worrying about this, worrying about that, worrying about relationships, worrying if someone is going to abandon you or love you and all of this.
All of this stuff is self-image problems. That can all be eliminated in one swoop. When you get rid of the self, there are no more self-image problems. It does not make sense.
Number four – The other thing you get with enlightenment is emotional mastery. Emotional mastery is a theme of Actualized.org that we are actually trying to develop here. Actually, it is not possible to develop true emotional mastery through traditional self-help techniques.
Why? There is actually no you at the center of it, controlling emotions or thoughts. Your delusion is to try and control emotions and thoughts, which is not possible. So, how do you get emotional mastery?
You get emotional mastery by discovering that there is no me at all in the first place. When there is no you, do you know what that does? That makes you calm and peaceful. Why does it make you calm and peaceful?
There is no longer any control and you now realize it. You finally realize there is no control. Right now, you are struggling for control that does not exist. Because of this, what happens is that you counterintuitively develop emotional mastery.
This is because there are no longer any emotions of frustration and of trying to seize control. When you let go of that whole game, you’ve got your emotional mastery. But, it doesn’t happen along the lines you were expecting, doesn’t it?
Number five – Another thing that can happen is that you will eliminate all your suffering in life. Why is this the case? Right now, you think your suffering is creating by things outside of you. Actually, your suffering is all internally created, 100% and completely internally created. This is hard to believe because you are so enmeshed with yourself.
When the self is gone, that becomes true. You can get rid of emptiness, feelings of uncertainty, feelings of depression, loneliness, anger, jealousy, purposelessness, lack of motivation or whatever emotional suffering you experience in life. You can get rid of that.
Number six – The other cool reward is that you actually get to understand the true understanding of what religions actually are. Very few people understand what religion actually is and what it talks about, which is “God”. I am putting the word “God” in quotes because it is a very misunderstood word.
It is a very misused word. You can get a true understand of that in a way that you cannot get, whether you are scientifically minded and you do a lot of anthropology, social science or whatever kind of science you do to understand religions. That is not getting you a real understanding of religions, nor is being religious getting you a real understanding of religions.
Both of these caps don’t understand religion or “God” at all. They are very confused about it. If you attain spiritual enlightenment, you are going to understand it really easily. It is a no brainer.
Number seven – The other cool reward that you get is no more fear of death. This is why the Easterners talk about immortality. I don’t know about immortality. The body is certainly going to die. It depends on what you mean by immortality.
The fear of death will not be an issue anymore. Why is it not an issue? Because, like we said, if there is no self, there is no one to protect anymore. There is no one that is going to die anymore. The body is going to die, but you are not going to be identified by your body or your thoughts anymore. It really becomes irrelevant.
Those are some of the rewards. They are pretty cool rewards. I don’t know about you, but these rewards make the process of spending a thousand hours doing this hard emotional work worth it for me. Even the first reward, just knowing the truth alone, is enough for me.
Just knowing the truth alone is worth it, even if it was not good for my life. The problem is that you look at this and say – “Even if what you are saying is true, probably not, but let’s say it is just for the sake of argument, why the hell would I want to know it? It seems like my life is going to become miserable.”
See, you are so concerned about you. You are so concerned about you feeling good. What is that? That is the ego. Also, what you fail to understand in your closed mindedness is that the greatest pleasure in life actually lies on the other end of enlightenment.
Once you get rid of your SELF, there is no more worry, no more frustration, no more stupid rat race and no more chasing of your tail all of the time. You literally get these rewards. These rewards sound pretty far out there. They seem a little too good to be true.
Make no mistake about it. You are going to kill yourself. Do you understand this? You are going to kill your SELF getting these rewards. You are literally going to kill your SELF to get these rewards. How many people are going to kill themselves?
It’s an infinitesimally small number. I am talking to you right now. You are not going to do it. Don’t worry. You are not going to get these rewards. You are too afraid to do it. If you are extremely committed, one out of a million of you who watched this video, if I get lucky enough and in my entire lifetime a million people watch this video, maybe one of you will get this.
One of you will get these rewards. The rest of you will never get them. Not only will you not get them through spiritual enlightenment, but if you don’t get them through spiritual enlightenment, this means you will never get them through any other means that you might imagine you would get them through.
So, if you want any of this stuff, this is the only way to do it. At this point, you might be wondering – “Alright Leo, so then what is the point of this video? You said that the stuff you are talking about here is just a story and I have to spend a thousand hours. What do you want me to do?”
The point of this video is to share this truth with you in a very stark way, so that it disturbs you, so that it is on your radar screen in life. You have been running around life, chasing your tail this whole time. It has not been on your radar screen.
Many of you have already heard this truth in various disguises, in spiritual literature that you have read, your religions and even with science. You haven’t actually pursued it in the way that you have to. You need to make a commitment to do a very serious, self-honest and empirical investigation, without any nonsense and beliefs, into the reality of who you are.
The purpose of this video is to introduce you to this. I want you to stop and consider this, after this video is over, very seriously. Don’t let your mind just jump onto the next thing. Don’t distract yourself.
The biggest way that people don’t achieve spiritual enlightenment is that they simply distract themselves with other stuff. They forget about it, very conveniently. You have to stop and consider very carefully. You are also going to take a look at your emotional reactions.
The emotion reaction that you have, whether you become depressed, sad, angry or offended by what I am saying, if you become critical of what I am saying, if you leave a nasty comment or you have an inclination to it or you have some objections and you want to dispute this, you have some brilliant arguments for how to argue with me, is that there are no arguments here. All of that, those are emotional reactions that you have to be conscious of.
All of those equal the proof that you have been looking for. The proof that you want right now, which you are not getting from me because you say I’m being evasive or whatever, is in your emotional reactions. You have to start seeing how your ego is deceiving you. Your ego and your psyche is what we are talking about here, right?
Just be very mindful of that. I am going to be very mindful as you are leaving comments down below. I am going to be very mindful at pointing out to you at how you are reacting emotionally. There are three dangers with this video, as I am wrapping up here.
The Dangers Of This Video
The first one is that you reject it. You reject it out of hand because you say – “This is a cockamamie idea. It is silly. It’s outrageous. There is no way it can be true.” So, you just reject it out of hand.
Let me remind you, especially for those scientifically minded people out there who want proof, that when a scientist does research, when a proper scientist does proper science, he has a hypothesis. He holds his hypothesis in his mind.
He can hold this hypothesis in mind for 10 years, 20 years, 40 years or an entire lifetime, and maybe even not prove it. He might do that and then he might disprove it at the end. If you really want to do a serious investigation, you have to actually do proper scientific method.
Just because you watched this video and you have some clever little arguments, some little ways to critique what I am saying, does not mean that you did any kind of investigation. No, that means that you have been clever and you have been tricked by your own cleverness in refusing to do the actual research.
You have to do the actual research yourself. What I want you to do with what I am saying here is just take it as a tentative hypothesis. You don’t have to have faith in it. You don’t have to believe in it. In fact, you can’t.
You can’t believe it. We are not talking about beliefs here. We are talking about an insight. You have to have an actual insight into the truth of the matter, not a belief. Don’t confuse this with other beliefs that you have.
This insight that we are talking about; you have never had one of these in your entire life. It is not a belief. Just watch out and don’t reject this out of hand. The other problem that can happen here and the other danger is that you can believe it.
If you believe what I am telling you and you are saying to yourself – “This is just like Buddhism, I’m a Buddhist and I win the religion game!” – Or you say to yourself – “Oh, I am spiritual, I am a meditator, I win, this is right, this is what I believed all along!” – No! That is not what we are talking about here.
You can’t believe this. Beliefs account for nothing. Beliefs are a story. They account for nothing. Nothing! They are just a story. They don’t help you at all. If you believe every last word I said in this video, it does not help you at all.
It does not make you any closer to the truth. The only way in which it might help you is that it might motivate you and inspire you to go out there and do the work to find it. The last danger is that you just might listen to this and think it is cool.
You might even say – “Yes, I am on board with the journey, Leo. Let’s do this journey! Tell me how to do this journey.” What you then do is that you forget all about it a month later. You just forget all about it because life and distractions come and swoop you away.
Society swoops you away, like it does with everybody else. So, you become lost again. You have this brief window of clarity and then you’re lost again. Those are the three dangers. Watch out for them.
At this point, you might be wondering – “Leo, how do I do this work? Let’s say I’m on board with you. Let’s say I am willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. I am willing to hold this high tentative hypothesis. I will do the empirical work. I will even lay down the thousand hours that you want me to. What do I have to do next?”
How is this work even done? That is going to be the topic of a bunch of new videos that I am going to be shooting because it’s a process. It’s a process and it will require many of videos for you to understand how to do this work.
It is tricky work, full of many traps that you are going to fall into. Fundamentally and to give you an idea, what we are going to do if you are on board with this is that we are going to rip the fuck out of your ego. We are going to rip the fuck out of your ego and we are going to destroy all of your beliefs, all of your most cherished beliefs and all of those beliefs you love so much about yourself, about life and about everybody.
We are going to destroy all of those beliefs. We are going to destroy all of that. At the very end, when you cannot take it anymore, when we twist your arm so bad that you’re screaming, aching and your ego cannot take it anymore, your ego is going to finally surrender. You are going to surrender.
It’s going to dissolve and you are going to see the truth. That is going to require some real work. But, you know what? I am excited by this. I don’t know about you, but I love this stuff. I love ripping the fuck out of my ego. I love it.
It’s great. It’s kind of like a bittersweet thing. Sometimes, I don’t like it. I experience all of these emotional reactions, but I fundamentally want it. I want to know the truth. To me, it’s worth to just know the truth of things.
Right now, I have spent about a year and a half on this journey, studying it and doing a lot of this work. I fell into a lot of traps already myself. I am not spiritually enlightened yet, but I can feel myself getting pretty close.
As I am working really actively right now on my own enlightenment, I want to help show you some of the pitfalls that I have experienced and some of the stuff that I have learned over the last year and a half. I think that there are a lot of practical things that I can show you and techniques that you can use to do this.
They are very simple techniques that you can use to do this that would perhaps take you a lifetime to find otherwise. There is so much confusion about this subject. There is so much nonsense out there. I want to talk about this subject in a very “no bullshit”, “no nonsense” and hardnosed kind of way.
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