Leo's Blog: Infinite Insights — Page 11
Here's a great article by Dr. Don Beck (developer of Spiral Dynamics) on the nuances of terrorism. Terrorism is a lot more complex than you've been led to believe in the mainstream media:
Here's the full quote from this week's video on The Counter-Intuitive Nature Of Life:
"Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win, and sometimes when you win or lose, you actually tie, and sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose. Winning or losing is all one organic mechanism, from which one extracts what one needs."
— White Men Can't Jump
Here's a rare look at Zen Master Yamada Mumon, as quoted in my video The Ten Ox-Herding Pictures.
At the very end of the video, notice Mumon's instruction in response to the monk's attempt to answer his koan. The monk's answer came from the ego-mind, not the enlightened mind. Hence he failed the koan.
Very important: Make sure you empty your bowels right before doing this, otherwise the substance will fail to properly absorb and your trip will be very weak. Treat this as an unbreakable rule: must go to the toilet before plugging.
Also, always trip on an empty stomach. Especially with 5-MeO-DMT, you want a TOTALLY empty stomach for at least 4 hours prior to the trip. This will make the difference between a great trip and a horrific trip. Do not violate this rule unless you like to suffer.
Here's an eye-opening look inside the mind of conspiracy theorists. Not exactly a self-reflective bunch.
Here's how the trickeries of epistemology plays out in real life:
Here's the chart from this week's Spiral Dynamics - Important Insights video:
Fascism has recently been on the rise in the US and Europe.
Here's a really good interview. I also highly recommend you read the author's book.
The only thing missing from this discussion is an understanding of Spiral Dynamics.
Notice how both the interviewer and the author still don't have a deep grasp of where fascism sits along the spectrum of human development and what lies beyond stage Green progressive politics (of which TYT is a solid example).
Imagine how much better TYT would be if they understood Spiral Dynamics! Their analysis would be on another level entirely.
If you're looking for a life purpose and biz opportunity, start a news network like TYT but which covers politics from a stage Yellow integral perspective. That is the wave of the future. We have a severe lack of stage Yellow news networks and political commentary.
There are more techniques to get enlightened than most people imagine. Case in point: Turkey's traditional Whirling Dervishes. Many Western tourists know of this odd-looking ritual, but how many of them know that this is a legit enlightenment technique? Developed by none other than the great Persian mystic Rumi.
Whirling is not just a hokey ritual but a form of active meditation. The spinning is designed to shut off the egoic monkey mind and produce states of ecstatic trance.
Read more about Sufi Whirling Dervishes on Wikipedia.
The symbolism of the ritual is pretty interesting too. The dancer wears a tall thick camel hair hat which represents the tombstone of the ego. The dancer's white skirt represents the shroud of the ego which must be cast off (sound familiar?). The taking off of the black cloak prior to whirling represents spiritual rebirth into the Truth. The crossing of the arms represents the number one, for the nondual unity of God. The whirling is done around the center of the heart, which represents unconditional love for reality. And mantras are mentally recited while whirling to further still the monkey mind.
If you decide to give whirling a try at home, watch out that you don't hit anything, or fall down, or faint from dizziness. This can be a physically dangerous technique. You can easily crack your head open. Best to do it out on a grassy field.