Leo's Blog: Infinite Insights — Page 20
Watch this, and then realize that neither of what these guys are talking about is God-Realization, and it is not what I teach:
But how could that be?!
Well... God-Realization is just way beyond what these guys can comprehend. It's that radical.
Be extremely careful about confusing nonduality or idealism with God-Realization. They are NOT the same.
You cannot realize you are God by follow conventional spiritual teachings like Buddhism, Advaita, or any kind of philosophy. Even the most advanced teachers — the ones you think are really awake — do not meet my strict standards for Awakening. They have some tiny degree of awakening which they got through conformist spiritual work. The sad reality is that most spiritual seekers pursue spirituality for the sake of connecting with others, not for the sake of Truth. These are not the same pursuit.
I know you guys don't like it when I say such things because it comes across as arrogance. But it is nonetheless true.
This work is far more tricky than even the most advanced spiritual students comprehend.
So my ultimate advice to you is this: don't assume anything of your spiritual teachers are God-Realized nor understand what God is. Even if they utter the word "God". Even if they tell you, "You are God" or "We are all God". DO NOT BELIEVE THEM! You cannot believe anyone in this work but your direct experience. And in your direct experience you have no idea if these people know what God is, because you yourself don't know what God is. And if you think you know what God is, I promise you, you're wrong. "But Leo, I've already had some awakenings and I've experienced God!" Maybe so, but you're still fooling yourself. What you've experienced is just the tip of an infinite iceberg, and it's not just more of the same from here on out. Not all roads lead up the same mountain. Not all spiritual paths are equally valid. In fact, the majority of spiritual paths will never lead you to realize you are God, even if they tell you otherwise.
You really, really, REALLY need to stop assuming that your fave spiritual teachers know what they are talking about.
Of course you shouldn't just believe me either. You have to truly test all your starting assumptions in this work. For example, you assume that The Buddha was awake. Why do you assume that? How do you know? It never occurs to a Buddhist to question that. They just follow blindly because others around them are doing it and how could so many people be wrong? That would be impossible! Or is it?
I am not saying these teachers and teachings are good for nothing. I am not saying these teachers are bad people. I'm just saying that if you want to understand what consciousness is, you will not get it through them. But you think you will. That's the only issue here. It's nothing personal. I say this because I have been fooled by such teachers for years and now that I've finally caught on to their game I would be remiss not to warn you about it, even though doing so hurts my reputation. My reputation would be a lot higher if I didn't say these things. Nothing pisses off a spiritual person more than to tell them straight to their face that they are not Awake. How fucking cruel do you have to be to say such a thing? And yet, what do you do if it's true? Is your goal to be nice, or is your goal to Awaken?
While it is true that You/God is Absolute Self with no other, I have to warn you that whatever ideas you have of this, of solipsism, are fantasies and NOT what I am talking about.
YOUR IDEAS OF SOLIPSISM ARE NOT GOD-REALIZATION!
It's not that solipsism is false, it's that you profoundly misunderstand what solipsism is.
Really get this. It will save you a lot of suffering.
If you are suffering on account of existential aloneness or awareness of there not existing anything outside of your self and your mind, you are NOT Awake!
REALLY, please get this.
There is no suffering with God-Realization.
I am not putting you down for not getting it. It's okay if you don't get it yet. I just don't want you to suffer needlessly by falling into this trap. This is a particularly advanced trap that I myself have fallen into in the past.
Good stuff, but it is not God-Realization. You cannot realize God through cognitive science. Because science itself is a dream.
God is not "plausible". God is the recognition of Absolute Truth. It's very obvious when a human doesn't know what Absolute Truth is.
Science cannot establish an independently plausible metaphysics, as Vervaeke suggests at the end there. That is pure nonsense. The only valid metaphysics is Absolute Truth, and it is not accessible to cognitive science nor academic philosophy, ever.
The aim of higher states of consciousness is not to bring back wisdom for use within science or academia. The aim of higher states of consciousness is Absolute Truth itself, completely unmediated by any human cognitive nonsense.
The aim of all philosophy and spirituality is simply one thing: Absolute Truth. Period. As soon as you start sciencing it, you don't have Absolute Truth, you're dreaming.
Absolute Truth is the only thing that exists. You are Absolute Truth.
Science is an elaborate series of egoic defense mechanisms designed to deny the realization of Absolute Truth. As long as you believe in science your mind cannot be Absolute. Which is why the deconstruction of science and academia is crucial for awakening. Vervaeke does not understand this. He doesn't understand how deep the problem goes.
Which is why you will not find God in a university. Rather stunning once you realize this.
Are you willing to forever surrender science to live in Absolute Truth?
That's something you should seriously contemplate. Where do your loyalties lie? Would you rather be a scientist? Or would you rather be God? Where did you get the idea that being a scientist is good? From a bunch of silly humans?
Science is a straitjacket on God's Infinite Mind. Deconstructing science is one of the most intelligent things you can do in life. You'd have to be mad to attempt it. And yet you can't reach Absolute Truth otherwise. If you think escaping a religious cult is hard, escaping science is 100 times harder. Which is why no scientist is awake.
And yet, the paradox is, we still need scientists around to make civilization possible. Quite ironic. Human civilization is built on lies and illusions.
Imagine becoming so absolutely present in your consciousness that you could not die because you are too present for a past or future to enter your mind. No birth. No death. Just absolute consciousness.
If you could achieve such a level of presence, you would literally become immortal.
What if death was nothing other than the story in your mind that "I will die"? How would you know the difference between "real death" and your story of it? What if that difference is itself a story?
What would happen if you never again had the thought that you were born and never again had the thought that you will die?
"But Leo! If I do that, then I'll die!"
Is this just philosophy, or is this actually possible?
Be ware of when scientifically-sounding people say stupid things. Don't let science and academia gaslight you.
Here's a good stage Orange video on developing a work ethic, shared on the Actualized Forum by user @Razard86:
Of course you have to be careful not to get trapped in becoming a workaholic, which would be very easy. And also don't get trapped in stage Orange forever. It's only an intermediate step in your development.
Notice the self-reference problem.
Must-read article for understanding the current political chaos in the world:
Memetic Tribes & Culture War 2.0
It's a long article but worth the read.
This article pairs well with my older video on Collective Ego.
This was posted by user @Vido on the Actualized Forum. Very cool what AI is doing:
Gives you a nice taste of Infinity. Endless consciousness ;)
You should be aware that there exists excellent old-school self-help material out there which covers the fundamentals of mastering life — the survival aspects. I cover such topics somewhat, but I also expect you to figure out the basics by yourself because it's all out there online.
Here's one example of what I mean:
Make sure that as you're following my advanced work you nail the basic self-help stuff. Remember that I cover very advanced stuff that goes way beyond what most people need for success. There's a lot of practical self-help material which I don't cover because I'm not interested in reinventing the wheel. Although to be fair, I am interested in reinventing the spiritual wheel. But that's beyond the point here. If your life isn't working well, focus on nailing the basics, not advanced metaphysical topics.
But! — and this is a big but — don't get stuck in the shallowness of basic self-help. It's important but it will not make you satisfied, it will not make for a profound life, and it is nowhere near your full potential as an infinite consciousness.
So, eat your vegetables, then come to me for dessert. It's infinite ;)