And an interesting response too. I may have asked already here, but how do you see theQuote
Very stimulating question!
Difference between ‘spiritual’ growth and the overall development of a person in all the areas open to humans – factual, fictional and all aspects of the aesthetic life, particularly in one who has nnever ceased to look for what is true what is not true and what comes under the headings of ‘unknowns’, or ‘as yet unknown.’ ,
How much of that I wonder do you put down to genetics? During my twenties, I was the subject of, the victim of violence, totally unreasonable behaviour, plus a few other associated complications. My genetic make-up made me the sort of person who knew that I could find a solution, although that took me nearly eight years to do. Of course it has affected my whole life but, yes, I was able to get back to the personk who was me, to realise that I did not have to apologise for myself, to be constructive and forward-looking for the rest of my life. Funnily enough I had a background, quite firm belief that there was a God/force/power, although I was already quite clear that it actually did nothing.Quote
With pantheism and non-duality there is a state of mind where you look at other people (and all life) and view them as God playing "let's pretend" as a human - or God dreaming the human dream. Loving others comes more easily, as does letting go of resentments. Life has a playfulness about it, so our personal dramas become less important. Instead of seeing myself as a detached ego with a fierce will to survive beyond death, I'm able to hold my personal identity more lightly, recognising that fundamentally I'm God/Universe, and God/Universe is playing all the parts. So I, as God, am playing all the parts, only each part doesn't experience what the other parts are experiencing - that's the nature of the aperture we call consciousness.
That is a hard path to follow. From your evident strength and courage which enable you to face up to and analyse as you are doing is in my opinion a great credit to you. If I had any comment here, I’d say that I hope you are able later on to leave behind even the pantheism idea.Quote
The worst thing in my life is that I'm striving to overcome half a lifetime of bad habits that have accumulated as a result of bad thinking and poor decision-making. I care a great deal about being a moral person, not because of future reward, but because bad morals poison my life right now and cause me misery.
This one life is what we have and mine has not a whole lot left, but I hope the things I have managed to do right outweigh the others!Quote
And right now is all anyone has - an eternal now (in that detached sense of playing all the parts).
I wonder if you will consider joining as a regular member of this forum? I should certainly look forward to continuing to read and respond to your thoughts and words.