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  1. Death by China

    I just watched this documentary on Netflix. Here their website:

    When I first saw the title I was skeptical and thought it is just right-wing fear-mongering propaganda. But after watching it all the way through to the end, it made a lot of sense to me and I felt that the documentary laid out a very coherent and solid case and foundation for their arguments and claims and which challenges America and Americans are facing in regards to the Communist One Party ...
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  2. Electric Perceptions

    Quote Originally Posted by rafi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by magisterium View Post
    Thanks for this thoughtful post Nam3lessOne. I'm not really any more pro-or anti-ego than I am pro- or anti- my right hand. Meditation can sometimes be a difficult and dangerous path, full of perils and, as you rightly say, can lead to emotional breakdown. On such paths we need to tread carefully, cognizant of the the forces we are inducing. Rather like playing with electricity - it's great as long as you are insulated sufficiently against its hazards. Then, and only ten, meditation is a wonderful,
  3. Theosis, Kabbalah, Alchemy, Gnosis

    Quote Originally Posted by rafi View Post
    Hey magisterium; You can look up someone's posts by clicking on their IS name. I often do that to make sure I understand someone's point of view.

    Okay; about theosis... anyway, I don't recommend just looking it up on-line. Unless you're familiar with the complicated and specialized vocabulary of Eastern Orthodox theology. Frankly, much of it is often about chiding western theologians, particularly Roman Catholics.

    I'll do my best to interpret. Basically, it's about
  4. The Importance of Ego to Spiritual Life

    Quote Originally Posted by rafi View Post
    Very well said! Obviously out of understanding the subject. And a creative interpretation as well.

    IMHO, too many New Agers simply cough up bits they've only half digested. I especially love quotations from best seller gurus who urge getting rid of ego, yet have their own faces plastered prominently on book covers. Ego is simply another term for identity. In order to get beyond ego in the sense of selfishness and self-centeredness, a stable self-awareness must be developed
  5. The Moon and Sixth Sense

    Quote Originally Posted by rafi View Post
    To clarify... I replied in more or less rationalist/scientific mode because that was the approach of the original article. If an argument is supposedly based on "facts," then it's fair to ask for that kind of proof. It's also fair to point out what is left out. Or noting the tone of the article-- which was an intense focus on fear and anger. And that the lack of any empathetic expression was notable for its absense.

    AmentiHall is very familiar with this, but just