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  1. Or, just by being present in the moment; awareness. Fin
  2. So, just to be clear, you don't agree with the following: For these reasons, I am becoming convinced that the only real way to "personal growth" outside of direct action is through careful study of fiction.
  3. I'll try to cut to the chase. Does this "stocktaking" require the study of fiction?
  4. Hi, scorpiomover! I've only skimmed through your post, so I might be wrong in saying that I think you've misunderstood the meaning of my post. Maybe I can clarify by asking: What in us changes? Is it our thoughts, feelings, the image of our 'self' (the 'I'). I will read through what you've written more thoroughly and perhaps elaborate on my reply.
  5. I think we agree, RBM. Resistance to change. Change is hard, because we resist it by assigning it a dichotomy (good/bad), a meaning to each one, and then identify ourselves with it. Literally, 'I' am good, which means I'm doing something right and I believe that that should make me happy, so I am. Until I'm not. Then in reverse; I'm unhappy, so I must be doing something wrong, which means I'm bad. Conclusion: I have to change. We seem to be conditioned in this way of thinking by the stories which are a part of our cultural heritage. But: "Love is beyond good and evil." Nietzsche ... While preparing for a change to take place in the coming future, and this preparation being based on the memory of a past, change has already taken place. Yet another moment, in which we always live in, has mindlessly passed. Or: "The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now. Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth." -Alan Watts
  6. Hades King of the underworld and the dead. His consort is Persephone. His attributes are the drinking horn or cornucopia, key, sceptre, and the three-headed dog Cerberus. His sacred animals include the screech owl. He was one of three sons of Cronus and Rhea, and thus sovereign over one of the three realms of the universe, the underworld. As a chthonic god, however, his place among the Olympians is ambiguous. In the mystery religions and Athenian literature, Pluto ("the Rich") was his preferred name, with Hades referring to the underworld itself. The Romans translated Plouton as Dis Pater ("the Rich Father") or Pluto.
  7. The show/story must go on. ..come out of it with another story, which is more gratifying than the previous one, about who they really are, that is, this time around. But life is in constant change, and it's just a matter of time before this story loses its meaning as well, along with the power it entails, to respond to the change. ...... added to this post 36 minutes later: The story never ends with "personal growth". Resistance is required for growth, therefore the perpetual appearance of "new" nemeses. Studying an art which imitates life, and then questioning one's interpretation of it, all for the sake of change. When life is art, and change is now. Is it possible to live without meaning? Does an experience need to be interpreted? ...... added to this post 39 minutes later: Btw, interesting thread. Thanks.
  8. Why do I need a story? To give meaning to my existence (?). What if I end up getting caught up in the story-line, and/or 'lose the plot'? If I'm aware of the story and the story-maker, both of which are the one and the same; the Narrative Self, I might become a writer and write a more empowering story. Or, write myself out of the story altogether; a story to end all stories. Know your enemy and you know yourself. Love thy enemy.
  9. R.I.P. (Helped me through depression)
  10. 'I' am an idea (of a 'me' in constant flux). I don't think so, that is, logically speaking. But by experiencing, what is nameless. Great thread btw. ...... added to this post 7 minutes later: Nice to see you again, Amore. I found what you say, and your quotes very interesting.. A Kaleidoscope of Eyes, simultaneously experiencing each other in a single moment. P.s. Who is the second author?
  11. :)
  12. When fully immersed in the present moment; meditation is death and rebirth in a single moment of Eternity, where: Without time, there can be no desire Without desire, there can be no sin Without sin, there can be no hell There, can only be found God's ever-present love and undiminished mercy.
  13. I've been patiently waiting for this thread to appear..The Arrival. I usually ignore sci-fi flicks, but I'm happy I gave this one a chance. Great twist.