Is consciousness expansion dead?

Discussion in 'Human Potential, Self Discovery' started by Veda, Aug 28, 2018.

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  1. Mimsey Borogrove

    Mimsey Borogrove Crusader

    Sheila - you asked several times what the importance is of this to me - why am I interested in various ESP phenomena, what relevance to daily life does it have? etc. Every time you ask this I am paused, thinking why would I not be interested? What I have come to is this:

    Moral behavior depends, to some extent, on a belief that there is more to life than chaos. I think having awareness of self as a unique spiritual being gives one's life direction in the choices we make. What value is there if you only live once in making any other choice than a self centered one?

    I suppose, you could say, I am making a choice for my children, their children etc, and man as a whole despite the fact I will cease to exist when my body starts pushing up daisies. Or you might say, the worth of a man is how high up the wall he can piss on it , leaving his mark and hopefully it will be indelible ( the Hubbardian smashing of his name into history)

    I think it is, in my case if in no other, a facet of who I am - it is a facet of my dualistic nature, and as such, I should understand it to whatever degree I can. Many things in life you don't have to understand, such as how does a cell phone work, to use them. But I feel, this is different.

    Does that answer your question?

  2. George Layton

    George Layton Silver Meritorious Patron

    When you feel someone staring at you, and you turn to look at them and they aren't anymore, did they know you were about to look or were they even staring at you in the first place? Can a person become conscious enough to tell the difference?
  3. Mimsey Borogrove

    Mimsey Borogrove Crusader

    That sounds like one of those comedy routines: Did you know that I knew that you knew but also knew you might not know what I knew though in hindsight what you and I knew that you knew was for naught?

    I guess you need to be less obvious in looking back, perhaps by glancing at something reflective to see if the starer has gone into stealth mode. Mimsey
  4. George Layton

    George Layton Silver Meritorious Patron

    The other day upon the stair,
    I met a man that wasn't there.
    He wasn't there again today,
    Oh how I wish he'd go away.
  5. Mimsey Borogrove

    Mimsey Borogrove Crusader

    Joe Rogan interviews Elon Musk - re: are we in a simulated reality

  6. programmer_guy

    programmer_guy True Ex-Scientologist

    And Elon Musk will smoke his pot
    Then claim again for what is not
    The THC that he now feels
    will make him think what might be real

    Hmm. Maybe this could be modified into an A-A-B-A music lyric pattern.
    The A parts could be C major and the B part be the relative A minor.
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  7. DagwoodGum

    DagwoodGum What a long, strange trip it's been!

    When consciousness expansion died within Scientology, which was the main reason I was attracted to it in the first place, it was when Hubbard came up with the purely psychotic "OT 3" and furthermore when the old OT levels were replaced with more bat shit body thetan bullshit.
    Hubbard apparently had a huge "ser fac", to use their lingo to unravel their strangle web, and "must appear right at all costs" and had the rest of the OT levels replaced with the hideously evaluative, invalidating and introspective new OT levels whereby one was sent chasing his tail like a flea bitten cur in a mind numbing quest to "clean a clean".
    Clean in that there never were any bt's - ever!
    Then on OT8 you find out it was all bullshit and you were merely mocking it all up!
    So all consciousness expansion was killed dead as a door-nail by OT3 and the "new OT levels".
    The mere act of having to spend countless years sitting by yourself in the wild goose chase of finding, then talking to imaginary demons killed off any further spiritual growth and consciousness expansion.
    This is the type of information they need to make available on Aftermath rather than just limping along showing friendships and families broken apart with consolatory hugs from R&R.
    How can they miss the heart of the deception by such a country mile?
    When is one of the R's going to spill the beans on the shit that we know that few but he knows?
    LRH's Swan Song from the same year as OT3 - 1968,

    Did this OT3 business start out as a joke that turned serious when Clam sycophants bought into it en-mass?
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  8. JustSheila

    JustSheila Crusader

    Mimsey, I understand about belief. I have my own, but it seems an oxymoron to me to believe and then feel a need to continually prove your beliefs to others. To me, it means a person doesn't actually believe, or confuses beliefs with the physical universe. You follow me? Or do you feel a need to get others to believe the same way you do?

    For example, I believe I am a spiritual being, so it doesn't matter to me whether I can prove it or not because it can't be proven or disproven. The concept of spirit and afterlife is exactly that - something after life, something beyond life. I am satisfied that to prove something in life that exists outside of life wouldn't be a very productive quest. I am satisfied that others may not agree with my beliefs and may have good reasons to feel differently and I don't feel I'm better than them due to having a certain set of beliefs, either. Sometimes someone makes a good point and it might might change my beliefs. Or not. Or maybe mine might change them, but it doesn't matter either way. Because ultimately, my beliefs are private and belong to me. If someone is interested in hearing them, great, but if not, I'm not interested in proselytizing because the bottom line is my beliefs aren't going to change anyone else's life. They aren't facts, they are beliefs.

    Sometimes a person can be helped by taking a broader look at the bigger picture, sure. That doesn't mean they have to believe they are spirits, though. Do you believe that if someone doesn't believe they are a spiritual being, or doesn't believe it in the way that you believe that they are doomed? If so, isn't that the biggest lie in every religion, a built-in excuse to feel superior and treat and speak of others as inferior?

    Does it really matter if someone believes in being a good person and bringing out the best in others and believes there is good in mankind or if someone believes he or she is a spiritual being?

    I don't think so. In the end, we all die and we either lived well and humanely or we didn't, we'll see an afterlife or we won't. In that way, we're all equal and all the same.
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  9. This is NOT OK !!!!

    This is NOT OK !!!! Gold Meritorious Patron

    Consciousness expansion - a term coined by Timothy Leary has come back into vogue.

    I recommend Michael Pollan's best selling new book Change Your Mind.
  10. Clay Pigeon

    Clay Pigeon Silver Meritorious Patron


    Can't be proven.

    No way can I prove any connectiion between myself and the extraordinary and unprecedented success of Boston sports teams


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  12. Mimsey Borogrove

    Mimsey Borogrove Crusader

    Sheila - re: "Mimsey, I understand about belief. I have my own, but it seems an oxymoron to me to believe and then feel a need to continually prove your beliefs to others."

    Does communicating about something equal the need to prove it? I admit freely I am positive about the stuff I post, and perhaps that is mistaken as a need to prove?

  13. programmer_guy

    programmer_guy True Ex-Scientologist

    If you claimed that you have a labrador retriever dog in your backyard I would not likely expect proof.
    If you claimed that you have an invisible leprechaun in your backyard then I would definitely expect proof.

    If you claimed that you had a beef taco for lunch I would not likely expect proof.
    If you claimed that you had a Tyrannosaurus Rex for lunch then I would definitely expect proof.

    If you claimed that you traveled to work in an automobile I would not likely expect proof.
    If you claimed that space aliens took you to work in a flying saucer then I would definitely expect proof.
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  14. Bill

    Bill Gold Meritorious Patron

    It isn't just "communicating about something". What you do is a bit different. I paraphrase:
    Mimsey: A is true.
    Someone: I don't think A is true.​
    Mimsey: A is true, here is a link, here is an anecdote, here is another link, A is true!​
    Someone: Um... none of that proves that A is true.​
    Mimsey: NO! A is true! Here are three more links, here I repeat my anecdote. A is true!​
    Someone: Mimsey, all that still isn't proof.​
    Mimsey: A is true. Why don't you listen to me! A is true. Why don't you read what I wrote!​

    It is perfectly fine that you believe what you believe ... and it is perfectly fine that others don't believe as you do. Accept that and move on.
  15. DagwoodGum

    DagwoodGum What a long, strange trip it's been!

    People often put the burden of proof on someone who says something they disagree with so that the onus isn't on themselves as to why they believe the opposite is the truth.
    No one wants to even open their mouth or write a post if it has to be a formal thesis with references, footnotes and hyperlinks.
    No one can prove what they ate as a child but does this then "prove" they starved?
    I've been forced to live a wacky life due to circumstances beyond my knowledge of or control and as a result I hesitate to even mention half the shit that's happened because I'm not about to jump through any flaming hoops convincing anyone that the shit happened exactly as I've described.
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  16. JustSheila

    JustSheila Crusader

    DG, Bill said it in a nutshell and Programmer Guy was clear about the sorts of things others ask to be proven. Not normally whether you ate well as a child. Also, the simple statement of "I believe" is usually enough that others don't ask WHY you believe something. A belief is a belief. I've never encountered someone questioning WHY I believe something, though they might counter something I say with a possible physical explanation worth considering.

    I've had incredible things happen in my life. Over the years, I've interpreted those incidents in a number of different ways. Not all of them have a concrete physical explanation, but some did. Stuff happens.

    Beliefs don't need to be proven. They are beliefs. There are atheists on this board that I've discussed privately some of the weird, unexplained stuff that has happened in my own life, but it doesn't matter whether they believe the same way I do. They didn't have explanations, but they didn't agree with my beliefs, either. We're still good friends because we respect each others' rights to believe or not believe different explanations for different scenarios. That's really the crux of it - respecting others' rights to believe or not believe along the same line. You have a wild explanation and atheists or others shut it down. What do you expect? Atheists might come up with a possible physical explanation for something weird that just doesn't fit and you shut it down. In the end, we can only interpret events that don't have explanations. That is belief or non-belief and it's perfectly fine.

    (Gotta run, probably won't be on for a few days. Long work stint.)
  17. Clay Pigeon

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    The day the season ends most teams go home

    The rest to 0-0.

    Balls to the wall babylove; I am going to NAIL this sonofabitch!!!

    I'm not only playing my Ace in the Hole...

    I got another one up my left sleeve which I'll slip out in early October...

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  18. Clay Pigeon

    Clay Pigeon Silver Meritorious Patron

    But if the Red Sox win the World Series AND I turn the parley to get Tom Terrific ring number 6...

    It won't prove a damn thing
  19. Clay Pigeon

    Clay Pigeon Silver Meritorious Patron

    I enjoy your posts Mims and respect you and what you say

    As do many others (presumably) who remain silent
  20. Mimsey Borogrove

    Mimsey Borogrove Crusader

    Yep - pollo loco - as I recall birds are descendants of the dinosaurs. And! They can fly! Mimsey