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Wed Apr 6, 2016, 01:57 PM

 

Letting go of the world

It seems that after a decade of practice, I have now almost completely let go of the world, at least when it comes to finding value in its social forms, concepts, alarums and excursions.

My response to the accelerating, descending spiral of the human and natural world has been a turn from the collective to the personal: to my inner journey, my love for my wife and our dog, the relationships I have with a few close colleagues at work, and my quirky, fascinating Facebook sangha. What such a personal world lacks in breadth, it makes up for by being as deep as I care or dare to go.

I no longer want any part of what "the world" has become. Enough. I turn away.

But one cannot turn away from something without simultaneously turning toward something else.

What I am turning toward has been given lots of names. The Higher Self, love, the Divine, moksha, jnana, equanimity, compassion, the connection that is the quantum unit of the Sacred. Or something else, something felt rather than named. I try not to label it, I'm just trying to spend more time living here. With so little time left, it's a wise idea to live where one feels at home. If one wants to die at home, after all, one should be there when the Shades come to call.

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GliderGuider Apr 2016 OP
The River Mar 2017 #1
Maraya1969 Dec 2017 #2
LWolf Jan 2018 #3
Serafina2242 Aug 2018 #4

Response to GliderGuider (Original post)

Wed Mar 8, 2017, 04:14 AM

1. The World and Your "Self"

are one and the same.
You don't have to withdraw from the world to "get it".
The experience of "Enlightenment",
both sublime and life changing,
can happen at any time for any reason,
or no reason at all.

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Response to GliderGuider (Original post)

Mon Dec 4, 2017, 11:18 AM

2. Check out Eckart Tolle, Mooji and others on Youtube. They are enlightened and can lead you to

find even more peace and happiness

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Response to GliderGuider (Original post)

Mon Jan 1, 2018, 06:03 PM

3. I'm confused.

Not that your post is confusing; I'm just confused about my own place in "letting go."

I let go a long, long time ago. It wasn't hard. I never fit. That's the confusion. It hasn't been a process of enlightenment. It has been a process of acceptance, of giving up, of narrowing. I don't know that I'm in a better place for it; maybe the opposite, in fact.

Still, I continue to turn away from values that not only do not resonate with me, but that I truly can't understand on a logical, emotional, or spiritual level.

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Response to GliderGuider (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2018, 07:47 AM

4. turning toward


that is my problem, as I turn away from things other thing present themselves that I care about. Advise?

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