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Thanks for posting this! It’s fascinating. I will need to re watch it to fully grasp all the concepts described in it.
My first impression is that in the fundamental sense the documentary is not saying anything new but it says it in a different way which is good.
I like finding out that science backs up mysticism and magick. (This must be my left hemisphere at work! )
My only criticism comes down to not following their own advice. The film explains how being appreciated increases dopamine and serotonin levels and results in being able to easier overcome our emotional fixations and become self aware. Later in the programme they criticize practising positive thinking to change the world as hindering scientific progress. Doing so they sent a negative message to the viewer who engages in such practice and help to increase their narrow-mindedness. Ah, well…. human nature.
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Agree with Lolita- fascinating stuff. I occasionally go through trances where I become aware of being part of a “mind network” of some kind; in other words it becomes obvious to me that “I” as an entity is a form of illusion, or even that my thoughts aren’t really mine at all. In these moments it seems to me that my thoughts are almost random series of impulses going through my brain and they don’t seem to have much in common with my everyday “Self”. In those moments it seems to me that I could practically “dissolve” in a surrounding environment and I come back to my everyday identity simply out of habit. I’ve always been wondering what would happen if I didn’t come back. I am not even sure if it would be physically possible to continue living in such state, not even mentioning social implications of it…
But then again modern science seems to indicate what eastern philosophies have been teaching for years- that the world as we see it is an illusion. Our imagination of time continuity is an illusion. All our beliefs systems are based in this illusion; even our concepts of life and death are based in it. So what would happen if we could really open our minds and see behind the illusion? Maybe this is what real awakening/enlightenment means?-being able to break through illusion of space and time! Some spiritual masters were apparently able to do things we consider impossible in accordance to the laws of physics (at least Newtonian physics that is). I have never believed in these stories but maybe it is really possible. Maybe I am so limited by my beliefs system that I am not able to develop such abilities. On the contrary some religious people who believe in so called “miracles” can actually experience them since their beliefs systems allow them to happen!
I think many of the Tibetan practices help in achieving this state of mind. The hard thing is how much you would have to practice to succeed. For monks and magicians practising meditation and other similar techniques this really was a full time occupation. They even had people making their meals so they don’t have to get distracted in some cases. Doesn’t seem to me very probable that in western society such lifestyle choice would be respected or even possible.
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