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I've been trying to digest the text by itself on ATI but I won't join the discussion threads until I've read the book as well.
I'm trying not to even read the darned threads before the book so my cup is empty of anything but the original text.
I don't even know why I'm posting this post. I must be itching for gratification.
I may have to break down and actually order something off the interwebs.
What's there to be skeptical about? An all-knowing deity tempted a couple he made with fruit he knew they would eat and punished them for it.
Seems pretty legit.
I can't even reconcile the teachings of Jesus with Christianity let alone Buddha and Christianity but hey.
The inverted or projected ego, 'people are ultra conscious of me' - when in fact we may be ultra sensitive/conscious. ...
Assertiveness is interesting because it is about giving oneself permission to be. Part of that being may impact on others comfort zone. What about our comfort zone?
Fear is interesting too, it is the root conflictive emotion of my anger. So @federica is right about how common innapropriate/damaging/self conflicted thoughts and emotions can be.
In Buddhism we gradually train the mind to be calmer in more challenging situations. For example on my imaginary/visualised trips to hell, I regularly stand in the middle of a hell realm and shout, 'OK DEMONS COME AND GET IT - OM MANI PEME HUM' and before I know it I am surrounded by hungry ghosts and others in a feeding frenzy.
As I relax, they are given a feast of fear, anger, negativity, shame, worry, anxiety anything they love and I don't need.
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I can't tell if you're being compassionate with the demons or not.
I can only hope some of their needs are seen through and they have demons of their own to pass the buck to.
Very interesting visualization technique!
I just may have to try it if you don't mind. Don't worry, I won't tell them you sent me.