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    • Recurring Dreams (Last post by SeventhSL)
    • Interesting dream Adder. I've had similar dreams a couple of times. They are not recurring, vivid or anything but they really leave me with a horrible feeling. Funny thing is it is always after I have had a period where I haven't been the best partner. Work stress, lack of communication, etc has been taking its toll on the relationship. It's kind of like my subconscious feels like I should be doing a better job and so expects some kind of retaliation from my partner hence the dream. They even stop happening once I lift my act. Not saying this is your case by any means. Just sharing as it might ring true for others.
    • The Imperishable Gem (Last post by Alexandre Orion)
    • "If language was given to men to conceal their thoughts, then gesture's purpose was to disclose them." ~ John Napier, Hands ,1980, p. 166
    • Is Consciousness A State Of Matter, Like a Solid, ... (Last post by Gisteron)
    • The reason I ask about necessary conditions to identify consciousness is because with plants you already accepted that a brain isn't one. We may assume a body would be. Now, if the capacity for choice is not a requirement, plants would be conscious by that definition (even the ones eating insects or turning themselves towards the sun never display the capacity to choose otherwise), but by the same token every rock would be conscious, too. One may then move the target and say that only living things (by the biological definition) can be conscious, and why would one make that arbitrary distinction? Besides, how many would object to hearing the earth is not a conscious unit? On the other hand, if displayed capacity for choice is a requirement, that leaves us with only a small subset of living things, namely animals with a nervous system so complex that we no longer are able to track the necessary and unavoidable processes and are left attributing the outcome to what we perceive as a conscious choice of one thing over another. All of procaryotic life, few-celled organisms, fungi, plants and polyps, sponges and corals and a number of other animal types I can't recall from the top of my head would have to be excluded from the set of known conscious beings on earth. In a sense it does only come back to definitions. But then how can we reasonably discuss any statement unless we establish a framework to work from and make the statement specific enough to be adressed ;)
    • Buddha and the Cat (Last post by Connor L.)
    • Should things be cursed for their nature? It's all about perspective, right? I mean, Buddha didn't banish the cats. ;) He was dead and gone. It was his misguided students who made the call. Actually just makes me question teachers' opinions.
    • military strain (Last post by ren)
    • Quote: I lost count of how many marriages collapsed while I was in the navy Funny how their recruitment folk will do everything to convince you you can have a very stable family life, yet every guy who's been in the unform more than a year you meet says otherwise... And don't even think about trying your luck with the female officers, commandment wants to keep them for themselves (but BS you that it's a matter of national security and whatnot)....
    • Cultural misappropriation (Last post by ren)
    • Not exactly "cultural misappropriation" (as if culture belongs to anyone lol), but another good example of how people will be offended by anything: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2737867...s-rare-disorder.html
    • Prophetic Dreams (Last post by Koji)
    • Hello fam! I sound just about the same as you I had a time in my life maybe 2 or 3 months where I had a bunch of dreams. Now when something important happens in my life I remember the dream and I know that I am on the right path. Perhaps I should meditate on them to see what it is that I was told. When I was reading the original post by Rickie the grey, I heard, "do not try to control these gifts but let them flow through you" so release control and you will see something amazing. Adder, it is grate that you can totally pic up on the ripples of time, meditate and see what comes to you, bring peace with you always and bliss out, reach out to the ripples and see if that peace doesn't help out. =) forms of peace= happy(ness)= hopeful norm. forms of distress= compressed emotions/energies= need for decompression Answer: identification, interpretation, (solution=action+reaction=outcome) advice, release attachment to outcome with understanding and love.
    • Lucid Dreams (Last post by RyuJin)
    • All my dreams are in color and highly detailed...I have full control, but most of the time I'm a spectator watching myself from a distance (think all the penseive visions in harry potter)...the me that is watching knows it's a dream, the me being watched does not...sometimes the spectator me "possesses" the other me to interact with elements in the dream...
    • What Do We Mean By "Temple"? (Last post by Aqua)
    • The ancient Sumerian word for temple means waiting room (the location where the deity can stay). I personally believe that everything is interconnected, so the deity (the force) sit in us all, cause and effect, to take energy and to give it back. Temple is a place were we can share our energy in a neutral state. We are a whole, use each other's energy, to learn an reach another consciousness phase. I guess this means Temple according to the ancient civilizations.
    • Jedi Prayers / Psalms / Invocations (Last post by Koji)
    • Stepping out into darkness again, an other life an other mission soon to end, ever unsure but always hopeful, for The Lord of all is near. Inside every heart and soul the beacon on truth shines bright, the time is now to not say "you need to know The Lord!" for we are already in his sight. Know him as you will for It is not by good works nor by money in which we are freed, but in our connection to freedom its self, allowing us to be righteous and Holy, set apart for God. ~Jedi Koji
    • Unquestioned belief (Last post by Acheron)
    • Quote: When I say, unshakable, I mean that despite logic and evidence, I've not yet found a way to let go of the belief. And "unquestioned", I mean continuing to think that the things we believe are somehow external and true. Never exploring "why" we have that belief. Or building on it. Some people discover something that suits them and then never grow from there. Getting stuck in it and never evolving. Which is just as bad in my opinion. To “believe” implies uncertainty. To let go of the belief you must learn to let go of the doubt which surrounds that belief. When logic and evidence are strong enough the doubt becomes transparent. Perhaps your search for evidence hasn’t reached its conclusion just yet…? Look through the doubt… An Unquestioned belief isn’t without its dangers. But at times can provide more comfort than reasonable facts. We would be mindful to remember that even the truth can be seen a lie for the hearts and minds malcontent to embrace it.
    • 'Spencer' books by Robert B Parker (Last post by Goken)
    • Has anybody here read these? I'm going through them for the second time (which takes a while, there are over 30) and it occurs to me just how much like a Jedi I think the main character is. Not in every way, but he does represent a lot of the same ideals. Also they are fantastic reads whether it relates to Jediism or not.

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