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1  World Cultures, Traditions and Religions / Welcome to World Cultures, Traditions and Religions! / Re: A Rosicrucian Lecture on: June 29, 2016, 20:39:10
Wow, the audio panning on that video is terrible. I would have converted that to mono so it isn't like he is whispering the lecture into your left ear.

Will have to give it a listen though! Thanks for posting!
2  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Missing my "nonphysical activities" :( on: June 17, 2016, 11:49:13
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Projecting isn't that important.  At least, it's not as important as actually living your life here the best you can.

Thirded.

Which is funny, granted where we are, here on the Pulse!  cheesy

I think a lot of people tend to associate things like projection with "spiritual ability" or advancement or status, and that can confuse matters. Which isn't to say it doesn't have its own value, but it is one part of our very rich lives here in this world! All things in balance.
3  Psychic and Paranormal / Welcome to Psychic and Paranormal! / Re: Shadow creature tries to pull the leg of a woman on: June 12, 2016, 02:56:14
Hmm...

I tend to think it was a coincidental shadow cast by something else happening in the city, because it is the answer that requires the least amount of unknowns in order to be true.

But interesting to view the scene in the light of a supernatural event nonetheless.
4  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: I was in a cult on: June 09, 2016, 04:16:45
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I guess it wasn't obvious that I am not going to say what cult it is... it wasn't obvious? If I name them they will come for me & this site.

It makes sense to leave details out if you think your safety is threatened by their inclusion.

But I can guarantee they are not coming for this site  cheesy

On the offchance they did, there is nothing of note they could achieve other than a pile of inane posts for a few days.

No one is going to take down the Pulse by firing psychic hellfire missiles, of that I am sure. Maybe the Astral Dynamics forum... but not here.


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If you did join a group and they all seem to worship the "master" you are most definitely in a cult. For example, one day the master says you should only wear black clothing and later you decide to wear something purple...then all the members keep coming up to you saying, "the master says not to wear that, what is your problem? Why aren't you listening to what the master said? You must not be a true soul". Or maybe you tried this meditation technique and wanted to share how well it works...but did the master teach you that? If the master didn't teach you then it is a false teaching! Blasphemy! Everything the master says becomes a new rule like a commandment.

Sounds about par for the course.

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Let me know if you heard it before, I have to use my own words instead of the lingo. So first of all, everyday you want to really study the details of your surroundings. Try to memorize every single detail of your room, the placement, the texture, the colors... Close your eyes and see it exactly in your mind as it is in reality. Open your eyes & see if you got every single little detail right. The smallest details, it is all in the details. Now close your eyes and imagine touching everything & feeling the texture. Imagine what the texture is like as if you were reaching out & touching it. When you can reach out and touch something with your mind & feel it, then you got it. At night before you go to sleep, spend sometime studying the details of your room, then close your eyes and imagine touching those things with your mind, feel the texture & density. When I do these things I start to have more lucid dreams, I can remember the details, it feels more real, I start to wake up inside the dream every morning.

That is a common technique for visualization. A fair number of people have had success with that technique here.
5  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: I was in a cult on: June 05, 2016, 16:35:08
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If you are truly concerned that others learn from your mistakes, you'll quit with vagueness and spill.

Yep.

Each of the questions asked of you would be best answered in about a paragraph if your goal is to help others avoid the same mistakes.


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Steve Hassan is a mental health specialist who was heavily involved with a certain cult (the famous Moonies), and later in life worked toward studying the social dynamics of these situations, and how to best help concerned family extract their loved ones (victims) from the mental control of their keepers.

Joe Rogan interviewed Hassan August of last year:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQrsGjT0Sn4

His ideas might be interesting to you, or possibly useful for reflecting on what happened with you!
6  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: I was in a cult on: June 04, 2016, 08:39:13
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They made promises of something I wanted.

Which was what?

In cases like these, it helps to provide developed answers. One of the best ways to protect others from such exploitation in the future is to be thorough in your explanations of what happened to you, and the reasons you can see for it all (when it is safe to do so).
7  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: I was in a cult on: June 03, 2016, 09:45:25
Fill us in  wink

How did it start for you?

What about you personally made you vulnerable to being exploited this way?

How was the moment when you "snapped out of it"? Was it difficult /dangerous for you to be up front with the group members when you needed to leave?

How did your departure play out?
8  Astral Chat / Welcome to News and Media! / Re: Spiritual alchemy on: May 16, 2016, 16:23:07
Congratulations   cool
9  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Pulse Island! / Re: New possible project similar to Astral Pulse Island but more like Earth on: May 14, 2016, 03:37:07
I would say it would be good to invoke Campbell's game analogy again-

Within a game world, there is an internally consistent set of physics that governs events there. The physics of the game world are not universal laws that govern all of reality, they are a set of rules which this particular bit of reality mostly obeys.

The physics thing might work along the same lines. There exist a set of rules that seem to govern the interactions of matter and energy here, which makes this a physical world (it has physics). No one would suppose the laws which govern this place govern all of reality, any more than they would the game. The laws of a game world are arbitrary. So too might the physical laws of this place be. It may be accurate to think of this place as a kind of simulation which results from using arbitrary laws.
10  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Pulse Island! / Re: New possible project similar to Astral Pulse Island but more like Earth on: May 13, 2016, 08:25:15
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Of course astral obeys the laws of physics, such as quantum. Its part of the universe.

The word "physics" and "physical" have the same root. Only physical things can have physics by definition.

So either:

a) if a projection environment is governed by a system of physics, it is therefore physical

b)if a projection environment is non-physical, it doesn't have physics


I don't think it is obvious at all that a projection environment would have physics, much less the same quantum physics as here- in fact I would think assuming this would be counterintuitive.

Maybe what you mean to say, is a projection environment is probably governed by some manner of laws (not necessarily physical laws)? That seems likely to be true.
11  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: will justice ever lead to peace on: April 23, 2016, 21:44:25
"Justice" is one of those words that gets people into trouble... not the least of which because different people think of different concepts of it, and then have a conversation about it as though everyone else in the conversation has the same concept in their head as they do.

So to even start the conversation, the definition being used must be discussed and agreed on first.

That is primarily what Plato's Republic was about actually... figuring out a definition for the concept of justice that makes sense.

Thrasymachus, one of Plato's opponents in the discussion, didn't believe there was such as thing as justice. He asserted that when people use that word, they are really talking about the tendency of the stronger to force their will on the weaker through law (thus he called justice the "advantage of the stronger"). Sadly, in my country this seems to be a large part of what law is for.

His answer by the way, was sort of strange to modern ears. He basically said that justice was when everyone did the job they were best suited to (everything in its proper place), and that within a single individual, when that person was motivated by appetites, but ruled by reason tempered by noble emotions.

Plato's idea of justice was more about what people contribute to society.

I think the modern concept of justice is more concerned with everyone receiving what they are believed to be due... be it money, or debt, reward, punishment, etc. But of course that opens up a whole new discussion about what people actually deserve, and how we know this.

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A non specific example. If you had two factions, each with competing belief systems. If those of both factions were acting justly, they would operate with the understanding that the others beliefs are as legitimate as their own and would leave out ideas of who is right or wrong. By acting justly you would commit to a personal examination of the situation where you try imaginatively to see through the others eyes. To cultivate empathy, to nurture it and to take satisfaction in its growth in yourself is to be just. When you you look out of the eyes of another and see yourself, you will act justly.

This idea of justice has more to do with Plato's concept than the modern notion I think, insofar as it is concerned with how a person would best act, rather than what they are due.

I agree with it to a point, but of course there is the caveat that not every opposing position is justified or defensible. For instance, say that I am arguing to you that you do not exist. From your perpective, questions of solipsism aside, you know conclusively that you exist. Other people will be demonstrably wrong, and in situations that will have major consequences. Learning to understand their perspective is helpful, and it will help explain where they are making errors, and how to best reason with them, but I think often this does not mean that we should consider their position equally valid alongside our own. 

But outside of that, the principle applies pretty broadly. To use my own country as an example again, I think people in the US are often guilty of not fully understanding the viewpoints of their political opponents. People surround themselves with like-minded people, and frequent the same media outlets and idea exchanges. Very few people are reasonable enough to learn how their "enemies" think.
12  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Dark or light themes when reading about altered states? on: April 13, 2016, 11:45:23
You mean like... graphically dark? Like dark background, light text?

I expected you to be talking about something else... like dark vs light content, whatever that might mean, lol.

I think I prefer dark background, so I will vote assuming that is what you mean  wink

13  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Munroe hemi synch cd on: April 12, 2016, 04:32:49
From what I have seen, binaural beats can be a helpful tool, but you still have to do the work too. The Monroe hemi-sync ones are good, but not so much better that they justify price, in my opinion.

Net frequency of 4-8 hz  is where projections are believed to mainly happen- in theta, or early delta states.
14  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Does marrying a divoiced women with 3 kids have spiritual benefits? on: March 26, 2016, 01:52:59
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doesn't the law of attraction work for someone being generous

This is the point that is tripping you up.

I will say it again.

When one person gives something, in expectation of receiving something else, that event is called a sale, or a trade. We are not talking about generosity in a case like that, so take that out of the equation.

What you are really asking here is whether the Law of Attraction can be counted on as a means of exchange, like Paypal.

The answer is... maybe? I don't see how what you are asking can be truly answered. It is basically impossible to collect data on. All we have are anecdotes of times people believe they were granted various boons. If it really functions as the concept of the "LoA" suggests, then the benefits could well be across time and space, which makes collecting data even more meaningless.  My suspicion is that anyone who claims to objectively know things such as the efficacy of the LoA in general has probably made many assumptions they can't justify.

You are asking the wrong questions to be sure. The first answers that No-leaf and Xanth gave were pretty good, and get to the heart of things here.

Re-read every answer that anyone has given you in this thread.

The answers will repeat themselves if you keep asking the same questions  wink
15  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Does marrying a divoiced women with 3 kids have spiritual benefits? on: March 25, 2016, 22:51:02
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I guess I am still a bit confused as I have been taught as we all have that in the law of attraction what you desire you get. So if I desire a reward for my generosity won't I get one? What gives?

Is the hypothetical exchange you are describing generosity? It sounds more like a trade, or a purchase, if you really think about it.

16  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: I'm back On my Spiritual Path. Need Motivation. on: March 19, 2016, 07:27:31
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I don't need a video. I need someone to train with.

How do you know?

Sometimes we have a teacher or companion... sometimes we find our own ways.
17  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Does marrying a divoiced women with 3 kids have spiritual benefits? on: March 17, 2016, 09:29:54
Then my work here is done.
18  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Does marrying a divoiced women with 3 kids have spiritual benefits? on: March 16, 2016, 04:54:00
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i agree nothing is ever black and white

Just a little bit here- notice that this is a self-defeating statement?

It is a logical contradiction to say nothing is ever black and white, because the declared non-existence of black and white situations is itself a black and white situation that you declare by making the statement, you see?

It is similar to saying "never say never", or when Yoda says, "Only a Sith deals in absolutes", because Yoda declares himself a Sith by his own rule, while making an absolute about Sith themselves  wink

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My greater point here, relates back to Plasma's situation.

Are interpersonal relations a simple matter? Hardly.

Are there some things about them that are clearly black and white? I think so: if a decision has a bad outcome for the majority of those affected by it, it should be avoided. That is as close to as black and white as I can see things being.
19  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Does marrying a divoiced women with 3 kids have spiritual benefits? on: March 13, 2016, 08:40:56
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If you love her, "what you gain from the situation" won't even factor into the equation.

This is sort of what I was thinking too.

It sounds to me like you are searching for some positives to outweigh what sounds like a situation with a lot of negatives to you in your mind.

It sounds like you should be focusing on whether you love this person, and whether you are comfortable entering into this situation. Doing arcane spiritual calculus in your head is not helping anyone here.

Ask yourself if it is the best thing for all five people involved in this equation. If it isn't, then the choice is simple.

20  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: A question about binaural beats on: March 03, 2016, 05:23:17
Yes, there may be the placebo effect to some degree.

The theory, is that they help a person get into a certain frequency of brain waves. For instance, delta waves happen at 1-5 hz. Being entrained into the delta or theta state by having your brain compare two different waves may well be a real thing.

It must be noted that being in a certain brain state, and a projection are two different things.

So do they "produce" projections? Absolutely not. Can they help facilitate a person reaching the brain state where projections can happen more easily? This seems plausible at least to me.
21  World Cultures, Traditions and Religions / Welcome to World Cultures, Traditions and Religions! / Re: What do christians think about this stuff? on: February 10, 2016, 09:52:44
In fact, what do Russians think about Disco Dance?

If you are a Christian, why rely on what other Christians think? Are you okay with delegating your thinking to masses of people like this for other things too?

If you are not a Christian, what does it matter to you? Lots of people think lots of bizarre things about metaphysics. Almost all of those things are certain to be wrong. I am certain most of what is believed here on this site is probably wrong too.

Just have to think for yourself, no real way around it!  wink
22  Spiritual Evolution / Welcome to Spiritual Evolution! / Re: Possession on: January 28, 2016, 17:15:22
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If you were able to possess me what would you make me do.

Ooohh, kinky.

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I'd make you live a moral and just life.  Wink

Can a person live an ethical life if they are being forced to do it? I feel like the key to ethics is choice.
23  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: What is Best in Life on: January 24, 2016, 14:23:46
I have had several friends from Venezuela over the years. I remember the stories of the Chavez years.

There were elections... but there would be hell to pay, were it found that someone in your family had not voted for Chavez that year.

Something few people in the west understand, but I am certain you know well, is that in a region with many factions and warring groups, a brutal dictator is often the the safest and most productive form of rule. My own country seems to look upon dictators with contempt, but we have seen multiple instances now of the the mayhem that ensues when that dictator is removed by outside forces, and no strong force is there to take his place. There must be a man who rules by strength of fear. He brings order by being too powerful and too viscous to resist. Somewhere along the line, things may cool down enough that men like that are no longer needed, and gentler forms of order may arise. But yet in very developed places, that order still remains. Putin is clearly one such man. 

I hope that Venezuela may get the form of the government that its people desire someday soon.

Crime from the government, and constant crime from the streets is a rough lot to bear.

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How do you fight Fire? More Fire? You let it burn until there is nothing to burn? You burn with it? Or you just throw a big huge massive planet size bucket of water in the age of aquarius...

This is a hard question indeed.

If you are certain that you truly must fight the fire, history shows us that it is best to do it with trickery and deception. Fighting an enemy head on, on his terms is the most expensive form of fight. Best to trick him into wasting his resources... marching his men to a place they are not needed... leaving him confused about where your own power and forces actually are... underestimating where the real threats are. The greatest form of this technique is to trick the enemy so badly that the fight never happens at all. Everyone wins in this case.

But what do I think is the greatest tool against the fire of all? If you have the luxury, and the time, it seems to be ideas that win in the end. The most persuasive ideas... the ones that spread the fastest. Your enemy has no army if his soldiers refuse to fight by principle. The people will rearrange and realign to bolster the ideas they hold most valuable. The great religions show us this clearly. It has always been true, and I expect it always will be.


I support you all through your hard times down South.

24  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: What is Best in Life on: January 24, 2016, 07:41:25
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But you must take into account I do not know the costumes, and traditions of that epoch.

The story this snippet is from is historical fantasy, so there is a mixture of fact and imagination going on there, that might confuse things a bit. I think you are right to say these folk probably represent the Mongols.

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To their families and town they are Heroes. To their enemie's families, warriors, assasins, usurpers, thiefs, etc.

To put it Platonicly, perhaps these men have indeed found their best selves. Those that stand behind them and depend on them would find that hard to argue with.

The piece is fantasy, but I think it does represent reality for the majority of mankind's history.

We live in another time and place though. If that is what was best for them, is there something new best for us?
25  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / What is Best in Life on: January 23, 2016, 23:39:22
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PQ6335puOc

What do all of you think?

Is Arnold right, or is he wrong?

Were the two answers given the same or were they different?

I think this question is both a trap and liberation.

What does everyone feel is best in life?
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