What is the most mind expansive thought you’ve ever had that has created a perceptional awakening or life changing out look on yourself and your world
“Nirvana is Suffering, and Suffering is Nirvana” – The Buddha
The Buddha talked (or was said to have talked) about enlightenment being a “shore”, and when you reach it, your journey is over. I realized one day that if the ultimate truth is so all pervading and pure, than there is nothing I can do to escape it. I have been on the shore the entire time.
Also: I realized that since everything is constantly changing, nothing can have any real definition. Which means there is no separation between myself and anything else that exists. Hammers, pain, brain freeze, supernovas, a cup of coffee, the sensation of taking a cold shower, you, the moon, Hillary Clinton…. I AM these things, and so are you. You are literally the entire universe, and when this thing that’s happening that you call a body eventually dies, you will change into another thing, and another, and another… but we will never stop being the supreme Boundless Singularity of it all.
To put it simply: Realizing that you are one with everything.
Hmm a few in the running. Fully realizing everybody has an ego/ looks out of this first-person lens like I do. Also, realizing shortly thereafter that despite their being human too, we can experience reality radically different. Mushrooms made me realize how sad it is for someone to go insane as when I was on them during my bad trip I felt helpless and for a portion of it I was having an out-of-body experience in which anything could have happened.
Also! Being confident, walking upright, not being a little noob around women, lol.
Damn they just keep popping my head. The ball probably started rolling when I questioned religion very young. And realizing my parents didn’t have answers to my more serious problems led to a fear and understanding that everything doesn’t have to turn out okay, if you don’t pay attention and keep up with your life things can go downhill.
@hypatia, that’s a beautiful phrase and though I’ve heard of such mystical wisdom in the Bible before, this is the first time I’ve read that particular passage.
If you are Catholic or Christian, I don’t intend to argue for or against you and have respect for all viewpoints. But this passage reminded me that I’ve heard it put that the King James Bible has it written that Jesus said, “I am the son of God” when a translation of the original text would more aptly say, “I am a son of God”. And so, it’s put forth as a possibility, that Jesus understood that we are all interconnected to one another, to our world, and to our universe. And Jesus used the term God, possibly because it was the common vernacular of the day, when today we might say Jesus was enlightened, achieved Nirvana, was one with the Tao, or any other label it might be given.