Saturday, January 20, 2018

THE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE WHICH PROVIDES AN UNDERSTANDING OF "NO YOU-NESS," Part Sixteen

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Of the non-dual understanding which Maharaj offered, what might explain why he initially estimated that "only 1 out of 100,000 will ever get this" but later said that "only 1 out of 1,000,000 will ever get this" and eventually - after decades of working with seekers - modified that guesstimate to "1 out of 10,000,000"? 

Consider the enormity of the obstacles which one who works for 20 or 40 or 80 years with seekers of the non-dual understanding will witness: 

Obstacle #13: THE MOST INFLUENTIAL OBSTACLE OF ALL: Myths, Superstitions, Thoughts, Ideas, Concepts, Notions, Views, Theories, Inklings, Perceptions, A.K.A., "Beliefs," Part A 

For 1300+ years, Jews and Christian and Muslims have been killing each other by the millions, continuing right up to today. 

500 or so years ago there began the slaughter by Christian invaders of 150 million Native Americans "spiritualists" in the areas now called North, Central, and South America.

Around 75 years ago a war was started which resulted in eighty-five million people dying when Catholic and Lutheran Christians in Germany began "purging their culture of undesirables" (that is, the killing of Jews, gays, and the physically and mentally handicapped). 

In the U.S. in 2017, far more people were killed by white supremacists than by so-called "terrorists." 

The stats: "White supremacists in the United States killed more than twice as many people in 2017 as they did the year before, and were responsible for far more murders than domestic Islamic extremists, helping make 2017 the fifth deadliest year on record for extremist violence in America." 

Wonder why? 

Of course, first and foremost in all of the cases above - and in the millions of other cases like those throughout human history - are the invaders' and killers' beliefs, especially in regards to the dualistic notions about "the other" and in terms of their entitlement and arrogance and their beliefs about "what they deserve" and "what they are due"  and "what their unlimited rights are."

Below there will be a listing and discussion of the four sets of belief systems which keep alive the duality-based fear and / or hatred of all "others" and which support the entitlement and arrogance which are typical of those with the Goldilocks Syndrome mentioned yesterday and which are guaranteed to generate and perpetuate a belief in "the other" and, therefore, guaranteed to generate and perpetuate constant conflict. 

A couple of characters in a Noah Gordon novel touch on the way that the Goldilocks Syndrome has helped shape the U.S. - and many nations - in ways which have always given the U.S. and those nations a dark, prejudicial underbelly which has usually been hidden in recent years until the present. 

One man in Gordon's novel named Jay is bemoaning the fact that his neighbors regularly display their xenophobic and atavistic attitudes toward him. He complained about his neighbors in Illinois: 

"It's because the ignorant bastards consider me a foreigner, even though I was born in South Carolina and some of them were born in Europe. They don't trust me."

They hate the Irish and the Jews and the Chinese and the Italians, and God knows who all, for coming to America too late." 

They hate the French and the Mormons on general principles." 

"And they hate the Indians for being in America too early. Who the hell do they like?" 

His friend Rob grinned at him and said, "Why Jay . . . they like themselves! The think they are just right, having had the sensibility to arrive at exactly the correct time." 

Nowadays, that same evidence of the Goldilocks Syndrome which inspires notions about what is "just right" and what is not is alive and well: 

Some are thought to be too dark; some are thought to be too light and need to tan. And others think that it is their skin color which is just right. 

No relationships on any level have ever come to a nasty end, and no marriages have ever ended in divorce, except where beliefs were the driving force. 

Nothing has contributed more to humankind's chaos and arguing and fighting and killing and mass killings than . . . beliefs, and the types of beliefs which are most prevalent and therefore most influential are: 

#4: Beliefs about relationships and how those whom one is in relationship with should think and talk and behave. 

#3: Beliefs of a xenophobic nature about how fellow citizens should think and talk and behave and how others should recognize that "we are the greatest nation on earth" and that "we are exceptional."

#2: Beliefs about politics, political parties, political leaders, and how "all others should believe what I and my political fellows believe and should accept the agenda of our political party as being the only right one." 

And #1: 

Beliefs about "God" or "gods and goddesses" and "what is right and what is wrong" and "what is moral vs. what is immoral" and "which religion is the single right one and why all of the other religions are wrong." 

With 97% of all persons on the planet claiming a religious affiliation, of course religious beliefs are the most predominant. 

To be continued. 
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Friday, January 19, 2018

THE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE WHICH PROVIDES AN UNDERSTANDING OF "NO YOU-NESS," Part Fifteen

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Of the non-dual understanding which Maharaj offered, what might explain why he initially estimated that "only 1 out of 100,000 will ever get this" but later said that "only 1 out of 1,000,000 will ever get this" and eventually - after decades of working with seekers - modified that guesstimate to "1 out of 10,000,000"? 

Consider the enormity of the obstacles which one who works for 20 or 40 or 80 years with seekers of the non-dual understanding will witness: 

Obstacle #12: "The Goldilocks Syndrome" 

A term which has been coined and used occasionally here encapsulates a great deal of what is discussed in terms of the causes and symptoms of the human condition which is marked so often by chaos and misery and suffering and pain. 

The term is "The Goldilocks Syndrome." Goldilocks, from the story "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" is the incarnation of many of the personality traits that make the relative existence miserable; displays the behaviors and attitudes that generate relationship problems with couples, neighbors, and other nations; and personifies the beliefs that bring about most of the misery and suffering on the planet. 

For those not familiar with the story, a young blond girl trespasses on the property of a family of bears and invades their home while they are out for a walk. She eats their breakfast porridge, complaining about one being too hot, the other being too cold, and the third being just right. She tries three chairs and two are not right but a smaller one is perfect, yet she breaks that chair which was really too small for her size. She then goes into the bear's bedroom and tries their beds, complaining that one is too hard and that one is too soft but that the other is just right. 

With that, she takes a nap, not feeling the least bit of concern about trespassing on someone else's land and entering their home; not feeling the least concern about stealing their food; not feeling troubled at all about breaking their property; and not feeling uneasy at all about using their possessions without consent. (Remind you of any of the behaviors of xenophobic nations discussed earlier?) 

When the girl is discovered by the bears, she simply runs away. She had done her damage and - obviously self-absorbed and driven by a sense of entitlement - feels no remorse, no concern, and no regrets about the chaos or harm she has generated or about the mess she has left behind for others to clean up. End of story. Talk about an amazing sense of entitlement, an amazing level of the Sociopathic Personality Disorder, and an amazing level of the Psychopathic Personality Disorder, among others. So note first the traits that reveal which personality disorders are driving her: 

1. There is her moodiness-driven complaining ("too hard, too soft, just right") which might be caused by the Cyclothymic Personality Disorder or contributed to by the Bipolar Disorder. With both of those disorders, there is almost always the accompanying Idealization Disorder (the third bowl of porridge, the third chair, and the third bed being the ones that are perfect . . . just right). 

That disorder inspires what is called "upgrading," that is, "upgrading illusions." That also indicates that the Perfectionistic Personality Disorder is present, which usually ends up blocking judgmental persons from ever really being satisfied and which triggers the Devaluation Personality Disorder (which is referred to here as "downgrading"). When that activates, more instability is generated as what was considered ideal is suddenly thought to be totally unacceptable. 

(In the relative existence of dualities, flux is guaranteed, and so is constant alternating between extremes.) 

Evident also are some of the other personality disorders that cause instability and relative problems (all of which show why Advaitin teachers for millennia have encouraged the abandonment of all personality): The Antisocial Personality Disorder; The Avoidant Personality Disorder; the Borderline Personality Disorder (marked by a pervasive instability of mood, causing problems with interpersonal relationships; fears of abandonment; and chronic feelings of emptiness, threats, anger, and self-damaging behavior); 

the Narcissistic Personality Disorder (characterized by grandiosity, a lack of social empathy, interpersonal exploitativeness, and also a sense of entitlement); and the Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD). The OCPD is characterized by person's rushing into action without taking the time to consider all of the relative pro's and con's involved, behaving in illogical and unreasonable and immature ways; 

it is also characterized by one being emotionally-constricted; unduly rigid; stubborn and controlling; perfectionistic and preoccupied with trivial details; being overly-concerned with having everything done one's own way; and being excessively-devoted to work and productivity. 

2. There is in her behavior the widespread self-centeredness among the non-Realized, which the teachings can address in some cases. 

3. There is the arrogance and the sense of entitlement and the preoccupation with self and with one's own desires which cause problems among persons on a local, state, national and international basis. 

4. There is at least an implication of xenophobia, her rights being more important than the rights of others. And the analysis could go on and on. 

Most persons on the planet are as unstable and as moody and, often, just as arrogant as Goldilocks; moreover, instability precedes the problems that persons have in relationships and contributes to those internal disharmonies that account for the awful feelings (or emotions) that persons try to deal with on a daily basis. 

Yet most do not want to complete the full process required to be free. And one reason that many do not want to be free is because they are suffering from this mental illness called here "The Goldilocks Syndrome": they are willing to readily give up what they think is "too this" or "too that" but unwilling to give up what they think is "just right" - just perfect at any particular moment. 

The insanity of that is this: the only constant in the relative existence is change, so whatever the distorted seeing takes to be perfect now will change shortly. The Laws of Thermodynamics are not suspended either by ignoring them or denying them. What has come together will come apart, be it "you with the perfect mate," "the perfect relationship," the "perfect locale," "the perfect body" . . . whatever. The soup that Goldilocks found to be too hot, if left alone patiently for a few minutes, could have been "just right." 

But that condition of just right-ness would soon have given way to soup that was perceived to be too cold. Function as a non-Realized person and it will be revealed that any and all satisfaction is fleeting. To be totally free is to be free of trying to manipulate the environment or the body - or other bodies - to one's own self-will and instead merely witnessing whatever happens spontaneously. The freedom that precedes peace can happen "now" and "here," not "later" and "there." 

It comes when "The Goldilocks Syndrome" has been transitioned, where there is a position of neutrality and where no dualistic judgments are being drawn about things being "too hard vs. too soft" or "too hot vs. too cold." It comes when the equally-as-delusional-notion that "something is just right and will always remain that way" is transcended. 

Trapped in "The Goldilocks Syndrome," some will believe that the body in the mirror is too hard, and some will conclude that the body in the mirror is too soft. A few will think that the body has yet reached the perfect state but will, nevertheless, develop an egotism-based appreciation for its current condition; others will think their bodies will never be good enough and will therefore suffer the relative misery of "low self-esteem"; but few will ever agree with Goldilocks that they have found something that is "just right." 

Only extreme narcissists believe that to be the case, and when such narcissists meet, “The Dance of Physicality” begins as some use the body to attract the type of partners who will respond to image and looks alone and who will thus satisfy their corporeal desires; some use the body during the dance as they try to attain either long-term financial security or short-term financial compensation; and some use the body as a means to treat psychological issues around control or esteem. 

Only the Absolute is a non-moving target. All else will be in constant flux, and the "joy" of things perceived to be "just right" will give way to the misery of those same things soon perceived to be "all wrong." 

To be continued.
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

THE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE WHICH PROVIDES AN UNDERSTANDING OF "NO YOU-NESS," Part Fourteen

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Of the non-dual understanding which Maharaj offered, what might explain why he initially estimated that "only 1 out of 100,000 will ever get this" but later said that "only 1 out of 1,000,000 will ever get this" and eventually - after decades of working with seekers - modified that guesstimate to "1 out of 10,000,000"? 

Consider the enormity of the obstacles which one who works for 20 or 40 or 80 years with seekers of the non-dual understanding will witness: 

Obstacle #11: BEING UNAWAKE, UNAWARE, UNCONSCIOUS: 
Specifically, Having No Consciousness of the Beckoning to Change Paths . . . 
No Awareness of the Cry to Change Paths 

What types will not usually consider the possibility of taking a different path from the one they have been following, even if it is generating relative miseries and suffering for them or those around them? 

One of the most obvious examples would be the alcoholic or any others with the Addictive Personality Disorder. No matter how much evidence is presented that the path they are on is not a path that is in their best relative interests, all signs and evidence will typically be ignored or denied. Real change seldom come.

Who else? 

The arrogant, the cocky, who display an "I've got the world by the tail; watch me strut, and eat my dust" attitude. Historically, those at the top of the hierarchies in societies (such as the super wealthy or the most powerful) are for maintaining the status quo. Have certain philanthropists among that segment come forth at times? You bet, but have those philanthropists been the rule or are they more often the exception? 

By contrast, the poor, the starving, and others at the bottom of a society's hierarchies, are the ones that will be willing to change. 

Who else? 

Those who have normalized their pain and suffering and those who have ennobled pain and suffering: "You just have to put up with the misery being handed to us in this life, knowing that in the next life we'll be rewarded for the misery that we suffered in this life." 

Usually, none of those types will seek a different path.

On the other hand, there are those that do nothing but seek. They are "The Super Seekers" and they are as addicted to seeking as addicts are to whatever they happen to be addicted to. The Catch-22 with that mindset? When persons are attached to seeking, they shall not find because - were they to assume "The Finder" role - that would instantly and automatically nullify "The Super Seeker" role which they think they so enjoy playing. 

To give up that "Super Seeker" role, to stop "being" "The Super Seeker" would require that thereafter they would just be, and that is something they are not capable of. 

So which types might be inspired to seek, to find and then to just BE? 

Those that have an inner longing and suddenly become in touch with that yearning ache. Those that have followed a path devotedly but without actually finding what they seek and then finally conclude,

"There must be more than this (or maybe even 'less'?) I must find whatever 'that' is so I can stop allowing seeking to be a second job occupying my entire relative existence so much that there is no time - what with my first job that pays the bills and with my second, adopted job of seeking - to stop and take it easy and smell the roses."

Here, the case was this: my Cherokee grandmother had no formal education, but she was an absolute fount of wisdom. She began passing down to me, in tiny doses at a time, the non-dual understandings which had been passed down to her. 

When I became "stumped," she did not push it. She just sent me off to pick a basketful of baby cream peas and some tomatoes from her garden to prepare for lunch and dinner. 

In the book  
What a Cherokee Grandmother Passed On to a Grandson 


(100 pages with pictures) it is explained how it came to be that, by the ages of 5 and 6, I was already being offered pointers toward the non-dual understanding. And what astounding levels of duality I had already been exposed to! The contrasts are illustrated via the differences between being raised in the darkness of an inner city vs. spending time in the forests with a Cherokee Grandmother and seeing the light. 

The book contains a discussion of how duality is modeled and copied by children who then become entrapped in dualistic thinking and talking and behaving for their entire relative existence; how some few are fortunate enough to be exposed to a 180-degree-opposite alternative; and how some will pursue that opposite mode of functioning and witnessing and seeing which can allow those few to have an opportunity to be freed from the darkness and to abide in the light. 

Above all, Grandmother was what some nowadays call “fully realised.” Was she also “a teacher” of non-duality? Yes and no. She passed on non-duality not as much by offering non-dual pointers as by modeling non-duality all day, every day, for her entire relative existence.

Everything she shared was consistent with what Maharaj shared, and if ever anyone adhered to the nisarga (natural) lifestyle throughout an entire relative existence, it was Grandmother. She pointed the way to me, and she can also point the way to you as well by way of what she shared, some of which is included in the book mentioned above.. 

So the case here was that "seeds of consciousness" - seeds of the pure, universal consciousness - were planted early on. When the time came that the paths I had tried were not working, a peripeteia (that is, "a reversal of circumstances" or "a turning point") happened. Aristotle defined peripeteia as "a change by which the action veers round to its opposite, subject always to our rule of probability or necessity." 

Indeed, those who feel no "necessity," such as those mentioned above who are comfortable because of being stationed at the top of their culture's hierarchy, will never be drawn to change paths, but for the few that become aware of the beckoning, of the cry, they can have an opportunity that few will have: an opportunity alluded to by Robert Frost when he wrote: 

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— 
I took the one less traveled by, 
And that has made all the difference. 

While all that Grandmother had shared had seemingly dissolved and when there was seemingly no consciousness of the beckoning to change paths - no awareness of the cry to change paths - suddenly the beckoning was recognized, the cry was heard. 

I instantly began to touch that inner longing and sensed the yearning ache which I had ignored for years. 

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

THE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE WHICH PROVIDES AN UNDERSTANDING OF "NO YOU-NESS," Part Thirteen

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(More tomorrow on the way that Grandmother's influence eventually inspired the willingness to begin "The Journey" and to follow the "path.) 

Of the non-dual understanding which Maharaj offered, what might explain why he initially estimated that "only 1 out of 100,000 will ever get this" but later said that "only 1 out of 1,000,000 will ever get this" and eventually - after decades of working with seekers - modified that guesstimate to "1 out of 10,000,000"? 

Consider the enormity of the obstacles which one who works for 20 or 40 or 80 years with seekers of the non-dual understanding will witness: 

Obstacle #10: Cultures

A "culture" is variously defined as: 

"The customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group." 

"The characteristic features of everyday existence (such as diversions or a way of life) shared by people in a place or time." 

"The set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization." 

"The set of values, conventions, or social practices associated with a particular field, activity, or societal characteristic." 

"Acculturation" is variously defined as: 

"The cultural modification of an individual, group, or people via their adapting to or borrowing traits." 

"The process by which a human being acquires the culture of a particular society, starting from infancy." 

"The process of adopting the cultural traits or social patterns of another group." 

"The learning of the ideas, values, conventions, social practices, and behaviors which characterize a social group." 

Some who move from one culture to the next report significant levels of psychological distress and other mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, which are linked to their problems tied to adaptation and acculturation. 

What fewer are in touch with occurs among those who have not moved from one culture to another but who have been raised in one culture since infancy but still have problems linked to acculturation. 

Personality Type Fours (such as Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Johnny Depp, Bob Dylan, Vincent Van Gogh, Jim Morrison, Edgar Allen Poe, Henry David Thoreau, James Taylor, and J.D. Salinger to name a few) often have or had major problems with acculturation. 

Type Fours are often the rebels in a culture. Their BS Detectors are armed from early on, so they spot the prevalent nonsense in their cultures and reject it. They are pre-wired to require proof rather than faith, to question authority, and to be less likely to "go along to get along" as so many other types do. 

They are often considered to be "too intense" or "too different" or even "contrarians" by the conformists in their cultures and are often not satisfied with being dismissed by others in their culture who say, "That's just the way it is," responding, "Indeed, that is the way it is in this culture, yet it need not be so." 

They are often expressive, artistic, authentic, and introspective. If psychically healthy, they will often prefer the solitude; if psychically unhealthy, they tend to isolate. 

Being more compassionate than some other types, they are more likely to be sensitive to the feelings of others as well as their own feelings. If realized, they feel but do not emote. They appreciate beauty of all kinds. 

Most of all, they do not suffer fools gladly. 

As trying as much of that can be, it is no less trying them those who unquestioningly buy into all parts of the acculturation process to which they are exposed and try to conform, impress their fellows, develop the same popular false images of their peers, "go along to get along," become traditionalists, ultra-conservative, anti-progress, and are haters of change and growth; they model others in order to be accepted, will seldom ever seek authenticity, and will prefer form over substance. 

They will accept the nonsense in their culture without ever seeing that it is nonsense. If they are raised in a culture where white supremacy and racial and national exceptionalism are believed to be based in fact, they can become supremacists and xenophobes. 

One historical example happened in Germany in the 30's and 40's when a man from Austria moved there and began telling those people that they were members of a superior race. He spoke of eugenics, explaining that there was "scientific proof" that their genes were superior to that of the members of darker and non-Christian races. The result of that acculturation: six million Jews were killed in gas chambers and burned in ovens, along with six million others who were murdered because they were homosexual, physically deformed, or mentally disabled. 

Or, 

those types can be like Dylann Roof (a white supremacist and white nationalist). They might become willing - as he did - to kill blacks simply because their skin is black. Such is the sway of acculturation. 

How does acculturation have such a pervasive sway? 

Most persons are conformists. Fifty percent of all persons are Type Sixes, the types who believe that authority should never be challenged. Only 1/2 of 1% of the people on planet earth are Type Fours who are pre-wired to challenge authority and to question and to reject so much of what cultures hold dear. 

consider: soybeans are of considerable value and trade on the commodities market because of the versatility of their use in making prepared foods. They have this property which accounts for their value: they take on the flavor of whatever they are placed next to: 

Want to use them as filler in frankfurters? No problem,. They'll take on the flavor of frankfurters. Want to use them to make breaded foods? No problem. They'll take on the flavor of breading and the foods which they are coating. 

The point: Most persons are like soybeans. They take on the flavor of - that is, they assume the ways of - those whom they are around in their culture.

Whereas Type Fours can be fearless, Types Sixes, (again, 50% of the earth's population) are driven by fear and anxiety and are quite willing to let the authorities in their culture do anything they want as long as they can assuage the fears of the masses (fears which those leaders usually stoked in the first place). 

Acculturation is one of what is called here, the "Six Scourges of Humankind" (programming, conditioning, domestication, acculturation, brainwashing, and indoctrination). 

Those who look at the overall effects of acculturation objectively will understand why it is consdiered a "scourge."

To be continued.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

THE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE WHICH PROVIDES AN UNDERSTANDING OF "NO YOU-NESS," Part Twelve

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Of the non-dual understanding which Maharaj offered, what might explain why he initially estimated that "only 1 out of 100,000 will ever get this" but later said that "only 1 out of 1,000,000 will ever get this" and eventually - after decades of working with seekers - modified that guesstimate to "1 out of 10,000,000"? 

Consider the enormity of the obstacles which one who works for 20 or 40 or 80 years with seekers of the non-dual understanding will witness: 

Obstacle #8: "That Which Sets the Stage for the Constant Use of Ego-Defense Mechanisms" 

Yesterday, we looked at some of the ego-defense mechanisms which are used by the non-realized to defend and protect their false images / personalities / fake identities / roles, etc., including justification, rationalization, sublimation, displacement, undoing, compensation, projection, denial, regression, acting out, dissociation, and compartmentalization. 

Can you imagine how challenging one's relative existence is if living with someone who is trapped in a host of ego-states and who is using those defense mechanisms and others to protect what is a total illusion? 

Well actually, you need not try to imagine because if you have ever lived with anyone or if you are currently living with someone, the odds are that you have been or are currently living with someone who is non-realized and doing exactly that. 

Or, can you imagine how challenging a young person's relative existence is if being raised around adults who are trapped in a host of ego-states and who are using those defense mechanisms and then passing that nonsense along to the young people around them? 

Well actually, you need not try to imagine because as a child the odds are that you were surrounded by adults who were non-realized and doing exactly that. 

Yet the source of all that nonsense is not the use of ego-defense mechanisms but is the assignment and assumption of ego-states which, in turn, trigger the use of ego-defense mechanisms. 

No ego-states assumed? Then there will not be any use of ego-defense mechanisms. 

Moreover, no ego-states assumed? Then there will also no arrogance; no sense of entitlement; no sense of rightness and therefore no sense of a need to judge and criticize everyone around you; no narcissism and no malignant narcissism; and no personalities to disintegrate into personality disorders. No personality disorders? Then there will be no neuroses and no psychoses, that is, none of the insanity which comes with believing that one is something or someone that one is not and no insanity of not knowing who and what you are not. 

False identities are born of ignorance and are feed by ignorance, and ignorant thoughts and beliefs lead to use of ignorant words and the use ignorant words leads to ignorant actions and insane deeds and the use of ignorance-based tools which persons use to defend their illusory identities. 

At the core of insanity

and 

at the core of being miserable as a result of using ego-defense mechanisms 

and 

at the core of making life exceedingly challenging for those around you when you are using ego-defense mechanisms to protect ego-states 

is the act of accepting as real the many false identities which have been assigned and / or assuming other personality identifications on your own and then believing that they are real. 

"The Journey" or "The Movement Along a 'Path'" are merely terms used to point toward the process of realization which, per Maharaj, involves nothing more than being freed from the "learned ignorance" and the taught "stupidity" and the passed-down "insanity" which all persons are exposed to nowadays via warped programming and conditioning and acculturation and domestication and brainwashing and indoctrination. 

How many will receive the impetus which inspires seeking and how many will have a drive triggered which leads them to begin "The Journey" or "The Movement Along a 'Path'" which can remove the obstacles being discussed and which can remove the symptoms of the Ultimate Sickness which generate misery and suffering? Almost none. 

With the 7.372 billion persons claiming a religious affiliation and believing that their religion and their holy texts have all the answers, why would they seek outside that venue? When millions more brag about "not being religious but being spiritual instead" are added into that mix, then few will ever begin "The Journey" or "The Movement Along a 'Path'" which can remove the obstacles which are generating the misery which billions are dissociated from or denying they are suffering.

As for the relative few that do seek, the stories describing "the impetus" may differ widely while sharing certain commonalities. For those I've worked with over the years, many had to go through years of misery and suffering - often denied - before feeling forced to seek "something else." Tracking their stories, most of them did not being seeking earnestly until driven by pain and suffering to do so between the ages of 42 and 43. 

Here, the foundation for the motivation to one day undertake "The Journey" was laid early, on around the age of 5 or 6. The impetus came during my youth as a result of having spent many months out of each year living with my Cherokee grandmother / medicine woman who first introduced me to the non-dual understanding (without my having any clue that such was what she was doing). 

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 (Some of those details will be shared tomorrow.) 

The point is, most persons - certain that they know all they need to know or that they know a holy place or holy text which can provide anything else they might need to know - will never be inspired to seek beyond the limited and limiting belief systems of others which they have been programmed and conditioned to accept as their own beliefs and as "The Total Truth." 

Trapped thusly in ignorance, they will never realize; that is, per Maharaj, they will never be freed of the suffering-and-misery-generating ignorance and insanity and other obstacles being discussed.

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