Quote from Guest on October 2, 2017, 7:28 pmWow! A number of good questions. I will attempt to answer them as best I can.
First, yes, I've had additional experiences, but I they have not changed my world view after the initial transformation. I would welcome more, in the sense that it's nice to see a vacation spot the first time, and it's also nice to revisit that vacation spot, but I need nothing further to remain blissful and aware. Only one other experience added to understanding, which I will speak of some time much closer to my death. Maybe.
Meditation: I meditate regularly, and often in my float tank, because of its plastic effects on the brain. Using a gym analogy, it's much easier to stay in shape than to get in shape, and you're healthier when you stay in shape than when you let yourself go a little bit and require a big push to get back in shape. The same is true of the quietude of the mind. Much easier to stay in those no-mind patternswhen practiced.
It's easy to remain in no-mind much of the day if I wish, and depending on how much I am meditating, throughout the night. Many nights have been seemingly dreamless in the past. Lately, I have loosened up and have been dreaming with equanimity, letting the mind run and frolic without he roller coaster of emotional ride which can accompany dreams. No scary dreams any more, because no fear. I am that. Tat tvam asi. If I am that, it can't hurt me, and ultimately I control it if I wish. So no nightmares ever. 😉
Buddha/Bodhisattva: I subscribe to the school of thought where a Buddha is enlightened and devoid of all attachment, sitting in silence, and Bodhisattva is a Buddha who voluntarily leaves Buddhahood and puts on the attachment of helping people from suffering, and thus puts on the pain and suffering of the world again so as to be able to relate and lead people from suffering toward enlightenment. Only a Bodhisattva will ever speak. From the nervous system's point of view, an attachment of mind must be present to create the urge to speak, even if it is the urge to answer a question with a single 'yes' or 'no'. At that point, the enlightened one is no longer Buddha, but Bodhisattva.
My personal existence is more along the lines of Ikkyu or Chogyam Trungpa. Bliss can get boring. I can devoid myself of attachment and the cloak of ego at will, but the brain is designed to keep that stuff going (as explained in both books), so since it's there anyway chirping away anyway, I embrace it as a plaything and play that game to its fullest without it ever deeply affecting me. I can have heated discussions with friends over politics, get excited at a Cubs win, notice the physical attraction to a beautiful woman, etc., but at any moment I wish, mind becomes as deep and still as the ocean into pure awareness of the everythingness and nothingness of the universe. Or maybe I'm just telling myself that because I'm lazy. 😉
I think the ability to pull the plug on egoic reaction/mind noise is the best thing about having the memory indelibly written into the hippocampus. I don't have to imagine that space to return to it. I experienced it, and know it to be real, as science is further proving daily, so I simply return there at will.
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