"The ordinary mind, before encountering Oneness, is clearly problematic and causes a great deal of suffering. But what is recognised less often is that the mind focused mostly on Oneness, the Absolute, God, whatever (inadequate) word one wants to use, is not able to function well in the world, where we actually live. Try taking acid and going into a tax office! (Maybe you already did…)"
"The realisation ... is that what has happened is that the ‘ordinary mind’ we started out with, with all its isolation and problems, has gradually started to merge with the Buddha mind we experienced in those peak states.
...the goal must be to allow those two different aspects of Mind to come closer and closer until finally they are one, and Ordinary Mind = Buddha Mind, and the other way around. Finally the two aspects are recognised as one."
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For this week’s episode I spoke to Emaline Friedman. She's an activist for the Commons Engine, part of Holochain, a social critic and theorist, has a PhD in psychology, a writer for Mad In America, a researcher at GCAS, and author of a recent book on Internet Addiction.
During the interview we talk about her research for her new book at the intersection of psychology, big data on social media platforms, and how it all brought her to #Holochain and the Commons Engine.
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I was born in USSR. There were no votes in USSR. I remember Perestroika. When I was just a teen, my parents were seriously discussing going off the grid to sit out the civil war if the 1991 KGB putsch against Gorbachev succeeded. Everybody was surprised when it failed. What followed was very confusing time, people had no idea how democracy is supposed to work, including the people who somehow made it work anyway, for a few years.
New blog post, "When Meditation Makes Things Worse":
"Some practitioners of meditation appear to be holding on to assumptions which, while possibly beneficial in the proper context, can in fact end up being actually harmful when misunderstood. One of these is ‘the more I meditate, the closer I get to being enlightened’.
I'm a 26 year old #artist who specializes in digital #art and #illustration. I like drawing weird plants and environments. I tend to spend hours painting the same details over and over again with tiny brushes.
The creative world can be pretty tough so I'm looking forward to hanging out with you all and helping each other survive/grow.
Sorry about the redraft, I noticed a sentence error and it bothered me.
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Here is a report on some of the dangers of P2P and decentralized technologies, namely that tools that achieve some of the goals of #decentralization, #privacy, and strong #encryption have been used by far-right racists.
It discusses the challenges when they seek the same tools we want to promote freedom and equality, and the various ways those problems have been dealt with, and specifically covers #Mastodon and #Scuttlebutt and how Mastodon has been fairly successful.
🌎 🌍 🌏 I'm working on a #map of #Mastodon servers "near me" basically mapping servers that are region-specific, as a way for folks to find Mastodon users in their region. Blue = signed on to the Mastodon Covenant, Green = I"m not sure they did.
This is my first time using #openstreetmap so I'd be grateful of any and all feedback, and offers to collaborate - I assume I can share the map for editing somehow 🤷
Here's the link: http://u.osmfr.org/m/550053/
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