Hi Softsocks and welcome,
Thanks for accepting me as your guide. Would you like me to call you Softsocks?
There are a few things that we need to go over before the journey begins.
Tell me a bit more about yourself, how you came to LU and what it is that you're looking for. Also, what time zone are you're in? I'm in Somerset in the UK.
There are also a few standard ground rules before we start:
You agree to post at least once a day, even if only to say that you're still around, and I'll do the same. Sometimes it might just not be possible for one of us to post substantively and of course we'd find a way to work round that.
I am not your teacher, all I can do is point and you look, until clear seeing happens.
In general, I will ask questions and you look deeply and respond with 100% honesty.
Responses require simple, uncontrived, honest looking. There are no wrong or right answers.
Responses are best from direct experience (the physical evidence of seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, smelling, prior to the story or explanation about them). Long-winded, analytical and philosophical or stream of consciousness answers are best avoided and may even hinder progress. Just listen very closely to the answers that arise in you, and answer to the very best of your ability at that time. (Read the article at http://www.liberationunleashed.com/Arti ... ience.html
for more help on distinguishing what is direct experience.)
Put aside all other teachings, philosophies etc. for the duration of this investigation. Really put all your effort and attention into seeing this reality, as it is. (If you have a daily and essential meditation practice, it's ok to continue with that. And it's fine to read threads in this forum and the Gateless Gatecrashers book.)
Please learn to use the quote function, see http://liberationunleashed.com/nation/v ... ?f=4&t=660
If you haven't already seen it, there is intro info at http://www.liberationunleashed.com/
, together with our disclaimer and a short video.
Please confirm that you have seen these, that you agree to the disclaimer, and that you'd like me to be your guide and then we'll begin.
Let's start with a summary of what you're looking for and what you expect to find. I know you've already answered some of these, but please forgive any overlap and just fill in the gaps where you haven't, and we'll get started.
What are your expectations for this process?
What is it that you are searching for?
How will you know that you found it?
How will this feel?
How will this change you?
Finally, here's a couple of helpful points:
1) You can press 'subscribe to this topic' in the blue bar at the bottom of this page and receive a notification email every time I post here.
2) The site has a nasty habit of logging you out while you write a reply, which can mean you lose what you have written. One way to avoid this is to write elsewhere, then just paste the message into the 'reply' window when you're ready to send.
Don't worry, I don't intend to send any more posts this long, if I can help it! This is just to set things up for you nicely.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Lots of love,