There are many types of spiritual programs they seem to have one thing in common, Tools they use. My view on tools is they help you focus your intent on a particular outcome. The most common program seems to be of the 12 step variety. I have gone to many of these meetings, And it never ceases to amaze me how closed minded some of these people are. They are no doubt on to something that can be used for positive evolution, Most of them believe it has to be a certain way to work. I tell them sometimes these are just tools to focus your intent. Find a way that best suits you, And any tool that helps you focus your intent is a good tool. They seemed to be held back by the belief traps Tom talks about. Boy, is he right about that. Is there no end to fundamentalism? These programs seem to really have a lot of potential, I know I learn a lot from them. Fred searching for truth
I think we become more efficient when we step away from judgement and superiority, and rather embrace uncertainty and humility before things we do not understand, and this includes fundamentalism.
Fundamentalism is only limiting if it is untrue, and something does not need to be perfect, to be helpful.
When you are in free fall and your parachute won't open, you don't need a philosophical discussion about free will...you need specific concrete instructions
That is fundamentalism, and a fundamentalism for TOEism itself is required for free fallers that come knocking at our door.
There is an implicit TOEist fundamentalism that is implied by Toms words.
I wrote it up somewhere here a couple of months back.
Let's see if I can find it.
Here it is
This is my summary of the method applied (fundamentalist MBTOEism)
1- meditation, likely mantric, 2x20 minutes per day
2- pay attention to how your intent->decisions->actions->feedback feels in the medium term, especially the interplay of ego, fear and love especially regarding your interactions with others
3- explore PSI empirically, especially OBE, but no more than 2 hours per day, stay grounded in PMR,
4- drop in to civilization, there is no need to drop out
5- strive for intoxicant and sugar free vegetarianism
6- strive for open and skeptical empiricism, believe nothing, and fully deploy your left hemisphere...think
7- embrace challenges as well as opportunities, this is what you are here for, the greater the challenges, the greater the opportunity to increase your quality
8- have fun, embrace sillyness, don't be a stuffed shirt, don't take yourself too seriously
9- focus on increasing your own quality, let others be, mentally, unless they ask or there is an appropriate opportunity to increase their decision space
10- be open to teaching others as a secondary goal, in socially appropriate context, change others primarily through loving intent and action