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Can a materialist consider themselves spiritual? Rant about ego-based spirituality and spiritual gatekeeping. Share your own thoughts pls.

2022.01.23 05:13 soyeatinghomo Can a materialist consider themselves spiritual? Rant about ego-based spirituality and spiritual gatekeeping. Share your own thoughts pls.

Maybe I'm tilting at windmills here, but I have noticed a certain type of "spiritual" person who is part of a nebulous but very real movement of people set on modifying spirituality in order to conform to the physicalist perspective. Most of these people are postmodernists (often unknowingly) who have never had an experience with oneness, but otherwise have the intuition that spirituality is "good" because others consider it something good and because it serves as a useful utility function for personal development. There is a whole pantheon of post-modern religions, all of which invariably subscribe to the pop-sci perspective. This mostly involves reading about spiritual experiences and interpreting them as "real" but ultimately metaphorical instead of metaphysical. It is just materialism repackaged to better serve moral and cultural utility. People who subscribe to this model of spirituality often lack any direct personal mystical experiences. As a result, they only ever seem to engage with spirituality on an intellectual level, but nevertheless, agree with much of the teachings because they sound "right". It is nothing but a pop-psychology version of spirituality. Truth is not known, spoken, or written. Truth is experienced. Anyone lacking this direct experience is ultimately just another blind man leading the blind.
I know everyone is on their own personal journey, but man, the self-assured confidence on display by some of these people that I have personally met with regards to the nature of spiritual experiences bothers me more than it should. These are people stuck on stage 4 of their spiritual development. They are missing half the equation. It's a perspective that attempts to downplay direct experience by attributing everything to individual and cultural subjectivity instead of the other way around. Which is to say, many people interpret the same fundamental transcendent truth and later mold this truth in order to conform to a preexisting cultural context. This often occurs because of the inherent difficulty in describing ineffable experiences through the medium of language. The key takeaway though is that there exists a single Transcendent truth to reality and this truth is accessible through direct experience.
Unfortunately, these new-age tiktok zoomers I sometimes see dabble in spiritual beliefs seem to think spirituality and the occult are just accessories to ego, aka commodified subcultures of people only interested in shallow identification with the aesthetics of a particular subject, but completely disinterested in any deeper transcendent truth. They've taken spirituality and turned it into something that reinforces ego, ​instead of what it really is for - reunification with the One through the destruction of ego and all its attendant manifestations. They are so completely possessed by the encompassing ideology that they are unable to see the reality tunnel they are encased within. To the pomo practicer of spirituality, the only acceptable way to adopt a spiritual perspective is to do so ironically. That is to say, they are only able to identify with those parts which are palatable to the modern physicalist worldview that makes up our consensus reality. By doing so, they end up completely ignoring the meat of the subject. That meat being gnosis/awareness of that which connects all forms of consciousness, and which can only ever truly be understood through direct experience.
Don't get me wrong, I understand the benefits of many spiritual practices to the already awakened individual. I am speaking here of the people who try to take these spiritual practices and reframe them in a contrived and unnecessary way in order to make them palatable to their rational understanding of reality, thereby completely missing the point. I argue that these people are not practicing spirituality at all, but instead just materialism with a focus on health and well-being.
I have met some of these people and there is just something so inauthentic about the way they view and practice spirituality. It really is an egoic bad-faith aesthetic thing for most of these people. They have no problem divining astrological events, using crystals to heal, utilizing affirmations, etc. They are fine with these ritualized aesthetic aspects of low magic only insofar as they provide useful utility and serve to embolden the simulacrum of their ego's construction. But ask them to actually confront the nature of their being by taking a psychedelic plant which is guaranteed to show them REAL magic and you get tremendous resistance in my experience. Not only resistance but a complete denial of direct experience. A relegation of all visionary experience occurring in altered states of consciousness as mere products of the mind and the mind alone. What is frustrating is that if they just took the damn plant they would immediately see the contradiction. What ISN'T a product of the mind is the question we should really be asking. These plants reveal the nature of our reality and what they reveal is that reality is not ruled by cold dead matter, but instead it is ruled from the very bedrock foundation by magic.
A good psychedelic trip is the single greatest compressed experience of personal self-transformation possible on this earth and people waste their time with fucking healing crystals or week-to-sometimes-month-long meditation retreats just so they can attain an altered state of consciousness that is a modicum of what is possible with the simple modulation of specific neurotransmitters in the brain. A modulation that reveals a veiled hyperdimensional inhabited space of reality that our sensory-motor cortices cannot countenance, and so, is deliberately suppressed for evolutionary and survival purposes. In mere minutes after taking 3 full hits of DMT, I experienced the universal oneness which connects all conscious beings. I understood the true nature of consciousness as a singularity phasing between all beings. I experienced time dilation and saw time as an illusion that manifests when consciousness traverses associations, thus generating our impression of spacetime. I interacted with impossibly complex hyperdimensional entities "external" to my mind. I saw the hyped-up counterfeit nature of my ego with all its attendant ideological/memetic projections lying naked and bare in all its imagined and inflated glory. All of this took place in under 15 minutes. Consider that many people spend entire lifetimes before arriving at the same place.
Even still, despite its status as the single greatest force for spiritual transformation available to us, there seems to be this persistent and strange resistance to anything that can be attained without tremendous effort. As if a transcendent truth attained through effort is somehow "more true" than one which was attained with convenience. There seems to be this erroneous belief (stemming from I guess the guilt-based culture which emerged from the early protestant-Calvinist movements), which presupposes that spiritual growth must somehow miraculously conform to our anthropocentric notions of hierarchy, progression, and fairness. This is an elaborate misinterpretation based in pure ideology (which itself is a memetic product of ego). All of these various spiritual practices specifically designed to produce altered states of consciousness seem to be terribly contrived ways of getting at the same singular fundamental truth about reality. The Truth of Universal Oneness. There is no correct way of arriving at this truth. I am not claiming to be special. I am claiming the exact opposite. Some people simply wake up one morning and "get it". Others may go through their entire life asleep at the wheel. So then I have to ask, why even bother doing it the "hard" way?
I am not even joking when I say that anyone can experience (at least temporarily, but sometimes lasting depending on the person) the same enlightened understanding/awareness that the Buddha spent a majority of his life cultivating through disciplined spiritual practice. You don't need to travel to some exotic country in order to practice meditation in an isolated monastery surrounded by monks. You don't need to be a special historical figure with divine gifts à la a Buhdda or Jesus type. You don't need to be part of some secret clergy withholding esoteric secrets. You don't need to pour over arcane mystical texts for thousands of hours in the hopes of someone else telling you a fundamental truth. You don't need to be a physicist mathematically modeling the very atomic structure of our 3d spacetime reality. You don't need to be smart. You don't need to be sane. You don't even need to be spiritual. You don't need to be anything except that which is capable of awareness. In fact, you hardly even need that. The larger one's ego going in, the more likely it is to be completely shattered, leading to the classic breakthrough experience. All one needs to do is ingest the correct chemical concoction and off you go. That's it. There are no special people. There is nothing special about any of this. The only barrier to understanding the Universe is bravery.
I'm not exactly sure where I am going with this, except to say that if there is any gatekeeping tolerated in spirituality, it should involve this one truth. We can quibble and argue over the details, but to deny Universal Oneness is to deny spirituality itself. I don't see this as controversial at all. Call it whatever you like, but if it doesn't contain this one ontological truth, then it should not be considered spirituality. This criterion disqualifies materialism as well as many organized religions.
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2022.01.23 05:13 Mission_Original4716 How long will it take for my skin to clear up?

I'm 16 and I've been struggling with moderate acne since I was 12. I recently went to see a dermatologist and he gave me Epiduo (adapalene / benzoyl peroxide) and Tetralysal (lymecycline). I've been drinking the tetralysal for a week now and it's gotten worse, also the epiduo is making me have some sort of allergic reaction, I think. I'm not sure if it's supposed to make me itch, make my face and chest have some kind of red rash, especially under my eyes. I'll wake up with ugly bags under my eyes and the skin under them being red and very dry. It's only been a week now, but how long will I have to keep up with the epiduo doing this? I feel so embarrassed having to go to school with my acne, which is already very bad, and having to deal with epiduo making me look even worse. I also wash with Cetaphil, skin cleanser, and it's been 2 months since I started washing with it and no progress. I know it's only been a week with the antibiotics and benzoyl peroxide but if this doesn't work I'm seriously considering birth control, since I've been reading that it helped clear other's acne, but in other cases it made them worse. I'm also scared of Accutane as I've heard it has horrible side effects. I'm unsure of what to do if this doesn't work. It really does have a serious impact on my social life and the feeling of disgust just looking at my face. Any advice would be appreciated.
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2022.01.23 05:13 Newskin1 Broken heart

My partner of seven years broke up with me. We had this big fairytale love, moved from to different countries to finally live together around 3 years ago in my home country. Before, we had been living on and off in the other ones country for shorter amount of times. Our first stop was in a city where we lived in for around six months. It was pretty close to my new job, but the place made him very unhappy until he got depressed. So we moved an hour of drive away to a bigger city where he/we felt more comfortable. I continued working at my position and was driving everyday on top of work for around 2-3 hours, depending on the traffic. I did this for around 1.5 years. The bigger goal was always for me to find an other position, but somehow I got lost on the way. The more I drove the more overworked/depressed I got, until I just wasn't myself anymore. Looking back I was an awful partner. There was only sleep, being tired, driving, eat, sleep and so on. Same time my partner has been doing remote work that whole time. At some point I only saw myself, my struggling and suffering and got really depressed without really realizing it. In the end I would come home after work and just wanted to lay alone in a small room and not talk anymore.
When he broke up, he told me that I just wasn't making him happy anymore and that he wasn't making me happy as well. That I am passive, don't join any fun sports/adventures and have been not taking good care of my body due to lack of sport. He said that he always loved me, but that we have been in a spiral downwards and he doesn't see a way out of this anymore. Before the breakup we had a lot of fights, which were more passive on his side. I just had been so frustrated about the amount of driving and coming home to have to cook, do laundry or clean up. I tried telling him that it felt unfair to me, that he is home all day(he works remote) but that I needed him to help out too. That I felt left alone. But things did not really change, so I got more and more frustrated until at some point I told him that I don't know if I love him anymore and that it might me better to break up. Looking back I really don't know why I said that. Did I really want to break up? Was I self sabotaging? Or was it my depression? I regret what I said so much, but I can't take it back. I think that I broke us there in that moment. Afterwards we just went on with our life and nothing changed, until he broke up with me. After the breakup we both cried for days until he left for Christmas to meet his family. I left our apartment and have been staying since then with friends. The craziest thing is that this break up somehow woke me up. I have been feeling so much pain and got to realize that I was so burned out from that driving that I wasn't myself anymore and that I would have really needed help, also from his side to get out if it. Maybe though that was his way of helping me.
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