How to Misuse Spiritual Awakening?

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Spiritual awakening is a powerful, life-changing experience, therefore it could also do severe harm to a person misusing it.

Awakening is not something that is passively taken (like a liquid filling a container); it’s always received by a human being, a person. Such experience is not the end of one’s spiritual journey, it’s just a new stage, and one could always go astray.

How then is it possible?

A person could doubt it severily, and therefore feel that he/she is being torn apart, or/and she/he could try to “sell” it, becoming a (dubious) spiritual celebrity, and thus have to deal with deep and damaging self-disgust.

 

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Oneiric Personalism and Indian Philosophy

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There are some similarities (but not identity):

The Absolute – brahman

The transcendental subject (Dreamer) – atman

The empirical ego (the person I am in this dream called walking life) – jiva

God – Ishvara  (yet according to oneiric personalism, God is not personal).

 

Oneiric Personalism without Discussion about Dreams?

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It is easy to confuse the ontological sense of the word dream with its physiological sense. Quite paradoxically, it is possible to formulate all theses of oneiric personalism without considerations about the ontological status of dreams.

So:

I = the Self, the transcendental subject.

The main thesis: I appear to be a person. Personhood is like a mask I wear – in accordance with the ancient use of the word person.

A person:

1. can experience that they are elements of the world, and they can act on that basis, engaging intellect, will and emotions;

2. (and) can experience that the world is related to them – the world is “theirs” -, and they can act on that basis, engaging intellect, will and emotions;

3. (and) can have a problem with defining the very word: person – when they strive to find such a definition.

The principle of illusion: I am more real than the person I appear to be.

The principle of interaction: all persons are as real as the person I appear to be.

I and God = two aspects of the Absolute.

Absolute is neither this or that. It just is.

God’s Grace and Probability

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Grace is God’s help.

  1. Grace is given neither by chance nor by deliberate decision.
  2. Grace cannot be bought, extorted or mooched off.
  3. If the probability of receiving grace – which would support an undertaking – is non-zero, then the probability of success rises with time spent on efforts towards realizing this undertaking and with the intenstity of efforts.