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  1. I love that - very cool realization! <3
  2. Thanks for joining the conversation, S1va - sounds like you're having some potent experiences! The whole level thing is still a mystery to me, both determining others' and my own. I can't really comment on that other than to say that there have been times when the female side has seemed like a 'blank' place. I wouldn't really see/feel/get anything. There were also times when I became Xena warrior woman, fiercely protective of whomever I was working with. Now, my experience is similar to yours - peaceful, very expansive, and usually with a warm glow. On the male side, it's really fun to feel super powerful. A lot of the time though I feel a bit like a bull in a china shop, or a giant dumb jock. Safe to say there's lots of blackboard left to clear there. Your insights have brought a lot to the conversation, S1va. Thanks for bringing them to the table.
  3. Thanks for the examples, Siva - that's helpful. I do get the idea of ruthless compassion., and really feel profound gratitude when I recognize it in action. The same with the idea of receiving according to one's capacity. There is just something about the nine types that seems indifferent and random to me. I suspect that it's my own lack of capacity to receive the knowledge. Thanks for taking the time to explain. I will be riding the short bus for now...
  4. So, on the one hand we have: And on the other, from my extremely limited understanding: Which leads back to s1va's question of, how does he decide? And the descriptions of the nine types make it sound like one never knows where one might end up, but wherever it is that's your label and position now. No changing that. Or maybe it's all just for fun? Siva mixes and matches the nine types looking for the best combination of types? What's interesting, and slightly painful, is that the more I try to understand these texts, the more removed I feel from the divine. How can I possibly evolve and progress in a universe about which I don't have even a basic understanding?
  5. My first thought upon opening the text and 'reading' the first paragraph was - I hope there is a translation for 10 year-olds somewhere. The question at the end of the chapter: Then said Mahamati to the Blessed One: Why is it that the ignorant are given up to discrimination and the wise are not? is answered in the paragraph following: they make discriminations of good and bad among appearances and cling to the agreeable. To me that says the ignorant judge everything and everyone, get mired in their positions based on those judgments, and build themselves a nice little prison where they are always right but stalled in their own becoming. The wise are free from those trappings, present to what is without being attached to any part of it. It seems like we miss some other points by skipping to the end, though. Those who see thee thus, serene and beyond conception, will be emancipated from attachment, will be cleansed of all defilements, both in this world and in the spiritual world beyond. Oh, another sutra talking about light work. Maybe there's something to it... All that is seen in the world is devoid of effort and action because all things in the world are like a dream, or like an image miraculously projected. I guess this relates to the video game analogy that Jeff uses, but I would be curious to hear any other takes on this idea. And what's a hairnet, anyway? Thanks for getting the ball rolling, Tom...
  6. That's super cool about the pressure release, have never felt anything like that (that I noticed anyway). And same for me when working with others - on the female side it's more 'oh hey, let's hang out...' and on the male side like 'get over here for the biggest bear hug you've ever had!' The different perspectives can be very entertaining. Hi David - glad to hear some of your experiences! That's really interesting about feeling drunk - I remember feeling that a couple of times, but don't recall if I was male or female. How does that translate into the ability to support others for you? When I have felt that, I didn't feel of much use to anyone... Thanks Tanya! That is really interesting that on the female side you feel consumed more with the male side - can you say more about that? At times when on the female side I've definitely felt jealousy and possessiveness, like some sort of creepy stalker. Sometimes some righteous anger, as well. Is that what you mean? Agreed, that's no fun. I really appreciate everyone contributing. I have really gotten a lot out of reading the content on the board, and it seems like it would be helpful for people yet to arrive to have other peoples' experience to reference as they embark on their journey. Also, I find it really helpful to hear what's happening for everyone and how it's being navigated and it seems to be more efficient to do that in a thread than to try to meet up for tea...
  7. Thanks FaXin - appreciate hearing your experience in these realms. That seems to be a common theme in the responses. I'm curious if you have any direct experience of expansion happening, like Tom does sometimes? And if so, what is that like? Also, here's another question for everyone: is it different working with others from the female side? For me, it seems easier to hold the space for whomever I'm working with...
  8. Well, really, who can? It's more just a discussion on what we've experienced, and maybe how our experiences have evolved as we travel this road, regardless of being biologically male or female. Thank you for the insights...
  9. Or, conversely, what is the threshold that needs to be reached in order begin to perceive these other layers? For example, how can 'I feel lots of energy around me right now' become 'oh, there are female beings with me right now.'
  10. Hey Tom - thanks for chiming in! Do you experience an energetic sensation of expanding? Or how do you identify that expansion is happening? That's interesting about the peak of the struggle - is that something that happens at each level, or it was a one-time thing and it's been easier ever since? I feel like I address issues on both the male and female side, but maybe I'm kidding myself and it only happens on the female side. The particular space I'm curious about is the higher level female side. (Although it might be interesting to compare the male and female experiences at higher levels... ) I find, on those occasions, that there's a feeling of being adrift in the universe, and that that's just fine. There's an amazing sense of well-being and detachment, and a feeling like I'm an unlimited source of energy. The ultimate residing. Maybe it's just me in a fantasy land.
  11. Why not? This is intended as a discussion from every perspective...
  12. I don't either, that's why I'm hoping for somewhat of a dialogue on it. Thanks for expounding on it a bit...
  13. Hi everyone. Looking to start a conversation about peoples' experience of hanging out female. My general impression in talking to folks is that it seems to be perceived as some sort of punishment - 'I'm female and stuck in issues' I've heard quite a lot, or 'I went female and dropped', or the general focus on the importance of being male in order to get to a 'higher level' or light level. I've been female quite a bit lately, seems like several of us have, and my experience of it is different. I feel peaceful, compassionate and sometimes quite expanded or exalted. Content to be the matrix or fabric of existence. Does anyone else ever experience *that* aspect of female? Or something like it? Would love to hear other peoples' perceptions and experiences in your own words... This is Trish, by the way.
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