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  Friday, 01 November 2019
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In reading an article on this website the author shared that we should eliminate filters in our perception. He says that belief, family, personality, etc. become filters to seeing with pure awareness.

I noticed that sometimes if we have a certain prior belief or focus such as "all children are happy" - then we may experience the children in your life as happy, which to me is not a bad thing and there is truth in this. So sometimes the filter allows us only to see the good in others. Is having a filter the same as having a focus? I understand that getting closer to the truth requires dropping our filters but do we have to drop our focus or intentions? Do we always have to see everything without a filter? He says that the true meditator is meditating every second of the day. I'm not so sure that I understand this. And do we have to do this to be liberated from suffering?. Can someone help with this?
2 years ago
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#20103
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The ego does not allow us to see the soul, virtue, the good in others, because the ego hypnotizes the consciousness and makes us mechanical, asleep.

Having a focused consciousness is the ability to concentrate on one thing at the exclusion of everything else. This is the beginning of meditation: the ability to strip away filters, obscurations, and mistaken views in our understanding.

The ego filters our perceptions. To focus better, we must remove the ego and the delusions of self.

Meditation is not a technique. It is a way of being. Therefore, we must be attentive, focused all day, on whatever we are doing, to not be unconscious or asleep.

Without concentration and meditation, it is impossible to uproot the psychological causes of suffering in ourselves. Our current level of being is too superficial to extract the roots of sorrow, which exist in our subconsciousness.

Only meditation can help us access the roots of the ego and eliminate them, because meditation allows us to go into our internal worlds with clarity and precision.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

2 years ago
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#20103
Accepted Answer
The ego does not allow us to see the soul, virtue, the good in others, because the ego hypnotizes the consciousness and makes us mechanical, asleep.

Having a focused consciousness is the ability to concentrate on one thing at the exclusion of everything else. This is the beginning of meditation: the ability to strip away filters, obscurations, and mistaken views in our understanding.

The ego filters our perceptions. To focus better, we must remove the ego and the delusions of self.

Meditation is not a technique. It is a way of being. Therefore, we must be attentive, focused all day, on whatever we are doing, to not be unconscious or asleep.

Without concentration and meditation, it is impossible to uproot the psychological causes of suffering in ourselves. Our current level of being is too superficial to extract the roots of sorrow, which exist in our subconsciousness.

Only meditation can help us access the roots of the ego and eliminate them, because meditation allows us to go into our internal worlds with clarity and precision.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

2 years ago
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#20122
I can not understand why it would be bad to have an idea such as Children are happy. Of course we all know that they also cry,etc. But, there is a freedom in children that allows them to be happier that adults, most of the time. Is this ok to have beliefs and at the same time be focused and concentrated on what we do?
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