Your Personal Mythology Part I (Masculinity from the Inside Out)

Rick Belden Rick Belden and Christopher Jamal Wilson talk about the need boys have for heroes (both real and fictional), the process by which they identify their heroes, some of the traps that come with both having a hero and trying to be one, and how understanding your own heroic models, impulses, and motivations can help you move forward more effectively with what matters most to you as a man. You can watch the second part of this conversation at…. You can watch the third part of this conversation at…. For additional information from Rick on this topic, see: * “My life with Iron Man” at * “Personal mythology and its relevance for men” at… Rick Belden is a poet, author, artist, and life coach who helps men who are feeling stuck get their lives moving again. For more information and to schedule a free discovery session with Rick, visit​ Christopher Jamal Wilson works to greater understand and expand human consciousness through his ventures as a student, coach, and entrepreneur. His content aims to document his journey of truth seeking in a way that adds practical value to the lives of others. To see more, visit Follow Rick: YouTube: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:… Follow Chris: YouTube:… Instagram:…

Leo Gura (Part 2) on Ego Death, God, Reality vs Dream, TOEs, and an “Ask Me Anything”

Theories of Everything with Curt Jaimungal And we go even deeper… Sponsors: for Transcend. for 20% off. for supply chain AI. Patreon: Crypto: PayPal: Twitter: Discord Invite: iTunes:… Pandora: Spotify:… Subreddit r/TheoriesOfEverything:… LINKS MENTIONED: -Part 1 with Leo Gura (watch first):… -Raymond Smullyan “Is God A Taoist” reading: -Chris Langan interview:… -Frank Yang (questions):… -Tyler Goldstein’s analysis of Part 1:… -Fakery’s analysis of Part 1:… -Steve Scully’s TOE: -Unreleased and unlisted Matthew Phillips interview: THANK YOU: -Jess Palmer -Sam Thompson TIMESTAMPS: 00:00:00 Introduction 00:04:31 Reflections from Curt and Leo about the previous conversation 00:18:58 In non-dualism, why do some of the differences actually matter? Ex. Poison vs water. 00:26:14 Why can’t we imagine into existence whatever we like? 00:31:39 This life is a precious gift 00:38:55 “Definition of God” is the reverse of the problem 00:42:51 Dream analogy breaks because the congruity of experience of “waking life” is vastly higher 00:52:11 What is “real” vs “imaginary” 00:56:14 How do you convince someone with words when it’s experience we need? 01:06:51 Gödel and allowing contradictions — how does one argue anything? 01:10:36 Fractal nature of reality 01:13:18 Is “science” the problem? A counter view 01:20:42 Santa Claus vs Chapstick (which is real?) 01:29:41 It’s unlikely that the East is entirely correct — what about the West? 01:38:26 Consciousness is “evolving” toward something 01:44:23 Daniel Schmachtenberger 01:48:04 Mind uploading 02:10:59 Curt surmises death is the emergent property, not life 02:12:36 Frank Yang and comparing psychedelics 02:14:24 Belief vs Perception 02:25:27 Being humble and skeptical can be an ego-trap 02:28:41 Connection between fear and truth 02:34:07 Satan is that which doesn’t want to submit 02:50:36 How can God deceive God? 03:12:31 Jungian integration and God realization 03:17:20 Admitting your own lies 03:24:48 Temporality and sin / false 03:43:10 Isolating oneself as self-indulgence 03:49:28 If you truly thought *any* problem through, it would terrify you 03:53:24 Ego death 04:00:00 [Steve Scully] How do I get Leo or Curt (or anyone) to read my theory of everything? 04:11:12 How does Leo keep his head still 04:19:55 Spiritual bypassing 04:22:26 What’s the point of God realization if everything is the way it is 04:25:22 Jesus and Buddha 04:29:30 [ric erfv] Thumbnail choice 04:30:21 How does Leo prepare the talk for his video? Is there an outline? 04:34:41 UFOs, CE5 04:42:08 [Fakery] What is intuition and how does one develop it? 04:44:34 [Fakery] Cultivating beauty and the arts / aesthetic taste 04:50:48 [Pedro Gorilla] Has Leo been in a state of psychedelic-induced psychosis? Advice? 04:54:18 [Sam Thompson] Comments on Gödel and epistemology and Chris Langan 04:58:19 Experiencing without language 05:01:13 [Sam Challis] Meditation vs Psychedelics 05:05:16 [Marian-Alexandru Pisica] Is it possible to bring the relative to the Absolute? 05:18:42 [Michael Wirth] Leo’s thoughts on Ra Material 05:22:24 [Matt Aquino] Problem with Leo’s theory 05:25:09 [MacGuffin] Is Leo “chill” to hang out with? 05:26:52 [leododgewiper] Leo’s family taking psychedelics 05:27:36 [Noah Seip] Ask him what his first person experience of reality is at this moment 05:31:23 [Samuel Boucher] Narcissist trap of looking down on the lower levels of the spiral 05:37:09 Death penalty 05:43:49 [Park Avenue] Leo’s parents and upbringing 05:47:54 [Emir Çökekoğlu] “I can’t find motivation to improve my quality of life at the material / dual level…” 05:56:55 Leo’s role on Bioshock Infinite as a designer 06:05:55 Leo’s greatest “vice” 06:10:29 Veganism and porn 06:18:48 [Wordcounterino Kripperino] What is Leo’s morning routine? 06:22:22 [Carl-Richard Løberg] What attachment is holding Leo back? 06:27:08 Leo’s advice for Curt and Theories of Everything 06:40:56 [The Seer] Why didn’t religious leaders call themselves God if they were God realized? 06:45:10 [Peashooter] “Did Leo say he wasn’t sharing the most dangerous insight publicly?” 06:50:13 [Tim R] Leo addresses the entire human race in a one-minute speech 06:50:49 Final word to the audience and to Curt from Leo 07:00:17 Matthew Phillips of Transcend

Pema Chödrön – Fear and Fearlessness

Sounds TrueSounds True Pema Chödrön describes a liberating way to become intimate with our fears, instead of trying to get rid of or cast them out. Subscribe to Sounds True for more: Listen to From Fear to Fearlessness: Get two free gifts from Sounds True: About Pema Chödrön Ani Pema Chödrön was born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown in 1936, in New York City. She attended Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. She taught as an elementary school teacher for many years in both New Mexico and California. Ani Pema has studied with Lama Chime Rinpoche and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. At the request of the Sixteenth Karmapa, she received the full bikshuni ordination in the Chinese lineage of Buddhism in 1981 in Hong Kong. Ani Pema served as the director of Karma Dzong in Boulder, Colorado and as the director of Gampo Abbey in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She is interested in helping establish Tibetan Buddhist monasticism in the West, as well as continuing her work with western Buddhists of all traditions, sharing ideas and teachings. Her non-profit, The Pema Chödrön Foundation, was set up to assist in this purpose. She continues to teach in the United States and Canada. She has written several books: The Wisdom of No Escape, Start Where You Are, When Things Fall Apart, The Places that Scare You, No Time To Lose, Practicing Peace in Times of War, How to Meditate, and Living Beautifully. All are available from Shambhala Publications and Sounds True. About From Fear to Fearlessness Where will we look when we are afraid? How do we find strength? In what can we place our trust? According to Tibetan Buddhism, there are four noble aspirations, known as the Four Great Catalysts of Awakening, which we can call on to cultivate strength and openness in any situation. From Fear to Fearlessness brings us into the company of beloved teacher Pema Chödrön to discover and cultivate these four immeasurables: maitri (loving-kindness), compassion, joy, and equanimity. They are our greatest antidote to fear, teaches Ani Pema. By practicing them, we begin to experience a supreme steadfastness and peace independent of conditions. Connect with us: Facebook: Instagram: Website: From Fear to Fearlessness, Published September 1st, 2003 Listen to the Audio program: Amazon Barnes & Noble Audible iTunes FREE Introduction to Pema’s Online Course, “The Freedom to Choose Something Different”

Tarot card for September 24: The Two of Swords

The Two of Swords

The Lord of Peace is a friendly Sword, which comes as something of a relief when we have spent so much time dealing with his more belligerent cousins. However it must be noted that the card often comes up to indicate that a conflict has been resolved or a breach healed, so there will have been trouble earlier on.

It indicates that a painful and difficult situation is being reconciled. Friendships are rebuilt, old wounds are healed. However in this context it is very important to look carefully at the cards which follow it, for there is often a feeling that a relationship will never be quite the same again as it was before the conflict or quarrel. If the Four of Swords comes up nearby, this is a clear indication that one should remain cautious and thoughtful, not giving too much in the way of trust, for some time. If the Moon was up in the reading, we would be forced to consider the possibility that all is not as it seems.

At an inner level, the Two of Swords really comes into its own, for it marks the period of tranquillity and calmness that can arise when we have finally made difficult decisions, and acted upon them. Often it will come up to show that, now we have got to grips with our confusion, we can rest and recover.

The card will also come up to show that we have let go of old fears or anxieties that were holding us back. It’s a still card indicating a time to rest and recuperate.

The Two of Swords

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Earthrise: The Film

Earthrise from Go Project Films on Vimeo.

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Planet Earth in deep space, focused on Europe and Asia, sun shining on the horizon. 3D illustration – Elements of this image furnished by NASA.

by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee

Earthrise tells the story of the first image captured of the Earth from space in 1968. Told solely by the Apollo 8 astronauts, the film recounts their experiences and memories and explores the beauty, awe, and grandeur of the Earth against the blackness of space. This iconic image had a powerful impact on the astronauts and the world, offering a perspective that transcended national, political, and religious boundaries. Told 50 years later, Earthrise compels us to remember this shift and to reflect on the Earth as a shared home.



Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee is an Emmy nominated filmmaker and composer. His award-winning films have been featured on PBS, National Geographic, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Atlantic, exhibited at the Smithsonian, and screened at festivals worldwide. He is the executive editor of Emergence Magazine.


Directed by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Produced & Written by Adam Loften & Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Edited by Adam Loften
Cinematography by Adam Loften & Andrew David Watson
Original music by H. Scott Salinas

Tarot card for September 23: The Knight of Cups

The Knight of Cups

This is the Lord of Waves and Water, often defined as the fiery aspect of water. As such, in many ways this card represents a contradiction. Most often when it appears, it will indicate an actual person who has influence. However sometimes it can also indicate a moodshift or a change of mode.

Since the Suit of Cups is all about love and loving relationships, it’s easy to see how the Knight can be regarded as the lover of the cards. When representing a moodshift, the card can indicate the period where a man falls in love.

When it represents a person he will be a complex and highly emotional being – creative and visionary, sensitive (and sometimes over-sensitive), romantic and intense. He will give the impression of being open and caring, though this is often misleading; the Knight of Cups is often subject to intense insecurity, needing constant re-assurance and attention.

He is attracted and attractive to women, and enjoys basking in their company. He will often be very charming, with a silver tongue and a powerful personal agenda. He will rarely manage practical matters well, tending to place rather more importance on buying two dozen red roses, than paying the bills. At his worst, he can be inconstant, unfaithful and selfish.

At his best, he is loving, generous with his emotions, supportive and tender. He can be capable of high levels of spiritual development, strong in intuition and warmly responsive. When he’s on form he is terrific company, having a good sense of humour and a keen interest in other people. He’s often an exciting and stimulating life partner and lover – but only at his best!

You see – I said he was contradictory!

The Knight of Cups

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The Libra Equinox – A Turning Point

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Tropical astrology is based on the movement of the Sun and the Moon.

In a solar year, we have 12 lunar cycles, and this is how we get the 12 archetypes, or the 12 signs. The Earth’s revolution around the Sun gives us the seasons, and these seasons color the expression of the 12 lunar cycles or the 12 signs. 

We have 4 seasons; a new season begins when we have a solstice or an equinox. In fact, the most important astrological events in a year are the 2 equinoxes and the 2 solstices.

This is when the Sun changes direction, when something about the dynamic of day/night, light/darkness changes. 

September 23rd, or the Libra Equinox, is one of these important turning points. 

In the Southern Hemisphere the daylight begins to increase, while in the Northern hemisphere, it’s the night that begins to increase. 

No matter which side of the Equator you live on, the Equinox requires a perspective shift.

The Sun either starts going up, or down. The direction changes. What used to be the governing principle is no longer the governing principle. What used to be day, becomes night. What used to be black, becomes white. 

Libra’s glyph is an abstraction of the sunset (Sun set, the set of the Sun, or the set of the Ego). Libra is sign number 7. If the first 6 signs, Aries to Virgo, ask us to find who we are – to discover ourselves, as unique individuals – with Libra we enter a completely different dimension.

Who we are no longer matters.

In Libra, we realize that who we are is just half of the story, and that to become Whole, we need to integrate the Other.

Who is this “Other”?

OTHER can be a partner, but really anything that goes beyond the sense of Self, anything that goes beyond our direct control. 

Libra And The Air Signs – It’s All About People

Just like all the other Air signs, Libra is concerned with people.

Gemini is those people who are brought about by circumstances (our family members, co-workers, people we bump into on public transportation etc.).

Aquarius is people we choose because we have something in common, because we share some common interest or ideal.

With Aquarius, we don’t have to have everything in common… and that’s precisely why Aquarius is the most inclusive, tolerant, accepting of other people’s differences sign out there.

Aquarius only cares about THAT THING that the group shares in common. The vision, the dream, the ideal. Whatever is not within the territory of the common ideal, is beyond Aquarius’ concern. It is Libra’s concern. 

Libra is people we choose/choose us because we share something very important in common: our identity. Libra is the opposite of Aries. Aries=Ego=Who we are. Libra is the opposite of that.

It is everything we are not, but we could be; our polarity, the complementary expression of ourselves, the man/woman in the mirror.

When 2 people (in any type of one-on-one relationship) have this exchange at an identity level, wholeness is found.

This is a much more serious adjustment than that of Gemini or Aquarius, because it requires our full participation; this is quite a radical process. In the blink of a second, we are no longer who we used to be. 

Libra Equinox – A Turning Point

The Libra ‘work’ is probably the most important work we will ever do in our lives. Of course, we still have Scorpio, Sagittarius and all the way to Pisces to learn from, to help us achieve our full potential.

But Libra is the “make or break” point. The ego either dies, or it doesn’t.

We either continue to live our life “like a virgin” or we take the plunge and step into the unknown – with the risk of losing (what we believe it is) our identity.  The process requires curiosity and a genuine openness for the OTHER, for what makes them unique. 

It’s interesting that Libra does not only rule our relationships but also conflicts and opponents. If you fight in court, that’s Libra energy in action too. Some of us struggle with relationships all our lives because being in a relationship feels like conflict, it feels like hard work.

Like any other archetypal integration, the “Libra stuff” can be hard work of course, but it doesn’t have to be.

If we do the “Libra stuff” in the “Libra way” i.e. leave the Ego at the front door, then there’s nothing more natural than finding wholeness within this continuous back-and-forth exchange process that is our one-on-one relationships. 

Just like night follows day, just like summer follows winter, we too need the reflection of the opposite to find ourselves

The Libra Equinox is that turning point. We are right here in the middle. We don’t know what’s on the other side. It’s a completely different world, governed by completely different principles.

Yet, this is an inevitable rite of passage and a journey that is totally worth exploring. We may not only find a sense of wholeness within ourselves, but also a sense of belonging to an even greater whole. 

Leo Gura (Part 1) on Infinite Consciousness, God Realization, Free Will, and Love

Theories of Everything with Curt Jaimungal Sponsors: for Transcend. for 20% off. for supply chain AI.  Patreon: Crypto: PayPal: Twitter: Discord Invite: iTunes:… Pandora: Spotify:… Subreddit r/TheoriesOfEverything:… THANK YOU: -Jess Palmer (an old friend, who I realize more and more was right about spiritual matters, despite my regretful obstinance and derision) -Sam Thompson (who helped with understanding Chris Langan’s CTMU) RELEVANT LINKS: -Full (unreleased and unlisted) Matthew Phillips interview: -Anthony Metivier podcast:… TIMESTAMPS: 00:00:00 Introduction 00:04:15 Disclaimers + physicalism vs nondualism 00:10:12 Truth is merciless + developing one’s own Weltanschauung 00:14:05 Embodying a philosophy 00:22:35 Chris Langan, the CTMU, and Distributed Solipsism  00:27:08 Physics and consciousness depend on one another 00:32:36 Reality is a dream and truth 00:45:12 Epi-consciousness and Gödel’s incompleteness theorem 01:11:02 Epistemology, nescience vs ignorance, and hierarchies 01:27:25 Using language is delusive and deficient 01:30:49 The two kinds of “love” 01:43:19 Being precise with one’s words 01:59:25 Free will 02:15:23 The reason the universe was created 02:23:55 Creation and destruction (the same? different?) 02:30:03 Paradoxes and contradictions 02:41:34 Meditative exercise for God realization 02:55:56 On Donald Hoffman 03:08:15 Steelmanning the materialist (how do you insights from psychedelics are true?) 03:19:34 Ego, and free will 03:26:43 Leo’s own self-deception 03:29:37 The “woo” of paranormal healers and psychics (Leo’s personal stories) 03:49:50 On Sam Harris’ morality and the Moral Landscape 04:01:35 Experimentations with psychedelics  04:09:42 How to not have a bad trip / become suicidal from nihilism 04:19:05 On attachment (beneficial or not?) 04:22:51 Thomas Campbell 04:30:31 Bernardo Kastrup 04:33:47 Frank Yang 04:51:28 Raymond Smullyan (excerpt reading by Curt) 05:03:49 Curt is too selfish to have a TOE 05:05:52 When you realize you’re God, the universe ends 05:09:11 Why use the term “God”? 05:12:58 Principle of impermanence not impermanent? 05:14:39 Proof that you have free will 05:19:49 “Everyone has good intentions” 05:23:08 Hate comes from love 05:31:45 Interview with Matthew Phillips of Transcend * * * Just wrapped (April 2021) a documentary called Better Left Unsaid on the topic of “when does the left go too far?” Visit that site if you’d like to watch it.

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