Self-realization? The path to enlightenment?

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In summary, the conversation touches on the topic of varying levels of consciousness and whether certain individuals possess a higher level of enlightenment. The speaker also questions the idea of viewing others as "sheep" and suggests that one can choose to perceive themselves as smarter and ultimately become smarter as a result. The conversation also delves into the potential consequences of claiming to be smarter than others.
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Hey,

I'm a bit stoned right now so this might come off weird. Do you think that there are different levels of consciousness, and that certain people are subtly higher on those levels? Do sometimes feel like the people around you are sheep?

I know that certain people seem smarter, more aware, more self-conscious - but I'm wondering right now if those people slightly more enlightened?

*rocking out to "Good Timin' by The Beach Boys*

"All us people,
now we're just livin',
the world keep's turnin',
and we're all learnin'"...
 
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Define what you mean by "consciousness". And how can one be higher or lower dealing with this?
 
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I don't think it's nice to think that the people around you are sheep. Try explaining it to them sometime and see what happens.

If you really want to be smarter than everyone else, you can think you are and after a while you'll "know" you are.

"If you will it, it is no dream" - Theodore Herzl

You'll have to deal with the consequences that come with what is expected of a smart person though. It's kind of like walking a tightrope everyday. Good luck!
 

Related to Self-realization? The path to enlightenment?

1. What is self-realization?

Self-realization is the understanding and awareness of one's true self, beyond the ego and external influences. It is a state of being where one experiences a deep sense of peace, contentment, and connection to the universe.

2. How can one achieve self-realization?

There are many paths to self-realization, but some common practices include meditation, self-reflection, and spiritual or philosophical exploration. It is a personal journey and may look different for each individual.

3. Is self-realization the same as enlightenment?

Self-realization and enlightenment are often used interchangeably, but they can have slightly different meanings depending on beliefs and perspectives. Self-realization is the process of understanding oneself, while enlightenment is the state of ultimate spiritual awakening and liberation.

4. How do you know if you have achieved self-realization?

There is no definitive answer to this question, as self-realization is a subjective experience. Some common signs may include a deep sense of inner peace, acceptance of oneself and others, and a sense of interconnectedness with all beings.

5. Can anyone achieve self-realization?

Yes, anyone can achieve self-realization. It is a journey that is available to all individuals, regardless of their background, beliefs, or current state of being. It may take different forms and paths for each person, but the potential for self-realization is within everyone.

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