Speaking to an executive about mindfulness can be a bit like speaking to a classical musician about jazz. It might look like they could play a little Coltrane, because they deal in sounds, but they don’t really have the circuits for it. We don’t take well to learning new skills, especially in later life, and any reason to not focus on a new skill, like it being linked to a religion other than yours, doesn’t help
"I don’t know at what point in my dreaming I died, but I have a feeling I kind of know, or at least have a hypothesis. I had periods between coherent dreams sometimes that were just void and floating and being. I also had a super hyperreal interface with fourth dimensional beings who “played” the universe to some extent. Able to go between the two. Have you ever seen Enter the Void? Think a more calm and less ego that with more ability to intervene to some extent. I have done my fair share psychedelics since then and had semi-similar experiences, contact with other-worldly entities or even just presences. Honestly, I am not sure what I believe happens after you die. All I know is that I felt very at home, very curious, exploring everything, so much to know, so many interesting “people”. I think I believe in something, but if it was just nothingness I don’t know how surprised I would be. I just know I feel something present. Something eternal."
"For about almost seven years—except during sleep—I have never had a single moment in which I did not hear voices. They accompany me to every place and at all times; they continue to sound even when I am in conversation with other people, they persist undeterred even when I concentrate on other things, for instance read a book or newspaper, play the piano, etc.; only when I am talking aloud to other people or to myself are they of course drowned by the stronger sound of the spoken word and therefore inaudible to me."
"As we lose those memories of those early years, years that we previously could recall, we’re losing part of our childhood - in essence, we’re losing all or almost all of those events that occurred to us then,” notes Peterson. “So our ‘psychological childhood’ begins much later than our real childhood. And most or all of those events that previously were talked about, that caused laughter or tears, are no longer accessible if they occurred in our preschool years."
"The only people who can become truly ‘equal’ are those who pay large amounts of money to the organisation to train for up to seven years in ‘Structural Resonance Alignment’. They are ‘supported’ by the more elite members of the group in having their personalities modified, corrected and ultimately removed altogether. This is what they believe will lead to the end of world poverty and starvation."
"She wouldn’t make eye contact. She didn’t react to heat or cold — or pain. The insertion of an IV needle elicited no reaction. She never cried. With a nurse holding her hands, she could stand and walk sideways on her toes, like a crab. She couldn’t talk, didn’t know how to nod yes or no. Once in a while she grunted. (…) Hard as it was to imagine, they doubted she had ever been taken out in the sun, sung to sleep, even hugged or held. She was fragile and beautiful, but whatever makes a person human seemed somehow missing."
"L’humanité n’a pas attendu les missionnaires (lesquels, pour une bonne part, n’étaient guère moraux dans leurs rapports avec les « indigènes ») pour développer une conscience morale, et l’on peut même avancer que les choses se sont sans doute passées à l’inverse de ce que pensent les partisans des valeurs chrétiennes : ce n’est pas le message de l’Evangile qui a rendu les gens moraux, c’est bien plutôt parce qu’ils avaient déjà une conscience morale et un souci de l’autre que de nombreuses personnes ont été séduites par le message de tolérance et de respect de l’Evangile."
"It shows there’s some truth to that aphorism that the eyes are windows into the soul—although, what they’ve shown is that the eyes are really windows into our minds and whether or not we have one."