Originally Posted by Angela
Yeah, I was talking more about other beliefs, because this one is not something people tend to argue about. But this is PDSP! Someone will eventually get around to making you wrong about it, somehow or other!
As far as someone "making me wrong," that's rather why I started the thread (that, and I figured I'd create another thread to hijack
"What is, is," though, I think is not a belief so much as description of a way of standing: just being present to what is being -- just Being. (I think that's the way you use it, too, isn't it?)
Indeed, I do, and why I changed the username--I finally found a username that fit.
(I've never been a solipsist, but friends of mine have often called me that, and it was all I had when I originally signed up for this place).
Alan Watts called Zen a "way of liberation," and frankly, that's how I see my own ... adopted philosophy of "What is, is"--a way of liberation. I also see other "ways of liberation" around here: IM/LoA can be a way; Subject Reality Consciousness can be a way; Advaitism, etc., and I've snatched some gold nuggets from just about every philosophy and even some religions (like the Enzo in my avatar, graciously modified by James). There's a lot of threads of truth out there, and those threads seem to lead to the same place. Hence, I'm willing to listen to just about anything, if only to find the thread that will likely and ultimately lead the ____ist to Peace, Joy, and Love.
Now, Ang, if I might ask you a question--you mentioned that you still hold some "operative" beliefs that work for you, and I'm wondering how that's possible, and, basically, how that works. I ask this, because, it seems that I might also harbor some "operative" beliefs, and now that I'm ... more okay with stuff, I'm wondering how and why those would be applied. What purpose do those operative beliefs serve?