How can I reach certainty about some things and obtain peace of mind?

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Re: How can I reach certainty about some things and obtain peace of mind?

Post by Nick_A » Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:15 pm

Dubious wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:33 pm
Nothing is certain of anything which was ever written or thought. There's only a greater of lesser probability of it being so.

Why should this disturb my "peace of mind" and what piece of that would it be?
Suppose the problem isn't thought? A person must try a new approach. Sometimes a good piece of ass leads to peace of mind. It's worth a shot.

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Re: How can I reach certainty about some things and obtain peace of mind?

Post by Dubious » Sun Jun 09, 2019 12:00 am

Nick_A wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:15 pm
Dubious wrote:
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:33 pm
Nothing is certain of anything which was ever written or thought. There's only a greater of lesser probability of it being so.

Why should this disturb my "peace of mind" and what piece of that would it be?
Suppose the problem isn't thought? A person must try a new approach. Sometimes a good piece of ass leads to peace of mind. It's worth a shot.
That may suffice for some but I was looking for something more permanent! If a "piece of ass" were sufficient there would be a lot of peace in the world since there's plenty of them around! :lol:

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Re: How can I reach certainty about some things and obtain peace of mind?

Post by Dontaskme » Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:53 pm

GhostThinker25 wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 4:59 am
Well, I don't really know what to do to reach peace of mind. I feel stuck in this stressful state of disorientation. How can I escape this?
You can escape this disorientation very easily.

There is a place of perfect peace but no one lives there..do you want to live there?

If you do, you can enter that place anytime you like, but you have to leave the monkey mind outside.

You literally have to leave yourself, do you want to leave yourself, or do you like hearing the sound of your own echo over and over again until it stresses you out so much you feel like jumping off a building? are you ready to jump into the abyss? ..if you are then you must also let go of the air while falling...then when you decide you want to do all that is when you'll be finally free of your disorientation and at the same time be certain that the thing you wanted to escape from was possible and very certainly doable.

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Re: How can I reach certainty about some things and obtain peace of mind?

Post by Arising_uk » Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:05 pm

What are some of the things you wish to reach certainty about?

What would obtaining peace of mind be like for you? What I mean is how would you know when you have obrained peace of mind?

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Re: How can I reach certainty about some things and obtain peace of mind?

Post by Harbal » Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:18 pm

Arising_uk wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:05 pm
how would you know when you have obrained peace of mind?
He would probably no longer feel the need to ask silly questions.

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Re: How can I reach certainty about some things and obtain peace of mind?

Post by Dubious » Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:45 am

Being certain about some things would probably cause the opposite to peace of mind. When they say that ignorance is bliss, while not being true is at least partly true.

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Re: How can I reach certainty about some things and obtain peace of mind?

Post by Skepdick » Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:02 am

Certainty about the external world is a physical impossibility.

If you are going to find peace of mind, first you need to understand and accept that uncertainty is not something to be overcome, but something to be accepted and managed.

Decision-making under uncertainty is the science of risk management. It's the science of making good choices despite having incomplete information.
As far as I can tell - that's the wisdom philosophers have always sought.

It's a vast body of knowledge, but if you are going to start somewhere, try here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/so ... ncertainty.

Or if you want something less technical and easier to read try this book.

If knowing that you have done the best that you can with the information that you have doesn't result in peace of mind, then there are medical alternatives for anxiety.

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