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9/24/19 12:55 AM
    Hello, I'm Dominic Rocks! I'm a 22 year old from Sydney Australia, I began meditating one year ago with increasing intensity and some time commited. I've taken time off to process and accelerate my stream entry which took place through the dzogchen teachings on the 4th of July (pretty funny) and I want to have a career related to meditation. I haven't been talking to other practitioners so forgive me if I mislabel or poorly explain something

    My main practice is wandering walking meditation, I focus on giving myself a lot of options and then acting without intention. I mix this in with my daily life, spurts of other practices: the brahmaviharas, goenka vipassana, self-reflection and anapanasati. When walking I follow this sequence: calming the breath, body and mind, stillness and then I do nothing. In situations of stronger sensory input like motion, nature, colour, expansiveness, three-dimensionality and other people, I experience emptiness and my thoughts quickly vanish when they arise. With weaker input, I experience the clarity version of it but not full emptiness, my baseline feels like non-meditation. I experience both spontaneous and controllable silence, I have also experienced it spontaeously in a dream. I have also experienced not experiencing anything and one-pointed thinking while asleep (although sometimes more awake then alseep). I have a good mind-body connection and have a good relationship with my chakras, 
    I no longer think or worry about sense aversion unless I am meditating on pain. I can still experience some negative emotions through specific conditionings (some still deeply rooted) but this only comes up rarely or when I invite it in my daily life. I analyse my experience through pride, desire, attatchment and aversion. I feel I have a deep base of concentration from informal practice but I don't have fully developed extended concentration and I don't practice samatha. I still have a lot of pride, greed, restlessness and other defilements to get to work on.

    I haven't been in contact with any teachers so i'm excited to hear what you guys think. If you have any recommendations for people to connect with in Sydney please let me know.

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9/23/19 9:27 AM as a reply to Dominic Rocks.
Hi Dom, sounds like you have it all sorted! I guess if you really want to have a career in meditation and channel that deeply enough then the students should appear ...

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9/24/19 1:09 AM as a reply to agnostic.
Thank you for your reassurance. I trust that this will happen but I still really want some more financial stability and connections to the community. Do you have any insight into what some of my opportunities are now and what they could be when I get more connections or development?

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9/24/19 1:02 AM as a reply to Dominic Rocks.
I would suggest you try to notice your levels of equanimity, compassion, and humility, and if they are increasing over time your practice is doing what it should. 

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9/24/19 1:26 AM as a reply to Jim Smith.
Would you recomend I do metta to improve compassion and humility? I've only done approximately 30 hours. I am unsure if I should prioritise balancing things like this or to just continue focusing on the defilements and riding out my dzogchen momentum and get to balancing later. I've thought about prioritising metta when I desire to be more loving, but I always feel like i'm being greedy and impatient when this happens and that I should stick to dzogchen.

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9/24/19 2:59 AM as a reply to Dominic Rocks.
Dominic Rocks:
Would you recomend I do metta to improve compassion and humility? I've only done approximately 30 hours. I am unsure if I should prioritise balancing things like this or to just continue focusing on the defilements and riding out my dzogchen momentum and get to balancing later. I've thought about prioritising metta when I desire to be more loving, but I always feel like i'm being greedy and impatient when this happens and that I should stick to dzogchen.
It's not really for me to say. I've tried a lot of different styles, so I am not against variety, but I think the individual should decide for himself what is best for him. Compassion can come from any type of meditation. As you observe the mind in meditation, you will understand yourself better, and that should help you understand other people - and that leads to equanimity and compassion.

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9/24/19 3:59 AM as a reply to Dominic Rocks.
Dominic Rocks:
I trust that this will happen but I still really want some more financial stability and connections to the community.
Three robes and a bowl won't suffice then? emoticon

Have you considered mindfulness-based therapy practices? Or even becoming a yoga, tai chi or some martial arts instructor? A researcher, a brain scientist?

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9/24/19 10:23 AM as a reply to Dominic Rocks.
On a totally different tack, you could try looking around you and seeing if there is anybody who needs your help. That could take you in a new direction.