Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Special Techniques again....

People I taught also reported positive experiences using these techniques. It's hard to know how much of it was real and how much was placebo. Maybe it doesn't matter. If you thought you benefited, you benefited, simple as that.

By the time I was giving those techniques out I was very much aware of the experience/reward system so much in place at all levels of the TMO. In Seelisberg I recall people practically tripping over each other trying to out do each other with their sidhi experiences. Whatever was going on, no one flew, no one became invisible, but there were a lot of "just abouts" and "almosts".

Yep, any day now.....

4 comments:

Bhaskar Mitra said...

i came across your blog while googling for something else. While I'm not a TM person, some things in here make me cringe. One of them is of course your description of maharishi. meditation is supposed to hand in hand with householder dharma. Full time meditation is only for sannyasins. It seems maharishi mixed things up and created a royal mess. Its understandable why TM never really took off in india.

The other thing that makes me cringe is that you people seem to think that spirituality, and meditation itself has no meaning. From one extreme, you have gone to another. Spirituality is very practical, and meditation is not an opiate.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Bhaskar,

Actually some of us do meditate, although not transcendentally. We honor both meditation and spirituality. Our concerns are with the practices and deeds of the TM Org and the Maharishi. We have posted a few notes about our feelings about meditation. We are also working on some further posts about spirituality -- particularly establishing it after leaving TM. Please consider reading further on TM-Free Blog as we develop these themes.

-- J.

Anonymous said...

Important points.
The message of going beyond thought is ancient and pervasive amongst the texts of India thinking and Buddhist teachings. Although transcendental meditation has not given rise to the rapid spiritualisation promised of it, we all still have the opportunity to establish ourselves in other practises & discover the peace and freshness of letting go and Being.

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