Saturday, February 27, 2010

Transcendental Meditation Members Are "Concerned" for You!

Do you find True Believing TMers are "concerned" for your well-being?

How does that make you feel?

If we dare to leave—much less raise an objection about sexual, emotional, or psychological abuse we and others experienced—they set out to destroy us, calling us pathological, bitter, unethical, demonic.

And, of course, the classic CRAY-Z.™®

First they cut us in half with a machine gun. Then they hand us a Band-Aid. With soft eyes and half-smiling lips—sneered in condolence. (Apologies to Apocalypse Now.)

We're so "concerned" for you. That much anger can't be good for you. Did you know that angry individuals live shorter, less happy lives?

Is it just me, or does that kind of "loving kindness" give you the creeps, too?

Help isn't help if it isn't asked for. It's intrusion.

Uninvited "concern" isn't an offer to heal. It's criticism. It's judgment. It's invasion.

Touchy-feely, New Age, spiritual language around "concern": Isn't it just poorly camouflaged passive aggression?

I wonder if a more "enlightened" approach might be for TMers to discuss points they disagree with, rather than attempting to outline our character flaws?

Frankly, I think that tranquil—even if firm—discussion is what outsiders would mistakenly expect from practitioners of "spiritual" traditions like Transcendental Meditation, Jetsumna Akhon Lhamo's KPC, Legioinairies of Christ.

Probably not Scientology.

One thing that was excruciating for me about being in the Transcendental Meditation Org for 23 years was the cultural belief that if you could identify an individual's character flaw(s)—no matter how insignificant—you could safely dismiss his or her thoughts, feelings, experience.

Because they were obviously stupid, crazy, or EVIL—if they disagreed with the Maharishi's doctrines.

Even though it's pretty safe to say that ALL the geniuses who changed history, in every field, had their character flaws.

In the end, only a few "enlightened" figures can be said to have contributed as significantly to progress as the "mentally ill."

"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted." Matin Luther King, Jr.

After over 55 years of Transcendental Meditation, can you point to even one "enlightened" TM devotee who has had a major impact on the world?

I'm not sure "enlightenment" is all it's cracked up to be.



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