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What kind of "meditation" are you talking about?
On the cushion formal meditation? Off the cushion choiceless awareness or presence? Something else entirely?
Phil2 wrote:Following our recent discussions about the nature of meditation, it appears more and more clearly that meditation is a healing process.
The key to understanding of ourselves lies in the unblocking of our repression mechanisms, which is our 'defense system' that protects us against our emotional pains (which is also what we call 'ego'). In other words our past wounds and conflicts are hidden, they remain unconscious. However those past memories operate unconsciously, in the darkness, and contribute to all kinds of mental disorders like anxiety, depression, stress and even some kinds of schizophrenia or paranoia in the worst cases ...
As long as those memories are not made conscious those unconscious memories will continue to operate and create havoc in our lives.
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” - C.G. Jung
What happens in meditation is this: those old memories come back to our mind in the form of compulsive thoughts and emotions ... those thoughts cannot be escaped during meditation, painful situations must be relived consciously without any possibility of repression ... this is why it is important not to repress thoughts during meditation, but also they must not be fed or resisted ... and this is also why meditation is so hard for some people who cannot face their old wounds from their past ...
In this process we unblock those old memories and make the unconscious conscious.
Meditation becomes a healing process of self knowledge.
“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” Carl Jung
Fr. Thomas Keating wrote:"Meditation deals with the unconscious and all the emotional jumble which has been repressed during a whole life. This repressed stuff is accumulated into the organism and causes all kinds of problems.
When we allow the unconscious and the repressed stuff, the ancient emotional traumas, the addictive behaviours and negative motivations to rise (or move up) in consciousness and consequently to be evacuated, we then have access to information of a considerable importance. The body uses the deep stillness offered by meditation as an authorization to clear/evacuate which has no reason to remain stored in our nervous system and muscles It is one of the great sources of health offered by meditation"
'Fr. Keating wrote:"Comtemplation is beginning to be seen in scientific circles as changing the brain or is deeply affecting it, influencing it ... So I think it could be said safely that comtemplation refers to the evolution of the human species ... it hastens the evolution of human species ... so anybody who practices it is influencing and changing the future of the world ..."
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