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Re: Meditation-Induced Psychosis
Posted by: robot_dracula ()
Date: October 27, 2020 01:29AM

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Qi-gong Psychotic Reaction

Interesting. Found more info on this here:

Wikipedia - Zou huo ru mo

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Re: Dangers of Meditation
Posted by: facet ()
Date: October 31, 2020 12:12AM

Hi Zizls,

No, I’m not interested in writing a book about it.

Re the teacher point you made, I spent six years with a decent one who is now no longer available, and my option after that is no longer trustworthy, so I figured I’d bump into another along the way purely because in my own research terms, I’d need to emulate the previous setting framework in order to check in on differences.

Today of course, for me at least, teachers are overseers.. everything we teach ourselves even as babies. I know that we emulate, and we apply the models that we are given with the added bonus of the contagion of the company that is kept. The contagion being stronger depending on the levels of emulation (yoga, etc) and diminished sense of self (lack of boundary via oneness, etc) involved.

It’s been what, all of 5 days or so and even the minimum contact with so called spiritual circles meant that my self worth is gripping at my guts, so I’m out. I know I’ll be told it’s mine, and it is.. but the fact is that I know my self worth only turns up like this when I’m heading down the wrong road or in a situation that’s not for me.

These few days allowed me to feel just how powerless many of these circles still are. I feel surprised and embarrassed that I ever got involved in some of these things the first place, which shows me how much I really have come along, which couldn’t have occurred had I have not left it all behind.

I’m not sure about your points about the intentions behind meditation practice being an issue, there should not be blame placed upon people due to their intentions. Give me the workings on that zizl what is that belief about? Or does it just serve to protect meditation as a working model in the minds of those who will be shattered without its fix?

Strong willed people hate mindfulness from what I’ve seen. Good, because strong will is needed more than ever in today’s world.



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Re: Dangers of Meditation
Posted by: facet ()
Date: October 31, 2020 12:17AM

Good, because strong will is needed more than ever in today’s world - heh, to add, perhaps why narcissism is on the rise.

.. and it’s true for me, it is that small engagement, the small experience and a return to daily life as usual, no better no worse, but the experience, because without the return to regularity there is the mess involved.

That’s where things too have gone wrong. The mystical experience for humans, maybe a short period during growing up if chosen, it has become a business.

It is an industry, one that needs regular adherents.

It’s not the way.



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Re: Dangers of Meditation
Posted by: zizlz ()
Date: October 31, 2020 01:07AM

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facet
I’m not sure about your points about the intentions behind meditation practice being an issue, there should not be blame placed upon people due to their intentions. Give me the workings on that zizl what is that belief about? Or does it just serve to protect meditation as a working model in the minds of those who will be shattered without its fix?

Hi facet, I'm a bit puzzled that you managed to turn my observation into blame but that's okay.

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Strong willed people hate mindfulness from what I’ve seen. Good, because strong will is needed more than ever in today’s world.

Again, I'm a bit puzzled by your words but that's okay. There are/were many successful people with a meditation practice, e.g. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs.



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Re: Dangers of Meditation
Posted by: facet ()
Date: November 05, 2020 01:54AM

Hi Zizls,

I can elaborate, in the quote here you mention
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The cases I see meditation having negative effects usually involve meditating for the wrong reasons: the belief that "there's something wrong with me, and I have to un-wrong myself by meditating."

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A more healthy attitude IMO is to meditate because you love connecting with the stillness that underlies all experience but usually goes unnoticed. Or curiosity about the nature of awareness, self, and the mind. If meditation isn't done in a loving/fun way, I think it's better not to do it at all.

Negative affects being due to ‘wrong reason to meditate’ it is laying blame upon the person choosing.

Brain chemistry is changed with meditation, maybe initial benefits but as previously mentioned meditation is simply the lesser functioning brain, I myself prefer human functioning as it naturally is, I let it do what it needs to do minus an intervention such as meditation.

Many people, especially today, are not accessing meditation from the p perspectives quoted above, but that does not = the reason for its failures, which are for the majority, serious in nature.

Unless you are involved in a lineage that requires, why would meditation long term enter anyone’s life? There is no need.

For passing mystical experience, there is contagion with the teacher maybe, but long term? No need. Paying? No need.

The problems of life you mention are are dealt with separately. Societies today recommend meditation, even for young people and children. I feel these recommendations dangerous, like I said previously, it’s like smoking, one day there will be warnings about it everywhere.

Our brains are so delicate, I think that they do what they need to do with the environment, which can either spur an action in a person to make a positive change their lives if it’s needed. Or, to sit in acceptance and meditation and adapt. I know which I choose and of course others are free to choose for themselves. Some things, they are just not for accepting. Practice, the ‘illusion’ of life drama aside.

Let’s say for a fictional instance I have a neighbour who is bringing home loud parties, meditation won’t help that.. and I cannot use a healing modality or system of magic (both methods of need to control) to remove the neighbour, however my acting in the world for me will. Fight or flight maybe be repeatedly there, til I get my ass out of the situation, it is a helper, and if it’s not, then I might want to look at why I’ve switched that function off in meditation and ended up enduring a problem for much longer than I should have, which then is contributing to poor mental health.

Meditation is not what it is cracked up to be, those are my old wise words to my younger self if I had the faculty to tell me :-).. and for me, I entered in through playful enquiry and with the help of contagion.



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Re: Dangers of Meditation
Posted by: zizlz ()
Date: November 05, 2020 02:20AM

Thanks for your explanation, Facet. I agree with your reservations about having children meditate. I once asked a psychologist what she thought about meditating with children and she recommended against it, saying it may not be healthy to halt their inner processes.

Regarding the rest of what you wrote, it doesn't match my own experience nor the scientific research I've read.

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Re: Dangers of Meditation
Posted by: facet ()
Date: November 05, 2020 02:28AM

zizlz Wrote:
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I once asked a psychologist what she thought about
> meditating with children and she recommended
> against it, saying it may not be healthy to halt
> their inner processes.

Good to know :-)

>
> Regarding the rest of what you wrote, it doesn't
> match my own experience nor the scientific
> research I've read.

We are all different, after all. Stay well :-)

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Re: Dangers of Meditation
Posted by: facet ()
Date: November 06, 2020 10:38PM

An interesting article..

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Have people actually conducted studies on meditation addiction? U.S.-based researchers conducted a qualitative research study in 2017 that determined 7 impacts of excessive meditation. Researchers concluded that if you meditate excessively, it can impact your: Cognitive thinking Sensory stimuli Emotions Body Awareness Motivation Sense of self Social interaction Additionally, researchers found that as many as 41 percent of participants experienced negative results when meditating for over 10 hours per day. With that being said, some people experience “spiritual bliss” through meditation. These people may spend several hours in a meditative state each day with hopes of recreating that feeling of euphoria.

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