While it's true that meditation provides a near ideal environment for being with one's experiences, including the arising of past traumas, the notion that one can get in touch with the unity underlying one's experience without somehow how working through these unresolved issues is, in my experience, unrealistic. Why? Because trauma affects not only one's sense of self in the world, but also one's physiology. In working with my own traumatic childhood experiences in meditation I've found it impossible to reach any significant quietening of the mind, because there exists within me, quite literally, a severely wounded child. The resistance to opening up both mentally and physically to these submerged issues is extraordinary. Thanks,
Until one opens up to the terror of the past, there can be no true peace of mind. Moments of clarity, yes, but nothing that encounters the deeper aspects of being itself. I have as yet found no resolution to my issues through meditation, psychotherapy, music, hallucinogens, etc., but eventually I'm confident that the walls will come down. In the end it's readiness that allows for letting go--until then, it's only knocking at the door to the mystery.....
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