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Re: [Meditation Society of America] Re: Meditation and Pain Thesis Help Requested

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  • arthur gregory lui
    Hi Gene Poole! Thanks! What you ve said enlightened me on my study. Thanks again. Arthur ... __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo!
    Message 1 of 6 , Aug 22, 2003
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      Hi Gene Poole!

      Thanks! What you've said enlightened me on my study.

      Thanks again.

      Arthur

      --- Gene Poole <gene_poole@...> wrote:
      > > medit8ionsociety <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      >
      > > Greetings!
      > >
      > > I am Arthur Lui, I am a psychology student of the
      > > University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. I
      > have
      > > been into meditation for a few years already. I
      > just
      > > know basic meditation.
      > >
      > > I am currently working on my undergraduate thesis
      > > which deals with meditation on pain alleviation
      > among
      > > adolescent cancer patients here in manila.
      > >
      > > Would your society be able to give me some
      > pointers /
      > > suggestions / facts about my study?
      > >
      > > Thank you very much.
      > >
      > > Yours,
      > >
      > > Arthur Lui
      >
      > Hello Arthur...
      >
      > I wish you success with your study.
      >
      > Pain is generally synonymous with _contraction_.
      >
      > Pain-relieving drugs (opiates, etc) counteract
      > contraction by producing the opposite effect,
      > which is termed 'dilation'.
      >
      > Meditation is 'prescribed' in order to produce
      > 'dilation' of consciousness. While we understand
      > that this is roughly a metaphorical description,
      > meditation does result in _expansion_.
      >
      > Now we must carefully compare the concepts
      > of dilation and expansion.
      >
      > An object which grows (expands) in size is not
      > necessarily in a state of dilation. But a passage-
      > way which grows in size (the space of the passage=
      > way expands) is said to be dilating.
      >
      > We have seen use of language which uses those
      > terms interchangeably, while they are clearly not
      > interchangeable.
      >
      > We generally do not want pain to expand or grow;
      > nor do we want it to dilate, whatever that might
      > mean.
      >
      > We do want awareness to dilate, and this is what
      > certain analgesics can do. It seems that meditation
      > can also lead to dilation of awareness.
      >
      > One way to look at dilation of awareness is to
      > is to compare the effects of a spotlight to that
      > of a floodlight. The spotlight is contracted,
      > compared to the floodlight.
      >
      > Pain reduces (constricts) awareness to a 'point',
      > similar to a spotlight. And that is literally the
      > 'point' of pain. It draws attention.
      >
      > Diffusion/dilation of awareness encompasses
      > a large area, in which is found the point of pain.
      > On average, there is more non-pain area in awareness
      > than pain area. On average, pain is perceived as
      > being
      > less than before dilation of awareness.
      >
      > Understand that this is not a matter of distraction
      > from pain, but rather, gathering a very large
      > context
      > in which pain is a minority in awareness.
      >
      > The well-known 'expansive' effects of meditation
      > may therefore be better stated as 'dilation':
      >
      > [dilation n : the act of expanding an aperture; "the
      > dilation of the pupil of the eye"]
      >
      > The pupil of the eye dilates not only when an
      > object of pleasure or desire is seen, but also when
      > opiates are at work in the blood.
      >
      > You may be looking for a "common gateway"; IE,
      > what it is that meditation, pleasure/love and
      > opiates have in common; or more to the point,
      > how to exploit that gateway by purely meditative
      > means.
      >
      > 'Meditations' which can be measured to produce
      > endorphins is one clue.
      >
      > The metaphor of 'aperture' is useful in this search;
      > to be open to, in the face of forces which provoke
      > to be closed to.
      >
      > Good luck with your research!
      >
      > ==Gene Poole==
      >
      >


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