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Re: The wrong kind of emptiness question

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  • Jeff Belyea
    Hi Stephen - Some people who begin a meditation practice spend years to realize any sort of spiritual experience , and some are rewarded almost immediately.
    Message 1 of 4 , Jun 19, 2006
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      Hi Stephen -

      Some people who begin
      a meditation practice
      spend years to realize
      any "sort of spiritual
      experience", and some
      are rewarded almost
      immediately. It probably
      depends a great deal
      of the heart and sincerity
      and motivation of the
      meditator, and the particular
      teachings or teacher.

      Peace and loving awareness,

      Jeff



      --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "Stephen
      Johnston" <stephen.johnston@...> wrote:
      >
      > Hi Jeff,
      >
      > Thhat sounds very interesting, and might describe what is
      happening.
      > It feels right intuitively, but the only thing that keeps from
      > saying "Yes! That's it!" is the fact that I have only been
      meditating
      > for a couple of months. However, I did have a sort of spiritual
      > experience a few months ago that spontaneously created the
      feelings I
      > now associate with meditation, so perhaps something along those
      lines
      > really is happening.
      >
      > Thanks for your insightful response.
      >
      > Regards,
      >
      > Stephen
      >
      >
      > >
      > > Here's an opinion: The benefits
      > > of meditation that you have experienced
      > > are wonderful, as you know. There is
      > > also an experience of meditation that is
      > > dramatic and sometimes startling (in
      > > the right way). A prelude to this
      > > sudden in rush of insight or wisdom
      > > is often this feelng of emptiness,
      > > tinged with a free-floating sense of
      > > fear of dread. This is the "ego", or
      > > an aspect of ego, that has exerted
      > > control over our identity to the
      > > point that we feel that our very
      > > being is essentially our thoughts,
      > > senses and emotions. As we approach
      > > the absolute silence of meditation,
      > > another identity begins to emerge.
      > > This "threatens" our previously
      > > held sense of self. But if you
      > > stay with it, it will emerge, and
      > > the threatened self of self (small
      > > s) will be delighted to be "visited"
      > > by the higher Self (big S). And
      > > now, a new identity is superimposed
      > > over our older, and now relegated
      > > to secondary, identity. We have
      > > become whole. It's an incredible
      > > joy, an astounding rush. Stick
      > > with it.
      > >
      > > Jeff
      > >
      >
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