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    Cross post (with permission from: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mysticheartmeditation/ Thanks to Bob Rose, President of The Meditation Society of America, I m
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 30, 2009
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      Cross post (with permission from:

      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mysticheartmeditation/

      Thanks to Bob Rose, President
      of The Meditation Society of
      America, I'm going to have to
      construct an updated model of
      how meditative practice 'lights
      up' the brain.

      He cited studies that show a
      balance of activity that is
      less right brain/left brain
      significant and more of a
      balance of insight and emotion
      in meditation and the onset
      of 'enlightenment'.

      This holds with my long held
      sense (and experience) that
      the ego is not annihilated
      in the enlightenment event -
      even though it feels threatened
      with annihilation, but rather
      is delighted with the new
      insight and wisdom... and
      actually feels as though
      it now has a new playmate
      of consciousness.

      The critical part - that is,
      the 'wisdom whisper from the
      heart', the central position,
      remains intact with the ancient
      yoga text and contemporary
      models (and personal experience).

      Back to the ego thing for a
      brief comment:

      While the ego is delighted
      with the new playmate, and
      the ego is now free of being
      on call 24/7 as the only 'way'
      to get through life, the ego
      does not entirely give up its
      long-held (before awakening)
      throne for long.

      The ego will rise again, and
      attempt to regain control if
      we are not consistent in our
      practice of enjoying the new
      freedom of awakening, and we
      do not allow negative emotion
      (especially anger and a lack
      of love toward all) to rear
      its ugly side.

      The good news is that it only
      takes a flashbulb of recognition
      that we've allowed negativity
      in to 'return' to the awakened
      state.

      As Ramana Maharshi taught,
      "Aspirants meditate to achieve
      (Self Realization) and awakened
      meditate to maintain."

      One Love,

      Jeff
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