Dynamic Meditation was the process that put a stake in my diagnosis of Manic-Depression (Bi-Polar Disorder). Until I stumbled upon in in 1977 I was convinced of the existence of mental illness and that it was a chemical imbalance that could be corrected through an expensive course of psychotherapy coupled with the taking of psychotropic medication.
Meditation opens your inner eye and you begin to see the world differently. Prior to meditation you exist in a dream-like state. You don’t know who you are or what is being done to you. The lies imparted to you as an innocent child by parents, priests, and politicians become your reality. All the information, prejudices and beliefs given to you as you grow into adulthood become your reality, and all the abuses you endure, all the traumas heaped upon you are buried deep inside. You become a fully functional cog in society’s wheel. The essence of who you are is buried under layers of society’s bullshit. Collectively you become nothing more than a member of various belief systems. You are a white man. You are a Democrat. You are an American. You are of Scottish descent. You are pro-choice. You are anti-Gay. Individually you manage to silence your inner reality as you become more and more rigid in your adherence to the mob psychology.
My own breakdown began as my inner world, my innate intelligence, erupted to challenge the thick wall of conditioning. Truths that I had embraced for thirty years suddenly seemed like only weak, easily challenged prejudices. The solid ground of my cherished beliefs morphed into quicksand. I was spiraling out of control.
My descent into “madness” lasted four years. Nobody was able to help me. Therapy kept me somewhat tied together and able to function, and psychotropic drugs helped me get a good night’s sleep, but what I needed was the courage and insight to not try to hold on to my old way of being, but to dive inwards and face my own unique truth.
Dynamic Meditation provided the tools to do just that. For the past 38 years I have lived as a stranger in a strange land, a man without a country, a being without identification with a religion or a political party or a belief system. The trade-off is that through meditation I began to live without a fear of death, without a fear of letting go, and without a fear of madness. It is a worthwhile trade-off.
Since I was once officially declared to be mentally ill, and since I spent a dozen years working in insane asylums, I have a passion for reaching out to those people similarly labeled or frightened of the possibility of madness. I declare to you that you are not ill, you are not mad; you are a vibrant, alive soul currently imprisoned in a mad society. Dynamic and other powerful meditations can and will spring the trap. All it takes is a little courage.
If you choose not to believe me, please have the courage to investigate for yourself. There are many enlightened beings alive today who are available to help. In the field of psychology, Peter Breggin and Robert Whitaker are doing wonderful work and are easy to read. In the realm of political thought Chris Hedges and Arundhati Roy are leading the charge. Deceased, but still vibrant, are the words of R.D. Laing, Wilhelm Reich and Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (now simply referred to as Osho). On my website (mentalillnessmyths.com) I list others who can help you break the conditionings and arrive at your own truth. In the video section is a description of the Dynamic Meditation as well as a film on Vipassana Meditation. You can contact me through the website and I will be honored to offer help and encouragement. For now I leave you with Osho’s words….
“Please don’t be afraid of madness – for the simple reason that you are already mad! This world is such a vast madhouse. Every child is born sane, but cannot live sane long; it is impossible. He is brought up by mad people, taught by other mad people, conditioned by other mad people. He is bound to become mad; just to survive he has to become mad.
The people who are put in the madhouses are simply very sensitive people, vulnerable people, delicate people, not so hard as the others who live in the marketplace. They are not so thick-skinned, that’s why they break down. The thick-skinned go on living amongst all kinds of madness; they go on adjusting.
So you go and do the meditations and let the mad people watch. They will enjoy it tremendously, and they will say that there is not much difference between us and you! Then they will participate and you will be able to help them.
A madman doesn’t need a doctor, he needs a friend. A doctor is too impersonal, too far away, too technical. And a doctor always looks at a madman as if he is an object to be treated. In his very look there is condemnation: something is wrong and has to be put right. A madman needs someone who loves, who cares and is friendly; someone who does not make him an objective thing, and accepts his individuality. And not only that, but also accepts his madness, because he accepts deep down that each man has a sane part and an insane part.
Insanity is the night part of man. It is natural, there is nothing wrong in it. When you can say to a madman that not only are you mad but I am too, immediately a bridge is made. And then he is available, and it is possible to help him.
Side Effects of Dynamic Meditation
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