Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The Dangers of Trance Meditation
John Knapp LSMW has a page on his website dedicated to the possible addiction of Trance Meditations. The years of doing the meditation techniques at the institute left me with serious problems that did not start to dissapate untill I completely stopped using them altogether. After I was introduced to the techniques (IE tools) in my beginning classes during the late 1980's I began using them in earnest and meditated for an hour every day for quite some time. I had no idea at the time what I was getting myself involved with.
I began experiencing things I could not explain. I now know I was experiencing perceptual distortions IE Ghost in the Mirror Effect, minor hallucinations (auditory and visual), dissociation and hypomania. The hypomania is addictive! VERY ADDICTIVE! I was dealing with a mild depression at the time and the hypomania was so much more wonderful and I hated going back into those depressed states.
The low grade depression is now completely gone with the help of exercise, proper dietary habits, planned pleasurable activities, a quiet and peaceful home and also because of non-trance meditation.
One thing which I have been using my meditation time for is "recuperation" from intensive workouts. I work out 6 days a week, 3 days running and 3 days doing yoga and weights. Immediately following my workout, I sit zazen for 1/2 an hour and then sit in a recliner for 1/2 an hour more to get completely relaxed. The results are astounding and I am recovering from my intense workouts with much more ease than before. But I am not trancing anymore! Thank goodness!
Trancing and playing with perhaps biofeedback triggers in our minds is not safe, sane or healthy. Altered States of Consciousness (ASC) are one of the last areas scientists are looking at and slowly we are coming to an awareness that they are not things we should be playing around with. But to many cults and other orgs use it heavily. BPI most certainly was no exception to this rule. The whole basis of their success was based on getting people in trance, keeping them in trance, and fleecing them of their money while making them think they were "developing spiritually." In all due respect we were being taken closer and closer to a psychotic break and mania. The signs and symptoms are exactly the same when you compare them. I have the clinical knowledge to discern them and the experience to know them. Not to many people do!