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Question Meditation. (Why Erase Your Sense of Self?)

Question Meditation. Although teachers won’t tell you this at the start, meditation erases your sense of self.

Question Meditation. And I don’t mean, “Question which type of meditation is right for me?”

Neither do I mean a popular question in today’s online dating: “How many days a week do you meditate?”!!!!!!! Yikes!!!!!

Instead, I mean, “Question doing any kind of meditation at all.” Here’s why.

Question Meditation: How It Has Changed

For 10,000 years spiritual seekers have meditated. But the need to meditate changed forever with the Shift into The Age of Awakening. As you may know, this subtle change to human consciousness happened on 12/21/12. And, with that Shift, the psychic barrier (or veil) moved away forever.

In this article, I’ll share my perspective on why meditation is no longer necessary. Not needed for personal growth. Nor for spiritual awakening. And definitely not needed for gaining Enlightenment.

Note: To get the most from today’s article, please read our earlier articles in this series — and the fabulous comments:

  1. Why Consciousness Matters So Much for Seeking Self-Realization
  2. Smarter Spiritual Seeking in The Age of Awakening
  3. Smarter Spiritual Seeking Starts NOW

Don’t Question Meditation BEFORE The Age of Awakening. Then It Was Needed.

Because then, serious spiritual seekers needed to meditate.

Back in the day, meditation really was your only hope. If you wished to have direct experience of God, in a sustained way. And also meditation was your only way to solve the problem of the self.

  • California or bust! That was a slogan in America during the Gold Rush era.
  • Enlightenment or bust! I remember that as a jokey slogan among me and some of my TM friends. During courses to deepen our practice of Transcendental Meditation. (Altogether I spent a year of my life at the feet of my former guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The one who wept, as described in this memoir.)
  • Meditation or bust! That could have been the slogan of spiritual seekers for thousands of years up until 12/21/12.

Even though the psychic barrier was thinning exponentially, it would persist until that Shift into The Age of Awakening.

Traditional Meditation Practices Go with Obsolete, Underdeveloped Ideas about the Self

Blog-Buddies, do you have any idea how great the change is? Traditional forms of meditation — including many forms taught today — come from antiquity. Including antiquated, vague notions of the human self.

During the last two thousand years before the Shift, ideas about the self were evolving. And especially changes took place over the last hundred years.

In your lifetime, you’ve enjoyed the luxury of having a personal self. One that matters. But think about that for a moment. The idea of self? It’s one of the great triumphs of human evolution. Wow, a personal sense of self that has become sticky in collective consciousness! Yep, humanity’s subconscious set of expectations has come to include the idea that human beings have a self. An individual, independent self, not just being a person with a tribal identity.

Look, lest you forget… romantic love didn’t even enter the cultural scene until the Romantic Era. For social acceptance that one’s own personal self could fall in love and then seek marriage? Think 1850.

And, please, don’t let earlier works, like “Romeo and Juliet” confuse the issue. These were plays, entertainments. Not how people really lived. Like it or not, in most families, weddings were property deals. Chosen by the parental unit, of course. Not the young hotties.

Love matches that you and I are used to? They’re just a recent blip in human history.

No wonder, when it came to self, we’re living in a different world than our ancestors. By now, we’re seeking love — and God — in an Age of Awakening world.

But DO Question Meditation Now

During the Age of Faith, Notions of Self Were Vastly Different from What We Have Today

Because we’re living post-postmodern. Living in The Age of Awakening. Emerging from the last century of that Age of Faith, when the psychic barrier thinned like crazy. Also, Freud had done his amazing work, launching psychiatry and psychology. And even launching pop psych. Just consider the title of his big bestseller, about 100 years before the Age of Faith ended: “The Psychopathology of Everyday Life.”

Blog-Buddies, we were raised with very contemporary ideas of the self. Vivid pictures of the difference will eventually be part of The New Strong Online Workshop. (Included in one of the two advanced workshops that I haven’t published yet.) (Patience, everyone! Including Rose!)

There, you can discover mind-blowing portraits of how consciousness has changed. Everyday people, photographed 100 years ago, didn’t have anything remotely the a post-postmodern sense of self.

Incidentally, if you’re curious, book a session with me of RES Energy READING. On the day of your session, email me photo links to two of your relatives, photographed long ago. I’ll research ’em for you.

Blog-Buddies who’ve taken the in-person New Strong Workshop. And those of you who’ve done personal mentoring with me.

Please COMMENT below, sharing the impact of that knowledge on you. In its quiet way, research like this can really shake up your sense of what it means to be human right now. And human in different ways than most people who have walked on earth.

Question Meditation NOW, Since Old-Time Notions of Self Were So Undeveloped.

At least compared to how today’s humans — like you — live, and think, and feel, and believe.

And it becomes abundantly clear how notions of self were different:

  • Scarcely any sense of self as an individual.
  • More a sense of self as belonging to the village, the family, the tribe.
  • To be a good person you followed “The Old Rules” described in my self-help book, “The New Strong.” The Old Rules, not “The New Rules” that help us today.
  • In general, those Old Rules put personal happiness last. While personal growth? That wasn’t even a concept.
  • At most, folks had religious aspirations. Not personal ones.
  • Yes, mostly people understood self in terms of following religion, being good.
  • Or else, what mattered most was gaining social approval.

Hey, does any of that sound like how YOU live?

Of course not. You’re part of a transitional generation in history, straddling the Age of Faith and Age of Awakening! With a sense of self to match!

Question Using Meditation Now, Since It’s Designed to Erase the Human Self

Honest to goodness, that’s what meditation practices aim to do. However that main job is adorned with pretty, idealized, incentives. Erasing your magnificent human individuality through:

  • Buddhist meditation
  • Hindu meditation
  • Christian meditation
  • You name it.

Any meditation practice based in tradition comes from the Age of Faith. Based upon a very limited sense of self for people.

And given the thick psychic barrier, people who were serious about Enlightenment usually had to become renunciates — monks or nuns. Giving their whole lives up to prayer and asanas and meditation.

It wasn’t until the Great World Gurus that spiritual masters told spiritual seekers that they could gain Enlightenment as householders. (Sadly, they lied. I’ll write more about that some day.)

Unaware that Meditation Might Be Outdated, Many Spiritual Seekers Today Start Meditating

Aiming to get past the misery of human life. Seeking something pure, sweet, even transcendent.

And, back during the Age of Faith, what was the only big-time spiritual game in town? Traditional Enlightenment.

No longer, though. Living now, we’ve got a new form of Self-Realization, God-Realization, Self-Actualization, Enlightenment.

Now every spiritual seeker has a new option, being pioneered on earth by people like these. I happen to know these folks very well. Only one has practiced meditation in the years preceding her shift into Age of Awakening Enlightenment. As for the others? Not at all.

In fact, one moved into Enlightenment only after — as suggested by his Enlightenment Coach — he stopped doing meditation.

Because today’s Age of Awakening Enlightenment doesn’t require any meditation whatsoever. (More on that in our next, and last, article in this series.)

In short, question meditation as a self-actualizing person who lives now. No longer do you require a spiritual practice to blast you past the psychic barrier. Smashing your sense of self in the process.

That barrier no longer exists. And your personal individuality, that self of yours, can turn glorious when in Age of Awakening Enlightenment.

Finally, Question Meditation Designed to Improve Your NADIS

Did you also know that 10,000 years ago, Enlightenment Coaches also read auras in great detail? For them it wasn’t a matter of seeing the colours, any more than for Enlightenment Coaching today. Bygone sages read the Nadis. Google that term and you’ll find that loads of Nadis are mentioned. Varying numbers depending upon the authority. For instance 35,000 Nadis in your body right now!

But as for specific names, it’s hard to find many. And they sure don’t make sense in terms of emotional and spiritual growth. Here are two important ones:

  1. Ida is responsible for psychic and extrasensory perceptions. It stimulates creative, artistic activities, processes information and controls orientation in space. Its cold energy helps to lower the body temperature. In her harmonious function, Ida, who represents our subconscious, frees fears and feelings of guilt.”
  2. Pingala “represents the masculine principle, the symbol of Man, of the father, of the hereditary and educational influences coming from him and all that he can represent in our development.”

RES Perspective on the Nadis, Subtle Components of “Who Am I?”

After I’d been researching chakra databanks for years, I learned about these Nadis. At first, I felt a burst of validation. Since I didn’t (and still don’t) know of any other aura readers, outside RES, who can read chakra databanks.

But when I researched a bit more about the Nadis, my reaction changed. More like, “Wow, caring about the human self sure didn’t matter back then.”

As you probably know, chakra databanks have names about the human self. That’s how “sense of self is structured in consciousness.” With names like the Root Chakra Databank for Presence in the Room. And the Solar Plexus Chakra Databank for Sense of Self.

Today’s chakra databanks correspond to yesterday’s Nadis. Today’s names about self-aware living versus names about energies alone being what mattered. A seeker of Enlightenment had no personalities. Just obedience. And energies.

Energy Medicine systems, including acupuncture, depend upon treating the body as an energy machine. Sometimes there’s tremendous refinement to the understanding. Personally, I’m a big fan of acupuncture.

However, for spiritual growth today, we can take advantage of understandings that honor the human self.

Like today’s system of RES, which aims to help people grow emotionally and spiritually, using energy-based skills that work now. In the Age of Awakening!

Why seek out a sweet but antiquated form of spiritual development based on purifying your energies? A way to evolve that erases the self.

Over the last 10,000 years, the human self has been identified. Also, the notion of one’s self has become modernized, individuated, powerful. And altogether transformed.

Your choice of spiritual practice need not be a choice of meditation practices. In our next article — the final one of this series — I’ll bring you more discernment as a consumer of meditation. But let’s pause for now.

COMMENTS, anyone? Questions? Stories of your own experiences with meditation?

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  1. 1
    Kylie says:

    Thank you for this so needed blog post, Rose, and kudos to you for realizing, before anyone else, what it means that the veil is gone.

  2. 2
    Kylie says:

    Taking the New Strong workshop was a real eye opener for me, hearing aura readings of people from the past, and realizing, how different people were energetically then.

    That was a huge ahah for me. And now, with your posts this week is the second ahah–that practices that worked for people of past eras don’t work for us now.

  3. 3
    Kylie says:

    It is ironic that only now, many people in the mainstream have received the memo about meditation. Only that memo is out of date!

  4. 4
    Ethan says:

    Rose-what a relief to hear all this as I actually was never good at keeping a meditation practice anyway!

    The first time I sought out a psychologist for help he was big into mindfulness meditation so that is what he prescribed for me and I stressed over never feeling like I was doing it right.

  5. 5

    KYLIE, thanks for all you wrote here. Comment #1 gave me a double take. I guess it’s true. Not used to thinking of things that way.

  6. 6

    ETHAN, you really did get off easy. In my experience of analyzing different techniques for spiritual growth, and then researching them, Mindfulness Meditation is one of the worst.

  7. 7

    Perhaps some day I will do a series of blog posts about various forms of meditation, and what’s going on with their teachers.

    As someone whose life once revolved around teaching meditation (for some 16 years), I cringe at the thought of doing this. But I’d also like to protect you Blog-Buddies, and give you a different perspective, one based in energetic literacy research. At least I don’t have to decide today.

  8. 8
    ATHENA says:

    Such a relief to read! I was never good at meditation but I sat through anyway. I was shocked when you told me I had not progressed spiritually.

    Reading your book “let today be a holiday”, it amazes me how easy co-creating with God is. Thanks for all you do.

  9. 9
  10. 10

    I was surprised to read this perspective – around meditation erasing the sense of self.

    But when I thought about it, I realised it was true.

  11. 11

    What was one of the first meditations I did? One designed to “quiet the mind” (basically, training myself to stop thinking).

    What was another? One designed to cultivate specific positive emotions (replacing what my natural emotional state might be).

  12. 12

    Suppressing my natural thoughts and feelings – that sounds like self-erasure to me.

    Explains a lot about why I always struggled with meditating.

  13. 13

    I still remember the relief I felt, Rose, when you advised me that I could still grow, and likely faster, without meditating any more.

  14. 14
    Grace says:

    Wow, I would LOVE to get your insight about those meditation techniques!

    They always have triggered a sense of falseness with me too. I always thought, “What’s really the point?”… is the ladder on the right wall?
    Thanks for this whole series Rose, just love it! 🙂

  15. 15

    THEODORE, those comments would be impressive even if you weren’t in Enlightenment.
    Thank you.

  16. 16

    And wow back to you, GRACE! My first act at work was open up your comment, read it, read the full name of the person who sent it. Right in your comment is your distinctive voice. 🙂

    How long has it been since I’ve heard a word from you, 10 years? I know we only had about three sessions, back in the day, and both of us know why they were so memorable.By now little JASPER must be quite the big guy! I’m so very happy to think that you’ve been lurking at the blog or whatever.

  17. 17

    Regarding what you’ve written, both of you, THEODORE and GRACE, it’s important to acknowledge that there really aren’t any standards in what people develop for meditation techniques, nor in how effectively they teach.

    Back when I taught a superbly designed technique, systematically taught (even though the teachers may often be corrupted in recent years), students would tell me how bad they were at meditation. But they did beautifully, when they had a proper teacher.

  18. 18

    Hmm, I guess I’ll put a series of meditation posts on my (long) list of things to share with you Blog-Buddies.

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    Rebecca says:

    I’m curious, what are your thoughts on “moving” meditation? I’ve seen reference to Yoga, Tai Chi, Walking, Running, all being a way to focus the mind on the body as a form of meditation.

    Seems to me a loose interpretation, but I would think that the intent behind performing any of these practices would categorize them as technique time or just merely exercise or even recreation?

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