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  1. The Full article is here He doesn't think it's only relevant to Buddhism, I gather it's just where he noticed it first. Reading some Buddhist material I can see how easily it could be used to justify spiritual bypassing, and to justify it righteously so that the bypassing even becomes evidence of achievement. I've read some Buddhist psychology and I don't see it there though.
  2. It is also true that it was a Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist - John Welwood - who introduced the term spiritual bypassing in the 1980's to describe the tendency he witnessed in the Western Buddhist movement to unconciously utilise this tactic...
  3. I would be interested in a bit more detail regarding the use of yin and yang and the inverse use from your understanding of the texts.
  4. For years my LDT felt 'unpleasant', my understanding is that I had unresolved emotional issues there, but staying with the 'noticing' and working through the issues it finally cleared, and what had been developed in my LDT was then ready to rise to my MDT. I personally can't imagine doing a top-down process, it makes no sense to me, but each to their own of course.
  5. Sounds like exactly the right practice for you to 'ground' yourself, perhaps as A&P suggested just ease up on the concentration, starting at the lower dantian IME is excellent - I followed exactly this practice for years, as I was drawn to the sensation in my lower dantian, more noticing it than concentrating hard on it though. Perhaps the side effects are a response to energy being stuck here, and slowly starting to shift. If your discomfort is a response to LDT concentration only, you could always do it for a shorter time and less intensely, it depends how committed you are to this particular step. BTW if your LDT were already full, you would already be grounded and properly attached to your body.
  6. Is a non-emotional state considered to be ideal?
  7. Wouldn't our intent and life direction be directed by any and all authority figures since the day we're born? Or am I misunderstanding intent?
  8. Then I have made an incorrect assumption. Is there something specific beyond energy flowing that you are working towards?
  9. I gather you subscribe to the belief that everything is perfect just as it is right now, no matter how terrible it might appear?
  10. Did the 12 random people poisoned by sarin gas in the subway get to decide if being poisoned was right for them and their families at that time?
  11. If all teachings had value, then even crazy groups like Jim Jones and his cool-aid, Aum Shinrikyo and sarin gas, and Heaven’s gate hitching a ride on the spaceship hidden behind the Hale-Bopp comet would be as perfect and effective as any other teaching. Seems a bit too broad for me.
  12. I think you have captured the essence of your path well, "just part of this rail car, which is going on a track." And this is where we differ in outlook. To me the thinking mind is important as it is the means by which I can be brought to the point where higher mind can become established and take over, and it is this higher mind within myself only that I will submit to. Higher mind is the steering wheel I am referring to, and working towards its establishment seems to be at odds with energy paths, which require submission to the energy itself. As far as I'm concerned just energy is not enough, though I gather it feels good, and it's nice to feel you have arrived. But I think there's quite lot more to it than just this.
  13. If the group included someone who was led purely by their 'higher mind' and this person was in charge of the process then there might be no problem, but without that any decisions made about how to pursue energy are guaranteed to be flawed, it would be like driving a car with access to the accelerator but no steering wheel. It seems to me that for many people a fast car without a steering wheel is better than no car at all, because the alternative, peeling back the layers to reveal the higher mind, is an awfully long and arduous process, and unlikely to be achieved by many in this lifetime.
  14. I believe Swamij describes a broadly Hindu tantric approach, which as I have claimed before is focused on the raising of kundalini, and requires the balancing of ida and Pingala as its starting point (here).
  15. It is quite possible that some aspects of tantra (though not necessarily all aspects) are both helpful and maybe even necessary, and the Dalai Lama seems to negotiate this path to good effect, but it might be a limitation of the Buddha's understanding to not have recognised and taught this path. That works for me, but then I'm not a Buddhist and I'm happy to consider the Buddha as limited.