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Relief from Guilt

Relief from Guilt

Reference: Mindfulness Meditation

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EXERCISE MM 4:

Relieve the feeling of guilt.

PURPOSE:

To train the student to BE there comfortably and face the feeling of guilt. The idea is to get the student to BE there and not do anything else but BE there.

PRE-REQUISITES:

The student must have completed Exercise MM 3: Anomalies in Thinking

The student must have read and understood: The Feeling of Guilt

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Establish yourself in meditative posture. Comfortably perceive whatever is presented by your environment and the mind. Hold still, watch the flow of your breath, not attach yourself to passing attitudes, emotions, sensations and pains, and see what would happen.

When a feeling of guilt appears, become very alert. Look at it more closely to see where it is coming from. Look at exactly what you did, or did not do, that you are feeling guilty about. Get the exact time, place, form and event. If you are having difficulty in focusing on details then write it out on paper one point at a time. Be totally honest. Do not justify or rationalize.

As the details comes into focus, ask yourself,

“How does this action or inaction look from the Universal viewpoint?”

“What is making it violate the law of Continuum?”

Keep looking at your action with these questions at the back of your mind. Simply BE there and do nothing else but BE there.

As you persevere in being there, the feeling of guilt starts to unravel and the preconceived notion comes to view. This may produce many realizations.

Each session may be 20 to 30-minute long; but a session can be as long as two hours. You may continue with this exercise over several sessions until you reach the end of this exercise.

END OF THE EXERCISE:

When you can BE there comfortably and PERCEIVE and have reached a major stable win, the exercise is passed.

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The Feeling of Guilt

Guilt

Reference: Mindfulness Meditation

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Note: The following data has been researched from Buddhism and other disciplines derived from Buddhism. It is scientific in the sense that it is universally consistent.

The feeling of guilt exists because a person has committed an act that he should not have. He is afraid that if others found out about it then he would suffer their disapproval, and there would be unpleasant consequences. Furthermore, if someone was nearby when he committed that act, he is left wondering if that other person knew about it or not. All this causes him great unhappiness.

The feeling of guilt arises when the person has violated a moral code he has agreed to with those around him. These moral codes are there to ensure the survival of a group, community, or society. They are put together from the viewpoint of that group, community or society. But as the person is now afraid of his personal survival, it endangers the survival of that group, community, or society as well. The solution lies in safely releasing the feelings of guilt.

Such feelings of guilt can be released safely through mindfulness meditation.

The feeling of guilt is an anomaly because it violates the law of Continuum. It exists because the person is looking from a narrow viewpoint, and he is unaware of the pre-conceived notions underlying it. To release the feeling of guilt the person must look at what happened from a universal viewpoint. But, in so looking, one must not hide anything from oneself.

If you are to embark on this action in meditation, you must look at what you did, or did not do, in complete detail. You must be totally honest with yourself. You must not justify or rationalize your action. Writing it out on paper may help.

  1. Look at exactly what you did, or did not do, that you feel guilty about.

  2. Then explicitly look at the specifics regarding the action or inaction, including:

    • Time: A precise instant at which something happened.
    • Place: A definite location.
    • Form: The general pattern of things.
    • Event: That which happened.

If you have written it out, you may destroy the paper after you have gotten the exact time, place, form and event.

In any case, there is a preconceived notion to be discovered, whether it is individual or social. Such a discovery will free you from the feeling of guilt. It will bring a great sense of relief.

You will then know exactly what to do to fully clear up the situation with others.

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Pre-conceived Notions

Preconceived

Reference: Mindfulness Meditation

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EXERCISE MM 2:

Reduce pre-conceived notions.

PURPOSE:

To train the student to BE there comfortably and face pre-conceived notions. The idea is to get the student to BE there and not do anything else but BE there.

PRE-REQUISITES:

The student must have completed Exercise MM 1: Mental Chatter & Anxiety

The student must have read and understood: The Universal Viewpoint

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Establish yourself in meditative posture. Comfortably perceive whatever is presented by your environment and the mind. Hold still, watch the flow of your breath, not attach yourself to passing attitudes, emotions, sensations and pains, and see what would happen.

When a problem or a situation show up become very alert. Ask yourself,

“How would this situation look different from a universally broad viewpoint?”

Keep looking at that situation with that question at the back of your mind. Simply BE there and do nothing else but BE there.

As you persevere in being there the situation may shift around and the pre-conceived notion may come to view. This may produce many realizations.

Each session may be 20 to 30-minute long; but a session can be as long as two hours. You may continue with this exercise over several sessions until you reach the end of this exercise.

END OF THE EXERCISE:

When you can BE there comfortably and PERCEIVE and have reached a major stable win, the exercise is passed.

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Anomalies in Thinking

Anomaly

Reference: Mindfulness Meditation

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EXERCISE MM 3:

Reduce anomalies in thinking.

PURPOSE:

To train the student to BE there comfortably and face anomalies in thinking. The idea is to get the student to BE there and not do anything else but BE there.

PRE-REQUISITES:

The student must have completed Exercise MM 2: Pre-conceived Notions

The student must have read and understood: The Law of Continuum

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Establish yourself in meditative posture. Comfortably perceive whatever is presented by your environment and the mind. Hold still, watch the flow of your breath, not attach yourself to passing attitudes, emotions, sensations and pains, and see what would happen.

When something comes up that does not make sense become very alert. You may consult a dictionary or an encyclopedia to get more information on it. Assume the universal viewpoint as in the previous exercise. This will help you recognize the anomaly and the preconceived notion underlying it. Such anomalies may exist in the daily situations that you are confronted with.

As the anomaly comes into focus, ask yourself,

“What is making this anomaly violate the law of Continuum?”

Keep looking at that situation with that question at the back of your mind. Maintain the universal viewpoint. Simply BE there and do nothing else but BE there.

As you persevere in being there, the anomaly starts to unravel and the preconceived notion comes to view. This may produce many realizations.

Each session may be 20 to 30-minute long; but a session can be as long as two hours. You may continue with this exercise over several sessions until you reach the end of this exercise.

END OF THE EXERCISE:

When you can BE there comfortably and PERCEIVE and have reached a major stable win, the exercise is passed.

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The Law of Continuum

Continuum

Reference: Mindfulness Meditation

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The law of Continuum is a universal law. It manifests itself as continuity, harmony and consistency. The law of Continuum underlies all evolution, where it appears as cosmic intelligence.

A careful study shows that the universe is a continuum. All structures in the universe are continuous, harmonious, and consistent with each other. Underlying those structures is the same basic substance.

That basic substance may be called “consciousness”. As consciousness is disturbed, it quantizes into thought, force and matter as the frequency of this disturbance increases.

The law of continuum is self-evident from the universal viewpoint. As the viewpoint narrows, the anomalies of discontinuity, disharmony and inconsistency creep in, and unwanted conditions follow.

Currently, anomalies may be found to exist in the following thought structures:

  1. There is a common belief that God created the world. This belief leads to errors when discontinuity is assumed between God and the world.

  2. There is a belief that spirit is completely separate from the physical universe. This implies erroneously that disharmony exists between spirit and the physical universe.

  3. There is a belief that spiritual entities act on the material entities and not vice versa. This implies erroneously that there is inconsistency between spiritual and material entities.

Spirit and matter forms a duality, and so does many other things in this universe, such as, “something—nothing”, “life—death”, “success—failure”, etc.  A universal viewpoint sees duality as two ends of a continuous scale per the law of Continuum.

A narrower viewpoint, however, sees duality erroneously as two separate conditions, and ignores the law of Continuum.

To resolve unwanted conditions, a person must be able to assume the Universal viewpoint and apply the law of Continuum to let go of the anomalies of discontinuity, disharmony and inconsistency.

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