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Mooji - "true nature" or just dissociation?


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#1 James_80

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 08:07 AM

Mooji is a spiritual teacher (check him out on YouTube). I actually find his teachings very comforting to listen to and are quite simple to understand however he seems to be describing a controlled form of dissociation to me. It makes me think about the importance of control in the condition of DP. This is what he teaches, according to wikipedia:

 

"Mooji aims to bring people into the direct experience of who or what they are, which he says is not the body, thoughts, emotions or anything that is perceivable, but rather the pure, untouched space in which everything arises. He teaches that we are already this 'timeless being' or 'pure consciousness' and that it is possible to recognise this and come into a natural harmony, which can also be termed 'awakening' or 'freedom'"

 

I think, to a a lot of people with DP however, they are looking to move in the opposite direction - to regain connection and identification to body, thoughts and emotions. DP is, for the vast majority of people, an unwanted and unasked for condition. It arises at a time of intense suffering and throws you into, what feels like, a very strange alternative reality. I wonder if there is a link between the teachings of Mooji and meditation principles in general and the mechanism of DP? As I read more into meditation practises and Eastern philosophy and psychedelic experiences, my fear of DP has lessened greatly. Initially I was terrified of reading about this stuff and tried my best to ignore it. I'm not "one of the converted" now. I'm not pushing these ideas/philosophies on anyone. I'm just curious about how all this fits together.



#2 Layne

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 01:01 PM

"Mooji aims to bring people into the direct experience of who or what they are, which he says is not the body, thoughts, emotions or anything that is perceivable, but rather the pure, untouched space in which everything arises. He teaches that we are already this 'timeless being' or 'pure consciousness' and that it is possible to recognise this and come into a natural harmony, which can also be termed 'awakening' or 'freedom'"

 

I think the key here is balance.  So many teachings say that everyday life is but an "illusion", including our thoughts, emotions, etc.  That may be the case, but I think a better terminology would be to say that it's a "relative illusion".  No amount of focusing on being a "timeless being of pure consciousness" (which I'm not saying is a bad thing) is going to change the fact that we're human beings with a physical body, emotions, and yes, an ego.  I think this needs to be kept in mind by those who are trying to achieve or reclaim a balance in living in this world in a healthy way.






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