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Re: Major crisis of faith with my therapist widget

Posted by Honore on September 9, 2007, at 12:14:37

In reply to Re: Major crisis of faith with my therapist RealMe, posted by widget on September 9, 2007, at 12:03:57

Widget, I'm sure your T is being completely honest about not taking offense or thinking badly of you for not doing TM. I'm glad you're feeling that more now.

You're wise, though, to stay clear of anything that might influence you so much. Some people are more susceptible to pressure (conscious or unconscious) from others-- and if you do have a teacher who wants you very much to become more involved with TM than you want-- perhaps it would feel that you had to, to keep his or her good opinion. Not all teachers are as accepting or open-minded as your T. So caution makes perfect sense, with the brainwashing potentials.

Also, there are other paths to proper meditation. Maybe your T has found TM the best-- but despite your trusting him with your life, what's best for one person isn't always best for another. You must always finally go with your gut-- no matter how much you trust or believe in someone else. It's hard to know what you want sometimes-- but no matter how much your T cares, he can't know what's right for you.

I'd read that book that was recommended, if you're interested in meditation-- become more knowledgeable about the alternatives (there are many). Then perhaps you can take lessons from someone-- either in TM, or in another branch of serious meditation. There are many roads to a place. Your T may simply not know others.

best, Honore




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