Wednesday, 01 August 2012
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For some reason, I always come back to the subject of sensation. I understand that it can be illusory and that one can become addicted to "mystical sensations" just as easy as a drug addict is addicted to the sensation manifested by that drug. However, it is undeniable that physical sensations exist because of cause and effect. For example, I cut my finger, therefore I feel pain. Do I cut my finger again? It is certain that I will be much more careful in the future because pain hurts.

Whenever I query about this subject, I feel that the response is heavily opposed to acknowledging any form of sensation. This to me, seems a little extreme. One cannot deny the helpfulness of comprehending a sensation whether it be from the pain of a cut finger or an unfamiliar physical manifestation emerging in ones spiritual practices.

Is it not appropriate that we must learn to comprehend all things and not brush sensations off as a distraction keeping us anchored to the physical? If I ignored the pain of cutting my finger, my fingers would not work very well and functioning hands are really important. We are taught to comprehend emotional pain and pleasure that arrive in our heart during meditation. Why then should we not try to comprehend sensations that manifest in other areas of our body? If we truly comprehend the sensation of an orgasm, it will eventually cease to feel good to us but rather painful, like a cut on the finger. Not physically of course, but spiritually.

That being said, it is entirely possible that I have not fully comprehended the responses that I have received from the instructors on this matter. So if that is the case, I sincerely apologize and will seek repentance of that. If I have comprehended it, and it is the position of the instructors that sensation is "taboo." I feel this is a matter that should be addressed with less extreme opposition. Or at least a little more clarity for us who's mind has been degraded from too many past bad habits.

As always, I am so very grateful of the gifts which are available to myself and humanity through your dedication and sacrifice. I owe a great debt to the instructors for the help they have given me. It is for this reason I feel compelled to speak openly and honestly about this particular struggle of mine.

Sincerest blessings.

M.O.
10 years ago
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#1754
Accepted Answer
Sensations exist; we cannot change that. Sensations are not the problem. Our relationship to sensations is the problem.

It is necessary to annihilate desire if we want to avoid the danger of falling.

One who wants to annihilate desire must discover the causes of it. The causes of desire are found in sensations. We live in a world of sensations, and we need to comprehend them. There are five types of sensations:

1. Visual sensations
2. Hearing sensations
3. Olfactory sensations
4. Taste sensations
5. Tactile sensations

The five special types of sensations transform themselves into desire. We must not condemn the sensations; we must not justify them. We need to profoundly comprehend them.

Only by comprehending the sensations do we kill desire. Only through annihilating desire is the mind liberated, a mind that is normally found bottled up within the bottle of desire. The awakening of the Consciousness occurs when the mind is liberated. If we want to exterminate the causes of desire, we need to live in a state of constant awareness. It is urgent to live in the state of alert perception and alert novelty. The ego is a big book, a book of many volumes. We can study this book only through the technique of internal meditation.

"Do not worry; cultivate the habit of being happy." - Samael Aun Weor

10 years ago
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#1754
Accepted Answer
Sensations exist; we cannot change that. Sensations are not the problem. Our relationship to sensations is the problem.

It is necessary to annihilate desire if we want to avoid the danger of falling.

One who wants to annihilate desire must discover the causes of it. The causes of desire are found in sensations. We live in a world of sensations, and we need to comprehend them. There are five types of sensations:

1. Visual sensations
2. Hearing sensations
3. Olfactory sensations
4. Taste sensations
5. Tactile sensations

The five special types of sensations transform themselves into desire. We must not condemn the sensations; we must not justify them. We need to profoundly comprehend them.

Only by comprehending the sensations do we kill desire. Only through annihilating desire is the mind liberated, a mind that is normally found bottled up within the bottle of desire. The awakening of the Consciousness occurs when the mind is liberated. If we want to exterminate the causes of desire, we need to live in a state of constant awareness. It is urgent to live in the state of alert perception and alert novelty. The ego is a big book, a book of many volumes. We can study this book only through the technique of internal meditation.

"Do not worry; cultivate the habit of being happy." - Samael Aun Weor

10 years ago
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#1764
This sounds to me like a more refined and authoritative version of what I was saying. I was taking what the instructors say to mean a pure denial or to ignore sensation completely. Knowing that we need comprehension not more ignorance, so it continued to linger in my meditations. Thank you.
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