From: " [FairfieldLife]" <>

Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2014 11:57 AM
Subject: Re: [FairfieldLife] Growing Up TM

Ethnography.  Om
no that first paragraph was really fine.  It gave a lot of
information to get going and you see it is an article where you the
reader get to roll up your sleeves up to work with it.  You're being way too 
cranky and hard-minded.

No, I'm being realistic, because at one point in my life I was as insane as the 
people in Fairfield who believe that by bouncing on their butts they are 
"flying." But in my case this delusion only lasted for about a year. I regained 
my sanity and left long before the TMO started claiming that by bouncing on my 
butt I could "create world peace," which is actually a more troubling level of 
insanity than believing it could make them fly. I'm presenting on this forum 
(that was *created* to discuss alternative views of TM, BTW) a different point 
of view on the insanity TM "dome goers" are living with on a daily basis, 
because it appears they're not likely to ever get that point of view from 
within Fairfield itself. There is too much effort being expended by people like 
you to "candy coat" this insanity and try to present it as if it were normal. 
It isn't. It never was. It never will be. What it is is insanity. If you can 
admit that, you might become sane
 someday. If you can't, you probably never will.     

As written it is actually an
important article in ethnography about the group of meditators having
come to live in Fairfield, Iowa.  For those of us who live here in FF
the writing captures things that we all live with.  Things that are
very familiar.  Writing like this is an important adjunct to
journalism by outside writers or in scholarly papers written by
people who have not lived it.  This article is worth a bookmark, like
that article that Donna Schill Cleveland should have one.  These are important
voices that should be cultivated for the perspective they have.

turquoiseb wrote :

From: "Michael Jackson mjackson74@... [FairfieldLife]" 
Growing Up in Utopia
When your family and friends want to save the world by meditating, you can 
sometimes feel out of place in small-town Iow…  
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I couldn't read this piece because I couldn't get past the first paragraph. 
Whatever the author's intention in writing it is or was, his cluelessness in 
that first paragraph stopped me in my tracks, and kept me from reading any 

"I learned how to fly when I was 17. I’m not talking about a plane, and this 
isn’t some euphemism. 'Yogic flying,' which is basically meditation at the 
black-belt level, offers the potential of human levitation -- although in 
actuality it looks more like energetic, if not rather effortless, cross-legged 

This person (although his
intention may have been to suggest the opposite) is IMO *still* suffering from 
the ill effects of growing up in an insane asylum. Bouncing around on one's 
butt and calling it 'yogic flying' is NOT 'meditation at the black belt level,' 
it's INSANITY at the black belt level. 

Try picking any town in America, walking along its streets, stopping people at 
random, and explaining to them, "I'm doing a survey. Twice a day I bounce 
around on my butt on big slabs of foam, along with other people who do the same 
thing because we are convinced that doing this will reduce crime, affect the 
weather, and create world peace. What do you think of this?"

My bet is that you would get answers like, "Uh...sounds fine to me...good luck 
with that..." spoken over the interviewee's shoulder as they were edging away, 
watching you carefully and hoping that you weren't following them so that
they didn't have to break into a run.

See, this is the thing that makes interacting with long-term TMers on this 
forum so challenging -- they really have NO IDEA how insane they are, and how 
insane the things they believe are. 

For many of them, it seems as if it's been so long since they've actually 
talked with anyone who WASN'T indoctrinated with all of this cult nonsense they 
way they were that they've forgotten how these normal people think and act. 
They're used to interfacing with people who don't bat an eyelash when you 
announce to them, " to's time for me to go fly now." 

Hint: That's insane. No one is "flying." No one has EVER "flown" in *any* of 
the TM "flying" halls. And no one ever will. 

Most people, told that this would even be *possible*, would react
with either laughter or derision, and walk away. TMSPers reacted by paying 
several thousand dollars to learn how. 

Hint: That's insane. 

And it's as insane now as it was when you first paid those thousands of 
dollars. The only reason people on this forum and around you in Fairfield don't 
think so is that you live in an enormous insane asylum, in which the residents 
are reinforcing their shared delusions by pretending that they're "saving the 
world" instead of acting out less-than-sane fantasies. 

Some of these inmates who post to this forum get upset when I or Michael or 
Salyavin or Curtis point out HOW far away from mainstream definitions of sanity 
they are to believe that there actually IS such a thing as the 'Maharishi 
Effect.' I imagine that inmates in mental hospitals feel the same way when 
doctors and nurses point out
that they're not *really* Napoleon or Jesus Christ. 

To these people I say, "GET OVER IT." Wake the fuck up, take a look around at 
international standards for sanity, shake yourself, and realize that if you 
actually believe that bouncing on your butt can be called 'flying' and that 
performing this bouncing is creating world're INSANE. You're 
NOT "special" or "more evolved" or "10,000 X more powerful than lesser people," 
you're INSANE. 

It's OK to *be* insane, if your insane beliefs give you some sense of comfort 
and don't hurt anybody. After all, millions of people believe in an invisible 
man in the sky who watches everything they do, and as long as they don't get in 
other people's faces about it, they can be that insane and still be considered 
productive members of society. 

But ferchrissakes don't pretend
that the things you believe AREN'T insane, and don't pretend to be outraged 
because other people point out the insanity. You CHOSE to be considered insane 
the moment you signed that check and paid thousands of dollars to learn how to 
'fly.' Live with that choice now, and try not to pretend that you're still sane 
after having made it. Having made that choice makes you an outlier, an anomaly 
within human society. A nut case. 


It's not. And no amount of claiming will ever make it so. 


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