--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, TurquoiseB <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: <snip> > 'Unstressing,' to me (if you're seriously asking) is > a *made up* phrase that doesn't have much to do with > reality. As we've discussed before, I do not believe > that 'stress' has anything whatsoever to do with > preventing the realization of enlightenment.
In this, just for the record, you're disagreeing with yogic theory generally, not just with MMY. Which is fine, but it's misleading to suggest that these concepts are somehow unique to TM. I think > that Maharishi coopted the word 'stress' from Hans > Selye and coined the phrase 'unstressing' because it > gave him an easy way to ignore some of the less-than- > pleasant side effects of TM. Actually, less-than-pleasant side effects is a very well-known concept in the yogic literature; it's typically referred to (as MMY sometimes does) as "purification." MMY borrowed the terms "stress" and "unstressing" from Selye, certainly, but the point was to put a more neutral spin on the phenomenon. "Impurities" sounds like a value judgment; nobody wants to think of themselves as "impure," as if there's something wrong with them. Just as one example of what MMY teaches about "stress" being found in other yogic contexts, from a page about Kripalu Yoga: Yoga teaches that our core problem stems from the fact that we have forgotten who and what we really are. This avidya, or spiritual ignorance, is the most subtle impurity. Convinced that we are defined by our bodies, beliefs, personalities, preferences, possessions, careers, and nationalities, we live estranged from an authentic sense of self and cut off from a vital spiritual connection. Purification consists of vidyathe direct experience of spirit. What yoga calls chitta shuddhi or purification of the self-sense, contemporary practitioners refer to as spiritual awakening. When the body is sluggish and the world is viewed through a thick filter of emotional baggage and mental clutter, it's impossible to see reality clearly and respond appropriately. This is why approaches to healing and growth that don't work to purify body and mind prove superficial. It's important to know, however, that the kind of purification brought on by intensive yoga practice can be a challenging proposition. When the pace of purification is rapid, it can lead to a healing crisis and a temporary reduction in function. Common experiences include headaches, nausea, colds, fevers, or areas of soreness that suddenly come and go. As the crisis passes, vitality rises to a new level. The most potent forms of purification are emotional and mental. In the phenomena called catharsis, purification can cause powerful emotions to surface and break through unconscious barriers to feeling. Catharsis can dramatically cleanse an emotional system that has grown congested and dull. Although it leads to greater sensitivity and balance, feeling the mental content associated with catharsis often pushes you outside comfort zones and beyond perceived limits. Mental purification can similarly lead to insights that reconfigure a mind grown cluttered and compartmentalized. Although increased clarity and creativity is the result, clearing the mind requires bearing the pain of confronting material that has been pushed out of conscious awareness, experiencing inner conflict, reliving past memories, and acknowledging unseen shortcomings. http://www.kripalu.org/kyta_artcl.php?id=207 ------------------------ Yahoo! Groups Sponsor --------------------~--> Yahoo! Groups gets a make over. See the new email design. http://us.click.yahoo.com/XISQkA/lOaOAA/yQLSAA/UlWolB/TM --------------------------------------------------------------------~-> To subscribe, send a message to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Or go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ and click 'Join This Group!' Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/