A Caveat About Training in Meditation

In my second-to-last post, I announced the opening of a private school of meditation based on a new tradition that I created out of thin air. I call it simply, “The Wind Method”.

Be that as it may, there are some basic requirements in order to train in person in the Wind Method.

You may not be on any form of psychiatric medicine. Period.

You must not identify yourself as “being bipolar”, “being schizophrenic”, or “being ADHD”.

If you think to yourself, “I am bipolar”,  you are suffering from misidentification of the self, and there is little to no chance meditation is going to “cure” you. The reason this is so, is the story you accepted when you started to think of yourself as “a bipolar person”.

To internalize that identity, that label, you ate the whole story, hook, line, and sinker. The story about how your genes, your mother’s artistic temperament and her crazy mood swings, or your father’s genius, combined with his womanizing and angry depression means you are genetically and chemically “bipolar”.

If you tell yourself that story, and accept that label, there is little hope for you and teaching you anything about meditation would be a complete waste of both our times.

If you come to me for meditation instruction, you must absolutely be prepared to take full responsibility for every thought, feeling, energy state, or mood swing.

You must absolutely not be taking any form of psychiatric drugs, no exceptions.

The drugs prevent you from becoming enlightened on any level, by scrambling your nervous system and your brain neurons.

Accepting the label means you are have identified yourself as a “mentally ill person” out of the DSM, and it is time for you to become a peer support specialist, and get into a good group therapy, join a bunch of online bipolar support groups to talk about all the meds you are on, as well as to continue to pathologize your internal states as “chemical imbalances”.

Also, don’t forget to take your meds.

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