Neo-advaita myth: The ‘me’ is an energetic contraction

There are several problems with the teachings of what is called by its advocates ‘radical non-duality’, and by its detractors ‘neo-advaita’. Personally, I quite like these teachings, and ironically* I think they have great value to the apparent seeker of liberation, but there are some issues too, which if ironed out, in my view make the teachings more effective.

*ironic as, according to the dogma of radical nonduality, these teachings are not teachings, they have no value, and everything is meaningless

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Neo-advaita myth: The ‘me’ is an energetic contraction

This is not true. Contraction or a contraction of energy is not the issue. A contraction doesn’t create the sense of ‘me’. A contraction is just a contraction, nothing more. It’s a phenomena that may arise and fall from time to time, and may even persist for a while. There is no problem in this. The issue is that thought/the mind interprets the contracted energy and labels it as ‘me’. Without thought wrongly interpreting perceptions, there can be no me. So the issue is not energy not being open enough, or something being wrong with what is, but a wrong interpretation of what is. And interpretations are mediated by thought, not by energy.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Neo-advaita myth: The ‘me’ is an energetic contraction

  1. Does this insight occur spontaneously – typically though not exclusively – within the context of a committed meditation practice / contemplative life, or is there a way that internal introspection can be ‘self’ directed to find it, or see the erroneous interpretation in the moment, moment by moment – presumably as a kind of automatic activity?

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    1. Hi Ian, I’m not sure I fully understand your question. I would say it occurs spontaneously – it’s like finding something you were looking for – the looking is helpful, but you are never sure when you will find it

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