I hope this series has benefited you by presenting a hypnotherapist’s practical approach to the Buddha’s core teaching.
I consider the 7 Sets to be the Buddha’s core teaching. To study the 7 Sets was useful to me because it is highly applied and specific. The 7 Sets teaching is far more structured and nuanced than the “just mindfulness” or “just letting go” stuff that tends to circulate in his name.
I believe a hypnotist’s point of view is helpful because it looks to me like the Buddha did not exactly teach philosophy. He taught how to cultivate selflessness to the point that it becomes possible to magically transcend the limitations that we, as embodied humans, implicitly assume are integral to consciousness.
The joy and delight in this work is that it makes one useful for humanity, and for all sentient beings. I believe in enlightenment — in real enlightenment, that adorns Buddhalands, that dwells in Nirvana, and that provides a true release from the conditional existence that spurs suffering.
The Buddha did not teach “everyday enlightenment.” He did not teach mood management. I’m a pretty good hypnotist — I know mood management when I see it. Mood management, everyday enlightenment, just letting go, and the quirky philosophy that compares Buddhism to quantum mechanics are all fine as far as they go. But I do not believe they are the gift of the Buddha, and I believe the gift of the Buddha is transcendently valuable.
In August of 2010, I was riding trains around America, and going from living in fields near traintracks to living in abandoned factories near traintracks. I had an experience where Clear Light was put into me. Light the color of water.
This was a deliberate act by a human being, who seemed to be a monk living perhaps in Cambodia. I say Cambodia because I had come back from teaching English there, and it felt like Cambodia. During the transmission, which took place over a week or 10 days, I saw energy around me, as if the grasses and weeds were on fire. I was inside a factory at the time: there were no weeds.
Finally that clear light so saturated me that it seemed to form a kind of bubble in my head. The sensation of that bubble is no longer there, because it has worked into the fabric of my consciousness. I have the feeling I was considered a good candidate to carry the stuff on, to make myself self-less, and to become a bubble of No Mind.
That scares me. I’m not sure I’m ready for it. But I certainly want to be closer to that than I now am: therefore I value it highly.
The perspective that came with that No Self experience helped me greatly to understand Buddhism. Especially its seeming paradoxes. The one thing everyone should know about Clear Mind is that it works a great deal like metta — lovingkindness. Indeed, I was doing a great deal of metta meditation leading up to this experience, and I believe this greatly caused me to be suitable as a candidate.
Christ told us to love our neighbor as ourselves, but did not give specific instruction on how to work on it. His parables and the gospel are worth study, even to non-Christians. As an idiosyncratic Christian, I strongly recommend metta meditation for Christians as a way to attain to Christ’s teaching of universal brotherly love.
- Pointing-Out Instruction – How the Buddha would ZAP people (7 sets series) (tiltedcandle.wordpress.com)
- Awakening in Love (pathfinderscommune.com)
- Are we Christians suffering from Ānanda syndrome? (jesusweddingthebook.wordpress.com)
- Buddha and Jesus: Could Solomon Be the Missing Link? (dickstersrandomthoughts.com)